Passions Lead to Awards – Pat Mayer Named Five Star Realtor and American Cancer Society 2019 Hope Award Honoree

Posted on September 16, 2019 By

Although Patricia Mayer, Sea Girt, has many interests in her life, she has two passions. One is being a licensed realtor and the other is supporting the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Mayer, a realtor with Diane Turton Realtors since 2003, specializes in residential real estate in Monmouth and Ocean counties. She finds her heartfelt dedication and commitment to each client extremely satisfying. That mindset resulted in Mayer being named a FIVE STAR REALTOR for nine years in a row and earning a place in the NJ REALTORS® Gold Circle of Excellence Sales Award, an achievement for excellence in salesmanship in the state. Among other awards, Mayer was named Top Producer, Top Salesperson, Top Selling Agent, and Top Listing Agent in the Sea Girt office of Diane Turton for five consecutive years — 2014 through 2018.

But Mayer’s passion is not just real estate. As a cancer survivor since 2008, she is determined to help others and raise funds for cancer research. For her efforts, Mayer received The ACS Hope Award, established three years ago, and presented to a remarkable professional who has shown outstanding dedication to the American Cancer Society and its mission. The Hope honoree exemplifies someone who has not only conquered cancer but has also used his or her experience, as difficult as it was, to help others.

Mayer’s cancer journey began with a misdiagnosis in 2008. Although she received an “all clear,” she knew something was very wrong. Her persistence led to a breast cancer diagnosis and a double mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy.

At an ACS program Look Good, Feel Better, she gained confidence to publicly take off her wig. Inspired by the support and generosity of those in ACS, she has actively participated in ACS’s fundraising efforts ever since, for the past 10 years.

Mayer says, “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to pay it forward by helping others who are living with a cancer diagnosis, as the good people at the American Cancer Society helped me through my own journey. I feel so blessed to have found life-long friends along the way.”

This year the 2019 Golf Classic and Party on the Patio*, a fundraiser for the ACS at the Hollywood Golf Club, Deal, N.J., raised $150,000. Mayer, who was on the golf committee and a volunteer at the Golf Classic, also held a fundraiser at her home the end of August and raised another $2500, bringing the total donation to $152,500.

Mayer is a member of the Leadership Council of the ACS and a proponent for Mary’s Place by The Sea, Ocean Grove, whose mission is to support women during and after cancer treatment. Mayer has served as vice president of the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce (JSCC) and is a board member of the Women of Irish Heritage Jersey Shore (WOIHJS).

Prior to her career as a real estate professional, Mayer was director of operations at AT&T, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. A graduate of Taylor Business School, Plainfield, N.J., Mayer also attended Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, studying human resources.

For more information, contact Pat Mayer at 908-308-9374 or
*The chairwomen for the Golf Classic and Party on the Patio event were Jennifer Noone, financial advisor at The Noone Group at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.; and Frankie Browne, Sales Director, The Atlantic Club, Manasquan

About the American Cancer Society (ACS): ACS attacks cancer from many sides. It offers free rides to treatment, free wigs, a live 24/7 helpline, and free lodging near hospitals. Funds raised for ACS are used for research, education, prevention, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society of Central NJ (2310 Route 34, Suite 1D, Manasquan, 08736 at 732-292-3112.

Since 1979, the event has raised over $6 million and continues to attract prominent participants and corporate sponsors across the Jersey Shore to help the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
More about the Hope Award: The Hope Award honoree is successful in business, but also outstanding in creativity, innovative spirit, and community involvement. Honorees have provided hope for a world without cancer. Hope Awardees have pushed for collaboration and progress within their local communities and have demonstrated their relentless support and dedication to helping others battle the disease. Together we celebrate their hope and acknowledge the impact they are making in attacking cancer from every angle.

More about Pat Mayer: As a licensed, professional realtor, Mayer is a certified Accredited Staging Professional© and recently received her designations for Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) and Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation (SRES), awarded to realtors qualified to specialize in the age 50+ buyers and sellers markets. She is a member of the Monmouth Ocean Regional REALTORS; both the National and New Jersey Association of Realtors; and the Elite Team of Realtors.

About Diane Turton, Realtors: Diane Turton Realtors, 512 Washington Boulevard, Sea Girt has been led by president and founder Diane Turton since 1985. Diane Turton Realtors provides complete residential and commercial real estate ownership services and support in 16 locations throughout the New Jersey shore. The Corporate Centre, Point Pleasant Beach, is staffed with nearly 425 sales professionals along with a full-time management and support teams. For more information call 732-974-8700 or visit


Join the Mayhem at the Strand for a Pre-Halloween Night of Mystery and Murder

Posted on September 16, 2019 By

The Strand Theater board of directors is hosting “Murder at the Juice Joint,” a Halloween interactive murder mystery with lots of Murder, Mayhem and the Mob!, Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood.

