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Mission trip skating fundraiser this Saturday

Caroline and Katie Bowman and Leah Davies of Ocean City will travel on behalf of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to Costa Rica for a Mission trip. Caroline and Katie Bowman and Leah Davies of Ocean City will travel on behalf of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to Costa Rica for a Mission trip.

Over spring break, Caroline and Katie Bowman and Leah Davies of Ocean City will travel on behalf of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to Costa Rica for a Mission trip.

During the course of the trip, the students will take down supplies to help out underprivileged children. In addition, they plan to plant a garden.

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Private investigator eyes uses for drones

Private investigator eyes uses for drones Private investigator eyes uses for drones WILDWOOD – A local private investigator is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will make a distinction between professionals using unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and recreational users.

This month, the FAA released its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft, which now face a public comment period. The rules apply to aircraft under 50 pounds, and as proposed require the operator keep the aircraft in sight.

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Margate taxes remain stable again this year

MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

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Somers Point fire sends one to burn unit

Somers Point Fire Chief Frank Denan talks about the blaze that destroyed on unit and displaced residents of 10 more Friday morning. Somers Point Fire Chief Frank Denan talks about the blaze that destroyed on unit and displaced residents of 10 more Friday morning.

SOMERS POINT—Firefighters battled a morning blaze at the Gates Apartment complex that sent one victim to the burn unit at Temple University and displaced the residents of 10 other apartments.

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Ocean City says its ready as PARCC testing begins Monday

OCEAN CITY — The state’s newest – and controversial – student assessments are scheduled to be given beginning Monday, March 2 and director of curriculum Curt Nath said Ocean City is ready.

Presenting before the Ocean City Board of Education Wednesday, Feb. 25, Nath said the district has four weeks to complete the administration of the PARCC tests.

“This district compared to many other districts is in a very good place. We’ve been giving computerized assessments at our primary school and at our intermediate school for the last give or take 10 years,” Nath said.

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Weigh foreclosures, short sales in tax appeals, EHT mayor says

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Radical times call for radical ideas.

With Atlantic County unemployment and foreclosure rates soaring to historic numbers, Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough is pitching a suggestion that he believes could help residents stay in their homes by allowing those looking to appeal their tax assessments to use foreclosures, short sales and sheriff sales as comparable sales.

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Longport appoints new police chief

Lt. Frank Culmone FrankCulmone LONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

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Warmer weather pattern finally shaping up for South Jersey

After a month of record cold, weather forecasters are rubbing their hands together and coming up with outlook of increasing warmth that begins on Sunday, March 1. After a month of record cold, weather forecasters are rubbing their hands together and coming up with outlook of increasing warmth that begins on Sunday, March 1. In this case, change is good. Yes, very good.

After a month of record cold, weather forecasters are rubbing their hands together and coming up with outlook of increasing warmth that begins on Sunday, March 1. Though it is not time to reach for the sunscreen, golf clubs or riding gloves, it may be time to put away the snow brush, fur-lined boots and hand warmers.

Here’s the latest:

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Contract awarded to clear dredge spoils site, lagoon dredging to follow

file photo / Low tide on the bay in Ocean City in 2013. file photo / Low tide on the bay in Ocean City in 2013.

OCEAN CITY — City Council awarded a contract Thursday, Feb. 26 for the removal of material from Site 83 near the 34th Street bridge, making room for an upcoming bay and lagoon dredging project.

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Egg Harbor Township man arrested twice in 3 days on heroin-related charges

Submitted/Jeffrey Schneider, 27, of Egg Harbor Township Submitted/Jeffrey Schneider, 27, of Egg Harbor Township EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - A 27-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was arrested again on heroin charges Sunday, Feb. 22 after police allegedly found him unconscious in a vehicle around 7:15 p.m. in the Bargaintown section. He was arrested just three days earlier on Feb. 19 after police found drugs on him during a vehicle stop in the Anchorage Poynte section of the township.

On Sunday, Jeffrey Schneider was charged with offenses related to driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs after Officers Melvin Laramore, Thomas Rocco and Mark Mensch responded to a suspicious vehicle call and allegedly found Schneider “slumped over unconscious” in his car near the intersection of Old Zion Road and Yellow Pine Lane.

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90-year-old cafeteria worker is a role model for students, staff

Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry. Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry.

NORTHFIELD – Northfield Community School students and staff shared the love Tuesday, Feb. 24 and helped “lunch lady” Betty Chau celebrate her 90th birthday. The cafeteria worker with the perpetual smile was feted with birthday signs, hugs, and classes singing happy birthday during every lunch period.

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Bursting water pipes plague Stone Harbor

This year’s deep freeze damaged the faucet on an outdoor hose bib, leading to an icy leak. Stone Harbor officials can turn off the water for a visible leak like this, but if a pipe burst inside, it could be some time before the damage is discovered. This year’s deep freeze damaged the faucet on an outdoor hose bib, leading to an icy leak. Stone Harbor officials can turn off the water for a visible leak like this, but if a pipe burst inside, it could be some time before the damage is discovered. STONE HARBOR – More than 100 homes in the borough have had their water service turned off after pipes froze and burst, officials said recently, and freezing temperatures could be hiding a wider issues.

 “The borough has no reason to go into the home when we turn the water off,” said Kim Stevenson, administrative assistant. “If we see it, or hear it, or the neighbors report it, we can turn off the water.”

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Lady Tigers rally, land in CAL title game

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will play in its first-ever CAL title game Saturday against Ocean City. RICHLAND – With six minutes to play, they looked tired and spent, falling behind by nine points.

But the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t faced many such deficits this season, somehow found a way.

Intense man-to-man and trapping defenses and a late scoring spree by their two stars fueled a 16-2 run to close the game as the Lady Tigers rallied to beat Holy Spirit, 45-40, in a Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Wednesday evening at St. Augustine Prep.

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