Count Basie Theatre workshops to begin July 14

The Count Basie Theatre "ASPIRE" Emerging Artist Development Program, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, will present three workshops in July. Course fee for the workshops is $40 each.

"Choosing Your Audition Song," a vocal workshop, will be given by Nancy Scharf on July 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants will be taught voice techniques, proper breathing and movement to accommodate a song.

A make-up workshop taught by Diane Chami will be presented July 21 from 1-3 p.m. The course fee includes instruction in techniques and a makeup kit.

Auditioning techniques, presented by Nick Montesano and Bob Cioffi, are scheduled for July 28 from 1-3 p.m. The directors will teach the basic how-to’s of auditioning for a drama or musical.

An August workshop is also scheduled, "Theatre Tech…101" will be presented by Michael Jacoby on Aug. 4 from 10 a.m.-noon.

For more information or to register, call the theater at (732) 842-9000.

Settembre honored as Volunteer of the Year

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Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, recently named West Long Branch resident Joseph Settembre its Volunteer of the Year, for his valuable contributions to the food services department.

Settembre has contributed more than 2,200 hours to the medical center since joining its Volunteer Service Department in 1996, helping out in the hospital’s kitchen during the year, and especially on holidays.

"We appreciate the time he donates to our department as we strive to provide the best service for patients, visitors and staff," said Laura Dolan, food services operations manager. "He truly is an asset to Monmouth Medical Center."

Settembre was honored at a ceremony, along with 54 other Monmouth volunteers, who serve in 75 of the 90 hospital departments while providing nearly 30,500 hours of service last year.

Monmouth volunteers John Morning, a junior at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft section of Middletown, and Zigrida Alite, a senior at Red Bank Catholic High School, were also honored with The Helen Herrmann Outstanding Youth Award for Community Service from the Volunteer Center of Monmouth County.

Additionally, Long Branch resident Anna Matuch received an honorable mention for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program’s Volunteer of the Year.

For information about volunteering at Monmouth Medical Center, call the Volunteer Services office at (732) 923-6670.


CHRIS KELLY  Isaac Cohen, (l-r) Lauren Chalom and Sonja Cohen, all of Deal, shop at one of the numerous merchandise vendors at Oceanfest, held on the promenade in Long Branch on July Fourth.CHRIS KELLY Isaac Cohen, (l-r) Lauren Chalom and Sonja Cohen, all of Deal, shop at one of the numerous merchandise vendors at Oceanfest, held on the promenade in Long Branch on July Fourth.

Monmouth honors nurses for excellence

Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, recently recognized several of its nurses for providing exceptional care and leadership, as well as excellence in nursing.

Monmouth Beach resident Victoria Baldo, an outpatient oncology nurse, was a recipient of the 2001 Maysie Stroock Award for excellence in nursing care.

The Teresa Birmingham, R.N., Nursing Leadership Award was bestowed on Julia Peng, Middletown, an inpatient oncology nurse. Tinton Falls resident Patty Gaughran, the clinical director of emergency services, was honored with the Health Care Leadership for the New Millennium Award.

The first-ever Ocean Primary Care Excellence in Bedside Nursing award went to Long Branch resident and critical care nurse Suzanne Forgach.

The winners of the annual nursing essay contest, "Nurses: The True Spirit of Caring," were also announced by the medical center.

Cindy Lou Eyerly, a pediatric intensive care unit nurse from Bayville, won first place. Psychiatric nurse Katy Tammaru, Middletown, captured second place; Debra Skelly, a pediatric nurse from Middletown, was the third-place winner.

The nursing staff at Monmouth Medical Center is comprised of approximately 700 members, 227 of which have been at the center for more than 10 years.

CPC Behavioral to honor volunteers with gala

CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Middletown, will hold its summer benefit "Escape to the South Seas" July 27, during which it will honor two local volunteers.

Jane Guadagno of West Long Branch and Bruce Larsen of Point Pleasant will be honored for their supportive roles in children’s programs and as advocates of mental health care.

Guadagno has co-chaired the annual CPC Boutique the past 10 years and has been instrumental in its continued success. Larsen, a member of the board of trustees since 1986, has been an advocate for the needs of individuals who deal with mental health care issues.

The gala at Hollywood Golf Club, Deal, will feature gourmet dining, entertainment by the band "Fresh," several auctions and a cash raffle. Proceeds benefit CPC’s mental health programs for children and families.

Auction items include season tickets to the Jets, airfare and a one-week trip to Quebec City, and two tickets to the play The Producers. Silent auction items include things autographed by Joe Montana, Max Weinberg of the E-Street Band, and Wynona Judd; tickets to the Rangers, Knicks and Devils; and a Sony Play Station 2.

The event will be co-chaired by Kathy Goldstein, Wayside section of Tinton Falls; Bev Gaida, Holmdel; Lori Goldstein, Rumson; and Sue Fream, Red Bank.

Tickets for the gala are $200 per person, and cash-raffle tickets are priced at $100 each (winners need not be present). Call the CPC Development Office at (732) 842-2460 for more information.

Chamber’s ‘Double the Fun’ party July 18

The Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC), in conjunction with the Greater Ocean Township Chamber, will hold a "Double the Fun" networking party July 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Red Lobster, Route 35 south, Oakhurst section of Ocean Township.

Cost is $10 for members or $15 for two members, in advance; and $15 for nonmembers. Walk-ins will be charged an additional $5. The party will include shrimp and other seafood; there will be door prizes and a cash bar.

For more information or to register, call the EMACC at (732) 741-0055.