Business Briefs

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.

JSPRAA (Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association) will present “Beth Zimmerman: Babes & Boomers, Markets That Sizzle” at the next development luncheon, 11:30 a.m. May 5 at Branches, West Long Branch. Reservations are required. The cost is $25 for JSPRAA members and $30 for all others if reserved before May 2, and $35 thereafter. Register at or call (732) 842-3311.

Representatives of OceanFirst Bank are kicking off their 2007 Calendar contest and are looking for artists to submit original artwork to be displayed in their community calendar for next year.

More than 11,000 calendars are distributed among OceanFirst customers and the general public throughout Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. Credit will be given to each selected artist in the calendar, along with a small byline to include artist information.

Artwork may include, but is not limited to, watercolors, sketches or paintings. Suggested themes include seasonal scenes of familiar local landmarks, beaches, oceans or lakes within Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. The artwork must be color or black and white, horizontal, and 8 inches wide by 11 inches high. Multiple entries submitted by artists may be eligible for multiple entries in the calendar.

A panel of judges will be randomly selected and comprised of senior management and officers of OceanFirst Bank. Artwork will be judged on originality, quality and suitability.

Artists can submit their original work via mail to OceanFirst Bank, Marketing Department/Calendar Contest, 975 Hooper Avenue, Toms River 08753, on disk or by e-mail to [email protected]. No artwork will be accepted unless accompanied by an official entry form, which can be picked up at any OceanFirst branch location, requested via e-mail at the above e-mail address or downloaded from the OceanFirst Bank Web site ( See official rules on the OceanFirst Bank Web site. Deadline for submission is June 30.