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‘Grinch times five’ (access required)

The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered traditions over the past nine months, and the year end holiday season will be no exception. In the past, holiday shopping would kick off with a Black Friday dash, and hundreds or thousands of consumers crowding into malls and big box stores for the best deals. This year, the madness was far more muted.

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A COVID craft boom (access required)

While some call it an outlet, Ann Marie Santarelli calls it an addiction. But, she said, knitting is the only addiction she knows of that doesn’t have adverse consequences. “You’re not smoking pot or drinking booze or selling your soul in the street,” Santarelli said. “They call it the new yoga. Because you focus on your work, it takes you away from the negative for a while.”

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Aldi to open Monmouth Junction store (access required)

“We are dedicated to providing the communities we serve the best groceries at the lowest possible prices, and we look forward to introducing Monmouth Junction to their new neighborhood grocery store,” said Bob Grammer, Aldi's Center Valley division vice president.

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