Business Briefs

Nick Verderese Nick Verderese Business After Hours, sponsored by the Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, will be hosted this month by Windsor Gallery, located in Colts Towne Plaza, 41 Route 34 south, Colts Neck, 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 25.

The event will include wine and hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to view a selection of original art work. Attendees should bring business cards. For reservations, call the chamber at (732) 462-3030; fax (732) 462-2123; or visit

Manalapan Animal Clinic & Hospital has again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods, and pet health care management.

Only 12 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association, according to the press release. In order to maintain accredited status, Manalapan Animal Clinic & Hospital must continue to be evaluated regularly by the association’s trained consultants.

Daniel Frank Daniel Frank According to Michael P. Andrews, DVM, AAHA president, AAHA hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of more than 900 standards covering patient care, client service and medical protocols.

Established in 1933, the AAHA is an international organization of more than 36,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. For pet care information or a referral to an AAHA hospital, pet owners can visit the AAHA Web site at Manalapan Animal Clinic & Hospital, located at 690 Tennent Road, has been an accredited practice member of the association since 1997.

Travel Connections LLC, a home-based travel agency in Manalapan, was one of seven agencies out of 300 to be recognized recently as a top airline producer for Uniglobe Travel in Irvine, Calif., which acts as the ticketing agency for Travel Connections.

Partners Jan Davis of Manalapan and Sue Betlesky of Freehold, who worked together at Gateway Travel in Manalapan for more than 20 years before it closed, formed their own company in April 2004. Travel Connections is also one of the sponsors for Lennar’s Make-A-Wish Foundation Bowl-A-Thon, which till take place July 13 at Howell Lanes. For more information, call Davis at (732) 431-1748, or Betlesky (732) 431-2228.

Schoor DePalma, an engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Manalapan, announced that Nick Verderese of Freehold Township has been promoted to the position of principal and vice president of the firm. Verderese, a registered professional engineer in New Jersey, is the department manager in the firm’s Traffic Engineering Department in Manalapan.

Verderese has 16 years of experience involving both private and municipal projects. He managed and performed traffic engineering and highway design projects involving transportation planning, highway improvements and resurfacing, and bridge inspections and designs. He previously held the position as consultant to the city of Hoboken Transpor-tation Authority and served as the traffic planning engineer for the preparation of the transportation element of the South Secaucus Transportation Planning Study for Hudson County. He currently serves as the traffic engineer for a number of municipalities in the state of New Jersey.

Verderese received his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and an associate member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

The company also announced that Daniel Frank of Howell has been promoted to the position of principal and vice president of the firm. Frank is a senior project manager in the firm’s Highway Department and a registered professional engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Frank has more than 22 years of experience in the management and design of highway projects and intersection improvements. His engineering experience is in transportation engineering and design, including concept development, final scope development, preliminary and final design, and construction document administration.

He began his career at Schoor DePalma in 1996 as a project manager in the Highway Department. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Highway Engineers.