Free Caregivers Conference in Morris County

Caregiver with older adultEmpowering Caregivers on Their Journey

The United Way Caregivers Coalition is dedicated not only to honoring the important role caregivers play, but also to connect them to resources and information that empower them to best support their own needs and those of their loved ones.

If you provide care for a loved one or work to support those who do, this free conference is for you. You’ll hear valuable information from local experts, learn about local resources, and connect with other caregivers. [Read more…]

A Unique New Career for a Volunteer

SAGE Eldercare Furniture Restoration Workshop in Summit NJ

Sage Eldercare Board of Trustees President Kitty Hartman, Volunteer Workshop Director Al Kessler, and Board Member Ann Kale

As a new member of The Mavins Group, I had the good fortune to attend SAGE Eldercare’s February 4th thank you breakfast for community supporters. In addition to their Spend-a-Day Adult Day Health Center and Meals on Wheels program, I was delighted to see a furniture restoration workshop on the lower level of the building where I saw dozens of chairs waiting to be caned, rushed, or roped!

Restore Furniture at SAGE Eldercare for a Good Cause

I discovered that volunteers from all types of professions—civil servants, medical professionals, engineers, technicians, financial wizards, salesmen, small business owners—are trained (often by each other) to repair furniture. On my visit, Al Kessler, a retired dentist and the volunteer director at the workshop, explained, “We all have learned a new skill, and our group has grown to more than 20 volunteers.”

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Dine Differently—Restaurant Week with a Twist

Westfield NJ Train Trestle NJ Transit

Restaurant Week is back, but with a twist. From February 15–26 (excluding Friday and Saturday), you can enjoy a two-course lunch or a two- or three-course dinner at many local Westfield restaurants. Diners have price-fixed options for lunch and dinner, but this year, prices are set individually by the restaurant; tax, drinks, and gratuities are not included. This event is Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

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NJBIZ Honors Susan Devaney One of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business

NJBIZ Women in Business 2015

Susan Devaney, owner and CEO of The Mavins Group, has been named one of New Jersey’s 2015 Best 50 Women in Business. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premiere business news publication, is sponsored by Wells Fargo, WithumSmith+Brown, PC, and Comcast Business.

The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business that have been making headlines in their field. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included living or working in New Jersey and holding significant authority for decision making in her company.

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Senior Superfoods: Optimal Dietary Choices for a Higher Quality of Life

Senior Superfood Super Guide

For seniors, it is more important than ever to re-evaluate how food can be used as a life enhancing tool rather than a way to simply satiate appetite. Too many subpar selections are within reach, such as highly processed, sugar laden, nutritionally stripped, inexpensive food.

For seniors that are not guided with their dietary decisions, these choices can lead to a variety of health challenges, which can range from uncomfortable reactions to a possible trigger for disease. [Read more…]

Coalition on Family Caregiving Makes Donation to Overlook Caregivers Center

Coalition on Family Caregiving Makes Donation to Overlook Caregivers Center

Pictured left to right: Patricia Stelmach, SAGE Eldercare; Donna Occhipinti, Visiting Physician Services; Trudi Karpel, Premier Home Healthcare; Lois Shanker, Right at Home; Kathy Bassiacos, SAGE Eldercare; Gary Raymond, Comforcare Home Care; Lorie McDonald, Overlook Foundation; Marian Teehan, Overlook Caregivers Center; Susan Devaney, The Mavins Group; Michele Cameron, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice; Nicole Gates, Brandywine Senior Living; Jennifer Perelman, Generations Counseling & Care Management.

Members of the Union County Coalition on Family Caregiving gather to make a donation to Overlook Medical Center’s Thomas Glasser Caregivers Center in Summit, NJ on November 19, 2014. The contribution will go toward services and supplies provided to caregivers who have hospitalized loved ones. The Caregivers Center offers a soothing environment where caregivers can relax, receive support, and access helpful resources.

The Coalition on Family Caregiving is a group of community-based organizations, businesses, and individuals whose mission is to assist family caregivers by offering support, education, and information on resources and services.

Top 25 LWE Honored at 2014 Recognition Event

Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs Honored at Annual Event

In center: Linda Wellbrock, Founder and CEO of Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Honoree Susan Devaney, CEO and Owner of The Mavins Group

LWE Top 25 2014 Event: Barb Mackenzie, Cathy Pariser, Linda brock, Susan Devaney, Maureen Majewski

Barb MacKenzie (Project Manager, TMG), Cathy Pariser (TMG), Linda Wellbrock (LWE Founder), Susan Devaney (TMG Owner/CEO), Maureen Majewski (Project Manager, TMG)

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55 Pounds of Food Donated to Local Food Pantry

Susan Devaney and Joe collect food for NASMM and Move for Hunger Food Drive

Susan Devaney from The Mavins Group gives Joe Liantonio of Flatbush Moving Van Company 55 pounds of food, which was collected during the NASMM Gives and Move for Hunger North American Food Drive.

Joe delivered the food to the Linden Food Bank on W. Munsell Avenue, Linden, New Jersey.

We thank everyone who participated and Weichert, Realtors® for donating space for our collection box.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Homefirst #GivingTuesday

Susan Devaney Supports Homefirst #GivingTuesdayHi, I am Susan Devaney, the owner and CEO of The Mavins Group, and I’m proud to support Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services.


This year, Homefirst is participating in #GivingTuesday (December 2, 2014), a global initiative intended to kick off the season of giving. If you’d like to join me in supporting this great organization that serves the homeless of Union County, NJ; please visit Homefirst‘s website.

Vietnam Memorial in Westfield, NJ

This Veterans Day, we honor Americas who sacrificed for our country and freedoms. Westfield has many war memorials, the newest of which is the Vietnam Memorial, installed with ceremony on June 22, 2014 at Westfield Memorial Park. The memorial honors the 11 men who died from Westfield and all those who served.

With great love and respect, the people of Westfield honor our sons and daughters for their sacrificial service to our country during the war in Vietnam.

All gave some, some gave all.

James T. Egan Jr.
William R. Hardin
Arthur C. Retzlaff
Ronald J. Selig
Richard G. Lewis
Robert T. Miller
Richard C. Brunn
John W. Price
Daniel C. Nichols
Roger J. Bachman
John A. Griner

Photos of Westfield’s Vietnam Memorial

Photo credit: Michael Devaney

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