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Last chance to 'Pack Your Trunk'

The Save Lucy Committee will hold a drawing for the “Pack your Trunk” vacation raffle 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Lucy the Elephant in Margate. 

The raffle, limited to just 1500 tickets, offers two prizes. A grand prize trip for four to Hawaii, including round trip business/first airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations for seven nights and ground transportation.  The prize is valued at $20,000.

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Man killed after being ejected from car in Parkway accident

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Cape May Court House man was killed when he was ejected from his car in a single-vehicle accident at 2:14 a.m., Friday, Dec. 19, a state police spokesman said.

Shane Wall, 29, ran off the left side of the Garden State Parkway in his Volkswagen Jetta near milepost 14.5 in Middle Township, said Sgt. Jeff Flynn.

“He was driving in the left lane, ran off the roadway to the left, and then drove back on the road, and lost control of his vehicle,” Flynn said.

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Student dance-a-thon to raise money for schools and sick children

Claire Lowe / Members of the Raider-thon student committee gather in the Ocean City High School gymnasium Wednesday, Dec. 17 to promote their dance marathon to be held on Jan. 23, with proceeds benefiting the Ocean City Education Foundation and the local chapter of the Sunshine Foundation. Claire Lowe / Members of the Raider-thon student committee gather in the Ocean City High School gymnasium Wednesday, Dec. 17 to promote their dance marathon to be held on Jan. 23, with proceeds benefiting the Ocean City Education Foundation and the local chapter of the Sunshine Foundation.

OCEAN CITY — Students at Ocean City High School are throwing a dance party and inviting their peers to join in. The catch: participants can’t stop moving until the music stops.

Ocean City High School will present the inaugural Raider-thon dance marathon 5 p.m.-midnight Jan. 23 at the school, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue, to support local education programs and children suffering from chronic health conditions.

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Epic light show in Egg Harbor Township is a labor of love

Laura Stetser/Landscaper Tim McGowan decorates his and two of his neighbors’ houses, creating an elaborate drive-through display at the corner of Second and Walnut avenues in Egg Harbor Township. Laura Stetser/Landscaper Tim McGowan decorates his and two of his neighbors’ houses, creating an elaborate drive-through display at the corner of Second and Walnut avenues in Egg Harbor Township. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –  It’s not often that folks start decorating for Christmas before Halloween, but when you have nearly a hundred thousand lights to install, such a lead time is a necessity.

Tim McGowan, a landscaper from Egg Harbor Township who puts out an epic display each year, said he always has loved Christmas lights.

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Longport ordinance would permit contractors to work longer hours

LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Wednesday, Dec. 17 that would extend the workday for local contractors and help reduce exhaust and noise from mobile businesses. It would also change Chapter 116 of the city code to define work hours for landscape contractors.

The ordinance was introduced at the behest of builders and remodeling contractors who are working to complete home renovations before spring.

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Update: Snow, rain targets Christmas holiday week travelers

A double-barreled weather system promises to deliver Christmas Eve travel headaches to the nation’s heartland and eliminate any chance of a white Christmas for much of the Middle Atlantic States, according weather forecasters. A double-barreled weather system promises to deliver Christmas Eve travel headaches to the nation’s heartland and eliminate any chance of a white Christmas for much of the Middle Atlantic States, according weather forecasters. A double-barreled weather system promises to deliver Christmas Eve travel headaches to the nation’s heartland and eliminate any chance of a white Christmas for much of the Middle Atlantic States, according weather forecasters.

