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July 19, 2013
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Gillespie Named Agent of the Month at Resources


Linda Gillespie

Linda Gillespie

RUMSON – Linda Gillespie, sales professional with Resources Real Estate, was named Agent of the Month for the month of June.

Gillespie has consistently been a top producer for the company since joining them in January of 2012 and led the company’s overall sales production for the month of May.


Deirdre “Tiff” Metcalf

Deirdre “Tiff” Metcalf, sales professional in the Red Bank office, was presented with the Team Spirit Award for the month of June. The company places a high value on team cooperation and support.

Resources Real Estate is located at 112 East River Rd. in Rumson, 36 Beach Rd., Suite 3 in Monmouth Beach and 4A West Front St. in Red Bank.  For more local real estate information, call 732-212-0440 or visit



Clean Ocean Action Welcomes New Staff Members


HIGHLANDS – Clean Ocean Action, a nonprofit organization working to protect waterways using science, law, research, education and citizen action, welcomes three new members to the team.

Diana Reinhardt Paradis has joined the staff as the manager of development and external affairs. She has experience working on Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign as well as working for Hillary Clinton in 1999 as a lead advance and press advance.

Paradis has also served as manager of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and a consultant for Greenvale Strategies, a for-profit firm that matches clients with nonprofits to advance their corporate social responsibility programs.

She holds a B.A. in communications and media studies from Fordham University and an M.S. in nonprofit management from Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. She has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2010. She can be reached at

Catie Tobin, a May 2013 graduate of Quinnipiac University, joins COA as the ocean advocacy and education fellow. She has a degree in biology and has studied the environmental impacts of pollutants, BBP and acetone on a local fish species. Tobin also interned at the Dolphin Communica­tion Project in Stonington, Conn., researching social behavior.

Jaime Frungillo comes to COA as the Restore the Shore intern for the summer of 2013. She has a B.A. in marine science from Boston University and is currently pursuing her master’s in coastal environmental management at Duke University.

Since starting her internship with COA, Frungillo has been working mainly with COA’s staff scientist on science and policy issues.



Giegerich Invited to Present at Yoga Alliance’s National Conference


RED BANK – DonnaLyn Giegerich Consulting, an integrated business and wellness speaking, coaching and training firm based in the borough, has been invited to present at Yoga Alliance’s National Conference on Aug. 10 in Washington, D.C.

National speaker and workshop presenter, DonnaLyn Giegerich, president of DonnaLyn Giegerich Consulting, will be speaking at Yoga Alliance’s 2013 National Mind, Body, Business Conference, entitled “Creating a Business Plan: Tips to Build an Abundant Yoga Business.”

During her presentation, Giegerich will help the audience learn how to define their “road map” by laying out their business goals. The session will power up attendees constructive intelligence as they learn the theoretical, practical, and imperative steps to create a well-constructed business plan.

Locally, she is a business consultant with the Small Business Development Center (SBA) at Brookdale Com­munity College and creates and hosts women in business and empowerment workshops to help influencers “improve their groove” in how they show up and lead in the world.

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Giegerich’s work in the integrated business and wellness space was recently featured in Meridian HealthViews June 2013 magazine, Scott duPont’s latest book 5 Secrets to a Long Energetic Life, Monmouth Health and Life magazine and as the cover model for Kripalu’s 2013 Spring catalog.

She is also the creator of a growing seasonal Yoga on the Lake Summer Series outdoor yoga class.

Her ongoing speaking and advocacy work in the business and wellness space is viewable at



Giunta Named Hypnotist of Year by Association


RED BANK – James M. Giunta, a certified hypnotist, was named Hypnotist of the Year, 2013-2014, by the International Association of Counselors and Therapists during its annual international conference in Daytona Beach in May.

Giunta’s private practice, Trance Formation Hypnosis LLC, has operated in Red Bank since 2008. Through his full-time work, Giunta conducts hundreds of individual sessions and group sessions in New Jersey and in New York City, and teaches at international conferences. He is also the executive director of the Open Mind Institute of Hypnosis, a school where professionals may study and learn to become Certified Hypnotists through classes and an internship program.

Giunta brought the first large-scale celebration of World Hypnotism Day to New Jersey in 2010.

