2016 Board Elected

I’m pleased to announce the new officers and Board of the Tenafly Chamber.

Christine Evron,Touchstone Computer Services

Vice President
Pat Lamson, Chez Cheeze

Paul Stefanowicz, Finding Legacies

Karen Kleinman, Keller Williams Town Life

Board Members

Alan Dweck, Support-A-Circle

Carol Schulter, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

Despina Kolokithas, Alma Bank

Julian Payraudeau, La Promenade

Karen Kleinman, Keller Williams Town Life

Khalid Mansoor, Healthway Natural Foods

Marlyn Friedberg, Friedberg Properties

Pat Lamson, Chez Cheeze

Rafael Abrahamyan, Cooktique

Volunteers Needed

A thriving business community takes a lot of work. If you have time to help stuff envelopes, design ads, or even run an event we’d love to hear from you. If you’re really ready to help run things we may even be able to fit you on the Board (a Secretary able to attend meetings & take the notes would be great.) Contact me at President@TenaflyCofC.org .


Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to everyone who ran. We can’t have a good government without strong choices and competent people willing to lose. We appreciate your efforts for the town. Thank you.

Fitness Quest 2015 – Hercules Invictus

Greetings fellow Chamber of Commerce members!

If anyone here wishes to be featured in Tenafly Cares About Wellness
on my new Fitness Quest 2015 site:
please contact me at hercules.invictus@gmail.com or (201) 561-5978 and we can schedule an appointment.

Also: If you, your staff, your clients or customers, or anyone you know, wishes to pledge themselves to FQ 2015’s, unfolding journey, they can be added here, with a banner link to your website.

I’ll need, for each entry, a/an

Brief explanation of what they are/will be doing

If you have any questions please feel free to ask them.

Joyous Journeys!


Recap Emergency Preparedness Presentation by Tony Barzelatto

We’re having a recap of this presentation Wednesday, February 3, 2016. It could save your life. All welcome.

The presentation by Council President Tony Barzelatto at the May meeting was incredible – its the first meeting we’ve ever had that people left the room to annouce that they were going to be late home & then came right back. I strongly suspect items covered will save someone’s life in the next five years. Attendees are looking to arrange a repeat for their staff. If you can, please try and attend one of these do-overs. If you can’t, I’ve included notes:

Main Points from the Emergency Preparedness  For Businesses Presentation
By Tony Barzelatto
May 7, 2014 – Tenafly NJ Chamber Of Commerce

Downed Wires

Don’t touch any downed wires even if you ‘know’ they are safe. Cable & phone wires both carry electricity & may not be insulated. Report to police department.


Keep all exits clear

Dispose of all unwanted items (boxes, old displays, etc.) quickly to reduce fire risks

Illicit smoking is still a problem. Examine all areas to determine if a secret smoker could start a fire with a careless butt.

Electrical Safety

Unplug appliances, particularly coffee pots, when the business is closed

If fuses trip, do not just reset; determine problem and FIX it. Throw away any item that causes GFICs to trip. (Ground Fault Interrupter Circuits used to turn off electricity in cases of shorts.)

Extension Cords

Always use industrial or commercial grade; not thin/cheap ones.

Extension cords are not rated for permanent use. If you need one for a couple of months (no more than 90 days) get an electrician to provide a permanent solution.

Do not run under carpets or through windows or doors.

Personal Safety

ALWAYS check location exits when entering a building, mall or venue. See Youtube on Rhode Island Night Club fire when 100 people died trying to jam through the main exit when 4 others were free.

Escape dangerous situations & THEN call 911. People die in fires with their phones in their hand.


Active Shooter Emergencies

On the rise in NJ in business environments

Preplan your employees response

Run – if at all possible get away. Encourage others to leave but don’t stay with them if they refuse to come. Stop others entering the danger area. AFTER you escape call 911.

Hide – lock or barricade yourself in closets or rooms. Turn off lights. Silence sound & vibration on phones. Be VERY QUIET for a long time. Do not come out until you are instructed to by the police. Then keep hands visible and fingers spread.

Fight – If no other option attack the shooter with pens, chairs or anything else handy. Attack with commitment, remembering shoot is scared and may freeze in the face of an aggressive attack.

Watch Youtube video ‘Run Hide Fight’ .


Please note that the first emergency responder’s job is take down the shooter; it is not to rescue the injured. Don’t distract them with injuries & don’t make moves that could be considered threatening.