• Downbeach Current

    Margate recreation hoops for all logoMARGATE--Margate Community Education and Recreation presents the ninth annual Hoops for All basketball season begins Sunday, Jan. 11 with games for the next five Sundays and concludes with an awards party Sunday, Feb. 22.

    Hoops for All is an instructional basketball league for physically and cognitively challenged children.  The first games of the season will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 11 at the Eugene Tighe School located at 7804 Amherst Ave. in Margate.

  • Mainland Current

    LINWOOD – Three City Council members, Ralph Paolone, Brian Heun and Elliot Beinfest, had the distinctive honor of being sworn in at the governing body’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6 by former council colleagues who are now judges.

  • Mainland Current

    Ashlee Keating

    LINWOOD – A dozen years ago Ashlee Keating stepped into the limelight in the role of Annie on Broadway. That curly-haired little girl has grown into a young woman, and her love of the stage is still her driving force.
    Keating packed her bags a few years ago and headed to Los Angeles to stake her claim to fame and develop a career as a performer. Now 21, the Linwood native is making her mark in films and as a singer and a songwriter.

  • Mainland Current

    Residents at Brandall Estates along with family and friends enjoy an afternoon of holiday music and sing-a-longs with the MainlandRegionalHigh School band, string ensemble and the Dallas Brass Band.  LINWOOD—The members of the Mainland Regional High School Band have forged a special friendship over the years with the residents of Brandall Estates. MRHS Director Keith Hodgson brings his musicians several times a year to the…

  • Mainland Current

    City Clerk Carol Degrassi swears in Kirk Gerety at the Somers Point Reorganization Monday, Jan. 5. Morgan Gerety holds the bible for her father with the councilman’s wife Margie at his side. SOMERS POINT – The first time Kirk Gerety was sworn in as a newly elected city councilman by City Clerk Carol Degrassi, his wife was unable to attend because she…

  • Mainland Current

    Shore Medical Center’s first baby of the year Jackson Pitcock and his parents Louis and Amanda Pitcock of Goshen.

    SOMERS POINT – Jackson Robert Pitcock entered the world at 5:08 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, making him the first baby born at Shore Medical Center in 2015.

    The baby is the second child for parents Amanda and Louis Pitcock of the Goshen section of Middle Township in Cape May County, who have a 2-year-old daughter, Selah. 

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D’Amatos recognized for support of FACES 4 Autism

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, January 21, 2015 04:32 pm

Paul and Sandi D’Amato of Linwood receive an award from Isabelle Mosca of Ventnor, executive director of FACES 4 Autism. Paul and Sandi D’Amato of Linwood receive an award from Isabelle Mosca of Ventnor, executive director of FACES 4 Autism. LINWOOD – Paul and Sandi D’Amato recently received an award from Isabelle Mosca of FACES 4 Autism for their years of support of the organization.

Mosca said Sandi D’Amato has championed the cause since FACES began in 2002, as a financial contributor and by helping to raise awareness.  

Mosca’s husband, Ken, was the city administrator in Linwood when their son, Kyle, was diagnosed with autism 12 years ago. Rather than put their heads in the sand and say “Why us,” the couple began connecting with other families whose children had been recently diagnosed to learn more and to share their knowledge, D’Amato said.

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Linwood man indicted, police cleared in K-9 assisted arrest outside Tropicana

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, January 20, 2015 06:49 pm

A photo provided by the family in 2013 of David Connor Castellani taken in the hospital after the June 15, 2013 incident in Atlantic City. A photo provided by the family in 2013 of David Connor Castellani taken in the hospital after the June 15, 2013 incident in Atlantic City. ATLANTIC CITY – A grand jury considering what crimes were committed during a violent 2013 encounter between Atlantic City police officers and a 20-year-old Linwood man outside the Tropicana Casino returned an indictment Tuesday, Jan. 20 against the man and cleared officers of any wrongdoing.

David Connor Castellani, now 22, was indicted on the three counts he was originally charged with after the June 15, 2013 encounter: aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest with threat or use of force or violence, and inflicting harm on a law enforcement animal, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Civil rights movement at the heart of Jordan Road fifth annual march on the library

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, January 19, 2015 03:49 pm

Suzanne Marino / Jaquan Mace said he chose to do his research on Emmitt Till because he was shocked to learn about the murder of a 14-year old boy. Suzanne Marino / Jaquan Mace said he chose to do his research on Emmitt Till because he was shocked to learn about the murder of a 14-year old boy.

SOMERS POINT – The students became the teachers Friday morning, Jan. 16, as they honored Martin Luther King at the Jordan Road School with the ninth annual march on the library. 

A language arts project gave students in grades four through eight a chance to learn more about King and the major events in the civil rights movement, according to seventh-grade language arts teacher Danielle Levin.

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Poet laureate adds another dimension to the Somers Point arts scene

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, January 18, 2015 06:00 am

Somers Point poet laureate Maria Provenzano, left, stands with Arts Commission Chairwoman Kathy Arleth at the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. Provenzano was introduced to residents and City Council members after a resolution approving her two-year position was approved unanimously. Somers Point poet laureate Maria Provenzano, left, stands with Arts Commission Chairwoman Kathy Arleth at the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. Provenzano was introduced to residents and City Council members after a resolution approving her two-year position was approved unanimously. SOMERS POINT – Officials took another step toward proving that the arts have a home here when Maria Provenzano was introduced as the city’s first poet laureate at the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. 

