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PR Guru to Advise Nonprofit Leaders in New Jersey



(Leonia, New Jersey; December 1, 2011)—Public relations guru Joyce Luhrs will present free one-on-one consulting about public relations and publicity to nonprofit leaders attending the Center for Non-Profits’ 2011 annual conference, Making Connections Count: Thriving in a New Era.  Nonprofit leaders and directors throughout New Jersey will participate in the daylong event on December 2, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Monroe in Jamesburg.

 

A public relations and marketing consultant with over 20 years experience, Ms. Luhrs returns to the conference for a third year to provide pro-bono advisement in Ask the Experts: One-on-One Consulting for Nonprofit Leaders.  During these sessions, she will meet with nonprofit leaders and provide recommendations and feedback about public relations, social media, and other issues pertinent to their organizations.

 

Ms. Luhrs is the owner of Luhrs & Associates, a creative marketing, public relations, social media development, and management solutions company.  She has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations and also provides services to a range of businesses, entertainers, artists, and community-based organizations to promote and increase their image, brand name recognition, and revenues in various markets.  The company’s Who’s Who list of clients even includes a Metropolitan Opera diva!

 

Earlier this year, the company spearheaded a national marketing and community outreach campaign to announce the Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of NJ, Inc.’s 20th anniversary and the nonprofit’s 2011 scholarship program, resulting in a record number of applications received.

 

About Luhrs & Associates

Luhrs & Associates provides creative marketing, public relations, and management solutions for businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.  Clients include celebrities, businesses, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Results are achieved with polished marketing and public relations strategies, plans, and campaigns; expert community outreach; social media strategies and implementation; program development and management; article development and placement; grants research and proposal development; and management services.  For further information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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DEC. 17: BEING WELL WITHIN INVITES PUBLIC TO LEARN TIPS ON DE-STRESSING AT FREE SEMINAR AND BOOK SIGNING RECEPTION

 

Wellness Practitioners Will Discuss How to Relieve Stress through the Holiday Season, Sign Copies of Their New Book, at Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop in Westwood

RIVER EDGE, N.J., November 25, 2011 – Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW and Dr. Carmel-Ann Mania, creators and partners of Being Well Within, a personal development and wellness practice based in River Edge, N.J., will celebrate the publication of their first book, “Being Well Within: From Distressed to De-Stressed” on Saturday, December 17, 2011 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event, which includes a presentation on stress management, book signing, and dessert reception, will be held at Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, 175 Center Avenue in Westwood, N.J. Anyone interested in learning helpful, practical tips on how to relieve stress during the holiday season and beyond is encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Gelberg-Goff, a psychotherapist in River Edge, and Mania, a chiropractor in Hackensack, will present a short interactive seminar on interpersonal dynamics and stress relief for the time of year when many people are dealing with issues surrounding family, money, loneliness, and other stress triggers. They will also sell and sign their books at the event, followed by a dessert reception for attendees.

“People will come away with some new insights and accessible stress-relieving strategies for themselves, and with the book they can also give the gift of de-stressing to those they love,” said Gelberg-Goff.

Seating for the seminar is limited and pre-registration is suggested; reservations may be made by contacting Loren Gelberg-Goff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (201) 489-6720.

The women created Being Well Within (“Help when life throws you curves”) in early 2010 to provide the tools and strategies to change the way stress impacts their clients’ lives. The practice is an outgrowth of their prior work together presenting seminars on the power of the mind-body connection and on various aspects of emotional and physical wellness. They present interactive workshops, seminars and webinars to corporations, civic and business groups, non-profit organizations, and individuals on ways to manage stress, improve relationships, and overcome obstacles to fulfillment.

A Relaxing Environment Sets the Stage for De-Stressing

Gelberg-Goff and Mania partnered with Holly Young, proprietor of Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, to host their seminar and book signing event in order to support each other. All three women are active members of the Bergen chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners and are dedicated to supporting other women business owners and professionals.

“Blooming Hearts is the perfect environment for our presentation on de-stressing because the store is so relaxing to be in and to browse,” noted Mania. “Not only will we give people a chance to learn something about managing stress, we’ll also introduce them to a great place to shop for beautiful gifts and have some fun.” The boutique specializes in unique gift items and home furnishings, all in the motifs of hearts and flowers.

 

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About Being Well Within

Being Well Within was founded in early 2010 by Loren Gelberg-Goff, a psychotherapist, and Dr. Carmel-Ann Mania, a chiropractor, as an outgrowth of the pair’s long-time work together in the realms of emotional and physical wellness. The practice teaches individuals the strategies they need to change the way stress impacts their lives, for those times “when life throws you curves.” Through educational workshops and seminars, Being Well Within provides clients with realistic strategies, support and guidance to understand and utilize the stresses in their lives to motivate, encourage and empower them rather than wear them down.

