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A taste of fall, summer for South Jersey weekend

An area of high pressure that will drive 30-degree temperatures deep into the northeast, will give South Jersey residents a taste of both fall- and summer-like temperatures this weekend./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com An area of high pressure that will drive 30-degree temperatures deep into the northeast, will give South Jersey residents a taste of both fall- and summer-like temperatures this weekend./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com An area of high pressure that will drive 30-degree low temperatures temperatures deep into the Northeast will also give South Jersey residents a taste of both fall- and summer-like temperatures this weekend.

And it happens as the first official day of autumn is ready to fall off the desktop calendar.

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Coast Guard conducts training off Brigantine in preparation for cold weather

Crew members from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City walk out of the ocean after training offshore Brigantine Beach, Sept. 17, 2014. The cold-weather training included swimming more than 100 yards offshore and back to ensure each member’s gear was in good working condition. Crew members from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City walk out of the ocean after training offshore Brigantine Beach, Sept. 17, 2014. The cold-weather training included swimming more than 100 yards offshore and back to ensure each member’s gear was in good working condition.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham

Crew members from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City walk out of the ocean after training offshore Brigantine Beach, Sept. 17, 2014. The cold-weather training included swimming more than 100 yards offshore and back to ensure each member’s gear was in good working condition.

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Ancient Order of Hibernians 23rd annual Irish Fall Festival in Wildwoods Sept. 18-21

Jen Marra/Ancient Order of Hibernians 23rd Annual Irish Fall Festival in Wildwoods Sept. 18-21 Jen Marra/Ancient Order of Hibernians 23rd Annual Irish Fall Festival in Wildwoods Sept. 18-21 NORTH WILDWOOD - The largest Irish festival on the east coast begins Thursday, Sept. 18 and concludes Sunday, Sept. 21. This festive four-day event is sponsored by the James J. Reilly, Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians. The AOH is an organization that fosters and preserves Irish culture and heritage.

The success of this festival has been overwhelming, and continues to draw more and more people each year. With over one hundred vendors, sixteen food vendors, and an estimated crowd of over 200,000, this gathering is a weekend long event.

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Egg Harbor Township man charged with impersonating police officer

Frank Bonanata Frank Bonanata EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Frank Bonanata, 34, of Egg Harbor Township was arrested today (Sept. 18) on the charge of impersonating a police officer, police said Thursday.

According to a news release from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, the arrest stems from an Aug. 16 incident in which Bonanata allegedly brandished a badge in order to pull over a vehicle in Egg Harbor Township.  

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Stockton College seeking university status

Photo by Margot Alten /Members of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Board of Trustees and the Stockton community applaud the move to seek a change in the college’s status to that of a university. Photo by Margot Alten /Members of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Board of Trustees and the Stockton community applaud the move to seek a change in the college’s status to that of a university.

GALLOWAY – The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey today took a historic step toward changing its official designation and name to that of a university, officials announced in a news release.

The board of trustees voted to authorize President Herman Saatkamp to petition the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to officially classify Stockton as a comprehensive university – a designation for which the college has met the requirements for the past five years, according to a news release.

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College panel gives Mainland students pointers on writing admission essays

Mainland senior Katie Carr of Northfield discusses her essay plans and neuroscience as a major with admissions counselor John Yi of Yale University in the library Monday, Sept. 15. Mainland senior Katie Carr of Northfield discusses her essay plans and neuroscience as a major with admissions counselor John Yi of Yale University in the library Monday, Sept. 15. LINWOOD – Just the mention of college admission essays can be enough to rattle even the most dedicated upperclassmen.

Nathan Lichtenwalner, director of guidance at Mainland Regional High School, said the college essay can be a stumbling block for students. He spent time over the summer organizing a few programs that he hopes will translate into success for students.

The first component was a college essay panel presented Monday morning, Sept. 15 presented by three college admissions counselors.

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First case of enterovirus confirmed in New Jersey

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today confirmed New Jersey's first case of enterovirus D68, a potentially serious respiratory illness more likely found in infants and children, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. The confirmed case was identified from a specimen sent to the CDC from a Philadelphia hospital.

The child has since improved and been discharged.

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Pilot program for training the unemployed advances in Assembly

An Assembly panel advanced legislation Thursday, Sept. 18 to help train and equip the struggling unemployed to find work in new industries.

Already approved by the New Jersey Assembly Commerce Committee, the bill (A3021) directs the secretary of higher education – in consultation with the commissioner of labor and workforce development, county colleges, county vocational school districts, and the Adult Education-High School Equivalency Office in the Department of Education – to design and implement a pilot program to help eligible adults obtain a career or technical certificate on an accelerated schedule in order to enter or re-enter the workforce.

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Police searching for jewelry theft suspect

Jewelry store theft suspect Jewelry store theft suspect

CAPE MAY – The Cape May Police Department is investigating a theft of jewelry (initial estimated value $50,000), Sept. 17, at approximately 2 p.m., from a store on the Washington Street Mall.

The store surveillance cameras recorded a person who police would like to interview and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject in the photos below.

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CMC Airport under consideration for drone testing

US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) Rose Mooney confirmed that the Cape May County Airport is under consideration as a drone testing site, but testing has nothing to do with military operations.

Additionally, she said the airport is simply being considered, contrary to some published reports saying the airport had been selected as a testing site.

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Sheairs named new director of Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park

Submitted/Joseph M. Sheairs Sr Submitted/Joseph M. Sheairs Sr

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Joseph M. Sheairs Sr., a veteran executive with more than 35 years of experience in aviation, engineering, technology and business, today was named the new executive director of the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park by the board of trustees of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Sheairs is a graduate of West Point and the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds degrees in engineering and computer sciences. In 2009-2010, he served as interim executive director and then deputy executive director of the Next Generation Aviation and Technology Park, a precursor to the Stockton ARTP.

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Hamilton police seek owner of ash-filled urn labeled ‘Mom’

Submitted/The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn in July 2013. Submitted/The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn in July 2013.

The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn containing ashes partially buried along the Great Egg Harbor River in July 2013.

The urn has the word "Mom" on the side.

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Mechanic Street evacuated over WWII round handed over to police

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Residents and workers along Mechanic Street near the Middle Township Police Department were evacuated Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a resident walked into the department with a piece of World War II-era ordnance, police said in a statement.

Atlantic City Police Department’s bomb squad was called in to evaluate the ordnance, and they determined that was a World War II era marking round. According to police, the round would have had an explosive tip to mark targets.

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