Star Career Academy is staffed by many instructors who work at the academy's eight campuses. Students can also learn from professional chefs, such as Francesco Martorella, who specializes in incorporating unique ingredients in ethnic dishes, and earned a nod as one of the city's best new chefs. Star Career's offers training under a variety of umbrellas, from the culinary arts to medical services, including training for medical assistants, paramedics, and dialysis technicians. Founded in 1979, the academy has evolved to offer other programs, too, such as cosmetology and hospitality management.
Rizzieri is an Aveda-partnered beauty institute that doles out hair and skincare services. A cut and style (women, $18; men, $12) trims head-shrubs into an artfully presented garden, and partial highlights ($32+) brighten locks until they radiate like the sun eating a smaller sun. The Outer Peace facial ($42) arranges exfoliating treatises with blemishes, and skin fuzz cowers away from Rizzieri Aveda's specialists during hair-removal treatments, from eyebrows ($8), to bikini areas ($15), to the 3 inches inside of the ear.
FotoBridge.com offers a convenient way to preserve aging photographs in a permanent digital format with a simple three-step process. The 250-print package allows you select up to 250 of your fondest memories and artsy appliance portraits to bundle and send (a $44.95 value, see advice about packaging your photos). The image wizards at FotoBridge.com will swiftly scan your precious images into a secure JPEG format, using Intelligent Digital Finishing technology to enhance color, sharpen contrast, and remove red-eye caused by overly flashy flashes and sporadic demonic possessions. After your snapshots have been scanned and edited, they'll be stored on a handy DVD along with reduced-sized, web-ready files. You'll also receive an extra copy of the disk to give to your family or hang from your rearview mirror as a makeshift disco ball ($6.95). Your photos are safely handled and fully trackable through every step of the process, and free return shipping is included.
Art instructors, wedding and fashion photographers, and the paparazzi of the avian world populate the staff at Imagination Digital Art School. Placing working photographers at the helm of every class, the school offers beginners and casual enthusiasts a glimpse at how the pros envision, set up, and carry out the perfect shot. Workshops send students through crash courses on lighting, composition, or the technical aspects of their cameras, and ventures in the field visit scenic locales such as Adventure Aquarium and Barnegat Lighthouse, which sailors have long loved for its flattering lighting.
Woolplay offers more than 100 kinds of yarn and easy-to-follow classes for fiber fanatics of all abilities. Classes last around 1.5 hours, and use time far more wisely than 90-minute horror-musicals about action figures. Take a three-class series, such as Learn to Knit, which instructs beginners on casting on, purling, and knitting. Learn to Knit in the Round, a two-class series, spotlights circular and double-pointed needles, which students employ on a hat-making journey. Single-session classes maintain a pointed focus, like a surgical laser or hoop-jumping dolphin. Easy Lace introduces students to a simple lace pattern, which could eventually find its home in a cozy scarf. Fixing Your Mistakes reveals how to correct for human error, a less burdensome task than repairing sloppy mittens knit by parakeets. Some classes require a $10 to $30 materials fee; check the schedule for more details.