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    June 20, 2024 | Meet Your Neighbor | Middletown

    Local Officer Profile: Jason Troshane

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    June 3, 2024 | Meet Your Neighbor | Holmdel

    Third-generation gardener brings dedication and local expertise to Dearborn Market in Holmdel

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    April 30, 2024 | Meet Your Neighbor | Rumson

    Fame unseen: Rumson man finds success in the world of voiceover

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    March 8, 2024 | Meet Your Neighbor | Colts Neck

    Jim Schatzle - a True LifeSaver

    During the course of a decades-long career as an EMT/firefighter and paramedic in the Emergency Medical Services field, Jim Schatzle founded Team Life in 1994 to help others learn emergency-response techniques and have access to and training in lifesaving equipment.

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    August 12, 2022 | Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor | Fair Haven

    Meet Your Neighbor: Nicole Monat, Founder of Friends Grow Friends

    “Relationships are the fabric of society, and all it takes is one special connection to change your life,” shared Nicole Monat, Founder and Program Director of Friends Grow Friends (FGF), a nonprofit in Monmouth County. For many children, socializing does not come naturally and can cause a great deal of stress. Nicole created FGF to provide friendship groups for children in grades K-12, where those who struggle socially–with or without a diagnosis of special needs–can practice and develop social skills and make new friends. Nicole lives in Fair Haven with her husband, Jeff, and their three sons, Sam 12, Max 9, and Ben 7 (and pet fish, Mr. Crabs). CM met with Nicole to learn how the organization arose and who may benefit from participation.

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    May 6, 2022 | Local , Meet Your Neighbor | Atlantic Highlands , Colts Neck , Fair Haven , Holmdel , Lincroft , Little Silver , Locust , Middletown , Oceanport , Red Bank , Rumson , Sea Bright , Shrewsbury

    Laila Hardy-Johnson: Author Shares Her Incredible Journey to Motherhood

    Her story is one of hope and determination. After being told pregnancy would be impossible for her, she endured her second bout with an aggressive cancer while pregnant. Despite the advice of specialists to terminate the pregnancy, she postponed needed treatments to keep her unborn child safe despite a possible Down syndrome diagnosis. Six and a half years later she is cancer-free, her son is healthy, and she has a new book coming out later this year titled Don’t Look Up the Mountain. The epitome of what a mother’s love can endure and provide, meet your neighbor Laila Hardy-Johnson.

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    February 26, 2022 | Meet Your Neighbor | Colts Neck

    Meet Your Neighbor: Dr. Peter Farrugia

    Believing people deserve a better quality of healthcare is the driving force behind his passion for his work and has led him to leave corporate medicine to focus on directly improving patient care by incorporating real education, lifestyle changes, and medication only when needed and appropriate.

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    February 2, 2022 | Meet Your Neighbor | Fair Haven

    Meet Your Neighbor: Lauren Doral

    Lauren Doral is always one interview away from the next uplifting story. ​Through her Real Jersey Shore series on Facebook and YouTube, she has interviewed close to 1,000 locals – when and where she finds them. Her interviews have led to an invitation to become a co-host on a NJ-based streaming network’s weekly morning show, Coffee With Joe. And recently, she was approached by the Garden State Film Festival to consider doing interviews of the participating directors. Lauren lives in Fair Haven with her husband, Dan, their children, Oliver and Lia, their new rescue dog, Juno, and thier “forever dogs”, Claude and Margaux. Lauren found herself on the other side of the microphone in her recent interview with CM.

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    January 11, 2022 | Meet Your Neighbor | Holmdel

    Meet Your Neighbor: Dr. Richard Sanford

    A family chiropractor for more than 30 years, Dr. Richard Sanford is also certified as a weight loss coach. Having lived in Monmouth County for more than four decades, Dr. Sanford has lived in Holmdel for more than 20 of those years with his wife Deanna; their two adult children, Courtney and Marc, as well as their dog, Tucker, all grew up in town. Since 1982, Sanford Chiropractic & Central Jersey Weight Loss Center located in Red Bank on the Middletown border has been helping keep area residents healthy. Meet your neighbor, Dr. Richard Sanford.

