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On Dec. 15, Diana Fredericks volunteered for the Holiday Hands program of the United Way of Hunterdon County.

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At the annual meeting of the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) on Dec. 14, which was attended by approximately 500 business leaders and elected officials, Deborah Rosenthal was publicly acknowledged and thanked for the pro bono work she did in drafting the personnel manual for the SCBP.

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Mark Chazin was re-elected to a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) at the organization’s annual meeting on Dec. 14. Mr. Chazin is a former chairman of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, which is the predecessor organization of the SCBP, and has been a member of the Board for over 25 years. He is also an active member of the SCBP Finance Committee.

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William Rudnik authored an article entitled “What is Included in Child Support Under the Child Support Guidelines?,” which was published in the New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 36, No. 3, December 2015.

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The next meeting of a men’s discussion group focusing on divorce will be held on Thurs., Nov. 19, 2015 from 6:30 pm until 8 pm at the United Way, located at 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd, Suite 401 in Flemington.  The group is for men who are separated or divorced, or who are going through a divorce.  This is a unique opportunity for men to hear from others and to provide their own perspectives to other men who are dealing with these issues.  The program will be moderated by family law attorney William Rudnik of Gebhardt & Kiefer, P.C. and certified financial planner Craig Hyldahl of R.I.C.H. Planning Group, LLC.  Future meetings will include other local professional moderators.  Food and beverages will be provided.  Any questions should be directed to William Rudnik at 908-735-5161 or brudnik@gklegal.com.  Although not required, please RSVP to Mr. Rudnik so proper arrangements can be made for food and beverages.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to be a sponsor of the Crime Stoppers of Hunterdon County annual gala on Nov. 12, honoring retired Judge Stephen Rubin and Robert Stephenson. Diana Fredericks represented Gebhardt & Kiefer at the event. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer, non-profit organization that offers cash rewards for tips leading to the arrest or indictments of persons involved in a crime.

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William Rudnik was a presenter at the Hot Tips seminar for the NJ State Bar Association’s Family Law Section on Nov. 11.  The title of this year’s seminar was “The Road to Resolution - Collaborative Law, Mediation, Arbitration or Trial,” and Mr. Rudnik’s topic was appealing arbitration awards. He discussed appeals under the Arbitration Act, appeals under the Alternative Procedure for Dispute Resolution Act (APDRA), and expanding the right to appeal.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to be a sponsor of the NORWESCAP Food Bank’s 13th Annual Culinary Celebration on Nov. 2, 2015 at Beaver Brook Country Club. All funds raised directly benefit the Food Bank, which distributes more than 2.25 million pounds of food and grocery products to 120 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, on-site feeding programs, and adult and children’s daycare centers in Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties.

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William Rudnik was a panelist at the Vicinage XIII Family Law Bench Bar Conference on Oct. 28. The family law topics covered included alimony statues, retirement and cohabitation; motions; issues with case information statements; refusal to visit; new court rules; joint legal custody; and parental alienation, among others. Gebhardt & Kiefer sponsored two law clerks at the subsequent Vicinage dinner, and Diana Fredericks volunteered to “adopt” two clerks during the “Meet the Clerks and Judges” reception, introducing them to the attorneys and judges.

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John Manfreda will present a free program entitled “Estate Planning For The Modern Family” at the North County Branch of the Hunterdon County Public Library on Oct. 28 from 7-9pm. Topics will include traditional estate planning concepts such as Wills, Trusts, probate actions, life insurance planning, estate planning for blended families, Medicaid planning, asset protection planning, various elder law topics, Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills. Several other professionals are expected to attend, including financial advisers, a long-term care specialist, a life insurance specialist, and one or more family law attorneys. All will be available to answer questions as they arise during the program. Heavy attendance is expected; please register early by calling 908-730-6135.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to be a corporate sponsor of the North Hunterdon Rotary Club's "Field of Dreams" playground revitalization project in Annandale. The ribbon cutting for the newly refurbished playground will be Sat., Oct. 24 at 2:30 PM. The playground is located at 314 Old Allerton Rd. (next to Immaculate Conception Church).

