Event: Grey Lady – Red Carpet, Screening and Meet & Greet with Chris Meyer & John Shea… SUNDAY 4/23/17 3:30PM(0)
New Brunswick, NJ
Grey Lady, a romantic thriller from award winning writer/director, John Shea, stars Eric Dane, natalie Zea, Amy Mdigan, Chris Meyer, John shea, Jimmy cummings and more. The special charity screening will be held at AMC Loews new Bruswick 18 on Sunday April 23rd at 3:30pm. The movie will be followed by a Q&A and Meet & Greet with writer/director John Shea and actors from the film including New Jersey native, Chris Meyer.
Proceeds from this charity event benefit Icing Smiles – a national nonprofit that serves custom cakes to critically ill kids and their families. Icing Smiles understands that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Their goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.
EVENT: Charity Screening of Grey Lady to benefit Icing Smiles
WHEN: Sunday April 23, 2017 at 3:30PM
WHERE: AMC Loews New Brunswick, 17 US-1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tickets: $35 includes the Q&A and the Meet & Greet
PURCHASE TICKETS: https://icingsmiles.networkforgood.com/events/2238-grey-lady-movie-charity-screening-for-icing-smiles https://icingsmiles.networkforgood.com/events/2238-grey-lady-movie-charity-screening-for-icing-smiles
To learn more about Icing Smiles, visit: http://www.icingsmiles.org
Grey Lady Theatrical Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCMRSRu0ibo&sns=em
5th Annual Big Man’s Birthday Bash: Saturday January 7th 2017 by Calvin Schwartz(0)
5th Annual Big Man’s Birthday Bash: Saturday January 7th 2017
It’s my essential basic blink of an eye the day before New Years’ Eve as I reminisce the evolution of Annual Big Man’s Birthday Bash and other matters of special sentimentality. Our NJ Discover crew/family has been at all four prior Bash’s. I remember the first one in Asbury Park when we magically worked the red carpet interviewing the musicians and celebs, so loyal and devoted to Clarence, his memory and cultural impact. The void of loss has been dramatic and enduring. How special it has been to remember the Big Man in this way, honoring his birthday and bringing the essence of Jersey talent together for one rocking electric eclectic night of music.
It has become that winter highlight of revelry and music along the Jersey shore; something we all look forward to and thank the Clemons’ Family and Big Road Productions for bringing it all together. Yes, it seems only in Jersey along the shore at Bar A; a cacophony of Jersey iconic symbols. This year’s musical lineup is nirvana. Enough said. See you there on January 7th. Happy Birthday Big Man!!
Calvin Schwartz December 30th 2016 (probably the last time I write 2016)
THE 5th ANNUAL BIG MAN’S BIRTHDAY BASH is one week away! – January 7th at Bar A
Now joining the line-up:
MANNY CABO (from NBC’s “The Voice”)
FRANKE PREVITE (writer, “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack hit songs)
BIG BANG BABY (Shore Legends)
Featured performers with THE BIG RoaD ALL-STAR BAND for the finale set:
GARY U.S. BONDS
THE BIG RoaD ALL-STAR BAND will feature:
MARK LEIMBACH (Gary U.S. Bonds)
Note: The “Rock of Ages” Band (previously announced) will no longer be performing.
THE 5th ANNUAL BIG MAN’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT BAR ANTICIPATION ON JANUARY 7, 2017
Lake Como, NJ – On January 7, 2017, the Jersey Shore celebrates the birthday of
This year’s 5th Anniversary show, which runs all day and night, will feature headliners:
The show, which kicks off at 2:00 p.m. (full line-up below) and is expected to run until 1:00 a.m., will also feature guest jams and artist collaborations that are a long-time tradition at the Shore.
Nick Clemons states, “My father always taught me to ‘give back’ and remember the less fortunate. I try to do that and CFC Loud N Clear and TOPAC do great work at a time that New Jersey still has its worst heroin epidemic ever.”
This is the 5th year that Clemons and his team have produced the Birthday Bash. Co-producer/Terry Camp of BIG RoaD is an attorney and long-time member of the Jersey Shore music community. He recalled, “When Clarence passed, Wonder Bar in Asbury Park hosted the Sensational Soul Cruisers and The Nick Clemons Band for a memorial show in July 2011. Bruce was kind enough to join us that epic night and we’ve been building on it since – selling out Wonder Bar in December 2012, packing Martell’s in Point Pleasant January 2014, and the last two years at Bar Anticipation. The show gets bigger and bigger every year – and for the 5th Annual Bash, we’ve secured this incredible line-up.”
