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Bamboo ban approved with some changes

OCEAN CITY — Property owners in Ocean City are now prohibited from planting bamboo in their yards as council unanimously approved a ban on the invasive plant at its Sept. 25 meeting.

The ordinance, introduced by council Aug. 28, will prohibit property owners and tenants from planting bamboo — described as running or clumping varieties — on any property in Ocean City. It also requires the owner and occupant of a property where bamboo currently exists to confine the plant to prevent it from spreading to neighboring properties.

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Music to retire by: Part 1

Rick Travers Rick Travers Publisher trades printing press for plow

After nearly 20 years as the owner-publisher of first The Gazette Leader and eventually 12 other weekly newspapers that came under the Catamaran Media umbrella, Rick Travers is retiring. He and his brother, Curt Travers, are selling their interest in the papers to BH Media Group, which last year took over The Press.

Never one to idle, Rick purchased a blueberry farm in Vermont a few years ago, and plans to spend more time playing farmer. He has been hightailing it up there on weekends for the past few summers. In the newspaper office, co-workers have caught him practically drooling over tractor catalogs. And his head is positively swarming with ideas for the small motel he owns nearby.

Ideas are something Rick Travers is known for.

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Mother, two children injured in Egg Harbor Township car accident

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A 27-year-old Pleasantville mother and her two young children were sent to the hospital with moderate injuries sustained in acar accident that occurred around 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Farmington section of the township in which police said the mother and one of her children were wearing seatbelts.

According to police, Brittany Morgan was driving a 2012 Chevy Sonic east on Tilton Road near Uibel Avenue when a Honda Accord driven by John Orelien, 21, of Egg Harbor Township turned into her path and was struck by Morgan’s vehicle.

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Absecon police seek 'habitual' shoplifter

Absecon police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and catching this man who has targeted the CVS Store at 603 White Horse Pike. Absecon detectives feel he frequents the Ventnor area./Absecon Police Absecon police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and catching this man who has targeted the CVS Store at 603 White Horse Pike. Absecon detectives feel he frequents the Ventnor area./Absecon Police ABSECON – Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and catching a man they say is a habitual shoplifter who has targeted the Absecon CVS.

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EHT committee moves affordable housing project forward, despite school board opposition

Affordable housing community in Egg Harbor Township moves ahead Affordable housing community in Egg Harbor Township moves ahead

“The state of New Jersey is our enemy. They have brutalized the school system.” - Mayor James "Sonny" McCullough

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The developer of a proposed affordable housing project slated for the Farmington section of the township was given the green light to proceed with its application for financing after the Township Committee voted 3-1 to moves the project forward despite opposition from members of the Board of Education who attended the Sept. 17 meeting.

The approval allows the Marlton-based Michaels Development Company to construct up to 137 units of affordable housing at the intersection of Doughty and Fire roads.

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Angry parents react to GEHR policy change

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – A large contingent of parents from the Laureldale section of Hamilton Township and the South Egg Harbor area of Galloway Township attended the Monday, September 22 meeting of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District to complain about a change in one of the district’s policies.

In the past, students that lived in those areas had the option to attend Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City. The new policy up for adoption at the meeting and ultimately passed with a margin of 7 to 1, puts an end to those options. Students in Laureldale will now be assigned to Oakcrest High School while South Egg Harbor students will have Absegami High School as its home school.

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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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Two more Seaville firefighters were terminated in connection with alleged theft

SEAVILLE – Two more members of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company have been terminated in connection with an internal investigation by the company, according to Seaville Fire Chief Richard E. Stevens.

The former chief of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Eugene Robert Spiegel, and his son Jacob were indicted Wednesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the fire company.

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Northfield police seize 315 bags of heroin

NORTHFIELD – Police seized 315 bags of heroin and arrested two residents on drug charges Thursday, Sept. 25 after a several-months-long investigation.

Charged were Jerome Ellis, 45, and Chaneen McKoy, 39, of the 300 block of Maple Avenue, where the heroin was seized, according to police reports. 

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Mays Landing man charged with possession of child porn

Kevin Mellon, 51, of Mays Landing was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 24  and charged with third-degree possession of child pornography following a four-month investigation./Hamilton Township Police Kevin Mellon, 51, of Mays Landing was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 24 and charged with third-degree possession of child pornography following a four-month investigation./Hamilton Township Police HAMILTON  Hamilton Township police arrested and charged a Mays Landing man with possession of child pornography Wednesday, Sept. 24, according to a statement issued by Detective Frank Schalek.

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Pleasantville police investigate second carjacking in three days

For the second time in three days a delivery driver was forced from his vehicle at gunpoint while making a dinner delivery in Pleasantville, according to Pleasantville Police Capt. Sean Riggin. For the second time in three days a delivery driver was forced from his vehicle at gunpoint while making a dinner delivery in Pleasantville, according to Pleasantville Police Capt. Sean Riggin. PLEASANTVILLE - For the second time in three days a delivery driver was forced from his vehicle at gunpoint while making a dinner delivery in Pleasantville, according to Pleasantville Police Capt. Sean Riggin.

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Margate consultants seek revisions to the Army Corps dunes plan

MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

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