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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR 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.”

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 …

Old Bridge will keep Cittadino in charge of school disrict

By KATHY CHANG Staff Writer OLD BRIDGE — Superintendent of Schools David Cittadino will remain at the helm of the Old Bridge School District. The Board of Education at its Dec. 15 meeting conducted the required annual summary conference with the superintendent and voted to reappoint him as superintendent beyond June 30, 2016, subject to …

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

Generosity of Sayreville Middle School overflows for foster children

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 …

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 …

You can go home again

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 …