Ocean Partnership for Children hosts Multicultural Potluck Feast

The event was held at OPC headquarters in Toms River on November 14.

OPC hosts Multicultural Potluck Feast.

OPC hosts Multicultural Potluck Feast.

TOMS RIVER, N.J.Nov. 23, 2022PRLog — Ocean Partnership for Children’s (OPC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee held a Multicultural Potluck Feast on November 14 to celebrate the nonprofit’s rich diversity during the holiday season.

“We are so thankful for the opportunity to celebrate the variety of cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities of our staff, as well as the foods that correlate with those respective backgrounds,” said Mary Jo Buchanan, Executive Director of OPC.  “Thank you to the DEI committee and everyone who participated in this exciting event.”

OPC staff presented various dishes at the event and shared the meaning behind the dish with the team. “Our team members shared about their family, culture and beliefs – whatever was meaningful to them,” Buchanan added.

One staffer’s Ukrainian heritage helped to shape who he was today. “It was especially meaningful because some of his family was impacted by the current war in Ukraine,” said Buchanan.

Another staffer shared a photo of her family going to a local farm to cut down a fresh Christmas tree and afterwards spending the day decorating it together.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is also a mainstay for many OPC team members.

Instead of turkey on Thanksgiving, one staffer eats pernil, which is pork shoulder. “The pork is marinated for days, and it takes all day to bake,” Buchanan said.

Jolloff rice is a West African tradition. “One of our staff members is Ghanaian and that’s what he brought,” Buchanan added.

Then there were the desserts – most of them heavenly.

Arroz con dulce, which translates to rice with candy, was definitely a crowd pleaser. So was the coquito, which is Puerto Rican Egg Nog.

Buchanan shared of her own heritage and Pennsylvania Dutch roots. “I brought shoofly pie and whoopie pies made by a bakery I love in Lancaster,” she added.

Kate Martinez, an OPC Care Manager Supervisor, helped organize the event. “Thank you to everyone who participated in our potluck,” she said. “It is a treasure to get to know you all and celebrate our cultures together over a feast.”

The event came after OPC’s released its official statement regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.

“They are more than just words for us,” according to OPC. “They are the definitive principles that guide how we serve youth and families and cultivate community relationships…”

Buchanan says that OPC is committed to developing an agency and community where all individuals feel safe being present as their authentic, whole selves and to challenging those systems, institutions, and practices that do not support this goal.

“We strive to educate and foster equal opportunities that promote growth for all while ensuring every individual is included and has a voice,” said Buchanan. “At OPC, we find that we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more understanding, and more capable of change.”

Thanks to corporate team building events like OPC’s recent multicultural potluck feast, those voices are heard and celebrated.

About Ocean Partnership for Children Inc.

Founded in 2005, Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC) is Ocean County’s Care Management Organization (CMO). Its mission is to enhance the well-being of youth and their families through natural and community supports. OPC provides care management services for Ocean County youth up to the age of 21 years who have mental health, substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges.  OPC strives to keep children and adolescents at home, in school, and in the community by connecting them to resources that meet their unique needs and help them achieve their goals.

Ocean Partnership for Children is a non-profit organization available at no cost to all youth and families in Ocean County who meet the eligibility criteria of the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. To learn more, visit www.oceanpartnership.org or https://www.oceanresourcenet.org.

Ocean Partnership for Children issues Request for Proposals for Community Resource Development Funds

Request for Proposals (RFPs) will be used to develop programs and/or increase the availability of community-based resources to Ocean County youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, developmental, intellectual, substance use needs, & their families.

Ocean Partnership For Children

Ocean Partnership For Children

TOMS RIVER, N.J.Nov. 2, 2022PRLog — Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC) is seeking proposals to develop and/or increase the availability of community-based resources to Ocean County youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, developmental, intellectual, substance use needs, and their families.

“OPC provides care management services to children and youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, developmental, intellectual, and substance use needs, and their families,” said Mary Jo Buchanan, Executive Director of OPC. “As part of our contract with the New Jersey Children’s System of Care (CSOC), OPC has access to limited community resource development (CRD) funds designated for one-time use by community organizations to develop new, additional, and/or unique programs that address unmet or under-served needs in Ocean County.”

A maximum total of $67,788.07 is available to fund one or more projects. “Funding is to be used for expansion or creation of programs that serve Ocean County youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, developmental, intellectual, substance use needs, and their families,” said Buchanan.