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Middle Township police deliver hundreds of gifts to area families

Officers with the Middle Township Police Department deliver hundreds of gifts to area residents, donated to the police for their annual toy drive to help needy families in Middle Township have a good Christmas. Shown are Patrolman Joe Gamble, Patrolman Michael Reardon, Det. Tracey Super, Officer Alison Akke, Patrolman Brian Revoir, Dispatcher Madonna Sill, Sgt. Fran Fiore, Officer Michelle Brown, and Patrolman Justin Vitola. Officers with the Middle Township Police Department deliver hundreds of gifts to area residents, donated to the police for their annual toy drive to help needy families in Middle Township have a good Christmas. Shown are Patrolman Joe Gamble, Patrolman Michael Reardon, Det. Tracey Super, Officer Alison Akke, Patrolman Brian Revoir, Dispatcher Madonna Sill, Sgt. Fran Fiore, Officer Michelle Brown, and Patrolman Justin Vitola. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Christmas came early for nine area families, when Middle Township police officers delivered more than 500 gifts to excited children and parents.

The Friday deliveries were part of the police department’s annual drive to collect toys and other gifts for families in Middle Township. The drive is a local drive, separate from the national Toys for Tots drive.

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EHT raccoon confirmed as 10th case of 2014

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A dead raccoon found on a property in the 7100 block of English Creek Avenue in Egg Harbor Township has tested positive for rabies, Atlantic County authorities reported.

This is the township’s sixth confirmed case of the viral disease, but the first since May. There have been 10 cases of rabies in the county this year, six have involved raccoons.

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Forum focuses on anti-addiction accomplishments

Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor is shown with Robin Heatherington of the Lighthouse CHurch and Tania Ahern from Parent2Parent at the lastest forum on addiction, held at the county Administration Building, Dec. 10.
Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor is shown with Robin Heatherington of the Lighthouse CHurch and Tania Ahern from Parent2Parent at the lastest forum on addiction, held at the county Administration Building, Dec. 10. CAPE MAY COUNTY – Freeholder Kristine Gabor started the fourth county forum on addiction by highlighting the positive steps made after the previous three.

On Sept. 6, 2013, the county held its first Faces of Addiction Forum, in which it attempted to explain that addicts were found everywhere in society. Officials identified addicts as sons, daughters, spouses, even people who were dealing with chronic pain, who found heroin a cheap alternative to prescription pain killers.

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Pledge, Run, Plunge: HERO Campaign sponsoring First Day in Ocean City

File photo by Jen Marra / Plungers run into the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City as part of the city’s annual First Dip during First Day at the Beach Jan. 1. This year, the HERO Campaign is partnering with the First Night committee and asking plungers to pledge to be designated drivers. File photo by Jen Marra / Plungers run into the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City as part of the city’s annual First Dip during First Day at the Beach Jan. 1. This year, the HERO Campaign is partnering with the First Night committee and asking plungers to pledge to be designated drivers.

OCEAN CITY — Before they take the plunge into the icy water on New Year’s Day, First Day participants are being asked to take a pledge to be a designated driver.

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Sale of the Gates opens door to redevelopment

SOMERS POINT – The Gates apartment complex on Shore Road has a new owner, and city officials are hoping it is a second chance to bring the once-popular place to live back from the brink.

Streamwood Co. of Haddonfield purchased The Gates from W.W.W. Associates, and Keith Davis, attorney for Streamwood, said the deal closed Nov. 25. He said the company has a proven track record for rehabilitating multifamily complexes throughout the state, and received awards and accolades for its work in transforming a similar complex in Monroe Township.  

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UPDATE: 11-year-old student arrested for bomb threat at Egg Harbor Township middle school

Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township Police block off Alder Avenue from motorists while the bomb threat is investigated on Dec. 18. Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township Police block off Alder Avenue from motorists while the bomb threat is investigated on Dec. 18.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – An Alder Avenue Middle School student, 11, was arrested Friday, Dec. 19 and charged with creating false public alarm for his alleged role in a bomb threat at the school that led to its evacuation and significant police response on Thursday, Dec. 18.

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Stockton grads told they’ve received a top-tier education

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More than 700 undergraduates participate in the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey fall commencement Sunday, Dec. 14.
  Sharon Stabley/Atlantic City Press photo // More than 700 undergraduates participate in the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey fall commencement Sunday, Dec. 14. GALLOWAY – Richard Stockton College graduates have distinctive educational advantages that will help them “navigate successfully in this change-dominated era,” said William T. Daly, distinguished professor of political science.

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