Company News Letter
So summer has come and gone. For some reason it has seemed like a quick moving year so far. All in all, we had a pretty mild winter and a cooler than normal spring followed by a warm but not burning hot summer. For those of us who worked throughout the summer, there is always the reminder of heavier traffic from Thursday through Monday starting mid-June through Labor Day, due mainly to the influx of “VISITORS” coming to invade the Jersey Shore for their summer get-a-way.
As a lifelong Shore person, it’s always good to see them come and with mixed emotions, equally good to see them leave when September rolls around. From a work perspective, make sure to keep track of the expiration dates of your Driver’s License and CDL Medicals. If you took the summer off, Shari will be placing calls and texts to remind you, but keep it in mind in the event you miss her calls. If you worked over the summer, she will manage to track you down, if you took the summer off, that is not as easy to accomplish.
What's New At
Seman-Tov This Year
You may have noticed a few new buses in the yard recently. The company has purchased (6) new small buses (3 Wheel Chair and 3 Standard) to go along with the 9 Big buses that went into service back in April and May. The cost of these vehicles is outrageous, but it is part of the Seman Tov commitment to keep safe and comfortable vehicles on the road for the sake of driver and passengers.
Note Worthy Issues
You may have noticed a few new faces in our buses recently. Please take a minute to welcome Myasia Rice, Erica Carr, Tymire Williams, Wismick Delarus and Melinda Santiago to our driver list. Most of our new drivers have had extensive experience in the industry. Myasia on the other hand is new to the school bus driving profession and we’re proud to say she passed all of her testing the first time around, a seldom accomplished feat these days.
A little Humor...
New Equipement Added
To The Seman-Tov Fleet
Everyone who attended our “Back to School” meetings was introduced to the SAMSARA Safety Program and the method of utilizing it effectively. Samsara for the most part will be replacing the Zonar equipment. Aside from an excellent Camera and GPS system, the Samsara app allows the user to sign in for payroll and do your safety checks (Pre / Post Trip) from your cell phone.
Though this new equipment adds a level of ease and comfort to the process, you as the licensed CDL operator still have to make sure your safety checks are done and documented on the SAMSARA app and by all means make sure the documentation (driver's license, medical exam cert, registration and Insurance Card) are current and with you
while driving. If anyone has issues using Samsara please see Morris or Kevin to make sure your name and info have been added to the system roster.
SAMSARA instruction information is avaialble on our
Welcome to the start of a new school year. Let's all do out part to make it as safe and productive as possible to the community we serve
As we are sure you’ve noticed, Seman Tov is switching away from the Zonar equipment we have been using for the past five years. This change came about for a variety of reasons, mainly due to the fact that the tablets just didn’t work efficiently for our particular style of usage.
Company Admin Directory
Please call 732-774-4000 and the extension
Driver Direct Office Number 732-638-0991
Morris Ext 4112
Kevin Ext 4103
Call outs, routing issues, scheduling issues, camera issues.
Buses and Maintenance
Yehuda - Fleet Manager – Ext 4101
Aldrin – Mechanics and Maintenance issues
Kyana- Fuel & oil change receipts, maintenance work orders,
vehicle records & documents, Zonar compliance - Ext 4111
Payroll issues and Employment Letters
Shay – Ext 4102
Safety and Training
Vern - Accident reports, Safety, Driver Complaints, Ext 4109
Shari – Employee records, License renewals, new hires – Ext 4108
Office Support and Dispatch Staff
Mike – Dispatch, write-ups, phone support – Ext 4106
Gianna – Schedules, Phone support – Ext 4107
Geri – Route updates Phone Support - Ext 4114
Sarah – Phone Support – Ext 4114
Stephany – Dispatch and Phone Support - Ext 4104
Recipe of the Month
Shari's Pretzel Chicken
3 TBS – Olive Oil (Extra Virgin recommended)
2-4 Boneless chicken breasts
2 Lg. eggs
¼ cup Milk
(ground into crumbs in blender)
¼ cup Grated parmesan cheese
Put 3 TBS Oil into frying pan and warm on stove. Blend whole pretzels into crumbs in blender, mix with grated parmesan cheese and put into large bowl.
Wash chickenbreasts and pat dry.
Add salt & pepper to breasts.
Mix eggs with milk and dip each breast into egg wash, Coat with pretzel crumbs.
Place each breast in hot oil in pan and cook each side togolden brown (2-3 mins per side).
Remove pan from stove and place in oven 375 degrees for approx. 15 mins.
Serve with vegetable and potato or pasta.
Upon graduation from college with a degree in hotel and restaurant management, Mike worked in that field for a number of years.
Moving on from that profession, Mike became a private retail business owner in New York City.
After several years in the New York business scene, Mike accepted a job in security at Hillel School, During that time he became a bus driver along with his other duties.
About eight years ago Mike wandered into Seman Tov and has been here ever since.
Aside from his time spent on a bus, Mike is the friendly voice of the company, fielding calls throughout the day.
Sarah has been with Seman-Tov for over eight years and along with her great driving record, she has a great work ethic and sense of humor. The longer you’re around her, you have to begin to wonder when her stand-up comedy career will takeoff.
When she isn’t behind the wheel, Sarah is helping out with issues in the office. Her quick wit (though filtered) and understanding of the business helps to lighten the load for the many phone calls dealt with every day.
Jose "Alfredo" Perez
Alfredo, as we all know him, has been a mechanic with Seman-Tov for several years and a couple of years ago even got his P&S endorsements just so he could move our vehicles around without issue. What most people don’t know is that he spent about 12 years as an over-the-road truck driver prior to landing at Seman Tov. This in itself gives him a great understanding of both operations and the potential repairs to look for in the fleet. Though a quiet man, he is a hard-working and knowledgeablemember of the team who seldom, if ever, misses a day of work.
Maddy is a ten year veteran at Seman Tov who has worked in many capacities with the company. Maddy is often seen on the road or around the office at just about any time of day. She works year round and fills in wherever she’s needed throughout the day, before, between and after her scheduled runs. In her spare time, Maddy is very active in the Elks Club and has held several positions in the organization.
We’d like to thank Ethel for another summer with Ultimate Sports Camp coordinating the drivers and aides. Though Ethel has decided to retire after 50+ years of driving in the school bus industry, she continues to be an intricate part of the Seman Tov family and our summer programs. Hopefully Ethel will remain with Seman Tov in some capacityf or many years to come.
Sharon has been working for the company for almost 20 years. She has been an aide on almost every run and worked with almost every driver. You always see her sitting in the downstairs office with a friendly smile and a good morning.
Remembering our Seman-Tov friends and family who have passed away.