Atlantic and Cape May Counties

LoBiondo named chairman of House CIA subcommittee

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 28, 2015 03:43 pm

U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, representing New Jersey’s 2nd District U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, representing New Jersey’s 2nd District

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, representing New Jersey’s 2nd District, was named chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Central Intelligence Agency Wednesday.

The appointment was made by U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, of California’s 22nd District, who serves as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Free blood lead screenings offered

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:48 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Department of Health is offered free blood lead screenings through a grant partially funded by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented damage to Cape May’s housing infrastructure, placing residents potentially at risk for lead exposure, according to a press release. The legacy of lead in housing, soil and water often creates unacceptably high exposure levels to children, adults, pets and wildlife.

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Letter: What does Monsanto have to do with food?

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 28, 2015 09:57 am

To the editor:

Founded in 1901, Monsanto was a major producer of plastics by the 1940s. It also manufactured products such as DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange and bovine growth hormone.

Monsanto was among the first to genetically modify a plant cell and to conduct field trials of genetically modified crops. It invested heavily in research and development, and recouped the expenses through the enforcement of biological patents on its seeds – a method that conflicts with farmers’ customary practice of saving, reusing, sharing and developing plant varieties.

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Letter: Striped bass regulations are short sighted

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 28, 2015 09:56 am

To the editor:

The New Jersey striped bass recommended regulations for 2015 are short sighted.

This important northeastern fish population has collapsed before and will again without moderate conservation efforts.

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Letter: Stop annual black bear hunts

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 28, 2015 09:55 am

To the editor:

In recent years, there has been a rise of black bear sightings in southern New Jersey. Most of these sightings have taken place in or near the Pine Barrens, which cover a large forested region between the western suburbs and the Atlantic Coastline. A few bears found wandering near urban areas were captured and released in Wharton and Brendon Byrne State Forests.

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Coast Guard works to free grounded vessel

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 27, 2015 03:52 pm

Coast Guard units are working with other agencies to assist the vessel Santa Lucia after it ran aground near Miah Maull Shoal, Tuesday, Jan. 27. Local Coast Guard personnel examined the grounded vessel to determine whether it was leaking fuel or presented a danger to navigation. Coast Guard units are working with other agencies to assist the vessel Santa Lucia after it ran aground near Miah Maull Shoal, Tuesday, Jan. 27. Local Coast Guard personnel examined the grounded vessel to determine whether it was leaking fuel or presented a danger to navigation. PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is working to free to a grounded vessel Tuesday near Miah Maull Shoal in Delaware Bay.

According to a Coast Guard statement, a crewmember aboard the 470-foot Santa Lucia contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at about 4:30 a.m. to report the grounding. He told the Coast Guard the ship ran aground while inbound to Philadelphia. The ship's cargo is reported to be fresh produce.

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UPDATE: Travel ban lifted south of I-195

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Written by Laura Stetser Monday, January 26, 2015 09:14 pm

UPDATE: The mandatory travel ban for New Jersery motorists has been lifted for roadways south of I-195 as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Gov. Chris Christie issued a mandatory travel ban on all New Jersey roadways, effective beginning at 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 until further notice, according to the executive order posted.

 Only public safety, government, media and snow removal vehicles are permitted to be on the roadways until the ban is lifted. Those seeking critical and emergency medical treatment at area hospitals are also permitted to travel if necessary.

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Gov. Christie declares state of emergency as winter storm hits region

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 12:31 pm

Gov. Chris Christie Gov. Chris Christie TRENTON – With a winter storm expected to impede transportation and travel throughout New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie Monday, Jan. 26 declared a state of emergency, authorizing the state Director of Emergency Management to activate and coordinate the preparation, response and recovery efforts for the storm with all county and municipal emergency operations and governmental agencies.

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Atlantic Electric issues weather advisory

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 12:08 pm

MAYS LANDING – Atlantic City Electric is closely monitoring a weather forecast that calls for heavy snow and gusty winds that could potentially affect the company’s service territory today into Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Total snow accumulation for our region is expected to be several inches.
Atlantic City Electric will work around the clock to restore any outages that may occur, but customers should be prepared for the possibility of power outages.

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Speed reduced on Garden State Parkway

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Written by Claire Lowe Monday, January 26, 2015 10:54 am

45 mph 45 mph The maximum speed for drivers on the Garden State Parkway has been reduced due to snow.

According to 511nj.org, as of 8:42 a.m., speed has been reduced to 45 mph on the Garden State Parkway in both directions between Cape May and the New York state line in Montvale.

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What's Happening in Atlantic City

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 am

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

Indoor Auto Racing 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Boardwalk Hall. Tickets are $17-$25. See www.ticketmaster.com.

Hannibal Buress 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Borgata’s Music Box. Tickets are $30. See www.ticketmaster.com.

Sounds of Philadelphia featuring The O’Jays 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Tickets are $49.50-$69.50. See www.ticketmaster.com.

Tavares 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at Harrah’s. Tickets are $25.25. See www.ticketmaster.com.

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Upcoming Trips

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 am

Upcoming Trips Upcoming Trips

Bus trip to the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Feb. 19 sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties and the Cumberland County Coalition for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Bus will leave the University Center at Cumberland County College, College Drive, Vineland, at 8 a.m. Park in Lots J and I. The bus will depart the museum 5 p.m. and return by about 9 p.m. A $25 nonrefundable payment must be made by Friday, Feb. 13 to The Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties, attn. Steven Schimmel, 1015 E. Park Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360.

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14 Days events

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 am

puut this on your calendar Indoor Race Weekend Jan. 30-31 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Nonstop racing excitement featuring 198 entrants in three classes and four feature races. Tickets are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com. See www.aarn.com.

