The Bordentown City and Township Police Departments will soon be on duty with a new kind of helpful companion in their patrol vehicles —thanks to part of an initiative effort from the local chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America. With the donation of 25 handmade teddy bears to each police department, the local organization […]

Representing Florence Township’s Central NJ Ballet Theatre, township resident Sophia Szabo was awarded a top 12 finish at the world-renowned Philadelphia Youth America Grand Prix Dance Competition. The competition, which ran from March 1-3, is the world’s largest dance network and dance educ…

A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a seven-count indictment adding charges of murder and felony murder against a Sayreville man in the killing of Jerry Wolkowitz, 56, of Freehold Township. Wolkowitz was a former news and sports photographer for Greater Media Newspapers, which was late…

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Versatility and making contact are traits that have resulted in optimism this spring for the baseball program at Florence Township Memorial High School. A scrimmage game against Lawrence High School on March 18 gave Florence coach Kyle Ballay a good look at his squad. “We saw some good stuff, defensively. We made some good plays […]

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Would-be gardeners can sign up to rent a plot of land to grow their own fruits and vegetables in East Windsor Township’s Community Garden, located on Disbrow Hill Road across from Etra Lake Park. Applications are being taken now for the 20 available garden plots, which must be accompanied by a check for $50 or […]

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When it comes to welcoming new neighbors, Cranbury Township does it with style. Cranbury Township puts out the welcome mat by holding a reception to meet and introduce those new residents to other residents in town. On April 12, the reception will take place at the Cranbury Public Library. The event will begin at 7 […]

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Princeton students made a statement about their feelings on the issue of climate change. Students ranging from middle school through college, as well as adults, gathered to sign petitions to show support for the Green New Deal during a climate strike at Hinds Plaza in Princeton on March 15. Their showing was an effort to […]

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The Lawrence Township Public Schools Board of Education approved the school district’s tentative operating budget of $76 million for 2019-2020 at its March 13 meeting. The budget, which must be reviewed by the Executive County Superintendent of Schools, increased by $3.8 million over the 2018-2019 budget of $72.2 million. A public hearing and final action […]

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The Hillsborough Township Public Schools Board of Education has introduced a tentative budget of $126 million to fund the operation of the school district during the 2019-20 school year. Residential and commercial property owners will pay $99 million in property taxes to support that budget, according to district administrators. Administrators said that in the face […]

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Princeton High School Assistant Principal Jessica Baxter has been tapped to become the next principal at the school. She will succeed Princeton High School Principal Gary Snyder when he retires at the end of June. Baxter was appointed to the top administrative post at the high school by the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education […]

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Make no mistake – Lawrence Township is a diverse community, thanks to the waves of immigration that brought newcomers to the United States and to Lawrence Township. That was the message delivered by Lawrence Township Historian Brooke Hunter at the Lawrence Historical Society’s annual meeting, held in the Lawrence High School Commons last month. Hunter, […]

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Caroline Stanca received an email alerting her to the Mercer Green Fest at Rider University – so, with husband and son in tow, she decided to check it out. “We didn’t know what to expect. We thought it would be a good family outing,” said Stanca, who lives in Hamilton Township. The family tries to […]

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The Watershed Institute has organized an inaugural World Water Day Festival on March 23. The festival is set to take place at the Watershed Center on 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington. Admission to the event is $5 per person. The festival is an event filled with exhibits, demonstrations, games and tours designed to show […]

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An ordinance that would rezone the former SAVE animal shelter site on Mt. Lucas Road to accommodate affordable housing has been introduced by Princeton Council. The ordinance, which was introduced at the council’s March 11 meeting, would allow a 100-percent affordable housing rental development to be built on the site. It would allow up to […]

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Hillsborough Township officials have announced that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Local Finance Board, has not found any credible evidence to support alleged violations of local government ethics law by municipal officials. According to a press release issued by municipal officials on March 1, prior to the 2017 general election, ethics complaints were […]

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A kind and gentle man. A brilliant economist. A professor who left his mark on his students. An adviser, mentor and friend, as well as a teacher. That’s how friends, former students and colleagues described Princeton University economics professor Alan B. Krueger, who died at home March 16. In a statement released by the family […]

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Cranbury Senior Center For Cranbury senior residents the Cranbury Senior Center will have St. Patrick’s Sing Along program on March 22. The programs are held in the Senior Community Center downstairs at Cranbury Town Hall on 23 N Main St. For more information on the Sing Along, visit cranburytownship.org. Shade Tree Commission The Shade Tree […]

