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

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

Interim CEO named at YMCA

Rose Cushing The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy announced interim CEO Rose Cushing assumed the role as President and CEO of the nonprofit on December 19. Cushing will succeed Scott Lewis, who announced he has accepted the position as president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Cushing currently serves as… Continue reading Interim CEO named at YMCA

Helping the community

Lisa Marie Stecker of Greater Media Newspapers’ Advertising Department shows some of the food that was donated during a holiday food drive sponsored by the newspaper group from Dec. 9-21. The food was brought to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Neptune, for distribution throughout the region. KATHY McBAIN/STAFF

Middlesex County achieves record recycling rate, named No. 1 in NJ

According to the most recent data, Middlesex County was credited with recycling 71 percent of its total waste generated in one year, beating even its own best record. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY Middlesex County continues to set the pace as the state’s top recycler, as noted by a recent award from… Continue reading Middlesex County achieves record recycling rate, named No. 1 in NJ

Girl Scouts praised for dog park initiative

By KATHY CHANG Staff Writer The initiative as well as the persistence by Girl Scouts Abigail “Abby” Brooks and Lilith “Lilly” Rebecca Hoover has led to a community-wide dog park expected to come to fruition in spring 2016. Abby and Lilly were presented with county and local proclamations at a Metuchen Borough Council meeting on… Continue reading Girl Scouts praised for dog park initiative