Free-throw competition 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at the Egg Harbor Township Recreation Center. St. Katharine Drexel Knights of Columbus Council 12868 will hold a free-throw competition for boys and girls ages 9-14. Registration starts 6 p.m. For information call 609 412-1031.

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Wellness Briefs

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 am

Wellness briefs Wellness briefs

 

Healthy Home Class

A one-hour healthy home class for will be offered 10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at the Atlantic City Public Library, 1 N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City. Information about lead, carbon monoxide, ventilation, poisons, mold, insects and water/flood damage cleanup will be provided. Participants will receive a free bag of green cleaning products. To register call 609-652-3800, ext. 308. 

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Coastal storm predicted: 8 tips for protecting family, home

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, January 25, 2015 04:30 pm

File photo. Keep warm, fuel up, and have emergency supplies handy, FLASH advises./Joan Kostiuk File photo. Keep warm, fuel up, and have emergency supplies handy, FLASH advises./Joan Kostiuk With snow, strong winds and potential blizzard conditions in the forecast, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers the following eight tips to help protect your family and home.

Keep safe and warm

1. Gather together an emergency kit containing flashlights, batteries, blankets, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, nonperishable food, a can opener, cash, and an external battery pack for mobile devices.

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Reunions

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 am

Upcoming class reunions Upcoming class reunions MRHS Class of 1995 Reunion

The Mainland Regional High School Class of 1995 is attempting to obtain current contact information for class members. Contact Brian Hartley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The event is scheduled for March, 2015.

 

Religion Briefs

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 am

Religion Briefs Religion Briefs   

Sermon at Linwood Community Church

Pastor Tim Vamosi, pastor of Linwood Community Church, will preach on “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?” You may think you can answer the question but the Biblical answer may surprise. The sermon will be peached on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Passages from II Timothy will be preached at the 6 p.m. service. Sunday School for all ages meets at 9:45 a.m. Linwood Community Church, located at 1838 Shore Road, offers a wide variety of programs for all ages. Programs include Celebrate Recovery, youth programs, weekly Bible studies, Handi*Vangelism for disabled adults and older children, missions, and women’s ministry and men’s ministry. A weekly children’s Bible Club, Olympians, meet every Friday evening. Also, a new Beth Moore Bible study, Mercy Triumphs, begins on Thursday mornings at 10:15 a.m. See www.linwoodcommunitychurch.org or call 609-927-2950.

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'I Do' bridal show free registration

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 am

The Spring 2015 I Do bridal show is March 29, 2015 at The Flander's Hotel in Ocean City. 

The event is free but registrations is required. 

Register now

   

Shore Medical Center birth announcements Dec. 15-Dec. 28

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 03:25 pm

Shore Medical Center birth announcements Dec. 15-Dec. 28 Shore Medical Center birth announcements Dec. 15-Dec. 28 The following birth announcements were provided by Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.

Stephanie and Brian Corcoran of Egg Harbor Township welcomed a daughter, Molly Reese Corcoran, Dec. 15.

Isma and Mohammed Siddique of Atlantic City welcomed a son, Ahnaf Uzzaman Tanjim, Dec.15.

Samantha Bowe and Basil Albright of Atlantic City welcomed a daughter, Hasil Evelyn Albright, Dec. 15.

Lori Pappas and Julio Guerrero of Somers Point welcomed a son, Mason Dahrius Guerrero, Dec. 15.

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Atlantic County politicians have mixed reaction to appointment of Atlantic City emergency manager

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Written by Laura Stetser and Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 23, 2015 02:02 pm

New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo “Drastic” and “premature” were some of the words uttered by local politicians contacted by The Current a day after Gov. Chris Christie named a special emergency management team to save Atlantic City from its fiscal crisis.

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, who supports a plan that would have casinos make payments in lieu of taxes to stabilize the impact of declining property values, said he would cooperate with the effort, even if he disagrees with it.

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Atlantic-Cape Hub to present free Sustainable Schools mixer

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 03:13 pm

CORBIN CITY – The Sustainable Jersey Atlantic-Cape May Hub will present a free Sustainable Schools program for green teams in Atlantic and Cape May counties 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 at L’s Restaurant in Corbin City.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a voluntary certification program for public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, according to a news release. It is similar to Sustainable Jersey’s municipal certification program.

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Why Social Security is a benefit

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, January 20, 2015 02:59 pm

To the editor:

Today, the word entitlement has negative connotations.   We need to use the word eligible more often.

One is eligible for a benefit before he or she can be entitled to that benefit.  For example, you are eligible to receive Social Security retirement benefits when you reach a certain age, when you have worked long enough and paid enough FICA tax to receive checks. The more you work, the more you pay in taxes, the more you will receive.

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Cape May County Calendar

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Written by Staff Reports

Wednesday, Jan. 28

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Family and Community Health Sciences Department will hold an information session entitled “Quick and Thrifty Meals” for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Building, 355 Courthouse-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.  (Turn at the light at ACCC, it is the first building on the right). The building is wheelchair accessible. There is no charge for this program, but advanced registration is required. Call Marian at 609-465-5115, ext. 609.

Jan. 28-Feb. 1

WILDWOOD - Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show 8 a.m. daily at Wildwoods Convention Center. AKC All breed dog show featuring Best of Breed Competition, Police K-9 Unit Demonstration, Obedience and Rally Trials, vendors and more. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and under $2. See www.BoardwalkKennelClub.com .

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Sunday supper and hymn-singing in Congress Hall

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 10:15 pm

CAPE MAY – The public is invited to supper and an “old-timey hymn sing” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May.

Dinner in the hall’s ballroom includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread and apple pie. After supper, join musicians and vocalists Myra Vassian, Don Shough and Tom Naglee Jr. in singing the hymns of years gone by. 

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