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    It was not an interview I wanted to do. Talking to a father who lost his son rips at my own heart because I, too, lost a son. Mark was 33 when he died and would have been in his early 50s now, and I still cannot talk or write about him without choking up.

    Bill Elliott has much the same problem. He has toughened up in order to publicize his successful Hero Campaign, but when he talks about the accident in which a drunken driver killed his son John, you can see him struggling. I admire his courage.

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     Mainland Regional High SchoolLINWOOD  A 15-year-old student from Somers Point was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Mainland Regional High School after bringing a fake but "realistic" looking gun to school in his backpack, authorities said.

    Interim Superintendent Robert Previti said he received information that a student had a gun in his backpack, and that he, Principal Mark Marrone and the school resource officer made a split-second decision that brought the indcident to a swift conclusion.

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    Submitted/Al Nagbe of Egg Harbor Township, a student at Richard Stockton College, was named the John R. Elliot HERO Campaign’s HERO of the Year

     Al Nagbe of Egg Harbor Township, a student at Richard Stockton College, was named the John R. Elliot HERO Campaign’s HERO of the Year. Nagbe is in his senior year studying pre-med. He was selected as HERO of the Year from nominations by classmates based on his service as…

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    An Assembly panel advanced legislation Thursday, Sept. 18 to help train and equip the struggling unemployed to find work in new industries.

    Already approved by the New Jersey Assembly Commerce Committee, the bill (A3021) directs the secretary of higher education – in consultation with the commissioner of labor and workforce development, county colleges, county vocational school districts, and the Adult Education-High School Equivalency Office in the Department of Education – to design and implement a pilot program to help eligible adults obtain a career or technical certificate on an accelerated schedule in order to enter or re-enter…

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    calopen1It was an exciting opening night of the Cape-Atlantic League football season on Friday, Sept. 12.

    These images - by photographers Matt Strabuk, Mike Schultz, Bill LeConey and Laura Stetser - captured just some of the drama and pageantry of high school football in South Jersey. Hopefully, they’ll get you in the mood for another full slate of games coming up this weekend. (Scroll down for more photos).

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Pizza party to benefit former Downbeach woman who received kidney

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, November 28, 2013 01:42 am

 Kim Novick, right, has a new kidney thanks to her friend of more than 30 years, Wendy Curtis-Uhle. Kim Novick, right, has a new kidney thanks to her friend of more than 30 years, Wendy Curtis-Uhle.

MARGATE – Kim Novick likes a good party, and on Wednesday, Dec. 4 there will be a Bistro Pizza Party at Bocca Coal Fired Bistro to raise money for the Mid-Atlantic Transplant Fund and, ultimately, her kidney transplant expenses.
Novick, 53, is a working mom, a stepmother, a sister, a daughter, a wife and a friend. She is also the recipient of two kidney transplants.

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Trivia Times November 28, 2103 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Thursday, November 28, 2013 01:30 am

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Magellan reaches the Pacific Ocean on this day in 1520
After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic.
On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain in an effort to find a western sea route to the rich Spice Islands of Indonesia. In command of five ships and 270 men, Magellan sailed to West Africa and then to Brazil, where he searched the South American coast for a strait that would take him to the Pacific.

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Students honor beloved school secretary with Alcove donation

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, November 26, 2013 05:36 pm

  Seaview Avenue School students along with PTO co-presidents Ava D’Amato Cocchi, back row center and Mary Fabietti present a check to Mindy Shemtov, back row left,  director of The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and their Families in honor of school secretary Shirlie Calabrese, front row, right. Seaview Avenue School students along with PTO co-presidents Ava D’Amato Cocchi, back row center and Mary Fabietti present a check to Mindy Shemtov, back row left, director of The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and their Families in honor of school secretary Shirlie Calabrese, front row, right.

LINWOOD – Friday mornings at the Seaview Elementary School here always include some kind of assembly that brings all the students together for a common theme. On Nov. 22, the Friday morning gathering had a dual purpose; an updated Thanksgiving play followed by a charitable donation in honor of a beloved member of the Seaview School family.

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Atlantic County Historical Society celebrates a century through new cook book

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, November 26, 2013 04:19 pm

Suzanne Marino/Members of the Atlantic County Historical Society cookbook committee who put two years into creating a collection of tried and true favorite recipes. The committee includes from left; Joan Frankel of Margate, Charlene Canale of Egg Harbor Township, Babs Perry-Silva of Northfield and Sheryl Collins of Egg Harbor Township. They hosted a tasting to kick-off their long anticipated cookbook. Sales of the book will directly benefit the ACHS. Suzanne Marino/Members of the Atlantic County Historical Society cookbook committee who put two years into creating a collection of tried and true favorite recipes. The committee includes from left; Joan Frankel of Margate, Charlene Canale of Egg Harbor Township, Babs Perry-Silva of Northfield and Sheryl Collins of Egg Harbor Township. They hosted a tasting to kick-off their long anticipated cookbook. Sales of the book will directly benefit the ACHS.

SOMERS POINT—Comfort foods, family favorites; tried and true recipes gathered from members and friends of the Somers Point Historical Society fill their 100th anniversary cookbook.
Sharing recipes is something most of us do. It might be your first time preparing a dish but if the recipe came from a friend there is a level of comfort about whipping it up as it already has their stamp of approval.

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Former Somers Point Mayor Harvey Smith is remembered for his dedication to the city

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Written by Suzanne Marino Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:57 pm

Former Somers Point Mayor Harvey Smith on June 13, 2013 when he was honored for his many years of dedicated service to the city of Somers Point. Shown with Smith is Somers Point Mayor Jack Glassey, City Clerk Carol DeGrassi and City Administrator, Wes Swain Former Somers Point Mayor Harvey Smith on June 13, 2013 when he was honored for his many years of dedicated service to the city of Somers Point. Shown with Smith is Somers Point Mayor Jack Glassey, City Clerk Carol DeGrassi and City Administrator, Wes Swain

SOMERS POINT—The city lost a good friend Friday, November 22 when former City Councilman and Mayor, Harvey Smith passed away at the age of 86. He had relocated to Florida five months ago.

