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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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Curtain goes up on Annie Jr. at Mainland Regional HS Thursday

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Written by Staff Report Wednesday, July 30, 2014 02:49 pm

Annie Jr. opens at Mainland Regional High School Thursday at 7 p.m. Annie Jr. opens at Mainland Regional High School Thursday at 7 p.m.

The For Kids by Kids Production of Annie Jr. opens on the stage at Mainland Regional High School, 1401 Oak Avenue in Linwood Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 with two shows Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. 

 

Northfield National Night Out is back on track

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, July 30, 2014 05:00 am

Having fun at Northfield National Night Out 2013 Having fun at Northfield National Night Out 2013

NORTHFIELD—The city will host National Night Out as they have for the past 15 years on Tuesday, Aug. 5. But the decision to do so came after more than an hour of often heated debate.

Mayor Jerry McGee and City Council members were met by a crowd Tuesday night that packed city hall with the vast majority there to lend their voice to the effort to get Northfield National Night Out back. McGee cancelled the popular anti-crime event July 21 citing the lack of police stepping forward to man the event. The first meeting between newly appointed Police Chief Colin Hickey and his officers was scheduled for the following day.

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The good times keep rolling at the Somers Point free beach concert

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, July 29, 2014 01:08 pm

Roomful of Blues performing Friday, Aug. 1 on the Bay Ave. Morrow Beach in Somers Point. Roomful of Blues performing Friday, Aug. 1 on the Bay Ave. Morrow Beach in Somers Point. SOMERS POINT - The free Shore Medical Center Concerts on the Beach in Somers Point has a big surprise in store for this week when Roomful of Blues hits the beach at 7 p.m. Friday, August 1. 

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Ventnor police officer bitten by K-9

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, July 28, 2014 04:24 pm

NORTHFIELD – Ventnor Police Officer Jamie Pirchio, the only K-9 handler on the city squad, was taken to Shore Medical Center Sunday, July 27 after being bitten by her K-9 partner, Nico, Sunday morning.

According to Ventnor Police Chief Michael Miller, Pirchio had to undergo surgery on her hand and was scheduled to be released sometime later Monday, July 28.

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Letter: Make closed casino into Veterans hospital to support vets and the economy

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

While I sincerely hope additional casinos in Atlantic City do not close, I suggest a possible use for one if it does happen. Consider transforming one closed casino into a VA Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. This would not only benefit area Veterans but also provide hundreds of jobs and generate income across the board from Veterans and families for existing casinos, restaurants, hotels, boardwalk, etc.  How therapeutic for the Veterans to enjoy the ocean and beach. Atlantic City hosted them in years past successfully! This would be a year-round entity not dependent upon season, day of the week, or weather conditions.

Sue Weiler

Somers Point

 

Restore liberty, rebuild Atlantic City

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Written by Seth Grossman Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00 am

Many casinos in Atlantic City are closing or moving elsewhere.  It is good to talk about replacing them with other things.

But what business is more profitable?  If a casino can’t make enough to cover expenses, how can any seasonal, non-casino hotel, restaurant, stores, or amusement pier survive?  

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Somers Point Police blotter July 24, 2014 edition

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Written by Staff Report Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:14 am

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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Northfield Police blotters July 24, 2014 edition

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Written by Staff Report Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:11 am

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

The Northfield Police Department responded to 159 calls for service July 14-20. Police conducted 96 property checks, responded to six motor vehicle crashes, made 49 motor vehicle stops, issued 23 motor vehicle summonses and made five warrant arrests.

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‘Annie Jr.’ hits the stage in Linwood

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, July 25, 2014 12:01 am

Annie and her crew Annie and her crew of orphans are set to take the stage next week. From left are Julia Lonkart of Northfield, Lada Doukhnai of Mays Landing, Melody Pugliese of Egg Harbor Township, Logan and Ari Kauffman of Northfield, Olivia Becker of Linwood, Brianna Giovanelli of Northfield, Olivia McGee of Northfield and Megan Castellane of Northfield. LINWOOD– “Tomorrow” will ring out when the curtain goes up at Mainland Regional High School when the For Kids by Kids Production of “Annie Jr.” opens Thursday, July 31 and runs through the weekend.

“Annie Jr.” is full theatrical production adapted into a manageable version for the young performers who range in age from 6 through 16. Deborah Glenn, the producer and director of the show, said she chose “Annie Jr.” because the kids love the show and it fit perfectly with the talent of the kids.

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Keeping up with Somers Point City Council on the July 24 agenda

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Written by Staff Report Thursday, July 24, 2014 03:05 pm


SOMERS POINT—In the summer there is just one scheduled meeting of the Somers Point City Council. For July that is this Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
-On the docket for the meeting will be a resolution honoring resident, businessman and longtime Somers Point volunteer Joe DiOrio who passed away recently. His family has been invited to attend and accept the accolade for the DiOrio family patriarch.

