Transcript of news in brief, February 23

In order to increase its product lines to better meet customer needs, Pantano Nursery and Landscape Supply, 143 Route 522 (Freehold-Englishtown Road), Manalapan, has announced that it is extending the use of its property to 129 Route 522 for landscaping landscaping and bulk supplies.

Expansion plans began in September 2021 and will be completed by spring, according to a press release.

Pantano Nursery and Landscape is the largest Techo-Bloc dealer in the United States. Techo-Bloc is the leading supplier of landscaping gemstones and pavers in North America, according to the press release.

The founders of Pantano Nursery and Landscape are Rick Pantano and his wife Vicki. The company dates back to 1990 with the founding of US Grounds Lawn and Landscape. This business started with a lawn mower, according to the press release.

In 2001, the Pantanos opened Pantano Nursery and Landscape Supply. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit

The Colts Neck Lions The club announced at its January meeting that it would donate to two worthy organizations.

The club donated $3,000 to Kateri Day Camp in Marlboro to support the camp’s current playground project (this will fund a fence that will be installed around the playground). And $15,000 will be provided to the Monmouth County AUSA Chapter to fully fund a service dog for a deserving Monmouth County Army veteran.

Donations to both organizations were made possible through donations received at the club’s annual pancake breakfast in October, according to a press release.

The Colts Neck Lions look forward to hosting their annual Kentucky Derby beer, bourbon and wine tasting event on May 2 from 4-7 p.m.

The ticket price includes food and music from Smoke-N-Mirrors. There will be a hat contest and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 after April 4. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Finally, the Colts Neck Lions Club recently completed the screening of 248 students at Colts Neck Elementary School, which resulted in the referral of 50 students for medical follow-up.

Club members are planning additional scouting activities in the Howell and Tinton Falls school districts in the coming months, according to the news release.

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