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FREEHOLD – The Freehold Borough K-8 School District Board of Education has approved a $12,320 reduction in a contract for a partial roof replacement at one of the district’s facilities. On Feb. 4, board members approved the change order in the contract with MTB, LLC, for the partial replacement of the roof at the Freehold […]

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MARLBORO – The township’s elected officials have condemned remarks made by a Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota that were described as being anti-Semitic. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who is serving her first two-year term in the House of Representatives, asserted in a tweet on Feb. 10 that support for Israel in Congress is predicated on monetary support […]

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – The Township Committee has awarded a contract estimated at $28,637 for an annual event that assists local efforts to help prevent substance abuse. On Feb. 12, Freehold Township officials awarded a contract to the Battleground Country Club, Manalapan, to host the annual Freehold Township Municipal Alliance Golf Outing in 2019. According to […]

The auditoriums of the Freehold Regional High School District’s six schools are alive with the sound of musicals. Upcoming performances include the following: • Manalapan High School presents “The Wizard of Oz.” Young Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado from her Kansas farm to the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters a […]

COLTS NECK – Officer Thomas Ward has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Colts Neck Police Department. Mayor Thomas Orgo swore in Ward to his new position during the Feb. 13 meeting of the Township Committee. Ward joined the police department in 2011. He graduated from Rutgers with a degree in criminal […]

COLTS NECK – The Colts Neck Lions Club has raised $122,000 to construct a playground for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The new playground at the Dorbrook Recreation Area, 353 Route 537, Colts Neck, will be named the Lions Sensory Den and will be an extension to the existing Challenger Place playground. The […]

MARLBORO – The Marlboro Township Council will hold public hearings on three bond ordinances during its 7 p.m. Feb. 21 meeting at Town Hall. Residents will have the oppor The bond ordinances are for general capital improvements, water utility improvements and improvements to the recreation department in regard to the Marlboro Swim Club. The first […]

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MARLBORO – Representatives of Marlboro are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court, Freehold, on March 25 for a fairness hearing concerning the township’s housing element and fair share compliance plan. Attorney Ronald H. Gordon, who represents Marlboro on issues related to affordable housing, will ask Judge Jamie S. Perri to approve a settlement of […]

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• New Jersey Blood Services will hold the following blood drives: March 10, St. Rose of Lima Church, 16 McLean St., Freehold, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and March 10, Temple Beth Shalom, 108 Freehold Road, Manalapan, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To donate blood, call toll free, 1-800-933-2566. • Embroiderers’ Guild of America-Monmouth Chapter […]

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MANALAPAN – The Manalapan Planning Board has granted final major subdivision approval to Milford Estates, LLC, which plans to construct seven homes on a 5.5-acre parcel with frontage along Taylors Mills Road. Board members took the action during a meeting on Feb. 14. The homes are a permitted use in the R-20 (half-acre) zone. Chairwoman […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala., has named area residents to the dean’s list (GPA of 3.5 or above) and the president’s list (GPA of 4.0) for the 2018 fall semester: Courtney Sager of Colts Neck, dean’s list; Nino Gagliano of Freehold, dean’s list; Paige Risley of Freehold, president’S list; and Claire Studer of Freehold, […]

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FREEHOLD – Municipal officials in Freehold Borough have authorized a shared services agreement with Freehold Township for code enforcement, building inspection and plan review services. Borough Council members took the action on Feb. 4. Freehold Borough and Freehold Township initially entered into the agreement in 2017. In January, the Township Committee in Freehold Township authorized […]

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A team of students from Manalapan High School won the 2019 Monmouth County Consumer Bowl, a game-show-style competition for high school students that was held on Feb. 6 at the Monmouth County Fire Academy, Howell. Students from eight high schools answered consumer-related questions in a multiple choice and open-ended format to test their knowledge of […]

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#1 (left to right) Glenn Cashion, Muriel Smith (both of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and Cashion received the medal) and Rep. Smith #2 (left to right) Rep. Smith, Glenn Cashion, and Freehold Borough Mayor Nolan Higgins FREEHOLD – More than 150 years after Pvt. Thomas T. Fallon’s heroic actions in the Civil War, and […]

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FREEHOLD – Dentist, an Asbury Park indie surf rock trio, will perform at Mark Costanzo’s Concerts in the Studio, Jackson Terrace, Freehold Borough, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. The concert will kick off a three-week tour that will take the band to SXSW and the Treefort Music Fest. The intimate house show is limited to 55 […]

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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – A Funeral Mass for a former chairwoman of the Freehold Township Education Foundation was held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine, Freehold Township, on Feb. 9. Denise A. Bartone, 48, was a former chairwoman of the foundation which supports activities and programs in the Freehold Township K-8 School District. The Monmouth […]

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FREEHOLD – The Borough Council in Freehold Borough has introduced a bond ordinance to appropriate $150,000 for the purchase and installation of parking meter pay stations. Council members introduced the bond ordinance on Feb. 4. The document authorizes the issuance of $142,500 in bonds and notes and includes a down payment of $7,500. The pay […]

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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – On Feb. 16, officials in Freehold Township Fire District No. 2 will seek voter approval for a $1.43 million budget for 2019. There are two fire districts in Freehold Township. Fire District No. 2 is east of Route 9. Firefighting services are provided by the East Freehold Fire Company. Registered voters who […]

