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The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce has announced its officers and board of directors for 2010. Taking the helm as president is Peter Daniels, of Ocean Medical Center. He replaces Lorraine Griffith of the Ronan Agency, who will continue to serve on the board as immediate past president.

Other officers are First Vice President Robert Koeppl of Proforma RGK Marketing Impressions; Second Vice President Carolyne Kalson of the law office of Carolyne Kalson; secretary is Lisa Lau of Pinewood Mobile Home Park; and Treasurer Lincoln O’Hare of FASTSIGNS.

Directors are Harry Appleheimer, Ocean County Voc-Tech Schools; Michael Attara, Eagle Ridge Golf Club; Michael Baine, Baine Contracting Inc.; Jeffrey Bevacqua, Joe’s Service Center; Mark Creutzinger, WOBM Millennium Radio; David Crone, Carrabba’s Italian Grill; Sharon Cucci, A Shore Touch Massage Therapy; Terry Eisenbrey, 1-800-PACK-RAT; Jacki Frank, Tri-County Insurance Agency of Brick Inc.; Norman Friedman, Cartridge World; Diane Haake, OceanFirst Bank; Terri Hulse, TD Bank; Maddie Infuso, Investors Savings Bank; Kathleen Kirk, JM Printing and Graphics; Mary Kay Kmit, PNC Bank; Deborah Lorenz, New Jersey Diagnostic Imaging; Lou Maschi, IHOP Restaurant; Linda Melendez, Brandywine Senior Living; Ken Munore, Mantoloking Marketplace; Bob Peltier, Econo-Med Transportation; Nancy Rhinesmith, The Provident Bank; Michael Ryan, Lakewood BlueClaws; Harry Vogel, Paramount Products Co. Inc.; and David Wolfe, Ocean County College.

Jean Joseph has joined Laurelton Village Care Center, 475 Jack Martin Blvd., Brick, as an administrator. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and licensed respiratory therapist who has worked in a variety of health care settings since 1994. He is also a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Having filled many roles in a number of hospitals and nursing centers, Joseph places a great emphasis on staff morale as a key component of patient and resident care. He has also opened his door to residents and their families. His efforts are part of a wider movement in longterm care known as “culture change,” a resident-centered approach that gives more autonomy to both staff and residents. Joseph was born in the Caribbean but grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has degrees from New York University, St. Joseph College and Long Island University. Laurelton Village, a member of Revera Health Systems, offers short-term care and therapy after surgery or illness for adults of all ages, as well as longterm, respite and hospice care. For more information, visit reveraLaurelton.com.

James Stoever of Brick has been named the Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program (ACRP) Humanitarian of the Year by Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey. The honor was given at the Dec. 9 ACRP annual luncheon held at the Leisure Chateau Care Center, Lakewood. He was recognized for initiating and chairing the First Motorcycle Run and Walkathon fundraiser to benefit the ACRP program in 2009. The event raised more than $3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program, and was coordinated with the Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ministry. Also honored at the luncheon was his wife, Marlene Stoever, an active Caregiver volunteer and co-chair for the Alzheimer Motorcycle Run and Walkathon.

The National Association of Occupational Health Professionals (NAOHP) recently elected Steven Crawford, M.D., medical director for Meridian Occupational Health, to their board of directors. The NAOHP, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., is a nationwide organization, which supports provider-based occupational health programs and professionals in the field to achieve the highest-quality services to the benefit of the national work force and the public health of the country. Dr. Crawford will support the advancement of the organization as a regional adviser for the U.S. Northeast.

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Lakewood Young Professionals invites the public to join them for a special “Night at the Garden State Philharmonic” Nov. 21 at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, at 7 p.m. A reception hosting the Young Professionals will begin at 7 p.m. and includes food donated by Costco of Brick and a cash bar. The concert begins at 8 p.m. with a Mozart overture and Russianborn pianist Elena Baksht performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. The second part of the evening will feature an interactive multimedia presentation and exploration of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, followed by a full performance of the piece.

