Monmouth County News Briefs, March 24


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Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNA) and VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers (CHC) recently received a $5,000 grant from OceanFirst Foundation which was matched by OceanFirst Bank for a total of $10,000 in support of VNA and CHC’s efforts to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

The grant is part of OceanFirst Bank and other New Jersey headquartered banks and foundations’ $275,000 pledge to hospitals in support of vaccination efforts, according to a press release.

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“Distribution of the vaccine is only the next step in the unprecedented challenges the pandemic has presented,” said Christopher D. Maher, chairman of OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation. “We support our health care workers, hospitals and organizations as they collaborate in the effort to ensure as many eligible individuals as possible receive the vaccine.”

The OceanFirst grant will support the financial impact mobilizing vaccination has on the VNA and CHC. Insurance only reimburses a portion of providing the vaccine, leading the organizations to rely on philanthropic support to bridge the gap, according to the press release.


To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 457th birthday in April, Bell Works of Holmdel will host an outdoor arts festival, “The Bard at Bell Works.”

A part of the New Jersey Theater Alliance’s STAGES Festival, “The Bard at Bell Works” will
run for three weekends, beginning April 11 through April 25, filled with dance, theater and music, according to a press release.

The event was created by Gabriel Chajnik, director and choreographer of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT), Monmouth County’s only professional ballet company, and showcases the Axelrod Performing Arts Academy (APAA), a new pre-professional program in-residence at Bell Works, both part of the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, according to the press release.

“We are very fortunate to be part of the Bell Works community,” said Chajnik. “For AXCBT
and APAA, Bell Works is a fabulous opportunity. The Bell Works team has embraced this
project and helped us create a compelling and safe guest experience in the midst of these crazy times.”

The festival offers three ways to experience Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The first presentation is AXCBT’s “Midsummer,” created by Chajnik.

The second is a performance of the play by Madison-based The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.

A third way to enjoy “Midsummer” is a free, limited-seat screening of the 1935 Max Reinhart film starring Mickey Rooney, James Cagney and Olivia de Haviland, according to the press release.

For a complete schedule and tickets/passes for “The Bard at Bell Works,” visit Tickets are offered for individual shows, multiple shows and as a complete festival package.


Joseph P. Costa and David B. Nathan have announced a merger of their legal practices to expand elder law services in central New Jersey. The scope of their practice includes Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications, wills and trusts, estate planning and estate administration, guardianships and veterans benefits.

Their primary office is in Matawan. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the number of New Jersey residents age 65 or older increased by 24% between 2008 and 2018, and that percentage will grow as baby boomers continue to age.

“Planning in times of uncertainty can be complicated and overwhelming for seniors and their families. Our job is to simplify the process by asking the right questions and providing straightforward advice without all the fluff or legal jargon. Effective communication and accurate information are the keys to understanding your options and rights,” Costa said.

Among the services the firm provides, compiling and prosecuting Medicaid Applications in the State of New Jersey is a central focus. According to Costa, “Medicaid is a heavily regulated process and requires us to interact and coordinate with a number of entities, both private and public, healthcare and financial, all with their own competing interests and policies.” Nathan emphasized, “Navigating this landscape while caring for a family member or loved one is a daunting task. A lot of mistakes tend to happen early on in the process, so being proactive in locating the right person or firm to represent you can make all the difference.”

For more information on these services or for additional details about the firm or partners, visit, or call (609) 723-2300.

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