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A Co u ple’s A fter noon W o r k shop Set f o r Febr u ar y Join Lincroft Presbyterian Church, Reverend Diane R. Ford, and guest Reverend Cynthia Cochran-Carney of Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains, for an afternoon couples workshop, “Building Healthy Relationships: Adding to Your Relational Toolbox,” on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Lincroft Presbyterian Church, located at 270 Everett Road in Lincroft. “We think of February as the month of love with Valentine’s Day cards, romantic dinners, chocolates and roses. It’s all those wonderful things but also the opportunity to reflect on and further build healthy relationships that keep those loving feelings all year-round,” said Pastor Ford. “This couples workshop opens the door to discuss what’s healthy and help anyone looking for tools to help them build a better partnership.” Pastor Cochran-Carney will facilitate an interactive discussion and presentations to give couples and individuals practical applications to maintain a committed relationship. The workshop will use materials from nationally respected couple/marriage-enrichment experts Dr. Harville Hendrix, Helen LeKelly Hunt, and Gary Chapman, among others. Attendees will receive take-home materials and leave with skills to build trust using communication and constructive arguing strategies, show love in ways your partner experiences as meaningful, and renew your relationship, even during busy, stressful times. The workshop, which is open to all couples and individuals, is $10.00 per person to pay for program materials. Register by January 30, 2017 by calling 732.741.8921. For more information, visit www.lincroftpc.org.

Get your business off to a great start in 2017 by attending this event! If you're a woman entrepreneur struggling to connect the dots in your business and personal life, spend the evening with us. Learn, laugh and network with other women in business. Attend this Girls Night Out on February 9, 2017 at the Two River Theater where you'll learn in a fun, interactive environment. You'll learn why it's necessary to tailor make your sales presentations to increase sales, discover different social media strategies for your business and personal pages and learn important tips to become financially savvy. There will be opportunities to network, eat dinner, shop at vendor tables and watch a delightful performance. This event is sure to be a fun night out! Tell your girlfriends; they'll be glad you did! To register, go to Eventbrite ID#30306978990.

Local School Provides “Hope for Children” Children helping children is an invaluable lesson that is taught at Home Away From Home Academy (HAFHA), an accredited private school. Each year the school participates in a Toy Drive to benefit a local organization. For the fourth year in a row, their efforts were geared toward the “Hope for Children Foundation” based in Middletown. HAFHA owner and Holmdel resident Phyllis Visone says, “Having a child go out to purchase a toy for another child in need is one of the best ways to embrace the holiday season, in our eyes.” This year the Hope for Children toy drive will directly benefit local families in need, as well as, patients at The Valerie Center – Monmouth Medical Center. In past toy drives the school was recognized for its plentiful collection of items, collecting over 600 toys each year. Carmine S. Visone, co-owner, said. “the most important thing here is teaching the children that it is just as important to give as it is to receive.” Some of the items they collect include: stuffed animals, coloring books, arts and crafts supplies, puzzles, sports items, Legos, Barbies, and more. The Toy Drive started in mid-November, and culminated mid-December when the ‘elves’ from the “Hope for Children Foundation” picked up the collection of toys. The

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effort put forth by the Academy to help others is truly inspiring, and they will continue to assist a charity during the holiday season every year. The school has partnered with ProForm Physical Therapy on Route 34 in Aberdeen for the second year in a row. ProForm Physical Therapy collected for the Hope for Children Foundation from their patients, and other respected colleagues. Dr. Lenny Somarriba, said, “When Carmine and Phyllis approached us to join them in this holiday giving effort, we immediately put out our toy box for collections; we were happy to help such a great cause”. Hope for Children Foundation began in 2002 with a group of young professionals, entrepreneurs, and parents in Monmouth County working together to raise funds with the end result of making a significant positive difference in the lives of children. On an annual basis, Hope for Children Foundation identifies charitable organizations and individuals that will benefit from their fundraising efforts. Past beneficiaries have included K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Arc of Monmouth County, Prevention 1st, YMCA, Monmouth Medical Center and more.

CM: Colts Neck • Holmdel • Lincroft - January 2017  

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