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Police searching for jewelry theft suspect

Jewelry store theft suspect Jewelry store theft suspect

CAPE MAY – The Cape May Police Department is investigating a theft of jewelry (initial estimated value $50,000), Sept. 17, at approximately 2 p.m., from a store on the Washington Street Mall.

The store surveillance cameras recorded a person who police would like to interview and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject in the photos below.

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Egg Harbor Township man charged with impersonating police officer

Frank Bonanata Frank Bonanata EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Frank Bonanata, 34, of Egg Harbor Township was arrested today (Sept. 18) on the charge of impersonating a police officer, police said Thursday.

According to a news release from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, the arrest stems from an Aug. 16 incident in which Bonanata allegedly brandished a badge in order to pull over a vehicle in Egg Harbor Township.  

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Stockton College seeking university status

Photo by Margot Alten /Members of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Board of Trustees and the Stockton community applaud the move to seek a change in the college’s status to that of a university. Photo by Margot Alten /Members of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Board of Trustees and the Stockton community applaud the move to seek a change in the college’s status to that of a university.

GALLOWAY – The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey today took a historic step toward changing its official designation and name to that of a university, officials announced in a news release.

The board of trustees voted to authorize President Herman Saatkamp to petition the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to officially classify Stockton as a comprehensive university – a designation for which the college has met the requirements for the past five years, according to a news release.

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Hamilton police seek owner of ash-filled urn labeled ‘Mom’

Submitted/The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn in July 2013. Submitted/The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn in July 2013. The Township of Hamilton Police Department recovered an urn containing ashes partially buried along the Great Egg Harbor River in July 2013.

The urn has the word "Mom" on the side.

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Mechanic Street evacuated over WWII round handed over to police

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Residents and workers along Mechanic Street near the Middle Township Police Department were evacuated Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a resident walked into the department with a piece of World War II-era ordnance, police said in a statement.

Atlantic City Police Department’s bomb squad was called in to evaluate the ordnance, and they determined that was a World War II era marking round. According to police, the round would have had an explosive tip to mark targets.

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Zombies are coming to Terror in the Junkyard

Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township's Scullville VFC annual haunted hayride opens the first weekend in October. Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township's Scullville VFC annual haunted hayride opens the first weekend in October.  

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – This year’s Terror in the Junkyard haunted hayride and maze will feature a new attraction involving live zombies, the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company announced Tuesday.

The Apocalypse Training Zombie Paintball Shootout will give visitors a chance to step up and prevent zombies from attacking. Separate admission to the zombie shootout is $5 for 100 paintballs and includes the use of guns and air canisters.

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Thousands flock to Atlantic City Seafood Festival

ATLANTIC CITY – Although the crowning of Miss America Sunday night got lots of media attention nationwide, it was the fourth annual Seafood Festival at Bader Field that attracted tens of thousands of seafood lovers, athletes and pirates too.

The two-day event celebrated its fourth year, with vendors selling the bounty of the sea, along with artists, great wines and beers, cooking demonstrations, a chowder cook-off, crab cake eating contest, crafters and anything that can be enjoyed at the Jersey Shore.

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CMC Airport under consideration for drone testing

US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) Rose Mooney confirmed that the Cape May County Airport is under consideration as a drone testing site, but testing has nothing to do with military operations.

Additionally, she said the airport is simply being considered, contrary to some published reports saying the airport had been selected as a testing site.

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Sheairs named new director of Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park

Submitted/Joseph M. Sheairs Sr Submitted/Joseph M. Sheairs Sr

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Joseph M. Sheairs Sr., a veteran executive with more than 35 years of experience in aviation, engineering, technology and business, today was named the new executive director of the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park by the board of trustees of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Sheairs is a graduate of West Point and the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds degrees in engineering and computer sciences. In 2009-2010, he served as interim executive director and then deputy executive director of the Next Generation Aviation and Technology Park, a precursor to the Stockton ARTP.

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First case of enterovirus confirmed in New Jersey

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today confirmed New Jersey's first case of enterovirus D68, a potentially serious respiratory illness more likely found in infants and children, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. The confirmed case was identified from a specimen sent to the CDC from a Philadelphia hospital.

The child has since improved and been discharged.

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Meteorological fall off to a warm, dry start

Despite cold temperatures that sank into the lower 40s during the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 15, South Jersey and the rest of the Northeast has posted a rather warm start to the final three months of the year./Northeast Regional Climate Center Despite cold temperatures that sank into the lower 40s during the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 15, South Jersey and the rest of the Northeast has posted a rather warm start to the final three months of the year./Northeast Regional Climate Center Despite cold temperatures that sank into the lower 40s during the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 15, South Jersey and the rest of the Northeast has posted a rather warm start to the final three months of the year.

All but two of the 35 reporting locations posted a warmer-than-normal start to meteorological fall – September, October and November – according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

See where how Atlantic City performed by clicking here:

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Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay set for last weekend in September

MARGATE – Mini-golf will make a debut this year at the annual Fall Funfest by the Bay – along with new amusements, boat rides, craft vendors, a smorgasbord of food, critters for the kids, two stages of nonstop entertainment and a visit from Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones.

The two-day festival will stretch for six blocks along the bayfront on Amherst Avenue, running 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

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One Kook’s Safari: Another hurricane due to head up the coast, with big waves expected

We won’t know what Hurricane Edouard will bring, but it’s expected to pass well off the coast this week. Previous storms this year brought some great waves, but this one’s being described as the first major storm of the season. We won’t know what Hurricane Edouard will bring, but it’s expected to pass well off the coast this week. Previous storms this year brought some great waves, but this one’s being described as the first major storm of the season. Summer’s not over, but if it were a tube of toothpaste, we’d be folding it from the bottom by now.

There’s good news, though: the water’s still warm, and the forecast calls for big waves from Hurricane Edouard this week. Expect the swell to build overnight into Wednesday, with head-high waves rolling in Wednesday and Thursday morning.  Expect a strong current and be ready for some heavy surf. The forecast keeps changing, so take a good look before paddling out.  

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