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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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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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Holiday Toy and Food Drive underway in Sea Isle City

Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio (front, second from left) is shown with his “elves” in 2013 prior to delivering food and gifts to local families in need. The Mayor’s 2014 Holiday Toy and Food Drive is currently accepting donations, which will bring cheer to families in need this Christmas. Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio (front, second from left) is shown with his “elves” in 2013 prior to delivering food and gifts to local families in need. The Mayor’s 2014 Holiday Toy and Food Drive is currently accepting donations, which will bring cheer to families in need this Christmas. SEA ISLE CITY – Mayor Leonard Desiderio’s 22nd Annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive is accepting donations of cash, non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys and gifts for local families in need this Christmas.

For more than two decades, the event has assisted hundreds of adults and children, including elderly shut-ins and others.

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Hamilton officer breaks arm while arresting shoplifting suspect

Hamilton officer breaks arm while arresting shoplifting suspect Hamilton officer breaks arm while arresting shoplifting suspect HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A township police officer broke his arm Tuesday night, Nov. 25 while subduing a shoplifting suspect in the Hamilton Mall parking lot, police said.

Township of Hamilton police responded at 6:26 p.m. to a report of a shoplifting in progress at the Mays Landing Wal-Mart.

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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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Margate to hold public hearing on balloon release ordinance

balloon MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 on a proposal scheduled for adoption that would ban the outdoor release of helium balloons.

The ordinance was suggested by members of the city’s green team, Sustainable Margate, as a way to reduce ocean litter and protect marine wildlife.

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Build a gingerbread house with Habitat for Humanity

Gingerbread house Gingerbread house STONE HARBOR – Area residents are invited to team up on Saturday, Nov. 29, and build gingerbread houses so that somewhere in the county, a family can have a home of their own.

The gingerbread house build is part of Stone Harbor’s island holiday celebration, and it’s sponsored by the Habitat for Humanity.

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