The evening is specially priced for Young Professionals and their guests at $10 and includes food, unlimited networking, the concert, and a cash bar. Registration is required by calling the Philharmonic at 732- 255-0460. Regular prices at the door start at $28.

Young Professionals, a committee of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, is a support group for individuals of all ages who are working, in transition, or college graduates.

The Brick Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking lunch at noon Nov. 20 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Brick.

According to Executive Director, Michele Eventoff, proceeds will help underwrite display materials that the Chamber of Commerce is providing free of charge to the business community in their “spend locally'” educational campaign.

The cost to attend is $15 per member and $20 for nonmembers. ($5 more if paying at the door.) Reservations are encouraged. Details: 732-477-4949 or www.brickchamber.com.

The Ocean County Retired Educators Association is sponsoring an all-inclusive trip to see the Sight & Sound Production of the “Miracle of Christmas” in Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 8. The package includes roundtrip transportation by motor coach, the Millennium Theatre show ticket, a complete dinner at the Plain & Fancy Farms Restaurant, meal gratuity and taxes. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Toms River at approximately 8:30 p.m. The package price is $115 per person. Reserve tickets ASAP. Contact 609-207-0038 or email langbi@verizon.net for tickets. Details: www.ocrea.net.

The Ocean County Retired Educators Association will host its Holiday Luncheon at the Quality Inn, Route 37 west, Toms River, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Members and their guests will be treated to food, entertainment and prizes throughout the afternoon at a cost of $23 per person. The reservation deadline is Nov. 23. Details: www.ocrea.net.

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Approximately 100 guests attended the Oct. 23 Brick Morning Rotary Foundation dinner to honor Dr. Donald Cooper, a Rotarian for 48 years, and Michelle Eventoff, the executive director of the Brick Chamber of Commerce. Approximately 100 guests attended the Oct. 23 Brick Morning Rotary Foundation dinner to honor Dr. Donald Cooper, a Rotarian for 48 years, and Michelle Eventoff, the executive director of the Brick Chamber of Commerce. The Brick Township Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of its Distinguished Citizens Awards for outstanding community service.

Harry Vogel of Paramount Products Co. Inc., a manufacturing company in Brick, has been named the Distinguished Individual Award recipient. Vogel has a long history of volunteer activities and has assisted numerous nonprofit organizations and community groups throughout Ocean County. He has been especially active in Brick chairing numerous boards and volunteering his time for a wide variety of community initiatives.

Flowers By Addalia will be recognized with the Business Award for years of community involvement and support of nonprofit organizations throughout Ocean County. They have provided decorations for countless nonprofit organization’s fundraisers. Owner Tom Addalia has also served in leadership positions for many of the charities in the area.

The Brick Township Police Department will be awarded for their outstanding service to the community. Brick has been ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States for several consecutive years and the police department can be credited for helping the community attain that distinction.

A special awards dinner to honor the recipients will be held Dec. 3 at the Crystal Point Yacht Club, Point Pleasant.

The Chamber of Commerce leadership team will also be installed during the program. W. Peter Daniels, president of Ocean Medical Center, will be installed as president of the business organization.

For more information or reservations, call the Chamber of Commerce at 732- 477-4949.

Ocean County College, Toms River, is offering the following day trips. All ages are welcome:

• New York City’s Chocolate Show with lunch at Max Brenner’s Restaurant (accessible by staircase only), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 6. The fee is $129.

• QVC Studio Tour with lunch at the General Warren Inne, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15. The fee is $129.

• The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 or Dec. 15. Ticket is for the 2 p.m. show. Fee is $129.

• Philadelphia’s Fairmount Christmas mansion tour with a three-course lunch at the Water Works Restaurant, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6. The fee is $139.

• New York City Holiday Lights Tour with a full-course Italian lunch at DaRosino, noon to 10 p.m. Dec. 7. The fee is $119.

• Christmas at Hershey: Lunch and Play, Christmas Lights Tour and Chocolate World with hors d’oeuvres, lunch and dessert, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The fee is $139.

