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Upper Township officials defend support for BL England pipeline

PETERSBURG – Township officials Monday defended their support of a proposed 24-inch natural gas pipeline through Tuckahoe that would fuel the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point.

Critics of the South Jersey Gas pipeline, which would be built from Millville through the Pinelands, say the project would violate the Pinelands Commission’s Comprehensive Management Plan, and could cause a disaster if it ever ruptures.

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Township declares emergency for Strathmere’s north end

(photo by Jen Marra) Township and state park beaches were severely eroded by strong waves and high tides as Hurricane Arthur passed during the Fourth of July weekend. (photo by Jen Marra) Township and state park beaches were severely eroded by strong waves and high tides as Hurricane Arthur passed during the Fourth of July weekend.

STRATHMERE – Township committee Monday approved an emergency declaration for Strathmere’s north end after strong waves and tides from Hurricane Arthur swept 100 feet of sand from beaches there in a matter of days.

Dr. Stewart Farrell of the Coastal Research Center at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, who conducts regular surveys of Strathmere beaches for the township, said old timber structures became visible jutting from the sand in November. By March of this year, the beach had retreated 20 feet, he said. Between March and April, the beach lost another 10 to 15 feet.

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Mays Landing man convicted of vehicular homicide in 2012 DWI crash

MAYS LANDING – A Mays Landing man was convicted Wednesday, July 16, of vehicular homicide for a 2012 DWI crash that claimed the life of his passenger, who was ejected and killed when the vehicle overturned.

Michael T. McMunn, Jr. was found guilty following a jury trial, even though his lawyer argued that he was not the driver that night.

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11 different types of beachgoers seen at the Jersey Shore

Beach bag Beach bag Everyone seems to have a different idea of how a day at the beach should go. As locals, we’ve seen all types of beach days, but the one thing in common is that it's always a good day for people watching. Below are the common beach types you'll see along South Jersey's shoreline:

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Two local coaches celebrate triathlon success at Special Olympics

Ocean City's Lisa Rumer and Carrie Merritt coached the first-ever triathlon team for the New Jersey Special Olympics. The team competed against athletes from across the nation last month at Nationals, hosted in New Jersey. The first place male and female in the event were from New Jersey. 
Ocean City's Lisa Rumer and Carrie Merritt coached the first-ever triathlon team for the New Jersey Special Olympics. The team competed against athletes from across the nation last month at Nationals, hosted in New Jersey. The first place male and female in the event were from New Jersey. OCEAN CITY —Coaching a team of 16 athletes for the 2014 Special Olympics national games, coaches Carrie Merritt and Lisa Rumer knew it would be a very memorable experience for the competitors, especially because it was the first time the event included the triathlon.

The coaching duo did not expect that it would have such a powerful impact on them.

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Absecon police looking for fast food wallet thief

The Absecon Police Department is looking for the man who helped himself to a wallet inadvertently left on the counter by a woman visiting a popular area fast food restaurant./Absecon Police Department The Absecon Police Department is looking for the man who helped himself to a wallet inadvertently left on the counter by a woman visiting a popular area fast food restaurant./Absecon Police Department ABSECON  The Absecon Police Department is looking for a man who helped himself to a wallet left on the counter June 26 by a customer of the McDonald's Restaurant on the corner of the White Horse Pike and Mill Road. 

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West Wildwood man faces federal child porn charges

WEST WILDWOOD— A West Wildwood man was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, July 16 on charges that he received images of child sexual abuse using his cell phone.

According to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Jeffrey Spicer, 44, was arrested by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

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Remediation is progressing at New Road eyesore

The now shuttered Garden State Fuel on New Road in Linwood is in the middle of a NJDEP monitored remediation of the site. The now shuttered Garden State Fuel on New Road in Linwood is in the middle of a NJDEP monitored remediation of the site. LINWOOD—In a town where neatly manicured lawns are the norm, the former Garden State Fuel at 1711 New Road is very out of character with the rest of the scenery on a drive through Linwood. 

City Councilman Todd Gordon chairs the Engineering Committee and explained Tuesday afternoon what is happening at the shuttered gas station.

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New Jersey a leader in parasailing safety

Gazette Reporter Christopher South parasailing for a story. Gazette Reporter Christopher South parasailing for a story. CAPE MAY – “New Jersey is the safest place to parasail in the country,” said Andy Barber, owner of East Coast Parasail in Cape May.

Barber said New Jersey was the first of two states in the nation to regulate parasailing, the second being Virginia, which used New Jersey’s statute as a model.

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The beauty of advocacy quilts reflects brutality against women, children

This quilt block shows this woman’s reaction to oppression in her country. This quilt block shows this woman’s reaction to oppression in her country. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Quiltmakers the world over will tell you there’s a backstory to every quilt they make. Most times, at least here in America, they are stories about coming of age, friendships, families or romance.

The quilts currently on display at the Noyes Museum on Lily Lake Road tell quite a different story. Seeing their beauty might fool the viewer, but each quilt relays a grim story of oppression against women and children, including child and sex slavery, genital mutilation, rape, violence, war and poverty.

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