A OFFICER AND A BRIDE, by Dominic Serrao/Examiner

(August 26, 2009/Examiner). Clutching a framed photograph in hand, Tanya Hrehovcik of Little Falls in Passaic County approached the judges right before the auditions were about to end. Unlike other couples that auditioned during the day, she came without her fiancé, Daniel MacDonnell, an officer in the US Navy Reserves.  He was on duty in Lakehurst preparing with his unit, which is to be deployed to Afghanistan in January 2010.Hrehovcik and MacDonnell are amongst twenty area couples that were selected as semi-finalists as part of Roman Jewelers’ luxury wedding giveaway to a couple that proves they can work together and make a difference in the community. The ‘The Roman Jewelers Wedding’ contest auditions held at the Bridgewater Commons Mall attracted over 70 couples.

In an interview with the Examiner, Hrehovcik said, “I am thrilled and surprised to be selected as a semi-finalist.“ Upon hearing the news, she said her biggest concern was getting in touch with MacDonnell to let him know that they had made it through to the next round.
MacDonnell, a resident of Berlin in Camden County, proposed to Hrehovcik on Holy Saturday right before Easter. He used a trail of freshly cut daffodils along with a series of notes and clues to lead her from church to her parents house with stops at her grandmother’s and aunt’s house. “At my parent’s house, he proposed in front of all of my extended family. It was extremely romantic,” she gushes.

Each semi-finalist couple was randomly assigned a charitable partner. They are busy working on a ‘Good Deed Plan’, which will outline their approach and support in making a difference for their charity.

Hrehovcik and MacDonnell are working with the Hunterdon County YMCA. “We are so thrilled to be able to directly give back to the YMCA and return their kindness,” she said.

The ten couples with the most impressive plans will be chosen as finalists on Saturday August 29. Throughout September 2009, the couples will be required to execute their philanthropic initiative.

To help the Roman Jewelers team get to know them better, Hrehovcik and MacDonnell have started an online video series on Facebook and YouTube detailing their stories.

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Couples line up for wedding competition in Bridgewater

Couples line up for wedding competition in Bridgewater
by Aliyah Shahid/For The Star-Ledger
Monday August 17, 2009, 8:16 PM

A couple is interviewed by judges for the Roman Jewelers Wedding Auditions on Saturday at Bridgewater Commons.BRIDGEWATER — When Bianca Ruffin came to Bridgewater Commons to compete for a luxury wedding on Saturday, she was unlike all of the other future brides who auditioned. She didn’t come with her fiance. He was thousands of miles away, on his second tour in Iraq.

So Ruffin, 22, of Branchburg, showed up with her mother, and the two competed as a team.

“He wanted to be here, but couldn’t,” Ruffin said of her fiance, Domenick Distano, a 23-year-old Marine who will be coming home in October.

Bianca Ruffin after learning she is in the competition to win a wedding.
The Ruffins were one of 20 couples selected for the promotional contest for an all-inclusive wedding valued at $100,000, bankrolled by Roman Jewelers. Now, the 20 couples must develop plans for a “good deed,” and prove they can make a difference
in the community.

Approximately 30 couples auditioned in front of a panel of judges on Saturday. They had about five minutes to tell their love story, share examples of how they have helped others, and state why they should win. They were also judged on appearance, chemistry, energy, enthusiasm, and if they would be good representatives of the brands sponsoring the event.

From there, 10 couples will be selected to implement their plan, keeping up-to-date by blogging, sending pictures and tweeting to show their progress. The couple judged most successful will win a dream wedding — complete with rings, a wedding dress, bridesmaid gowns, tuxedos, honeymoon (location to be decided,) cake, and a reception at the Palace at Somerset Park.

Sophie Shor, owner of Roman Jewelers, said she wanted to give a couple the chance to have their dream wedding and to give back to the community at the same time in celebrating Roman Jewelers’ 20th anniversary. The couples will be teamed up with one of 10 New Jersey charities (Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, The Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, SAFE in Hunterdon, Hunterdon County YMCA, Special Olympics New Jersey, Hunterdon Art Museum, St. Hubert’s, Bonnie Brae School, The Arc of Hunterdon, and the Flemington Food Pantry). They will then have two weeks to develop a “good deed plan.”

Shor said throwing a wedding, especially during a rough economy, is not easy for many young couples.

