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    The Charity League 2014 pin, Santa's Workshop Elf.SOMERS POINT – The 67th annual Charity League Mart opened Friday morning, Nov. 21 with a line of people waiting to buy the league’s 2014 handmade collectible pin. This year’s pin depicts an elf from Santa’s workshop, wearing a green hat and his face peeking out from behind a white beard. His hat is adorned with a snowflake and a dangling red Swarovski crystal.

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    Belhaven mascot Flash attracts a crowd. LINWOOD – The Belhaven Middle School gym was jammed Thursday night, Nov. 13 for the annual blue and gold basketball game pitting two mixed squads of students and teachers. As usual, school spirit was the winner. 

    Belhaven students of the future – fourth-graders under the direction of Seaview Elementary School music teacher David Lampkin – put on a halftime performance. They  lined up for an orchestrated basketball dribbling and passing drill set to “Zombie Nation” that got the approval of the standing-room-only crowd.

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    Working on transforming themselves into dashing gentlemen of the 1920’s are from left sophomore Wellington Torres of Linwood, Yussef Garcia, a sophomore from Somers Point, senior Josh Ludwig of Northfield and Maxwell Castellano, a freshmand from Northfield.  
    LINWOOD—A literary classic takes the stage this week as the Drama Department at Mainland Regional High School presents “The Great Gatsby.”…

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     The new grads and their instructors; from left is Jennifer Pielhau of Waretown, Brandall residents Thelma Booker, Marge Phillips, Celia Mastel, Lucille Krachman, Deb Neiburg, Ruth Bonin, Gloria Schaeffer, Margaret Drewes, Frank Phillips and instructor Kim Burns of Egg Harbor Township. Not pictures are residents Tom Micek and…</div>
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    SPBA urges residents to shop locally Nov. 29

    The Somers Point Business Association is encouraging area residents to join the national promotion to shop locally on Saturday, Nov. 29 – the Saturday after Thanksgiving and one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

    Patrons can fuel the local economy and take advantage of deals offered by the many independently owned retail shops selling gifts, clothing, apparel, jewelry, fresh flowers, novelty items, seasonal décor, fitness and more when they shop chose to home, members said.

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    LINWOOD—Thursday afternoon the Mainland Regional High School Mustang freshman football team was supposed to be headed a few miles down the road to play the freshman Silver Eagles at Egg Harbor Township High School.

    Instead, as they were lacing up their cleats the MRHS coach had to let his counterpart at EHTHS know the team would not be coming and the game was canceled. For both teams it was their final game of their season.

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Trivia Times, May 23, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, May 24, 2014 04:08 am

The big story today is Bonnie and Clyde
On this day in 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana.
Bonnie Parker met the charismatic Clyde Barrow in Texas when she was 19 years old and her husband (she married when she was 16) was serving time in jail for murder. Shortly after they met, Barrow was imprisoned for robbery.

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Mazzeo Introduces “Mainland Memoriam Act” to Boost Awareness of NJ Graduated Drivers License

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, May 23, 2014 02:50 pm

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo
Remembering a tragedy close to home, Second Legislative District Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo of Northfield introduced legislation Thursday, May 22 to help boost awareness of New Jersey’s Graduated Drivers License (GDL) program among young drivers in order to prevent future tragedies. “The Mainland Memoriam Act,” is named in honor of four Mainland Regional High School football players who were tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident, August 20, 2011.

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New Jersey American funds community heroes

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, May 23, 2014 04:49 am

 Community heros Suzanne Marino/Kevin Kirwan of New Jersey American Water Company presents a check to members of the Northfield Fire Department as part of the company’s Community Heroes grant. From left is Northfield Fire Chief Henry Martinelli, Assistant Chief Lauren Crooks, Kevin Kirwan of NJ American Water Company and firefighter and City Councilman Erland Chau. NORTHFIELD – Members of the Northfield Fire Department accepted a $1,000 Community Heroes grant from New Jersey American Water Company at the May 13 City Council meeting.

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A special night for moms and their boys

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, May 22, 2014 05:01 pm

Smile! Ethan Bongiovanni, 7, and his mom Jennifer pose for some slightly different family photos. Smile! Ethan Bongiovanni, 7, and his mom Jennifer pose for some slightly different family photos.  LINWOOD – Moms and their sons had a chance for a special evening together at the Seaview School Thursday, May 8.

The PTO provided games, inflatables to bounce in, basketball, golf, candy, a balloon magician and a stilt-walking pirate. The event was free; the only cost was to bring a book and all books collected would be donated to the Stanley M. Grossman Paediatric Unit at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. 

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Volunteers do battle along the Patcong

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, May 22, 2014 01:02 pm

Suzanne Marino/Jim Rutala of the Linwood Environmental Commission takes the large top of a port-a-potty from volunteer Jake Springle during the annual clean up along the Patcong Creek in Linwood. Suzanne Marino/Jim Rutala of the Linwood Environmental Commission takes the large top of a port-a-potty from volunteer Jake Springle during the annual clean up along the Patcong Creek in Linwood.

LINWOOD – It was beautiful Sunday morning as dozens of volunteers set out from the launch site on Hamilton Avenue to take up the fight against litter along the banks and around the Patcong Creek. The annual event was organized by the Linwood Environmental Commission.

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Police chief says right call was made after report of gun at Jordan Road School

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Written by Suzanne Marino Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:00 pm

SOMERS POINT – Police Chief Michael Boyd said Tuesday that administrators at the Jordan Road School made the right decision in not calling for a lockdown after receiving a report of a man with a gun entering the school.

In a telephone interview May 13, Boyd said the call was appropriate given the time of day and the circumstances surrounding the April 30 incident.

