RWJBarnabas Health announces leadership changes

The RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Mark E. Manigan to replace Barry H. Ostrowsky as president of RWJBarnabas as Ostrowsky moves toward his long planned retirement.

Manigan is currently chief strategy and business development officer. As president, Manigan will report directly to Ostrowsky, who will retain the title of Chief Executive Officer until his retirement at the end of the year. After a successful transition, Manigan will assume the role of president and chief executive officer for the system on Jan. 1, 2023.

Manigan, age 50, joined RWJBarnabas Health in 2019 as executive vice president, business development, and was later promoted to chief strategy and development officer in 2020. In this capacity, he led the system’s business development function and was responsible for the evolution of the strategic plan and oversight of RWJBarnabas Health’s Ambulatory Services Division. He also served as a key member of the system’s Strategic Council.

Before joining RWJBarnabas Health, Manigan was a leading healthcare attorney in New Jersey at Brach Eichler, LLC, where he counseled a wide array of healthcare clients including publicly traded companies, health systems, insurance companies, private equity sponsors, ambulatory care facilities and physician groups on complex mergers and acquisitions, consolidation strategies and regulatory matters.

In addition to the appointment of Manigan, RWJBH is announcing that John W. Doll, 50, has been appointed to the newly created position of senior executive vice president and chief operating officer for the system, effective March 1. Doll will lead the day-to-day operations of RWJBH, and report to Manigan. Doll has held several leadership positions within the system, including chief integration officer, chief financial officer and, as of 2020, chief financial and administrative officer.

NJCU partnership aids 1st-generation college students

New Jersey City University has partnered with CareerSpring, a national online job placement and networking platform for first-generation college students, to enhance its career access support for those students who make up 54 percent of the institution’s undergraduate population. NJCU is the first educational institution in New Jersey to join the national non-profit’s Network of Education Partners.

Employers are looking for smart, driven, and diverse talent. The online job search and networking platform will provide students free access to career information, hundreds of real-world professionals committed to networking and coaching, and job placement services that match high-quality employers with first generation talent.

Through this collaboration, thousands of NJCU’s first-generation college students can establish a free account on the non-profit’s Career Platform. That ‘Advisee’ account becomes students’ virtual gateway to access hundreds of informational career videos, a network with more than 750 diverse working professionals who have become ‘Advisors’ on the platform to consult with first generation students, and search for and apply to high-quality internships and jobs.

If you are a first-generation college student at NJCU and are interested in CareerSpring, contact Jodi Bailey, vice president for student affairs ([email protected]) or Kaitlyn (Kati) Abdul, New York/Northeast Regional program coordinator for CareerSpring ([email protected]) for more information. If you are a NJCU faculty or staff member, alumnus, or supporter, you can learn more about getting involved with CareerSpring as a video volunteer, advisor, or employer partner, by emailing [email protected].

G&C Hair Salon opens new studio

G&C Hair Salon has relocated from Hoboken to Downtown Jersey City and has opened a new, modern studio in the Vantage Collection located at 33 Park View Ave. The 900-square-foot studio will offer services that include haircuts, coloring and extensions.

G&C was established in 2016. Over the past five years, the salon has garnered a reputation for adapting to market needs and incorporating new techniques that reflect the latest trends.

Developed by Fisher Development Associates, the Vantage Collection features twin 45-story rental buildings along the Hudson River in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor North. The project consists of 900 apartments and more than 75,000 square feet of amenities.

The development has approximately 11,300 square feet of supportive retail space, which also includes Park View Academy, a new daycare that opened in 2019. The facility occupies 4,600 square feet of space at the Vantage Collection and features a large play area.

The high-rise towers at the Vantage Collection feature upscale studios, one- and two-bedroom rental residences. Social and recreational facilities include a 45th floor Sky Lounge, fitness center, yoga studio, children’s playroom, business center, co-working lounge with private work pods, game room, sculpture garden, covered parking and more.

Homes at the Vantage Collection are competitively priced from the mid-$2,000s. Bozzuto is the property management company for the Vantage Collection. For additional information on the Vantage Collection, call 844-288-6375 or visit www.vantagejc.com.

Sticky’s Finger Joint opens in Hoboken

To celebrate the grand opening of the Sticky’s Finger Joint Hoboken location, a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Ravi Bhalla took place on March 9. The restaurant opens to the public on March 10. As part of the grand opening, a one-day only $5 chicken finger basket promotion was scheduled. The expansion marks the chain’s first opening in Hudson County and fourth New Jersey location.

Sticky’s Finger Joint was founded in 2012 in Greenwich Village. Customers can order a basket consisting of chicken and fries, chicken sandwiches, signature creations where the chicken comes sauced, in wraps, and salads. In addition to chicken, Sticky’s also has vegetarian and vegan options available by ordering mushroom poppers or veggie fingers. It also offers f homemade dipping sauces inspired by cuisines from all around the world. Ingredients are locally sourced and farm-raised, antibiotic-free, hormone-free chicken is used. There are over a dozen locations spread across New York and New Jersey.