• Cape May Candlelight Christmas Tour with an early dinner at Oyster Bay, 1 to 10 p.m. Dec. 19. Fee is $129.

Registration is required. An adult must accompany children. Buses will leave promptly from Parking Lot No. 2, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Prices include motor coach transportation, driver’s gratuity, a trip leader and lunch or dinner as noted. A lavatory is available on all buses.

For further information, call Joanne Padrone at 732- 255-0469.

The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants is offering its annual 2010 financial fitness calendar free to the public. It offers monthly topics such as refinancing a mortgage, strategies for tax refunds, and investing in your career. For a complimentary copy, visit www.Money- MattersNJ.com/Calendar.

Young Professionals invites the public to attend its November meeting, where guest speaker Ruth Palacio will present “Coping Behavior Gone Wrong.” The meeting will be held 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Farrell’s Stout & Steak, 401 Broadway Ave., Point Pleasant Beach. Palacio, owner of Palacio Consulting, will help attendees identify their own coping patterns as well as those of their clients, monitor and replace negative barriers, and discover new coping techniques, among other topics.

Young Professionals, a committee of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, is open to the public. Advance registration is $20 ($25 at the door) and includes hors d’oeuvres, unlimited networking, the presentation, and a cash bar. To register, contact Jennifer Weisert at 732-206-0527 or jweisert@manasquanbank.com.

A Trade Show Networking Extravaganza, a joint effort of the chambers of commerce of Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Brick, Point Pleasant Beach and Toms River, will be held 5-7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Jenkinson’s Pavilion, Point Pleasant Beach. Over 100 businesses will display their services and wares. The festivities will include door prizes, giveaways, a cash bar, pasta stations and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free. For display table information, call 732-477-5788 (Brick) or 732-363-0012 (Lakewood).

The Ocean County Retired Educators Association is sponsoring an all-inclusive trip to see the Sight & Sound Production of the “Miracle of Christmas” in Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 8. The package includes round-trip transportation by motor coach, the Millennium Theatre show ticket, a complete dinner at the Plain & Fancy Farms Restaurant, meal gratuity and taxes. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Toms River at approximately 8:30 p.m. The package price is $115 per person. Reserve tickets ASAP. Contact 609-207-0038 or email langbi@verizon.net for tickets. Details: www.ocrea.net .

The Ocean County Retired Educators Association will host its Holiday Luncheon at the Quality Inn, Route 37 west, Toms River, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Members and their guests will be treated to food, entertainment and prizes throughout the af- ternoon at a cost of $23 per person. The reservation deadline is Nov. 23. Details: www.ocrea.net.

Casey Fagan, a 2004 graduate of Brick Memorial High School and a 2008 graduate of The Richard Stockton State College, has completed her internship and six-month training program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Ga. She has been designated as a special agent in the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Internal Revenue Service and is currently assigned to the U.S. Treasury Department’s office in Mays Landing.

100th anniversary gives retailer P.C. Richard reason to celebrate

BY MARK ROSMAN Staff Writer

In a year of economic turmoil that has taken a toll on many businesses throughout the United States, one company found reason to celebrate. P.C. Richard and Son, an appliance and electronics retailer with 2,800 employees and stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, is marking its 100th anniversary this year.

The company recently opened stores in Brick Township in Ocean County, Eatontown in Monmouth County, and East Brunswick in Middlesex County.

All of those stores are performing as well as, or better than, company officials expected, according to Gregg Richard, the president of the company and the fourth generation of the family to operate the business.

On Oct. 23 P.C. Richard and Son opened a store in Lawrenceville, Mercer County.

P.C. Richard and Son took over seven Circuit City locations that closed earlier this year — five stores in New Jersey, one store in Queens, N.Y., and one store in Connecticut. The venture into the Nutmeg State is the first for company that has its headquarters in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Gregg Richard, who was appointed president of the company in 2004, said a century of business achievement is something he does not take lightly.

“It gives me a sense of pride and it is an awesome responsibility to keep going and to improve on what we have done; to give our customers a level of service they deserve. It’s all about giving our customers a great experience and a reason to come back.”

