cnba bench dedication 9 9 14PHOTO: Colts Neck Business Association past President Glen J. Dalakian spoke at the dedication of community park benches.

COLTS NECK, NJ - On September 9th the CNBA held it 5th annual Pig Roast and community dinner at Bucks Mill Park. The place was filled to capacity and throughout the room rose great aromas, music, energy and tradition as the evening was kicked off with a dedication of a set a park benches overlooking the American flag and picturesque Bucks Mill Pond. The CNBA honored recently deceased friends and Advisors Sil Lutkewitte and Sal Barbagallo, two founding members of the CNBA and two men who dedicated much of their time and energy building the Colts Neck community physically and emotionally. Their efforts have erected buildings throughout the town and Monmouth County and raised spirts, friendships and memories that will be felt for decades to come. “These friends were the example we need to follow as the embodiment of volunteerism with their years of dedication to our community and the CNBA” said past President Glen J. Dalakian who led the Dedication ceremony.

This year the CNBA supported the 7th Annual COLTS NECK ROCKFEST on September 20, 2014 at Bucks Mill Park. This well attended local event drew scores of families from towns throughout Monmouth County to this picnic/tailgate style concert. This top quality music centric event offered sets by many local bands, food and crafts. The event was free to attendees of all ages. Take a look at Facebook for photos and stories and visit www.sheepherders.com/cnrf/ for official Rockfest merchandise!

The CNBA’s Economic Development Committee continues to forge ahead developing new ideas.   Current projects on the agenda include a survey to residents to help improve communication and relationships with local businesses as well as a CNBA driven marketing effort to discuss branding for the town and improving the image of our defined business district. With help from Dan Simon, principal at Colts Neck High School, they we will be involving students in the effort which will include planning, and media produced to feature our lovely town and all of its offerings. The Colts Neck Economic Development Committee will meet the last Thursday of each month. Visit the CNBA website www.ColtsNeckBusiness.org for more information.

The CNBA is hosting its next “Cultivating Connections” event at Brio restaurant in Freehold Raceway Mall on October 28th.  It is anticipated that the event will be filled to capacity as residents and business people from the region spend the evening socializing and enjoying good company at a great venue.Visit the CNBA website www.ColtsNeckBusiness.org for more information.

Each month at the CNBA General Meeting, a guest speaker informs the attendees with topics relevant and interesting to individuals as well as businesses. This month’s speaker was Steve Kaplan a divorce attorney who spoke about protecting businesses and persons from litigation.

The CNBA currently has 211 members and new members are always welcome. CNBA Membership annual dues are only $50 and can be paid on-line at www.ColtsNeckBusiness.org .  The Colts Neck Business Association welcomes all to our General Meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at the Colts Neck Public Library (1 Winthrop Road - behind Town Hall). The organization is led by; President Anna Appolonia of Heritage House Sotheby’s Realtors Vice Presidents Gregory Calderaro of Morgan Stanley & Carolyn Burtnick of Community Magazine, Secretaries Patty Vollherbst of Colts Neck Computing & Alison Antenucci of Burns Brothers Custom Carpentry and Treasurer David Sokoler of Merandex Technology Solutions. The group is advised by Past President Glen J. Dalakian. More info can be found on line or Face Book.