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Northfield council approves budget with 2.3 cent tax rate hike

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Written by Suzanne Marino Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:00 pm

NORTHFIELD – City Council approved a $13,044,381 municipal budget at a meeting Tuesday, May 13. The spending plan is down 1.28 percent from the 2013 budget.

The budget calls for $7,810,124 to be raised by the local tax levy, which is $61,020 more than last year. It represents an increase of .79 percent, which is within the 2 percent cap imposed by the state.

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Point pedal power

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Written by staff report Monday, May 19, 2014 11:00 am

Principal Doreen Lee greets students from left, Kelani Sharp, Rachel Seler, T.J. Kepner, Mark Anthony and Ricky Reid. Principal Doreen Lee greets students from left, Kelani Sharp, Rachel Seler, T.J. Kepner, Mark Anthony and Ricky Reid. SOMERS POINT--Students and staff at the Dawes Avenue School relied on the power of their own two feet to get to school Wednesday, May 7. They walked, biked, and some even rode scooters, all in the name of getting outdoors and being healthy.

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Turning castoffs into cash

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Written by Suzanne Marino Monday, May 19, 2014 07:23 am

Selling homemade goodies is a part of the cooperative effort that makes the twice-a-year Beth Israel Sisterhood Thrift Sale such a big success. From left are Beth Israel Rabbi David Weiss, Andrea Sandson of Linwood, Lisa Belkin of Northfield with Jillian Bruno and Amanda Mack of Northfield and Sydney Richards of Linwood lending a hand. Selling homemade goodies is a part of the cooperative effort that makes the twice-a-year Beth Israel Sisterhood Thrift Sale such a big success. From left are Beth Israel Rabbi David Weiss, Andrea Sandson of Linwood, Lisa Belkin of Northfield with Jillian Bruno and Amanda Mack of Northfield and Sydney Richards of Linwood lending a hand. NORTHFIELD – Twice a year members of Congregation Beth Israel hold the Sisterhood Thrift Sale and it has become quite the community event. They have been doing it for so long they have it down to a science, said event chairwoman Nancy Mitnick of Linwood.

Outside the auditorium, homemade goodies are for sale with volunteers manning the tables.

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Mainland April Students of the month named

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, May 19, 2014 05:00 am

Suzanne Marino/ MRHS students of the month from left; Adam Senack of Linwood, Timothy Tighe of Linwood, MRHS Principal Mark Marrone and Nicki Jensen of Somers Point. Suzanne Marino/ MRHS students of the month from left; Adam Senack of Linwood, Timothy Tighe of Linwood, MRHS Principal Mark Marrone and Nicki Jensen of Somers Point. LINWOOD—Every month four students, one from each class are nominated by teachers or staff members for student of the month at Mainland Regional High School. At the April 24 MRHS Board of Education meeting the students of the month were honored.

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Jordan Road School Honor Roll - Third Marking Period

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Written by staff report Sunday, May 18, 2014 11:00 pm


Grade 8 Principal’s List
Benjamin Cacioppo
Pierre Cardoso
Lucero Chavez
Chloe Cottrell
Danielle DiFrancesco
Kyra Gindin
Vincent Giunta
Nicole Lombardo
Edward McGettigan

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Recognizing Mainland community leaders

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, May 17, 2014 03:17 pm

MRCP Board with District Superintendent Tom Baruffi after presenting him with the Visionary Leadership Award. MRCP Board with District Superintendent Tom Baruffi after presenting him with the Visionary Leadership Award.

NORTHFIELD – The Mainland Regional Community Partnership held its annual recognition dinner May 8 at the Atlantic City Country Club. More than 170 people attended the event, which raised more than $5,000.

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Trivia Times May 17, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, May 17, 2014 04:00 am

The big Story today is Brown v Board of Education
In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.

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Board members get MRA back in the swim

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, May 16, 2014 05:15 am

From left, Bob Falk, Pat Child and Joe Marinelli of Linwood and Steve Bushay of Northfield work in the barbecue area on the grounds of the MRA Swim Club. From left, Bob Falk, Pat Child and Joe Marinelli of Linwood and Steve Bushay of Northfield work in the barbecue area on the grounds of the MRA Swim Club.
Memorial Day is just around the corner, and the doors and pools at the Mainland Recreation Association Swim Club in Linwood will be open and the season up and running.
Getting ready for opening day doesn’t come without a lot of planning and elbow grease.  Members of the board of directors said they have been working from at least 9 a.m. till noon each Saturday since St. Patrick’s Day prepping the club for the summer. They have been painting, cleaning, planting and giving the club and the grounds a fresh look. 

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Somers Point Economic Advisory Commission considering shop-local tax reward program

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, May 15, 2014 03:24 pm


SOMERS POINT – Members of the city’s Economic Development Advisory Commission are working on a plan that could benefit local businesses and taxpayers, City Administrator Wes Swain told City Council at the May 8 meeting.
The commission is looking to establish a program that would reward residents who shop and dine in Somers Point with property tax credits. The businesses would reap rewards through the increase in their business and expansion of their customer base, he said.

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Belhaven again designated a School to Watch

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, May 15, 2014 03:08 pm

Belhaven Middle School, a Dept. of Education School to Watch Belhaven Middle School, a Dept. of Education School to Watch

LINWOOD – Principal Frank Rudnesky learned last week that Belhaven Middle School has again been designated a School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.
Belhaven initially received the designation in 2011. The selection process takes place every three years.
Different from accolades that highlight academic success or athletic prowess, the School to Watch selection goes to schools that are recognized for developing the “whole child,” Rudnesky said.

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