December 18, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Four charged in home invasions

Members of the local Indian-American community breathed a collective sigh of relief following the announcement that four suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of home invasions in Middlesex County. More...

Children receive Christmas gifts from ‘Helping Hands’

SOUTH RIVER — Christmas came early for some area youngsters who were invited to a holiday party with Santa Claus. The Dec. 14 event, held at St. More...

Couple hopes new card game generates ‘compound’ interest

A local couple has released a board game for children that aims to improve vocabulary and critical-thinking skills. More...

Police launch campaign to stop drunken driving

Law enforcement officers across the state are cracking down on drunken driving as part of the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Through Jan. More...

Complete the holiday season with gingerbread

Whether leaving cookies out for Santa or simply spreading some holiday cheer among family and friends, the following recipe for Soft Glazed Gingerbread from Elizabeth M. More...

Explore natural sleep remedies

Healthy Resolutions

Sleep is a natural process designed to recharge the body and mind.Although some people find no difficulty in settling down for the night, many others profess to have periodic or chronic sleep problems. More...

Brew-haha

Jason Pappas pours a sample of his award-winning beer for Brian Bender during an “Advanced Home Brewing Q&A: Beyond Extract” class for experienced home brewers, hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension at Rutgers University’s More...

Letters

Councilman reflects on years of service

Monday, Dec. 8, marked the last meeting of my term as one of your Milltown Borough Council members. I must say that it has been an honor and a privilege to serve you. More...

JCP&L rate proposal funds needed projects

I n recent weeks, there have been letters to the editor and newspaper advertisements from a special interest group that have painted an unfair picture of Jersey Central Power & Light’s (JCP&L) proposed rate plan. More...

Police and prison chaplain speaks out

Protests of a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man continued around the country, and authorities said a march in California turned violent when masked demonstrators smashed wi More...

Obituaries

Alfred A. “Fred” Smith

Alfred A. “Fred” Smith, 92, of Spotswood, passed away Dec. 7 after a brief illness. More...

Helen Marie Dudek Adamcewicz

Helen Marie Dudek Adamcewicz, 92, of Old Bridge, died Dec. 5, 2014, at home. Born and raised in Bayonne, Helen settled in the former Madison Township, now Old Bridge, more than 70 years ago. More...

Douglas A. Perrine

Douglas A. Perrine, 69, of Spotswood, formerly of New Egypt, died on Dec. 12 at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge. Born and raised in Cranbury and Hightstown, Douglas lived in New Egypt for 41 years before settling in Spotswood in 2011. More...

Business

Livoti’s honors Jewish community

MARLBORO — In celebration of Hanukkah and the local Jewish community, Livoti’s Old World Market in Marlboro Plaza, Route 9, is displaying a 5-foot-tall menorah in the store. More...

Weichert Corporate Housing opens new regional center

Frank Palestrini, president of Weichert Corporate Housing (WCH), announces that Mark Pooley has joined the company as vice president of business development, Washington, D.C. More...

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

Jack Waters, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that John Horvath of the Old Bridge office was recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of November. More...

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Erica Mastruzzo and her son, Ari, of East Brunswick put the finishing touches on the menorah they crafted for the Hanukkah celebration during a Dec. 14 workshop at the Home Depot in Milltown. More...

Interfaith families embrace holidays

Kelli and Pat Antonucci of Monroe used to joke when people would ask what religion their daughters practiced. “We would say ‘confused,’ ” Kelli Antonucci said. More...

Adventure crew aims high, starting with Mt. Tammany climb

A n East Brunswick-based group that embarks on high-adventure activities recently celebrated its first adventure — a 4 1/2-mile winter hike up Mt. Tammany, which leads to an overlook of the Delaware Water Gap. More...

State aims to help residents affected by superstorm

New Jersey residents with low or moderate incomes will soon be able to take advantage of a new state program intended to address their unmet needs on the long road to recovery from superstorm Sandy. More...

Former Club Bene demolished to make way for residences

SAYREVILLE — Councilman David McGill was not afraid to date himself when he recalled big names like Tony Bennett and Dean Martin visiting the former Club Bene at Route 35 and Old Spye Road. The club, which was slated for demolition on Nov. More...

Inquiry continues into diesel fuel spill off Sandy Hook

MIDDLETOWN — A “sheen” of diesel fuel visible on the waters and shoreline of Sandy Hook had largely dissipated by Dec. 15, according to a National Park Service (NPS) official. More...

Carriage rides

Local residents celebrate the holiday season with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Jamesburg on Dec. 11. More...

How to beat the couch potato curse

Healthy Resolutions

Diet and exercise make great bedfellows for men and women looking to live a healthier lifestyle.A combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise makes it easier for men and women to maintain a healthy weight while lowering their risk of various a More...

Jewish federations will merge to expand outreach, services

Two major Jewish organizations in Middlesex and Monmouth counties have announced a landmark merger agreement that will establish the Jewish Federation of Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, effective Jan. 1. More...

Bright lights

Above left: Roie Cederbaum of Edison puts the finishing touches on his creation as do-it-yourselfers make menorahs at the Milltown Home Depot on Dec. 14. More...

Bulletin Board

Essay contest open to students on break

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) Kid’s Corner will host a special Winter Essay Contest to encourage students to read during winter vacation. More...

Library friends to kick off membership drive

The East Brunswick Friends of the Library will begin a monthlong membership drive Jan. 1. More...

Seniors offering trips to Sands, Bethlehem

Our Lady of Victories (OLV) Seniors will sponsor a Jan. 25 bus trip to the Sands Casino, Bethlehem, Pa. Additional casino trips are set for Feb. 22 and March 22. Cost is $35 per person, with a $20 return in slot play and a $5 food voucher. More...

Opinion

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Snowmen are on display at Gasko’s Family Farm & Greenhouses, Monroe Township. More...

Schools

Students earn recognition after ‘eating a rainbow’

EAST BRUNSWICK — Several students from Bowne-Munro Elementary School are the winners of the New Jersey Agricultural Society’s annual Farm-City Week Poster Contest. More...

Sports

Getting set for season opener

Spotswood High School’s Jessica Meagher finds herself sandwiched between Sayreville War Memorial High School’s Isi Enahoro, left, and Morenike Akinrefon as she tries to control a rebound during the Dec. More...

Experienced Falcons look to be competitive in White Division

For a sport where experience can mean the difference between a winning and losing record, the Monroe Township High School boys basketball team returns four out of five players from its starting lineup. More...

Rams girls look to build off last year’s hoops success

South River High School’s girls basketball team completed last season as cochampions of the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) Gold Division and made it to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I finals — a first for the program coached by Mike More...