Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority has retained its designation as a "certified Audubon cooperative sanctuary" by Audubon International.

Robert Gajewski, Brick health and safety officer, led the effort to maintain sanctuary status on the township’s property and was recognized for his environmental stewardship by the association.

First designated as a sanctuary in 2000, Brick is one of 500 properties in the world to receive the honor.

St. Thomas Christian Academy of Brick will hold its second annual walk-a-thon, June 1 at 1 p.m., at the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk. The school is sponsoring the walk to raise funds for a new school at its Route 70 campus.

The academy took an active role this year in opposing a planned Home Depot at a site next door to the school. In support of that opposition, parents and students from nearby schools are banding together to support the walk-a-thon.

To become a sponsor, call (732) 477-5335. Donations may be sent to St. Thomas Christian Academy, 150 Salmon St., Brick 08723.

Students, teachers and representatives of 18 Ocean County schools and groups such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Brick Mayor Joseph C. Scarpelli and Township Council Members, joined in celebrating the start of construction on New Jersey’s first Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at the corner of Route 70 and Chambers Bridge Road in Brick Township.

Krispy Kreme invited area nonprofits to participate in the groundbreaking event by digging through giant piles of sand to find "FUNdraising" certificates valued at almost $10,000. The Brick Police Athletic League (PAL) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ocean County each won a grand prize of 250 dozen doughnuts valued at $1,500 each.

Fran Dockery was recently awarded Avon Products Inc.’s "2002 Circle of Excellence Award," an honor given to the top district sales managers within the company who have increased their sales of Avon products significantly over the last year.

Dockery was one of 93 out of 410 district sales managers in the Northeast region who earned the award. Avon’s district sales managers are salaried associates of the company. They recruit, mentor and manage representatives in their area. Avon’s Northeast region encompasses 150,000 representatives from Maine to Virginia. Dockery earned the award for increasing her district’s sales by more than 14.6 percent over sales plan. She is responsible for managing a team of 430 Avon sales representatives in the Lakewood, Jackson, Howell and Manchester areas. This is the third time Dockery has earned the "Circle of Excellence Award."

"One of the traits I like about Avon is the flexibility," said Dockery. "It is great for stay-at-home moms who want to start their own business."

Dockery, a resident of Brick, began her career with Avon in 1980 as a sales representative. She is married and has two children.

Bill to expand duties of

N.J. Racing Commission

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer that would expand the duties of the New Jersey Racing Commission was released by the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee.

The measure, A-3473, would include advocacy of growth, development and promotion of horse racing among the du­ties of the commission.

"Over the last few decades, the horse racing industry in New Jersey has been in steady decline," said Dancer, R-Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean. "Our state has long held a distinguished record in the horse breeding and racing industries, and it is distressing to see that high standing diminished."

Dancer added that his bill is intended to encourage the Racing Commission, horsemen and New Jersey racetracks to work together toward reinvigorating the horse racing industry in the state.

He also noted that the Racing Commission legislation was originally adopted in the 1940s and until the advent of Atlantic City casinos in the 1970s, the racing industry had no competition for the gambling dollar.

"The focus of the commission has been regulatory, but with competition and de­cline in attendance, this is a window of opportunity for the commission to be the lead agency and facilitator to foster the growth and development of the industry," Dancer said.

Dancer said this legislation comes at an opportune time since another measure re­cently amended the composition of the commission to include two representatives each from the standardbred and thorough­bred industries.

"Together, the Racing Commission will be unified and focused on not only regulating but advocating for the future growth and development of the New Jersey racing industry," Dancer said.

The measure was released by a com­mittee vote of 5-0 and now heads to the full Assembly for consideration.

Assemblyman Joseph R. Malone, also R-30, is a sponsor in the Assembly, and Sen. Robert W. Singer, also R-30, intro­duced the measure in the Senate.

Girl Scout campaign raises $52,000

The Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts has recently raised $52,042 through its six-week Help Us Grow Stronger! (HUGS) an­nual campaign. All contributions benefit lo­cal Girl Scouts in Monmouth and northern Ocean counties.

Although the Council didn’t reach its goal of $65,000, the council is still receiving donations on a daily basis. More than 50 volunteers from throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties took part in the campaign.

Interested donors may send a check payable to Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts, Attn.: Nancy Cummons, 242 Adel­phia Road, Farmingdale 07727.

