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MARLBORO – As of 1:45 p.m. today, Feb. 22, all lanes remained closed on Route 9 between Union Hill Road in Marlboro and Texas Road at the border of Marlboro and Old Bridge, according to the website 511.org. Detours have been posted as emergency response crews continue to clean up a fuel spill that occurred […]

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An applicant’s plan to build a crematorium at a cemetery bordered by Route 35 and Oak Hill Road in Middletown is scheduled to be heard by the Middletown Township Planning Board on March 20. The application proposing the construction of the crematorium was scheduled to be heard by the board on Feb. 20, according to […]

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HOLMDEL – The Holmdel Township Committee has adopted a $2.5 million bond ordinance and will move forward with a plan to make improvements in the community’s parks and at its recreation facilities. The ordinance was adopted on Feb. 12. Township Administrator Donna Viero said the bond ordinance will address improvements to Ackerson Park, Cross Farm […]

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KEYPORT – A $16.7 million bond referendum that will fund improvements to Keyport High School and Keyport Central School will begin to make headway this summer. “It was great to see voters were committed to improvements,” Keyport School District Superintendent of Schools Lisa M. Savoia said during an interview on Feb. 14.  On Nov. 6, […]

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Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill (S-2992) into law, which appropriates $20 million to the New Jersey Racing Commission for horse racing purse subsidies for this fiscal year, with all future appropriations subject to the budget. The funding will be allocated by the New Jersey Racing Commission equally between the thoroughbred industry and the […]

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TINTON FALLS – The Monmouth County Regional Health Commission has terminated an agreement with the Monmouth County Health Department after its commissioners said they were bombarded with complaints related to odors at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center. The commission is comprised of representatives from 20 municipalities in the county, including Red Bank, Tinton Falls, Rumson, […]

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When one combines passion with an entrepreneurial spirit, fashion and a generous dose of a mother’s unconditional love, the result is “the magic of Vienna.” Vienna Savino, or “V3,” as her mother, Dr. Denise Wunderler of Holmdel, calls her, was described as a magnetic 2-year-old girl with an avant-garde sense of fashion – even for […]

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Volunteer genealogy specialists Richard and Angela Wood will explain “How to Navigate the FamilySearch Website” at the March 10 meeting of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society.  The meeting will begin at 1:30 P.M at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown. Admission is free and the public is welcome. As Family Search is the largest […]

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Visitors to the 30th annual New Jersey Home Show will meet contractors, landscapers, storage experts, and kitchen and bath designers; see demonstrations by top chefs; learn design tips from Trading Spaces’ Laurie Smith; attend painting classes; enjoy a children’s craft area; and for the first time shop the work of artisans and craftsmen, from Feb. […]

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The 2019 Progressive Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo returns in March to the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, showcasing more than 230 exhibitors and free daily seminars. Try a hand at an ultra-realistic fishing simulator, snap photos with the Miss Geico Speedboat or take a turn at the Casting Pond, where experts will be on-hand […]

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The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is soliciting nominations for its 2019 Medal of Honor awards. Awards are presented annually to lawyers and law-related professionals, as well as lay people, who have made significant contributions to the advancement or improvement of the justice system or the betterment of the legal profession in New Jersey. Nominees […]

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In the fall of 2014, Jeremy Connor was a student at Hazlet Middle School. Mick Messemer was his homeroom teacher. One day, Connor walked into homeroom wearing a “USA Hockey” sweatshirt. Messemer, who was in his first season as Saint John Vianney High School’s ice hockey coach, noticed the sweatshirt and started talking to Connor. […]

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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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My favorite night is upon us! What I personally wait for each and every year is finally here. After weeks of making sure to see film after film, it all comes down to the night of the 24th. The 91st Academy Awards, the first with no host, is one that offers hope and promise for […]

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 […]

Columbia Bank has named Matthew Clements its new senior vice president, head of Retail Sales and Product. In his new role, Clements will be responsible for developing sales practices for the bank’s retail branch network, designing programs to increase productivity, and facilitating new product development. Prior to joining Columbia, Clements held similar roles at Citibank. […]

Andrew Zastko, broker-owner of Gloria Zastko, Realtors was a featured presenter on Feb. 7 at a homebuyers’ workshop, given by Craig Shapiro of United Teletech Financial, located in North Brunswick. In attendance were many first-time buyers. Attendees learned the benefits of homeownership, the truth about local home prices, and why 2019 could be the ideal […]

One Steep at a Thyme will hold “A Taste of Ireland” with harpist Michele Mountain at the tea room, 170 Gatzmer Ave., Jamesburg. A seven-course afternoon tea has four seatings: noon or 3 p.m. on March 16 and 17. A seven-course evening tea will be offered at 7 p.m. March 16. The cost is $58 per person, […]

Charschan Chiropractic and Sports Injury Associates will collect used, barely used or new shoes from Feb. 19 through March 30 at its two locations: 490 Georges Road, North Brunswick, and 1281 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains. For more information, call the North Brunswick office at 732-846-6400, the Scotch Plains office at 732-829-0009, or visit www.backfixer1.com.

Davis Realtors congratulates its top agents from its East Brunswick office. “Last year was an exceptional year for Davis Realtors, and this year has started off even better,” said Stuart Davis, Broker of Record. “Our company offers a local, independent brand, marketing, training, and administrative support to help all our associates grow their business and better […]

The American College of Cardiology has recognized CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, for developing and sharing quality practices that optimize the care and outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndrome. CentraState was awarded ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation in December 2018 based on an on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat […]

Weichert Commercial Brokerage, Inc. was recently ranked among the top companies in New Jersey by NJBIZ readers. The NJBIZ 2018 Reader Rankings included more than 50 categories across the business landscape, and Weichert Commercial Brokerage, Inc. placed No. 3 for the second consecutive year in the “Best Commercial Real Estate Brokerage” category. According to NJBiz.com, the rankings were determined […]

Alexis Cole will perform with her Trio, including bassist David Finck and drummer Kenny Hassler, at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 24 at The Greek on Main, 419 Main St., at the corner of New Street, Metuchen.  The ticketed Jazz and Brunch event costs $50, all-inclusive. Call 732-515-9457 or stop by the restaurant for a ticket. For […]