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Youth opera concert to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City

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Members of the Youth Opera of South Jersey rehearse a scene from “West Side Story” Sunday, Jan. 25 at the New Motion Dance Studio in Linwood.
photos by Columb Higgins / Members of the Youth Opera of South Jersey rehearse a scene from “West Side Story” Sunday, Jan. 25 at the New Motion Dance Studio in Linwood. LINWOOD – Members of the Youth Opera of South Jersey will perform “West Side Story” in concert this March to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.

The youth opera is also offering free workshops to kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City every Friday through the end of winter. Some of the children will also participate in the show.

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Locals look to grow interest in Upper Township farmers market

 From left, Upper Township Green Team member Ralph Cooper, steering committee members Kiesha Bond and Becky Holden, and volunteer Len Smith at a meeting on an Upper Township farmers market. Deborah Patterson/From left, Upper Township Green Team member Ralph Cooper, steering committee members Kiesha Bond and Becky Holden, and volunteer Len Smith at a meeting on an Upper Township farmers market. PALERMO – A farmers market may be coming to Upper Township.

Residents Becky Holden and Keisha Bond have teamed up with the Upper Township Green Team to consider a farmers market here starting in June. The group held a meeting to gauge interest on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Upper Township Senior and Wellness Center on Stagecoach Road in Palermo.

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Robert Barr’s nomination to Pinelands Commission delayed again

OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man nominated a second time to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission by Gov. Chris Christie was not considered by the state Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, Jan. 26.

The committee continued its 1 p.m. meeting in Trenton despite a declaration of emergency in the state earlier that day due to an impending blizzard. It was not clear why the nomination of Robert Barr was pulled from the agenda at Monday’s meeting. The meeting was brought to a close after 44 minutes once other nominees were questioned.

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Remembering The Log in better days

Courtesy of Joyce Hampton Pullan/The Log in its early days, circa 1930s.Lawrence M. Hampton Sr. painted the bottom to look like the log was sitting on a 'bed of fire' according to his daughter Joyce Hampton Pullan. Courtesy of Joyce Hampton Pullan/The Log in its early days, circa 1930s.Lawrence M. Hampton Sr. painted the bottom to look like the log was sitting on a 'bed of fire' according to his daughter Joyce Hampton Pullan. The West Atlantic City restaurant slated for demolition was 'famous' for its burgers, barbecue and clams. 

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Just as Atlantic City once thrived in the distance, the Hickory Log Inn was a vibrant establishment in its heyday.
Its customers long gone, the once-popular West Atlantic City restaurant sits vacant along a dilapidated strip of seedy motels on the Black Horse Pike – its windows broken, doors boarded up and walls collapsing.

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Blizzard of 2015 a no-show in South Jersey

Weathermen across Pennsylvania and New Jersey are scratching their heads this morning after a forecast for more than a foot of snow didn't happen and a wintery landcape like this one from last year remained only a memory./R.J. Liberatore Jr. Weathermen across Pennsylvania and New Jersey are scratching their heads this morning after a forecast for more than a foot of snow didn't happen and a wintery landcape like this one from last year remained only a memory./R.J. Liberatore Jr. Oops.

A late-January snowstorm that the National Weather Service, AccuWeather and Weather Channel all forecast would have a crippling effect on New Jersey didn’t materialize as planned.

Why?

In a weather forecasting game of inches – well, let’s say miles – yesterday’s coastal storm formed a little too far east to have a significant impact on the Jersey Shore. It blasted New England with blizzard conditions and high winds that caused more than 10,000 power outages.

Things were so much different along the Jersey Shore.

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UPDATE: Travel ban lifted south of I-195

UPDATE: The mandatory travel ban for New Jersery motorists has been lifted for roadways south of I-195 as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Gov. Chris Christie issued a mandatory travel ban on all New Jersey roadways, effective beginning at 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 until further notice, according to the executive order posted.

 Only public safety, government, media and snow removal vehicles are permitted to be on the roadways until the ban is lifted. Those seeking critical and emergency medical treatment at area hospitals are also permitted to travel if necessary.

