Making the Ocean Real – Students Visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Posted on August 14, 2018 By

All year, they have been studying ocean life, and the fish and animals that live in the ocean. It was time to see things first hand! For their very first time, 21 students from the Gateway School, 60 High Street, Carteret, a private special education school for students with disabilities, recently visited Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 300 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J.

The students saw and actually touched sea creatures in the Touch Tank, observed live sharks, and saw other sea life at the aquarium.  One student said, “My favorite was the clown fish!”

The students also saw the ocean from the boardwalk. Gateway teachers Amy Brandon, Erin Thein, and Doug Gruskowski, who accompanied the students, agreed that when students experience the ocean first hand, it helps them make those connections when they are learning in the classroom.

Gateway is one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools that include the Alpha School, Jackson, and the Harbor School, Eatontown. All three schools provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitive impairments, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

For more information about the Gateway School, contact Erika Casablanca at 732-541-4400. Email Casablanca at ErikaC@thegatewayschool.com.        

*About RKS Associates: RKS Associates, made up of Ruth Reinhard and Jean Stack, prides itself on its leadership in providing for the needs of special education students in its three schools, which focus on a safe, nurturing environment for children with a variety of disabilities. Each school offers a twelve-month program with a wide range of services, including speech, occupational, and physical therapy; counseling; music; computers; physical education; and vocational training.

RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400) https://thegatewayschool.com/; Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) https://alphaschool.com/ ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394) https://harborschool.com/

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Through the Scripps Howard Foundation, Strand Board Member Donates $1250 to the Historic Strand Theater

Posted on August 14, 2018 By

Through the efforts of Andy Slater, Morganville, vice president of advertising partnerships for Midroll Media, New York City, the Scripps Howard Foundation awarded $1250 to the Strand Ventures and the Historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, to help provide top entertainment for the community.

Slater, a Strand Theater board member, said the Scripps Howard Foundation offers programs that support nonprofits for which employees give their time and money.

“What excited me about this,” said Slater “is that I work for a company that really supports its employees’ charitable efforts. When I saw the opportunity for the Scripps Howard Foundation to offer grants for what we’re passionate about, it got me motivated to see how I could help the Strand.”

Before joining Midroll, Slater worked for TheaterMania.com as the senior vice president of sales. A Parsippany High School graduate, Slater earned his B.A. in journalism from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He and his wife Jill actively fundraise for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk every April in New York.

For more information, contact Fran Whitney, operations manager of the Strand Theater, at 732-367-7789.

About Midroll Media: Midroll Media, founded in 2010, is a leading podcast content company, advertising network, and distribution platform, representing more than 300 of the world’s largest podcasts. It is the parent company of Earwolf network and its top-ranked comedy podcasts; popular podcast listening platform and content network Stitcher, and its premium subscription service; and the Midroll advertising network, representing more than 300 of the world’s largest podcasts Midroll, with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP)

About the Strand Theater: The historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 and is listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 250 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.

 

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Executive Director of N.J. Business Action Center to Speak at Ocean ELC Meeting September

Posted on August 9, 2018 By

Melanie Willoughby, the executive director of the N.J. Business Action Center (BAC), is the featured speaker at the Ocean County ELC, (Employer Legislative Committee) meeting and breakfast Friday, September 21, 2018, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, N.J.

She will discuss how to further enhance the mission of the New Jersey BAC, the State’s “one-stop” shop for business, which is responsible for efforts to attract, retain and grow businesses in New Jersey, and make those businesses a prime investment both nationally and internationally.

The registration fee, including a buffet breakfast, is $20.00. R.S.V.P. to mpangelini@ preferredbehavioral.org or call 908-309-5395. Pay at the door or mail checks, payable to Ocean ELC, to Mary Pat Angelini, P.O. Box 517, Oakhurst, N.J. 07755.

The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC; New Jersey Natural Gas, and NorthStar Strategies in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers.   About NJBIA: The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit www.njbia.org for more information.

About Melanie Willoughby: Melanie Willoughby served as the Chief Government Affairs Officer of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the nation’s largest state-level business association, representing more than 19,000 member companies collectively employing more than 1 million people. Prior to joining NJBIA, she served as the president and CEO of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association, a statewide retail business organization representing more than 3,500 stores. She also served in Governor Brendan Byrne’s administration as director of State and Federal Government Affairs for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

She holds a B.A. from Rutgers College, where she was in the first class of women to graduate from the college. She was the first woman to be elected president of the Rutgers Student Government Association, and the first woman to be president of the Rutgers College Alumni Association. She also served on the Rutgers University Board of Trustees, representing Rutgers College.

