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SOUTH RIVER – The South River Public Schools will enforce new backpack rules for South River High School students beginning in September. “This is one of several procedures and measures the district is implementing in an overarching attempt to continuously improve our school’s safety and security,” Superintendent of Schools Sylvia Zircher said. To carry their […]

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Disability Allies will hold its third annual BBQ fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 at American Legion Post 87, 314 Berry St., Woodbridge. The menu will include hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork, grilled chicken, sausage and peppers and a variety of salads. Activities will include a deejay, balloon artist, face painting, a […]

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Decade: A Neil Young Tribute for the Ages will perform at 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts, 1629 Perrineville Road, Monroe. Adult tickets are $30. Patrons are $25. High school and college students are free at the door with ID. For tickets, visit www.etix.com, call 1-800-514-3849 […]

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The Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission in collaboration with the Monroe Township Public Library will present Boheme Opera Lecture Performance Series – The Touch of Genius – with Jerry Kalstein at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe. The event is free. Each lecture performance will include […]

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Two-time cancer survivor, motivator and positivity coach Rosie Mankes will share tips on how to live a purposeful, meaningful life every day; how to overcome adversity; and how to wake up to a new you each morning at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza. Registration is at […]

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The Monroe Township Environmental Commission, in cooperation with the Monroe Township Library, will host the 10th annual Green/Health & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 10 at Monroe Township High School, 200 Schoolhouse Road, Monroe. This year’s event offers more than 100 exhibitors and speakers who will provide information, products and […]

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Conservationist and author David Wheeler will present “Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State” at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the East Brunswick Library, 2 Civic Center Dr., East Brunswick. Wheeler, the executive director of the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, will discuss the diverse wildlife, nature destinations and exciting outdoor […]

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American Legion Post 253 will hold a steak dinner from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the post, 50 Devoe Ave., Spotswood. Menu includes ribeye steak cooked to order, baked potato, corn on the cob and tossed salad. Cash bar. Pre-sale is $20 per person, or $25 at the door if available. Proceeds benefit American Legion […]

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American Legion Post 253 will hold its annual James McKenna Memorial Poker Run and Pig Roast on Sept. 14 at the post, 50 Devoe Ave., Spotswood. Sign-in will be from 9-11 a.m. The party is from noon to 6 p.m. Music by Southern Steel. There will be food, entertainment and vendors. Donation is $20. Call […]

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Historian Greg Caggiano will discuss the history of liquor at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the East Brunswick Library, 2 Civic Center Dr. Caggiano will chronicle adult beverages. Particular focus will examine the Prohibition Era, the Absinthe scare of the 20th century, and why there are so many different types of whiskey on the market. […]

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Rich Marchesi is entering his 34th season as South River High School’s football coach, so he has a good feel for when a team is going to be competitive. After one week of padded practices, Marchesi loves this South River football team. Despite graduating 16 impact players after last season, and despite a 2019 roster […]

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Monroe Township High School has a very good opportunity to improve on the football field this fall. The Falcons return a lot of starters and are calling up some intriguing newcomers to their varsity team. To be clear, no one is predicting an undefeated state sectional championship season for these Falcons. They went 1-8 last […]

LPGA legend Jan Stephenson, who earlier this month was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, will be at Forsgate Country Club on July 20 to participate in a day that includes a golf clinic, tournament on the historic Banks Course, and a cocktail reception and tasting of Jan’s signature wines and rums. The […]

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Andy Steinfeld is an East Brunswick guy to the core.  He graduated from East Brunswick High School in 1985. He has been teaching physical education and coaching football at the school for almost three decades. He even lives in East Brunswick Township.  And now Steinfeld, at 52 years of age, is the high school’s head […]

In the 1970s, the Ladies Professional Golf Association was struggling to attract attention and stay alive. As a women’s sports product in a sports media environment with mostly male fans, the LPGA basically had one option–sell beauty. Jan Stephenson, a true golf talent with bushy blonde hair, smooth skin and an athletic body, had the […]

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Back in the prime years of ESPN’s NFL Primetime show, from 1987-2005, when it aired as the lead in to Sunday Night Football, this was the type of play that Primetime host Chris Berman would have gone absolutely bonkers over. In the fourth quarter of the Autoland Classic on July 18 at Kean University in […]

The $1 Million Haskell Invitational annually draws a large crowd to Monmouth Park. Last year’s event drew 37,196 spectators to the horse racing track in Oceanport. But a heat wave of both 100-plus degree temperatures and public pressure to postpone the race drove fans away from the 2019 Haskell Invitational on July 20. This year’s […]

A group of Monroe Township High School students are getting to do something very cool this summer. Back in April, Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, based in Harrison, signed 12 students from Monroe to play on the Red Bulls’ Unified team, a collection of athletes associated with Special Olympics New Jersey. As part […]

Monroe Township High School will bring back all of its athletic coaches for the 2019-20 school year. This is not an easy thing to pull off anymore. High school coaching today is a year round grind. But there is no doubt that it’s meaningful. So when a coach finds the right place to work, he […]

