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    Former professional basketball player Chris Herren relays his anti-drug message to parents and high school students Wednesday, March 4 at the Jordan Road School.

    SOMERS POINT – Former NBA player Chris Herren delivered a powerful message to parents and high school students gathered Wednesday evening in the Jordan Road School cafeteria.
    Herren, a former Fresno State basketball star who went on to play for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, shared…

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    The 3 on 3 tournaments feature high school boys and girls teams. From left are JoJo Schallus, 16, from MRHS, Nicole Piergross, 16, of Ocean City, Brielle Clarke, 16, from Absegami and Megan Stafford, 16, from MRHS.
    NORTHFIELD — Multiple myeloma took Coach Dave Lewis in 2008 but the lessons he taught along the way have not been forgotten by…

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    LINWOOD—When a school returns a second year with state championship hardware, that is an accomplishment. Make it a three-peat and other schools really take notice. But four years in a row? That just might be dominance.

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    Gateway Theater, Bay Ave. Somers Point

    SOMERS POINT—The show will go on thanks to more than $500,000 in grants, plans to complete the renovation of the Gateway Theater on Bay Avenue will move forward. Mayor Jack Glasser said he feels it will be an economic engine for Bay Avenue and the arts in Somers Point.

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    LINWOOD – The Board of School Estimate presented a $14,070,612 preliminary budget Monday, March 2 that if approved would raise the local school tax 4.4 cents per $100 of assessed property value. It was anticipated that the board would adopt at the budget at its Wednesday, March 4 meeting, after this newspaper’s deadline.
    The proposed 2015-2016 spending plan is $159,854 lower than the current year. Reasons cited for the rate increase are a drop in ratables, anticipation of flat state aid, higher health care costs, a 2.6 percent salary increase to teachers, and less fund…

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Civil rights movement at the heart of Jordan Road fifth annual march on the library

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, January 19, 2015 03:49 pm

Suzanne Marino / Jaquan Mace said he chose to do his research on Emmitt Till because he was shocked to learn about the murder of a 14-year old boy. Suzanne Marino / Jaquan Mace said he chose to do his research on Emmitt Till because he was shocked to learn about the murder of a 14-year old boy.

SOMERS POINT – The students became the teachers Friday morning, Jan. 16, as they honored Martin Luther King at the Jordan Road School with the ninth annual march on the library. 

A language arts project gave students in grades four through eight a chance to learn more about King and the major events in the civil rights movement, according to seventh-grade language arts teacher Danielle Levin.

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Poet laureate adds another dimension to the Somers Point arts scene

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, January 18, 2015 06:00 am

Somers Point poet laureate Maria Provenzano, left, stands with Arts Commission Chairwoman Kathy Arleth at the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. Provenzano was introduced to residents and City Council members after a resolution approving her two-year position was approved unanimously. Somers Point poet laureate Maria Provenzano, left, stands with Arts Commission Chairwoman Kathy Arleth at the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. Provenzano was introduced to residents and City Council members after a resolution approving her two-year position was approved unanimously. SOMERS POINT – Officials took another step toward proving that the arts have a home here when Maria Provenzano was introduced as the city’s first poet laureate at the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. 

Provenzano, 26, is a 2010 graduate of Northwest University, were she received a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.

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Somers Point Police Blotter edition of Jan, 15, 2015

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Written by Staff Report Saturday, January 17, 2015 11:18 pm

Somers Point 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.

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Northfield Police Blotter edition of Jan, 15, 2015

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Written by Staff Report Saturday, January 17, 2015 11:12 pm

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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 had 271 calls for service Dec. 29-Jan. 11. Officers conducted 206 property checks, responded to 16 motor vehicle crashes, made 51 motor vehicle stops and issued 16 motor vehicle summonses.

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SPBA is talking leadership and change over breakfast in Somers Point

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Written by staff report Friday, January 16, 2015 03:53 pm


 SOMERS POINT--The Somers Point Business Association will host its first monthly breakfast meeting of the year beginning at 8 a.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Fitzpatrick’s Deli & Steakhouse, 650 New Road in Somers Point.  The cost is $10 per person, with a full breakfast provided. Business owners and managers from Somers Point and surrounding communities are welcome to attend.

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Construction detour to begin Jan. 21 on Zion Road in Northfield

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, January 15, 2015 05:55 pm

NORTHFIELD – Reconstruction of Cedar Bridge on Zion Road in Northfield is set to begin on or about Wednesday,  Jan. 21, and a full detour will be in effect, according to Atlantic County  public information officer Linda Gilmore.