About Blooming Hearts

Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, owned by proprietor and founder Holly Young, is a unique boutique that specializes in all things hearts and flowers. Located in a converted Victorian home in the heart of Westwood, New Jersey’s shopping district, Blooming Hearts is a bountiful reflection of Young’s lifelong passion for flowers. The shop is divided into six sections— bath and body, garden, home décor, wearable art and accessories for women, Funwear™ for children, and gifts & keepsakes—each stocked with heart themed and floral themed treasures. As part of the store’s inviting atmosphere, customers can relax at several tables and enjoy refreshments; and young children can explore the dedicated play spaces while their parents shop. Blooming Hearts offers free demonstrations and special events throughout the year.

 

Storm Will Be Available in a Few Weeks - Chance at Life Cat Rescue

Baby Storm is looking for his furever home.  Storm was found  the day of the snow storm (10/29/11) in Dumont. He is a 5 wk old Brown Tabby.  Storm is very energetic and friendly.  He had a little bit of a cold but got over that quickly.  He will be ready for adoption if 2-3 weeks.

If interested in Storm please contact Vanessa at 201-982-2219 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Little Acorn Needs a Home - Chance at Life Cat Rescue


Acorn is an adorable 8 week old Red & White male Tabby.  He was found running around the Tenafly Nature Center on October 29th 2011. (The day of the snow storm)  He is now nice and warm and has a full belly.  His fur is soft and think, looks like he will be a medium to long hair.  Acorn has been dewormed, tested negative for FIV and FeLv and has received his first vaccination.  All he needs now is a home filled with love.

If interested in Acorn please contact Vanessa at 201-982-2219 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

League of Women Voters of Northern Valley to Present Charter Schools, Choice and the Future of Public Education

 

 

           The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV) in conjunction with the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation will present an educational forum, Charter Schools, Choice and the Future of Public Education, on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Englewood Hospital & Medical Center’s auditorium located at 350 Engle Street in Englewood.  The main entrance should be used.  The event is Free and open to the public.  For information about the forum, call 201-947-0756.

            The forum is part of the LWVNV’s participation in a nationwide League of Women Voters’ study of the "The Role of the Federal Government in Public Education".  Stan Karp, Director of the Secondary Reform Project, of the Education Law Center will speak about the various issues surrounding charter schools and their impact upon public education.  He will review the history of voucher and charter proposals and address current and pending federal and state issues.  An opportunity for questions and discussion will be provided.

            The LWVNV, representing over 20 towns in Bergen County, New Jersey, draws members from Alpine, Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Edgewater, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Leonia, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Tenafly, Washington Township, and Woodcliff Lake.


About the League of Women Voters

            The League of Women Voters (League) was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  With over 1,000 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues.

            League membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support its mission.  For more information about the LWVNV, visit the League of Women Voters of Bergen County’s web site, www.lwvbergen.org, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Halloween Fundraiser - Clinton Place, Hackensack - Chance at Life Cat Rescue

Don't worry if you missed us last weekend

There are plenty  more days to show your support
                                        

Mummy Clipart Image: Spooky Mummy Walking Towards You on Halloween

  Halloween Fundraiser

   268  Clinton Place  Hackensack                      

 
 
Clinton Place in Hackensack has been known for years as Halloween Central.
 
Chance at Life Cat Rescue will have a donation booth set up at 268 Clinton Place in Hackensack to help raise funds for the food, care and medical needs of our cats and kittens.
 
 Come on out and see some of the best Halloween displays around!  Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin are waiting for you in the pumpkin patch. Follow Dorothy and Toto on the yellow brick road.  If creepy & scary is your thing, come visit the cemetery and see what ghouls are lurking around the corner.  Bring the whole family-there's something for everyone!
 
So come on out and show your support.  We look forward to seeing you!
(Look for the flashing red light on top of our booth)
 
October 20-23 (Thursday-Sunday)  7:00-9:30pm
October 24-30 (Monday-Sunday)  7:00-9:30pm
October 31st Halloween Day (Monday)  3:00-10:00pm
  
 
 

Enjoy Grand Opera & Champagne

 

 

 

See grand opera and enjoy champagne after the performance!  The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera (Verismo Opera) performs Tosca, on October 16, 3:00 p.m., at the BergenPAC located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood. 


Celebrate with Verismo Opera another successful performance and join the company in the special Meet the Artists Champagne Reception afterward in the BergenPAC’s Cabaret Room.  Among the artists scheduled to appear are Verismo Opera’s Artistic Director and Metropolitan Opera star, Lucine Amara; Canadian soprano Evelyn La Quaif appearing as Floria Tosca;  Metropolitan Opera singer Ryan Allen from Edgewater appearing as Sacristan; other members of the cast; prominent Principal Conductor/Music Director Anthony Morss; Chorus Director Mara Waldman; and members of the Verismo Opera Chorus from New Jersey.


The event is open to the public.  A donation of $25 or more is requested.  For more information and to RSVP, call (201) 886-0561.


Tickets may be purchased through the BergenPAC box office located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, by calling (201) 227-1030 or toll-free at 1-888-PACSHOW, or online at http://www.bergenpac.org/shows-and-events/tickets/.  For special rates for group sales, call (201) 224-2809. 

 

 

FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2012 SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE. CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF SERVICE.

 

 

            The Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of NJ, Inc. (HBCSF) announces that applications are now being accepted for the annual scholarship and stipend awards for current college and college-bound Hispanic students for the 2012-2013 school term. 

