Grocery stores expand services

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer Grocery stores are offering more than food shopping such as this gingerbread cookie decorating class held at Whole Foods Market in Marlboro on Dec. 17. STAFF PHOTGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Area grocery stores are slowly changing the way they cater to their customers by providing more services and programs to… Continue reading Grocery stores expand services

Package theft a concern

By JENNIFER ORTIZ and KENNY WALTER Staff Writers STAFF PHOTGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The theft of packages delivered to doorsteps is becoming a bigger problem as more and more people shop online for their Christmas gifts. Woodbridge Police Capt. Roy Hoppock said package theft has become a growing issue, and there are very few ways to… Continue reading Package theft a concern

Middletown man charged with making threats at theaters

REGIONAL INTEREST FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — Investigators have arrested a Middletown man and charged him with making a pair of bomb threats at the Freehold AMC movie theaters at Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township, Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. The prosecutor said Jesse Carroll, 22, of Middletown, who is an employee of the… Continue reading Middletown man charged with making threats at theaters

Youths may enter contest

New Jersey’s soil conservation districts are now accepting entries in a poster contest designed to raise awareness of natural resources and related issues among young people. The theme for this year’s poster is “We All Need Trees,” according to a press release. Students may compete in the following categories: Grades 2-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9… Continue reading Youths may enter contest

Pallone proposes improved disaster communications

Proposed federal legislation could one day help residents across New Jersey who lose cell phone service and experience power blackouts similar to what occurred during superstorm Sandy in 2012. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-Monmouth, Middlesex) has introduced the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act (H.R. 3998) that would, if passed in the House and… Continue reading Pallone proposes improved disaster communications

Groups combine efforts to spruce up Allentown

By ANDREW MARTINS Staff Writer ALLENTOWN – Months after receiving a grant for environmental and aesthetic improvements in Allentown, residents gathered to plant trees in a historic part of the borough. On Dec. 12, members of the Allentown Environmental Commission, the Allentown High School FFA chapter, Boy Scout Troop 180, the Allentown Lions Club, the… Continue reading Groups combine efforts to spruce up Allentown

Master gardener class to begin

The Monmouth County Master Gardener program is the way for an individual to become a certified expert in all things related to home gardening. The deadline to apply for the 2016 program is Jan. 4. “As a Master Gardener trainee you can get in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from the best in the field –… Continue reading Master gardener class to begin


MATT DENTON Allentown High School’s Tristan Millett muscles his way through a pair of Trenton Catholic Academy defenders during a preseason basketball scrimmage in Allentown. The 2015-16 season will tip off Dec. 19 in Allentown with the Redbirds playing Lawrence High School.