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Vintage Jazz Band wows older set at Ventnor Coffee

DeMarzio plays rhythm guitar and vocals for The Vintage Jazz Band that got its start at Village Grande, an over-55 community in Egg Harbor Township. DeMarzio plays rhythm guitar and vocals for The Vintage Jazz Band that got its start at Village Grande, an over-55 community in Egg Harbor Township. VENTNOR – When Ventnor Coffee went before the zoning board for approval to continue offering music at their Dorset Avenue shop, owners Michael Einwechter and Christine Pagano said coffee shops are centers of social interaction for the community and safe havens for young people who like music. That premise was evident Friday, Jan. 23 as the shop was packed with people listening to a local jazz band – only the audience was filled with teenagers of a different era – the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. 

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All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods Convention Center

The annual All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods starting Wednesday, Jan. 28.  (photo by Jen Marra) The annual All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods starting Wednesday, Jan. 28. (photo by Jen Marra) WILDWOODS – The annual All Breed Dog Show is fun for many, but not as much fun as it is for Susan Shomo, the president of the Boardwalk Kennel Club.

Shomo has been working with dogs since she was 6, and has been a long time member of the Boardwalk Kennel Club, which started in Atlantic City. She said she has done everything from cleaning up after dogs to being president of the kennel club.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Shomo said.

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Coast Guard works to free grounded vessel

Coast Guard units are working with other agencies to assist the vessel Santa Lucia after it ran aground near Miah Maull Shoal, Tuesday, Jan. 27. Local Coast Guard personnel examined the grounded vessel to determine whether it was leaking fuel or presented a danger to navigation. Coast Guard units are working with other agencies to assist the vessel Santa Lucia after it ran aground near Miah Maull Shoal, Tuesday, Jan. 27. Local Coast Guard personnel examined the grounded vessel to determine whether it was leaking fuel or presented a danger to navigation. PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is working to free to a grounded vessel Tuesday near Miah Maull Shoal in Delaware Bay.

According to a Coast Guard statement, a crewmember aboard the 470-foot Santa Lucia contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at about 4:30 a.m. to report the grounding. He told the Coast Guard the ship ran aground while inbound to Philadelphia. The ship's cargo is reported to be fresh produce.

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South Jersey snowfall totals from the blizzard that wasn’t

Snowfall totals from the Blizzard of 2015 that were supposed to range from 1-2 feet instead varied between 1-2 inches as measure on the morning of January, 27. Snowfall totals from the Blizzard of 2015 that were supposed to range from 1-2 feet instead varied between 1-2 inches as measure on the morning of January, 27. Snowfall totals from the Blizzard of 2015 that were supposed to range from 1-2 feet instead varied between 1-2 inches as measure on the morning of January, 27.

Here are some reports from around South Jersey, as reported by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Office:

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Ocean City’s first Raider-thon raised $14K for charity

Jen Marra / Asa Littlefield, 16, of Ocean City; Xiola Sorgie, 17, of Sea Isle City; Harlee Cancelosi, 17, of Marmora; and Danielle Lloyd, 16, of Tuckahoe dance to Beyoncé . Jen Marra / Asa Littlefield, 16, of Ocean City; Xiola Sorgie, 17, of Sea Isle City; Harlee Cancelosi, 17, of Marmora; and Danielle Lloyd, 16, of Tuckahoe dance to Beyoncé .

OCEAN CITY — Students danced the night away last Friday, all in the name of charity.

The students and faculty who organized the district’s first dance marathon fundraiser, Raider-thon, last Friday exceeded their $10,000 goal, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Ocean City Education Foundation and local chapter of the Sunshine Foundation.

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Armed robbery nets 3 pairs of sneaks, cell phone in Galloway

Armed robbery nets 3 pairs of sneaks, cell phone in Galloway Armed robbery nets 3 pairs of sneaks, cell phone in Galloway

GALLOWAY – Two juvenile boys were robbed at gunpoint while they were walking in the 400 block of Ebony Tree Lane around 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, according to police.

Three pairs of Nike sneakers and a cell phone were reported taken.

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Off-duty police officer reports alleged aggravated assault in Lower Township

NORTH CAPE MAY – A West Virginia man was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, after an off-duty Middle Township police officer called 911 about an incident in an area parking lot.

Adrian Mowery, 31, Romney, W.V., was charged with striking Matthew Danze, in the head with some type of stick as he left the Bayshore Inn, North Cape May, at about 2 a.m. Jan. 18, said Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana.

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