He can be reached at 732-272-7230 and through his website at



Monmouth University Professor Wins Research Award  


WEST LONG BRANCH – Monmouth University communication professor Sheila McAllister received an award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for her work of research in communications and marketing for educational advancement.

Sheila McAllister

Sheila McAllister

McAllister is associate professor of public relations and director of the graduate program in corporate and public communication at Monmouth University.

She received the Alice L. Beeman Research Award in Communications and Marketing for Educa­tional Ad­vancement, outstanding published scholarship, for “How the World’s Top Universities Provide Dialogic Forums for Marginalized Voices.” Her study, which was published in Public Relations Review, examines if universities use new media tools and how the world’s top universities use Facebook as an interactive forum that gives voice to key stakeholders. She lives in Point Pleasant.

The Research Awards in Educational Advancement, awarded annually, recognize published books or articles, doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Representatives from the CASE commissions on philanthropy, alumni relations and communications and marketing select the winning entries.

For more information, visit


Weichert Applauds Top June Producer in Ocean Office


OAKHURST – Jack Waters, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced the Ocean office was recognized for outstanding performance in June.  The office led the region, which is comprised of offices throughout Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, in new home dollar volume.

Maria Della Fera

Maria Della Fera

In addition, Sales Associate Maria Della Fera of the Ocean office was individually recognized for her exceptional industry success during the month of June. A top producer, Della Fera led the region for new home dollar volume.

Della Fera can be reached in Weichert’s Ocean office at 1900 Highway 35 or by phone at 732-531-1600.

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For more information, Weichert’s customer service center can be reached at 1-800-USA-SOLD. Weichert franchised offices are independently owned and operated.



Hamilton Jewelers Receives Proclamation from Red Bank

RED BANK – Hamilton Jewelers was the recipient of a proclamation from Mayor Pasquale Menna and the borough marking 2013 as a year of celebration for the third-generation family-owned business.

In 2003, Hamilton opened its doors to the Red Bank community and during those 10 years, it continues to give back to the communities that have helped them thrive.

Hamilton works with a wide range of charities in Monmouth County including The Visiting Nurse Association of New Jersey, CASA of Monmouth County, The Two River Theater Company and Red Bank RiverCenter.

During Hamilton’s 100-year history, the family has always believed in supporting the surrounding communities and having a strong civic involvement. Along with supporting charities, Hamilton has an active involvement in Red Bank events such as Girls’ Night Out and The Ferrari Car Rally, which they believe is an essential part in maintaining a close relationship with the community.

Hamilton celebrated its centennial year in 2012, a milestone accompanied by a tremendous amount of civic and charitable outreach, including “100 Days of Giving,” a program designed so that Hamilton employees can volunteer in their communities while being compensated for the time by Hamilton.

Founded in 1912 by Irving Siegel, who was later followed by his son Martin in 1955 and Hank in 1992, Hamilton Jewelers serves clients in both New Jersey and Palm Beach, Fla.

The company, which has an international clientele, specializes in fine jewelry of its own design and manufacture, and also sells premium designer jewelry and luxury timepieces.



Monmouth County Seeking Employers for Sept. 20 Job Fair


LINCROFT – Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Mon­mouth County Job Fair. The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend. The 2013 Monmouth County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brookdale Com­munity Col­lege Recreation and Events Center, 765 Newman Springs Rd.

Last year’s job fair attracted more than 100 employers and an estimated 1,200 jobseekers. This year, employers in categories such as health care, government, retail, security, technology, manufacturing and sales are expected to attend.

“Employers who have immediate job openings are invited to participate in Monmouth County’s Fall Job Fair,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the Monmouth County Department of Workforce Development. “This will improve the probability that jobseekers will find employment by attending.”

Employers interested in participating are asked to contact Larry Sternbach at 732-683-8850, ext. 3711, or email him at or contact Jay Staiger at 732-683-8850, ext. 4011, or email

The 2013 Monmouth County Job Fair is a partnership of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Monmouth County Workforce Inves­ment Board, Monmouth County Department of Work­force Development, state Depart­ment of Labor and Work­force Development, Monmouth-Ocean Develop­ment Council, Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources and Brookdale Community College.


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