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Somers Point receives $500K to complete Gateway Theater renovation

Gateway Theater, Bay Ave. Somers Point Gateway Theater, Bay Ave. Somers Point

SOMERS POINT—The show will go on thanks to more than $500,000 in grants, plans to complete the renovation of the Gateway Theater on Bay Avenue will move forward. Mayor Jack Glasser said he feels it will be an economic engine for Bay Avenue and the arts in Somers Point.

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North Wildwood has lowest average property taxes of Jersey beach town

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood’s average property taxes are among the lowest in the state, officials announced on Monday.

According to a press release issued March 2, the state of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs published its annual property tax tables, and they show North Wildwood has the lowest average property taxes of any shore community in New Jersey. In addition, North Wildwood is also ranked 16th out of the 566 municipalities in New Jersey for lowest average property taxes. The average/net total property tax for North Wildwood is $3,520.

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Late-season snow totals from across South Jersey

South Jersey was hit the hardest on Thursday, March 5 from a snow storm that slowed roads and closed schools. Here are several South Jersey snow totals as recorded by National Weather Service spotters: South Jersey was hit the hardest on Thursday, March 5 from a snow storm that slowed roads and closed schools. Here are several South Jersey snow totals as recorded by National Weather Service spotters: South Jersey was hit the hardest on Thursday, March 5 from a snow storm that slowed roads and closed schools. Here are several South Jersey snow totals as recorded by National Weather Service spotters:

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Latest snow day extends school year to June 18

file photo by Bill Barlow / A student makes his way through a driving snow to the bus stop for Ocean City school's on-time opening Feb. 26. file photo by Bill Barlow / A student makes his way through a driving snow to the bus stop for Ocean City school's on-time opening Feb. 26.

UPDATE (10:20 p.m. March 5) Ocean City schools will be closed Friday, March 6.

OCEAN CITY — When the news broke that another snow storm was headed toward South Jersey, expected to dump anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow in the Jersey Cape, Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor was not happy.

The news meant possibly another lost day of school, pushing Ocean City School District’s last day to June 18. That possibility became a reality early Thursday morning when Ocean City announced to parents that school would be canceled for March 5 before a drop of snow had fallen in the city.

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Afterschool club offers free homework help followed by fun

Rev. Tim Vamosi, pastor of Linwood Community Church, visits one of the classrooms where the Anchor Club will help children complete their homework and have some fun when the work is done. Rev. Tim Vamosi, pastor of Linwood Community Church, visits one of the classrooms where the Anchor Club will help children complete their homework and have some fun when the work is done.

LINWOOD – A new afterschool homework help and tutoring program, the Anchor Club, is scheduled to kick off Tuesday, March 10 at Linwood Community Church for students in first through sixth grade.
Rev. Tim Vamosi, church pastor, said his hope is that in the bigger picture, the program will help the family as well as the child. The free program will initially run 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Vamosi said that if the need is there, the program will expand.

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Charges after attack in Wildwood

WILDWOOD — A Wildwood man is in county jail with bail set at $100,000 after allegedly injuring a woman with a knife.

Police say officers responded to a report of a stabbing on East Andrews Avenue at about 2 p.m. March 3. A 53-year-old woman had a three-inch cut on the back of her left hand. The Leader does not routinely identify crime victims and is withholding the woman’s name.

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Timeline on the way for Ocean City skatepark construction

A rendering of the proposed Cape May County of Skatepark in Ocean City. A rendering of the proposed Cape May County of Skatepark in Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — Skatepark fans will be happy to hear a timetable will soon be revealed for the construction of the long-awaited Cape May County Skatepark in Ocean City.

At the end of 2014, Ocean City Council set aside $250,000 for a permanent concrete skatepark adjacent to Fire Headquarters at Sixth Street and Wesley Avenue.

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Record cold temperature set in South Jersey

If you felt especially cold this morning while you brushed 7 inches of snow and chiseled ice off your car, you were right. In fact, a clearing sky opened the heavens – literally – to allow temperatures to freefall overnight, breaking a 127-year-old standard in the process. If you felt especially cold this morning while you brushed 7 inches of snow and chiseled ice off your car, you were right. In fact, a clearing sky opened the heavens – literally – to allow temperatures to freefall overnight, breaking a 127-year-old standard in the process. If you felt especially cold this morning while you brushed 7 inches of snow and chiseled hardend ice off your car, you were right. In fact, a clearing sky opened the heavens – literally – to allow temperatures to freefall overnight, breaking a 127-year-old standard in the process.

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Atlantic County weather closings and delays Friday, March 6

Assumption Regional School--Closed

Atlantic Cape Community College – Closed

Atlantic City School District--Closed

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Lower, Middle to battle for spot in S.J. final

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will vie for a trip to the South Jersey title game for only the second time in program history. When the South Jersey Group II girls basketball tournament seedings were released, many local fans pointed to the possibility of a dream semifinal matchup between two local rivals.

That dream is now reality.

Lower Cape May, the top seed in the bracket, and Middle Township, the No. 4 seed, have each won their first two state playoff games and will face each other on Friday, with the winner advancing to the South Jersey championship game.

Friday’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip in Lower Cape May’s home gymnasium. It will be broadcast live on 98.7 FM radio.

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Cape May Court House man charged with marijuana possession

NORTH CAPE MAY – A Cape May Court House man was charged with possession of drugs after police said they found marijuana during a routine traffic stop, Wednesday Feb. 25.

Vito A. Sanzone, 18, was driving a 2004 Chevy pickup when he stopped by Lower Township Police Special Officer Thomas Ritterhoff near Croydon and Carlton drives.

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Safe driving program gets personal with students

A.J. Stelacio, a Burke Motor Group representative, speaks to students about safe driving. Behind him a news story is displayed about the death of his grandmother following a crash. A.J. Stelacio, a Burke Motor Group representative, speaks to students about safe driving. Behind him a news story is displayed about the death of his grandmother following a crash. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The message was personal, the stories from experience.

Last week, Middle Township police joined with high school officials and representatives of Burke Motor Group to urge students to take a pledge that could not only save them money – it could save their lives.

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10th annual Comedy Night Social benefits PAL of Cape May

10th annual Comedy Night Social benefits PAL of Cape May 10th annual Comedy Night Social benefits PAL of Cape May CAPE MAY – Cape May Police Officer Tony Genaro can hardly believe the Police Athletic League of Cape May will be holding its 10th annual Comedy Night Social on Friday, March 13 at Cape May Convention Hall.

“It is hard to believe for sure,” he said.

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