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South end of West Ave. going down to 2 lanes as bike paths added

OCEAN CITY – Traffic lanes will be reduced from two to one in each direction on West Avenue to accommodate bicycle lanes, according to Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Ocean City Sandy victims get homes back
Posted: March 25, 2015

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City resident Kenneth Thompson was homeless after Superstorm Sandy flooded his home in 2012. He used to ride buses through the night, in lieu of a place to sleep.

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Stockton expanding a few islands over
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:29 am

OCEAN CITY – Last week, Lisa Honaker, dean of the School of Arts and Humanity at Stockton University, outlined Stockton University’s plans for the new “Island Campus” at a former casino, which shuttered in 2014, along with three out of 12 casinos, a casualty of the economic downturn and increased competition with legalized gambling in other areas.

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No oil leasing off New Jersey, but proposal draws opposition
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:29 am

ATLANTIC CITY – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a public presentation at the Sheraton Hotel here on March 18 to present a federal plan for leasing areas off the coastal United States for oil drilling.

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Freeholder: Tough times in county may be easing
Posted: March 25, 2015

RIO GRANDE – Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton talked county budget, an recent increase in tourism dollars, and potential future industries before the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce March 19.

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Upper Township Choice students may apply to Ocean City High School as Tier 2
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 10:04 am

PETERSBURG — Upper Township discussed the possibility of Ocean City High School accepting Upper Township Interdistrict Public School Choice Program students during a meeting Monday, March 16.

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Tax rate for Mainland Regional High School budget to rise in Linwood, Northfield, drop in Somers Point
Posted: March 25, 2015

LINWOOD — The $27.3 million Mainland Regional High School budget calls for higher taxes in Linwood and Northfield but lower taxes for Somers Point residents.

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Petersburg woman appears on Cheerios box
Posted: March 25, 2015

MARMORA — ShopRite associates across six states banded together last September for a competition sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills, the annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Cheerios Contest. 

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Tuckahoe River Bridge over Route 50 to remain open during replacement
Posted: March 25, 2015

TUCKAHOE — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials confirmed the Route 50 Tuckahoe River Bridge will remain open while the NJDOT replaces the bridge. 

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Volunteers sought for horseshoe crab rescue
Posted: March 25, 2015

TRENTON — The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and a coalition of nonprofit groups are calling on volunteers to help out with this spring’s “reTURN the Favor” initiative, a fledgling effort that is saving tens of thousands of stranded horseshoe crabs whose eggs provide a critical food link in a globally unique shorebird annual migration through Delaware Bay.

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Marmora woman dies in expressway crash
Posted: March 25, 2015

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — An Egg Harbor Township man and Marmora woman died Friday, March 20, in a motor vehicle accident on the Atlantic City Expressway.

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Mazzeo seeks criminal probe of Sandy engineering reports
Posted: March 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo on Thursday asked the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to launch a criminal investigation into the large number of engineering reports prepared after Hurricane Sandy that were allegedly altered to minimize insurance payments to New Jersey residents who sustained damage.

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Mainland Memoriam Act moves forward in Assembly
Posted: March 25, 2015

The Mainland Memoriam Act, named in memory of four Mainland Regional High School students who were killed in a 2011 motor vehicle crash, passed the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on March 16 and now can go before the full Assembly.

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Students to perform ‘Stomp’-like concert
Posted: March 25, 2015

SOMERS POINT — Somers Point Board of Education members were treated to a casual concert Thursday, March 19, as a preview to the Dawes Avenue School Integrated Arts Festival. 

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Somers Point tour selected for statewide tourism award
Posted: March 25, 2015

SOMERS POINT — “The Shore Starts Here!” Somers Point Tour hosted last summer was selected for a 2015 New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award.

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Tax levy flat in proposed Ocean City school district budget
Posted: March 25, 2015

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City School District’s proposed budget is $2 million less than the 2014-2015 budget, with a flat tax levy.

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Linwood sisters indicted in $2.7M. theft from elderly
Posted: March 25, 2015

TRENTON — The owner of an Atlantic County in-home senior care company and her sister were indicted on charges of conspiracy and money laundering Tuesday, March 17. 

