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STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The Force was strong at the Plumsted Library in Plumsted Township, Ocean County, on Dec. 16 when a celebration of all things “Star Wars” was held in conjunction with the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Commissioner must uphold wishes of voters

Judge Susan Scarola’s ruling recommending the issuance of $33 million in bonds for school improvements in Freehold Borough is yet another nail in the coffin for our community’s dwindling working class. The tax increase that would be heaped upon an already overburdened taxpaying citizenry is unconscionable. No one questions the fact that some improvements are …

Academy preps students for public safety careers

Students in the Freehold Regional High School District’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety Academy (LEPS) at Manalapan High School are striving to serve their community. The four-year program is designed for students who desire to engage in law enforcement activities and learning programs. Principal Adam Angelozzi said, “The academy brings in students in the community …

Foundation will continue support for K-8 district

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The Freehold Township Education Foundation raised more than $22,000 at its annual fundraiser held in November. With these funds, the foundation will be able to launch STEAM212, a campaign to transform the media centers in several schools in the Freehold Township K-8 School District, according to a press release. The Freehold Township …

Pasta presentation puts pupils in touch with Italy

By MAUREEN DAYE Correspondent During a presentation about pasta that took place at the Manalapan Englishtown Middle School, Italian teacher Linda Schiano is assisted by eighth-grader Julia Messina. MANALAPAN — Linda Schiano, who teaches Italian at the Manalapan Englishtown Middle School, enthusiastically shared her knowledge about how to create and cook pasta with more than …

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MATT DENTON Santa Claus arrives at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Pier Village in Long Branch.

Students need not be coddled on America’s college campuses

YOUR TURN KEVIN OLSEN GUEST COLUMN Recently, administrators at American colleges and universities have had to deal with a rather unfortunate and, depending on who you ask, scary trend. I am talking, of course, about the issues of free speech that have dominated campuses this year. Across the nation, college students have organized protests, staged …