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November 16, 2012
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Coldwell Banker Names Associates of the Month

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced its top agents in Monmouth County for the month of September 2012.

Alan Kurlander was named Monmouth County Associate of the Month, ranking No. 1 in sales production in his Marlboro/ Manalapan sales office and among all Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agents in Monmouth County.

Additionally, the following Monmouth County agents were named Associate of the Month in their respective offices, ranking No. 1 in sales production: Donna Bruno, Holmdel; Sandy Lafferty, Howell; Fran Judas, Middletown; Pauline Poyner, Rumson/Fair Haven; and Katie Hauck, Spring Lake/Wall.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, New York, a leading residential real estate brokerage company, operates 58 offices with more than 3,000 sales associates serving all communities from Rockland County, N.Y. to Monmouth County. Visit for more information.


Curchin Group Hosts 7th Annual Mini-Golf Tournament to Benefit Local Charities

RED BANK – The Curchin Group, LLC will host its Seventh Annual Curchin Open miniature golf event for charity at the firm’s borough office. The event, originally slated for Nov. 7 was postponed until Nov. 20 and will be going on from 4 to 7 p.m. Clients, sponsors, and friends will join in a round of putt-putt on a Curchin team-designed course that flows through the firm’s office.

All proceeds from this year’s event benefit two local charities:  The Community YMCA, a non-profit, charitable organization committed to strengthening communities in Monmouth County by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility; and Coastal Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization based in Spring Lake that aims to build the local community and improve lives by partnering with low income families and community volunteers to build affordable, safe, and efficient homes throughout Monmouth County.

During the past six years, the Curchin Open has raised and donated more than $75,000 to local charities.


Herrick Named President of Conn. Academy

RED BANK – The Academy of Spiritual & Consciousness Studies, Inc. has announced the Rev. Karen E. Herrick, Ph.D., as its first female president in its 38-year history.

The academy is headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., and its mission is to discern, develop and disseminate knowledge between clergy and academics of religion, philosophy and scientific researchers in the field of psychical research and spiritually transformative experiences. An example of one such experience is a near death experience. Additional information about the academy can be found on

Herrick has been the founder and director of the Center for Children of Alcoholics, 205 Broad St., Red Bank, for more than 25 years. She has lectured throughout the United States on dysfunctional and addictive homes, dissociation, grief and loss. She was ordained at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1995 as an interfaith minister. She is the author of the book You’re Not Finished Yet.

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R-FH Bank & Trust Announces Senior Management Changes

RUMSON – The Board of Directors of Rumson-Fair Haven Bank & Trust announced senior management changes that are effective immediately.

Stephen Tyler, a director, founder and former president and chief executive officer of the bank, has been elected as interim chairman of the board. Tyler has been associated with the bank since its founding and has an extensive background in the industry from a distinguished career in financial management at J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York, from which he retired in 1998.

The board also named F. James Hutchinson, current chairman, as president and chief executive officer. Hutchinson was named as a director of the bank in 2011 and assumed the chairman’s role in May. He was formerly president of an investment management firm and prior to that had a 30-year career with The Bank of New York in various lending capacities, including serving as president of The Bank of New York (Delaware) and chairman of The Bank of New York, New Jersey. Hutchinson replaces Dennis Flanagan, who is no longer with the bank.


Weichert, Realtors Hosts 34th Annual Toy Drive

MORRIS PLAINS – The Weichert Family of Companies recently announced the start of the 34th Annual Weichert Toy Drive. Members of the community are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the company’s sales offices through Dec. 14. The toys will be delivered throughout the holidays in conjunction with local charities that assist financially and physically disadvantaged children.

“Our toy drive takes on a new meaning this year in the wake of the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy,” said Jim Weichert, president and founder of Weichert, Realtors. “Now more than ever, I look forward to making a difference and brightening the spirits of those less fortunate in the communities we serve. To be offered the chance to bring joy to the children and families who need it most is the greatest gift of all this holiday season. I invite you to join in our efforts and give the gift of happiness to those in need.”

Weichert employees at the company’s corporate headquarters in Morris Plains, as well as in other company locations throughout the United States, will also participate in the yearly community service event. To date, the annual toy drive has yielded hundreds of thousands of items for underprivileged children in the communities Weichert serves. Last year more than 13,000 toys were distributed to charitable and service organizations.

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To make a donation, visit any Weichert, Realtors sales office. To find your local office, please go to


Weight Loss Practice Gets Bigger as Patients Get Smaller


SHREWSBURY – Dr. Claudia Huegel always knew she had a gift to inspire patients and 2½ years ago she found the perfect way to do just that, by helping patients lose excess weight with her own Shrewsbury practice, Medimorphosis Physician Assisted Weight Loss. Her approachable nature and the relaxed atmosphere, in addition to her unique program, have resulted in a practice so successful that Medimorphosis is planning to move to a larger office by early 2013.

When Huegel was a primary care physician in busy offices located in Freehold and Howell, she concluded that most of her patients’ health problems stemmed from being overweight. Almost seven years ago she focused on finding the best ways to help patients achieve a healthy weight. She developed a program including nutritional and exercise counseling. In addition, she offers body composition analysis, medical monitoring and implementation of cognitive behavioral techniques to help with motivation and behavioral changes. She teaches her patients to think differently in order to change their behavior.

Patients at or near goal weight began asking the doctor how they could get rid of excess loose skin and those stubborn bulges that losing weight and exercise just could not address. So again, Huegel answered her patients’ call and now offers the most advanced new technique from Accent to non-surgically achieve skin tightening and body contouring. The Accent machine utilizes radiofrequency waves to painlessly heat the skin leaving troubled spots tighter and smoother.

Huegel is excited to announce plans to include the addition of genetic testing to her current program. The cutting-edge technology will give each patient optimal weight loss and exercise plans based on their DNA. She is the only area physician who will be offering such advanced testing and plans to help even more patients address unanswered questions about their eating behavior and type of exercise and diet that is best for them.

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