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Top Coldwell Banker team in New Jersey honored

Coldwell Banker Realty in New Jersey has announced that The Jill Biggs Group, which is affiliated with the real estate company’s Hoboken office, has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker Society of Excellence award based on its 2019 sales achievements. This award is presented to the top 1 percent of approximately 3,200 Coldwell Banker small and large teams in the United States and Canada.

Among those 3,200 Coldwell Banker teams, The Jill Biggs Group was No. 1 large team in New Jersey based on adjusted gross commission income (AGCI) and No. 4 in the entirety of the U.S. and Canada in the categories of AGCI and rental income for 2019. The Jill Biggs Group also achieved the top spot for large teams at Coldwell Banker Realty in New Jersey for 2019, ranking No. 1 in gross commission income and total units sold.

Individually, team leader Jill Biggs earned the NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award at the Platinum Level for 2019. She also earned the achievement of being ranked among the Top 1,000 real estate agents and teams in the United States, as announced in the 2019 REAL Trends “The Thousand” report published in The Wall Street Journal.

Coast to Coast Career Fairs offering virtual job fairs

Coast to Coast Career Fairs, which normally specializes in Face-to-Face recruiting events, has announced it will be offering Virtual Job Fairs to hiring employers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic starting in May.

With Social Distancing being enforced across the country, Virtual Job Fairs will allow employers to stay connected, conduct video interviews, and hire employees during this period. Job seekers can attend the virtual events from their smart phone or laptop and anywhere there is an internet connection.

For a detailed list of upcoming Virtual Job Fairs, visit www.c2cjobfairs.com.

Kearny Bank appoints AVP/retail relationship manager

Wood-Ridge resident Aida Castro was recently appointed Assistant Vice President/Retail Relationship Manager for Kearny Bank’s Wood-Ridge location. In her new role, Castro leads all aspects of sales and business development, while coaching and mentoring office staff.

Most recently Financial Service Manager for Spencer Savings, Castro’s more than three decades of banking industry experience were recognized in 2019 by a certificate from the New Jersey Bankers Association. A graduate of the American Institute of Banking, Castro is bilingual.

Castro has conducted educational presentations on topics that include home mortgages, business lending, fraud security, and saving money. An executive board member of the Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Secaucus Rotary and the Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce, Castro also serves as a volunteer for the Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen, and Eva’s Village.

Relief fund to benefit workers

Landmark Experiences is launching its “Landmark Experience” Vouchers. Each $100 you donate to https://bit.ly/2VghaMv entitles you to join one of the Landmark Experiences which will be hosted at each of its restaurants. Also, 100 percent of the money raised will be allocated to their hourly employees. In a matter of a few short weeks, the COVID-19 crisis has deeply affected many its team members. With their restaurants and event spaces closed, there are not enough hours to offer all of their workers.

Landmark Experiences will let you know dates and times of events, so leave your email address in the comments or email maddy@landmarkhospitality.com. Reservations will be necessary to allow preparation and all events will take place between re-opening and the end of the year. Liberty House – BBQ & Movie Night, Stone House – Mid-Summer Madness Patio Experience, Ryland Inn – Farm Tour and Master Cooking Class, Logan Inn – Exclusive Pre-Opening Tour & Cocktail Party, and Felina – Rooftop Extravaganza.

Securitas is hiring to meet needs throughout New Jersey

Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. is actively hiring a significant number of security officers in selected locations throughout the U.S. The company is hiring throughout the State of New Jersey with office locations in the following areas: Edison, Newark, Cedar Knolls, Hasbrouck Heights and Marlton. This hiring is for both permanent and temporary, full time and part time officer positions.

All Securitas positions require drug and background screening. Interested candidates can apply online at www.securitasjobs.com.

Securitas and its employees help companies of all sizes and industries achieve superior security programs and results. Their security solutions cut across on-site, mobile and remote guarding; electronic security, fire and safety, and corporate risk management. For more information about Securitas Services North America, visit www.securitasinc.com.

Kearny Bank Foundation donates to NJ healthcare organizations

The Kearny Bank Foundation is supporting healthcare organizations with a $200,000 donation to eight critical care institutions and charities in six different New Jersey counties.

The recipient organizations, each of which is dealing with some facet of the pandemic, are: St. Joseph’s Health Foundation, Paterson – $50,000, to benefit the healthcare system’s COVID-19 Response Fund; Chilton Medical Center Foundation, Pompton Plains – $50,000, to benefit the hospital; AtlantiCare Foundation, Atlantic City – $40,000, to benefit the medical center; Center for Food Action, Englewood – $15,000, to benefit the nonprofit food rescue pantry; Eva’s Village, Paterson – $10,000, to benefit the food pantry; Oasis, Paterson – $10,000, to benefit women’s educational/career center and domestic violence shelter; Urban League of Essex County, Newark – $10,000, to benefit career/resource center for disadvantaged community members; Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation, Lakewood – $5,400, to benefit a pavilion tent serving as triage center for COVID-19 patients.

