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Middle Township police deliver hundreds of gifts to area families

Officers with the Middle Township Police Department deliver hundreds of gifts to area residents, donated to the police for their annual toy drive to help needy families in Middle Township have a good Christmas. Shown are Patrolman Joe Gamble, Patrolman Michael Reardon, Det. Tracey Super, Officer Alison Akke, Patrolman Brian Revoir, Dispatcher Madonna Sill, Sgt. Fran Fiore, Officer Michelle Brown, and Patrolman Justin Vitola. Officers with the Middle Township Police Department deliver hundreds of gifts to area residents, donated to the police for their annual toy drive to help needy families in Middle Township have a good Christmas. Shown are Patrolman Joe Gamble, Patrolman Michael Reardon, Det. Tracey Super, Officer Alison Akke, Patrolman Brian Revoir, Dispatcher Madonna Sill, Sgt. Fran Fiore, Officer Michelle Brown, and Patrolman Justin Vitola. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Christmas came early for nine area families, when Middle Township police officers delivered more than 500 gifts to excited children and parents.

The Friday deliveries were part of the police department’s annual drive to collect toys and other gifts for families in Middle Township. The drive is a local drive, separate from the national Toys for Tots drive.

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Stockton grads told they’ve received a top-tier education

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More than 700 undergraduates participate in the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey fall commencement Sunday, Dec. 14.
  Sharon Stabley/Atlantic City Press photo // More than 700 undergraduates participate in the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey fall commencement Sunday, Dec. 14. GALLOWAY – Richard Stockton College graduates have distinctive educational advantages that will help them “navigate successfully in this change-dominated era,” said William T. Daly, distinguished professor of political science.

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Relaunch of student experiments rescheduled to after Jan. 6

Surrounded by her teammates and advisors, student scientist Mercy Griffith, center, speaks about her group’s experience at a Wednesday, Dec. 17 school board meeting. Surrounded by her teammates and advisors, student scientist Mercy Griffith, center, speaks about her group’s experience at a Wednesday, Dec. 17 school board meeting.

OCEAN CITY — Students were excited, but cautious Wednesday about the possible relaunch of their experiment into space on Friday, Dec. 19. And for good reason, after being rescheduled several times, the original rocket, carrying their E. coli attachment rate experiment, as well as the experiments of 19 other student groups, exploded shortly after it launched Oct. 28.

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Ocean City school board asked to do more about bullying

Teen's suicide draws attention to district’s bullying, mental health policies

Claire Lowe / Cassandra Rosamond, 19, of Ocean City reads anonymous stories from local students about bullying in Ocean City during a Wednesday, Dec. 17 Ocean City school board meeting. Claire Lowe / Cassandra Rosamond, 19, of Ocean City reads anonymous stories from local students about bullying in Ocean City during a Wednesday, Dec. 17 Ocean City school board meeting.

OCEAN CITY — Members of the community pressed the Ocean City Board of Education at its Wednesday, Dec. 17 meeting to make bullying and mental illness awareness priorities in the district in the wake of the death of Ocean City High School student Maliha Chowdhury.

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Woodbine woman allegedly burglarizes same home twice

NORTH WILDWOOD – A Woodbine woman is in custody, accused of burglarizing the same North Wildwood home on 24th Avenue twice.

Lelani M. Freeman, 30, Woodbine, was charged by North Wildwood police, who said the incidents happened between November and December. Police have accused her of stealing pills and an electronic benefit card. According to police,  she knew the victim.

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Brown announces Atlantic City recovery plan

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Assemblyman calls for investment in nongaming attractions, job protection, tax fairness throughout the county, and no North Jersey casinos

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Assemblyman Chris Brown announced a plan to help Atlantic City recover while providing tax relief for all Atlantic County taxpayers at a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Egg Harbor Township Community Center.

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Lane reopened on Parkway after truck strikes bridge

Dale Gerhart/Press of Atlantic City photo courtesy of Dale Gerhart/Press of Atlantic City MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Northbound traffic on the Garden State Parkway eased Wednesday morning, after a state inspector allowed a lane to be reopened after giving the bridge over Avalon Boulevard a clean bill of health.

On Tuesday, the state Turnpike Authority closed one lane of the Garden State Parkway after a tractor-trailer truck carrying several cars struck the northbound bridge while traveling on Avalon Boulevard.

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Linwood Police arrest two for impersonating an undercover officer

LINWOOD—Police here arrested Evon Hormozy, 20, of Linwood on Saturday Dec. 13 and Kevin Durkin, 28, of Northfield Dec. 17 on charges stemming from an incident that occurred Friday, Dec. 12 when the two allegedly claimed to be undercover police officers and robbed three teens.

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Former Seaville fire company treasurer pleads guilty to writing checks to himself

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The former treasurer of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 18 in Superior Court to writing $19,000 in checks to himself.

Michael J. Petrella, 26, of Seaville, waived his right to a jury trial, and answered Judge John C. Porto with a quick “yes,” or “no,” to his questions as to whether Petrella understood what pleading guilty meant.

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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, dream on!

A mid-week change in long-range weather forecasts has would-be holiday travelers feeling thankful and romantic holiday dreamers feeling less than so-so. If you are looking for a white Christmas, you might have to look a little harder this year, weather forecasters say. A mid-week change in long-range weather forecasts has would-be holiday travelers feeling thankful and romantic holiday dreamers feeling less than so-so. If you are looking for a white Christmas, you might have to look a little harder this year, weather forecasters say. A mid-week change in long-range weather forecasts has would-be holiday travelers feeling thankful and romantic holiday dreamers feeling less than so-so.

And it all comes just as the Christmas Holiday is ready to burst upon us like presents wrapped a little too tightly.

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Lower Township man arrested after firing gun, barricading himself inside home

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Lower Township Police Department and the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team responded to a home in Lower Township Tuesday after a man fired a gun and his wife and children fled.

Jeffrey Hart, 47, barricaded himself in his home on the 600 block of Jonathan Hoffman Road before police arrived, according to a press release from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor.

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OCHS says no to Upper Township’s School Choice students

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UPPER TOWNSHIP – School officials in Ocean City said they will not accept School Choice students from Upper Township’s middle school at Ocean City High School, Superintendent Vincent Palmieri said Monday.

During the Upper Township Board of Education meeting Dec. 15, Palmieri said he and school board president Michele Barbieri met with high school principals and Ocean City Superintendent Kathleen Taylor on Thursday to discuss the issue, and were notified Friday that the students would not be admitted.

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State lawmaker introduces resolution supporting local businesses

Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi visited Cape May Court House this week to urge area residents to shop locally. He was joined by town leaders on a tour of business on Main and Mechanic streets. Shown are Carol Struett, chairwoman Middle Township Economic Development Council, Middle Township Committeeman Dan Lockwood, Karen Parker, owner Bloom’s Florist, Fiocchi, Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton, and Rick Rixey, member of the development council. Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi visited Cape May Court House this week to urge area residents to shop locally. He was joined by town leaders on a tour of business on Main and Mechanic streets. Shown are Carol Struett, chairwoman Middle Township Economic Development Council, Middle Township Committeeman Dan Lockwood, Karen Parker, owner Bloom’s Florist, Fiocchi, Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton, and Rick Rixey, member of the development council. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A state lawmaker visited businesses in Middle Township on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in a drive to encourage area residents to shop locally, saying that more than half of the money spent in local business stays within the township, and that it can revitalize communities throughout the area.

Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, District 1, and Assemblywoman Donna M. Simon, District 16, introduced a resolution last week urging residents to shop locally, as well as to support local businesses and organizations.

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