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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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Northfield council eyes emergency medical services

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, September 26, 2014 06:00 am

NORTHFIELD – Emergency medical services were the focus of the City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 23.
While the agreement between Northfield, Linwood and Shore Medical Center for emergency services runs through August 2015, Northfield City Council President Jim Travagline said that after a meeting Monday with Shore representative John Waite, it might be prudent to begin looking around for other providers.
The contract is a revenue-neutral arrangement in which Shore agreed to accept whatever payment the user’s insurance provides, and residents are not charged for emergency medical services.

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Atlantic County offering flu shots

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Written by Staff Report Friday, September 26, 2014 05:00 am

Flu shots for residents 18 years and older are $15; they are free for Medicare Part B recipients . Flu shots for residents 18 years and older are $15; they are free for Medicare Part B recipients . NORTHFIELD – The Atlantic County Division of Public Health is offering flu shots at various locations. The shots are $15 for residents 18 years and older and free for Medicare Part B recipients who present their card

Pneumonia shots are available to eligible residents over 65.

Appointments can be made at www.aclink.org, but walk-ins are welcome at all locations.

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Northfield School District referendum to be held Tuesday, Sept. 30

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, September 25, 2014 06:00 pm

NORTHFIELD – Voters here will be going to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 30 to vote on a school district bond referendum. The district is seeking to make what the Northfield Board of Education has determined are needed replacements and improvements at the 15-year old Northfield Community School at 2000 New Road.
The cost of the improvements total $7,410,085, and according to Board Secretary and Business Administrator Linda Albright, the State of New Jersey has approved funding for 42 percent of the district’s project, or $3,005,483. The Northfield share of the project is $4,374,602.
Albright said the district will be retiring bonds over the next 16 months making it a good time to undertake a renovation project. Property owners will still see a decrease of $140 annually in school taxes on a home assessed at the city average of $329,000. Albright further explained that if the voters turn down the referendum, the district would lose the 42 percent funding for the project with no guarantee of future funding.

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Northfield, Somers Point remember the soldiers who never came home

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:00 pm

Glowsticks and flags line the walkway at Patriots Park in Somers Point, where a POW/MIA recognition ceremony is held annually on the third Friday in September to honor soldiers who never returned.  Glowsticks and flags line the walkway at Patriots Park in Somers Point, where a POW/MIA recognition ceremony is held annually on the third Friday in September to honor soldiers who never returned.

Friday, Sept. 19 was National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and at the Northfield Community School it was a time for the middle school students to learn the reason the black flag hangs under the Stars and Stripes on many flagpoles and what its symbolism means.
Teacher Mary Ann Devine, who coordinates the school’s veterans programming, enlisted her seventh-grade class to point out the symbolism behind the flag: the soldier looking toward his home, the partial wreath that will be complete when he returns home. The missing man table was set, in preparation for when all prisoners will return home.

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Northfield police seize 315 bags of heroin

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 02:18 pm

NORTHFIELD – Police seized 315 bags of heroin and arrested two residents on drug charges Thursday, Sept. 25 after a several-months-long investigation.

Charged were Jerome Ellis, 45, and Chaneen McKoy, 39, of the 300 block of Maple Avenue, where the heroin was seized, according to police reports. 

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Class is now in session in the annex at CharterTech

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, September 24, 2014 04:39 pm

Cutting the ribbon on the CharterTech High School for the Performing Arts expansion Tuesday, Sept. 16 are, from left, founders Jerry Klause, Nancy Fox, builder Sean Scarborough, Board of Trustees President Mike Barnow, Principal-lead person Arthur Tubbs, founder Kerry Treasure and Brian McGuire, principal and dean of curriculum.  Cutting the ribbon on the CharterTech High School for the Performing Arts expansion Tuesday, Sept. 16 are, from left, founders Jerry Klause, Nancy Fox, builder Sean Scarborough, Board of Trustees President Mike Barnow, Principal-lead person Arthur Tubbs, founder Kerry Treasure and Brian McGuire, principal and dean of curriculum.

SOMERS POINT — Tuesday, Sept. 16 the founders and the administration of CharterTech High School cut the ribbon on a new building on the campus of the school that co-founder and board of trustees’ member Jerry Klause said melds cutting edge technology with the performing arts.
Dubbed simply as the annex for now, the Sean Scarborough-designed building is home to eight classrooms, a recording studio, a multi purpose room, faculty workroom and the office of Principal and Head of Curriculum Brian McGuire.

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Central Square hosts Harvest Fest Saturday

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Written by staff reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 04:21 pm

LINWOOD – Central Square celebrates the fall season with its inaugural Harvest Fest 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 199 New Road.
Most merchants will have something interesting for patrons.
Organizer Heidi Farber said a fun day is planned with special sidewalk sales, tastings at Barista, the newest eatery in the center, along with Chaba Thai.
Saturday’s Harvest Fest will also feature free yoga and Pilates workshops, sponsored by Hummingbird Yoga Studio and Breathe Studio.
There will be a free salsa dance lesson by Dancing with Mark and a free belly dance performance and lesson from Bellydance by Lorenda.

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MS Bike to the Shore will bring thousands of riders though the city this weekend

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, September 23, 2014 03:32 pm

MS Bike to Shore route through Somers Point. MS Bike to Shore route through Somers Point. SOMERS POINT—Motorists may experience some delays in their trips around the area this weekend as the 34th annual National MS Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter Bike MS: City to Shore rolls through Somers Point on the way from Cherry Hill to Ocean City. 

