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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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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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Scouting around for popcorn in Northfield

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:07 pm

The Cub Scout popcorn salesmen are from left Tommy Shenkus, 10, Philip Stefanowicz, 10, Josh Blanche, 9, and Tommy Mozitis, also 9. The Cub Scout popcorn salesmen are from left; Philip Stefanowicz, 10, Tommy Shenkus, 10, Josh Blanche, 9, and Tommy Mozitis, also 9.

It is time for the Boy Scouts annual popcorn sale and stands a popping up all over. Saturday morning the Cub Scouts from Troop # 72 in Northfield enjoy brisk sales outside of Tilton Market. The Cub Scout popcorn salesmen are from left; Tommy Shenkus, 10, Philip Stefanowicz, 10, Josh Blanche, 9, and Tommy Mozitis, also 9.

   

Monday was demolition day at American Legion Post 353 in Linwood

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:24 am

Workers cleared all of the overgrown brush away from American Legion Post 353 to make way for the demolition of the building Monday, Oct. 20. Workers cleared all of the overgrown brush away from American Legion Post 353 to make way for the demolition of the building Monday, Oct. 20. LINWOOD—It sounded like a million dry matchsticks snapping in half Monday morning as the excavator being used by Cobra Enterprises of Allentown, NJ finally began the demolition of the long shuttered American Post 353 on Elm Ave. Cobra was the successful bidder on the project at $21,000.

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Linwood Council to consider creating a second liquor license

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, October 21, 2014 04:00 am

Linwood City Hall Linwood City Hall LINWOOD—When City Council convenes Wednesday evening, Oct.22 one of the issues they will be voting on will determine if a second liquor license will be made available in the city. The city has the ability to create the second license per state law because it is based on the population of the municipality.

The ordinance was introduced at the Oct. 8 city council meeting but members of the governing body have been discussing the possibility of a second license over the last few weeks.  Residents will have the chance to weigh in on the proposed ordinance at the meeting.

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Blessing creatures great and small, even on your Iphone

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, October 20, 2014 09:01 pm

Suzanne Marino / A prickly but friendly hedgehog named Alef receives a blessing Sunday at Beth El with friends 9-year-old Ella Gurwicz, left, Ben Rosenberg, 7, and Sam Gurwicz, 5, all of Linwood.  Suzanne Marino / A prickly but friendly hedgehog named Alef receives a blessing Sunday at Beth El with friends 9-year-old Ella Gurwicz, left, Ben Rosenberg, 7, and Sam Gurwicz, 5, all of Linwood.

NORTHFIELD-- Members of Beth El Synagogue gathered at their Mainland branch in the London Square Center on Tilton Road Sunday with their pets and in some cases, photos of their pets awaiting a blessing from Rabbi Judi Ahavah Del Bourgo. 

They sang songs and read passages from the Talmud and Book of Psalms to include what the animals might have to say.

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Fatal accident claims pedestrian along Shore Road

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, October 19, 2014 01:09 pm

NORTHFIELD--Police are still investigating the Shore Road accident, Saturday, Oct. 18 that resulted in the death of Robert R. Simon, 82 of Northfield. Simon, is the owner of Just 4 Wheels Inc. in Galloway.

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Trivia Times October 18, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, October 18, 2014 08:51 am

It happened on October 18
1469 - Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile. The marriage united all the dominions of Spain.
1767 - The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
1842 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.
1867 - The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).

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Mazzeo speaks out on Taj Mahal court decision

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Written by Staff Report Friday, October 17, 2014 05:27 pm

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) issued the following statement today following the federal bankruptcy courts decision to temporarily strip Taj Mahal workers of their pensions and benefits:

"Today's good news on sports betting shouldn't be overshadowed by the blow to the workers of UNITE HERE Local 54 in court today," said Mazzeo.

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Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point teacher contracts

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, October 17, 2014 04:46 pm

Members of the Somers Point Education Association are out in full force at the Oct. 16 BOE meeting at the Dawes Ave. School to show their frustration at still not having a current contract almost 16 months after their agreement expired. Members of the Somers Point Education Association are out in full force at the Oct. 16 BOE meeting at the Dawes Ave. School to show their frustration at still not having a current contract almost 16 months after their agreement expired.

