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    Former professional basketball player Chris Herren relays his anti-drug message to parents and high school students Wednesday, March 4 at the Jordan Road School.

    SOMERS POINT – Former NBA player Chris Herren delivered a powerful message to parents and high school students gathered Wednesday evening in the Jordan Road School cafeteria.
    Herren, a former Fresno State basketball star who went on to play for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, shared…

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    The 3 on 3 tournaments feature high school boys and girls teams. From left are JoJo Schallus, 16, from MRHS, Nicole Piergross, 16, of Ocean City, Brielle Clarke, 16, from Absegami and Megan Stafford, 16, from MRHS.
    NORTHFIELD — Multiple myeloma took Coach Dave Lewis in 2008 but the lessons he taught along the way have not been forgotten by…

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    LINWOOD—When a school returns a second year with state championship hardware, that is an accomplishment. Make it a three-peat and other schools really take notice. But four years in a row? That just might be dominance.

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    Gateway Theater, Bay Ave. Somers Point

    SOMERS POINT—The show will go on thanks to more than $500,000 in grants, plans to complete the renovation of the Gateway Theater on Bay Avenue will move forward. Mayor Jack Glasser said he feels it will be an economic engine for Bay Avenue and the arts in Somers Point.

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    LINWOOD – The Board of School Estimate presented a $14,070,612 preliminary budget Monday, March 2 that if approved would raise the local school tax 4.4 cents per $100 of assessed property value. It was anticipated that the board would adopt at the budget at its Wednesday, March 4 meeting, after this newspaper’s deadline.
    The proposed 2015-2016 spending plan is $159,854 lower than the current year. Reasons cited for the rate increase are a drop in ratables, anticipation of flat state aid, higher health care costs, a 2.6 percent salary increase to teachers, and less fund…

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Dave’s Day is a slam dunk

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Saturday, March 28, 2015 12:00 am

Linwood United Methodist Church Praise Team performs ‘Blessing’ for the crowd gathered in the cafetorium. Standing are, from left, Emily Lewis, Chris Yard, Dana Solano and David Lewis. Natalie Cruz is on drums. Linwood United Methodist Church Praise Team performs ‘Blessing’ for the crowd gathered in the cafetorium. Standing are, from left, Emily Lewis, Chris Yard, Dana Solano and David Lewis. Natalie Cruz is on drums.

 

NORTHFIELD — The seventh annual Dave’s Day in memory of Coach Dave Lewis was the best attended yet, according to Marty Cortellessa.

More teams signed up for the 3-on-3 basketball games and for the morning clinics. The cafetorium was filled with people having lunch from the snack bar and listening to stage performances.

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Mainland area Easter egg hunts

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Written by staff reports Friday, March 27, 2015 03:27 pm

Check out this weekends Easter egg hunts Check out this weekends Easter egg hunts
The Northfield Mothers League is holding their annual Easter egg hunt beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28 near the bandstand at Birch Grove Park. The Easter bunny will be there to greet the Northfield children ages 2 through 10. Children should bring their own basket and be accompanied by a parent.

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Designer bag bingo

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Written by staff reports Friday, March 27, 2015 02:56 pm


The Somers Point Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is having a designer bag bingo Saturday, March 28. The cost is $35 for 16 games. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese auction.  Fire House #2 on New York Ave. across from City Hall.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Call Connie for information; 609-457-0907.

 

Disney classic 'Beauty and the Beast' at Northfield Community School

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 27, 2015 02:00 pm

Helping narrate Beauty and the Beast are from left Cici Bushay, Julia Lonkart, Siera Troiano and Addie Engle. Helping narrate Beauty and the Beast are from left Cici Bushay, Julia Lonkart, Siera Troiano and Addie Engle.

NORTHFIELD—A tale as old as time is coming to the stage at the Northfield Community School when the curtain goes up on the drama club production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29. 

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Previti to stay at Mainland through June 2016

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 27, 2015 11:22 am

LINWOOD — The Mainland Regional Board of Education voted unanimously Monday, March 16 to offer Robert Previti another year at the helm of the school district. Previti, 61, has served as interim superintendent since July 1, 2014 when Tom Baruffi retired as superintendent.

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Mainland wins New Jersey mock trial competition

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, March 25, 2015 02:33 pm

NEW BRUNSWICK – Mainland Regional High School emerged victorious from the courtroom at the New Jersey Law Center winning the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition. The Mainland squad defeated West Morris Mendhan High School of Morris County.

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Charter-Tech presents creepy, kooky ‘The Addams Family’

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, March 25, 2015 01:10 pm

Showing off their dance steps are, in the foreground from left, Haley Cohen of Galloway, who plays Morticia; Bobby LeMaire of Cape May Court House as Gomez; and Justin Gaskill of Somers Point as Uncle Fester. Behind them are the ancestors – Dorothy on the left played by Samantha Grizky of Dorothy, and another ancestor played by Mykhara Robinson of Atlantic City on the right.  Showing off their dance steps are, in the foreground from left, Haley Cohen of Galloway, who plays Morticia; Bobby LeMaire of Cape May Court House as Gomez; and Justin Gaskill of Somers Point as Uncle Fester. Behind them are the ancestors – Dorothy on the left played by Samantha Grizky of Dorothy, and another ancestor played by Mykhara Robinson of Atlantic City on the right.

