Package theft a concern

By JENNIFER ORTIZ and KENNY WALTER Staff Writers STAFF PHOTGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The theft of packages delivered to doorsteps is becoming a bigger problem as more and more people shop online for their Christmas gifts. Woodbridge Police Capt. Roy Hoppock said package theft has become a growing issue, and there are very few ways to …

Cancer care center rising in Middletown

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer Residents of Monmouth County will soon have easier access to cutting-edge cancer care, treatments and medicines when Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center opens a new 304,000-square-foot outpatient treatment facility in Middletown in December 2016. “Construction at the site is currently underway,” said Richard Barakat, deputy physician-in-chief for MSK …

Arc celebrates 30 years of matching clients to jobs

By KENNY WALTER Staff Writer TINTON FALLS — For 30 years, the Arc of Monmouth County’s Employment Services has helped individuals with disabilities to find gainful employment. Thea Strong, the director of employment services, said the organization recently eclipsed the anniversary in October and formally celebrated the achievement earlier this month. She said over the …

Decline in horseshoe crabs concerns Bayshore council

By MICHAEL NUNES Staff Writer KEYPORT — This year has seen a sharp decrease in horseshoe crabs monitored at five area beaches, according to the Joseph Reynolds of the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council. “We found out that the horseshoe crab population is declining, and primarily female crabs are declining,” said Reynolds, who is the co-chair …

A Christmas Carol

TOP PICK PHOTO COURTESY OF PLAYHOUSE 22 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 …