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Absecon helps you save on your energy bills

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Written by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Tuesday, August 20, 2013 02:05 pm

Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Absecon Mayor John Armstrong You may have read recently about some local municipalities considering entering into contracts for energy aggregation on behalf of their homeowners and businesses. Although the details are more complicated, the basic idea is simple. By joining together, individuals can use their collective purchasing power to pay less for electric and gas energy than they might if they purchased it through their local utility distributor (in our case, Atlantic Electric and South Jersey Gas). The more municipalities and more energy consumers there are who join together, the more the potential savings. Here’s how it would work.

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Hail to our CFO, good-bye to night herons

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Written by From the Mayor’s Chair by Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Friday, August 02, 2013 10:12 am

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Editor’s note: Absecon Mayor John Armstrong takes time each week write a column that praises the great things about the city he serves and advises its residents about current events. Unfortunately, this week’s print editions contained a previously run column. The Current regrets the error.

The chief financial officer plays a critical role in city government. She is responsible for the financial management of city operations, helping to develop the annual budget, assuring that revenues and expenditures are in accordance with the budget and in compliance with state regulations, arranging for capital financing, purchasing equipment and materials in accordance with public procurement laws, and keeping the payroll and paying the bills, among other things. I say “she,” because in Absecon, we are fortunate to have Jessica Thompson as our chief financial officer. I am pleased to select Jessica as Absecon’s Employee of the Second Quarter.

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Pope John Paul II sainthood is too much too soon

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Written by Albert Maslar Monday, July 08, 2013 03:09 pm

To the editor:

Pope Francis XXIII recently announced that Pope John Paul II is to be declared a saint. I for one do not agree to two things; the rush to judgment or the rush to sainthood for Pope John Paul II.

Everyone who passes from this life in the good graces of God is a saint. So why the rush to sainthood for Pope Paul II? I firmly believe that this rush is short-sighted because Pope John Paul II was held in much esteem, receiving earthly accolades and honors, which even Jesus Christ did not want or receive.

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Florist sets up shop in Pleasantville

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Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Tuesday, July 02, 2013 04:13 pm

  R.J. Liberatore Jr./Haydee and Willie Gainer, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Do AC Florist in Pleasantville have everything you need for everything you to say with flowers. R.J. Liberatore Jr./Haydee and Willie Gainer, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Do AC Florist in Pleasantville have everything you need for everything you to say with flowers.

PLEASANTVILLE – If you want to know where to get flowers, look for the guy in the red hat, they used to say. Well, the red hat has found a home in Pleasantville.

“You can spot me anywhere,” said Willie Gainer, 68, from a chair in the middle of the showroom of Do AC Florist by Gainer.

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God-given gender cannot be shed like clothing

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Written by Kathy Hays Monday, July 01, 2013 01:31 pm

To the editor:

Thank you for printing Kirk Hastings' enlightening, insightful, researched and scientifically proven article about the reality and existence of God. I, and many, many others, agree with Kirk's protected religious beliefs concerning the practice of homosexuality.

Msgr. Charles Pope wrote a clear, understandable explanation about male-female distinctions. Pope stated that St. Paul (Galatians 3:28) indicated there is no difference in terms of dignity between male and female. Whatever essential distinctions there are between us, the truth remains that we all are equal in dignity before God, but this equality in dignity does not mean there is no difference in essence (fundamental properties).

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Development of Absecon Gardens moves forward

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Written by By Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Friday, June 28, 2013 12:43 pm

On June 6, 2013, the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court denied the appeal of certain local citizens who opposed the decision of Absecon’s Planning Board to relieve the AbseconGardens developer of the requirement to restrict occupancy of the project to seniors, 55 and older. Thus was ended a long chapter in the history of this project on New Jersey Avenue at the location of the former Marsh School.

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Government’s surveillance efforts violate basic principles of privacy

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Written by Mike Assad Monday, June 17, 2013 12:38 pm

To the editor:

Like many Americans, I have closely followed the revelations surrounding former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s public disclosure of the PRISM surveillance program.

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Praise for those who care greatly about Absecon

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Written by By Absecon Mayor John Armstrong Wednesday, May 29, 2013 02:48 pm

I understand that every town takes pride in its community spirit, but here in Absecon we have recently been reminded of the many people in town who care about their neighbors and their city and who do something about it.

On Friday night, May 3, one of our most respected and beloved residents, Coach Tony Iaconelli collapsed suddenly of an apparent heart attack at our PitneyPark baseball field. Coach Iaconelli was unresponsive. However, Bill Tracy, Frank Phillips, Jake Ketschek, Laurie Moody-Tidcombe and Ava Bleazard rushed onto the field, administered CPR. They used an automated external defibrillator (AED), which had been made available by Absecon Emergency Services, to restore breathing until emergency personnel arrived at the scene. Their efforts likely saved Tony’s life and he is now home from the hospital and I understand doing well. Both Tony and the entire Absecon community are fortunate to have such caring people who do not hesitate to step in when they find others in critical need.

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Treat the disabled like everyone else

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Written by Kim Kelly Wednesday, May 22, 2013 06:03 pm

To the editor:

As someone with a disability, sometimes I encounter rudeness and judgment on a daily basis. It's shocking that people in a supposedly enlightened society still hold onto old ideas when dealing with people like me.

I think it's pathetic when some people think they can “tell” what disability I have from the way I look and speak. I am a person with schizoaffective disorder, and my sometimes blank expression is because of something common to my illness. It's called flat affect, which simply means I don't always show my emotions via facial expression. As for my speech, that's because I have a problem with my palate that wasn't totally corrected via surgery.

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What’s really behind proposed trade deal with Europe?

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Written by Albert Maslar Tuesday, May 21, 2013 04:17 pm

To the editor:

Not content with his malfunctioning ObamaCare, has opened yet another Pandora’s Box as he advocates for a U.S. and European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Supposedly this joint venture would help both stagnant economies, which exchange about $1 trillion in goods and services each year, account for more than 50 percent of the global gross domestic product, and 40 percent of global GDP in purchasing power.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, capping off a joint statement with Obama, strongly lobbied for the TTIP.

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