Because of the economy, the average amount couples spend on a wedding is anticipated to drop at least 10 percent in 2009, according to The Wedding Report, a research firm baseed in Tucson. In 2008, the average price for a wedding was $21,814, down from $27,490 in 2007.

“In this economy, education fees keep going up, the jobs are more difficult to come by, salaries are not as high,” said Shor. “To really have the wedding of your dreams is hard.”

Ruffin, a student at Raritan Valley Community College, agreed. “It’s been stressful,” she said. “Saving is hard because I’m a student, and my mom is a single parent.”
As soon as Ruffin found out she was chosen, she went home and instant messaged her fiance.

“Baby we were chosen for the semifinals,” she wrote at 1 a.m. his time.

Ruffin found out she would have to come up with a philanthropic plan for Safe in Hunterdon, a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“We need to start brainstorming,” she added.

Some couples, like Vince Mueller, 45, and Dawn Giuliano, 44, from Lyndhurst, have been engaged for years and the contest provided the opportunity to get hitched.
Giuliano, a make-up artist, heard about the competition on theknot.com, a popular wedding-planning Web site. They described their philanthropic history to the judges, and seemed pleased with their audition.

“We’ve been trying to get married for a long time — enough already,” said Giuliano.

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ROMAN JEWLERS ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE PARTNERS

(August 5, 2009 Flemington, NJ) Ten charities have been chosen to benefit from couples competing in

The Roman Jewelers Wedding giveaway

Roman Jewelers has announced ten charities that will benefit from The Roman Jewelers Wedding contest. A winner will be determined according to which couple makes the biggest contribution to their charity. Couples participating in the contest will work with representatives from each Charitable Partner to develop a “Good Deed Plan” and make a difference in the community.

A range of charities have been selected to assure competing couples will reach out to a variety of community organizations in need, ranging from therapeutic learning for troubled youths to animal welfare services.

The ten Charitable Partners participating in The Roman Jewelers Wedding include;  Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, The Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, SAFE in Hunterdon, Hunterdon County YMCA, Special Olympics, Hunterdon Art Museum, St. Hubert’s, Bonnie Brae School, The Arc of Hunterdon, and the Flemington Food Pantry.

Couples interested in winning a free luxury wedding are encouraged to attend the auditions at Bridgewater Commons Mall on August 15th. Brides and grooms-to-be will tell their love story to a panel of judges. Twenty couples will be chosen as semi-finalists and given the opportunity to demonstrate they are driven to make a difference by working with their chosen Charitable Partner.

There won’t be any talent shows or other competitions, couples will only compete against each other to contribute the most to charity. “We thought it would be great to give a lucky couple the wedding they’ve always dreamt of. Then we realized this is a wonderful opportunity to help more than just two people, so we made the contest about philanthropy. Now instead of only helping the winning couple, we will hopefully help hundreds,” says Sophie Shor, owner of Roman Jewelers. To get involved visit www.theromanjewelerswedding.com.

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THE ROMAN JEWELERS WEDDING BRIDAL TRUNK SHOW

(August 5, 2009 Flemington, NJ) Brides-to-be and the general public are invited to attend “The Roman Jewelers Wedding” Bridal Show at Roman Jewelers. The event is being held Saturday, September 26th in the Flemington location at 39 Renaissance Plaza and the next day at their Bridgewater mall store. The event is from 1-4 pm both days and will feature the award-winning designers, Tacori, Scott Kay and Romanza.
The store’s bridal jewelry collection is featured as part of fine list of romantic partners that have sponsored the Roman Jewelers Wedding Give-A-Way. The free wedding will be awarded October 15th to the couple that most successfully accomplishes a ‘good deed’ for a local charity. Nine other area charities will also benefit from the contest. More information is available at www.theromanjewelerswedding.com
Other romantic partners that will round out the bridal show include: Marriage Couture of Flemington that will showcase bridal attire; the catering venue of The Palace at Somerset Park; Andy Foster Photography, The Petite Café, Occasions Gift & Stationary, Salon Nu, “I do” Tattoo and Jersey Street Furniture—who will transform the entire store into a romantic stage of ideas for the evening. Refreshments will be provided.
“We are really looking forward to this. Tacori & Scott Kay are world-renowned jewelry designers…we see them everywhere….on shows like THE BACHELOR and in fashion magazines. But, we thought, it would be even more helpful to the brides if we also introduced them to our romantic partners,” said Sophie Shor, Owner of Roman Jewelers.
“With the designers bringing in extra pieces and rare pieces, this is a wonderful opportunity for local ladies to see fashion-forward, beautiful jewelry, right here in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties,” adds daughter and General Manager, Lucy Zimmerman. “The partners really just compliment the event perfectly,” she adds.
Roman Jewelers expects that some of the finalists from The Roman Jewelers Wedding contest may come to the event, but Ms. Shor adds, “…they’ll be very busy implementing their good deeds and, of course, if they win, they won’t have any wedding planning to even worry about!”
Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, designer jewelry and jewelry repairs. The Roman Jewelers Flemington location also offers a wide selection of fine Swiss watches. Additional information about the Roman Jewelers is available at www.romanjewelers.com .
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Top 10 couples finalized in free luxury wedding giveaway

