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World Series of Birding: one day, hundreds of birds counted

 World Series of Birding: one day, hundreds of birds counted

CAPE MAY COUNTY — For one day every spring, hundreds of birders are scattered across New Jersey with one goal in mind — to count more species of birds than competing teams.

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Update: Absecon gas station bandits still at large

The Absecon Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying and arresting a pair of suspects wanted in connection with an overnight gas station armed robbery last month./The Absecon Police Department The Absecon Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying and arresting a pair of suspects wanted in connection with an overnight gas station armed robbery last month./The Absecon Police Department ABSECON – The Absecon Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying and arresting two men wanted in connection with an overnight armed robbery of a gas station last month.

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Huge Internet response leads to arrests in TV thefts

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A concerned public can claim credit for helping police arrest two suspects in last week's theft of two 42-inch LED televisions from a Rio Grande department store, an official said today.

Vincent DiFlippo, 24, of Villas, and William Nelson, 24, Lower Township, were arrested Monday, April 7 and charged with shoplifting and conspiracy in connection with the theft, said Capt. John Edwards, Middle Township Police Department.

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Spaghetti dinner welcomes spring

 Ozzie and Sue Jordan, Don and Andrea Paul and Cathy and Jim Finnegan show off their St. Patrick’s Day attire. Ozzie and Sue Jordan, Don and Andrea Paul and Cathy and Jim Finnegan show off their St. Patrick’s Day attire. Twas the wearing of the green and the eight inches of snow that fell in South Jersey didn’t deter a crowd from gathering at the Tuckahoe Inn to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Exchange Club brought their favorite ladies to their dinner meeting that night. Andrea Paul and this columnist staked out a table in the dining room then joined our husbands in the lounge to enjoy the social hour.  Warren Iredell and Bill Culp told me the Exchange Club has resurrected their Shrimp and Beef Night that will be held April 26 at the Seaville Fire Hall. I almost didn’t recognize Ron Denney who sported a green plaid tam with red hair and a mustache to the party. Frank McCall, who wore a cream color hand knit sweater he got when visiting Ireland in 2005, liked Ron’s hat so much that Ron gave Frank an extra one he brought with him. David Powell gave these guys a run for their money in his tall green and white stripe Cat in the Hat style hat. 

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Congressional art competition deadline April 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) announced today that his office is accepting submissions from high school artists across South Jersey for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition hosted by the House of Representatives.

“I am pleased to again have my office participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition, which rightly recognizes the ingenuity and creativity of young artists in our communities,” said LoBiondo. “With the winning piece on display for visitors to the U.S. Capitol, I encourage South Jersey high school students interested in art to participate in the competition.”

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Deck collapse may spoil sale of bayside home

Jen Marra / Deck collapse may spoil sale of bayside home Jen Marra / Deck collapse may spoil sale of bayside home

STONE HARBOR – A local Realtor may have lost an opportunity to sell a Third Avenue home after a second-floor deck collapsed, plastering him and two potential buyers with the debris.

On Wednesday, April 2, a passerby pulled his vehicle to the side of the road next to a vacant home on Third Avenue near 92nd Street after he saw a first-floor deck collapse with three people on it.

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Century-old Goshen church to close Palm Sunday

The Goshen United Methodist Church will close its doors after 104 years. The Goshen United Methodist Church will close its doors after 104 years. GOSHEN – After 104 years, the Goshen United Methodist Church will close its doors for the final time on Palm Sunday, April 13, the pastor said recently, citing both a lack of funds for maintenance and a low membership as the reasons behind the closure.

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Strathmere youth wins state FT championship

C.J. Furey Strathmere resident C.J. Furey, pictured with Knights of Columbus state general program director Ray Sands, won the KOC state free throw championship last weekend When C.J. Furey attended a local free-throw competition held at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School back in January, he was there more to support his older brother.

“Brian was doing the competition at Bishop McHugh and when we got there we saw that 9-year-olds could do it, so I just said to C.J., ‘Go ahead out there and shoot,’” said Christine Furey, the mother of C.J. and Brian.

C.J. wound up shooting his way to a state championship.

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The Mom’s Beat: Autistic children benefit from early identification (VIDEO)

The Mom's Beat by Laura Stetser

Just five days before Autism Awareness Month began, the Centers for Disease Control issued a report indicating that autism diagnoses across the country had spiked by 30 percent more than experts had expected over a two-year period.

According to the report, one in 64 children nationwide is being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, up from one in 88 children in 2012.

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First step set for demolition of Christian Brothers buildings

OCEAN CITY — Asbestos abatement is expected to begin next week on the first of two buildings at the historic Christian Brothers Retreat at 31st Street and Central Avenue.

The rambling beachfront buildings, more than a century old, are slated for demolition, of which the asbestos removal is the first step.

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Two suspects sought in theft of televisions from Kmart

RIO GRANDE – Police have released video of what appears to be a brazen theft from the Kmart this week. 

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State grants 26 homeowners $30,000 grants to raise homes in Brigantine

TRENTON - The Christie administration today announced approval of the first Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) awards to assist homeowners with the cost of elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms. The Department of Environmental Protection approved grants for 26 properties in Brigantine.

New Jersey has committed $100 million in hazard mitigation funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to elevate approximately 2,700 primary residential structures in the nine counties deemed most impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties.

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Electric atmosphere for Billows Electric Supply ribbon cutting

R.J. Liberatore Jr./From left, Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle stands next to Mitchell Billows, owner of the Pleasantville Billows Electric Supply location, who performing the honors during the store’s official ribbon cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, Sept. 25.  Jeff Billows, Arlene Billows and John Dittess join him in the celebration. R.J. Liberatore Jr./From left, Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle stands next to Mitchell Billows, owner of the Pleasantville Billows Electric Supply location, who performing the honors during the store’s official ribbon cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Jeff Billows, Arlene Billows and John Dittess join him in the celebration.

PLEASANTVILLE _ More than 160 people and 27 venders welcomed Billows Electric Supply to the area on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when the electronics supplier chain held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Pleasantville location.

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