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Job Seekers Connect with Employers at Expanding Howell Agency

Express Employment Professionals in Howell Plaza doubles its office space to serve clients in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Pat McDaniel, Patch Staff

HOWELL, N.J.— A celebration of helping workers find jobs — and employers find workers — happened Thursday, June 2, at Express Employment Professionals, which is doubling its space at the Howell Plaza shopping center.

Since 2015, more than 2,000 people have landed jobs at 350 local companies through the company, whose franchise is owned and managed by Anna Santucci-Braun.

And the company needed room to grow. So at noon Thursday, June 2, a ribbon-cutting officially marked the office expansion, said spokesperson Katherine Winkleman.

Santucci-Braun said in a statement that she is delighted that her vision to enhance the experience for job seekers, her team and he business clients has been realized.

“When visitors walk into the bright reception area, their attention is immediately drawn to the oversized aquarium filled with calmly swimming, colorful fish.” The tank serves as a natural privacy “wall” between the reception, onboarding and interviewing areas, she said.
“If a job seeker comes in they train that job seeker in a number of ways to improve their chances of success, ” Winkleman said. “The team can help you find the thing you love.”

Howell Mayor Theresa Berger, Lakewood Deputy Mayor Menashe P. Miller, and Councilman John Bonevich of Howell were the officials to be attending the event. And others in attendance were to include business owners and workers.

“Howell is in the middle between Monmouth County and Ocean County,” Winkleman said, so the event reflects that wider area of service.
By doubling the square footage with a lease of the office next door, utilizing a modern and meaningful interior design and adding more staff, the Express Team is hoping to accommodate the growing need for job placement services, she said in a press statement.
And Winkleman said the company is actively seeking employers from the Shore area, such as Neptune and Asbury Park, to help link up residents in those towns with good jobs.

The company handles workers in a range of employment areas, from hands on industrial to white collar positions, she added. Employment solutions include full-time, temporary and part-time employment in a wide range of positions, including professional, commercial and administrative, company literature says.

Applicants can call (732) 806-9562 or stop by the office.

Owner Santucci-Braun is fluent in English and Russian and lives in Ocean County. Director of Sales and Recruitment Kimberly Vargas is fluent in Spanish and English and, grew up in Howell Township.

Together, along with the entire Express Team at Howell, they are committed to every person’s success and serve as a partner and coach to accomplish those financial and career goals, the company statement said.

Express Employment Professionals is at 4142 U.S. 9, Howell NJ 07731 at Howell Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Route 9 South and Aldrich Road.

Ready Set Juice! Grand Opening in Howell Plaza

Ready Set Juice! is having their Grand Opening this Friday, April 30 at Howell Plaza. According to the husband/wife owners Johnny and Mangeli Rodriquez, Ready Set Juice! is “on a quest to improve health.” Mangeli came up with name and tagline, Drink What Your Body Deserves, to convey energy, exercise and a nutritious way of life.

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Looking for an Unexpected Type of Fitness Training?

When entering the private world of one-on-one fitness training at And Fitness for All, be prepared for a workout that combines the ordinary with the unexpected. Former Marine and personal trainer Cory LeClaire is the owner and pivotal presence in this recently opened fitness center. “My concept is simple: flexible sessions within a dynamic and exciting space.”

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Help Raise $ 50,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals

On Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, Ctrl V will be hosting a 24-Hour Virtual Reality Charity Event. All locations across North America and Central America will be participating! Ctrl V is also hosting a Beat Saber Tournament as part of the event.

How to Help?
• Buy a session and play over that weekend; the proceeds will be donated!
• Purchase a Ctrl V Extra Life T-Shirt, and Ctrl V will give 100% of all profits directly to Extra Life in support of the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals.

Win a Trip for Two to Costa Rica (value $4,500)
Imagine: you and a friend can go to sunny San José for six (6) nights and seven (7) days on a date of your choosing. Visit active volcanoes, sample the world’s finest coffee and even play VR at Ctrl V Costa Rica! A personal concierge will pick you up from the airport and then the rest of the trip’s itinerary is entirely up to you!

Two Ways to Earn one (1) Contest Entry:
• Buy two (2) Virtual Reality sessions for either or both of the event days; and/or
• Make a donation to any Ctrl V Extra Life team

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open September 1, 2019 to November 3, 2019 to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and U.S. who are 13+. One trip to Costa Rica for two (2) available approx. value $4,500 CAD, based on sample Toronto departure). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Rules:

For more information, visit or drop by the Ctrl V store at Howell Plaza Shopping Center.

Harbor Freight Tools is Coming to Howell Plaza this Fall!

Harbor Freight Tools, America’s leading retailer of quality tools at the lowest prices, will open a new store in Howell this fall.

The store is hiring a number of full- and part-time positions for the new Howell Plaza Shopping Center store, including sales and stocking associates, supervisors and managers. To apply, visit

The company opened its first store in 1980, and today Harbor Freight Tools has nearly 1,000 stores across the country, 20,000 employees and more than 40 million customers who depend on Harbor Freight’s quality and value to earn a living, repair their homes and cars and pursue their hobbies. Harbor Freight Tools is one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers, opening two new stores every week.

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