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Man arrested for threatening children at Egg Harbor Township day care center

Submitted/Matthew Poole, 31, of Pleasantville 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 on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

 Police said Matthew Poole called in a threat over the phone to the center, located on Ocean Heights Avenue in the Scullville section of the township.  Management of the center called police and stated they had received a call in which the caller threatened to harm the children. The department dispatched nine officers in response.

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Children sleep out to raise awareness of homelessness

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. 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.

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Linwood Library was booked on Sunday

Jacki Kellum talks turkey and makes them with Charlotte Evinsky. 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.

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Marine unit Officer Porreca honored by Coast Guard

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. 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.

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Shoppers are up ‘Earlier than the Bird’ for good deals

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. 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. 


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Local group says human trafficking isn’t ‘Fair Trade’

Tina Minnis of Ventnor is one of the founders of HEAAT. Tina Minnis of Ventnor is one of the founders of HEAAT. GALLOWAY – “Helping to Educate and Advocate Against Trafficking” had a place at the table Sunday, Nov. 16, when Richard Stockton College hosted its 10th annual Fair Trade International Gift Fair.

Instead of selling wares from mostly third-world countries with the idea of providing a fair price for those producing the products, Tina Minnis of Ventnor was working to eliminate a problem also often found in the poorest places on the planet – human trafficking.

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Multiple disabilities classes prepare Thanksgiving Feast at Arthur Rann

Working the welcome table are, from left, Noel Vargas, Idris Reynolds, Stephanie Perez, DeShawn Coleman, Juliana Vargas and Kenneth Epperson. Working the welcome table are, from left, Noel Vargas, Idris Reynolds, Stephanie Perez, DeShawn Coleman, Juliana Vargas and Kenneth Epperson. GALLOWAY – Some of the adult volunteers are as enthusiastic as the students.

“This is our fifth year,” township Emergency Management Services Operations Manager Chuck Uhl said. “We like it; it’s something we look forward to every single year.”

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West Atlantic City motel demolition to double as public safety training

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 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.

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And the children shall lead: Team Mercy collects for the needy

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. 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.”

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Team of active and retired investigators to review Himebaugh disappearance

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. 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.

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More to be thankful for

Ocean City Home Bank Employees collect food for Jewish Family Services Thanksgiving dinner packages

Submitted / Employees on the second floor of Ocean City Home Bank's Ocean City branch donate grocery bags filled with enough food to allow 20 area families to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. In addition, the bank collected food in each of its locations to donate to Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Submitted / Employees on the second floor of Ocean City Home Bank's Ocean City branch donate grocery bags filled with enough food to allow 20 area families to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. In addition, the bank collected food in each of its locations to donate to Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Home Bank employees set out on a mission to help local families have Thanksgiving dinner this year and more than fulfilled their goal.

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Court issues temporary restraining order on Margate dunes

CAMDEN – A federal court today issued a temporary restraining order to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers shore protection project in Margate.

The order came after Margate filed a legal suit in U.S. District Court to stop the state and Army Corps from building sand dunes on the city’s beach.

The restraining order will prohibit the state from awarding any contracts or beginning construction until legal issues are resolved, according to a press release issued by the city today.

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Leadership club ‘Picnic in Paradise’ raises funds for scholarships

Claire Lowe / The chefs who donated their time to the scholarship dinner, from left, are Alan Fen of Island Shore in Marmora, Joe Massaglia of Mama Mia’s in Seaville, Michael Carmody of OC Surf Café in Ocean City, Andrew Yoa of Island Grill in Ocean City, Stefan Zareba of Blue Dolfin in Marmora, and John Szabo of Positively 4th Street Café in Ocean City. Not shown are chefs Bill McGinnity of Cousin’s, David “Reds” Brigdens of Red’s Jersey Mex Café, Paul Stryker of Arlene’s on Asbury, Walter Hohman of Ward’s Pastry, Ralph Diclemente of Bennie’s Bread and Alfred Sacco of Sack O’ Subs, all in Ocean City. Claire Lowe / The chefs who donated their time to the scholarship dinner, from left, are Alan Fen of Island Shore in Marmora, Joe Massaglia of Mama Mia’s in Seaville, Michael Carmody of OC Surf Café in Ocean City, Andrew Yoa of Island Grill in Ocean City, Stefan Zareba of Blue Dolfin in Marmora, and John Szabo of Positively 4th Street Café in Ocean City. Not shown are chefs Bill McGinnity of Cousin’s, David “Reds” Brigdens of Red’s Jersey Mex Café, Paul Stryker of Arlene’s on Asbury, Walter Hohman of Ward’s Pastry, Ralph Diclemente of Bennie’s Bread and Alfred Sacco of Sack O’ Subs, all in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — Offering dishes from a dozen local chefs, students raised money for scholarships Thursday, Nov. 20 during the annual Ocean City High School Leadership Club Scholarship Dinner in the high school cafeteria.

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