Small businesses may apply for disaster loans

Staff Writer

By gloria stravelli

Recognizing the widespread economic impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Small Business Administration this week extended a disaster loan program to small businesses in Monmouth County and throughout the country.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which will make low-interest loans to businesses suffering economic injury as a direct result of the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, was initially available only to small businesses located in communities designated as disaster areas by the federal government.

These included New York City and adjacent counties in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, Arlington County in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

While Monmouth County was not designated a disaster area, the SBA’s Newark Office and local business groups encouraged local businesses adversely impacted by the disaster to notify the agency’s regional Disaster Area 1 Office in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

"We had about 30 small businesses from Monmouth County tell us they were suffering economic injury because of the World Trade Center disaster," Carl Gaspari, spokesman for the SBA Disaster Office, told Greater Media Newspapers.

"It’s really across the board," Gaspari said of the types of businesses reporting difficulty. "We’ve heard from limousine services, travel agencies, retailers, restaurants and service-oriented businesses like consultants."

Similar reports resulted in the SBA taking the unprecedented action of authorizing EIDL assistance to businesses across the country that have sustained substantial economic injury as a direct result of the terrorist attacks or federal action taken directly after.

The loan program will provide small businesses that qualify for aid with working capital to pay routine operating expenses, and obligations they are unable to pay or meet because of the attacks or the military activation of a key employee.

As spelled out by the SBA, to be eligible for funds, a small business will have to establish that it: was located in an airport or other facility that was closed; supplied or provided services to a business located in or near the WTC or Pentagon; supplied or provided services to a business or industry adversely affected by the terrorist attacks or federal action; is dependent on a business that was closed or suspended operations due to those factors.

The loans are intended only to tide businesses over the period until their operations return to normal. The funds come with the proviso that they are not intended to replace lost income, profits or losses due to an economic downturn and cannot be used to refinance long-term debt or to expand a business.

Eligible small businesses can apply for loans up to $1.5 million to pay fixed expenses like debts, payroll and accounts payable. The loans will have a 4-percent interest rate with a maximum term of 30 years, and businesses have until Jan. 21 to apply. Decisions on applications will be made in one to three weeks.

The SBA will determine the amount of economic injury, the term of each loan and payment amount based on information provided.

"We’ll look at the business history, trends immediately before the disaster, what the business is doing now, and at projections for the next three to six months," Gaspari said, explaining some of the criteria SBA officials will examine to determine eligibility and amounts of loans. "We will gauge what the needs are to keep them operational until they can return to a reasonably normal state."

Businesses will be able to apply for additional funding if necessary, he further explained.

"We can re-evaluate the situation and give increases based on their actual needs as they move forward," he added.

For more information, call the SBA Disaster Area 1 Office at (800) 659-2055.


ZBA approves changes to Rt. 36 McIntosh Inn

ZBA approves changes to Rt. 36 McIntosh Inn


CHRIS KELLY The McIntosh Inn on Route 36 may soon be welcoming guests under another name. The zoning board recently approved changes to the hotel that will allow it to become part of a national chain.CHRIS KELLY The McIntosh Inn on Route 36 may soon be welcoming guests under another name. The zoning board recently approved changes to the hotel that will allow it to become part of a national chain.

Local outlet of regional hotel chain may become part of national group

By Sherry conohan

Staff Writer

WEST LONG BRANCH — The McIntosh Inn, a modest hostelry sandwiched between two automobile dealerships on Route 36, is about to undergo a makeover and perhaps join a national chain.

The inn, a tad worn since opening in 1986, plans to reduce the number of sleeping rooms from 119 to 84, spruce up the facade and entrance, and add a swimming pool and sun deck at the rear of the building. Parking spaces are to be reduced and landscaping expanded.

Terence O’Leary, vice president for development of McIntosh Inns, a regional chain based in King of Prussia, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, said the inn in this borough hasn’t struck a deal with any franchise operation as yet but is talking to the likes of Hilton and Holiday Inn.

The plans that McIntosh submitted to the Zoning Board of Adjustment showed the refurbished building with a sign on it for Marriott Fairfield Inns and Suites.

The motel currently charges $49 to $69 per night for its rooms.

