• January 24, 2020

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Groups take part in Martin Luther King Jr. Day’s Day of Service in O.C.

OCEAN CITY – Karen Paarz continued a decades-long family tradition on Monday, Jan. 20, when she brought her 6-year-old granddaughter to participate in an annual Day of Service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

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Wednesday 01/22/2020
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY
Posted: January 22, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Barry Williams, who starred as Greg Brady in the classic sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” will be grand marshal of the 2020 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City on April 18 and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant.

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Georgina Shanley honored with MLK Day award
Updated: January 22, 2020 - 11:16 am

OCEAN CITY – Local human rights activist Georgina Shanley was one of six recipients of this year’s MLK Service Awards, presented to community volunteers who do their best to emulate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for service. 

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McClellan takes seat in the Assembly
Posted: January 22, 2020

TRENTON — When Assemblyman Antwan McClellan looks back on his life, he never dreamt that he’d be a state lawmaker. 

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Upper school board joins OPRA request for state aid formula
Posted: January 22, 2020

UPPER TOWNSHIP — Upper Township’s Board of Education is unchanged in 2020, and three returning school board members took the oath of office Monday, Jan. 6, during a reorganization meeting.

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Power plant’s future called key issue in 2020
Posted: January 22, 2020

BEESLEYS POINT — No current issue is of more importance to Upper Township Committee than the future of the BL England generating plant, Mayor Rich Palombo told a group of business owners Jan. 14 during their annual dinner meeting. 

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Planners OK first mixed-use site plan in Marmora
Posted: January 22, 2020

UPPER TOWNSHIP — The Upper Township Planning Board approved a site plan Thursday, Jan. 16, for a new business at 206 Route 9 in the Marmora section, including variances.

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Election spending lowest in a decade
Posted: January 22, 2020

Spending on the 2019 state legislative election was the lowest in a decade despite a price tag of nearly $25 million to fill a state Senate seat and 80 state Assembly seats, according to reports from the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

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NJ chamber leader pitches economic master plan
Posted: January 22, 2020

STONE HARBOR — Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, compared the state of New Jersey to a troubled company and called for a state economic master plan last week during a Cape May County Chamber of Commerce meeting. 

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Money to promote downtown, 9th St. and Boardwalk
Posted: January 22, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Council on Jan. 9 unanimously adopted the 2020 Special Improvement District (SID) budget which funds promotions for the city’s key business areas.

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Man charged with bringing machine gun onto Coast Guard base
Posted: January 22, 2020

CAMDEN – A North Carolina man was arrested Jan. 17 on charges that he brought a loaded handgun and machine gun into a federal facility, and illegally transported the machine gun into New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

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O.C. native’s film on Marian Anderson
Posted: January 22, 2020

STONE HARBOR — Join filmmaker Bill Nicoletti and the Friends of the Cape May Music Festival for a screening of the documentary film “Once in a Hundred Years: The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson” at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Harbor Square Theatre in Stone Harbor.

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Counterprotest planned at the Trump rally
Posted: January 22, 2020

WILDWOOD — When President Donald Trump appears at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Jan. 28 for a “Keep American Great” rally, he will be greeted by both supporters but also by protesters.

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Ocean City celebrates Dr. King
Updated: January 22, 2020 - 10:51 am

OCEAN CITY – The community united on Jan. 20 to honor and remember the legacy of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King through personal reflections, sermons, and music at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center in Ocean City High School. 

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Van Drew is steadily lining up his support
Posted: January 22, 2020

After U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew announced in December that he would switch parties from Democrat to Republican, response in Republican circles has been varied, ranging from skepticism to emphatically embracing his decision.

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Wednesday 01/15/2020
Upper Township Committee honors latest Eagle Scout: Alexander Brown
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 1:43 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP – Family members joined Alexander Brown at an otherwise quiet Township Committee meeting Monday, Jan. 13, to see him honored by the governing body for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. 

