Holiday shoppers and outdoors enthusiasts, what a week you've got. High pressure rules the patterns over Ocean County, keeping rain out of the forecast until December arrives, on Friday. And even then, that's a maybe.

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Gaten Matarazzo, the Little Egg Harbor teen who rocketed to fame on "Stranger Things," will take a role in safe driving videos produced by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. The series, called "Right Turns," will screen in county high schools in 2018. Matarazzo will be old enough for a New Jersey learner's permit on his next birthday.

A flood of social media tips to Stafford police force a pair of shoplifting suspects to turn themselves in. Ann Marie Locke and Carol McCall of Barnegat are accused of boosting items worth a total of $1,200 from Shop Rite on November 16.

Video games aren't every adult's idea of educational stimulation. But today's expert togglers might be tomorrow's best surgeons. Dr. David Gentile of Monmouth County is among the vanguard of established surgeons who are teaching the next generation of physicians while learning how they apply their technological skills to robotics and other pioneering tools. He says that tomorrow's injured patients are in good hands, figuratively and literally.

Maybe a 2018 beach badge will be an ideal stocking-stuffer this season. Manasquan officials are first out of the gate, selling passes and parking stickers starting December 11.

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