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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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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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Egg Harbor Township school budget passes with a 5.1-cent tax rate increase

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Egg Harbor Township Board of Education approved sending a $132 million budget to the county that carries a 5.1-cent increase to the school tax rate.

The budget passed Tuesday, March 17 by an 8-1 vote. Lisa Dagit was the sole dissenting vote, and Barbara Szilagyi was absent.

Since the budget was first introduced at a public workshop Saturday, March 7, the administration was charged with cutting $750,000 in order to get to the 2 percent spending increase cap imposed by the state. If the board decided to have no tax increase, approximately $2 million would need to be shaved off.

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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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Kemenosh to be honored as Ocean City Republican of the Year

Submitted / Former Councilman John Kemenosh will be honored March 20 as Ocean City Republican of the Year. Submitted / Former Councilman John Kemenosh will be honored March 20 as Ocean City Republican of the Year.

OCEAN CITY — John Kemenosh was shocked when he was elected to City Council in 2008. Years later and still active in his hometown, he was just as surprised to learn that his local Republican Club would recognize him for his efforts in city government.

Kemenosh was named Ocean City Republican of the Year and will be honored 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20 at Great Bay Country Club in Somers Point. The cost to attend is $30 per person or $50 per couple.

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Mainland Regional High School presents Les Miserables

Seniors Josh Ludwig, left as Jean Valjean and Andrew Lavery as Javert are enemies in Les Miserables, opening Thursday at MRHS. Seniors Josh Ludwig, left as Jean Valjean and Andrew Lavery as Javert are enemies in Les Miserables, opening Thursday at MRHS.

LINWOOD—Thursday night the curtain will go up on Les Miserables at Mainland Regional High School, one of the most popular musicals of all time. A grand undertaking for a high school drama department the musical is based on a grand tale, the 1862 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo.
Jean Valjean, played by senior Josh Ludwig of Northfield, is the central character to the story. He is sent to jail for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread.

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