A Bidder’s Meeting will be held to answer questions about the Request for Proposals for any interested community provider on November 8 at 2pm (click here to join the meeting (https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url…)). RFPs are due to OPC on December 2nd by 12pm (click here for the application (https://www.oceanpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/…)). CRD funding approval will be announced on April 1, 2023 and project implementation is scheduled to begin July 1, 2023. Contact Katie Colhoun, Director of Community Resources and Advocacy, via email (kcolhoun@oceanpartnership.org) with any questions.

OPC links youth and families to all the resources and supports they need, and they currently have over 80 care managers that serve over 1,000 youth in Ocean County. “As Ocean County’s Care Management Organization, we are part of the New Jersey Children’s System of Care and are responsible for linking youth in crisis to resources to help them heal and succeed,” Buchanan added.

About Ocean Partnership for Children Inc.

Founded in 2005, Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC) is Ocean County’s Care

Management Organization (CMO). Its mission is to enhance the well-being of youth and

their families through natural and community supports. OPC provides care management

services for Ocean County youth up to the age of 21 years who have mental health,

substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges.  OPC strives to keep children and adolescents at home, in school, and in the community by connecting

them to resources that meet their unique needs and help them achieve their goals.

Ocean Partnership for Children is a non-profit organization available at no cost

to all youth and families in Ocean County who meet the eligibility criteria

of the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. To learn more, visit www.oceanpartnership.org or https://www.oceanresourcenet.org.

Ocean Partnership for Children hosts 3rd Annual Domestic Violence Vigil

The vigil was held in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event’s main speaker was Ed Parze of the Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation.

Ed Parze of The Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation

Ed Parze of The Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation

TOMS RIVER, N.J.Oct. 21, 2022PRLog — She was a student athlete, a talented artist, and a compassionate, loyal friend to everyone she met. Her natural born talent as an artist brought her so much joy. She also loved children and enjoyed spending time on the beach, on the river, or on the ocean. In 2019, 25-year-old Stephanie Parze of Freehold was killed by her abusive ex-boyfriend. It took 87 days for her family to find her. Stories like Stephanie’s are heartbreaking but not so uncommon.

According to estimates by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and statistics from the FBI, approximately 16,441 individuals were victims of domestic violence homicides in the last 10 years. Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. (OPC) in Toms River aims to raise awareness on domestic violence and change these devastating statistics.

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the nonprofit organization hosted its 3rd Annual Domestic Violence Vigil last week at its Toms River headquarters at 36 Washington Street.

The candlelight vigil honored the lives of victims of domestic violence and the resilience of survivors. The evening included speakers from NJ Children’s System of Care, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Providence House and the Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation.

Ed Parze, of the Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation, was the vigil’s main speaker. Parze took to the podium to share his daughter Stephanie’s powerful story. Parze created the Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation to honor and remember Stephanie’s life. The foundation’s mission is to provide education, intervention and support to families and individuals dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse and missing loved ones.

“Stephanie was missing for 87 days,” said Parze. “During those 87 days, we formed groups consisting of over 1,000 people at different times to search for. We later learned that Stephanie had been murdered in an act of domestic violence. Our worst nightmare was confirmed.”

Today, Stephanie’s father hopes to help as many victims as he can so that they can have a chance to live the life they deserve. “If we share what we learned with families of the missing and if just one person gets found a little faster, and hopefully safe, we will have honored Stephanie,” he said. “She deserves the legacy we are trying to create.”

Prior to the vigil, Toms River Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill presented a proclamation to Maureen DeSantis, OPC’s Assistant Director of Clinical Operations. DeSantis spearheads the Domestic Violence Vigil each year.

“As Ocean County’s Care Management Organization, we are part of the New Jersey Children’s System of Care and are responsible for linking youth in crisis to resources to help them heal and succeed,” said Mary Jo Buchanan, Executive Director of OPC. “Although we work with the Children’s System of Care, we are our own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, run by a volunteer Board of Trustees.”

OPC serves Ocean County youth up to age 21 who is struggling with a mental health, substance us or developmental challenge. “Many of our youth are depressed, anxious, have suicidal thoughts and problems at home and in school,” said Buchanan.

The goal of OPC is to keep kids at home, in school and safely in the community. “We are successful – 96 percent of our youth show improvement or stability because of our care coordination,” Buchanan added. OPC currently coordinates care for over 1,000 Ocean County youth.

