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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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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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An extra day off is snow much fun

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, February 17, 2015 02:21 pm

An extra day off from school meant fun in the snow. Sledding at the bowl in Fischer Green are from left Hailey DiPrato, 11, Victoria Leeds, 12, Patrick Angelo, 12, Drew Latz, 11, Liam Angelo, 7, Cory Leeds, Brayden Leeds, 3, and 12-year old Emily DiPrato, all from Northfield. An extra day off from school meant fun in the snow. Sledding at the bowl in Fischer Green are from left Hailey DiPrato, 11, Victoria Leeds, 12, Patrick Angelo, 12, Drew Latz, 11, Liam Angelo, 7, Cory Leeds, Brayden Leeds, 3, and 12-year old Emily DiPrato, all from Northfield.

LINWOOD—A four-day holiday weekend rolled into five thanks to an overnight snowstorm that dumped up to 7” of the white stuff across Atlantic County.
By 10 a.m. the temperature began to rise and kids with sleds and tubes and anything that might glide on the snow made their way to the hill at Mainland Regional High School and to the bowl at Fischer Green for some great fun.

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Redevelopment lays groundwork for proposed New Linwood Office Park

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, February 17, 2015 05:00 am

LINWOOD—City Council introduced an ordinance at their Wednesday, Feb. 11 that amends the redevelopment plan for the former Bloom Property on New Road at the foot of Seaview Avenue. As the plans for new construction on the site for the New Linwood Office Park, are coming together the city has laid out what can and cannot be included.
The original plans for the site were approved by the planning board in Oct. 2014 to provide additional commercial ratables for the city and completion.

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Correction to police story

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Written by staff report Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00 am


The Linwood Police Department arrested two men Friday, Feb. 6 on drug charges. A story about the arrests in the Feb. 12 edition of the Mainland Current neglected to note that the New Jersey State Police assisted Linwood police in the investigation and the arrest.

 

Shore Medical Center goes red for women’s health

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Written by staff report Monday, February 16, 2015 05:00 pm

In the front row from left are Brian Cahill, Jessica Goncalves, Valerie DeJoseph, Phyllis Coletta, Shannon O'Brien and Charlotte Mitchell. In the back are Allison Travers, Linda Barbour, Tracy Stover spin instructor at Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness, Jenna Fell and Calla Waldron-Buck. All but Stover work at Shore Medical Center. In the front row from left are Brian Cahill, Jessica Goncalves, Valerie DeJoseph, Phyllis Coletta, Shannon O'Brien and Charlotte Mitchell. In the back are Allison Travers, Linda Barbour, Tracy Stover spin instructor at Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness, Jenna Fell and Calla Waldron-Buck. All but Stover work at Shore Medical Center.

Employees at Shore Medical Center did more than don red T-shirts to help promote women’s heart health; they pumped up their heart rate by participating in a spin class at Greate Bay Racquet and Fitness Center Feb. 6.

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Linwood emergency management ready to help residents in case of power outages

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, February 16, 2015 05:00 am

Linwood City Hall will open as a warming center should residents lose power. Linwood City Hall will open as a warming center should residents lose power.

LINWOOD—With temperatures dropping into the single digits, the wind chill below zero and a storm with measurable snow possible this week Mayor Rick DePamphilis said he wanted to let residents know the city would be ready if the weather forced some from their homes in search of a place to keep warm. He discussed the city’s emergency management plans at the Wednesday, Feb. 11 City Council meeting.

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Mazzeo pushes for continuation of shared police chief

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, February 13, 2015 02:26 pm

NORTHFIELD – State Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo sent a letter to Linwood Mayor Rick DePamphilis and Northfield Mayor Erland Chau Friday, Feb. 13 urging them to continue the two cities’ shared service agreement for police chief.

Mazzeo, who was the mayor of Northfield when the agreement was put into place, said it has saved taxpayers a significant amount of money without denigrating public safety. 

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Police investigating attempted luring of Linwood boy, 10, at Belhaven

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Written by Staff Report Friday, February 13, 2015 12:30 am

Linwood Police

LINWOOD – A male of undertimined age attempted to lure a 10-year-old boy into his car as Belhaven Middle School was dismissing at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, according to police.

The boy was walking out of school when someone in an older model white four-door vehicle, possibly a BMW, parked in the 100 block of Patcong Avenue, told the boy he knew his parents and asked him if he wanted a ride, police said.

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Brown to announce intention to seek re-election

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Written by staff report Thursday, February 12, 2015 04:49 pm

  Assemblyman Chris Brown Assemlyman Chris Brown
Assemblyman Chris Brown, R-2nd Legislative District will formally announce his intention to seek the Republican nomination for re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Irish Pub, St. James Place and the Boardwalk. Brown will be joined by Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian.

   

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