SOMERS POINT—Assemblyman Chris Brown announced that the Chief Arthur R. Brown Jr. Foundation is holding their twenty second annual award banquet Wednesday. The Foundation will award 11 scholarships to high school seniors Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Greate Bay Country Club as part of their ongoing effort to recognize local high school students and help them as they begin their next journey. The scholarship is based on scholastic merit and financial need.
The foundation will also present their annual citizen of the year award to Marylynn Graham in recognition to her dedication and commitment to the community.
Mainland Regional High School senior Brendan Houlker, 18, of Linwood walks away from instant decision day Friday, Nov. 14 with acceptances from three colleges.
LINWOOD – Almost 80 Mainland Regional High School students walked into school the morning of Nov. 14 as high school seniors and walked out at the end of the day as accepted college students.
For students like Brendan Houlker of Linwood, it was a day that started off with a measure of anxiety and finished with a sense of accomplishment and relief. Houlker sat down with three different college admissions officers and walked away with an acceptance to each of their respective schools.
“Now I have some decisions to make, but I am really relieved that I have the chance to make a choice,” he said. He was accepted to Stockton, Kean and Rowan.
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A 20-year-old Absecon man was killed after the car he was riding in hit a tree on Spruce Avenue on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27. The one-car accident also left the driver, a 62-year-old man from Egg Harbor Township, with life-threatening injuries.
Nevil Tauro was a passenger in a 2000 Porsche Boxter traveling south on Spruce in the Bargaintown section of the township at about 4:30 p.m. when it failed to negotiate a curve, left the road and hit a tree just south of Main Avenue.
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.
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.
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.
OCEAN CITY — Michael Hartman, artistic director of the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, asked the children in the crowd to lead the song "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen" during Christmas in the Downtown "Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue" Friday, Nov. 28, in front of Ocean City's City Hall.
State Police Lt. Doug Pearson, right, worked with members of the First Baptist Church and Gentilini Motors to make sure that folks in the area had car seats, as well as warm coats. Show here, Pearson gives an infant car seat Wednesday, Nov. 26, to expectant mother Michele Rose, and her daughter, Julia Rose Tirado. Also shown is Wayne Shelton, a retired trooper, on hand to show people how to correctly install the seats.
Troopers also gave away car seats for infants and children
WOODBINE – About 200 people crowded into the gymnasium of a local school this week, as a New Jersey State Troopers joined members of the First Baptist Church and Gentilini Motors to give away coats and car seats to area residents in need of warmth and safety.
Though a bone-chilling rain swept through the area, it wasn’t enough to dampen the warmth of the coat-giveaway at Woodbine Elementary School, Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Patrolman Pat Conte, Sandy Jarosz, records department, and Det. Jason Sweitzer organize the meals given the area residents by the Middle Township Police Department and Acme, Cape May Court House, on a rainy Wednesday, Nov. 26.
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township police, with the help of Acme in Cape May Court House, made sure that 26 township families had a good Thanksgiving this year, complete with a turkey and all the trimmings.
And when an extra eight families asked for turkey dinners, both police and Acme dug once again into their pockets, to make sure that everyone got served, bringing the total to 34 complete meals.
And that includes pumpkin pie.
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.
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.
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.