Warm thoughts

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM KRANZ The Chelsea at East Brunswick collected 220 coats along with gloves, scarves and hats for delivery to Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick. Pictured are Kathy Pietrocola, left, executive director of the Chelsea, and Jessica Vogel, director of the Chelsea’s Country Cottage dementia neighborhood.

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

Middlesex County continues to set the pace as the state’s top recycler, as noted by a recent award from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The county recycled 71 percent of its total generated waste in 2013, according to the DEP’s most recent data. Morris County ranked second in that lineup with a …

Pinkin draws on family ties for Good Scout Award

Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer), left to right, Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin (D-Middlesex) and Jerry Case of Princeton Orthopedics received the Good Scout Award by the Monmouth Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Dec. 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF ASSEMBLYWOMAN NANCY PINKIN SOUTH RIVER — Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin (D-Middlesex) has received the Good Scout …

Pediatrician concerned children are at risk for diabetes, hypertension, liver disease

More than 300 New Jersey health stakeholders turned out to hear Dr. Sandra Hassink, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, speak on healthier living for children at the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey Conference in Edison on Dec. 2. PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW JERSEY PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTHY KIDS A local pediatrician …

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SCOTT FRIEDMAN Ezra Mor, 10, of East Brunswick helped with a magic trick during the Community-wide Chanukah Extravangza sponsored by Torah Links of Middlesex County in East Brunswick on Dec. 8. For more photos, see page 3.

A Christmas Carol

TOP PICK PHOTO COURTESY OF PLAYHOUSE 22 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 …