• Downbeach Current

    Beach bagEveryone seems to have a different idea of how a day at the beach should go. As locals, we’ve seen all types of beach days, but the one thing in common is that it's always a good day for people watching. Below are the common beach types you'll see along South Jersey's shoreline:

  • Columns

    The Mom’s Beat: Nursing moms shouldn’t have to feed babies in dirty bathroom stalls

    In theory, traveling with a nursing infant should be easier than making the trip with a bottle-fed one. There’s no mess, no need for warming devices and no bottles to lug around. The babies are also more likely to be calmer, which benefits all travelers.

    But as one local mother found out, it’s not always that easy or…

  • Galloway Current

     GALLOWAY– Mara Justine Platt, the Galloway preteen who wowed judges on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" last month, did it again with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” during Judgment Week on the show, which aired Tuesday, July 22.

    As part of her selection by “AGT,” Platt, 12, will perform at Radio City Music Hall (airing 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC). NBC has not announced the date of her next appearance.

  • EHT Current

    Fireworks will be added to EHT's National Night OutEGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –  This year when the community comes together to mark National Night Out, the evening of fun will conclude with a fireworks display.

    The nationwide event, now in its 31st year, is held locally on the first Tuesday at Tony Canale Park. It is organized to prevent crime and substance abuse and to foster a sense of community among the residents.

  • EHT Current

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A racial discrimination lawsuit filed against Egg Harbor Township and several Township Committee members has officially concluded  more than four years after it was filed by a now retired Egg Harbor Township Police captain.

    Hector Tavarez, who at the time was a lieutenant on the force, filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court in December 2009 alleging that the township’s failure to promote him to the rank of captain in 2007, 2008 and 2009 constituted racial discrimination. 

Current of Egg Harbor Township

Man stabbed in neck in Egg Harbor Township motel fight

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, July 14, 2014 11:14 am

Submitted/Florencio Ramirez-Martinez, 25, of Egg Harbor Township Submitted/Florencio Ramirez-Martinez, 25, of Egg Harbor Township

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – An Egg Harbor Township man was arrested after allegedly stabbing another person in the neck during a fight at the Rex Motel on Tilton Road in the Farmington section of the township on Saturday, July 12.

Florencio Ramirez-Martinez, 25, was charged with aggravated assault, weapons offences and possession of false government documents after Egg Harbor Township Police Officers Shawn Owen, Jody London, Katrina Cantell and Sgt. Gary Rzemyk responded to the call around 2:37 p.m.

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Our Local Coast Guard: the Lacy family

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Written by By PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS CYNTHIA OLDHAM Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted/Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Lacy and his wife Mandy stand with their children Leland, 7, and Blayne, 5 months old. Submitted/Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Lacy and his wife Mandy stand with their children Leland, 7, and Blayne, 5 months old.

Get to know your local Coast Guard through a monthly installment featuring locally stationed Coast Guard members.

This summer, while people are out enjoying the water and warm temperatures, Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Lacy, a native of Leesburg, Va., will be standing the watch with his shipmates at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City.

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Letter: What Atlantic City needs is less government intervention and more freedom

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Written by Douglas H. Stroz Friday, July 11, 2014 05:09 pm

The strict definition of fascism is government control of private business; to a certain extent, isn't this describing the situation in regard to Atlantic City casinos? The strict definition of fascism is government control of private business; to a certain extent, isn't this describing the situation in regard to Atlantic City casinos? To the editor:

Everyone commiserates with the employees who will lose their jobs with the closings of the Showboat, Revel and now Trump Plaza, but the genesis of the coming layoffs started a long time ago. Well-meaning politicians are to blame for the problem.

Market intervention such as the political machinations that led to the construction of the $2 billion white elephant known as the Revel, as well as the restrictions placed on casinos by burdensome legislation and taxation have led to this foreseeable outcome.

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UPDATE: Prepare for detours and delays on Mill Road starting Monday, July 14

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Written by Laura Stetser Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00 am

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Motorists who regularly travel Mill Road in Egg Harbor Township should be prepared for significant detours while the Pricetown Mill Bridge is being replaced and redesign work of the Fire Road intersection is underway this summer and fall.

