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SHREWSBURY: A HEALTHY TOPIC FOR LUNCH

Women's Heart FundPress release from The Women’s Heart Fund

On Thursday, June 2, the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury will be the setting, as the Women’s Heart Fund hosts its 10th Annual Spring Luncheon. All members of the community are invited to attend the fundraising event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and learn more about important women’s health topics through a newly introduced interactive panel discussion.

The luncheon, chaired by Francine Acquaviva and Alyssa McKenna, will also feature a networking hour, an array of assorted hors d’oeuvres, a plated lunch, a 50/50 raffle and an advertising journal. The panel discussion will feature executive leadership from Meridian Health and influential members of the community who will address women’s health issues, work and family life balance and simple steps we can take to be happier, healthier and more relaxed.

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RUMSON STUDENTS LEARN BASICS OF CPR

Kim CrowleyKim Crowley, RN of Meridian Health instructs eighth graders at Forrestdale School in the use of an Advanced External Defibrillator.

During their classes in Health and Physical Education on January 6-8, seventh and eighth grade students at Forrestdale School in Rumson learned critical lifesaving skills, courtesy of an initiative from Meridian Health.

Presented under the banner Create a Community of Lifesavers, the initiative allowed students to receive instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) compression, as well as abdominal thrust methods for treating choking victims. The 40-minute sessions were presented and overseen by Meridian Health representatives Kim Crowley, Ashley Davis, Angela Norosavage, and CJ Sabosik.

The wheels were set in motion when the school’s Health teacher Heather de Laszlo, RN received a letter outlining the need for and availability of Creating a Community of Lifesavers. Made possible by a partnership between Meridian Health and the American Heart Association, the program is being offered at no cost to local schools.

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RED BANK: HOSPITAL EYES MORE REAL ESTATE

rb 91 & 95 e front 041515Riverciew has deals to buy 91 East Front Street, at left above, and 95 East Front, center. It already owns 103 East Front, seen at far right. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesRiverview Medical Center is planning to increase its holdings of Red Bank real estate, redbankgreen has learned.

The expected acquisition by the hospital of two East Front street buildings could lead to growth in the roster of untaxed property in a borough where officials have complained the burden is unfairly falling on homeowners and other property owners.

Because of that possibility, Mayor Pasquale Menna said the deal means borough and hospital officials need to talk.

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RED BANK: RMC BOARD WELCOMES NEW CHAIR

NancyMulherenPress release from Riverview Medical Center

In a recent announcement, Riverview Medical Center Foundation named Nancy B. Mulheren of Rumson (pictured) as the new chair of the Board of Trustees. In an additional announcement, Mulheren and her fellow board members welcomed Mary Vaden Eisenstadt of Locust as the RMC Foundation’s newest trustee.

“I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to positively impact health care in our community through my role as chair of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board,” stated Mulheren, a real estate manager and community investor who has served on the Foundation Board since 2011.

An active philanthropist in New Jersey — as well as Virginia, home to her alma mater Roanoke College, where she serves as a Trustee — Nancy is the director of The J.A.M. Anonymous Foundation, established in tribute to her late husband John and dedicated to continuing his philanthropic legacy. She also serves on the boards of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation, VNA Foundation Board, Canterbury School, and as an Honorary Board Member of OASIS (Ongoing Autistic Success in Society).

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A COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR IN RED BANK

Press release from Lunch Break of Red Bank

This Saturday, June 28, the Red Bank-based nonprofit Lunch Break and The Community YMCA are co-sponsoring a Community Health Fair, at CYMCA’s facility on Maple Avenue. Scheduled to be held between the hours of noon and 3 pm, it marks a natural collaboration between Lunch Break — an organization whose mission statement says in part, “our mission is to alleviate hunger and lead those we serve to self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles” —  and the YMCA, a 140-year mainstay of local life whose mission is to promote healthy living and support the health and well-being of the entire community.

Health care, mental health care, social service professionals, military veterans resources, and Pawsitive Action will be on hand at the health fair to provide information.  There will be exercise demonstrations and games, as well as giveaways and refreshments. Everyone is welcome, and attendees are encouraged to bring family and friends.

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RMC HOSTS FIREWORKS ON THE RIVER

fireworksFrom left, Regional Hospital President for Monmouth County Tim Hogan is joined by John Lloyd (president and C.E.O, Meridian Health), Tom Gravina (chairman, Riverview Foundation Board), Domenic DiPiero and his father, Domenic DiPiero Sr. (event host), and State Senator Joe Kyrillos during last year’s Family Fireworks on the Navesink.

