March 5, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Budget keeps state aid flat

Gov. Chris Christie seeks to maintain flat levels of aid to municipalities and school districts in his fiscal year 2016 budget despite making the largest-ever pension payment in New Jersey history. More...

Kastning: Land must be preserved as build-out nears

MIDDLETOWN — At the current pace of development in New Jersey, the Garden State is at risk of being built out within the next 30 years, making land preservation a critical issue for residents, according to a conservation official. More...

Reduce your risk for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both the United States and Canada. More...

10 big brain-related breakthroughs of 2014

This was a big year on the brain front. More...

Urinetown

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Monmouth University’s Department of Music and Theatre Arts presents the musical “Urinetown,” running March 4-12 in Woods Theatre. More...

Letters

Build bridges, extend fellowship

As individuals and members of the Board of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (www.interfaith-MCWRET.org), we deplore the killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C. More...

Opinion

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A flowering plant is buried in the snow in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick. More...

Sports

Soaring to the basket

Christian Brothers Academy’s Jack Laffey goes up for a basket against Toms River High School North during the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals at Brookdale Community College. More...

Ferro, Warner among area standouts to win state titles

The state indoor track and field season concluded with Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) standout Blaise Ferro capturing his second straight NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) title. More...

Eagles girls begin defense of sectional hoops title

Stephanie Karcz of Middletown High School South’s girls basketball team remembers the excitement of winning the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III championship last season as her team prepared to open its defense of that title on March 5 at home. More...

Bulletin Board

- St. Joseph Council 3402 of the Knights of Columbus will host its annual Fish Fry dinners from 5-8 p.m. March 6 and 27 at its facility at 54 Route 35, Keyport. Proceeds will benefit local charities. More...

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Members of Cub Scout Pack 66 look for their cars after the 35th annual Pinewood Derby at the Matawan Community Center on Feb. 24. For more photos, see page 3. More...

County steps up for preservation of Freneau Woods

A decade-long effort to preserve approximately 184 acres of the Freneau woodlands in Aberdeen as a county park has come to fruition despite a looming deadline and uncertain finances. More...

Pinewood derby

Cub Scout Pack 66 members participated in the 35th annual Pinewood Derby at the Matawan Community Center on Feb. 24. More...

Teens tell of post-Sandy journey in photo exhibit

An exhibit set to open this weekend focuses on the journeys of 10 teens from Monmouth and Middlesex counties as they discover hope and healing in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. More...

Study finds that weight loss surgery prolongs life

A new study recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that weight loss surgery appears to prolong life for severely obese adults.Among 2,500 obese adults who underwent bariatric surgery, the death rate was about 14 pe More...

Why are more young people getting colon cancer?

As a result of increasing numbers of people age 50+ choosing to undergo screenings for colorectal cancer — the standard screening age — incidences have been slowly decreasing every year since the 1980s. More...

Congressional caucus will focus on coastal issues

A bipartisan caucus has been formed in the U.S. House of Representatives to address coastal community issues including storm protection, tourism and environmental issues. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. More...

Bulletin Board

Monmouth Players to present ‘Godspell’ musical

The Monmouth Players will present John Michael Tebelak’s “Godspell” at 8:15 p.m. March 13, 14, 20 and 21; and 2 p.m. March 15 and 22 at the Navesink Arts Center, 149 Monmouth Ave., Atlantic Highlands. More...

Highlands hosting St. Patrick’s Day parade

The Highlands Business Partnership will present its 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 2 p.m. March 21 in Highlands. The parade will begin at Huddy Park and continue along a one-mile stretch of Bay Avenue. More...

Amusement park has summer job openings

Keansburg Amusement Park will be hosting summer job interviews from noon- 5 p.m. March 8 and 15 at its main offices at 275 Beachway, Keansburg. More...

Schools

Students ask Middletown school district to cancel exams

MIDDLETOWN — A group of Middletown students are urging the school district to cancel quarterly exams for the third marking period, saying that preparing for state-mandated tests is cutting into instructional time. More...

Fundraisers for high school slated in March

MIDDLETOWN — The campaign to keep Mater Dei Prep open and prove its longterm viability is off to a strong start. Created as an initiative of The Seraph’s Fund, the goal is to raise $1 million by April 15. More...

College slates annual scholarship dinner

WEST LONG BRANCH — Eight Monmouth County community leaders and volunteers will be honored during the 30th annual Wilbur Ray Scholarship Dinner, which will begin at 6 p.m. March 13 at Branches, 123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch. More...

Business

County office recoups $2M for consumers

The Monmouth County Division of Consumer Affairs recouped $2,081,845 on behalf of consumers in 2014, according to a press release. More...

Community’s massive support helps reopen flooded Arc center

LONG BRANCH — Thanks to an effort that raised more than $100,000 toward renovations, The Arc of Monmouth’s Work Opportunity Center (WOC) was able to reopen its entire building to the general public Feb. 25. More...

Weichert, Realtors’ Brick office hosting shoe drive

Frances “Fran” Graffeo, manager of Weichert, Realtors’ Brick office, has announced that her office has joined forces with Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) to collect new and gently-used shoes for men, women and More...