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    November 4, 2021 | Meet Your Neighbor | Fair Haven , Little Silver

    Meet Your Neighbors from Little Silver Dermatology

    Dr. Kenneth Grossman & Dr. Christine Schafer Kenneth Grossman, MD has been a well-known dermatologist in Monmouth County since 1983 when he opened his first office in Red Bank. Having moved his family to Little Silver in 1986, Dr. Grossman also moved his office to Little Silver in 1991. This past summer, Christine Schafer, MD joined the practice and they formed Little Silver Dermatology, LLC.

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    November 4, 2021 | Meet Your Neighbor , Features | Little Silver

    Meet Your Neighbor: Bert Parcells, MD

    Seaview Orthopaedic and Medical Associates has more than 30 years of experience and a comprehensive array of orthopaedic services offered in six locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Three years ago the practice welcomed a specialist in joint preservation and joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee. He and his family recently moved to Little Silver and love walking to school, biking the neighborhood, and living five minutes from the beach.

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    June 30, 2021 | Meet Your Neighbor | Fair Haven

    Meet Your Neighbor: Johnny Kasun

    Meet Johnny Kasun, the new talent in the local music scene. Johnny Kasun of Fair Haven has released his first album, Point of Interest, highlighting a unique fingerstyle guitar playing technique and his original songs. Johnny expressed gratitude to his parents, Dan and Meredith, for supporting all his aspirations, his sister, Anna, for lending her voice to countless background harmonies and to his brother, Michael, for “listening to the same three second interval of a song a million times over.”

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    June 26, 2021 | Meet Your Neighbor | Holmdel

    Enda Keegan: From Ireland to Holmdel, Music to Real Estate

    Meet your neighbor, Enda Keegan. After 25 years in the music business, Enda Keegan has taken his love for adventure and entertaining people and channeled it into a full-time business in real estate with Weichert Realtors in Holmdel on the Team Connors Team. Born and raised in Ireland, he emigrated to the U.S. when he attended a music conservatory in Virginia on scholarship. Moving to Holmdel three years ago with his wife, Anitra, and their son, Logan, he loves all that Monmouth County shares and enjoys living and working in a town with so much to offer.

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    April 30, 2021 | Meet Your Neighbor | Fair Haven

    Meet Your Neighbor: Mike Dawson

    Fair Haven resident, author & illustrator releases new book Graphic novels, (books written in cartoon form), are more popular than ever with readers of all ages. Illustrator and author Mike Dawson was years ahead of the trend, bringing his musings and stories to life through cartoon drawings and his keen observations of human nature. He is the author of several graphic novels, with his latest, The Fifth Quarter, released this month for young readers. Inspired by his daughter’s foray into local sports, it tells the moving, relatable story of a fourth-grade girl’s determination to improve her basketball skills, as she also faces those preteen issues and family dynamics.

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    March 31, 2021 | Entertainment , Meet Your Neighbor | Holmdel

    New Recording Artist GiGi Abinader Releases First Song, Encourages Others to Share Their Voices

    Holmdel teen, Georgette, ‘Gigi’ Abinader is a sophmore at Monmouth University, studying Music Industry. She just released her first song; October by Gigi, which is now on Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, and Apple Music. CM interviewed GiGi about her new song release and the path that led her there.

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    March 18, 2021 | Local , Meet Your Neighbor | Rumson

    Meet Your Neighbor: Ira Rosenberg

    Artist Creates Beauty with Glass Artist Ira Rosenberg lives in Rumson with his wife, his two children, Emily and Erik, and their dog, Mack. Art has played a central part in Ira’s life, beginning with his childhood drawings, his formal art education, and culminating in a career at Nickelodeon spanning 25 years, where he is currently an Art Director.

