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Family of drowning victim files suit against North Wildwood

NORTH WILDWOOD – The family of a Pennsylvania man who drowned in North Wildwood two years ago is asking to have the Hereford Inlet beach closed, through a lawsuit filed in Cape May County Thursday.

According to the D’Amato Law Firm in Egg Harbor Township, which is representing George Bradley Smith’s family, the 54-year-old father’s death was “entirely foreseeable and preventable had local authorities prohibited access to the deadly section of hazardous North Wildwood beach.”

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Potential for strong weekend storms

 

A nearly three-month run of mostly wonderful weekend weather will most likely end this weekend in the form of potentially dangerous thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. A nearly three-month run of mostly wonderful weekend weather will most likely end this weekend in the form of potentially dangerous thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. A nearly three-month run of mostly wonderful weekend weather in South Jeresy could come to a stormy end this weekend in the form of potentially dangerous thunderstorms late Saturday and through the afternoon and evening Sunday. See how your weekend will be affected by the heat, humidity and thunder:

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‘Annie Jr.’ hits the stage in Linwood

Annie and her crew of orphans are set to take the stage next week. From left are Julia Lonkart of Northfield, Lada Doukhnai of Mays Landing, Melody Pugliese of Egg Harbor Township, Logan and Ari Kauffman of Northfield, Olivia Becker of Linwood, Brianna Giovanelli of Northfield, Olivia McGee of Northfield and Megan Castellane of Northfield. Annie and her crew of orphans are set to take the stage next week. From left are Julia Lonkart of Northfield, Lada Doukhnai of Mays Landing, Melody Pugliese of Egg Harbor Township, Logan and Ari Kauffman of Northfield, Olivia Becker of Linwood, Brianna Giovanelli of Northfield, Olivia McGee of Northfield and Megan Castellane of Northfield. LINWOOD– “Tomorrow” will ring out when the curtain goes up at Mainland Regional High School when the For Kids by Kids Production of “Annie Jr.” opens Thursday, July 31 and runs through the weekend.

“Annie Jr.” is full theatrical production adapted into a manageable version for the young performers who range in age from 6 through 16. Deborah Glenn, the producer and director of the show, said she chose “Annie Jr.” because the kids love the show and it fit perfectly with the talent of the kids.

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School bus hits truck: no reported injuries

galloway GALLOWAY– Police responded to a crash involving a school bus and truck on Thursday afternoon at the intersection of South Cologne Avenue and Aloe Street, according to police.

At approximately 3:16 p.m., Christopher Gillis, 19, of Galloway was driving a 2000 Isuzu box truck east on Aloe Street. Gillis approached the intersection at Cologne Avenue and stopped for the posted stop sign. He then proceeded through the intersection prior to making sure the road was clear and was struck by a school bus driven by Christina Lindwall, 64, of Newport, who was traveling north on Cologne Avenue, police said.

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Gypsy moths on decline in New Jersey

Gypsy moth larvae consume the leaves of more than 500 species of trees, shrubs and plants.  Wikipedia photo by Didier Descouens Gypsy moth larvae consume the leaves of more than 500 species of trees, shrubs and plants. Wikipedia photo by Didier Descouens Aerial survey shows less than half the tree damage observed last year

TRENTON – Tree damage caused by gypsy moth caterpillars this year is less than half of what it was last year, and the losses were mostly concentrated in the northern counties, according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.

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New Substation in Port Republic

PORT REPUBLIC– As part of ongoing reliability enhancements, Atlantic City Electric has completed construction of a new distribution substation located on the north side of Moss Mill Road and west of Wrangleboro Road in Port Republic, officials said in a release Thursday, July 24.

The new substation will enhance reliability for residents of Galloway Township and Port Republic.

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Lower Township and Egg Harbor Township men arrested in child pornography sweep

Child Porn Sweep Child Porn Sweep A Lower Township man was arrested July 1 on both possession and distribution of child pornography, after authorities said they found at least 250 images and videos of child pornography on his computer.

Walter Javier Vibanco, 47, was one of 14 New Jersey residents arrested in a second round of arrest in “Operation Predator Alert,” a joint operation by the state Division of Criminal Justice and ICE Homeland Security Investigations that has targeted offenders in New Jersey who used a file-sharing network to download and distribute child pornography, including child rape videos, on the Internet.

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Customers advised to avoid “Green Dot MoneyPak” scam

HAMILTON– Atlantic City Electric reminded residential and commercial customers to take precautions when someone claiming to represent a business contacts them either in person or by telephone, officials said in a release on July 24.
Atlantic City Electric is continually alerting residents and its customers to avoid falling victim to a “Green Dot MoneyPak” scam. Information from law enforcement officials and other utilities has indicated that scammers are continuing to target residential and commercial customers.
Scammers are telling these customers that the location's electric service account is delinquent and will be shut off for non-payment unless the customer purchases a "Green Dot MoneyPak" for a specific amount the scammer dictates from stores including CVS, Rite Aid and WaWa.
Victims are given instructions to call a scammer telephone number with their credit card account number and pin. Once the scammer obtains the card’s identifying information, the value is then downloaded, swept and stolen. These transactions are untraceable.

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Sea Isle event will be a battle of the paddles

The Fish Alley Paddle Fest will include standup paddleboard, surf ski, kayak and SUP-Squatch races. The Fish Alley Paddle Fest will include standup paddleboard, surf ski, kayak and SUP-Squatch races. Harbor Outfitters will host its secondannual Fish Alley Paddle FestSunday, July 27 in Sea Isle City.

Returning this year is the Battle to the Beach, an 8.7-mile standup paddleboard and surf ski race from Sea Isle’s Fish Alley Basin (Park Road) north through Corsons Inlet and out into the ocean, ending at the 35th Street beach. Men must use a 14-foot standup paddleboard, and for women the requirement is 12.5 feet.

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Brendan Borek group to do some fun-raising

Participants form a Circle of Friends at last year’s Brendan Borek Surf Memorial. Participants form a Circle of Friends at last year’s Brendan Borek Surf Memorial. Tuesday, July 29 will be the start of five days of fun connected to the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund, a local grassroots organization that provides “comprehensive, compassionate and personalized assistance” to local pediatric cancer patients and their families.

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JCC plans march in solidarity with Israel

MARGATE - In response to the current conflict in the Middle East, the Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., is coordinating a community-wide “Stand With Israel Solidarity March of Song and Ruach” 3-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. The program will begin at the JCC courtyard at 3 p.m. sharp and participants will march down Jerome Avenue, around the Margate recreation fields and return to the JCC courtyard for Israel-centric songs, ruach and more. The event will be held rain or shine.

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Pleasantville man faces multiple drug charges

GALLOWAY– Police charged two men with theft and drug offenses after conducting a search warrant July 22 at the Quality Inn and Suites on the 328 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon.

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Hamilton Police arrest EHT assault suspect

Mark Poper of Egg Harbor Township, arrested Thursday, July 24 on aggravated assault and DWI charges. Mark Poper of Egg Harbor Township, arrested Thursday, July 24 on aggravated assault and DWI charges.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP––In a multi-jurisdictional investigation Hamilton Police arrested Mark Poper, 35, of Egg Harbor Township on various DWI related offenses. They turned him over to Egg Harbor Township Police who were looking for Poper for an aggravated assault that occurred a short time prior to his DWI arrest.

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