By Dominic Serrao/Philadelphia Examiner – After each of the twenty semi-finalist couples presented their ‘Good Deed Plan’ at The Renaissance Plaza in Flemington on Saturday August 29, representatives of the ten charity partners huddled together to make a decision and select the finalists for the Roman Jewelers’ giveaway to a couple that proves they can work together and make a difference in the community. ‘The Roman Jewelers Wedding’ contest auditions held earlier this month at the Bridgewater Commons Mall attracted over 70 couples.

In the audience, the air was filled with apprehension and nervousness. Daniel MacDonnell of Berlin, an officer in the US Navy Reserves, paced back and forth while his fiancé Tanya Hrehovcik of Little Falls couldn’t sit still.

In an interview with the Examiner, Hrehovick said, “Sitting in the audience waiting for our names to be called was so stressful. Luckily, this was not televised and we did not have to take commercial breaks!“

MacDonnell, Hrehovick and their supporters erupted in joy as they heard their names as finalists and the opportunity to “move onto the next round.”

Amie Kotalic of Clinton, another finalist said, “We were extremely excited because we were really looking forward to working with the Arc, and spending time together planning the event.”  Over the next six weeks, the top ten couple finalists are tasked to execute their plan for their charity.

The other selected finalists include Kate Walsh, 27, and John Covey, 31, both of Robbinsville; Jackie Fitzgerald, 27, and Brian Keelan, 28, both of Toms River; Sheena Schuler, 26, of Hasbrouck Heights and Julius Bellamy, 27, of Maplewood; Dawn Giuliano and Vince Mueller, both of Lyndhurst; Nina Sachdev, 28, of Bridgewater and Edward Goworek, 26, of Elizabeth; Bianca Ruffin, 22, of Branchburg and Dominick Distano, 23, of Branchburg currently serving in Iraq; Allison Gross of Frenchtown and Joe Mulgrew of Gloucester; Amie Kotalic, 24, of Clinton and Daniel Sekula, 26, of Glen Gardner; Angela Rotella, 23, of Flemington and Joe Panico, 23, of Three Bridges.

The announcement of the winning couple will be made on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m at the The Renaissance Plaza in Flemington.  The winners will receive a free luxury wedding courtesy of Roman Jewelers and The Roman Jewelers Wedding Romantic Partners. The wedding will include all of the essentials from rings and dresses, to the venue, flowers, music, food, beverages and more. The lucky winners will also receive numerous other gifts.

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ROMAN JEWELERS COMBINES WEDDING GIVEAWAY WITH PHILANTHROPIC OUTREACH

(July 20, 2009  Flemington, NJ) A Lucky Couple who makes the biggest difference by helping others will win a free luxury wedding courtesy of Roman Jewelers.

Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater, NJ, is giving away a free luxury wedding to a couple who proves they can work together and make a difference in the community. On August 15th an audition will be held at Bridgewater Commons Mall to choose twenty couples who will compete in “The Roman Jewelers Wedding” contest.

Roman and Sophie Shor, the stores owners, are focused on being outstanding community members and reaching out to help others. “We have always tried to lend a hand to members of our community,  whether it’s volunteering countless hours each month at the Hunterdon Medical Center or hosting charity events and giveaways at the store. It’s important to give back and help those who are less fortunate than we are,” says Mrs. Shor.

