• Middle Township Gazette

    MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – The state began a project to add centerline rumble strips to Route 47 earlier this month, and a state official said this week that the work should be finished by month’s end.

    “Approximately 24 miles of roadway will have rumble strips added between Dias Creek Road and Route 55,” said Stephen Schapiro, a state Department of Transportation spokesman. “The estimated cost of this work is approximately $100,000.”

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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…

  • Mainland Current

    Mainland senior Katie Carr of Northfield discusses her essay plans and neuroscience as a major with admissions counselor John Yi of Yale University in the library Monday, Sept. 15. LINWOOD – Just the mention of college admission essays can be enough to rattle even the most dedicated upperclassmen.

    Nathan Lichtenwalner, director of guidance at Mainland Regional High School, said the college essay can be a stumbling block…

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    Robert Webb, a Navy man for more than three decades, thanks former City Councilman Steve Vain for his help in pushing forward with work plans at the park.

    NORTHFIELD – More than 30 people visited Veterans Park on Oak Avenue Sunday afternoon to remember the special veterans in their lives.
    According to park committee member Steve Vain, there have been some improvements to the park of late. The…

  • Mainland Current

    Somers Point Firefighters and city officials line the sidewalk in front of the fire trucks at the city’s annual 9/11 Remembrance ceremony at Patriots Park Thursday morning.

    SOMERS POINT—The flags snapped in the breeze as the veterans present snapped their salute to the flag at the 9/11 ceremony at Patriot’s Park Thursday morning. It was a scene that was played out in small towns and big cities across…

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Utts enters Northfield mayoral race

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, September 10, 2014 04:42 pm

Paul Utts, Northfield Democratic candidate for mayor. Paul Utts, Northfield Democratic candidate for mayor. NORTHFIELD – It went down to the wire, but the ballot is set for the Nov. 4 general election after Paul Utts, 58, the president of the Northfield Democratic Club, stepped forward and entered the race for mayor. 

Utts replaces candidate Jason O’Grady, who withdraw from the race because a new employment opportunity required him to relocate to California.

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Deployed now employed with Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:29 pm

Deployed veterans are sworn in as Atlantic County Sheriff Officers Sept. 9 in Northfield. Deployed veterans are sworn in as Atlantic County Sheriff Officers Sept. 9 in Northfield. NORTHFIELD - Sheriff Frank X. Balles administered the oath of office Tuesday, Sept. 9 to 11 officers who will start training at the Atlantic County Police Academy this week.

The new officers are all veterans who have been deployed overseas on at least one tour of duty, he said at the swearing-in, which took place at a meeting of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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Saying goodbye to Aisling Cooke in Linwood

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, September 09, 2014 04:00 pm

Hundreds fill the church to capacity at a concelebrated funeral mass for 14-year old Aisling Cooke at Our Lady of Sorrows in Linwood, Monday, Sept. 8. Hundreds fill the church to capacity at a concelebrated funeral mass for 14-year old Aisling Cooke at Our Lady of Sorrows in Linwood, Monday, Sept. 8. LINWOOD—Hundreds filled Our Lady of Sorrows Church to capacity Monday morning to say a final good bye to 14-year old Aisling Brigid Cooke. Many dabbed their eyes as the organ played “Here I am Lord” and she was remembered by her friends and family. 

They talked about a young lady who loved to be with her family and her friends, was a good musician and a tenacious and fast soccer player who aspired to be a varsity player in her freshman year that would have begun just two days after her passing. Bagpipes followed the remembrances.

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Letter: Post Crashers’ help is much appreciated

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Written by Opinion Monday, September 08, 2014 02:06 pm

Letter: Post Crashers’ help is much appreciated Letter: Post Crashers’ help is much appreciated To the editor:

I have been the commander of the Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295 for the last nine months. Like many Legion posts across the nation, the membership is mostly World War II and Korean War veterans who are aging. We have 50 members, and at 60 years old, I am the second youngest.

