Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Survivor of 2000 rape, kidnapping in OC shares her story

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:29 am

Dru Shelly was kidnapped and raped at 17. Now, she works as a financial planner, is married, and has three children. Her story of survival will be the keynote at Friday’s Violence Survivor Symposium. Dru Shelly was kidnapped and raped at 17. Now, she works as a financial planner, is married, and has three children. Her story of survival will be the keynote at Friday’s Violence Survivor Symposium. Dru Shelly will be keynote at Violence Survivor Symposium

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Dru Shelly was 17 when she was abducted from the Ocean City Boardwalk at knifepoint and driven out into the Cumberland County woods, where she was sexually assaulted for hours, throttled, and left tied to a tree.

That was almost 15 years ago. Today, Shelly works as a financial planner, is married, and has three children. To her, Aug. 7, 2000 was a “long day” she worked much of her life to move on from.

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14 Days events, edition of Oct. 2

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:00 am

14 Days events, edition of Aug. 7 14 Days events, edition of Aug. 7

Reception for Janet Sullivan Turner: Retrieval and Rebirth 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville. Solo exhibition spans Turner’s 50-year career. Call 609-652-8848 or see www.noyesmuseum.org.

Flashback Friday: Abby’s Ghosts 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the Atlantic City Historical Museum, South New Jersey Avenue and the boardwalk on Garden Pier, Atlantic City. Jean Muchanic, Executive Director of Absecon Lighthouse, will talk about the oldest manmade structure on Absecon Island, including the legends and stories of Absecon Lighthouse. Call 609-347-5839 for more information.

The Aftermath exhibit/reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville.  Inspiring works of creativity derived from the adversity caused by Hurricane Sandy. A panel discussion featuring four of the artists in the exhibition and the guest curator is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Call 609-652-8848 or see www.noyesmuseum.org.

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What's Happening in Atlantic City

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

What's Happening in Atlantic City What's Happening in Atlantic City  

Alanis Morrissette 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at Caesars. Tickets $59-$89. See www.ticketmaster.com.

Last Comic Standing Live Tour 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Golden Nugget. Tickets $30-$50. See www.ticketmaster.com.

International Music Festival 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Tropicana. Tickets $80-$125. See www.ticketmaster.com. 

Little Anthony and the Imperials 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Resorts Casino. Tickets $39-$50. See www.ticketmaster.com. 

Brian Regan 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Borgata’s Event Center. Tickets $46-$60. See www.ticketmaster.com. 

Judas Priest 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at Harrah’s. Tickets TBA. See www.ticketmaster.com. 

Reba 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at Caesars. Tickets are $65-$125. See www.caesarsac.com.

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Cape May County Calendar

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Tuesday, Sept 30

CAPE MAY - Downton Abbey Tea and Physic Estate Tour noon at the Physic Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May for Tea/Luncheon in the Carriage House Café and Estate Tour for $27. Hosted by Cape Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Call 609-898-9559. 

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Ocean City Eastern Star fall golf outing - Eastern Star 83 of Ocean City will host its fall golf outing Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Heritage Links Golf Course, 1375 Shore Road in Ocean View. Registration is 8:30 a.m. with tee-time at 9 a.m., followed by a hoagie and soda lunch and closest-to-the-hole putting contest. Prizes will be awarded to winners of the longest drive, closest to the pin and best overall score, as well as the putting contest. The fee is $30 per player and includes nine holes, lunch and a golf cart. Lunch-only is $10. For reservations and information, contact Lauren Gleason at 609-204-0800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Hole sponsorships at $30 are available and the outing is open to everyone.

Thursday, Oct. 2

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Senior Day in the Park 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cape May County Park and Zoo, Cape May Court House. Memorial ceremony. Call 609-886-2784.

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Wellness Briefs

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 am

  Wellness briefs Wellness briefs Pilates

The Mays Landing branch of the Atlantic County Library, 40 Farragut Ave., offers Pilates for adults and teens 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Oct. 4 and 18, Nov. 1 and 15, and Dec. 20. Pilates is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress, and creates long, lean muscles. The free programs are presented by certified instructor Kristina Carr and sponsored by the Atlantic County Library Foundation. Registration is required. Call 609-625-2776 ext. 6304 for information.

Girl Scout Mental Health Awareness Day

Girl Scout Mental Health Awareness Day 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Davies School in Mays Landing. Open to any troop member in the South Jersey region; members will be earning a badge using role play, literature and group discussion about the basics of mental health and its stigma. Parents and guardians will be provided access to certified trainers in mental health first aid and a resource fair.

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Shore Medical Center birth announcements, Aug. 16 - Sept. 16

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 10:36 am

Shore Medical Center birth announcements Shore Medical Center birth announcements The following birth announcements were provided by Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.

