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First instant decision day at Mainland gets high marks

Mainland Regional High School senior Brendan Houlker, 18, of Linwood walks away from instant decision day Friday, Nov. 14 with acceptances from three colleges. Mainland Regional High School senior Brendan Houlker, 18, of Linwood walks away from instant decision day Friday, Nov. 14 with acceptances from three colleges.

LINWOOD – Almost 80 Mainland Regional High School students walked into school the morning of Nov. 14 as high school seniors and walked out at the end of the day as accepted college students.
For students like Brendan Houlker of Linwood, it was a day that started off with a measure of anxiety and finished with a sense of accomplishment and relief. Houlker sat down with three different college admissions officers and walked away with an acceptance to each of their respective schools.
“Now I have some decisions to make, but I am really relieved that I have the chance to make a choice,” he said. He was accepted to Stockton, Kean and Rowan.  

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State troopers, church members give coats to almost 200 in Woodbine

State Police Lt. Doug Pearson, right, worked with members of the First Baptist Church and Gentilini Motors to make sure that folks in the area had car seats, as well as warm coats. Show here, Pearson gives an infant car seat Wednesday, Nov. 26, to expectant mother Michele Rose, and her daughter, Julia Rose Tirado. Also shown is Wayne Shelton, a retired trooper, on hand to show people how to correctly install the seats. State Police Lt. Doug Pearson, right, worked with members of the First Baptist Church and Gentilini Motors to make sure that folks in the area had car seats, as well as warm coats. Show here, Pearson gives an infant car seat Wednesday, Nov. 26, to expectant mother Michele Rose, and her daughter, Julia Rose Tirado. Also shown is Wayne Shelton, a retired trooper, on hand to show people how to correctly install the seats. Troopers also gave away car seats for infants and children

WOODBINE – About 200 people crowded into the gymnasium of a local school this week, as a New Jersey State Troopers joined members of the First Baptist Church and Gentilini Motors to give away coats and car seats to area residents in need of warmth and safety.

Though a bone-chilling rain swept through the area, it wasn’t enough to dampen the warmth of the coat-giveaway at Woodbine Elementary School, Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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Police, Acme join to provide Thanksgiving meals to residents

Patrolman Pat Conte, Sandy Jarosz, records department, and Det. Jason Sweitzer organize the meals given the area residents by the Middle Township Police Department and Acme, Cape May Court House, on a rainy Wednesday, Nov. 26. Patrolman Pat Conte, Sandy Jarosz, records department, and Det. Jason Sweitzer organize the meals given the area residents by the Middle Township Police Department and Acme, Cape May Court House, on a rainy Wednesday, Nov. 26. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township police, with the help of Acme in Cape May Court House, made sure that 26 township families had a good Thanksgiving this year, complete with a turkey and all the trimmings.

And when an extra eight families asked for turkey dinners, both police and Acme dug once again into their pockets, to make sure that everyone got served, bringing the total to 34 complete meals.

And that includes pumpkin pie.

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Margate school district receives unqualified audit

MARGATE – The Board of Education has received an unqualified audit of its finances. According to Carol Kiniry of Ford-Scott & Associates, LLC, the annual audit turned up no findings or recommendations.

“The district office as a whole is proficient,” Kiniry said on Nov. 12. “Controls you have in place are working. Susan (Palaia) runs a tight ship.”

Kiniry told the board that auditors often find little things when they conduct audits and make suggestions for streamlining operations to staff as they go along, but there was nothing major to address.

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Giving Tuesday restores the meaning of the season

Giving Tuesday restores the meaning of the season Giving Tuesday restores the meaning of the season

Family Service Association one of available beneficiaries

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – After all of the shopping frenzy from Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday has subsided, charity organizations across the globe are hoping there is some money left over on Tuesday to help the less fortunate.

Coined “#GivingTuesday” in 2012, the annual event serves as a fundraiser for more than 10,000 organizations worldwide. This year it will occur Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Local organizations are hoping residents will take a moment to donate and help their fellow community members.