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Somers Point schools to buy high-tech security system
Posted: March 25, 2015

SOMERS POINT — The Somers Point Board of Education approved the purchase of a security system, capable of picking up sound, during a meeting Thursday, March 19. 

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Linwood rethinks some school budget cuts
Posted: March 25, 2015

LINWOOD — Linwood’s proposed 2015-16 budget has been changed to include some positions previously eliminated after some district staff, parents and City Council members spoke against the cuts, but the changes do not come without a cost.

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Stockton poll shows HERO Campaign is influential
Posted: March 25, 2015

ATLANTIC COUNTY – In 15 years, the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers it has expanded to at least seven states from its roots in southern New Jersey.

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Resolution on flooding is back before council
Posted: March 25, 2015

OCEAN CITY – Council will reconsider a resolution to hire an engineering firm to begin flood mitigation for 26th to 24th street, West Avenue to Bay Avenue, at their March 26 meeting.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
School budget calls for 1.78-cent tax rate hike in Northfield
Posted: March 18, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Board of Education introduced the district’s 2015-16 school budget Monday night with the intent of sending it to the Atlantic County Office of Education for approval by Friday’s deadline.

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Mainland Regional High School Drama Club will stage ‘Les Misérables’
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 11:53 am

LINWOOD — Some of the cast of Mainland Regional High School’s production of “Les Misérables” refer to a hallway leading to the stage as a portal through time, said Ava Gadon, who plays Madame Thenardier.

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Linwood Council voices objections to school budget
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 9:14 am

LINWOOD — Linwood City Council heard a presentation on a proposed school budget and voiced displeasure at the cuts of certain positions, stipends and programs.

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City officials honor former mayor Knight
Posted: March 18, 2015

OCEAN CITY – City council honored former Mayor Henry S. “Bud” Knight on March 12 with a resolution honoring his memory.

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Ocean City adopts capital plan, gets beach project update
Posted: March 18, 2015

OCEAN CITY – Council adopted a $79.6 million five-year capital plan on March 12 that tackles the Boardwalk, roads and drainage, dredging and other citywide improvements. 

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Democrats add Land as D1 Assembly candidate
Posted: March 18, 2015

VINELAND – First Legislative District Sen. Jeff Van Drew announced Vineland resident and former U.S. Army Sgt. Bruce Land will run with incumbent Assemblyman Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak in the General Assembly election this November. 

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Catholic Charities/Future With Hope welcoming Ocean City Sandy survivors to repaired homes
Posted: March 18, 2015

OCEAN CITY – It’s been nearly two and a half years since Hurricane Sandy made its devastating landfall on the coast of New Jersey in October 2012, but for many families in southern New Jersey, the impact of the storm is still remembered daily.

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Resort replacing tennis courts with pickleball courts
Posted: March 18, 2015

OCEAN CITY – The five-year capital plan adopted March 12 includes $280,000 for converting the 18th Street tennis courts to pickleball courts. 

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Whose neighborhood is flooding the worst in Ocean City?
Posted: March 18, 2015

OCEAN CITY – A debate over which area of the city floods the worst led City Council to vote 6-1 to table a resolution that would have hired engineering firm Michael Baker Jr., Inc. of Hamilton for $44,720 to develop flood mitigation for 26th to 34th streets, West Avenue to Bay Avenue.

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Northfield budget seeks 3-cent tax rate increase
Posted: March 18, 2015

NORTHFIELD — City Council introduced a $13 million municipal budget March 10 that proposes a 3-cent increase in local property taxes.

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Subdivision gets preliminary OK from Northfield Planning Board
Posted: March 18, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Mason Properties LLC, which has applied to the Planning Board for a major subdivision of a 6.46-acre property at 1823 Wabash Ave. into 18 single-family residential lots, received preliminary approvals March 12, subject to several concerns that the board has asked the property owner to address.

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School budget would raise tax rate by 2 cents
Posted: March 18, 2015

PETERSBURG — The Upper Township Board of Education advanced a $35.8 million budget to the county superintendent during a board meeting Monday, March 16. The spending plan calls for a 2.1-cent tax rate increase.

