Proposed law would ban smoking in restaurants


By adam riback

A bill proposed in the state Senate could affect every restaurant and bar in New Jersey.

On Feb. 27, Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union) and Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) proposed a bill (S-2339) that would prohibit smoking in all restaurants and bars in New Jersey.

Although it was introduced on Feb. 27, the bill has not yet been discussed or voted on by a committee. The bill is expected to be reviewed by the Senate’s Health, Human Services and Senior Citizen Committee.

"The bill (S-2339) probably won’t get any attention until November," Cardinale said, adding that he thinks it will not be ignored.

"I believe some form [of the bill] will be passed within a year or two," he said.

Cardinale said many compromises will have to be made, and noted that the bill as it was originally written may not be what is eventually signed into law.

He described a recent experience he had in which he went to a restaurant and asked for a table in a non-smoking section. He was told he would have to wait 20 minutes for a table. The senator said he was told that if he was willing to sit in the smoking section, he could be seated immediately.

Cardinale said the disproportionate sizes of the smoking and nonsmoking sections in a restaurant have become a problem.

The bill’s main statement consists of many smaller rules. The owner of the restaurant or bar would be required to post a sign indicating the no-smoking law. The bill would not apply to any restaurant or bar when it is being privately used for a social affair, as long as the smoking area is separated from other patrons currently being served by a floor-to-ceiling wall.

If a person was smoking in a restaurant or bar, and was told to obey the law by a municipal or county health official, or other public employee, but resisted, he would be subject to a fine of up to $25. Under the terms of the bill, the owner of the establishment would only be responsible for putting up the "no smoking" sign, but not for enforcing the provisions.

The bill also states that no owner or manager of a restaurant or bar would be subject to any legal action, except for lim­ited cases involving employees.

As for the potential smoking ban in bars and restaurants, Clarksburg Inn owner Roger Watkins is pragmatic.

"We have to deal with whatever situa­tion the law gives us," he said, "and hope patrons will still utilize services. There’s not much I can do about it."

According to Watkins, the nonsmoking section of his restaurant accounts for the largest number of entrees served. While there is more food in the nonsmoking area, the bar area, in his estimate, is com­prised of about 60 percent nonsmoking customers and 40 percent smokers.

The Clarksburg Inn also has a separate building that features bands and other per­formances. It is considered a club, and will be permitted to have a smoking section, he said.

Joe Mosco, the owner of many restau­rants in New Jersey, including Nonna’s family-style Italian restaurant, Marlboro, does not think the proposed law would af­fect his restaurants too much, but does have his opinion on the bill.

"I feel like, financially, there will be minimal impact," said Mosco. "Any restaurant with the right arrangements [for smoking and nonsmoking sections] has every right to have smoking. The govern­ment is wrong to mandate this."

Regarding bars, Mosco said people smoke in conjunction with drinking. For that reason Mosco said he rarely spends time at the bar.

"Other people can make the same choice," he said.

On the other hand, restaurateur Ted Petrov runs a smoke-free restaurant, Mom’s Golden Griddle, Route 9, Manala­pan, and thinks the bill is a good idea.

"I run a smoke-free restaurant, and it works out great. Smoking shouldn’t be al­lowed in any restaurant," Petrov said. Petrov also owns Perkins Family Restau­rant, Freehold Township, which has both smoking and nonsmoking sections.

John Byrne is the president of the New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA). He said the position of most of the members of the association is for the complete ban of smoking in New Jersey facilities.

"I think most of us would agree smok­ing is a hazard," he said.

Although Byrne is in favor of the ban­ning of smoking in New Jersey, he said the bill in the Senate now does not portray what the NJRA thinks should be done.

"I think it [the bill] has to exhibit fair­ness. It doesn’t," he said.

First of all, Byrne explained, if smoking is banned in New Jersey, it has to be banned everywhere in the state, not just in bars and restaurants, as the bill currently reads. The bill excludes places such as casinos and country clubs.

"If you exclude these people, does that mean that they are any less important than any other people?" Byrne asked.

