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    EHT Community GuideThe Current is seeking your input for its 2015 Egg Harbor Township Community Guide scheduled for publication next month. 

    We are asking local organizations to write a few words about the good work they are doing on behalf of their neighbors to help make Egg Harbor Township a special place to live, work and raise a family.

    If you are a leader of a local service club, veterans group, charity, youth program, community…

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    Betty D’Andrea of Galloway and Virgil Elam of Mays Landing, students in the Academy of Culinary Arts noncredit training program at the Worthington Campus in Atlantic City, cover a seasoned salmon fillet to make gravlax for the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala.ATLANTIC…

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    Egg hunt Egg Harbor Township

    Greentree Church is also hosting a hunt and magic show

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township Fire Department’s Annual Egg Hunt is back.

     After a one-year break in what is an annual tradition in the township, the Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary's egg hunt is scheduled to return to Tony Canale Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28.

     More than 1,000 eggs are being stuffed with candy and goodies…

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    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Egg Harbor Township Board of Education approved sending a $132 million budget to the county that carries a 5.1-cent increase to the school tax rate.

    The budget passed Tuesday, March 17 by an 8-1 vote. Lisa Dagit was the sole dissenting vote, and Barbara Szilagyi was absent.

    Since the budget was first introduced at a public workshop Saturday, March 7, the administration was charged with cutting $750,000 in order to get to the 2 percent spending increase cap imposed by the state. If the board decided…

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    Laura Stetser/Swift Elementary SchoolEGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Swift Elementary School’s spring book fair will be combined for the first time with its annual science fair and some fun STEM stations for or an exciting and educational event Tuesday, March 24.  

    Spring Splash! festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. when the Scholastic “Under the Sea Book Fair” opens with a visit from “Clifford, the Big Red Undersea Dog,” who will pose for…

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

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Written by By DONNA CLEMENTONI Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:00 pm

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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History Notes, July 11: Robert Bevis Reunion

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Written by Lynn Wood, GEHTHS Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:00 pm

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 12:15 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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EHT educators receive recognition from unexpected source

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Written by Laura Stetser Wednesday, July 09, 2014 01:22 pm

Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township mother Beth Ameen and her 6 year-old son Josh, both in center, stand with his Davenport Primary School special education team as they receive commendations on Tuesday, July 8. From left are Bonnie Sebastian, supervisor of autistic and multiple disability services, behavioral specialist Susann Hermes, paraprofessional Crista Fopeano, parent Elizabeth Ameen and her son Joshua Ameen, paraprofessionals Elizabeth Salotti and Annemarie Steelman, teacher Rachel Prakash. Not pictured is school psychologist Erin Lichtenwalner. Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township mother Beth Ameen and her 6 year-old son Josh, both in center, stand with his Davenport Primary School special education team as they receive commendations on Tuesday, July 8. From left are Bonnie Sebastian, supervisor of autistic and multiple disability services, behavioral specialist Susann Hermes, paraprofessional Crista Fopeano, parent Elizabeth Ameen and her son Joshua Ameen, paraprofessionals Elizabeth Salotti and Annemarie Steelman, teacher Rachel Prakash. Not pictured is school psychologist Erin Lichtenwalner.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – An Egg Harbor Township mother went above her child’s teacher’s head to have her message heard. She even skipped the principal and the superintendent and went straight to her local legislator to get the message across.

 Her message was one of thanks. She wanted to be sure everyone knew how thankful her family is for the team of special education educators who have helped support her 6 year-old son Josh in his transition from Miami to New Jersey after the U.S. Coast Guard transferred his father Nick to its Air Station Atlantic City.

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Letter: Grateful to teachers and a friend who had the courage to speak out

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Written by Ellen Gregory Tuesday, July 08, 2014 12:50 pm

Grateful to teachers and a friend who had the courage t speak out Grateful to teachers and a friend who had the courage t speak out To the editor:

I am writing in support of my friend and co-worker’s attempt to bring to light the disappointing possibility that teachers won’t be able to honor students’ requests for college recommendation letters, allegedly because of unsettled contract negotiations between the union and the Board of Education.

