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Cole Bros. Circus returns to South Jersey

Action sequence photography tracks human cannonball Dale Thomsen from the barrel of the cannon into the safety net. Action sequence photography tracks human cannonball Dale Thomsen from the barrel of the cannon into the safety net. America's 'oldest big top circus' brings 130th anniversary show to Rio Grande, Seaville and Mays Landing

The 130th anniversary edition of the Cole Bros. Circus will celebrate great acts from circus history and the rising stars of today’s American circus at three South Jersey locations in the coming weeks – Rio Grande and Seaville in Cape May County, and Mays Landing in Atlantic County.

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Residents pay tax bills Aug. 1

GALLOWAY– When residents opened their mail boxes last week several of them got unwanted surprises - a tax increase.
Township Manager Susan Jacobucci and Mayor Don Purdy explained to The Current on Thursday, July 31, the various reasons: a drop in the assessed value of homes to “correct” the amount of taxes people pay on their homes, people who have filed tax appeals are now getting the Fair Market Values for their homes, 60-percent of the taxes are for school taxes, tax bills for the first two quarters are based on last year’s taxes - the third and fourth quarters are “reconciliation” quarters for the year so you will pay the difference and lastly, the ripple-effect of Atlantic City.
Residents have a grace period until Aug. 20 to pay the taxes, but there was still a steady stream of residents with tax bills in hand ready to pay their bills on Friday, Aug. 1, the official due date. Cars flowed into the Municipal Complex at 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road beginning around 9:30 a.m.
Phyllis Williams, a senior who has lived in the South Egg Harbor section of Galloway for more than 30 years, stepped out of the car and made her way to the tax office. She was not pleased.

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Visit Lucy the Elephant for a chance to be on TV

Lucy the elephant MARGATE - A fun, new National Geographic show will be filming at Lucy the Elephant, 9200 Atlantic Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shoot will highlight the Jersey Shore's beloved landmark and the ways people interact and engage with Lucy.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Those wishing to appear on TV must sign an Appearance Release. There is no guarantee that participants will be included in the final program. More information will be provided on site.

 
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Tropical Storm Bertha forms, could cause rough waves next week

Tropical Storm Bertha has formed in the western Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center, after struggling for life as a half-hazard tropical depression for the better part of a week. NWS Tropical Storm Bertha has formed in the western Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center, after struggling for life as a half-hazard tropical depression for the better part of a week. NWS Tropical Storm Bertha has formed in the western Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center, after struggling for life as a half-hazard tropical depression and disturbance for the better part of a week.

Here’s is what it means for South Jersey:

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Atlantic, Cape May County officials working to get ahead of potential layoffs

ATLANTIC CITY – The economic effect of thousands of people out of work due to potential casino closings was the focus of a forum Thursday, July 24 that brought elected officials together from Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said the purpose of the meeting was to get everyone on the same page and give them the most up-to-date information on what state and county governments can do to mitigate the economic impact of up to 6,500 casino employees out of work by the fall. The discussion included community needs that could arise as well.

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Chefs with a Mission cook up educational programs, video series

Laura Stetser/Chef Robert Seidel, with the assistance of his son, begin filming Tuesday, July 22. Laura Stetser/Chef Robert Seidel, with the assistance of his son, begin filming Tuesday, July 22.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Chef Robert Seidel was presented with the same dilemma that many home cooks face: He had to use what was in the pantry.

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UPDATE: Police block off street in Lower Township

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police blocked off part of a residential street in Lower Township Wednesday after a resident called thinking a neighbor was going to harm himself.

Lower Township police, the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, the Prosecutor’s Office and Cape May County SWAT were at the intersection of Deborah Lane and Roseann Avenue around 3 p.m., blocking access to part of the single-family neighborhood.

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Missing EHT boater facing pending fraud investigation

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township Police Department issued the following statement regarding a news report today, Friday, Aug. 1 that an Egg Harbor Township resident Andrew Biddle, 44, allegedly staged a recent boat accident to avoid prosecution in a pending fraud investigation.

“The Egg Harbor Township Police Department is currently investigating Mr. Andrew C. Biddle of Professional Boat Sales, 125 Margate Boulevard, Egg Harbor Township for numerous criminal acts of theft and fraud.  Mr. Biddle was recently reported missing in connection with a boating accident,” the release stated.

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Ventnor goes green with 6th annual boat parade

VENTNOR – What started as a spoof of a neighboring community’s big event has turned into a fun and exciting summer night in the City of Ventnor.

The sixth annual Night in Ventnor Go Green Boat Parade will be held rain or shine at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 along Ventnor’s back bay area. Although the forecast is calling for heavy rain overnight Friday into Saturday, organizers say the parade will most likely go on.

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Galloway man arrested on drug charges

GALLOWAY – A township man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday, July 30 in the Club III housing complex, Sgt. Donna Higbee said in a news release Thursday.

Galloway Police and members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a search warrant at a residence on Liberty Court resulting in the arrest of Sherwood Cross, 36, ending a two-month investigation into the alleged distribution of illegal narcotics from a residence, police said.

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Galloway Carnival family fun begins July 31

fireworks GALLOWAY – Families can get on out to the municipal complex on Jimmie Leeds Road for the 9th annual carnival which promises fun and excitement for all beginning Thursday night, July 31 and ending with a fireworks display Saturday, Aug. 2.

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Freeholders spar over politics, Atlantic City revival

LONGPORT – Mayor Nicholas Russo welcomed the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders to Borough Hall on Tuesday, July 29, thanking freeholders for working to turn around Atlantic City. What followed was contentious political dialog about an ordinance designed to help hospitality workers keep their jobs.

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Rush hour fatal accident ties up major highway

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - A 73-year-old Pleasantville man died in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning, July 30, according to Hamilton Township police.

The accident forced police to close the eastbound lanes of Route 322 for five hours while officers investigated the crash and cleanup crews cleared the highway.

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