To celebrate their business’s 20th Anniversary, and continue doing their part as good citizens, Roman Jewelers will give one lucky couple the luxury wedding they’ve always wanted. After being chosen at the audition, 20 couples will have to develop plans for a “good deed.” The ten couples whose plans are most impressive will be chosen as finalists, then throughout September they will execute their philanthropic initiative.

After a month of putting their plans to action, a winning couple will be chosen. “There is no better way to celebrate love than by giving to others. That’s why we are looking for the couple who shows their love for each other is strong enough to band together and make an impact on a charity, in someone’s life, or even the environment,” says Mrs. Shor. The judges will also choose the winner according to which couple’s story was most compelling, whose qualities are exemplary, and whose love for each other appears strongest.

The winning couple will receive a free luxury wedding courtesy of Roman Jewelers and The Roman Jewelers Wedding Romantic Partners. The wedding will include all of the essentials; from rings and dresses, to the venue, flowers, music, food, beverages and more. The lucky winners will also receive numerous other gifts to help them start their lifelong relationship out on the right foot.

For more information about The Roman Jewelers Wedding or to register for the contest please visit the official Web site at www.theromanjewelerswedding.com. Good luck.

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ROMAN JEWELERS WILL HOST GOLF EVENT ON APRIL 4, 2009

(March 27, 2009 – Flemington, NJ) Roman Jewelers in Flemington will host a Golf Event on April 4, 2009 from 1:00 5:00 PM at their store in Renaissance Plaza, 39 Hwy 12, Flemington, NJ 08822.

In preparation for spring weather and golf season, any customer who tries on a Tag Heuer watch during this event can receive a free mini-golf lesson from golf pro on an indoor putting green at the store. Hot dogs from a cart, cold drinks and snacks will be provided “greenside” for the “golfers.”
A master Tag Heuer watchmaker will be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions. The watchmaker will have several popular watches opened so that guests will be able to see just how these watches work.
The first two customers to purchase a Tag Heuer watch during this event will receive a free pair of Tag Heuer designer sunglasses valued at $200. Subsequent purchasers of a Tag Heuer watch on April 4, 2009 will receive a gift with purchase and a $200 gift certificate applicable to the purchase of the watch on April 4th.
The public is invited to stop by for a relaxing afternoon and to bring a friend or more!
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 908-782-1544.
Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, designer jewelry and jewelry repairs.   The Roman Jewelers Flemington location also offers a wide selection of fine Swiss watches. Additional information about this event, watches and Roman Jewelers is available at the company’s new website www.romanjewelers.com.
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Roman Jewelers
Telephone: 908-237-1223
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FABERGE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM SPONSORED BY ROMAN JEWELERS

(January 8, 2009  Flemington, NJ)   Roman Jewelers in Flemington is adding a new presentation to the educational program that the company offers to local public and private schools.  The subject of the new presentation will be the history of Fabergé eggs, including a workshop during which students will have a chance to decorate wooden eggs in the style of Fabergé.

Between 1885 and 1916, the House of Fabergé in St. Petersburg became the largest jewelry firm in all of Russia and produced Imperial Easter Eggs for the last two Russian Czars. The Imperial Eggs, made with precious metals and jewels, are considered to be the finest and most famous achievement of the company led by Peter Carl Fabergé.

Because Roman and Sophie Shor, owners of Roman Jewelers, originally came to the United States from Russia, the tradition of the Fabergé eggs was a part of their own educational experience in Russian public schools.  They wanted to share this experience with students here.

For the past several years, Roman Jewelers has presented jewelry related programs in elementary, middle and high schools throughout central New Jersey.  They have also participated in school science fairs and enrichment programs, as well as programs for gifted and talented children.  The Flemington store also provides instruction to Brownie and Girl Scout troops.

There is no charge to the schools for the presentation of these programs.  Most can be adapted to almost any age group.

For more information regarding this program or to schedule a presentation, please call 908-237-1223.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and in Bridgewater Commons.  Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches.

Contact:

Sheila Palka, Marketing Director

Roman Jewelers

Telephone:  908-237-12223

sheila@romanjewelers.com

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FINE ARTS & CRAFTS AT ROMAN JEWELERS – DECEMBER 21, 2008

(December 12, 2008  Flemington, NJ) On Sunday, December 21, 2008, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, Roman Jewelers in Flemington will host a fine arts and crafts show at Renaissance Plaza, 39 Hwy 12, Flemington, NJ 08822. This event will be free and open to the public. Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide spectrum of original artworks and finely crafted items, and the artists will be present at the event to answer any questions about their works. These special and unique items are sure to provide holiday inspiration .