Byrne stated that it is for these reasons, and many others, that the NJRA will not support the bill in its current form.

Staff writer Jane Meggitt contributed to this story

Plan outlines future growth for Raceway Mall

By linda denicola
Staff Writer

By linda denicola
Staff Writer

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The developer of the Freehold Raceway Mall, Route 9, is seeking preliminary approval of buildout plans for 127 acres of the large mall area. The so-called General Development Plan (GDP) is for projects to be completed over the next few years.

In the meantime, Freemall Associates is seeking approval for a 100,047-square-foot, two-story sporting goods store called Galyan’s to be constructed at the intersection of Winners Circle and Trotters Way. That project will probably begin as soon as final approval is made, possibly at the next Planning Board meeting in June, said Guy Leighton, the township’s assistant planner.

In addition, the Planning Board will approve, reject or amend a final resolution on the GDP at a future meeting.

"Galyan’s can’t be approved until the GDP is approved. There are parts of the GDP that are up in the air," Leighton said.

He said Freemall Associates has "been anxious for years to start building, but the town wanted to see the overall plan first. We didn’t want them to keep coming in with these proposals when we weren’t able to see how this was going to develop. There are time elements as to what follows what."

The building and parking area for the proposed sporting goods store would be constructed on an existing lawn area, said Leighton. Site improvements include minor changes to the adjacent parking areas, new parking areas for 588 vehicles, site lighting and landscaping in the RMZ-1 zone.

As part of the Galyan’s plan, Freemall Associates has submitted proposed Trotters Way road improvements to the Route 537 jughandle which includes widening Trotters Way to allow for left turn lanes at all major intersections and widening of the Route 537 jughandle to allow two full lanes to enter though the traffic light onto Trotters Way.

According to the GDP improvement schedule, construction of the road upgrades will start at about the same time as Galyan’s with a target completion date in the fall of 2003 in time for the holiday shopping season.

In a memorandum to the Planning Board, Leighton said that with this pro­posal, the entire mall complex will contain 1.42 million square feet of gross leasable space.

As part of the general, long-range plans, the developer has proposed a 250,000-square-foot addition for a sixth anchor store, a multilevel parking deck, a hotel with two restaurants and an office building along the Route 33 bypass, southwest of the Sears store.

The sixth anchor department store and parking deck would be within the ring road located between Macy’s on the south and Nordstrom on the north.

Leighton said the proposed hotel would have to have at least 100 rooms so that the applicant would be allowed a liquor license under state law.

"I don’t think it will be two restaurants in the hotel. Most likely one would be sep­arate," he said.

The developer is also proposing to con­struct a $2 million Wemrock Road exten­sion as a two-lane road to connect Wemrock Road through the proposed right-of-way on the Oakley parcel to the mall ring road [Winners Circle].

The Wemrock Road access is one of the issues that is up in the air, Leighton noted.

Although a GDP has been submitted, each new component is still required to submit site plans for Planning Board ap­proval, Leighton said.

About 40 residents attended the Planning Board hearing on May 7 because they are concerned about conditions at the mall now and in the future. In addition, Leighton said, some people on Wemrock Road don’t want the proposed access road and the residents in the Oakley Meadows subdivision across from the proposed of­fice building don’t want to look at an office building.

"This plan is very broad. It’s just a general idea. They would still have to come in for site plan approval for individ­ual elements," he said.

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Alan Mallach of Roosevelt was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows during a ceremony held in conjunction with the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in Denver. Mallach was welcomed as a Fellow of AICP on the basis of individual achievement in the field of urban and rural planning.

"As a planner, public official, advocate and scholar, Mallach has been a leader in fostering suburban affordable housing and regional equity, and has made significant contributions to revitalizing urban communities by fostering creative solution that recognize the central importance of people and neighborhoods in the future of America’s cities," said Daniel Lauber, president of AICP.

Election to the fellowship may be granted to planners who have been longtime members of AICP and have demonstrated excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, community service, leadership and communication. All planners who have been certified by AICP use the letters AICP after their name. Fellows, however, are designated with the letters FAICP. Currently, more than 12,000 practicing urban and rural planners in North American and elsewhere have AICP certification, but of those, fewer than 260 have attained the status of Fellow.

