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Free Workshop for Businesses Impacted by Sandy

Small business owners impacted by Sandy are invited to attend a free workshop in Hazlet on Tuesday for information and tools to help recover, improve and safeguard local businesses.

Birds, Bugs and Beyond is Aug. 24

Monmouth County Master Gardener program is holding a “Birds, Bugs and Beyond” extravaganza where children can explore nature through live performances, games, crafts and displays from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building, 4000 Kozloski Rd.

VNACJ Asbury Park community health center celebrates health center week

VNACJ Asbury Park Community Health Center is marking National Health Center Week 2013 (NHCW) with a free day of health event on Friday, August 16th from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. as part of a weeklong campaign (August 11-17) to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and accessible health care. The event will have many partners to help celebrate health week and provide resources and education including Horizon NJ Health, Prevention First, Brookdale Community College, Bayshore Wellness Center and Prevention Resource Network.Free health screenings, derma scans and HIV Rapid testing will be provided. Education regarding alcohol abuse, substance abuse, violence, and Brookdale…

‘Side Effects May Vary’ at Long Branch library ‘

Steve Coté is not your run-of-the-mill artist. Drawing inspiration from such seemingly disparate influences as Salvador Dalí, British artist Ralph Steadman and the world of street art, Coté is developing a reputation for his imaginative use of mixed media and a growing body of stark, colorful and textladen work. He’s also a full-time landscaper, a Brookdale Community College student, and 20 years old. “I’ve been drawing and into artistic stuff my whole life,” said Coté, of West Allenhurst. “I always saw people that were good at drawing naturally, and I was always terrible at drawing. I wanted to learn how to be good, so I just drew all the time.”

Courses focus on new fields

Monmouth County residents looking to ready themselves for jobs in new or growing fields have four new options this fall at Brookdale Community College.
New for the 2013-14 academic year is a national security studies track, a communication disorders option, a criminal justice certificate, and a social media certificate that can be earned entirely online. The social media certificate, an entirely online program, teaches the skills needed to build or expand a business through social media, according to a press release. Three new classes developed for the program teach how to identify an audience, develop a compelling message, manage a brand, measure effectiveness and avoid common social network pitfalls.

Community colleges are poised to do more

As I review the report from the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, one significant realization keeps occurring to me: community colleges have finally come of age in America. There’s a reason that President Obama singled out community colleges in his graduation initiative, and has made funding them a key priority of his administration. We are accessible and affordable. More and more people are coming to understand that some of the best values in higher education are right in their own back yards. Community colleges help to sustain the entrepreneurial spirit that so many in mid-size to small communities depend upon, fueling increased job creation.

Joan Myers’ ART & MOVEMENT Photo Exhibit on View at Anytime Dance Studio/Gallery of the Arts, 8/17-9/7

An exhibit of images by Joan B. Myers, award-winning photographer and Long Branch native, will be on display from August 17 through Sept 7, 2013 at Anytime Dance Studio/ Gallery of the Arts. Joan would like you to envision photography and dance as sharing the common element of movement. Joan is known for composition and design that moves you into the photograph, so plan on stepping into each photograph and escaping from reality for a moment. An example of movement in photography is three time award-winner, “Snowy Excitement.” The judge stated “Photographer took a landscape and made it about snow and movement…

The Gates Effect

In Bill and Melinda Gates’s vision for higher education, more students will get a college experience similar to Terry Crosgrove’s.
Each morning, Mr. Crosgrove clocks in for the 5:30 a.m. shift packaging Slim Jims at a ConAgra plant in Troy, Ohio. On days off, he chips away at an associate degree offered through an experimental online program at Southern New Hampshire University. The low-cost, self-paced education lacks courses and traditional professors. Instead, students progress by showing mastery of 120 “competencies,” such as “can use logic, reasoning, and analysis to address a business problem.”

Cyndy Friedland to Lead New Jersey Business and Professional Women

Cyndy Friedland was recently elected to a second term as president of the Business and Professional Women of New Jersey at the organization’s recent statewide conference at Monmouth University. The Manahawkin resident is a real estate associate with Oceanside Realty, covering areas in Surf City and Harvey Cedars. Friedland is a founder and former president of Congregation Sha’arey Hay-A , which originated in Barnegat Township and now holds services at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Manahawkin. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County. Friedland has also served as vice president and president of the Southern Ocean County BPW chapter.

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