October 23, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Trinity Hall seeks space for next school year

Trinity Hall, an all-girls high school in Middletown Township, is searching for classroom space to lease for the 2015-16 school year. More...

Monsters and spirits wander Allaire village

The Historic Village at Allaire is not really haunted, but that hasn’t stopped the 19th-century ironworks from becoming the subject of ghost stories and urban legends among locals. More...

Perfect pick

Chris LaRocca and his son, Nicholas,of Middletown, enjoy a beautiful autumn day at Giamerese Farms in East Brunswick Oct. 12. More...

Jazz singer’s sons produce album as ‘Beautiful’ surprise

MATAWAN — Local jazz singer Rosemary Conte recorded her first album in 1987. Almost 30 years later, the album is finally having a proper release, thanks to her children. More...

Event will spotlight area chefs, designers

The fourth annual Long Branch Chef Challenge, an event that features tastings of signature dishes prepared by notable area chefs, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch. More...

Street-side display raises awareness of mental illness

LONG BRANCH — An organization that supports people with mental illness has teamed up with a group of knitters from Fair Haven to raise awareness of mental illness through colorful street-side art. More...

Authorities: Drug ring spanned three counties

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have converged on central New Jersey to take down a drug organization headed by a suspect with residences in Sayreville and Neptune. More...

Council seeks answers to shelter issues

HELMETTA — To address growing concerns about conditions at the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter (HRAS), the Borough Council has notified 15 borough employees that they must be present for a discussion about the shelter that will take place at t More...

Letters

Development impacts many people, places

I moved to Holmdel 23 years ago. It was beautifully rural; it had plenty of wonderful parks and museums nearby. But a quarrel began between people who favored rapid development and those who wanted it to be done carefully with discretion. More...

Candidates will uphold ethical standards

President John F. Kennedy said the “ultimate answer to ethical problems in government is honest people in a good ethical environment.” He added that ethical conduct “must be followed not only in reality, but in appearance.” More...

Change Holmdel’s direction by voting

Our Township Committee recently mailed out a rant — at the expense of the taxpayers — about their payment in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) for the redevelopment of the Lucent property. More...

Schools

Sayreville community seeks healing in wake of scandal

Students at Sayreville War Memorial High School seem to be tired of talking about the scandal that has rocked their school. More...

School receives national honor

Biotechnology High School, Freehold Township, has been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for 2014. More...

Business

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announces Gino Blefari as keynote speaker for company event

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is hosting a “by invitation only” event on Oct. 21 for the company’s top agents and management team. More...

RE/MAX ranks as No. 1 real estate franchise

For the sixth consecutive year, RE/MAX, LLC ranked as the leading real estate franchise in the 2014 Franchise Times Top 200. More...

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS

Jack Waters, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that Thomas Connors of the Holmdel office was recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of September. More...

Bulletin Board

- Halloween parade set for Oct. 25 in KeyportThe Keyport Emergency Services 15th annual Halloween Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25. Parade participants should meet at noon at Fireman’s Park on West Front Street. More...

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Brad Campanella and his daughter, Addlynn, of Wall Township, board the wagon for the Creatures of the Night Halloween Hayride through Huber Woods Park in the Locust section of Middletown on Oct. 18. More...

Response team celebrates move to firehouse

The Aberdeen-Matawan Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) celebrated the move to new quarters in a local firehouse with state and local officials last week. More...

Two in Hazlet vie for seat on Township Committee

HAZLET — Two candidates are running for one three-year term on the Township Committee in the Nov. 4 election. The seat is currently held by Joseph Belasco, a Democrat, who is not seeking reelection. More...

Voters to decide future of open space funding

The future of funding for environmental programs in the state will be determined in the upcoming election. More...

Question on ballot aims to reform bail process

A ballot question that focuses on the pretrial detention of certain suspects will be placed before voters in the Nov. 4 general election. More...

Four candidates seek two council seats in Matawan

MATAWAN — Four candidates are vying for two seats up for election on the Matawan Borough Council on Nov. 4. Council incumbent Joseph Urbano, a Republican, is running for re-election to a third term. More...

All bets are on for sports wagering at racetrack

The first legal wagers in New Jersey on a sporting event are expected to be placed at Monmouth Park on Oct. 26, despite last-minute intervention by the four major sports leagues. More...

IN THE SERVICE

Army Pvt. Victorious J. Fuqua, nephew of Lucy and Rafael Hernandez of Keyport, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. More...

Giarratano–Magnavita

MILESTONES

Jeannie Barreiro of Manalapan and Anthony Giarratano of Keyport announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Jeanne Giarratano, to Steven Paul Magna-vita, son of Donna and Steven Magnavita of Manalapan. More...

Funeral homes receive awards for excellence

Old Bridge Funeral Home in Old Bridge and Waitt Funeral Home in Morganville have been honored by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) with 2014 Pursuit of Excellence awards. More...

Bulletin Board

Neighborhood will host trunk-or-treat event

The Cliffwood Beach Neighborhood Association will hold its first annual Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and Costume Contest 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Pirate’s Cove parking lot on Raritan Boulevard in Cliffwood Beach. More...

Family Fall Fest scheduled in Aberdeen

The Matawan-Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce will hold a Family Fall Fest 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25, at the parking lot of the Strathmore Lanes bowling alley, 1061 Route 34, Aberdeen. In the event of rain, all events will be held inside. More...

Temple to sponsor bargain rummage

Temple Shalom of Aberdeen will host its Pre-Holidays Bargain Hunting Rummage Sale on Nov. 6, 7 and 9 at 5 Ayrmont Lane, Aberdeen. Hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9. More...

Opinion

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Flowers line the Garden State Parkway on the approach to the exit for Red Bank on Oct. 18. More...

Sports

Holmdel tennis team captures Group II state championship

Over the last several years, Holmdel High School’s girls tennis team has dominated Shore Conference and NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II competition. The Hornets added overall state domination this fall. More...

Raritan girls volleyball team enjoying newfound success

RARITAN

Kristina Pruckowski is among the seven seniors who remember the years of frustrating losses on Raritan High School’s girls volleyball team. More...

Lancers football team remains undefeated behind new coach

ST. JOHN VIANNEY

The St. John Vianney High School football team has certainly turned a corner this year. The Lancers, whose last divisional championship was 32 years ago, finished with just four wins in 2013. Under new head coach Mark Ciccotelli, St. More...