• Middle Township Gazette

    MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – The state began a project to add centerline rumble strips to Route 47 earlier this month, and a state official said this week that the work should be finished by month’s end.

    “Approximately 24 miles of roadway will have rumble strips added between Dias Creek Road and Route 55,” said Stephen Schapiro, a state Department of Transportation spokesman. “The estimated cost of this work is approximately $100,000.”

  • Mainland Current

    Mainland senior Katie Carr of Northfield discusses her essay plans and neuroscience as a major with admissions counselor John Yi of Yale University in the library Monday, Sept. 15. LINWOOD – Just the mention of college admission essays can be enough to rattle even the most dedicated upperclassmen.

    Nathan Lichtenwalner, director of guidance at Mainland Regional High School, said the college essay can be a stumbling block…

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    Robert Webb, a Navy man for more than three decades, thanks former City Councilman Steve Vain for his help in pushing forward with work plans at the park.

    NORTHFIELD – More than 30 people visited Veterans Park on Oak Avenue Sunday afternoon to remember the special veterans in their lives.
    According to park committee member Steve Vain, there have been some improvements to the park of late. The…

  • Mainland Current

    Somers Point Firefighters and city officials line the sidewalk in front of the fire trucks at the city’s annual 9/11 Remembrance ceremony at Patriots Park Thursday morning.

    SOMERS POINT—The flags snapped in the breeze as the veterans present snapped their salute to the flag at the 9/11 ceremony at Patriot’s Park Thursday morning. It was a scene that was played out in small towns and big cities across…

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Assembly panel Ok’s legislation to train the struggling unemployed

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Written by Staff Report Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:41 pm

Already approved by the NJ Assembly Commerce Committee, an Assembly panel on Thursday, Sept. 18 advanced legislation to help train and equip the struggling unemployed with the skills necessary to find work in new industries.

Assembly Bill (A-3021) directs the Secretary of Higher Education – in consultation with the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, the county colleges, county vocational school districts, and the Adult Education-High School Equivalency Office in the Department of Education – to design and implement a pilot program to help eligible adults obtain a career or technical certificate on an accelerated schedule in order to enter or re-enter the workforce.

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College panel gives Mainland students pointers on writing admission essays

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, September 17, 2014 07:00 pm

Mainland senior Katie Carr of Northfield discusses her essay plans and neuroscience as a major with admissions counselor John Yi of Yale University in the library Monday, Sept. 15. Mainland senior Katie Carr of Northfield discusses her essay plans and neuroscience as a major with admissions counselor John Yi of Yale University in the library Monday, Sept. 15. LINWOOD – Just the mention of college admission essays can be enough to rattle even the most dedicated upperclassmen.

Nathan Lichtenwalner, director of guidance at Mainland Regional High School, said the college essay can be a stumbling block for students. He spent time over the summer organizing a few programs that he hopes will translate into success for students.

The first component was a college essay panel presented Monday morning, Sept. 15 presented by three college admissions counselors.

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Veterans Park has a new look

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, September 17, 2014 04:22 pm

Robert Webb, a Navy man for more than three decades, thanks former City Councilman Steve Vain for his help in pushing forward with work plans at the park. Robert Webb, a Navy man for more than three decades, thanks former City Councilman Steve Vain for his help in pushing forward with work plans at the park.

NORTHFIELD – More than 30 people visited Veterans Park on Oak Avenue Sunday afternoon to remember the special veterans in their lives.
According to park committee member Steve Vain, there have been some improvements to the park of late. The committee hired Notaro Construction and Hardscaping to make improvements that include shrubs, rocks and space for an additional 200 memorial bricks honoring veterans.
All of the work was paid for through contributions.

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Traffic advisory Mill and Fire roads

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Written by staff reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:01 pm


An alternating lane traffic pattern will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18, on Mill Road  between Mazza Drive in Northfield and Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township for utility work related to the county’s Fire and Mill road intersection improvement project.
Motorists are advised to proceed with caution through the construction area and plan travel time accordingly.
For more information about this project, visit www.aclink.org/planning.

