New Jersey – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com Forked River Gazette Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-Forked-River-Gazette-Logo-32x32.png New Jersey – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com 32 32 LADACIN Network to Hold 37th Annual Rosebud Gala Dinner Dance http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/ladacin-network-hold-37th-annual-rosebud-gala-dinner-dance/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/ladacin-network-hold-37th-annual-rosebud-gala-dinner-dance/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:06:23 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34912 LADACIN Network will hold its 37th Annual Rosebud Gala Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 6:30 pm at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. The Rosebud Gala is the Agency’s premier annual fundraising event featuring dinner and dancing, an awards ceremony, a gift auction, raffles and a floral centerpiece contest. This year … Continue reading LADACIN Network to Hold 37th Annual Rosebud Gala Dinner Dance

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LADACIN Network will hold its 37th Annual Rosebud Gala Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 6:30 pm at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. The Rosebud Gala is the Agency’s premier annual fundraising event featuring dinner and dancing, an awards ceremony, a gift auction, raffles and a floral centerpiece contest.

This year Suburban Transit/Coach USA will be honored as the Rosebud Gala Corporate Honoree. The Asbury Park-Wall Elks #128 and Monmouth-Ocean Development Council will be recognized as Humanitarian Honorees. The Brick Township High School Interact Club will receive the Young Leaders Award.

Co-chairing the event are LADACIN Network Board President, Victor Sbailo, Barnegat, and Margaret Winkelman, Howell. Carl Craft, host of 95.9 WRAT’s “Morning RAT Race”, will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and music will be provided by Jack Goodman’s Allstar Band.

Each year, florists from Monmouth and Ocean Counties are invited to showcase their talents by participating in the floral centerpiece contest. Gala attendees choose the winners. The first prize winner will be awarded a $2,500 radio advertising package generously donated by Beasley Media Group.

Leading the event’s underwriting efforts are LADACIN Network’s Annual Corporate Sponsors. CWR Wholesale Distributors, Inc. is a Premier Benefactor and Turning Point Restaurants is an Elite Benefactor. Benefactors are Beasley Media Group – 95.9 WRAT & 100.1 WJRZ and New Jersey Natural Gas. Diamond Guardian Sponsors include LENNAR, T. F. Produce, The County Woman (Monmouth, Ocean, and Atlantic), and Willis Towers Watson. Gold Sponsors are Hospital for Special Surgery, OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Suburban Transit/Coach USA, TD Bank and World Insurance Associates LLC.

LADACIN Network provides a continuum of care, including educational, therapeutic, social, residential and support services to infants, children and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities or delays, including child care and pre-school, early intervention, school programs, adult day programs, vocational training, supported employment, residential options, and respite programs. Today LADACIN serves over 3,500 individuals and families in 14 locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

For information about the 37th Annual Rosebud Gala, contact Cathy Claps, Coordinator of Development and Community Relations, at 732-493-5900, ext. 263 or visit www.ladacin.org.

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Doherty Enterprises Donates Over $524,000 to Employee-Funded WOW A Friend Foundation http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/doherty-enterprises-donates-524000-employee-funded-wow-friend-foundation-2/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/doherty-enterprises-donates-524000-employee-funded-wow-friend-foundation-2/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:04:20 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34909 Doherty Enterprises, recognized as the 68th largest foodservice company in the United States by Crain’s Business and the 11th largest franchisee in the United States as ranked in the Restaurant Finance Monitor, presents a check for $524,323.22 to the WOW a Friend Foundation, which is funded by voluntary employee contributions. Launched in 2007 by Ed and Joan Doherty to assist its family … Continue reading Doherty Enterprises Donates Over $524,000 to Employee-Funded WOW A Friend Foundation