BIG RoaD’s Jesse Warren lost his brother, Scott Warren, to a heroin overdose on March 26th, 2015. Warren states, “The heroin addiction crisis in Monmouth and Ocean Counties has been building for many years and has, unfortunately, received national note. We are all responsible to keep the issue front and center in our communities.”
Bash details and frequent updates are at the Facebook Event page:
Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and live music begins at 2:00 p.m. The show is expected to end by 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $45 Advance and $60 Day of Show. They may be purchased on line at:
The BIG RoaD All-Star Band
About CFC Loud N Clear
About NCB Productions
About BIG RoaD
FEEL GOOD STUFF: Holiday Season, Steven Levine (WindMill) Christmas & Birthday Party at VFW Asbury Park with Jersey Shore Dream Center. December 12, 2016 by Calvin Schwartz(0)
FEEL GOOD STUFF: Holiday Season, Steven Levine (WindMill) Christmas & Birthday Party at VFW Asbury Park with Jersey Shore Dream Center. December 12, 2016 by Calvin Schwartz
A long title for this article. Yesterday afternoon, I attended this special party for a few hundred people in Asbury Park at the holiday decorated VFW Hall. My party assignment for the dinner was helping to wrap a few hundred forks and knives in a napkin. Now, I feel compelled to say a few words about the caring and compassion of the birthday boy, Steven Levine, who turned a robust energetic 65 years old on Sunday.
Steven Levine, of the iconic WindMill Restaurants along the Jersey Shore has always found ways to help, feed and make a lot of people feel good. I’ve seen him bring his WindMill Restaurants on wheels to the Jersey Shore Dream Center, working with a devoted Pastor Isaac Friedel, to feed needy people around holiday time. Sunday was no exception but even with a larger undertaking. He’s simply a good soul with a long history of good deeds, much of which goes unnoticed or unwritten about. It’s called modesty. Many don’t know (I’m a journalist, so I do) that he even fed a lot of people after Hurricane Sandy when all shore business evaporated or was destroyed.
Sunday’s event was that 65th Birthday Party, a Christmas Party for the local NJ Shore communities served by the Jersey Shore Dream Center, coupled with their Toy Shoppe giveaway of toys for needy kids. The toy drive was also supported by Asbury Park police. I watched a few hundred people enjoy a full dinner, dessert, music by the kids from Lakeland Music, toys and a raffle. Steven’s daughter Amy, proprietor of ‘Taste the Cakes,’ baked the six-foot birthday cake.
Some of my seasonal thoughts at this Christmas time of year; notions of sugar plums dancing; a Currier and Ives painting of a snow covered roof and smoky chimney; Lionel locomotives whistling, Kris Kringle singing a Dutch Christmas song while a young Natalie Wood listens in the movie ‘Miracle on 34th Street;’ Alastair Sim, the only movie Scrooge I ever watched, telling the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, that he’s too old to change; listening to Pavarotti sing ‘Adeste Fideles,’ or seeing Ralphie’s pure joy on getting that toy rifle Christmas morning. It’s also very special for me to take a few deep inhalations and see people absorbed in the spirit of the season of giving. So Steven Levine, thanks for the memories and the joy you spread.
For more info: http://jerseyshoredreamcenter.org/
SUMMER MUSIC FOR A CAUSE: GLEN BURTNIK’S BRITISH INVASION TO BENEFIT MARY’S PLACE, OCEAN GROVE. SAT JULY 30TH PARAMOUNT THEATER ASBURY PARK by Calvin Schwartz(0)
SUMMER MUSIC FOR A CAUSE: GLEN BURTNIK’S BRITISH INVASION TO BENEFIT MARY’S PLACE, OCEAN GROVE. SAT JULY 30TH PARAMOUNT THEATER ASBURY PARK by Calvin Schwartz
Coming out of the sixties, which is defining for me, the music irreplaceable and passionate, it seems much more relevant and meaningful when sixties music coalesces with a contemporary poignant cause. It’s the perfect union for me. I spent the decade of the sixties searching. I still search. When the classic music of the decade finds a cause to give back to, there’s that magic carpet ride back to the future. Glen Burtnik’s British Invasion devotes its energy to Mary’s Place making for a perfect evening along the Jersey Shore. Once again, thanks to Sammy Boyd Productions for bringing this night together.