SOMERS POINT – Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts opened a new musical last weekend, “The Addams Family,” which continues Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28.

The show was created by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who brought “Jersey Boys” to the stage. The duo takes Morticia and Gomez Addams and their eccentric relatives and gives them a new script put to music.

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Overnight fire at Somers Point Village Apartments

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, March 22, 2015 12:27 pm

SOMERS POINT—An overnight fire at the Somers Point Village Apartments on Somers Point Mays Landing Road sent two to Shore Medical Center and displaced 30 residents. One apartment resident jumped from a second story window to escape the flames.

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Northfield Mothers League is serving up the meatballs for a good cause

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 20, 2015 06:00 am

These ladies can really dish it out. Members of the Northfield Mothers League serving up dinner at the annual event are, from left, Mary Canesi, Jamie Russo, Jacqueline Dewees, Jennifer Cook, Jennifer Kelly and Nancy Berranato. These ladies can really dish it out. Members of the Northfield Mothers League serving up dinner at the annual event are, from left, Mary Canesi, Jamie Russo, Jacqueline Dewees, Jennifer Cook, Jennifer Kelly and Nancy Berranato.

NORTHFIELD—The cafeteria was filled with families enjoying good Italian food for a great cause Wednesday, March 11 at the Northfield Mothers League’s annual spaghetti dinner held at the Northfield Community School.  Volunteers manned the serving line, helped with drinks, salads and homemade desserts at the popular event.

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Mainland Regional High School presents Les Miserables

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, March 17, 2015 06:00 pm

Seniors Josh Ludwig, left as Jean Valjean and Andrew Lavery as Javert are enemies in Les Miserables, opening Thursday at MRHS. Seniors Josh Ludwig, left as Jean Valjean and Andrew Lavery as Javert are enemies in Les Miserables, opening Thursday at MRHS.

LINWOOD—Thursday night the curtain will go up on Les Miserables at Mainland Regional High School, one of the most popular musicals of all time. A grand undertaking for a high school drama department the musical is based on a grand tale, the 1862 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo.
Jean Valjean, played by senior Josh Ludwig of Northfield, is the central character to the story. He is sent to jail for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread.

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Linwood sisters indicted in theft of $2.7M from elderly clients

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Written by Staff Report Tuesday, March 17, 2015 03:11 pm

Five indicted for conspiracy, money laundering, deception and hindering apprehension. Five indicted for conspiracy, money laundering, deception and hindering apprehension. 3 others including doctor also charged 

TRENTON – The owner of an Atlantic County in-home senior care company and her sister were indicted March 16 on first-degree charges of conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly conspiring to steal millions of dollars from a dozen elderly clients, acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Tuesday.

Jan Van Holt, 58, and her sister Sondra Steen, 59, both of Linwood, were indicted by a state grand jury. Holt was the owner of A Better Choice, a company that offered elderly clients in-home “life care and legal financial planning,” and her sister was an employee.

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Mainland Memoriam Act moves forward in Assembly UPDATED

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, March 16, 2015 02:52 pm


Legislation to promote driver safety in memory of four Mainland Regional High School students who died in a tragic SUV accident in Aug. 20, 2011, has moved a step closer to passage. Sponsored by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, A-3276, better known as the “Mainland Memorial Act” is to increase new drivers understanding of the automobile laws and boost awareness of the New Jersey Graduated Drivers License program.

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Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point police blotter, edition of March 12, 2015

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 16, 2015 09:53 am

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

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LEF gala to honor Linwood couple, Seaview computer teacher

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:00 am

Joe and Allison Molineaux will be honored at the sixth annual LEF gala at Linwood Country Club March 21. Joe and Allison Molineaux will be honored at the sixth annual LEF gala at Linwood Country Club March 21.

LINWOOD — The Linwood Education Foundation is in the final planning of its annual gala set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at the Linwood Country Club. The fundraiser is the foundation's biggest event of the season, and it recognizes supporters who have a continued commitment to the organization and the children of the Linwood School District.

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Best of the bee

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 13, 2015 06:03 pm

NCS Middle School language arts teacher Lisa Carlton, left, and student teacher Kate Muldoon, right, stand with, from left, spelling bee champ Camille O’Halloran, second-place finisher Chris Vandenberg and third-place finisher Gianna Smith.  NCS Middle School language arts teacher Lisa Carlton, left, and student teacher Kate Muldoon, right, stand with, from left, spelling bee champ Camille O’Halloran, second-place finisher Chris Vandenberg and third-place finisher Gianna Smith.

NORTHFIELD – Seventh-grade language arts teacher Lisa Carlton and student teacher Kate Muldoon coordinated the annual spelling bee at the Northfield Community Middle School Feb. 25.
The students competed through five rounds before it came down to the word “samurai,” which was spelled correctly by eighth-grader Camille O’Halloran. The second-place speller was Christopher Vandenberg, and eighth-grader Gianna Smith came in third.

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Newman sworn in as acting police chief

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 13, 2015 03:30 pm

Newman sworn in as acting police chief Newman sworn in as acting police chief

Mayor Erland Chau performed a ceremonial swearing-in of acting Police Chief Paul Newman at the City Council meeting Tuesday, March 10. The official swearing-in took place just after midnight March 1, when the retirement of former Chief Colin Hickey was final. Here, Chau shakes hands with Newman, who is joined by his wife, Kim, and their sons Jack and Patrick.

   

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