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Ocean City southend beach fill to start mid-April

File photo / The contractor for the Great Egg Harbor to Townsends Inlet beach replenishment project is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million. File photo / The contractor for the Great Egg Harbor to Townsends Inlet beach replenishment project is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million.

OCEAN CITY — The long-awaited southend beach replenishment project is expected to begin a half of a month earlier than expected, city administrator Jim Mallon announced at Thursday’s City Council meeting.

During administration reports at the March 26 meeting, Mallon said that the contractor, Great Lakes Dredge Company of Illinois, had already dropped pipe for the dredging at 43rd Street.

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Demoted police chief files lawsuit against Cape May

CAPE MAY – Robert Sheehan filed suit against the City of Cape May March 25, saying the city violated the Contentious Employee Protection Act, commonly known as the Whistleblower law.

On Wednesday, the law from of Sciarra & Catrambone LLC issued a statement announcing the suit, in which they describe a “power hungry mayor” and the manager and certain council members as his “henchmen.”

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Book of Golden Deeds nominations sought

Former Exchange Club President Jon Batastini presents the Book of Golden Deeds plaque to 2012 recipient Peggy Lloyd. Former Exchange Club President Jon Batastini presents the Book of Golden Deeds plaque to 2012 recipient Peggy Lloyd.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City is seeking nominations for the recipient of the 50th annual Book of Golden Deeds.

Past recipient and event chairman Bill Woods said this year’s event will take place April 27. Nominations for the city’s tireless volunteers, health and welfare organizations, civic planners, youth leaders and philanthropists are due no later than March 30.

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Mainland wins New Jersey mock trial competition

NEW BRUNSWICK – Mainland Regional High School emerged victorious from the courtroom at the New Jersey Law Center winning the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition. The Mainland squad defeated West Morris Mendhan High School of Morris County.

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Tuition and fees to rise at Atlantic Cape starting with summer session

ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic Cape Community College board of trustees adopted a $41,085,000 budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees at a meeting March 24 at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

The fiscal year 2016 budget, which is $100,000 lower than the previous year’s budget, includes $8,407,171 in county appropriations contingent upon approval by the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of School Estimate, a group of college and Atlantic and Cape May County officials.

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Stockton may lose Island Campus at Showboat Atlantic City site

Stockton may lose Island Campus at Showboat Atlantic City site Stockton may lose Island Campus at Showboat Atlantic City site

GALLOWAY – Plans for a Stockton University Island Campus at the Showboat casino site in Atlantic City may be sunk.

Trump Taj Mahal is invoking a 1988 covenant with Caesars Entertainment that the property can only be used as a first-class casino-hotel.

On Tuesday, March 24 University President Herman Saatkamp announced a stalemate in negotiations to transform the site into a campus with residential amenities, with a casino remaining as part of the school tourism and hospitality program. 

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Ocean City salon seeking participants for St. Baldrick’s event

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Claire Lowe / The staff at Divine Images Salon at The Flanders. Claire Lowe / The staff at Divine Images Salon at The Flanders.

OCEAN CITY — Deanna Curran and her co-workers at Divine Images Salon inside The Flanders are hoping their community will join them for a good cause. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 9, the salon will host a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, where participants raise money for childhood cancer research by shaving their head.

Curran, an esthetician from Upper Township, said she was inspired to host the fundraiser when she watched the journey of Egg Harbor Township resident Alexis Corey.

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Dennis Township car dealer charged with theft by deception

DENNIS TOWNSHIP – A Seaville man has been charged with theft by deception for selling vehicles on consignment and not paying off the original owners.

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Celebrity drummer, Navy commander to highlight annual HERO Concert

Submitted/Fun drummer John O’Reilly will join the Atlantic Pops’ annual HERO Concert April 1. Submitted/Fun drummer John O’Reilly will join the Atlantic Pops’ annual HERO Concert April 1. Theme will be ‘Adventures in Music’

When the Atlantic Pops perform “Concerto for Drum set and Band” April 1 at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center, they will be joined by John O’Reilly, the drummer from the group Fun who has also played on Broadway.

The headline piece is a three-movement jazz concerto that pays tribute to swing drummers from different eras and uses a drum set in front of the band as a solo instrument.

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Collision between bus, truck sends students to hospital as precaution

DENNIS TOWNSHIP – Thirteen children and a school bus driver were taken to Cape May Regional Hospital today as a precaution, following a collision between a township dump truck and bus, a state police spokesman said, Wednesday, March 25.

“Everybody’s all right,” said Trooper Morley, of the Woodbine Barracks. “There were minor injuries – complaints of pain.”

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Charter-Tech presents creepy, kooky ‘The Addams Family’

Showing off their dance steps are, in the foreground from left, Haley Cohen of Galloway, who plays Morticia; Bobby LeMaire of Cape May Court House as Gomez; and Justin Gaskill of Somers Point as Uncle Fester. Behind them are the ancestors – Dorothy on the left played by Samantha Grizky of Dorothy, and another ancestor played by Mykhara Robinson of Atlantic City on the right.  Showing off their dance steps are, in the foreground from left, Haley Cohen of Galloway, who plays Morticia; Bobby LeMaire of Cape May Court House as Gomez; and Justin Gaskill of Somers Point as Uncle Fester. Behind them are the ancestors – Dorothy on the left played by Samantha Grizky of Dorothy, and another ancestor played by Mykhara Robinson of Atlantic City on the right.

SOMERS POINT – Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts opened a new musical last weekend, “The Addams Family,” which continues Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28.

The show was created by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who brought “Jersey Boys” to the stage. The duo takes Morticia and Gomez Addams and their eccentric relatives and gives them a new script put to music.

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EHT Eagles T-shirts pay tribute to former student

Laura Stetser/Senior Jessica Kaminski displays the T-shirts that will benefit a fund in honor of Alexander Pearse. Laura Stetser/Senior Jessica Kaminski displays the T-shirts that will benefit a fund in honor of Alexander Pearse. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – When Alexander Pearse was a student at Egg Harbor Township High School, he would blare music between classes from speakers mounted on his wheelchair. And though his disease claimed him March 15, it seems that his tune is being carried on by those who were touched by his upbeat approach to life.

Pearse, who graduated from the school in 2014, had muscular dystrophy – though staff and students said he was never one to let this condition define him.

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Seven vie for title of Mr. Mature America

Submitted / Frank Faralli, Mr. Mature America, visits Dietz and Watson to personally invite Ruth Eni, Momma Dietz, to the upcoming pageant to be honored on March 28. The popular Philadelphia Company is a major sponsor of the pageant and also the city’s Doo Dah Parade. Momma Dietz is shown here with her constant companion, Saba. Submitted / Frank Faralli, Mr. Mature America, visits Dietz and Watson to personally invite Ruth Eni, Momma Dietz, to the upcoming pageant to be honored on March 28. The popular Philadelphia Company is a major sponsor of the pageant and also the city’s Doo Dah Parade. Momma Dietz is shown here with her constant companion, Saba.

OCEAN CITY — Seven contestants will compete for the title of the best mature man in America as Ocean City hosts the second annual Mr. Mature America Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

With the theme of “Memories,” contestants are George Ellis, 84, of Penn Valley and Ocean City; Tom Greeley, 66, of Manchester; Gary Sakas, 65, of Haddon Heights and Ocean City; Rene Sese, 73, of Ocean City; Joel S. Fogel, 70, of Somers Point; Kenneth Young, 76, of New York City; and William Paul Cage.

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