February 17, 2015 |
MILLVILLE, N.J. - There is a cycle of inevitability in nature - of birth, growth, evolution, and, eventually, death - that hasn't escaped the eye of Pat Witt. Renowned for capturing the beauty of the changing seasons in the swampy bogs of South Jersey, Witt, 88, is beloved for teaching four generations of children and adults to look deep beyond the mechanics of painting and drawing. Thousands of students have passed through the doors of her Barn Studio of Art since she opened it in 1962, a place that has been called a sanctuary for creativity on the bottom floor of a converted hay barn and florist shop in a wooded glen off Whitaker Avenue.
January 17, 2015 |
A plan to sell newly preserved land for development threatens to weaken public trust in New Jersey's open-space program. The state Department of Environmental Protection spent $335,000 to preserve an 81-acre site in Millville in 2013. Now city officials have persuaded the agency to sell the land to Millville or Cumberland County for commercial or industrial use. Curiously, there is no known buyer or use in the offing. City officials say the land has railroad access, making it potentially attractive to manufacturing firms.
January 12, 2015 |
MILLVILLE, N.J. - A vacant piece of land preserved under the state Green Acres program a year and a half ago that was previously zoned for industrial use - and is now part of one of the most pristine and critical forest tracts in the state - is at the center of a tug-of-war between environmentalists and city officials. Local officials want to buy back the site, known as the Durand Tract, from the state and remove it from preservation rolls so it can be sold for development. The property straddles the 474-acre Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area and a site zoned for commercial and industrial use. But environmentalists are contending that if the 81-acre parcel is taken out of the land preservation program, it would set a "dangerous" precedent that could open up protected lands to development - ultimately undermining the entire purpose of such state and federal set-asides.
January 9, 2015 |
With a winning streak hanging in the balance, Bridgeton senior guard Marquis Wilson converted two free throws with 19.9 seconds left to the seal the Bulldogs' 53-52 victory at Oakcrest in a Cape-Atlantic National game. Nazir Williams scored 10 of his 15 points for the visitors to clinch their fourth consecutive victory. Oakcrest's Vernon Burch did a little bit of everything. He scored 9 points, collected 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Cape-Atlantic American. Vineland notched its second win against Cumberland County rival Millville in 11 days, defeating the visting Thunderbolts, 53-41.
December 31, 2014
AMERICAN LEAGUE Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, a native of Millville, N.J., will be honored as the Outstanding Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its 111th annual banquet on Jan. 16 at Cherry Hill's Crowne Plaza Hotel. Trout, who has not yet confirmed his attendance, also won the award 2 years ago after he was named the AL's Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old, who became the youngest unanimous MVP pick in major league history, was a huge crowd favorite in May when he played here against the Phillies.
December 22, 2014 |
Olivia Rulon scored 20 points to lead the Wildwood Catholic girls' basketball team to a 44-41 win over Millville Saturday at the Ocean City PBA Tipoff. Becky Andress added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Crusaders, who opened the game with a 14-4 run. Alexis Harrison totaled 18 points and 14 rebounds for Millville, which outscored Wildwood Catholic by nine points in the second half. In other Ocean City PBA Tipoff action, Bridget Ruskey had nine points and 14 rebounds in Middle Township's 40-19 win over Egg Harbor Township.
December 21, 2014
BASKETBALL CAPE-ATLANTIC AMERICAN Holy Spirit 49, Millville 24: Audrey Wilson scored 12 points in Holy Spirit's win at home. Cass Gallagher netted eight points and had seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Freshman Francesca Geromini deposited eight points in her varsity debut. CAPE-ATLANTIC NATIONAL Lower Cape May 69, Oakcrest 37: Lauren Holden scored 20 of her 35 points in the first half for the host Tigers. Olivia Aires netted 20 points for Oakcrest. CAPE-ATLANTIC NATIONAL Ocean City 54, Our Lady of Mercy 13: Olivia Briggs netted 11 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals for the host Red Raiders.
November 6, 2014 |
Imani Gaines stopped shots from the second, fourth, and fifth shooters in penalty kicks, and the Millville girls' soccer team advanced past host Clearview in the first round of the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs Tuesday. The score was tied, 1-1, after two overtimes. Gaines made 17 saves for the Thunderbolts, who were seeded ninth. Brooke Muhlbaier tied the game for Millville with 3 minutes, 53 seconds left in regulation. Victoria Flynn had the goal for the No. 8 Pioneers. In other first-round games: Williamstown 3, Vineland 0 - MaryKate Ulmer knocked in two goals during the top-seeded Minutemaids' home win over the No. 16 Fighting Clan.
October 4, 2014
ISSUE | ISIS ET AL Try containment Trudy Rubin, not surprisingly, has it just right regarding how to deal with the Islamic State, and more broadly the entire issue of violent destabilization, by suggesting that the long-term solution is not military ("Can Obama achieve his objectives in battle with ISIS?" Sept. 28). Limiting terrorism so effectively that it becomes of little concern requires creating an environment in which people are less desperate. As the rich get richer and the poor poorer, as the haves have more and the have-nots have even less, as the free abuse their liberty and the exploited see decreasing opportunity, the only direction in which the world will go is toward horrific environments.
September 23, 2014 |
It might be a stretch to suggest that a 30-point loss in the opener could be the springboard to a strong season. But it might work out that way for the St. Augustine Prep football team. The Hermits bounced back in a big way on Friday night, beating then-No. 6 Millville by 27-12 in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division game. The win came six days after St. Augustine dropped a 36-6 contest to No. 1 St. Joseph in the season opener. "We knew we were a better team than that," St. Augustine senior running back Lamont Harris said.