Investigation judges Old Bridge officer used justified force in fatal shooting

OLD BRIDGE — A detailed investigation has revealed that an Old Bridge police officer was justified in shooting a man armed with a weapon earlier this year. On Jan. 14 at 5:59 a.m., the Old Bridge Police Department received a 911 call from an individual at 40 Cedar Grove Place requesting an ambulance for a …

Old Bridge native performs in televised Christmas concert

OLD BRIDGE — Dana Rogers, a native of Old Bridge who is a songwriting major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently performed in the “Christmas at Belmont” concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a performance which was taped live and will air nationally this holiday season on PBS. Two-time Grammy winner Kathy Mattea served …

Departing councilmen McGill and Melendez honored at final meeting

By MATTHEW SOCKOL Correspondent SAYREVILLE — Two Borough Council officials are departing as the year comes to an end. The Dec. 14 meeting marked the final appearance of Council President David McGill and Councilman Ricci Melendez as members of Sayreville’s legislative body, following the conclusion of their three-year terms. Both Democrats, McGill and Melendez first …

Kloos Christmas light show shines spotlight on fallen Spotswood EMT

By MICHAEL NUNES Staff Writer Paying tribute to Hinal Patel, the Spotswood EMT who was killed while on duty in July, Kloos Family Lights incorporated a Spotswood EMS badge into their Christmas lights display. The Kloos family will also be accepting donations that will go toward a scholarship to be awarded in Patel’s honor to …

Toys for tots

PHOTO COURTESY OF REFORMED CHURCH HOME Kate Shepard, right, the executive director of the Reformed Church Home in Old Bridge, presented local U.S. Marine Sgt. Bennett with approximately 100 gifts that were collected through this year’s Toys for Tots program. Some of the gifts were purchased with funds raised by the assisted living residents’ annual …

Lucky girls

PHOTO COURTESY OF NIKKI KAISER The Sayreville Leprechaun Junior Pee Wee cheerleaders placed fourth out of 15 teams from across the country in the Pop Warner National Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Disney World on Dec. 9. Pictured in the top row are, left to right, Assistant Coach Jessica Crimmins, …