Jersey City school receives supplies kit from TCC

McNair Academic High School in Jersey City was one of 520 schools nationwide that received a teacher appreciation box as a part of the annual Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway from Verizon Authorized Retailer, TCC. Appreciation boxes were delivered to selected schools nationwide during the week of Feb. 14.

For the ninth year, TCC, which operates under Round Room LLC, conducted its Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway where participating stores selected a local school to receive a teacher appreciation box to support their educators. Valued at $150 each, these boxes included teacher appreciation items as well as classroom supply items, such as: coffee pods, hot cocoa mix and marshmallows, popcorn, granola bars, tissues, pens, sticky notes, dry erase markers, hand sanitizer and more.

The Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway is also the first event of TCC’s 10 Days of Giving, a company-wide celebration leading up to the company’s 10th annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, which has donated more than 1.2 million backpacks full of school supplies to students since 2013. As a company, TCC will perform 10 acts of giving for its customers, employees and other members of the communities it operates in nationwide. To learn more about TCC’s 10 Days of Giving, visit https://www.tccrocks.com/blog/10-days-of-giving/.

Round Room, LLC operates 1,241 TCC and Wireless Zone stores across 43 states.

TCC is a Culture of Good, Inc. company and makes ongoing investments in the local communities where it operates. In 2021, TCC stores nationwide purchased holiday gifts for 25 veteran families for Veterans Day, donated more than 140,000 backpacks full of school supplies to students, donated $50,000 to children’s in-person summer camps and provided teacher kits to more than 500 schools nationwide. The company’s nonprofit organization, TCC Gives, recently surpassed $3.3 million in donations to local nonprofits across the country.

More information about the Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway is available here. To learn more about TCC, visit www.TCCRocks.com. Customers can also connect with the company at www.facebook.com/tcctalk and www.twitter.com/tcctalk.

Ribbon cut on 381-unit rental building in Harrison

Harrison Mayor James A. Fife led a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 3, to celebrate the opening of a new phase of 381 innovatively designed apartments and social spaces at Harrison Urby near the town’s PATH Station.

With a cut of the ribbon, Fife and development principals unveiled the newest addition to Harrison’s residential market led by the Urby brand. Following a grand opening in 2017, Harrison Urby now offers 1,060 apartments spread throughout multiple buildings, with the newest collection residing at 200 Angelo Cifelli Drive.

NJRC and the Waterfront Project Partnership

New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC) has partnered with The Waterfront Project (WFP), a free legal services nonprofit organization and a HUD-certified counseling agency. NJRC has 13,613 program participants of which 92 percent are classified as federally low-income. The partnership will enable NJRC participants to access the free legal representation of WFP to challenge evictions and provide for rental housing counseling.

WFP resists the forces of gentrification that displace low-income residents from their communities by providing information, advice, and free legal representation. Through its Housing Counseling & Legal Advocacy Program, WFP provides eviction prevention services to low and moderate-income tenants through a combination of rental housing counseling, financial counseling, and tenant legal services.

The “Fair Chance in Housing Act” provides certain housing rights for people with criminal records. The bill was sponsored by Senate Community and Urban Affairs Chair Senator Troy Singleton.

The legislation restricts a landlord from requiring an applicant to complete any housing application that includes inquiries on the applicant’s criminal record prior to giving a conditional offer. For further information, contact Jim McGreevey at [email protected].

Port Authority’s Girl Scout program targets STEM careers

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently announced a new partnership with Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) for a new educational patch program to educate and prepare Girl Scouts for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program kicked off on March 7 with a virtual panel with GSHNJ in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

The new initiative stems from a report by the Port Authority’s Leadership Steering Committee on Race Dynamics, which outlined 25 actions and recommendations to be implemented as the agency continues working toward new standards of excellence in achieving racial and cultural diversity in the workplace.

Those recommendations included fostering increased engagement between the Port Authority and communities in which the agency operates. This new program with GSHNJ will help expand leadership and STEM-focused educational opportunities for New Jersey Girl Scouts.

The new Port Authority patch and program with GSHNJ will include activities in partnership with the Port Authority Women’s Council, whose mission is to enable and empower women to thrive in their careers at the agency. The program will allow Girl Scouts the opportunity to meet and learn from PAWC members. Activities will include mentorship, virtual workshops on leadership and career development, STEM topics, community service, and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The new patch program is open to any member of the Girl Scouts and will provide scouts with the opportunity to learn from agency staff, develop life and critical thinking skills, and provide for activities that will enable participating Girl Scouts to earn a patch for their success. To learn more about the Port Authority patch program for the Girl Scouts, visit www.gshnj.org.