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Famous Lakewood Grad to Perform at Strand to Benefit Lakewood Museum

Posted on August 8, 2018 By

William Goldstein, an Emmy and Tony nominated artist, a world-renowned composer and pianist, a 1959 Lakewood High School graduate, and an inductee into the Lakewood High School Alumni Hall of Fame, will be performing at the Historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2018, to benefit the Lakewood Historical Society.

Goldstein, a recording artist for Motown and CBS Masterworks, has scored more than 50 movie and television projects, including Fame, The Miracle Worker, Twilight Zone, and Shocker. In 1975 Berry Gordy discovered Goldstein and brought him to Los Angeles under contract to Motown as a recording artist, composer, and producer. At that time, Goldstein finished a commission for a Bicentennial work, Celebration Overture 1776-1976, which the National Symphony Orchestra performed in May 1976.

Goldstein, who has been a pioneer in the use of computers and electronic music instruments, is known for his gift of “Instant Composition,” which he shares with audiences through Master Classes, recitals, and albums.

In addition to his professional activities in music and film, Mr. Goldstein is a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, a director of the California State Summer School for the Arts, and a member of both the music branch executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as its foreign language committee. He has also been a “visiting artist” for the Academy, lecturing from the Far East to the Middle East on contemporary aesthetics as well as music in film. He has written on the arts for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

To date, the sponsors of the event are Justin E. Taylor/Gilbert Insurance; Georgian Court University; Pine Belt Chevrolet; the law firm of Rothstein, Mandell, Strohm & Halm; and Shore Community Bank.

Tickets cost $50 and include a Meet and Greet after Goldstein’s performance. To become a sponsor or for more information, contact Robin Taylor-Wellet at 732-330-5384. For information about Goldstein, visit www.williamgoldstein.com.  Purchase tickets at https://clients.ticketbiscuit.com/Strand/BuyTickets.aspx?EID=347627

About the Lakewood Historical Museum: The Lakewood Historical Museum, Pine Park, Lakewood, N.J., is housed in Kuser Hall, a two-story, 16,000 square-foot former classroom building. It is the last remaining building of five that made up the Newman School, an exclusive preparatory boarding school for boys, which closed in 1942 as young men left for the war. The building, which the township acquired in 1964 through Green Acres Funding, was the math and science center of the school. Through the volunteer efforts of members in the Historical Society and the Heritage Commission, the first floor of Kuser Hall has been transformed into a showcase, featuring six completed galleries of Lakewood memorabilia and artifacts. Funds are needed to restore the second floor of Kuser Hall, and to acquire and build an elevator.

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Win a Free Wedding Package at Eagle Ridge

Posted on August 2, 2018 By

Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 2 Augusta Drive, Lakewood, N.J., and New Jersey Bride Magazine are hosting a Wedding Giveaway contest that will give the winning couple a free wedding, valued at more than $20,000. The winning couple will receive a plated or buffet wedding dinner for 75 guests, including a cocktail hour and a five-hour limited bar at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Lakewood, on January 18, 2019.

Other prizes include a wedding coordination from All the Best Celebrations; a wedding dress from I Do, I Do ; wedding invitations by Little Black Dress Paperie; wedding photography by The Studio Photographers;  DJ Entertainment by SCE; and floral arrangements and a custom bridal bouquet.

To enter the Eagle Ridge Wedding Giveaway contest, couples, at least 21 years of age, must submit an essay in English of up to 200 words, describing their love story that includes how and when they became engaged, why they deserve a complimentary wedding at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, and a photo or a video of the bride and groom to-be.

Visit https://www.eventsateagleridge.com/entry for all details of the contest and to submit an entry. Applications will be accepted now until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Entries will be judged by prize providers and a designated staff of sponsors to determine the Top 10 Contestants based on the originality, compelling nature of the love story, the on-air appeal, and the reason why the couple deserves a free wedding. The names of the Top 10 Contestants will be announced August 24.

The public will then be asked to vote for their favorite couple at http://eventsateagleridge.com, beginning 9:00 a.m. August 25 thorough 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The couple who gets the most votes will win the free wedding.

For questions, email Amy Dimes at amyd@eventsatEagleRidge.com or call 732-901-4900 ext. 232.  Visit https://www.eventsateagleridge.com/entry for all details of the contest and to submit an entry. Applications will be accepted now until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The winning couple will be expected to pay sales tax and service charges for the wedding.