According to Atlantic County spokeswoman Linda Gilmore, the bridge replacement is part of larger improvements at the intersection of Mill Road and Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township that are aimed at “significantly enhancing the capacity and function of this important intersection, located within one of Atlantic County's growth areas.”

Read more: UPDATE: Prepare for detours and delays on Mill Road starting Monday, July 14

   

Three-time Purple Heart recipient joins advocates welcoming American heroes to Atlantic County

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Written by By DONNA CLEMENTONI Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted/Three-time Purple Heart recipient Marco Polo Smigliani, left, and Mike Merlino, co-host of the ‘Veterans Matters’ radio show and lead committee member of the Southern New Jersey Warfighter Sports fundraisers. Pictured in the back left is Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles. Submitted/Three-time Purple Heart recipient Marco Polo Smigliani, left, and Mike Merlino, co-host of the ‘Veterans Matters’ radio show and lead committee member of the Southern New Jersey Warfighter Sports fundraisers. Pictured in the back left is Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Egg Harbor Township resident Marco Polo Smigliani is the poster child for American patriotism. His business cards read simply: “American Patriot. Veterans Advocate.”

An Italian immigrant, Smigliani will proudly say that the greatest gift that he got from his parents, after life, was their bringing him to America when he was 10 years old. The Vietnam veteran and three-time Purple Heart recipient has been giving back to his homeland ever since.

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Outdoor movie series in EHT starts with 'Gravity'

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Written by Laura Stetser Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00 am

EHT outdoor movie series starts Saturday, July 12 with 'Gravity' EHT outdoor movie series starts Saturday, July 12 with 'Gravity'

Egg Harbor Township Recreation Department presents its Under the Stars movies at the Tony Canale Amphitheater each summer. This year's series will begin Saturday, July 12.

 The first movie is "Gravity" starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The movie follows the story of a medical engineer and an astronaut who work together to survive the catastrophe that destroys their space shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit. 

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History Notes, July 11: Robert Bevis Reunion

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Written by Lynn Wood, GEHTHS Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted by GEHTHS/Robert Bevis reunion Submitted by GEHTHS/Robert Bevis reunion

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Welcome to History Notes, our weekly feature that looks back through Egg Harbor Township history.

Each week, we get a chance to learn or reminisce, courtesy of Lynn Wood of the Greate Egg Harbour Township Historical Society, who is sharing early photos of places in Egg Harbor Township with our readers online and in our print editions.

Robert Bevis Reunion

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New Jersey increases penalties for use of cellphone, texting while driving

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Written by Laura Stetser Thursday, July 10, 2014 01:15 pm

New Jersey increases penalties for texting and using cell phones while driving New Jersey increases penalties for texting and using cell phones while driving

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP The Egg Harbor Township Police Department is advising motorists that the penalties for violation of the state law prohibiting use of cellphones while driving have been increased.

On June 27, Gov. Chris Christie authorized the changes, which call for higher fines and heightened penalties for offenses. It applies to texting while driving as well.

 The amended state law calls for:

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More free tickets available for Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum concerts in Atlantic City

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Written by Laura Stetser Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:37 pm

Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum will perform free concerts in Atlantic City Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum will perform free concerts in Atlantic City

Opening acts announced

 After event organizers finalized the site plan for the July 31 Blake Shelton and the Aug. 3 Lady Antebellum concerts, more concert tickets have become available, according to an announcement made by The Atlantic City Alliance in conjunction with Live Nation and the DO AC campaign.

 The initial set of tickets for the free country music concerts sold out quickly.

Read more: More free tickets available for Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum concerts in Atlantic City

 

Egg Harbor Township Police Blotter, June 13-30

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 09, 2014 02:29 pm

EHTPD EHTPD

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Dennis S. Costanzo, 34, of Egg Harbor Township was arrested June 23 by Officers Joseph Griffiths and Shawn Mensch and charged with possession of a weapon (kitchen knife), criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

 Natalie A. McKenna, 18, of Ocean View was arrested June 13 by Officer William Burns and John Beattes and charged with possession of fake identification.

 Israel A. Rodriguez, 25, of Egg Harbor Township was arrested June 26 by Detectives Scott Hiltner and Mark Wagner and Officer Jeffrey Lancaster and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Read more: Egg Harbor Township Police Blotter, June 13-30

   

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