Helping the community

Lisa Marie Stecker of Greater Media Newspapers’ Advertising Department shows some of the food that was donated during a holiday food drive sponsored by the newspaper group from Dec. 9-21. The food was brought to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Neptune, for distribution throughout the region. KATHY McBAIN/STAFF

Middlesex County achieves record recycling rate, named No. 1 in NJ

According to the most recent data, Middlesex County was credited with recycling 71 percent of its total waste generated in one year, beating even its own best record. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY Middlesex County continues to set the pace as the state’s top recycler, as noted by a recent award from …

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 …