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    The Charity League 2014 pin, Santa's Workshop Elf.

    SOMERS POINT—The 67th annual Charity League Mart opened promptly at 10 a.m. Friday morning with a line waiting for the 2014 pin. This year's pin is an elf from Santa’s Workshop.  The elf wears a green hat with a red and green brim.  His eyes peek out above his white beard and he sports a snowflake and the tip of his hat is adorned with a red Swarovski crystal, dangling down.

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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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Flu shots available on a walk-in basis starting Nov.10

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Written by Staff Report Monday, November 03, 2014 01:43 pm

Anyone that has not received a flu shot and missed the public flu clinics provided by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, still has a chance to get one.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 10, the division will provide flu shots to adults 18 years and older on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary.

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MRHS Marching Mustangs definitely hit the high notes

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, November 02, 2014 08:00 am

MRHS Band-State Champs! MRHS Band-State Champs! LINWOOD – The band made some noise among the competitors and brought home the hardware from competition Oct. 18 and 19.

The Mainland Regional High School Marching Band won State Championships at the Tournament of Bands Division 1A competition in Toms River Saturday, Oct. 18. They scored 85.775 points, and won best percussion.

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Its a swan song for popular MRHS music teacher

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, November 02, 2014 05:39 am

Music teacher Jack Griffin, left, is honored by MRHS Principal Mark Marrone and the Board of Education for his years of service. Music teacher Jack Griffin, left, is honored by MRHS Principal Mark Marrone and the Board of Education for his years of service. Long time Mainland Regional High School music teacher Jack Griffin is honored at the Oct. 20 MRHS Board of Education meeting. Griffin had a crowd of well-wishers at the meeting – all of his choir students who participated in the recent concert with the group Foreigner at the Tropicana Casino and Hotel.

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Ghouls, goblins and cuties on parade in Linwood for Halloween

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, November 02, 2014 12:09 am

11-year-old Josh Karpinski, right, helps his buddy Lucas Geromini, 10, get all the knobs and dials straight on his washing machine costume for the Halloween parade in Linwood Saturday, Oct. 25. 11-year-old Josh Karpinski, right, helps his buddy Lucas Geromini, 10, get all the knobs and dials straight on his washing machine costume for the Halloween parade in Linwood Saturday, Oct. 25. LINWOOD — Everyone loves a parade - especially when the witches, zombies, pirates and princesses arrive as well.

Saturday night was perfect weather for the Linwood Board of Recreation annual Halloween parade. This year the event started with soccer games and ended with the movie “E.T.” in All Wars Memorial Park.

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Heading to the library for Halloween fun

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Saturday, November 01, 2014 11:00 pm

 Smile, its Halloween and these Northfield cuties are ready for some fun at the Northfield Library Saturday, Oct. 25. From left are Anna Santori, Kinsley Smith and Elizabeth Santori. Smile, its Halloween and these Northfield cuties are ready for some fun at the Northfield Library Saturday, Oct. 25. From left are Anna Santori, Kinsley Smith and Elizabeth Santori.

NORTHFIELD — More than three dozen costumed kids hit the Otto Bruyns Northfield Library Saturday morning for Halloween fun, games and plenty of treats. The annual event was sponsored by the Friends of the Northfield Library.

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Trivia Times, November 1, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, November 01, 2014 01:47 pm

It all happened November 1

1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public.  1604 - "Othello," the tragedy by William Shakespeare, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London.

 1611 - "The Tempest," Shakespeare's romantic comedy, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London.

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Congressman helps second grade take in the sights in Washington

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, October 31, 2014 03:19 pm

Congressman Frank LoBiondo makes new friends in second grade at St. Joseph Regional School in Somers Point, including Ava Cardona, 8, of Egg Harbor Township and her social studies project “Flat Matthew.” Congressman Frank LoBiondo makes new friends in second grade at St. Joseph Regional School in Somers Point, including Ava Cardona, 8, of Egg Harbor Township and her social studies project “Flat Matthew.”  SOMERS POINT –Though Flat Matthew might not be a constituent of the 2nd Congressional District he did get a first class tour of Washington, D.C., thanks to Congressman Frank LoBiondo and his staff. 

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Somers Point man arrested after police find 250 bags of heroin in apartment

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:27 am

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SOMERS POINT-  A Somers Point man was arrested Thursday, Oct. 30 after police executed a search warrant on an apartment in The Gates Apartment Complex and located 250 bags of heroin, other drugs and $2,500 in cash.

