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Santa’s Free Toyshop wrapping up for the year; starting next year’s collection

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Written by Steve Prisament Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:15 pm

Ginny and Phil Andersen of Galloway with some of the items they donated. They are already shopping for next year’s Santa’s Free Toyshop. Ginny and Phil Andersen of Galloway with some of the items they donated. They are already shopping for next year’s Santa’s Free Toyshop. GALLOWAY – Santa’s Free Toyshop is only open three weeks a year, but for a number of people it’s a year-round project.

The toyshop accepts donations of new or gently used toys on two dropoff days in December.

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‘Erratic driver’ faces child endangerment charge

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Written by STAFF Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:24 am

‘Erratic driver’ faces child endangerment charge ‘Erratic driver’ faces child endangerment charge GALLOWAY – A local woman was accused of driving while intoxicated with a small child in the vehicle as well as a stash of cocaine Monday, Dec. 8.

At 9:15 p.m. Galloway police received a 911 call about an erratic driver in the area of Route 30 and Cologne Avenue. 

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Santa fires up Galloway youth as he arrives by tanker

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Written by Steve Prisament Wednesday, December 10, 2014 09:50 am

Galloway substitute teachers Stephanie Street, left, and Amanda Bruffy place signs to make sure everyone knows where to find Santa. Galloway substitute teachers Stephanie Street, left, and Amanda Bruffy place signs to make sure everyone knows where to find Santa.

GALLOWAY – The ladder truck is out for repairs, so Santa did the next best thing – he arrived at the Colonial Inn in Historic Smithville on a tanker truck – escorted by members of three volunteer fire departments – Oceanville, Bayview and Pomona.

Dozens of children and parents, grandparents and guardians joined in the welcome Friday, Dec. 5.

Before Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived, life-size characters – including a couple from Disney’s newest hit, “Frozen,” met the youngsters who braved a drizzly night.

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Madison Grohman sparks Port Republic’s holiday season

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Written by Steve Prisament Wednesday, December 10, 2014 08:56 am

Mayor Gary Giberson with essay contest winner Madison Grohman at the Port Republic tree lighting ceremony. Mayor Gary Giberson with essay contest winner Madison Grohman at the Port Republic tree lighting ceremony.

PORT REPUBLIC – The 10-year-old winner of a Veterans Day essay contest got to light up the party Thursday Dec. 4 – plugging in the city’s Christmas tree while throngs romped in the fields, drank hot chocolate and parried for position to talk to Santa Claus.

Madison Grohman, daughter of Mari-len and Michael Grohman said she won the honor based on what she wrote in her fifth grade class at the Port Republic School.

“I wrote about the veterans,” Grohman said. “They do so much for all of us.”

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Stockton report: casino figures high just before closings

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Written by STAFF Tuesday, December 09, 2014 11:01 am

Stockton report: casino figures high just before closings Stockton report: casino figures high just before closings

Atlantic City Tourism Performance Indicators (AC-TPI) released by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Richard Stockton College Tuesday, Dec. 9 show the entertainment, dining and hotel segments of the market experienced “mixed results in the third quarter,” with a strong summer performance giving way to declining numbers in September following the closing of three casinos.

The LIGHT report focuses on three key metrics:  the Atlantic City luxury tax which reflects the level of resort entertainment spending, the Atlantic City casino parking fee which reflects transportation levels and spending, and the Atlantic County hotel occupancy fee which reflects overnight tourist spending on accommodations.

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Absegami GAA ends canned food drive

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Written by STAFF Tuesday, December 09, 2014 09:38 am

Students in Greg Rynkiewicz’s homeroom 409 who collected the most cans - 839. Students in Greg Rynkiewicz’s homeroom 409 who collected the most cans - 839. The Absegami Girls Athletic Association sponsored its annual canned food drive, with items being donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey Southern Branch in Egg Harbor Township. 

Homerooms participated. Greg Rynkiewicz’s homeroom 409 collected the most cans -  839 in all.

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Yogo Factory backs Arthur Rann

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Written by STAFF Monday, December 08, 2014 04:51 pm

Arthur Rann Elementary School ... home of the Dragons. Arthur Rann Elementary School ... home of the Dragons.

GALLOWAY – Yogo Factory is helping raise money for the Arthur Rann Elementary School with a see-Santa promotion 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

Patrons get a free visit with Santa with any Yogo purchase.

The self-service frozen yogurt café will host a free craft table provided by LiveRight Naturally. Santa will also be passing out sweets provided by Risley Square.

Yogo Factory is at 319 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. Call 609-748-9646.

 

Galloway tree lighting put off until Friday

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Written by Steve Prisament Monday, December 08, 2014 01:59 pm

Galloway tree lighting put off until Friday Galloway tree lighting put off until Friday GALLOWAY – The township tree lighting has been cancelled until Friday.

The resumption of an old Galloway tradition was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 – following a weekend of Christmas activities run by Galloway Community Services.

