Community Involvement

Recently the team at Pine Belt Chevrolet of Eatontown came together for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and lead a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society with a Camaro leading the way.

No longer Ritacco Center, Pine Belt Arena to aid district with needed technology improvements

Naming agreement will help school district upgrade educational technology

By Phil Stilton

After a tumultuous year for the Toms River School District with events surrounding the investigation and arrest of former Superintendent Michael Ritacco, things are starting to turn around for the district plagued by the fallout from the alleged circumstances of Ritacco’s tenure.    Two weeks ago, the district announced at the monthly school board meeting the naming rights for the Arena that had beared Ritacco’s name, prior to its removal in October of 2010, were sold to regional automotive leaders, Pine Belt.    Today, the district announced the new name of the center will be the Pine Belt Center, replacing the existing contract with Poland Springs.

 Pine Belt Auto Group has agreed to pay $100,000.00 per year for the next five years.  Superintendent of Schools Frank Roselli states, “The district is very excited to enter a partnership  for the arena with a business  group who has a proven record of supporting  students, families, and the community for many years.  Pine Belt Auto Group’s purchase of the naming rights will allow us to provide updated technology to our 17,300 students from K-12 on a continuing basis.”

Vice President Rob Sickel of Pine Belt in Lakewood details, “The Pine Belt Auto Group understands that the future of our community is in the schools.  The children that attend Toms River Regional will grow to be the future leaders, business owners, and parents of the Toms River community. We are proud to be the supporters of technology that will allow our students access to new equipment and be able to keep up with technology that is ever changing.”    After initially reporting that no bids were received in a prior RFP, the Pine Belt deal will continue to provide the school district with a source of revenue from the agreement for the next 5 years.

Mike Trebino of Pine Belt in Toms River states, “I have four daughters that have grown up in the digital world.  We at the Pine Belt Auto Group understand how quickly technology changes and the importance of students having the tools and connectivity to access the newest information, software, and computers.  Pine Belt Auto Group values education and the community.  This partnership is a perfect mix of both”.

Frank Roselli continues, “School funding is always a balance of what the student s need and what the taxpayers can afford.  Alternate school funding allows us to keep the tax rate and the  per pupil costs one of the lowest in the K-12 3500+ students category.  We are looking forward to a successful partnership whose main goal is proving technology resources for students.”   The newly-named Pine Belt Arena opened in June of 2003 and has since hosted hundreds of concerts, basketball and wresting championship games, veteran events, student assemblies, intermediate and high school graduations and many different community events. Gym classes are held in the arena during the school year.

Some big names have graced the stage of the arena through the years including The Beach Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Rogers and The Moody Blues.   The arena is the annual host to the NJSIAA high school basketball and wrestling regional championship matches each spring as well as the popular WOBM season opening basketball tournaments.  It has become the Jersey Shore’s premier high school indoor sports venue since its opening in 2003.

With the past now firmly behind the Ritacco Center and the uncertainty of the sponsorship of the center no longer a concern, District officials are looking forward to the many future opportunities the arena and the new agreement will bring. “We are excited for the opportunities this gives to kids.” said Tammi Millar, the District’s Communications Coordinator.

NJAYF – Scholarship Automotive Purchase Program

Pine Belt Chevrolet of Eatontown and The Jersey Shore Conference are proud to announce the New Jersey AYF- Jersey Shore Conference Automobile Purchase Program with Pine belt Automotive, a family owned and operated, industry leader, that has been serving Monmouth and Ocean counties for over 26 years.

Through this exclusive program, all members and their families will be entitled to a no haggle AYF VIP price on any car that we sell. We have 4 different locations that stretch from Keyport all the way to Toms River. We offer new, Chevrolets, Nissans, and Cadillacs, and all makes and models of pre-owned vehicles. The program is very simple to use. All of your websites will have a link to access the purchase program. All your members or their families have to do is click on the link and they will be contacted to discuss what kind of car they need and which one of our 4 locations will best accommodate their needs. Upon entering the dealerships they will be treated like the VIP that they are and streamlined through the process. It’s that simple!!!

If that were not enough to entice your members to utilize the program, there is of course a benefit to the children of the jersey shore, after all they are the reason we all do this. For every purchase made thru the program, Pine belt Automotive will donate $100 dollars to the New Jersey AYF general scholarship fund. We have 30 franchises and over 10,000 kids. That means that we have 20,000 parents, and 40,000 grandparents, not to mention aunts, uncles, or friends, that all drive cars, and are all eligible for this exclusive program. This is one of those rare instances where we can help ourselves while benefitting our children. There is no limit to this program; if we sell 100 cars we will donate $10,000. If we sell 200 cars we will donate $20,000. You get the idea, so let’s make this program a success. Please get the word out to your membership via email, facebook, twitter, etc.
In order to receive the Employee discount, and register the sales for the Scholarship, you must click on the link below. If not you will not get the discount and the scholarship fund will not get credited.

Get the NJAYF – Jersey Shore Conference Scholarship – Automobile Purchase Program here

Pine Belt Automotive Gives Back

Pine Belt Chevy 36 is supporting the Monmouth County Foodbank as a part of Chevy’s National “Giving More” campaign. Focused on giving back to the communities they serve. Chevy dealers across the country are “Giving More” to select charities and by delivering products that give more in terms of styling, performance and value like the all-new 2011 Chevy Cruze.

“As part of this community, we feel that this is a great way for us to give something back to our local community” said Michael Trebino, General Manager of Pine Belt 36 in Eatontown. “ At this time of the year, when many Americans can use a helping hand, we felt it was a particularly appropriate way for us to do our part for our neighbors.”

Everyone is invited to visit the dealership and drop off canned or boxed non-perishable foodstuffs for deposit at marked collection pointes on the showroom floor or in the waiting area in the service department now through January 3, 2011. A lock box will also be available for those who would prefer to make a cash donation. All contributors will be given valuable sales, parts & service coupon for use at the dealership. In addition, a donation will be made for every new and preowned vehicle purchase during the program period. “We’re all in this together” adds Trebino. “Together, we can make a difference.”


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