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New Leadership Roles for Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees

Children’s Specialized Hospital announces the transition of leadership roles for John Crisan to chairman; Michael Harrison to vice chairman and Kim Hanemann to secretary, of the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation board of trustees.

John Crisan, of Westfield, NJ, has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. As Chief Compliance Officer at Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, NJ) and formerly General Counsel for their Consumer Group, Crisan brings a significant amount of experience to the position, having served as a trustee for 7 years. He has also served on several committees, including the officer’s, executive and compensation committees. Crisan has been appointed to serve a three-year term as chairman. During his tenure, Crisan aims to help increase financial support from corporations, foundations, and community partners.

“Children’s Specialized is a cause deeply important to me and my family,” said Crisan. “The purpose of the Foundation is to ensure financial stability so the Hospital can continue to treat children with complex medical needs for years to come. There are major challenges in health care facing our country and our state, and we are dedicated to the strength and success of Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Foundation.”

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Michael Harrison, of Denville, has been appointed vice chair of the board of trustees of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. As a lawyer in his own practice in Denville, New Jersey, Harrison brings a significant amount of experience to the position, having served as a trustee for 20 years. He has also served on several committees and chaired several successful galas. Harrison has been appointed to serve a three-year term as vice chair of the Foundation board. He will share the position with fellow trustee Morris Lenczicki. 

Harrison stated, “I remember from my first visit over 35 years ago, it was a place where children smiled, laughed and had hope written on their faces. Children’s Specialized was truly a place where the staff and volunteers were truly making a difference and maximizing the potential of every child,” said Harrison. “The smiles have not faded and the staff is just as compassionate.  Despite growing to over 13 locations, there continues to be a demand for the specialized services. The fact that I have the opportunity to play a small role in helping children with life changing illness, injury or diagnosis is reason enough to volunteer another 20 years or more.” 

Kim Hanemann, of Bridgewater, has been appointed secretary of the board of trustees of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation.  As sr. vice president of delivery projects & construction at PSE&G in South Plainfield, Hanemann brings a significant amount of experience to the position, having served as a trustee for two years. She has also served on several committees, including chairing the committee for the annual Children’s Specialized Hospital Walk n’ Roll for the past four years.  Mrs. Hanemann has been appointed to serve a three-year term as secretary of the Foundation board. In 2014 Hanemann was inducted into the YWCA New Jersey Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2013 she was named by NJBIZ as one of New Jersey’s best 50 women in business.

“I have had the opportunity through my work on the Foundation Board to meet some of these families and their children, and the stories they have shared are inspiring. This hospital with its dedicated passionate staff is truly a special place that creates miracles for our children,” said Hanemann.

Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation raised $15 million in 2014 to support the pediatric rehabilitation programs and services of the Hospital. The majority of gifts were designated for special projects like the expansion of the inpatient hospital in New Brunswick and the opening of a new outpatient center in Warren, expanding the hospital’s ability to improve access to care for children across the state. Unlike acute care hospitals, Children’s Specialized does not receive government funding to care for patients who are uninsured or underinsured. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the nation.

PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit; Facebook:; Twitter:; YouTube:; LinkedIn:'s-specialized-hospital Instagram:

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NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

Thank you, Mayor Brindle and Six Members of Town Council, for Approving 2018 Budget

April 25, 2018

Thank you, Mayor Brindle, and the six members of council, who voted to approve the 2018 budget last night and to Mr. Gildea, Councilwoman Habgood and the finance committee members who worked tirelessly to prepare it. Thank you for the lowest tax increase I can recall while producing a budget that provides for smart investment in our town. 

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Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center presents “Protecting Your Colorectal Health” on Tuesday, May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, 333 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway. Admission is free.

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Westfield Public Schools Welcomes Community to Auditorium Open Houses

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MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

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This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

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‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Crash

April 23, 2018

PATERSON, NJ — On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson,” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision while on duty.

Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the ...