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NJM Insurance Group Receives Third Consecutive J.D. Power Certification for Providing an “Outstanding Claims Experience” for Personal Lines Customers

October 15, 2020 – West Trenton, NJ – NJM Insurance Group, a leading property and casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, has for the third year received the Auto Claims Certification for providing an outstanding personal auto claims experience from J.D. Power, a global leader in consumer insights and advisory services.

NJM is the first and only insurance company in the nation to hold this designation.

It reflects NJM’s commitment to providing an insurance claims experience that meets or exceeds the high expectations of consumers.

“We are once again heartened to receive this independent recognition of our continued commitment to policyholder service,” said Mitch Livingston, NJM president and CEO. “This year, NJM employees have truly risen to the occasion, delivering the highest levels of service despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic.”

Eligibility for J.D. Power’s Claims Certification Program℠ involved a rigorous independent audit of NJM’s claims process, including a survey of recent claimants and an evaluation of claims performance across all key areas of the claims process.  It also included a rigorous independent audit and claims evaluation, resulting in NJM satisfying 88 out of 89 evaluation metrics – a 99% success rate, which is well above the minimum requirement of 80%.

“J.D. Power congratulates NJM on their Auto Claims program certification for the 3rd consecutive year,” said Tom Super, Head of P&C Insurance at J.D. Power. “This designation reflects their ongoing commitment to provide an exceptional claims experience for their customers.”

About NJM Insurance Group

NJM is among the Mid-Atlantic’s leading property and casualty insurers. Founded in 1913, NJM’s mission is to provide value-based insurance solutions to its policyholders with the highest levels of service, integrity, and financial stewardship. The Company operates in a mutual fashion for the exclusive benefit of its policyholders. Headquartered in West Trenton, NJ, NJM employs nearly 2,500 workers. For more, visit NJM.com.

About J.D. Power

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. A pioneer in the use of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithmic modeling capabilities to understand consumer behavior, J.D. Power has been delivering incisive industry intelligence on customer interactions with brands and products for more than 50 years. The world’s leading businesses across major industries rely on J.D. Power to guide their customer-facing strategies.

J.D. Power is headquartered in Troy, Mich., and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. To learn more about the company’s business offerings, visit JDPower.com/business. The J.D. Power auto shopping tool can be found at JDPower.com.

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Gebroe-Hammer Associates Reports Monmouth-to-Burlington County Corridor is Humming With Multifamily Investment Interest

Monmouth/Burlington County, N.J., October 15, 2020 – Known as one of New Jersey’s fastest growing and rapidly developing transit gateways, the I-195/I-295 Monmouth-Burlington County corridor is buzzing with multifamily investment interest and an ever-expanding tenant pipeline, according to the market specialists at Gebroe-Hammer Associates. Since the start of the year, the firm has arranged five deals across these two counties consisting of 668 units valued in excess of $114.55M.

Key recent sales highlights include trades involving 66 units at Palmyra Arms, 50 W. Broad St., in Palmyra and 42 units at Holly House Apartments, 100 Drury Lane, in Asbury Park.

These transactions, which total $11.8M and extend from the banks of the Delaware River to the Atlantic Coast, were arranged by the brokerage team of Eli Herskowitz, sales representative, and Joseph Brecher, executive managing director, (Palmyra Arms) as well as Senior Vice President Adam Zweibel (Holly House). In each, the firm exclusively represented the separate sellers and procured the respective buyers.

Since April, both Herskowitz and Zweibel have been engaged by property owners and investors alike throughout this Central-Southwest New Jersey span. Both counties also have gained renewed popularity among city-dwellers seeking alternative rental-living options.

“Apartment rentals in this out-commuter region have tenants competing for available units in a manner once associated with single-family homebuying,” explained Herskowitz. “More and more renters are getting pre-qualified so they can move quickly once a unit becomes available and sign off on a one-year or more lease term, which has become the norm.”

According to Zweibel, the I-195/I-295 corridor and its surrounding state, county and local roadway network have been a catalyst for new commercial development in recent years. As a result, the stage had been set pre-pandemic for attracting an influx of tenants.

“While this has long been an important regional corridor, which connects via CR 537 in North Hanover Township in Burlington County and Upper Freehold in Township in Monmouth County, commercial development has become a focal point thanks to extremely heavy highway volume traveling to and from major employment centers – from Philadelphia and Trenton-Hamilton-Ewing to Monmouth and Middlesex counties,” said Zweibel, who is credited with arranging the $6.2M sale of 46 additional multifamily units in July and was involved in the sale of an unnamed 290+ unit garden-apartment community in September. Both were in Monmouth County.

In Burlington County, Herskowitz also was part of the Gebroe-Hammer team arranging the Q1 sale of an unnamed 200+ unit, 1970s-era garden-style apartment community as well as Q2 transactions involving 500+ units in Camden County and 300+ units in Mercer County. He also is credited with exclusively representing the seller and procuring the buyer in the $4.3M trade of 46 units at 198 White Horse Pike in Camden County’s Collingswood.

Since 1975, Gebroe-Hammer’s brokerage activities have concentrated on all multifamily types including Class A, B and C high-rise and garden-apartment properties. While initially focusing on New Jersey, the Livingston, N.J.-based firm has evolved during the past 45 years to also dominate the Eastern Pennsylvania and New York State submarkets as well as represent client interests nationally. Widely recognized for its consistent sales performance, the firm is a 16-time CoStar Power Broker and is credited with arranging the largest portfolio sale in 2019 for the MidAtlantic Region and in New Jersey. 

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Norcross Announces More Than $1.8M in Funding for Family Services in South Jersey

CAMDEN, NJ – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced on October 14, 2020 that the Center for Family Services (CFS), located in Camden, will receive a total of $1,861,524 in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The four grants will help CFS expand their capacity to help improve the health and safety of South Jersey families.