Hightstown/East Windsor Business & Professional Women will sponsor its annual "Spring Psychic Fair" June 6 from 7-10 p.m. at the new El Paraiso restaurant (formerly the 5th Avenue Bistro), Route 33, East Windsor. Four readers will be featured.

Readings cost $20 each. Proceeds will benefit the business group’s scholarship fund. Reservations with a specific reader may be made by calling (609) 426-4490.

While dinner is optional, there will be dinner discount; reservations should be made directly with El Paraiso.

Business and Professional Women promotes the interests of working women and offers opportunities for personal and professional development through educational, leadership and organizational activities.

Matthew Siegel of Millstone has earned the Long Term Care Insurance Strategist (LTCIS) designation, according to a press release from AXA Advisors LLC. LTCIS designees must have demonstrated proficiency in planning for long-term care needs, taxation, and long-term care insurance product design.

Grant awarded for exhibit on Revolution

The New Jersey Historical Commission has awarded a special project grant of $20,000 to the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) in support of its upcoming exhibition, "Revolution in Monmouth."

In recognition of the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth, MCHA will present an exhibition to explore the military history, political environment, social impact and lasting mythology of one of the most significant battles in the Revolutionary War.

"Revolution in Monmouth" is scheduled to open June 1, in time for the battle reenactment weekend of June 28-29, and will be on view until the end of July 2004. Several educational programs, focused on the exhibition, will be available for school classes during the 2003-04 school year.

The galleries of MCHA’s main museum will display artifacts, documents, paintings and maps from its collections, with selected loans from private collections and other institutions. Mark Lender, professor of history at Kean University, is consulting with MCHA and will write the text for the exhibition.

MCHA’s main museum, library and archives are in downtown Freehold at 70 Court St. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The library is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-18, and $1.50 for seniors. Members of MCHA and children under age 6 are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more should call in advance to schedule a tour.

For more information, call (732) 462-1466 or visit the Web site

Business Network International (BNI), Freehold area chapter, invites business owners and company representa­tives to attend a free breakfast meeting at its new location, the Cornerstone Café, Main and South streets in Freehold. Meet­ings are held each Wednesday morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

The purpose of BNI is to assist mem­bers in growing their businesses by net­working leads within the membership. BNI is open to entrepreneurs as well as es­tablished business owners, and is designed to help them substantially increase their sales by having BNI’s supportive group actively recommend members’ services to family, friends and clients. Applicants are pre-qualified for integrity and profes­sionalism. There are currently positions open for health professionals, tradesmen, contractor, handyman, party planner, florist, property and casualty agent, travel agent, estate planner, mortgage loan offi­cer and retail business owners.

For further information, call Rob Friedman, membership chairman, at (732) 845-5200.

Mon-Oc Federal Credit Union now issues check cards instantly at its Freehold Township location, Barclay Square Shopping Center, Route 9, allowing Mon-Oc members immediate card access to their checking accounts. Call (732) 341-3550 for details.

Eileen Horton, R.N.C., M.S.M., has joined CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold Township, as director of profes­sional development. She has 15 years of supervisory experience in the health care field, including positions with Brickner-Mantell Center for Women’s Health, Hamilton; Virtua-Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, Mount Holly; Tenet City Avenue Hospital, Philadelphia; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospi­tal, Hamilton.

Gopal Srinivasan has been named area education director in Howell-Jackson for Club Z!, an in-home tutoring service helping students with study skills, core subjects, speech therapy, music, comput­ers, and SAT preparation. Srinivasan has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and has taught at engineering colleges in the United States and India, according to a press release. For more information, call (732) 833-1814.

Heather Katz of Manalapan has started a laser printer cartridge recycling program to help raise funds for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Cartridges can be placed in recycling col­lection bins placed at local veterinarians’ offices, pet shops and other facilities. For more information or to have a bin placed in your business, call Katz at Cartridge Renewal Systems, (732) 780-0208.

