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Exhibit takes viewers into abstract world

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

Thirteen local artists are bringing community members on a trip to their world through a new exhibit that features dozens of abstract works created through the use of many different mediums.

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Icicles hang from a car on a cold January afternoon.

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Bill would increase nursing home care

We all need to be concerned about the quality of nursing home care. Just about everyone has a loved one who eventually will need nursing home care or will need it themselves.

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‘Becket’ auditions slated for Jan. 27, 28

HOLMDEL — The Holmdel Theatre Company has announced open call auditions for its April production of Jean Anouilh’s “Becket.” All roles are open, and several performers of all ethnicities age 13-80 are needed.

Auditions are set for 7 p.m. Jan. 27 and 28 at the Duncan Smith Theatre, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel. Callbacks will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 30.

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Mayor’s Food Basket fills pantry’s shelves

MIDDLETOWN — With the support of the community, the Mayor’s Food Basket added more than three tons of food to the Middletown Food Pantry this holiday season.

More than 6,500 pounds of food have been donated since Thanksgiving. Donors included residents, youth groups, businesses and community and civic organizations.

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Hazlet man aims to become next county surrogate

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

Vincent Solomeno, a 30-year-old who hails from Hazlet, believes that his energy, passion and experience as a leader will assist him in his drive to become the newest Monmouth County Surrogate.

“I am a life-long Monmouth County resident,” Solomeno, said in an interview Jan. 7. “I grew up here and I love where we live.

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The Hub Kings to perform in Matawan

The Hub Kings, a soul-jazz trio, will perform 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Brass Rail Bar and Grill, 89 Freneau Ave., Matawan.

The group will play standard and original soul and jazz tunes with Jonathan Tristram on the Hammond organ, “Bongo” Dave Smela on drums and percussion and Reg Parham on saxophone.

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Area churches plan to help resettle refugees


The world can be a dangerous place. With political turmoil, war and famine affecting millions around the world, the Diocese of Metuchen is hoping to bring dozens of people to safety.

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Deputy mayor, council members sworn in

ABERDEEN — At its annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 3, Aberdeen Township announced the appointment of Councilwoman Margaret Montone as deputy mayor and swore in four recently elected council members.

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Nursing profession leads workforce growth


Career opportunities in nursing are projected to explode in the next decade.

“The Affordable Care Act will increase the need for advanced care nurses, especially outside of hospitals,” said Judith Schmidt, chief executive officer, New Jersey State Nurses Association.

Nurses, Schmidt said, have “new roles in the community.”

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Nurses on the front line of health care


For Lori Impastato, minutes, maybe even seconds, matter in her line of work. An emergency room nurse at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, she “hits the ground running” when she arrives at work for her 12-hour shift.

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Bayshore groups seek funds to test water quality

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

Members of the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council and NY/NJ Baykeeper are hoping to secure funding that will assist in the monitoring of local waters for harmful pathogens.

Recently, the NY/NJ Baykeeper applied for a grant from the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Safety Estuary Program in the hopes of obtaining a more complete picture of recreational water quality in the harbor.

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Bulletin Board

- Jersey Mike’s Subs opens in Matawan

Jersey Mike’s Subs, located at 251 Main St., opened in Matawan on Jan. 13. Operating partner Chris Sutton is holding a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Jan. 13-17 to support the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District.

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The makeup of buyers and sellers

By Carley Lintz CTW Features

Homebuyers may change, but why they buy remains the same.

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Weichert’s 37th Annual Toy Drive a success

The Weichert Family of Companies successfully completed its 37th Annual Toy Drive, collecting more than 16,500 new toys for families and children in need this holiday season.

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CBA gears up for string of Gordon Division games

By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent

Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) ice hockey team is off to a 12-3 start, but coach Ryan Bogan and some of his players feel they have not yet flashed the form of a two-time NJSIAA Non-Public A state champion.

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Green Wave, Bulldogs, Seraphs post showcase hoops wins

By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent

The boys’ basketball stars of the Shore Conference’s senior class shined in the 2016 Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase, carrying Long Branch High School, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Mater Dei Prep to victories.

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Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the dates for its 2016 open tryouts, which will be held March 3 and 4 at The Atlantic Club in Manasquan. Cost for the trial will be $90, and online registration is open.

The Atlantic Club is located at 1904 Atlantic Ave. in Manasquan.

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Monmouth County Association of Realtors presents 2015 Realtor Service Award

The Monmouth County Association of Realtors (MCAR) announces the 2015 Realtor Service Award has been presented to Jack Preston of Woodward Realty’s Middletown office.

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Colts end Rebels’ 73-meet A North mat win streak

By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer

The focus of Howell High School’s wrestling team is to improve every day in the wrestling room. It has helped the Rebels become one of the state’s most respected programs and to accumulate a 73-match winning streak inside the Shore Conference A North Division over 11 years.

That focus will now be used to help them put a devastating defeat behind them.

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