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March 29, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - To say that Mark Soifer would go to the ends of the earth for Ocean City may be an understatement. Because in the 45 years that Soifer - who will retire at the end of the summer from his position as the resort's public relations director - has commuted from his home in Vineland to his office here, he could have circumnavigated the globe three times. Soifer, aside from creating and executing dozens of local events and activities over the years, has also written about 5,000 columns for the local newspaper, the Ocean City Sentinel, and thousands of news releases about everything from the annual Doo Dah Parade to the Mister Maturity Pageant.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2016 | Mike Zebe Staff
The Philadelphia intellectual-property firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel L.L.P. has hired Jifang Tao as a scientific adviser to support the firm's patent work on behalf of clients in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Tao was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a graduate student and research assistant at University of California, Los Angeles. Tao earned her bachelor of science degree in biological sciences with a minor in English from Tsinghua University, Beijing, with honors, and her Ph.D.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2016
Dutch treat Delaware. More than 15,000 tulip bulbs, representing 100 flower varieties, have been planted in this town's parks and public places. They're expected to bloom during a stretch of April, when visitors can grab a trolley tour or see new exhibits at local museums. On the first weekend, kids' activities and special events. Lewes Tulip Celebration , Lewes, April 7-16. www.leweschamber.com   Spring powwow New Jersey. Experience Native American culture, with dancers, drummers, and singers from throughout North America, at Raritan Valley Community College.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's payrolls expanded by 21,200 jobs in February, growing to nearly 6.5 million jobs in the state, as the unemployment rate stayed at 4.6 percent with 96,600 remaining jobless, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday. In New Jersey, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent from 4.5 percent, with 198,200 still jobless. Jersey payrolls grew by 3,500 in February to 4.57 million jobs. jvonbergen@phillynews.com 215-854-2769 @JaneVonBergen www.philly.com/jobbing  
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania and New Jersey stand to receive more than $85 million in federal disaster money to pay for costs associated with the January blizzard. President Obama signed a "major disaster" declaration Wednesday that made Federal Emergency Management Agency funds available to 22 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. He signed a similar declaration last week for 17 of New Jersey's 22 counties. Locally, Bucks, Burlington, Camden, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties qualified for the assistance under the complicated federal requirements for damage thresholds.
NEWS
March 26, 2016
Heidi Cruz, wife of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, is scheduled to make a South Jersey campaign appearance next week in Haddon Heights, a local campaign official said Friday. Mrs. Cruz will meet and greet campaign supporters and donors as part of a fundraiser and also will attend a public rally when she stops by The Cabin from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The Cabin is at 600 W. Lippincott Lane. New Jersey's primary is June 7. - Maria Panaritis
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
Here is another reason to take a break from texting or talking on your smartphone while walking in New Jersey: a possible $50 fine. A bill proposed this week by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D., Camden) would impose a fine of up to $50 and possibly 15 days in jail for pedestrians caught using their cellphones without hands-free devices while walking on public sidewalks and along roadways. If the bill becomes law, "petextrians" - people who text while walking - would face the same penalties as jaywalkers in New Jersey.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
For more than 25 years, Montclair, N.J.-born novelist Donna Leon's name has been inextricably connected to Venice, Italy, her adopted home and the setting of her wildly successful Commissario Brunetti mystery series. That is, until the tourists all but drove her out. "The city gets 30 million tourists a year. And only 58,000 people live there," Leon said Wednesday in a phone interview from Switzerland. "You can't walk down the street. " Leon, 73, is celebrating a milestone: the publication this month of the 25th Brunetti novel, The Waters of Eternal Youth , which has the commissario investigating a 15-year-old drowning case.
NEWS
March 20, 2016
Onlookers pull Sicklerville man from burning car A 20-year-old Camden County man remained in critical condition Saturday after crashing his car in Winslow Township and being saved by onlookers who pulled him out of his burning car, police said. About 6:45 p.m. Friday, Tyrone Gollopp Jr., of Sicklerville, was driving on Erial Road approaching Eden Hollow Lane when he lost control of his car. The car slammed into a large pine tree in the Camden County Park Recreational Area, the Winslow Township Police Department said.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
As Pennsylvania moves closer to adopting a medical marijuana program, New Jersey has released a report on its six-year-old program that says its dispensaries charge the highest price for an ounce of marijuana on average, compared with other states with similar programs. The Department of Health report said the five dispensaries operating statewide charge an average of $489 per ounce, about 37 percent more than the average price in Arizona, New Mexico, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island.
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