            The HBCSF, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Teaneck, New Jersey, has a mission to advance the educational aspirations of Hispanic students to become professionals, leaders and valued citizens of the community.  The foundation provides scholarships for a college education based on academic excellence and financial need.

            Open to all New Jersey residents of Hispanic heritage, the current application can be accessed through www.hbcsf.org.  Applications and all required information must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  HBCSF will award a total of $40,000 in scholarships and stipends for books and other course required materials.  Scholarships up to $4,000 each will be disbursed directly to the college or university of the student's choice during the 2012-2013 school term. 

            A student must remain enrolled full-time at an accredited college, university, community college or trade school in the United States and maintain a 3.0 GPA.  In addition to tuition scholarships, HBCSF also awards $1,000 stipends for books and other course required materials.  Scholarship recipients will be required to complete 80 hours of community service between June 2012 and June 2013.

         Interviews and the final award selection will be completed by the end of March and the scholarships will be presented at the Foundation’s 21st Annual Scholarship Gala to be held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, New Jersey on Thursday, May 3, 2012.  The annual gala serves as the major fund-raiser for the HBCSF. 

 

Sponsors

            Several sponsors were instrumental in providing funding for this year’s scholarship and stipend awards for books and other course required materials.  Platinum sponsors were Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC and Wells Fargo Private Bank.  Gold sponsors were Berkeley College, “PIX11 and Tribune Broadcasting”, Quixote Dunes, Inc., Unilever and Verizon.  The bronze level sponsors were Booz | Allen | Hamilton, New Jersey Accounting Services, Inc., haute couture designer Nicolás Felizola, "Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation" represented by the Hispanic Leadership Network, Prudential, and PSE&G.

 

            Since 1993, HBCSF has awarded $325,500 to 120 students throughout the state.  Information about the 2011 scholarship recipients and the organization's gala may be accessed at www.hbcsf.org or requested by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


        Donations are welcome and may be made online or sent to HBCSF, 429C Cedar Lane #313, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666.  For further information about the HBCSF, visit www.hbcsf.org or send an inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Free Multigenerational Workshop on Holiday of Sukkot, Sunday, Oct. 16 in Maywood

Reconstructionist Temple Beth Israel (RTBI) of Bergen County, located at 34 West Magnolia Avenue in Maywood, will hold a free multi-generational workshop about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles) on Sunday, October 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will include several different learning blocks including a scavenger hunt, crafts, text study, and holiday enrichment. Attendees will learn about the lulav and etrog, blessings, fun facts about the sukkah, and discuss the ancient holiday's relevance to our lives today. The event will conclude with refreshments in the synagogue's sukkah. The program is free and open to the public. Please call (201) 845-7550, ext. 1 if you are interested in attending. For more information about Bergen County's only Reconstructionist synagogue, go to www.rtbi-online.org.

League of Women Voters of Northern Valley Announces 2011-2012 Board of Directors. Education Study Underway.


 

     

         The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley (LWVNV), representing over 20 towns in Bergen County, New Jersey, announces the 2011-2012 board of directors. 

 

2011-2012 Board of Directors

         The 2011-2012 officers are as follows: Lucy Heller, first vice-president, Park Ridge; Joyce Luhrs, second vice-president, Leonia; Secretary, Fran Molnar, Tenafly; Carol S. Bernstein, Treasurer, Tenafly; and Vi Ruschman, Fundraising Chair, Park Ridge. 


         Elected directors are: 


         • Nike Prieston Bach, director and public relations chair, from Leonia;

         • Lorraine Cohen, director, from Englewood;

         • Naomi Epstein, director, from Demarest;

         • Bobbie Hass, director and LWVNV Bulletin Editor, from Tenafly;

         • Betty Frank, director and Voter Services Chair-Englewood, from

           Englewood;

         • Kay Kim, director from Norwood;

         • Anne Lander, director, from Harrington Park; and

         • Shirley Shapiro, director, from Tenafly.


         Appointed directors are Lucille Shapiro, director, and Ann Moscovitz, past president and director, both from Fort Lee.

 

Education Study Underway

         The LWVNV is currently participating in a nationwide League study of the "The Role of the Federal Government in Public Education".  Members of the LWVNV studying the various aspects of this issue and serving on the LWVNV’s Education Committee include Kay Kim, Nike Prieston Bach, Fran Molnar, Naomi Epstein, Lorraine Cohen, and Ann Lander.


         The LWVNV draws members from Alpine, Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Edgewater, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Leonia, Montvale, New Milford, Northvale Norwood, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Tenafly, Washington Township, and Woodcliff Lake.

 

About the League of Women Voters

         The League of Women Voters (League) was an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote.  With over 1,000 local Leagues throughout the country, the organization gained prestige by maintaining its nonpartisanship; sponsoring candidates’ forums for local, state and national elections; holding registration drives; disseminating nonpartisan information on candidates; and holding public meetings to discuss current issues.


         League membership is open to both men and women of voting age who support its mission.  For more information about the LWVNV, visit the League of Women Voters of Bergen County’s web site, www.lwvbergen.org, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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