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Diana Fredericks attended the Economic Forecast Breakfast on December 14, sponsored by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast offered insights from leading experts on the direction of the economy, including the "fiscal cliff", expiring tax provisions, new mandates, laws under the Affordable Care Act, and what they mean for businesses and individuals.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to be a float sponsor for the Clinton Guild's 26th Annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 7.

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Diana Fredericks, along with the other members of the "Leadership Hunterdon Class of 2013", was pictured in the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce's November newsletter. Leadership Hunterdon is a nine-month professional development program in which participants focus on issues impacting Hunterdon County in the areas of Environmental & Agricultural, Legislative & Government, Healthcare & Wellness, and Business & Education.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to sponsor the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Breakfast on Nov. 28. The annual event honors those who exemplify the ideal in business practices and achievement. Lori MacWilliam and Diana Fredericks represented Gebhardt & Kiefer at the event.

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John Manfreda will serve as a Distinguished Faculty Member and presenter at the National Business Institute's seminar entitled "Trusts 101" on November 15 in Princeton. His topics will include Trusts Used for Tax Reduction, such as charitable remainder trusts, qualified domestic trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, defective trusts, education trusts, and generation skipping trust. He will also discuss various types of Grantor Trusts, along with the funding of these trusts.

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Tracy Bussel successfully argued before the Appellate Division on behalf of the City of Bridgeton in the matter of Crystal Ice-Bridgeton, LLC v. City of Bridgeton. The issue on appeal was whether the plaintiff was entitled to 24 hours' notice before portions of his fire-damaged building were demolished. The Appellate Division affirmed the granting of summary judgment as to all defendants by the trial court, finding that a Chief has the "sole authority" to direct firefighting operations at the scene of a fire, and in the matter at issue, there was no evidence the Fire Chief relinquished his statutory authority as it was undisputed that he did not declare the fire out when he called in an excavator to demolish the building. Further, the Appellate Court noted that while the certification of the Construction Code official states that he and the Fire Chief acquiesced in the demolition order, such did not negate the fact that the Chief's concurrence authorized the decision, and thus 24 hours' notice before demolition was not required. The November 13, 2012 decision of the Appellate Division has been approved for publication.

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Diana Fredericks attended the Nov. 13 Quizzo Night networking event, sponsored by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals of Hunterdon County.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to sponsor NORWESCAP Food Bank's 10th Annual Culinary Celebration on Nov. 5 at Beaver Brook Country Club.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to be a sponsor of the Clinton Sunrise Rotary Club's 33rd Annual Sprintin Clinton Race in the town of Clinton on Oct. 27.

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Deborah Rosenthal conducted a seminar for supervisory employees in the City of Bridgeton on Oct. 17. Topics included harassment, discrimination, employment policies, the Family Leave Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, municipal ethics, and the legal ramifications for violation of various laws. Participants included police, firefighters, public works employees, and administrative personnel.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to sponsor the Hunterdon Developmental Center's 16th Annual Tricky Tray Event on October 21 at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. Proceeds from the event are used to purchase specialized equipment, furnishings and other items to enhance the well-being of Center residents.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to sponsor the Lambertville Historical Society's Autumn House Tour on October 21.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to sponsor the 4th Annual 200 Club of Hunterdon and Hunterdon County Police Chiefs Association Golf Tournament on Oct. 17 at Fox Hollow Country Club.

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Diana Fredericks attended the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Committee October workshop, featuring vocational counselor Dr. David Stein.

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Richard Dieterly was an instructor at a seminar for new Planning Board and Board of Adjustment members on September 29 at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Building. The program was organized by New Jersey planning officials as part of the state-mandated training that new Board members must receive.

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Diana Fredericks attended a retreat at the Inn at Lambertville Station as part of "Leadership Hunterdon", a nine-month professional development program sponsored by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Fredericks and ten other participants met with and heard presentations from various Hunterdon community and business leaders.

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Cynthia Richards was recently re-certified by the NJ Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.

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John Manfreda will present a program on Revocable Living Trusts at the Clinton Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 7-9 PM. All Gebhardt & Kiefer clients and friends are invited to attend, along with the general public.

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William Rudnik will participate in the Hunterdon County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Seminar on October 2 at the Hunterdon County Courthouse. Mr. Rudnik will serve on the Q&A panel and also join in the mock trial session.

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William Rudnik was recently reappointed as co-chair of the Hunterdon County Bar Association Family Practice Committee, and also serves as a member of the Domestic Violence Subcommittee.

