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Fisherman dies after fall from boat

SCHELLENGER’S LANDING — A fisherman reportedly died after falling from a fishing boat docked near the Lobster House Restaurant.
Cape May Fire Chief Jerry Inderwies Jr. confirmed they received a 911 call on Saturday, April 19, at 8:49 p.m.

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X the Text at MRHS

uniors Sharik Gilbert of Northfield and Tiana Fogg of Linwood add their thumbs to the banner against texting and driving. uniors Sharik Gilbert of Northfield and Tiana Fogg of Linwood add their thumbs to the banner against texting and driving.

LINWOOD – Pledging not to text while driving, students in physical education classes at Mainland Regional High School April 17 filled out a card with their information as new or soon-to-be drivers. Rolling their thumb on an ink pad and adding their thumbprints to a banner emblazoned with “Texting Kills” that will hang in the hall, students were having fun, but were serious about their commitment to be safe behind the wheel.

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Get ready for Bayfest this Saturday in Somers Point

Crowds at Bayfest 2013 jam Bay Avenue in Somers Point, marking the unofficial kick off to the season. Bayfest is billed as the largest one-day event in South Jersey. Crowds at Bayfest 2013 jam Bay Avenue in Somers Point, marking the unofficial kick off to the season. Bayfest is billed as the largest one-day event in South Jersey.

SOMERS POINT – In its 26 years Bayfest has grown into the largest one-day event in South Jersey, according to organizers.
Last year an estimated 38,000 visitors strolled along Bay Avenue soaking up a perfect spring day. With the weather this Saturday, April 26, predicted to be sunny and in the high 60s they might just eclipse that number.

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March was the fourth-warmest everywhere but South Jersey

While South Jersey residents struggled through three snowstorms in March, the rest of the world baked…literally./NCDC While South Jersey residents struggled through three snowstorms in March, the rest of the world baked…literally./NCDC While South Jersey residents struggled through three snowstorms in March, the rest of the world baked – literally. Global March 2014 temperatures were their fourth highest ever for the month, according to the National Climate Data Center. The NCDC released its monthly findings earlier this week, and some of the results are surprising.

Here are some of the main findings:

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Fire weather watch, red flag warning issued for South Jersey

The National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a fire weather watch and a red flag warning today for most of New Jersey, Delaware and the eastern Shore of Pennsylvania./NWS The National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a fire weather watch and a red flag warning today for most of New Jersey, Delaware and the eastern Shore of Pennsylvania./NWS The National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center has issued a fire weather watch and a red flag warning today for most of New Jersey, Delaware and the eastern Shore of Pennsylvania.

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OCHS surf team to compete in national competition in California

Members of the Ocean City High School surf team, pictured with Coach Mark Miedema, center, will travel to Dana Point, Calif. in June for a national surfing championship. The team is raising money to make the trip possible and is hosting a clothing drive this weekend. Members of the Ocean City High School surf team, pictured with Coach Mark Miedema, center, will travel to Dana Point, Calif. in June for a national surfing championship. The team is raising money to make the trip possible and is hosting a clothing drive this weekend.  OCEAN CITY — Nine members of the Ocean City High School surf team will be heading to California in June, and they need your help to get there.

The team qualified to go to the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s National Interscholastic Championship in Dana Point, Calif. June 14 – 16.

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The Mom’s Beat: Children are natural environmentalists

The Mom's Beat blog The Mom's Beat blog

Twitter party hosted by PBS Kids offers new ideas for exploring outdoors

 “Kids these days!” It’s a complaint as old as time.

While there are times you will catch me saying the same thing (especially after seeing teenage girls walking around in yoga pants at school), I actually find a ton of hope in this generation of caring and conscientious children, particularly each year when we celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

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Bridgeton man accused of luring 13-year-old Hamilton girl

Jacob Williams, 23, of Bridgeton, who was allegedly attempting to pick up the juvenile near her residence. Jacob Williams, 23, of Bridgeton, who was allegedly attempting to pick up the juvenile near her residence. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – An investigation into a report of a runaway girl has led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Bridgeton man on luring charges.

When the Township of Hamilton Police Department responded to the Cloverleaf section of the township 12:30 a.m. Monday, April 21 for a report of a 13-year-old runaway, officers made contact with Jacob Williams, 23, of Bridgeton, who was allegedly attempting to pick up the girl near her residence.

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Six day racing season opens at Atlantic City Race Course

acrc1 Charlie Pritchard/The “Dream Big Bar” named in honor of former track superintendent Tony Gatto is a new attraction for visitors to the Atlantic City Race Course. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Full fields and large crowds are expected when the Atlantic City Race Course opens its 69th season on Thursday, April 24. The track will offer six days of live racing with a post time of 3:30 p.m. to accommodate those who may want to visit after work and also bring their children after school hours.

“We will have six races on the turf course each day, except for the final day on Wednesday, April 30 when there will be seven races,” said Mary Jo Couts, the track’s Director of Operations and Mutual Manager.

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UPDATE: One dead in Avalon Boulevard collision

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — A 51-year-old man is dead after a two car crash on Avalon Boulevard Tuesday.

Middle Township Police responded to the accident at about 4:50 p.m. April 22. According to police, a silver minivan heading east crossed the center line and struck a Green Jeep Wrangler, driven by Addison Jones, 61, of Langhorne, Pa.

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DRBA giveth, and Christie taketh away

Governor vetoes salary increases for DRBA employees

TRENTON — The Delaware River and Bay Authority and Gov. Chris Christie disagree on how DRBA employees should be compensated. 

The DRBA issued a statement Tuesday saying the governor vetoed a resolution that would have given a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment to union and nonunion employees.

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Experts hope dolphin disease has nearly run its course

A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow) A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow) With warming temperatures, the snowbirds are returning from Florida.

That goes for wildlife as well as human cold-averse residents. On platforms along the marshes and back bays, ospreys are choosing their nesting sites, and over the weekend, just past the wetsuited surfers in the 40-something degree water in Ocean City’s north end, a pod of dolphins made its way through the waves.

Now that the water is warming up some, the marine mammals are making their way back into local waters after migrating south for the winter.

Bob Schoelkopf, the founder and director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said he expects to see fewer dolphins along the New Jersey coast after last year’s devastating die-off, but at the same time, the local population will likely be healthier.

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Fifth annual Tour de Tuckahoe takes off next week

Cyclists get moving at the start of the Fourth Annual Tour de Tuckahoe Bike Ride at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Greater Area Tuckahoe Merchants Association’s scholarship fund. Cyclists get moving at the start of the Fourth Annual Tour de Tuckahoe Bike Ride at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg. The event is the largest fundraiser for the Greater Area Tuckahoe Merchants Association’s scholarship fund.  PETERSBURG – Township committee last week approved the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants Association’s request to hold the fifth annual Tour de Tuckahoe bike ride on Sunday, May 4 at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg.

Last year, the event brought more than 260 cyclists. Participants could also compete in a duathlon.

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