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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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Charter Tech talent show winner puts his best foot forward

The top three finishers from the CharterTech High School for the Performing Arts Share the Love talent show are, from left, Eve Tjoumakarisi, 15, of Linwood; Alexis Mathis, 13, of Mullica; and Bobby LeMaire, 17, of Cape May Court House. The top three finishers from the CharterTech High School for the Performing Arts Share the Love talent show are, from left, Eve Tjoumakarisi, 15, of Linwood; Alexis Mathis, 13, of Mullica; and Bobby LeMaire, 17, of Cape May Court House.

SOMERS POINT – Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts welcomed students ages 8-18 from around the region to the stage for the eighth annual Share the Love Community Talent Show Thursday, Nov. 13.
Students showed off their talents for a chance to win cash prizes, studio time, and a recording session with teacher Lew London. The show attracted students from Mainland Regional High School, Belhaven Middle School, Absegami High School, Cedar Creek High School, St. Joseph’s Regional School, Little Egg Harbor Elementary School, Pinelands Regional Jr. High School, Mullica Middle School and Ocean City Intermediate School took to the stage, along with CharterTech students.

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Family of 9 displaced in Nashville Avenue fire

A triplex at 22 S. Nashville Ave. will be torn down because it is not safe following a raging fire on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Nine residents were displaced. A triplex at 22 S. Nashville Ave. will be torn down because it is not safe following a raging fire on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Nine residents were displaced. VENTNOR – A family of nine people were displaced in a raging fire at multi-family residence at 22 S. Nashville Ave., Wednesday evening, Nov. 19. No one was injured in the blaze.

Firefighters received a call of a fire at 6:47 p.m. When firefighters arrived at the general alarm fire, there was heavy fire venting from the first floor window, according the Ventnor Fire Chief John Hazlett. The first floor was entirely consumed with fire, but the occupants were able to escape without injury. No one was in the other two units.

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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.

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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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Winter storm watch for Pennsylvania, North Jersey

A mid-week coastal storm will disrupt travel plans for millions along the I-95 corridor, according to a weather summary briefing posted by the National Weather Service. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday for all of southeastern Pennsylvania and for the northern half of New Jersey./NWS A mid-week coastal storm will disrupt travel plans for millions along the I-95 corridor, according to a weather summary briefing posted by the National Weather Service. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday for all of southeastern Pennsylvania and for the northern half of New Jersey./NWS A mid-week coastal storm will disrupt travel plans for millions along the I-95 corridor, according to a weather summary briefing posted by the National Weather Service.

Drivers can expect wet, heavy snow in the north and heavy rain in the south with gusty winds everywhere, the National Weather Service said.

As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday for all of southeastern Pennsylvania and for the northern half of new Jersey. South Jeresy remains under a hazardous weather outlook for the same time period.

“Land an air travel will be negatively impacted Wednesday (Nov. 26) and Wednesday night just before a major holiday,” the National Weather Service said. “Some power outages are possible with the combination of gusty winds and snow hanging on wires and tree limbs.”

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Ventnor joins Margate for bicycle, pedestrian planning

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Nov. 20 agreed to join with its neighbor to the south to create safe streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The city passed a resolution supporting the NJ Department of Transportation’s offer to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety planning assistance.

The resolution states that the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists is of the utmost importance and that the city will continue to explore ways to provide safe access throughout the city.

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Atlantic Cape event will help displaced workers start over

MAYS LANDING—Atlantic Cape Community College will host a professional development and networking event from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, for community members and students. The event, titled Starting Over: The Power of Innovation and Self-Presentation, will feature information and resources for professional development, college programs, job and community resources for those impacted by the recent casino closings or those looking for a new career path for other reasons.

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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!

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