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Mainland teen in critical condition after three-car crash on Route 40

18-year-old and two other teens also injured in accident

A Mainland Regional High School freshman was critically injured Saturday, Aug. 30 when the vehicle she travelling in as involved in a three-car crash along Route 40 in Hamilton Township around 8:45 a.m.

 According to Hamilton Township Police,  2008 Chevy Silverado driven by Nicholas Gareffi, 39, of Vineland, was traveling eastbound on Rt. 40 near milepost 43.7 when it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. The Chevy struck a westbound 2007 Mitsubishi box truck driven by Darrel Jacobs, 48, of Vineland. The Chevy then struck a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, occupied by five people, which was traveling westbound behind the box truck, causing it to spin off the roadway into the front yard of a nearby residence. 

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Absecon police investigate Absecon Center attempted robbery

An Absecon Center worker was attacked by two men who attempted to rob her while she took out the trash at the end of the day, according to the Absecon Police. An Absecon Center worker was attacked by two men who attempted to rob her while she took out the trash at the end of the day, according to the Absecon Police. ABSECON _ An Absecon Center worker was attacked by two men who attempted to rob her while she took out the trash at the end of the day, according to the Absecon Police.

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Wildwoods lifeguards complete Ice Bucket Challenge

The North Wildwood Beach Patrol completes the ice bucket challenge. The North Wildwood Beach Patrol completes the ice bucket challenge. The island’s three beach patrols have all completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral Internet campaign to help raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood, and Wildwood lifeguards have all been filmed completing the challenge- which involves pouring a bucket of ice water on your head. Participants are “challenged” by friends on social media, and then given the option to complete the challenge or donate $100 to the ALS Association. Many who complete the challenge also donate.

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Labor Day, first week of school forecast

Labor Day heat is going to turn into the pro-longed heat wave of several days, smothering South Jersey and the rest of the Middle Atlantic States with hot and humid conditions just as the school year starts./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Labor Day heat is going to turn into the pro-longed heat wave of several days, smothering South Jersey and the rest of the Middle Atlantic States with hot and humid conditions just as the school year starts./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Labor Day heat is going to turn into the pro-longed heat wave of the season, smothering South Jersey and the rest of the Middle Atlantic States with hot and humid air just as the school year starts.

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UPDATE: Wildwood fire caused $250,000 in damage

WILDWOOD — Bystanders lined the streets to watch as smoke and flames poured from the windows of an apartment on the second floor of K.D.’s Deli and Market Friday morning.

There were no injuries, but the Wildwood Fire Department said about $250,000 in damage was done to the building and it is now uninhabitable.

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Governor creates Atlantic City displaced casino workers employment center

ATLANTIC CITY – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced plans to create a displaced casino workers employment resource center to help those who are about to lose their jobs as the the first of three planned casino closings occurs this weekend.

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EHT restricts ways students and teachers can communicate with state-guided policy

Lines of electronic communications between EHT’s students and teachers, staff cut with new state-guided policy Lines of electronic communications between EHT’s students and teachers, staff cut with new state-guided policy

All New Jersey public schools required by law to have similar policies in place

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –  During the board meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26, Egg Harbor Township Board of Education approved the first draft of a policy that governs the ways in which teachers, coaches and other staff members can communicate with students, a measure that Superintendent Scott McCartney said is intended to protect both the students and staff members in today’s digital age.

 In April, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that calls for New Jersey’s school districts to adopt a policy outlining the rules on how educators and other support staff should handle electronic communications with students. The term “electronic communication” includes phone calls, emails, computer networks, social media and texting and other instant messages.

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Update: South Jersey weather forecast brings good news for Labor Day

An updated South Jersey weather forecast gives Labor Day vacationers the news they wanted to hear. Showers and thunderstorms are still on their way, but sooner than expected, saving one more possible beach day at the Jersey Shore./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com An updated South Jersey weather forecast gives Labor Day vacationers the news they wanted to hear. Showers and thunderstorms are still on their way, but sooner than expected, saving one more possible beach day at the Jersey Shore./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com  An updated South Jersey weather forecast gives Labor Day vacationers the news they wanted to hear. Showers and thunderstorms are still on their way, but sooner than expected, saving one more possible beach day.

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Nine identified in vandalism of Memorial Field; damages estimated at $100,000

Some of the worst of the graffiti was painted over Thursday, Aug. 28. Some of the worst of the graffiti was painted over Thursday, Aug. 28. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township police have identified nine people involved with the vandalism of Memorial Field in Cape May Court House, and the cost of the damage is significantly higher than first reported, an official said Friday, Aug. 29.

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Time puts Atlantic, Cape May counties as among most disaster prone in nation

According to Time Magazine, Cape May County is one of the most dangerous places in the nation for natural disasters. Atlantic County is safer, according to the magazine, but still makes the list of top 15 danger spots.

In fact, it appears from Time’s data that New Jersey is an exceptionally disaster prone area.

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Inaugural Miss America Miracle Mile Walk Sept. 12

Miss America Miracle Mile Walk set for Sept. 12. Miss America Miracle Mile Walk set for Sept. 12
State contestants along with friends and fans join up to support Children’s Miracle Network and Miss America Scholarship program
LINWOOD—The Miss America Organization is in high gear getting ready to welcome 53 of the most beautiful and talented women in the country to Atlantic City in just a few days and they have added another opportunity for friends and fans of the pageant to see the contestants.
New this year is the Miracle Mile Walk and Steel Pier Celebration set for Friday, September 12.

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Equine therapy facility has ribbon cutting for new barn

Patrick O’Connor leans close to his therapy horse, Poco, during a ribbon-cutting for a new barn at the Seaview Equine Learning Facility at Star Hollow Stables in South Dennis Thursday, Aug. 21. Patrick O’Connor leans close to his therapy horse, Poco, during a ribbon-cutting for a new barn at the Seaview Equine Learning Facility at Star Hollow Stables in South Dennis Thursday, Aug. 21. SOUTH DENNIS – One of the founders of an equine therapy center stopped in mid-sentence during a ribbon-cutting for a new barn housing therapy horses in South Dennis.

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Two men sentenced in 2010 murder of Egg Harbor City woman

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Two Atlantic County men were sentenced today (Thursday, Aug. 29) for their roles in the 2010 murder of an Egg Harbor City mother of two, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

Rafael J, Olmo, 31, of the 400 block of Philadelphia Avenue, Egg Harbor City, was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years, and Mario J. Adams, 32, of the 1100 block of Applefield Loop, Hammonton, received 29 years in prison for the murder of Deanna Downs, 29.

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