Business Briefs

Bridget B. Voorland, owner of Rainbow World Preschool Centers in Howell, has decided to retire at the end of this school year. As the preschool celebrates its 20th anniversary, new owner Denise Galazzo plans to continue the tradition of providing quality education and care to the children of Howell and neighboring communities.

Academy Bus has announced new 10 a.m. Wednesday Matinee Service from the Jackson Park & Ride to Times Square, New York City. To celebrate, the company will be waiving the round-trip fare for all passengers at 10 a.m. May 3.

MaryPat Napolitano, Ocean Township, has been named director of human resources at AcuteCare Health System (ACHS) Specialty Hospitals, located at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, and Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood. Prior to her appointment, she was an administrative assistant and payroll specialist, and prior to joining ACHS, was employed at Asbury Park Adult Learning Center 15 years.

JoAnn Guglielmelli, owner of Tip Tam Camping Resort in Jackson, Barbara Morgan, of the Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and secretary of the Ocean County Tour-ism Advisory Council, and Maria Maruca, executive director of the Seaside Heights Business Association, were among the Ocean County representatives attending the 2006 Governor’s Confer-ence on Tourism in Atlantic City. Among the guest speakers were Johnathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, whose family business was previously affiliated with Lakewood’s Laurel in the Pines Hotel, Gov. Jon S. Corzine, and Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew and Commerce CEO and Secretary Virginia S. Bauer.

Jennifer Benbrook of AtHome America in Howell was recognized for having an in-home demonstration reach more than $1,000 in sales and for being a top consultant with high sales, for the month of January. Benbrook has been a part of the company since August 2005, providing the Howell area with an opportunity to purchase home-decorating accents in the comfort of their own home.

Felicia E. Gonzalez, D.O., has announced the opening of a private medical practice specializing in internal medicine, adult and primary care. The new office is on Commons Way in Toms River. Prior to opening her practice, Gonzalez was with Ocean County Internal Medicine Associates, Lakewood, for five years and with Drs. Joel Jannone and Dennis Novak of Forked River for several years. Gonzalez graduated with honors from West Virginia School of Osteo-pathic Medicine in 1993 and completed her training at the University of Medi-cine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Ken-nedy Memorial Hospital, Stratford, in 1996.

Patricia Gaughran, Tinton Falls, has joined the clinical staff at AcuteCare Health System (ACHS), Lakewood, as a case manager. She will be responsible for preparing patients and families for the transition from admission to the facility located at Kimball Medical Center. She will also collaborate with health care team members in delivery of patient care and work with outside service agencies in the continuity of care after hospital-ization. ACHS operates two 25-bed acute care hospitals, at Kimball and at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch.

Amy L. Bennecoff, a resident of Bensalem, Pa., recently joined the Lake-wood law practice of attorney Samuel Brown as an associate. Bennecoff will focus her practice on litigation, business matters, bankruptcy, estate matters and real estate.

Prior to joining attorney Sam Brown at Samuel Brown P.C., Bennecoff was an associate at Michael P. Morton, P.A., in Wilmington, Del. She is a graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia.

She received her law degree from Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Del., where she concentrated in real estate and business law, including corporate bankruptcy, corporate finance, sales and leases, negotiating business contracts, wills and trusts, and real estate transactions.

Bennecoff was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 2005 and to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in 2006.

Dr. Jon H. Larson, President of Ocean County College, Toms River, has been selected to receive a Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction 2006 from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society of two-year colleges. Dr. Larson was nominated by OCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Tau Iota Chapter.

This award is given to outstanding community college executive officers who have provided extensive support and a variety of resources for their colleges’ PTK chapters. That support includes faculty adviser release time, a line item budget for the chapter, financial support for chapters to participate in regional and international events, and scholarships for PTK members.

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