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Tuition and fees to rise at Atlantic Cape starting with summer session

ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic Cape Community College board of trustees adopted a $41,085,000 budget and voted to increase tuition and some fees at a meeting March 24 at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

The fiscal year 2016 budget, which is $100,000 lower than the previous year’s budget, includes $8,407,171 in county appropriations contingent upon approval by the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of School Estimate, a group of college and Atlantic and Cape May County officials.

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Charter-Tech presents creepy, kooky ‘The Addams Family’

Showing off their dance steps are, in the foreground from left, Haley Cohen of Galloway, who plays Morticia; Bobby LeMaire of Cape May Court House as Gomez; and Justin Gaskill of Somers Point as Uncle Fester. Behind them are the ancestors – Dorothy on the left played by Samantha Grizky of Dorothy, and another ancestor played by Mykhara Robinson of Atlantic City on the right.  Showing off their dance steps are, in the foreground from left, Haley Cohen of Galloway, who plays Morticia; Bobby LeMaire of Cape May Court House as Gomez; and Justin Gaskill of Somers Point as Uncle Fester. Behind them are the ancestors – Dorothy on the left played by Samantha Grizky of Dorothy, and another ancestor played by Mykhara Robinson of Atlantic City on the right.

SOMERS POINT – Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts opened a new musical last weekend, “The Addams Family,” which continues Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28.

The show was created by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who brought “Jersey Boys” to the stage. The duo takes Morticia and Gomez Addams and their eccentric relatives and gives them a new script put to music.

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EHT Eagles T-shirts pay tribute to former student

Laura Stetser/Senior Jessica Kaminski displays the T-shirts that will benefit a fund in honor of Alexander Pearse. Laura Stetser/Senior Jessica Kaminski displays the T-shirts that will benefit a fund in honor of Alexander Pearse. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – When Alexander Pearse was a student at Egg Harbor Township High School, he would blare music between classes from speakers mounted on his wheelchair. And though his disease claimed him March 15, it seems that his tune is being carried on by those who were touched by his upbeat approach to life.

Pearse, who graduated from the school in 2014, had muscular dystrophy – though staff and students said he was never one to let this condition define him.

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Seven vie for title of Mr. Mature America

Submitted / Frank Faralli, Mr. Mature America, visits Dietz and Watson to personally invite Ruth Eni, Momma Dietz, to the upcoming pageant to be honored on March 28. The popular Philadelphia Company is a major sponsor of the pageant and also the city’s Doo Dah Parade. Momma Dietz is shown here with her constant companion, Saba. Submitted / Frank Faralli, Mr. Mature America, visits Dietz and Watson to personally invite Ruth Eni, Momma Dietz, to the upcoming pageant to be honored on March 28. The popular Philadelphia Company is a major sponsor of the pageant and also the city’s Doo Dah Parade. Momma Dietz is shown here with her constant companion, Saba.

OCEAN CITY — Seven contestants will compete for the title of the best mature man in America as Ocean City hosts the second annual Mr. Mature America Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

With the theme of “Memories,” contestants are George Ellis, 84, of Penn Valley and Ocean City; Tom Greeley, 66, of Manchester; Gary Sakas, 65, of Haddon Heights and Ocean City; Rene Sese, 73, of Ocean City; Joel S. Fogel, 70, of Somers Point; Kenneth Young, 76, of New York City; and William Paul Cage.

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UPDATED: Pleas to reinstate Sheehan as police chief don’t sway council

 

CAPE MAY – A crowd of more than 300 supporters gave Rob Sheehan a standing ovation as he entered the Convention Hall auditorium, Tuesday, March 24, but City Council was not swayed by the show of support to allow a vote on his reinstatement as chief of police.
On the flip side of the coin, people expressed dissatisfaction with city council and members of the administration. Several times, someone in the crowd shouted “Recall,” directed at council members who voted to rescind Sheehan’s contract as police chief. Resident Charles Hendricks, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for city council last year, indicated there could be a concerted recall effort.
“This won’t end tonight. We will build a network to look at issues like recall,” Hendricks said.
Hendricks added that a both Mayor Ed Mahaney and Deputy Mayor Terri Swain might be the subject of a recall effort. He said Councilwoman Bea Pessagno had not served long enough to legally be recalled.