Megan and William Weber of Egg Harbor Township welcomed a son, William Edward Weber, III, Aug. 16. 

Kristina and William Burns of Egg Harbor Township welcomed a son, William Raymond Burns, V, Aug. 26.

Andrea and Stephen Swift of Margate City welcomed a daughter, Kirra Quincy Swift, Aug. 27.

Janay Martin and Fahim Jamil of Atlantic City welcomed a daughter, Samari M. Jamil, Aug. 31.

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Upcoming Golf Tournaments

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 12:00 am

Golf Tournaments Golf Tournaments  Fourth annual Children’s Cup Golf Tournament to benefit Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at Marriott’s Fairway Villas Resort, 500 E. Fairway Lane, Galloway. Cost is $125 per person. Hole sponsorships are available. Call Eileen Irwin at 609-748-4311.

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Upcoming Trips

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 12:00 am

Upcoming Trips Upcoming Trips

Bus trip to see “Moses” at Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, Pa., Thursday, Oct. 9. Cost is $106. Hosted by Absecon AARP 705. Includes lunch at Hershey Farms. Call 609-350-5063.

Bus trip to Washington, D.C. Monday, Oct. 13, sponsored by the Hamilton Township Historical Society. There will be three bus stops on the D.C. Mall, then spend the rest of the say sightseeing. Bus will leave Washington at 5p.m. Bus departs Mays Landing 7 a.m. and returns 9:30 p.m. Price is $60 per person. Call Cheryl at 609-625-1598.

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Reunions

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 am

Upcoming class reunions Upcoming class reunions  

Pleasantville Class of 1967 47th class reunion 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Frog Rock Golf and Country Club in Hammonton. Tickets are $30 per person. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Patty at 609-646-4311.

 

   

Religion Briefs

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 am

Religion Briefs Religion Briefs  

St. Michaels Parish 750 Club raffle

St. Michael Parish in Atlantic City is running its 750 Club 50-50 raffle. Only 750 tickets will be sold at $30 each.  First prize is $10,000 and second prize is $1,250, or 44.4 percent and 5.6 percent of the proceeds. To purchase tickets, send your name, address and phone number to 750 Club, St. Michael Parish, 10 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City, NJ  08401. Drawing is 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.  Call 609-344-8536.

Beth El Synagogue service times

Beth El Synagogue, Margate - Daily minyans 7:30 a.m., 5:45 p.m. Beth El Mainland, Northfield -Tuesday morning minyan 6:30 a.m. Every Saturday morning in Margate at 9:30 a.m. Beth El Margate office 609-823-2725, Beth El Mainland 609-380-2429.

Orthodox faith discussions and services

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Egg Harbor Township is offering free discussions on the Orthodox faith, including the history of the church and explanations of the liturgy and sacraments.A series of five classes led by parish priest Rev. George Liacopulos will be held Oct. 8, 22 and 29. Classes will be 7-8 p.m.

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AMI offering free mammograms for uninsured

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 27, 2014 07:00 pm

GALLOWAY – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Atlantic Medical Imaging is offering free screening mammograms in October to women age 40 or older who are uninsured.

Eligible women must have no current or previous breast health issues.

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Music to retire by: Part 2

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, September 26, 2014 04:10 pm

Here are more tunes chosen by The Current and Gazette staff to bid farewell to owner and publisher Rick Travers, who is retiring. To read more about Rick and listen to the first group of songs see Music to retire by: Part 1.

The Banana Boat Song, Harry Belafonte

Rick has stacked his bananas, and the tally man has tallied up the bunches. Daylight has come, and he can go home now. I hope raising blueberries is easier than picking bananas.

-- Joan Kostiuk

 

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Egg Harbor City, Woodbine residents charged in DEP crackdown on illegal dumping

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 02:11 pm

Six months after the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched a crackdown on illegal dumping on state parks and recreational lands, the initiative has yielded enforcement actions against 20 people, nearly $30,000 in court-ordered fines and more than $450,000 in pending fines, Commissioner Bob Martin announced Friday, Sept. 26.

Recent charges in DEP’s “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” crackdown include charges for the first illegal dumping event caught on hidden camera, at the Duck Island section of D&R Canal State Park, and for large illegal dumping events at Liberty State Park and Wharton State Forest, where Commissioner Martin updated the progress of the program during a park cleanup.

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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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Music to retire by: Part 1

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Thursday, September 25, 2014 04:30 pm

Rick Travers Rick Travers Publisher trades printing press for plow

After nearly 20 years as the owner-publisher of first The Gazette Leader and eventually 12 other weekly newspapers that came under the Catamaran Media umbrella, Rick Travers is retiring. He and his brother, Curt Travers, are selling their interest in the papers to BH Media Group, which last year took over The Press.

