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Thousands were without power due to Saturday fire

Officials say the lights are back on this morning after an intense structure fire on West Wildwood Avenue led to island-wide power outages.

Firefighters had asked the power be cut for safety reasons, according to news reports.

 

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Monday snowstorm to sidestep South Jersey

A snowstorm that will drop between 6-12 inches of snow in an area from Pittsburgh to New York to Boston, won’t deliver the goods to South Jersey, according to the latest run by the Euro, GFS and Canadian forecast models./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com A snowstorm that will drop between 6-12 inches of snow in an area from Pittsburgh to New York to Boston, won’t deliver the goods to South Jersey, according to the latest run by the Euro, GFS and Canadian forecast models./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com A snowstorm that promises to drop between 6-12 inches of snow in an area from Pittsburgh to New York to Boston, won’t deliver the goods to South Jersey, according to the latest run by the Euro, GFS and Canadian forecast models.

Like footballs in Foxboro, the National Weather Service has deflated its snowfall forecast for Super Bowl Sunday in South Jersey.

Here is the latest outlook as of Saturday morning for Sunday’s possible rain or snow event in South Jersey:

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A day to honor retired Atlantic County Fire Marshal Whitey Swartz

Joy Ann and Whitey Swartz with their family at a surprise retirement party. Joy Ann and Whitey Swartz with their family at a surprise retirement party.

GALLOWAY – They came from all parts of Atlantic County Saturday, Jan. 24 to honor Harold “Whitey” Swartz who recently retired after more than 50 years as fire marshal.

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo was the leading public official.

“It makes me feel good to be among legends,” LoBiondo said. “And Whitey is a legend, in every sense of the word.”

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MRHS campaign honors Brianna Gansert, a freshman with leukemia

Brianna Gansert, 15, of Linwood a freshman from Mainland Regional High School. Brianna Gansert, 15, of Linwood a freshman from Mainland Regional High School.
LINWOOD—Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. The class of 2018 at Mainland Regional High School is honoring their hero, 15-year old Brianna Gansert by kicking off the Pennies for Patients campaign.

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Bob, Karen Mallen claim December $9.1 million lottery win

Robert and Karen Mallen bought a $9.1 million Pick-6 lottery ticket Monday, Dec. 29, at Acme in Cape May Court House. The Mallens chose the cash value of the ticket over the annunity - about $6 million before taxes. Robert and Karen Mallen bought a $9.1 million Pick-6 lottery ticket Monday, Dec. 29, at Acme in Cape May Court House. The Mallens chose the cash value of the ticket over the annunity - about $6 million before taxes. Acme announces donations to three charities

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Even though Bob and Karen Mallen won about $6.8 million in a recent Pick-6 Lottery drawing, the couple plans to continue their volunteer work, helping to rescue feral cats in Sea Isle City.

“We’ve been volunteering at The Crooked Tail in Sea Isle for about a year,” Karen Mallen said. “Even though we’re not cat people – we’re dog people.”

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Wife convicted in vehicular death of New Hampshire man in Pleasantville

MAYS LANDING – A New Hampshire woman who was captured on surveillance video swerving across two lanes of Black Horse Pike traffic before crashing into a service station light pole in 2012 was convicted of vehicular homicide Thursday, Jan. 29.

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Spending up $3M in proposed county budget

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE  – The Cape May County Board of Freeholders introduced a $142.1 million budget for 2015 on Tuesday Jan. 27, an increase of $3 million over last year.

This year’s budget has a tax rate increase of less than ½ cent per $100 of assessed value, with the tax levy reflecting a 2.2 percent increase, according to county officials.

The proposed budget calls for just over $101 million to be raised from property taxes, and $41 million from other revenue.  

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Helene Young’s positive attitude shines as she approaches her 100th birthday

Helene Young prefers to pose before a cabinet filled with the memories of a long lifetime. Helene Young prefers to pose before a cabinet filled with the memories of a long lifetime.

GALLOWAY – Helene Young, whose lifestyle lives up to her name, will turn 100 Wednesday, Feb. 18.

“I try to live a healthy lifestyle and exercise daily,” she told The Current Friday, Jan. 23. “I eat good, nourishing food.”

But, she said, the secret to her long and happy life is more mental than physical.

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$201M Atlantic County budget is $5M higher than last year

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson NORTHFIELD – Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson presented the 2015 county budget Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The $201,201,720 spending plan calls for $160,746,006 to be raised by taxation.

As introduced, the budget is $5,068,248 higher than last year’s spending plan. It is $2.6 million below the state-imposed 2 percent spending cap, he said.

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Atlantic Cape opens $16 million STEM building

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson cuts the ribbon on Atlantic Cape's new STEM building Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson cuts the ribbon on Atlantic Cape's new STEM building MAYS LANDING – Atlantic Cape Community College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, Jan. 29 to formally dedicate the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) building at the Mays Landing campus. Nearly 100 college representatives, government officials and donors who played a role in making the building a reality attended.

The centerpiece of the college’s Blueprint 2020 Master Plan, the $16 million project features five science labs, two computer labs, office space and a partially vegetated roof with walkways that will be used for telescope viewing by the college’s astronomy classes. The building is home to the air traffic control and aviation studies degree programs and the Technology Studies Institute. Located on the south side of the main campus quadrangle next to the William Spangler Library, D-building, it is the first Atlantic Cape building constructed at the Mays Landing Campus in more than two decades.

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Ocean City man arrested in connection with Pine Hill drug bust

An Ocean City man was one of three people taken into police custody last week in connection with a drug bust in Pine Hill, Camden County, which turned up a loaded gun and 7 pounds of marijuana.

Victor Lamanna, 26, of Ocean City; Barbara Masino, 57, of Pine Hill; and Nicholas Masino, 20, of Pine Hill were arrested around Jan. 23 by members of the Pine Hill Police Department after a search warrant was executed at 6 a.m. at the Masinos’ residence on the unit block of Diamond Avenue.

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Gusty winds this afternoon in South Jersey

Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible this afternoon as colder air moves into the region. As a result the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey./NWS Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible this afternoon as colder air moves into the region. As a result the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey./NWS Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible this afternoon as colder air moves into the region. As a result the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey.

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Snow possible for Monday’s morning commute

For the second time in a week, weather models are attempting to correctly make a Middle Atlantic snowfall forecast with the outcome of a morning commute and school bus stop conditions on the line. The GFS forecasting model creates a snowy Monday./Weatherbell Analytics, Weatherbell.com For the second time in a week, weather models are attempting to correctly make a Middle Atlantic snowfall forecast with the outcome of a morning commute and school bus stop conditions on the line. The GFS forecasting model creates a snowy Monday./Weatherbell Analytics, Weatherbell.com For the second time in a week, weather forecasting models are attempting to correctly make a Middle Atlantic snowfall forecast with the outcome of a morning commute and school bus stop conditions on the line.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook along the coast and winter weather advisories in central Pennsylvania and Maryland for the possibility of snow on late Sunday, Feb. 1 and early Monday, Feb. 2.

Here is the latest on the snowfall potential for South Jersey:

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