"Are You an Entrepreneur?" is the title of a seminar to be offered April 23 by the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, from 6-8 p.m. Touching on issues of personality, business knowledge, experience, and the proper time, place and financing for open­ing a new business, the seminar is free and open to all. For more information, call (609) 581-2220 or visit the Web site

"Unsung Heroes" will be honored at a luncheon program sponsored by the West­ern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce on April 23 in recognition of Administrative Professionals Day. The Humanity Players troupe, developed by Bernice Garfield Szita and Bob Szita, of ActionArtz Train­ing Institute of Marlboro, will perform skits about the individuals in organizations who really get the work done. A fee of $25 includes lunch and the program, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Battleground Country Club, 100 Millhurst Road, Tennent section of Manalapan. Call (732) 462-3030 for registration materials.

Millstone business to team up for volunteer services

Millstone business to team up for
volunteer services

group of Millstone-area business people will host an evening of comedy and entertainment to benefit local emergency services on Saturday, May 17, at 9 p.m. at the Clarksburg Inn. The show will pay tribute to and raise money for Millstone and Roosevelt fire, rescue and emergency services.

The charity event is being sponsored by the Clarksburg Inn, local radio personality Steve Trevelise, and Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Co. It will star funny man Joey Callahan and singer Simply Shania, with Trevelise acting as master of ceremonies.

"I’m delighted that my good friends Valerie, Joey Callahan, Steve Trevelise and the Clarksburg Inn have come together to support our local fire, rescue and ambulance services. These unsung heroes protect and serve business people like myself and the area residents that make up our clientele, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Peter Grandich, managing member of Trinity Financial. "We are pleased to be able to help them in any way possible."

As a comedy writer, Joey Callahan has worked for Jay Leno and many others, and has won an Ace Cable Award. He has been seen on Comedy Central, ESPN’s Lighter Side of Sports, and Fox TV. He has opened for names like Joe Piscopo, Richard Belzar, Steven Wright, Bob Nelson and Weird Al Yankovic.

Simply Shania, featuring Valerie, the "Ultimate Shania Twain Tribute," has been on a worldwide tour and has opened for such country music greats as George Jones, Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson.

Steve Trevelise, a resident of Roosevelt, is a 22-year veteran of local radio and has filled the role of MC at several comedy cabarets.

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at the Clarksburg Inn. For more information, call (609) 259-2558.

Celebrity golf outing May 5 at Knob Hill

Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment will sponsor a celebrity golf tournament to benefit Good New Ministries May 5 at Knob Hill, Manalapan.

The cost is $200 to golf, $75 for banquet only. For more information, call Peter Grandich at (732) 642-3992.

Women’s work: never done, usually underpaid

Mary Gatta tackles issue as director at Rutgers U. Center for Women

By gloria stravelli
Staff Writer

By gloria stravelli
Staff Writer

VERONICAYANKOWSKI Mary Gatta’s own experience in low-wage jobs has provided insight for her research at Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Work.VERONICAYANKOWSKI Mary Gatta’s own experience in low-wage jobs has provided insight for her research at Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Work.

Summer jobs during high school and college provided Dr. Mary Gatta with more than a source of income. The low-wage jobs she held, like waitress and sales clerk, gave her unique insight into issues of women and work that are the focus of her professional life.

"I was a working woman in college. I worked as a waitress, a ticket taker, in retail and in other service sector jobs," explained the director of research and analysis at the Center for Women and Work (CWW) at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

The center’s research and public education programs are focused on the economic and intellectual advancement of women and to challenging the status quo in the organizations that educate, train and employ women.

"Waitresses, sales clerks — they’re working for low wages, little to no benefits, and not much room for advancement,"’ noted the Long Branch resident. "Many are single moms. At the same time, I was studying feminist theory and public policy. I found there’s a real disconnect."

What Gatta learned was that waitresses deal with a lot of sexual harassment from customers and coworkers while earning only $2.12 an hour plus tips.

That’s less than men earn for comparable work, according to the Rutgers Databank, which was developed by the CWW in conjunction with the Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Despite the fact that women make up 50 percent of the workforce in the service sector, data shows they do not earn what men do for the same work.

