Belmar native Michaela Mabrey has been named director of recruiting for women’s basketball at LSU. In her new role at the Baton Rouge, La.-based university, she will coordinate the daily recruiting operational and logistical processes for the women’s basketball program. Mabrey made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament as a student at Notre Dame, including three runs to the Women’s Final Four in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She and her other sisters — Marina and Dara — of Manasquan High School girls’ basketball fame are the first sisters in New Jersey high school basketball history to score 2,000 points each — and the only three to reach that milestone at MHS.

Mark D. Mako of Lake Como is now a shareholder at Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, a Red Bank-based law firm. Mako, an attorney who has extensive experience representing developers and lenders, guides clients through commercial real estate financings, office, retail and warehouse leasing transactions, loan structurings, loan portfolio sales and purchases, land use matters and litigation. He began as a member of the firm’s real estate, redevelopment and planned real estate development department in May.

Certified yoga instructor Tina Lynch of Lake Como is offering mixed level vinyasa classes at Yoga Peace Kula at 911 Main Street, Belmar. The class is an “an all-around workout for the body, mind and soul with awesome tunes,” said Lynch who believes yoga embodies peace, love and gratitude to the fullest extent. Her classes are held at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays with a $15 drop-in fee.

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Master gardener Jon Gibbons, chairman of Lake Como’s Environmental Commission, recently led a tour for other Monmouth County master gardeners of Candide’s Garden, his own “earth-friendly” teaching garden on 18th Avenue. The garden has over a dozen different beds and surface treatments that contain more than 1,500 plants representing 400 species of plants, trees and groundcovers. It is certified as a pollinator habitat, monarch butterfly waystation and wildlife sanctuary.

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