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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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Northfield Mothers League is serving up the meatballs for a good cause

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 20, 2015 06:00 am

These ladies can really dish it out. Members of the Northfield Mothers League serving up dinner at the annual event are, from left, Mary Canesi, Jamie Russo, Jacqueline Dewees, Jennifer Cook, Jennifer Kelly and Nancy Berranato. These ladies can really dish it out. Members of the Northfield Mothers League serving up dinner at the annual event are, from left, Mary Canesi, Jamie Russo, Jacqueline Dewees, Jennifer Cook, Jennifer Kelly and Nancy Berranato.

NORTHFIELD—The cafeteria was filled with families enjoying good Italian food for a great cause Wednesday, March 11 at the Northfield Mothers League’s annual spaghetti dinner held at the Northfield Community School.  Volunteers manned the serving line, helped with drinks, salads and homemade desserts at the popular event.

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Mainland Regional High School presents Les Miserables

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, March 17, 2015 06:00 pm

Seniors Josh Ludwig, left as Jean Valjean and Andrew Lavery as Javert are enemies in Les Miserables, opening Thursday at MRHS. Seniors Josh Ludwig, left as Jean Valjean and Andrew Lavery as Javert are enemies in Les Miserables, opening Thursday at MRHS.

LINWOOD—Thursday night the curtain will go up on Les Miserables at Mainland Regional High School, one of the most popular musicals of all time. A grand undertaking for a high school drama department the musical is based on a grand tale, the 1862 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo.
Jean Valjean, played by senior Josh Ludwig of Northfield, is the central character to the story. He is sent to jail for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread.

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Linwood sisters indicted in theft of $2.7M from elderly clients

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Written by Staff Report Tuesday, March 17, 2015 03:11 pm

Five indicted for conspiracy, money laundering, deception and hindering apprehension. Five indicted for conspiracy, money laundering, deception and hindering apprehension. 3 others including doctor also charged 

TRENTON – The owner of an Atlantic County in-home senior care company and her sister were indicted March 16 on first-degree charges of conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly conspiring to steal millions of dollars from a dozen elderly clients, acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Tuesday.

Jan Van Holt, 58, and her sister Sondra Steen, 59, both of Linwood, were indicted by a state grand jury. Holt was the owner of A Better Choice, a company that offered elderly clients in-home “life care and legal financial planning,” and her sister was an employee.

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Mainland Memoriam Act moves forward in Assembly UPDATED

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, March 16, 2015 02:52 pm


Legislation to promote driver safety in memory of four Mainland Regional High School students who died in a tragic SUV accident in Aug. 20, 2011, has moved a step closer to passage. Sponsored by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, A-3276, better known as the “Mainland Memorial Act” is to increase new drivers understanding of the automobile laws and boost awareness of the New Jersey Graduated Drivers License program.

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Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point police blotter, edition of March 12, 2015

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 16, 2015 09:53 am

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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.

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LEF gala to honor Linwood couple, Seaview computer teacher

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:00 am

Joe and Allison Molineaux will be honored at the sixth annual LEF gala at Linwood Country Club March 21. Joe and Allison Molineaux will be honored at the sixth annual LEF gala at Linwood Country Club March 21.

LINWOOD — The Linwood Education Foundation is in the final planning of its annual gala set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at the Linwood Country Club. The fundraiser is the foundation's biggest event of the season, and it recognizes supporters who have a continued commitment to the organization and the children of the Linwood School District.

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Best of the bee

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 13, 2015 06:03 pm

NCS Middle School language arts teacher Lisa Carlton, left, and student teacher Kate Muldoon, right, stand with, from left, spelling bee champ Camille O’Halloran, second-place finisher Chris Vandenberg and third-place finisher Gianna Smith.  NCS Middle School language arts teacher Lisa Carlton, left, and student teacher Kate Muldoon, right, stand with, from left, spelling bee champ Camille O’Halloran, second-place finisher Chris Vandenberg and third-place finisher Gianna Smith.

