Youngster shows strength in battle against cancer

By CHRISTINE BARCIA Staff Writer Gracie West, a seventh-grader at the Barkalow Middle School, Freehold Township, has been battling cancer for two years and recent scans showed no evidence of the disease. In December 2014, Gracie traveled to Rome and received a blessing from Pope Francis. CHRISTINE BARCIA/STAFF Gracie West literally jumped for joy with …

Talk to address life in post-WWII Germany

Guest speaker Sara Langberg will discuss her experiences growing up in Germany after World War II in a program set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at a private home in East Brunswick. The event is sponsored by the East Brunswick Chapter of Hadassah. For location and more information, call Beth at 908-337-1940.

Stewards will study the environment

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer an Environmental Stewards Program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 27-June 8 at the EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick. The program will introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Leading authorities from academia will …

Chorus schedules tryouts for Jan. 4, 11

Voices Chorale, a community chorus with more than 50 members, will hold auditions 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 and 11 at Music Together, 225 Pennington-Hopewell Road (Route 654), Hopewell, prior to the group’s 7:15 p.m. rehearsals. Interested singers should call auditions coordinator Susan Evans at 609-291-7456 or email drsevans@comcast.net to set up an audition time.

Middlesex County achieves record recycling rate, named No. 1 in NJ

According to the most recent data, Middlesex County was credited with recycling 71 percent of its total waste generated in one year, beating even its own best record. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY Middlesex County continues to set the pace as the state’s top recycler, as noted by a recent award from …

SPORT SHORTS

The Monmouth County Park System is keeping several of its golf courses open for play this winter: Bel-Aire Golf Course in Wall, Charleston Springs Golf Course in Millstone and Shark River Golf Course in Neptune. Golfers will enjoy reduced rates at these courses starting Jan. 1. Weather permitting, courses are open daily from 9 a.m. …