Local college student organizes global event in one month

By JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer NORTH BRUNSWICK — A young man from North Brunswick organized a competition that has a global impact. Umair Masood, a sophomore at Rutgers University, served as campus director for the seventh annual Hult Prize competition at Rutgers on Dec. 5, when 10 teams competed to solve former President Bill Clinton’s …

Mariah Carey directs and stars with Lacey Chabert in ‘A Christmas Melody’

By Kellie Freeze, www.channelguidemag.com Lacey Chabert Mariah Carey’s music is an integral part of the holiday season, and now the Christmas chanteuse is gifting her talents to Hallmark’s most musical holiday film. The singer/actress is directing her first film, the aptly named A Christmas Melody, premiering Dec. 19 on Hallmark Channel. The film stars Lacey …

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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is being celebrated by Jews around the world from Dec. 6-13.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JERRY BERGEN Jerry Bergen, Bo Malyk and Bruce Rogan are attempting to identify and locate their classmates from McGuinness, Wade and Weber schools in East Brunswick from the early 1950s. Any friends or family members can contact Bergen at jerber0@yahoo.com, Rogan at rogan_ tn@comcast.net or Malyk at bonosit666@hotmail.com.

Scholarships available for visual arts students

Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts has announced that beginning next fall, all incoming visual arts graduate students will receive scholarships equivalent to full out-of-state tuition in the first year and full in-state tuition for the second year of the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. The scholarships reflect the school’s belief that …

Food drive

PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMAS PETERSON Democracy House, Middlesex County College’s service-learning program, recently collected more than 100 bags of food from the college community that it donated to Elijah’s Promise, the soup kitchen in New Brunswick. Pictured are Halimat Oshun of Iselin, left to right, Faculty Advisor Pattiann McMahon of South Plainfield, Coordinator Arianna Illa …