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May 11, 2012
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Fair Haven Administrator Elected to Municipal Management Association

FAIR HAVEN — Borough Administrator Theresa S. Casagrande has been elected to the executive board of the New Jersey Municipal Management Association (NJMMA).

Casagrande, who has been Fair Haven’s administrator since February 2011, holds an MBA from Monmouth University and registered municipal clerk and certified tax collector’s licenses in New Jersey. A Spring Lake Heights resident, she previously served as vice chair of the Southeast Monmouth Municipal Utilities Authority. In 2009, she received the NJMMA’s New Professional to Municipal Government Award in recognition of her outstanding work in municipal shared services.

Founded more than 50 years ago, the NJMMA is dedicated to the professional training and development of municipal managers. It has more than 200 members from throughout New Jersey. NJMMA has been instrumental in shaping legislation and policies that affect services to residents and businesses. It is affiliated with the Rutgers Center for Government Services in New Brunswick, which provides administrative support for its members.

Veteran Attorneys Launch Firm McDonnell Crowley, LLC

Red Bank – Seasoned bankruptcy attorneys have launched McDonnell Crowley, LLC, a boutique bankruptcy law firm. Founded by John “Jack” M. McDonnell, who is both a lawyer and a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee, and bankruptcy attorney, Brian T. Crowley, the firm is built around the desire to provide sophisticated legal expertise at personalized and accessible means.

Based in Red Bank, McDonnell Crowley’s practice concentrates on providing legal counsel to Chapter 7 Panel Trustees, handling both liquidations and reorganizations, as well as representing secured and unsecured creditors, and individuals and corporate entities who are seeking the fresh start offered through the bankruptcy process. The firm provides representation to individuals and businesses facing litigation, specifically for preferential or fraudulent transfers.

“We offer a unique combination of highly specialized legal skills and experience to address the complex challenges of the bankruptcy process,” McDonnell said. “We look forward to providing quality service to our clients.”

Members of McDonnell Crowley are well known and proven in their field. McDonnell has been practicing law for more than 20 years and was appointed a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee by the United States Trustee for the District of New Jersey in 2000. As a Chapter 7 Trustee, he oversees the orderly liquidation and judicious administration of hundreds of Chapter 7 cases a year. He has also served as a Chapter 11 Trustee.

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Crowley is an experienced bankruptcy attorney with a strong practice in all aspects of bankruptcy law including, representing Chapter 7 Panel Trustees, and advising financial and other institutions in a range of sophisticated transactions in the context of Chapter 11 restructurings. Crowley started practicing in New York at Arent Fox LLP. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk with some of the most revered bankruptcy judges in the country, including the Honorable Melanie L. Cyganowski, and the Honorable Conrad B. Duberstein, both chief judges in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Honorable Arthur J. Gonzalez in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

“We are confident about the road ahead and look forward to working with our colleagues here in New Jersey and throughout the nation,” Crowley said.

Troy Container Line Launches New Service

RED BANK — Troy Container Line, Ltd., one of the world’s largest NVOCCs, has announced the launch of its new service from Chicago to Rotterdam. The direct, 16-day service will begin on Monday, May 21 with a sailing aboard the APL Melbourne V18.

A NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) is a shipment consolidator that does not own any vessel, but functions as a carrier by issuing its own bills of lading and assuming responsibility for all cargo.
The 28-year-old Troy Container Line, located on West Street in Red Bank, does not own container lines on which it transports cargo oversees. The company, however, is responsible for the care of all cargo shipped. To date, Troy works with more than 2,000 customers worldwide to arrange for the import and export of their cargo.

The new Chicago-to-Rotterdam sailing marks the continued expansion of Troy Container Line’s export department, and demonstrates the company’s ongoing charge to add more direct services, reduce transit times, and offer clients the best pricing in the industry.

“Competitive pricing and quick transport times have always distinguished Troy Container Line from its competitors,” said Patricia L. Fitzgerald, chief operating officer of exports. “The Chicago-to-Rotterdam service will continue this tradition, cutting transit times by seven days and reducing costs by at least 5 percent, which, as always, will be passed onto our clients because of their loyal support.

“My staff and I look forward to offering yet another efficient, cost-effective shipping solution to our extensive customer base.”

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George Named Agent of the Month by Real Estate Firm

RUMSON — Helen George, sales professional with Resources Real Estate in Rumson, was named Agent of the Month for the month of April. George is consistently a top producer for the company’s Monmouth Beach office and led the company’s overall sales production for the month.

Allison Gregory of the Rumson office and Dennis Soboti of the Monmouth Beach office were each presented with the Team Spirit Award for the month of April for helping to coordinate each office’s effort in support of Paint the Town Pink, Riverview Medical Center’s annual event to increase breast cancer awareness and the need for annual mammography screenings for women over age 40. Each team decorated their respective office as part of a company event competition. Members of the public were invited to vote for their favorite office on Facebook. The company places a high value on team cooperation and support.

Carolynn Diakon opened Resources Real Estate, a full-service real estate company in 2000. Thomas McCormack joined the company in 2002 and became Diakon’s business partner in 2010. Resources Real Estate is located at 112 East River Road in Rumson and at 36 Beach Road in Monmouth Beach.

Credit Union to Host Seminar on Facebook for Businesses

Wall – First Financial Federal Credit Union is offering a seminar Tuesday, May 15, about advanced Facebook Marketing techniques for business hosted by social media consultant Deborah Smith.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at First Financial Federal Credit Union office at 1800 Route 34 north, in Building 3 in Wall. The cost is $10 and must be paid in advance.

Attendees will learn: how to interpret and use Facebook analytics to track progress; applications to use for increased success, and how to take Facebook content creation to the next level.

Business owners, anyone interested in starting a business, as well as sales, business and marketing professionals or students with a basic understanding of Facebook are urged to attend.

Registration is available by calling First Financial at 866-750-0100 or by email at Space is limited and registering in advance is recommended.

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