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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – On Feb. 16, officials in Freehold Township Fire District No. 1 will seek voter approval for two items: a $1.7 million budget for 2019 and the purchase of a new fire vehicle. There are two fire districts in Freehold Township. Fire District No. 1 is west of Route 9. Firefighting services are […]

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MANALAPAN – The Manalapan Arts Council and Mayor Susan Cohen have announced the 11th annual Manalapan Township photo contest. The 2019 theme is “A Moment in the Life of Manalapan.” Contest organizers will be looking for pictures of any scene, object, event, people or activity that occurs in Manalapan that inspires an appreciation of residing […]

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MANALAPAN – The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will sponsor its first high school video contest – “Substance Abuse – Prevention and Persuasion.” The contest will raise awareness, with its primary goal being to prevent substance abuse by engaging youths and challenging them to create video messages with a preventive and/or […]

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Jazz at Princeton University, with the help of jazz saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, will present the inaugural Princeton University Jazz Festival on April 13. The free event featuring an outdoor lineup of jazz stars will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Alexander Beach outside Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University […]

JACKSON – An athletic complex planned for construction on a 194-acre parcel at Route 537 and Hawkin Road, Jackson, drew support and criticism from members of the public when it came before the Jackson Planning Board on Feb. 4. That evening, board members approved a General Development Plan for Trophy Park. The applicant will eventually […]

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• Volunteer genealogy specialists Richard and Angela Wood will explain “How to Navigate the FamilySearch Website” at the 1:30 p.m. March 10 meeting of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society at the Community Center, 72 Broad St., Eatontown. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Details: 732-747-0090. • Center for Jewish Life, Marlboro, will celebrate […]

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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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COLTS NECK – Paul Santucci is the new police chief in Colts Neck. He was sworn in to the position by Mayor Thomas Orgo during the Jan. 30 meeting of the Township Committee at the municipal courthouse. The meeting room was filled to capacity as residents turned out to support the new police chief. Colts […]

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Law enforcement authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on the afternoon of Jan. 16 in Freehold Township. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Freehold Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team are investigating the crash that claimed the […]

The University of Delaware, Newark, Del., has named the following area residents to the dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester: From Colts Neck: Jacquelin Cianci, Anastasia Dolan, Kerry Foley, Sarah Geissler, Yichong Ma, Catherine McDermott, Tomi-Lynn Paolino, Ben Sammarco, Jaclyn Singh, Christopher Tommolino and Matt Volk. From Englishtown: Danielle Blume, Donovan Martire, Elena Riccardi […]

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., has named the following area residents to the dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester: from Colts Neck – Abigail Burtone,  Christopher Gerhard and Alex Taglieri; from Englishtown – Kaitlyn Nicastro; from Freehold – Tyler Amberger, Andrew DePass, Amanda Hunt, Camryn Hurley, Calli Jackson, Elizabeth Jasko, Zachary Krauss, Kristen MacFarlane, Nicole […]

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a resident of Somerset has been indicted on charges of causing the death of Cory Aufiero, a 19-year-old Rutgers University student from Colts Neck, on Sept. 28, 2018 in New Brunswick. Carey said David Stewart, 36, of Somerset, was indicted for strict liability vehicular homicide in the […]

MARLBORO – A young man who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 86, which is sponsored by the Old Brick Reformed Church of Marlboro, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout. During a ceremony on Jan. 6, the Boy Scouts bestowed its highest honor, the rank of Eagle, on Eric Schmalzried of Marlboro. Eric […]

The Manalapan Police Department reported the following incidents occurring in the township: • On Jan. 27 at 1:02 p.m., Patrolman Joseph DeFilippis responded to Greenleaf Drive, off Gordons Corner Road, to investigate an incident of vandalism. A resident of Manalapan reported that two vehicles that were parked in the street had been spray-painted with gold […]

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Municipal officials have amended Freehold Township’s zoning regulations to specify the types of dormitories that are permitted in the municipality and where private and parochial schools are permitted to operate. The Township Committee adopted two ordinances on Jan. 29 that amend the land use ordinance. One amendment clarifies where public, private and […]

ENGLISHTOWN – Municipal officials in Englishtown have authorized the expenditure of $10,259 for software maintenance. During a meeting on Jan. 23, members of the Borough Council passed a resolution authorizing a contract with Edmunds & Associates, Northfield, for software maintenance for Englishtown’s finance, tax, animal, and water and sewer departments. In other business, council members […]

FREEHOLD – The Freehold Borough K-8 School District Board of Education has authorized increases totaling $60,019 in the contract for the district’s recently completed expansion and renovation project. On Jan. 7, board members approved three change orders totaling $39,054 in a contract with G&P Parlamas for additions and renovations at the Park Avenue Complex, Park […]

FREEHOLD – After more than three decades of service, the director of the Freehold Public Library has retired. During a meeting on Jan. 23, members of the Borough Council in Freehold Borough passed a resolution honoring Barbara Greenberg, the library’s director, on the occasion of her retirement. Greenberg was hired as director of the borough’s […]

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• “The History of the Italian Jews,” a talk by Rabbi Michael Klein (rabbi emeritus, Congregation Ahavat Olam, Howell), will be held at 2 p.m. March 31 at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mount’s Corner Drive, Freehold Township. Cost to attend is $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. To reserve […]

The Manalapan Police Department reported the following incidents that occurred in the township: • On Jan. 12 at 5:51 p.m., Patrolman Douglas Zike responded to a business on Route 9, where an employee reported that three unknown Hispanic males had entered the store and attempted to steal $3,660 worth of merchandise. The employee said the […]