Family Business Fund feeds Jersey City Medical Center ER

The owner and CEO of the Family Business Fund, Valeria Bisenti, who, came to America from Rome, Italy at the age of 21, wanted to show her appreciation for everything that America has offered her. In April, her team helped feed the ER nurses and doctors at Jersey City Medical Center on the front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Bisenti started the Family Business Fund as a Certified Woman Owned Business in April 2019 in order to help small to mid-size companies with cash flow problems. Her hard work paid off with over 65 short term cash advances to companies in need within the first year. For more information, visit familybusinessfund.com or call 904-583-3123.

HCCC announces tenure for three faculty members

The Hudson County Community College Board of Trustees has granted tenure status to three faculty members in recognition of their excellence in teaching, scholarly achievement, service to the College and community, and fulfillment of their professional responsibilities: Professor Lauren Drew, Chef Courtney Payne, and Dr. Sirhan Abdullah.

Abdullah began work at HCCC as an instructor and the Coordinator of Health Sciences in 2011. Certified by the National Association of Healthcare Access Management, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, he is health care safety certified and is a National Safety Compliance Instructor for Occupational Safety and Health Administration and HIPAA. He has been instrumental in developing many of the college’s online courses, and served on the HCCC assessment, development and planning, and online advisory committees.

Drew has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at HCCC since 2014. She holds certificates in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Cambridge University, and German translation from American University. She is presently chair of the HCCC All College Council, and served as chair and secretary of the college’s technology committee.

Payne has been teaching at HCCC since 2013, first as food and wine coordinator for Continuing Education, and then as baking and pastry instructor in the college’s award-winning Culinary Arts Institute. She is co-advisor of the HCCC Culinary Club, and pastry chef for the HCCC Foundation Subscription Dining Series. She has served as team leader for various pastry arts competitions specializing in chocolates and confections, artisan breads, and specialty cakes. She is presently a member of the HCCC Bachelor of Arts-Culinary Arts, and All College Council College Life committees.

Stevens Institute and Capco announce partnership

Capco, a global management and technology consultancy, and Hoboken’s Stevens Institute of Technology, announced a three-year partnership to promote leading-edge research and education to support the fast-changing technological requirements of the financial services industry.

Under the partnership, Capco will help develop a certificate program in financial analytics, develop industry research, benefit from enhanced student recruitment opportunities in the future, support the Institute through academic scholarships and have premier access to Stevens’ Hanlon Financial Systems Center (Hanlon Labs).

Stevens’ expertise and research on quantum technologies, machine learning, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and security, blockchain and natural language processing will be leveraged by Capco to help transform the digital profile of their clients. In addition, the combined research and technology capabilities of both Stevens and Capco will enhance the ability to create innovative solutions for clients’ most complex problems.

Ani Ramen House launches non-profit

Montclair Hospitality Group, owners of Ani Ramen House, are introducing short-term, nonprofit 501(c)(3) Pop-Up Food Concepts: Rock City Pizza Co. & Bang Bang Chicken at four of their existing Ani Ramen locations. The first opened April 24 in Jersey City and will be followed by Montclair in May and Maplewood and Summit in June.

Montclair Hospitality Group is reaching out to first responders, frontline medical staff, displaced hospitality workers in their communities, as well as their own staff. These temporary, nonprofit pop-ups will not only provide guests with food, but are also a way to give back: when guests purchase take-out/delivery (at a lower than normal price point), they will be encouraged to add a little extra to their tab to cover a donated meal.

Rock City Pizza Co. will serve Detroit-style pizzas for $11 to $13. A $6 donation buys a free pizza for someone in need. Bang Bang Chicken will serve rotisserie chicken for $15 to $19; $8 more will buy someone a free meal.

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that Goldman Sachs, in partnership with Pursuit, has committed $10 million to loans for small businesses in New Jersey. The commitment is part of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. The loan application sign-up page is currently available at pursuitlending.com/pppapply.

The loans will be made through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The loans provide an opportunity for small businesses and nonprofits to submit a PPP application through another lending institution. Loans made through this program can be used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The loans will be provided by Goldman Sachs as part of a partnership with Pursuit, formerly known as New York Business Development Corporation. Pursuit will offer the loans directly to small business owners in New Jersey.

RWJBarnabas Health earns high patient safety scores

Six RWJBarnabas Health facilities were awarded with “A” Hospital Safety Score ratings by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Among the A-rated hospitals is Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, which received its 17th straight “A” and Monmouth Medical Center which is the only hospital in the southern region to receive an “A” for 11 consecutive rating periods.

The RWJBarnabas Health facilities that also received an “A” include Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, and RWJUH Somerset. Community Medical Center, RWJUH New Brunswick and RWJUH Rahway all received a “B” rating.

The spring scores mark Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s 17th A-rating in a row. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the only hospital in the state and one of only 32 in the country to earn an “A” in each report since the Leapfrog Surveys began. For more information on the Leapfrog Group and the fall 2019 scores, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org.



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