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Vaping ads are targeting teens
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 11:03 am

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Tactics to target youth the tobacco industry used decades ago seem to be repeated to market vaping products. 

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Host of Democrats running for Congressional seat
Posted: January 15, 2020

When Congressman Jeff Van Drew announced in December he would change party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, Democrats across the Second Congressional District took him to task. While some blasted him on social media, others issued scathing denouncements to the press. 

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A lot of work behind the scenes as city negotiates to buy open lot
Posted: January 15, 2020

CEAN CITY – The city will dedicate funding to purchase the former Ocean City Chevrolet lot before it can be developed.

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Beach replenishment on hold
Posted: January 15, 2020

OCEAN CITY – A beach replenishment project for the island’s north end beaches will resume once the dredge returns from drydock after May 1, according to city Business Administrator George Savastano.

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Political career allows MRHS grad to help others
Posted: January 15, 2020

CAMDEN — Brittany O’Neill is riding a wave of euphoria following November’s successful 1st District legislative campaigns, but her outlook was not always so rosy.

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Patcong Creek Winter Luncheon
Posted: January 15, 2020

SOMERS POINT – The Patcong Creek Foundation 2020 Winter Luncheon and Silent Auction is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Greate Bay Country Club, 901 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, Somers Point.  

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Two Strathmere bulkheads to be replaced in 2020
Posted: January 15, 2020

STRATHMERE — Two bulkheads on bayside street ends will be replaced this year, the latest to be built to meet new standards calling for taller bulkheads in the barrier island section of the township. 

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Resume writing for Veterans, military
Posted: January 15, 2020

SOMERS POINT – There will be a Resume Writing & Interviewing Skill Seminar which is free for veterans and active military at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at the AMVETS Resource Center, 415 Shore Road, Somers Point.

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Auditions for ‘In The Heights’
Posted: January 15, 2020

SOMERS POINT – The Fool Moon Theatre is having auditions for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights” at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and 21 at the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point. All roles are open.

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School board swears in new member; has same U.T. representatives
Posted: January 15, 2020

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Board of Education gained a new member last week. 

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Utts takes seat, changing power balance to Dems
Posted: January 15, 2020

NORTHFIELD — Democrats have taken control of Northfield City Council for the first time since 2008 with the swearing-in of Councilman Paul Utts on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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Doctor: E-cigs pose health risks
Posted: January 15, 2020

GALLOWAY – Dr. Brian Jenssen, a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pediatrician, explained during a Jan. 9 presentation that fewer than 5 percent of adults used e-cigarettes but said that more than 25 percent of teens do. 

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McClellan bid farewell to O.C. Council Jan. 9
Posted: January 15, 2020

OCEAN CITY – With tearful goodbyes and somber reflection, Councilman Antwan McClellan said farewell to city council on Jan. 9.

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Local Republicans excited to welcome Trump
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Local Republican officials are excited about President Donald Trump’s planned Jan. 28 rally in Wildwood to support U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew — a former friendly adversary whom they are welcoming to the party.

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Wednesday 01/08/2020
City offers $6.5M for nearly 2 acres
Posted: January 08, 2020

OCEAN CITY – The city wants to purchase land for open space before it becomes a housing development.

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Retirement party takes back seat to toy drive
Posted: January 08, 2020

SOMERS POINT — At about 5 p.m. on the day Lt. John Barbieri retired from the Somers Point Police Department, a cake commemorating the occasion sat untouched while Barbieri, his co-workers and volunteers rushed to prepare to give gifts to children in the community. 

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Jordan Road teacher Albrecht honored for being ‘exemplary’
Posted: January 08, 2020

By KRISTEN KELLEHER

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Two join Linwood school board
Posted: January 08, 2020

LINWOOD — Two new members joined the Linwood Board of Education, during a Thursday, Jan. 2, reorganization meeting. 

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Northfield continues debating location of, desire for dog park
Posted: January 08, 2020

NORTHFIELD — Northfield City Council members are continuing to search for a location for a proposed dog park. 

