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Thirteen-year-old Hunter Palmer (center) tosses the ball to a teammate during a friendly football game on a cold and windy afternoon at the Drum Point Sports Complex on Jan. 2. ERIC SUCAR staff

Mayor ‘humbled, honored’ to serve another four years

Matthews takes over as council president for 2010 BY PATRICIA A. MILLER Staff Writer The makeup of the Brick Township Council, once traditionally Democratic, is now officially all-Republican after the New Year’s Day organization meeting. “We’re not Republicans or Democrats here,” said Councilman Anthony Matthews, who was tapped to serve as council president this year. …

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Matt Greenberg, 12, and friend Sean Fahey celebrate a touchdown at the Drum Point Sports Complex on a chilly Jan. 2. ERIC SUCAR staff

Relatives tell of tragedy beset by Alzheimer’s disease

Share stories of mental decline of patients, heartache of caregivers BY JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer Mildred “Muney” Davis is described by her son as a “real lady”: she taught her son to hold doors open and she never used four-letter words. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE She worked for her husband Lou’s business, and volunteered her time for …

Cases of Alzheimer’s disease to double by 2050

No cure yet for the most common, most debilitating form of dementia BY JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer (Editor’s note: The following statistics and information have been provided by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter.) As the most common form of dementia, accounting for about 70 percent of all cases, Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.3 million …

Meridian Health issues new guidelines

Meridian Health, which is comprised of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, is temporarily modifying its hospital visitation policy to include recommendations to restrict visitors under the age of 18. Since the beginning of the H1N1 influenza pandemic, these hospitals have encouraged preventative measures such …

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CHRIS KELLY staff Colleen McKenna and Jesse O’Donnell help Riley Newport-Crecca, 8, to stay on his feet as he skates for the first time at the Ocean Ice Palace in Brick on Dec. 27. CHRIS KELLY staff

Probe of Brick Nat’l Little League finances widens

New Brick National prez hints politics could be involved BY PATRICIA A. MILLER Staff Writer Brick Township officials and police have stepped up an investigation into the way Brick National Little League officials kept or didn’t keep the organization’s books. “The township is doing an audit to quantify the amount of money that is unaccounted …