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Characters roll at Renault buffet

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Written by STAFF Monday, December 08, 2014 12:45 pm

Erin, 4, left, and Emily Downey, 5, meet Elsa and Anna from Disney's ‘Frozen.’ Erin, 4, left, and Emily Downey, 5, meet Elsa and Anna from Disney's ‘Frozen.’

Galloway had its usual sold-out two seatings for breakfast where young and old could feel the warmth of the characters from the Disney movie, “Frozen” Saturday, Dec. 6 at Renault Winery.

Elsa, Anna and Olaf joined an already established cast that has amused Gallowayans for years – including the headliners, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

The breakfasts are hosted by Galloway Community Services.

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Murphy writing programs join Stockton

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Written by STAFF Monday, December 08, 2014 10:49 am

Peter Murphy Peter Murphy

GALLOWAY - Richard Stockton College will be offering getaway programs to help writers develop their craft through a new entity, Murphy Writing of Stockton College.

Murphy Writing, founded by Stockton adjunct instructor and alumni Peter Murphy in 1994, has partnered with the college on more than 10 programs since 2012, and now will be housed under the School of General Studies.

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Four for the road

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Written by STAFF Sunday, December 07, 2014 11:46 am

Assumption students prepare for diocese-wide choir performance Saturday, Dec. 6. Assumption students prepare for diocese-wide choir performance Saturday, Dec. 6.

Students Melissa Ledwold, Connor Lescrinier, Emma O'Beirne and Gianna Reinhold represented Assumption Regional Catholic School at the Celtic Twilight Christmas Choir performance Saturday, Dec. 6. They joined with students from elementary schools throughout the diocese to form a joint ensemble.

They’ll also be part of the Assumption Christmas Pageant 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 in the Church of the Assumption. 

 

Assumption students of the month

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Written by STAFF Sunday, December 07, 2014 11:42 am

Students of the month hold up certificates. Students of the month hold up certificates.

Assumption Regional Catholic School has named its student of the month winners for November.

They are  Michael Leichtnam and Kasey Cramer, pre-K;  Jonah Vidro and Julia Marigliano, kindergarten;  Andre Stewart and Alexander Gall, first grade; Liam Colangelo and Gwen Amalfitano, second grade;  Ryan Batt and Raymond Varner, third grade;  Chloe Cooke and Hailey Mastro, fourth grade; Olivia Catalina and Nathan Vekteris, fifth grade; Hannah Kerper, sixth grade; Thomas Finan, seventh grade; and Ashley Matos, eighth grade.

Students are honored for “their Christ-like works for kindness.”

   

Deer breaks into Galloway home; causes cosmetic damage in master bath

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Written by STAFF Sunday, December 07, 2014 11:06 am

The deer eyes the cosmetics with raised eyebrows. The deer eyes the cosmetics with raised eyebrows.

GALLOWAY – Good home cooking is apparently a big attraction for wild deer.

A Northampton Road woman called police around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 saying that a deer burst through the front door and ran into her house while she was putting her sweet potatoes in the oven.

She said she followed the deer into the back of the house and was able to lock it in her master bathroom before calling police.

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Historic Galloway: Madame Sara Spencer Washington

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Written by SARAH SNOW Friday, December 05, 2014 03:34 pm

Madame Sara Spencer Washington Madame Sara Spencer Washington  GALLOWAY - Welcome to Historic Galloway, our weekly feature that looks back through Galloway Township history.

Each week, we get a chance to learn or reminisce, courtesy of Sarah Snow, librarian for the Galloway Township Historical Society, who shares early photos and items with our readers online and in print.

Madame Sara Spencer Washington was born in Beckley, Va., June 6, 1889.

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Stockton mission: help talented transition

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Written by STAFF Friday, December 05, 2014 11:07 am

GALLOWAY – Richard Stockton College signed an agreement Wednesday, Dec. 3 to become a member of the American Honors Transfer Network which helps talented students at select community colleges transition to four-year schools.

The American Honors program is offered at two schools in New Jersey: Mercer County Community College and Union County College, and is currently available at five other community colleges around the United States.

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Stockton-Wetlands Institute plan collaborations

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Written by STAFF Thursday, December 04, 2014 02:45 pm

Susan Allen / Stockton  --  From left, Lisa Ferguson, director of research and conservation at the Wetlands Institute; Lenore Tedesco, Wetlands Institute executive director; Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. and Anne Galli, secretary of institute’s Board of Trustees, participate in the signing of the agreement that will allow the two institutions to expand their collaboration on education and research programs. Susan Allen / Stockton -- From left, Lisa Ferguson, director of research and conservation at the Wetlands Institute; Lenore Tedesco, Wetlands Institute executive director; Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. and Anne Galli, secretary of institute’s Board of Trustees, participate in the signing of the agreement that will allow the two institutions to expand their collaboration on education and research programs. GALLOWAY - The Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor and Richard Stockton College agreed Wednesday, Dec. 4 to collaborate on a wide variety of educational and research programs using the facilities of both institutions.

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