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County Seeking Employers for April 19 Job Fair

Companies must register to participate; jobseekers do not. Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Job Fair scheduled for Friday, April 19. The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend. The 2013 Monmouth County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Brookdale Community College Recreation and Events Center, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. Last year’s job fair attracted more than 100 employers and an estimated 1,200 jobseekers.

Brookdale Basketball Team Honored by Freeholders

Men’s basketball team ends season with best record in school’s history. At their March 28 regular meeting, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized members of the Brookdale Community College men’s basketball team for winning their first Division III men’s basketball championship. “These dedicated young men of Brookdale’s Jersey Blues basketball team had a record-breaking year,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “By training and playing with passion and skill they earned the most wins in their school’s history and a national championship.”

Congressional inaction could cost college students

Congressional inaction could end up costing college students an extra $5,000 on their new loans. The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, just as millions of new college students start signing up for fall courses. The difference between the two rates adds up to $6 billion. Just a year ago, lawmakers faced a similar deadline and dodged the rate increase amid the heated presidential campaign between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But that was with the White House up for grabs and before Washington was consumed by budget standoffs that now seem routine.

16th Annual Brookdale Guitar Show to be held on Sunday, April 14

Enjoy a jam-packed day of music, learning and shopping at the 16th Annual Brookdale Guitar Show at the Lincroft Campus. Doors open at 10am and the fun continues till 5pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance online on the show’s website at www.brookdaleguitarshow.com. Brookdale Public Radio 90.5 The Night is extending the special $10 Member pricing to all ticket pre-orders. Tickets are $12 at the door. This high-energy event will take place both inside the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center and will continue outside under the big tent with music from Chris Buono, Johnny Stompbox & The Stompers, Jerry Topinka & Sean …

Ocean First Foundation Announces $200,000 Scholarship Program

Building on its long-standing tradition of supporting higher education, OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River has awarded $200,000 in grants to Brookdale Community College, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University and Ocean County College for scholarships that will help high school graduates from the Jersey Shore area pursue their education. In the past three years, 420 local high school graduates have received $600,000 in scholarship assistance. Each school will use their $50,000 grant to provide scholarships for tuition, fees and books to incoming full-time freshmen for the fall semester of 2013.

Mother of Pathmark shooting victim calls for prehire social media checks

New Jersey has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the nation, but they can be undercut by what Rep. Rush Holt, D-12th District, described Wednesday morning as lax or otherwise inadequate regulations in many other states. That wasn’t news to Maria LoBrutto.
It was LoBrutto’s 18-year-old daughter, Cristina, and 24-year-old Bryan Breen who were shot and killed by an ex-Marine while they worked an overnight shift at the Pathmark supermarket on Route 9 in August. The gunman, who later killed himself in the store where he also worked, reportedly had purchased the assault rifle in California.

Master Gardeners program graduates 19 new members

Nineteen Monmouth County residents became certified Master Gardeners at a graduation ceremony held recently at Hominy Hill Golf Center, Colts Neck. According to a press release from the county, graduates of the 2012 program are: Beth Bailey, Oakhurst; Joanne Bujalski, Freehold; Marguerite Dalton, Interlaken; Jon Gibbons, Lake Como; Diane Grim, Colts Neck; Dorey Grimes, Howell; Karen Kaschak, Colts Neck; Janet Lyons, Howell; Pat Mahon, Shrewsbury; Susan Matulewicz, Rumson; Jan Mawson, Freehold; Sandi McLean, Farmingdale; Kim Parent, Oceanport; Penny Raffetto, Manasquan; Judy Ryan, Farmingdale; Debbie Sawch, Rumson…

Birdsall engineering firm, its top staff indicted on government corruption charges

Birdsall Services Group, one of Monmouth County and New Jersey’s most prominent engineering firms, was indicted Tuesday along with its largest shareholder and six executives on charges that they reaped millions of dollars in public contracts by fraudulently skirting New Jersey’s pay-to-play law.Named in the nine-count indictment are: Birdsall Services Group, headquartered in Eatontown; Howard C. Birdsall, 69, of Brielle, the firm’s largest shareholder, who retired last year as its chief executive officer; he also served as chairman of the board of trustees of Brookdale Community College…

Brookdale’s ‘Elite Eight’ wins NJCAA national championship

They call themselves the “Elite Eight.” Now the eight members of the Brookdale Community College men’s basketball team can call themselves national champions. The Jersey Blues captured the program’s first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Championship on March 16, defeating Eastfield College (Mesquite, Texas), 61-55, in the finals at Sullivan County Community College in New York. “We’re proud to be the first team to win it,” said guard Neil Thompson, who made the All-Tournament Team. “The scores showed that we grinded it out.”

Gabby Malek, actress, receives Monmouth County Caring Award

Gabriella “Gabby” Malek of Howell High School, whose acting credits include performing in a nationwide 2005 tour with the Broadway cast of Les Miserable, was among 32 Monmouth County students who received Monmouth County Guidance Directors Caring Awards during a ceremony at Brookdale Community College’s student center March 21. Malek helped found Broadway Kids Care in 2007, the teen says

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