   

Remembering POW/MIA’s

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Written by staff reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 09:25 am

SOMERS POINT - The Somers Point Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 228 will hold a candlelight remembrance service at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, POW/MIA Remembrance Day at Patriot Park in Somers Point. The names of the local POW/MIA’s will be read and a flag will plant a flag in each soldiers honor along with a glow stick. The community is encouraged to attend this event. For more information; VVA chapter 228 President Bill Pettek 609-432-3255. 

Patriots Park is located at the confluence of Bethel Road and First Avenue.

 

Politicians point to crumbling state of Atlantic County bridges

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, September 12, 2014 02:17 pm

Democrats Steve Sweeney, Colin Bell and Vince Mazzeo on the Somers Point-Mays Landing Road Friday morning to point out the deficiencies of the circa 1967 bridge. Democrats Steve Sweeney, Colin Bell and Vince Mazzeo on the Somers Point-Mays Landing Road Friday morning to point out the deficiencies of the circa 1967 bridge. SOMERS POINT – The bridge on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road that divides Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township was the focus of a press conference Friday, Sept. 12 called by state Senate President Steven Sweeney of Cumberland County, Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell and state Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo of Northfield. 

Sweeney said the bridge – built in 1967 and known locally as the Jobs Point bridge – is one of the worst in the state, and called for its repair. 

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Somers Point remembers and reflects on Sept. 11

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, September 11, 2014 05:32 pm

Somers Point Firefighters and city officials line the sidewalk in front of the fire trucks at the city’s annual 9/11 Remembrance ceremony at Patriots Park Thursday morning. Somers Point Firefighters and city officials line the sidewalk in front of the fire trucks at the city’s annual 9/11 Remembrance ceremony at Patriots Park Thursday morning.

SOMERS POINT—The flags snapped in the breeze as the veterans present snapped their salute to the flag at the 9/11 ceremony at Patriot’s Park Thursday morning. It was a scene that was played out in small towns and big cities across the country as Americans remember the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the plane crash in a rural town in Pennsylvania rocked our nation 13 years ago.

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Family of Mainland freshman ask for your prayers

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Written by staff reports Thursday, September 11, 2014 02:06 pm

MRHS Mainland freshman, Brianna Gansert has been taken to CHOP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, according to a post on the Mainland Regional Community Partnership Facebook page.

According to the post, Gansert’s mother, Jennifer has taken a leave from her job to be with Brianna while she undergoes treatment for a serious illness. The Gansert family is asking for the community to keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

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Utts enters Northfield mayoral race

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, September 10, 2014 04:42 pm

Paul Utts, Northfield Democratic candidate for mayor. Paul Utts, Northfield Democratic candidate for mayor. NORTHFIELD – It went down to the wire, but the ballot is set for the Nov. 4 general election after Paul Utts, 58, the president of the Northfield Democratic Club, stepped forward and entered the race for mayor. 

Utts replaces candidate Jason O’Grady, who withdraw from the race because a new employment opportunity required him to relocate to California.

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Deployed now employed with Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:29 pm

Deployed veterans are sworn in as Atlantic County Sheriff Officers Sept. 9 in Northfield. Deployed veterans are sworn in as Atlantic County Sheriff Officers Sept. 9 in Northfield. NORTHFIELD - Sheriff Frank X. Balles administered the oath of office Tuesday, Sept. 9 to 11 officers who will start training at the Atlantic County Police Academy this week.

The new officers are all veterans who have been deployed overseas on at least one tour of duty, he said at the swearing-in, which took place at a meeting of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Saying goodbye to Aisling Cooke in Linwood

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, September 09, 2014 04:00 pm

Hundreds fill the church to capacity at a concelebrated funeral mass for 14-year old Aisling Cooke at Our Lady of Sorrows in Linwood, Monday, Sept. 8. Hundreds fill the church to capacity at a concelebrated funeral mass for 14-year old Aisling Cooke at Our Lady of Sorrows in Linwood, Monday, Sept. 8. LINWOOD—Hundreds filled Our Lady of Sorrows Church to capacity Monday morning to say a final good bye to 14-year old Aisling Brigid Cooke. Many dabbed their eyes as the organ played “Here I am Lord” and she was remembered by her friends and family. 

