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December 7, 2012
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AH Chamber to Hold Post Sandy Planning Session


ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an evening of Small Business Adminis­tration News and Updates at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The focus of the evening will be the aftermath planning and recovery of Super Storm Sandy.  All local businesses are invited to attend at no cost.

Paul Orzechowski, vice president of Small Business Administration manager for Two River Community Bank, will be the evening’s keynote speaker focusing on building a resilient business and the resources that are available through SBA.  Two River Community Bank was recently named a Preferred Lender with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11 at the Two River Community Bank Branch, 2345 Highway 36 in the Eastpointe Shopping Plaza.

Those interested in attending should reserve space in advance by calling the chamber office at 732 872-8711 or registering on the website at


Heritage House Sotheby’s and J.Crew Host Lunch Break Benefit


SHREWSBURY – Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty and J.Crew recently hosted an exclusive shopping event benefiting Lunch Break of Red Bank, an organization well-known in the area for providing life’s basic necessities to community members in need, including food, clothing and fellowship.

The event was held in the J.Crew retail store, located in The Grove at Shrewsbury, with the first 50 shoppers walking away with Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty tote bag. Guests were able to shop the entire collection with a special promotion while Lunch Break was given a portion of the day’s proceeds.

“Lunch Break is incredibly grateful for the support of Heritage House and J.Crew for coming together to support our mission and to create awareness of feeding the hungry in our area,” said Gwendolyn Love, executive director of Lunch Break. “All funds raised from this exciting event will help us to continue providing services to those in need.”

Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty urges area residents to do what they can to help Lunch Break in its mission to alleviate hunger and lead those they serve to self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles. Additional information is available at its website at

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Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty is an independently owned and operated full-service brokerage with four sales offices in Holmdel, Middletown, Shrewsbury and Rumson. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 834 Broad St., Shrewsbury. For additional information, including office locations and phone numbers, please visit


CoBank Donates $2,500 to Monmouth Conservation Foundation

MIDDLETOWN – The Monmouth Conservation Foun­dation, which preserves and protects farms, wetlands, outstand­ing vistas and woodlands, has received a donation of $2,500 from CoBank on behalf of John J. Breen, a member of the cooperative bank’s board of directors.

Breen is a longtime resident of Monmouth County and an ongoing supporter of the conservation foundation’s efforts.

The foundation is celebrating 35 years of protecting Monmouth County’s open space and natural resources, and has preserved more than 6,500 acres since its founding in 1977. Some of the land has been transformed into parks or other recreational areas.

“It is more critical than ever to protect our natural resources from encroaching development,” said William Kastning, executive director of the foundation. “CoBank’s donation will help us move forward with our mission of acquiring and preserving land so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

“The acreage that the foundation works to save is more than trees and earth; it’s a legacy of those who have made this county what it is today,” Breen aid. “I am pleased that CoBank has provided funding to save our historic and important resources.”

The contribution is part of CoBank’s corporate giving program, which allows employees and board members to direct bank donations to their choice of nonprofit organizations and programs. Through the program, CoBank donated more than $1.2 million last year to benefit local communities where its employees and directors live and work.

For more information about CoBank, visit the bank’s website at


Celebrity Photographer Partners with Resources Real Estate


RED BANK – When a photographer is working with a real estate agent, the focus is usually on a beautiful home, a spectacular view or maybe a remodeled kitchen. Rarely is the camera pointed toward the agent themselves.

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All that recently changed when Red Bank icon Danny Sanchez conducted a photo shoot of Resources Real Estate’s roster of agents from its Rumson and Monmouth Beach offices. Sanchez, a well-known portrait photographer in the New York/New Jersey metro area, has photographed many notable celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, over the course of his career. So has real estate gone rock ‘n’ roll?

“Resources Real Estate is in the midst of our re-branding effort,” said Carolynn Ozar-Diakon, broker and senior partner. “We have a new logo, new ad campaign, and we thought it was important to communicate that through our agent images as well. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results – Danny is amazing.”

Working one-on-one with Resources’ agents in his Red Bank studio, Sanchez worked to create a professional yet relaxed look.

“As a local, independent agency, we’ve always felt that Resources Real Estate offers something better than the national and franchised brokerages,” said Thomas McCormack, broker and managing partner. “We’re professional but not ‘corporate’ and Danny captured that extremely well. The agents are thrilled with the results.”

The new agent photos will be featured in upcoming advertising as well as on the company’s website.

“Resources enjoys partnering with great people and local businesses,” said Ozar-Diakon. “And we hope to continue our collaboration with Danny in the future.”

Resources Real Estate is a full-service independent residential brokerage opened by Ozar-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,  For more local real estate information or to inquire about a career in real estate, call 732-212-0440 or visit


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