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Epic light show in Egg Harbor Township is a labor of love

Laura Stetser/Landscaper Tim McGowan decorates his and two of his neighbors’ houses, creating an elaborate drive-through display at the corner of Second and Walnut avenues in Egg Harbor Township. Laura Stetser/Landscaper Tim McGowan decorates his and two of his neighbors’ houses, creating an elaborate drive-through display at the corner of Second and Walnut avenues in Egg Harbor Township. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –  It’s not often that folks start decorating for Christmas before Halloween, but when you have nearly a hundred thousand lights to install, such a lead time is a necessity.

Tim McGowan, a landscaper from Egg Harbor Township who puts out an epic display each year, said he always has loved Christmas lights.

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Pledge, Run, Plunge: HERO Campaign sponsoring First Day in Ocean City

File photo by Jen Marra / Plungers run into the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City as part of the city’s annual First Dip during First Day at the Beach Jan. 1. This year, the HERO Campaign is partnering with the First Night committee and asking plungers to pledge to be designated drivers. File photo by Jen Marra / Plungers run into the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City as part of the city’s annual First Dip during First Day at the Beach Jan. 1. This year, the HERO Campaign is partnering with the First Night committee and asking plungers to pledge to be designated drivers.

OCEAN CITY — Before they take the plunge into the icy water on New Year’s Day, First Day participants are being asked to take a pledge to be a designated driver.

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Menorah lighting held in Ventnor

Rabbi Avraham Rapoport explains the meaning of Chanukah. Rabbi Avraham Rapoport explains the meaning of Chanukah. VENTNOR – A crowd turned out for the lighting of the menorah Wednesday evening, Dec. 17 at the Ventnor branch of the Atlantic County Library after the ceremony was moved indoors due to the cold and wind.

 

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Hiltner sent off with accolades; new clerk sworn in

City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18. City Commissioner Maury Blumberg, right, recognizes retiring City Clerk Tom Hiltner with a proclamation naming Dec. 18. MARGATE – Tom Hiltner attended his final government meeting as city clerk Thursday, Dec. 18. He will retire at the end of the year after more than 25 years as the city’s keeper of records. He was also the city tax collector.

The Board of Commissioners appointed Deputy Clerk Rosie Freed to replace him as city clerk and Linda Morgan as tax collector. Freed was sworn in at the end of the meeting with her family present. Morgan will take the oath of office at the next meeting when her family can be present.

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Russo replaces Iannucci as Holy Spirit football coach

russo New Holy Spirit High School head football coach A.J. Russo Holy Spirit High School made a quick change at the top of its varsity football program on Friday, announcing that A.J. Russo will replace John Iannucci, who resigned as head coach Friday.

Iannucci resigned from the head coaching position after three years at the Absecon school due to what he called a number of minor health ailments, as well as “other factors” that came to light after the end of the season.

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UPDATE: 11-year-old student arrested for bomb threat at Egg Harbor Township middle school

Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township Police block off Alder Avenue from motorists while the bomb threat is investigated on Dec. 18. Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township Police block off Alder Avenue from motorists while the bomb threat is investigated on Dec. 18.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – An Alder Avenue Middle School student, 11, was arrested Friday, Dec. 19 and charged with creating false public alarm for his alleged role in a bomb threat at the school that led to its evacuation and significant police response on Thursday, Dec. 18.

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Stockton grads told they’ve received a top-tier education

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More than 700 undergraduates participate in the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey fall commencement Sunday, Dec. 14.
  Sharon Stabley/Atlantic City Press photo // More than 700 undergraduates participate in the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey fall commencement Sunday, Dec. 14. GALLOWAY – Richard Stockton College graduates have distinctive educational advantages that will help them “navigate successfully in this change-dominated era,” said William T. Daly, distinguished professor of political science.

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Longport ordinance would permit contractors to work longer hours

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Wednesday, Dec. 17 that would extend the workday for local contractors and help reduce exhaust and noise from mobile businesses. It would also change Chapter 116 of the city code to define work hours for landscape contractors.

The ordinance was introduced at the behest of builders and remodeling contractors who are working to complete home renovations before spring.

According to Commissioner Jim Leeds, contractors complained that the borough ordinance governing hours they can work is too prohibitive considering the limited daylight during the winter.

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Nativity story comes to life at St. James

Alexis Smallwood is Mary, and Teddy Grimley is Joseph in the live Nativity held Friday, Dec. 12 at St. James Church in Ventnor. Alexis Smallwood is Mary, and Teddy Grimley is Joseph in the live Nativity held Friday, Dec. 12 at St. James Church in Ventnor. VENTNOR – Holy Trinity Parish held its annual live Nativity Friday, Dec. 12 at St. James Church in Ventnor. The annual event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Altar and Rosary Society, and the parish ministries.

Children of the parish and its religious education program played the roles of the Holy Family, the three kings and shepherds in the field, and the presentation featured live barnyard animals including alpacas, goats and sheep. The children practiced for weeks leading up to the event, which is held annual on the second Friday in December.

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Sale of the Gates opens door to redevelopment

SOMERS POINT – The Gates apartment complex on Shore Road has a new owner, and city officials are hoping it is a second chance to bring the once-popular place to live back from the brink.

Streamwood Co. of Haddonfield purchased The Gates from W.W.W. Associates, and Keith Davis, attorney for Streamwood, said the deal closed Nov. 25. He said the company has a proven track record for rehabilitating multifamily complexes throughout the state, and received awards and accolades for its work in transforming a similar complex in Monroe Township.  

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Update: Snow, rain targets Christmas holiday week travelers

A double-barreled weather system promises to deliver Christmas Eve travel headaches to the nation’s heartland and eliminate any chance of a white Christmas for much of the Middle Atlantic States, according weather forecasters. A double-barreled weather system promises to deliver Christmas Eve travel headaches to the nation’s heartland and eliminate any chance of a white Christmas for much of the Middle Atlantic States, according weather forecasters. A double-barreled weather system promises to deliver Christmas Eve travel headaches to the nation’s heartland and eliminate any chance of a white Christmas for much of the Middle Atlantic States, according weather forecasters.

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Middle Township police deliver hundreds of gifts to area families

Officers with the Middle Township Police Department deliver hundreds of gifts to area residents, donated to the police for their annual toy drive to help needy families in Middle Township have a good Christmas. Shown are Patrolman Joe Gamble, Patrolman Michael Reardon, Det. Tracey Super, Officer Alison Akke, Patrolman Brian Revoir, Dispatcher Madonna Sill, Sgt. Fran Fiore, Officer Michelle Brown, and Patrolman Justin Vitola. Officers with the Middle Township Police Department deliver hundreds of gifts to area residents, donated to the police for their annual toy drive to help needy families in Middle Township have a good Christmas. Shown are Patrolman Joe Gamble, Patrolman Michael Reardon, Det. Tracey Super, Officer Alison Akke, Patrolman Brian Revoir, Dispatcher Madonna Sill, Sgt. Fran Fiore, Officer Michelle Brown, and Patrolman Justin Vitola. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Christmas came early for nine area families, when Middle Township police officers delivered more than 500 gifts to excited children and parents.

The Friday deliveries were part of the police department’s annual drive to collect toys and other gifts for families in Middle Township. The drive is a local drive, separate from the national Toys for Tots drive.

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Linwood Police arrest two for impersonating an undercover officer

LINWOOD—Police here arrested Evon Hormozy, 20, of Linwood on Saturday Dec. 13 and Kevin Durkin, 28, of Northfield Dec. 17 on charges stemming from an incident that occurred Friday, Dec. 12 when the two allegedly claimed to be undercover police officers and robbed three teens.

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