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New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli expressed concern June 22 that the long battle with the COVID-19 pandemic may be worsening, what she called, the overdose epidemic. Persichilli said that state overdose deaths were 20% higher this year than at a similar period in 2019.

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Wildwood Police Department Emergency Communications operators received an emergency 911 call reporting a possible drowning with CPR in progress at the Beachside Resort, located at 3700 Atlantic Ave., in Wildwood.

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New federal rules took effect June 22, defining what falls under the protection of the federal Clean Water Act.

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Gov. Phil Murphy July 2 signed legislation providing substantial health care cost savings for New Jersey’s educators while reducing costs for taxpayers, removing longstanding and onerous provisions resulting from a 2011 law known as Chapter 78. 

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At approximately 6:21 p.m. July 2, Avalon Police, Avalon Rescue, and the Avalon Beach Patrol responded to the 21st Street beach for a report of a possible drowning.

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Gov. Phil Murphy July 2 ordered the U.S. and New Jersey flags be returned to full staff July 3, having been at half-staff since April 3, in recognition and mourning of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by COVID-19. 

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Gov. Phil Murphy July 2 signed Executive Order 162, which extends the public health emergency, declared March 9, which was previously extended April 7, May 6, and June 4. 

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Advocates for preserving a century-old church in Sea Isle City see new hope in a letter from Cardinal Benimo Stella in Rome.

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South Jersey lawmakers Sen. Mike Testa and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen (all R-1st) called upon the U.S. attorney for New Jersey to monitor the state’s upcoming primary elections on July 7. 

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Atlantic and Cape May counties will hold vote-by-mail elections July 7. The courts will have judges available to hear any voting and election issues throughout the day of the election, either virtually or in-person.

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The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Cape May County Chamber Board of Directors, and the mayors of all Cape May County municipalities released a joint statement July 1.

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The Cape May Police Department is attempting to identify a person about a shoplifting incident that took place on the Washington Street Mall June 27, at approximately 2:36 p.m., according to a release.

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The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced July 1 that it would begin providing 20 weeks of extended unemployment this week to New Jersey workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits.

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The sounds of summer will be back July 2, when amusement piers and water parks will be allowed to reopen at limited capacity and with other restrictions by Gov. Phil Murphy.

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If social media posts and memes are to be believed, one of the most anticipated re-openings during the COVID-19 pandemic was personal care businesses, which re-opened June 22.

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Ocean City Council unanimously approved a $ $15.959 million bond ordinance June 25, with funding for road repairs and drainage improvements.

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Cape May County, with its close proximity to seawater and reliance on the ocean for much of its economy, will feel the effects of climate change and the ensuing seawater rise more heavily than most of the nation.

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Upper Township Business Administrator Scott Morgan alerted Upper Township Committee that out-of-county visitors, in the young adult age group, are threatening to raise the COVID infection numbers.

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Cape May County reported the loss of two additional residents from COVID-19 complications. The individuals were both men from Middle Township, who were residents of a long-term care facility, ages 64 and 66.

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Ocean City Council unanimously approved an $80.5 million budget for 2020 that slightly increases spending while keeping the local tax rate level.

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Following reports of alleged lottery scams that have cropped up over the past weeks in social media posts, the New Jersey Lottery is cautioning residents to beware of any social media postings, emails or telephone calls from anyone promising lottery winnings, asking for money, or offering to share money from lottery prizes won.

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Cape May County Recovery Court held graduation ceremonies via online technology, something new for the program. Also new was the beginning of an addiction-free life.