Walk for Food Allergy slated for Sept. 12

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure will take place 10 a.m. Sept. 12 beginning at the great lawn north of Pier Village, Long Branch. Check in is 9 a.m.

Emcee will be Brian Thompson of News 4 New York, and honorary chair is Frank Dicopoulos, area resident and star of the soap opera “Guiding Light.” Both are fathers of children with food allergies. Following the walk, musician Ray Andersen or Mr. Ray, will headline a free concert. Magician Bruce Bray will also perform, and there will be appearances from costumed Star Wars characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions. Media sponsors include Greater Media Newspapers.

To register, visit www.foodallergy walk.org/longbranch_nj, or email long branchchair@foodallergy.org.

September programs, events at library

The Brick Branch of the Ocean County Library, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, has announced its schedule of free events and programs for the month of September. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. Call the library at 732-477-4513 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org for registration and details.

• Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 7 p.m., English conversation group

• Sept. 2, 11 a.m., Search the Library Catalog

• Sept. 2, 7 p.m., Tai Chi Introductory Series with instructor Mary Ellen Suckow. Series continues Sept. 16 and 23.

• Sept. 3, 10 a.m., book discussion “Patriot Hearts,” by Barbara Hambly

• Sept. 3, 3:30 p.m. Brick Young Origami Club, ages 8 and up

• Sept. 4, 2 p.m., Internet Basics

• Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m., film and discussion “Flash of Genius”

• Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:30 p.m., English conversation group

• Sept. 8, 4 p.m., Nintendo DS Club, ages 6 and up

• Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m., An Evening of Chess

• Sept. 10, 7 p.m., TAB Meeting • Sept. 12, 10 a.m. Internet Basics

• Sept. 14, 11 a.m., Mouse Skills

• Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Brick Bookworm Club, ages 6 and up

• Sept. 16, 10 a.m. Internet Basics

• Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m., Mother Daughter Craft Club, ages 10 and up

• Sept. 17, 4 p.m., Book Discussion Group, ages 8 and up

• Sept. 19, 2 p.m., Mexico Beyond Mariachi

• Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Mouse Skills

• Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Knitting Around

• Sept. 22, Cuentos & Mas, 6 p.m., for children and families

• Sept. 22, 9-11 a.m., free blood pressure screening; no appointment necessary

• Sept. 24, 2 p.m. Search the Library Catalog

• Sept. 24, Mariachi Madness, 6:30 p.m., Mariaci Madness, ages 5 and up

• Sept. 26, 10 a.m. Word Basics

• Sept. 28, 2 p.m. What the Library Has Done For You

• Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Email Basics

• Sept. 30, 4 p.m., Dr. Barnard and his Pawsitive Action Team present “Treat Yourself Right” for ages 3-10

• Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Stories, for ages 3-5

• Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Preschool Stores, for ages 3-5

• Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Funtimes, for ages 1-2

• Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Funtimes

• Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 9:30 a.m., Baby Rhymetime, for babies not yet walking

Payment for San Gennaro trip due by Sept. 8

The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee will host a trip to the Feast of San Gennaro in New York City on Sept. 13. Full payment is required by Sept. 8.

The bus will depart from the Barnegat Municipal Complex at 9:45 a.m., and from Brick Plaza, Cedar Bridge Road entrance, at 10:30 a.m., and return at approximately 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. The cost is $27.50 per person and includes transportation, free-time sightseeing, and refreshments on the bus.

For reservations or more information, call Michael at 732-477-6507 or Umberto at 732-552-4624.

N.J. Blood Services will hold blood drive

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center, will conduct a blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Ocean County Mall, 1201 Hooper Ave., Toms River.

Rh-negative blood is particularly needed, but healthy people of all blood types and ethnicities are encouraged to donate to help make certain that the region is prepared for predictable blood needs and any unexpected contingencies.

Community organizations, places of worship, businesses or individuals may host a blood drive. The New York Blood Center also offers community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during the summer.

Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Eligible donors include individuals at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food and Drug Administration and New York or New Jersey State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.

For more information, or to make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-933- 2566.

Business Briefs

Denise Daniele Dance Studios, Brick, was recently the site of a weeklong workshop titled FOCUS Dance Intensive. Those who participated in the workshop took master classes from New York and Los Angeles based choreographers. Also on hand was studio owner Denise Daniele Blackstone, who is a tap master teacher, and Al Blackstone, a former Brick resident who is now a New York City based choreographer and has recently been cast in the “Wicked” national tour. Rounding out the faculty was Katie Spreadbury, faculty member, JUMP Dance Conventions, Gina Forcella, ballet master, Jamie Salmon, Broadway Dance Center and Dana Shenloogian, Denise Daniele instructor. The workshop was open to all dancers in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours networking opportunity 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 2 Augusta Blvd., Lakewood. Guests (golfers and non-golfers alike) will have an opportunity to enter a putting contest and will be eligible to win prizes. All guests will also be entered into a drawing for door prizes. There will be a shared resource table for chamber members’ promotional materials, and all guests will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The cost to attend is: members $10 per person or 2 for $15; and nonmembers $20. For further information, call 732-477-4949 or go to www.brickchamber.com,

The N.J. Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) will hold its All NJAWBO Presidents’ Day at the Races 11:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Aug. 27 at Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport (rain or shine). Reservation deadline is Aug. 19. The event will feature networking, buffet lunch and a cash bar. Cost is $47 for nonmembers, and $42 for members. To make reservations or for more information, call Debra at 973- 618-9288, or visit www.whoscoming.com/njawbo-monmouthocean.

