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KATHY McBAIN/STAFF Greater Media Newspapers held a holiday food drive in the Manalapan office from Dec. 9-21. Donations were brought to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune.

Council delays vote on Spotswood EMS service

By MICHAEL NUNES Staff Writer The future of Spotswood EMS remains foggy going into the New Year. According to borough Business Administrator Dawn McDonald, council members have made no decision regarding the borough’s medical transportation service, despite coming to the end of its initial 60-day bidding period. “[The] mayor and council have not made a …

Monroe board lauds three departing members

By KATHY CHANG Staff Writer As the Monroe Township Board of Education commenced its final meeting of the year, school officials praised the work of three outgoing board members. Schools Superintendent Michael Kozak presented Board President George Doug Poye, Anthony Prezioso and Robert Czarneski, who served as a representative from Jamesburg, with plaques for their …

Youngster shows strength in battle against cancer

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer Gracie West, a seventh-grader at the Barkalow Middle School, Freehold Township, has been battling cancer for two years and recent scans showed no evidence of the disease. In December 2014, Gracie traveled to Rome and received a blessing from Pope Francis. CHRISTINE BARCIA/STAFF Gracie West literally jumped for joy with …

Milltown council thanks Murray for three years of service

By KATHY CHANG Staff Writer MILLTOWN — As the Borough Council commenced its final meeting of the year, Patricia “Patty” Murray said she enjoyed her three years serving on the council dais. “It has been a real honor serving the residents of Milltown and it has been a great learning experience for myself personally,” she …

Talk to address life in post-WWII Germany

Guest speaker Sara Langberg will discuss her experiences growing up in Germany after World War II in a program set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at a private home in East Brunswick. The event is sponsored by the East Brunswick Chapter of Hadassah. For location and more information, call Beth at 908-337-1940.

Stroke of Creativity uses art to help people cope with life’s challenges

Brandywine Senior Living resident Alice Leach and A Stroke of Creativity owner Patty Lang work together on a ceramics project at the Monroe studio. PHOTOS COURTESY OF STEPHANIE GABER Ten residents of Brandywine Senior Living in Princeton enjoyed an afternoon of ceramic painting in Monroe to express their creativity. The seniors were able to pick …

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARLENE BAUM American Legion Post 253’s Ladies Auxiliary held its annual Christmas party for the residents of the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park on Dec. 12. Eighteen veterans attended the afternoon of food, fun, music, gifts and dancing at the Spotswood post. Cub Scout Troop 35 was also in …