Middle Township Gazette

Honored for five decades of serving the community

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 28, 2013 01:20 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- When John Reardon Sr. began battling fires 50 years ago, he wore clamming boots and no helmet.

Today the 74-year-old no longer fights fires for the Cape May Court House Volunteer Fire Co. But he wears a helmet and other gear and sometimes drives the fire truck to the scene and operates the pump.

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Mom seeking co-ed classes for her son at Ocean Academy

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 28, 2013 01:13 pm

photo by American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey/Amanda Brown Susan Coll-Guedes is shown with her 12-year-old son. The Atlantic County woman alleges that the Cape May County Special Services School discriminated against her son. photo by American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey/Amanda Brown Susan Coll-Guedes is shown with her 12-year-old son. The Atlantic County woman alleges that the Cape May County Special Services School discriminated against her son.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE -- An Atlantic County parent is alleging discrimination at the Cape May County Special Services School District.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has filed a petition against the school district with the state Department of Education on behalf of parent Susan Coll-Guedes.

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Stone Harbor kids meet the governor

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 27, 2013 09:20 pm

School fixed up after Sandy slam

STONE HARBOR -- For about four and a half months, Avalon Elementary School was crowded as Stone Harbor school students attended school there.

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Students raise funds and improve fitness

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 06:30 pm

Student participants in Jump Rope For Heart, kindergartner Andrew Johnson, first-grader Lily Pulaski, first-grader Daniel Brady, join gym teachers Andrew Ludman Chris McMullen. Student participants in Jump Rope For Heart, kindergartner Andrew Johnson, first-grader Lily Pulaski, first-grader Daniel Brady, join gym teachers Andrew Ludman Chris McMullen.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- About 500 elementary school students recently jump-roped to raise money for lifesaving research and educational programs.

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Changed planned to pay for long-term substitute teachers

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 27, 2013 06:19 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- School officials hope to save money by changing how much long-term substitutes are paid.

They now earn $125 a day. Before, long-term substitutes would receive $75 for the first consecutive five days, then about $250 a day and if absent, the pay would go back to $75.

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Middle schools try to beef up security

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 27, 2013 02:28 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- Security continues to be tightened at the Middle Township School District.

Officials plan on having entrances redone at three of the schools and adding panic buttons that would alert township police of an emergency. Phone alert systems were put into place earlier this year.

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MTHS grad interviews Obamas

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 27, 2013 01:00 am

Jonathan Van Meter stands with Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, in this 2009 photo. Jonathan Van Meter stands with Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, in this 2009 photo.

Jonathan Van Meter grew up locally, has this week’s cover of Vogue

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- For a moment, Middle Township High School graduate Jonathan Van Meter felt like he wasn’t talking with President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

He said it seemed like he was talking to longtime friends.

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Man accused of assault, trying to steal a wheelchair

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 25, 2013 02:13 pm

RIO GRANDE -- A 55-year-old Rio Grande man allegedly tried to steal a wheelchair and other items Thursday, March 21, after beating up a Cape May man who is a double amputee, according to police.

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It’s about more than haircuts

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 21, 2013 02:26 pm

Brett Johnson and his son, Hayden. Brett Johnson and his son, Hayden.

Community, students join together for St. Baldrick’s

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- As Brett Johnson’s hair fell to the floor, he held a picture of his wife, who died in August from pancreatic cancer.

He joined his son, Hayden Johnson, 11, as they got their heads shaved in front of hundreds of students Friday at Middle Township Middle School on March 15.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation event raised money for childhood cancer research; more than $9,000 was brought in. About 15 Middle Township Police officers, a few teachers and other students also got their heads shaved or several inches of hair cut.

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Heroin seized in Del Haven

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:04 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Three people face charges and 40 bags of heroin were seized, following a two-month narcotics investigation, according to police.

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Economic Development Council to track Parkway work

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 01:00 am

The Middle Township Economic Development Council is keeping a close eye on a major construction project on the Garden State Parkway.

The township committee has provided detailed maps of the construction areas and descriptions on its website.

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MTHS future biz leaders compete

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 21, 2013 01:00 am

Eileen Duff, Corey Daniels, Alex Terenik, Grail Fangayen, Scott Kurkowski and Brinley Edwards. Eileen Duff, Corey Daniels, Alex Terenik, Grail Fangayen, Scott Kurkowski and Brinley Edwards.

OCEAN CITY -- Middle Township High School's Future Business Leaders of America lost against Ocean City High School in Cape May County's Consumer Bowl March 15.

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