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Richard Cushing was recognized by the Hampton Emergency Squad and the Hampton Fire Company at their annual dinner for his years of outstanding support and dedication to those organizations.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to support the Fighting Children's Cancer Foundation as a Bronze Sponsor of the Jersey Shore Golf Challenge fundraiser on Sept. 21.

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Deborah Rosenthal gave a presentation on sexual discrimination in the workplace at the North Hunterdon Rotary Club meeting on Sept. 21.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to sponsor Kingwood Township's Community Day on Sept. 15.

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Diana Fredericks volunteered for a "Day of Service" on Sept. 11, collecting food at Grow-a-Row Farm for the food pantry. The event was sponsored by the Young Professionals of Hunterdon County, part of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce.

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Mark Chazin supported the North Hunterdon Rotary Club's Skylands Triathlon on Sept. 9 at Spruce Run Reservoir by serving as director of traffic control and volunteer parking. The event had over 300 participants, and an equal number of spectators and volunteers.

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Diana Fredericks is participating in the 2013 "Leadership Hunterdon", a nine-month professional development program sponsored by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Participants focus on issues impacting Hunterdon County in the areas of Environmental & Agricultural, Legislative & Government, Healthcare & Wellness, and Business & Education.

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Diana Fredericks is serving on the Events Committee for Anderson House, a halfway house program that supports women as they develop the necessary goals and life skills to return to the community as responsible, sober and productive individuals. www.andersonhouse.org

 

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Gebhardt & Kiefer is pleased to sponsor the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission's 11thBiennial Juried Art Exhibition, "Hidden Hunterdon County". The exhibition runs from Sept. 9-30 at the Sawmill Gallery at Prallsville Mills in Stockton.

 

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Diana Fredericks attended the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce networking meeting on August 22 at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton.

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John Manfreda recently appeared on the Hunterdon Chamber Internet Radio Show "It's The Law" to discuss a new area of growing concern involving children's responsibility for the cost of a parent's medical care. Mr. Manfreda discussed the applicable NJ statute that provides the basis for such legal responsibility on the part of the child. He also discussed the defenses available to the child in the event that such a claim were to be brought against a child by a NJ administrative agency to recoup monies advanced by the State for the parent's medical care. "It pays to plan ahead," said Mr. Manfreda, who handles trust and estate planning and all aspects of contested estate litigation at Gebhardt & Kiefer.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to be a sponsor of the Clinton Sunrise Rotary Club's 23rd Annual Rubber Ducky Race on July 22 in the town of Clinton. The event benefited the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey.

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Diana Fredericks attended the "Prosperity on the Delaware" networking meeting of the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce on July 23 at the Inn at Lambertville Station.

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On July 15, 2012, Lori MacWilliam gave a presentation to the Ananda Mandir Fellowship in Somerset, NJ on "Ten Myths/Facts of Estate Planning".

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Gebhardt & Kiefer is pleased to be a sponsor of the 16th Annual Black Potatoe Music Festival, to be held in the town of Clinton from July 12-15.

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Deborah Rosenthal conducted a seminar on June 21 for approximately 80 supervisory employees in Teaneck Township. Topics included harassment, discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment policies, the state and federal Family Leave Acts, and municipal ethics law. Ms. Rosenthal also discussed recent case law and updates, and provided legal guidance on how to deal with these rapidly evolving employment issues.

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At the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties on June 21, Mark Chazin was elected to another term as a trustee. Mr. Chazin is a past president of the Jewish Federation, and also a member of the Executive Committee.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to sponsor a scholarship or award for a student in high academic standing at each of the following area schools: North Hunterdon High School, Voorhees High School, Clinton Public School, and Clinton Township Middle School.

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Diana Fredericks attended the United Way of Hunterdon County's Annual Meeting and Community Report-Out on June 13, where the organization discussed upcoming projects to help the Hunterdon community.

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On Friday, June 15, 2012, Mark Chazin will give a talk about his recent humanitarian trip to Ethiopia and Israel. The presentation, entitled "Completing the Journey", will detail Mr. Chazin's experience earlier this year in visiting the remaining Jewish community in Ethiopia, and then accompanying 60 Ethiopians on their journey to Israel for resettlement. The presentation will be at the Chabad Center in Clinton, NJ at 7:15 PM. Mr. Chazin is a past president and current Board member of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, which sponsored the mission in conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America. Read article and see photo.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to sponsor the June 1 "Red Shoe" charity event organized by the Business Women Networking Involving Charity & Education, Inc. (BW NICE). Lori MacWilliam served on the event's "Business Woman of the Year" selection committee, which honored Lisa Coster of Donjon Recycling with the title. Proceeds from the event benefit SAFE in Hunterdon, a not-for-profit agency dedicated to serving victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.