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‘The Joker’ coaster to debut

JACKSON — A roller coaster that is coming to the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park this spring now has a name: The Joker.

The Joker, a notorious villain who has had many run-ins with Batman, will be the mascot and namesake for the 12-story ride.

The Joker is described as a 4-D, free-fly coaster and will be the 14th roller coaster featured at Great Adventure.

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Registration opens for youth canoeing program

The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association in Fair Haven is now accepting registrations for its River Rangers summer canoeing program for children age 10-14.

The weekly program will run from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sessions will be held July 11-15, July 18- 22, Aug. 1-5, Aug. 8-12 and Aug. 15-19.

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Spring into fun with Park System activities

LINCROFT — The Monmouth County Park System has slated many activities for April, including the Spring Craft Show, Earth Day celebration and the Creative Arts and Music Festival. Activities are free unless otherwise specified.

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Foundation hoping to fund research project at university

MANALAPAN — James Anthony (“Jamesy”) Raffone may not know it, but the experimental treatment he is receiving for his very rare, fatal disease may be sparking a new research study at the University of Minnesota, according to a press release.

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Summer camp options abound

Summer camp is a beloved tradition in many families.

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Area schools and camps have so much to offer

Barbizon of Red Bank opened its doors in 1968 and has been proudly training men, women and children in modeling and personal development ever

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Construction is on ‘Pointe’ at former National Lead site

[img_assist|nid=109275|title=|desc= Above: A sketch of the design for the 440-acre mixed use development, The Pointe at Sayreville. Right: The new 440-acre mixed use development, The Pointe at Sayreville, is located off of the Garden State Parkway, Route 35 and Route 9.

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Area residents will have work shown at film festival


Three local filmmakers will have their work shown at the 14th annual Garden State Film Festival which will run from March 31 through April 3 in Atlantic City. Visitors may pay $12 for an individual screening or $45 for a weekend pass.

Joe Minnella, 34, of Howell, will screen his feature film “After Sandy,” which is about life after superstorm Sandy in 2012.

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Plastic foam recycling for Holmdel residents

The Holmdel Township Department of Public Works and the Green Team have joined with Foam Pack Industries to offer an opportunity to recycle plastic foam from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16.

The foam collection will take place at the town’s recycling center on Crawfords Corner Road. Local teens will supervise the collection to make sure the foam is white, clean and tape-free.

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Garden Club slates spring activities

The Garden Club RFD will sponsor a program by Sean Walsh, “Sustaining Landscapes and Gardens,” on April 19 at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 951 Middletown Lincroft Road, Middletown.

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Engineering firm turns 50, awards two scholarships

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

[img_assist|nid=109264|title=|desc= Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger, left, and Deputy Mayor Anthony Fiore, right, present T&M Associates CEO Gary Dahms with a proclamation honoring the company for 50 years of service and dedication to the township during a meeting on March 21.

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PSE&G to start replacing gas pipes in Old Bridge

OLD BRIDGE - Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) will be working in Old Bridge to replace approximately eight miles of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping - ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future.

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Learn about Daylilies at Tatum Park on April 10

The Monmouth County Park System’s Tatum Park Red Hill Activity Center, located on Red Hill Road in Middletown, will hold the spring meeting for the Garden State Daylily Growers on April 10.

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Woman’s Club of Matawan celebrates 100th anniversary

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

[img_assist|nid=109260|title=|desc= The Woman’s Club of Matawan will hold a celebration event at its clubhouse on April 4 to honor its 100 years of dedication and service to the local community.

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Audubon’s April agenda: Education, participation


Spring is not only the time of year for changing clocks, planting flowers and cleaning out the house, it is also the time of year for Monmouth County residents to embrace bird watching.

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Gambling addiction may fill void for seniors


Gambling is often more than a game. The Wellspring Center for Prevention and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) sponsored a conference on gambling addiction on March 15. Entitled “Out of the Dark — Addressing the Hidden Addiction of Gambling Among Older Adults,” the conference provided insight on the dangers of gambling and how it attracts seniors.

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Center highlights importance of arts education

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

Since 1969, the Arts & Education Center has been a leader in recognizing the need for quality arts education in the public school system.

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