The British Invasion Concert will benefit Mary’s Place by the Sea located in Ocean Grove, NJ. Their mission is to serve women with cancer and support their healing: mind, body and soul. Tickets available at the Stone Pony Box Office, Paramount Theater Box Office and through TicketMaster.com
Mary’s Place by the Sea, a non-profit organization, launched their organization in 2009 with a concert at the Paramount Theatre. “Music has always been a huge part of our guests and their path to healing,” Founder Michele Gannon says, “We feel honored to have supporters come out and experience the impact music has on all of us.” This past year, Bobby Bandiera, Jon Bon Jovi, Deborah Harry, Tim McLoone, Gary US Bonds and more held their Annual Hope 8 concert for Mary’s Place, Quincy Mumford continued his tradition with a Holiday Show at the Stone Pony and now Sammy Boyd Productions & Glen Burtnik bring Mary’s Place back to the Paramount, where it all began. “We are grateful to our amazing community for their continuous support” says Co-Founder Maria McKeon.
Marys Place by the Sea provides an innovative approach to caring for women during and after treatment. Guests are provided with unconditional care during their time of extreme need at NO COST. It is the mission of Mary’s Place by the Sea to give women with cancer a place to rest and recuperate during and after the rigors of their cancer treatments. The volunteers care for these women so they may focus on their healing gaining strength to win the battle with cancer. Guests are welcome to stay a few hours or a few days, if needed. Some of the services offered to guests are oncology massage, nutritional counseling, guided meditation, yoga, journaling, spa services and more. The first care center was opened in the summer of 2009 and they just finished building a 10-bedroom home so that they will never have to tell a woman she has to wait to receive these services. Over 5,000 women have been been guests at Mary’s Place by the Sea and have come from England to Alaska to experience the love and support. Privately held fundraisers like this are helping build the home and continue the mission to help women across the nation fight cancer.
Mary’s Place by the Sea is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. https://www.marysplacebythesea.org/missionandhistory
To watch a video to learn more about Mary’s Place please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RpsAeOqVmw
Glen Burtnik and friends will be performing the best of the music from the British Invasion era at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Music from legendary bands as The Kinks, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Mary Hopkin and more will be performed.
Burtnik continues his tradition of putting together the most talented artists, from both the local and national music scenes, to create not just a performance but a musical experience. This show will feature a special appearance by The Weeklings; performing the music of The Beatles and their own Beatle inspired songs. Other special guests include Mark Hudson, Christine Martucci, Williams Honor, Jillian Rhys, Sal Boyd, Freedom Bremner, Neil Thomas, Fawn, Reagan Richards, Tommy Shafer, The Barefoot Strings, The Maximum Horns with more to be announced!
New Jersey HALL of FAME 8th Annual Red Carpet Induction Ceremony – at Asbury Park Convention Hall – April 7th, 2016 – by TaraJean McDonald Vitale(0)
Last night I had the privilege of honoring some of New Jersey’s BEST at Asbury Park’s magnificent Convention Hall Theater. My co-host Calvin Schwartz and I enjoyed greeting the honorees on the red carpet. The New Jersey Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates Garden State Citizens for their outstanding accomplishments. I am always impressed with the diversity of over achievers that are chosen for each year’s ceremony. Year’s passed the Inductees have included Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Dizzy Gillespie, Martha Stewart, Joyce Carol Oates, Tony Bennet, Whitney Houston, John Travolta, Dionne Warwick, Michael Douglas and Bruce Willis. And this year’s honored were equally impressive:
Class of 2015
James Fenimore Cooper – America’s National Novelist – “Last of the Mohicans”
William Fox of 20th Century Fox – His first film studio was in Fort Lee New Jersey
Lewis Katz – Founder and Director of Katz Foundation
Jack H. Jacobs – Medal of Honor, McDermott Chair of Humanities, On-Air Analyst for NBC
Derek Jeter – Five Time World Series Champion, Yankees All-Time Career Leader
Frank R. Lautenberg – Represented NJ in the United States Senate for five terms.
