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Driving Chevrolet’s 31-MPG pickup

By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features

Chevrolet recently made headlines when it announced that its Colorado midsize pickup — along with its near twin at GMC, the Canyon — would become the most fuel-efficient pickups in the U.S. when fitted with a new Duramax diesel engine. The Environmental Protection Agency rates both versions at 22/31-mpg city/highway, with a 650-mile range on a full tank of fuel.

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REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

Hal Maxwell, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y., announces that Middletown resident Lesley McDonald has affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Middletown.

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Davis Realtors earns Website Quality Certification

Davis Realtors has been awarded the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global community of more than 500 high quality independent real estate firms. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) presents the certification in recognition of excellence in website design and function.

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Eagles gear up for SCT

The Middletown High School South’s girls’ basketball team, which is led by Stephanie Karcz, right, earned the No. 5 seed for the Shore Conference Tournament that begins this week. The Eagles play their first game at home Feb. 18 against the winner of the Feb. 16 first-round game between Middletown High School North and Keyport High School.

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Matawan’s boys capture sectional indoor track title

By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent

Matawan Regional High School’s David Alston and Thomas Kalieta carry the highest hopes for the boys indoor track and field team and Sam Anderson for the girls at the NJSIAA Group II championships Feb. 20 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River.

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Ex-Caseys standout Napolitano joins 4-minute-mile club

By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer

Nothing like putting the pressure on yourself. “When I woke up in the morning, I said, ‘This is the day to do it,’ ” Columbia University runner Rob Napolitano said.

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Circle of Excellence Sales Awards announced

The Monmouth County Association of Realtors (MCAR) honors the 723 members who achieved the 2015 New Jersey Realtors Circle of Excellence Award. Formerly the NJAR Million Dollar Sales Club, the New Jersey Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship.

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District 22 wrestlers begin quest for state championships

By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent

Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), Raritan High School, Long Branch High School and Middletown High School North advanced as far as the sectional finals in the NJSIAA wrestling tournament, gathering momentum on the heels of the NJSIAA District 22 contest.

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Benise in Strings of Passion

State Theatre presents guitar virtuoso Benise in Strings of Passion on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. Benise and cast return to the State Theatre with a brand new 10th anniversary tour.

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Students celebrate German Karneval

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

HOLMDEL - Before the Lenten season begins, children and adults alike in cities throughout Germany, Australia and Switzerland take in the days before Ash Wednesday and enjoy a big celebration of food, music, costumes and fun.

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Student film festival at Count Basie seeks entries

The Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, has extended its entry deadline and announced its panel of judges for PROJECT FX, its statewide student film festival.

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‘Real Housewives’ celebrity to sign new book

The Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library (Friends of MTPL) will sponsor a Book Fair fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 2134 Route 35, Holmdel. A portion of sales will benefit Friends of MTPL.

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Council worried about Stone Road Meadows future

By MICHAEL NUNES Staff Writer

KEYPORT — The Bayshore Regional Watershed Council seeks to preserve the last piece of farmland in the area, known as Stone Road Meadows.

“It’s really the last agricultural area in the bayshore, and the council would like to see it preserved as open space for recreational use,” Joseph Reynolds, co-chair of the council, said.

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Black History Month concert series set at arts center

The Middletown Arts Center and Gold Rainbow Entertainment will present two concerts as part of a Black History Month series at 36 Church St., Middletown.

“A Motown Tribute,” featuring Billy Brown, Herman Johnson and Retro Smooth, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets are $25. The group will perform favorite Motown hits.

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Grant will fund resiliency plan for 15 Two River towns

By KENNY WALTER Staff Writer

OCEANPORT- Several local municipalities will benefit from a federal grant to fund a 36-month study on sea-level rise and what can be done to improve resiliency and limit flooding.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded the 15 municipalities comprising the Two River Council of Mayors a Regional

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Greater Media wins in NJ Press Association contest

Several Greater Media Newspapers staff members were recognized for excellence in the annual New Jersey Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Employees in the newspaper division’s Editorial, Photo, Advertising and Production departments were among the winners.

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Monmouth Mall could have $500-million renovations

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

Monmouth Mall could be going through a major makeover, which has triggered the attention from area residents who are eager to hear about this project and offer their insights.

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Aberdeen focuses on Route 35 revitalization

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

New life could soon be coming to Route 35 as Aberdeen officials are seeking outside assistance to study the area highly traveled by residents and commuters alike.

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New Jersey laws strict on safe water

By KENNY WALTER Staff Writer

New Jersey residents can gulp down a glass of water without much concern, as New Jersey laws protecting clean drinking water remain among the strictest in the nation.

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Sore eyes, OK car?

Q: In the equation of how much weight to give to various aspects of a vehicle when you’re car shopping, how important do you think looks should be? If you find a vehicle that meets every need but is butt-ugly, would you still buy it?

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