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. Applying that concept in everyday life can bring that same organization to almost any task. …

Power line expected to meet greater electricity demands

By MATTHEW SOCKOL Correspondent Plans to develop a new 115-kilovolt transmission line on Route 33 in Millstone Township are underway. The infrastructure is classified as high voltage, and the 115 kV lines are used to transmit electricity to a large service area. Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) Area Manager Gerald Ricciardi appeared before the …

Synagogue to start youth group

Perrineville Jewish Center, Millstone Township, will be starting a chapter of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. Teens will have the opportunity to meet and become friends with other Jewish teens in other BBYO chapters throughout the Northern and Central Councils of the Greater Jersey Hudson River Region. BBYO is unaffiliated with any Jewish denomination (i.e., …

Youngster shows strength in battle against cancer

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer Gracie West, a seventh-grader at the Barkalow Middle School, Freehold Township, has been battling cancer for two years and recent scans showed no evidence of the disease. In December 2014, Gracie traveled to Rome and received a blessing from Pope Francis. CHRISTINE BARCIA/STAFF Gracie West literally jumped for joy with …

Millstone business supplies camel, friends in Nativity

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer A 1,200-pound camel named Joseph attracted the attention of visitors to a living Nativity scene at the First Baptist Church of Freehold on Dec. 13. A donkey, sheep and goats were also participants in the holiday event. FREEHOLD — A live camel on the streets of Freehold Borough caught the …

Marlboro councilman will seek county sheriff’s post

REGIONAL INTEREST By PETER ELACQUA Staff Writer Jeff Cantor MARLBORO – Councilman Jeff Cantor has declared his candidacy for the position of Monmouth County sheriff. Cantor, 49, works as a health care consultant and has served on the Marlboro Township Council since 2004. Cantor will seek the Democratic nomination in June 2016 for the right …

Feeding the community

KATHY McBAIN/STAFF Lisa Marie Stecker of Greater Media Newspapers’ Advertising Department shows some of the food that was donated during a holiday food drive sponsored by the newspaper group from Dec. 9-21. The food was brought to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Neptune, for distribution throughout the region.

Team Kevin Strive gives youths a helping hand

Volunteers who share a passion for an active lifestyle regularly dedicate their time to individuals who have a medical disability. The volunteers make up Team Kevin Strive, which was started to raise awareness and to show that people who have a medical disability can still be participants in an active lifestyle. The nonprofit Team Kevin …

Monmouth County Park System offering January activities

The Monmouth County Park System has planned numerous activities for county residents to enjoy. Here’s what is planned for January: Surprise Story Time Jan. 2 from 11-11:45 a.m. Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown If the weather is nice, look for the clue at the Horticultural Center’s entrance that leads to the secret spot. If it’s rainy …