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Doherty Enterprises, recognized as the 68th largest foodservice company in the United States by Crain’s Business and the 11th largest franchisee in the United States as ranked in the Restaurant Finance Monitor, presents a check for $524,323.22 to the WOW a Friend Foundation, which is funded by voluntary employee contributions. Launched in 2007 by Ed and Joan Doherty to assist its family of almost 9,000 employees, the program lends a helping hand by providing emergency funds to team members and their immediate families when they are burdened by circumstances outside of their control, including natural disasters or unexpected medical expenses. The program is affordable to participate in as evidenced by its 83 percent enrollment by year end, and employees’ contributions are generously matched by Ed and Joan Doherty each year. In 2017, Doherty Enterprises team members donated $262,161.61, which was matched to bring the total funds raised to over $524,000. As a result, the company was able to provide $475,065 in assistance to 289 employees and their families in need of extra support, largely Hurricane Irma related.

From L to R: Joan Doherty, co-founder, WOW a Friend Foundation; Tracy Pryde, chairperson, WOW a Friend Foundation and Ed Doherty, chairman and CEO of Doherty Enterprises and co-founder, WOW a Friend Foundation.

 

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IRISH-THEMED SHOWS HIGHLIGHT MARCH EVENTS AT NOVINS PLANETARIUM http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/irish-themed-shows-highlight-march-events-novins-planetarium/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/irish-themed-shows-highlight-march-events-novins-planetarium/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:36:20 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34894  Enjoy a celestial experience at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Bldg #13) on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please park in Parking Lot #2.  Enjoy a variety of laser, kids, and holiday shows! SPECIAL EVENTS FOR KIDS Sat, Mar 17 – Pre-K St. Patrick’s Day PJ Party Crafts & Show (11am Party Crafts & 11:30am … Continue reading IRISH-THEMED SHOWS HIGHLIGHT MARCH EVENTS AT NOVINS PLANETARIUM

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 Enjoy a celestial experience at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Bldg #13) on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please park in Parking Lot #2.  Enjoy a variety of laser, kids, and holiday shows!

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR KIDS

Sat, Mar 17 – Pre-K St. Patrick’s Day PJ Party Crafts & Show (11am Party Crafts & 11:30am Show). For our littlest astronomers (Ages 4 & under), this shorter 30-minute show is just right for the Pre-K crowd! With a St. Patrick’s Day twist, learn about the stars and planets, see some laser songs, and have a great time! Don’t forget to wear your PJs! Tickets: $10 all seats, ages 3 and up. Advance purchase is recommended as this show often sells out.

Sat, Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day PJ Party Crafts & Show (12:30pm Party Crafts & 1pm Show). For kids (Ages 5 & up), this 45-minute show, with a St. Patrick’s Day twist, will feature the stars and planets, laser songs, and, of course, a great time! Don’t forget to wear your PJs! Tickets: $10 all seats, ages 3 and up. Advance purchase is recommended as this show often sells out.

PREMIERE! Sat, Mar 31 – Harold Shale: The Comet with No Tail (10:30am Craft & 11am Show) Way out in space, far from Earth, there’s a place called the Ort Cloud where baby comets are born. Once they learn what they are, baby comets, also called puppy comets, need to get an orbit and a tail. Take a trip through the solar system with Harold as he makes friends searching for his orbit and help Harold discover the way to get his tail. How? You’ll Find Out!Tickets: $10 all seats, ages 3 and up. Advance purchase is recommended as this show often sells out.

Sat, Mar 31, 2pm – Scout Show! This special Scout Edition of the popular Stars from My Backyard star talk is recommended for ages 12 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more with advance reservations.

GENERAL ADMISSION SHOW

Sat, Mar 3Mar 10Mar 17Mar 24, 7pm – Wonders of the Celtic Sky Live Star TalkThis in-depth tour of our current sky over New Jersey has an added twist of St. Patrick’s Celtic Sky! Learn what the ancient Celtic People are believed to have seen when they looked at the same constellations that we see, today. This ever-changing program explores the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep sky objects, and celestial highlights. Constellation mythology and recent events are also included.

