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Gallagher excited to head Ocean City community services

Kristin Gallagher Kristin Gallagher

OCEAN CITY — Leaving the corporate world behind, Ocean City resident Kristin Gallagher will begin her new role as head of the Ocean City Department of Community Services on Sept. 18.

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Plousis reappointed as chairman of state parole board

Ocean City resident Jim Plousis was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to be reappointed as chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board, the governor’s office announced Monday, Sept. 15.

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Family Service Association names Melton family as 2014 Family of the Year

The Melton Family of Hamilton Township was chosen as the Family Service Association’s 2014 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year. They are, from left, Gary Paul Melton Sr., Malachi Melton, Gary Paul Melton Jr., Vicky Melton and Miles “Bo” Melton. Jasmine Melton is not pictured./Submitted The Melton Family of Hamilton Township was chosen as the Family Service Association’s 2014 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year. They are, from left, Gary Paul Melton Sr., Malachi Melton, Gary Paul Melton Jr., Vicky Melton and Miles “Bo” Melton. Jasmine Melton is not pictured./Submitted The Family Service Association has named the Gary Paul Melton Sr. family of Hamilton Township as its winner of the 2014 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year.

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Miss New York is crowned Miss America 2015 (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW) Updated

Miss America 2015 is Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev. Miss America 2015 is Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev. ATLANTIC CITY—It was a three-peat at Boardwalk Hall Sunday night as Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York brought the crown home for the Empire State for the third year running. She follows Miss Americas Nina Davuluri and Mallory Hagan with the crown. 

The 22-year old blonde, Hofstra University graudate performed the very upbeat song “Happy” while sitting on stage and tapping out the tune with a red plastic cup during the talent portion of the pageant which counts for 30 percent of the total score for each contestant.

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Friends of the Pops celebrate 25 years

Friends of the Pops Chairman Bert DeVries, center, chats with Kameron Ghanavati, Blake Epsy, Bill Scheible and Jeff Uhlig at the Friends of the Pops 25th anniversary luncheon. Friends of the Pops Chairman Bert DeVries, center, chats with Kameron Ghanavati, Blake Epsy, Bill Scheible and Jeff Uhlig at the Friends of the Pops 25th anniversary luncheon.

Friends of the Ocean City Pops held their 25th anniversary “Silver Serenade” luncheon at the Greate Bay Country Club on a warm, sunny day.

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UPDATED: Suspect charged in bomb threat that causes college evacuation

Campus cleared, classes to resume Saturday

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - A Vineland man has been charged with causing a false public alarm, 3rd degree, after a tweet police said he posted to Twitter caused Atlantic Cape Community College to evacuate all three of its campuses on Friday, Sept. 12.

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After hours water rescue in Cape May

CAPE MAY- Cape May and Coast Guard firefighters responded to a report of swimmers in distress as the annual Sept.11 remembrance service was ending near the Cove Beach.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:14 p.m. the Cape May Fire Department and Beach Patrol were notified of a person in distress in the water off Jackson Street, Cape May. Firefighters from the Cape May Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard Fire Department were only blocks away as they were clearing from a Sept. 11 ceremony on Beach Ave. Units arrived on location in less than one minute.

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Villas man pleads guilty in fatal 2012 shooting

Bernard “Peanut” Green Bernard “Peanut” Green

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A 32-year-old Villas man pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 11 to shooting and killing Christopher Turner in November of 2012, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Bernard “Peanut” Green pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the first degree as part of a plea agreement that calls for him to serve 24 years in prison. Eighty-five percent of Green’s sentence must be served before he is eligible for parole. Sentencing is set for Oct. 31.

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Health care aide charged with stealing $63,000 worth of jewelry

Margaret A. Sleght Margaret A. Sleght STONE HARBOR – A North Cape May home health care aide has been charged with stealing $63,000 worth of jewelry from the borough resident she took care of, police said in a statement.

Margaret A. Sleght, 51, was charged with 3rd degree theft, after Stone Harbor police said they found evidence of the theft at her home while executing a search warrant on Friday, Sept. 12.

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Show us Your Shoes Parade is a hit SLIDESHOW

Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler Jones. Miss New Jersey, Cierra Kaler Jones. ATLANTIC CITY—Miss America fans braved the rainiest Saturday we have experienced in months to cheer on their favorite contestant at the 2014 Show us Your Shoes Parade.

52 Miss America contestants took their ride from The Revel to Albany Avenue in a convertible; only Miss Massachusetts was not in a rag top but she made the most of it by sitting outside the passenger window and dressed in a Red Sox uniform she had plenty of cheers from the crowd. 

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Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones is a hometown girl with a big dream

Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones is a hometown girl with a big dream Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones is a hometown girl with a big dream Rutgers senior from Galloway is competing on the platform Empowering Today's Youth Through Arts

GALLOWAY ­Galloway resident and Rutgers student Cierra Kaler-Jones, who is competing this week in the Miss America Pageant this week as Miss New Jersey, has never attended the famous pageant.

The daughter of two casino workers who at one time both worked three jobs to support their family, Kaler-Jones grew up watching the show on television since her parents could not take time off to accompany her.

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Politicians point to crumbling state of Atlantic County bridges

Democrats Steve Sweeney, Colin Bell and Vince Mazzeo on the Somers Point-Mays Landing Road Friday morning to point out the deficiencies of the circa 1967 bridge. Democrats Steve Sweeney, Colin Bell and Vince Mazzeo on the Somers Point-Mays Landing Road Friday morning to point out the deficiencies of the circa 1967 bridge. SOMERS POINT – The bridge on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road that divides Somers Point and Egg Harbor Township was the focus of a press conference Friday, Sept. 12 called by state Senate President Steven Sweeney of Cumberland County, Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell and state Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo of Northfield. 

Sweeney said the bridge – built in 1967 and known locally as the Jobs Point bridge – is one of the worst in the state, and called for its repair. 

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Turf coming to Carey Field in Ocean City

Jen Marra / Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School will get a new turf field this year. Jen Marra / Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School will get a new turf field this year.

OCEAN CITY — Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School is on track to get a new turf field.

City Council introduced a $1.435 million bond ordinance Thursday, Sept. 11, $1.25 million of which would be dedicated to the installation of the turf substructure and field.

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