Bernard Marcus – Co-Founder of Home Depot
Christie Rampone – FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion & 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist
Jon Stewart – Television Host of The Daily Show – winning 18 EmmyAwards
Dick Vitale – American Basketball Sportscaster & Analyst, ABC, ESPN, NCAA, Olympic Games
Carla Harris – Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley and Gospel Singer
The evening began with the theater booming from the tremendous sound of the Glen Burtnik Band. Soon after we were treated to a wonderful rendition of Theme from New York, New York sung by Joe Piscopo, the Hall Of Fame’s Host. Among laughter and cheers Joe Piscopo sung about New Jersey’s greatest and most memorable places to love and avoid. Throughout the evening one by one the Honorees and their families accepted the prestigious awards. All who attended the ceremony that evening could sense the great privilege that each inductee felt who stood on the stage that night.
(Special thanks to photographer: Richard Elliott Hoynes)
After a great evening in Asbury, rubbing elbows with my long-lost cousin Dick Vitale, and serenading “Ladies Night” to Kool & the Gang, I am settling down with my better half to rent the “Last of the Mohicans” in honor of New Jersey’s Hall of Fame. Looking forward to next year’s Ceremony and finding out who will be chosen from the many supremely talented Jersey Citizens. Congrats to all New Jerseys Hall of Fame Inductees and Good Luck to all the Hopefuls!
TaraJean McDonald Vitale
Journalist & Radio Host & On-Air Personality, NJDiscover
GIVING BACK FOR NEW YEAR: A COMING ATTRACTION: LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION “PARTY WITH A PURPOSE” JANUARY 21ST bY Calvin Schwartz(0)
GIVING BACK FOR NEW YEAR: A COMING ATTRACTION: LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION “PARTY WITH A PURPOSE” JANUARY 21ST bY Calvin Schwartz
I often marvel at the synchronicities in the Universe. Many of you who read my musings and words know of my affectation with synchronicity. Two weeks ago, I came into contact with an events staff member from the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research in New York City. It was one of those instantaneous incandescent light bulb events; I knew I had to be involved along with NJ Discover. As I mature, I’ve come to understand the nature of my commitments; origins are always energized by personal experiences; it’s the soulful fuel of proactivity.
I knew all about the dedicated amazing work of the Lustgarten Foundation. I know all about pancreatic cancer. It took the lives of my precious cousins; a husband and wife coincidentally. My older cousin was such an integral part of my life. I had to be just like him so I changed career paths in college to be like him. His wife was the light of our family. And pancreatic cancer took them both away much too young. Now I can give back, always thinking about my cousins and that devastating disease. I’m about to spread the word about a great event, “Party with a Purpose,” (cocktail reception) Part of the 4th Annual Winter Gala.
The other theme in my writings is for people to get involved in causes and give back. We are in the times of giving back. Our earth species needs just that. It’s also a healthful pursuit to be involved, to partake, explore, absorb, expand horizons and grow. Lustgarten is a perfect opportunity for expressing the aforementioned verbs. And have yourselves a Happy HEALTHY New Year.
Calvin Schwartz January 4, 2016
LUSTGARTEN WEBSITE: http://lustgarten.org/homepage
To advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer by:
WHAT A WAY TO START 2016: 4th Annual BIG MAN’S Birthday Bash January 9th 2016 At Bar Anticipation bY Calvin Schwartz(0)
WHAT A WAY TO START 2016: 4th Annual BIG MAN’S Birthday Bash January 9th 2016 At Bar Anticipation bY Calvin Schwartz
It’s December 23rd, two days before Christmas and a week before New Years. I’m always smitten with sentimentality this time of year; where did the time go; how can all those special people in my life be gone. Sometimes I clench my fists tight trying to hold a special moment or being angry that I didn’t hold on to moments when special people in my life were here with me. Age old thoughts I know. Four years ago, I happened upon Nick Clemons, Terry Camp and Jesse Warren and being the sentimentalist, I clenched my fist and got involved in the celebration of the Big Man, Clarence Clemons. So this is the 4th Annual Bash. What fascinates and keeps me coming back every year, is the unique palpable energy, love and spirit in the middle of central Jersey expressed in hours of music by some of the most talented people on the planet. And I marvel at all the people assembled sharing this. I’m thinking now of the folk song, ‘Simple Gifts’ played at President Obama’s first Inauguration. Also Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger singing ‘This Land is Your Land’ at the Lincoln Memorial at the Inauguration. I think it a wondrous simple gift to be part of this musical celebration for an iconic Jerseyan, musician and legend, Clarence Clemons. All of which means YOU should be there on January 9th. MERRY HAPPY HEALTHY
Calvin Schwartz 12-23-15 4:44PM
Facebook EVENT PAGE : https://www.facebook.com/events/1515446588782400/permalink/1530684587258600/
THIS JUST IN (12-23-15 11:11pm) UPDATES TO LINE-UP:
Add Rock ‘Famer and former Blackheart with Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd.