 KIDS SHOWS

Sat, Mar 3, 2pm – Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef (Ages 4 & up). Kaluoka’hina is the enchanted reef whose magic protects it against humans finding it. Colorful inhabitants have always lived in peace … until a volcano erupts and the spell is broken! Now it’s up to the young sawfish, Jake, and his paranoid pal, Shorty, to restore the magic. Children will witness a one-of-kind underwater world that is jam-packed with adventure, danger, and riddles!

Sat, Mar 3Mar 10Mar 2412:30pm – The Stars from My Backyard (Ages 4-10). Learn about the sun, moon, weather, constellations, and planets visible in the current sky. Fun stories, songs, and a passing rainstorm help make this an exciting introduction for young children.

Sat, Mar 3Mar 10Mar 2411:30am – One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (Ages 4 & up). Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street! Follow along with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take you on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, North Star, Sun, and Moon.

Sat, Mar 10 & Mar 242pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Ages 5-12). From the boiling surface of the Sun to the icy rings of Saturn, children of all ages will be mesmerized by the incredible scenery as they discover the wonder of discovery! Embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the planets alongside their ship’s navigator, a plucky astronomy book. Learn fun and interesting facts!

LASER SHOWS

Sat, Mar 3, 8:30pm – Laser Vinyl. A fantastic musical concert representing the best of classic rock with some of the most stunning laser art! Enjoy a fantastic audio-visual event that will rock your body, mind, and soul!  Artists include AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, Kansas, Kiss, Aerosmith, Boston, Journey, Pink Floyd, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Sat, Mar 10, 8:30pm – Laser Beatles. The “Fab Four’s” best spanning six years and 11 albums becomes the background for dazzling laser-art and spectacular effects. All ages will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles.

Sat, Mar 17, 8:30pm – Laser U2Laser U2 features the band’s timeless classic and modern hits. This musical concert is set against a backdrop of the latest laser art. Your eyes and ears will be your guides into an immerse journey through this Irish rock band’s rise and success!

Sat, Mar 24 at 8:30pm  Laser Zeppelin. Proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, Led Zeppelin’s individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the ’60s and ’70s. The group has been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative, and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2, and The Beatles.

Sat, Mar 317pm – Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon. This is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful, and thought provoking with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art. Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock, and jazz sounds.

Sat, Mar 318:15pm – Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall. Pink Floyd is always a crowd favorite and The Wall is considered to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second top seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

 TICKETS: $10 adults$8 Seniors/OCC Alumni$7 children 12 & under/students with ID (unless otherwise noted!). To purchase tickets, visit tickets.ocean.edu or call 732-255-0343. (For groups of 20 or more, a Group Discount may be available. Call or enter promo code GROUPDISCOUNT when ordering online.) Tickets are available at the door but advance purchase is recommended as many shows sell out!

For recorded show information, call 732-255-0342.  For the latest news, events, show trailers, laser song playlists, and schedules, visit www.ocean.edu or visit us on Facebook.

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100.1 WJRZ-FM Presents 16th Annual Women’s Expo Fashion, Food, Fun and Hourly Giveaways http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/100-1-wjrz-fm-presents-16th-annual-womens-expo-fashion-food-fun-hourly-giveaways/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/100-1-wjrz-fm-presents-16th-annual-womens-expo-fashion-food-fun-hourly-giveaways/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:21:21 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34883 The 16th Annual Women’s Expo, a free event presented by Beasley Media Group’s 100.1 WJRZ-FM, will take place Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at RWJ Barnabas Health Arena (formerly Pine Belt Arena) at Toms River North High School, 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, N.J. The Women’s Expo sponsored by … Continue reading 100.1 WJRZ-FM Presents 16th Annual Women’s Expo Fashion, Food, Fun and Hourly Giveaways

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The 16th Annual Women’s Expo, a free event presented by Beasley Media Group’s 100.1 WJRZ-FM, will take place Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at RWJ Barnabas Health Arena (formerly Pine Belt Arena) at Toms River North High School, 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, N.J.