Business Briefs

Gary V. Lotano has been chosen to be the grand marshal for the 12th annual Ocean County Columbus Day parade, Oct. 12. Lotano has been a resident of Toms River since 1984. He lives with his wife, Amy, and has two children, Noelle and Matthew. He is the president of Lotano Development Inc., as well as a number of development and property management corporations. He has been an active member of the Toms River business community for many years. Lotano also has a long history of civic involvement in Toms River and Ocean County. He is active in the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, a board member of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, vice chairman of the board of trustees for Community Medical Cente, and is the past chairman of the Toms River/Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, among numerous other civic endeavors.

Lotano will be honored at the annual Grand Marshal Dinner-Dance at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant on June 13 at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending or in any aspect of the parade can call (732) 477-6507 or (732) 736-1352.

WOW! Work Out World, a family-owned and -operated business of seven full-service health and fitness centers in New Jersey and 16 licensed locations throughout New England and Japan, has announced that the WOW! licensing INFO-PACK is available online at for prospective health club owners.

WOW! corporate offices are located in Brick. For more information, call (732) 477-5400.



Preferred Behavioral Health of New Jersey is marking 25 years of providing mental health and substance abuse services to the residents of Ocean County with an anniversary dinner May 15. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which played a key role in the establishment of the organization, will be the honoree.

Since its establishment in 1978, Behavioral Health has expanded its services to include residential programs, day programs, community outreach and specialized services for senior citizens. Its honors and awards have included the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, the Southern N.J. Development Council Community Service Award, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, and the state governor’s Volunteer Award.

Preferred Behavioral Health is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and is licensed by the state Department of Health and Senior Services and Division of Mental Health Services. It is also a United Way member agency.

In honor of its anniversary, Behavioral Health will publish a commemorative journal.

For information about the journal or the May 15 dinner, call (732) 364-4590, ext. 112.

Brianne Douglas, Point Pleasant, has recently joined the Brick-based, New Jersey Internet marketing company, Single Throw, as an Internet marketing consultant. She will help small and medium businesses use the Internet to attract new customers and generate business.

Douglas, a 1998 graduate of Point Pleasant Boro High School, earned a BS in business management from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, in 2002. She is a member of Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association and a member of Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce.

The Woman’s Club of Brick Township held its regular meeting at the Woodlake Country Club April 9. Four delegates were elected to attend the annual Convention of the NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs on May 5, 6 and 7 at the Hilton in Atlantic City. Jane DeSessa, Peg Richetti, Diantha Matthews and Connie Beckman, representing the local club, will be empowered to vote on all issues coming before the business sessions. The State Federation, of which the local club is a member of, is one of the oldest and largest service organizations dedicated to community service It is credited with founding Douglas College and was instrumental in preserving the Palisades from commercial use.

Culminating six weeks of collecting health and personal toiletries for distribution among the poor in Honduras, Doris Van Tassel, Chairman of the American Honduran Medical Mission, said, "I am humbled by the generosity of the general public. It is expected of club members to support one of its projects but it is neither expected nor anticipated from the readers of our local newspapers. These good people, having read of the destitution prevalent in the Honduras, responded with countless gifts of toiletries and medications." She concluded, "On behalf of the Women’s Club, I would like to thank all those anonymous donors who supported this humanitarian project helping to make it such a success."

Meridian Health Systems, Wall, announced that several area residents have been appointed to medical staffs at its hospitals.

Jonathan M. Barofsky, M.D., of the Wayside section of Ocean Township, joined the surgery/ophthalmology department at Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick.

Also joining the center in its emergency medicine department are William R. Downs Jr., D.O., Ocean Township, and Gina S. Maniar, D.O., Tinton Falls.

Robert M. Ross, M.D., Rumson, joined the anesthesiology/general anesthesia department at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank.

The Ocean County Camera Club will hold its semiannual trade show May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Ave., Lakewood.

This event has been sponsored by the Lakewood Community School for the past 20 years. The show features the sale of new and used photographic equipment and is supported by 45 dealers. It is usually attended by over 300 patrons.

The cost for a table is $30. Admission is $4. Early admission will be $8. For information, call (732) 741-1980.

The Brick Kiwanis Club will hold its fourth annual awards dinner May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crystal Point Yacht Club, 3900 River Ave., Point Pleasant.

Joseph Marra will receive the George F. Hixson Award for 31 years of outstanding service to the Brick Kiwanis and the community. Marra is a resident of Brick and the co-owner of Central Jersey Screw & Bolt.

