Guide To The New Paid Sick Leave Law, effective October 29, 2018

GUIDE TO THE NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW Assembly Bill No. 1827, concerning earned sick leave for employees, was recently signed into law and goes into effect October 29, 2018. General Information: Sick leave applies to all workers, full- and part- time, employed in the State of New Jersey, with the exception of: construction workers under contract pursuant to collective bargaining: per diem healthcare employees; or public employees already provided with sick leave. Beginning on October 29, 2018, or on the date that the employee is hired (whichever occurs later) employee earns one (1) hour os sick leave for every 30 hours of work. Sick leave must be paid at the same rate and with the same benefits that the employee normally earns. The pay rate shall not be less than minimum wage. Employees can use sick leave after 120 calendar days from start of their employment. Employees can earn up to 40 hours over a 12-month consecutive period, also known as benefit year. Employers cannot require the employee using sick leave to find a replacement to cover the hours that they are using sick leave. To learn more: State Chamber Paid Sick Leave Guide (1)

By | 2018-09-14T15:29:02+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Business Advice, Chamber News, Featured|2 Comments

  Greater Toms River Chamber Names New President/CEO

Karen Hershey chosen to lead the Chamber. The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce has named Karen Hershey as the Chamber’s new President/ CEO, effective August 6, 2018.  Karen Hershey replaces Noelle Carino who left the Chamber after leading the organization for three years. As President/CEO, Hershey will oversee the Chamber’s operations as well as work with staff to ensure that Chamber programs and services provide the highest degree of value and benefits to its members.   “I am honored to have been selected for this position,” said Hershey.  “The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce has steadfastly served the Toms River business community for 100 years, and I am humbled and excited to lead the Chamber as we begin this new chapter. My immediate goal is to ensure that the services we provide to our members will enable them to succeed and prosper.  I am also looking forward to strengthening our existing partnerships and building new ones with local coalitions, governments and non-profit organizations to promote a strong local economy and support the community.” Before joining the Chamber, Hershey served as Executive Director of New Jersey’s Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, where she was responsible for managing the organization’s

By | 2018-08-09T22:11:49+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Chamber News, Featured|Comments Off on   Greater Toms River Chamber Names New President/CEO

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

  by Andrew Greenberg, LAc. MSAc All machines, all systems—unless energy is added—eventually wear down and fall apart, whether it’s your car, your cell phone, your toaster, the company you work for, or you. Unless energy is added, chaos takes over.  Acupuncture, is the source of energy to your body.  I actually am offering you, the patient, a gift.  The gift of life's energy, the gift of feeling better, the gift of reducing your pain, the gift of healing. Acupuncture, or more generally, Chinese Medicine, is based on a simple principle, "Illness cannot live where there is good Qi".  Qi, according to ancient Chinese, is the energy that sustains us all.  Good Qi comes and occupies the body, thus protecting the body from illness moving in.  Chinese Medicine makes room for the Qi to move in.  The core of Chinese Medicine is when there is flow you have health, if no flow, you have pain and illness. Acupuncture has become as commonplace in Boston as in Beijing.  People assume that current Western medicine has a unique handle on the Truth and that all else is superstition.  But many other people are looking for alternatives to the pill pushing Dr's of America. 

By | 2018-06-14T11:56:23+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Jets and M&T Bank To Award A Local Business With $100,000 Sponsorship As Part Of A Small Business Showcase

The Small Business Showcase is Presented by M&T Bank, the Official Community Bank of the New York Jets and will begin accepting applications on May 3, during National Small Business Week May 3, 2018 – The New York Jets are calling for all eligible* local small businesses to enter the first ever New York Jets Small Business Showcase presented by M&T Bank. Following the application period, five small business finalists will be invited to attend Pitch Night at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center during the week of July 9th, where they will present to a panel of Jets and M&T Bank executives for final consideration. The winning small business will receive a $100,000 sponsorship with the New York Jets for the 2018 football season. “With the support of our partner M&T Bank, we look forward to implementing the first ever New York Jets Small Business Showcase,” said New York Jets President Neil Glat. “This program will provide a local small business access to an NFL team and its unique resources. We are excited to share this opportunity with small companies in our community and look forward to meeting some of the special individuals that lead these businesses.” Eligible small

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Toms River Green Team sponsors “Spring Six” Parks Challenge