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    February 24, 2021 | Local , Meet Your Neighbor | Red Bank

    Working Momkind: Connecting Mothers Across Communities

    Meet Your Neighbor: Ingrid Read Becoming a mother is a profound experience, and Ingrid Read soon realized it also gives rise to many unforeseen feelings and questions, not only about motherhood, but also about balancing personal and professional ambitions. Three years ago, Ingrid found herself scouring the internet for some direction and knew she could not possibly be alone in feeling a bit lost. She recognized the sense it would make for information to be available all in one place, and so, while on maternity leave, Ingrid created Working Momkind, an online community now helping more than 176,000 moms worldwide find support and information. Last year, she added an additional layer of support–she is now a certified Postpartum Doula. Meet Ingrid Read, whose decision to solve a common problem has led to a source of comfort for so many.

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    January 29, 2021 | Dining , Meet Your Neighbor | Colts Neck , Fair Haven , Holmdel , Lincroft , Little Silver , Locust , Red Bank , Rumson , Sea Bright

    An Alternate Ending for a Local Landmark

    Meet Your Neighbor: Scott Novick What many of us considered an aging location that held great memories, Scott Novick saw as an opportunity. Alternate Ending Beer Co. (AE) opened its doors in October in what once was the movie theater in Aberdeen, honoring both childhood memories and a forward-thinking business model.

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    January 4, 2021 | Local , Meet Your Neighbor | Rumson

    Meet Your Neighbor: Kyle Ward

    Monmouth County is filled with creative people, and musician Kyle Ward fits right in. ​Kyle lives in Rumson with his parents Lynne and Hugh, his sister Maddie, and dog Ziggy. After attending Rumson-Fair Haven High School, Kyle continued his education at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He recently collaborated with fellow Rumson resident, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, on her original film, RUSHΣD, serving as assistant sound engineer and composing four original songs. Although he enjoyed a small acting part, music is definitely Kyle’s passion and at age 25, he already is a multifaceted accomplished musician. Meet Kyle Ward: performer, music teacher, producer, and composer.

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    January 4, 2021 | Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor | Red Bank

    Kristina Rems and Alexandra Cruz: Sisters Changing the World through Education

    When meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary work, I’m always reminded of the story of the starfish. You’ve probably read it as well. The little boy is walking along the sand littered with thousands of beached starfish and throwing some back in the ocean. An old man questions why he would bother to help a few when there’s no way he can help them all, telling the boy his efforts don’t matter. The little boy, picking up another starfish and casting it into the water, tells the old man, “It mattered to that one.” After a medical mission to Uganda, Alexandra Cruz, PharmD, sponsored a child and changed her life forever.

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    December 30, 2020 | Local , Meet Your Neighbor | Colts Neck

    Meet Your Neighbor: Lin Fong-O’Neill

    Creativity with a Purpose Lin Fong-O’Neill was born in China, raised in Hong Kong, and has lived in Colts Neck for more than 27 years and counting. Lin spent 33 years in the corporate world at J.P. Morgan Chase, managing global project implementation. She met her husband Ben there and in 1993, they moved to Colts Neck from New York with their son David, who is now married to Stephanie and has two daughters, Olivia and Catalina. A wonderful life together changed abruptly for Lin with the sudden passing of Ben last year.

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    December 5, 2020 | Meet Your Neighbor | Holmdel

    Meet Your Neighbor: Helene Palatianos Quinn

    Jewelry is always a wonderful gift, and all the more appreciated when the pieces are unique and striking. Helene Palatianos Quinn, worldtraveler, is the woman behind Byzanthea, offering unique Byzantine-style pendants in gold and silver. With the holidays and special events on the horizon, CM met with Helene to find out more about her and how she started Byzanthea.

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    November 5, 2020 | Local , Meet Your Neighbor , Beyond The Brand | Colts Neck , Fair Haven , Holmdel , Lincroft , Little Silver , Red Bank , Rumson , Sea Bright

    Beyond the Brand: College Connoisseur Cathy Davis

    Meet Cathy S. Davis, Independent College Counselor The college admissions process can be very stressful in “normal” times. Now, the pandemic has added layers of new issues and strategies as colleges change their requirements and methods, and students weigh their best options. Meet Cathy Davis, a former high school guidance counselor, guiding families for more than 25 years. She understands the students, the process, and as importantly, has built relationships with many admission departments.

