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    NORTHFIELD – The Board of Education is considering whether to shorten spring break next year rather than extend the school year into the fourth week of June if more than four snow days are needed.
    The option was suggested by school board President Steve Wynne while the board was discussing the 2015-2016 school year calendar at its meeting Monday, Feb. 2.

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    Current Gates complex and rendering after planned renovations.

    SOMERS POINT – Jack Leonard, owner of the Streamwood Co. and developer of Bayview Court, the former Gates Apartments on Shore Road, presented his redevelopment plans for the circa 1960 complex to City Council Jan. 22.
    Leonard and his team – architect Scott Taylor of the Taylor Design Group, attorney Keith Davis of Nehmad, Perillo and Davis, and his son, Scott Leonard, regional manager for Streamwood – laid out plans that city officials hope will breathe new life into the…

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    The 1976-1979 women’s basketball team

    MAYS LANDING – The members of the 1976-1979 Atlantic…

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    Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo

    NORTHFIELD—Second District Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo is continuing to push a bill he sponsored that would allocate $85,000 to fund a consolidation feasibility study among the sending districts of Linwood, Northfield, Somers Point and Mainland Regional High School.

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Fire at Harbour Cove Marina in Somers Point

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, March 02, 2015 03:23 pm

Don Kravitz/The Somers Point Fire Company was called to the Harbour Cove Marina on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in response for a call into the station of a boat fire. Upon arriving on scene, the fire company found the boat known as the Land Ho engulfed in flames and billowing out thick grey smoke. Don Kravitz/The Somers Point Fire Company was called to the Harbour Cove Marina on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in response for a call into the station of a boat fire. Upon arriving on scene, the fire company found the boat known as the Land Ho engulfed in flames and billowing out thick grey smoke.

SOMERS POINT—Firefighters here put in a long day Friday, Feb. 27 as a second fire of the day had them on the waterfront battling a smoky boat fire at the Harbour Cove Marina.
Fire Marshall Lee Crossman said the call came in just before 2:30 p.m. that a boat in the water was billowing thick smoke and there were flames.

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Philadelphia Flower Show is a family event this year

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, March 02, 2015 03:03 pm

Welcome to the Philadelphia Flower Show Welcome to the Philadelphia Flower Show The Philadelphia Flower Show promises to be a pleasant alternative to wintery South Jersey and a day out for the entire family, including children. The theme for this year's event is inspired by the movies of Disney and Pixar. Waldor Orchids of Linwood has one of the largest displays, featuring the Disney movie, “Peter Pan,” complete with Capt. Hook, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

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Waldor brings ‘Peter Pan’ to life at the Philadelphia Flower Show

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, March 01, 2015 12:02 am

The bright orchids growN in the Waldor greenhouses in Linwood and will be sold at the Philadelphia Flower Show. They are among the biggest sellers at the show, said Walter Off. The bright orchids growN in the Waldor greenhouses in Linwood and will be sold at the Philadelphia Flower Show. They are among the biggest sellers at the show, said Walter Off.

LINWOOD — As winter bears down on the region, bringing record cold, orchid experts Walt, Bill and David Off of Waldor Orchids, along with their small staff, have been preparing for months to bring blasts of color and the tropics to the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show Feb. 28-March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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Somers Point fire sends one to burn unit

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, February 27, 2015 11:53 am

Somers Point Fire Chief Frank Denan talks about the blaze that destroyed on unit and displaced residents of 10 more Friday morning. Somers Point Fire Chief Frank Denan talks about the blaze that destroyed on unit and displaced residents of 10 more Friday morning.

SOMERS POINT—Firefighters battled a morning blaze at the Gates Apartment complex that sent one victim to the burn unit at Temple University and displaced the residents of 10 other apartments.

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Prom closet gives dresses a second chance to dance

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, February 26, 2015 06:00 pm

Morgan Walls, far right, and friends line up before last year’s prom at Mainland Regional High School. Morgan Walls, far right, and friends line up before last year’s prom at Mainland Regional High School.

LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High School prom is set for Saturday, May 30, and the next few weeks are prime season for dress hunting.
Morgan Walls, who graduated from Mainland in 2014, said she wanted to make sure that the Mustangs who come behind her don’t miss out on a chance to attend the prom because they can’t afford a dress or tuxedo.

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90-year-old cafeteria worker is a role model for students, staff

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, February 26, 2015 03:04 pm

Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry. Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry.

NORTHFIELD – Northfield Community School students and staff shared the love Tuesday, Feb. 24 and helped “lunch lady” Betty Chau celebrate her 90th birthday. The cafeteria worker with the perpetual smile was feted with birthday signs, hugs, and classes singing happy birthday during every lunch period.

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Mainland mock trial team wins South Jersey title, moves on to states

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, February 25, 2015 05:22 pm

Members of the Mainland Regional High School mock trial team gather around a statue Wednesday, Feb. 25 outside the New Jersey State Bar Foundation offices at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Members of the Mainland Regional High School mock trial team gather around a statue Wednesday, Feb. 25 outside the New Jersey State Bar Foundation offices at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High School mock trial team bested Cherry Hill West of Camden County Wednesday, Feb. 25 to win the South Jersey title in the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition in New Brunswick.
The Mainland squad is one of only three left to compete for the New Jersey title. They will face off March 19 in New Brunswick. The remaining teams are Oratory Preparatory School of Summit and Morris-Mendham High School in Mendham.

