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Tuckahoe River bridge will not close during construction

State transportation engineer Dave Lambert discusses plans for the Tuckahoe River bridge Thursday, March 19. State transportation engineer Dave Lambert discusses plans for the Tuckahoe River bridge Thursday, March 19.

NJDOT officials say one lane will remain open, completion set for 2017

CORBIN CITY – Instead of being closed entirely, a single lane of the Tuckahoe River bridge would remain open during construction of a new span, under a plan proposed by New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials Thursday.

State transportation engineer Dave Lambert spoke at an information meeting at Corbin City Hall Thursday, March 19 to present a construction plan for the bridge. Around 50 people attended the meeting, including many concerned residents and business owners in Corbin City, who said a bridge closure would affect fire and emergency response from Tuckahoe.

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Firefighters, Samaritans, police rescue man from icy water

STONE HARBOR – Firefighters on a Waverunner raced to join police and good Samaritans Wednesday night to rescue a 76-year-old man who apparently jumped from the Great Channel Bridge over Ocean Drive into the dark and frigid waters below, police said in a press release.

It was just after dark, about 8 p.m., by the time Stone Harbor Police Officer Anthony Tirelli found what he reported as a suspicious vehicle parked in the northbound lane near the crest of the bridge. The car was unoccupied, the officer said. Its lights were off and the keys were in the ignition. A wallet was on the center console.

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Lesson in tolerance becomes a celebration of student achievement

Submitted / From left in back are seventh-grader Alexandra Ruiz, sixth-grader Christine Castellano and eighth-graders Nadia Sarhan, Peter Tran and Amadeous Co. In the middle row from left are seventh-graders Aileen Ryan, Illiana Todorovshki and Ted Guzman, eighth-graders Amanda Stafford and Althea Flores. In front are seventh-grader Garrett Smith and sixth-grader Harrison Le. Not pictured is eighth-grader Alex Cohen. Submitted / From left in back are seventh-grader Alexandra Ruiz, sixth-grader Christine Castellano and eighth-graders Nadia Sarhan, Peter Tran and Amadeous Co. In the middle row from left are seventh-graders Aileen Ryan, Illiana Todorovshki and Ted Guzman, eighth-graders Amanda Stafford and Althea Flores. In front are seventh-grader Garrett Smith and sixth-grader Harrison Le. Not pictured is eighth-grader Alex Cohen. ‘Project Maus’ comes to Fernwood Friday

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Searching for a lesson that would provide students with a meaningful experience, Fernwood Avenue Middle School media studies teacher Doug Winkelstein and seventh-grade English teacher Lewis Mosetti decided use the Holocaust and tolerance as a starting point,

The results were inspiring.

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Winter weather advisory for bulk of New Jersey

In what seems almost impossible, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Friday for most of New Jersey while temperature are expected to climb toward the middle 50s on Saturday. The NAM future simulated radar shows a snow and rain mix for Friday noon./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com In what seems almost impossible, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Friday for most of New Jersey while temperature are expected to climb toward the middle 50s on Saturday. The NAM future simulated radar shows a snow and rain mix for Friday noon./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com In what seems almost impossible, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Friday for most of New Jersey while temperatures are expected to climb toward the middle 50s on Saturday.

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Garden State Festival to feature films on Jewish history, culture

ATLANTIC CITY ­– The Garden State Film Festival Thursday through Sunday, March 19-22 will feature two dramas and two documentaries that focus on Jewish history and culture. 

According to festival Vice Chairwoman Harriet Diamond, a concerted effort is made to curate the festival with local and surrounding demographics in mind, including the large regional Jewish population. 

"We have made a point to partner with the Milton & Katz Jewish Community Center, the Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Stockton University, and other Jewish concerns to appeal to their constituents as we build a broad community of patrons and supporters of the Garden State Film Festival,” she said.

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Atkinson’s Restaurant changes hands after 37 years

Atkinson’s Restaurant and Tavern changes hands after 37 years. Atkinson’s Restaurant and Tavern changes hands after 37 years. New owner plans renovations in the fall

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A landmark restaurant in Mayville, along with its liquor license, has changed hands, passing from the family of former Mayor Susan Atkinson-DeLanzo to Lou Altobelli Jr., the township’s business person of the year in 2014.

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$35M Upper Township school budget includes large tuition increase to Ocean City

PETERSBURG – The Upper Township Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to submit a proposed $35,843,787 2015-16 school budget to the executive county superintendent.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 27 at the Upper Township Middle School. There will be no public vote on the budget this year because it falls under the state’s 2 percent cap.

