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 …

Students ask school board to declare Diwali a holiday in North Brunswick

By JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer NORTH BRUNSWICK — Six students from North Brunswick Township High School are trying to make Diwali an official school holiday. Maithreyi Ravula, Sahil Shah, Suraj Sanyal, Sairam Vinjamuri, Swathi Tata and Rashi Bhatt presented a petition with 100 signatures to support the “festival of lights” that is celebrated by four …

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

Gift drive is key to SBHS holiday concerts

By JENNIFER AMATO Staff Writer SOUTH BRUNSWICK — The South Brunswick High School Music Department hopes to bring more than cheer through their music. Inspired by the “Friends of JJ” movement to bring holiday gifts to the children at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and various local hospitals, the Music Department collected three truckloads full …

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In theaters now 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 …

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 …