Helping 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.

Classical pianist performs at Music Hour

Alan Wasserman, sponsored by the Cecilian Music Club, recently presented his Music Hour at Freehold Music Center, Freehold Township. The Music Hour, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is designed to reach out to community members and enhance their knowledge and enjoyment of music, according to a press release. Wasserman began by performing “Cee Bop,” an …

Two more suspects charged in 2011 murder, home invasions

A female resident of Manalapan and a male resident of Neptune have been charged for their respective roles in three 2011 home invasion robberies, including one home invasion that led to the murder of a Freehold Township resident, Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. Ranu Sinha, 36, of Manalapan, and Ellis W. Goodson, …

Middletown man charged with making threats at theaters

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — Investigators have arrested a Middletown man and charged him with making a pair of bomb threats at the Freehold AMC movie theaters at Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township, Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. The prosecutor said Jesse Carroll, 22, of Middletown, who is an employee of the Freehold AMC …

Solar facility will front on Route 33

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The municipality may soon have its first solar energy generation facility. On Nov. 12, the Freehold Township Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a site plan application and use variance to permit the installation of a solar energy facility, Township Engineer Tim White said. The application filed by Grems-Kirk Railway, Wall Township, …

Children turn new page with help from Bridge of Books Foundation

By KAYLA J. MARSH Staff Writer As hundreds of children begin new lives with their “forever families” following National Adoption Day events, they will also be able to begin their own personal “little libraries” because of the efforts of the nonprofit Bridge of Books Foundation. The Bridge of Books Foundation, in partnership with the New …

Clients have found caring touch for 30 years

By JENNIFER ORTIZ Staff Writer Lucy Melillo is the second-generation owner of Wig Illusions, Manalapan, which offers products to individuals who are battling diseases that result in hair loss. JENNIFER ORTIZ/STAFF A second-generation family business is marking 30 years of service to individuals who are battling diseases that result in hair loss. Wig Illusions, in …