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Mays Landing man charged with murder Thanksgiving morning

HAMILTON TWP – A Mays Landing was charged with murder in the shooting death of the woman with whom he lived, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Thanksgiving morning. 

Joseph Morrison, 62, of the 6000 block of Sears Avenue in Mays Landing was charged with murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in connection with the death Wednesday of Debra J. Mason, 52, of the same address. 

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'Tis The Season - 2014

'Tis The Season - 2014 'Tis The Season - 2014

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Absecon man killed in Thanksgiving Day car accident in Egg Harbor Township

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A 20-year-old Absecon man was killed after the car he was riding in hit a tree on Spruce Avenue on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27. The one-car accident also left the driver, a 62-year-old man from Egg Harbor Township, with life-threatening injuries.

Nevil Tauro was a passenger in a 2000 Porsche Boxter traveling south on Spruce in the Bargaintown section of the township at about 4:30 p.m. when it failed to negotiate a curve, left the road and hit a tree just south of Main Avenue. 

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EHT, Absecon men among 8 charged with illegal dumping on state land

TRENTON – A Department of Environmental Protection initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands resulted in charges recently against eight people for allegedly disposing of debris and other materials in state-owned natural areas.

The DEP “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” campaign was launched in late March. Investigations of illegal dump sites on state properties by Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Conservation Officers, State Park Police, and DEP’s Compliance and Enforcement personnel has resulted so far in 28 arrests or enforcement actions, according to a DEP news release issued Friday.

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Traffic delays possible on Delilah Road

PLEASANTVILLE — An Atlantic County road improvement project will for traffic to be detoured at Main Street beginning next week, according to a release issued by Atlantic County spokeswoman Linda Gilmore.

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Football excitement on Thanksgiving Day

A half-dozen high school football games were played on Thanksgiving Day as all but one school concluded seasons in the annual rivaly games.

The one school that played Thursday with still a game to play is Holy Spirit, which will face defending champion DePaul on Dec. 6 at Rutgers in the NJSIAA Non-Public 2 championship game. But, on Thursday morning, Atlantric City quarterback Jamir Prevard was too much for the Spartans (5-6). Prevard scored twice, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter, and threw another for a 22-18 win for the Vikings (6-4). Andrew Light scored both of Holy Spirit's TDs.

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Santa kicks off Christmas in Ocean City Friday

File photo / Santa arrives in Ocean City during ‘Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue’ in November 2013. File photo / Santa arrives in Ocean City during ‘Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue’ in November 2013.

OCEAN CITY — An old-fashioned family Christmas in downtown Ocean City is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving. During “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue,” the downtown from Sixth to 11th streets will be full of holiday spirit and entertainment to accompany everyone’s holiday shopping experience beginning at 2 p.m.

Features of the day will include visits with Santa in the gazebo at the Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall 2-4 p.m., a special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic 4-6 p.m., carolers in Victorian costumes and free horse and carriage rides 1-4 p.m. 

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Thankful for their feast in Somers Point

The original Pilgrims and Native American might not have enjoyed their feast to celebrate the harvest as much as their 2014 counterparts do. From left are Nick Cerchiaro, Ryan Mallen, Matthew Abbott, TJ Biglin, Zach Azotea and Ava Lipari. The original Pilgrims and Native American might not have enjoyed their feast to celebrate the harvest as much as their 2014 counterparts do. From left are Nick Cerchiaro, Ryan Mallen, Matthew Abbott, TJ Biglin, Zach Azotea and Ava Lipari. SOMERS POINT—The Pilgrim girls with their bonnets and boys with their tall black capotain hats sat with their Native American friends dressed in vests and headbands to enjoy a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast Wednesday afternoon at St. Joseph Regional School. It is an annual tradition the second grade students get to enjoy. 

The tables were set with placemats the students had made with what they were thankful for. While some are thankful for their country, their school and their friends Ryan is thankful for his family and Ava is thankful for her new puppy and Zach is thankful for cake.

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