Add: Red Bank Rocker lead vocal guy, the seriously soulful, JT Bowen
Add: Mike Rocket, who’s song rocked, “Gotta Get to the Jersey Shore.”
AND AND “Ya never know what more will come!!!”
AND Tix now discounted 20% for BIG RoaD’s Christmas sale! So go get ’em and join the Annual Bash on January 9th at Bar A!!!
THE 4th ANNUAL BIG MAN’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT BAR ANTICIPATION ON JANUARY 9, 2016
This year’s show, which runs all day and night, will feature:
• The Matt O’Ree Band – O’Ree is a long-time New Jersey, blues rock guitar legend who has recently become a member of Bon Jovi.
• The Del-Lords – re-united, New York City garage/roots rock legends featuring frontman, Scott Kempner, with a new record and tour coming in early 2016
• Slim Chance and the Gamblers – New Jersey blues stalwarts celebrating the release of their new record at the show
• The BIG RoaD All Star Band – an eleven-piece BIG band of Shore All-Star musicians fronting regional stars to include JoBonanno, Jillian Rhys McCoy, Eddie Testa, Remember Jones, Pat Roddy, Joe Cartwright and more
• The Nick Clemons Band – blues/funk rock with frontman, Nick Clemons a.k.a. Clarence Clemons III, oldest son of the late Big Man
• The show, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and is expected to run until 12:30 a.m. will also feature guest jams and collaborations that are a long-time tradition on the Shore.
Nick Clemons states, “My father always taught me to ‘give back’ and remember the less fortunate. I try to do that and CFC Loud N Clear does great work at a time that New Jersey has its worst heroin epidemic ever.”
This is the fourth year for a Big Man Birthday Bash charitable event. The show is produced by BIG RoaD, the production entity of Terry Camp and Jesse Warren. Camp recalls, “When Clarence passed, Wonder Bar in Asbury Park hosted the Sensational Soul Cruisers and The Nick Clemons Band for a memorial show in July 2011. Bruce [Springsteen] was kind enough to join us that epic night and we’ve been building on it since – selling out Wonder Bar in December 2012, packing Martell’s in Point Pleasant January 2014, and selling out Bar Anticipation last January. The show gets bigger and bigger every year.” He added, “We’re thrilled to be returning to Bar Anticipation working with Tom Jannarone and his Bar Anticipation team. That place is cream of the crop for a diverse and quality entertainment experience.”
BIG RoaD’s Jesse Warren lost his brother, Scott Warren, to a heroin overdose on March 26th, 2015. Warren states, “The heroin addiction crisis in Monmouth and Ocean Counties has been building for many years and has, unfortunately, received national note. Last year, it hit home – my home. We are all responsible to keep the issue front and center in our communities – and we’re glad to again be partnered up with CFC Loud N Clear.”