According to police, Lamar Harris was charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute in public housing.

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Letter: Decriminalize concealed carry

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Written by Opinion Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:00 pm

Letter: Decriminalize concealed carry Letter: Decriminalize concealed carry To the editor:

The terrorist incident in Canada is but the latest example of why the time to decriminalize the concealed carry of firearms by law-abiding citizens in New Jersey is now.

It is self-evident that we are living in dangerous times. Nothing is more important, and nothing should be held in higher esteem by our political leaders, than our God-given right of self-protection.

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Letter: Thanks for help with Legion hall issue

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Written by Opinion Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:00 pm

Letter: Thanks for help with Legion hall issue Letter: Thanks for help with Legion hall issue To the editor:

The old American Legion building in Linwood has finally been demolished. After 10 years we no longer have to look at and deal with that unsightly safety hazard. Now in its place the neighborhood has a graded lot, ready for a new home.

With all that behind us, there are several parties that we as Elm Avenue residents would like to say thank you to for their support resolving what turned out to be a very complex situation.

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Belhaven re-designation as a School to Watch is twice as nice

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, October 26, 2014 05:00 am

Celebrating the distinction as the only School to Watch middle school in Atlantic County are, from left, Guidance Counselor Christine Ruth, Board of Education President Lynn Gibson, City Councilman Darren Matik, Principal Frank Rudnesky, language arts teacher Jill Cuniff, Atlantic County Teacher of the Year Pete Davis, Media Specialist Amy Ojserkis and instructional aide Lisa Hindman. Celebrating the distinction as the only School to Watch middle school in Atlantic County are, from left, Guidance Counselor Christine Ruth, Board of Education President Lynn Gibson, City Councilman Darren Matik, Principal Frank Rudnesky, language arts teacher Jill Cuniff, Atlantic County Teacher of the Year Pete Davis, Media Specialist Amy Ojserkis and instructional aide Lisa Hindman. LINWOOD — Belhaven Middle School was re-designated as a national School to Watch. There was a celebration earlier in the day to mark the honor with students and the community.

At the Oct. 15 Board of Education meeting Belhaven Principal Frank Rudnesky, along with members of his team, were congratulated for not resting on their laurels after the initial designation back in 2011, and continuing to make the school a place where all students have the chance to find their niche and flourish.

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4-year old struck by a car near his Northfield home

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Written by staff report Friday, October 24, 2014 11:49 pm


NORTHFIELD--Police officers William Cornell and Joseph Vola  responded to a call of a child being struck by a car in the 100 block of Cara Court in the Sutton Woods section of the city around 4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. When the officers arrived they found a 4-year old boy had been struck by a car as he was riding his pedicycle near his family's Cara Court home.

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Trivia Times October 25, 1014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, October 24, 2014 11:34 pm

It  happened on October 25

1854 - The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent casualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.

 1870 - The first U.S. trademark was given. The recipient was the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City. 

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Library sale is a sweet success

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, October 24, 2014 01:35 pm

Looking for a few good titles to take home and enjoy are Joan Curri, left, and Ruth Traa, both of Somers Point. Looking for a few good titles to take home and enjoy are Joan Curri, left, and Ruth Traa, both of Somers Point.

The Otto Bruyns Northfield Public Library did a brisk business Saturday morning as patrons scoured tables filled with books to purchase at the library’s fall book and bake sale. After finding an arm full of books to enjoy, shoppers stopped to take home and nibble some of the group’s tempting treats.

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Council to consider declaring Somers Point in need of rehabilitation

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Written by Staff Report Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:58 pm

 SOMERS POINT – When the mayor and members of City Council meet Thursday, Oct. 23 they will work on several big issues for the city that will lay groundwork for the future.

On the agenda is a resolution to declare the entire city of Somers Point an area in need of rehabilitation as proposed by the Planning Board. It would also authorize the solicitor and other professionals to establish criteria for eligibility.

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Mainland’s economic tool kit for student success

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, October 21, 2014 07:00 pm

LINWOOD—When casino doors began to close Mainland Regional High School Board of Education President, Jill Ojserkis, Interim Superintendent Bob Previti and Principal Mark Marrone rolled up their sleeves to work on ways to keep the economic downturn from effecting students in any way they could. What they came up with is an economic tool kit designed to keep students from missing out on their high school experience. In one location families are able to see if they qualify for free and reduced lunches, applying for college, tutoring, check on dental insurance and access to county based counseling programs, transportation and much more.

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