This year marks family-owned jeweler, Earth Treasures, 45th year in business. Started by Paul Bischoff in 1974, Earth Treasures, which is located in Eatontown, has grown from a modest mom-and-pop jewelry store to one of Monmouth County’s more popular fine jewelers. Earth Treasures has distinguished itself by building a knowledgeable staff of industry experts, offering […]

The Community YMCA and YMCA of Western Monmouth County have announced that effective Sept. 1 they will join together as one YMCA association to serve communities throughout greater Monmouth County. The YMCAs will serve more than 36,000 members and participants, employ more than 1,200 people and engage approximately 650 volunteers with an annual operating budget […]

With no comment or opposition from residents, municipal officials in Hazlet have unanimously adopted an ordinance that rezones Stone Road Meadows Farm to create an affordable housing district. Municipal officials said rezoning the property would accommodate the development of affordable housing at that location. The 26-acre property is located on Route 36 in Hazlet. Affordable […]

MIDDLETOWN – Officials in Middletown have unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed construction of a 23.4-mile methane natural gas pipeline that would run through the Raritan Bay and serve gas customers in New York. The Williams Company has proposed the construction of the pipeline from the Raritan Bay to the lower New York Bay. […]

MIDDLETOWN – Spiritual leaders in Middletown are expressing mixed feelings toward the Township Committee’s decision to formally reject the idea of the municipality being a sanctuary city. “This resolution is not Middletown saying we are anti-immigration. We are saying we will not provide a safe harbor for illegal immigrants who partake in criminal activities. That […]

MATAWAN – Police Officer Jennifer Paglia is suing Matawan after she allegedly experienced a campaign of retaliatory harassment after she settled a sex discrimination lawsuit with the borough. Paglia was hired by the Matawan Police Department in 1998. In September 2013, Paglia filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court alleging sex and race discrimination against […]

Legislation that increases penalties on energy suppliers and marketers for hijacking consumers’ electric bills has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy signed the legislation on April 17. Sponsored by state Assemblyman Ron Dancer and state Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, the consumer protection bill (A-1683) doubles the penalties for changing a consumer’s power company […]

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents of a highly suspect case of measles — a very contagious disease — in a Middlesex County resident who may have exposed individuals at a Marlboro, Monmouth County, restaurant on April 19. The department and local health officials are investigating any connection to the current Ocean […]

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During a recent ceremony at Middletown United Methodist Church, Ryan Belle, Matthew Decker, Daniel DeSanctis and Daniel Johnson were honored for attaining the ranks of Eagle Scout – which is scouting’s highest honor. Boy Scouts of America Troop 32’s leadership, Boy Scouts of America Monmouth Council and local dignitaries, including Middletown Township Councilwoman Patricia Snell, […]

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HOLMDEL – Five republican candidates filed petitions to run in the June 4 primary election to determine whose names will be be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot for Holmdel Township Committee. The seats of incumbents Eric Hinds and Michael Nikolis expire at the end of 2019. Both Committeemen are running for reelection. The […]

Nine years ago as a 25-year old coach, Jay Graber was determined to put a dormant football program on the New Jersey map. So he took over at Allentown High School and transformed the Redbirds into a perennial NJSIAA playoff contender. Now as a 34-year old, Graber wants to revive one of the state’s most […]

Ask Ryan Spillane to name his key players, and he will do a role call of his entire varsity roster. But for Middletown High School South’s 11th-year baseball coach, this is not just a psychological tactic for implying that no individual is bigger than the team. It’s an honest answer. Middletown South is off to […]

Mike Dowd is not a movie character. He exists in real life as Saint John Vianney High School’s boys’ lacrosse coach. But before the Lancers’ season started in late March, Dowd used a movie like motivational tactic. He taped a sign to the team’s locker room door that read, “Leave your emotions at the door.” […]

One or two great pitchers can carry a high school baseball team to a state championship. Red Bank Catholic High School may have four. That’s why the Caseys’ 2019 expectations make perfect sense. This Red Bank Catholic squad wants to win the program’s first NJSIAA South Jersey, Non-Public A championship since 1997. All four aces, […]

High school sports are often cyclical, even for private schools. But the Christian Brothers Academy baseball team is rejecting the cycle. In 2018, the Colts went 19-5, earned the top seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey, Non-Public A sectional tournament and fell in the quarterfinals to Notre Dame High School, 4-1. CBA lost 14 players […]

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Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of “Benny & Joon” with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. “Benny & Joon” is presented by special arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn and will be running through May […]

By Pam Hersh Before municipal consolidation, Princetonians continually agitated over the donut-and-hole controversy – often leaving a bitter taste in one’s mouth, very different from the taste of the donuts and holes found at Princeton’s two Dunkin’ stores. Since that controversy has settled down, perhaps it is time that our elected officials tackle another not-so-sweet […]

By Pam Hersh My favorite people-watching perch in town – the front window stool of Starbucks overlooking the sidewalk of Nassau Street – has trained me in a new profession. I have become a fundraising consultant to individuals soliciting money from strangers on Nassau Street, an enterprise that takes place each weekend directly in front […]