Over the course of a century, Richard said, the company’s directors and employees have seen and dealt with all types of economic conditions, including the Great Depression, World War I and World War II. Today’s tough times are another challenge to be met.

“During 100 years we have seen every condition. This climate and environment is difficult, but we have a clear advantage. Customers care more now than ever about where they buy. Because we do everything from selling a product, to delivering it, to installation and service, I think we sit in a much better spot than a company that only focuses on selling a product.”

The company was founded in 1909 by Peter Christian Richard — yes, there really was a P.C. Richard — an immigrant from Holland who opened a hardware store in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, N.Y.

In 1924 the store relocated to Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y., and P.C. was joined in the business by his son, A.J.

In 1935 the company established its own service department. The 1950s saw the company expand throughout Queens and into Long Island. A.J.’s sons, Gary and Peter, became full-time employees, building the legacy through a third generation.

By the 1980s the company was operating 19 showrooms in New York and in 1993 P.C. Richard and Son opened its first store in New Jersey, in Wayne.

Today, Gary’s son, Gregg, oversees the operation. He believes his great-grandfather, P.C. Richard, would marvel at what has become of that first small store in Brooklyn.

“P.C. would look at what his son, A.J., did and say you grew this to a point I never imagined. A.J. had a son, Gary, who had the ability to grow it some more. We have a company with a culture, and it is something that needs to be nurtured,” Richard said.

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Elks Foundation to award 500 scholarships

In an effort to alleviate the financial burden of escalating college costs, the Elks Foundation has launched a Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest.

This year, the Elks will award $2.296 million to 500 students. Awards to the 18 top winners will range from $8,000 to $60,000 over four years. The remaining 482 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships over four years.

The scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females will compete separately and will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Completed applications must be turned in to the applicant’s nearest Elks Lodge no later than Nov. 2. National finalists will be required to submit a secondary application. The 500 national winners will be announced by April 1.

Contest details and applications are available at Elks lodges, local high schools and at www.elks.org.enf/scholars.

Retired Educators will host luncheon

The Ocean County Retired Educators Association will host its Holiday Luncheon at the Quality Inn, Route 37 west, Toms River, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Members and their guests will be treated to food, entertainment and prizes throughout the afternoon at a cost of $23 per person. The reservation deadline is Nov. 23. Details: www.ocrea.net.

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The Ocean County Retired Educators Association is sponsoring an all-inclusive trip to see the Sight & Sound Production of the “Miracle of Christmas” in Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 8. The package includes roundtrip transportation by motor coach, the Millennium Theatre show ticket, a complete dinner at the Plain & Fancy Farms Restaurant, meal gratuity and taxes. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Toms River at approximately 8:30 p.m. The package price is $115 per person. Reserve tickets ASAP. Contact 609-207-0038 or email langbi@verizon.net for tickets. Details: www.ocrea.net .

Ocean County College will offer Praxis I and II review sessions at the college’s main campus on College Drive in Toms River.

Reviews in reading, writing, mathematics, early childhood, elementary education, middle school math, social studies, general science, English language, literature and composition will be offered at a cost of $199 per course. Textbook must be purchased separately. For dates and information, call School Relations at 732-255-0477.

Bankers Life and Casualty Co.’s Brick branch sales office recently raised $7,605 for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, as part of the company’s annual Forget Me Not Days fundraiser. The office ranked among the company’s top 10 fundraisers in the event, which raised money for local Alzheimer’s Association chapters.

Over 70 people from the Brick office joined volunteers from a local sales office in New Jersey and an affiliate office in Staten Island, N.Y., to collect donations. In exchange, each donor was given a packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds to plant in memory of the 5.3 million Americans who live with Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, call 800-883-1180 or visit www.alznj.org.

The Ocean County Retired Educators Association will host its Holiday Luncheon at the Quality Inn, Route 37 west, Toms River, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Members and their guests will be treated to food, entertainment and prizes throughout the afternoon at a cost of $23 per person. The reservation deadline is Nov. 23. Details: www.ocrea.net.

