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State files to take easements needed for dunes project

Margate engages DEP and Army Corps to discuss options to building dunes

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday, Oct. 16 that preserves the city’s rights in fighting the dunes project. The commission entered a “tolling and standstill” agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which will allow the municipality to negotiate alternatives to building sand dunes on Margate’s beach.

Assistant Attorney General David C. Apy filed with the Atlantic County Clerk three administrative orders to effectuate a taking of partial easements not voluntarily granted by shorefront property owners, including the City of Margate, to build the dunes. The state will use its powers of eminent domain to negotiate good faith compensation due to 10 shorefront property owners and 16 riparian grant owners.

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Freeze warning in effect for South Jersey

In case you haven not peeked outside yet, the combination of no wind and a clear, starlit sky allowed temperatures to freefall overnight across much of South Jersey. As a result the National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for much of South Jersey, including Burlington, Cumberland and Atlantic counties./NWS In case you haven not peeked outside yet, the combination of no wind and a clear, starlit sky allowed temperatures to freefall overnight across much of South Jersey. As a result the National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for much of South Jersey, including Burlington, Cumberland and Atlantic counties./NWS  In case you haven’t peeked outside yet, the combination of no wind and a clear, starlit sky allowed temperatures to freefall overnight across much of South Jersey.

As a result the National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for much of South Jersey, including Burlington, Cumberland and Atlantic counties.

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South Jersey sky watch: meteors, an eclipse and a rocket launch

The South Jersey skies will come alive – weather permitting – over the next several days with an annual meteor shower, a not-so-often partial solar eclipse and a rocket launch. The South Jersey skies will come alive – weather permitting – over the next several days with an annual meteor shower, a not-so-often partial solar eclipse and a rocket launch. The South Jersey skies will come alive – weather permitting – over the next several days with an annual meteor shower, a not-so-often partial solar eclipse and a rocket launch.

Here’s when to look toward the sky:

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Pressing grapes not a matter of footwork

Putting grapes into the 'crush' at Willow Creek Winery Putting grapes into the 'crush' at Willow Creek Winery WEST CAPE MAY – Modern day wineries depend on machines to do a lot of the work that was once done by hand, or foot, as the case may be.

According to Kevin Celli of the Willow Creek Winery, the practice of stomping grapes is really a bygone method in winemaking, except for in some areas of Italy.

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Bids opened for southend Ocean City beach fill

City has secured all easements necessary to complete long-awaited project

According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million. According to project manager Dwight Pakan of the Army Corp’s Philadelphia District, which is overseeing the project, bids were opened Friday, Oct. 10 and the low bidder was Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. for a base bid amount of approximately $58 million.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is almost ready to award a contract for the southend Ocean City beach replenishment project.

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Mazzeo speaks out on Taj Mahal court decision

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) issued the following statement today following the federal bankruptcy courts decision to temporarily strip Taj Mahal workers of their pensions and benefits:
"Today's good news on sports betting shouldn't be overshadowed by the blow to the workers of UNITE HERE Local 54 in court today," said Mazzeo.

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County health officer on Ebola: Don’t panic, but do wash your hands a lot

The staff at Cape Regional Medical Center is training to be ready if a case of Ebola arrives in Cape May County. There was a drill this week, and hospital officials say they are updating their procedures to be ready, just in case. (photo by Jen Marra) The staff at Cape Regional Medical Center is training to be ready if a case of Ebola arrives in Cape May County. There was a drill this week, and hospital officials say they are updating their procedures to be ready, just in case. (photo by Jen Marra) CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Kevin Thomas has his hands full.

The Cape May County health officer is meeting with emergency service providers, hospital staff and others, getting ready for the worst.

He is also fielding call after call from reporters in the region.

It seems like everyone in the county – everyone in the world – is scared of Ebola.

“There’s nothing to be scared about. It’s a matter of being prepared,” Thomas said Friday.

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Fatal accident claims pedestrian along Shore Road

NORTHFIELD--Police are still investigating the Shore Road accident, Saturday, Oct. 18 that resulted in the death of Robert R. Simon, 82 of Northfield. Simon, is the owner of Just 4 Wheels Inc. in Galloway.

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County road work to shut down a portion of Delilah Road

PLEASANTVILLE _ An Atlantic County Road Improvement project will force the closure of a popular westbound route out of Atlantic City beginning Monday, Oct. 20.

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Christie signs revised sports betting bill

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday that reflects recent court rulings and removes prohibitions against sports wagering in New Jersey.

“As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation,” Christie said. “I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.” 

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Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday

Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday Next phase of boardwalk reconstruction to start Monday

OCEAN CITY — The second phase of a multi-year boardwalk reconstruction project from Fifth to 12th Street is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 20.

Last year, the city replaced the boardwalk’s aging concrete substructure and decking on a stretch from Brighton Place to Sixth Street. This year, the work continues from where it left off north of Sixth Street to Seventh Street.

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Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point teacher contracts

Members of the Somers Point Education Association are out in full force at the Oct. 16 BOE meeting at the Dawes Ave. School to show their frustration at still not having a current contract almost 16 months after their agreement expired. Members of the Somers Point Education Association are out in full force at the Oct. 16 BOE meeting at the Dawes Ave. School to show their frustration at still not having a current contract almost 16 months after their agreement expired.

All three Mainland sending districts of Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point are completely autonomous, each just happens to have the same negotiation cycle. Each of the three districts educators entered their respective schools this September working under the terms of a contract that had expired June 30, 2013. As of Oct. 17, Somers Point is the only district that is still without a settlement or pending settlement.

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UPDATE: ACIT searched for weapons after bullet is found on campus

Charlie Pritchard/Township of Hamilton Police Department K-9 enters ACIT as students are being dismissed Friday, Oct. 17. Charlie Pritchard/Township of Hamilton Police Department K-9 enters ACIT as students are being dismissed Friday, Oct. 17. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Atlantic County Institute of Technology students were gradually dismissed around 2:30 p.m. after being under a lockdown for several hours Friday, Oct. 17, after a bullet was found on school property.

Every student, every room, and every locker was searched, according to an eyewitness at the scene.

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