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Plenty of fun at Ocean City’s Oscar-themed Night in Venice

Ocean City’s Night in Venice boat parade featured 71 decorated boats and numerous decorated houses this year. Organizers say this was the best parade in years. Ocean City’s Night in Venice boat parade featured 71 decorated boats and numerous decorated houses this year. Organizers say this was the best parade in years. OCEAN CITY — Pop-up showers that threatened the big event earlier in the day disappeared, and the 60th annual Night in Venice boat parade set sail to clear skies on Saturday evening, July 27.

Featuring 71 decorated boats, the flotilla made its way from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge along the bay front and through numerous lagoons to Tennessee Avenue. 

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Man stabbed after parkway argument turns violent, police say

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Cape May Court House man faces charges after a parkway argument led to a confrontation at a local convenience store, which ended in a stabbing, according to the Middle Township Police Department.

Victor Sawaichi, 26, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon, according to police.

According to the release, Sawaichi was lodged in the Cape May County Jail on $100,000 full cash bail set by Judge George Neidig.

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NASA says solar storm nearly sent Earth back to the Dark Ages…again

NASA admitted the Earth sidestepped the effects of a massive solar flare in 2012, barely missing instant catastrophe and chaos when the flare would have wiped out the planets electrical grids./NASA NASA admitted the Earth sidestepped the effects of a massive solar flare in 2012, barely missing instant catastrophe and chaos when the flare would have wiped out the planets electrical grids./NASA NASA admitted the Earth sidestepped the effects of a massive solar flare in 2012, barely missing the instant catastrophe and chaos that would have occured when the resulting solar storm wiped out electrical grids. Within hours, 7 billion people would have been plunged into darkness. Computers would have stopped working. Toilets would have stopped flushing. Air conditioning units would have stopped cooling.

We were lucky. But the trouble is, the Earth stung by an equally powerful solar storm in 1859.

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Work on Ocean City High School dome among several projects planned

OCEAN CITY — The landmark golden dome atop Ocean City High School is in dire need of a facelift, said Tom Oves, chairman of the board’s building and grounds committee.

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‘Annie Jr.’ hits the stage in Linwood

Annie and her crew Annie and her crew of orphans are set to take the stage next week. From left are Julia Lonkart of Northfield, Lada Doukhnai of Mays Landing, Melody Pugliese of Egg Harbor Township, Logan and Ari Kauffman of Northfield, Olivia Becker of Linwood, Brianna Giovanelli of Northfield, Olivia McGee of Northfield and Megan Castellane of Northfield. LINWOOD– “Tomorrow” will ring out when the curtain goes up at Mainland Regional High School when the For Kids by Kids Production of “Annie Jr.” opens Thursday, July 31 and runs through the weekend.

“Annie Jr.” is full theatrical production adapted into a manageable version for the young performers who range in age from 6 through 16. Deborah Glenn, the producer and director of the show, said she chose “Annie Jr.” because the kids love the show and it fit perfectly with the talent of the kids.

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Brendan Borek group to do some fun-raising

Participants form a Circle of Friends at last year’s Brendan Borek Surf Memorial. Participants form a Circle of Friends at last year’s Brendan Borek Surf Memorial. Tuesday, July 29 will be the start of five days of fun connected to the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund, a local grassroots organization that provides “comprehensive, compassionate and personalized assistance” to local pediatric cancer patients and their families.

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JCC plans march in solidarity with Israel

In response to the current conflict in the Middle East, the Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., is coordinating a community-wide “Stand With Israel Solidarity March of Song and Ruach” 3-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29.

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Leave the world behind and go surfing

A surfer cruises past some swimmers on a recent ride. A surfer cruises past some swimmers on a recent ride. Somebody’s phone is ringing.

Somebody’s phone is always ringing.

There’s one on the wall, another in your pocket that also dings when you get a text or email or Facebook notification. For some reason, you also downloaded Facetime and HeyTell and told Angry Birds it was OK to remind you to play it every day. You even paid extra for an app to accept faxes (in case anyone still sends faxes) and a special telegraph adaptor to receive messages from the Old West.

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UPDATED: Family of drowning victim wants North Wildwood beach closed

NORTH WILDWOOD – The family of a Pennsylvania man who drowned in North Wildwood two years ago is asking to have the Hereford Inlet beach closed through a court order, a lawsuit filed in Cape May County Wednesday states.

According to the D’Amato Law Firm in Egg Harbor Township, which is representing George Bradley Smith’s family, the 54-year-old father’s death was “entirely foreseeable and preventable had local authorities prohibited access to the deadly section of hazardous North Wildwood beach.”

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Customers advised to avoid “Green Dot MoneyPak” scam

HAMILTON– Atlantic City Electric reminded residential and commercial customers to take precautions when someone claiming to represent a business contacts them either in person or by telephone, officials said in a release on July 24.

Atlantic City Electric is continually alerting residents and its customers to avoid falling victim to a “Green Dot MoneyPak” scam. Information from law enforcement officials and other utilities has indicated that scammers are continuing to target residential and commercial customers.

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School bus hits truck: no reported injuries

galloway GALLOWAY– Police responded to a crash involving a school bus and truck on Thursday afternoon at the intersection of South Cologne Avenue and Aloe Street, according to police.

At approximately 3:16 p.m., Christopher Gillis, 19, of Galloway was driving a 2000 Isuzu box truck east on Aloe Street. Gillis approached the intersection at Cologne Avenue and stopped for the posted stop sign. He then proceeded through the intersection prior to making sure the road was clear and was struck by a school bus driven by Christina Lindwall, 64, of Newport, who was traveling north on Cologne Avenue, police said.

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Gypsy moths on decline in New Jersey

Gypsy moth larvae consume the leaves of more than 500 species of trees, shrubs and plants.  Wikipedia photo by Didier Descouens Gypsy moth larvae consume the leaves of more than 500 species of trees, shrubs and plants. Wikipedia photo by Didier Descouens Aerial survey shows less than half the tree damage observed last year

TRENTON – Tree damage caused by gypsy moth caterpillars this year is less than half of what it was last year, and the losses were mostly concentrated in the northern counties, according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.

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Pleasantville man faces multiple drug charges

GALLOWAY– Police charged two men with theft and drug offenses after conducting a search warrant July 22 at the Quality Inn and Suites on the 328 E. White Horse Pike, Absecon.

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