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

Sustainable Jersey recognizes Howell environmental effort

By JENNIFER ORTIZ Staff Writer The Howell Green Team — which works to promote good stewardship of the environment — has earned the level of bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit entity that encourages municipal officials and residents to think about the planet and the quality of life where people live,… Continue reading Sustainable Jersey recognizes Howell environmental effort

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

Fire districts will merge Jan. 1

JACKSON – Municipal officials have taken the final step needed to merge the operation of two fire districts in Jackson. An ordinance memorializing the consolidation of Fire District No. 1 and Fire District No. 2 was unanimously adopted by the Township Council during its Dec. 8 meeting. With that act, the number of fire districts… Continue reading Fire districts will merge Jan. 1

Feeding the community

KATHY McBAIN/STAFF 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.

Team Kevin Strive gives youths a helping hand

Volunteers who share a passion for an active lifestyle regularly dedicate their time to individuals who have a medical disability. The volunteers make up Team Kevin Strive, which was started to raise awareness and to show that people who have a medical disability can still be participants in an active lifestyle. The nonprofit Team Kevin… Continue reading Team Kevin Strive gives youths a helping hand

Evergreens may be recycled

PLUMSTED – For the fourth consecutive year, the Plumsted Youth for Nature and the Environment (PYNE) will collect discarded pine trees and fir trees and bring them to Bradley Beach, Monmouth County, to support dune restoration efforts. For many towns along the shore, sand dunes help to stave off beach erosion and prevent flooding. According… Continue reading Evergreens may be recycled

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

Grocery stores expand services

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer Today, grocery stores are offering more than just aisles of food to customers, as illustrated by this gingerbread cookie decorating class that was held at Whole Foods Market, Marlboro, on Dec. 17. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Area grocery stores are slowly changing the way they cater to their customers… Continue reading Grocery stores expand services