The art show will be directed by Susan Roseman, owner of the Riverbank Arts Gallery in Stockton, NJ. Many of the artists that will show at this event also exhibit their works at Riverbank Arts.
Several well-known artists throughout Hunterdon and Bucks Counties will show their works. Illustrator/author Dar Hosta of Raritan Township will bring her artwork and will sign four of her books during the event. The books are as follows:
If I Were a Tree (Winner 2008 Teachers’ Choice Award, Winner National Arbor Day Foundation’s Media Award, Winner 2008 American Horticultural Society’s Growing Good Kids Book Award)
I Love the Night
I Love the Alphabet
Mavis & Her Marvelous Mooncakes
The artists confirmed for this event at press time are (additional artists may participate):
Holly Bodzas-rugs and felt works
Jack Bodzas-paintings
Elizabeth Eich-paintings, cards
Dar Hosta-illustrator
Gloria Kosco-pottery
Deborah Lavine-knitted hats
Carolyn Mercatante-pottery, prints
Lisa Naples-pottery
Robert Reid-furniture
Bob Richey-pastels
Kathleen Snee-glass beads, ceramics
Barbara Stanger-brass/metal works
About some of the artists:
Susan Roseman: In addition to being the owner of the Riverbank Arts Gallery, Susan Roseman is herself an artist specializing in the portrayal of everyday life in prints.
Bob Richey: Bob Richey draws landscapes with soft pastels. His goal is “to make the geometry of the world accessible, inviting and beautiful” and to capture the essence of the moment. His works have been shown on both regional and national levels, and have won many awards. More than 2,000 of his original pastels have been purchased for private collections.
Lisa Naples: Lisa Naples hand-makes pottery, narrative figures and garden sculpture. She works in red earthenware, as well as clay from the mountains of North Carolina. Her exhibitions include the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Deborah Lavine: Deborah Lavine creates fashionable knit hats focusing on only natural fibers. The hats are accented with ribbons from France, vintage buttons, handcrafted pottery buttons, and glass beads and buttons.
For additional information, please call Sheila Palka at 908-237-1223.
Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and in Bridgewater Commons. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches.
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ROMAN JEWELERS AT PREMIERE OF ALL MY SONS ON BROADWAY

(December 9, 2008 – Flemington, NJ) Simon Ghanimian, the designer behind the internationally known SimonG. Jewelry line, visited Roman Jewelers in Flemington and in Bridgewater Commons on December 6 – 7, 2008. Customers at both stores had an opportunity to chat with the designer one-on-one and to learn more about the inspiration behind his renowned diamond and gemstone pieces.

Simon is known for his unique delicate designs in white diamonds, colored diamonds and colored gemstones. He has been named as one of the top designers that U.S. jewelers aspire to carry in their stores.
Several weeks ago, SimonG. Jewelry sponsored the Broadway premiere of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Simon invited Roman Jewelers General Manager Lucy Zimmerman to represent Roman Jewelers at this event, where Lucy and her husband had a chance to be part of the excitement and media blitz of the play’s opening. They were introduced to actors from the production, including John Lithgow and Katy Holmes. They also attended the after party for the premiere held at Espace in midtown Manhattan with celebrities including Katy’s husband, Tom Cruise.
Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, designer jewelry and jewelry repairs.   The Roman Jewelers Flemington location also offers a wide selection of fine Swiss watches. Additional information about the company is available at www.romanjewelers.com.
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Roman Jewelers
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SIMON G. TRUNK SHOW AND PERSONAL APPEARANCES AT ROMAN JEWELERS STORES – DECEMBER 6-7, 2008

(November 26, 2008  Flemington, NJ) Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater Commons will each host a Simon G. trunk show featuring the most recent line of Simon G. jewelry.   Designer Simon Ghanimian (known as Simon G.) will visit the stores in person throughout both events.

