business briefs 

Andrea Kron, a graduate of The Ailey School, New York City, recently conducted theater, dance and audition technique workshops at the Monmouth Performing Arts Centre in Howell. Students worked on choreography from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Footloose,” and concluded with learning the many aspects of audition technique.

MPAC will be hosting an open house on National Dance Day, July 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will be accepted at the school every Tuesday and Thursday in August from 5-7 p.m.

Classes will start on Sept. 12 and include ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, Broadway, combo and adult classes, ballroom, musical theatre, and vocal for preschool, teens and adults. New classes include hip hop for 3- and 4-yearolds, boys hip-hop and Zumba.

There will also be open call auditions on Sept. 10 for the annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” set to Tchaikovsky’s score. MPAC is directed by Nicole M. Tiedemann and co-directed by Connie Anne Paris. Details: 732-364-5200.

The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau (JSCVB) has launched this summer’s Icon contest. The JSCVB is a destination marketing organization established to promote Monmouth and Ocean counties. The Icon contest was developed to attract visitors to various locations in these counties. The icon chosen for the contest is a lifeguard stand. Participating companies display a lifeguard stand or lifeguard icon at their business. Visitors/contestants find the lifeguard icon and locate the business’s unique keyword on the icon sign. The visitors then text the keyword into 30241 and they are automatically entered into the contest. The contestant who visits the most locations wins an all inclusive seven-day, six-night Jersey Shore vacation. Start looking for the lifeguard icons and enter.

Free Motion Rehabilitation Center, 528 New Friendship Road, Howell, will celebrate its ninth anniversary in August. The center was founded in 2002 by a husband and wife team of licensed physical therapists, Michael Sheynin and Laura Partnoyute, who strive to relieve pain and increase strength and mobility. To celebrate its ninth anniversary, Free Motion will be holding special events throughout August. Visit for more information.

Free Motion offers orthopedic, neurological and sports injury rehabilitation in addition to strength and conditioning training for children and adults. It also offers a specialized program that treats children with motor-neurological disorders. For more information, call 732-901-8844.

Linda Leonard-Thompson of Jackson has earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay pink Cadillac, the most coveted incentive awarded by Mary Kay. Independent sales directors earn the use of Mary Kay career cars by demonstrating their outstanding business and leadership skills. Leonard-Thompson began her Mary Kay business as an independent beauty consultant in 1986, and as a direct result of her accomplishments, she became an independent sales director in 1988. In this position, she provides education, leadership and motivation to other Mary Kay independent beauty consultants. Car qualifiers can choose from the CTS and SRX models or select cash compensation in lieu of a car. Leonard- Thompson has chosen the 2012 Cadillac SRX in pearlized pink.

Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI), with offices in Freehold Township, Monroe Township and Wall Township, will open its first satellite office in Ocean County on Aug. 1 at 161 Bartley Road, Jackson. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons Michael J. Greller, Gregg Berkowitz, Gerardo Goldberger, Manuel T. Banzon, James F. Cozzarelli, Alan Nasar and Grigory Goldberg and podiatric surgeon Dr. Gerald Mauriello Jr. will see patients Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, and all day Thursday. For further information, call 732-961-8448.

Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, and Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood, recently dedicated a facility that offers Western Monmouth County residents convenient access to Monmouth Medical Center’s Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center. Monmouth joined its sister hospital, Kimball Medical Center, to celebrate the dedication of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Howell, 59 Kent Road, Howell. The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center, which was introduced by Monmouth Medical Center in 1994 to bring together under one roof all preventive, diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation, psychosocial and educational services for women concerned about their breast health, was modeled after the nation’s most highly regarded breast centers. To make an appointment, call 732- 923-7700.

The annual OceanFirst Bank calendar contest is under way and photographers are invited to submit original local photographs to be displayed in the bank’s 2012 community calendar.

More than 12,000 calendars will be distributed to OceanFirst customers and the general public throughout Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. Recognition will be awarded to each photographer featured in the calendar, along with a small byline that includes artist information.

Suggested themes include seasonal scenes of familiar local landmarks, beaches, oceans or lakes in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. Photos will be judged on composition, quality and suitability.

Photographers can submit their original work via mail to OceanFirst Bank, Marketing Department/Calendar Contest, 975 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08753, on disk or dropped off. A signed official entry form must accompany all photos, which can be downloaded from or requested via email at For official rules and photograph specifications, visit the Ocean- First Bank website. Deadline for submissions is Aug.12.