The Women’s Expo sponsored by Seaview Orthopaedic & Medical Associates and Pine Belt Cadillac and Nissan will feature many exhibitors; demonstrations; shopping; giveaways; food sampling; free haircuts and makeup lessons courtesy of The Salon and Sephora (inside JC Penney), Ocean County Mall, and the Jersey Shore Academy, Brick, a Paul Mitchell School.

Prizes include goodie bags for the first 1,000 attendees; a chance to win $100 cash every 15 minutes; $1,000 gift certificate to Michael’s Furniture, Brick; an Apple Vacation for two to the all-inclusive Occidental Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; two $100 gift cards to Journeys Shoe Store, Ocean County Mall; a $200 Skechers gift card; pampering party for the winner and five guests in the L’Occitane Boutique; a $200 gift basket, and more.

Haircuts and Styling at the 16th annual Women’s Expo

Learn easy ways to save on the things you need so you can afford the things you want from Cindy Livesey, a “living on the cheap” expert and the founder of the wildly successful LivingRichWithCoupons.com. She will present “How to Live Rich in 2018: How to better manage your money.” Livesey’s gets 4.2 million views on her profitable website and she has a social media following of 550,000 fans. Livesey appeared on the Rachael Ray Show a SIX times – catapulting her to national fame.

(left to rt) TJ Bryan, 100.1 WJRZ’s Morning Show Host; Cindy Livesey, Owner, LivingRichWithCoupons.com; Barbara Farragher, Midday Host, 100.1 WJRZ; Matt Knight, Program Director, 100.1 WJRZ

For more complete details about the 16th Annual Women’s Expo, visit the Women’s Expo website at https://wjrz.com/2018/01/10/womens-expo or contact Marie Daley, WJRZ-FM promotions director at 609-597-1100 Ext. 204 or visit www.WJRZ.com.

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WARM TEMPERATURES AND NEW LEAGUES EQUAL A HOLE-IN-ONE AS OCEAN COUNTY’S GOLF COURSES ENJOYED A BANNER 2017 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/warm-temperatures-new-leagues-equal-hole-one-ocean-countys-golf-courses-enjoyed-banner-2017/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/warm-temperatures-new-leagues-equal-hole-one-ocean-countys-golf-courses-enjoyed-banner-2017/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:43:41 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34879 WARM TEMPERATURES and inviting fairways equaled a great 2017 season at the county’s two public golf courses. “We’ve seen higher attendance and higher revenue at both Forge Pond in Brick Township and Atlantis in Little Egg Harbor,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John C. Bartlett Jr. Atlantis, an 18-hole traditional course, saw golfers play 27,244 rounds … Continue reading WARM TEMPERATURES AND NEW LEAGUES EQUAL A HOLE-IN-ONE AS OCEAN COUNTY’S GOLF COURSES ENJOYED A BANNER 2017

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WARM TEMPERATURES and inviting fairways equaled a great 2017 season at the county’s two public golf courses.

“We’ve seen higher attendance and higher revenue at both Forge Pond in Brick Township and Atlantis in Little Egg Harbor,” said Freeholder Deputy Director John C. Bartlett Jr.

Atlantis, an 18-hole traditional course, saw golfers play 27,244 rounds in 2017, a 5 percent increase over 2016. Likewise, revenue at Atlantis was up 14 percent, finishing at $715,548.

At Forge Pond, an 18-hole executive course, attendance was up 8.3 percent, with 25,168 rounds played. Revenue jumped nearly 5 percent to $465,913.

“Not only are more people enjoying our beautiful golf courses, but revenue generated allows both courses to pay for themselves,” said Bartlett, who also serves as Chairman of Parks and Recreation for the county.

Pro shop sales, tournaments, cart rentals and season passes generate additional revenue.

“Our staffs at both courses also put a new emphasis on league play, which helped attract new golfers,” Bartlett said.

A portion of the revenue generated at the golf courses is reinvested back into the facilities.

Improvements to Atlantis now allows play of all 18 holes from the forward tees, resulting in a reduction of more than 1,000 yards over the entire course.

