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Latest snow day extends school year to June 18

file photo by Bill Barlow / A student makes his way through a driving snow to the bus stop for Ocean City school's on-time opening Feb. 26. file photo by Bill Barlow / A student makes his way through a driving snow to the bus stop for Ocean City school's on-time opening Feb. 26.

OCEAN CITY — When the news broke that another snow storm was headed toward South Jersey, expected to dump anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow in the Jersey Cape, Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor was not happy.

The news meant possibly another lost day of school, pushing Ocean City School District’s last day to June 18. That possibility became a reality early Thursday morning when Ocean City announced to parents that school would be canceled for March 5 before a drop of snow had fallen in the city.

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Lower, Middle to battle for spot in S.J. final

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will vie for a trip to the South Jersey title game for only the second time in program history. When the South Jersey Group II girls basketball tournament seedings were released, many local fans pointed to the possibility of a dream semifinal matchup between two local rivals.

That dream is now reality.

Lower Cape May, the top seed in the bracket, and Middle Township, the No. 4 seed, have each won their first two state playoff games and will face each other on Friday, with the winner advancing to the South Jersey championship game.

Friday’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip in Lower Cape May’s home gymnasium. It will be broadcast live on 98.7 FM radio.

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Cape May Court House man charged with marijuana possession

NORTH CAPE MAY – A Cape May Court House man was charged with possession of drugs after police said they found marijuana during a routine traffic stop, Wednesday Feb. 25.

Vito A. Sanzone, 18, was driving a 2004 Chevy pickup when he stopped by Lower Township Police Special Officer Thomas Ritterhoff near Croydon and Carlton drives.

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Safe driving program gets personal with students

A.J. Stelacio, a Burke Motor Group representative, speaks to students about safe driving. Behind him a news story is displayed about the death of his grandmother following a crash. A.J. Stelacio, a Burke Motor Group representative, speaks to students about safe driving. Behind him a news story is displayed about the death of his grandmother following a crash. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The message was personal, the stories from experience.

Last week, Middle Township police joined with high school officials and representatives of Burke Motor Group to urge students to take a pledge that could not only save them money – it could save their lives.

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Cape May County weather-related closings

File photo / Snow in Ocean City on Feb. 17. File photo / Snow in Ocean City on Feb. 17.

Due to the winter storm Wednesday, March 5, the following locations have announced closings or delayed openings:

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Egg Harbor Township mayor urges Obama to extend unemployment benefits in Atlantic County

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough sent a letter to President Barack Obama Feb. 26, asking for the president’s support in extending unemployment benefits to residents of Atlantic County who lost their jobs due to the casino closings in Atlantic City.

In the letter, McCullough states that New Jersey’s senators and congressional representatives have not been successful in their attempts to get the benefits extended.

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Corbin City fire could have been worse if bridge had been closed, says fire chief

photo by Kevin Kuperstein of Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company/Firefighters from Tuckahoe, Marmora and Seaville responded to a call of a house fire on Main Street in Corbin City on Saturday, Feb. 28. The house suffered extensive damage but nobody was injured. photo by Kevin Kuperstein of Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company/Firefighters from Tuckahoe, Marmora and Seaville responded to a call of a house fire on Main Street in Corbin City on Saturday, Feb. 28. The house suffered extensive damage but nobody was injured. CORBIN CITY – The Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company’s annual installation dinner on Saturday, Feb. 28 was interrupted by a house fire on Main Street in Corbin City.

Tuckahoe firefighters arrived around 6 p.m. at the dinner at L’s Restaurant in Corbin City and were called to the fire shortly afterwards, Tuckahoe Fire Chief Ed Carter said Tuesday. The Tuckahoe fire company responded along with the Marmora Volunteer Fire Company, Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Upper Township Rescue Squad, New Jersey State Police and the Atlantic County Fire Marshal.

The house near the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue sustained serious damage, Carter said. But it could have been much worse if the Tuckahoe River bridge had been closed, he said.

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Afterschool club offers free homework help followed by fun

Rev. Tim Vamosi, pastor of Linwood Community Church, visits one of the classrooms where the Anchor Club will help children complete their homework and have some fun when the work is done. Rev. Tim Vamosi, pastor of Linwood Community Church, visits one of the classrooms where the Anchor Club will help children complete their homework and have some fun when the work is done.

LINWOOD – A new afterschool homework help and tutoring program, the Anchor Club, is scheduled to kick off Tuesday, March 10 at Linwood Community Church for students in first through sixth grade.
Rev. Tim Vamosi, church pastor, said his hope is that in the bigger picture, the program will help the family as well as the child. The free program will initially run 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Vamosi said that if the need is there, the program will expand.

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Charges after attack in Wildwood

WILDWOOD — A Wildwood man is in county jail with bail set at $100,000 after allegedly injuring a woman with a knife.

Police say officers responded to a report of a stabbing on East Andrews Avenue at about 2 p.m. March 3. A 53-year-old woman had a three-inch cut on the back of her left hand. The Leader does not routinely identify crime victims and is withholding the woman’s name.

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Timeline on the way for Ocean City skatepark construction

A rendering of the proposed Cape May County of Skatepark in Ocean City. A rendering of the proposed Cape May County of Skatepark in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — Skatepark fans will be happy to hear a timetable will soon be revealed for the construction of the long-awaited Cape May County Skatepark in Ocean City.

At the end of 2014, Ocean City Council set aside $250,000 for a permanent concrete skatepark adjacent to Fire Headquarters at Sixth Street and Wesley Avenue.

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Atlantic County weather-related closings and delays

weather weather The pending snow storm for today Thursday, March 5 has caused several schools and organizations to announce closures and delays. Below is an ongoing list. Please check back for additions throughout the day:

Atlantic Cape Community College: closed

Atlantic Christian School: closed

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Volunteers give volumes to preserve history

Retired art teacher Suzanne Stryker of Galloway selects type to emboss onto a book cover. Retired art teacher Suzanne Stryker of Galloway selects type to emboss onto a book cover. ATLANTIC CITY – On the second floor of the Herman Pogachefsky Senior Services Pavilion on Atlantic Avenue, a group of volunteers are preserving the pages of history using the age-oldart of hand bookbinding.

Retired teacher Emmy Todd of Ventnor started volunteering at The Bookbindery when it opened in Ventnor 16 years ago. It later moved to Pleasantville and then to its present location in 1999. Now, as coordinator, she provides leadership to the volunteers, who reverently piece together the pages of damaged tomes and turn dissertations, manuscripts and recipe collections into books.

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Over 1,000 jobs available at Morey’s Piers this summer

Over 1,000 jobs available at Morey’s Piers this summer Over 1,000 jobs available at Morey’s Piers this summer WILDWOOD – Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Water Parks is hiring, with more than 1,000 seasonal jobs available. 

“Morey’s Piers is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing, and responsible team players to fill seasonal jobs for this upcoming summer season,” reads a statement from the Boardwalk resort.

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