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Margate consultants seek revisions to the Army Corps dunes plan

MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

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Arctic sea ice reaches 6th-lowest level ever

Those on both sides of the global warming debate were treated to information to cheer on or frown upon this week when National Snow and Ice Data scientists released their Arctic and Antarctic totals for September. Just in time for the end of summer, Arctic sea ice reached its smallest extent of the year on Sept. 17, 2014, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.  The annual minimum was 1.94 million square miles, making it the sixth smallest extent in the satellite era, which began in 1979./National Snow and Ice Data Center Those on both sides of the global warming debate were treated to information to cheer on or frown upon this week when National Snow and Ice Data scientists released their Arctic and Antarctic totals for September. Just in time for the end of summer, Arctic sea ice reached its smallest extent of the year on Sept. 17, 2014, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The annual minimum was 1.94 million square miles, making it the sixth smallest extent in the satellite era, which began in 1979./National Snow and Ice Data Center Those on both sides of the global warming debate were treated to information to cheer on or frown on this week when National Snow and Ice Data scientists released their Arctic and Antarctic ice cover totals for September.

Depending on how you look at it, the ice caps are shrinking or getting larger. He’s how:

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Run for the Fallen remembers NJ soldiers and supports their Gold Star families

Hero Marker 47, honoring Pvt. Anthony J. Sausto is set in place at Patriots Park in Somers Point Tuesday, Sept. 23 by Run Director, Mike Simpson of Browns Mills and Ed “Tug” Devine of Deptford in advance of The Run for the Fallen. Saturday morning at 6:25 a.m. members of the run team of volunteer active military will stop, salute and pay their respects to Sausto and present a flower to a member of his family if they are present and then run on to the next marker less than a mile down Shore Road. Supporters are urged to check the website and go to one of the markers to show support for the fallen. Hero Marker 47, honoring Pvt. Anthony J. Sausto is set in place at Patriots Park in Somers Point Tuesday, Sept. 23 by Run Director, Mike Simpson of Browns Mills and Ed “Tug” Devine of Deptford in advance of The Run for the Fallen. Saturday morning at 6:25 a.m. members of the run team of volunteer active military will stop, salute and pay their respects to Sausto and present a flower to a member of his family if they are present and then run on to the next marker less than a mile down Shore Road. Supporters are urged to check the website and go to one of the markers to show support for the fallen. Sunday, Sept. 28 is Gold Star Mothers and Family Day. Set aside by Congress in 1936 to recognize the mothers and their families who carry on with pride everyday honoring their soldier that was killed in service to their country. Leading up to that day is the Run for the Fallen that will begin at the southernmost tip of the state at Cape May Lighthouse and finish up at the New Jersey Vietnam veterans Memorial in Holmdel. 

Along the way will be 226 hero markers placed and each of the markers will honor one of the New Jersey soldiers that have given their all for their country from recent conflicts; Beirut, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield (Gulf War), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn (Iraq), Operation Restore Hope (Somalia), the Pentagon and 9/11.

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Several inches of rain possible for Cape, Atlantic counties

Weather watchers are following the development of a coastal low that threatens to deliver 1-3 inches of rain on Thursday across the extreme southern and coastal portions of South Jersey. And for parents of school-age children, the timing couldn’t be worse./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Weather watchers are following the development of a coastal low that threatens to deliver 1-3 inches of rain on Thursday across the extreme southern and coastal portions of South Jersey. And for parents of school-age children, the timing couldn’t be worse./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Weather watchers are following the development of a coastal low that threatens to deliver 1-3 inches of rain on Thursday, Sept. 25  across the extreme southern and coastal portions of South Jersey.

And for parents of school-age children, the timing couldn’t be worse.

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Critics want to keep military drones out of county

With the possibility of drone technology being tested at the Cape May County airport, a group of local residents want the county government to curb the unmanned aircraft.

Residents took their case to the Board of Freeholders meeting on Tuesday, with a request that the board approve an ordinance preventing surveillance drones or military drones from being used in Cape May County.