Bash details and frequent updates are at the Facebook Event page:
Full line-up to date and guests are added regularly:
(Dinner and Gift Raffle)
And Very Special Guests throughout including:
Jillian Rhys Mccoy
About The Del-Lords
About The Matt O’Ree Band
New Jersey’s best kept secret has made some big noise in the past year. Prior to 2015, The Matt O’ Ree band did what most area bands do. They played their shows, developed their sound, released their records and very quietly built a loyal, local fan base in the process. Beyond incredible talent and showmanship, what makes this band stand out among the rest is that their local fan base includes Bruce Springsteen, David Bryan and John Popper – all of whom have volunteered to perform on the band’s forthcoming album to be released in 2016. O’Ree’s talent and presence was finally recognized globally when he got the nod to join international superstars, Bon Jovi, as the band’s new guitarist/vocalist on the late 2015, international stadium tour. When some of your biggest supporters have sold a collective 230 million units, you know you’re doing something right. Growing up on influencers ranging from Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rory Gallagher, ZZ Top, Robin Trower, Joe Walsh and Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Matt O’ Ree Band has taken all these diverse elements and forged a new iron. Matt’s writing is inspired from many life experiences and years of study from the ones that have wrote the book on how to play real guitar rock music. Not as a photocopy, but in a new light that hasn’t been seen in quite some time. Now is the time for real music and real musicianship to make a resurrection. The band takes their fans on a ride that hasn’t been heard or seen at this level since the 70’s. Their live show is like revisiting a Zeppelin concert at the Garden, and with Eric Safka on Hammond B3, Scott Bennert on Bass, and John Hummel on Drums, they’ve built a foundation that can hold up the biggest house on the block. After years of honing their craft, the Matt O’Ree Band is about to become an “overnight success.” Get M.O.B.’d up with New Jersey’s next, great export.
About The BIG RoaD All-Star Band
Created by Camp and Warren from an August 13, 2015 40th Anniversary “Born to Run” show, this 11-piece, All-Star band is backed by the best of the Jersey Shore including former Asbury Jukes, current (Jon Bon Jovi) Kings of Suburbia members and many local and national musicians and featured vocalists.
About CFC Loud N Clear
About BIG RoaD
BIG RoaD is an entertainment production company formed by Terry Camp, an attorney with Budd Larner, P.C., Short Hills, NJ and longtime member of the Shore music community, and newcomer Jesse Warren of Howell, NJ. Camp and Warren have collaborated on past, charitable events including the August 13, 2015 “Born to Run” 40th Anniversary show that sold out Bar Anticipation, last year’s “Big Man Bash 3” and the upcoming “Christmas Comes Early at Bar Anticipation on November 19, 2015.
703 16th Avenue
For Press/Media inquiries and access: e-mail BIG RoaD at firstname.lastname@example.org
NJ 2-1-1 LAUNCHES ENHANCED WEBSITE; TOUTS SERVICES PROVIDED TO NEARLY 500,000 RESIDENTS OF NEW JERSEY IN PAST YEAR(0)
NJ 2-1-1 LAUNCHES ENHANCED WEBSITE; TOUTS SERVICES PROVIDED TO NEARLY 500,000 RESIDENTS OF NEW JERSEY IN PAST YEAR
NJ 2-1-1 helps individuals and families find solutions to personal needs by informing them of resources in their community like day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and more.
“We are very excited to launch our newly-enhanced website,” said Joseph Geleta, Executive Director of the NJ 2-1-1 Partnership. “The most important part of our mission is to steer those in need to the services they are seeking, and we feel the enhancements we have made will make finding information quicker and easier for those seeking assistance.”
The newly-designed website can be translated into multiple languages and provides suggested searches and a “latest news” section, which makes it easier for users to find the pertinent information they are seeking. The enhanced website also provides visitors with user-friendly navigation to its resource database of over 10,000 programs and services. IGM Creative Group of Lincoln Park, NJ handled the redesign of the website.
A live chat session feature will also be rolled out in the future that will immediately connect a web visitor to a NJ 2-1-1 call center operator.
Repeatedly, 2-1-1 demonstrates its value during times of crisis. The NJ 2-1-1 staff works closely with government officials, voluntary organizations throughout the state, and 2-1-1 centers in other areas. In times of disaster, NJ 2-1-1 plays a critical role in bringing information to the people most affected by the event and relaying the needs of callers back to government officials and first responders who are in a position to help.
“Our NJ 2-1-1 centralized system and knowledgeable, compassionate staff make finding established resources in New Jersey easier for individuals, helping professionals, and government employees,” said Geleta. “Additionally, NJ 2-1-1 call staff keeps track of the needs callers communicate. By doing so, the system generates real time data on requests, complaints, and services. Over time, NJ 2-1-1 data can improve the quality of programs and services by making it possible to harvest essential information on resource allocation and use it for policy decision-making and budgeting.”
While the nation observed National Preparedness Month in September, NJ 2-1-1 works year-round with the Office of Emergency Management in New Jersey to ensure that important emergency preparedness information from municipal and state officials is readily available to state residents.
