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Bursting water pipes plague Stone Harbor

This year’s deep freeze damaged the faucet on an outdoor hose bib, leading to an icy leak. Stone Harbor officials can turn off the water for a visible leak like this, but if a pipe burst inside, it could be some time before the damage is discovered. This year’s deep freeze damaged the faucet on an outdoor hose bib, leading to an icy leak. Stone Harbor officials can turn off the water for a visible leak like this, but if a pipe burst inside, it could be some time before the damage is discovered. STONE HARBOR – More than 100 homes in the borough have had their water service turned off after pipes froze and burst, officials said recently, and freezing temperatures could be hiding a wider issues.

 “The borough has no reason to go into the home when we turn the water off,” said Kim Stevenson, administrative assistant. “If we see it, or hear it, or the neighbors report it, we can turn off the water.”

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Longport appoints new police chief

Lt. Frank Culmone FrankCulmone LONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

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Mainland mock trial team wins South Jersey title, moves on to states

Members of the Mainland Regional High School mock trial team gather around a statue Wednesday, Feb. 25 outside the New Jersey State Bar Foundation offices at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. Members of the Mainland Regional High School mock trial team gather around a statue Wednesday, Feb. 25 outside the New Jersey State Bar Foundation offices at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

LINWOOD – The Mainland Regional High School mock trial team bested Cherry Hill West of Camden County Wednesday, Feb. 25 to win the South Jersey title in the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition in New Brunswick.
The Mainland squad is one of only three left to compete for the New Jersey title. They will face off March 19 in New Brunswick. The remaining teams are Oratory Preparatory School of Summit and Morris-Mendham High School in Mendham.

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Grand jury indicts three in fatal heroin overdoses

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A grand jury returned indictments against two Wildwood men in fatal heroin overdoses in 2014.

Another woman was indicted on lesser related charges.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, in announcing the grand jury indictment, said the fatal heroin overdoses occurred on May 16 and Sept. 19, 2014.

Indicted were Robert Luzny, 38, and Kevin Clancy, 43, both of Wildwood.

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Newest Thursday South Jersey snow forecast totals in

  The Thursday morning commute could be a slippery affair for South Jersey motorists, according to the latest storm totals and precipitation forecasts./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com The Thursday morning commute could be a slippery affair for South Jersey motorists, according to the latest storm totals and precipitation forecasts./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com The Thursday morning commute could be a slippery affair for South Jersey motorists, according to the latest storm totals and precipitation forecasts.  Here’s the latest for your Thursday morning ride to work:

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Army Corps cancels bid solicitation for dunes project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, Feb. 24 cancelled its bid solicitation to build sand dunes on the beaches of Margate and Longport.

“Today, we notified the bidders that we are cancelling the solicitation,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer of the Army Corps Philadelphia District.

The Army Corps had received two extensions to finalize the contract from two bidders vying for the job. The latest deadline to award the contract was Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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From the sports field to the dance floor


Dancers twirl around and get warmed up for their creative dance class on Friday, Feb. 20 at Starstruck Dance Academy in Seaville. Upper Township Challenger Sports has teamed up with the dance academy to create a co-ed dance program adapted to fit the abilities of children with physical or developmental disabilities.  

Dancers twirl around and get warmed up for their creative dance class on Friday, Feb. 20 at Starstruck Dance Academy in Seaville. Upper Township Challenger Sports has teamed up with the dance academy to create a co-ed dance program adapted to fit the abilities of children with physical or developmental disabilities.  Upper Township Challenger Sports offering more ways for kids to succeed

SEAVILLE – Upper Township Challenger Sports is going from the sports field to the dance floor this winter.

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Lady Tigers rally, land in CAL title game

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will play in its first-ever CAL title game Saturday against Ocean City. RICHLAND – With six minutes to play, they looked tired and spent, falling behind by nine points.

But the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t faced many such deficits this season, somehow found a way.

Intense man-to-man and trapping defenses and a late scoring spree by their two stars fueled a 16-2 run to close the game as the Lady Tigers rallied to beat Holy Spirit, 45-40, in a Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Wednesday evening at St. Augustine Prep.

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Artist Alike Film festival expands students’ horizons

Artists Alike Studios Film Festival Artists Alike Studios Film Festival EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Seeing how talented her student filmmakers were for the past decade, Egg Harbor Township High School media teacher Kristen Dirato said she wanted to extend their opportunities.

“I always love seeing the talent that students produce, so when I saw how creative students were at EHT, I wanted to expand on the idea,” Dirato said.

With several graduates from the school, she launched a production company called Artists Alike Studios, which is the host of the Artists Alike Film Festival on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Mays Landing.

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Somers Point woman indicted on charges of theft from Avalon Honda

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Cape May County grand jury has indicted a Somers Point woman on charges of stealing $400,000 from Avalon Honda in 2013.

County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced the Grand Jury’s three-count indictment on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in a press release, charging Monica Schaffer, 53, of Somers Point with two counts of theft in the second degree, and one count of conspiracy in the second degree.

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Downbeach firefighters respond to more than 400 calls for leaky pipes

The deep freeze has taken its toll on homeowners in Downbeach as firefighters in Ventnor and Margate respond to call after call of freezing, broken pipes that are causing millions of dollars in damage to older, newer and under construction homes.

Ventnor Fire Chief John Hazlett said firefighters have responded to more than 200 calls for water leaks in the past two weeks, while Margate Director of Public Works Frank Ricciotti said crews have been called to more than 100 homes and the city is expecting that number to rise.

“We’ve dealt with several snow storms, which weren’t a big deal for us, but it’s the cold weather that’s getting to us,” Ricciotti said.

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Local firefighters train for chilling rescues

A firefighter (in yellow) works with his “victim” (also a firefighter) during a cold weather water rescue training session at Wildwood Marina, recently. A firefighter (in yellow) works with his “victim” (also a firefighter) during a cold weather water rescue training session at Wildwood Marina, recently. WILDWOOD – With the region in a deep freeze recently, 27 local firefighters took to the ice to learn surface ice rescue techniques.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, under a gray sky and temperatures hovering in the mid-30s, fire personnel from Wildwood, North Wildwood, Cape May, Villas, Green Creek, Erma and Ocean City converged at the Wildwood Marina to learn the ropes of saving lives in winter conditions.

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Pipeline sparks debate at committee meeting

TUCKAHOE — Debate over a proposed natural gas pipeline to the B.L. England power plant in Beesleys Point turned into a wide-ranging discussion on government surveillance, armed drones, and the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution at the Upper Township Committee meeting Monday, Feb. 23.

The meetings usually draw little attendance or controversy. Debate at Township Committee is normally so staid that Mayor Richard Palombo has not gaveled a meeting to order in his more than 15 years in the position.

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