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May 24, 2013
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Lloyd Joins Brokers 3 Realtors


SHREWSBURY – Geoffrey “Owen” Lloyd has joined Brokers 3 Realtors at 675 Broad St.

Geoffrey "Owen" Lloyd

Geoffrey “Owen” Lloyd

A Monmouth County resident for 18 years, he has nine years of real estate experience. Prior to his career in real estate, Lloyd was a computer programmer and systems requirements analyst for Computer Sciences Corp. He received his MBA in management of technology from New Jersey Institute of Technology, his B.S. in business from Carnegie Mellon University and enjoys his membership in the Brookdale Concordia Chorale, Middletown.

Lloyd is fluent in French and his hobbies include traveling, skiing and classic cars.

Lloyd bases his business philosophy on putting his clients’ interests above all else as he helps guide them successfully through the buying or selling process. He thoroughly enjoys being involved in either finding the perfect home for a buyer or advising sellers on the proper way to market their home.

He can be reached at Brokers 3 Realtors at 732-741-8600 or at


Highlands Businesses Celebrate Being ‘Stronger than the Storm’


HIGHLANDS – Despite being of one of the most devastated business districts along the Jersey Shore, the Highlands Business Partnership proved to be much “Stronger than the Storm.”

Sandy was no match for the resiliency and spirit of Highlands’ restaurants and specialty shops determined to reopen despite incredible destruction and all odds against them. The businesses will celebrate that at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, as Highlands officially celebrates the “Open for Business Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies.”

“Given that all of our businesses were severely damaged by Sandy, it is a real sign of their fortitude and entrepreneurial grit that they managed to open in time for the summer season,” said partnership President Carla Cefalo-Braswell. “It is truly amazing and inspiring. I am proud to be part of this Jersey strong community.”

The ribbon cutting ceremonies immediately will follow the Memorial Day parade and will celebrate some of Highlands’ restaurants and shops, including Moby’s, Bahrs Landing-

Still Standing, Lusty Lobster, Windansea, Inlet Café, Fresh Farm-to-Table Cafe, Chilangos, and Francesco’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant.

The “Stronger than the Storm” ribbon-cutting ceremonies will continue at specialty shops and eateries, including Bay Ave Bakery, the Sand Witch Shop, the Water Witch Coffee and Tea Company, In the Garden, and Kranky’s Bicycle Shop. All shops will offer Memorial Day specials.

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The weekend celebration continues at the 13th Annual Seaport Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Admission is free and the show is located in Huddy Park at Waterwitch and Bay avenues. This year’s craft show will offer a wonderful collection of handmade crafts. Following the craft show, Danny Shields will officiate the Windansea “Stronger than the Storm” celebration at the Tiki Bar from 5 to 8 p.m. with Random Test Reggae Band, then from 8 to 11 p.m. with Brian Kirk and the Jirks from 8 to 11 p.m.

Leo and the Cervantes family is holding a three-day grand re-opening celebration from May 25-27 at Chilangos,

The Highlands Business Partnership is a nonprofit commercial alliance dedicated to fostering economic growth and the continued revitalization of Highlands.

For additional information on the partnership’s programs, visit or call 732-291-4713.


My Kitchen Witch Holds Show Featuring Jewelry, Paintings, Stained Glass


MONMOUTH BEACH – My Kitchen Witch café is hosting its Summer Spells Show, featuring the work of six women, mostly Jersey Shore residents, on Saturday, May 25, on the lawn of the café at 29 Broad St.

Three of the women make handmade jewelry, one creates stained glass pieces and two are painters.

Karyn Jarmer, owner and executive chef of My Kitchen Witch, says she loves helping “to bring the community together and have a meeting place where everyone can share their experiences and ideas about rebuilding. This is just one more thing we can do to help the healing process.”

The free show will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Music will be provided by Derek Pierre in the morning and Crash Gordon and Deborah Dynamite in the afternoon.

Kate Grady, the show’s organizer, has been working with stained glass for 25 years. She has touched on many facets of the 10th-century industry from repairing giant cathedral windows to designing and creating unique Manhattan entrances.

Jennifer Ciraulo of Blooming Lotus Jewelry creates jewelry to inspire positivity and awareness. Ciraulo is not only a jewelry designer, but also a pediatric occupational therapist working with children with special needs. She uses her jewelry-making skills to raise awareness and money for foundations such as Autism Speaks.

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Carolyn Roche creates jewelry from recycled sea glass. It is jewelry inspired by the love of the earth and its magnificent oceans and beaches.

Miss Ellie uses USA-made parts and raw materials to make limited edition jewelry. Her pieces are composed of brass filigree, silver birds, vintage vines and etched lockets, already aged and pre-tarnished. She combines rare old stock with top quality materials.

Megan Heath Gilhool is a self-taught painter who has been painting and working with colors since childhood. She has painted murals in restaurants, show houses, private homes and a public library, and is currently painting the interior of the Sea Bright bus stop.

P. (Peggy) Tyrrell Masse, a Monmouth Beach resident, is a visual artist who seeks to develop art that adds to the ambiance of one’s living space. She also encourages individuals to experience art as a means of relaxation, rejuvenation, and to delve into their innermost selves. She has developed a product called Move n Art, which brings fine art to flat-screen television.


County Online Auction Tops $2 million


FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that the spring Monmouth County surplus auction generated $95,205, bringing the combined total of the county’s online surplus property auctions to $2,017,488.

The county began conducting its surplus property auctions completely online in 2008.

Surplus property from the county’s fleet services, bridge division, buildings and grounds, park system and reclamation center plus seized and surplus property from the prosecutor’s office was sold to the highest bidders.

Generally, the county has two auctions a year – spring and fall.

The latest auction was conducted May 4 –15. As usual, vehicles made up a good share of the items that hit the auction block. Also on the auction list were office and lawn equipment, heavy construction equipment and other miscellaneous items.


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