• March 26, 2019

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GOP backs Ocean City’s McClellan, plus Testa, Simonsen

VALON – Cape May County Republicans held their nominating convention at the Avalon Community Hall on March 13 and chose candidates for state Senate, Assembly and county freeholders.

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
Resort buying smart parking meters to save money, benefit business, motorists
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – New parking meters will appear in Ocean City this year, but it’s likely the average motorist won’t notice.

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‘We do not want this’
Posted: March 20, 2019

CAPE MAY — More than 200 persons gathered Monday on the boardwalk next to Convention Hall, a few hundred feet from the deep blue Atlantic, to protest a plan by the Trump administration to permit seismic testing in the ocean.

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LeVar Burton headlining OC Con
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – It’s typical to see bicyclists enjoying the Ocean City Boardwalk on a spring weekend. 

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League of Women Voters wants election mapping reform
Posted: March 20, 2019

SEAVILLE — Helen Kioukis, of The League of Women Voters of New Jersey, called public participation the “best gerrymandering-prevention mechanism” for legislative and congressional mapping when she addressed the Upper Township Democratic Club on Tuesday, March 12. 

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Administration creates new dept., shuffles duties and personnel
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Council introduced an ordinance on March 14 that would create a new department under the Administration and reshuffle some duties and personnel.

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OC Flooding Committee splits from FIT
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – OC Flooding Committee, a citizen-led effort championing solutions to Ocean City’s longstanding flooding problem, has severed its relationship with Fairness In Taxes (FIT), a local taxpayer advocacy group. 

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‘Musical Tour of 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s’ March 24 at library
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – The Vintage Jazz Band will perform “A Musical Tour of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s” at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

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Pi Day at OCHS
Posted: March 20, 2019

Ocean City High School students enjoyed math-based games and pie on Thursday, March 14, in celebration of Pi Day.  Pictured are Carli Kelly, Gia Canizzaro, and Taylor Fusco with their game, a student being timed to stack and unstack cups at one of the game stations, and Shannen Urban and Gina Corson are shown with a table full of delicious, pi-themed desserts.

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Ocean City PTA’s ‘A Night in Monte Carlo’ fundraiser set April 6
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City School District’s Parent-Teacher Association invites the public to enjoy “A Night in Monte Carlo” 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City, 4487 Venicean Road, Sea Isle City.

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Council holds off on quieting performers
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Council tabled an ordinance March 14 that would limit amplification for entertainers on Ocean City’s Boardwalk. 

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‘Be Well Connected’ free breakfast seminar on diabetes management
Posted: March 20, 2019

SOMERS POINT – Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate, with an estimated 30 million people living with the disease in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control.  

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Nutrition shows up as a green mustache
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Primary School’s second-graders sported smiles and green mustaches on Friday, March 15, made from a bit of a kale and spinach smoothie. 

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Upper Township mayor concerned about the fate of Strathmere foxes
Updated: March 20, 2019 - 10:00 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP — Mayor Richard Palombo is concerned about the fate of Strathmere’s foxes. 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – From Broadway to Rock & Roll, the spectacular sounds coming from the Ocean City Music Pier this summer will cover a wide range of genres. 

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Upper Township school budget seeks 2.9-cent hike
Posted: March 20, 2019

PETERSBURG — The Upper Township Board of Education introduced its 2019-20 budget Monday, March 18, calling for a 2.9-cent tax rate increase.

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Upper Township seeks safer crossings in Tuckahoe
Posted: March 20, 2019

TUCKAHOE — Upper Township Committee members want to see better protections for pedestrians using crosswalks in the historic downtown in the Tuckahoe.

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Somers Point budget shows tax hike, $5.3M capital plan
Posted: March 20, 2019

SOMERS POINT — The city is in a terrific position to take advantage of expiring debt to prepare for the future by bonding for capital projects, City Administrator Wes Swain said Thursday, March 14, during a budget workshop meeting.

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Somers Point schools hope to set students on careers paths
Posted: March 20, 2019

SOMERS POINT — City Council threw its support behind an initiative of the Board Education on Thursday, passing a resolution backing Somers Point School District’s efforts to obtain a grant for a community after-school program in career discovery.

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Linwood taxes falling slightly
Posted: March 20, 2019

LINWOOD — Linwood taxpayers will likely pay less for municipal taxes in 2019.

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MRHS budgets for anticipated salary increase
Posted: March 20, 2019

LINWOOD — Administrators detailed the 2019-20 school budget to the Mainland Regional High School Board of Education on Monday, outlining the many ways they have worked to reduce spending and attributing the expected tax increase solely to upcoming negotiations with the teachers union.

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Four Northfield residents latest to face charges in health fraud
Posted: March 20, 2019

CAMDEN — Seven people, including four Northfield residents, were charged last week for their alleged involvement in submitting fraudulent claims for unnecessary prescriptions.

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Budget aided by sustained growth
Posted: March 20, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Council introduced a $78.8 million municipal budget for 2019 that doesn’t include a tax increase. Helping that is the city’s substantial annual growth in ratables over the past five years.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
Diploma and an associate degree during high school
Posted: March 13, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City High School students could graduate from high school with an associate degree through a program in the works with a local community college.

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Local senators urge caution on legal pot
Posted: March 13, 2019

TRENTON — After months of deliberations, lawmakers have nearly reached an agreement on how marijuana will be taxed and legalized, paving the way for a vote on the measure.

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Comedy for a Cause March 23
Posted: March 13, 2019

SOMERS POINT — Comedians Brad Trackman and Michael Brooks are teaming up with the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation for a night of laughs to benefit people with the disease. 

