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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

Avenel Middle School students enjoying Google Cardboard experience

By KATHY CHANG Staff Writer WOODBRIDGE — Students at Avenel Middle School got to explore the Grand Canyon and historic Philadelphia, as well as tag along on a shark adventure in the Galapagos Islands and explore the deep jungles of South America — all without leaving their desks. Google representative Simon Fogbo visited the school …

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Leonard Feber, 4, of Tinton Falls, plays on the beach at Victory Park, Rumson, on Dec. 13. FRANK GALIPO

Filling stations help Metuchen schools become greener, one bottle at a time

By KATHY CHANG Staff Writer METUCHEN — The water bottle filling station at Metuchen High School has been a success with some 230,000 bottles saved over the past few years. Edgar Middle School and Moss Elementary School have been outfitted with water bottle filling stations, saving 45,000 bottles and 177 bottles, respectively, and the installation …

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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Tom Hardy delivers a master class By Paul Hall www.channelguidemag.com Director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) introduces viewers to the Kray twins in his new film, Legend. The identical twin gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie, were two of the most notorious criminals in British history. Their empire rose in London’s East End during the 1960s and they …