Scholarships available for visual arts students

Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts has announced that beginning next fall, all incoming visual arts graduate students will receive scholarships equivalent to full out-of-state tuition in the first year and full in-state tuition for the second year of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. The scholarships reflect the school’s belief that …

Local college student organizes global event in one month

By JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer NORTH BRUNSWICK — A young man from North Brunswick organized a competition that has a global impact. Umair Masood, a sophomore at Rutgers University, served as campus director for the seventh annual Hult Prize competition at Rutgers on Dec. 5, when 10 teams competed to solve former President Bill Clinton’s …

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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is being celebrated by Jews around the world from Dec. 6-13.

Robert D. Azzara

Robert D. Azzara, 56, of East Brunswick passed away suddenly on Nov. 20. Born in New Brunswick, he was a lifelong resident of East Brunswick and a graduate of Boston College. In 2013, he retired from TD Bank, Morristown. Surviving are his parents, Nicholas and Ann (Battaglia) Azzara of East Brunswick; his sister, Jamie Malloy …

Educating children is a Learning Experience

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer MATAWAN – A local early education academy is helping its young preschoolers become “little philanthropists” through a curriculum geared towards teaching lessons of hope and charitability, while also providing hands-on opportunities for students to effect change with their newfound skills. “As part of The Learning Experience, we have a …

Steven Zlotkin

Steven Zlotkin Steven Zlotkin, a resident of San Juan Bautista, California, formerly of Freehold, suffered a fatal heart attack on Nov. 10 while at work in his office in Gilroy, California. Mr. Zlotkin was 67 years old. He was born in Freehold in 1948, the son of Sidney and Ida (Steinman) Zlotkin, both now deceased. …

Newcomer Shanice Williams shines in NBC’s star-studded live musical

By Lori Acken, www.channelguidemag.com Somewhere over the Rainbow Room marquee that marks the eatery’s shared entrance with NBC Studios at New York City’s legendary 30 Rockefeller Plaza, a brand-new Dorothy prepares to make the “Wizard of Oz” story her own. During an intense, nationwide audition process this past June, 19-year-old, applecheeked charmer Shanice Williams — …

A knockout performance

In theaters now By Paul Hall www.channelguidemag.com Creed is the latest installment of the extremely successful Rocky series of films. While Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is back for this film, the focus is on Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of the late Apollo Creed. Adonis never knew his father — Apollo died before …