The Zoning Board at its meeting on Oct. 25 granted McIntosh all the approvals it sought for the four-story motor inn: preliminary and final site plan approval, a reduction in rooms below 100, a continuation of its width variance allowing a lot 242 feet wide when 300 feet are required in the industrial/commercial zone, a sign variance and, the most distinctive, a height variance.

The board added a couple of requirements of its own: that a storage building at the rear of the property be completely, rather than partially, screened by bushes and that a tree be added to the landscape design.

The height variance will allow the McIntosh Inn to construct a parapet two stories higher than the present roof. The present roof line is 36 feet off the ground while the top of the proposed parapet will be 54 feet, 5 inches.

William E. Fitzgerald, a professional engineer with an address in West Long Branch, appearing on behalf of McIntosh Inns, said the company wanted to make the parapet that high to meet the requirements of the most demanding franchise with which it might strike a deal. He said it was strictly for the facade and appearance and would have no interior space.

Fitzgerald said McIntosh was talking to four or five national franchises, but has no contract yet, so the parapet needed to be the highest that any of those franchises would want. He said McIntosh wasn’t aiming for the upper end or the lower end in franchises, but for something in between.

Michael F. Kauker, a licensed planner from Wyckoff in Bergen County, said the reduction in the number of rooms would enable the remaining rooms to be enlarged and suites to be created. Testifying before the Zoning Board for McIntosh Inns, Kauker said the reduction in the number of rooms would enhance the use of the motel and called the application a quality proposal.

Fitzgerald said other improvements planned include sheathing the building in a new "skin" of synthetic stucco and expanding the canopy on the west side into a wider porte-cochère.

The number of parking places will be reduced to 115, he added.

"It’s really a positive application in that the building will be modernized," he said.

The plans don’t call for adding a kitchen or dining room, but O’Leary said it is contemplated that a pantry with refrigeration would be carved out to enable a continental breakfast to be served. He said an outdoor seating area would be created for hotel guests to use for breakfast in good weather.

When board members asked about pool hours, expressing concern about noise, O’Leary said he had no problem with closing the pool at 10 p.m. and not letting guests use it earlier than 6 or 7 o’clock in the morning. He said the early morning swimmers weren’t likely to make noise.

The pool is planned to be off the southeast corner of the building, the same location as approved in a previous application in 1991, the McIntosh team told the Zoning Board.

O’Leary did not say when the changes would take place, but Myrtle Jones, the manager of the McIntosh Inn on Route 36, said later they wouldn’t occur for a while. She said McIntosh Inns is a privately owned company of Middleton Tobacco, whose owner is John S. Middleton.

"Things are going to stay the way they are," she said, for now. "There won’t be any change until September."

The McIntosh Inns directory lists 14 motels and hotels in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It says the room types they offer are double, queen, queen deluxe and king deluxe.

McIntosh Inns also offers what it calls its "5 C Promise," a commitment to cost, cleanliness, convenience, comfort and courtesy.

"Value is our hallmark," the directory says. "Guests often ask, ‘How can you offer so much for so little?’ Well, oversized lobbies, crystal chandeliers, large conference rooms and mints on the pillows — all things which add to a room’s cost — add nothing to a good night’s sleep.

"So you won’t find them at McIntosh Inns," the directory continues. "What you will find are furnishings and mattresses comparable to those in the highest-priced hotels. You also will save with free local phone calls, no hotel surcharge for long distance calls, and special rates for companies, senior citizens, government and military travelers."


Center’s team saves Eatontown man’s leg

Thanks to a multidisciplinary team at Monmouth Medical Center, an Eatontown resident is today walking without pain or a limp. Vedat Bagdatoglu faced a greater than 95 percent probability of losing his left leg following a devastating injury.

The 41-year-old limousine driver was working on a home improvement project last fall when he fell off a ladder and severely injured his leg and ankle. Home alone at the time, he dragged himself across the yard in search of help, aggravating the injury and increasing the risk of infection.

The leg was nearly severed about six inches above the ankle, yet today Bagdatoglu walks without pain and no limp and credits his recovery to a surgical team led by orthopaedic surgeon Brian Torpey, as well as Monmouth’s emergency department and physical therapy staff.