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National Night Out cancelled in Linwood; Northfield event in doubt

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, July 23, 2014 07:00 pm

Kids enjoy a fun evening along the bike path during the Northfield National Night Out event in August 2013. Kids enjoy a fun evening along the bike path during the Northfield National Night Out event in August 2013.

NORTHFIELD—Whether National Night Out is going to happen in Northfield on August 5 is still not set in stone despite it being just two short weeks away. In nearby Linwood, the plans National Night Out has already been cancelled according to Police Chief Colin Hickey.  

Northfield Mayor Jerry McGee pulled the plug on National Night Out plans Monday afternoon saying as head of public safety for the city, he was not sure he could actually man the event with the necessary number of Northfield police officers to assure the event’s safety which this year had been moved to the Northfield Community School.

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Northfield Little League hit a home run to for the Boys and Girls Club

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, July 23, 2014 05:39 pm

Northfield Little League players 9-year old Nick Brennan and 10-year old Luke McCarthy helped Tuesday afternoon to get the equipment ready to be donated to kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Atlantic City. Northfield Little League players 9-year old Nick Brennan and 10-year old Luke McCarthy helped Tuesday afternoon to get the equipment ready to be donated to kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Atlantic City. NORTHFIELD—Arrayed about pitchers mound Tuesday afternoon on the Babe Ruth field at Birch Grove Park was nearly 200 pieces of baseball and softball equipment. All of it was used by players in the Northfield Little League program and all to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.

This is the fifth year the Northfield Little League has been donating used baseball equipment to various groups that their kids have outgrown but still has plenty of life left in the cleats, bats, uniforms and balls. This time around they kept the donation close to home.

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Green Thumb Garden Club takes visitors inside the fence

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, July 22, 2014 05:16 pm

The manicured garden of Holly and Shane Falls catches driver’s eye along Bay Avenue in Somers Point during the Green Thumb Garden Club annual tour on June 21. The manicured garden of Holly and Shane Falls catches driver’s eye along Bay Avenue in Somers Point during the Green Thumb Garden Club annual tour on June 21.

SOMERS POINT—The members of the Green Thumb Garden Club are true to their name and put their green thumbs to the test June 21 with their annual garden tour and let visitors peek inside 8 interesting gardens.  
The selected gardens took the visitors across the city and included the well-manicured rooftop gardens at Shore Medical Center.

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Tony Mart All-Stars perform the music that made Tony Mart’s famous.

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Written by Staff Report Tuesday, July 22, 2014 09:19 am

Bobby Fingers will perform as part of the Tony Mart All Star Band that is stacked with the regions most talented musicians. Bobby Fingers will perform as part of the Tony Mart All Star Band that is stacked with the regions most talented musicians.
SOMERS POINT––Celebrate the musical legacy of South Jersey and have a great time partying and dancing to the biggest hits by the most famous recording artists that ever played the legendary Tony Mart’s on Bay Ave. in Somers Point.  The show features 7 very popular regional  performers; Bob Campanell, Dr. Bobby Fingers, Danny Eyer, “Ernie T” Trionfo, Howard Isaacson, Rich Kurtz and Jimmy Glenn for a non-stop dance party and show featuring the big hits of Bill Haley and the Comets, Duane Eddie, Del Shannon, Conway Twitty, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Bob Dylan and The Band and the finale featuring the original soundtrack from “Eddie and the Cruisers” filmed at Tony Mart’s in 1982.

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Family flag football tournament in Somers Point (Video)

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Written by Michael Carroll Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 am

Family flag football tournament in Somers Point Family flag football tournament in Somers Point The Somers Point Sharks  hosted a Family Fun Day / Flag Football Fundraiser pn Saturday, July 19 at Bud Kern Field in Somers Point. The fundraiser featured food, music, games and flag football.

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Heart of Surfing aims to let everyone hang 10

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Written by JORDAN MONTGOMERY Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00 am

  Surf Instructor Bob Fertsch on the beach in Ventnor with Deborah Fabi of Margate, Jamie Fertsch of Egg Harbor Township and Marc Fabi of Margate. Surf Instructor Bob Fertsch on the beach in Ventnor with Deborah Fabi of Margate, Jamie Fertsch of Egg Harbor Township and Marc Fabi of Margate. VENTNOR- Local fathers combined their love for surfing with their love of special needs individuals with Heart of Surfing surf camp.

Bob Fertsch and Vinnie Lorenzi of Egg Harbor Township have brought opportunity to the beaches of Ventnor with the Heart of Surfing camp, a non-profit organization that strives to give individuals with special needs the opportunity to learn to surf.

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