Christmas village

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARTINA CONCEPCION Ruth and Bill Iko of East Brunswick have continued an old family tradition that began when Ruth’s parents would set up a village under the Christmas tree. The village is almost the size of their living room.

Spotswood accountant admits to being in illegal ‘Situation’

SPOTSWOOD — The former tax preparer for television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to filing fraudulent tax returns on their behalf. Gregg Mark, 51, of Spotswood, admitted to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to a statement prepared by U.S. Attorney …

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 …

Appellate court agrees Monroe firemen were wrongfully terminated

By KATHY CHANG Staff Writer MONROE — A Superior Court Appellate Division upheld decisions that two paid firefighters in Monroe Township Fire District No. 1 were wrongfully terminated five years ago. “[Michael Mangeri and David Shapter] are very happy about the court’s decision,” said Dan Zirrith, attorney for the Monroe Township Professional Firefighters Association, International …

Old Bridge native performs in televised Christmas concert

OLD BRIDGE — Dana Rogers, a native of Old Bridge who is a songwriting major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently performed in the “Christmas at Belmont” concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a performance which was taped live and will air nationally this holiday season on PBS. Two-time Grammy winner Kathy Mattea served …

North Brunswick fire marshal draws 6 months for fraud

By JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer Former North Brunswick Fire Marshal Craig Snediker was sentenced to six months in prison, six months home confinement and three years supervised release after pleading guilty to embezzlement earlier this year. Snediker, 40, of Monroe Township, will also pay a fine of $3,000 and has already paid restitution in the …

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 …