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Tuesday 03/17/2020
Area students begin online classes
Posted: March 17, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Until Monday, March 30, school is different for Ocean City School District students. 

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Freeholder director: Don’t visit county
Posted: March 17, 2020

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – In normal times, Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton would encourage visitors to experience Cape May County.

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Siekerka: Virus business impact to be wide-ranging
Posted: March 17, 2020

OCEAN CITY – With the worldwide coronavirus pandemic spreading to the United States, the disease has affected businesses, from empty supermarket shelves to mom and pop shops.

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Uncertainty abounds for college students
Posted: March 17, 2020

With fears of COVID-19 sweeping the nation and many institutions taking precautions to try to slow or stop the virus from spreading, area college students were filled with uncertainty as they began their spring breaks last week. 

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Ferry travelers urged to stay in vehicles
Posted: March 17, 2020

NORTH CAPE MAY — Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials will implement pro-active social distancing measures at the terminal and on board the ferry vessels. 

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Business leader: N.J. ‘least affordable, most expensive’
Posted: March 17, 2020

OCEAN CITY — New Jersey is “the least affordable, most expensive, non-best business climate” in the region, according to Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA).

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Bay Ave. work will affect traffic ‘til Memorial Day
Posted: March 17, 2020

OCEAN CITY – A $6.7 million wastewater force main replacement project along Bay Avenue will temporarily impact traffic, according to Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (CMCMUA) Chief Engineer Thomas LaRocco.

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County limits, closes facilities
Posted: March 17, 2020

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Cape May County government ordered the closing of several facilities and changes affected by the spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Ørsted doing test borings in Ocean City
Posted: March 17, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Ørsted, a Denmark-based wind energy company, will conduct testing borings for underground cables in Ocean City as part of its project to build a wind farm 15 miles off of the south Jersey shore. 

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Colleges extend break, plan for remote studies
Posted: March 17, 2020

Extended spring breaks, canceled events, moratoriums on travel and mandatory online courses — welcome to college during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Virus test difficult to find in Cape, Atlantic counties
Posted: March 17, 2020

Coronavirus testing kits were scarce to nonexistent last week in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Those with symptoms of fever and cough could be seen by physicians and tested for flu but not diagnosed with coronavirus.

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Closings, curfews amid COVID-19
Updated: March 17, 2020 - 5:16 pm

TRENTON — New restrictions on travel and widespread closings announced this week are aimed at encouraging residents to stay home and practice social distancing during the rapidly spreading worldwide novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

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JFS seeks food pantry donations
Posted: March 17, 2020

LINWOOD – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties remains ready to serve the needs of its clients and community. 

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The great pandemic of 1918 hit Jersey shore
Posted: March 17, 2020

The seashore had long been seen as a place for healing, so in 1918 as the Spanish Influenza was beginning to spread, wounded soldiers were brought to local resorts.

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$8,000 grant will help Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
Posted: March 17, 2020

SOMERS POINT – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties received an $8,000 Professional Development Initiative Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children. The grant will provide relevant coursework to enhance staff skills, improve organization functionality, and most importantly, to better serve children living in foster care who have a CASA volunteer advocating for them.

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O.C. cancels all April events meant to draw crowds
Posted: March 17, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Special events, access to the public library and community center and school closings are the latest actions the city will take as coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread.

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Ocean City may restart OCNJ CARE
Posted: March 17, 2020

OCEAN CITY – After Hurricane Sandy struck the region in 2012, Ocean City hastily formed OCNJ CARE (Clean-up And Recovery Effort), which provided relief to those the storm impacted. 

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Wilson running for re-election
Posted: March 17, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Third Ward Councilman Tony Wilson touted his accomplishments on council, including supporting various infrastructure projects and said here’s still much more to do, like the city acquiring the former Ocean City Chevrolet lots and preserving them for open space. 

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Wednesday 03/11/2020
Former judge missed political life
Posted: March 11, 2020

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Michael Donohue is a political animal.

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Levchuk challenges Wilson for council seat in Third Ward
Posted: March 11, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Jody Levchuk, whose Boardwalk businesses sell everything from T-shirts to ice cream and candy, threw his hat in the political ring as a Third Ward council candidate in the May 12 municipal elections.

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Tom Rotondi files to run for Second Ward seat on Ocean City Council
Posted: March 11, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Tom Rotondi was a soldier, a police officer, and a salesman and if all goes right in the May 12 election, he could add city councilman to his resume.

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Upper Township, Ocean City preparing virus response
Posted: March 11, 2020

PETERSBURG – Superintendents of Cape May County schools met with the executive county superintendent Monday over concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

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Be counted!
Posted: March 11, 2020

Just like many things in life, the census is about money and power.

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Upper introduces budget with slight tax rate increase
Posted: March 11, 2020

UPPER TOWNSHIP — After weeks of work, Upper Township Committee unanimously introduced a $14.46 million budget for 2020 on Monday, March 9, that includes a .4-cent increase to the local purpose tax rate. 

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UTMS to celebrate NJ STEM Month with STEMinar
Posted: March 11, 2020

UPPER TOWNSHIP — Upper Township Middle School seventh-graders are growing plants while raising tilapia in a closed-loop aquaponics system. 

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Upper mayor wants outreach to seniors on virus
Posted: March 11, 2020

UPPER TOWNSHIP — Information abounds about the worrisome coronavirus, from national media reports to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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Donohue leaves bench to return to political arena
Posted: March 11, 2020

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Michael Donohue is a political animal.  

