New year offers opportunity to organize

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer Mise en place is a French culinary term that means “putting in place.” For chefs, having ingredients prepared and arranged before the cooking process begins allows for greater organization and efficiency in executing a recipe. Applying that concept in everyday life can bring that same organization to almost any task.… Continue reading New year offers opportunity to organize

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Jonelle Melton remembered; police honored for efforts

By MICHAEL NUNES Staff Writer To family and friends of Jonelle Melton, a Social Studies teacher at Red Bank Middle School, she was a bubbly, butterfly-loving, history-obsessed soul who put her students before everything. Six years since her murder, three men have been charged, and those closest to her shared their fondest memories of Melton,… Continue reading Jonelle Melton remembered; police honored for efforts

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Youngster shows strength in battle against cancer

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer Gracie West, a seventh-grader at the Barkalow Middle School, Freehold Township, has been battling cancer for two years and recent scans showed no evidence of the disease. In December 2014, Gracie traveled to Rome and received a blessing from Pope Francis. CHRISTINE BARCIA/STAFF Gracie West literally jumped for joy with… Continue reading Youngster shows strength in battle against cancer

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KATHY McBAIN/STAFF Greater Media Newspapers held a holiday food drive in the Manalapan office from Dec. 9-21. Donations were brought to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune.

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Oceanport to consider Habitat proposal

By KENNY WALTER Staff Writer OCEANPORT — Facing a deadline, the Borough Council is considering a proposal to allow Habitat for Humanity to build two single-family homes on Pemberton Avenue in an effort to satisfy affordable housing requirements. The council discussed the proposal during the Dec. 17 meeting, but cited concerns over allowing construction on… Continue reading Oceanport to consider Habitat proposal

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Local families receive holiday meals

NEPTUNE — Children in the Kids CafĂ© program receive a hot meal each day during their after-school programs. However, when schools are closed, many families struggle. The grocery chain, Wegmans, wanted to help those families. So Wegmans teamed up with The Food- Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to distribute a frozen turkey and bag… Continue reading Local families receive holiday meals

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Race, ride and party into 2016

TOP PICK iPlay America rings in the New Year with a blast during the Fifth annual New Year’s Eve Bash from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. iPlay America’s New Year’s Eve Party pass includes unlimited rides and attractions, a $10 game card, party favors, spectacular prizes and giveaways throughout the evening, a confetti cannon,… Continue reading Race, ride and party into 2016

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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

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Red Bank board opposes charter school expansion

By MICHAEL NUNES Staff Writer With the Red Bank Charter School (RBCS) seeking to double its enrollment, the Red Bank School District has petitioned the state to refuse the expansion. “I would like to express my own personal opposition to the expansion. The expansion proposal would certainly lead to a significant tax increase as well… Continue reading Red Bank board opposes charter school expansion

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