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Mainland seniors looking for success with college essay panel

Mainland senior Katie Carr of Northfield discusses her essay plans and neuroscience as a major with admissions counselor John Yi of Yale University in the library Monday, Sept. 15. Mainland senior Katie Carr of Northfield discusses her essay plans and neuroscience as a major with admissions counselor John Yi of Yale University in the library Monday, Sept. 15.

LINWOOD — Just the mention of college essays is enough to rattle even the most dedicated upperclassmen. Nathan Lichtenwalner, Mainland Regional High School director of guidance, said knowing that the college essay can be a stumbling block for students he spent a considerable amount of time over the summer working on plans for the fall that hopefully will translate into success for students. The first component of that was Monday morning’s college essay panel.
Three admissions counselors; John Yi from Yale University, Connor Woods from Lafayette College and Jake Kohler from Ursinus College addressed interested seniors in what they are looking for in a college essay that will either make them stand out from the crowd or be quickly forgotten. Kohler said, “The essay is a chance for an admissions counselor to understand who you are.”

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Hamilton police seek owner of ash-filled urn labeled ‘Mom’

Submitted/The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn in July 2013. Submitted/The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn in July 2013.

The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn containing ashes partially buried along the Great Egg Harbor River in July 2013.

The urn has the word "Mom" on the side.

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Mechanic Street evacuated over WWII round handed over to police

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Residents and workers along Mechanic Street near the Middle Township Police Department were evacuated Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a resident walked into the department with a piece of World War II-era ordnance, police said in a statement.

Atlantic City Police Department’s bomb squad was called in to evaluate the ordnance, and they determined that was a World War II era marking round. According to police, the round would have had an explosive tip to mark targets.

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Zombies are coming to Terror in the Junkyard

Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township's Scullville VFC annual haunted hayride opens the first weekend in October. Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township's Scullville VFC annual haunted hayride opens the first weekend in October.  

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – This year’s Terror in the Junkyard haunted hayride and maze will feature a new attraction involving live zombies, the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company announced Tuesday.

The Apocalypse Training Zombie Paintball Shootout will give visitors a chance to step up and prevent zombies from attacking. Separate admission to the zombie shootout is $5 for 100 paintballs and includes the use of guns and air canisters.

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Thousands flock to Atlantic City Seafood Festival

ATLANTIC CITY – Although the crowning of Miss America Sunday night got lots of media attention nationwide, it was the fourth annual Seafood Festival at Bader Field that attracted tens of thousands of seafood lovers, athletes and pirates too.

The two-day event celebrated its fourth year, with vendors selling the bounty of the sea, along with artists, great wines and beers, cooking demonstrations, a chowder cook-off, crab cake eating contest, crafters and anything that can be enjoyed at the Jersey Shore.

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Ocean City student experiment scheduled to launch into space

OCEAN CITY — Carrying a science experiment designed by six Ocean City High School students, Mission 6 is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station this October.

The Ocean City School District is one of 20 districts from across the nation selected to participate in the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP).

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Gallagher excited to head Ocean City community services

Kristin Gallagher Kristin Gallagher

OCEAN CITY — Leaving the corporate world behind, Ocean City resident Kristin Gallagher will begin her new role as head of the Ocean City Department of Community Services on Sept. 18.

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First case of enterovirus confirmed in New Jersey

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today confirmed New Jersey's first case of enterovirus D68, a potentially serious respiratory illness more likely found in infants and children, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. The confirmed case was identified from a specimen sent to the CDC from a Philadelphia hospital.

The child has since improved and been discharged.

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Meteorological fall off to a warm, dry start

Despite cold temperatures that sank into the lower 40s during the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 15, South Jersey and the rest of the Northeast has posted a rather warm start to the final three months of the year./Northeast Regional Climate Center Despite cold temperatures that sank into the lower 40s during the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 15, South Jersey and the rest of the Northeast has posted a rather warm start to the final three months of the year./Northeast Regional Climate Center Despite cold temperatures that sank into the lower 40s during the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 15, South Jersey and the rest of the Northeast has posted a rather warm start to the final three months of the year.

All but two of the 35 reporting locations posted a warmer-than-normal start to meteorological fall – September, October and November – according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

See where how Atlantic City performed by clicking here:

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Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay set for last weekend in September

MARGATE – Mini-golf will make a debut this year at the annual Fall Funfest by the Bay – along with new amusements, boat rides, craft vendors, a smorgasbord of food, critters for the kids, two stages of nonstop entertainment and a visit from Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones.

The two-day festival will stretch for six blocks along the bayfront on Amherst Avenue, running 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

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One Kook’s Safari: Another hurricane due to head up the coast, with big waves expected

We won’t know what Hurricane Edouard will bring, but it’s expected to pass well off the coast this week. Previous storms this year brought some great waves, but this one’s being described as the first major storm of the season. We won’t know what Hurricane Edouard will bring, but it’s expected to pass well off the coast this week. Previous storms this year brought some great waves, but this one’s being described as the first major storm of the season. Summer’s not over, but if it were a tube of toothpaste, we’d be folding it from the bottom by now.

There’s good news, though: the water’s still warm, and the forecast calls for big waves from Hurricane Edouard this week. Expect the swell to build overnight into Wednesday, with head-high waves rolling in Wednesday and Thursday morning.  Expect a strong current and be ready for some heavy surf. The forecast keeps changing, so take a good look before paddling out.  

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Atlantic City goes dry again, weather speaking

A sluggishly moving, elongated area of high pressure will do more than just bring seasonably cool conditions to the Middle Atlantic States this week. It could bring dry conditions through the rest of the work week, the upcoming weekend and well into next week as well. A sluggishly moving, elongated area of high pressure will do more than just bring seasonably cool conditions to the Middle Atlantic States this week. It could bring dry conditions through the rest of the work week, the upcoming weekend and well into next week as well. A sluggishly moving, elongated area of high pressure will do more than just bring seasonably cool conditions to the Middle Atlantic States this week.

It could bring dry weather and virtuatlly eliminate any chance of rain  through the rest of the work week, the upcoming weekend and well into next week as well.

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Plousis reappointed as chairman of state parole board

Ocean City resident Jim Plousis was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to be reappointed as chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board, the governor’s office announced Monday, Sept. 15.

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