The first trunk show will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 1:00 PM –  5:00 PM at Roman Jewelers in Renaissance Plaza , 39 Route 12, Flemington, NJ 08822 (Telephone 908-782-8240).
The second event will take place on Sunday, December 7, 2008 from 11:00 AM –
4:00 PM at Roman Jewelers in Bridgewater Commons, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (Telephone: 908-575-1242).
In 2007, Simon G. was named as one of the top ten designers that fine jewelers across the United States would most want to carry in their stores. His creations are unique and delicate, and feature white diamonds, colored diamonds, and precious gemstones. They are created as timeless designs that will become heirlooms, treasured by generations to come.   Simon G. is known for designing the jewelry that women really want because he stays in close touch with the preferences of his customers.
Simon Ghanimian came to the United States from Beirut in 1976 as a young man with only $200 in his pocket. He was able to use the jewelry skills he had first learned at the age of 14 to quickly start a job as a bench jeweler in New York City. After a few years, he went to Los Angeles on vacation and decided to make the city his home. In 1981, he began his own jewelry business and has experienced extraordinary success internationally.
Simon also has a celebrity clientele, and received particular attention for the five-carat fancy yellow diamond engagement ring that he sold to actor Jerry McConnell for his engagement to actress Rebecca Romijn in 2005.
For photos of Simon G. jewelry and more information, go to www.romanjewelers.com under the category of “Designer Jewelry.”
Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, designer jewelry and jewelry repairs.   The Roman Jewelers Flemington location also offers a wide selection of fine Swiss watches. Additional information about the company is available at www.romanjewelers.com.
Contact: Sheila Palka, Marketing Director
Roman Jewelers
Telephone: 908-237-1223
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ROMAN JEWELERS HOSTS DRESS FOR SUCCESS CLOTHING DRIVE-OCTOBER 26, 2008

(October 28, 2008  Flemington, NJ)  Roman Jewelers hosted a fall/winter Dress for Success women’s clothing drive on Sunday, October 26, 2008.  The drive was held at the Roman Jewelers Flemington and Bridgewater Commons stores.

The clothing drive was conducted by Dress for Success of Morris County, a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women and to help them make a new start in the working world.  Women are referred to Dress for Success Morris County from all over New Jersey by social service agencies and other not-for-profit organizations.

Each Dress for Success Morris County client receives approximately one week’s worth of clothing and accessories that are appropriate for work in an office.  This includes not only clothing, but purses, shoes and jewelry as well.  Clients pay no fees for these services, and are also offered career development opportunities through the Professional Women’s Group and the Career Center.  This well rounded approach, combined with encouragement and renewed confidence, helps women to become and remain employed.

Dress for Success Worldwide was founded in 1997 and has opened affiliate offices in over 80 cities in seven countries globally.

The local response to the clothing drive at both Roman Jewelers locations on October 26th was so generous that the organization needed to make several trips back to their headquarters to transport all of the items.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, designer jewelry and jewelry repairs.   The Roman Jewelers Flemington location also offers a wide selection of fine Swiss watches.  Additional information about the company is available at www.romanjewelers.com.

Contact: Sheila Palka, Marketing Director
Roman Jewelers
Telephone:  908-237-1223
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ROMAN JEWELERS NAMED SEMI-FINALIST FOR NEW JERSEY FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

(October 24, 2008   Flemington, NJ)  Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater Commons Mall was named as a semi-finalist for the New Jersey Family Business Award 2008.  The major sponsors were NJ Monthly Magazine, the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc, and the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Farleigh Dickenson University.  Roman Jewelers was named in the category for businesses with sales up to $10 million dollars per year, and was the only company in Hunterdon County to receive an award.

The award ceremony took place at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ on October 7, 2008.  Nina Mitchell Wells, Secretary of State for New Jersey, gave the opening remarks at the award luncheon.  Brenda Blackmon, Co-Anchor of “My 9 News,” WOR-TV, served as master of ceremonies.  The Shor family, owners of Roman Jewelers, received a personal letter of congratulations from New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine in acknowledgement of the award.

