Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio (front, second from left) is shown with his “elves” in 2013 prior to delivering food and gifts to local families in need. The Mayor’s 2014 Holiday Toy and Food Drive is currently accepting donations, which will bring cheer to families in need this Christmas.
SEA ISLE CITY – Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s 22nd Annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive is accepting donations of cash, non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys and gifts for local families in need this Christmas.
For more than two decades, the event has assisted hundreds of adults and children, including elderly shut-ins and others.
Hamilton officer breaks arm while arresting shoplifting suspect
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A township police officer broke his arm Tuesday night, Nov. 25 while subduing a shoplifting suspect in the Hamilton Mall parking lot, police said.
Township of Hamilton police responded at 6:26 p.m. to a report of a shoplifting in progress at the Mays Landing Wal-Mart.
Submitted/Matthew Poole, 31, of Pleasantville
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A 31 year-old Pleasantville man was arrested for allegedly threatening to harm children at the Wonder Years Day Care Center in Egg Harbor Township Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Police said Matthew Poole called the center on Ocean Heights Avenue in the Scullville section of the township and threatened to harm the children. Management called police and reported the call, and the department dispatched nine officers in response.
Laura Stetser/Doors to some of the motel rooms in the vacant and storm-damaged Golden Key Motel sit wide open on Thursday, Nov. 14
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The blighted motels along the entrance corridor to Atlantic City are on their way to being demolished, but not before the township police, fire and public works departments can get some more use out of them.
Members of the Township Committee said Wednesday, Nov. 19 that they had been in discussions with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority about demolishing the six vacant buildings, which the township purchased in the past year using CRDA funds and then closed.
Four members of Team Mercy talk about student efforts at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School to raise money and goods for the needy. Shown are: Gianna Balestriere, 10, Maggie McMahon, 11, Matthew Pond, 13, and Julia Sittineri, 14.
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – People are hungry. They’re cold.
The children know, and they want to help.
“We have so many things that other people don’t,” said Gianna Balestriere, a 10-year-old, who took an oath last week at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School to help other people. “We have warm clothes and toys to play with. Some people don’t.”
In the photo on the left, Mark Himebaugh is shown as he appeared 23 years ago, when the boy disappeared near his Del Haven home. On the right, is an age progression photo made by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Tuesday, Nov. 25, marks the 23rd anniversary of the disappearance of Mark Himebaugh, who disappeared from the Del Haven section of Middle Township at the age of 11.
MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 on a proposal scheduled for adoption that would ban the outdoor release of helium balloons.
The ordinance was suggested by members of the city’s green team, Sustainable Margate, as a way to reduce ocean litter and protect marine wildlife.
STONE HARBOR – Area residents are invited to team up on Saturday, Nov. 29, and build gingerbread houses so that somewhere in the county, a family can have a home of their own.
The gingerbread house build is part of Stone Harbor’s island holiday celebration, and it’s sponsored by the Habitat for Humanity.
Nineteen children from Our Lady of the Angels took part in the sleep out to raise awareness of the homeless in Middle Township, Saturday, Nov. 22.
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Children from Our Lady of the Angels spent a night sleeping in boxes Saturday, Nov. 22, to learn more about what it’s like to be homeless.
The group of 19 kids were young, said Jasmine Carlisle, outreach manager with Covenant House, Atlantic City.
“I’ve never seen a group so young do a sleep-out,” she said.
Jacki Kellum talks turkey and makes them with Charlotte Evinsky.
The Linwood Library welcomed patrons to spend a bit of their Sunday afternoon at the library Nov. 16 while staff and members of the Friends of the Linwood Library showed off some of the services and technology the library has available. More than 100 people stopped in to check out a book, hear music, use the computer or socialize over a snack.
Claire Lowe / Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and Station (Small) Great Egg Commander CK Moore presents Ocean City Patrolman John Porreca with a certificate of merit Monday, Nov. 24.
OCEAN CITY — For his efforts over the last two years operating the city’s marine unit, Ocean City Patrolman John Porreca was recognized with a certificate of merit from the United States Coast Guard Monday, Nov. 24 at the city police department.
Standing alongside police Capt. Jay Prettyman, Chief Chad Callahan, and Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and Station (Small) Great Egg Commander CK Moore, Porreca listened as Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Procida read off his accomplishments.
Jen Marra / Haley Dalton, 16, of Mullica Hill spends the morning shopping in her pajamas with Brendan Haddon, 17, of Ocean City during the Earlier than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 22 on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Dalton carries a bag from Mew to You with a few Disney collectibles.
Haley Dalton, 16, of Mullica Hill spends the morning shopping in her pajamas with Brendan Haddon, 17, of Ocean City during the Earlier than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 22 on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. Dalton carries a bag from Mew to You with a few Disney collectibles.