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The Hopewell-Keroka Alliance has organized the group’s 10th annual large flea market to benefit village communities in Kenya. The organization, according to its officials, is a non-profit whose mission is to build an ongoing humanitarian and cultural bridge between the Hopewell Valley and Keroka, Kenya communities. The proceeds from the flea market will go to […]

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What should the new Hightstown Borough Hall at 230 Mercer St. look like? How should the building be renovated inside? That’s what the Hightstown Borough Council wants to know from residents and from volunteers on the town’s boards and committees at a special “vision” meeting, set for March 28 at 7 p.m. The meeting will […]

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The North Brunswick Humane Association will hold a flea market and rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11, rain or shine, at the North Brunswick Municipal Complex, 710 Hermann Road, North Brunswick. Vendor spaces are $20 each or two for $35. For information, visit www.northbrunswickhumane.org.

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The Kingston Greenways Association will hold Earth Day cleanups on April 13. From 9-11 a.m., clean up Laurel Avenue and the vicinity of Rockingham Historic Site, from just above the village of Kingston up to Route 518. Meet at the Rockingham parking lot, 84 Laurel Ave., Kingston. From 2- 4 p.m., trash collection will be […]

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Joseph A. Roselli of Jackson has been named to the dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken. Joseph is the son of Carolyne and Tony Roselli. He was the 2018 valedictorian at Jackson Liberty High School. Michelle Czysz of Howell has been named to the dean’s list for the […]

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Any individual who is presently in law school, or will be attending law school in the fall, who resides in or has substantial connection to Monmouth County and is interested in obtaining an application for a scholarship from the Monmouth Bar Foundation may obtain one on the Monmouth County Bar Association website at monmouthbarassociation.com or […]

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JACKSON – Testimony is scheduled to continue at the April 17 meeting of the Jackson Zoning Board of Adjustment on two applications that could bring almost 200 apartments to West Veterans Highway. Testimony was heard on March 6 on a pair of applications that have been submitted by Ira Port and Alan Cohn. The board […]

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Brian Buechele of Allentown has been named to the dean’s honor list for the 2018 fall semester at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa.

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North Brunswick Township High School Athletics will sponsor an evening with recruitment guru Jack Renkens at 7 p.m. on March 25 at the high school, 98 Raider Road, North Brunswick, as he explores the myths and presents the realities of college recruiting. Complimentary admission for all student athletes and their families.

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Learn to use the resources available at the South Brunswick Library to write an effective resume at 6:30 p.m. on April 22 at the library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick. No critique of individual information will be available; only general questions will be answered. To register, call 732-329-4000, ext. 7286.

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The Chabad Jewish Center of South Brunswick will hold a Black & White Purim Party at 5:30 p.m. on March 21 at Pierre’s Ballroom, 582 Georges Road, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick. Entertainment by Steve Wallach, who will perform magic, mind reading and comedy. There will be a Megillah reading, festive Purim dinner, cotton […]

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The Adams Athletic Club will hold a fish fry from 5-7:30 p.m. on March 22 at the clubhouse, 1210 Cozens Lane, North Brunswick. Menu includes fried or baked fish, fried shrimp or fried clams, along with French fries and coleslaw, for $12. A combo platter of all three choices is $14. Eat in or take […]

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The Our Lady of Peace Columbiettes will hold their ninth annual indoor garage and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 6 in the parish center, 1740 Route 130 at Washington Place, North Brunswick. There will be more than 70 tables packed with baby clothes, toys, household goods, clothes, […]

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Jamaica Organization of New Jersey’s (JON-J) Middlesex chapter will hold the All Schools Fete fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. on April 13 at the Highland Park Community Center, 220 S. 6th Ave., Highland Park. The fete will provide an evening of dancing, entertainment and a way to relive the high points of your high school days. […]

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Try something new at the fifth annual New Jersey Makers Day at the South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick. Among the activities will be a 3D printing workshop, robotics demonstrations, Legos, crafts, cooking, gardening and more all day on March 22 and 23. All events are free; no […]

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North Brunswick will hold a Holi celebration from 1-4 p.m. on March 23 at Veterans Park, Roosevelt Avenue, North Brunswick. Holi is an Indian festival celebrating the spring. People smear colored powders on each other to spread good luck and represent new beginnings. Powder will be provided, but attendees can bring additional powder. Wear white […]

