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Genealogy Society to meet March 13

The Monmouth County Genealogy Society will meet 1:30 p.m. March 13 at the Community Center, 72 Broad St., Eatontown.

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Grant will fund improvements to Matawan park

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

MATAWAN — Gravelly Brook Park, a more than two-acre site that is located just off Main Street and Route 79, will see some much-needed upgrades and repairs thanks to a $250,000 Monmouth County Municipal Open Space grant.

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Benefit raises awareness, funds for pediatric brain tumor research

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

The Oceanport nonprofit Kortney Rose Foundation has once again teamed up with Turning Point restaurants to host the seventh annual “Great Food for a Great Cause” to help raise awareness and funds for pediatric brain tumor research.

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Holmdel church will hold benefit dinner

Holmdel Community Church will host its annual Turkey Dinner Benefit March 12 at its Fellowship Hall, 40 W. Main St., Holmdel. Four dinner seatings will be available from 4-7 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Bayshore Lunch Program in Keyport, which serves lunch five days a week to those in need of food or fellowship.

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Ella Wilson

Ella Wilson, 92, formerly of Manahawkin and Keyport, passed away peacefully on Feb. 21 at Arcadia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hamilton.

Ella was born in Denmark to Hans and Kirstin (Dahlsgard) Pedersen. She was a graduate of Keyport High School, Class of 1941. Later, Ella worked in the retail industry as a sales associate, most recently at Reynolds Clothing, Manahawkin.

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Boating safety course set for March 14, 16

A boating safety course will be presented from 6:30-10 p.m. March 14 and 16 by NJ Boating Safety Classes at the Brandywine Senior Living facility at 5 Meridian Way, Shrewsbury.

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‘Eggstravaganza’ set for March 19 in Holmdel

An “Eggstravaganza” egg hunt will take place at 11 a.m. March 19 at Cross Farm Park, 10 Longbridge Road, Holmdel. This event is free and for residents only.

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Temple slates ‘Pray and Play’ for children

Temple Shalom of Aberdeen invites the community to “Pray and Play” at 10:30 a.m. March 5 at 5 Ayrmont Lane, Aberdeen.

While the one-hour program is designed for children age 2-6, all ages are welcome to this free event. Light refreshments will follow the program.

For more information, contact the temple office at 732-566-2621.

Matawan/Aberdeen honors Teachers and Educators of the Year

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

ABERDEEN — Students, family and community members alike packed Strathmore Elementary School to honor Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District’s 2015-16 Teachers and Educational Service Professionals of the Year.

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Scholarship deadline set for March 25

The Middletown Little League has announced it will award two Campbell Scholarships of $1,500 this spring. Applications must be postmarked by March 25.

Scholarships will be offered to one boy and one girl, who are current high school seniors who have participated in the Middletown Youth Athletic Association Little League/Softball program.

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Hazlet to offer baseball, softball camp

Hazlet Recreation will hold a preseason Baseball and Softball Camp for boys and girls in grades K-8 from 9 a.m.-noon March 28-31 at Raritan High School, 419 Middle Road, Hazlet.

Camp will focus on the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and pitching. The instructors will include Raritan High School Coach Jeff Struble and other school coaches and current players.

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Author recounts crime in chilling detail

By DONNA KENYON Executive Editor

John E. O’Rourke never thought of himself as a writer. But the author of three books is working on two more and enjoying the process.

“I wrote the first two books to pay tribute to New Jersey State Troopers who died in the line of duty,’’ O’Rourke, a retired trooper, said in a recent interview.

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Monmouth County moves medical examiner operation to Middlesex

As part of an ongoing effort to streamline operations and share services, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders will merge its medical examiner’s office with Middlesex County’s medical examiner’s office effective April 1, according to a press release from Monmouth County.

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Middletown official charged on 14 counts, suspended without pay

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN — A township official has been suspended without pay after being charged on 14 counts for underreporting his income on several years of tax returns and failing to disclose income earned outside of his employment with the township.

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Donors thanked for supporting new safe house

The agency, 180 Turning Lives Around, recently held a recognition event to thank the major donors and community supporters of a new safe house for Monmouth County victims of domestic violence. The shelter is scheduled to open by March.

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Life after a driver’s license

By ANDREW MARTINS Staff Writer

At 76 years old, Nancy Ruttle has things figured out. Each morning, she gets a ride from her daughter to the Freehold Township Senior Center, where she spends most of her day.

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Matawan-Aberdeen proposes $68.4 M school budget

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

A $68.4 million budget for the 2016- 17 school year that highlights an increase in state aid was introduced by the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District Board of Education.

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Two months rent-free promotion triggers leasing frenzy at The Waverly

February has been a whirlwind of a month at The Waverly, the new construction rental community located right off the Garden State Parkway in Monmouth County’s Neptune Township.

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Davis Realtors agents achieve success

“2015 was a banner year here at Davis Realtors,” said Stuart Davis, broker of record. “We are delighted to announce 10 Davis associates have earned the New Jersey Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award. The winners of this prestigious award are honored for their high level of production in 2015 and are truly among the best in the business.”

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CBA focused on three-peat state ice hockey championship

By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent

Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) ice hockey team is not looking back when it comes to seeking an NJSIAA Non-Public A state championship three-peat.

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