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Mays Landing couple travel to Canada

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 17, 2014 01:37 pm

Peggy and Bill Schmitz of Mays Landing visited the Halifax Citadel. Peggy and Bill Schmitz of Mays Landing visited the Halifax Citadel. Peggy and Bill Schmitz of Mays Landing visited the Halifax Citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while cruising aboard the Queen Mary II.

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Hamilton PTA sponsors school and community safety forum

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Charlie Pritchard / Following the panel discussion Mays Landing residents George Hassa and Alysia Bugdon visit the Atlantic County Emergency Management table staffed by Hazmat Specialist Nicole Benowitz and Deputy Atlantic County Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Conover. Charlie Pritchard / Following the panel discussion Mays Landing residents George Hassa and Alysia Bugdon visit the Atlantic County Emergency Management table staffed by Hazmat Specialist Nicole Benowitz and Deputy Atlantic County Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Conover. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – An audience comprised mainly of parents of Hamilton Township school students were on hand Tuesday evening at the Hess Educational Complex to listen to a wide variety of officials give their views on community and school safety.

The “Safety in our Community” was sponsored by the Hamilton Township Parent Teacher Association. It was moderated by Harvey Kesselman, Ph.D., a former Hamilton Township Committeeman and provost and executive vice president at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

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Gabe Castillo is Mr. Oakcrest 2014

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Saturday, March 15, 2014 04:39 pm

Charlie Pritchard /  All of the contestants take part in the opening dance number, which drew screams and applause from the near sellout audience. Charlie Pritchard / All of the contestants take part in the opening dance number, which drew screams and applause from the near sellout audience. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Ten contestants vied for the title of Mr. Oakcrest 2014 Friday, March 7 in the 24th installment of the annual event.

This year’s show was titled “Stay C14ssy, Oakcrest,” a play on Will Farrell’s nightly sign-off, “Stay classy San Diego,” in the film “Anchorman.”

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Capille crowned King of the Creek

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Written by Julie Hazard Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:00 am

Julie Hazzard / Winners in the King of the Creek contest are from left, most charitable Brandon Cheatham, King of the Creek 2014 Nick Capille, and Mr. Congeniality Gabe Cruz. Julie Hazzard / Winners in the King of the Creek contest are from left, most charitable Brandon Cheatham, King of the Creek 2014 Nick Capille, and Mr. Congeniality Gabe Cruz. EGG HARBOR CITY – Nick Capille was crowned King of the Creek Friday, March 7 at the Cedar Creek High School Student Council’s second annual contest.

The theme of this year’s competition was Hollywood. After a rousing opening number by all contestants, the seniors who participated were judged on swimwear, talent and formal wear, along with a short impromptu speaking session.

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Hamilton budget proposal calls for 3-cent rate increase

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Friday, March 14, 2014 09:51 am

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – At a special meeting held on Thursday, March 13 Hamilton Township Administrator Mike Jacobs presented the Township Committee with budget recommendations from the finance committee.

As presented, the 2014 budget would increase the exiting 73.87-cent property tax rate by 3 cents per $100 of assessed value. The main reason for the increase is a $650,542 loss in revenue due to tax appeals.  Currently for every 1 cent on the tax rate, $227,500 in revenue is generated for the municipality.

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Egg Harbor City man indicted on heroin trafficking, weapons charges

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 13, 2014 05:06 pm

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – An Egg Harbor City man has been indicted for weapons and drug-related offenses in connection with the sale of a stolen gun and heroin trafficking, according to Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain.

This week an Atlantic County grand jury indicted Ernest Collier, 19, in connection with two separate cases in which he allegedly distributed heroin and illegally sold a stolen firearm.

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Voters reject Greater Egg school projects

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:03 pm

Voters in three of the four municipalities in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District voted overwhelmingly Tuesday, March 11 to defeat a proposed $37 million school renovation bond referendum.

Only in Hamilton Township, the home of Oakcrest High School, which would have been the beneficiary of most of the improvements, did the proposal pass. But it was not nearly enough to overcome the numbers from the other three municipalities.

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Letter: GEHR referendum is a sound investment

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Written by Robert and Jane Fink Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:37 am

Letter to the editor Letter to the editor

To the editor:

As great-grandparents of school-age children in Oakcrest High School, we are excited about the proposed referendum at Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District.

We have studied the referendum and its costs, and have concluded that this is a sound investment for the children of the district that we are glad to support.

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Hess pool open for family and lap swimming

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Written by James Fitzpatrick Tuesday, March 11, 2014 09:22 am

The Hess pool is open for community swimming including family swim and lap nights. The Hess pool is open for community swimming including family swim and lap nights.  The Hess pool is open for community swimming including family swim and lap nights. Family swimming is offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $3 per person.

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Hamilton school board hears a range of budget options at special meeting

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Monday, March 10, 2014 05:13 pm

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The Hamilton Township Board of Education held a special meeting Saturday morning, March 8 to present several budget scenarios for the 2014-’15 school year.

The small audience that attended, comprised of school administrators, potentially affected employees and residents, was offered a package of budget documents that totaled 112 pages upon their entrance. That paperwork served as a pretext to a wide variety of budget scenarios that was to come.

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