Smith, a WWII veteran, served honorably in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class was also a graduate of both Princeton and Drexel universities and earned a Masters Degree in economics.

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Trivia Times November 24, 2013 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, November 24, 2013 05:45 am

   
Jack Ruby’s murder of Lee Harvey Oswald is the big story for Nov. 24
At 12:20 p.m. Sunday, November 24 in the basement of the Dallas police station, Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner and millions of people see it live on their TV’s.

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Somers Point Police Blotter November 21, 2013 edition

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Written by staff reports Sunday, November 24, 2013 01:47 am

Police blotter information is supplied by local and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

From Nov. 11-18 the Somers Point Police Department made 17 adult arrests.

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Trivia Times November 23, 2013 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, November 23, 2013 02:35 am

The big story for November 23 is the "miracle in Miami"
On November 23, 1984, Boston College’s quarterback Doug Flutie throws a last-second 64-yard pass to beat the University of Miami 47-45. The 30,235 fans in the Orange Bowl had already begun to celebrate the victory they were sure their Hurricanes had won, and they were stunned when Flutie’s pass found his teammate Gerard Phelan in the end zone. Phelan was stunned the ball made it because no one thought Flute could throw that far.

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Charity League pin revealed

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, November 22, 2013 04:46 pm

2013 Charity League Pin 2013 Charity League Pin

SOMERS POINT—The secret is out and the 2013 installment of the highly coveted Charity League pin is a secret no longer. The hand sewn sequin and bead snowflake is available at the Charity League Christmas Mart at Greate Bay Country Club 901 Somers Point Mays Landing Road in Somers Point Friday, Nov. 22 until 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23.
The cost of the pin is $20. There are also a very limited number of pins from previous years available. For additional information visit www.charityleague.org

 

Remembering JFK: Readers share their memories, Part III

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Written by Reader Submission Thursday, November 21, 2013 06:28 pm

JFK meets some ballplayers./National Archive JFK meets some ballplayers./National Archive It started as a typical day in the life of a 4-year-old

It was just a typical day in the life of a 4-year-old boy playing and waiting for my brother and sisters to come home from school and my dad to arrive from work so we could eat dinner.

In 1963 families did that. It was a traditional autumn day in Pleasantville, N.J.: cold, cloudy and damp.

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Remembering JFK: Readers share their memories, Part II

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Written by Reader Submission Thursday, November 21, 2013 04:08 pm

President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy stand in front of the White House Christmas tree./National Archive President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy stand in front of the White House Christmas tree./National Archive  With a tear in his eye, Walter Cronkite breaks the news

I currently live in Egg Harbor Township, but 50 years ago I was living and growing up in my hometown of Woodstown, Salem County, on a beef cattle farm.

Like so many other early baby boomers, I was in school that fateful day. I was sitting in my ninth-grade algebra class when a teacher burst into the room to tell us all that the president had been shot in Dallas. 

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Remembering JFK: Readers share their memories, Part I

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Written by Reader Submission Thursday, November 21, 2013 03:46 pm

President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy ride in a convertible./National Archive President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy ride in a convertible./National Archive

John Jr. salutes his dad’s casket

My Kennedy memory: I was in second grade and we lived in Margate. We were sent home from school when the news of his death was released.

I was only 7, but I loved President Kennedy. I cried the whole day.

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Remembering JFK: Kennedy had godlike stature in Ireland

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Written by Reader Submission Thursday, November 21, 2013 03:24 pm

The president meets two factory workers in Detroit.National Archive The president meets two factory workers in Detroit./National Archive

Rev. Patrick Brady, pastor of St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish in Northfield, was a young seminarian in Ireland when he heard the news of the assassination.

Kennedy represents the contributions of immigrants in America

I remember the day and the time clearly: It was shortly after 6 p.m. local time, factoring in the five-hour time differential.

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Remembering JFK: A Eulogy in verse

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Written by Reader Submission Thursday, November 21, 2013 02:58 pm

The president claps while his children play in the Oval Office./National Archive The president claps while his children play in the Oval Office./National Archive

Deborah Taylor was a young mother in 1963, living in Philadelphia and going to school at Holy Family College. She wrote this poem and tucked it away, and it was forgotten until Hurricane Sandy. The storm destroyed many of her possessions but spared this poem.

A Eulogy of JFK

I hear a voice, and it seems to say,
This is not true, this tragic day.
But, the caisson passes by my eyes,
With military death guards on both sides.

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Remembering JFK: Local politicians share their memories

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Written by Reader Submissions Thursday, November 21, 2013 02:19 pm

Nov. 22, 1963 is an event where time seemed to stop for everyone. -- Michael Becker, Margate Nov. 22, 1963 is an event where time seemed to stop for everyone. -- Michael Becker, Margate

The day that time stood still

Margate Mayor Mike Becker was 25 years old on Nov. 22, 1963 and in the U.S. Army stationed in Boston. He was working at a government facility in Natick, Mass., when he heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot.

I was working in a big building with about 2,000 civilian workers. When people heard the news they were just shocked. People were walking through the halls wondering whether this news was for real.

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Trivia Times November 21, 2013 edition

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, November 21, 2013 02:16 am

The big story today is peculiar link between President Abraham Lincoln and President John F. Kennedy. With both the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination and the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address this week it is worth taking another look at how the circumstances surrounding them seem to converge.

• Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

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