By: Robert Mignone, D.O.  At least 25 million adults across the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic condition that can leave you feeling tired during the day and lead to serious health complications, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  Moreover, there are many other people with sleep apnea who have […]

By Pam J. Hersh As an experienced and well-known Princeton-based journalist, Barbara Fox is aware of the puns that could be associated with her avocation – button collecting. She “buttons” rather than zips through her daily activities, and some might describe her hobby as the buttons of all jokes. Her passion, however, is no joke. […]

Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”It happens in varying capacities, but we all care for and “live” for others during our lifetime. In fact, in some…

By Sari L. Yehuda, M.D. An estimated 2.4 million Americans are living with hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), yet many don’t even know it.  Spread through direct contact with blood from a person infected with the virus, hepatitis C causes the liver to become inflamed, and if left […]

By: Pam J. Hersh What you see is what you get – WYSIWYG, in the texting vernacular. That’s a good thing, right? Not so fast, WYSIWYG. McCarter Theatre Productions, particularly world premieres, subscribe to the principle of: What you get may be far better than what you saw last week. I became aware of this […]

Each year more than 50 million Americans are dealing with several types of allergies. Allergies have become the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in America, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. This makes allergy care an important step for those seeking treatment and diagnosis. Dr. Kathryn Edwards, an allergist who specializes […]

B: Pam Hersh It was serendipity, not that showed me the relationship between Apollo 11 and former Princeton Township Mayor Bernie Miller. Apollo 11 and Bernie are both celebrating big milestones. The Apollo 11 spaceflight that landed the first two people on the moon occurred 50 years ago (July 20-21, 1969). The accomplishment is […]

By Pam Hersh The elderly couple living at Stonebridge Senior Living Community retirement community in Skillman interrupted my perusal of sparkling water bottles at ShopRite, in order to tell me I “had” to write about an upcoming choral concert at Stonebridge in mid March. “These kids from the Princeton United Methodist Church (PUMC) bring an […]

By: Pam Hersh The one ingredient Dorothy “Dor” Mullen sprinkles into every recipe she creates is change. Known in Princeton as a chef, gardener, counselor, life coach and preacher of healthy eating, she is above all else a change-agent. Dor describes herself as a dedicated, determined, indebted-to-no-one ambassador of change, a “dog with a bone,” […]

By Pam J. Hersh “The great thing about journalism is that it lets us indulge all of our curiosities,” said Landon “Lanny” Jones, Princeton University alumnus (class of ’66), a renowned, award-winning Princeton-based journalist, author and editor. I got to know Lanny several decades ago in his role as a “helping dad” at the cooperative […]

Baby Boot Camp, a stroller fitness program for moms, will welcome its newest location, Baby Boot Camp – Allentown, Cranbury and Robbinsville. A grand opening celebration will be held at Community Park, West Manor Way and Gordon Road, Robbinsville, on May 1 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The celebration will include an Athleta Pop-Up Shop plus giveaways […]

One of Italy’s preeminent jewelry designers, Marco Bicego, will be coming to Leonardo Jewelers’ new showroom from 4-8 p.m. on May 10, 665 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, to celebrate their second anniversary at its newest location. During the event, Bicego will sign pieces owned by customers, feature exclusive pieces of jewelry, and showcase from his collection […]

“I congratulate and thank our top producers for the month of March, for their exemplary service and commitment to their clients,” said Iris Lurie, broker/owner of Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie. The Top Listing Agent and the Top Selling Agent is Laurin LaLima. The Top Listing Team is the Andrea and Harry Mesh Team […]

Manasquan Bank announced on April 1 that, pursuant to the terms of the agreement of the merger dated Nov. 20, 2018, between Manasquan Bank and Metuchen Savings Bank, the merger of Metuchen Savings Bank with and into Manasquan Bank has been completed. A systems conversion is scheduled for the weekend of May 17, 2019.  Upon […]

The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the Hispanic Business Expo from 4-8 p.m. on July 16 at the Pines Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison. Showcase a business, network, reach out to the community, gain referrals and build brand awareness. Seminars will provide statistics and marketing programs. Meet influential Hispanic leaders and potential […]

NRT LLC has been ranked the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage firm in the United States for 22 consecutive years based on total sales volume, according to a recent REAL Trends 500 report. The ranking is based on 2018 closed sales volume for the nation’s top 500 brokerages. NRT led the ranking again with […]

NRT LLC has been ranked the No. 1 residential real estate brokerage firm in the United States for 22 consecutive years based on total sales volume, according to a recent REAL Trends 500 report. The ranking is based on 2018 closed sales volume for the nation’s top 500 brokerages. NRT led the ranking again with […]

Montessori Kids Universe will hold open house events from 10 a.m. to noon on April 13 and 27. The community will have a chance to tour the new school for ages 6 weeks through 6 years, located at 2525 Route 130 South, Building E, South Brunswick.  Visitors will get to meet with the head of […]

Marcel Diaz, manager of Weichert, Realtors’ Howell sales office, announced the office’s 2018 highest achievers. “I would like to thank all of the Weichert sales associates in the Howell office for their time and dedication in 2018,” Diaz said. “The awards and distinctions that have been earned reaffirm the commitment Weichert associates have to their […]