Flash and food drive supports U.S. troops

Monmouth County’s constitutional officers want to make certain that American military personnel who are serving overseas are not forgotten during the holidays. Clerk Christine Hanlon, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni and Surrogate Rosemarie Peters have kicked off a flash and food drive in support of troops stationed overseas, according to a press release. …

A Christmas Carol

TOP PICK Playhouse 22 presents its 20th annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 20 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road. Fred Dennehy returns as Ebenezer Scrooge. The rest of the cast includes Peter Reimann as …

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MATT DENTON Allentown High School’s Tristan Millett muscles his way through a pair of Trenton Catholic Academy defenders during a preseason basketball scrimmage in Allentown. The 2015-16 season will tip off Dec. 19 in Allentown with the Redbirds playing Lawrence High School.

Family Movie Day boosts foundation

The Millstone Township Foundation for Educational Excellence raised more than $3,100 from its fifth annual Family Movie Day held recently at the Millstone Performing Arts Center. Proceeds will help provide funding for innovative classroom programs, educational opportunities for students, staff development, and state-of-the-art teaching materials that are beyond the scope of the general school budget …

Santaland Diaries

TOP PICK With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Perhaps, his most …

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REBECCA NOWALSKI Erika Armellino, 10, helps her dad select the perfect Christmas tree during their visit to the Keris Tree Farm and Christmas Shop in Upper Freehold Township on Dec. 6.