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The Middletown Planning Board has given Toll Brothers’ philosophy “Choice is Everything” new meaning after its members voted to approve the company’s proposed 350-unit residential development, but declined to allow roof decks as an option for buyers. Under a plan put forth by Toll Brothers, a roof deck would have been a feature a buyer […]

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sMiles for Katie will hold its fourth annual “PHundraiser” from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Vibe Tap & Grill, 2870 Route 35, Hazlet. Katie McCarthy was diagnosed in August 2012 with primary pulmonary hypertension. The pressure on the lung arteries and heart’s right ventricle eventually causes the heart to fail. Katie passed away on […]

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KEYPORT – Members of the Keyport Borough Council have given their consent to ABC Studios to film a new program, “Emergence,” in the borough. “Emergence” is an American mystery-themed thriller drama television series created by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas for ABC Studios. The show is scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m. on Sept. 24. […]

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“Pets and Their Humans,” an award-winning play that takes a quirky look at the relationship between pets and their families, will be performed at the First Avenue Playhouse on Friday and Saturday nights between Sep. 7 and 28, beginning at 8:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sep. 15. The […]

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Morganville United Methodist Church, 215 Conover Road, corner of Route 79, Marlboro, is celebrating 150 years. All are welcome to attend a picnic on Sept. 15 following the 9:30 a.m. service. Rain date is Sept. 22. There will be old-fashioned games, a hayride and activities. Bring a covered dish to share. Hamburgers, hot dogs and […]

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Center Players Dessert Theater has announced the lineup of shows that will be performed during the 2019-20 season at Center Playhouse, 35 South St., Freehold Borough. Performances generally run Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for most productions are priced at $26 to $28 and are available at www.centerplayers.org […]

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Through a strategic effort, the Monmouth Conservation Foundation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres program have purchased the last remaining large parcel of land connected to Allaire State Park, Wall Township, expanding the park by nearly 190 acres. The announcement of the purchase was made in late August. “This didn’t happen […]

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Joan’s Reach will host its eighth annual chili cook-off fundraiser from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4374, 50 Waterworks Road, Freehold. Proceeds from the event will benefit Joan’s Reach, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 per adult and $5 per child (ages 4 to 12), or […]

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Stephen Szczepaniak, a past vice president of the South Central District New Jersey State Elks Association, would do anything to help his “little buddy.” His little buddy is Jacob, a 10-year-old boy from Cliffwood. Jacob, who has cerebral palsy, is a soon-to-be middle school student with a personality that shines just as bright as his […]

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Denise Ely of Red Bank believed she was going to be the recipient of Princess Diana’s liver when she heard that Diana had died in a car accident on Aug. 31, 1997. But on that day 22 years ago, Ely’s belief that she would receive an organ belonging to royalty, specifically, was all in her […]

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In the first installment of the Central Jersey Top 10 last week, North Brunswick Township High School and Rumson-Fair Haven High School opened as the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, respectively. Both squads dominated their week one opponents and looked like they were on a collision course toward state playoff championships. Then they […]

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Welcome to the first installment of the Central Jersey Top 10, a weekly ranking of the best high school football teams in the centraljersey.com coverage area. Each week, the rankings will be based on a combination of numerous considerations that will include record, margin of victory and strength of schedule. But there is no magical […]

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Before Sept. 6, John Volker didn’t think the Rumson-Fair Haven High School football team would be better than it was in 2018, when it won the NJSIAA Central/South Jersey Group 3 Bowl Championship with a 26-18 victory over Camden’s Woodrow Wilson High School at MetLife Stadium. Volker, Rumson-Fair Haven’s junior running back, was well aware […]

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Rumson-Fair Haven High School and Red Bank Catholic High School renewed their football rivalry on Sept. 6 in Red Bank, where the Bulldogs pulled off a surprising victory, 20-14, over the host Caseys at Count Basie Park. The showdown signaled the start of the 2019 scholastic football season. Rumson-Fair Haven built a 20-0 lead over […]

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On Sept. 3, three days before the regular season started, Steve Bush described his Middletown High School North football team thusly… “The offensive line is a strength,” Bush said. And in football, that’s a start–one that can make a coach quite confident. By controlling the line of scrimmage, Middletown North will have a chance to […]

Carl R Pope, 87, formerly of Mercer County, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 16, 201… Read more

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By Ken Downey Jr. & Joanne Thornborough With the 2019 Emmy Awards airing this Sunday, Sept. 15, my colleague, Joanne Thornborough, and I, sit down for the final time to take a look at who we feel is best deserving for the best performances on television. Looking at the limited and comedy series the last […]

By Kelly Gray, P.T. If you’ve ever experienced a bout of dizziness, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 40% of Americans will experience an episode of dizziness sometime during their lives that is significant enough to send them to a doctor, according the National Institutes of Health. And while dizziness can throw you off […]

