Sparta Dental Designs to Host Dental Day for Hospice to Benefit Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice

Dental Day 1993 – Julia Quinlan, Co-Founder and President of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and Dr. Edward Tirpack share a moment at the first Dental Day for Hospice hosted in 1993. This year’s Dental Day for Hospice is scheduled for Monday, November 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sparta Dental Designs at 16 Lafayette Road in Sparta. To secure an appointment, please call Sparta Dental Designs at 973-729-2113. More information about Sparta Dental Designs can be found at

SPARTA/October 16, 2018 – The month of November is National Hospice Month. Since 1993 Dr. Edward Tirpack has been hosting Dental Day for Hospice with the Friends of Hospice. This annual event celebrates the amazing work of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. This year, Dr. Tirpack and Dr. Gilbert Tapia along with their highly-skilled dental team will be once again host Dental Day for Hospice. They will be donating the proceeds from dental procedures provided on Monday, November 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m to the Friends of Hospice. Sparta Dental Designs is located at 16 Lafayette Road in Sparta. During this event donations will be accepted; raffle tickets will be available for purchase and the Friends of Hospice volunteers will be in the Sparta Dental Designs living room to answer your questions about hospice. There will also be give-aways and light refreshments served. Thank you to longtime event sponsor Preston Hay from Benco Dental Company for the continued support of Dental Day for Hospice.

Dr. and Mrs. Tirpack have been longtime champions of the hospice mission serving as board members, committee chairs and volunteers committed to raising funds and awareness for hospice care. “Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is a not-for-profit organization and they will treat any patient regardless of their ability to pay,” said Dr. Tirpack, “That’s what inspires me. I hope to make the community aware of their outstanding hospice care and what services are in place to support patients and their family members.” Celebrating their dedication to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, Sparta Dental Designs was the first recipient of the Heart of Hospice Award in 2012.


“The commitment to Dental Day for Hospice from the doctors and the Sparta Dental Designs team is truly appreciated and has helped many patients and family members throughout Sussex and Warren Counties in New Jersey and Pike County, Pennsylvania from the revenue it has generated since its inception in 1993,” stated Lisa O’Hara, President of Friends of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. To secure an appointment for Dental Day for Hospice, please call Sparta Dental Designs at 973-729-2113. More information about Sparta Dental Designs can be found or like them on Facebook.

Hospice Volunteer training set for November

MILFORD, PA – October 10, 2018. Volunteer training classes for those who are interested in the hospice philosophy of care, who wish to explore the elements of End of Life Care and Bereavement, six classes will be held at the Church of Saint Patrick, 111 East High Street, Milford, PA from 10:00 a.m. to noon on November 1,7,9,12,14 and 16.  
Trained Hospice professionals will teach the various sessions on these topics including: Patient Care, Cancer Concepts, Pain Control and Nutritional Concerns, Family System, Aging, Listening and Communication Skills, Spirituality, Ethics, Death, Dying and Bereavement. Upon completion of the course, participants are Certified Hospice Volunteers and have the option of working in their communities and establishing their own schedules with allowable services they are willing to provide for the organization.
Hospice Volunteers are an integral part of an extended support system assisting the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice professional team in caring for terminally-ill patients and their families.  They offer companionship and emotional support or provide respite for family caregivers. “There is a definitive need and primary request from caregivers for volunteers to provide assistance during the day,” notes Sue Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator. “Morning and afternoon assistance avail the caregiver the opportunity to run errands, make appointments and simply refuel with a couple of hours to themselves. Ultimately, our purpose is to encourage quality of life in the home for the entire family while providing palliative care for the patient,” concludes Dougherty. For additional details or to register for this training opportunity, please contact Sue Dougherty at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice at 973-383-0115 or can register online for this training at
The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and bereavement counseling for those who have lost loved ones. Serving Sussex and Warren Counties in NJ and Northeast, PA; please call 800-882-1117 to reach any of our services at either office; Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA.  Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and proud to be the preferred hospice provider for Newton Medical Center and area Atlantic Health Care System.  The award-winning Home for Hospice is located in Fredon, NJ. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center is located at 5 Plains Rd. in Augusta with satellite offices in Pike and Warren Counties. For hospice programs, events, and more information visit or

Five time Emmy Award Winner, Alan Zweibel will speak at “Love, Gilda,” screening at SCCC

On Friday, November 16, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and Sussex County Community College will present an exclusive screening of LOVE, GILDA, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. In honor of his sister Francine Feder and family friend Cathy Hogstrom Stiller, five time Emmy award winner, Executive Producer of LOVE, GILDA, Alan Zweibel and his wife Robin, also an Executive Producer on the film, will hold a question and answer session after the screening.

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career. Weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with friends (Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer and Martin Short), rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians inspired by Gilda (Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong), LOVE, GILDA opens up a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

Gilda Radner puts a smile on the faces of people who remember watching her as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, where she created and portrayed such now-classic comic characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. She quickly rose to meteoric fame in television, movies and on Broadway, and was declared ‘one of America’s sweethearts.’ LOVE, GILDA, directed by Lisa D’Apolito, is a true autobiography, told in Gilda’s words and in her own voice. Working with the Radner Estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggle with cancer.  

Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel, executive producer of LOVE, GILDA, will be at the screening and will hold a question and answer session following the movie. 

An original “Saturday Night Live” writer, Zweibel has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which also includes “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (which he co-created and produced)  “The Late Show With David Letterman and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.

A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play “700 Sundays”, Martin Short’s Broadway hit “Fame Becomes Me”, and six off-Broadway plays including  “Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy” which he adapted from his best-selling book.

All told, Alan has written eleven books including the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel “The Other Shulman”, the popular children’s book “Our Tree Named Steve”, the novel “Lunatics” that he co-wrote with Dave Barry, and most recently a parody of the Haggadah titled “For This We Left Egypt?” which he wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach.

Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine.  He has also penned a best selling e-book titled  “From My Bottom Drawer. 

The co-writer of the screenplays for the films “Dragnet”,  “North”, and “The Story of Us”, Alan has received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and because of the diversity of his body of work, in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan is currently preparing  “Bunny Bunny” for a return to the New York stage, is writing a cultural memoir titled “Laugh Lines – 40 Years Trying To Make Funny People Funnier” for Abrams Books and is adapting his novel “The Other Shulman” as a TV series for Sony.

In addition to the talk shows, Alan’s also appeared in episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law & Order”, and can currently be seen in the documentary “The Last Laugh” about humor and the Holocaust; Judd Apatow’s “Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” on HBO, as well as “Gilbert” about the life of Gilbert Gottfried.   Most recently, he executive produced a documentary titled “Love, Gilda” that premiered this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival and this season is appearing in four episodes of CNN’s “History of Comedy.”