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Best used cars for teens under $15,000

By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features

It’s not easy handing over the car keys to a teen driver with a freshly minted license in hand. It’s even more difficult to decide which car to choose for the family’s youngest motorist that’s safe, sane and fits a limited budget.

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Location, location, location (repeat)

By Laura Depta CTW Features

It is relatively simple to find the average rental costs or home values for a given city, but choosing a specific home location might prove more difficult.

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Weichert executives named to 2015/2016 Swanepoel Power 200

Jim Weichert, president, chairman and CEO of Weichert, Realtors, and Martin J. Rueter, president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., have once again been selected for the Swanepoel POWER 200: The Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2015/2016. Weichert and Rueter achieved the No. 12 and No. 56 rankings, respectively, on the overall POWER 200 list.

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Lions, Eagles racking up wins as postseason nears

By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent

It’s business as usual for Middletown High School South’s girls’ basketball team, even with a change in the head coaching position.

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Young Red Raiders have bright future on court

By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent

A young roster hasn’t stopped the Keyport High School girls’ basketball team from making its mark on the court this season.

The Red Raiders have counted on a small group of veterans to lead the team. Only two seniors, Sherelle Hill and Makaela Tuccille, are on the varsity squad. Keyport also has just two juniors in Alexis Bennett and Melissa Demaj.

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SPORT SHORTS

With support from New York Giants Alumni Heroes like Stephen Baker, Scott Brunner, Chris Calloway, Rod Hampton and Curtis McGriff, New York NFL Alumni Heroes Youth Football Camps will visit Woodbridge High School for a week of football instruction and fun.

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Mater Dei boys basketball team turning heads

By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent

Mater Dei Prep’s boys’ basketball team is plowing through its schedule this season and turning heads in the process.

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Deep Cut Orchid Show

Thousands of spectacularly colorful flowers will brighten cold winter days at the 19th annual Deep Cut Orchid Society show.

The largest orchid show in the tri-state area is scheduled for Feb. 11-14 at Dearborn Market, Route 35, Holmdel.

Exhibit hours are Feb. 11-13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Feb. 14, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Mary Ziegler

Mary (O’Herron) Ziegler, 92, of Matawan passed away on Feb. 4 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank.

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Angelina Brock

Angelina “Jean” Brock, 78, of Colts Neck, passed away on Feb. 2 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township.

She was born in Monmouth Junction, where she lived before moving to Colts Neck in 1958.

Jean was the innovator and driving force for Brock Farms Family Christmas Wonderland, which brought joy to many families.

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Chinese School celebrates New Year

Jersey Shore Chinese School, located at William R. Satz School, Holmdel, celebrated the Chinese New Year at Holmdel High School on Feb. 6. Performances included the lion dance, dragon dance, yoyo, recitation, folk dance and tongue twister.

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Frank Pallone Sr. dies at 92

Long-time public servant Frank J. Pallone Sr. has passed away at the age of 92.

The former World War II tail gunner, sergeant, police detective and father of Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-Middlesex, Monmouth) passed away on Feb. 7 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

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Dog confirmed with rabies in Aberdeen

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

ABERDEEN — Following the announcement that a local pit bull tested positive for rabies, the Monmouth County Health Department is asking anyone who may have come into contact with pit bull puppies in the Cliffwood section of the township in the last three weeks to contact the department immediately.

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Adult care center to offer respite opportunity

We Care Adult Care will host a free "Caregiver's Day Off" from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at its location in the Union Square Mall, 500 Route 35, Middletown.

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Homelessness still a problem in Monmouth County

By KENNY WALTER Staff Writer

Despite down numbers on the annual point-in-time survey of the homeless, it is unlikely the problem is actually decreasing.

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Middletown school board to improve facilities

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN - School officials have approved proposals for several projects aimed at improving the functional capacity of the district’s 17 schools in order to support expected student population changes over the next several years.

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Couples share secrets of wedded bliss

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer

Reminders of love flourish during the month of February. Hearts, roses, chocolates and cards are all reminders surrounding the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

As the calendar approaches Feb. 14, love, especially romantic love, takes center stage, and couples exchange gifts as a symbol of their commitment to each other.

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Aberdeen council discusses upgrades to Veterans Park

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

Veterans Memorial Park at Cliffwood Beach will soon be getting a makeover that the governing body hopes will translate the site into an attractive destination spot for years to come.

“We are very excited about this because it is probably one of the first things done in that area for a long time,” Mayor Fred Tagliarini said.

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Snowy wheels

Q: This will be our first winter in the extreme north. There will be lots of snow. Do we need studded tires or will snow tires do the trick?

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