Attendees MUST come dressed in 20’s era costumes and be 21 and over. The tickets cost $45.00 and include a buffet dinner catered by Shore Catering and one free specialty drink. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. The murder? Any time!

With the passing of prohibition and organized crime on the rise, The Juice Joint, a swanky speakeasy run by Rosie Marie, has been jumping. To celebrate its success, Rosie is planning a party to remember at the exclusive nightspot, and YOU are invited! However, one of the names on the guest list is also on another’s hit list. No one is safe from the consequences!

With murder on the menu, attendees are certain to find a medley of individuals to make the night most memorable from major mobsters and their molls to the swanky singer with her hopes at Hollywood. No one is safe from murder, but everyone will have a chance at solving it. With the recipe for murder, The Juice Joint will be serving up a night of mayhem to remember.

For more information or reservations, contact Purchase tickets at


Jersey Shore Chamber Announces 2019 Golden Osprey Award Winners

Posted on September 10, 2019 By

Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce has announced its most outstanding citizens and business winners of the 2019 Golden Osprey Awards. Recipients will be recognized at the annual Golden Osprey Awards dinner, Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

The 2019 Golden Osprey Awards will recognize River Rock Restaurant and Marina Bar, Brick, and Envirotactics, Sea Girt, and its President, Chris Neuffer with the Business Excellence Award for outstanding business practices and contributions to the community; Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone of Neptune for Outstanding Community Service; Tamara Gregg, Freehold, of Initial Impact, Spring Lake, and Anthony Urgola, Manasquan, of Deluxe Cartridges for Outstanding Chamber Service; The Rugby School at Woodfield, Delores Desanto, owner, with the Pinnacle Award for outstanding support of the chamber and its members; Kaelah Grant, Neptune, Neptune High School with the Aspiring Youth Award, given to a student involved in school activities and community service; and Jessica Baguchinsky, Atlantic Highlands, of Paychex for the Rising Star Award, presented to a chamber member who exhibits outstanding leadership.

The Platinum Sponsor is NJ Natural Gas Company; The Rugby School at Woodfield; Manasquan Bank; and River Rock Restaurant and Marina Bar. The Gold Sponsor is Initial Impact; and the Silver Sponsors are Valerie Barba, DDS, LLC, and Fox Rothschild LLP. The Cocktail sponsor is Puharic and Associates, Inc.

Sponsorships are still available, ranging from $300 to $1500; journal ads range from $75.00 to $400.00. Send ads to

Tickets cost $85.00 per person and $640.00 per table of eight, and include one-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, coffee, and music. To register or for more information or for special accommodations, contact Danielle at 732-280-8800 or visit


Lakewood Recreation Announces Dates of Halloween and Santa Parades

Posted on September 6, 2019 By

The Lakewood Township Committee in conjunction with the Lakewood Police Department, the Lakewood Fire Department, the Lakewood EMS, and the Lakewood Recreation Department are inviting Lakewood residents only, ages 1 to 12, to enjoy Halloween with them on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at the Lakewood Town Square, Clifton Avenue and Third Street, Lakewood, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Halloween the festivities include Trick-or-Treat candy bags, face painting, music by D.J. Jimmy Givens, and a costume parade. Everything is free.

The Santa Parade take place Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Lakewood Town Square.

Listen to WOBM for cancellations. For more information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405 or visit


New Fall Schedule for Lakewood Township Recreation Programs

Posted on September 6, 2019 By

The Lakewood Recreation Department has released the 2019 schedule of its fall recreation programs, including co-ed instructional and league soccer, escape wrestling, open gym nights, and adult programs. All sport programs begin the week of September 16 and will end December 13, 2019.

Fall co-ed instructional and league soccer play is Monday and Wednesday evenings for children ages 4 – 12. The schedule for children ages 4, 5, and 6 is 6:30- 7:30 p.m.; for 7, 8 and 9 year olds from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.; and for 10, 11, and 12 year olds from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Fridays are reserved as make up time in case of rain. Register at the John Patrick Sports Complex, Vine Street, Lakewood. The registration fee is $10.00.

Students in grades 1 – 12 will learn the skills, conditioning, discipline, and techniques of “Escape” wrestling in the Lakewood High School wrestling room, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30–8:00 p.m. The registration fee is $10.00 for residents and $50.00 for non Lakewood residents.

Open Gym in the Lakewood High School gym for high school students and up will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and includes basketball, volleyball, and indoor track. The fee is $2.00 for each visit. No charge for Senior Citizens. Students in grades 9 -12 must have a parental permission slip.

