The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, has announced the honorees for its 2018 testimonial dinner: Howard P. Dorman, Tim McLoone and Patrick M. Dalton. The dinner will take place on Nov. 1 at the Grand Marquis, Old Bridge. This is the first event marking Chhange’s 40th […]

The fifth annual Sinderella’s Ball will be held on Dec. 1 at the Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. The event, which will start at 6 p.m., will benefit the Joan Dancy & PALS (People with ALS) Foundation. Founded in 2005 by Terry Magovern,  a long-time personal assistant to Bruce Springsteen, the Joan Dancy & PALS Foundation […]

 Municipal officials in Holmdel are scratching a concept plan to develop Phillips Park and will instead consider making improvements to existing athletic fields in the community.  During a Holmdel Township Committee meeting on Oct. 9, Mayor Tom Critelli said members of the governing body have unanimously agreed to set aside a preliminary concept plan that […]

HAZLET – Two Republicans and two Democrats are campaigning for a chance to claim a pair of seats on the Hazlet Township Committee. The winners of the Nov. 6 general election will serve three-year terms on the governing body from January 2019 through December 2021. The candidates are Democrats John Bird and Ryan O’Steen and […]

 A real estate appraiser has testified that a proposed New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) regulator station would not have have a negative impact on residential or commercial property values if it is constructed in Holmdel. Jeffrey Otteau, of the Otteau Valuation Group Inc., appeared before the Holmdel Zoning Board of Adjustment on Oct. 10. Otteau […]

Gov. Phil Murphy joined state officials on Oct. 9 in promising improvements at NJ Transit, where a state-commissioned report released the same day found deficiencies in a public transportation agency that Murphy had called a “national disgrace.” The North Highland Company, a consultant the state Department of Transportation tabbed earlier this year, spent 100 days […]

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Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care and the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth will hold the 15th annual Suicide Prevention Conference, “From Research to Reality,” supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention New Jersey Chapter and Rutgers University Student Health from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Busch Campus Student Center, […]

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The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the James L. Cullen Center, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet. Make an appointment by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Those who come to donate blood or platelets in October will automatically be entered to win one […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC) is partnering with RunCollege to sponsor the Superhero Sprint on Oct. 21  in Wall Township. The two mile run/walk will be held at the Wall Municipal Complex. The event will start at 9:30 a.m. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is grateful for the opportunity to partner […]

A bond ordinance appropriating $4.95 million for a road restoration program and capital improvements has been placed on hold after it failed to garner the four votes it needed for passage from members of the Hazlet Township Committee. “We will try to reintroduce (the bond ordinance) in some other format,” Committeeman Michael Glackin said in […]

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ABERDEEN – A luxury 227-unit apartment complex that neighbors the Aberdeen-Matawan train station could help transform the small town into a New Jersey Transit Village. In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 2, Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini, representatives from New Jersey Transit, developers from BNE Real Estate Group and municipal officials praised the completion of ‘The […]

Shore Regional High School advanced  all the way to the NJSIAA Group 1 girls’ tennis tournament championship on Oct. 18 at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. The Blue Devils fell to Mountain Lakes High School, 4-1,in the Group 1 state final. Shore Regional qualified for the state tournament by winning the NJSIAA Central Jersey, […]

Holmdel High School won its fifth straight NJSIAA Group 2 girls’ tennis tournament championship on Oct. 18 at Mercer County Park, West Windsor. Holmdel beat Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, 3-2, in the Group 2 state title match and Haddonfield Memorial High School, 4-1, in the semifinals. The Hornets won another state title […]

Brookdale Community College’s Madison Doria chipped the ball over the heads of the defenders and into the offensive third. Her Brookdale teammate, Lauren Karabin, out ran the defenders to the ball and dribbled toward the goal. Union County College goalkeeper Lauren Buchanan raced out of the goal to cut off Karabin’s angles and block the […]

Christian Brothers Academy has been declared –for the fourth straight year–the 2018 NJSIAA/ShopRite Cup for the best non-public athletic program in the state of New Jersey. According to a press release from the school in Lincroft, The ShopRite Corporation presented the award to CBA officials on Oct. 3. The four-year run of winning the award […]

In girls’ soccer, Middletown High School South is talented and energetic. The Eagles control possession, attack the box and score impressive goals. They did all three at Freehold Township High School on Oct. 2. Despite playing against the Patriots, who won the Shore Conference’s A North Division two days later, the Eagles controlled the ball, […]

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“Green Day’s American Idiot,” a Pennington Players Production, was put on at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College in West Windsor. The musical opens on a group of three young adults: Johnny (Steven Brandt), Tunny (Brian Johnston) and Will (Evan Krug), who currently live in Jingletown, USA. The three are obviously […]

By Rachel P. Dultz, M.D., F.A.C.S. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. In fact, about 1 in 8 women in the United States today will get breast cancer at some point in her life, according to the American Cancer Society. However, with early diagnosis through screening, increased […]