2008 is the sixteenth year for the New Jersey Family Business of the Year Award.  A total of 47 New Jersey companies were nominated for this year’s contest.   Winners were selected based upon an extensive list of criteria that included:  the number of family generations that have been involved in the businesses, innovations within the companies, longevity, ability to deal with difficulties, and level of success.  The winners were also selected based upon their level of involvement within their communities

Roman Jewelers is a fourth-generation business that was started at the end of the 19th century in Russia by Roman Shor’s grandfather, Jacob.  Roman’s father continued the business in Russia, and Roman and Sophie Shor emigrated to Flemington, NJ where they first opened their business in 1989.  Their daughter, Lucy Zimmerman, is general manager for both the Flemington and Bridgewater locations, and she represents the fourth generation of Roman Jewelers.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, designer jewelry and jewelry repairs.   The Roman Jewelers Flemington location also offers a wide selection of fine Swiss watches.  Visit Roman Jewelers at www.romanjewelers.com

Contact: Sheila Palka, Marketing Director
Roman Jewelers
Telephone:  908-237-1223
sheila@romanjewelers.com

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SAVOR A WONDERFUL EVENING OF TASTING AND HELP THE FLEMINGTON FOOD BANK – OCTOBER 3, 2008

(October 3, 2008  Flemington, NJ) On October 10, 2008, enjoy an evening out and support a wonderful local cause.  Central Liquors of Flemington will present their Annual Fall Wine Tasting on Friday, October 10, 2008, hosted by Roman Jewelers at Renaissance Plaza, 39 Hwy 12, Flemington, NJ.   Central Liquors is sponsoring this event to support the Flemington Food Bank, which provides food for Flemington families in need.  The food bank has become even more important than ever as food costs have continued to rise during recent months.

The evening will feature literally hundreds of fantastic international wines, supplied by 19 different wine companies for the tasting. Wine professionals will be on site to answer any questions that attendees might have and to provide advice about selecting wines for specific foods or special occasions.  They will also be happy to make recommendations for wines that would be most appropriate as gifts during the holiday season.

In addition to the wines, there will also be an assortment of delicious foods for sampling, including French Cassoulet, Spanish Tapas and American classic favorites, all provided by Jake’s Restaurant of Flemington.  The Shop Rite of Flemington will provide gourmet cheeses to complement the wines.

The second hour will also feature a silent auction to help raise additional funds for the food bank.

A limited number of tickets for the event are still available.  To reserve tickets, please email carlweber@rcn.com or call (908)782-2518.  Tickets for the 7 PM – 10 PM portion of the tasting are $50, and VIP tickets for early entry are $75.

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater. Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches.   www.romanjewelers.com

Contact: Sheila Palka, Marketing Director
Roman Jewelers
Telephone:  908-237-1223
sheila@romanjewelers.com

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FIREMAN’S CARNIVAL AT ROMAN JEWELERS NETS $4,000 FOR FLEMINGTON STATION #49

(August 18, 2008 Flemington, NJ) On Saturday, August 16, 2008, Roman Jewelers hosted a carnival fundraiser for the Flemington Fire Department at the Roman Jewelers Renaissance Plaza, Flemington location, where the parking lot was transformed into fairgrounds for the day.

Several hundred people attended to enjoy the music, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals as well as food provided by Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, Shop Rite and Baker’s Treat (all of Flemington). The Hunterdon Art Museum led bead making craft lessons, and several local vendors had booths to display their businesses. Inspiring Bodies hosted a hula hoop contest that rivaled the Olympics for enthusiasm.

One of the great attractions of the day was a display of fire fighting equipment by the Flemington Fire Department. Four fire trucks, including the famous ‘Old Betsy’, were on site throughout the day. Children and adults had a rare chance to explore the trucks, take pictures and talk to the firemen one on one about fire safety. The raising of the 100-foot-plus ladder on the ladder truck provided an exciting moment that captured the attention of everyone, children and adults alike.

The event raised $4,000 for the Flemington Fire Department. Roman Jewelers would like to thank the following local businesses and organizations who supported this event:

Baker’s Treat Café & Catering

Chilly Willy DJ Productions

Dilts & Koester, Attorneys At Law

Flemington Furs

Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce

Hunterdon Dental Esthetics

Hunterdon Prevention Resources

Inspiring Bodies

Joseph W. Wolenski, D.M.D., P.A.

Kuhl Corporation

Louie & Lenny

Matt’s Red Rooster Grill

Premiere Dance Of Flemington

Printech

Rowden Opticians

Shop Rite of Flemington

Silpada Design

Stop & Shop Of Flemington

Teaberrys

Team Capital Bank

Wardrobes by Doreen (Carlisle Clothing Line)

Zdenek Financial Planning

Roman Jewelers is a family owned and operated store with locations in Flemington and the Bridgewater Commons Shopping Mall in Bridgewater.
Roman Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry, and offers a wide selection of Swiss watches.

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