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Teen, 18, abducted, stabbed, robbed in Absecon

A teen, 18, was abducted, stabbed, robbed and dumped on California Avenue early Saturday morning in the latest of a series of violent crimes in Absecon. A teen, 18, was abducted, stabbed, robbed and dumped on California Avenue early Saturday morning in the latest of a series of violent crimes in Absecon. ABSECON – An 18-year-old teen was abducted, stabbed, robbed and dumped on California Avenue early Saturday morning in the latest of a series of violent crimes in Absecon.

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County engineer: Bay Ave. nearly complete, West Ave. restriping set for spring

Ocean City Republicans hear about road and bridge projects

File photo / A sinkhole closed a portion of the 17th Street culvert July 21, 2013 in Ocean City. File photo / A sinkhole closed a portion of the 17th Street culvert July 21, 2013 in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — A yearlong project to resurface and improve drainage on Bay Avenue will wrap up after Easter, and a restriping project to create bicycle lanes on West Avenue in the south end will start in May, according to county engineer Dale Foster.

Foster presented a briefing on county-related infrastructure projects during the Ocean City Republican Club meeting Tuesday, March 24 at the library.

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$21.4M Ventnor school budget calls for 1.56-cent tax rate increase

VENTNOR – The Board of Education approved its 2015-2016 school district budget March 25 and will send it to the Board of School Estimate for approval.

In her presentation to the board, Business Administrator Terri Nowotny said the local tax levy would remain unchanged at $17,819,977, although the tax rate would increase 1.56 cents to $.7428 per $100 of assessed valuation due to a $61 million drop in ratables.

The district’s total operating budget is $21,408,781, up from $20,771,809 spent in 2014-2015.

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Portion of Delilah Road closed next week for road repairs

PLEASANTVILLE – A section of Delilah Road in Pleasantville will be closed in both directions next week during an Atlantic County road improvement project, according to spokeswoman Linda Gilmore.

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Demoted police chief files lawsuit against Cape May

CAPE MAY – Robert Sheehan filed suit against the City of Cape May March 25, saying the city violated the Contentious Employee Protection Act, commonly known as the Whistleblower law.

On Wednesday, the law from of Sciarra & Catrambone LLC issued a statement announcing the suit, in which they describe a “power hungry mayor” and the manager and certain council members as his “henchmen.”

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Book of Golden Deeds nominations sought

Former Exchange Club President Jon Batastini presents the Book of Golden Deeds plaque to 2012 recipient Peggy Lloyd. Former Exchange Club President Jon Batastini presents the Book of Golden Deeds plaque to 2012 recipient Peggy Lloyd.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City is seeking nominations for the recipient of the 50th annual Book of Golden Deeds.

Past recipient and event chairman Bill Woods said this year’s event will take place April 27. Nominations for the city’s tireless volunteers, health and welfare organizations, civic planners, youth leaders and philanthropists are due no later than March 30.

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Mainland wins New Jersey mock trial competition

NEW BRUNSWICK – Mainland Regional High School emerged victorious from the courtroom at the New Jersey Law Center winning the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition. The Mainland squad defeated West Morris Mendhan High School of Morris County.

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Haven Ave. flood mitigation study moves forward

OCEAN CITY — After a two-week delay, a flood mitigation study for the area around 29th Street and Haven Avenue was approved by council when it met Thursday, March 26.

After being tabled at its last meeting, council awarded a $44,720 professional services contract to Michael Baker Engineering of Hamilton (Mercer County) to study and come up with a flood mitigation plan for the area between 26th and 34th streets, from West to Bay avenues.

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Restaurant Gala raises $125,000 for culinary scholarships

ATLANTIC CITY – The 32nd annual Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala held at Bally’s Atlantic City raised $125,000 for scholarships for students attending the college’s Academy of Culinary Arts.

More than 700 supporters attended the black tie affair, which offered the theme “Under the Sea.”

Students at the academy prepared a sumptuous array of mouth watering hors d’oeuvres served during the cocktail hour and the future chefs took a bow during a ceremony honoring Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Food Network Star finalist Nicole Gaffney of Brigantine.

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Ocean City southend beach fill to start mid-April

File photo / The contractor for the Great Egg Harbor to Townsends Inlet beach replenishment project is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million. File photo / The contractor for the Great Egg Harbor to Townsends Inlet beach replenishment project is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million.

OCEAN CITY — The long-awaited southend beach replenishment project is expected to begin a half of a month earlier than expected, city administrator Jim Mallon announced at Thursday’s City Council meeting.

During administration reports at the March 26 meeting, Mallon said that the contractor, Great Lakes Dredge Company of Illinois, had already dropped pipe for the dredging at 43rd Street.

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Dennis Township car dealer charged with theft by deception

DENNIS TOWNSHIP – A Seaville man has been charged with theft by deception for selling vehicles on consignment and not paying off the original owners.

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Celebrity drummer, Navy commander to highlight annual HERO Concert

Submitted/Fun drummer John O’Reilly will join the Atlantic Pops’ annual HERO Concert April 1. Submitted/Fun drummer John O’Reilly will join the Atlantic Pops’ annual HERO Concert April 1. Theme will be ‘Adventures in Music’

When the Atlantic Pops perform “Concerto for Drum set and Band” April 1 at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, they will be joined by John O’Reilly, the drummer from the group Fun who has also played on Broadway.

The headline piece is a three-movement jazz concerto that pays tribute to swing drummers from different eras and uses a drum set in front of the band as a solo instrument.

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Collision between bus, truck sends students to hospital as precaution

DENNIS TOWNSHIP – Thirteen children and a school bus driver were taken to Cape May Regional Hospital today as a precaution, following a collision between a township dump truck and bus, a state police spokesman said, Wednesday, March 25.

“Everybody’s all right,” said Trooper Morley, of the Woodbine Barracks. “There were minor injuries – complaints of pain.”

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