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The Township of Aberdeen will partner with other organizations to sponsor a “Health Fair” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 6 at the Matawan Regional High School. The high school is located at 450 Atlantic Ave. in Aberdeen. The fair is sponsored by the Aberdeen Economic Business Council, Aberdeen Township Council, Hackensack Meridian […]

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HOLMDEL – The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey (HDNJ) dance troupe will hold its 47th anniversary performance at Holmdel High School on April 7 at 3 p.m. General admission is $25 with students and seniors being able to save $5 by reserving their tickets by April 6th. All tickets are $25 at the door with […]

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• Monmouth County will host a spring job fair on April 12 at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. The event is free to employers and job seekers. Employers interested in participating in the job fair are asked to register by contacting Christine Dykeman at 732-683-8850, ext. 2525, or christine.dykeman@doj.nj.gov. There is no cost for employers to […]

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF VAL GROLLMAN The Art Pop machine took its show on the road, temporarily leaving North Brunswick Township High School for the New Jersey State House in Trenton on March 8. The dispenser includes a collection of original student-made buttons that can purchased for 50 cents a “pop.”

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NORTH BRUNSWICK – The Township of North Brunswick was presented the Agency Showcase Award for an Agency Brochure at the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association (NJRPA) Annual Awards Dinner. Lou Ann Benson, director of the North Brunswick Parks, Recreation and Community Services was presented the award on Feb. 26 in Atlantic City. The North […]

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NORTH BRUNSWICK – The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition season started on March 9 and 10 for North Brunswick Township High School’s FRC Team 25 Raider Robotix. At the Mount Olive Regional High School, during the FIRST MidAtlantic (FMA) District event, Raider Robotix members competed with 37 high school-aged […]

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NORTH BRUNSWICK – Wearing shorts, a North Brunswick t-shirt, a beard and a “bald head,” Ryan Cabrera Ortiz was certainly a doppleganger for a famous local soccer star. Representing North Brunswick’s own Tim Howard, Ryan said he learned through research that Howard went through the soccer program in town, has Tourette’s syndrome and over compulsive […]

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The South Brunswick Human Relations Commission held its sixth meeting in a series of events titled “Faith, Conversation and Coffee” on March 7 at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church in South Brunswick. The Rev. Canon Robert Lynam presented on Catholicism and the season of Lent and highlighted the similarities among the various […]

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Olivia Handelman of Freehold has been placed on the Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., dean’s honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the 2018 fall semester. Blake M. Small of Colts Neck has been selected for inclusion on the St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., dean’s list for academic achievement during the fall 2018 semester. Blake is […]

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MARLBORO – Peter Pezzullo and Bryan O’Hare were sworn in to new positions in the Marlboro Police Department during a ceremony at Town Hall on March 8. Pezzullo was promoted from captain to deputy chief and O’Hare was promoted from lieutenant to captain. Residents and elected officials filled Town Hall in a show of support […]

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The Monmouth County Master Gardeners will host the fourth annual Home Garden Symposium on March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. Master Gardeners will present workshops about numerous topics including landscape shrubs, garden planning for vegetables, butterflies and hydrangea care. Participants will be […]

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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – The Freehold Township K-8 School District Board of Education has introduced an $81.9 million budget that will fund the operation of the district during the 2019-20 school year. Following a discussion among district administrators and board members, the budget was introduced on March 12. A public hearing is scheduled for April 30. […]

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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – No issues were identified, meaning no recommendations for corrective action were made following the 2017-18 audit of the Freehold Township K-8 School District. The Board of Education accepted the comprehensive annual financial report (audit) for the 2017-18 school year at a meeting on March 12. In accordance with state law, the governing […]

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MARLBORO – The Township Council has set April 11 as the date for a public hearing on a $39.06 million budget that will fund the operation of Marlboro in 2019. The budget was introduced by the council on March 7. To support the budget, Marlboro’s residential and commercial property owners will pay a total of […]

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Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, will host the 14th Early Music Festival on March 24. Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre not-for-profit sculpture garden, museum and arboretum, will feature Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Early American music sung and played by ensembles from throughout the region. From 12:30-5:30 p.m., the members of more than […]

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MANALAPAN – On March 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Manalapan Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (MVAAC) will host its fourth annual model train show fundraiser at the Manalapan Community Center, 114 Route 33 West (just past Peking Pavilion), Manalapan. Individuals of all ages from all towns are invited to attend the model train […]

