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D-Day hero shares his story with grateful admirers

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Thursday, June 26, 2014 09:58 am

Charlie Pritchard / Peter Fantacone shares his D-Day experience with interested admirers at the Atlantic County Library in Mays Landing June 23. Charlie Pritchard / Peter Fantacone shares his D-Day experience with interested admirers at the Atlantic County Library in Mays Landing June 23.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Peter Fantacone recently returned from a visit to France. This was not a routine vacation for the 88-year-old who resides in the Oaks of Weymouth.

Instead, he was there to help commemorate the 70th anniversary on June 6, of the Normandy invasion during which he played a pivotal role.

Fantacone shared his experience with a crowd of interested admirers in the Atlantic County Library in Mays Landing on June 23, by first showing a DVD that included scenes from the fateful day. The Radioman Second Class in the United States Navy then recounted the events leading up to and during the invasion. He served in a Coast Guard Flotilla on one of 18 landing craft infantry ships, or LCIs.

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One arrested, marijuana seized following Mays Landing car stop

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 26, 2014 09:06 am

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A 28-year-old Galloway man was arrested on marijuana charges Sunday, June 22, following a motor vehicle stop in the Woodlands Development in Mays Landing.

A vehicle driven by Daniel Patino-Baquero, 28, of Galloway was stopped by the Township of Hamilton Police Department at 7:15 p.m. for the driver failing to wear a seatbelt, police said. A backup officer observed marijuana in plain view on the floor of the passenger's side of the vehicle, and Patino-Baquero was arrested.

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Egg Harbor City Community School graduates 45 students

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Wednesday, June 25, 2014 09:23 am

Charlie Pritchard / Salutatorian Stephen Murphy Jr. tells his fellow graduates to try their best but not to be discouraged by the success of others.	Charlie Pritchard / Salutatorian Stephen Murphy Jr. tells his fellow graduates to try their best but not to be discouraged by the success of others. EGG HARBOR CITY- Family members and friends crowded into the Egg Harbor City Community School for the school’s commencement ceremony on Friday, June 20. A total of 45 students received their diplomas allowing them to advance to the high school level.

The school’s teacher of the year James Connelly implored the graduates to “be exceptional”. “Be exceptional in all you do as a student, as a spouse, as a parent, as a friend and as a professional,” he said. “This is only the first step on your educational journey. When you complete high school, learn a trade, start a business or go to college.”

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Egg Harbor City Community School Class of 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 25, 2014 09:19 am

Kenzie Aponte

Taylor R. Blaisdell

Rabiah Borhan

Anesty J. Campbell

Julian C. Connerton

Eriq Cruz, Jr.

Lesly Cruz

A’Zirah Dozier

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Early morning fire displaces Egg Harbor City family

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Wednesday, June 25, 2014 09:12 am

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway / An early morning fire 4 a.m. Sunday, June 22 in the 300 block of St. Louis Avenue has displaced a large family that had rented the home. Nanette LoBiondo Galloway / An early morning fire 4 a.m. Sunday, June 22 in the 300 block of St. Louis Avenue has displaced a large family that had rented the home. EGG HARBOR CITY – An early morning fire 4 a.m. Sunday, June 22 in the 300 block of St. Louis Avenue has displaced a large family that had rented the home.

The Watts family, according to Stefan Watts, Sr. is currently residing in a motel in Absecon thanks to support from the American Red Cross. However, that assistance is due to run out this Saturday.

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Shaner students earn state recognition

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Wednesday, June 25, 2014 09:06 am

Charlie Pritcahrd / Shaner School Principal Daniel Cartwright and Project Chairperson Jayne Carmen unveil a banner in recognition of the students’ achievement. Charlie Pritcahrd / Shaner School Principal Daniel Cartwright and Project Chairperson Jayne Carmen unveil a banner in recognition of the students’ achievement.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Joseph C. Shaner Elementary School students annually participate in the Leukemia Society’s Pasta for Pennies program that serves as the school’s annual service project.

This year the students raised $7,396.19, the third-highest among the state’s 700 schools that participated in the program.

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Valedictorians headline ACIT graduation ceremony (Slideshow)

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Wednesday, June 25, 2014 08:54 am

Charlie Pritchard / The three valedictorians, Justin Gavin, Amber Evans and Stanimir Genov deliver their speech to their fellow graduates and audience members. Charlie Pritchard / The three valedictorians, Justin Gavin, Amber Evans and Stanimir Genov deliver their speech to their fellow graduates and audience members.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The Atlantic County Institute of Technology has long been considered a unique educational institution. In numerous ways, the graduation ceremony held on Tuesday, June 24 emphasized that designation. It began with the top 10 graduates being raised by an elevated lift onto the stage from below to the theme from “Rocky” as well as the applause from the audience.

During Superintendent Philip Guenther’s remarks to the students, their families and friends, the giant screen on the stage of the school’s performing arts center showed a student who was unable to attend the ceremony. That student, Aracelis Salce, is a member of the school’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. She attended the ceremony via Skype because as the winner of a gold medal in the state’s Skills USA competition, Salce is in Kansas City for the national competition. She told her fellow students how much she loved them and wished them all the best as they move on to their next level.

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Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show coming to Hamilton Mall

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:43 am

The Hamilton Mall Kids Club will host a Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28. The Hamilton Mall Kids Club will host a Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – ­The Hamilton Mall Kids Club will host a Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

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Contents of iconic Main Street hardware store up for auction Wednesday

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Written by Charlie Pritchard Monday, June 23, 2014 11:49 pm

Charlie Pritchard/The contents and fixtures of the Main Street Hardware Store, formerly known as Hand Hardware, will be sold at a public auction Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Charlie Pritchard/The contents and fixtures of the Main Street Hardware Store, formerly known as Hand Hardware, will be sold at a public auction Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The entire contents of the Main Street Hardware Store at 6016 Main St. in Mays Landing, including inventory and fixtures, will be sold at a public auction on Wednesday, June 25. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. with inspections available starting at 9 a.m.

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Field Day at Spragg School

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 23, 2014 11:57 am

Students from Ms. Garcia’s class, Julio Martinez, Rasheed Cates and Jasiah Fuqua, enjoy a moment in the kids bounce ride. Students from Ms. Garcia’s class, Julio Martinez, Rasheed Cates and Jasiah Fuqua, enjoy a moment in the kids bounce ride. The Charles L. Spragg School in Egg Harbor City held their annual Field Day on June 16. Students enjoyed a variety of activities coordinated by Charles Core, physical education teacher, including tug of war, flag tag, football toss, sponge race, potato sack and egg race, and water balloon toss.

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