Two Years Ago: Mays Landing baby scalded with hot water while parents fight

In June 2011, Kenneth Smith, then 18, of Hingston Avenue in Egg Harbor Township, and Yvonne Adams, then 19, of Harding Highway in Mays Landing, were arguing at Adams' home at the Pineland Gardens Apartment complex in Mays Landing.

During the argument, the couple threw hot water at one another. The water hit their 3-week-old baby, causing burns on its chest, shoulder and right arm. The child was treated at St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia.

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Smith pleaded guilty to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced July 20 to 180 days in Atlantic County jail and three years of probation, said Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Haleigh Walz.

Adams pleaded guilty to fourth-degree child neglect and was sentenced to probation earlier this month, she said.

Eight Months Ago: Center opens to help local veterans

On Oct. 31, just after Hurricane Sandy hit, there were more than 70 veterans in line waiting to use their new clubhouse in Galloway Township.

Restoration Outreach Christian Kare Center Inc., of Trenton, opened a center on Odessa Avenue to assist vets in getting any help they need. The facility was staffed by four veterans who served as peer counselors to help local veterans with a number of services, including applying for benefits, searching for a job, getting financial assistance, locating housing, and drug and alcohol treatment.

The organization reopened the 12,000-square-foot former clubhouse at Blue Heron Pines Country Club and added a computer lab, social hall, gym, offices and meeting room for local veterans to come and congregate with one another, but the endeavor proved to be too expensive to sustain.

Lenore Hill, the organization's chief funding officer, said the clubhouse closed April 15 and moved to the center on Philadelphia Avenue in Egg Harbor City.

They are continuing some services, including a food bank. Hill said she hopes to be able to provide housing for the veterans as well, because it is such a big need in the area.

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Nineteen Months Ago: Authority to buy land for new expressway road

The South Jersey Transportation Authority approved the contract for a new connector road to link the Atlantic City Expressway with Atlantic City International Airport in November 2011 that the authority hoped would ease traffic at the Airport Circle.

At its May 29 meeting, the authority's Board of Commissioners authorized the agency to spend $714,100 to acquire 3.82 acres owned by Wawa to use for the land and the rights to a billboard lease at the site.

SJTA spokesman Kevin Rehmann said more land may be needed, but that will not be known until the entire project design is complete.

The authority will split the road project into two phases and could award the contract on the first phase soon.

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