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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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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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DCA backs Marina Bay Towers residents in receivership case

Court document outline history of violations by owners

File photo / Marina Bay Towers is a low-income, senior housing facility in North Wildwood. File photo / Marina Bay Towers is a low-income, senior housing facility in North Wildwood.

NORTH WILDWOOD — Officials from the state Department of Community Affairs are backing residents of Marina Bay Towers in their quest to have necessary repairs made to the low-income senior apartments on New York Avenue.

Leland Moore, a spokesman with the Attorney General’s office, provided the Leader with a letter from Deputy Attorney General Melanie Walter addressed to Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten dated Feb. 13.

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Air Canada to begin service from Atlantic City to Toronto

Air Canada to launch service between Atlantic City to Toronto Air Canada to launch service between Atlantic City to Toronto EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –  Air Canada on March 4 announced plans to launch nonstop service between its Toronto Pearson hub and Atlantic City. The seasonal service, to be flown by Air Canada Express, operated by Jazz, will offer four return trips a week beginning May 22.

 

 Air Canada's service between Toronto Pearson and Atlantic City International Airport will be operated from May 22 to Sept. 7 using a 74-seat Bombardier Q-400 aircraft. The flights will be offered on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Free senior tax preparation help available

The AARP offers free tax preparation assistance for low-and moderate income individuals age 60 and older. Seniors who need help filling out their federal and state income tax returns may call 609-407-2022 to schedule an appointment for the following locations and days:

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Cape May City Council rescinds police chief’s contract, prompting councilman’s resignation

Cape May City Council in a divided vote rescinded the contract of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. He will remain Cape May’s highest ranking officer, but will no longer be the chief, a position he’s held for just shy of one year. Cape May City Council in a divided vote rescinded the contract of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. He will remain Cape May’s highest ranking officer, but will no longer be the chief, a position he’s held for just shy of one year. CAPE MAY – Cape May City Council voted 3-2 to rescind the contract of Cape May Police Chief Robert Sheehan in a contentious meeting Tuesday, prompting the resignation of Councilman Jerry Inderwies Jr., who was sworn into office in January.

Inderwies decried the resolution by City Council, which was supported by Mayor Ed Mahaney and councilwomen Beatrice Gauvry-Pessagno and Terri Swain. Councilman Shaine Meier joined Inderwies in voting against the resolution.

The resolution was approved after a long closed session meeting to discuss an ongoing investigation of Sheehan, council members said. Sheehan said there is an administrative investigation underway at the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and not a criminal investigation. He said he is not the focus of the investigation.

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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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Tax rate to rise 5.6 cents under Ventnor budget proposal

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced a budget Thursday, Feb. 19 that appropriates $1.5 million less than last year, but carries a municipal tax rate increase of 5.6 cents per $100 of assessed property value, mainly due to a drop in property values.

A homeowner with a house assessed at $350,000 would see their municipal tax rise $196 under the proposed spending plan.

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National Weather Service: Substantial travel impacts for Thursday

When the going gets tough tomorrow, the National Weather Service is suggests drivers stay home as a winter storm is aiming for South Jersey and the Middle Atlantic States, according to the most recent storm update. A winter storm warning remains in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 for heavy snowfall that will disrupt the morning and evening commute to work with the heaviest snowfall of the season, the National Weather Service said./NWS When the going gets tough tomorrow, the National Weather Service is suggests drivers stay home as a winter storm is aiming for South Jersey and the Middle Atlantic States, according to the most recent storm update. A winter storm warning remains in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 for heavy snowfall that will disrupt the morning and evening commute to work with the heaviest snowfall of the season, the National Weather Service said./NWS When the going gets tough tomorrow, the National Weather Service suggests drivers stay home  as a winter storm aims for South Jersey and the Middle Atlantic States, according to the most recent storm update. A winter storm warning remains in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 for heavy, wet snowfall that will disrupt the morning and evening commutes with the heaviest snowfall of the season, the National Weather Service said.

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Winter storm warning for South Jersey, new snow totals

As most of South Jersey awakes to temperatures approaching 40 degrees, changes are coming. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and all of Delaware./NWS As most of South Jersey awakes to temperatures approaching 40 degrees, changes are coming. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and all of Delaware./NWS As most of South Jersey wakes up to temperatures approaching a snow-melting 40 degrees, changes are coming. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and all of Delaware. An approaching cold front will match up with abundant moisture to deliver the heaviest snowfall of the season.

Here is the latest on the storm’s timing, snowfall amounts and when South Jersey climbs above the freezing mark again:

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At Large with Tom Williams: Holy Spirit's Curtain of Distraction

There are a lot of racial problems in this country. Things have gotten better in the last 50 years since Lyndon Johnson got the civil rights legislation and voting rights bills through Congress but there are still problems.

Among those problems, new voting restrictions in more than a dozen states seem designed to make it difficult for minorities to vote. Too many black men are incarcerated for drug-related crimes when white violators only received probation or a fine. And the shooting and strangling deaths of unarmed black men seem to be in the news almost daily.

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Ocean City man missing since 2009

Police still searching for John Weisbecker on sixth anniversary of his disappearance

John Weisbecker of Ocean City went missing from his home six years ago on March 11, 2009. John Weisbecker of Ocean City went missing from his home six years ago on March 11, 2009.

OCEAN CITY — March 11 will be the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of John Weisbecker from his home in the 200 block of Asbury Avenue.

Weisbecker, who was 21 at the time, was discovered missing around 8 p.m. by family members when they returned home that night in 2009. He was last seen around 10:30 that morning by a local postal worker.

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