"The wage gap is still real," Gatta said. "Women earn 76 cents to every $1 earned by men, on average."

An Oceanport native and Shore Regional High School graduate, Gatta and her mother, Oceanport Councilwoman Maria Gatta, were organizers of last week’s annual Oceanport Women’s Day Program.

The theme for the second annual Women’s Day Program was "Women in a Post 9/11 World." Topics ranged from "Women’s Emotional Well-Being" to "Understanding Long-Term Care and Insurance."

At the Center for Women and Work, Gatta’s areas of expertise include women’s work in the service sector, gender earnings inequality and sex segregation studies.

According to Gatta, 28, occupational sex segregation continues to be a major issue in the workforce, which is 47 percent female — a percentage that continues to increase.

"A great deal of occupations are still predominantly seen as women’s work," she explained. "For example, nursing is still 93 percent female, and this has real policy implications."

The current shortage of nurses is exacerbated by the fact "that 50 percent of the potential labor force is locked out because nursing is considered a traditionally female occupation," she said.

Another example is predominately male high-tech jobs, she said.

"Women make up less than 10 percent of the highest level IT [information technology] positions," she noted, "and research shows we are facing a shortage of qualified workers in that field. Again, we are missing 90 percent of the population because we are not training young women for these jobs."

Another CWW focus is nontraditional jobs for women.

Gatta is working with the state AFL-CIO on a program to increase the number of women in the building trades, a sector where women currently make up only 3-5 percent of the workforce.

The reason? Union jobs — from carpenters to parkway workers — offer good salaries and benefits that will give women the opportunity to become self-sufficient, she explained.

"We’re trying to put together resources so women know about this option," she said. "Many don’t think of the building trades as a career."

Gatta also is a staff member of the Council on Gender Parity in Labor, a joint initiative of the state Employment and Training Commission and the CWW, for which her focus is the role of gender equity in different occupational fields.

The council assesses the effectiveness of state programs designed to provide gender equity in labor, education and training, recommends and reviews current and proposed legislation and regulations, and educates the public on issues and developments in gender equity.

Last month, Gatta moderated "Economic Realities of Being a Woman," the first in a series of roundtable discussions on women’s issues sponsored by the council and the McGreevey administration held at Douglass College.

Gatta told roundtable participants that 99 percent of all U.S. women will work for pay during their lifetimes. Among Latino women, she said, 1 percent earn more than $75,000 a year, while 75 percent earn less than $25,000 per year.

African-American women fare slightly better, Gatta noted, with 62 percent earning less than $25,000 per year.

In addition, she told the meeting, half of all women who work in traditionally female fields don’t have pensions.

"Women heads of households with children have the highest probability of living in poverty," she said. "The poverty level for a family of four is $18,000, and women are one-third more likely than men to be among the working poor."

The way to improve this dismal picture, she said, is to increase the skills and education levels of working-poor women, and Gatta is in charge of a pilot project for the CWW that will provide online skills training to 100 single, poor working mothers.

The project, known as "Women in the 21st Century Workforce," is funded by a $500,000 grant from the N.J. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau.

Women eligible to participate in the five-county program that includes Monmouth and Middlesex counties must be working in the state, meet income requirements and have at least one dependent child 17 years or younger.

In Monmouth County, the pilot program is based at the Monmouth County Workforce Investment Board on Monmouth Street in Red Bank, where staff monitors participation and progress.

About 100 women are enrolled in the program, which, according to Gatta, could become a national model.

Women enrolled in the program receive a computer for use at home, Internet access, and interactive, online instructional courses for a year. Courses include Microsoft Office, Basic Skills, Life Skills and Team Building.

"The goal of the program is to help build skills," Gatta said. "The program clearly gives women access to something they wouldn’t have had before. It’s giving them skills training, which is essential in this economy. A high school diploma is not enough. Unless we offer programs like this, we will continue to see both high schoolgrads and nongrads without real economic opportunities, and there will continue to be working poor."

In addition to change on an individual level, Gatta said the center’s research affects change when shared with "a broad audience of people who can make a difference."

