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By Ali Datko, ReMIND Magazine Among the many joys of the holiday season are the classic, beloved songs that have been passed down from one generation to the next, bringing together listeners young and old. Among the most notable and nostalgia-provoking is the delightfully ubiquitous “The Christmas Song,” subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.” …

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Ryan Seacrest ABC/LOU ROCCO Global super-group One Direction returns to headline the Billboard Hollywood Party on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016” beginning Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. on ABC and broadcasting non-stop until 2:13 a.m.. One Direction will perform three songs throughout the show during a bi-coastal celebration. They …

Pasta presentation puts pupils in touch with Italy

By MAUREEN DAYE Correspondent During a presentation about pasta that took place at the Manalapan Englishtown Middle School, Italian teacher Linda Schiano is assisted by eighth-grader Julia Messina. MANALAPAN — Linda Schiano, who teaches Italian at the Manalapan Englishtown Middle School, enthusiastically shared her knowledge about how to create and cook pasta with more than …

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MATT DENTON Santa Claus arrives at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Pier Village in Long Branch.

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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 …

Pupil’s project draws response from ballerina

By MAUREEN DAYE Correspondent MEMS pupil Sydney Block is a dancer who created a project about Arantxa Ochoa, a celebrated ballerina in the Pennsylvania ballet. A girl who studies Spanish at the Manalapan Englishtown Middle School (MEMS) recently had an exciting encounter. To celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month, Spanish teacher Chandler Oliphant asked her eighth …

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FRANK GALIPO Leonard Feber, 4, of Tinton Falls, plays on the beach at Victory Park, Rumson, on Dec. 13.