About Eagle Ridge Golf Club: Eagle Ridge Golf Course offers a renovated ballroom and banquet facility for special events that seats 25 to 300 guests; a 27-hole course open to the public from dawn to dusk with special rates for Seniors; the View Pub, open 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Eagle Ridge’s newest addition is a golf simulator for off-season. Kosher food from approved caterers is available.

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Alumni Day and Workshop at Gateway School August 13

Posted on August 2, 2018 By

The Gateway School, 60 High Street, Carteret, a private special education school for students with disabilities, is holding its annual Alumni Day, Monday, August 13.  Former students and their parents are invited to a picnic and a Transition Workshop, open to the public, which is designed to inform students and their families about the options available once students reach age 21 or “age out” of the system, and graduate.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Blanche Stetler, parent liaison for the PrimeTime Centers in Brick, Eatontown and Carteret, will explain what services the state provides to those who have graduated and are aging out of the system, and what steps are involved in transitioning out of school.

Transition plans help prepare students for life beyond school, such as employment and independent living. For young adults needing more support, federal and state-funded programs can assist with transportation, supportive employment arrangements, therapy services, and housing.

Gateway is one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools that include the Alpha School, Jackson, and the Harbor School, Eatontown. All three schools provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitive impairments, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

To register for the Open House or for more information, call the Gateway School office or contact Erika Casablanca at 732-541-4400. Email Casablanca at ErikaC@thegatewayschool.com.

*About RKS Associates: RKS Associates, made up of Ruth Reinhard and Jean Stack, prides itself on its leadership in providing for the needs of special education students in its three schools, which focus on a safe, nurturing environment for children with a variety of disabilities. Each school offers a twelve-month program with a wide range of services, including speech, occupational, and physical therapy; counseling; music; computers; physical education; and vocational training.

RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400) https://thegatewayschool.com/; Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) https://alphaschool.com/ ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394) https://harborschool.com/

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Teacher in Gateway School to Lead Marketing Team

Posted on July 30, 2018 By

Erika Casablanca, Carteret, N.J., has been appointed to lead the marketing team for RKS Associates*, Jackson, in addition to her duties as the STEM-lab instructor for the Gateway School, a private school for students with special needs. Her duties will include managing the social media sites for the Harbor, Alpha, and Gateway schools; and participating in community outreach, among other responsibilities.

Casablanca, a 2002 graduate of Edison High School, N.J., graduated with honors from Maywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in elementary and special education. She holds certifications as a teacher of the handicapped and as an elementary teacher, K – 5.

She is a member of COBA (Central Ocean Business Association), Toms River, and the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, South Plainfield.

The Gateway School, 60 High Street, Carteret, is an approved private school for students with disabilities that serves about 60 students, ages 5-21, as part of a network of special education schools that include the Alpha School, Jackson, and the Harbor School, Eatontown. All three schools provide education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as being multiple disabled; cognitively impaired; and have autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury; behavioral disorders, or other health impairments. Students come from many New Jersey counties and more than 70 school districts.

Three PrimeTime Centers in Brick, Carteret, and Eatontown offer day habilitation programs with an emphasis on independent living and actual community experiences that are designed for adults with developmental disabilities, over age 21.

For more information, contact Casablanca at 732-541-4400 or email ErikaC@thegatewayschool.com.

*About RKS Associates: RKS Associates, made up of Ruth Reinhard and Jean Stack, prides itself on its leadership in providing for the needs of special education students in its three schools, which focus on a safe, nurturing environment for children with a variety of disabilities. Each school offers a twelve-month program with a wide range of services, including speech, occupational, and physical therapy; counseling; music; computers; physical education; and vocational training.

In September of 1980, RKS first opened the Alpha School, 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527, followed by the Harbor School, 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724; and The Gateway School, 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008.

Gateway (732.541.4400) https://thegatewayschool.com/

Alpha (732.370.1150) https://alphaschool.com/

Harbor (732.544.9394) https://harborschool.com/

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Woman Golf Pro Promoted at Eagle Ridge

Posted on July 24, 2018 By

Now that she has been promoted to head golf professional at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 2 Augusta Drive, Lakewood, N.J., Rylee Plitz, Toms River, is one of a few women head golf professionals in New Jersey. As head golf professional, Plitz is the head of all golf operations, such as tournaments; instruction, including the golf academy; camps and clinics; and merchandizing for the golf shop.

Ten years ago Plitz started as a golf shop attendant at Eagle Ridge and then became director of instruction. Before she joined the staff at Eagle Ridge, Plitz was a golf shop attendant at Innisfail Golf Club, Canada, where she had been born into a golfing family.