The enhanced NJ 2-1-1 website offers New Jersey residents preparedness tips for meeting the challenge of future storms that may hit the state, especially now that we are in the height of hurricane season. Visitors to the NJ 2-1-1 website can learn what emergency systems are in place in New Jersey and nationally http://nj211.org/homelandsecurity.cfm and learn how to create their own emergency preparedness plan for themselves, families and pets.
NJ 2-1-1 also guides those with access and functional needs (or caregivers on their behalf) to register electronically with New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters www.registerready.nj.gov. This service gives these individuals an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. Alternatively, they can also dial 2-1-1 and call specialists will assist with the registration process.
COMING ATTRACTION: PEPPERMINTS AND GINGER COMFORT KITS Inc. 2nd Annual Fundraiser “Ladies Night Out” Friday November 6th bY Calvin Schwartz(0)
COMING ATTRACTION: PEPPERMINTS AND GINGER COMFORT KITS Inc. 2ND Annual Fundraiser “Ladies Night Out” Friday November 6th bY Calvin Schwartz
There are fundraisers and fundraisers as there are an endless array of worthy causes. When I learned about ‘Peppermints & Ginger Comfort Kits, Inc.’ and their dedicated team, I was moved by their sensitivity, determination and caring for that often forgot about segment of our world; those who undergo the physical, emotional and life altering effects of chemotherapy. Their group is a collection of special people who put together events to raise money so they can supply chemotherapy patients (adults and children) with kits/products that can help “decrease some of the side effects of chemotherapy as well as reduce stress and offer relaxation.”
Yes, we live in an intense world, overwhelmed with so many opportunities to give of ourselves to help others. There is a lot of work to do and miles to go before we rest. We at NJ Discover are hyposensitized to feature worthwhile pursuits. Perhaps check out this fundraiser on Friday November 6th, do some shopping before the holidays and some good work. And there’s an auction and music too!!! Calvin Schwartz
COMING JERSEY SHORE ATTRACTIONS: Friends for Danny Federici Benefit at Bar Anticipation on Saturday May 9 By Calvin Schwartz(0)
COMING JERSEY SHORE ATTRACTIONS: Friends for Danny Federici Benefit at Bar Anticipation on Saturday May 9 By Calvin Schwartz
When I was told about this event, it was one of those “have to be there “experiences for several personal reasons. Of course it’s Danny Federici, a Jersey native and part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. In 2014, Federici was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band. Danny died on April 17, 2008 in New York City after three years fighting melanoma. So the benefit is to raise money for Melanoma research. The Danny Fund, part of The Melanoma Research Alliance was founded and named after him.
Melanoma personally hit home for me 15 years ago when a dear friend, a powerful, black belt karate, part time bar bouncer and gentle giving soul had a small sore on his arm which became the entry point of this horrific disease. He passed away within a few months, devastating his family and friends. I had never been that close to melanoma. I saw his family unravel and his father soon pass away seemingly from the overwhelming loss and tragedy.
So the fund raiser for Danny Federici , in Belmar, close to E Street is the perfect place and time to celebrate his life and to raise consciousness and funds to fight a terrible disease.
Calvin Schwartz April 27, 2015
For more info please check the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587321221482975/
Friends For Danny is a fund Raising Effort Featuring The Jersey Shore’s most popular bands coming together to raise monies for the Research Of Melanoma. The Danny Fund part of The Melanoma Research Alliance was founded and Named after The Late great Danny Federici,keyboardist for Bruce Springsteen’s E. Street Band. Please join us to celebrate the life of Danny Federici and support our effort to raise money and awareness for Melanoma in the hopes of someday finding a cure.
Friends for Danny Benefit at Bar Anticipation on
Saturday May 9th 1:00 pm to 9:00pm
with friends Tommy Byrne , Bobby Mahoney , Projex Band , Strumburry Pie, The Eddie Testa Band, Sandy Mack “Band” , Alex Julia, StoneBaby , The Nick Clemons Band , JT Bowen, Jo Wymer , Slim Chance & The Gamblers , Bob Polding, Dawg Whistle with Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer Vini Lopez and Ryan Maher
Marta Elena and Jersey Music Live Productions LLC
Jesse James Warren of Jesse James Productions
J Robert Stanton – Creative Music Marketing Group
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