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HAZLET – Municipal officials in Hazlet have introduced an ordinance that would, if adopted, rezone property at 727 Route 36 and create an Affordable Housing Zoning District. The move would accommodate the development of affordable housing on that parcel. The property is owned by Holy Family Church. The ordinance was introduced on Feb. 5. A […]

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RED BANK – A counseling center in Red Bank is seeking to “normalize the experience of stress” among adolescents who may find it difficult to cope with anxiety. “School is like the wild, or the movie ‘Mean Girls.’ If (teenagers) show a little bit of weakness, fear or anxiety, you are going to get eaten […]

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John P. Stevens High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50th class reunion on Aug. 10 at Galloping Hills Caterers, 1085 Galloping Hills Road, Union. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner from 7-11 p.m. The cost is $75 per person. RSVP and send payment to Donna Ciccone, 9 Anita Ave., Edison. […]

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Collier Youth Services, a nonprofit organization based in Marlboro that provides educational, residential and recreational programs to young people in need, held its second annual “Hearts of Hope” breakfast on Feb. 12 in Ocean Township. The keynote speaker was Marybeth Walz, co-founder of the Hope for Children Foundation. Proceeds from the event will support Collier’s […]

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The New Jersey School Boards Association has reported that two bills it supported in the legislative process have been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. According to the NJSBA, the following bills were enacted by the governor: • Sexual Consent Instruction will require a school district to incorporate instruction in grades six through 12 […]

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Middletown Township Committee members have voted unanimously to designate Toll NJ XII, L.P., as the redeveloper of the residential component of a 100-acre property on Route 35. During a workshop meeting on Feb. 4, and without discussion, Mayor Tony Perry, Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore, Committeeman Kevin Settembrino, Committeeman Rick Hibell and Committeewoman Patricia Snell approved […]

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Astronaut, scientist and author Leland Melvin will speak at Brookdale Community College on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Collins Arena, Lincroft. In his address, A Journey Into Space and Beyond!, Melvin will discuss his personal journey from the football field to the stars. His multifaceted life as an astronaut, scientist, athlete and author serve […]

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MARLBORO – After a hiatus, the Marlboro Community Players are ready to rock audiences with a production of the musical comedy “The Wedding Singer.” It’s 1985 and rock star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through […]

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Holmdel High School’s Cybersecurity Team place first out of 68 schools in New Jersey’s Cyber Patriot State Championship. The National Cyber Patriot Competition was created to foster interest in American young people to study and train in the cyber security field. At the center of Cyber Patriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The […]

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A $2.5 million bond ordinance that would be used to improve the parks in the township was introduced by the Holmdel Township Committee. The ordinance was introduced on Jan. 29. A public hearing will be held during the committee’s Feb. 12 meeting. The governing body may adopt the ordinance following the public hearing. “We have […]

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The wrestling teams at Jackson Memorial High School and Shore Regional High School were defeated in their bids to win state group championships. But, each program can proudly boast the ownership of a state sectional trophy. On Feb. 10 at Toms River High School North’s Pine Belt Arena, the site of the NJSIAA group wrestling […]

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On National Signing Day, six Mater Dei Prep football players signed letters of intent to play the sport at the collegiate level. The student-athletes  signed their letters in a ceremony at the school in Middletown. The six players who signed on Feb. 6  were offensive lineman Nolan Aloia, wide receiver Isaiah Alston, linebacker Russell Ferrisi, […]

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On Feb. 6 at the Ranney School, Bryan Antoine glided down the lane, rose high in the air and dunked the basketball. Antoine chest bumped teammate Ahmadu Sarnor as the crowd roared in the gym at the school in Tinton Falls. Antoine’s boys’ basketball teammates came out to hug him on the court. The 6-5 […]

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During the summer between his sophomore and junior years at Middletown High School North, Rob Higgins added a new skill to his boys’ basketball game. Higgins could already blow by defenders, bury midrange jump shots and steal the ball to create transition opportunities. He just couldn’t shoot three pointers. The Middletown native knew that if […]

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by Pam Hersh Happy birthday to the Princeton Adult School (PAS), which turned 80 years old in January. I am particularly enthusiastic about PAS, because it has two ageless and appealing characteristics: it is older than I am; and it has an inspiring motto – “Learning Never Ends” – a phrase that pushes me daily […]

by Pam Hersh Happy birthday to the Princeton Adult School (PAS), which turned 80 years old in January. I am particularly enthusiastic about PAS, because it has two ageless and appealing characteristics: it is older than I am; and it has an inspiring motto – “Learning Never Ends” – a phrase that pushes me daily […]

By Pam J. Hersh Princeton University Professor Norman Itzkowitz, who died at the age of 87 on Jan. 20, would have balked at my writing this column about him. Even though over the years I have written about the scholarly achievements of the world-famous near Eastern scholar, Professor Itzkowitz saw no point in my writing […]

By Pam J. Hersch If New Jersey government and business leaders were playing television’s popular word game “Wheel of Fortune,” their word of choice for solving all the puzzles would be “innovation.” They spell the word daily in their speeches extolling the virtues of innovation as being the key to New Jersey’s fame and fortune. Turning […]