“This upgrade alone opens up the course to younger golfers, seniors and others who are looking for a less intimidating round of golf,” Bartlett said.

Irrigation improvements also resulted in greener, healthier turf while using less water.

Whenever possible, the county uses its own in-house work crews at the golf courses.

For example, county paving crews paved new cart paths at several locations at Atlantis.

New equipment was also purchased at Forge Pond to both reduce maintenance times and eliminate the need to share equipment with Atlantis at the far southern end of the county.

Bartlett also thanked Ocean County Jail Warden Sandra J. Mueller and Corrections Officer Frank Gordon for the use of inmate work crews to perform routine maintenance and cleanups at the golf courses.

“This really is a county-wide effort,” Bartlett said. “We save as much money as possible by utilizing the resources we have.”

And the county will soon have two new, professional resources to call upon.

Two employees have completed half of a two-year course at the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School and are already applying their expertise at Forge Pond and Atlantis.

Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little said the golf courses are a credit to the county and its Department of Parks and Recreation.

“We are happy to provide the recreation that so many of our residents enjoy,” Little said.

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OCEAN COUNTY FREEHOLDERS TO FUND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/ocean-county-freeholders-fund-road-improvements/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/ocean-county-freeholders-fund-road-improvements/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:33:35 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34877 With more than 1,600 county lane miles to maintain along with almost 260 bridges and culverts, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is getting ready to provide funds for a number of improvements and safety projects. “With long term planning we always take a close look at our roads and our infrastructure and set … Continue reading OCEAN COUNTY FREEHOLDERS TO FUND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

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With more than 1,600 county lane miles to maintain along with almost 260 bridges and culverts, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is getting ready to provide funds for a number of improvements and safety projects.

“With long term planning we always take a close look at our roads and our infrastructure and set priorities in order to improve our road network all while staying within our budget,” said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “All of the projects to be funded in 2018 have been closely reviewed and are determined to be necessary improvements and safety projects.”

The Board of Freeholders is scheduled to vote on three funding ordinances during its Feb. 21 meeting following public hearings.

The proposed funding measures combined provide $6.5 million for rehabilitation and repair of various bridges, roads, drainage improvements and for design of reconstruction and resurfacing of some county roads.           

“We have the largest road network of any County in the state,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little, who is liaison to the county’s Road Department. “It’s important those roads are well maintained for our motorists and our visitors.”

Among the projects being funded in 2018 is the redesign of the traffic signal by two popular shopping centers on Hooper Avenue, here.

“I am pleased that we are moving ahead with these plans,” said Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari who proposed the work with Freeholder Virginia E. Haines.  “When this work is complete it will bring much needed relief to motorists accessing these plazas.”

Planned changes to the traffic signal and traffic pattern by the two popular shopping centers on Hooper Avenue, south of Indian Hill Road, will allow motorists to make left turns out of each shopping center without having to access nearby U-turns.

“This change will provide full access to Hooper Avenue,” Vicari said. “The current traffic signals provide limited access to Hooper Avenue.

“The new traffic signal configuration will help motorists access both north and southbound Hooper Avenue and also will allow for the crossing of Hooper Avenue to the other shopping center,” Vicari said. “This is good for motorists and good for business.”

Kelly noted this is a heavily traveled area of the Hooper Avenue corridor.

“We believe this modification will have a positive outcome with traffic safety and accessibility,” he said.

Also being funded is the design for improvements to Cross Street in Lakewood.

“We will be starting design on improvements to Cross Street making it a three lane section from Route 9 to Route 528. The work also includes intersection improvements,” Kelly said.

He noted the Cross Street project is part of the recommendations of the countywide transportation model update that was undertaken in 2017.

“The transportation model update is an important tool to help us with future planning when it comes to the county road network,” Kelly said. “The update to the transportation model looked at the northern municipalities to reflect new growth patterns.

“The update will be used by the County as part of our long term capital improvement program,” he added.