"The Eatontown First Aid Squad took me to Monmouth Medical Center’s Emergency Department where they took X-rays and then called in a specialist," said Bagdatoglu, a native of Turkey.

Torpey spent six hours repairing the leg. He explained that the injury led to the loss of the posterior tibia nerve, which allows for the feeling of sensation on the bottom of the foot. Torpey was assisted by neurosurgeon Jonathan Lustgarten and vascular surgeon Alfonso Ciervo in identifying nerve damage and repairing blood vessels.

"The odds of saving his leg were less than 5 percent. You almost never see a full recovery from that type of injury," said Torpey.

Following the initial surgery, Bagdatoglu was monitored by a visiting nurse who checked for signs of infection. He also underwent four subsequent surgeries including a procedure to place a hybrid ring fixator stabilizing device to treat the fractures of his shattered left ankle.

Both Torpey and Bagdatoglu praise the efforts of physical therapist Robert Kowalski.

"Rehabilitation Services at Monmouth worked really well with him to restore motion to his ankle," said Torpey.

"Vedat’s biggest complaint was a loss of motion and difficulty with balance," Kowalski said. "Lacerating injuries cause a lot of nerve damage, so we worked to increase his range of motion and restore his balance."

Kowalski and Torpey praised Bagdatoglu’s close adherence to his treatment plan. "For the first five months, he had to totally immobilize the leg. He was very compliant and that was a key to his success, along with the fact that he was young and medically healthy," said Torpey.

"In discussing his case in orthopaedic conference at the hospital, my colleagues were unanimous in thinking the injury would lead to amputation," he added.

Bagdatoglu faithfully followed a home exercise program in addition to his twice-weekly physical therapy sessions, according to Torpey.


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Things are looking up for Hooligans, on Broadway in Long Branch, after fines against the establishment were reduced to just $3,000 this week. The owners have said the temporary liquor license renewal has hurt business.Things are looking up for Hooligans, on Broadway in Long Branch, after fines against the establishment were reduced to just $3,000 this week. The owners have said the temporary liquor license renewal has hurt business.

W. Long Branch attorney named state bar trustee

West Long Branch resident and attorney Charles J. Uliano was recently installed as Monmouth County trustee to the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlantic City. A former county delegate to the NJSBA General Council, Uliano has been a member of the association for 27 years.

Uliano is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil and criminal trial attorney, and is a partner with the firm of Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Wetherington.

Active with the Monmouth Bar Association, he has served it as president; president-elect; first, second, and third vice president; treasurer; secretary; and trustee.

A graduate of La Salle College, Philadelphia, Uliano received his juris doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark.


iStar Residential unveils plans for its 2013 summer experience at the Asbury Park waterfront

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Star Financial Inc announces its luxury townhome community, VIVE, sold out its entire inventory of homes in phase two of the project within one day of the release on July 8, 2013. This record demand from buyers is similar to the response that VIVE’s first phase of homes experienced, also selling out the first day they were made available.

Base prices in the second phase ranged from $424,900 to $449,900 before upgrades. More than 1,000 people expressed interest in VIVE, signaling the significant pent-up demand in the Asbury Park waterfront market.

“VIVE serves as a sample of what’s to come, as we move forward in building out the waterfront as part of our long-term commitment to Asbury Park,” said Brian Cheripka, vice president of land for iStar, who oversees the redevelopment of the waterfront. “After millions of dollars in improvements to the waterfront and our connection to downtown, we are excited by the strong response to the first of our waterfront projects. Our success at VIVE has enabled us to accelerate the timing of our next projects and we look forward to building on this positive momentum.”

VIVE represents the first development project on the waterfront in Asbury Park, for which iStar is the master developer. VIVE features 28 luxury two- and threebedroom townhomes ranging from approximately 1,700 square feet to 2,200 square feet, with all floor plans having private entrances and two-car garages. Just two blocks from the ocean and the historic Asbury Park boardwalk as well as the increasingly hip Asbury Park downtown core, VIVE offers homeowners easy access to a wealth of entertainment, shopping and dining options.

