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Waldor brings ‘Peter Pan’ to life at the Philadelphia Flower Show

The bright orchids growN in the Waldor greenhouses in Linwood and will be sold at the Philadelphia Flower Show. They are among the biggest sellers at the show, said Walter Off. The bright orchids growN in the Waldor greenhouses in Linwood and will be sold at the Philadelphia Flower Show. They are among the biggest sellers at the show, said Walter Off.

LINWOOD — As winter bears down on the region, bringing record cold, orchid experts Walt, Bill and David Off of Waldor Orchids, along with their small staff, have been preparing for months to bring blasts of color and the tropics to the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show Feb. 28-March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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Nelson, Hermits run past Spartans for CAL title

newnelson Alan Dumoff/St. Augustine Prep's Sa'eed Nelson scores on the break ahead of Holy Spirit's Jordan Taylor in Saturday's CAL championship game at Stockton University. Nelson, an Absecon resident, had a game-high 27 points in the Hermits' 71-60 win. GALLOWAY – Holy Spirit’s “reward” for beating Atlantic City in a thrilling Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Friday night was a matchup with top seed St. Augustine Prep in the CAL boys final Saturday afternoon at Stockton University.

Some reward. More like a torture.

The top-seeded Hermits and silky-smooth point guard Sa’eed Nelson from Absecon blew past the Spartans, 71-60, to win their first CAL title since 2011, eighth overall, in front of a big crowd of 1,479, including plenty of “Richland Rowdies,” at Stockton.

Nelson scored 27 points, dished out 10 assists and grabbed seven rebounds, three short of a triple double. If that wasn't enough, sophomore forward Justyn Mutts scored 21 points, despite spraining his ankle at the end of the first half, and Nate Aldrich sank 6-of-8 shots for 13 points.

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Ocean City High School students share their talents

Anna Meyers sings “Valerie,” written by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, at Ocean City’s Got Talent, presented by the Ocean City High School Key Club at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center on Thursday night, Feb. 26. There was a full house for the evening event, which benefitted The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (photos by Bill Barlow) Anna Meyers sings “Valerie,” written by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, at Ocean City’s Got Talent, presented by the Ocean City High School Key Club at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center on Thursday night, Feb. 26. There was a full house for the evening event, which benefitted The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (photos by Bill Barlow)

OCEAN CITY -- Anna Meyers sings “Valerie,” written by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, at Ocean City’s Got Talent, presented by the Ocean City High School Key Club at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center on Thursday night, Feb. 26. There was a full house for the evening event, which benefitted The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Private investigator eyes uses for drones

Private investigator eyes uses for drones Private investigator eyes uses for drones WILDWOOD – A local private investigator is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will make a distinction between professionals using unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and recreational users.

This month, the FAA released its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft, which now face a public comment period. The rules apply to aircraft under 50 pounds, and as proposed require the operator keep the aircraft in sight.

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Contract awarded to clear dredge spoils site, lagoon dredging to follow

file photo / Low tide on the bay in Ocean City in 2013. file photo / Low tide on the bay in Ocean City in 2013.

OCEAN CITY — City Council awarded a contract Thursday, Feb. 26 for the removal of material from Site 83 near the 34th Street bridge, making room for an upcoming bay and lagoon dredging project.

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Egg Harbor Township man arrested twice in 3 days on heroin-related charges

Submitted/Jeffrey Schneider, 27, of Egg Harbor Township Submitted/Jeffrey Schneider, 27, of Egg Harbor Township EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A 27-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was arrested again on heroin charges Sunday, Feb. 22 after police allegedly found him unconscious in a vehicle around 7:15 p.m. in the Bargaintown section. 

He was arrested just three days earlier on Feb. 19 after police found drugs on him during a vehicle stop in the Anchorage Poynte section of the township.

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90-year-old cafeteria worker is a role model for students, staff

Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry. Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry.

NORTHFIELD – Northfield Community School students and staff shared the love Tuesday, Feb. 24 and helped “lunch lady” Betty Chau celebrate her 90th birthday. The cafeteria worker with the perpetual smile was feted with birthday signs, hugs, and classes singing happy birthday during every lunch period.

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Ocean City claims CAL girls title

Ocean City's Nicholl Fenton, Alexis Paone and Karissa Bourbeau celebrate winning the CAL championship game over Lower Cape May. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – When the Ocean City and Lower Cape May Regional high school girls basketball teams met twice earlier this season, the team that got off to the best start emerged victorious each time.

That trend continued in the Cape-Atlantic League championship game at Richard Stockton University Saturday afternoon.

Ocean City, the top seed in the eight-team playoff tournament, scored the first five points, led by as many as 11 points in the second half and settled for a 34-26 victory over the Lady Tigers to win the program’s fourth overall CAL title.

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Mission trip skating fundraiser this Saturday

Caroline and Katie Bowman and Leah Davies of Ocean City will travel on behalf of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to Costa Rica for a Mission trip. Caroline and Katie Bowman and Leah Davies of Ocean City will travel on behalf of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to Costa Rica for a Mission trip.

Over spring break, Caroline and Katie Bowman and Leah Davies of Ocean City will travel on behalf of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church to Costa Rica for a Mission trip.

During the course of the trip, the students will take down supplies to help out underprivileged children. In addition, they plan to plant a garden.

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Margate taxes remain stable again this year

MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

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Somers Point fire sends one to burn unit

Somers Point Fire Chief Frank Denan talks about the blaze that destroyed on unit and displaced residents of 10 more Friday morning. Somers Point Fire Chief Frank Denan talks about the blaze that destroyed on unit and displaced residents of 10 more Friday morning.

SOMERS POINT—Firefighters battled a morning blaze at the Gates Apartment complex that sent one victim to the burn unit at Temple University and displaced the residents of 10 other apartments.

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Ocean City says it's ready as PARCC testing begins Monday

OCEAN CITY — The state’s newest – and controversial – student assessments were scheduled to be given starting Monday, March 2 and director of curriculum Curt Nath said Ocean City is ready.

Speaking at the Ocean City Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25, Nath said the district has four weeks to complete the administration of the PARCC tests.

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Weigh foreclosures, short sales in tax appeals, EHT mayor says

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Radical times call for radical ideas.

With Atlantic County unemployment and foreclosure rates soaring to historic numbers, Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough is pitching a suggestion that he believes could help residents stay in their homes by allowing those looking to appeal their tax assessments to use foreclosures, short sales and sheriff sales as comparable sales.

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