Featured Business

IES Brain Research Foundation

May 25, 2015, Sparta, NJ — The Featured Business in our Sparta office this week is the Irene & Eric Simon (IES) Brain Research Foundation, a 100% volunteer-run, recognized 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization.

The IES Brain Research Foundation supports basic research that will lead to treatments and cures for serious brain diseases and conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, MS, PTSD, brain cancer, schizophrenia, autism, ALS, addiction, stroke, depression, traumatic brain injury (for example, concussion), and others. This research will provide the tools for doctors to heal those who have been or will be afflicted by one of these devastating brain disorders.

The Foundation funds its programs through fundraisers, sponsorships, partnerships and donors. One of the programs, the IES Brain Research Foundation Student Summer Fellowship Program, attracts extremely bright, motivated students to the field of neuroscience to add to the research of the senior scientists working toward the much needed treatments and cures. Since 2005, 63 summer fellowships have been awarded. Students are trained by outstanding neuroscientists, including three Nobel Prize winners, as well as heads of departments from prestigious universities and medical centers. After their amazing summer experiences, most of the student fellows go on to work toward their PhD or MD/PhD in neuroscience.

This non-profit has drawn interest from celebrities such as Lee Rouson and Eric Dorsey, former New York Giants and two time Super Bowl champions; Rita Cosby, television news anchor, correspondent, and radio host; Chris Algieri, professional boxer; and Joe Franklin, "The King of Nostalgia" and radio celebrity.

The next fundraiser will be the IES Brain Research Foundation Golf Outing & Dinner on June 4th at beautiful, private Lake Mohawk Golf Club. This year, they have two PGA professional golfers joining them. Come golf and learn with them, or just have dinner, volunteer, sponsor, or donate auction items and golf prizes. All help is greatly appreciated!

Other upcoming events include Endorphin 5K or 2K Run or Walk at Wild West City in Stanhope, New Jersey on September 26th. Runners, walkers, volunteers, and sponsors are encouraged to participate and help fight brain disease. Form or join a team, sponsor a runner or walker, run by yourself or with others, or volunteer from 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM.

The IES Brain Research Foundation is a beneficiary of the Rock Solid Mud Run on August 22nd at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated, no matter how little or how much time you can give. In addition to helping at events, help is needed leading up to the events. Please consider sharing your time and talents!

The Foundation's unique charter makes it possible for individuals from diverse backgrounds to share a common passion and truly affect society by supporting a worthy cause that can impact the future and change and improve lives.

“No major cure of a disease has ever occurred without the basic research that made it possible,” says Eric J. Simon, PhD. Dr. Simon, the inspiration for this foundation, counts among his many accomplishments the discovery of opiate receptors in the brain and coining the term "endorphin."

Learn more about the foundation, including upcoming events, at www.IESbrainresearch.org.

Hilltop Country Day School

May 18, 2015, Sparta, NJ — This week, our Sparta office spotlights Hilltop Country Day School, located at 32 Lafayette Road in Sparta.

Hilltop Country Day School is Sussex County's only independent school educating children from preschool to eighth grade. Hilltop's curriculum builds a strong educational foundation for each student, every day.

Hilltop Country Day School is committed to providing a family oriented, nurturing, creative, highly educational environment in which children will discover the excitement of learning, develop good study habits, grow in self esteem and self confidence, develop a sensitivity and respect for the rights and abilities of others, and learn to accept responsibility and meet personal challenges.

The school is divided into three divisions: the Early Childhood Program includes preschool, pre-kindergarten, and full-day kindergarten; Lower School encompasses grades one through four; and Upper School is comprised of fifth through eighth grades.

Hilltop was founded on the belief that all children can achieve success when they are encouraged to value learning and to value themselves as active participants in the learning process. This core belief filters through all aspects of Hilltop's curriculum and school culture. Hilltop's curriculum is dynamic, flexible, and responsible to the needs of its students. Its experienced faculty is committed to designing curricula that are challenging, innovative, interesting, and that directly address the needs of our students.

For more information, please call (973) 729-5485 to schedule a personalized tour, or visit Hilltop's website at www.hilltopcds.org. You can also "like" Hilltop on Facebook.

Lakeview Landscapes

May 4, 2015, Sparta, NJ — This week, our Sparta office highlights Lakeview Landscapes, also located in Sparta, New Jersey.

Are you looking for a professional landscape company? One who understands what you are looking for in a contractor? One who can provide you with the ideas, quality materials, and craftsmanship necessary to take your dreams and turn them into a reality? Or maybe you're just looking for a reputable contractor to maintain the property you have put so much of your time and money into. Whatever the reason, Lakeview Landscapes is the professional landscape company you are looking for.

Lakeview Landscapes isn't satisfied until you're satisfied. Their best form of advertisement is a happy customer, so they guarantee your satisfaction.

Landscaping services provided include weekly lawn maintenance, seasonal cleanups, mulch, stone, and topsoil installation, excavating, grading, drainage, and tree and shrub planting and care. Hardscaping services offered include walkways, patios, retaining walls, driveways, and much more.

For more information, call (973) 729-8889 or email lakeviewmail@yahoo.com. You can also find Lakeview Landscapes on Facebook.