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Tens of 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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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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Family Service Association names Melton family as 2014 Family of the Year

The Melton Family of Hamilton Township was chosen as the Family Service Association’s 2014 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year. They are, from left, Gary Paul Melton Sr., Malachi Melton, Gary Paul Melton Jr., Vicky Melton and Miles “Bo” Melton. Jasmine Melton is not pictured./Submitted The Melton Family of Hamilton Township was chosen as the Family Service Association’s 2014 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year. They are, from left, Gary Paul Melton Sr., Malachi Melton, Gary Paul Melton Jr., Vicky Melton and Miles “Bo” Melton. Jasmine Melton is not pictured./Submitted The Family Service Association has named the Gary Paul Melton Sr. family of Hamilton Township as its winner of the 2014 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year.

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Miss New York is crowned Miss America 2015 (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW) Updated

Miss America 2015 is Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev. Miss America 2015 is Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev. ATLANTIC CITY—It was a three-peat at Boardwalk Hall Sunday night as Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York brought the crown home for the Empire State for the third year running. She follows Miss Americas Nina Davuluri and Mallory Hagan with the crown. 

The 22-year old blonde, Hofstra University graudate performed the very upbeat song “Happy” while sitting on stage and tapping out the tune with a red plastic cup during the talent portion of the pageant which counts for 30 percent of the total score for each contestant.

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Friends of the Pops celebrate 25 years

Friends of the Pops Chairman Bert DeVries, center, chats with Kameron Ghanavati, Blake Epsy, Bill Scheible and Jeff Uhlig at the Friends of the Pops 25th anniversary luncheon. Friends of the Pops Chairman Bert DeVries, center, chats with Kameron Ghanavati, Blake Epsy, Bill Scheible and Jeff Uhlig at the Friends of the Pops 25th anniversary luncheon.

Friends of the Ocean City Pops held their 25th anniversary “Silver Serenade” luncheon at the Greate Bay Country Club on a warm, sunny day.

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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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Villas man pleads guilty in fatal 2012 shooting

Bernard “Peanut” Green Bernard “Peanut” Green

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A 32-year-old Villas man pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 11 to shooting and killing Christopher Turner in November of 2012, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Bernard “Peanut” Green pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the first degree as part of a plea agreement that calls for him to serve 24 years in prison. Eighty-five percent of Green’s sentence must be served before he is eligible for parole. Sentencing is set for Oct. 31.

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Health care aide charged with stealing $63,000 worth of jewelry

STONE HARBOR – A North Cape May home health care aide has been charged with stealing $63,000 worth of jewelry from the borough resident she took care of, police said in a statement.

Margaret A. Sleght, 51, was charged with 3rd degree theft, after Stone Harbor police said they found evidence of the theft at her home while executing a search warrant on Friday, Sept. 12.

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Show us Your Shoes Parade is a hit SLIDESHOW

Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler Jones. Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler Jones. ATLANTIC CITY—Miss America fans braved the rainiest Saturday we have experienced in months to cheer on their favorite contestant at the 2014 Show us Your Shoes Parade.

52 Miss America contestants took their ride from The Revel to Albany Avenue in a convertible; only Miss Massachusetts was not in a rag top but she made the most of it by sitting outside the passenger window and dressed in a Red Sox uniform she had plenty of cheers from the crowd. 

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Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones is a hometown girl with a big dream

Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones is a hometown girl with a big dream Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones is a hometown girl with a big dream Rutgers senior from Galloway is competing on the platform Empowering Today's Youth Through Arts

GALLOWAY ­Galloway resident and Rutgers student Cierra Kaler-Jones, who is competing this week in the Miss America Pageant this week as Miss New Jersey, has never attended the famous pageant.

The daughter of two casino workers who at one time both worked three jobs to support their family, Kaler-Jones grew up watching the show on television since her parents could not take time off to accompany her.

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