The bridge, on Zion at the intersection of Bargaintown Road near Burroughs Avenue where Northfield meets Linwood and Egg Harbor Township, is being replaced as part of the Fire Road and Mill Road intersection project.

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Mainland Regional to eliminate class rank

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, January 14, 2015 04:15 pm

LINWOOD – Mainland Regional High School Principal Mark Marrone told parents at a meeting Monday, Jan. 12 that the Board of Education would vote next week on a proposal to do away with what has long been a sacred cow: class rank.
Speaking at a parents meeting, Marrone said it is time for the school to move beyond class rank.

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State gets $29M emergency grant to train, support displaced casino workers

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Written by Staff Report Tuesday, January 13, 2015 03:22 pm

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo

New Jersey was awarded $29.4 million in National Emergency Grant funds for workforce training and education programs for people displaced by the Atlantic City casino closings, U.S. Department of Labor officials announced Tuesday.

New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo said in a news release that the grant would play a major role in re-establishing a “strong economic footing” in the Atlantic County area.

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With a nod to the year past Linwood Mayor Rick DePamphilis looks ahead

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Written by Richard DePamphilis Monday, January 12, 2015 03:42 pm

Linwood Mayor Richard DePamphilis Linwood Mayor Richard DePamphilis LINWOOD—Mayor Rick DePamphilis makes good use of the annual reorganization meeting to give residents his annual state of the city message. 

Tuesday, Jan. 6 he thanked the city hall staff, the police, public works and the volunteers who man the committees and boards to help make Linwood a special community. 

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Erland Chau themes his annual city address as accomplishments, achievements and expectations

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Written by Erland Chau Monday, January 12, 2015 03:01 pm

Northfield Mayor Erland Chau Northfield Mayor Erland Chau

NORTHFIELD—Newly elected Mayor Erland Chau is no stranger to politics in the city but Jan. 6 marked his first state of the city of Northfield message to residents.

To the members of the Northfield City Council, to those attending this meeting and to those who are viewing this presentation on the Mainland Regional telecast, I welcome to this 2015 state of the city address.

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Death ruled a homicide for body discovered in Northfield

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Written by Staff Report Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:34 pm

Police block Virginia Ave in Northfield where a body was found Friday morning. Police block Virginia Ave in Northfield where a body was found Friday morning. NORTHFIELD – The body found outside a Virginia Avenue home here Friday, Jan. 9 was that of Franklin Dwayne Gant Smith, 52, and the death has been ruled a homicide, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said Saturday. 

The New Jersey state medical examiner, who completed the autopsy, said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to McClain.

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Investigation continues in Northfield where body was discovered

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, January 09, 2015 04:42 pm

Police block Virginia Ave in Northfield where a body was found Friday morning. Police block Virginia Ave in Northfield where a body was found Friday morning.

NORTHFIELD—Investigators from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body in the unit block of Virginia Avenue Friday morning. Atlantic County Prosecutor James McClain issued a release late Friday afternnon.

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Linwood council begins the year with familiar faces

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, January 08, 2015 05:00 pm

LINWOOD – Three City Council members, Ralph Paolone, Brian Heun and Elliot Beinfest, had the distinctive honor of being sworn in at the governing body’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6 by former council colleagues who are now judges.

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Linwood native is making a name for herself in music, film

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, January 08, 2015 02:15 pm

Ashlee Keating Ashlee Keating

LINWOOD – A dozen years ago Ashlee Keating stepped into the limelight in the role of Annie on Broadway. That curly-haired little girl has grown into a young woman, and her love of the stage is still her driving force.
Keating packed her bags a few years ago and headed to Los Angeles to stake her claim to fame and develop a career as a performer. Now 21, the Linwood native is making her mark in films and as a singer and a songwriter.

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Sweet sounds of MRHS Band trumpet Brandall Estates friendship

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, January 06, 2015 03:35 pm

Residents at Brandall Estates along with family and friends enjoy an afternoon of holiday music and sing-a-longs with the MainlandRegionalHigh School band, string ensemble and the Dallas Brass Band. Residents at Brandall Estates along with family and friends enjoy an afternoon of holiday music and sing-a-longs with the MainlandRegionalHigh School band, string ensemble and the Dallas Brass Band.  LINWOOD—The members of the Mainland Regional High School Band have forged a special friendship over the years with the residents of Brandall Estates. MRHS Director Keith Hodgson brings his musicians several times a year to the senior living facility to connect the students with the seniors. The common thread for all is the love of great music.

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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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