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Nine months ago: JCC plans mainland campus: On Dec. 18, members of the Margate-based Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center held a meeting at the Linwood Country Club to discuss the possibility of a satellite campus on the mainland.
With many of the facility’s members living off Absecon Island, the organization said it would be more convenient to have a site more accessible to many of them.
The plans called for a $5 million, 20,000-square-foot satellite facility that would include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two locker rooms and about five multipurpose rooms.
Jack Fox, CEO of the JCC, said the center is still working with the Linwood club, but no decision has been made.
“We are committed to having a JCC satellite location on the mainland,” he said. “There’s a good chance it will be in (the Linwood Country Club).”
One year ago: Lower Township installs new system to recover stolen items: Last year, the Lower Township Police Department became the second municipality in the state — after Egg Harbor Township — to install a system that tracks and helps recover stolen items.
The department implemented the Regional Automated Property Information Database — which is widely used across the state of Maryland — for use by employees of pawn shops and metal-collection businesses.
The township passed a law a year ago requiring those businesses to post to the RAPID system information on all items purchased before selling them. Police can access RAPID and find descriptions, pictures and, when possible, serial numbers of the items, and the system can be used to try to locate items reported stolen within the township, Detective Sgt. Ernest Macomber said.
If a stolen item is found, the police can track the seller because they will have a copy of his ID and video of the sale, Macomber said.
So far, the department has recovered about $10,000 worth of materials and made 10 arrests for possession of stolen property, he said.
RAPID is also used now in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill, and Lower Township can review the items sold in those cities as well as towns in Maryland that also use it, Macomber said.
“The more places that get it, the better it is for everybody,” he said.
Eight months ago: Teacher admits to sexually assaulting students: On Jan. 25, Derek Hildreth, a 23-year teacher at Myron L. Powell Elementary School in the Cedarville section of Lawrence Township, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree and one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree. Prosecutors said Hildreth molested children in Cumberland, Burlington, Atlantic and Gloucester counties between 1999 and 2002.
On May 31, Hildreth, 50, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He will not be eligible for parole for 17 years.
On July 25, the state Department of Education State Board of Examiners voted to accept Hildreth’s relinquishment of his elementary school teaching certificate, and it was revoked immediately.
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