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Catherine and Bob Lauten – Mutual friends lead to a life together

“Catherine, Mike needs a date for a party on New Year’s Eve. Will you go with him?” her friend Annette asked....

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The Adkinsons – Their Glass is Always Full

“When are you taking me to dinner?” was the teasing question Gloria would ask Elton whenever she ran into her friend from her youth. It took Elton awhile to bite....

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Danett and Greg Cinque – The Perfect Pairing

Matchmaker, Matchmaker,Make me a match,Find me a find,Catch me a catch.(from Fiddler on the Roof) That might have been Gregory Cinque’s earworm as he consulted Compatibility Plus in the winter of 1985. Greg, 45 and a career man, wanted to meet a woman. He wasn’t interested in the bar scene,…...

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“Service” is Their Middle Name – Meet Linda and Robert Horn

Ocean County natives Linda and Robert Horn didn’t have to go far to find each other. Robert lived in Brick, and Linda lived in Toms River. They met at church over forty-five years ago, when they were both youth advisors at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Brick. It wasn’t long…...

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The Sunny Scribellitos

Steve Scribellito was on top of the world. It was a beautiful summer day in 1951. The only thing missing was a pretty girl sitting in the passenger seat of the secondhand 1939 Plymouth he had bought for himself. As fortune would have it, a couple of girls in capri…...

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Beauty and the Geek

“Patti, I think Mikey has eyes for you.” At her father’s pronouncement, Patti Macaluso did a very unladylike thing… she spit out her food as she burst into peals of laughter....

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The Bride of Dracula Snags Her Clown

As a charter member of her church, one of Grace’s key jobs was to organize the social events held there. In October of 1982, she decided to have a singles party for Halloween. She asked one of her friends from the choir, Al, to help her plan it....

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Nancy and Larry Akins – a Commitment to Family and Community

In the summer of 1967, Nancy Newman stood with her friend on a street corner in Asbury Park, waiting for a ride to Bradley Beach. Little did she know that in a few short years, the young man who offered them a lift would become her husband....

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The Charismatic Carbones – Love at First Punch

RoseAnn, a spunky five-year-old girl with a thick head of long dark hair, was sure it was going to be her lucky day. As she headed out to recess at PS113 in the Bronx, a boy, Ralph, asked her if she would like to go on the seesaw with him.…...

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