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Ocean City High School takes top prizes in Math Mayhem at Stockton University

First place individual Ben Jargowsky of Ocean City High School. First place individual Ben Jargowsky of Ocean City High School.

GALLOWAY – Students from Ocean City High School earned first place in both the team and individual portions of the fourth annual Mathematical Mayhem.

The event brought more than 60 students from 10 South Jersey high schools to Stockton University on Saturday, March 21 to compete in individual and team exams designed to challenge the students and assess their current skill development.

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Thursday warmth could signal the end of the 2015 snow season

Forecasters say an explosion of warmth on Thursday could finally signal the end to the 2015 South Jersey snow season and provide a hint of even warmer temperatures to come./NWS Forecasters say an explosion of warmth on Thursday could finally signal the end to the 2015 South Jersey snow season and provide a hint of even warmer temperatures to come./NWS Forecasters say an explosion of warmth on Thursday could finally signal the end to the 2015 South Jersey snow season and provide a hint of even warmer temperatures to come.

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Stockton may lose Island Campus at Showboat Atlantic City site

Stockton may lose Island Campus at Showboat Atlantic City site Stockton may lose Island Campus at Showboat Atlantic City site

GALLOWAY – Plans for a Stockton University Island Campus at the Showboat casino site in Atlantic City may be sunk.

Trump Taj Mahal is invoking a 1988 covenant with Caesars Entertainment that the property can only be used as a first-class casino-hotel.

On Tuesday, March 24 University President Herman Saatkamp announced a stalemate in negotiations to transform the site into a campus with residential amenities, with a casino remaining as part of the school tourism and hospitality program. 

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Ocean City salon seeking participants for St. Baldrick’s event

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Claire Lowe / The staff at Divine Images Salon at The Flanders. Claire Lowe / The staff at Divine Images Salon at The Flanders.

OCEAN CITY — Deanna Curran and her co-workers at Divine Images Salon inside The Flanders are hoping their community will join them for a good cause. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 9, the salon will host a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser, where participants raise money for childhood cancer research by shaving their head.

Curran, an esthetician from Upper Township, said she was inspired to host the fundraiser when she watched the journey of Egg Harbor Township resident Alexis Corey.

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Spring Bridal Fair at The Flanders

i do The Gazette and Current Newspapers present their Spring Bridal Fair and Fashion Show 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, March 29 at The Flanders Hotel, 11th Street and Boardwalk in Ocean City. The fashion show, which starts at 2:30, is presented by Tesi Bridal & Formal Boutique and At Your Service Formalwear. This event is free to attend, however brides must pre-register at www.shorenewstoday.com to qualify for door prizes.  Brides can also register at the door.

 
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Armed robber steals cash from Rio Grande grocery store

Middle Township police released this image of the robber showing the Liberty Bell design on the back of the hooded sweatshirt. Middle Township police released this image of the robber showing the Liberty Bell design on the back of the hooded sweatshirt. RIO GRANDE – Employees fought back at a local grocery and an armed robber fled with an unnamed amount of cash at about 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 23, police said.

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Ocean City striving to create anti-bullying culture in schools, community

OCEAN CITY — As the school district works to create an anti-bullying culture both in and outside its halls, school officials say they can see the program working.

“It has started and encouraged conversations in a whole new way,” Vicki Sheetz, a social worker on the district’s child study team, told the Ocean City Board of Education during its March 18 meeting.

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Police search for suspects who used handgun in West Atlantic City gas station robbery

Surveillance footage/Police are searching for two males wanted for allegedly robbing a gas station clerk at gunpoint on Monday, March 23. Surveillance footage/Police are searching for two males wanted for allegedly robbing a gas station clerk at gunpoint on Monday, March 23. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Police are searching for two males wanted for allegedly robbing a gas station clerk at gunpoint on Monday, March 23.

According to police, two males pictured in the surveillance footage made contact with an employee around just before 1 a.m. at the Garden State Fuels station on the Black Horse Pike in the West Atlantic City section of the township. The males showed the employee a handgun and demanded money from the register before fleeing on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

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