      Contact:  Stacy Proebstle                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Information Officer                                                                         Friday, March 23, 2018 Township of Toms River (732) 341-1000 Ext. 8234   Toms River Green Team sponsors “Spring Six” Parks Challenge (Toms River, NJ) Love the outdoors?  Whether you enjoy playing sports, the water or simply taking in a breathtaking view, you can do it all at Toms River’s beautiful parks. From March 30 – April 8, the Toms River United Sustainability Team (TRUST), is challenging residents to get out and get active in six of Toms River’s beautiful parks. The Toms River United Sustainability Team is proud to partner with Keller Williams Realtors “The O’Shea Group” and Dakan Homes to provide over $450 in prizes.  Awards will be provided for Best Individual Photo, Best Video, Best of All 6 Parks (photo or video), Fan Favorite (most likes) per age category for elementary, middle and high school students.  In addition, prizes for all around categories will be awarded for Best Promoter (most tags back) and Best Group/Team Picture. To join the challenge and be eligible for prizes, go to the TRUST Facebook page @sustainableTRNJ, and sign up for the event by clicking “going” on the event page.  Then

By | 2018-03-26T19:07:18+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Toms River Green Team sponsors “Spring Six” Parks Challenge

Ocean County Mall Statement Regarding Sears – update

SIMON BEGINS TRANSFORMATIONAL REDEVELOPMENT AT  OCEAN COUNTY MALL Toms River, NJ April 9, 2018 —Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, has announced a transformational redevelopment for Ocean County Mall. The plan includes more stores, dining and fitness for Ocean County Mall with construction to start this fall with completion by early 2020. “We are excited to redevelop the former Sears store with uses that will benefit the community and the existing retailers in these properties,”said Michael E. McCarty, Chief Operating Officer, Simon Malls. About Ocean County Mall Ocean County Mall, located in Toms River, NJ, is the area's ONLY indoor shopping mall. Whether you're a fashionista, an electronics nut or you need something for the kiddies, we've got you covered with our 120 specialty stores. Hungry? We can help with that too, whether you want to bring the family to Applebee's, Ichiban, Bahama Breeze, Stewart's or just grab a coffee at Starbucks. About Simon Simon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of

By | 2018-04-16T21:11:25+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Ocean County Mall Statement Regarding Sears – update

Freeholder Director Little Thanks Local Congressmen For Their Efforts To Stop Gas And Oil Drilling Off The New Jersey Coast

IT LOOKS LIKE Ocean County dodged a bullet, thanks in part to the efforts of US Representatives Chris Smith, Tom MacArthur and Frank LoBiondo, all R-NJ. “Recent press reports say that the Department of the Interior is no longer interested in pursuing off-shore drilling off of Southern New Jersey,” said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. Little said the Congressmen met recently with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who indicated that drilling at the Jersey Shore is no longer a priority. According to published reports, the delegation was confident that New Jersey would be removed from the list of potential drilling sites, with Smith going as far as to say, “I think for all practical purposes we won’t be seeing oil drilling off the coast of New Jersey." The Freeholders praised the Congressmen for their willingness to fight for the Shore. “There is no need to tell you about the environmental and economic benefits of the coastline,” the Freeholders said in a letter to each representative. “Tourism is an annual $4.6 billion industry in Ocean County alone. Our sandy beaches and pristine waterways are the reason so many people choose to both visit and live in Ocean County. Protecting these resources has

By | 2018-03-07T13:38:24+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Featured|Comments Off on Freeholder Director Little Thanks Local Congressmen For Their Efforts To Stop Gas And Oil Drilling Off The New Jersey Coast

Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee’s Statement on Federal Tax Reform

If you are following the news in recent weeks, there is no doubt that you have heard details outlining the pending tax reform legislation. The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce business community supports tax reform, but we cannot support the proposed legislation in its current form.   While the proposal may result in a net positive for the Country, that would not be the case at the State-level for people of New Jersey. Some of the direct downsides of the proposed legislation include the elimination of state and local tax deductions and limiting the property tax deduction to $10,000 (per the House GOP proposal - the Senate is looking for a plan that eliminates credits and deductions altogether).  Additionally, there are various business industries that would, specifically, be harmed by the proposed legislation including the healthcare and higher education sectors.   One of the largest, indirect, downsides of the proposed legislation is the continued, and potentially increased, outmigration that we are seeing  Outmigration results in the loss of jobs, economic activity, labor income, and household income.  Already staggering statistics put New Jersey near the top of the list for the highest, domestic, outmigration in the United States year after

By | 2017-12-11T22:45:41+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Business Advice, Chamber News, Featured|Comments Off on Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee’s Statement on Federal Tax Reform