Business Briefs

The Lakewood Chamber of Com-merce invites members and nonmembers to its general membership/industrial luncheon meeting, Dec. 6 at the Ramada Inn and Suites, Toms River. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $30 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. A $5 charge will be added for walk-ins. Details: (732) 363-0012. Guest speaker Chris Ruisi, who works with small to medium size companies, will share keys for successful business and what an owner needs to do to achieve business goals.

New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA), the state’s largest building industry trade association, has launched the Ask the New Jersey Builder Internet Web site,, to answer homebuyer and homeowner questions on the process of purchasing a new home, as well as maintaining and im-proving an existing home. The Web site was launched to complement NJBA’s weekly newspaper series, Ask the New Jersey Builder, which is published in newspapers around the state.

Pine Belt Chevrolet of Lakewood recently received the sixth annual School/Business Partnership Award from the Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS). The award was presented during a luncheon sponsored by the New Jersey Council of County Voca-tional Technical Schools at the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel in Atlantic City. Annually one business partner from each county is recognized for its support of career and technical education in New Jersey.

The Automotive Technology program at OCVTS, led by Craig Coleman, principal of the Toms River center, has maintained a close working relationship with Pine Belt Chevrolet since 1990. As Pine Belt shop foreman, every year Steve Zboray arranges for 60 OCVTS students to do job shadowing at the dealership and complete requirements for the Cooper-ative Industrial Education program.

Schoor DePalma, an engineering firm based in Manalapan, and the New Jersey American Water Company, with locations throughout New Jersey, held a dedication ceremony Nov. 9 at the site of a new water tank in the New Egypt section of Plumsted.

According to a press release, the tank, which holds 250,000 gallons of water, is a symbol of the ongoing commitment New Egypt has to its community. Plumsted Mayor Ronald Dancer joined representatives from Schoor DePalma and New Jersey American Water Company at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Avinash C. Gupta, M.D., F.A.C.C., a cardiologist on staff at Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood, was recently awarded diplomate status with the American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL).

The ABCL is a nonprofit certifying organization dedicated to reducing mortality from dyslipidemia and related diseases by assessing qualifications and certifying knowledge in clinical lipidology.