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The Monmouth County Master Gardeners will host the fourth annual Home Garden Symposium on March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. Master Gardeners will present workshops about numerous topics including landscape shrubs, garden planning for vegetables, butterflies and hydrangea care. Participants will be […]

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MILLSTONE – The Township Committee has approved an increase in a contract for improvements to township roads because of work that was performed on an additional road. On March 6, committee members approved a $37,614 change order in a contract with Meco Inc. for Millstone Township’s 2018 road improvement project. The change order  increased the […]

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MILLSTONE – The Township Committee has declined to accept a conservation easement at the location of a planned self-storage facility on Route 537, Millstone Township. On March 6, committee members passed a resolution rejecting the dedication of the conservation easement at the location of Central Jersey Storage, LLC’s, planned business. Central Jersey Storage’s plan to […]

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ALLENTOWN – Municipal officials have been given a deadline of April 1 to decide if they want to rejoin the Monmouth County Assessment Demonstration Program (ADP). According to the Monmouth County website, “While there are several components of the ADP, the overarching goal is to annually provide more accurate and uniform property assessments for fairer […]

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ALLENTOWN – The Allentown Borough Council has unanimously rejected a request from the Hope Fire Company, Upper Freehold Township, to provide 95,000 gallons of water for a free community event. The event was expected to be held at the end of the 2018-19 school year, but now it will not take place, according to a […]

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UPPER FREEHOLD – The Township Committee has introduced a $5.66 million budget to fund the operation of Upper Freehold Township during 2019. The budget was introduced by committee members on March 7. A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. April 4 at the municipal building, 314 Route 539. The committee […]

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MILLSTONE – The Millstone Township K-8 School District Board of Education has introduced a $39.4 million budget that will fund the operation of the district during the 2019-20 school year. Following a discussion among district administrators and board members, the budget was introduced on March 11. A public hearing is scheduled for April 29. The […]

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HOWELL – Members of the Howell Township Council have heard from individuals who are concerned about the future of a landmark in the municipality. The governing body held a special meeting on March 5 regarding the MacKenzie Museum and Library, 427 Lakewood-Farmingdale Road (Route 547), Howell. The building, a former private residence, is owned by […]

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JACKSON – Testimony is scheduled to resume at the April 15 meeting of the Planning Board on an application that proposes the construction of three warehouses on West Commodore Boulevard in Jackson. The applicant, 340 West Commodore, LLC, has applied for preliminary and final major site plan approval. The applicant plans to construct three conforming […]

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Change has not come easily for silent film star Norma Desmond. In a mesmerizing homage to early Hollywood and the era of silent films, Playful Theatre Productions presents the Tony Award-winning “Sunset Boulevard” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. The musical will be performed April 5 and April 12 at 8 p.m.; April 6 […]

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HOWELL – Representatives of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Aldrich Road, Howell, are seeking approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a minor subdivision that would permit the creation of two new 15,000-square foot residential building lots on the property. The church is also seeking a use variance in regard to a deviation […]

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JACKSON – While saying he “normally ignores the noise that is social media,” Township Council President Robert Nixon has addressed what he described as a series of online personal attacks regarding himself and his family. Nixon raised the issue during the March 12 council meeting at the Jackson municipal building. “I normally ignore the noise […]

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JACKSON – The Jackson Township Council has adopted an ordinance which will make it easier for homeowners in adult communities to install an emergency generator. The ordinance amends the permitted accessory uses in the Planned Retirement Community (PRC) zone and will allow a backup or emergency generator to be installed at a home upon review […]

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JACKSON – The Planning Board has approved an application submitted by BMH Property 1 LLC that proposed the construction of 16 homes on East Veterans Highway near Butterfly Road and Grand Boulevard, Jackson. BMH Property 1 proposed to subdivide a 21-acre property in a residential zone to accommodate the construction of 16 homes and the […]

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HOWELL – A representative of the Howell Municipal Alliance has said Howell is the first municipality in New Jersey to permit police officers to visit a resident’s home to pick up unwanted medications with the goal of halting an ongoing opioid epidemic. Alliance members work to prevent substance abuse, underage drinking, alcoholism, tobacco use and […]

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EDISON – During Mayor Thomas Lankey’s State of the Township Address, he said public safety is the most essential priority for municipal government. With that, the Edison Police Department has recently launched two community public safety measures: a new specialized Street Crimes Unit and a Community Crime Cam program. The Street Crimes Unit was launched […]