The funding also will be used for repairs or replacements of the Mayetta Bridge in Stafford Township, Ridgeway Boulevard Bridge, Manchester Township, Grawtown Bridge, Jackson Township, Zebbs Bridge, Berkeley Township and Morris Boulevard Bridge, Stafford Township.

“It’s important to take a proactive approach to maintaining our bridges,” Kelly said. “We want to repair or replace them before they become a hazard to our motorists and pedestrians.

“The safety of our motorists and our pedestrians is a priority in Ocean County,” he said.

Other projects scheduled to be funded are the replacement of the East Branch culvert Route 539, Barnegat Township, Ridgway Boulevard drainage replacement, Manchester Township, the widening of Chambers Bridge Road at the Garden State Parkway in Brick Township, and improvements to Massachusetts Avenue and Prospect Street intersection in Lakewood Township.

In addition, as part of the County’s annual overlay program, safety improvements including stormwater drainage work, new paving and reconstruction will be done on 21 County roads encompassing almost 24 miles of roadway.

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Winter Fest at Laurita Winery! http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/winter-fest-laurita-winery/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/winter-fest-laurita-winery/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:14:29 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34864 Unsettled weather conditions are projected for this weekend, which may adversely affect our Winterfest activities. For this reason, we arePOSTPONING Winterfest until next weekend, February 24th & 25th, and COMBINING it with our presently scheduled Mardi Gras Celebration. Rain on Friday, coupled with late snow on Saturday turning to rain will create an unsafe environment at the winery and … Continue reading Winter Fest at Laurita Winery!

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Unsettled weather conditions are projected for this weekend, which may adversely affect our Winterfest activities. For this reason, we arePOSTPONING Winterfest until next weekend, February 24th & 25th, and COMBINING it with our presently scheduled Mardi Gras Celebration.
Rain on Friday, coupled with late snow on Saturday turning to rain will create an unsafe environment at the winery and leaving the winery. We have learned from the past that such conditions present particular issues with parking and navigating our Food Truck Row, which runs along the dirt road abutting the Great Lawn.
FOR CURRENT TICKET HOLDERS! Our customary two options exist:
  1. For a REFUND, please EMAIL info@lauritawinery.com, with the subject line “REFUND”, for a full refund of any tickets purchased.
  2. You may roll your tickets into next week’s celebration, which will feature a similar lineup of Food Trucks, as well as Live Music both days and Fireworks Saturday Night!
We apologize for any inconvenience, Mother Nature holds sway over our events on many occasions, and the safety and enjoyment of our guests and patrons come first.
We hope to see you at Mardi Gras and please STAY TUNED to our Event on Facebook for all the latest news and information!

Saturday, February 24 11-8!!

Sunday, February 25  11-7!!

Admission fees:

  • Ages 21+: $8.00 ONLINE!
  • Everyone 20 and Under is FREE!

Free Admission for our Laurita Winery Preferred Members!  (CLICK HERE to check out how you too can get free admissions along with other special offers!)

Have a question? CLICK HERE to look for answers on our FAQ page!

Discount Tickets are available ONLINE Only and will end at Midnight on the Friday, February 16!

Get your 2018 Laurita Food Truck Festival Season Pass for just $40.00! (For details, Food Truck Festival dates and to purchase your Season Pass, please CLICK HERE!)

As always, we urge you to drink responsibly- please use a designated driver to make sure everyone has a fun and safe day!


The Trucks!

Inside – Branches Catering!

Admission includes:

  • Free Parking!
  • Free Scenic Shuttle Service to and from the parking area to the Vineyard Festival Grounds!
  • Free Souvenir Laurita Wine Glass!
  • Free Kids playgrounds!
  • Free Firewood to use in our 40 fire pits
  • Fireworks – Saturday night only!
  • Access to some of the best Gourmet Food Trucks – Food pricing set by the individual food trucks!
  • Access to over 6 Wine Bars (inside and out) and 2 Tasting Tent Areas (available during non-peak hours of the festival)!
  • Access to some of the most scenic views in New Jersey!
  • Hand-sculpted ice displays!

