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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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Point leaders optimistic despite economic challenges ahead

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, January 06, 2015 01:16 pm

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. 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 was in the hospital about to give birth to their daughter, Morgan.

This time around, at the annual City Council reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 5, Morgan, now 19, held the Bible for Gerety while his wife, Margie, stood by his side and Degrassi swore him in to a three-year term serving Ward 1. 

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Shore Medical welcomes first baby of 2015

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Written by Staff Report Monday, January 05, 2015 02:18 pm

Shore Medical Center’s first baby of the year Jackson Pitcock and his parents Louis and Amanda Pitcock of Goshen. 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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Welcome 2015 from Times Square

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, December 31, 2014 01:34 pm

With a helping of trivia

Can't make it to Times Square this year but want to be in the action? Then tune in here and catch the fun leading up to the giant Waterford crystal ball dropping to usher in 2015. 

The ball will be raised atop the 77-foot flagpole at One Times Square, the corner of Broadway and 43rd Street at 6 p.m., and there it will sparkle and shine. Representatives of the Philips Lighting Co. will flip a giant switch to start the events.

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The doctor is in at Northfield Teddy Bear clinic

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, December 31, 2014 05:49 am

Trevor Hackett, 6, of Northfield explains how his teddy bear, Joe, got hurt to Friends of the Northfield Library President, Heather Mellon at the Teddy Bear clinic held at the library Dec. 6 Trevor Hackett, 6, of Northfield explains how his teddy bear, Joe, got hurt to Friends of the Northfield Library President, Heather Mellon at the Teddy Bear clinic held at the library Dec. 6
NORTHFIELD — The Otto Bruyns Northfield Public Library became a triage center of sorts Saturday, Dec. 6 for stuffed animals, dolls and even action figures.
With the help of Northfield pediatrician, Dr. Chris Keenan, kids were able to try on a stethoscope, peek in their stuffed bears, dogs and bunnies ears and bandage up their boo-boos.

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Linwood buys 17.6 acres from Cornerstone developer

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:00 am

Linwood Mayor Rick DePamphilis and Cornerstone Commerce Center owner and developer Robin Karman close the deal on the purchase of the wooded area adjacent to the center. Linwood Mayor Rick DePamphilis and Cornerstone Commerce Center owner and developer Robin Karman close the deal on the purchase of the wooded area adjacent to the center.
LINWOOD – Mayor Rick DePamphilis and Cornerstone Commerce Center developer Robin Karman signed an agreement of sale Tuesday, Dec. 16 that conveys 17.6 acres of land surrounding the center to the city of Linwood.
A majority of the property is wetlands, with 6.98 acres of uplands, according to City Council President Tim Tighe. That land, which runs along the Patcong Creek as well as along Monroe Avenue, will remain in its natural state.

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Putting STEM to work earns Northfield Middle School first place in Samsung contest

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, December 30, 2014 06:00 pm

Suzanne Marino/Northfield Community Middle School students learn they won the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Suzanne Marino/Northfield Community Middle School students learn they won the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Win gives NCS a shot at $100,000 prize package
NORTHFIELD – Many school districts are working to increase science, technology, engineering and math education, but Northfield has taken STEM beyond the classroom and into the community – and Samsung Electronics has taken notice.

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Host families wanted during papal visit

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Written by Staff Report Tuesday, December 30, 2014 02:00 pm

Pope Francis Pope Francis With an estimated 2 million visitors expected to converge upon Philadelphia to witness the visit from Pope Francis in September, many delegates will be looking for a place to stay in the surrounding area. 

The World Meeting of Families opens in Philadelphia Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 22- 25 with more than 10,000 delegates from 150 nations, and organizers are looking for families interested in opening their homes to visitors attending the conference and staying through the weekend for the Sept. 26 and 27 visits from Pope Francis.

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No stage fright for Victoria Mozitis in Walnut Street production of Mary Poppins

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, December 23, 2014 09:00 pm

Victoria Mozitis of Northfield, top right with the other members of the children’s ensemble in Mary Poppins. Victoria Mozitis of Northfield, top right with the other members of the children’s ensemble in Mary Poppins.

NORTHFIELD—Victoria Mozitis, 13, is an eighth grade student at the Northfield Community Middle School but she is also a seasoned veteran of the stage and is getting close to wrapping up a six week stint at the Walnut Street Theater where she is part of the ensemble of Mary Poppins.
Admittedly bitten by the acting bug, Mozitis said she loves everything about the stage. Mary Poppins is her 16th show Mozitis has done.

