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Hal Maxwell, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y., announces that the Donna Bruno team ranked No. 6 in the company for 2015 based on total units sold, as well as No. 14 for gross commission income.

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New credit score opens door to ‘credit invisibles’

By Erik J. Martin Content That Works

Bright borrowers know that a higher credit score, an indication of creditworthiness, can help them qualify for more preferred loans and lower interest rates.

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Weichert, Realtors names Regional Manager of the Year

Carlo Siracusa, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that Chris Anthony of the Toms River office was named the region’s Manager of the Year.

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Eagles fall short in Group III championship game

By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent

Middletown High School South’s girls’ basketball team reached the NJSIAA Group III championship game for the second straight year as many had hoped and some expected with the number of leading veterans coming back to the team.

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Cox, Rome capture FARC 27th Annual St. Paddy’s 8K Run

Marquis Cox and Lauren Rome were the winners of the Freehold Area Running Club’s 27th Annual St. Paddy’s 8K Run March 13. This year’s race started and finished inside Michael Tighe Park in Freehold Township and took runners along the backroads of Freehold Township on the out-and-back course.

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CBA promotes Mulligan to boys soccer head coach

The Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) Athletic Department has found the replacement for its legendary boys soccer coach, Dan Keane, and it didn’t need to look very far.

The Colts’ assistant coach, Tom Mulligan, has been named the new head coach of the powerful CBA varsity soccer program. Mulligan is a CBA graduate (Class of 1983) who played under Keane.

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Lancers back in TOC after collecting another state title

By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent

St. John Vianney High School was built for this. A year after fighting their way to an NJSIAA Non-Public A girls’ basketball title, the tournament-tested Lancers defended their championship with an exclamation point.

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Celebrity Flay-vor

Celebrity chef and reality television personality Bobby Flay, left, signs an autograph for Hazlet resident Pedro Martinez, right, and his mother, Yami Otero, center, during a visit to the Eatontown location of his restaurant, Bobby’s Burger Palace, on March 11.

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Brain power

Akhil Thalasila, left, and Hannah Lin, students from William R. Satz Middle School in Holmdel, prepare for the “Air Trajectory” event as part of the 24th Annual State Finals of the New Jersey Science Olympiad that was held at Middlesex County College in Edison on March 8.

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Scholarship deadline is April 21

Newman Springs Dental Care in Lincroft is offering one $500 scholarship for a graduating Holmdel High School senior planning a career in health care, such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, chiropractic, physical therapy and other areas.

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Cheers & Jeers

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Gary Sinise returns to crime procedurals in new ‘Criminal Minds’ spinoff

By Kellie Freeze

One of CBS’ juggernaut series gets a pulse-pounding spinoff with an international flavor in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, beginning Wednesday, March 16. The series follows the FBI’s International Response Unit (IRU), an elite team whose objective is to rescue Americans facing peril abroad.

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Temple to host Purim celebration March 23

Temple Shalom invites the community to join in its March 23 celebration of Purim at 5 Ayrmont Lane, Aberdeen.

The Purim spiel begins at 5 p.m., and everyone is invited to come in costume. A Purim carnival will follow from 5:45-7 p.m. Dinner will be available for purchase during the carnival.

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Easter Egg Hunt set for March 19 in Matawan

Matawan Borough’s annual Easter Egg Hunt for children age 1-9 will take place at 11 a.m. March 19 at the Matawan Municipal Community Center, 201 Broad St. The rain date is 11 a.m. March 20.

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Bayshore Columbian Club to hold fundraiser

The Bayshore Columbian Club, which includes both the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, will hold its first annual Building Fundraiser from 7- 11 p.m. April 16 at its facility at 12 Route 36 E., Middletown.

Proceeds will be used to help with the upkeep of the building.

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Vietnam veterans association welcomes new trustee

Harry Sassaman has joined the board of trustees of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation in Holmdel.

Sassaman, of South River, has been a friend of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation for years, supporting the Salute to Patriotism Gala and the Huey restoration project.

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Planning for parade begins in Matawan

The Borough of Matawan will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade at 2 p.m. May 29. All veterans and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to march in the parade.

Nominations are now being accepted for the selection of the parade’s grand marshall. Candidates need to be veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and residents of Matawan.

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Monmouth County budget shows $4.5M drop in taxes

The Monmouth County 2016 proposed budget reflects cuts in spending and in taxes.

As introduced by the Board of Freeholders in February, the county’s budget has decreased from $488 million in 2015 to $469.85 million in 2016 — a decrease in spending of $18.1 million.

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Beauty Ball for cancer care set for April 16

The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care will present the 10th annual Beauty Ball at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.

Honorees will include Paul Sansone Sr. and Susan Villapiano.

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Youth orchestra to perform at library

The New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. March 20 at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road.

The performance will include the Chamber Group and Youth Orchestra. All are welcome.

For more information, contact the library at 732-671-3700 or visit

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