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The Force was strong at the Plumsted Library in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, on Dec. 16 when a celebration of all things “Star Wars” was held in conjunction with the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR

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Ryan Seacrest ABC/LOU ROCCO Global super-group One Direction returns to headline the Billboard Hollywood Party on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016” beginning Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. on ABC and broadcasting non-stop until 2:13 a.m.. One Direction will perform three songs throughout the show during a bi-coastal celebration. They …

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Santa Claus arrives at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Pier Village in Long Branch. MATT DENTON

Foster children receive holiday cheer from Middlesex County residents

This holiday season, Middlesex County community members joined together to ensure some of the most vulnerable children in the county have a reason to celebrate. Throughout November and December, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Middlesex County received donations of holiday gifts for the children they serve, all who live in foster care due to …

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Every year during the holiday season, Boy Scout Troop 14 participates in Scouting for Food, placing collection bags at residences in Metuchen neighborhoods and returning a week later to collect the contributions. The items are brought to St. Francis Cathedral and then donated to the Community Food Bank. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGELA R. TWIFORD

Monroe, Woodbridge receive sustainable grant funding

The Monroe Township and Woodbridge school districts were among seven public school districts and seven municipalities selected to receive Sustainable Jersey grants funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Monroe received $10,000 for “Energizing our Future.” Six online learning modules on energy sources and energy use will be created. The modules will be shared at each …

Meredith Baxter and her ‘Family Ties’ husband enjoy reunion as Christmas’ power couple

By Kellie Freeze, www.channelguidemag.com In Lifetime’s holiday original movie Becoming Santa, Holly (Laura Bell Bundy) brings her boyfriend (Jesse Hutch) to meet her family and reveals that not only are her parents Santa and Mrs. Claus, but also whoever she marries will become the next Santa. There’s no one better to play the quintessential holiday …

Edison expands preschool program for children with special needs

By JACQUELINE DURETT Correspondent EDISON — The township school district recently expanded its learning options for youngsters with special needs. This year, the township launched two new sections of its half-day self-contained preschool disabilities (PSD) program. The new sections were needed to accommodate an increase of students in need of the program, according to Christopher …

You can go home again

By Paul Hall www.channelguidemag.com Sisters lets two women we absolutely love bring their comic genius to the screen. Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate Ellis (Tina Fey) are tasked with the responsibility of cleaning out their room at their childhood home as their parents are moving to a condo. But in rehashing the memories made there, …