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Mainland mock trial team goes for South Jersey title

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, February 24, 2015 05:00 pm

LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High School mock trial team was expected to be in New Brunswick Wednesday afternoon Feb. 25, after this newspaper’s deadline, competing for the South Jersey title against Cherry Hill West.

Coach Chris Fernandez said he had all the confidence in the world that his eight-member squad would do a great job.

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MRHS students dig the mighty tale of Dreadnoughtus discovery by alum

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, February 24, 2015 09:00 am

MRHS grad, paleontologist and Drexel University professor Ken Lacovara lies next to a femur from Dreadnoughtus at the dig site in Patagonia in southernmost Chile. MRHS grad, paleontologist and Drexel University professor Ken Lacovara lies next to a femur from Dreadnoughtus at the dig site in Patagonia in southernmost Chile. LINWOOD – Mainland Regional High School can boast many successful alumnae. There are doctors, lawyers, politicians, NFL players, and Peace Corps volunteers, but Friday, Feb. 20, Ken Lacovara Ph.D., a paleontologist and possibly one of the most adventurous of the famous alums, stopped in to talk about what he has been up to since he left Mainland in 1978. He came to MRHS at the behest of his nephew, Colt Lacovara, a senior.

Over the course of nine years and five expeditions, Lacovara, a professor at Drexel University, traveled to the southernmost region of Patagonia in Argentina to dig for dinosaurs.

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Letter: How many pedestrians have to die?

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Written by Opinion Monday, February 23, 2015 04:45 pm

To the editor:

How many people have to die before the state of New Jersey, Atlantic County, and local municipalities do something? I grew up in Camden County before moving to Somers Point back in the 1980s, and everywhere you go there are sidewalks. Here in Atlantic County there are long stretches of highly traveled roadways that have no paved sidewalks, leaving people no alternative but to walk in dangerous traffic.

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Democrats Vince Mazzeo and Colin Bell announce state assembly candidacy

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 23, 2015 09:59 am

NORTHFIELD-- Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell (D-Margate) formally announced their candidacies for the New Jersey General Assembly in the 2nd Legislative District Monday, Feb.23. In their joint announcement the candidates pledge to focus on relieving the property tax burden, creating jobs and investing in Atlantic County.

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New salon on the scene in Northfield

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, February 20, 2015 12:01 pm

Lisa Fermonte, owner of the newly opened The Aqua Chair Salon in Northfield Lisa Fermonte, owner of the newly opened The Aqua Chair Salon in Northfield

NORTHFIELD –The Aqua Chair Salon, 1023 New Road, opened its doors to customers Saturday, Feb. 14 with friends and family on hand to wish Lisa Fermonte good luck in her new solo adventure. With her favorite shade of aqua throughout, customers of the new boutique salon will be able to enjoy the trendy aqua chairs and unique hand mirrors and pictures that decorate the bulkhead around the freshly created space.

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Women's Hall of Fame 2015 honorees

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, February 20, 2015 12:00 am

Gina Benvenuta Gina Benvenuta The Atlantic County Women's Hall of Fame Board of Trustees will honor six women of influence on March 19 when the class of 2015 is inducted at a ceremony at the Linwood Country Club.

The ceremony honors women who have made significant contributions to the Atlantic County community. Honorees were selected based on lasting contributions in areas including arts and entertainment, athletics, business, education, government and public service, journalism and media, law, medicine and health, philanthropy, science, social services and volunteerism.

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Two Somers Point restaurants have a date to appear on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Written by Staff Report Thursday, February 19, 2015 04:40 pm

Triple D host Guy Fieri with Stephen Novak, head chef at the Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co. in Somers Point. Triple D host Guy Fieri with Stephen Novak, head chef at the Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co. in Somers Point. SOMERS POINT – Two Somers Point restaurants finally have the date their restaurants will be featured on the Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,’ hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri. The shows will air Friday, February 27 and Friday, March 6.

The Anchorage Tavern and Restaurant, located on Bay Avenue and known for its daily selection of freshly caught seafood, will appear on the February 27 episode titled ‘Roadtrippin’ at 10 p.m.

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Kim Harris and Jill Thomas are Northfield Community School teachers of the year

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, February 19, 2015 04:00 pm

Northfield Community Elementary School teacher of the year is fourth grade teacher Jill Thomas. Northfield Community Elementary School teacher of the year is fourth grade teacher Jill Thomas.

NORTHFIELD—A group of teachers, administrators and educators who had been chosen as teacher of the year in previous years were part of the team tasked to find the top teachers in the Northfield Community School. They accepted nominations and chose Jill Thomas and Kim Harris as the 2014-15 teachers of the year.
In the elementary school, fourth grade teacher Jill Thomas is the teacher of the year.

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Have your say in Atlantic County’s future plans

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:56 am

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson.

Have a say in Atlantic County's future-take the survey
Residents and business owners have a big stake in the community and the county they choose to live in and grow their business. Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, along with local mayors, are asking residents and business owners to take a few minutes to aid planners in establishing the direction that will broaden and diversify Atlantic County’s economic base.

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