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Diana Fredericks attended a seminar entitled “Religion & Estate Planning” by Martin Shenkman at the Greater Middlesex Estate Planning Council meeting on Oct. 21. Ms. Fredericks, who practices in the areas of divorce & family law, says she found it interesting that religion is not often considered in estate planning where it should be, yet in divorce matters involving custody, religion often plays a significant role.

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The next meeting of a men’s discussion group focusing on divorce will be held on Tues., Oct. 20, 2015 from 6:30 pm until 8 pm at the United Way, located at 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd, Suite 401 in Flemington.  The group is for men who are separated or divorced, or who are going through a divorce.  This is a unique opportunity for men to hear from others and to provide their own perspectives to other men who are dealing with these issues.  The program will be moderated by family law attorney William Rudnik of Gebhardt & Kiefer, P.C. and certified financial planner Craig Hyldahl of R.I.C.H. Planning Group, LLC.  In addition, accountant Marsha Baldinger will provide some tax advice and answer questions relating to taxes. Food and beverages will be provided.  Any questions should be directed to William Rudnik at 908-735-5161 or brudnik@gklegal.com.  Although not required, please RSVP to Mr. Rudnik so proper arrangements can be made for food and beverages.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to support the Lambertville Historical Society’s 33rd annual Autumn House Tour on Oct. 18.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to support the 200 Club of Hunterdon County and the Hunterdon County Police Chiefs Association with a sponsorship of their 7th annual Charity golf Tournament on Oct. 9 at the Fox Hollow Country Club.

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On Sept. 28, Deborah Rosenthal conducted two seminars on demeanor and behavior in the work place for approximately 25 county management and supervisory employees. Topics included training techniques, evaluations, management and supervisory tips and techniques, complaint procedures, bullying issues, and recommendations for avoiding claims of harassment and discrimination.

Ms. Rosenthal also conducted a seminar on Sept. 29 for approximately 20 employees of a large Ocean County town. Topics included demeanor and bullying issues in the workplace, complaint procedures for rank and file employees and management, and recommendations for avoiding claims of harassment and discrimination.

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A free seminar on divorce will take place on Oct. 21, 2015 at 6 PM at Unity Bank in Clinton. A panel of experts will discuss various divorce scenarios and answer questions commonly asked by people contemplating divorce, such as “What are the first steps?”; “How long will the process take?”; “How much does it cost?”; and “What about options such as mediation or collaboration?”. Participating professionals will include family law attorney Diana Fredericks of Gebhardt & Kiefer, financial advisor Louis Tranquilli, and psychologist Charles Most, Psy.D., B.C.F.E., F.A.C.F.E. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Oct. 10 to Ms. Fredericks at dfredericks@gklegal.com. Food and drinks will be served.

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On Sept. 14, Deborah Rosenthal presented a seminar on demeanor and behavior in the workplace to approximately 25 management employees for two towns in Morris County. Topics covered included training techniques, evaluations, management and supervisory tips and techniques, complaint procedures, bullying issues, and recommendations for avoiding claims of harassment and discrimination.

Ms. Rosenthal also presented a harassment and discrimination seminar on Sept. 22 for approximately 45 employees in two Somerset County towns. Topics included demeanor and bullying issues in the workplace, complaint procedures for rank and file employees and management, and recommendations for avoiding claims of harassment and discrimination.

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The next meeting of a men’s discussion group focusing on divorce will be held on Tues., Sept. 22, 2015 from 6:30 pm until 8 pm at the United Way, located at 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd, Suite 401 in Flemington.  The group is for men who are separated or divorced, or who are going through a divorce.  This is a unique opportunity for men to hear from others and to provide their own perspectives to other men who are dealing with these issues.  The program will be moderated by family law attorney William Rudnik of Gebhardt & Kiefer, P.C. and certified financial planner Craig Hyldahl of R.I.C.H. Planning Group, LLC.  Future meetings will include other local professional moderators.  Food and beverages will be provided.  Any questions should be directed to William Rudnik at 908-735-5161 or brudnik@gklegal.com.  Although not required, please RSVP to Mr. Rudnik so proper arrangements can be made for food and beverages.

