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Ocean City says its ready as PARCC testing begins Monday

OCEAN CITY — The state’s newest – and controversial – student assessments are scheduled to be given beginning Monday, March 2 and director of curriculum Curt Nath said Ocean City is ready.

Presenting before the Ocean City Board of Education Wednesday, Feb. 25, Nath said the district has four weeks to complete the administration of the PARCC tests.

“This district compared to many other districts is in a very good place. We’ve been giving computerized assessments at our primary school and at our intermediate school for the last give or take 10 years,” Nath said.

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90-year-old cafeteria worker is a role model for students, staff

Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry. Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry.

NORTHFIELD – Northfield Community School students and staff shared the love Tuesday, Feb. 24 and helped “lunch lady” Betty Chau celebrate her 90th birthday. The cafeteria worker with the perpetual smile was feted with birthday signs, hugs, and classes singing happy birthday during every lunch period.

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Bursting water pipes plague Stone Harbor

This year’s deep freeze damaged the faucet on an outdoor hose bib, leading to an icy leak. Stone Harbor officials can turn off the water for a visible leak like this, but if a pipe burst inside, it could be some time before the damage is discovered. This year’s deep freeze damaged the faucet on an outdoor hose bib, leading to an icy leak. Stone Harbor officials can turn off the water for a visible leak like this, but if a pipe burst inside, it could be some time before the damage is discovered. STONE HARBOR – More than 100 homes in the borough have had their water service turned off after pipes froze and burst, officials said recently, and freezing temperatures could be hiding a wider issues.

 “The borough has no reason to go into the home when we turn the water off,” said Kim Stevenson, administrative assistant. “If we see it, or hear it, or the neighbors report it, we can turn off the water.”

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Lowering South Jersey snow forecast still means a slippery morning commute

Though the National Weather Service has made a slight adjustment to its Thursday morning snowfall forecast, a winter weather advisory remains in effect through early this afternoon for Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland counties./NWS Though the National Weather Service has made a slight adjustment to its Thursday morning snowfall forecast, a winter weather advisory remains in effect through early this afternoon for Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland counties./NWS Though the National Weather Service has made a slight adjustment to its Thursday morning snowfall forecast, a winter weather advisory remains in effect through early this afternoon for Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland counties.

Here’s the latest on totals and timing:

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Mainland mock trial team wins South Jersey title, moves on to states

Members of the Mainland Regional High School mock trial team gather around a statue Wednesday, Feb. 25 outside the New Jersey State Bar Foundation offices at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Members of the Mainland Regional High School mock trial team gather around a statue Wednesday, Feb. 25 outside the New Jersey State Bar Foundation offices at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High School mock trial team bested Cherry Hill West of Camden County Wednesday, Feb. 25 to win the South Jersey title in the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition in New Brunswick.
The Mainland squad is one of only three left to compete for the New Jersey title. They will face off March 19 in New Brunswick. The remaining teams are Oratory Preparatory School of Summit and Morris-Mendham High School in Mendham.

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Grand jury indicts three in fatal heroin overdoses

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A grand jury returned indictments against two Wildwood men in fatal heroin overdoses in 2014.

Another woman was indicted on lesser related charges.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, in announcing the grand jury indictment, said the fatal heroin overdoses occurred on May 16 and Sept. 19, 2014.

Indicted were Robert Luzny, 38, and Kevin Clancy, 43, both of Wildwood.

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Somers Point woman indicted on charges of theft from Avalon Honda

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Cape May County grand jury has indicted a Somers Point woman on charges of stealing $400,000 from Avalon Honda in 2013.

County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced the Grand Jury’s three-count indictment on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in a press release, charging Monica Schaffer, 53, of Somers Point with two counts of theft in the second degree, and one count of conspiracy in the second degree.

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Weigh foreclosures, short sales in tax appeals, EHT mayor says

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Radical times call for radical ideas.

With Atlantic County unemployment and foreclosure rates soaring to historic numbers, Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough is pitching a suggestion that he believes could help residents stay in their homes by allowing those looking to appeal their tax assessments to use foreclosures, short sales and sheriff sales as comparable sales.

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Longport appoints new police chief

Lt. Frank Culmone FrankCulmone LONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

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Lady Tigers rally, land in CAL title game

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will play in its first-ever CAL title game Saturday against Ocean City. RICHLAND – With six minutes to play, they looked tired and spent, falling behind by nine points.

But the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t faced many such deficits this season, somehow found a way.

Intense man-to-man and trapping defenses and a late scoring spree by their two stars fueled a 16-2 run to close the game as the Lady Tigers rallied to beat Holy Spirit, 45-40, in a Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Wednesday evening at St. Augustine Prep.

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Artist Alike Film festival expands students’ horizons

Artists Alike Studios Film Festival Artists Alike Studios Film Festival EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Seeing how talented her student filmmakers were for the past decade, Egg Harbor Township High School media teacher Kristen Dirato said she wanted to extend their opportunities.

“I always love seeing the talent that students produce, so when I saw how creative students were at EHT, I wanted to expand on the idea,” Dirato said.

With several graduates from the school, she launched a production company called Artists Alike Studios, which is the host of the Artists Alike Film Festival on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Mays Landing.

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Winter weather advisory for South Jersey

The National Weather Service issue a winter weather advisory for the overnight hours and the Thursday morning commute. The National Weather Service issue a winter weather advisory for the overnight hours and the Thursday morning commute. The National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center issued a winter weather advisory from 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 through 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 for enough snow to impact the Thursday morning commute.

Here is the latest:

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Newest Thursday South Jersey snow forecast totals in

  The Thursday morning commute could be a slippery affair for South Jersey motorists, according to the latest storm totals and precipitation forecasts./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com The Thursday morning commute could be a slippery affair for South Jersey motorists, according to the latest storm totals and precipitation forecasts./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com The Thursday morning commute could be a slippery affair for South Jersey motorists, according to the latest storm totals and precipitation forecasts.  Here’s the latest for your Thursday morning ride to work:

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