We have one man who was a tail gunner on a B-29; he has been a member of the Legion for 70 years. But we now have a building which is old and badly in need of repairs and maintenance because our aging members just haven't been able to keep up with it over the years.

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All smiles at annual Good Ol Days Festival

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Written by Chelsea White Monday, September 08, 2014 10:25 am

Michelle Hill of Galloway shops around with her children, from left, Sophia, 3; Marissa, 15; Ryan, 17; Morgan, 5; and Melanie, 12. Michelle Hill of Galloway shops around with her children, from left, Sophia, 3; Marissa, 15; Ryan, 17; Morgan, 5; and Melanie, 12. The sounds of live music and smells of burgers and hot dogs on the grill filled Kennedy Park Saturday Sept. 6 at Somers Point’s 36th annual Good Ol Days Festival.

In the day’s heat, the park was packed with adults and children who shopped the vendors’ tents, played games to win prizes and checked out the classic car show. 

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Somers Point school board choses new superintendent

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 11:16 am

SOMERS POINT – After a search that lasted most of the summer, the Somers Point Board of Education Tuesday night chose Frank Vogel, superintendent of the Wenonah School District ini Gloucester County, as its new superintendent.

Vogel, a resident of Burlington County, has served as the superintendent of the Wenonah district for the past eight years. The Somers Point school board voted unanimously – with two abstentions due to conflict of interest – to appoint Vogel to a five-year term.  He is tentatively expected to officially take the position in December.

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Linwood council lauds local lax team

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Written by Suzanne Marino Friday, September 05, 2014 11:11 am

Suzanne Marino / Members of the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Club join coach Alex Marino, left, Chris Kaczmarski and Councilman Tim Tighe, far right, at the City Council meeting Aug. 13. Suzanne Marino / Members of the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Club join coach Alex Marino, left, Chris Kaczmarski and Councilman Tim Tighe, far right, at the City Council meeting Aug. 13.

LINWOOD – Council congratulated the Mainland Youth Lacrosse Club eighth-grade team Aug. 13 for completing a successful season.

The team went undefeated with a 14-0 season and brought home the Jersey Shore Youth Lacrosse League championship.

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Mainland community comes together in grief

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, September 04, 2014 10:55 am

MRHS Principal Mark Marrone leads the soccer team at the end of a candlelight vigil in honor of incoming Mainland freshman Aisling Cooke who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries sustained in a three-car accident Saturday morning. MRHS Principal Mark Marrone leads the soccer team at the end of a candlelight vigil in honor of incoming Mainland freshman Aisling Cooke who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries sustained in a three-car accident Saturday morning.

LINWOOD – The stadium was filled, and the overflow crowd gathered along the fence of the Mustang Corral at Mainland Regional High School Wednesday evening to honor and celebrate the life of incoming freshman Aisling Cooke, 14, who died Tuesday, Sept. 2 from injuries suffered in a three-car accident Saturday morning.

Cooke, a soccer player, was with her teammates heading to a soccer tournament at St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland when their car was struck by another vehicle.

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Injuries claim Mainland soccer player Aisling Cooke; candlelight vigil to be held tonight

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Written by Suzanne Marino Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:38 pm

LINWOOD – Tragedy has again struck the Mainland Regional High School community, as incoming freshman Aisling Cooke died early Wednesday as a result of injuries suffered in a three-car accident Saturday morning on Route 40 in Hamilton Township.

Cooke, the daughter of Deidre and Hugh Cooke of Linwood, died at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Division, where she was taken after the accident with critical injuries. She had been in a car with four teammates from the Mainland soccer team heading to St. Augustine Prep in Richland when the crash occurred.

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A sweet start to kindergarten in Northfield

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:15 am

Ready for school and still loving hanging out with mom is Abigail Dougherty sitting on her mom Mary’s lap and Juliana Carangi with her mom Kate. Ready for school and still loving hanging out with mom is Abigail Dougherty sitting on her mom Mary’s lap and Juliana Carangi with her mom Kate. NORTHFIELD—To take some of the butterflies away from the first day of school a kindergarten ice cream social was held Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Northfield Community School. The new students had a chance to meet their teachers and classmates and hopefully make that transition from summer to school an easy one.