Have a home base to head to for the duration of the festival! Host a business retreat, class reunion, family get together…and always know where to find your group!

Festival VIP Area ticket includes:

  • One (1) 10×10 tent
  • Two (2) picnic tables
  • One (1) dedicated fire pit
  • Package includes up to a maximum of 25 people. (Your group may be smaller)

PLEASE NOTE!! Each member of your party MUST purchase a general admission ticket!! 

Laurita Winery | 609.752.0200 | lauritawinery.com

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More Than 4,800 Attend First Stockton University Gateway Career Fair in A.C. http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/4800-attend-first-stockton-university-gateway-career-fair-c/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/4800-attend-first-stockton-university-gateway-career-fair-c/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:09:22 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34861  More than 4,800 job-seekers attended the first Stockton University Gateway Career Fair on Feb. 13, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with more than 80 employers from Atlantic City and South Jersey. “This is amazing,” said Brian Jackson, chief operating officer of Stockton’s Atlantic City campus, who coordinated the event. “It shows how many … Continue reading More Than 4,800 Attend First Stockton University Gateway Career Fair in A.C.

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 More than 4,800 job-seekers attended the first Stockton University Gateway Career Fair on Feb. 13, taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with more than 80 employers from Atlantic City and South Jersey.

“This is amazing,” said Brian Jackson, chief operating officer of Stockton’s Atlantic City campus, who coordinated the event. “It shows how many people want work.”

People began lining up hours before the 10 a.m. opening, but stood patiently as the line circled the Convention Center lobby and hallways up to the Career Fair. Many brought resumes with them and employers said that was a good idea.

“I got a lot of qualified candidates,” said Thomas Chiusano, a talent acquisition specialist at South Jersey Industries, which has job openings in customer service, IT and sales.

“A lot of people are excited about us coming to Atlantic City and said they’ve been trying to get jobs with us,” Chiusano said. “They came today to see us face to face. This was a success for us.”

South Jersey Industries is building an Atlantic City office as part of the Gateway Project on Albany Avenue that includes Stockton’s Atlantic City campus.

Wesley Wallace, regional manager of Source4Teachers was thrilled that they signed up 150 good candidates to work as substitute teachers.

ShopRite also had a stack of completed job applications that will be reviewed then distributed to hiring managers for eight stores in the region.

“This was a good day for us,” said ShopRite South District HR Manager Gemma Freeman. She said they have both part-time and some full-time positions in different areas to fill.

While some job-seekers were disappointed that they would still have to go online to apply for jobs with some companies, employers said talking with prospective employees and leaving resumes does help.

“We answered questions, looked at resumes and talked to people about where they might fit in,” said Borgata customer care manager Carmen Sansweet. “We had 10 people here today and we do a lot of hiring. We want to get people interested in jobs.”

Many of those attending have part-time jobs and are searching for more stable full-time positions.

Harry Mears of Atlantic City worked for 16 years at Bally’s but is now just working part-time at Tropicana as a dealer.

“I’m looking for a full-time job so I don’t have to scrimp and save so much,” he said. “I saw a lot of people I used to work with here today.”

Samantha Gaskins just recently moved to Atlantic City from Sicklerville and is looking for an entry level job ideally in a customer service area. She also got information about Atlantic Cape Community College’s culinary program.

“It was worth it to come and talk to people,” she said. “I did see someone put stars on my application, so I hope that’s a good sign.”

Jackson said he was thrilled that Stockton could provide the opportunity to so many area residents and businesses.

“This is part of Stockton being an anchor institution in Atlantic City,” he said. “These are the types of things that we can take the lead on as part of our commitment to Atlantic City and South Jersey.”

