Awards open to people with disabilities

VSA New Jersey (VSA/NJ), a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities, is accepting applications for the 2016 Arts Achievement Awards through Jan. 22. The annual VSA/NJ Arts Achievement Awards include the Student Arts Excellence Awards, presented to students with special needs (mainstreamed, inclusion, self-contained classes or activities), 14 …

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Brookdale Community College’s Caitlin Conroy (45) shoots the ball over Ocean County College defender April Szymczyk during a Dec. 10 game played in the Collins Arena in Lincroft, home of the BCC women’s basketball team. The Jersey Blues won the game, 64-53. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR

Clients have found caring touch for 30 years

By JENNIFER ORTIZ Staff Writer Lucy Melillo is the second-generation owner of Wig Illusions, Manalapan, which offers products to individuals who are battling diseases that result in hair loss. JENNIFER ORTIZ/STAFF A second-generation family business is marking 30 years of service to individuals who are battling diseases that result in hair loss. Wig Illusions, in …

Oceanport considers opting out of tax assessment program

By KENNY WALTER Staff Writer OCEANPORT — The Borough Council is gathering information and considering opting out of the highly scrutinized tax assessment pilot program. The council discussed possibly leaving the Real Property Assessment Demonstration Program during the Dec. 2 meeting after the Monmouth County Board of Taxation ruled that municipalities could opt out of …