The riders will be getting on the road by 8 a.m. at the Woodcrest Patco Station in Cherry Hill and will be riding across Camden and into Atlantic counties. The riders will likely cross through the Somers Point area in the mid to late afternoon.

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Run for the Fallen remembers NJ soldiers and supports their Gold Star families

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:55 am

Hero Marker 47, honoring Pvt. Anthony J. Sausto is set in place at Patriots Park in Somers Point Tuesday, Sept. 23 by Run Director, Mike Simpson of Browns Mills and Ed “Tug” Devine of Deptford in advance of The Run for the Fallen. Saturday morning at 6:25 a.m. members of the run team of volunteer active military will stop, salute and pay their respects to Sausto and present a flower to a member of his family if they are present and then run on to the next marker less than a mile down Shore Road. Supporters are urged to check the website and go to one of the markers to show support for the fallen. Hero Marker 47, honoring Pvt. Anthony J. Sausto is set in place at Patriots Park in Somers Point Tuesday, Sept. 23 by Run Director, Mike Simpson of Browns Mills and Ed “Tug” Devine of Deptford in advance of The Run for the Fallen. Saturday morning at 6:25 a.m. members of the run team of volunteer active military will stop, salute and pay their respects to Sausto and present a flower to a member of his family if they are present and then run on to the next marker less than a mile down Shore Road. Supporters are urged to check the website and go to one of the markers to show support for the fallen. Sunday, Sept. 28 is Gold Star Mothers and Family Day. Set aside by Congress in 1936 to recognize the mothers and their families who carry on with pride everyday honoring their soldier that was killed in service to their country. Leading up to that day is the Run for the Fallen that will begin at the southernmost tip of the state at Cape May Lighthouse and finish up at the New Jersey Vietnam veterans Memorial in Holmdel. 

Along the way will be 226 hero markers placed and each of the markers will honor one of the New Jersey soldiers that have given their all for their country from recent conflicts; Beirut, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield (Gulf War), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn (Iraq), Operation Restore Hope (Somalia), the Pentagon and 9/11.

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4-car crash in Somers Point sends 9 to hospital Saturday

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, September 22, 2014 05:20 pm

Four car accident Saturday morning at Groveland Ave. and Shore Rd. sends nine people two the hospital. Dennis Sharpe/Four car accident Saturday morning at Groveland Ave. and Shore Rd. sends nine people two the hospital.

2 children flown to Cooper

SOMERS POINT – A four-car accident Saturday morning, Sept. 20 sent nine people to the hospital, including two children who were flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for treatment of injuries.

Seven people were transported by ambulance to AtlantiCare’s City and Mainland divisions and to Shore Medical Center, according to reports. 

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Mainland student charged with bringing fake gun to school

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, September 22, 2014 12:17 pm

 Mainland Regional High School LINWOOD  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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A Somers they’ll never forget

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, September 21, 2014 06:00 am

Historical Society commemorates the 210th anniversary of the death of Capt. Richard Somers in Tripoli

The flowers at the Richard Somers Day ceremony are from Somers Point’s sister city, Somers, New York. The flag was flown over the U.S. Embassy in Libya and given to the city by then U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The flowers at the Richard Somers Day ceremony are from Somers Point’s sister city, Somers, New York. The flag was flown over the U.S. Embassy in Libya and given to the city by then U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. SOMERS POINT – A group gathered at City Hall Saturday, Sept. 13 for the 10th annual Richard Somers Day, commemorating the 210th anniversary of his death Sept. 3, 1804 in the harbor in Tripoli. Somers was not yet 26 when he died.

The commemoration was for planned for the Richard Somers Memorial Park, but the weather chased the event indoors.

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Northfield Police Blotter September 18, 2014 edition

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Written by staff reports Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:00 am

Northfield 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.

From Sept. 8-14 the Northfield Police Department received 144 calls for service, conducted 109 property checks, responded to five motor vehicle crashes, made four warrant arrests and 12 motor vehicle stops, and issued 10 motor vehicle summonses.

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Somers Point Police Blotter Sept. 18, 2014 edition

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Written by staff reports Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:00 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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Auxiliary fashion show raises $15,000 to benefit Shore Medical Center

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:00 am

From left are Joan Sambucci, Elaine Perino and Cathy McMenamin, all of Ocean City, shopping the shoe table at the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center’s 23rd annual Thrift Shop Fashion Show and Luncheon. From left are Joan Sambucci, Elaine Perino and Cathy McMenamin, all of Ocean City, shopping the shoe table at the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center’s 23rd annual Thrift Shop Fashion Show and Luncheon. SOMERS POINT – The Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center hosted its 23rd annual Fall Thrift Shop Fashion Show and Luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. This year, the event raised a record of more than $15,000, which will be applied to the auxiliary’s $2.5 million pledge to benefit Shore Medical Center.

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Northfield voters to decide on $7.3M in school upgrades

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, September 19, 2014 11:20 am

NORTHFIELD – Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 30 to vote on a special referendum for $7.3 million in upgrades to the Northfield Community School, which opened nearly 15 years ago. The Board of Education said in a presentation that the improvements are necessary to keep the school ahead of costly improvements that the district cannot provide via annual budgets.

“Our school is in good shape because we try to stay ahead of big problems, but after nearly 15 years systems go and things need to be replaced,” board President Steve Wynn said.

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