business briefs

Dr. Jodi Kinney of Intrinsic Chiropractic Center will be a sponsor of the 15th annual Kids Day America/International, a children’s health, safety and environmental awareness day. The event will take place inside Jackson Fitness Center, 260 N. County Line Road, Jackson, from noon to 3 p.m. May 22.

This marks the seventh consecutive year that Kinney and her staff have organized this event to bring the Jackson community together. Kinney will provide information about crime prevention, child safety and environmental awareness.

The Jackson Police Department will be on hand to provide free fingerprinting of all the children. The Jackson First Aid Squad will also be there with their cadets.

Kinney will provide free spinal exams and scoliosis screenings and distribute information about health issues that affect children. There will also be dental identification, vision screenings and child fitness assessments, plus free face painting, balloons and snacks. Giveaways will be distributed, and prize drawings will be held every 15 minutes. Donations will be accepted for the DARE program to enable it to continue efforts for drug awareness. All are invited to attend. Details: 732-833-9000.

Bartley Healthcare has been honored with an award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). For the third year in a row, The Orchards at Bartley has been honored by ALFA with its Best of the Best award in assisted living, this year for its care management program. Each year, the Best of the Best awards honor groundbreaking ideas among assisted living providers that encourage growth and employee retention, streamline operations and continually improve services provided. According to ALFA President and CEO Richard P. Grimes, the Best of the Best award-winning companies shake up commonly accepted best practices to get even better results.

Free Motion Rehabilitation Center, 528 New Friendship Road, Howell, will be holding a supply drive to benefit the Jersey Shore Animal Shelter during the month of May. Some of the requested items are Pedigree, Purina and Science Diet Dog food, Purina Cat Chow, Natures Recipe Cat food, and Purina Kitten Chow. New or gently used towels and blankets, pine shavings and rabbit treats are also requested. Cleaning supplies including sponges, laundry detergent and disinfecting wipes would also be useful. Drop-offs are welcome between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. For a complete list of what is needed and how to donate, or to get involved, call 732-901-8844 or stop by Free Motion and speak to Jenny Murphy.

Allaire Village Inc. has been awarded $10,000 by OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River for the cultural and musical programs at the historic Allaire Village in Allaire State Park, Wall Township. The grant will help to provide cultural and dramatic readings and musical entertainment and will benefit the citizens of Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties. Since the initiation of the program, Allaire Village Inc.’s cultural and musical programs have brought a series of outdoor concerts, dramatic readings and musical performances to the communities of central New Jersey.

The cultural and musical programs are performed throughout the year and can be found at

The OceanFirst Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market area.

Bryan Kuderna, a financial adviser with International Planning Alliance LLC, will conduct “Baby Steps to Financial Planning,” a free workshop on how to lead a financially healthy life for parents, future parents, and families at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Howell library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell. Topics will include budgeting for a new family, planning for college, affording a new home, understanding life insurance and protecting your child’s future. Details: 732- 938-2300.

Howell Chamber of Commerce will host a Breakfast Bonanza networking event at 8:30 a.m. May 14 at Big City Bagels, 4997 Route 9 north, Howell. Christa Riddle of All About Writing will present useful information on starting a newsletter for your company’s customers.

Breakfast Bonanza networking events are held every other Friday at different locations in town and are free for Howell Chamber of Commerce members; nonmembers pay $5. Attendees must pay for their own food and drinks, if desired. For further information on presenting a business or attending to network, call the Howell Chamber of Commerce at 732-363-4114.

Howell Chamber of Commerce will host an after hours meet and greet 5-7 p.m. May 17 at Stern Family Medicine, 2352 Route 9 south, Howell. Dr. Stern and the evening’s sponsor, CentraState Medical Center, will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a wine and cheese reception/networking opportunity at Stern Family Medicine, in the new Cherry Tree Plaza, just past Swingtime on Route 9 south in Howell. The event is free to Howell Chamber of Commerce members. Details: 732- 363-4114. Check for updated information, since last-minute changes sometimes do occur.

Howell Chamber of Commerce will unveil its new Goodle website at its general membership meeting, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. May 25 at the law offices of Lomurro, Davison, Eastman and Munoz P.A., Freehold Township. Marc Simpson from MJS Data LLC will provide useful tips on navigating and using Goodle to its maximum capacity. Light lunch will be served at a cost of $20 for Howell Chamber of Commerce members and $5 extra for prospective members. To RSVP or receive further information, call the Howell Chamber of Commerce at 732-363-4114.

A Starbucks Coffee representative will be at the Jackson library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, on May 19 at 7 p.m. to talk about its various brands and offer some free samples. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Call 732-928-4400 or go online at the website for details and registration. Registration is under way.