Talking to longtime Princeton resident Martin Tuchman was as satisfying for me as eating a huge stack of pancakes loaded with butter and syrup with a side of extra crispy bacon. The conversation, however, had one major advantage over the pancakes.  It had no calories. The discussion contained only thousands of whatever metric units measure […]

If there were such a thing as a gene for historic destiny, Jim Jeffers would have it. As Plainsboro kicked off its celebration of its 100th birthday with the Jan. 17 Centennial Gala at Plainsboro’s Crowne Plaza, Jeffers, a member of the Plainsboro Centennial Planning Committee, acknowledged that Plainsboro is in his DNA. He is celebrating […]

Jim Dessicino, a nationally renowned sculptor with a fleeting presence in Princeton, shaped his words in a way that perfectly reflected my feelings. “I have been in serious shock over the whole thing and am still trying to come to terms with it,” Dessicino said. “The whole thing,” that has Dessicino and myself so bent […]

Five-year-old Ella is too young to enroll in The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), but she has a special relationship with the school. One might say she owes her existence to TCNJ’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. Ella’s “mom” is children’s author Marisa Chiorello, a TCNJ alumna, class of 2015, with a BA in English […]

Local business entrepreneurs and mentors will have a kickoff and website launch of the newly formed Central Jersey Business Organization from 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Ember Restaurant, 3793 Route 1, South Brunswick.  The CJBO is incorporated exclusively to provide a platform to local businesses to exchange ideas, discuss and resolve their business issues, encourage […]

The Central New Jersey Ballet Theatre (CNJBT) and Bordentown Home for Funerals will showcase a performance of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 7 at Villa Victoria in Ewing and Dec. 9 at the Carslake Community Center in Bordentown. This will be the CNJBT’s seventh production of “The Nutcracker.” The cast is as follows: Shriya Varma from […]

The Christmas/Hanukkah shopping season inspired me to reach out to David Newton, who managed Palmer Square for more than two decades, to get his take on the retail environment and development opportunities in Princeton.  He presented me with his words of wisdom – plus an extra gift that proved even more enlightening than what I […]

Two dance celebrations in the past week moved me enormously without physically moving me. I hardly moved in my seat during a Nov. 24 American Repertory Ballet performance of the “Nutcracker”at McCarter Theatre, featuring New York City Ballet soloist and Princeton native Unity Phelan. Then a week later, I just stood and watched in awe […]

On Jan. 25, Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie Realtors held its 32nd annual awards gala at the Grand Marquis, Old Bridge, where top sales agents and top sales teams were recognized for their achievements during 2018. Michael Miedler, president and CEO of Century 21 Worldwide, presented the winners with their awards. The Top 10 […]

Canine Company, a pet services provider, has once again donated pet oxygen masks to the Jackson Township EMS. The squad carries the masks on its ambulances so it can assist family pets during fires and other emergencies. Canine Company previously donated masks to the squad in 2015. Those masks have been used multiple times, according […]

New Jersey’s first Metro Diner will hire more than 100 area residents before it opens in mid-March in East Brunswick at 269 Route 18. Applications are being accepted for all positions, including servers, hosts, cooks and kitchen staff. Complete the online application at MetroDiner.com/employment or call 732-704-7587.   For more information, visit metrodiner.com.

Weichert Real Estate School will offer real estate courses at Weichert, Realtors’ Edison office, located at 123 Lincoln Highway (Route 27). This new location offers the training and testing necessary to kick-start a career in real estate by earning a New Jersey real estate license. The next 75-hour pre-licensing course runs from 9 a.m. to […]

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced the launch of Desk, a unified platform that combines the key products and tools that affiliated real estate agents need to run their business effectively into one cohesive, integrated solution. Desk is available in beta exclusively for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, New York-affiliated […]

Resources Real Estate announced the passing of founder and senior partner, Carolynn Diakon, at home among family on Jan. 27. Diakon created Resources Real Estate to fill a need for an independent, non-corporate, agency. She opened her first location in 2000. The company was listed on “Inc.” magazine’s list of the fastest growing private companies in […]

The Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors (MORR) will honor the 912 members who achieved the 2018 New Jersey Realtors Circle of Excellence Award. The award recognizes members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship. MORR is planning an awards dinner in the spring in Atlantic City to honor those who earned this special statewide […]

Garden State Tennis Center (GSTC), located in Edison, received the 2018 Tennis Member Organization of the Year Award at USTA Eastern’s Annual Awards Dinner on Jan. 26 at the Renaissance Westchester. GSTC is being recognized for nurturing and developing some the best junior tennis players in the Eastern section and for its commitment to making tennis […]

A new QuickChek has opened at 270 Monmouth Road, Manalapan (Route 537 at the corner of Smithburg Road). The 5,496-square-foot store offers fresh brewed coffee and fresh food. Grand opening promotions include free large QuickChek hot or iced coffee offered to all patrons from Feb. 5-17. QuickChek’s newest concept store introduces its new “Fresh to […]