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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Announces Appointment of Kevin P. Conlin


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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Announces Appointment of Kevin P. Conlin as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

(Newark – March 18, 2016)  -- Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) Chairman and CEO Robert A. Marino today announced the appointment of Kevin P. Conlin as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective April 1, 2016.  Conlin joined Horizon BCBSNJ in 2012 as Executive Vice President, Healthcare Management.  In his new role, he will be responsible for directing and managing all of Horizon BCBSNJ’s business activities.

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2016 HackensackUMC Colorectal Symposium: A Review of Benign and Malignant Colorectal Disease


On Saturday, March 12, HackensackUMC hosted the 2016 Colorectal Symposium: A Review of Benign and Malignant Colorectal Disease at the John Theurer Cancer Center.  The audience of surgeons, oncologists, internists, family practitioners, radiologists, pathologists, APN’s, nurses and other healthcare providers reviewed diagnoses and treatment management plans for benign and malignant colorectal tumors.

Pictured here from left to right: Dr. Anoop Wattamwar, Radiology, HackensackUMC; Dr. Martin S. Karpeh, chairman, Department of Surgery, HackensackUMC; Dr. Manish Shah, Bartlett Family Associate, Professor of Gastrointestinal Oncology, director, Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, co-director, Center for Advanced Digestive Care, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Philip B. Paty, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Dr. Rosario Ligresti, chief, Division of Gastroenterology, director, The Pancreas Center, HackensackUMC; Evan Epper RN, HackensackUMC; Dr. Mark Helbraun, HackensackUMC - recipient of Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Award.

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Habitat Bergen Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Set for Sunday, November 6, 2016

RIVER EDGE, NJ, March, 17, 2016 —Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County (Habitat Bergen) was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, it was announced by Habitat Bergen Executive Director, Jacey Raimondo. The race will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

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Colliers International Named Exclusive Leasing Agent for Newly Renovated Highpoint Corporate Center

-- 162,500-sf Class A office property situated between I-80 and Route 46 offers value pricing, convenient location --

Parsippany, NY – March 14, 2016 – Colliers International Group Inc. has been retained as the exclusive leasing agent for Highpoint Corporate Center, a 162,500-square-foot, Class A office property located at 695 Route 46, in Fairfield, New Jersey.

The Colliers International team led by Executive Managing Director Richard Mirliss, along with Associates Alex Vitro and Ryan Haggerty, will serve as exclusive leasing agents for the property on behalf of the landlord, LMR USA.

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Tedesco Addresses State Mental Health First Aid Partners Summit

(Princeton, NJ)- Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco joined nearly 100 private and public sector leaders from throughout the state at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Mental Health First Aid for New Jersey Partners Summit.  Mental Health First Aid is an innovative, evidence-based curriculum that teaches mental health literacy and preparedness skills to help people recognize early signs of a mental health problem and offer support and resources.  Tedesco was asked to address the summit to discuss his work and the work of the County of Bergen to address mental health issues and support efforts to expand mental health first aid training.

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Paramus VFW Post 6699 Where Veterans Meet Every Wednesday Morning

Paramus VFW Every Wednesday morning starting at 9 AM, Paramus veterans meet at the VFW Post 6699, 6 East Winslow Place. Past Commander Joe Brooks arrives there early in the morning, makes sure that the big coffee urn is perking, or has fully perked. He then slices different types of bagels and sets out the accompanists of butter, cream cheese and jelly. As the vets arrive, they fill their cup with coffee, select their bagel half and settle down to several hours of camaraderie. Some vets add to the food supply by bringing Dunkin Donuts each week. The nice part of this function is that any veteran who lives or works in Paramus is welcome, regardless of affiliation.
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SUEZ Furnishes New Habitat Bergen Office

RIVER EDGE, NJ, March 16, 2016 – SUEZ, formally known as United Water, donated surplus desks, tables, chairs, conference tables, filing cabinets, bulletin and white boards to Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County’s (Habitat Bergen) new office in River Edge, NJ.  Due to SUEZ’ corporate office relocation from Harrington Park to Paramus, they found themselves with excess inventory available for donation. The donated items are valued in excess of $16,000, which compliments SUEZ’ ongoing community initiatives. Through SUEZ’ recycling and donation, 2,000 square feet of furniture and non-computer equipment was redistributed, enabling SUEZ to divert surplus inventory away from landfills.    