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On Sept. 17, Diana Fredericks was honored as one of the NJ Law Journal’s “2015 New Leaders of the Bar” at a special awards dinner at the Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park.

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On Sept. 16, Diana Fredericks was sworn in as President Elect for the Hunterdon County Bar Association. Also, William Pandos was welcomed and accepted as a new member.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer is pleased to welcome new associate William Pandos, who will practice primarily in the area of insurance defense.  Mr. Pandos graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. degree in Political Science, and then obtained a J.D. degree from the Drexel University School of Law.  He served as a judicial law clerk to both the Honorable John H. Pursel and the Honorable John F. Kingfield in the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the Superior Court in Warren County, NJ.  Mr. Pandos also served as a law clerk at a Somerset County firm in 2012 and 2013.  He was admitted to the Bar in 2014 in both NJ and PA.  In addition, Mr. Pandos is certified by the New Jersey Courts in Special Civil and Landlord-Tenant Mediation.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to be a sponsor of the 29th annual Skylands Triathalon on Sept. 13.  Organized by the North Hunterdon Rotary Club, the annual Triathalon raises funds for charitable organizations and activities within the community.  This year, funds will go toward the Special Olympics of NJ and Operation Chillout, a homeless veterans outreach group. Representing Gebhardt & Kiefer at the event was Mark Chazin, who has been a Rotarian for more than 26 years, and who organized the volunteers responsible for parking and traffic control for this year's event.

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On Aug. 13, Deborah Rosenthal conducted a seminar on workplace demeanor for approximately 60 supervisors, department heads and employees of a large Sussex County town.  The seminar focused on proper techniques and tips for supervisory personnel, and overall appropriate behavior and conduct in the workplace.  Specific information was provided regarding conflict resolution, dealing with the workplace “bully,” reporting incidents of inappropriate conduct, and preventing discrimination and harassment. Ms. Rosenthal is available to provide similar seminars for employers and municipalities upon request.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer employees assembled and contributed three back-to-school supply kits as part of the United Way of Hunterdon County’s “Tools 4 Schools” initiative, and the firm matched the employees’ donations with funds for another three kits. The school supply kits will be distributed to area elementary, middle school and high school students in need. Gebhardt & Kiefer attorney Diana Fredericks, who serves on the United Way Board of Trustees, volunteered to help assemble the supply kits at the Kit-A-Thon on August 11.

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Gebhardt & Kiefer was pleased to be a sponsor of the 10th Annual Charity Golf Outing hosted by the Clinton Township Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #182 on August 3rd. The event, held at the Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club, benefits a charitable fund that awards an annual scholarship to a North Hunterdon High School student and also supports the community in various ways.

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On Mon., July 20 at 4 PM, Diana Fredericks will be a guest on the radio show “Hot in Hunterdon,” which airs on Hunterdon Chamber Internet Radio and is hosted by Georgjean Trinkle. The show discusses hot topics, current affairs and issues occurring in Hunterdon County.

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Mark Chazin participated in the quarterly Board of Directors meeting of the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) on July 16, 2015. Mr. Chazin has served on this Board for over 25 years, and is also a member of the SCBP Finance Committee and a prior Chairman of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce (the SCBP predecessor organization).  A key agenda item at the meeting, which was held at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset, was the Millennial Report.  Entitled “Somerset County Development Opportunities, a Millennial Perspective,” the report explores whether Somerset County is an attractive place to live, work and play for the growing millennial generation.  It will serve as an important resource for the Somerset County business community.  The report was initiated by the SCBP in collaboration with the Somerset County Freeholders and Planning Board, and researched and prepared by Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

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Every Friday at 5 PM, John Manfreda co-hosts a radio show about one of his favorite topics...sports.  Listeners can hear "The Sports Guys" on Hunterdon Chamber Internet Radio.

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Congratulations to William Goodwin, who was named one of New Jersey’s “10 Best Family Law Attorneys” for 2015 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIFLA). According to AIFLA, this honor is awarded to attorneys who have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in their fields of law, and have done so with an impeccable client satisfaction rating.

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