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Tropical storm could cause East Coast rip currents next week

Though it doesn’t look like much now, a tropical depression moving along in the Caribbean Sea is likely to form into a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which could become Cristobal, is no longer expected to make landfall, but could take a path that would cause rip currents along the East Coast and just in time for the start of the Labor Day Holiday weekend./Weatherball Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Though it doesn’t look like much now, a tropical depression moving along in the Caribbean Sea is likely to form into a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which could become Cristobal, is no longer expected to make landfall, but could take a path that would cause rip currents along the East Coast and just in time for the start of the Labor Day Holiday weekend./Weatherball Analytics, www.weatherbell.com  Though it doesn’t look like much now, a tropical depression moving along in the Caribbean Sea is likely to form into a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which could then become Tropical Storm Cristobal, is no longer expected to make landfall, but could take a path that would cause rip currents along the East Coast and just in time for the start of the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

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Mara Justine to perform in semifinals on "AGT" Aug. 26

GALLOWAY- Mara Justine Platt, the Galloway preteen who wowed judges on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" with three fantastic and powerful singing performances, will be back on the stage for the semifinals on Aug. 26.

The episode airs at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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1.65 percent electric rate increase takes effect Sept. 1

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Atlantic City Electric announced today (Thursday, Aug. 21) that base electric rates will increase by 1.65 percent effective Sept. 1.

“On August 20, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced its approval of a stipulation of settlement in the Atlantic City Electric (ACE) base rate case authorizing ACE to increase its electric distribution rates by $19 million.”

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UPDATED: Grand jury indicts Greco in alleged bilking of elderly patient

Greco's attorney says parallel civil suit will proceed

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Cape May County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against the chairman of the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization and former chairman of the Dennis Township Regular Republican Organization, officials announced.

The indictment stems from charges that Robert V. Greco Jr., 51, of Vineland, bilked an elderly patient in his care of more than $149,000. Greco is the owner and administrator of the East Creek Manor Rehabilitation Center on Route 47 in Eldora.

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UPDATED: Man arrested trying to push into Stone Harbor home, while resident holds door closed

STONE HARBOR – A man threatening to kill the residents of a home on the 8900 block of First Avenue was caught by Stone Harbor police as he tried to force the back door open, while a resident struggled to keep it closed, officials said Monday.

John Hopkins Worrall, 49, Norton, Mass., was arrested at the scene Monday, Aug. 18 at 12:45 a.m., by Patrolman Anthony Tirelli, after the officer observed Worrall attempting to force open the rear door of house, while the occupants of the residence tried to keep the door shut, police said in a statement.

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Police say owner knew about drug use at Gillmore Motel

WILDWOOD — The owner of The Gillmore Motel has been charged with maintaining a nuisance after police were called there several times for reports of the sale of narcotics, police announced. 

Police say that Robert Grimley, 43, of Palermo knowingly operated The Gillmore as a location where individuals gathered to participate in illegal activities. He was charged Thursday, Aug. 14.

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Crossroads’ Love Like Crazy group shares joy, love and hot dogs

Members of Crossroads Fellowship in Pleasantville descended on the city bus station on Saturday, Aug. 16 to clean up, plant flowers and share fellowship with people in the area. Oh, they also distributed hot dogs, water and good cheer to all who passed by./R.J. Liberatore Jr. Members of Crossroads Fellowship in Pleasantville descended on the city bus station on Saturday, Aug. 16 to clean up, plant flowers and share fellowship with people in the area. Oh, they also distributed hot dogs, water and good cheer to all who passed by./R.J. Liberatore Jr. PLEASANTVILLE - Saying, “God’s Love is Free,” a group of 30-plus members of Crossroads Fellowship provided free hot dogs and inspirational fellowship Saturday morning.

The good cheer, food and camaraderie were all part of Crossroads’ second annual Love Like Crazy campaign which promotes acts of community service.

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Police: Driver fled after damaging boats in early morning crash

ERMA — Lower Township Police Department responded to a hit and run motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Seashore and Tabernacle Roads at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. 

Police say Ryan P. Freeling 19, of West New Jersey Avenue in Villas was driving his 2001 Ford Taurus south on Seashore Road when it left the roadway striking a traffic signal and proceeding through a chain link fence, surrounding Jersey Cape Marine, located at 656 Route 9 Erma.  Police do not know why the car left the road.

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County Zoo ranks 15th in U.S. by TripAdvisor.com

A cotton-top tamarin keeps an eye on the visitors at the Cape May County Zoo. The free zoo has ranked high in a recent national list. A cotton-top tamarin keeps an eye on the visitors at the Cape May County Zoo. The free zoo has ranked high in a recent national list. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Zoo was recently honored by TripAdvisor.com when it received a certificate of excellence from the website, and was ranked 15th in the country, just behind metropolitan zoos such as the San Diego Zoo, according to a press release.

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Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center

Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center Katz JCC cuts ribbon on new offshore early childhood learning center NORTHFIELD – Changing demographics is behind the expansion of the Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center to the mainland, which opened a branch at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield.

Also opening on the mainland is Beth El Synagogue’s Mainland Branch in the London Square Plaza on Tilton Road.

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Angry residents pack Galloway council meeting to protest 30 percent tax hike

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GALLOWAY – Residents of the Four Seasons development and elsewhere in the township are angry over tax rate increases reflected in their bills. And with the grace period ending today, Aug. 20, people had plenty to say during the Council meeting Tuesday night.

More than 200 people lined up to enter the meeting at the Municipal Complex. Many had to wait outside until others left.

But for those who were inside, their voices were definitely, sometimes loudly, heard.

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Our Children Making Change use small efforts for big results

The volunteers working with Our Children Making Change with the check showing how much they collected for charity this summer. The volunteers working with Our Children Making Change with the check showing how much they collected for charity this summer.

OCEAN CITY — Another summer is in the books as Our Children Making Change participants, nearly 230 strong gathered at the Ocean City Civic Center Monday, Aug. 18 to hear what their collective effort over the last six weeks totaled in dollars and cents.

OCMC founder and President Laura Dulac kept the total a secret until Monday afternoon when a large check totaling $25,782 was unveiled.

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Reported shotgun incident leads to heroin bust in Wildwood

WILDWOOD — An alleged domestic violence incident involving a shotgun led police to 322 bags of heroin seized, Wildwood police said.

At 2:21 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 police responded to reports that a man had been confronted by his ex-girlfriend, Shakeila Fitzpatrick, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun. Upon arrival though, Fitzpatrick had left the area.

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