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Now that’s Community Spirit


WAYNE, NJ [February 15, 2015] - Michael Starrs was to be presented with the highest award bestowed upon a volunteer by the Boys and Girls Club of America, the “Man and Youth Award” and the “Service to Youth Award” for 30 years of service at the Northwest New Jersey Chapter’s 18th Annual Dinner Dance held recently. Unfortunately, just days before the big event, Mr. Starrs, fondly known by many as “Coach,” was admitted to St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital in his hometown of Wayne, NJ. His special evening was rapidly approaching and Coach simply wasn’t feeling well enough to receive this special honor in person.
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Bergen Student Tastes Sweet Success


PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College student Lucretia Zorat (right), of Moonachie, rose as the cream of the crop March 9, winning a culinary competition at the institution as part of its annual Women’s History Month celebration. Three students showed off their culinary chops for a panel of expert judges including (from left) Christine Nunn, the executive chef and co-owner of the acclaimed Picnic on the Square in Ridgewood; Rama Ginde, of caterer WannaBee Chef; and Dana Cohen, a former “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant. Zorat, a hotel/restaurant management student at the College, prepared four courses in varying cuisines during the competition for the grand prize – a day in Picnic’s kitchen alongside Nunn. Bergen’s hotel/restaurant/hospitality and culinary arts programs offer students a blend of in-class lecture and hands-on experience in a professional-grade kitchen at the College’s main campus in Paramus.
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Assembly Approves Eustace Ban on Transporting Game Trophies Through N.J. Airports

Additional Eustace Bill Would Boost Protections for Endangered Species in N.J.

                (TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace proposed to help protect threatened animals from extinction by banning the transport of game trophies of threatened or endangered species through airports and facilities controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was approved by the full Assembly.

                Since the airports and facilities controlled by the Port Authority – Newark Liberty International, J.F.K and LaGuardia – are some of the most heavily traveled routes back to the U.S. from countries in Africa, Eustace hope the ban will serve as a disincentive for killing endangered animals for sport.

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New Meadowlands Flea Market .. The Granddaddy Of Them All

Flea Market Every Saturday, hundreds of vendors pile into the Meadowlands parking lot J to set up in time for the 8:00 AM opening. A long  day, they are there until 4:00 PM closing. Bob Brumale is on hand at the flea market office trailer to answer any questions and to assign spaces. A man with a fantastic memory, Bob remembers locations and items that are sold on the premises. He gets his exercise walking around the many aisles checking with the vendors and to hear any problems. A satisfied vendor means satisfied flea market customers. For a calendar of events access http://newmeadowlandsmarket.com/calendar/
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Bergen County Freeholders Congratulate FDU on NCAA Tournament Bid


Hackensack- On Friday, March 11th, 2016 Freeholder Chairman Steve Tanelli presented a certificate of commendation congratulating the Fairleigh Dickenson University Basketball team on clinching the NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 2005. The Team will now head to March Madness Tuesday, against Florida Gulf Coast University.

“All of us are proud of the FDU men’s basketball team,” said Freeholder Chairman Steve Tanelli.
“We wish them the best as they start the March Madness journey. Bergen County Strong!”

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Colliers International Named Exclusive Leasing Agent for One Gateway Center in Downtown Newark

-- 544,000-sf, Class-A office property’s central location offers direct access to air, rail, bus and highway --

Parsippany, NJ – March 10, 2016 Colliers International Group Inc. has been retained by ownership as the exclusive leasing agent for One Gateway Center, a 544,000-square-foot, Class-A office property in Newark, New Jersey. Conveniently located in the heart of the city’s downtown district, One Gateway Center provides convenient access to Newark Penn Station, Newark Liberty International Airport, Prudential Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Newark’s Federal and County Court Houses.