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Police want city to back rules on restricted parking at NCS
Posted: March 13, 2019

NORTHFIELD — City Council discussed enforcing restricted parking times at the school and a new initiative to honor students during in a workshop and meeting Tuesday, March 5. 

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Project Prom ‘magical night’ for everyone involved
Posted: March 13, 2019

NORTHFIELD — “We need prom-appropriate dresses, but also handbags and jewelry,” said Rene Kane, organizer of Project Prom Atlantic County. “We are collecting up until the end of March.”

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Budget raises rate half-cent in Northfield
Posted: March 13, 2019

NORTHFIELD — City Council introduced a $13.05 million budget with a half-cent local tax rate increase Tuesday, March 5. 

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Entertaining, upbeat ‘42nd Street’ will get toes tapping at Mainland
Posted: March 13, 2019

LINWOOD — The upbeat energy of 1930s showmanship and iconic songs come to Mainland Regional High School this week during the school’s production of “42nd Street.”

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Movie house investors have bigger dreams in Northfield
Updated: March 13, 2019 - 1:33 pm

NORTHFIELD — Town Square Entertainment — the team behind Harbor Square Theatre in Stone Harbor and Ventnor Square Theatre in Ventnor — is bringing its brand of makeover to Northfield’s former Tilton 9 Theater.

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Testa, McClellan, Simonsen aim to be GOP ticket here
Posted: March 13, 2019

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The three Republican First Legislative District candidates schmoozed with voters at a March 8 “coffee with the candidates” event at Coffee 101 & Carvery.

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Upper Township schools lose more state aid than anticipated
Updated: March 13, 2019 - 1:34 pm

UPPER TOWNSHIP — The Upper Township School District is losing $100,000 more in state aid for the 2019-20 school year than was originally anticipated, as a result of changes to the state school funding formula.

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Little input on use for $290,000 block grant
Posted: March 13, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Ocean City is soliciting ideas from the public on where federal grant money can be spent for low- to moderate-income residents.

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Ocean City School District honing in on new fiscal year budget
Posted: March 13, 2019

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Board of Education plans to introduce the 2019-2020 school district budget on Wednesday, March 20.

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Ten years since John Weisbecker went missing
Posted: March 13, 2019

OCEAN CITY – For 10 years, John Weisbecker has been missing.

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Upper Township budget seeks 1.25-cent tax rate increase
Posted: March 13, 2019

UPPER TOWNSHIP — Township Committee introduced a $13.72 million budget for 2019 Monday, March 11, including a tax hike of 1.25 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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‘Authenticity and the Female Leader’
Posted: March 13, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Local college professors, entrepreneurs, educational and business leaders, and politicians talked work/life balance and gender equality in the workplace last week at the 14th annual Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Conference.

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Will windmills replace B.L. England smokestacks?
Updated: March 13, 2019 - 8:43 am

UPPER TOWNSHIP — While environmentalists celebrate the likely closing of the venerable B.L. England electricity-generating plant and others worry about jobs and power interruptions, the potential tax impact is foremost in the minds of many throughout Upper Township.

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Wednesday 03/06/2019
State of the City: Major work, but no tax increase
Posted: March 06, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Delivering his annual State of the City address on Feb. 28, Mayor Jay Gillian said taxes will not increase for 2019 in the proposed $90.7 million municipal budget.

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Study: Use surge barriers to prevent flood damage
Posted: March 06, 2019

TRENTON — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking public comment on an interim report that is a milestone in developing a comprehensive flood-mitigation strategy for the state’s extensive back bay areas. One recommendation is closable storm surge barriers.

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Infrastructure pace so fast city can’t keep up
Posted: March 06, 2019

OCEAN CITY – The public got a glimpse of a proposed $108 million five-year capital plan for 2019-2023, which includes dredging, drainage improvements, and satisfying the city’s affordable housing obligations.

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Linwood School District holds Multicultural Fair
Posted: March 06, 2019

The Linwood School District celebrated racial diversity with its 2nd annual Multicultural Fair on Thursday, Feb. 28. Students and their families set up displays to share their culture with others.

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Somers Point honors four volunteer firefighters
Posted: March 06, 2019

SOMERS POINT — City Council honored volunteers who have spent decades fighting fires in Somers Point on Thursday, Feb. 28. 

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New roof in future for Linwood history museum
Posted: March 06, 2019

LINWOOD — The Leedsville School Museum may be getting a new roof as the city continues its Leedsville Schoolhouse Preservation Project started in 2009.

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Reich Asset Management honored
Posted: March 06, 2019

MARMORA — Kestra Financial has honored Upper Township’s Reich Asset Management with the 2019 Ascend Award for Community Service. 

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Point urges DOT to expedite pedestrian bridge
Posted: March 06, 2019

SOMERS POINT — City Council wants to connect a new multiuse walkway on the Garden State Parkway to Somers Point. 

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HPSUT to document auto, gas history
Posted: March 06, 2019

UPPER TOWNSHIP — The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT) has shifted a new historical project into gear for 2019 to document and preserve the township’s automotive businesses from past to present. 

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Alleged house of prostitution manager in court
Posted: March 06, 2019

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Grace Li, who was charged with managing a house of prostitution a block away from Ocean City’s downtown, may face additional charges.

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Boardwalk entertainers will be turning down the volume
Posted: March 06, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Boardwalk entertainers will have to play music at a lower volume, according to an ordinance council introduced Feb. 28.

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