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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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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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Cape May hosts assemblyman’s Eco-Agri Tourism Summit

CAPE MAY – Cooperation was the theme for an Ecological-Agricultural Tourism Summit held in Cape May Wednesday, Jan. 28.


The summit was the project of Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, who took the opportunity to introduce the audience to a handful of bills or resolutions he has introduced to help promote New Jersey tourism in general, and what is being called “eco-agri” tourism in particular. 

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Snow flurries, below-zero wind chills possible in South Jersey

Breezy conditions and low overnight temperatures will allow wind chills to approach zero across South Jeresy, according to the National Weather Service./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Breezy conditions and low overnight temperatures will allow wind chills to approach zero across South Jeresy, according to the National Weather Service./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Today’s chilly temperatures will become downright cold over night, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a hazardous weather outlook for Thursday morning.
Wednesday’s daytime high temperatures that peaked in the middle 30s will quickly chill off under clear skies tonight and create a chance for wind chills that could drop to zero by early tomorrow morning.
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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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FEMA maps may give bay shoreline most restrictive rating

Stewart Farrell, marine geology professor at Richard Stockton College, and Business Administrator Connie Mahon speak to area residents about FEMA’s proposed flood maps designating bay shoreline areas as V zones. Stewart Farrell, marine geology professor at Richard Stockton College, and Business Administrator Connie Mahon speak to area residents about FEMA’s proposed flood maps designating bay shoreline areas as V zones. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Residents along the bay shoreline face steep increases in flood insurance if preliminary flood zone maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are approved, a coastal geologist said last week.

Area residents may not have long to challenge the new maps, perhaps as little as three months, Stewart Farrell said at a township committee meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 21.

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LoBiondo named chairman of House CIA subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, representing New Jersey’s 2nd District U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, representing New Jersey’s 2nd District

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, representing New Jersey’s 2nd District, was named chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Central Intelligence Agency Wednesday.

The appointment was made by U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, of California’s 22nd District, who serves as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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