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

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The curtain will go up on Kelsey Theatre’s 46th season on Sept. 12 with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music,” to be followed by other major musicals, dramas, comedies and shows for the entire family. Kelsey Theatre is on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. […]

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 […]

By Pam Hersh While my grandkids last weekend were learning about Africa by watching “The Lion King,” I was learning about Africa by listening to a more compelling story – starring accused witches, witch camps and shea butter. The narrator of the witch and shea butter story was Princeton University lecturer Dr. Christiana Agawu, a […]

By Sandra Byer-Lubin, R.D. An estimated 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, a chronic condition where your body does not produce enough insulin or does not use it efficiently or both, according to the American Diabetes Association.  More than 7 million of those people are undiagnosed.  Left unmanaged, diabetes can lead to serious medical complications, including […]

By Pam Hersh Has anyone noticed the change in the air quality of Princeton? You can’t smell it, see it or hear it. But you can sense the definite improvement – particularly if you turn on your computer, while sitting on a bench in the Parklet, the temporary outdoor seating area created in the parking […]

By Tomer Davidov, M.D. Whether from eating a big meal or catching a stomach bug, almost everyone experiences some sort of abdominal pain every now and then.  In fact, abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  But how do […]

By Pam Hersh John S. Watson Jr., a.k.a. Jay, grew up in an environment that featured the hallways and offices of New Jersey’s government buildings. For his life’s work, however, he chose to broaden his environment outside of those hallways by focusing on the outside, as in the outdoors. Leading several environmental programs – both […]

By: Pam Hersh Princeton’s playgrounds are treasure troves for all sorts of adventures, according to hundreds of kids – and one particular Princeton grownup. John Altman, the author of eight spy-genre thrillers that have been published all over the world, was assisted in his most recent spy novel, “The Korean Woman,” by experiences he had […]

By: Joseph M. Pepek, M.D. Radiation therapy is a common approach to treating many different types of cancer and has become increasingly precise as technology has improved and advanced. Precision is paramount as radiation not only kills cancer cells, but can also affect surrounding healthy cells. As part of its comprehensive cancer care program, the […]

By Pam Hersh I had a back-to-the-future epiphany on Friday, June 14. Non-screen contact (NSC) with humans – the phenomenon that occurs when you make eye, voice and physical (non-sexual) contact with another person – might be making a comeback in our alienated and alienating society. I woke up on June 14 somewhat depressed because […]

Catherine J. Schiano, D.O., Michelle Tomlinson-Phelan, D.O., and internist Scott Yager, M.D., have opened new MDVIP-affiliated primary care practices in East Brunswick to deliver a healthcare experience focused on health prevention, not just the treatment of illness. All three have been practicing for more than 25 years. Schiano received her medical degree from the University of […]

“I am proud to announce our top producers for July, for delivering extraordinary experiences to home buyers and sellers in our community,” said Iris Lurie, broker/owner of Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie. The Top Listing Agent is Laurin LaLima and the Selling Agent is Carrie Moyer. The Top Listing Team and Top Selling Team […]

James R. Penn, MD, has joined Gastroenterology Consultants PA of Edison and Old Bridge, and will be seeing patients at both locations. Penn was serving as the chief gastroenterology fellow at the Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School prior to joining Gastroenterology Consultants this summer. Penn earned his medical degree as well as served […]

Code Ninjas of Old Bridge will hold its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at its new location, 3873 Route 516, Old Bridge. The coding center for children ages 7-14 offers lessons in coding, mathematics, logic and teamwork. There will be refreshments, raffle prizes and a visit by Davey’s Ice Cream […]

Nobility Crest at Ocean Township recently celebrated its successful grand opening weekend. The 55-and-over luxury condominium community, accessible from Route 66 in the Wayside section of Ocean Township, also announced the first building is nearly 50% sold out. Nobility Crest, from Renaissance Properties and Blue Star Group, offers eight designer-inspired floor plans with 1,213 to […]

The Grande at Metropark has announced that Buildings 1 and 2 are almost fully leased and it is now leasing Building 3. Building 3 features studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-story penthouse lofts with den from under $2,000 per month. All residences have access to over 25,000 square feet of indoor amenities and extensive outdoor amenities […]

Advanced Wellness has announced the opening of a new office in Freehold. Joseph Cilea, D.C., and Gary Yen, M.D., and their staff, will move into the current office of Michael Lynch, D.C., providing a seamless transition for all of Lynch’s patients. Chiropractic and acupuncture will be the first services offered, to be followed by physical […]

The Grande at Metropark, a luxury apartment collection, has announced Buildings 1 and 2 are almost fully leased and is now leasing Building 3. Centrally located at The Grande at Metropark, Building 3 features studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-story penthouse lofts with den from under $2,000 per month. All residences have access to over 25,000 […]

East Brunswick’s Green Team honored Brunswick Square with its first Green Business Recognition Award. The property recently installed 17 charging stations for electric vehicles. The new award aims to raise awareness, while distinguishing local businesses that demonstrate their commitment to furthering the township’s environmental goals. Ron Lichtenberger, general manager of Brunswick Square, accepted the award […]

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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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