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Somers Point man who pleaded guilty to shooting hawks will spend 6 hours behind bars

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Written by Staff Report Tuesday, December 23, 2014 02:25 pm


SOMERS POINT—Robert Losasso, 70, learned his fate Monday, Dec. 22 for shooting at protected hawks between August, 2010 –August 2012. According to a release from the U.S. Attorneys office Losasso will only serve a six-hour sentence for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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Leonard Smith, ‘luckiest man in the world,’ was teacher, coach to many

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, December 19, 2014 07:37 pm

Len Smith Len Smith NORTHFIELD – Former teacher, coach and school board member N. Leonard Smith, 85, passed away Sunday with his family surrounding him.

Smith wore many hats in his lifetime. He was a husband to Lois for 45 years, and a father to 10 children – Kathi, Michael, Jacqueline, Sean, David, Kevin, Brendan, Terrance, Brian and Timothy.

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Sale of the Gates opens door to redevelopment

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, December 19, 2014 03:30 pm

SOMERS POINT – The Gates apartment complex on Shore Road has a new owner, and city officials are hoping it is a second chance to bring the once-popular place to live back from the brink.

Streamwood Co. of Haddonfield purchased The Gates from W.W.W. Associates, and Keith Davis, attorney for Streamwood, said the deal closed Nov. 25. He said the company has a proven track record for rehabilitating multifamily complexes throughout the state, and received awards and accolades for its work in transforming a similar complex in Monroe Township.  

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Linwood Police arrest two for impersonating an undercover officer

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, December 18, 2014 05:05 pm

LINWOOD—Police here arrested Evon Hormozy, 20, of Linwood on Saturday Dec. 13 and Kevin Durkin, 28, of Northfield Dec. 17 on charges stemming from an incident that occurred Friday, Dec. 12 when the two allegedly claimed to be undercover police officers and robbed three teens.

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Possible whooping cough case has MRHS taking precautions

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, December 16, 2014 05:54 pm

Mainland Regional High School LINWOOD – Mainland Regional High School is taking precautions against the possibility that at least one student has contracted whooping cough, even though none of the suspected cases has been officially verified.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, Superintendent Robert Previti confirmed that two high school students tested positive for pertussis, more commonly referred to as whooping cough. The first student was diagnosed using the PCR preliminary test on Thursday, Dec. 11; the second came to light Monday, Dec. 15.

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Chanukah celebrates the victory of light over darkness

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:40 am

Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport of Chabad at the Shore lectures to people from all over Atlantic and Cape May counties Friday afternoons at the Linwood Library. Dec. 12 the lecture was about the celebration of Chanukah and the Rabbi demonstrates how to properly light the menorah.  Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport of Chabad at the Shore lectures to people from all over Atlantic and Cape May counties Friday afternoons at the Linwood Library. Dec. 12 the lecture was about the celebration of Chanukah and the Rabbi demonstrates how to properly light the menorah.

Chanukah begins at sundown Tuesday, Dec. 16 and runs through Wednesday, Dec. 24. Jews around the world will celebrate and light the candles in the menorah, enjoy a dinner together and family time. Though it is a Jewish holiday Chanukah's message of light conquoring the darkness can apply to everyones life.

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Remembering Ralph and thanking the community

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Written by Opinion Monday, December 15, 2014 12:52 pm

 

Ralph Ralph

To the editor;

Ralph and Isabelle
Dog lovers in Atlantic County will no doubt remember the frantic calls for help eight years ago to locate Ralph and Isabelle, brother and sister family pets, adopted at seven months from the Pleasantville Animal Shelter. They escaped one stormy night, leaving through a storm caused hole in the fence, not noticed by their owners.

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Linwood recreation committee to hold first meeting

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, December 13, 2014 01:00 pm

Linwood recreation committee to hold first meeting Linwood recreation committee to hold first meeting LINWOOD – The mayor’s appointed blue ribbon committee of 14 will hold its first meeting Thursday, Dec. 11 at City Hall to discuss ideas and possible plans for the recreation fields at All Wars Memorial Park and the Poplar Avenue School.

Councilman Darren Matick, chairman, said the committee has been tasked with looking at the city’s long-term recreation needs. No funding has been set aside for field plans or upgrades, aside from money earmarked strictly for the demolition of the school.

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