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Diane Holzlein, an early care and education teacher at the Goddard School, Jackson, has been selected to receive the 2011 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s Tylenol National Child Care Teacher Award. She was selected from a pool of applicants nationwide. Holzlein will receive an award of $1,000 during a ceremony today, April 14, at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. Holzlein will implement her awardwinning project with a grant from the TLLCCF. According to Holzlein, her proposed project, “Play’s the Thing,” includes items to enhance the dramatic play center.

The Ocean County Retired Educators Association will host its spring meeting and luncheon at 11 a.m. May 19 at Jack Baker’s Lobster Shanty, Point Pleasant Beach. Current members will have the opportunity to vote for OCREA officers. The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. All reservations must be received by May 5. Reservation forms can be found at Details: 732-477-1711.

In addition, OCREA is planning a twoweek Rhine-Mosel riverboat cruise from May 27 to June 11. OCREA is also sponsoring a trip to Philadelphia on June 15. Reservation deadline for the latter trip is May 13. For more information and reservations for either trip, contact Betty at 609- 207-0038 or

Theresa DeSalvio, a member of the faculty of Monmouth Academy in Howell, is presenting her paintings, “Inside China,” at Broadway & LRC Galleries at Passaic County Community College, Paterson, throughApril 22. DeSalvio began her largescale paintings following a trip to Beijing, China, in 2009. Based on observation, photographs and imagination, the work attempts to capture the spirit of the people as China transforms into a modern society. During her visit to Beijing, DeSalvio photographed the people as well as important historic and architectural sites. She discovered that nine is considered the most auspicious number in China, which gave her the idea of creating nine large paintings. To view DeSalvio’s paintings, visit

Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate New Jersey exclusive agency owner Virginia Khoudary with the Chairman’s Inner Circle Conference award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. The Khoudary Agency is one of only 2 percent of insurance agencies and personal financial representatives for Allstate nationally to reach this level of achievement, based on sales for auto, property, commercial, power sports insurance and financial services in the country. The Khoudary Agency is at 305 Whitesville Road, Jackson, and can be reached at 732- 364-4994.

The Howell Chamber of Commerce will host a Breakfast Bonanza networking event 8-9:30 a.m. April 15 at Kumon Learning Center, 4242 Route 9 south, Howell. Guest speaker Karen Leschak of Barter Pays will present “Let’s Make a Deal!” Details: 732-363-4114. Admission is free to chamber members, and $5 for prospective chamber members.