Never one to idle, Rick purchased a blueberry farm in Vermont a few years ago, and plans to spend more time playing farmer. He has been hightailing it up there on weekends for the past few summers. In the newspaper office, co-workers have caught him practically drooling over tractor catalogs. And his head is positively swarming with ideas for the small motel he owns nearby.

Ideas are something Rick Travers is known for.

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Nominations sought for Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:56 am

The Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame board of trustees is seeking nominations for its 2015 induction. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31.

Candidates for induction must be women who were born or raised in Atlantic County or employed in Atlantic County for at least 10 years and who have made outstanding achievements and significant contributions in their professional fields, community efforts or to women’s and girls’ causes.

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Drive-through clinic protects residents against the flu

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 am

Drive-through clinic protects residents against the flu Drive-through clinic protects residents against the flu CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Department of Health has many flu vaccination clinics scheduled for the month of October. The popular free drive-through flu clinic will be held for residents 14 and older at 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5 at Kindle Ford Autoplaza at Exit 9 off of the Garden State Parkway in Cape May Court House.

County health officer Kevin Thomas said people coming to the drive-through clinic should bring completed consent forms with them.

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Prosecutor OKs pretrial intervention for Shaneen Allen

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, September 24, 2014 04:49 pm

MAYS LANDING – Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain recommended Wednesday that Shaneen Allen of Philadelphia, who was arrested last year for carrying a firearm into the state of New Jersey, be offered pretrial intervention.

McClain’s decision comes after a clarification issued by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office regarding a 2008 Grave’s Act directive that deals with how to handle out-of-state residents who hold valid permits to carry a firearm and are charged in New Jersey with illegal possession.

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Lawmakers sponsor bill to give county residents stronger voice in Turnpike Authority

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 03:10 pm

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew State Sen. Jeff Van Drew TRENTON – Residents in Cape May County would have a stronger voice when it comes to improvements made on the Garden State Parkway if legislation sponsored by two state senators is cleared by the General Assembly, and gets Gov. Chris Christie’s signature.

According to a statement, state Senate Bill 241 passed unanimously, Monday, Sept. 22, and would require representation on the Turnpike Authority board by all regions of the state, including that at least one of the seven appointed members be from the counties of Cape May, Ocean or Atlantic.

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How you see as time goes by

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 02:39 pm

How you see as time goes by How you see as time goes by You may barely notice the changes at first. Maybe you’ve found yourself reaching more often for your glasses to see up close. You might have trouble adjusting to glaring lights or reading when the light is dim. You may even have put on blue socks thinking they were black.

As more Americans head toward retirement and beyond, scientists expect the number of people with age-related eye problems to rise dramatically, according to the National Institutes of Health website. You can’t prevent all age-related changes to your eyes. But you can take steps to protect your vision and reduce your risk for serious eye disease in the future.

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Cape Regional Medical Center birth announcements for Aug. 26-Sept. 16

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:26 pm

The following birth announcements were provided by Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House.

Christopher Paul Morales was born to Alejandra Mellado (Campos) and Guadencio Dunphy-Morales of Palermo Aug. 26.

Amelia Harris was born to Brittany DeVico and Robert Harris of Villas Aug. 26.

Melanie Rose Wilkins was born to Rose Conti and Michael Wilkins of Wildwood Aug. 27.

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Digging a vegetarian diet can reap health rewards

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

Digging a vegetarian diet can reap health rewards Digging a vegetarian diet can reap health rewards

Vegetarians miss out on lots of foods. No grilled burgers or franks at picnics. No holiday turkey or fries cooked in animal fat. Strict vegetarians may even forego honey made by bees.

But vegetarians also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health website. They generally live longer, and they’re more likely to avoid heart-related and other ailments.

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Experts: Keep active as you age

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 am

Experts: Keep active as you age Experts: Keep active as you age We’ve all heard that exercise is good for you. Did you know that it’s as true for older people as it is for any age group? You’re never too old to get moving, get stronger and improve your health.

Fitting exercise and physical activity into your day can enhance your life in many ways, according to the National Institutes of Health website. Regular physical activity can improve your balance and boost or maintain your strength and fitness. It may also improve your mood and help you manage or lessen the impact of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and depression.

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Drive-through clinic protects residents against the flu

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:39 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Department of Health has many flu vaccination clinics scheduled for the month of October. The popular free drive-through flu clinic will be held for residents 14 and older at 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5 at Kindle Ford Autoplaza at Exit 9 off of the Garden State Parkway in Cape May Court House.

County health officer Kevin Thomas said people coming to the drive-through clinic should bring completed consent forms with them.

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