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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 …

Package theft a concern

By JENNIFER ORTIZ and KENNY WALTER Staff Writers STAFF PHOTGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The theft of packages delivered to doorsteps is becoming a bigger problem as more and more people shop online for their Christmas gifts. Woodbridge Police Capt. Roy Hoppock said package theft has become a growing issue, and there are very few ways to …