Business Briefs

The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours networking opportunity 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 2 Augusta Blvd., Lakewood. Guests (golfers and non-golfers alike) will have an opportunity to enter a putting contest and will be eligible to win prizes. All guests will also be entered into a drawing for door prizes. There will be a shared resource table for chamber members’ promotional materials, and all guests will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The cost to attend is: members $10 per person or 2 for $15; and nonmembers $20. For further information, call 732-477-4949 or go to www.brickchamber.com,

The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce is offering its members a ballroom dancing class Aug. 18 at Shore Ballroom Studio, 632 Route 88, Point Pleasant. Attendees will learn introductory steps to dances such as the salsa, rumba, cha-cha, tango and waltz. The event is just one in the Chamber’s SMILE program, which is designed for a smaller group of members to provide them with networking as well as a chance to learn something new. Attendance is free, limited and by reservation only. For additional information, call 732-477-4949 or www.brickchamber.com.

Free job seekers club offered at OCC

If you are out of work or want to change jobs, Ocean County College Career, Employment and Counseling Services sponsors a weekly job seekers support club.

Meetings are held on Monday mornings from 9-10 a.m. in Room 104 at OCCs Center for Business Education and Training, 150 Brick Blvd., Brick.

Admission to club meetings is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 732-255- 0400, ext. 2945.

Business Briefs

Mary Elizabeth Garden, of Brick, a representative for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of New Jersey Shore, has been chosen as a national finalist of VITAS’ Leadership Council.

Garden, who joined VITAS in 2006, educates physicians and health-care facility professionals about the benefits of hospice care for patients with life-limiting diagnoses.

Prior to joining VITAS, she served as a practice administrator for several medical practices in the Jersey Shore area.

The VITAS Leadership Council recognizes a select group of top performing managers and patient advocates who embody the company’s mission and values and possess the vision, energy and commitment to succeed.

Recipients have met specific key performance indicators that contribute to the success of the organization.

Debbie Mazella has joined the WJRZ radio family. Mazella will be the new disc jockey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on WJRZ (100.1 FM), a Greater Media radio station.

Mazella says she may have grown up in New York, but she has been addicted to playing ski ball on the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore since she was a little girl visiting her grandparents at their Ocean Grove summer home. Mazella moved to New Jersey five years ago.

Before joining the Greater Media family, Mazella, whose radio career began in 1994, worked at various radio stations in New Jersey and New York, holding such positions as assistant program director and music director, among others. She was even a traffic reporter for a New York station.

In 2008, Mazella was inducted into the FMQB (Friday Morning Quarterback, a prestigious radio trade publication) Hall of Fame, having been voted one of the top five music directors in a secondary market.

Mazella realized she wanted to be on the radio and around the music she loves as early as age 11. Besides radio and music, Mazella is passionate about her cats and stays involved with Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) fundraisers.

Mazella also does a lot of events with the March of Dimes in both New York and New Jersey, and usually emcees each year with Joe Causi of CBS-FM, New York.

With the addition of Mazella to mid days, Glen Kalina will move to the afternoon DJ position from 2 to 7 p.m., and Joe Stevens can be heard nights from 7 p.m. to midnight.

WRAT-FM and WJRZ-FM are radio stations of Greater Media Inc., which is the parent company of 23 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Detroit, Charlotte, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers, located throughout the United States.

Dr. Richard J. Scott has been appointed senior vice president of clinical effectiveness and medical affairs for Meridian Health, which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. In his role, Dr. Scott will serve as the key physician leader for Meridian Health, overseeing clinical quality and service excellence, in collaboration with Meridian’s senior leadership team and medical staffs.

He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and brings over 27 years of experience in the medical field, previously serving as vice president of clinical effectiveness and medical affairs at Riverview Medical Center. Prior to joining the hospital administration, Dr. Scott was in private practice and served as president of the medical staff at Riverview Medical Center.

Dr. Scott is a member of several medical professional organizations including the Medical Society of New Jersey Board of Trustees, where he served as president from 2007-08, the Monmouth County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He has also contributed to numerous orthopedic publications and research studies.

Dr. Scott received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Md.; earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania; and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

OCC to host Career Night Aug. 18

For those interested in changing careers or moving up the ladder professionally, the Department of Continuing and Professional Education at Ocean County College (OCC) will host a Career Night from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 18 at OCC’s Arts and Community Center, main campus, Toms River.

Career Night offers an opportunity to learn about technical training and career opportunities in New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, property manager certification, early childhood education, allied health, computer technology careers and business certification programs.

Instructors will be on hand to answer questions regarding training and career opportunities. There is no fee for admission. For further information, call 732-255-0404 or go to www.ocean.edu.