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Army Corps gearing up to start beachfill project
Posted: March 18, 2015

PETERSBURG — Township Committee discussed an upcoming beach-replenishment project and possible grant opportunities Monday, March 9.

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After two close Senate votes, Barr appointed
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 9:07 am

TRENTON – Amid protest from environmentalists, the New Jersey Senate narrowly approved a new member to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission on Monday, March 16.

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Protesters take bus tour to sway senators, but in the end they don’t swing any votes
Posted: March 18, 2015

NORTHFIELD – A bus with representatives from more than a dozen environmental groups caravanned to state legislative offices on Wednesday, March 11, in opposition to the nomination of Robert Barr, of Ocean City, to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

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O.C.’s Jim Donahue, post commander of AMVETS in Somers Point, honored
Posted: March 18, 2015

SOMERS POINT — American Veterans Post 911 Commander Jim Donahue was honored in Alexandria, Va., last week for his work helping homeless and local veterans.

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Fewer porta-potties may be No. 1 problem for Bayfest
Updated: March 19, 2015 - 10:30 am

SOMERS POINT — If you are among the thousands who enjoy imbibing alcohol outside The Anchorage Tavern during the city’s annual Bayfest celebration, you may be looking for another place to go this year, in more ways than one.

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Ocean City budgets, taxes have grown since 1999
Updated: March 11, 2015 - 1:46 pm

OCEAN CITY – Municipal budgets indicate a city’s priorities, dreams and realities.

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Ocean City High School doing state requirement one better
Posted: March 11, 2015

OCEAN CITY – By early next week, each of the more than 300 members of Ocean City High School’s class of 2015 will be certified to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

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Longtime Ocean City mayor Henry ‘Bud’ Knight dies
Posted: March 11, 2015

OCEAN CITY – Henry “Bud” Knight, who served as Ocean City’s mayor from 1992 to 2006, died March 7 in Florida at the age of 82.

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Somers Point woman finds path to healing in art, yoga
Posted: March 11, 2015

OCEAN CITY — For Heather Mulvenna, of Somers Point, the road back to creating art began as a therapeutic tool.

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Budget keeps tax levy same; officials can’t calculate rate
Posted: March 11, 2015

PETERSBURG — Upper Township Committee introduced its 2015 budget, with a flat tax levy, during the committee’s Monday, March 9, meeting.

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Herren tells students to ask why they feel need to do drugs
Posted: March 11, 2015

SOMERS POINT — Chris Herren, a Boston Celtics basketball player turned motivational speaker, told students that his discussion was not about instructing them not to use alcohol or drugs, but about getting students to ask themselves why they need to use them.

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Obadiah’s soon will be Sketties
Posted: March 11, 2015

MARMORA — After more than 30 years in business, Obadiah’s Restaurant will close to make way for Sketties Italian Restaurant & Bar, a family-friendly establishment slated to open this summer.

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State grants to fund Gateway Playhouse renovations
Posted: March 11, 2015

SOMERS POINT — The Gateway Playhouse received more than $500,000 in state grants recently that will fund the remainder of its renovations. 

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Northfield to bond for $250,000 to buy police, fire radios
Posted: March 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Police Sgt. Eric Dettinger delivered a presentation to City Council on Feb. 25, outlining what the city’s emergency responders need to comply with a Federal Communications Commission initiative known as Project 25.

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Somers Point gets peek at mural tribute to R. Somers
Posted: March 11, 2015

SOMERS POINT — On Sunday, March 8, those who attended The Art of ‘His’story mural fundraiser saw the design for a mural that will begin to apxpear on the walls of the Somers Point branch of the Atlantic County Library within the next six months.

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Linwood school budget calls for 4.4-cent tax-rate hike, many cuts
Posted: March 11, 2015

LINWOOD — The Linwood Board of Education approved a tentative school district budget for the 2015-16 school year March 4 that calls for a 4.4-cent tax rate increase and includes cuts that drew nearly two hours of opposition from members of the public.

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Township Committee honors wrestler for winning state title
Posted: March 11, 2015

PETERSBURG — Upper Township Committee honored 13-year-old Upper Township Green Hornets wrestler Jade Phelps on Monday, March 9, for winning the USA Wrestling New Jersey State Championship.

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