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Ocean City's First Day at the Beach 2020
Updated: January 08, 2020 - 11:40 am

Hundreds of people ran into the water just north of the Ocean City Music Pier on New Year’s Day to celebrate the First Day at the Beach 2020. The annual event attracts hundreds, if not thousands, of ocean-dippers and far more people watching them take the plunge on the first day of the new year. The popular annual event follows Ocean City’s First Night, a family-friendly entertainment-filled evening with dozens of performances across the city, followed by fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

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Crowd marks New Year’s Day with plunge
Updated: January 08, 2020 - 11:45 am

OCEAN CITY — January 1 was hardly a beach day in Ocean City.  Although the sun was out, temperatures were in the mid-40s. 

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McGuigan keeps president post as Owen takes oath
Posted: January 08, 2020

SOMERS POINT — City Council officially has a new member following a reorganization meeting Friday, Jan. 3, when Mike Owen, a Ward 2 councilman, was sworn in. 

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Trump plans rally at Wildwoods Convention Center
Updated: January 08, 2020 - 4:12 pm

WILDWOOD — President Donald Trump is returning to the Jersey shore.

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Sindia reached its watery grave Dec. 15, 1901
Updated: January 08, 2020 - 8:18 am

OCEAN CITY — At 3 a.m. Dec. 15, 1901, the Sindia, a 329-foot, four-masted sailing barque owned by John D. Rockefeller, was 300 feet from shore off 17th Street in Ocean City. 

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Thursday 01/02/2020
1967: Surfing movie features appearance by the director
Posted: January 02, 2020

OCEAN CITY – “The Californian,” a film about surfing in the United States, was shown in Ocean City featuring an appearance by director Jamie Budge, the Ocean City Sentinel-Ledger reported Aug. 18, 1967.

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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER – Upper Township Elementary School: Jamie Nicholl
Posted: January 02, 2020

MARMORA – Jamie Nicholl’s uncle, who is mentally disabled, is the reason she is a special education teacher. 

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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER – Dawes Avenue School: Donna Coan
Posted: January 02, 2020

SOMERS POINT — Some Somers Point students are getting a good start to their day — and their lives — through the Dawes Avenue Dolphin Morning Club.

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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER – Ocean City School District preschool: Karin Stanton
Posted: January 02, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Karin Stanton, a special education preschool teacher in the Ocean City School District, helps to plan events to help students learn with their families. 

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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER – Northfield Community School: Barb Shenkus
Posted: January 02, 2020

NORTHFIELD — Humility and cooperation are the two attributes that best describe Barb Shenkus, a fourth-grade teacher at Northfield Community School. 

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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER – Cape May Elementary: Tom Medvecky
Posted: January 02, 2020

CAPE MAY — Cape May City Elementary School teacher Tom Medvecky teaches it all. The school has one sixth-grade class, an unusual class size that makes for an exceptional learning environment.

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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER – Lower Cape May Regional High School: Joanie Dilling
Posted: January 02, 2020

ERMA — Joanie Dilling is a special education teacher at Lower Cape May Regional High School (LCMR) who always had a desire to grow plants. 

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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER –
Posted: January 02, 2020

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City High School teacher Barbara Daniel addresses some of history’s most difficult periods through the Holocaust and Genocide Studies she teaches. 

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AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER – U.T. Middle School: Courtney Haugh
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 2:40 pm

PETERSBURG – Upper Township Middle School teacher Courtney Haugh wants to help her female students become comfortable with themselves. 

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AN APPLE FOR THETEACHER – Belhaven Middle School: Angela Buckberg
Posted: January 02, 2020

LINWOOD — “I didn’t think I ever wanted to be in this classroom but when I got moved in here, and I did it for like two months, I realized this is what I was meant to do,” Angela Buckberg said of the self-contained special-education room at Belhaven Middle School. “I can’t image doing anything else.” 

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