The school tax levy is slated to increase $459,500 over this year’s budget to $23,434,500, according to school business administrator Laurie Ryan. The owner of an average $327,000 home in Upper Township would see their taxes increase 2 cents under the old tax rate, around $68 for the year.

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JFS vs. JCC golf rematch scheduled for May 28

John Simone, Darren Matik, Mitchell Gurwicz and Anthony Mortellite participate in the 2014 JFS vs JCC Golf Tournament, May 29, 2014. John Simone, Darren Matik, Mitchell Gurwicz and Anthony Mortellite participate in the 2014 JFS vs JCC Golf Tournament, May 29, 2014. MARGATE – Following the great success of last year’s JFS vs. JCC Golf Tournament, the two agencies are excited to once again vie for the winner’s trophy and bragging rights. Scheduled for May 28 at Linwood Country Club, this men’s and women’s competition style tournament will bring the community together for a great day of golf, contests, prizes and more. With team JCC claiming the winner’s trophy last year, JFS is seeking redemption and hopes to win the trophy at this year’s tournament.

Led by Co-chairs Darren Matik for Team JFS, and Joan Glick for Team JCC, the golf committee is excited to welcome back elements from last year’s tournament as well as add exciting new on-course activities and contests. 

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Spring into the ocean

Participants take a quick dip in to the Atlantic Ocean for the annual Stone Harbor Shiver Saturday, March 14, at 96th Street and the beach.  The event is hosted by the Stone Harbor Chamber of commerce and proceeds benefit Friend in Need and Family Promise of Cape May County. The water temperature is around 38 this week. Participants take a quick dip in to the Atlantic Ocean for the annual Stone Harbor Shiver Saturday, March 14, at 96th Street and the beach. The event is hosted by the Stone Harbor Chamber of commerce and proceeds benefit Friend in Need and Family Promise of Cape May County. The water temperature is around 38 this week. Participants take a quick dip in to the Atlantic Ocean for the annual Stone Harbor Shiver Saturday, March 14, at 96th Street and the beach.  The event is hosted by the Stone Harbor Chamber of commerce and proceeds benefit Friend in Need and Family Promise of Cape May County. The water temperature is around 38 this week.

More photos by Jen Marra

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Wildwood tries again on police staffing ordinance

WILDWOOD – City commissioners unanimously introduced an ordinance last week that would increase the number of police lieutenants from one to six.

The board will hold a public hearing and final vote on the ordinance at its next meeting, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. March 25 at City Hall.

The question of staffing at the police department has been up for a vote several times. In 2010, an ordinance was approved by referendum limiting the police department to five sergeants. Last year, Dara Baltuskonis, a member of the Wildwood Watchdogs group, filed a lawsuit alleging the city had violated the ordinance.

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Culinary students hone their knives and skills for Restaurant Gala

Betty D’Andrea of Galloway and Virgil Elam of Mays Landing, students in the Academy of Culinary Arts noncredit training program at the Worthington Campus in Atlantic City, cover a seasoned salmon fillet to make gravlax for the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala. Betty D’Andrea of Galloway and Virgil Elam of Mays Landing, students in the Academy of Culinary Arts noncredit training program at the Worthington Campus in Atlantic City, cover a seasoned salmon fillet to make gravlax for the Atlantic Cape Restaurant Gala. ATLANTIC CITY – Students in the noncredit culinary training program at the Atlantic Cape Community College Worthington Atlantic City campus are practicing so they can make perfect the 32nd annual Restaurant Gala 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel Casino.

During the weeks leading up to the annual dining extravaganza, chef educator Steven Serano, who developed this year’s entire appetizer menu, is prepping the students on the finer points of pressing gravlax, smoking trout, making scallop mousse, searing tuna, shelling oysters and garnishing to please the eye as well as the palate.

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Egg Harbor Township woman arrested for allegedly breaking into home to steal beer

Barbara Webb, 44, of Egg Harbor Township Barbara Webb, 44, of Egg Harbor Township EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A 44-year-old Egg Harbor Township woman was arrested for burglary on Tuesday, March 17 after she allegedly threw a lawn chair through a sliding glass door at a residence Club at Tilton to steal a 12-pack of beer from inside.

 Barbara Webb was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated and other motor vehicle charges around 6:30 p.m. after police investigating a call passed her as she was driving away from the scene along Hingston Avenue.

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Experimental oyster reefs planned off south Reeds Beach

Researchers hope reefs will protect shore, crabs and homes

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A $60,000 project to build two experimental oyster reefs off the shores of Reeds Beach is set to get underway next month, and conservation officials plan to invite the public to wade into the surf to help construct the aquatic habitat.

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