NORTHFIELD – Seventh-grade language arts teacher Lisa Carlton and student teacher Kate Muldoon coordinated the annual spelling bee at the Northfield Community Middle School Feb. 25.
The students competed through five rounds before it came down to the word “samurai,” which was spelled correctly by eighth-grader Camille O’Halloran. The second-place speller was Christopher Vandenberg, and eighth-grader Gianna Smith came in third.

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Newman sworn in as acting police chief

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 13, 2015 03:30 pm

Newman sworn in as acting police chief Newman sworn in as acting police chief

Mayor Erland Chau performed a ceremonial swearing-in of acting Police Chief Paul Newman at the City Council meeting Tuesday, March 10. The official swearing-in took place just after midnight March 1, when the retirement of former Chief Colin Hickey was final. Here, Chau shakes hands with Newman, who is joined by his wife, Kim, and their sons Jack and Patrick.

   

Surfers up at ShopRite

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 13, 2015 12:12 pm

From left, Mainland Regional High School surf team member Elizabeth Jackson, 15, of Somers Point, coach Richard Sless and team members Robbie Lemmons, 16, of Linwood and Nick Giunta, 16, of Somers Point, bag groceries and collect donations. From left, Mainland Regional High School surf team member Elizabeth Jackson, 15, of Somers Point, coach Richard Sless and team members Robbie Lemmons, 16, of Linwood and Nick Giunta, 16, of Somers Point, bag groceries and collect donations.

Dressed in their green team T-shirts, the members of the Mainland Regional High School surf team weren’t hanging 10 Sunday, but bagging 10 – or even more grocery items for customers coming through the checkout lines at the Somers Point ShopRite. Coach Richard Sless said 20 members of the team took part in a four-hour bagging event to let the community know that Mainland has a competitive surf team and to lend a hand.

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Historical Society lecture, book signing to feature 8 local authors

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, March 13, 2015 11:07 am

SOMERS POINT – The Atlantic County Historical Society will present a program on authors who have written books on local history 7 p.m. Monday, March 23 in the second-floor auditorium of the Atlantic County Historical Society, 907 Shore Road.

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Former NBA player gives drugs, alcohol the full-court press

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, March 12, 2015 02:25 pm

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. 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 the tale of his rise to the top of the game and the descent into drug and alcohol addiction that nearly destroyed his life.

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Seventh annual Dave’s Day set

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, March 11, 2015 06:00 pm

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. 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 the people he touched.  Saturday, March 21 marks the seventh annual Dave’s Day. The day-long event honors the memory of the popular coach and is set for the Northfield Community School, featuring activities that Lewis would have been the first to volunteer to help organize because it incorporates activities and organizations that were close to his heart.

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Fourth straight title - Mainland Regional NJDFL team is state champ

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, March 11, 2015 02:50 pm

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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Enjoying the last snow day of the winter

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Sunday, March 08, 2015 09:20 pm

Sledding with her dad Andrew Morris at MRHS Friday morning is Abigail Morris, 2 ½ from Linwood. Sledding with her dad Andrew Morris at MRHS Friday morning is Abigail Morris, 2 ½ from Linwood.

LINWOOD—Kids enjoyed their slide down the hill at Mainland Regional High School Friday morning, March 6, a day everyone over the age of 12 is hoping will be the very last snow day of this school year.

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Somers Point receives $500K to complete Gateway Theater renovation

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Friday, March 06, 2015 04:55 pm

Gateway Theater, Bay Ave. Somers Point 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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Afterschool club offers free homework help followed by fun

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, March 05, 2015 02:00 pm

Rev. Tim Vamosi, pastor of Linwood Community Church, visits one of the classrooms where the Anchor Club will help children complete their homework and have some fun when the work is done. Rev. Tim Vamosi, pastor of Linwood Community Church, visits one of the classrooms where the Anchor Club will help children complete their homework and have some fun when the work is done.

LINWOOD – A new afterschool homework help and tutoring program, the Anchor Club, is scheduled to kick off Tuesday, March 10 at Linwood Community Church for students in first through sixth grade.
Rev. Tim Vamosi, church pastor, said his hope is that in the bigger picture, the program will help the family as well as the child. The free program will initially run 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Vamosi said that if the need is there, the program will expand.

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