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Jacob German of New Egypt has been named to the dean’s list for the 2015 fall semester at Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Kyle T. Kutz of Howell has been named to the dean’s list for the 2015 fall semester at Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Marisa Ashley Moses of Howell has been named to the dean’s …

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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The Force was strong at the Plumsted Library in Plumsted Township on Dec. 16 when a celebration of all things “Star Wars” was held in conjunction with the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Michael Cassandra, 3, has fun posing as R2-D2 as his mom, Vanessa, looks on.

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 …

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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 …

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By Ali Datko, ReMIND Magazine Among the many joys of the holiday season are the classic, beloved songs that have been passed down from one generation to the next, bringing together listeners young and old. Among the most notable and nostalgia-provoking is the delightfully ubiquitous “The Christmas Song,” subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.” …

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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 …

St. Veronica School reaches 50th anniversary milestone

By JENNIFER ORTIZ Staff Writer Sister Cherree Power and pupils at the St. Veronica School, Howell, display the papal blessing the school received from Pope Francis on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. JENNIFER ORTIZ/STAFF HOWELL — Sixth-grader Faith Wittstruck was able to easily express her feelings when asked what she likes about attending St. …

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

Jackson School District tightens security rules

JACKSON – New protocols describing how parents and guardians are permitted to visit schools were recently introduced by Jackson School District administrators. In November, Superintendent of Schools Stephen Genco sent a letter to parents outlining the changes and calling them a necessary step for security in the district’s 10 schools. “These changes were developed in …