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Applebee’s Announces Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/applebees-announces-beeyond-teacher-essay-contest-2/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/applebees-announces-beeyond-teacher-essay-contest-2/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:04:43 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34857 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar today announced the launch of its Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest, which will recognize top teachers – as nominated by their students – by awarding them with a sponsorship check and end-of-year class party, courtesy of Applebee’s. The contest is being offered at Applebee’s restaurants in New Jersey owned … Continue reading Applebee’s Announces Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest

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Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar today announced the launch of its Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest, which will recognize top teachers – as nominated by their students – by awarding them with a sponsorship check and end-of-year class party, courtesy of Applebee’s. The contest is being offered at Applebee’s restaurants in New Jersey owned and operated by local franchisee, Doherty Enterprises.

Specifically, Applebee’s will award four deserving teachers from 13 counties* with a $500 sponsorship check to use towards their classroom for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, along with an end-of-year party for their current class. To nominate a teacher, students must submit an essay in-person at their local Applebee’s explaining why their teacher deserves to be “Teacher of the Year.” To sweeten the deal, students who enter an essay will receive a FREE ice cream certificate** to Applebee’s. Contest submissions will be accepted at participating Applebee’s restaurants from January 8 through March 31, 2018, and winners will be announced on Monday, April 9.

“We are thrilled to launch our Above and BEEyond Teacher Essay Contest in our New Jersey restaurants,” said Kevin Coughlin, director of operations, Applebee’s New Jersey. “Our restaurants are committed to giving back to the local community, including schools within the communities we serve. Teachers play a tremendous role in building a better community to live, work and play, and we wanted to honor their commitment while getting students involved in the process. We encourage students to nominate their teachers to show how much they are appreciated.”

Doherty Enterprises is committed to being involved in the communities it serves by giving back to local causes and supporting education. Each Doherty restaurant stays engaged in its neighborhood and, through donations, fundraisers, sponsorships and participation in community events, helps local organizations grow and flourish.

One way that Doherty supports education in the community year-round is through its “A is for Applebee’s” program, which was created for teachers, libraries and scout leaders to use as an incentive for children to succeed and be rewarded. The program gives children an incentive to go the extra mile to help other students, read more books and make the Honor Roll. By obtaining the certificate from Applebee’s, children gain a sense of accomplishment.

For more information about how Doherty Enterprises and its restaurants support local communities, or to get involved in one of the youth programs, visit www.dohertyinc.com/community-connection.

Applebee’s Above and “BEE”yond Teacher Essay Contest entries will be accepted at the following locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in New Jersey, Brick, Bridgewater, Butler, Clark, Clifton, East Hanover, Edison, Flemington, Garfield, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Howell, Jersey City, Jersey Gardens, Kearny, Lacey, Linden, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manchester, Middletown, Milltown, Mt. Olive, Newark, Newton, North Bergen, Northvale, Ocean, Paramus, Parsippany, Phillipsburg, Piscataway, Rockaway, Tinton Falls, Toms River, Totowa, Union, Wall and Woodbridge.

*One winner will be selected from each set of counties, grouped together by the following geographic areas, (Bergen, Passaic, Hudson), (Sussex, Morris, Essex), (Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union) and (Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean.)

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The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/jersey-shore-comic-book-show-5/ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/jersey-shore-comic-book-show-5/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:22:28 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=34849 The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show returns to Toms River on Sunday, March 18, 10am to 4pm. Featuring vendors, artists, writers, publishers, costume groups and crafts. Guests include artists Joe del Beato, Tom Schloendorn, Amber Keep Art, writer Isiah Puga, costume stars the Philadelphia Avengers, Dangerous Dan and the Star Wars 501st Legion. Toms River … Continue reading The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show

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The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show returns to Toms River on Sunday, March 18, 10am to 4pm. Featuring vendors, artists, writers, publishers, costume groups and crafts. Guests include artists Joe del Beato, Tom Schloendorn, Amber Keep Art, writer Isiah Puga, costume stars the Philadelphia Avengers, Dangerous Dan and the Star Wars 501st Legion.

Toms River Elks Lodge, 600 Washington Street, corner of Clifton Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753. There will be a raffle for a Thor Ragnorak poster signed by Loki himself – actor Tom Hiddleston. Plus, a costume contest with prizes for all ages. For more information, see http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com or call 609-242-7756.

 

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