“We’ve been very pleased with the success we’ve seen at VIVE and what it means for our ongoing investment in Asbury Park,” said Jay Sugarman, iStar’s chairman and chief executive officer. “And it highlights how our land and residential teams can create value across our $1 billion land portfolio, bringing together sophisticated land and development expertise with iStar’s recognized creativity, credibility and capital.”

Mitre expanding mentoring program

Staff Writer

By nicole c. vaccaro

Mitre expanding
mentoring program

EATONTOWN — MITRE Corp., the independent, not-for-profit company on Christopher Way, exists not only to provide technical support to the government, but also to lend support to college students looking to catch a break.

Five years ago, Paul Barr, technical manager for MITRE, began what is now regarded as a top-notch mentoring program by many colleges and universities in the country.

"The goal was to extend a helping hand to students in our community by providing them with opportunities to explore technical careers through internships and seasonal-hire programs," Barr said.

College students with a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of their freshman year, are eligible and must be nominated by their schools to work at MITRE. All candidates must be strong in the areas of math and science, as well as displaying an ability to work with others.

"These technically astute students represent our future and the future of the world," Barr added, "and so they must display communication and presentation skills, as well as the ability to work together in a collaborative manner."

"The world today and the future must provide for give and take, or yin and yang."

MITRE intern Nirav Shah holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a graduate certificate in telecommunications management — with minors in mathematics, electrical engineering and social science — from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken. He will be attending Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in computer science, and credits much of his success to the mentor program.

"MITRE is helping me to reach my goals by putting me into challenging projects in the field of software development. And (the program’s) highly qualified staff inspires me to do more and achieve more," he said.

"The program provides a team environment, helping me to build my people and communication skills. Plus, the work at MITRE is not bound to a single product or field, so you get a rich experience of working and doing research in multiple disciplines," Shah added.

Jack Quinn, a junior at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, is majoring in physics and computer-oriented mathematics and also credits the program for his success. "Working at MITRE has given me the opportunity to see what engineers really do and how they work together," he said.

While the program primarily targets college freshmen, Barr admits there are some exceptions to the "freshman rule."

Recently, MITRE has expanded its community-outreach program to include seniors at High Tech High School in Lincroft. The two students who qualified were invited to work on "voice over IP" technology, according to Barr. "One of the graduates went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the other to Stanford, Calif., to further their pursuits," he said. "We are very proud."

This summer, the program welcomes 16 new hires from eight regional colleges and universities including Brandeis University, Brookdale Community College, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.

They will be given the opportunity to expand upon their classroom knowledge by learning a broad base of unique hands-on skills that combine systems engineering and operational knowledge with technical skills and research capabilities, said Barr.

Rory Jennings, a sophomore studying computer science at Stevens Institute of Technology, said he is still uncertain as to what his ultimate career choice will be and hopes that MITRE can help narrow his selection a bit.

"I am looking to become anything from a computer scientist to a programmer to a software engineer, but I’m not even sure what these three occupations are or how closely they’re all linked. This is where MITRE comes in," he said.

"MITRE has not only helped me apply what I’ve learned so far in school, but, more importantly, has given me the opportunity to explore my field, further aiding me in my decision as to which career I will pursue later on," Jennings added.

Students are currently involved in projects that include developing visualization for the "warfighter," such as using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to aid the warfighter in decision making; writing PERL scripts to aid in the reduction of data captured during a previous Army exercise; writing XML for Army Battle Combat Systems Distribution (ABCS); modeling and simulation for performance-measurements testing of the ABCS Maneuver Control System; and developing multimedia and animation techniques.

"I consider us as having one foot in academia and one foot in industry. The skills these students acquire at our facility strengthen the knowledge they acquire at the university," Barr said. "MITRE’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, also known as ‘The Innovation Solutions Factory,’ provide these rising stars with high-tech computing, communications and networking systems and tools which are linked to a virtual research environment."

MITRE-NJ primarily supports Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) systems development for the tactical forces of the United States Army. Technical work is focused on C3I systems, and surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The site’s core competency is system-of-systems engineering and is enabled by expertise in information technologies, systems development and acquisition, modeling and simulation, analysis, architecture, integration, interoperability and prototyping.

For more information on MITRE corporation or the mentor program, visit www.mitre.org.