“From providing emergency housing to strengthening father-child relationships, these grants will help the Center for Family Services provide local families with the resources they need to remain healthy and safe, especially during the current public health crisis,” said Congressman Norcross. “This federal funding will ensure services remain available and are expanded to the most at-risk individuals in our community. I look forward to seeing how these awards positively impact our families and children in South Jersey, by giving them the tools to compete and succeed.”

Specifically, the Center for Family Services received the following grants:

  • $301,538 to help provide therapeutic services to victims of domestic violence.

“This new funding from the federal government will provide important therapeutic services for children who witnessed or experienced violence in their households,” said Richard Stagliano, President & CEO at Center For Family Services. “These expanded services will help to mitigate the negative effects of the trauma and support path to healing for children here in our New Jersey community.”

  • $200,000 to expand emergency shelter and support services to at risk children.

“A safe place to live is a basic need,” said Stagliano. “Thanks to this award from the federal government, children here in New Jersey will have a safe place to turn for walk-in emergency shelter and support services that promote safety, well-being and self-sufficiency. This important funding will help to change lives.”

  • $360,000 to help provide services for survivors of human trafficking.

“Thanks to this federal award from HHS, CFS will expand and strengthen services for victims and survivors or human trafficking and their families,” said Stagliano. “This important funding will increase outreach to, identification of, rescue of and services for victims and survivors.”

  • $999,986 to strengthen father-child development.

“This new federal funding supports the important role fathers play in the positive development of children,” said Stagliano. “Trauma-informed services designed to strengthen positive father-child engagement, increase connections to employment, and build economic stability will be offered in collaboration with community-based partners and service sites across the City of Camden.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is a federal agency tasked with enhancing the health and well-being of the country.

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Atlantic County Recovery Court to Graduate 42 Participants Oct. 27

The Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage will recognize the successes of 42 Atlantic County graduates of its recovery court program during two virtual ceremonies on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The graduates, along with their friends and families, treatment providers and court staff, will attend the ceremonies at 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The recovery court team, led by Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson and staffed by court personnel, attorneys, probation officers, substance abuse evaluators, and treatment professionals, has continued to support participants’ recovery during the Covid-19 health crisis.

“Our total graduating class for 2020 is 88. The graduating class size reflects the enormous growth of our program, and further reflects the enormity of the substance abuse catastrophe impacting Atlantic County and our state. These graduates have achieved sobriety and employment. They are prepared for a life as positive family members, role models and citizens. All of them have embraced the concepts of honesty and recovery,” Judge Sandson said.

The ceremonies will include encouraging words from Assignment Judge Julio Mendez and Judge Sandson as they recognize the graduates’ journeys from addiction to recovery.

The ceremonies also mark Judge Sandson’s last group of recovery court graduates as he approaches retirement in November.

During his four-year tenure as recovery court judge, he has made transformative changes in the program.

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Yearlings of New Jersey Sires Muscle Hill & Walner Lead Sales at Prestigious Kentucky Auction

(TRENTON) –  Yearlings from New Jersey sires Muscle Hill and Walner led the way at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in Kentucky. Muscle Hill led trotting sires with $4.81 million in gross sales and a $192,400 average for 25 horses sold. Walner was second in gross sales with $2.64 million with an average of $155,294 for 17 horses. Muscle Hill and Walner each stand at Southwind Farms in Pennington in Mercer County.


“New Jersey has a rich tradition in horse racing and our equine farms continue to make a significant positive impact on many levels,” said NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher, who visited Southwind Farms earlier this year. “A thriving horse industry establishes a broad economic infrastructure that supports many agriculture-related businesses.”

The offspring of Muscle Hill and Walner each garnered their share of attention at the sale. The trotting filly Kadena, out of Walner, brought the highest price on the first day of the sale at $725,000. That amount set the record for a highest bid on a filly yearling, breaking the previous mark of $625,000 set in 1983. Kadena is expected to train in New Jersey this fall.

The top selling colt from Muscle Hill was Bonanza at $600,000. Muscle Hill also sired Knights Guard, and Trunk Bay, which each sold for $400,000, and No Ball Games, which sold for $340,000.

Muscle Hill, recognized around the world, sired this year’s Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill. Muscle Hill was the 2009 Horse of the Year and was the Trotting World Champion as a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old. Muscle Hill also had a streak of 20 straight wins and set a single year winnings record at nearly $2.5 million. According to the United States Trotting Association, 2-year-old foals and starters from Muscle Hill had amassed more than $4 million in earnings through the end of 2019.

Walner was the 2016 2-year-old Dan Patch Award Trotter of the Year, when he won 9 of 10 starts, which included a win in the Breeders Crown. In 2017, he won the Stanley Dancer Memorial Division at the Meadowlands. Walner is out of Mission Brief, a daughter of Muscle Hill.

Southwind Farms’ General Manager is Laura Young and her husband, Chris Pazdan, is the Farm Manager. Along with the 235 acres at the horse facility, they also farm about 800 acres in hay and grain in Hopewell Township. A second Southwind Farms equine facility is in Gilbertsville, N.Y.

The success of New Jersey race horses has led to an increase in the amount of mares that are bred here each year. The number has risen by more than 500 since 2017, reaching nearly 800 in 2020.

The racing dates for the rest of this year at the Meadowlands are Fridays and Saturdays from now through the end of the year, except for Christmas Day.

There are also seven off-track wagering facilities throughout the state located at Meadowlands Racetrack, Freehold Raceway, Mays Landing, Monmouth Park, Woodbridge, Gloucester Township and Toms River.

For more information about the Standardbred Breeders Association of New Jersey go to http://www.sboanj.com/