All three Mainland sending districts of Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point are completely autonomous, each just happens to have the same negotiation cycle. Each of the three districts educators entered their respective schools this September working under the terms of a contract that had expired June 30, 2013. As of Oct. 17, Somers Point is the only district that is still without a settlement or pending settlement.

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First graders receive Torah at Congregation Beth Israel

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Written by staff reports Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:00 pm

Rabbi David M. Weis of Congregation Beth Israel spends a moment with first graders Zachary Fassman, left, and Jacob Perlman under the Chuppah. Rabbi David M. Weis of Congregation Beth Israel spends a moment with first graders Zachary Fassman, left, and Jacob Perlman under the Chuppah.

The first grade class at Congregation Beth Israel in Northfield marked the start of their Jewish studies Wednesday, Oct. 8 with a consecration ceremony where they received their own miniature Torah scrolls.

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Northfield Police Blotter, Oct. 16, 2014 edition

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:00 pm

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

From Oct. 6-Oct. 12 the Northfield Police Department received 234 calls for service, conducted 124 property checks, responded to four motor vehicle accidents, made five warrant arrests and 53 motor vehicle stops, and issued 22 motor vehicle summonses.

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Somers Point Police blotter, edition of Oct. 16, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:00 pm

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

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Consultant advises avoiding court fight on Gurwicz plan in Northfield

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, October 15, 2014 03:52 pm

NORTHFIELD – Residents packed City Hall Tuesday night to hear a presentation on the city’s affordable housing obligation as it relates to the multifamily housing development proposed by developer Max Gurwicz.
City planner Tiffany Cuviello and attorney Michael Jedziniak of Surenian and Associates, who the city has hired to advise them on its affordable housing obligations, gave the presentation at the Oct. 14 City Council meeting. His firm represents 45 municipalities and specializes in Mount Laurel housing issues.
The Gurwicz plan, proposed for the fringes of the city on Cresson Avenue behind the Tilton Shopping Center and the Frank Tilton 9 Theatre, originally called for 460 units; that number has been cut to 265 one- and two-bedroom units.

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Lots of swearing in Linwood

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Written by Suzanne Marino Wednesday, October 15, 2014 01:13 pm

Lt. John Hamilton is sworn in by Linwood Mayor Rick DePamphilis with his family at his side. Lt. John Hamilton is sworn in by Linwood Mayor Rick DePamphilis with his family at his side. LINWOOD - It was a long time in coming but it was handshakes and swearing ins for five members of the Linwood Police Department at the Wednesday, Oct. 8 City Council meeting. Mayor Rick DePamphilis did the honors, promoting four officers and bringing a new officer into the department.

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Somers Point candidates bring experience to the table

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Written by Suzanne Marino Wednesday, October 15, 2014 01:07 pm

Maureen Kern, Ward 1, Republican, John DiMaria, Ward 1, Democrat, Kirk Gerety, Ward 2, Republican, Ralph Triboletti, Ward 2, Democrat Maureen Kern, Ward 1, Republican, John DiMaria, Ward 1, Democrat, Kirk Gerety, Ward 2, Republican, Ralph Triboletti, Ward 2, Democrat

SOMERS POINT – Voters here will have a choice of experience versus experience when they head to the voting booth for the Nov. 4 general election. Two City Council seats are up for election, one each in Ward 1 and Ward 2. Each is a three-year term.

In Ward 2, the Somers Point Republican Club has endorsed Maureen Kern, an incumbent with six years of experience on council, the last two as council president.

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Letter: Purse returned, lesson learned

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:00 pm

To the editor:

To the man, a father of two children, who found my purse on Churchill Drive, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are an angel on Earth.

Egg Harbor Township Police Officer Kolman, another wonderful person, told me how you wanted to teach your children honesty. You certainly did that and a lot more because you turned what could have been a nightmare into a blessed day.

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