Only the instruction is free for adult arts & crafts, jewelry making, and crocheting programs, which meet at the John Patrick Sports Complex, 1000 Vine Avenue. Bring your own supplies. Classes end November 14.

Jewelry Making is Monday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Arts and Crafts, Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Crochet instruction, Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Listen to WOBM for cancellations. For more information, call the Lakewood Recreation office at 732-905-3405 or visit


Comedy Night at the Strand Theater – Now THIS Will Make You Laugh!

Posted on September 4, 2019 By

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting Comedy Night, for adults only, Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a light buffet (Kosher food available) and a cash bar in the Gallery. Show time with open seating is 7:30 p.m.

The comedians are John Larocchia, founder of Laughter Saves Lives Foundation, “NYC’s Funniest Fireman,” and seen on The View; Steve Lazarus, the long-time Yankee Stadium Beer Man turned comedian, national headliner, and seen in NYC, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas; and Jim Dailakis, international headliner direct from Australia who has performed 2000 plus shows in USA and Canada.

General admission tickets are $40.00.Purchase tickets at Sponsorships at $250 include two show tickets, and advertising in Strand and Lakewood Chamber promotional materials. For sponsorships and further information, contact Jennifer at 732-363-0012 or email A portion of the proceeds will sponsor a high school scholarship.

The premier sponsors to-date are Connor Strong & Buckelew; Fulton Bank of NJ; Holman Frenia Allison, P.C., Certified Public Accountants & Consultants; Maser Consulting; Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus; NJ Natural Gas; OceanFirst Bank; Pine Belt Chevrolet of Lakewood; and Remington, Vernick, and Vena.


Afternoon with Joe Louis to Benefit the Lakewood Museum

Posted on September 4, 2019 By

The Lakewood Historical Society and the Lakewood Heritage Commission are inviting the public to An Afternoon with Boxing Icon Joe Louis presented by boxing historian Eamo Clyne from Dublin, Ireland, at the Lakewood Historical Museum, Pine Park, Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the continued restoration of the Sheldon Wolpin Lakewood Historical Museum.

During World War II, Joe Louis lived and trained in Lakewood, New Jersey. He competed from 1934 to 1951, and was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949. But he did a lot more than box! He died in 1981 of a cardiac arrest at age 66.

Tickets cost $5 and include light refreshments and a talk about Joe Louis. Guests will receive a trivia sheet with many of Louis’ quotes.
For more information or tickets, contact Sheila Hager at 848-240-5184 or

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. 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 galleries of Lakewood memorabilia and artifacts. Funds are needed to restore the second floor of Kuser Hall, and to acquire and build an elevator.

Kuser Hall 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.


Tomar Industries to Acquire Its Sixth Company Since 1994

Posted on August 28, 2019 By

Tomar Industries, 300 Commerce Drive, Freehold, under the leadership of CEO Tom Field, Jackson, and President Thomas Field, Freehold, is about to acquire its sixth company, Falcon Supply Company, Avenel, N.J., a direct competitor that has been in business for 42 years. The transaction is expected to close by the end of September.

Falcon, like Tomar, is a packaging and janitorial supply company. Falcon’s sales staff and key personnel will join the Tomar team in Freehold, bringing Tomar’s staff to 35. The combined companies will be able to offer Tomar’s and Falcon’s customers additional products and services that were not available until the acquisition.

Tomar Industries, a regional distributor of packaging, janitorial, and safety supplies, equipment and services for businesses, institutions, warehouses, manufacturers, and front offices, recently celebrated its 50th year in business.

Thomas Field, said, “In all these acquisitions, we try to learn the niche or thing the company does really well and combine it with Tomar’s history of success. With the new combination, we are able to improve what both companies already do, which makes Tomar a better company because it can offer added solutions for industries.”

Thomas says he will continue to look for more acquisitions to increase his market share. “It is part of our overall strategy to continue to grow our business.”

In 1968, Tom Field began his business in a garage. Today, Tomar owns a 40 thousand square-foot building in Freehold, with more than 30 full-time staff and a fleet of trucks on the road that service companies in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and northern Delaware.

As president of the family-owned Tomar Industries, Thomas Field is in charge of the overall operation and direction of the company. Thomas Field, a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School, Metuchen, earned a B.A. in business administration from Seton Hall University, South Orange. In 1992, he started in the company as a sales rep.

Tomar Industries is a member of the International Sanitary Supplies Association (ISSA), National Paper Trade Association (NPTA), and The United Group (TUG), a national marketing and buying organization that supplies products and services to 450 members across the United States. Tom Field also serves as a fiduciary member on the TUG Board of Directors.