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METUCHEN – When the formation of the Metuchen Downtown Alliance was still being discussed in 2016, one of the hopes was to revive the 1927 Forum Theater. Three years later the alliance is in full swing and on March 11, Mayor Jonathan Busch signed a purchase contract to acquire the theater from Marloe Enterprises Inc. […]

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EDISON – Risks of rate increases, hidden surcharges, broken promises and lack of control are some of the concerns raised by Food and Water Watch as they presented their concerns ahead of a public hearing on the proposed $811.3 million new public-private partnership with Suez North America. Junior Romero, central New Jersey organizer for Food […]

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NEW BRUNSWICK – With more than 28,000 pages of bank records, audits, receipts, phone pinging locations to sift through, the case involving five Edison police officers who were indicted in October for “no show jobs” is inching along. “This is a complex white collar case,” Assistant Prosecutor Christine D’Elia said before Superior Court Judge Pedro […]

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. FRANCIS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL St. Francis Cathedral School third and fourth graders presented their annual patriotic program on Feb. 27 at the Metuchen school. Pictured are Ava Foti, left to right, Michael Hornby, Dylan Patterson, Isabella Eleazar and Gabriel Nelson. The students sang songs and performed with speeches that celebrate the history […]

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About 600 students from all over Middlesex County participated in the Teen Arts Festival held at Middlesex County College March 13.The high school and middle school students participated in workshops in writing, music, art, dance, sculpture and acting. Student work was also adjudicated in theater, music, dance and visual arts, and those selected move on […]

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WOODBRIDGE – A 47-year-old Sewaren woman, who was entrusted with the funds associated with the Woodbridge Boys Soccer Club, allegedly stole in excess of $6,000 from the club, according to Police Director Robert Hubner. The woman was charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking. She was processed and released pending a court hearing. […]

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OLD BRIDGE – Calling it an eyesore and a safety hazard, the Old Bridge Township Council and other officials are requesting the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) reconsider the location of a winter yard salt barn in the median area of the Route 9 and Route 18 interchange. “Putting a salt facility there is […]

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SAYREVILLE – Five alumni of Sayreville War Memorial High School (SWMHS) are scheduled to become the latest inductees into their school’s Hall of Fame. Scheduled to be honored at the SWMHS 2019 Hall of Fame Annual Awards Banquet are Carlo Alban, Daniel Buchanan, Mark Mills, Carlos Vargas and John Worobey. The event will be held […]

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SAYREVILLE – A commuter bus service’s routes between Sayreville and New York City will remain operational through June 30. On March 1, officials in Sayreville announced that Academy Bus, a private transportation company that operates commuter buses between New Jersey and New York City, would continue its service to Sayreville until June 30. The extension […]

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SAYREVILLE – As they prepare to retire, two longtime staff members in the Sayreville School District are being saluted for their service that began for both educators in 1992. Teresa Watters, a second grade teacher at the Emma L. Arleth Elementary School, and Ann Cosentino, an assistant cook at Sayreville War Memorial High School (SWMHS), […]

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Rosary Altar Society, 225 MacArthur Ave., Sayreville, will sell palm crosses for $7 in the church lobby on Saturdays from 4-6 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 30 and 31 and April 6 and 7. Final pickup is April 13. Orders can be placed by calling Pat at […]

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHARON De MONACO Our Lady of Victories School in Sayreville held its annual Designer Handbag Bingo event on Feb. 22. Pictured are HSA President Jackie Gluchowski, left to right, Mayor Kennedy O’Brien and Father Ryan. Pictured are HSA President Jackie Gluchowski, left to right, with bingo guest callers Carmen Spezzi and Mayor […]

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 A reduction in state aid for the 2019-20 school year has administrators in the Eatontown Public Schools questioning the ideology that determines which New Jersey school districts receive additional state aid which districts see a reduction. According to state aid figures posted by the New Jersey Department of Education, Eatontown’s K-8 district received $3.647 million […]

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Mental health professionals at the NJ Center For the Healing Arts in Red Bank are channeling 19th century psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung. “If you can learn to cope with your feelings, then you will be able to help others cope with their feelings.” That was the sentiment offered by mental health clinicians Kristy Mathews […]

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Turning Point Restaurants have raised more than $82,000 for The Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF), setting a new record at its annual “Great Food for a Great Cause” event held on Feb. 23 and 24. Celebrating its 10th year, the annual event’s cumulative total has grown to more than $410,000 in donations. The recent event marked […]