After graduating from Innisfail High School, Plitz earned her B.S. in health studies with a minor in mathematics from Monmouth University, Long Branch, in 2008. At Monmouth University, Plitz was on the golf team and served as captain for her last two years there. She holds certification as a Class B LPGA Professional and is a U.S. Kids Certified Coach, a national organization for junior golf.

Plitz said, “The golf course at Eagle Ridge is a hidden, amazing gem. The conditions here are excellent and we have an outstanding staff. The experience golfers can have here at a reasonable price – well, no one can compare to us.”

Eagle Ridge, one of the most southern golf courses in the New Jersey section of PGA of America, received the Player Development Award four out of the last five years. The Player Development Award, which considers the PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership, commitment at the section and national levels in the player development arena, and the meaningful impact made at the facility was given to Kevin Beirne, the PGA professional at Eagle Ridge in 2014, 2015, 2016; and to Mike Attara, each year from 2006 to 2010.

Plitz will initiated Night Golf, beginning at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. Nine holes of golf, walking only (no carts) is $20.00 for members and $30.00 for the public. Golfers can also enjoy a Craft Beer Par Three event and barbecue during which Eagle Ridge teams up with local breweries Tuesday, August 14. Registration is required. The fee for the Craft Beer event is $35.00 for members; $45.00 for the public.

Joe Murphy, PGA, Plitz’s husband, also works in the golf industry at Perfect Swing, Toms River, a business that specializes in repairing and fitting golf clubs. Their dog Hank, an English Bull Dog, does not play golf.

Players can book tee times on the website or call up to seven days in advance. For more information, contact Plitz at 732-901-4900 Ext. 2 or email ryleep@eagleridgegolf.com or visit www.eagleridgegolf.com.

About Golf at EagleRidge Golf Club: Golf is available 363 days a year (not available Christmas or New Year’s Day). The course is open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., weekends, in season. Visit www.eagleridgegolf.com to book tee times.

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N.J. Health Care Network to Meet August 14

Posted on July 23, 2018 By

The monthly meeting of NJ Health Care Network, a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services, is Tuesday, August 14, 2018, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Mansion* at Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J. 08701.

The NJ Health Care Network provides an opportunity to build relationships among health care professionals, market events, and promote business. Meetings take place in a different New Jersey county each month.

For more information about NJ Health Care Network, email Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, at lisa@preferredcares.com, call 732-547-9886, or visit www.njhcnet.com for the monthly location and member events.

Membership is free; however, register to take advantage of member benefits, such as posting to Health Care Network’s website all health care and marketing events, news, training information, employment listings, and access to a member directory.

 

*Go through the Main Gate to Parking Lot G

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Let’s Get Physical! GYMGUYZ Featured Speakers at August 7 Lunch Meeting

Posted on July 20, 2018 By

Let’s get physical – in your own home or office! Allen Meretsky and Rob Gasko, owners of GYMGUYZ Central Monmouth County, will explain and demonstrate many features of their mobile fitness and wellness program for all ages at the Lunch a Little, Learn a Lot business meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, 400 Route 70 West, Lakewood, N.J. The cost is $15 and includes Charlie Brown’s salad bar, a lunch entrée, a beverage, and an educational presentation.  Walk-ins welcome.

GYMGUYZ offers individualized training, group and corporate fitness, athletic training, senior fitness, and more with customized programs brought into your home, office, or business.

Before starting GYMGUYZ, Gasko was sales consultant with Power Home Remodeling Group, where he was responsible for B2C sales and marketing, employee training, and was a mentoring coach. Meretsky worked in human resources at Ernst & Young. For the past 10 years he has worked independently as a full- and part-time personal trainer.

Both Meretsky and Gasko earned their B. S. from Seton Hall University in business administration. They both hold licenses from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Gasko also holds a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) license.

Meretsky and Gasko are members of the Eastern Monmouth Chamber and the Monmouth Ocean Development Council (MODC) where they serve on the economic development and nonprofit committees. Gasko is also a member of the A-Team, BNI of Holmdel.

For more information, call Meretsky or Gasko at 201-520-6996 ­­­­or email them at centralmonmouthcounty@gymguyz.com. Visit www.gymguyz.com/centralmonmouthcounty

About GYMGUYZ­: GYMGUYZ, a nationwide mobile fitness franchise, has a team of nationally accredited coaches, precision nutrition consultants, and athletic trainers who incorporate the philosophy of the 3 C’s: convenient, customized and creative in their fitness and wellness programs. For convenience, they travel to your office, home, field, park, or setting of your choice at a time you choose. Each GYMGUYZ van has state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The first visit, an in-depth assessment, is complimentary. Each client or account is reassessed routinely to ensure progression and results.

 

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