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Konica Minolta to Offer its US Employees ‘Stewards of Children’ Training with Metro YMCA of the Oranges to Combat Child Sexual Abuse


LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has announced that it is partnering with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. to participate in the online Stewards of Children training to combat child sexual abuse. Committed to corporate citizenship, Konica is encouraging its nearly 7,000 employees across the United States to participate.

“We are pleased to partner with Konica Minolta in this endeavor and hope that other employers are inspired to follow suit,’’ said Maureen Simons, senior director of child safety at the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey. “Konica Minolta recognizes that child sexual abuse, perpetrated in the shadows, can be prevented when caring adults learn to recognize the signs and intervene to protect children.”

The Metro YMCA has already trained more than 2,000 adults, including 97 percent of its 1,000-member staff, in the Stewards of Children curriculum, created by the nonprofit Darkness to Light. According to the Y, It is estimated that one in seven girls and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused during their childhood, and about three quarters of victims remain silent about what was done to them for at least a year.

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“Upon learning about the course and the great impact it has on raising awareness and providing knowledge which results in the reduction of child sexual abuse, we became interested in helping the Metro YMCA meet their goal of having five percent of adults in NJ take the training,” said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. “This course offers valuable information to all adults, and employee participation is important in helping to promote optimal well-being and development of children in the community.” 

Employees of Ramsey-based Konica Minolta have an impressive track record of participating in community initiatives, and many of them consider the company’s commitment to being a good corporate citizen one of the best parts about working there, Kern said.

Konica Minolta conducts several initiatives each year, mostly geared toward education, STEM education and hunger relief. Most recently, through its “Food for Thought” initiative, employees nationwide provided more than 10,000 nutritious food items to local food banks to support students in need during the summer vacation season. 

The Metro Y continues to spread the word about child sexual abuse through its ‘Kids Matter’ campaign. Simons has met with parent-teacher associations and scheduled trainings for staff of the Maplewood and East Orange libraries. Educators in several school districts and the South Orange Library staff have completed the training, which can be done online or in-person.

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company’s donation of $3,000, in addition to the $1,000 donation from the South Orange Rotary, is being used to cover the cost of materials for community trainings.

Any New Jersey resident can take the two-hour online version of the course for free and information on in-person training sessions can be found HERE.

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Livingston Lacrosse Senior Jason Scher Named Athlete of the Week

April 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School senior Jason Scher has been named as TAPinto Livingston’s Athlete of the Week after scoring 14 goals and contributing 15 assists in his last five games—bringing him to a total of 35 points so far this season.

With Scher leading the pack, the Lancers are 5-2 after winning their last five consecutive games. Scher scored three ...

One Free Class at Cycle Bar Livingston

April 23, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Get a free ride at Cycle Bar Livingston. Livingston’s premium indoor cycling facility invites the public to sign up for their first ride free.

Click HERE to see the full class schedule.

During this week only, Cycle Bar is also participating in the Livingston Fitness Crawl, offering five days of free classes through Friday.  

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Livingston Fitness Crawl: Five Days of Free Classes at 12 Livingston Businesses

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy one free class at as many of Livingston’s fitness businesses as they would like during this week’s Livingston Fitness Crawl, a Livingston Business Improvement District event, beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 27.

For five days, no purchase is necessary at the following locations:

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Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

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Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

Join the ...

Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

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Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

April 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Middlesex County Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a roundtable discussion on Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formally incarcerated women to discuss legislation Lopez and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle are introducing, modeled after legislation Booker introduced in the Senate, to reform the way women are treated behind ...

Abilities Expo 2018 Offers Resources for People With Special Needs

April 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s Abilities Expo 2018 will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Livingston High School. This family-friendly event showcases a variety of resources, products, services and technologies for people with special needs – all under one roof. The Expo is co-sponsored by Livingston Public Schools and the Livingston Advisory ...

Lock Down Initiated After Stray Bullet Found at Morristown High School

April 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Morristown High School was on a school-wide lock down as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday after a stray bullet was discovered on the athletic fields of the school. 

Police were on the scene and currently investigating the incident. The school initiated a "shelter in place," which means instruction continued as students stayed in their ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 12, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

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