May 21, 2015 |
Dennis Thomas likes the challenges built into his new position as the football coach at Millville High School. "It's Group 5," Thomas said. "You get to compete against all the perennial powerhouses. " Thomas was named Millville's football coach by the Millville Board of Education on Monday night. Thomas replaces Jason Durham, who resigned after last season. Thomas, 35, was a standout player at Salem High School. He returned to serve as head coach at his alma mater the last two seasons, compiling a 13-10 record for a program that was 0-10 in 2012.
April 24, 2015 |
Endurance racing isn't just a matter of horsepower and stamina. Strategy and skill count, too. "It's about going as fast as you possibly can through the turns," Mike LaMaina says. "It's about the momentum. " A lifelong motorhead, LaMaina will be at the wheel of his 1992 Mazda Miata at the Devil in the Dark race Saturday at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville. The event, sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America, runs from noon to midnight. "When it gets dark is when it gets fun," LaMaina, 55, tells me, eyes shining.
April 19, 2015
Softball OLYMPIC CONFERENCE Washington Township 11, Cherokee 0: Lauren Shannon struck out eight in a one-hitter as the Minutemaids won on the road. Jessica Hughes was 4 for 4 with a double and a home run. She had an RBI and scored four runs. Bishop Eustace 6, Seneca 0: Izzy Kelley struck out nine and walked four in a complete game to earn the home win. Izzy Dewes went 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored for the Crusaders. Timber Creek 18, Winslow Township 3: Tara Eller went 3 for 3 with four runs scored and a RBI as Timber Creek earned the edge at home.
April 13, 2015 |
Clare Monaghan and Natalia Marrone each netted three goals, and a six-goal surge in the second half gave host Bishop Eustace the edge over Rancocas Valley, 14-12, in the Crusader Lacrosse Challenge. Kristen Biche, Ally Criscuolo, Camille Marsdale, and Molly Monaghan each scored twice. Mekayla Montgomery netted six goals for the Red Devils. Also at the showcase: Haley Pawliczek and Nicole Zaso scored three goals each to lead Cherry Hill East over Mainland, 17-8. Renee Powers and Rachel Becker each netted two. Alex Fitzpatrick had seven scores as Northern Burlington defeated Millville, 18-5.
April 6, 2015 |
Buddy Kennedy isn't nervous anymore. He's a sophomore now. "Last year I was nervous all the time," Kennedy said. "Now I just bear down and play ball and try to help the team. " Kennedy, a burly third baseman and the grandson of former major-leaguer Don Money, was a one-man wrecking crew for the Millville baseball team in a Grand Slam Classic first-round game Saturday against host Washington Township. Kennedy was 3 for 3 with a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, six RBIs, and 10 total bases as Millville beat Washington Township, 7-4. Kennedy also stole a base and made a strong defensive play.
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.