Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 03:11 pm
'Elf' starring Will Ferrell turned 10 this holiday season.
The Yule Blog, Dec. 12
13 days until Christmas
Rather than provide a list of one writer’s top 10 Christmas movies, this year just for fun we decided to let each member of The Current and Gazette Newspapers editorial staff choose their favorite, tell us why and provide a film clip.
The response from our staff was so enthusiastic that we had to divide the story into two parts. The sad thing is that, even though the writers range in age from their early 20s to well into their 60s, most of the movies picked were made a long time ago; in fact, only three, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Elf” and “Joyeux Noël,” were made this century. And even at that, “Grinch” is 13 years old, “Elf,” believe it or not, saw its 10th anniversary this year, and “Joyeux Noël” has already turned 8.
Shore Weather Today
While Mother Nature holds the upper hand after the season’s first two winter storms have crossed the area, national and local weather forecasters are hoping to end their losing streak by the time this weekend’s quick-hitting coastal storm comes around.
The coldest air of the season should lift just in time on Saturday for much of the moisture associated a developing coastal low falls as rain, the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center said.
Andrew Ciurczak, right, and Seaville Acme manager Andy Loteck (second from right), with Santa Claus and local Knights of Columbus Dave Wurtz, Tim O’Shea and Tom Drinkard.
UPPER TOWNSHIP – Andrew Ciurczak, a senior at St. Augustine Prep High School, is helping to provide several hundred local families with breakfast this Christmas through his “Cereal from Santa” project.
Ciurczak, of Upper Township, is organizing the effort as part of a Caritas community service project. Caritas is the Latin word for charity or love.
Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 01:19 pm
Photo by Jen Marra/ Two volunteers pile up presents during last year’s “The Lynch Who Stole Christmas from the Grinch” toy drive.
WILDWOOD—Every year, the Lunch with Lynch foundation helps out hundreds of local families during the holiday season. This year, Wildwood police have decided to pitch in, too.
This weekend, the Wildwood Police Department is hosting its first “Pinch the Grinch” 5K Run and one-mile fun walk on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:38 am
For most of the six-hour hearing it was standing room only and more, with people waiting in the hallway for their turns to speak.
GALLOWAY – More than 150 people spoke during a five-hour hearing on a memorandum of agreement that would allow the South Jersey Gas to run a 22-mile natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands Monday, Dec. 9 that occasionally became contentious.
While speakers opposed the pipeline by more than a 2-1 ratio, applause was fairly equal for opinions expressed on both sides.
ABSECON - The nation’s first state may not be the first place to escape to, a suspected Absecon bank robber found out Wednesday, Dec. 11. Delaware State Police arrested an Atlantic City man who was wanted in an Absecon bank armed robbery about two hours after the crime occurred.
Police said they stopped the man's car after they clocked him driving at a high rate of speed on I-295.
CAPE MAY -- For the second consecutive year, the city is proposing a beach tag fee increase.
“We want to maintain the quality of services, but we also have to account for increased costs – including beach replenishment contributions, the raise in the minimum wage voted through in the General Election, and rising insurance costs,” said Mayor Ed Mahaney.
Marcus Phillips is part of the Middle Township Police Department bicycle unit, shown here in 2012. He's also a member of the Special Services Unit.Marcus Phillips is part of the Middle Township Police Department bicycle unit, shown here in 2012. He's also a member of the Special Services Unit.
From drug raids to jaywalking, police team changes focus every day
MIDDLE TOWNSIHP — Each day their responsibilities change, but their duty to protect the public remains the same.
Sometimes Middle Township officers James Loftus, Marcus Phillips and Jason Sweitzer find themselves as part of a team that raids homes in the municipality after learning about possible drug activity.
Or, part of their day could include sitting in a local business, chatting with citizens over a cup of coffee. There, they’ll try to get to the heart of what residents are concerned about.
Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 03:36 pm
Volunteers carry toys in from the parking lot. Cedar Creek High School sophomore Kristin Flaherty of Galloway, left, was once in Kirsten Sullivan’s first grade class. Sullivan is a co-director of Santa’s Free Toyshop. The mother of Mary Frances Wenig of Northfield, a senior at Mainland Regional High School works with Sullivan.
GALLOWAY – Santa’s Free Toyshop led by local schoolteachers Kim Gollub and Kirsten Sullivan couldn’t be off to a quicker start this year if Dasher and Dancer were leading the way.
Last Updated on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 08:03 am
Laura Stetser/Alder Avenue Middle School’s new Green Flag is displayed proudly by the students and staff.
Alder was also selected by Eco-Schools as one of only 11 schools in the state to serve as an international ‘sister school’ to a school in Taiwan
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Alder Avenue Middle School’s ongoing environmental efforts have already earned it a few accolades.