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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The Force was strong at the Plumsted Library in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, on Dec. 16 when a celebration of all things “Star Wars” was held in conjunction with the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Commissioner must uphold wishes of voters

Judge Susan Scarola’s ruling recommending the issuance of $33 million in bonds for school improvements in Freehold Borough is yet another nail in the coffin for our community’s dwindling working class. The tax increase that would be heaped upon an already overburdened taxpaying citizenry is unconscionable. No one questions the fact that some improvements are …

Academy preps students for public safety careers

Students in the Freehold Regional High School District’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety Academy (LEPS) at Manalapan High School are striving to serve their community. The four-year program is designed for students who desire to engage in law enforcement activities and learning programs. Principal Adam Angelozzi said, “The academy brings in students in the community …

Foundation will continue support for K-8 district

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The Freehold Township Education Foundation raised more than $22,000 at its annual fundraiser held in November. With these funds, the foundation will be able to launch STEAM212, a campaign to transform the media centers in several schools in the Freehold Township K-8 School District, according to a press release. The Freehold Township …

ON CAMPUS

Corinne Coogan of Freehold graduated with a bachelor of science in applied physics from Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina. Lauren Van Wie of Howell graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in exercise and sport science from Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina. Caitlin Ramos of Manalapan has been inducted into Alpha Lambda …

Students need not be coddled on America’s college campuses

YOUR TURN KEVIN OLSEN GUEST COLUMN Recently, administrators at American colleges and universities have had to deal with a rather unfortunate and, depending on who you ask, scary trend. I am talking, of course, about the issues of free speech that have dominated campuses this year. Across the nation, college students have organized protests, staged …

Meredith Baxter and her ‘Family Ties’ husband enjoy reunion as Christmas’ power couple

By Kellie Freeze, www.channelguidemag.com In Lifetime’s holiday original movie Becoming Santa, Holly (Laura Bell Bundy) brings her boyfriend (Jesse Hutch) to meet her family and reveals that not only are her parents Santa and Mrs. Claus, but also whoever she marries will become the next Santa. There’s no one better to play the quintessential holiday …