“Many of our youth and families are impacted by domestic violence, whether the youth have experienced violence themselves or have witnessed it in their homes,” said Buchanan. “We estimate that approximately 20 percent of our youth are experience domestic violence, so it is a very important issue for us. That’s why we hold the Domestic Violence Vigil each year to call attention to the issue, recognize the impact it has on our youth and families and to remember those who have been impacted by violence.”

*According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).

About Ocean Partnership for Children Inc.

Founded in 2005, Ocean Partnership for Children (OPC) is Ocean County’s Care

Management Organization (CMO). Its mission is to enhance the well-being of youth and

their families through natural and community supports. OPC provides care management

services for Ocean County youth up to the age of 21 years who have mental health,

substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges.  OPC strives to keep children and adolescents at home, in school, and in the community by connecting

them to resources that meet their unique needs and help them achieve their goals.

Ocean Partnership for Children is a non-profit organization available at no cost

to all youth and families in Ocean County who meet the eligibility criteria

of the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. To learn more, visit https://www.oceanpartnership.org or https://www.oceanresourcenet.org.

Magnolia Partnership LLC Announces That Northgate Market Has Filed a Lawsuit Against Its Magnolia Flats

 The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, will hear an appeal from a lower court’s ruling enjoining a 450-apartment unit project known as Magnolia Flats, located adjacent to Northgate Market in Riverside, California. Northgate Market filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent the housing from being built because it would allegedly interfere with its delivery trucks, which currently drive through an easement-protected drive aisle between Northgate and the housing site sought to be developed. The Magnolia Flats developer, Magnolia Partnership LLC, alleges that the project has accommodated Northgate’s desire to drive their delivery trucks across the Magnolia Flats development site with multiple ingress and egress options.

Magnolia Partnership LLC (“Magnolia”) is the owner of mixed-use zoned property at 10481 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California (the “Magnolia Property”). Magnolia purchased the Magnolia Property to construct an attractive mixed-use commercial development consisting of desperately needed workforce multifamily housing (450 apartments) and 9,000 square feet of retail space (the “Magnolia Project”). Magnolia’s goal in developing the Magnolia Project is to provide much-needed workforce housing for hundreds of middle- and lower-income families in the Riverside community. This new multifamily housing development would also greatly help the City of Riverside achieve compliance with the State of California’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (“RHNA”) requirements. The City of Riverside is required to provide a minimum of 18,415 new housing units for the 2021-2029 Housing Element Cycle. An added benefit of the Magnolia Project would be additional customers frequenting the businesses surrounding the Magnolia Property, businesses which include the proposed Northgate Market grocery store. However, Northgate seeks to block the development of the Magnolia Project because of purported easement and access concerns.

Allegedly, Magnolia went through a process designing and entitling the Magnolia Project which culminated with the Magnolia Project recently being approved by the City of Riverside. Unfortunately, on September 14, 2021, Northgate Gonzalez, LLC (“Northgate Market”) filed a lawsuit against Magnolia and Realm Real Estate, LLC (“Realm”) (Northgate Gonzalez, LLC v. Realm Real Estate, LLC; Magnolia Partnership, LLC, Case No. CVRI2104149), which blocked the development of the Magnolia Project. The Complaint filed by Northgate Market also named Wilson Holdings, L.P. (“Wilson”) and Los Altos XXVII, L.P. (“Los Altos”) as plaintiffs. According to the Complaint, Wilson and Los Altos own the property where the Northgate Market is located (the “Northgate Property”).

In its Complaint, Northgate Market alleges that development of the Magnolia Project violates a 1979 easement agreement between the Northgate Market and Magnolia Project properties. Northgate Market alleges that the land must be used for shopping center and commercial purposes. Previously, a Toys-R-Us was operated on the Northgate Property and a GEMCO was located on the Magnolia Property (both Toys-R-Us and GEMCO closed their stores leaving the vacant site a blighted and underutilized eyesore).

Concurrently with the filing of its Complaint, Northgate Market also applied for and was granted a preliminary injunction enjoining (blocking or prohibiting) the Magnolia Project, a multifamily housing community recently approved in the City of Riverside. Magnolia and Realm have appealed the preliminary injunction, alleging the easement agreement’s purpose is for ingress, egress and parking, and contains no use restrictions, maintaining the mixed-use commercial multifamily Magnolia Project is definitionally in compliance with the commercial language of the easement agreement. Additionally, Magnolia has filed a Cross-Complaint against Northgate Market.

