Business Briefs

On April 8 at 6 p.m. the Rehab Center at Wedgwood Gardens, Route 9 north, Freehold Township, will host a free lecture, “Treatment Options for Chronic Knee Pain,” presented by Dr. Manuel T. Banzon, orthopedic surgeon of the Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute in Freehold. Banzon will highlight the benefits of “customized” knee replacement surgery.

Learn about treatment options, the latest innovations and whether total knee replacement is right for you. Following the lecture, Banzon will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. Call 732-677-1200, ext. 215 to register or for additional information.

Banzon, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in total joint replacement, arthroscopy, and fracture and trauma care, serves as director of orthopedic services at the Rehab Center at Wedgwood Gardens. In 2008, Banzon was the recipient of the Physician of the Year award at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township.

The Rehab Center at Wedgwood Gardens provides care for those requiring subacute rehab following a hospital stay for medical or surgical diagnoses, specializing in the care of patients following total joint replacement.

The Howell Chamber of Commerce Medical Division will present “Networking and Electronic Medical Records (EMR): What Your Medical Office Needs to Know” 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 16 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Guest speaker Jim Nelson, of Libertas, will discuss pertinent areas of EMR. Vendor tables are available through the Howell Chamber of Commerce office. Howell Chamber of Commerce members as well as nonmembers are welcome for free, and office managers in attendance will earn one continuing education credit. Light food and beverages will be served. Details: 732-363-4114 or

Darryl J. Reid of Prestige Travel Services, Howell, has achieved “commodore” status in Princess Cruises Academy training program, certifying him as an expert cruise professional.

As a commodore, Reid joins an exclusive group of travel agents who are now recognized by Princess at the academy’s highest level for their unique qualifications and knowledge as a cruise planning professional.

Reid earned this distinction after completing the minimum 25 courses necessary to graduate from the program.

Agents who complete the coursework online become experts on a wide range of topics, offering travelers full-knowledge details about a Princess vacation. For more information, call 732-370-8810.

The Provident Bank will offer ecofriendly grocery bags to the first 100 customers at each of its 80-plus branches on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day. Reusable bags are made of heavy-duty, lightweight material and reduce the use of disposable plastic bags, which linger in trees, landfills and oceans.

The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners of Monmouth-Ocean will present “Foods Through the Ages — Foods That Age,” 6-9 p.m. March 25 at the American Hotel, Freehold. Admission: $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Lorraine Maita, M.D., will speak about food and its effect on health. Details and registration:

Central Square Restaurant and Dance Hall, 189 Jacobstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown, announces the addition of a dance hall on the premises. A grand opening celebration will be held at 6 p.m. March 12 at the restaurant. Located at the corner of Route 537, eight miles southwest of Six Flags Great Adventure, Central Square features a Chinese buffet and sushi plus a bar. A liquor store is on the premises. A ballroom dance and buffet is offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (mainly for seniors) and Saturdays (for all). Free 30- minute dance lessons will be provided by a professional dancer twice daily on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In addition, DJ Mark Pinkstone will provide free country dance lessons on Friday evenings. Special theme nights will be offered nightly and will feature karaoke, oldies and classic jazz, classic rock, country music, and Latin music and dance. Details: 609-758-9841.

The Point Pleasant Rotary Club is supporting Shelter Box USA, an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter to people affected by disaster worldwide. The Rotary Club, under the direction of President Ed DeFelice of DeFelice Chevrolet, is seeking to raise local money to assist the Haiti relief efforts that are under way. The money raised will also help toward future disasters worldwide by eventually replenishing the warehouse supplies of any boxes being shipped to Haiti now. Donations can be sent, payable to Shelter Box USA, to Point Pleasant Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1515, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Any local merchants wishing to participate by having a collection box can call 908-600-0996.

Howell Chamber of Commerce will host a Breakfast Bonanza Networking Event at 8:30 a.m. March 19 at The Howell Café, 2782 Route 9 north, Howell. Members of the business community are welcome to attend an informal networking and an informative presentation by Robert Schmitt of Third Generation Heating and Cooling. Breakfast Bonanza Networking Events are held every other Friday at different locations in town. Admission is free for Howell Chamber of Commerce members and $5 for nonmembers. Food and drinks are additional. Details: 732-363- 4114.

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