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Greater Media Newspapers held a holiday food drive in the Manalapan office from Dec. 9-21. Donations were brought to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune.

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Holmdel home damaged in fire

HOLMDEL—A Tuesday morning fire broke out in a home in Holmdel just weeks before the homeowners were set to move in.

The Holmdel Police Department responded to an unoccupied home on Hop Brook Lane just after 2 a.m. on Dec. 22.

The home was newly constructed and was approximately two weeks away from being occupied by homeowner.

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New Year’s Day walk in Holmdel slated

Ring in the New Year with the Friends of Holmdel Open Space on a leisurely trail walk through the beautiful Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park and Holmdel’s adjoining Bayonet Farm Park. The walk will be held Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Library to kick off ‘1,000 Books Before K’

Families are invited to join the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program at Middletown Library this coming January.

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Evelyn Marie Wenzel

Evelyn Marie Wenzel, 88, passed away peacefully on Dec. 4 at the Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Naperville, Illinois.

Evelyn was born on June 3, 1927, a daughter to the late Michael and Maria (Zachary) Maklary and a sister to the late Louis Maklary from South River.

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Middletown man charged with making threats at mall theater

Investigators have arrested a Middletown man and charged him with making a pair of bomb threats at the Freehold AMC movie theaters at Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township, Monmouth County Acting Prosecuto

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Schaller-Dahl

Annmarie Schaller of Keyport, daughter of the late Martin Schaller and the late Rita Marie Schaller of Laurence Harbor, and Luis Manuel Dahl, son of the late George Dahl and Lucy Dahl

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Local families receive holiday meals

NEPTUNE — Children in the Kids Café program receive a hot meal each day during their after-school programs. However, when schools are closed, many families struggle.

The grocery chain, Wegmans, wanted to help those families.

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Saint John Vianney students give back for the holidays

HOLMDEL — Saint John Vianney High School (SJVHS) students continue to give back to the surrounding community during this holiday season.

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Youngster shows strength in battle against cancer

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer

Gracie West literally jumped for joy with the good news her doctor recently delivered to her. Gracie, 12, of Freehold Township, has been battling cancer for two years. After she found out her latest scans showed no evidence of the disease, she was jumping on a trampoline within the hour.

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Singer Brian Fallon responds to requests and speaks at CBA

Christmas came early for the creative writing students at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft when Brian Fallon, lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, held a special guest lecture.

The Red Bank-born songwriter, on the cusp of beginning a national tour, took some time to speak with students after a truly impressive request on social media.

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Italian Mardi Gras slated for Jan. 31

The Italian American Association of Monmouth County will host Carnevale, the Italian Mardi Gras festival, 2-6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale.

The cost is $40 for adults and $22 for children ages 3-10. The cost includes lunch, music, dancing, masks and activities, in addition to an auction table and 50/50. Costumes are optional.

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Pupils’ projects raise funds for new school playground

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

ABERDEEN — In a season filled with joy and the spirit of helping others, second grade students learned what it means to give back.

Those students did learn that through fundraising efforts, it proves that no matter how big or small you are, anyone can make a difference in their community.

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New year offers opportunity to organize

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer

Mise en place is a French culinary term that means “putting in place.” For chefs, having ingredients prepared and arranged before the cooking process begins allows for greater organization and efficiency in executing a recipe.

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Matawan officers recognized for their feats on and off duty

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

In the start of a new tradition, the Matawan police department recognized several of its officers for their outstanding service and dedication with actions taken while in the line of duty, and while off duty, too.

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Matawan Aberdeen Library turns the page to turn to the future

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer

Throughout the last several years, the function of a public library has slowly begun to alter — going from a place to check-out books, to a hub of activity with something for patrons of every age and skill level to do.

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A dim view of the road ahead

Today’s automotive car headlamps don’t do an adequate job of illuminating poorly lit nighttime rural roads, which accounts for 40 percent of all miles driven in the United States.

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Keyport dealership among the first Ford dealers in the nation to sell new F-150

A Monmouth County dealership is among the first Ford dealers in the country to sell a 2016 F-150 truck.

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Nine things to remember when shopping for a home

By Lindsey Romain CTW Features

It’s easy to get swept away in the romance of a new home — those tall ceilings, that spacious backyard, all the great amenities that are nearby. Eager young buyers are especially vulnerable.

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REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

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 during the month of November. Connors led the region, which is comprised of locations throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties, in resale dollar volume.

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