Marriage, motherhood, and a passion for watching movies haven't slowed down professional trainer Marie V. Ande. In fact, she feels more motivated than ever to stay fit to meet the challenges of domestic life and advancing age. That's why she's passionate about helping exercisers of every stripe—especially parents—do the same and to achieve their weight and physical goals. She has designed boot-camp classes in progressions and regressions so that all can train at their current fitness level within the same workout without surpassing campers' pain thresholds. In observance of safety, Marie emphasizes oft-overlooked aspects of exercise, such as stretching, proper form, and avoiding gyms filled with bats.
Inside ProtecHockey Ponds Ice Center’s impressive, 52,000-square-foot facility, figure skaters, hockey players, and casual skaters alike glide across three separate ice surfaces—including an NHL regulation-size rink—during lessons, games, and public-skating sessions. Ranging from junior hockey players to New Jersey state figure-skating champions, the team of coaches imparts skills during everything from introductory skating lessons to four-day hockey camps. When the center isn't hosting the public for skate sessions, ProtecHockey Ponds Ice Center is home to the Protec Ducks Hockey Program, and the nationally recognized Protec Academy Learn-to-Skate Program. Upstairs, a full-service café serves coffee, hot chocolate, and delicious food for visitors to warm up before watching the center's hockey teams. The rink's staff can also host birthday parties, group outings, and fundraisers in their private room.
Spread across 150,000 sq. ft., Bridgewater Sports Arena is a multi-faceted sports and entertainment complex. In one area, families play arcade games like ski-ball. In another, athletes train on a fitness center's treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight machines. The arena also encompasses ice rinks and the futuristic LaserZone, where fog and black lights set the stage for games of team laser tag.
The handymen from GCE Handyman Services tackle home improvements both large and small. The list of services they offer is expansive: pressure washing, weatherstripping, and deck repair are just a few examples of the tasks they can complete to improve a home's exterior appearance. Inside, they can repair drywall and masonry, install appliances and shelves, or even change light bulbs. But regardless of the job, homeowners can rest assured it will be completed by a trained professional with an eye for detail.
People planning weddings often have to choose between elaborately staged poses and the dynamic, candid shots that provide a realistic account of the happy day. The founders of Abacus Wedding Studios ignore that dichotomy, believing there to be a place for both photography styles at important events. Mixing traditional and photojournalistic styles, their photo snappers work with brides, grooms, and their families to make sure everyone gets the shots they dream of. Together, they create a custom wedding-day preparation worksheet that lays out shooting plans with plenty of time for large-scale portraits, intimate snaps, and sequential shots of the first cake slice being smashed in the father of the bride's face.
Although they prefer to prevent infestations, the technicians at On The Spot Pest Control are trained to rout embedded insects and mammals while minimizing environmental impact. They follow the principles of Integrated Pest Management, a system that relies on catch-and-release animal-control practices when possible and promotes the reduced use of pesticides. Not content to glaze lawns with chemicals and call it a day, the team also creates barriers that change every season. In summer, it targets flying insects and spiders, and come fall it shores up defenses against rodents and back-to-school shoppers.