For more information visit or call Thomas Field at 732-780-2200.
About Tomar Industries: Tomar Industries, 300 Commerce Drive, Freehold, offers and distributes a mix of products and services in the tristate area for warehouses, plants, and front offices. Tomar’s distribution includes industrial packaging supplies and equipment (case sealing, labeling and marking equipment); cold seal packaging machines, tapes and tape dispensers, shrink film and shrink film equipment, bubble wrap, stretch wrap and inflatables; Instapak® foam by Sealed Air; janitorial supplies (toilet paper, roll towels, soaps, floor care, cleaning supplies, liners (bags); scrubbers, sweepers, vacuums, floor machines, etc.; safety supplies and related equipment, such as eye and ear protection, eyewash, gloves, hearing protection welding safety, first aid; machine repair and programmed maintenance; and facility maintenance. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Monmouth Day Care Center Is Hosting Touch-a-Truck Sept. 21

Posted on August 26, 2019 By

You’ve seen them whiz by, but have you have touched some of those trucks or even sat in one? Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC), Red Bank, is hosting its tenth “Touch-a-Truck” family event, rain or shine, Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road.

Touch-a-Truck features vehicles of all shapes and sizes, including bulldozers, forklifts, campers, boats, and motorcycles for children to explore. Touch-a-Truck also offers carnival games, arts & crafts, face painting, making slime, legos, pumpkin painting, cupcake decorating, and more.

Amy Thomas, MDDC development coordinator, said, “Children are used to seeing these vehicles on the road but this is their opportunity to discover and learn about them upclose. My favorite part of Touch-a-Truck is bringing the community together.”

Proceeds will benefit MDCC, students, and families. Tickets cost $30 for a family pack that includes entry for a family up to four plus two wristbands for unlimited arts & crafts, carnival games, and face painting; a $10 wristband for unlimited arts & crafts, carnival games, and face painting; and $20 entry for a family up to four.

The event sponsor ACA Computers, Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, is a Managed IT Services, Technology Consulting, and Computer Support Services firm for small to medium-sized businesses throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Purchase tickets at or for questions call Amy Thomas at 732-741-4313.

Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC), 9 Drs. James Parker Boulevard, Red Bank, serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities. MDCC offers scholarships and fees on a sliding scale for families who qualify. Families who do not qualify for government support but cannot afford the full cost of care receive tuition assistance based on a sliding scale fee due to substantial community fundraising efforts of the Board. Call 732-741-4313 with questions or for more information.
Photos Courtesy of Monmouth Day Care Center

About Monmouth Day Care Center: Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., has eight classrooms; two playgrounds; a multi-purpose room that also serves as an indoor gym; a library; and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. Children from two months to five years old, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who come from families with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can attend full- or part-time. Contracts for tuition are maintained with the Division of Family Development, including Work First New Jersey Program and New Jersey Cares for Kids. Visit for more information.

History of Monmouth Day Care Center: MDCC began with just one class of children in 1969. It was the first Monmouth County School to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and star-rated by Grow NJ Kids. It was established under the sponsorship of the Revitalization Corps, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Red Bank Section, Junior League of Monmouth County, Council of Churches, and Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Central New Jersey.


Kim Guadagno to Speak at September 27 Ocean ELC Meeting

Posted on August 22, 2019 By

Former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, now the President and CEO of the non-profit Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and a partner at the law firm of Connell Foley LLP, Jersey City, will be the featured speaker at the Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) meeting and breakfast Friday, September 27, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, N.J.

The registration fee, including a buffet breakfast, is $20.00. R.S.V.P. to mpangelini@ 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 Kim Guadagno: As of May 6, former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno became the President and CEO of the non-profit Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Fulfill provides 13 million meals per year and wrap around services people can get off the food line altogether. As a partner at Connell Foley, the lawyer for Fulfill, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno counsels clients on local, state, and federal initiatives, economic development projects, various policy issues, and assists them in all aspects of litigation.

In her eight years as New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor and the 33rd Secretary of State, Kim Guadagno was an advocate for businesses and corporations statewide, creating an effective infrastructure for economic growth and job creation. As an attorney, Guadagno served in private practice, and as a federal and state prosecutor for more than three decades. She also taught at Rutgers Law for six years. She says her most non-traditional job thus far was as the first woman Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey, serving more than 600,000 residents.

The Lt. Governor is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law and Ursinus College. She is married to Judge Michael Guadagno, now retired, and has three sons: a captain, USAF, fighter pilot in South Korea; a Dartmouth graduate in finance; and an 18-year-old who keeps her grounded.

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 for more information.