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    October 4, 2020 | Meet Your Neighbor | Red Bank , Rumson

    Meet Your Neighbor: Robyn C. Del Negro, M.D.

    She looks at nutrition as medicine, believes in the mind-body connection, and uses your body’s GI system’s link to immunity to promote wellness. Now that her youngest child of four is in college, a doctor of 30 years has reeducated herself and started her own practice, Del Negro Integrative Health in Red Bank. Meet your neighbor from Rumson, Dr. Robyn Del Negro.

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    September 30, 2020 | Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor | Colts Neck , Fair Haven , Holmdel , Lincroft , Little Silver , Red Bank , Rumson , Sea Bright

    East Meets West: Jamie Baldanza’s Quest to Save Wild Horses

    The horse is our state’s animal. How appropriate that Monmouth’s own Jamie Baldanza photographs horses professionally and advocates for them passionately. Jamie’s involvement with horses is broad in scope, from documenting the plight of those bound for slaughter, to traveling across the world to Mongolia to cover the ancient endurance races still held today. But Jamie’s affinity for American Wild Mustangs catapulted her art and mission to new heights, culminating in the release this summer of the documentary, Wild Lands, Wild Horses, recognized in nine film festivals including a win at the Monmouth Film Festival.

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    July 27, 2020 | Meet Your Neighbor | Lincroft

    Meet Your Neighbor: Laura Ciccone, Educational Advisor

    Laura Ciccone lives in Lincroft with her husband, Lou, daughters Brianna and Chloe, and their Chocolate Havanese, Wrigley. After twenty years in the corporate world, Laura leveraged her teaching and mentoring skills to open Class 101 Monmouth County in Hazlet to help families and students navigate the college admissions process. Laura is passionate about helping high school students find their future, and shared information and tips about college planning and applications.

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    July 7, 2020 | Meet Your Neighbor | Shrewsbury

    Meet Your Neighbor: Sal Izzo

    Sal Izzo Jr. of Shrewsbury is retiring after 68 years in the hairstyling business. ​Yes, you read that correctly, 68 years! Cutting hair and creating friendships have been central to Sal’s business, a long-standing community brand with deep multi-generational roots. I had the honor of receiving Sal’s last haircut and learned so much about his family’s legacy. His father, Sal Izzo Sr., gave me my first haircut in 1962. Here’s their amazing story of styling through the decades from my interview with Sal Izzo Jr.

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    July 2, 2020 | Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor | Holmdel , Middletown

    Meet Your Neighbors: Franki DeSaro & April Martines

    Franki of Middletown and April of Holmdel, describe their first meeting as “a divine alignment leading each of us towards our destinies.” The divine and destiny are constants throughout their story and led them to cofound a sanctuary for single mothers, children, and animals, firmly based in faith and positivity. The Sanctuary is already helping families, and the vision is to expand to a residential program.

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    June 1, 2018 | Dining , Meet Your Neighbor |

    Meet Your Neighbor: Chef David Burke

    Award-winning chef David Burke has become one of the most-recognized culinary experts in the world through hard work and cultivating an extensive professional background through working in kitchens across many cultures

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    April 30, 2018 | Dining , Meet Your Neighbor |

    Meet Your Neighbor Buddy Valastro – the Cake Boss

    A walk down Broad Street in Red Bank takes you past several stores serving yummy treats, but none have the long history or national notoriety of Carlo’s Bake Shop.

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    December 1, 2017 | Dining , Philanthropy , Meet Your Neighbor |

    Chef, Restaurateur & Philanthropist: Marilyn Schlossbach

    Busy people get things done. Award-winning restaurateur, Marilyn Schlossbach is no exception. In fact, she may be leading the local charge on how to elevate hospitality, high adventure, and service above self as one of the busiest women at work in our area. So what’s a priority on her plate these days? If only there were one!

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