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October 19, 2012
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Bluegrass Miniature Golf Opens at Monmouth Park


OCEANPORT – Bluegrass Miniature Golf opened on Saturday, Sept. 29, to rave reviews at Monmouth Park near the Port-au-Peck entrance.

Monmouth Park has opened Bluegrass Miniature Golf with two 18-hole courses.

Bluegrass Miniature Golf boasts two 18-hole themed courses from which to choose. Take a chance on the Triple Crown course or try the Monmouth Course, where each hole is named for favorite past and present Monmouth Park racehorses. With fountains, natural obstacles, and sand traps decorating the course, Bluegrass Miniature Golf offers a fun and challenging game for children and adults alike.

The venue is open, weather permitting, seven days a week through Thanksgiving weekend. The hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The cost is $8 per 18-hole round, or $12 for the 36 holes of both courses. Children ages 6 to 12 play at half-price. Children younger than 6 play for free.

There is free parking at the Port-au-Peck Road entrance.


MU Business School Called One of the Best to Earn an MBAWEST


LONG BRANCH – Monmouth University’s Leon Hess Business School is an outstanding business school, according to the education services company, The Princeton Review.

The company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 296 Business Schools.

“We consider Monmouth University’s Leon Hess Business School one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP and publisher. “We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international – based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

The Princeton Review’s survey asked 19,000 students at the 296 schools their opinions of their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans.

“We are proud to be named one of the best business schools in the nation,” said Dr. Donald Moliver, dean of the Leon Hess Business School. “Our MBA is designed to prepare students to be ready to compete and succeed in the global marketplace, from New Jersey to New York, London, Tokyo and Dubai.”

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The Best 296 Business Schools has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions. In the profile on Leon Hess Business School, the Princeton Review editors state that the school: “offers its students more personalized attention than they would get at a larger program.”

The profile also highlights the addition of a “full-time accelerated MBA program that can be completed in one year.”  The guide quotes students attending the Leon Hess Business School who say “students are a small community, so everybody knows everybody,” and their classmates are “friendly, sociable, and open-minded.”  They also praise the school’s affordability, saying tuition clocks in lower than at regional public schools.

The Leon Hess Business School, among the top 5 percent of business schools internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, offers MBA program tracks in accounting, finance, real estate, and a concentration in healthcare management. It also offers post-master’s certificates in accounting and healthcare management that are designed especially for individuals who already possess an MBA and are interested in furthering their knowledge. Qualified undergraduate students have the option of enrolling in a five-year program in which they can seamlessly earn both their bachelor’s degree and MBA.

For more information on the Leon Hess Business School at Monmouth University, visit or call 732-571-3430.

For more information on The Princeton Review, visit


Heritage House’s Bateman Featured on HGTV Show


SHREWSBURY – Heritage House Sotheby’s Inter­national Realty’s Kathryn Bateman will be featured at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, on the series Billion Dollar Block which will air on the HGTV television network.

Kathryn Bateman, left, of Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty will be featured at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 on “Billion Dollar Block” with show host Taniya Nayak.

As part of the premier episode, viewers will be lead on a guided tour of a Northern Italian Villa in Colts Neck, with Billion Dollar Block host Taniya Nayak and Bateman, a sales associate with the firm Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty who previously listed and sold the estate. The production team approached Bateman after seeing her listing promoted online with a multitude of photos and a virtual tour.

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“When we contacted Kathryn Bateman to get background information about the Villa, we learned that she had represented both the original owners as well as the most recent buyers,” said Diane DeStefano, co-executive producer, Billion Dollar Block. “Because we were so impressed by her detailed knowledge and passion for this property, we asked that she be the one to do the on-camera tour, and we’re thrilled with the outcome.”

The home was built in 2007 by then-homeowners Lance and Ellen Primis who conceptualized the design with their architect based on their love for Italy. That affection is realized in the home’s authentic architectural details such as Corinthian columns inside and out, soaring 18-foot ceilings and a unique “piazza” setting with an inground pool, outdoor kitchen and fireplace.

Preparing for the full-day television shoot was not easy, since the home had recently been sold and new owners, Drs. Zi Shan and Li Xiao Hong, were not fully moved in. Bateman, a well-regarded home stager, enlisted the help of local artists Kathleen Karlen Donnelly, owner of Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson, and artist Cindy Barham, owner of The River Ave Atelier in Monmouth Beach, to showcase their art work throughout the home.

“It was exciting day as we watched cameras capture the beauty of this home,” said broker-owner Mary Burke, Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty. “And Kathryn, who worked tirelessly in her successful marketing of this home, put that same energy into getting the home camera-ready and highlighting its most distinctive features. She did a phenomenal job.”

Bateman is a top selling real estate agent in the firm’s Rumson location. She has earned the office’s monthly top producer award numerous times and is a member of the 2009 NJAR Circle of Excellence® Bronze Award. With more than $10 million in closed production already, 2012 is proving to be highly successful year for her as well.

Billion Dollar Block is produced by Intuitive Entertainment, LLC is a film and television production company dedicated to “storytelling with style and character.” Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty is an independently owned and operated full-service brokerage with four sales offices in Holmdel, Middletown, Shrewsbury and Rumson. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 834 Broad St., Shrewsbury. For additional information, please visit

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