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

Michael J. Petrella Michael J. Petrella

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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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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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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Donor wall unveiled at Community Center

Jen Marra / Guests take a closer look at the names engraved on the glass plaques of the donor wall that was unveiled Friday, Dec. 12 in the lobby of the Ocean City Community Center.  The wall was uncovered during the Ocean City Community Center Association’s Afternoon of Appreciation, recognizing the contributors who made the center possible. Jen Marra / Guests take a closer look at the names engraved on the glass plaques of the donor wall that was unveiled Friday, Dec. 12 in the lobby of the Ocean City Community Center. The wall was uncovered during the Ocean City Community Center Association’s Afternoon of Appreciation, recognizing the contributors who made the center possible.

OCEAN CITY — The many volunteers who helped make the Ocean City Community Center a reality were honored Friday with the unveiling of a new Donor Wall during the Ocean City Community Center Association’s Afternoon of Appreciation.

“That turned out so well. We couldn’t have been happier,” said Ken Cooper, chairman of the association.

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Police seek sister-in-law in Beanie Sigel shooting

PLEASANTVILLE – Police are searching for the sister-in-law of Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel, who was critically shot in the chest here Friday, Dec. 5.

Sigel’s sister-in-law, Kamilah Salahuddin, and Ricky Childress have been named as people of interest in the shooting of Dwight Grant, 40, who performs as Beanie Sigel.

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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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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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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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Strathmere first in line for sand, but north end may have to wait

Jen Marra photo / Strathmere, Sea Isle City dredging set to start in March Jen Marra photo / Strathmere, Sea Isle City dredging set to start in March

STRATHMERE – A beach replenishment project in the south end of Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City is scheduled to begin in early March, according to new information from the Army Corps of Engineers, which is coordinating the project.

But township engineer Paul Dietrich said Monday that the north end of Strathmere, which has been the hardest hit this year, may have to wait until after summer, according to a schedule from the Army Corps.

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Possible whooping cough case has MRHS taking precautions

Mainland Regional High School LINWOOD – Mainland Regional High School is taking precautions against the possibility that at least one student has contracted whooping cough, even though none of the suspected cases has been officially verified.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, Superintendent Robert Previti confirmed that two high school students tested positive for pertussis, more commonly referred to as whooping cough. The first student was diagnosed using the PCR preliminary test on Thursday, Dec. 11; the second came to light Monday, Dec. 15.

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Grinch pinched, kicked out of Wildwood

The Grinch looks out from the back of a Wildwood police car after being “pinched” at the Grinch run.
The Grinch looks out from the back of a Wildwood police car after being “pinched” at the Grinch run. WILDWOOD – He’s green and mean with a mile-long rap sheet. But in Wildwood, the Grinch was given a one-way ticket back to Whoville – courtesy of the Wildwood police department.

Sponsored by the Wildwood police department, the Dec. 13 Pinch the Grinch 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk offered athletes a chance to make their way down the boardwalk to help bring a merry Christmas to needy children throughout Five Mile Island.

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