Flash and food drive supports U.S. troops

Monmouth County’s constitutional officers want to make certain that American military personnel who are serving overseas are not forgotten during the holidays. Clerk Christine Hanlon, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni and Surrogate Rosemarie Peters have kicked off a flash and food drive in support of troops stationed overseas, according to a press release. …

Millstone Township teen named agricultural fair ambassador

Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak of Millstone Township has been chosen as the 2016 New Jersey Agricultural Fair Ambassador. Rebecca, 16, who is an 11th-grader at the Hun School of Princeton, was selected from among 10 contestants by the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey during the group’s fall dinner, according to a press release. As …

A Christmas Carol

TOP PICK Playhouse 22 presents its 20th annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 20 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road. Fred Dennehy returns as Ebenezer Scrooge. The rest of the cast includes Peter Reimann as …

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MATT DENTON Allentown High School’s Tristan Millett muscles his way through a pair of Trenton Catholic Academy defenders during a preseason basketball scrimmage in Allentown. The 2015-16 season will tip off Dec. 19 in Allentown with the Redbirds playing Lawrence High School.

Santaland Diaries

TOP PICK With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Perhaps, his most …