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Eva Longoria NBC will premiere its new half-hour comedy series “Telenovela” on Monday, Jan. 4, at 8:30 p.m. Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) stars in this big, fun and flashy comedy as Ana Sofia, the star of a popular Spanish language soap opera. One problem, she doesn’t speak any Spanish. Other problems: Ana must manage a …

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 …

Students in grades 2-12 may enter poster contest

New Jersey’s soil conservation districts are now accepting entries in a poster contest designed to raise awareness of natural resources and related issues among young people. The theme for this year’s poster is “We All Need Trees,” according to a press release. Students may compete in the following categories: Grades 2-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9 …

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

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. …

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 …