Press release from Riverview Medical Center Foundation

Declaring that “it’s never been such a blast to support your local hospital,” the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the Second Annual Family Fireworks event on the Navesink River.

This fun-filled family event in support of Riverview Medical Center Foundation will be held at the beautiful DiPiero Family home, on the picturesque Navesink River, on Friday, June 27. Beginning at 6:30 pm, the evening will include a BBQ buffet, an array of food trucks, inflatable rides, games, and a breathtaking view of the fireworks show at 9:15 pm.  This is an event for the entire family, with parents and grandparents encouraged to bring their children.

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MENNA CHALLENGES RED BANK TO GET FIT

Mayor Menna’s Wellness Challenge kicked off Tuesday with free screenings in the municipal courtroom. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

As part of a statewide campaign to promote healthier lifestyles, Mayor Pasquale Menna is getting Red Bank involved in an ongoing project to keep his administration and borough residents fit and feelin’ good.

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, an initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, is partnered with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. It works to “equip mayors with the tools to develop and implement active-living initiatives in their communities with the ultimate goal of improving health and reducing the skyrocketing health care costs that come with the obesity problem in New Jersey,” according to the website.

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PAINTING, AND CLOTHING, THE TOWNS PINK

A profusion of pink explodes from local wardrobes this time of year, as evidenced by these pix from the 2011 Girls’ Night Out party in Pink Bank. (Click to enlarge)

It started six years ago, in a place called Pink Bank.

It quickly caught on in the nearby communities of Pink Haven (Fair Haven, that is) and Pink (Monmouth) Beach. And in 2012, you’ll find it happening everywhere from Pinkbury (Shrewsbury), Pinkson (Rumson) and Little Pink (Little Silver), to Pinkdel (Holmdel), Atlantic Pinklands (Atlantic Highlands) and possibly other coordinates on your G-Pink-S.

Beginning Friday, May 4, and continuing through May 12, Riverview Medical Center invites residents of the greater Green to participate in a campaign that’s designed to encourage women aged 40 and older to schedule an annual mammogram — as well as to fund mammography services to our uninsured and underserved neighbors — with a pledge to Paint the Town Pink.

If, as it’s been said, it takes a village to turn a town pink, then this year’s nine-day campaign promises to be “bigger and pinker than ever,” with a gala reception, celebrity appearances, large-scale public events, and the centerpiece of the schedulE: the mass “pinking” of homes all over this side of the Garden State Pinkway.

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KABOOMFEST PAYS ITS DEBT TO RED BANK

kick-in-kaboomersKaBoom volunteers making their way through the crowd with donations pails at Riverside Gardens Park in 2009. That’s KaBoom chairman Charles Moran at left.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Just a couple months before the 2011 edition of Red Bank’s fireworks show is set to blast off from the Navesink, the Kaboomfest committee has paid off the balance from last year’s display and is getting ready for a somewhat revamped show for Independence Day weekend.

This time, though, officials, citing what they believe is a more sustainable fundraising model, don’t anticipate carrying a balance owed to Red Bank into 2012.

“No, we don’t,” Kaboom Chairman Charles Moran told redbankgreen. “Our budget includes being able to pay Red Bank this year.”

Bringing on major corporate sponsors like Meridian Health (owner of Riverview Medical Center) and Wells Fargo, plus charging for premium views of the show, are among the top factors in being able to clear the ledger on time, Moran said.

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DRESSED TO HEAL AT HEART HEALTH EVENT

heart_truth1Designer creations from the Red Dress Collection at NYC’s Fashion Week will be on display at Buona Sera on February 24, as part of Meridian’s Heart Month fundraiser.

It’s an evening out on the town, at one of the hottest nightspots on the greater Green, and it’s strictly ladies only — but this is one event for which that little black dress is going to have to stay home on the hanger.

When the third annual Red Dress Event returns to Red Bank next Thursday, February 24, the guests of honor will be a selection of six top-designer crimson creations from the Red Dress Collection, seen during Fashion Week  2011 in NYC.

Still, while the evening promises to set any fashionista’s pulse racing, at the heart of the festivities is a serious subject — as serious as the disease that’s been branded the Number One killer of women.

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