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Upper Township school board members want voting rights restored in Ocean City

PETERSBURG – Members of the Upper Township Board of Education said last week that they are still seeking to restore some of their voting rights on the Ocean City school board.

Three Upper Township school board members serve on the Ocean City school board. They are permitted to vote on issues affecting Upper Township students, but since 2010 they have not had a say in the election of the Ocean City Board of Education president, vice president or solicitor.

“We would really like to be able to have a vote on those three people to make sure they have our best interests in mind,” Upper Township school board president Michele Barbieri said at a Nov. 17 meeting.

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Wednesday South Jersey snowstorm becoming more likely

Suddenly, the busiest travel day of the year could become the most dangerous for millions of I-95 commuters who may have to dodge a mid-week snowstorm, forecasters say. Portions of South Jersey could get more than a half-foot of snow and just in time for the holiday. Weatherbell Analytics Suddenly, the busiest travel day of the year could become the most dangerous for millions of I-95 commuters who may have to dodge a mid-week snowstorm, forecasters say. Portions of South Jersey could get more than a half-foot of snow and just in time for the holiday. Weatherbell Analytics Suddenly, the busiest travel day of the year could become the most dangerous for millions of I-95 commuters who may have to dodge a mid-week East Coast snowstorm, forecasters say.

Thanksgiving Day dinners up and down the I-95 corridor and area holiday football games will be impacted if forecast model predictions hold true to Sunday morning model runs.

Here is the latest for South Jersey:

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Stockton plans series of holiday concerts

Professor of music Beverly Vaughn conducts the Stockton Oratorio Society, which will perform on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Alton Auditorium on the college’s main Galloway campus. Professor of music Beverly Vaughn conducts the Stockton Oratorio Society, which will perform on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Alton Auditorium on the college’s main Galloway campus. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Jazz, big band, classical and holiday favorites will be presented in four upcoming concerts at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

“This is the first time that each of our four choirs is presenting its own holiday concert featuring four distinctive styles and selections - offering something for  everyone's taste in celebrating the season,” said Beverly Vaughn, a music professor who directs the Stockton Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Stockton Select Chorale, the Stockton Oratorio Society and the College Chorus.

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Holy Spirit stuns Holy Cross to reach fifth straight title game

spirit1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit sophomore fullback Glen Cortese celebrates the Spartans' upset of Holy Cross on Friday night. DELRAN – Friday night’s Non-Public II semifinal between parochial powers Holy Spirit and Holy Cross had everything you need for a classic high school football game: high stakes drama on a frigid, mid-November night; big plays and dizzying momentum shifts; and finally a huge upset victory by the underdog.

All it needed was a Phil Rizzuto exclamation point: Holy cow!

The Holy Spirit Spartans shocked the world - or at least a South Jersey football slice of it - with a wild 54-36 win over top seed and previously undefeated Holy Cross.

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Hamilton Police arrest Ventnor, Mays Landing men in alleged home invasion

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Police here arrested two men in response to a call of a home invasion with a weapon shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

Township of Hamilton Police responded to Hamilton Walk just north of the Hamilton Mall at 12:53 p.m. Saturday Nov. 22 for a reported home invasion with a gun.

Responding officers located two suspects attempting to flee the area. Further investigation led to the arrest of Anthony Arzuaga-Garcia, 20, of Ventnor and Nathaniel Peterson, 19, of Mays Landing.  

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African lions to make their debut at Cape May County Zoo

Twin African lions, Bella and Lex, are new to the zoo. Twin African lions, Bella and Lex, are new to the zoo. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Folks in Cape May Court House may hear twin roars this weekend, as new lions get used to their surroundings in Cape May County.

Two 3-year-old African lions from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson arrived at the zoo in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, zoo officials announced Friday, Nov. 21.

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Ocean City named third smartest small town by Forbes

Ocean City named third smartest small town by Forbes Ocean City named third smartest small town by Forbes

According to a new list by Forbes, Ocean City – and the rest of Cape May County – was named one of America's smartest cities. The metropolitan statistical area was ranked third on the list of small towns by contributors Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill.

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Santa isn’t the only one making lists this time of year

 Santa isn’t the only one making lists this time of year Santa isn’t the only one making lists this time of year

This is a time of year for lists.

Santa has the best known list but people all over are making lists – invitations to holiday parties, gifts to be purchased, what they’d like to get as gifts and things to do before 2014 ends.

Here are a couple of lists that pertain to the season.

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OCHS senior Devon Grisbaum wins Meet of Champions

Ocean City High School senior Devon Grisbaum did something on Saturday that only one other runner in Cape-Atlantic League history has done - she won the NJSIAA Meet of Champions.

Grisbaum ran the Homdel Park course in 18 minutes, 19.26 seconds to finish a little more than 2.5 seconds ahead of Mainland freshman Alyssa Aldridge. Grisbaum had finished third and Aldridge fourth in the State Group 3 Meet a week earlier and have run one-two all season.

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Ventnor schools get approved for $1.375 million in ROD grants

TRENTON – The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced Friday, Nov. 21 that the Ventnor City school district was approved for four Regular Operating District grants to improve the school building. The state grant program funds up to 40 percent of the eligible costs for projects addressing health and safety issues and other critical needs. Ventnor received the entire 40 percent.

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McMahon sleeps out to support Covenant House

Local insurance agent one of 67 to participate in annual Sleepout in Atlantic City

Submitted / Bill McMahon III tries to keep warm in a sleeping bag and cardboard box during the Executive Sleepout at the Covenant House in Atlantic City Nov. 20. The event raises awareness of and fund for homeless youth in New Jersey. Submitted / Bill McMahon III tries to keep warm in a sleeping bag and cardboard box during the Executive Sleepout at the Covenant House in Atlantic City Nov. 20. The event raises awareness of and fund for homeless youth in New Jersey.

OCEAN CITY — As temperatures dipped below freezing Thursday evening in Atlantic City, Bill McMahon III snuggled closer into his sleeping bag and cardboard box, thinking about his life.

The Ocean City insurance agent was of over 60 participants in the Atlantic City Covenant House’s annual Executive Sleepout Nov. 20, a fundraiser for the organization, which offers assistance to homeless youth.

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Donate your food during Operation Help Nov. 22-26

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –  For the sixth time, the Egg Harbor Township Police Department will be participating in Operation Help, a 120-hour live broadcast and donation drive run by 103.7 WMGM morning show team of Matt Murray and Tess Taylor. Operation Help benefits the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and a variety of other charities.

 The radio personalities will be camping out for the duration of the event outside of the Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar from Saturday, Nov. 22 through Wednesday, Nov. 26. The restaurant, which will serve as the collection location, is located in the English Creek Shopping Center.

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Galloway man imprisoned for accepting bribes as A.C. inspector

Logan F. Holt Jr. Logan F. Holt Jr.

GALLOWAY – A former Atlantic City inspector and Galloway resident was sentenced to state prison Friday, Nov. 21 for accepting cash bribes from a taxi operator and operators of massage parlors and “stress therapy centers.”

Logan F. Holt Jr., 55, of Galloway Township, was sentenced to five years in state prison, including two years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Mark H. Sandson in Atlantic County.

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