COLTS NECK, NJ:  It was cold and snowing outside Colts Neck High School the morning of the Annual Holiday Window Painting Awards Breakfast, but hot and delicious food was on hand inside to honor all of the junior and senior students who had participated in the Annual Holiday Window Painting Contest.  The student participants joined members of the Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA), along with the supervisor of art Deirdre Bova, the Principal Dr. Donahue, and other faculty to share breakfast together while the winners were announced.

Before the holidays, the student volunteers had painted their assigned Colts Neck business windows with a holiday theme. The windows were then judged in three categories; Best Over All, Most Creative and Most Original. The businesses participating in having their windows painted were; Becker's Hardware, Orlando's, Colts Neck Pharmacy, Family Vision Center, Perkins Restaurant, Nail Salon, Neighborhood Lit, Robert DeFalco Realty, The Tack Shelter, Delicious Orchards, United Counties and Nutritional Wellness Center. Tapinto Colts Neck spoke to a couple business owners who truly expressed their appreciation to the students for their window paintings. See a testimonial video here from the owner of Neighborhood Lit., Janice Migliazza:

The Art Supervisor Deirdre Bova welcomed everyone to the breakfast saying "I want to welcome everyone here today and thank all of the students for your hard work... the business owners were truly pleased with the artwork on their windows." Bova also gave a special thank you to Colts Neck High School principal; Dr. Donohue 'for his support and partnership in the art department.' The former CNBA President (2016 and 2017) and owner of Fitzpatrick Printing Solutions, Sue Fitzpatrick, thanked all of the students for participating and commented that the window painting 'really makes the town of Colts Neck look festive for the Holiday Season.' Fitzpatrick next announced the winners as follows:  Becker's Hardware won Best Over All and the artists were; Alex Cavanaugh, Julianna Hanna and Lauren Ettore.  The award for Most Creative went to Robert DeFalco Realty painted by; Aaron, Royle, Lucas Preiss, Dori Ramovic and Haylee Bellina.  The award for the Most Original was Neighborhood Lit painted by Lorena Pareja-Garcia and Bilma Granados. The students who won were awarded cash prizes from the CNBA. 

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CNBA President Glen Dalakian said, "Congratulations to every student here. You've done a great job.  This type of event brings real cohesion to our community and kudos to all of you for your hard work and effort and for being a part of bringing us all together." Dalakian also expressed how much Mayor Bartolomeo supported the program and how he has plans to next year combine the art contest winners to be announced the same weekend as the tree lighting and other holiday traditions, date to be planned for early December.

Senior Julianna Hanna said, "It's such a fun project for all of us and it's nice to spread the holiday spirit." It seems the business owner enjoyed the holiday window painting as much as the students did. Here is a short video clip of Family Vision Center: 

 Fitzpatrick said, "I love the art contest. I have had a printing business for the past 20 years and that's creative everyday, and I was a teacher before that, so the combination of art and teaching is something that I truly appreciate and enjoy and this project is always something I look forward to."  Fitzpatrick has been overseeing the project for the past 5 years and has already taken it on for 2018.

The complete list of students who participated is here:

Alex Cavanaugh, Julianna Hanna, Lauren Ettore, Alsessia Schiano di Cola, Gianna Bravaco, Brooke McAteer, Emma Drone, Lucas Presiss, Aaron Royle, Tabitha Fiddler, Brianna Clemente, Taylor Niezieleski, Julia Dalton, Lorena Pareja-Garcia, Bilma Granados, Aaron Royle, Lucas Preiss, Dori Ramovic, Haylee Bellina, Michelle Aminov, Marissa Esposito, Lacee Layton, Jill O'Reilly, Rebecca Huffman, Lindsey Price, Victoria Vorbec, Carly Dafeldecker, Jeanine Mustari, Tessa Fieramosca. 

For details on the CNBA visit http://coltsneckbusiness.org