Red Cross receives foundation monies

The American Red Cross, Tinton Falls, has been named as the recipient of funds generated from the program "Completing the Human Spirit." The announcement was made by George Michals, Oakhurst section of Ocean, founder of the Michals Foundation, Deal.

The foundation will coordinate efforts by the parents of children’s organizations to develop an essay-writing contest to bring out the distinct positive qualities each child possesses.

"Like many other people, I feel each child is unique and special, and we as parents, grandparents, teachers and mentors must love, respect and encourage them to become responsible, competent and resourceful citizens," said Michals.

Michals, along with Monmouth County Freeholder Edward Stominski, a Red Cross board member, have issued a proclamation naming Aug. 19 as "Daughters Day/Sons Day."

The proclamation states the greatest gift a parent can offer a child is to openly define, acknowledge and articulate the distinctive qualities and strengths that make each child unique.

For more information on the program, contact the Michals Foundation at (732) 229-8877, or the Red Cross at 1-888-853-6550, ext. 226.


Seashore Day Camp celebrates 75 years Circus performance

mark anniversary
By chris kelly
Staff Writer

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Seashore Day Camp celebrates 75 years
Circus performance
mark anniversary
By chris kelly
Staff Writer


CHRIS KELLY  Practicing Monday for their roller-skating performance for Circus Day, and the Seashore Day Camp’s 75th anniversary celebration to be held Saturday in Long Branch, are Volney Steffir, 8, Holmdel, and Tyler Reid, Kentucky, from Circus of the Kids.CHRIS KELLY Practicing Monday for their roller-skating performance for Circus Day, and the Seashore Day Camp’s 75th anniversary celebration to be held Saturday in Long Branch, are Volney Steffir, 8, Holmdel, and Tyler Reid, Kentucky, from Circus of the Kids.

I t has always been about more than killing time.

In 1926, when John Cittadino created Seashore Day Camp his idea was to create a program where parents could send their kids to gain valuable experience interacting with others. Seventy-five years later that same principle remains.

Though under different ownership, Cittadino’s simple philosophy is the driving idea behind the Long Branch institution today.

"We want to provide a positive, safe environment where the kids are constantly learning and having fun," said camp director John Villapiano.

According to Villapiano, it was during the 1920s that day camps were created because parents wanted their kids to do more than hang out at the beach.

Under the guidance of the Villapiano family, the former day camp has become a well-regarded educational institution, as well, where working parents can leave their children content in the knowledge that it is more than a baby-sitting service.

It was the late Gus Villapiano who first began to think of Seashore as an educational facility, when he began a nursery school program at the Broadway location.

"It’s interesting the way the education component of the camp began," Director John Villapiano said. "My father developed a half-day nursery program in 1978 to supplement his pension.

"It was when I came back in the ’70s that I saw there was a huge potential — need really — by parents to have a quality child care program for their kids on a full-day basis."

He noted that the camps had established a reputation for helping children develop athletically and build self-confidence, and much of that ideal has been carried over into the facility’s educational program.

The camps themselves are more educational than ever.

The days when kids solely participated in competitive athletics all day long are long past.

Instead, along with the standard sports activities, Seashore offers arts and crafts, roller-skating, ice skating, beach activities and much more.

And all those daily activities are bolstered by a raft of special activities that occurs each week. The Villapiano family has turned Fridays at the camp into special theme days. Water, Caribbean, Wrestling and Circus Days are only a few of the special events the campers get to participate in to make their summers memorable.

In fact, campers have been practicing with the performers from the Circus of the Kids program and will display the skills they developed in time for the 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday,

Circus of the Kids is preparing the campers to put on a show that includes globe-walking, forming body pyramids, jumping through hoops of fire and even eating fire.

The Villapiano family first became involved with the camp when Gus Villapiano became the director full time after World War II. His children, who run the camp now, actually were campers.

"It’s funny," said John Villapiano, "in my lifetime I have only spent three summers away from Seashore since I was a camper."

Another interesting fact about the 160 employees of the camp is that about 60 percent were once campers themselves. In addition, about 80 percent of the campers are returnees from the previous year.

Past and present campers and their parents are invited to the join the festivities Saturday, July 7 from noon to 4 p.m.