Elizabeth Lawson Chermark, president of Smart Fleet, a vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions company, has moved the company’s headquarters to 2329 Route 34, Manasquan, from its Hasbrouck Heights location. She moved the company’s operations closer to her residence in Brielle, seeking to expand Smart Fleet’s business opportunities in central New Jersey. Before founding Smart Fleet in 2000, Chermark worked for AXA Financial in Secaucus, analyzing and redesigning retirement plans for clients based on business and legislative changes. She also worked for the Ernst and Young accounting firm in New York City for three years as an accountant and project consultant. Chermark graduated from Brick Memorial High School in l988 and attended William Paterson College in Wayne, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration in l992. Smart Fleet is a member of Corporation Resource Alliance; the Bergen County 200 Club, supporting public servants, EMS, fire, and police through donations of money, scholarships, and cash to fallen people; and BiState Truck and Motor Association. Chermark can be contacted at 866-477-6689.

In an effort to alleviate the financial burden of escalating college costs, the

Elks Foundation has launched a Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest.

This year, the Elks will award $2.296 million to 500 students. Awards to the 18 top winners will range from $8,000 to $60,000 over four years. The remaining 482 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships over four years.

The scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females will compete separately and will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Completed applications must be turned in to the applicant’s nearest Elks Lodge no later than Nov. 2. National finalists will be required to submit a secondary application. The 500 national winners will be announced by April 1.

Contest details and applications are available at Elks lodges, local high schools and at www.elks.org.enf/scholars.

Ocean County College, Toms River, will offer free classes for New Jersey businesses and organizations that are able to provide 10 or more employees to complete a program.

Preapproved course options include English as a second language, PC skills, Excel, Outlook, basic communications and basic math.

This project is open to all members of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) as well as nonmembers, and the grant also applies to nonprofit organizations. Participating companies do not have to pay for any of the classes, nor file any formal paperwork with NJLWD.

Courses will be scheduled at the business or organization’s convenience and can be conducted at the OCC Main Campus in Toms River, an OCC off-campus location or at the business’s site of the

Employees attending classes must be paid their regular wage during those hours. All classes must end by June 1, 2010.

The job training is funded by a literacy grant from the NJLWD and is a cooperative partnership of the NJLWD, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the New Jersey Community College Workforce Consortium.

For more information, or to register, contact Kathy Baranowski, OCC Coordinator of Customized Training, at 732-255- 0509, or email kbaranowski@ocean.edu.

Ocean County College, Toms River, is offering the following day trips. All ages are welcome:

• Van Cortlandt Manor and West Point tour with lunch at Hotel Thayer, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. The fee is $129.

• New York City’s Chocolate Show with lunch at Max Brenner’s Restaurant (accessible by staircase only), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 6. The fee is $129.

• QVC Studio Tour with lunch at the General Warren Inne, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15. The fee is $129.

• The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 or Dec. 15. Ticket is for the 2 p.m. show. Fee is $129.

• Philadelphia’s Fairmount Christmas mansion tour with a three-course lunch at the Water Works Restaurant, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6. The fee is $139.

• New York City Holiday Lights Tour with a full-course Italian lunch at DaRosino, noon to 10 p.m. Dec. 7. The fee is $119.

• Christmas at Hershey: Lunch and Play, Christmas Lights Tour and Chocolate World with hors d’oeuvres, lunch and dessert, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The fee is $139.

• Cape May Candlelight Christmas Tour with an early dinner at Oyster Bay, 1 to 10 p.m. Dec. 19. Fee is $129.

Registration is required. An adult must accompany children. Buses will leave promptly from Parking Lot No. 2, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Prices include motor coach transportation, driver’s gratuity, a trip leader and lunch or dinner as noted. A lavatory is available on all buses.

For further information, call Joanne Padrone at 732- 255-0469.

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Patricia A. Komsa, Brick, was recently named the executive director and UEZ coordinator of the Lakewood Development Corp. (LDC) and the UEZ program by the board of trustees of the Lakewood Development Corp.

