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Pickup trucks are the new luxury cars

By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features

With the economy still on a roll and gas prices being more affordable than they’ve been in years, pricey pickup trucks have skyrocketed in popularity and are redefining the definition of “luxury car” for a growing number of consumers. Of the 10 bestselling vehicles in the U.S.

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Selling this spring? Stash the signs

By Marilyn Kennedy Melia Content That Works

There’s no debating it: Political rhetoric is everywhere, thicker than ever this election year. While homeowner associations often limit the number of signs an owner can display, in many neighborhoods free speech translates into a thicket of front-yard signs promoting candidates.

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Wise up about smart homes

By Erik J. Martin Content That Works

Folks who want to up their IQ often go to college and load up on knowledge. But homeowners who want to increase their dwelling’s intelligence simply need to load up on the right smart home features. And increasingly more people are doing exactly that.

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Karcz, Andree selected as Shore Players of the Year

The Shore Conference coaches have spoken, and Stephanie Karcz and Pat Andree are basketball Players of the Year.

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Weichert announces expansion with new regional vice presidents

Weichert, Realtors announces the promotions of Robyn Barone, Joe Cubias and Jim Madl to three brand-new regional vice president positions, supervising top regions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets. To support this expansion, various company-owned residential sales offices within these areas have been realigned to better support Weichert’s valued customers.

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Carlo Siracusa, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that sales associate Thomas Connors of the Holmdel office was recognized for his exceptional industry success throughout 2015. Connors led the region, which is comprised of locations throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties, in both dollar volume and resale dollar volume for the year.

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Lancers add to TOC legacy with double-overtime win

By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer

[img_assist|nid=109118|title=|desc= St. John Vianney’s Kelly Campbell, left, dribbles past Manasquan High School’s Stella Clark during the NJSIAA Girls’ Basketball Tournament of Champions final at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton March 21.

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Youth soccer teams impacted by new regulations


Youth soccer tryouts begin in a few weeks, but there will be a far different situation ahead for many returning players and coaches. The U.S. Youth Soccer Association, which administers youth programs nationwide, announced three months ago that it is changing its age classifications.

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The longstanding Michael Hegarty Funeral Home in Old Bridge has been purchased by John Vincent Scalia, a funeral director with nearly 45 years experience in the funeral business. Scalia opened John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1971.

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Panel to discuss water-supply issues

The Monmouth County League of Women Voters is sponsoring the public forum “Drinking Water: At What Cost? Is Our Water Supply at Risk?” from 7-9 p.m. April 13 at Brookdale Community College’s Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms 1 and 2, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. This is a free event.

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E Street drummer’s donation supports music program

The Asbury Park Music Foundation is on a mission to keep music and the Monmouth County seaside city alive for generations to come.

The nonprofit organization, which was founded in 2012, supports a youth initiative, Music Saved My Life, which was created out of the need for a music program at Hope Academy Charter School, a K-8 public charter school in downtown Asbury Park.

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Interfaith Prayer Breakfast tickets available

The Pilgrim Baptist Church and Community Partners of the Shore Region are sponsoring an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast 9- 11 a.m. May 18 at the Twin Lights Rooms in the Warner Student Life Center at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Tickets are $30 and are available at

Eleanor Miller Katz

Eleanor Miller Katz, 75, of Bluffton, South Carolina, formerly of Kendall Park, died peacefully in her sleep on March 12 after a short battle with lung cancer.

Born on Sept. 30, 1940, in Bronx, New York, she was a graduate of the City University of New York with a degree in fashion merchandising, beginning her career as a buyer in the New York City garment district.

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Lincroft Village Green Association plans events

The Lincroft Village Green Association will sponsor its 12th annual Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 23. LVGA members interested in having a yard sale can register for free at Registration ends April 20. The LVGA will advertise, provide signs and have an online listing of addresses and items for sale.

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Library slates April programs for children

The Middletown Township Public Library has scheduled programs for children in April at 55 New Monmouth Road. Pre-registration is required.

“Otto the Auto Robot” will present a talk for children about car safety at 2 p.m. April 1.

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Job fair slated for April 1 at Brookdale College

LINCROFT — The Monmouth County Spring Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. April 1 at Brookdale Community College’s Collins Arena, 765 Newman Springs Road.

The fair will provide attendees with access to employers seeking candidates in different fields, from hospitality and health care to finance, education, telecommunications, computer science and more.

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Did you know ...

The hit series Empire returns to FOX with all new episodes starting Wednesday, March 30, at 9 p.m. With 35 nominations, Empire is the most-nominated television series this season, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series — Drama.

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What’s the verdict on O.J.?

Question: I’m impressed with The People v. O.J. Simpson. I literally had no interest in watching what I thought was going to be a Lifetime miniseries. But I’m so happy that I gave it a shot. The actors are giving incredible performances, but my one nit to pick is Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. himself.

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‘Allegiant’ lacks vision

By Paul Hall

The Divergent Series: Allegiant is the third film in the Divergent franchise, which is slated to come to a conclusion in the summer of 2017. Our hero Tris (Shailene Woodley) is back along with Four (Theo James) and many of the other residents of the newly factionless Chicago.

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Mireille Enos stars in ShondaLand’s latest sexy drama ‘The Catch’

By Lori Acken

Shonda Rhimes — TV’s own Queen Midas — has made primetime empresses of Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington and Viola Davis via her ABC Thursday night trifecta Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.

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