Provenzano, 26, is a 2010 graduate of Northwest University, were she received a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.

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Somers Point Police Blotter edition of Jan, 15, 2015

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Written by Staff Report Saturday, January 17, 2015 11:18 pm

Somers Point Police Blotter 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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Northfield Police Blotter edition of Jan, 15, 2015

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Written by Staff Report Saturday, January 17, 2015 11:12 pm

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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.

The Northfield Police Department had 271 calls for service Dec. 29-Jan. 11. Officers conducted 206 property checks, responded to 16 motor vehicle crashes, made 51 motor vehicle stops and issued 16 motor vehicle summonses.

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SPBA is talking leadership and change over breakfast in Somers Point

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Written by staff report Friday, January 16, 2015 03:53 pm


 SOMERS POINT--The Somers Point Business Association will host its first monthly breakfast meeting of the year beginning at 8 a.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Fitzpatrick’s Deli & Steakhouse, 650 New Road in Somers Point.  The cost is $10 per person, with a full breakfast provided. Business owners and managers from Somers Point and surrounding communities are welcome to attend.

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Construction detour to begin Jan. 21 on Zion Road in Northfield

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, January 15, 2015 05:55 pm

NORTHFIELD – Reconstruction of Cedar Bridge on Zion Road in Northfield is set to begin on or about Wednesday,  Jan. 21, and a full detour will be in effect, according to Atlantic County  public information officer Linda Gilmore.

The bridge, on Zion at the intersection of Bargaintown Road near Burroughs Avenue where Northfield meets Linwood and Egg Harbor Township, is being replaced as part of the Fire Road and Mill Road intersection project.

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Atlantic City Civil Courthouse evacuated

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Written by staff report Wednesday, January 14, 2015 05:48 pm

ATLANTIC CITY—A routine patrol through the Atlantic City Civil Courthouse resulted in the evacuation of the building just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14.  At approximately 9:55a.m. Atlantic County Sheriff’s Officer Dave Nguyen, while on routine patrol, observed what appear to be a suspicious item located in a trash can located on the first floor of the courthouse building.

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Mainland Regional to eliminate class rank

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, January 14, 2015 04:15 pm

LINWOOD – Mainland Regional High School Principal Mark Marrone told parents at a meeting Monday, Jan. 12 that the Board of Education would vote next week on a proposal to do away with what has long been a sacred cow: class rank.
Speaking at a parents meeting, Marrone said it is time for the school to move beyond class rank.

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State gets $29M emergency grant to train, support displaced casino workers

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Written by Staff Report Tuesday, January 13, 2015 03:22 pm

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo

New Jersey was awarded $29.4 million in National Emergency Grant funds for workforce training and education programs for people displaced by the Atlantic City casino closings, U.S. Department of Labor officials announced Tuesday.

New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo said in a news release that the grant would play a major role in re-establishing a “strong economic footing” in the Atlantic County area.

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With a nod to the year past Linwood Mayor Rick DePamphilis looks ahead

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Written by Richard DePamphilis Monday, January 12, 2015 03:42 pm

Linwood Mayor Richard DePamphilis Linwood Mayor Richard DePamphilis LINWOOD—Mayor Rick DePamphilis makes good use of the annual reorganization meeting to give residents his annual state of the city message. 

Tuesday, Jan. 6 he thanked the city hall staff, the police, public works and the volunteers who man the committees and boards to help make Linwood a special community. 

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Erland Chau themes his annual city address as accomplishments, achievements and expectations

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Written by Erland Chau Monday, January 12, 2015 03:01 pm

Northfield Mayor Erland Chau Northfield Mayor Erland Chau

NORTHFIELD—Newly elected Mayor Erland Chau is no stranger to politics in the city but Jan. 6 marked his first state of the city of Northfield message to residents.

To the members of the Northfield City Council, to those attending this meeting and to those who are viewing this presentation on the Mainland Regional telecast, I welcome to this 2015 state of the city address.

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Death ruled a homicide for body discovered in Northfield

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Written by Staff Report Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:34 pm

Police block Virginia Ave in Northfield where a body was found Friday morning. Police block Virginia Ave in Northfield where a body was found Friday morning. NORTHFIELD – The body found outside a Virginia Avenue home here Friday, Jan. 9 was that of Franklin Dwayne Gant Smith, 52, and the death has been ruled a homicide, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said Saturday. 

The New Jersey state medical examiner, who completed the autopsy, said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to McClain.

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Our Lady of Sorrows first indoor flea market of the year

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Written by staff report Friday, January 09, 2015 06:21 pm

LINWOOD—It’s a New Year and there will be lots of new and old goodies for sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at Our Lady of Sorrows first flea market and antique sale. More than 50 vendors are booked to sell their collectibles, art, food items, batteries and much more.
OLOS is located on Wabash Avenue at the corner of Poplar Ave.

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Investigation continues in Northfield where body was discovered

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, January 09, 2015 04:42 pm

Police block Virginia Ave in Northfield where a body was found Friday morning. Police block Virginia Ave in Northfield where a body was found Friday morning.

NORTHFIELD—Investigators from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body in the unit block of Virginia Avenue Friday morning. Atlantic County Prosecutor James McClain issued a release late Friday afternnon.

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