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November 11, 2011
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Count Basie Goes Solar

The Count Basie Theatre announced their agreement with Sunshine Energy, LLC to install a 10.8 kw DC solar photovoltaic system. The solar installation is designed to meet the needs for the office space at Count Basie Theatre.The building is an excellent candidate for solar power and will provide substantial annual savings for the nonprofit arts organization. Count Basie Theatre is located at 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.

Red Bank Restaurants Launch Flavour Campaign

Red Bank’s restaurant community launched a culinary-driven campaign, Flavour. Designed to spotlight where to eat, sip and savor throughout their bustling borough, a group of Red Bank-based restaurant owners, chefs and proprietors are responsible for the new campaign that tempts consumers to flirt with their senses and experience Red Bank’s Flavour.
After spending the summer developing the new campaign, Red Bank’s restaurant committee recently launched, featuring an events calendar, blog, venue directory and restaurant spotlights.
It was time to re-energize our dining scene,” said Valerie Aufiero of Front Street Trattoria. “The restaurant committee came together to collectively harness the culture and cuisine distinct to Red Bank. The Flavour campaign has created an identity for the energy that has always made dining in Red Bank special.”

Verizon Grant Helps Shore Center For Students with Autism

The Shore Center for Students with Autism is expanding a special program that will create the environment of a small town to teach children at the school the basic skills they need to function in everyday life. The expanded program, aided by an $8,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, will be a model for other counties to emulate.

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The curriculum of the magnet school, located on Tornillo Way in Tinton Falls, follows the approach of a prominent behavioral analyst, Dr. Vincent Carbone, who emphasizes encouraging verbal interaction with children with autism.
At the school’s cafeteria, to be named the Shore Diner, students will learn about the etiquette for dining in public and, eventually, how to order meals as well as prepare some basic foods.
The classrooms will be designed to look like houses, and each will have an address instead of a room number.  Street signs will be installed in the halls, and the halls will be painted with trees and skies to enhance the idea that the inside of the building is a downtown.  At a school “movie theater,” students will learn the proper behavior for going to the movies and how to respect other patrons.
Tim Nogueira, superintendent of the Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission and the Bayshore Jointure Commission, the two agencies that oversee the school’s operation, said of the expanded program, “It’s going to have the feel of being in a regular town, and students will be able to travel around in it.”
John Szeliga, regional director of external Affairs for Verizon New Jersey, said, “”This program can easily be replicated at an incredible cost savings for local school districts. One out of approximately every 66 children has been diagnosed with autism in New Jersey.  This is a vulnerable constituency that can truly benefit from this type of program.”
The Shore Center, which opened six years ago, offers instruction for children from kindergarten through the 12th grade, and officials eventually plan to add an adult day care program. Fifty of the school’s students have made enough progress to allow them to transition back to their home public school district.
The school is funded entirely through tuition, grants and donations, without any direct taxpayer money.

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Recommended Reading For Business Leaders

CPC Behavioral Healthcare will host a fall breakfast seminar on 7:30 – 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Sheraton Eatontown, 6 Industrial Way.
You Are What You Read: Recommended Reading by Successful Business Leaders will feature a panel of business leaders who will share their top three favorite books and what they learned from them. Featured panelists include: Jody Calendar of Calendar Communications; Carol Strang of OceanFirst Bank; and Don Norkus of Action Coach. The fee is $22. To learn more about the speakers and register online, visit For more details, call CPC’s Development Office, (732) 935-2222.

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