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Ocean City lawsuit clarifies government’s duty in regard to master plans

An appellate court decision in an Ocean City lawsuit sets new precedent when it comes to government action on master plan re-examination reports.

According to an appellate court decision issued Friday, Jan. 16, which reversed a lower court’s ruling, municipal land use law does not require a city’s governing body to act on recommendations in its master plan.

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LCM star surpasses 2,000 points

Lower Cape May's Lauren Holden is mobbed by her teammates after scoring the 2000th point of her career ERMA – Lauren Holden did not disappoint the large crowd gathered in the Lower Cape May Regional High School gymnasium Friday evening.

The dynamic senior guard became just the second high school girls basketball player in Cape May County history to surpass 2,000 career points in the Lady Tigers’ 75-31 rout of Bridgeton in a key Cape-Atlantic National Conference contest.

Holden, bound for Division I Fordham, hit a three-point shot from about two steps to the right of the top of the key 58 seconds into the second quarter. The game was immediately stopped as the state’s current leading scorer at about 30 points per game was mobbed by her teammates, coaches and numerous family members for a short ceremony to commemorate the achievement.

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Ventnor man convicted of 2006 murder in Atlantic City

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor man was convicted in Atlantic County Superior Court Jan. 22 in the fatal shooting eight years ago of an Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Thursday, Jan. 22

An Atlantic County jury found Laquay Williams, 36, of Ventnor guilty of murder and three weapons possession charges in connection with the 2006 shooting death of Jerrod Moss, 20, whose body was found in an Atlantic City parking lot.

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Winter weather advisory for snow changing to freezing rain

For the second time in a week, South Jersey is under the gun for wintery conditions that could cause slippery and hazardous driving conditions. For the second time in a week, South Jersey is under the gun for wintery conditions that could cause slippery and hazardous driving conditions. For the second time in a week, South Jersey is under the gun for wintery conditions that could cause slippery and hazardous driving conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, eastern Maryland and southern New York State.

It’s all because of a costal nor’easter that will begin its assault on the Middle Atlantic States later this evening and bring a change from snow to ice to rain before it rolls out to sea tomorrow evening.

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Former police chief views the county through a camera

Former Middle Township Police Chief Joe Evangelista says he didn’t just fall into photography. ‘I started doing it on my own, and I became good at it.’ Former Middle Township Police Chief Joe Evangelista says he didn’t just fall into photography. ‘I started doing it on my own, and I became good at it.’ CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Joe Evangelista looks at Cape May County differently than most.

For more than 20 years, Evangelista saw the area as a police officer – first patrolling the streets, and later directing the Middle Township Police Department.

But six years ago, when he retired, Evangelista took off his police uniform, put down his service weapon and picked up a camera. 

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West Atlantic City's Hickory Log Inn is first eyesore on the chopping block

Laura Stetser/The vacant Hickory Log Inn restaurant is the first of five buildings slated for firefighter training exercises. Laura Stetser/The vacant Hickory Log Inn restaurant is the first of five buildings slated for firefighter training exercises. “There is no better project to address the issues facing Atlantic City than to clean up the entrance to it,” -Egg Harbor Township Mayor James "Sonny" McCullough

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – It won’t be the big demolition that so many township residents have been waiting to see, but firefighters will get a crack at dismantling one of the township’s worst eyesores when the Fire Department conducts a training session Saturday, Jan. 31 at the former Hickory Log Inn restaurant in West Atlantic City.

“We are going to be doing some roof training,” said Chief William Danz. “Lots of chain-sawing and chopping holes in the roof, stuff like that.”

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Ohio man charged with multiple car burglaries, possession of a weapon

Lyndal L. Tabler Lyndal L. Tabler VENTNOR – Police arrested an Ohio man Thursday afternoon and charged him with more than 15 counts of burglary and theft.

According to a press release from Chief Michael Miller, the arrest came after a rash of vehicular burglaries over several nights.

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A.C. man pleads guilty in death of Pleasantville teen

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - A 19-year-old Atlantic City man pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on Friday, Jan. 23 in connection with the Dec. 5, 2012  death of a Pleasantville teen duringn a shootout at his home, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

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Atlantic County politicians have mixed reaction to appointment of Atlantic City emergency manager

New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo “Drastic” and “premature” were some of the words uttered by local politicians contacted by The Current a day after Gov. Chris Christie named a special emergency management team to save Atlantic City from its fiscal crisis.

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, who supports a plan that would have casinos make payments in lieu of taxes to stabilize the impact of declining property values, said he would cooperate with the effort, even if he disagrees with it.

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Egg Harbor Township woman arrested for allegedly beating a man with a baseball bat

Submitted/Jenny Dalton , 28, of Egg Harbor Township Submitted/Jenny Dalton , 28, of Egg Harbor Township EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A 28 year-old Egg Harbor Township woman was arrested Thursday, Jan. 22 and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose after police responded to a call that she allegedly beat a man with a baseball bat in the street.

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Ocean City moves to ban jumping from bridges

The Route 52 bridge and causeway. The Route 52 bridge and causeway.

OCEAN CITY — At the request of the police, City Council on Thursday unanimously approved an ordinance on introduction that will make it illegal to jump off any bridges in the city.

The ordinance applies to the Route 52, 34th Street, 17th Street, Longport, Rush Chattin, and Strathmere bridges.

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Attorney’s report exonerates Taube in beach shack advertising clash

MARGATE – A report prepared by an attorney the city hired to investigate what happened with a beach shack advertising program exonerates City Commissioner Brenda Taube, saying she was just doing her job.

The city paid A. Michael Barker of Barker, Gelfand & James $10,000 to investigate the city’s position with regard to potential litigation from one of the advertisers, GiGi Rosenberger of Marketplace Realty.

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Beaches to be closed in 1,000-foot increments during southend replenishment

Bill Barlow / The beach at 58th Street (seen here Monday, Aug. 25) will be one of several beaches in Ocean City’s south end to be included in a federal beach replenishment project. Bill Barlow / The beach at 58th Street (seen here Monday, Aug. 25) will be one of several beaches in Ocean City’s south end to be included in a federal beach replenishment project.

OCEAN CITY — City officials released more details on the long-awaited beach replenishment in the city’s south end Thursday during an Ocean City Chamber of Commerce meeting at The Flanders.

City business administrator Jim Mallon told the business owners and representatives at the annual economic forecast luncheon that the contractor will begin pumping sand on May 1, but that mobilization will begin before that.

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