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Northfield mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus

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Written by staff reports Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:15 am

A mosquito sample collected from Northwood Court in Northfield has been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus, announced the Atlantic County Division of Public Health on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Positive mosquito samples were found last month in both Northfield and Linwood. Northwood Court, the location of the most recent confirmation, is near Birch Grove Park in Northfield where several positive samples were found last year.

Infected mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus to birds, animals and humans. Crows are particularly susceptible to the virus and are good indicators of the presence of the disease in a specific area. Sick birds or birds that have died within the past 24 hours may be reported and evaluated for testing.

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A new Eagle flies in Northfield

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Written by Suzanne Marino Tuesday, September 02, 2014 01:49 pm

New Eagle Scout Ryan Edwards of Troop 72 is congratulated by City Councilman Nick Piergiovanni at the Aug. 26 City Council meeting. New Eagle Scout Ryan Edwards of Troop 72 is congratulated by City Councilman Nick Piergiovanni at the Aug. 26 City Council meeting. NORTHFIELD—Ryan Edwards, 17, of Troop 72 in Northfield earned the distinction of being the latest Eagle Scout in the city. He was honored by Northfield City Council at their Aug. 26 meeting and congratulated by fellow Eagle Scout and councilman, Nick Piergiovanni.

For his project Edwards, who follows in the footsteps of his brother Shane and his grandfather to make Eagle, headed to Birch Grove to see what he might do to improve the park. After meeting with Park Director Vicky Rutter Edwards decided to take on the exterior of the covered bridge that is adjacent to the main lake.

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Somers Point Good Old Days Festival on tap for Saturday

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Written by Suzanne Marino Tuesday, September 02, 2014 01:22 pm

Music on three stages, antique cars and children’s entertainment highlight this Good Ol’ Days Festival. Music on three stages, antique cars and children’s entertainment highlight this Good Ol’ Days Festival. SOMERS POINT—This weekend its time to turn back the clock and chill a little bit because summer is in the rear view mirror and enjoy friends and neighbor at the 37th annual Good Ol Days Festival.

Head to Kennedy Park and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 6 for the end of the season favorite event.

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Help Jim Mangano fight ALS with ice bucket challenge at Good Ol Days

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Tuesday, September 02, 2014 06:45 am

Jim and Denise Mangano in their EHT home. Jim and Denise Mangano in their EHT home. SOMERS POINT—According to the New York Daily News, as of Aug. 31 more than 3 million people have donated over $100 million to the ALS Association through the ice bucket challenge. It has raised awareness to the disease as well as funding for research. But close to home there will be an ice bucket challenge this Saturday, Sept. 6 at Good Ol Days in Somers Point that will directly help a local man who is fighting ALS with all the strength he can muster every day.

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Mainland announces changes in first-week schedule in light of accident

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, September 01, 2014 12:30 am

Mainland Regional High School Mainland Regional High School LINWOOD – In light of the car accident on Route 40 in Hamilton Township Saturday morning, Aug. 30 that sent five Mainland Regional High School soccer players to the hospital, one of them with serious injuries, the schedule for the first week back to school has been changed, Interim Superintendent Robert Previti said.

Previti said the first-week schedule, which would be communicated to parents via the Connect-Ed all-call system Monday, Sept. 1, will differ from that outlined for parent and students Aug. 27 at freshman orientation.

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Environmental delays keep American Legion Hall standing

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Monday, September 01, 2014 12:17 am

American Legion Hall when it was used at Linwood City Hall. American Legion Hall when it was used at Linwood City Hall. LINWOOD—The American Legion Hall on Elm Avenue has fallen into a state of disrepair and concerns that someone might get hurt if they enter the building are valid. But delay after delay is keeping the building standing long past when the city thought it would.

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