By Pam Hersh Phyllis Marchand is no newcomer to Princeton. The former mayor of Princeton Township – and current influencer/advocate for the community’s numerous charities – first set foot on Princeton soil in 1966. “I once was a real newcomer, ignorant of all things Princeton, and it was the YWCA’s Newcomers and Friends that saved […]

By Rohit Bhalla, D.O. Flu season is about to ramp up, and if it is anything like past years, millions of people will suffer its effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the flu results in between 9.8 million and 36.5 million illnesses annually. You can help protect yourself from the virus […]

By Pam Hersh Although I expect to receive failing grades as a cook, last week I was shocked that I failed at another “C” activity – canvassing. Acknowledging my failure at canvassing, which is supposed to be a good way to introduce the community to the candidate running for office, inspired me, however, to come […]

By Susanne Steinberg, M.D.  In many cases, the scars of past trauma extend beyond emotional pain and physical injury, manifesting as distinct physical symptoms or disorders.  Chronic pain, excessive fatigue, stomach and bowel problems, headaches, palpitations and dizziness are often associated with trauma, and routine tests and physical exams typically fail to provide an explanation.  […]

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical and mental health play important roles in helping a child growing through life. CDC officials say physical activity is one of the ways a child’s health stays strong. “Physical activity is really important for children and adults. There are numerous studies that state that […]

By Pam Hersh On a Tuesday afternoon several months ago, Princeton resident Ira Fuchs scheduled an emergency computer video conference after dinner with his three grown children to discuss a new development in the family dynamic.  He reassured them the reason for the hastily called meeting involved no health emergency and gave no other details. […]

By Pam Hersh I played matchmaker this past week by introducing two institutions – both the same age and both driven by their commitment to community. It is a match – not made in heaven – but in Princeton and it’s a union that may prove to benefit many Princetonians. The idealistically compatible couple comprises […]

By Pam Hersh While sitting through the magical and innovative Princeton Summer Theater (PST) production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” I kept smiling – with a tear of sadness lingering in the corner of my eye. I laughed at the refreshing and exceedingly talented execution of the shenanigans occurring on stage. My thoughts, however, […]

By Katie Gaffney, R.D. Intense emotional experiences and stressful events affect everyone differently, including adolescents who are especially vulnerable to the ups and downs that typify the teenage years. Sometimes these emotions can have an impact on eating and can cause adolescents – girls and boys – to turn to food as a way of […]

iPlay America, Freehold Township, announced that Samantha Unglert, senior vice president and general manager, has been selected as one of NJBIZ’s 2019 40 Under 40 winners. Unglert, 30, is being honored for making her mark in New Jersey business and the contributions she has made to the community. Unglert joined iPlay America as a retail […]

The Edison Chamber of Commerce will welcome Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence professional development course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 at The Pine Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison.   Discover insights that drive Disney parks and resorts and how to adapt them to strengthen your own organizational efforts. Register online at […]

Valerie Amiss has joined Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, as a ballet instructor. Amiss will teach beginner ballet in the school’s primary A, B, C and Level 1 conservatory classes in Princeton. She will also teach beginner and intermediate ballet to adults in the school’s Cranbury studio. Amiss teaches ballet […]

Chiro Plus Wellness Center, owned by Dr. John Jaeger, a licensed chiropractor, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 27. Located at 3883 Route 516 in Old Bridge, the center offers chiropractic care, spinal decompression, custom foot orthotics, cryoskin procedures and weight loss programs. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, […]

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold Township, as a National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) site of the Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium (AHCC). As the first and only New Jersey-based NCORP, AHCC will help develop and implement NCI cancer prevention, screening, care delivery, and treatment studies with leading healthcare systems […]

Kendal Hand of Howell has joined commercial real estate services firm Levin Management Corporation (LMC), North Plainfield, as a leasing representative. She brings a strong track record in leasing open air shopping centers to her new position. Hand’s responsibilities include leasing and marketing efforts at several properties in LMC’s New Jersey retail portfolio, including Chatham […]

Maricel’s Kitchen celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 3. Chef Maricel Gentile welcomed guests to the new Old Bridge location at 1109 Englishtown Road. Focusing on Filipino and Asian foods, she offers catering, meal plans, cooking classes and a food truck. For more information, visit www.maricelskitchen.com or call 732-497-2698.

Code Ninjas celebrated the grand opening of its Old Bridge location on Aug. 17. The open house celebration allowed parents and children to tour the facility and discuss curriculum with owners Sarita and Deepak KC. Code Ninjas lets children ages 7-14 learn to code by building video games, and offers a game-based curriculum made up […]

Bright Future Preschool held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 25 at its new Old Bridge location. The center offers daycare services and preschool and kindergarten classes for children from 6 weeks to five years old. It is owned by Gennaro Palomba; his daughter Danielle Palomba serves as the center’s director. Registration is open for the […]

Join CentralJersey.com and MarketFair Mall for our Kids Expo on Sunday, September 29. Expect fun, games, and more from exciting vendors for kids and parents.

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