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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.”

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Do not let terrorists taint truth behind Islam

As a Muslim U.S. citizen I want to echo the sentiment of the Muslim community that is now a target of Donald Trumps’s slander following the terrorist act in San Bernardino that is a misrepresentation of Islamic faith. Islam promotes peaceful, tolerant and harmonious co-existence of people of all faiths. The Quran states that slaying… Continue reading Do not let terrorists taint truth behind Islam

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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)

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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

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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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Did you know …

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 …

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Scholarships available for visual arts students

Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts has announced that beginning next fall, all incoming visual arts graduate students will receive scholarships equivalent to full out-of-state tuition in the first year and full in-state tuition for the second year of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. The scholarships reflect the school’s belief that… Continue reading Scholarships available for visual arts students

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

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FRANK GALIPO Leonard Feber, 4, of Tinton Falls, plays on the beach at Victory Park, Rumson, on Dec. 13.

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