In her new position, Komsa will represent Lakewood on the local, state and federal levels. Her areas of responsibility include, among others, the general supervision of the business and daily operations of the LDC; the preparation and presentation of UEZ projects and plans, and coordination with the director of economic development to work with prospects who might want to sell or lease commercial or industrial real estate that would foster economic growth and job opportunities for Lakewood.

Before being appointed executive director, Komsa served as the urban initiatives coordinator for LDC from 1999 to 2007. She was later promoted to deputy coordinator for program management in the Lakewood UEZ program. Among other duties, she managed such projects as Job Link, UEZ police officers, Franklin Street redevelopment, downtown parking development, and participated in the construction of the Lakewood baseball stadium.

Komsa also developed and coordinated seminars and meetings for business development, and administered UEZ certification and recertification programs.

Komsa, a graduate of Lakewood High School class of ’92, received both her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1995 and a Master of Arts degree in business administration in 2005, both from Georgian Court University, Lakewood. She was graduated with honors from the master’s program and was inducted into the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society.

Komsa has served on the board of directors of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and the Industrial Committee of the chamber since 2007. She has also been a member of the One-Stop Career Center Committee of the Ocean County Workforce Investment Board since 2002.

The Brick Chamber of Commerce will hold a SMILE networking lunch for its members Oct. 16 at noon at LaStrada Ristorante, Route 88, Brick.

Those attending will have an opportunity to make business contacts with fellow members. The goal of the lunch is to have members utilize and/or refer fellow Chamber of Commerce members when needing goods and services.

Reservations are required. For additional information, call 732-477-4949 or go to www.brickchamber.com.

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Free job training offered to businesses

Ocean County College, Toms River, will offer free classes for New Jersey businesses and organizations that are able to provide 10 or more employees to complete a program.

Preapproved course options include English as a second language, PC skills, Excel, Outlook, basic communications and basic math.

This project is open to all members of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) as well as nonmembers, and the grant also applies to nonprofit organizations. Participating companies do not have to pay for any of the classes, nor file any formal paperwork with NJLWD.

Courses will be scheduled at the business or organization’s convenience and can be conducted at the OCC Main Campus in Toms River, an OCC off-campus location or at the business’s site of the

Employees attending classes must be paid their regular wage during those hours. All classes must end by June 1, 2010.

The job training is funded by a literacy grant from the NJLWD and is a cooperative partnership of the NJLWD, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the New Jersey Community College Workforce Consortium.

For more information, or to register, contact Kathy Baranowski, OCC Coordinator of Customized Training, at 732-255- 0509, or email kbaranowski@ocean.edu.

Elks Foundation to award 500 scholarships

In an effort to alleviate the financial burden of escalating college costs, the Elks Foundation has launched a Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest.

This year, the Elks will award $2.296 million to 500 students. Awards to the 18 top winners will range from $8,000 to $60,000 over four years. The remaining 482 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships over four years.

The scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females will compete separately and will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Completed applications must be turned in to the applicant’s nearest Elks Lodge no later than Nov. 2. National finalists will be required to submit a secondary application. The 500 national winners will be announced by April 1.

Contest details and applications are available at Elks lodges, local high schools and at www.elks.org.enf/scholars.

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Susan Quinn of Barnegat was appointed by the Ocean County Library Commissioners as director of the 21-location system on Aug. 11. She replaces Elaine Mc- Connell, who served in that capacity for 25 years.

Quinn began her Ocean County Library career as a children’s librarian in Lakewood. She served as branch manager at Berkeley and the headquarters location in Toms River prior to her appointment as library director.

She has also represented Ocean County Library at several national and regional conferences.

Quinn is a graduate of Gettysburg College and earned her master’s degree in library and information services from Rutgers University. She has also completed the national Certified Public Manager program.

Before joining the Ocean County Library, Quinn worked at the ESPN sports network; The Foundation Center, an authority on organizational philanthropy; and was a consultant for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (now Capgemini), a management consulting and professional services firm.

Quinn assumed her new duties on Aug. 17.

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.