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Five face charges after pistol whipping in Villas

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – An investigation of an armed robbery and pistol whipping in Villas has led to the arrest of five county people on multiple counts robbery, assault, drugs and weapons offenses, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana said in a release posted to its social media website.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Lower Township police responding to a disturbance near Ellery Road and Franklin Avenue found a 23-year-old man lying in the street who told officers he had been pistol whipped and robbed of $800 at gunpoint.

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Navigational buoy washes up in Ocean City

Ann Richardson / A large green buoy that washed ashore on Sept. 9 on the inlet beach near the Longport bridge continues to attract a lot of attention. U.S. Coast Guard officials say a Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team will travel from North Carolina to repair the buoy and return it to where it belongs, about a mile off of Ocean City. Ann Richardson / A large green buoy that washed ashore on Sept. 9 on the inlet beach near the Longport bridge continues to attract a lot of attention. U.S. Coast Guard officials say a Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team will travel from North Carolina to repair the buoy and return it to where it belongs, about a mile off of Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY — A large navigational buoy that washed ashore on the inlet beach near the Longport bridge is attracting a lot of attention. According to U.S. Coast Guard officials, the green whistle buoy is not going anywhere soon.  

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Truck overturns, dumps load of concrete on Egg Harbor Township lawn: UPDATE

The overturned concrete truck is leaking hydraulic fluid and oil but no gasoline, according to reports./Laura Stetser The overturned concrete truck is leaking hydraulic fluid and oil but no gasoline, according to reports./Laura Stetser

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP  A 35-ton tractor trailer filled with broken concrete reportedly hit a utility pole, overturned and dumped its contents on the front lawn of a home near the intersection of Steelmanville Road and South Mount Airy Road at about noon today (Tuesday, Sept. 28), according to reports.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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Egg Harbor Township man arrested for alleged child pornography distribution

Submitted/Thomas Ballard , 37, of Egg Harbor Township Submitted/Thomas Ballard , 37, of Egg Harbor Township

It is alleged that he had distributed more than 3,000 files depicting sexual exploitation of children. 

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a 37-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was arrested yesterday by detectives from the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness for allegedly distributing and possessing child pornography over the Internet.

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Officials looking to beef up security in Ocean City High School

Officials looking to beef up security in Ocean City High School Officials looking to beef up security in Ocean City High School

OCEAN CITY — School officials are looking to tighten security at Ocean City High School.

The Ocean City Primary and Intermediate schools have entrances where visitors must ring the doorbell and a school official can then decide whether or not to permit them to enter the building.

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Joe's Take: Hero Campaign seeks to avert future tragedies

It was not an interview I wanted to do. Talking to a father who lost his son rips at my own heart because I, too, lost a son. Mark was 33 when he died and would have been in his early 50s now, and I still cannot talk or write about him without choking up.

Bill Elliott has much the same problem. He has toughened up in order to publicize his successful Hero Campaign, but when he talks about the accident in which a drunken driver killed his son John, you can see him struggling. I admire his courage.

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4-car crash in Somers Point sends 9 to hospital Saturday

Four car accident Saturday morning at Groveland Ave. and Shore Rd. sends nine people two the hospital. Dennis Sharpe/Four car accident Saturday morning at Groveland Ave. and Shore Rd. sends nine people two the hospital.

2 children flown to Cooper

SOMERS POINT – A four-car accident Saturday morning, Sept. 20 sent nine people to the hospital, including two children who were flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for treatment of injuries.

Seven people were transported by ambulance to AtlantiCare’s City and Mainland divisions and to Shore Medical Center, according to reports. 

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Mainland student charged with bringing fake gun to school

 Mainland Regional High School LINWOOD  A 15-year-old student from Somers Point was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Mainland Regional High School after bringing a fake but "realistic" looking gun to school in his backpack, authorities said.

Interim Superintendent Robert Previti said he received information that a student had a gun in his backpack, and that he, Principal Mark Marrone and the school resource officer made a split-second decision that brought the indcident to a swift conclusion.

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