Julian Connerton wears his pink football gloves that he bought in honor of his mom, who has breast cancer.

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Three months ago: Egg Harbor City football player honors mom with pink gloves

When 12-year-old Julian Connerton found out his mother, Mayra Cruz-Connerton, was diagnosed with breast cancer, he decided to dedicate his upcoming football season for the Egg Harbor City Crusaders seventh- and eighth-grade youth football team to her by wearing pink gloves.

But right before the first game in September, his coach — momentarily forgetting about the pledge — told Julian to remove the gloves. Disappointed, Julian decided he’d rather not play if he couldn’t honor his mother.

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But the Connerton family and his coach, Paul Burgan, cleared the air a few days later and Julian returned to his position as starting center and middle linebacker. The incident did not hurt the team as they went 11-0 before losing in the championship game to Buena on Nov. 25.

Julian said he was proud to honor his mother this season and to rejoin the team.

“All I want to do now is look forward to next year,” he said.

Mayra Cruz-Connerton said there are no hard feelings about what happened, and she enjoyed watching her son play every week.

“I was tremendously proud,” she said. “I’m very happy things turned out so positively.”

Eighteen months ago: Dennis Township church destroyed in fire

Services at the South Seaville United Methodist Church have not been the same since the building, which has stood since 1884 on Corson Tavern Road in Dennis Township, was destroyed in a fire on June 10, 2011.

But the Rev. Thomas E. Perry said the church’s 150 congregants have continued to meet regularly at another facility across the street and they plan to rebuild the church by next spring.

Perry said they are going through the application process and hope to break ground on a new church March 1. He said the insurance company covered half of the cost and the church had to raise a few hundred thousand dollars for the project.

They will continue fundraising to upgrade the building in the future, he said.

“It’s been a tough time,” he said. “We’re trying to move forward and keep everything together.”

Eleven months ago: Hamilton Township presents application for new housing complex

In January 2012, the township’s Planning Board gave preliminary approval to George Phy, owner of Century 21 Real Estate in Mays Landing, on a project to build more homes on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road near Sunny Avenue.

Officials were excited about the plan since it would be the first new residential construction in the township in years.

In October, the board gave final approval to build 21 single-family homes on the heavily wooded site.

Phy said there is no timeline yet for construction and he is working on other residential projects as well and could make more presentations to the Planning Board in the middle of next year to complement this project.

“We’re hoping sooner or later housing prices will jump up and people will be more secure in their jobs,” he said.

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