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Upper schools will lose more aid than expected
Posted: March 11, 2020

UPPER TOWNSHIP — Township schools will lose more money than anticipated for 2020-21, according to aid figures released recently.

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Read Across America in Somers Point
Updated: March 11, 2020 - 11:06 am

While children were entertained with an evening of activities, parents received information about helpful community resources at Dawes Avenue School.  On Thursday, March 5, the Somers Point School District held a Read Across America Family Night for preschoolers to third-graders and their families.

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Basketball wizards
Posted: March 11, 2020

Northfield Community School students tossed a basketball around with a member of the Harlem Wizards on Thursday, March 5. The Harlem Wizard entertained students at two assemblies to promote a fundraising Harlem Wizards basketball game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the school.

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County Dems pick Kennedy, Fitzpatrick
Posted: March 11, 2020

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Atlantic County Democrats chose Amy Kennedy, a former educator and wife of former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, to run for the Second Congressional District seat. 

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Expect traffic delays on Shore Road in Linwood
Posted: March 11, 2020

LINWOOD — New Jersey American Water will replace about 3,900 feet of aging water main in Linwood. 

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Democrats make case for CD-2
Posted: March 11, 2020

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – There was more agreement than sparring as Democratic candidates for the Second Congressional District outlined their positions at a public forum last week.

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Wednesday 03/04/2020
BYOB opponents propose another referendum
Posted: March 04, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Opponents of supper clubs held a public forum Feb. 25 in the Ocean City Free Public Library and proposed a public referendum that would tighten the ordinances allowing restaurants to charge membership fees so patrons can bring and consume their own alcohol.

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Solicitor, FIT leader spar over price for city lot
Posted: March 04, 2020

OCEAN CITY – The city solicitor sparred with the leader of a citizens group that blocked a $9 million purchase of the former Ocean City Chevrolet car dealership, but that had no effect on Ocean City Council Feb. 27 when it approved three bond ordinances to fund the same acquisition – for a lower price – and buy two nearby lots.

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Local officials on virus: Don’t panic, but be prepared
Posted: March 04, 2020

CAPE MAY COUNTY – A new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, has yet to impact New Jersey residents as of Tuesday, March 3. 

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Vigil to raise awareness, support in a national crisis claiming lives
Posted: March 04, 2020

OCEAN CITY – They lit their candles as the music played a song of hope and healing. 

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Upper Township plans forum on flood insurance
Posted: March 04, 2020

UPPER TOWNSHIP — Upper Township Committee members have committed to hosting a pub-lic information meeting on flood zones and flood insurance in July.

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Somers Point promotes officers, honors fire company volunteers
Posted: March 04, 2020

SOMERS POINT — Two police officers were promoted and seven firefighters and volunteers were recognized for as much as 45 years of service to Somers Point, during a City Council meeting Thursday, Feb. 27.

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The show must go on: Somers Point students to perform play despite loss of costumes, sets, props
Posted: March 04, 2020

SOMERS POINT — The Somers Point School District is working hard to prepare for its junior play after having lost a lot of its sets, costumes and props in a fire Jan. 30.

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Somers Point encourages Air Force to base F-35 jets at 177th
Posted: March 04, 2020

SOMERS POINT — Somers Point City Council passed a resolution Thursday, Feb. 27, encouraging the U.S. Air Force to base F-35 fighter jets at the New Jersey Air National Guard facility in Egg Harbor Township.

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Wednesday 02/26/2020
Ocean City mayor to present budget, ‘State of the City’ Thursday
Updated: February 26, 2020 - 12:27 pm

OCEAN CITY – Mayor Jay Gillian will present the proposed 2020 municipal budget to city council on Thursday, Feb. 27.

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Ship-building artifacts land in a new port: Linwood historians blame city, library for loss of display space
Updated: February 26, 2020 - 12:26 pm

LINWOOD — A disagreement over the best use of space in the basement of the former Crestlea Park School ended with the Linwood Maritime Museum out of its longtime lodging.

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Ship-building artifacts land in a new port: Linwood museum donates items, Sindia model, to Somers Point Historical Museum
Updated: February 26, 2020 - 12:13 pm

SOMERS POINT — Somers Point Historical Museum Director Sally Hastings said the collection of artifacts it recently received from the Linwood Maritime Museum is a welcome addition to the museum’s display.

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Former Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard, Mainland Regional High School teacher pleads guilty to sexual contact
Updated: February 26, 2020 - 12:12 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Christopher Denn, a former senior guard with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, as well as a gym teacher and swimming coach at Mainland Regional High School, pled guilty Feb. 13 to fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.

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Ørsted wind farm project would generate jobs for region
Updated: February 26, 2020 - 12:13 pm

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean Wind generating farm may be constructed out in the ocean, but manufacturing jobs are expected to “come back” to land in New Jersey as part of the supply chain.

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Ocean City Fire Department responds to duplex fire
Posted: February 26, 2020

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Fire Department responded to a duplex fire at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at 5840 Central Avenue. 

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Wednesday 02/19/2020
New book details 1969 Garden State Parkway murders, links to Ocean City, Somers Point
Updated: February 19, 2020 - 10:54 am

OCEAN CITY — Christian Barth remembered the first time he heard about the two coeds found murdered in the woods along the Garden State Parkway.

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