They talked about a young lady who loved to be with her family and her friends, was a good musician and a tenacious and fast soccer player who aspired to be a varsity player in her freshman year that would have begun just two days after her passing. Bagpipes followed the remembrances.

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Letter: Post Crashers’ help is much appreciated

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Written by Opinion Monday, September 08, 2014 02:06 pm

Letter: Post Crashers’ help is much appreciated Letter: Post Crashers’ help is much appreciated To the editor:

I have been the commander of the Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295 for the last nine months. Like many Legion posts across the nation, the membership is mostly World War II and Korean War veterans who are aging. We have 50 members, and at 60 years old, I am the second youngest.

We have one man who was a tail gunner on a B-29; he has been a member of the Legion for 70 years. But we now have a building which is old and badly in need of repairs and maintenance because our aging members just haven't been able to keep up with it over the years.

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All smiles at annual Good Ol Days Festival

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Written by Chelsea White Monday, September 08, 2014 10:25 am

Michelle Hill of Galloway shops around with her children, from left, Sophia, 3; Marissa, 15; Ryan, 17; Morgan, 5; and Melanie, 12. Michelle Hill of Galloway shops around with her children, from left, Sophia, 3; Marissa, 15; Ryan, 17; Morgan, 5; and Melanie, 12. The sounds of live music and smells of burgers and hot dogs on the grill filled Kennedy Park Saturday Sept. 6 at Somers Point’s 36th annual Good Ol Days Festival.

In the day’s heat, the park was packed with adults and children who shopped the vendors’ tents, played games to win prizes and checked out the classic car show. 

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Somers Point school board choses new superintendent

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 11:16 am

SOMERS POINT – After a search that lasted most of the summer, the Somers Point Board of Education Tuesday night chose Frank Vogel, superintendent of the Wenonah School District ini Gloucester County, as its new superintendent.

Vogel, a resident of Burlington County, has served as the superintendent of the Wenonah district for the past eight years. The Somers Point school board voted unanimously – with two abstentions due to conflict of interest – to appoint Vogel to a five-year term.  He is tentatively expected to officially take the position in December.

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Linwood council lauds local lax team

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, September 05, 2014 11:11 am

Suzanne Marino / Members of the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Club join coach Alex Marino, left, Chris Kaczmarski and Councilman Tim Tighe, far right, at the City Council meeting Aug. 13. Suzanne Marino / Members of the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Club join coach Alex Marino, left, Chris Kaczmarski and Councilman Tim Tighe, far right, at the City Council meeting Aug. 13.

LINWOOD – Council congratulated the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Club eighth-grade team Aug. 13 for completing a successful season.

The team went undefeated with a 14-0 season and brought home the Jersey Shore Youth Lacrosse League championship.

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Mainland community comes together in grief

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, September 04, 2014 10:55 am

MRHS Principal Mark Marrone leads the soccer team at the end of a candlelight vigil in honor of incoming Mainland freshman Aisling Cooke who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries sustained in a three-car accident Saturday morning. MRHS Principal Mark Marrone leads the soccer team at the end of a candlelight vigil in honor of incoming Mainland freshman Aisling Cooke who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries sustained in a three-car accident Saturday morning.

LINWOOD – The stadium was filled, and the overflow crowd gathered along the fence of the Mustang Corral at Mainland Regional High School Wednesday evening to honor and celebrate the life of incoming freshman Aisling Cooke, 14, who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries suffered in a three-car accident Saturday morning.

Cooke, a soccer player, was with her teammates heading to a soccer tournament at St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland when their car was struck by another vehicle.

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