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, representing New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District (Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon counties), was initially perplexed. Why was he was being bugged (as in pestered) about a bug (a germ)? Earlier in the year, people were trying to get his attention about a good bug that has made remarkable progress in fighting a bad […]

Energy, the capacity for doing work, may exist in different forms – kinetic, thermal, electrical, chemical, nuclear, and Judy Brodsky, an energy source who never shuts off or even slows down. The 85-year-old Ms. Brodsky, who has lived in Princeton for 63 years, just keeps on going with great enthusiasm, commitment, compassion, and energy as […]

I celebrated the first day of fall by doing what thousands of other Mercer County residents did – I picked apples at Terhune Orchards. As my grandkids and I were discussing the many types of apples we could pick at the farm in Lawrence Township, our happy banter was interrupted by a not-so-happy discussion in […]

By Rohit Bhalla, D.O. Flu season is about to ramp up, and if it’s anything like past years, millions of people will suffer its effects. But you can help protect yourself from the virus and prevent its spread by getting vaccinated now. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone over […]

The headlines had similar words – with dramatically different meanings. “Princeton police search for suspect in robbery from car wash,” “Princeton police offer free car washes.” The first headline from a Princeton, West Virginia, local newspaper, reflected what most of us consider normal policing activity.  The second headline from a Princeton, New Jersey, local newspaper […]

In recent years, I assumed that etiquette, defined (by Merriam-Webster) as, “the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life,” had befallen the same fate as the telephone booth. My grandkids with cell phones in their hands have heard me rant about manners on […]

My phone buzzed with a news alert when I was about to go into Labyrinth Books on Nassau Street in Princeton to buy the book, “Soft Corruption.” I had to read the book before I interviewed the author, William E. Schluter, the former Republican lawmaker who had served in both houses of the New Jersey […]

By Paul Kaiser, M.D. Did you know that according to the American Stroke Association, people who have severe strokes often report having earlier warning signs? In fact, among patients who are treated for a blockage-related stroke (called an ischemic stroke) up to 40 percent report experiencing a mini-stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) first, according […]

The single life can be a desireable lifestyle, but a single-occupied vehicle has major drawbacks, in my opinion – that of a lifelong mass transit and shared transit advocate. The shiny sports car that transported only one person to work does little good for the employee, employer, the local community and society at large. Princeton […]

NORTH BRUNSWICK – National beauty retailer Ulta Beauty opened a 13,000-square-foot location at North Village Shopping Center on Route 1 in North Brunswick. The 128,000-square-foot shopping center is exclusively leased and managed by Levin Management Corporation. The Ulta Beauty opening comes one year after the addition of Trader Joe’s and the completion of a retrofit to create new retail space […]

The Malvern School, 385 N. County Line Road, Jackson, will host its annual Fall Festival open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Families are invited to enjoy a free fun-filled day of crafts, games, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, petting zoo, fire trucks and more Feel free to bring friends and family members. […]

Priscilla Jewelry started in 1996 in Brooklyn, New York. The owners, who live in Sayreville, decided to open a second location at 3225 Washington Road, Parlin, on Sept. 29. Priscilla Jewelry specializes in fine jewelry and repairs.  

OLD BRIDGE – ALDI opened its newest location in the Old Bridge Shopping Plaza, 1043 Route 9, on Oct. 11. The Old Bridge store is part of $3.4 billion the German-based discount supermarket chain invested to expand into 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022. For more information, visit  

Livoti’s is conducting its first Vetsgiving. During the next six weeks, community members may visit Livoti’s Facebook page, Livoti’s Old World Market (@livotisoldworldmarket18) or email and nominate an active or retired military family. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Livoti’s will pick 100 nominees to receive a Thanksgiving meal delivered to their door in time […]

The Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a meet and greet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2241 Route 1, North Brunswick. Tickets are free for members and $10 for non-members through Oct. 10, $10 for members and $20 for non-members through Oct. 22, or $20 for members and […]

Whole Foods Market Metuchen will celebrate its first anniversary from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 with healthy cooking demonstrations, a meet-and-greet with the local butcher and fishmonger, product samplings, a gift card giveaway and bounce back coupons. The market is located at 645 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen.

The Malvern School, 385 N. County Line Road, Jackson, will host its annual Fall Festival open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Families are invited to enjoy a free fun-filled day of crafts, games, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, petting zoo, fire trucks and more Feel free to bring friends and family members. […]

Joseph Dempsey has been appointed as executive vice president, head of Commercial Banking for Columbia Bank, the company’s wholly-owned banking subsidiary.  In that role, Dempsey will be responsible for the bank’s commercial lending functions, including C&I, SBA, Middle Market Lending, Commercial Real Estate and Construction financing, as well as the bank’s Business Development division.  Dempsey […]