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Atlantic County opens Nutrition site at Galloway Township Senior Center

GALLOWAY– A new Atlantic County senior nutrition site is available to Atlantic County residents 60 years and older at the recently opened Galloway Township Senior Center, 621 W. White Horse Pike.

The nutrition site provides recreational and social activities as well as a complimentary hot meal at lunch time. It is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is no charge to attend; however, a $1 donation is suggested. Lunch reservations are required two days prior to attendance and can be made by calling (609) 241-0246.

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Galloway man sentenced to 3 years for defrauding timeshare owners

CAMDEN – A former employee of The Vacation Ownership Group LLC, was sentenced today, July 21, to 36 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution for conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Eric Reilly, 34, of Galloway, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.Reilly entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman, who also imposed the sentence in Camden federal court.

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Man avoids attempted armed robbery at drive-through of EHT Burger King restaurant

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Police are searching for a man who allegedly attempted to rob a man while he was in the drive-through window at the Burger King on Tilton Road in the Bargaintown section of the township on Sunday, July 20.

According to police, a light-skinned black male in his late teens or early 20s approached the passenger side window of the victim’s car while he was in the drive through lane of the fast food restaurant around 7 p.m. He victim told police the man showed a handgun and demanded his property from inside the car. Instead of handing it over, the 59-year old victim pulled forward and began honking the horn, a decision that caused the alleged armed robber to flee on foot south on Hingston Avenue.

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Various clubs celebrate the summer

Michael Dukeman, Carol Heenan, Lois Werner, Marie Hayes and Ralph Werner enjoy the Republican Club barbecue. Michael Dukeman, Carol Heenan, Lois Werner, Marie Hayes and Ralph Werner enjoy the Republican Club barbecue. On a picturesque summer evening the Ocean City Republican Club held its annual barbecue on the bayside deck of Judy and Phil Kolea. Jim and I passed Lisa and Michael Allegretto as we looked for a hard-to-find parking space on West 17th Street. Michael Dukeman caught up with us walking down the street to the party. Rita Fulginiti and Joanne Budnick welcomed guests when they arrived. Rita wants everyone to be on the lookout for her husband, Tony, as he tools around town on his new scooter.

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Justin Williams brings Stanley Cup home to Ventnor

Justin Williams shows the key to Ventnor City and the Stanley Cup. Justin Williams shows the key to Ventnor City and the Stanley Cup. VENTNOR – The sunshine reflected off the shiny silver trophy bearing the names of all the winners of the Stanley Cup ice hockey series, and if you looked closely, you would see Ventnor resident Justin Williams’ name there twice.

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Mara Justine to perform on "AGT"

Galloway resident, 11-year-old Mara Justine Platt who won the first round on “America’s Got Talent” in June by belting out the song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, will be performing in the second round on "AGT" on Tuesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

 
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Lucy and her Sisters

Lucy is in shipshape for her 130th birthday celebration in 2011. Lucy is in shipshape for her 130th birthday celebration in 2011. Lucy the Elephant, whose 133rd birthday will be celebrated Saturday, July 19, was one of three mammoth structures built on the East Coast in the late 1800s. The celebration will include carnival games, rides, activities, food and entertainment. There will be free parking and shuttle service to the site from the Union Avenue School playground. For information call 609-823-6473 or see www.lucythelephant.org.

Everyone loves Lucy, the roadside elephant now celebrating her 133rd year as a Margate landmark. But many people don’t know that Lucy once had two sisters: the Light of Asia, a similar wooden elephant built to draw visitors and investors to Cape May, and Elephantine Colossus, which graced an amusement park on New York’s Coney Island.

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Knights of Columbus announce 2014-15 scholarship winners

Nine high school students have received Edward J. Walls, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund scholarships for the 2014-15 school year from the Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council No. 6342. Nine high school students have received Edward J. Walls, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund scholarships for the 2014-15 school year from the Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council No. 6342. Nine high school students have received Edward J. Walls Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund scholarships for the 2014-’15 school year from the Knights of Columbus Villa Marie Council No. 6342.

The Knights made the announcement last week.

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Heart of Surfing aims to let everyone hang 10

  Surf Instructor Bob Fertsch on the beach in Ventnor with Deborah Fabi of Margate, Jamie Fertsch of Egg Harbor Township and Marc Fabi of Margate. Surf Instructor Bob Fertsch on the beach in Ventnor with Deborah Fabi of Margate, Jamie Fertsch of Egg Harbor Township and Marc Fabi of Margate. VENTNOR- Local fathers combined their love for surfing with their love of special needs individuals with Heart of Surfing surf camp.

Bob Fertsch and Vinnie Lorenzi of Egg Harbor Township have brought opportunity to the beaches of Ventnor with the Heart of Surfing camp, a non-profit organization that strives to give individuals with special needs the opportunity to learn to surf.

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UPDATE: One arrested as Hamilton house fire is ruled an arson

Charlie Pritchard / Crime scene tape blocks entry to the home at at 5876 Holly St. which was seriously damaged by an arson fire Friday. Charlie Pritchard / Crime scene tape blocks entry to the home at at 5876 Holly St. which was seriously damaged by an arson fire Friday. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Friday’s fire that seriously damaged a home on Holly Street in Hamilton Township has been ruled an arson, and a 29-year-old man who lived there has been placed under arrest for the crime.

When police arrived at 4:33 p.m. Friday, July 18 at 5876 Holly St., the home was fully engulfed in smoke and flames, with fire showing through the front windows. Tanker support was dispatched to the scene to provide enough water to bring the blaze under control.

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Loan officer sentenced in Wildwood Crest mortgage fraud

WILDWOOD CREST – A Wells Fargo loan officer from Ocean County has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud scheme that involved overbuilt condos in Wildwood Crest, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office.

Robert Serao, 48, of Bayville, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He is one of 10 defendants to plead guilty in the case.

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Absecon judge appointed to state Appellate Division

Superior Court Judge Carol E. Higbee will move to the Appellate Division effective Aug. 1, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced last week.

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344,000 acres off New Jersey coast proposed for wind energy leasing

Map shows the area proposed for offshore wind energy development. Map shows the area proposed for offshore wind energy development. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. government officials on July 17 announced the proposed sale of leases for nearly 344,000 acres off of the New Jersey coast for commercial wind energy leasing.

 “Responsible offshore wind energy development has the potential to create jobs, expand our domestic clean energy resources, and strengthen our nation’s economic competitiveness,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in making the announcement.

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