The cost of the dinner is $40. For tickets and more information, contact Pam Colino at (732) 892-0246.

Brookdale Community College’s Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County, Asbury Park, and Marie C. Lucier, executive director of outreach, business/community development, have been named as recipients of the 2003 Monmouth-Ocean Development Council’s 38th annual Silver Gull Award.

The culinary center received the Community Service Award for outstanding community involvement in the bi-county region. It will share the award with the Brick Rotary Club and Brick Morning Rotary Club, and OceanFirst Foundation.

Lucier is a board member of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council and has chaired its personnel committee. She will receive the MODC Service Award, which honors the leadership and commitment to the goals of the organization by a MODC member.

The awards dinner will be held May 8 at the Robert B. Meyner Reception Center at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel. For more information, call (732) 224-6632.

Shore Boy Scouts to present Distinguished Citizens Award

The Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will hold its 28th annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner on Jan. 24 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City. Honored at the event will be Ocean County civic leader Dan D’Onofrio and David P. Tilton, president & CEO of Atlantic City Medical Center. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the recognition program/dinner will commence at 7:30 p.m.

"With the Distinguished Citizens Award, the Jersey Shore Boy Scout Council recognizes prominent individuals for their leadership role in the community and the business sphere," said Nicholas V. Coppola, president of the Jersey Shore, BSA, who is also chief executive officer of D.W. Smith Associates, LLC, Lakewood."

D’Onofrio and Tilton are being honored as successful businessmen and outstanding humanitarians who have made a positive difference in the local communities, according to Coppola. D’Onofrio’s and Tilton’s achievements embody the spirit of the Boy Scout organization and have earned them the honor of the Distinguished Citizens Award, Coppola continued.

D’Onofrio, of Toms River, is the sole president and CEO of several corporations. Born and raised in New York City, he relocated to Ocean County in 1946, following his discharge from the Marine Corps.

David Tilton is president and CEO of Atlantic City Medical Center (ACMC). He was also recently appointed executive vice president and chief operating Officer of Egg Harbor Township-based AtlantiCare. AtlantiCare is comprised of six health-system business units with more than 3,300 employees.

About 500 guests are expected to attend the Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner, which is also the biggest annual fund-raiser for the Jersey Shore Council, BSA.

Co-chairs of this year’s Dinner Committee are David Wintrode, president of Causeway Ford/LTD Properties, and Bernard DeLury, Esq., vice president/deputy general counsel, Park Place Entertainment. According to Doris Brennan, the council’s director of finance services, the goal is to raise $166,000 at the upcoming event. The funds will be used by the organization to continue providing quality programs to the youth in the community.

Headquartered in Toms River, the Jersey Shore Council, BSA, is the largest nonprofit youth-serving agency in the area. It serves 19,000 young people and 4,000 adult volunteers in Ocean, Atlantic and southeastern Burlington counties as well as Ocean City.

For more information or invitations for the 28th Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner, or to make a contribution, call Doris Brennan at (732) 349-1037.

Holiday toys bring smiles to kids’ faces

The holidays are over but the smiles on the faces of local children are still shining bright as they play with the new toys they received from the Ocean County College Physical Plant and Security departments.

According to John M. Swierz, security shift sergeant at the college, toys and food were collected to benefit Providence House–Ocean. "A flier was distributed throughout the campus and the response was phenomenal," said Swierz. "We were able to collect Christmas toys for over 30 children. The donations were so remarkable that we collected six milk crates full of food. We hope to make this an annual event," he added.

Providence House–Ocean is a division of Catholic Charities and provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Some of the services include counseling, emergency shelter and legal advocacy. During the holiday season, Providence House provides Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, as well as food and clothing for those in need.

Single Throw promotes Pinto to vice president

Single Throw, an Internet marketing company with offices in Brick Township and Milford, Conn., has named Dan Pinto, Freehold Township, vice president of client services. Pinto, who was in charge of marketing, will now be responsible for client satisfaction as it relates to the management and the timing of projects created for clients. His top priority will be customer service.

A Freehold Township High School alumni, Pinto received a bachelor of science in marketing from the Rutgers University School of Business, New Brunswick. Before joining Single Throw in 2000, Pinto was involved in managing and marketing music companies. Pinto also plays the drums and co-manages a local seven-piece band called Daddy Pop on Long Beach Island.