"For example, the Gender Council reports are shared with the [governor’s] administration and different state agencies, and that helps to move the agenda for women forward and makes for positive change. It’s not just research happening in a vacuum; it’s an active role, and it brings attention to those issues."

An important component of the CWW’s work is debunking myths about poverty, Gatta said.

"There are so many misconceptions about poverty," she said. "There are an incredible number of men and women who are the working poor in New Jersey and in the U.S. It’s hard for people to get their minds around the fact that you can be working full time and be in poverty. There are a lot of hard-working women and men who can’t get ahead because of issues like child care, transportation, education and skills training. We need to find ways to address these issues."

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Robert D. O’Donnell, president and chief executive officer of Community Bank of New Jersey, Freehold, has been elected to the board of trustees of the New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBA).

The Millstone resident was elected during the association’s 100th annual convention, held March 27-30 in Boca Raton, Fla.

NJBA is a trade association representing more than 80 New Jersey banks.

O’Donnell is the current chairman of the association’s Community Bankers Committee and is also a member of its JebPac Management Committee and Government Relations Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of the NJBA Service Corp., a subsidiary of the association.

Before joining Community Bank of New Jersey in 1998, O’Donnell was executive vice president of Amboy National Bank in Old Bridge and senior vice president of People’s Bank in Fairfield.

O’Donnell is a guest lecturer at the Wharton Graduate School, Philadelphia, and is a trustee of CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold Township, where he also chairs the finance committee, investment committee and Applewood Estates.

O’Donnell, a former U.S. Army captain, holds master of business administration degrees from both Husson College in Bangor, Maine, and the University of Wisconsin.

He and his wife, Donna, have two children.

Innovative Computer Services LLC of Freehold won four Golden Web Awards from the International Association of Webmasters and Designers. The winning Web sites included Marlboro Physical Therapy (; Cirrus Leadership (; Sharks for the Arts (; and NJAWBO-Monmouth/Ocean Chapter ( For more information, call Innovative Computer Services at (732) 683-0092 or visit their Web site at

Meridian Assisted Living and Meridian Hospice announced the opening of the Meridian Hospice Residential Center at Colts Neck Village Assisted Living on Route 34 in Colts Neck. Meridian Hospice provides a home-like environment for extensive hospice services for individuals and their families facing a life-limiting illness. The center provides on-site LPNs, certified home health aides, and family member accommodations. For more information and a tour of the center, call (732) 303-3100.



The Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, Freehold, will offer a program focusing on the economy and financial markets at its monthly general meeting March 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Guest speakers George Taber and Peter Grandich will offer two different viewpoints in "The Economy and Markets … The Good, Bad and Ugly."

Taber is the founder and president of NJBIZ, a weekly business newspaper. He is also the daily business commentator for New Jersey 101.5 radio station and a correspondent, reporter and business editor with Time magazine.

Grandich is a strategic adviser to the NOAH group of mutual funds and founder of Trinity Financial, Sports & Entertainment Management Co., Millstone. He is also an author, radio personality and market commentator.

The cost for the chamber meeting is $10 and includes a continental breakfast. Call (732) 462-3030 for more information and reservations.

A Year 2003 Tax Pocket Guide is available free from Amper Politziner & Mattia, CPA, Edison, by calling the firm at (732) 287-1000, ext. 309; by e-mail at tortoriello @; or through the Web site,

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Monmouth Chapter, has officially changed its name to the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter of NJAWBO. The name change reflects the wider reach of the organization and the absorption of the Ocean chapter members. With nearly 150 members, the Monmouth/Ocean chapter is the largest and most active of the NJAWBO, according to a press release. Formed more than 20 years ago, the organization offers members education, training, networking, media exposure and the camaraderie of other women business owners. For information about joining, call Donna Domenicali at (732) 263-1300 or visit the chapter’s Web site at

What do companies pay electrical en­gineers in central New Jersey? What’s the statewide average salary for construction workers? What was the average wage in­crease for hourly employees in 2002? The answer to these and hundreds of other questions can be found in the 2002-20003 NJBIA Compensation Report, an industry-wide guides to salaries and wages paid by New Jersey companies.

