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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The Force was strong at the Plumsted Library in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, on Dec. 16 when a celebration of all things “Star Wars” was held in conjunction with the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Having a good old time with Larry Black (the guy who is committed to keeping the rated-G in TV)

By Lori Acken, www.channelguidemag.com Larry Black It’s near impossible to tune in to RFDTV’s Larry’s Country Diner and not want to climb through the screen to share some pie and sociability with host Larry Black and his cast of amiable characters as they crack wise, reminisce about classic moments in music and TV and generally… Continue reading Having a good old time with Larry Black (the guy who is committed to keeping the rated-G in TV)

Football will never be the same — hopefully

In theaters now By Paul Hall www.channelguidemag.com Alec Baldwin, left, and Will Smith huddle over football players’ head injuries and deaths in the new movie Concussion. Concussion focuses on the startling discovery made by Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) while working as a pathologist in Pittsburgh. Omalu was on duty in September 2002 when the… Continue reading Football will never be the same — hopefully

Looking back at Christmas

By Lucie M. Winborne, ReMIND Magazine Child star Shirley Temple and John Agar were happy newlyweds at Christmastime in 1945. The Puritans banned it. Our Founding Fathers weren’t too crazy about it. And Congress didn’t get around to making it an official celebration until 1870. But you’d hardly guess it as Christmas approached. We Americans… Continue reading Looking back at Christmas

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Jane Lynch PHOTO COURTESY OF NBCUniversal NBC’s popular party-time series, “Hollywood Game Night,” is set to return for its fourth season on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. Jane Lynch, who has won the Emmy Award two years in a row as outstanding host of a reality or reality-competition program, will once again lead the… Continue reading Did you know …

Meredith Baxter and her ‘Family Ties’ husband enjoy reunion as Christmas’ power couple

By Kellie Freeze, www.channelguidemag.com In Lifetime’s holiday original movie Becoming Santa, Holly (Laura Bell Bundy) brings her boyfriend (Jesse Hutch) to meet her family and reveals that not only are her parents Santa and Mrs. Claus, but also whoever she marries will become the next Santa. There’s no one better to play the quintessential holiday… Continue reading Meredith Baxter and her ‘Family Ties’ husband enjoy reunion as Christmas’ power couple

You can go home again

In theaters now By Paul Hall www.channelguidemag.com Sisters lets two women we absolutely love bring their comic genius to the screen. Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate Ellis (Tina Fey) are tasked with the responsibility of cleaning out their room at their childhood home as their parents are moving to a condo. But in rehashing the… Continue reading You can go home again

School district deals with cases of whooping cough

By MATTHEW SOCKOL Correspondent MILLSTONE — The Millstone Township K-8 School District is handling a health situation involving pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Pertussis is more commonly known as whooping cough. Superintendent of Schools Scott Feder discussed the issue at the Dec. 14 Board of Education meeting. Feder said a letter was sent… Continue reading School district deals with cases of whooping cough

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MATT DENTON Santa Claus arrives at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Pier Village in Long Branch.