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January 11, 2013
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Maser Consulting’s Theodos, O’Brien Win Engineering Awards 

RED BANK – Chris A. Theodos and Carl P. O’Brien of Maser Consulting P.A. have been awarded Project of the Year Awards from the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers.

Theodos won for for the Mathis Plaza Waterfront Reconstruction project in South Toms River while O’Brien won for the design and reconstruction of the Lodi Memorial Athletic Field in Lodi.

As special project engineer for Lodi, O’Brien’s project won first place in the 2012 award program’s Category D: Municipal Parks/Recreation Project. Theodos’ project won the honor award in Category B: Municipal Construction Project. He is the municipal engineer for South Toms River.

Mathis Park, the Gateway to South Toms River, is a borough-owned and operated waterfront park that used small grants and creative funding to make big improvements to the facility. The restoration project, a favorite marine vista for the community and fishermen, also brought the park into conformance with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Lodi’s Memorial Field is the cornerstone of Lodi and is used by children and adults for a multitude of recreational activities. The challenge to this project was in taking the initiative, above and beyond the standard industry installation of synthetic turf, and redesign this field to withstand severe flooding and increase the field’s playability for this urban community with limited open recreational space.

The intent of the program is to give recognition to municipal engineers and engineering consultants to municipalities who have contributed to the public health, safety and welfare by way of designing projects or implementing programs that are of an outstanding nature.

The awards were presented on Dec. 5 at the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers’ 2012 annual award reception.

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Businesswomen to Hold Awards Dinner

MORGANVILLE – The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) Shore Region will be holding its awards dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24 at Nonna’s Citi Cucina, 190 Route 9 North.

A few special members will be awarded with the Teal Heart Award. The award is given to acknowledge members for outstanding service and dedication to the region, to provide public recognition of members’ achievements and to inspire the NJAWBO membership.

One special member will be awarded with the Business Woman of the Year award. The award honors a woman business owner who is a member and has distinguished herself in her business, NJAWBO, and in her community.

Gerri Burns, an expert on identity theft, will be sharing facts about the six areas of identity theft and ways to be proactive in everyday life during the event.

The meeting is being sponsored by Jackie Berman, Pearls of Wisdom Media. Those attending are asked to bring plenty of business cards. The cost for the awards dinner is $35 for members, $60 for members with a display table and $40 for nonmembers.

Registration for the event is available at


Murphy Attends Barron’s Winner’s Circle Summit

SHREWSBURY – Wendy W. Murphy of Morgan Stanley was one of 500 financial advisors selected by their firms to attend the seventh annual Barron’s Winner’s Circle Top Women Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., in November.

The conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry. Participants attended workshops led by the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and families to portfolio management and retirement planning.

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“Financial advisors who attend this conference are passionate about delivering advice that can help their clients achieve their financial goals. In a challenging economic environment, the dispassionate analysis and well thought-out strategies discussed by some of the industry’s top professionals made this conference particularly valuable,” Murphy said.


Farkouh Joins Resources Real Estate in Rumson

RUMSON – Gina Farkouh has joined Resources Real Estate in Rumson as the newest member of its sales team.

Farkouh brings to the office eight years of experience in real estate and was formerly an agent with Gloria Nilson Realtors in Rumson. Farkouh specializes in new construction and works closely with her husband, Charles, who is a builder for C&P Properties LLC also in Rumson.

As a real estate professional, Farkouh has strong ties and connections to the local market. Farkouh is connected with many industry professionals who can help make the process of buying or selling a home easier and better-informed than the competition.

Resources Real Estate is a full service independent residential brokerage opened by Diakon in 2000. McCormack, with the company since 2002, joined her as a partner in 2010. Resources Real Estate is located at 112 East River Road in Rumson, 36 Beach Road in Monmouth Beach, and 4A West Front St. in Red Bank. Additional information is available by calling 732-212-0440 or visiting

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