Published every two years by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the report is compiled from a detailed survey of hundreds of New Jersey companies reporting data for more than 25,000 employees.

The report is available for $95 plus New Jersey sales tax, for NJBIA members and $200 plus tax for nonmembers. To or­der, contact Christine Lopez at (609) 393-7707, ext. 224.

Prudential New Jersey Properties’ Manalapan office is holding a collection to benefit the Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The firm is collecting new hats and bandannas, and new or used teenage movies, Nin­tendo 64 games, CDs, crayons and craft items for children receiving treatment at the hospital. Contributions can be dropped off any day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Manalapan office in Towne Pointe Center, 356 Route 9 south, or a sales associate will visit homes to pick up donations by request. Call (732) 536-1200 for more in­formation.

BNI, a group of local business profes­sionals who meet weekly to share refer­rals, holds breakfast meetings every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Marielle’s Restaurant, Main Street, Freehold. For in­formation, call Mark Tango at (732) 308-9808.

Blue Realty/GMAC of Howell an­nounced that 21 sales associates qualified for the million dollar club in recognition of their production volume.

Associates qualifying were Fred Abrey, Joe Ahman, Lucille Brule, Sal Cascone, Tom Clark, Diane Heyden, Ansar Hussain, Helen Ingino, Marie Kah­vajian, Vickie Laudien, William Lawrence, Michael Lubrano, Sumiko Ko Hwang, Lawrence McCown, Irene Porzio, Lisa Rutter, Gary Rocks, Bill Schoenen­berger, Lenore Sparno, Chieko Wada and Timothy Waller.



Susan S. Brasefield of Howell was appointed a new associate with the engi­neering firm of Maser Consulting at its Matawan office. Brasefield is a licensed professional engineer, professional plan­ner and a certified municipal engineer. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stevens Insti­tute of Technology, Hoboken.

Others promoted to associate level in­clude Robert DiBartolo of East Windsor, Mary Ann Lutz of Toms River, and An­drew Stockton of Highlands.

Based in Matawan, Maser Consulting has offices throughout New Jersey and New York, providing services to both the private and public sectors.

Peter Lametta of Manalapan was re­cently honored as a Top 100 Producer na­tionwide by Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate at its annual business conference in Las Vegas. He was recognized as a top individual producer in closed units for 85 transactions in 2002. In addition, he re­cently earned certification in the firm’s quality service program.

Re/Max of New Jersey has announced that the firm has raised $293,133 for the charity Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), making the New Jersey region the second-highest grossing in North Amer­ica.

In one fund-raising program, New Jer­sey associates pledge to donate from their personal funds a specified amount of money to CMN for each closed sales transaction. Other fund-raising events in­clude parties, tournaments, dinner cruises and special events throughout the state.

CMN is a national charity distin­guished for improving health care for children by generating funds and aware­ness programs for 170 hospitals. Locally, funds raised by Re/Max of New Jersey benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Specialized Hospital with locations in many New Jer­sey towns, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick.

Barbara Levine of Marlboro was re­cently appointed the new dean of students at Atlantis Preparatory School, Wall. In this newly created position, she will over­see daily operation of the two sections of the school — its elementary school, rang­ing from preschool through fourth grade, and the early learning center, which oper­ates a day care and enrichment programs for children ages 6 months through 3 years.

Levine has a background as an educa­tor and administrator, and served as prin­cipal of the elementary school in South River for the past two years. Prior to that assignment, she held the assistant princi­pal position at Drum Point Road Elemen­tary School in Brick for three years. She has taught preschool and elementary school in the Marlboro, Manalapan-En­glishtown, and Haworth public school dis­tricts.

She received her master’s degree in educational administration, supervision, curriculum development and design with a managerial specialization from Georgian Court College, Lakewood. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Tea­neck. She holds certification as an elemen­tary school teacher, supervisor, principal, and in student personnel services. She also hold certificates of eligibility for school administrator and school business admin­istrator.