In their Cross-Complaint, Magnolia alleges that prior to the lawsuit being filed by Northgate Market, representatives of Northgate Market, Wilson, and Los Altos made demands for substantial money from Magnolia. The Cross-Complaint alleges, “On or about January 29, 2019, representatives of Plaintiffs and Cross-Complainant [Magnolia] met in Newport Beach to discuss Cross-Complainants’ project. Plaintiffs’ representative Scott Bell opened the meeting by stating ‘This is going to cost iStar a lot of money!’” The Cross-Complaint alleges that at the time Mr. Bell made these comments, iStar was the owner of the Magnolia Property and that it appears that based on the timeline of events as described in the Cross-Complaint, the monetary demand made to Magnolia precedes the filing of Northgate Market’s Complaint to enjoin, or block, development of the Magnolia Project.

Darrin Olson, a representative for Magnolia, says, “Northgate Market’s decision to file suit to oppose the City approved development of 450 housing units is unfortunate given that housing is desperately needed in the State of California and the City of Riverside. From the inception of the Magnolia Project and through today, the development team has taken great efforts in designing the mixed-use commercial and multifamily development to be harmonious with the easement and integrated with its neighbors such as Northgate Market, while going above and beyond in designing the Magnolia Project in a manner that addresses and alleviates those concerns voiced by Northgate Market, including delivery truck circulation.” Mr. Olson further states: “Words cannot describe how disappointed we are in Northgate Market’s opposition to a much needed 450-unit multifamily workforce housing development project. These same residents of our proposed apartment development are likely customers of Northgate Market. Magnolia just wants to improve our community by providing desperately needed workforce housing in the area.”

Mr. Olson continues, “The City of Riverside describes its vision of Riverside as ‘the place where the American Dream is realized. A place where regardless of income level, people are able to find distinctive, special places to live.’ The Magnolia Project is designed with the goal of providing such housing in order for the City to realize that vision and furnish that dream.”

Notably, the developer behind Magnolia Flats has successfully developed other architecturally appealing multifamily projects in the Inland Empire that provide significant housing enhancements to communities. For example, “Mission Lofts” is an attractive 212-unit apartment community located in Riverside’s Eastside, a Hispanic neighborhood, whereby a blighted, Metrolink adjacent, commercial site was redeveloped into workforce housing. Additionally, “Monterey Station” is a 349-unit apartment community that was developed by the owners of Magnolia and completed in downtown Pomona. Similar to the Magnolia Flats and Mission Lofts developments, the Monterey Station project site was a blighted commercial area near downtown Pomona and next to the Metrolink station, before being developed into new workforce housing for hundreds of families.

Similar to Mission Lofts and Monterey Station, the owners of Magnolia are seeking to enhance and provide the much needed 450-unit workforce multifamily housing in Riverside on a blighted site.

On 09/14/2021, Northgate Gonzalez, LLC filed a lawsuit against Realm Real Estate, LLC. This case number 2104149 was filed in Riverside County Superior Courts, Riverside Historic Courthouse located in Riverside, California. The Judge overseeing this case is Chad Firetag.

About Magnolia Partnership LLC and Its Investors: Magnolia Partnership LLC is a partnership that is developing Magnolia Flats, which project investors include The Bascom Group and Realm Group. They have completed over $20.7B in multifamily value-added transactions since 1996, including 350 multifamily community acquisitions and 90,000 units as well as numerous developments.

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MARITIME PARTNERSHIP EXERCISE BETWEEN INDIAN NAVY AND JAPAN MARITIME SELF DEFENSE FORCE IN THE ANDAMAN SEA


 A Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) was conducted between Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and Indian Navy on 23 Jul 22 in Andaman Sea. INS Sukanya, an offshore patrol vessel and JS Samidare, a Murasame class destroyer, undertook various exercises including seamanship activities, aircraft operations and tactical manoeuvres as part of the operational interaction. The two countries have been carrying out regular exercises in IOR towards reinforcing maritime association. The exercise were aimed at enhancing interoperability and streamlining seamanship and communication procedures. This exercise is part of the ongoing efforts between the two navies towards ensuring safe and secure international shipping and trade in Indian Ocean Region.


 



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