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Alieta Eck MD Explains New Healthcare Program Free From Government Interference


Dr. Eck, seen here with club President Tom Shea, was the distinguished speaker at a recent meeting of the Sunset Rotary Club-Central Bergen where she explained a healthcare program she and the National Coalition for Freedom in Medicine is promoting and hopes to get passed into law by the State Legislature. The law is NJS239 and is outlined in detail at www.bit.ly/npcfm
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Bergenfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Fest At Tommy Fox's Public House

St. Patty's Day An invitation came through from NJ Assemblyman Tim Eustace to attend a pre-parade St. Patty's Day celebration at Tommy Fox's Public House in Bergenfield. Mr. Eustace was the volunteer Emcee at the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club Fashion Show in February so we felt that it was only fitting to reciprocate. Arriving about 15 minutes before the celebration at Tommy Fox, parking presented a problem. Luckily we were early enough to gain a parking space on the street behind the restaurant. Parking on S. Washington Avenue  was prohibited so that the parade could  take place.. This necessitated a climb up the back steps to reach the main level.

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Cooktique Constantly Self Improves

Cooktique When www.ParamusPost.com requested permission from Cooktique's co-owner Karine Abrahamyan to visit and to take pictures for a story, her first response was not that day. It seems that she had Miriam Miller of M. Miller Designs coming in to upgrade the store display. Karine suggested that we wait a day and come in then. Even that delay didn't complete the task for Miriam was there placing items into appealing presentations the next day. This is an example of how the Cooktique owners approach their clientele. For them, they want nothing but the best!

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The 23rd Annual International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York Reports Strong Attendance And Exhibitor Response

Industry Trade Show and Conference Named One of the Top Events In New York  
NEW YORK, NY March 11, 2016 - Over 18,100 industry professionals, including buyers from high end restaurants, multi-unit operations and foodservice establishments from throughout New York and the surrounding states, attended this week's International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Chefs, industry leaders, owners and operators networked and conducted business with 500 exhibiting companies during the three-day trade show and conference, which was recently named one of the top food and restaurant events among the Top 100 events in New York by BizBash Magazine. The event is owned by Urban Expositions and sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA).  

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VISION PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES 186,136 SQUARE FEET OF LEASING ACTIVITY AT METROPOLITAN CENTER IN EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.

East Rutherford, N.J. (March 8, 2016) – In one of the most creative transactions of the year, Vision Properties has restacked and extended several key leases at the iconic Metropolitan Center in East Rutherford, N.J., maintaining the building’s 100 percent occupancy.

The most noteworthy transaction is Hudson Group’s expansion of their premises to 93,308 square feet while simultaneously extending their lease. Other key transactions include Aegis Insurance Services’ rightsizing of their premises to 69,335 sq. ft. while extending their lease, MWW Group’s rightsizing and relocating within the building, and Ameream’s expansion of their premises to 15,059 sq. ft. All of these transactions have lease terms ranging from 10 to 15 years.

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Bergen Freeholders Authorize Community Based Services Grants to Keep Adults with Disabilities and Older Adults in their Homes

HACKENSACK- The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday adopted Resolution #212-16, allocating $1.3 million in grants to various agencies to provide respite care, assisted living, and in-home health aides to adults with disabilities, older adults, and children/adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  The funding, of which approximately 80% is a pass-through of State peer grouping funding, aims to keep these individuals in their homes and avoid homelessness or nursing home placement. 

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Preparing for Possible Transit Interruptions

(Hackensack)- With thousands of Bergen County residents and workers impacted in the event of an interruption of NJ Transit service, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco is advising commuters to make contingency plans.  County Executive Tedesco and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino are working to minimize the impact of any transit suspension on emergency services and response.

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