Before she presented her concerns to the Egg Harbor Township Board of Education and The Current Newspaper, my friend and co-worker, Sharon Gaskill, approached the subject the way she does everything – with great thought, care, and research to ensure she was speaking out intelligently and without malice. She complimented the teachers for the positive impact they have made on her daughters’ education experience.

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Egg Harbor Township couple profiled in People Magazine for HERO Campaign work

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Written by Laura Stetser Friday, July 04, 2014 04:07 am

Bill and Muriel Elliot interviewed in People Magazine Bill and Muriel Elliot interviewed in People Magazine EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Bill and Muriel Elliott have been working for years to spread their message. As founders of the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign, the Egg Harbor Township residents work each year to add schools, businesses and other organizations as partners in their effort to create awareness on the importance of designated drivers.

 Named after their son who was killed by a drunk driver in 2000, the HERO Campaign this year expanded its reach even more by sponsoring a NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway June 27. Then on July 3, the couple was profiled in nationwide “People” magazine as part of its "Heroes Among Us" series. 

 Read the article HERE.

See related HERO Campaign news HERE.

   

Longtime employees, PAL youths honored at EHT Township Committee meeting

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Written by Laura Stetser Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:00 pm

Laura Stetser/Township Administrator Peter Miller receives his honors from Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough on Wednesday, June 25. Laura Stetser/Township Administrator Peter Miller receives his honors from Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough on Wednesday, June 25.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township Committee honored two of its longtime employees during a meeting Wednesday, June 25.

Linda Cusac, who is retiring from overseeing the township’s emergency medical technicians, was honored for 25 years of service to the township. Cusac started in 1975 in the ambulance squad until it was disbanded in 1984. From 1989 though 2014, she served as director of the EMT service.

Township Administrator Peter Miller, who is not retiring, was also honored. He is only the second person to hold the job of township administrator, according to Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough who spoke about each of the employees.

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You were saying… a roundup of discussions on our social media pages

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 02, 2014 03:19 pm

Conversations from the social media pages of the Current Egg Harbor Township Conversations from the social media pages of the Current Egg Harbor Township

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Here are just a few of the comments posted on our social media accounts on recent stories. Want to join in the conversations? Connect with us at @EHTCurrent on Facebook and Twitter.

Traffic light installed at intersection notorious for accidents

Laura Mendelsohn Moore wrote “Missing the old days...too many people live here now! And they need to slow down!!! It's NOT Cherry Hill.”

Tina Horton Camp wrote “It's about time! Just a shame it has to take so many fatalities for a traffic light to even be considered!”

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Atlantic County Sheriff report for Egg Harbor Township, April-May

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Written by Laura Stetser Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:00 pm

Atlantic County Sheriff Report Atlantic County Sheriff Report

Sheriff Frank Balles has announced that the following arrests were made recently by members of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office.  Those with information on the whereabouts of persons who are wanted by this agency, call 609-909-7200.

  Zandra K. Kiesel, 40, of Egg Harbor Township was arrested April 21 in Egg Harbor Township by Sgt. Linda Amos and Detective Matthew Poupard on a Superior Court bench warrant.

 Sean Evans, 42, of Egg Harbor Township was arrested April 24 in Atlantic City by Officer Victor Guadalupe on a nonsupport warrant.

 Christopher M. Sage, 27, of Egg Harbor Township was arrested April 24 in Egg Harbor Township by Detective Christen Mulholland and Officer Stephen Jinks on a Superior Court bench warrant and a municipal warrant issued by Somers Point.

Read more: Atlantic County Sheriff report for Egg Harbor Township, April-May

 

Letter: Withholding college letters due to contract dispute hurts students

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Written by Sharon L. Gaskill Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:39 am

Withholding college letters due to contract dispute hurts students Withholding college letters due to contract dispute hurts students To the editor:

As a parent of three children in the Egg Harbor Township School District, let me begin by saying that I have personally witnessed some great teaching. And I am so grateful to the outstanding teachers by whom my children have had the privilege of being educated. To those teachers I say a resounding, “Thank you.”

My daughter, who is entering her senior year at Egg Harbor Township High School in the fall, came home last week and told me that her teacher told the class they would not be writing college recommendation letters without a settled union contract. She told me that she has heard this same scenario from many of her friends about their teachers as well.

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