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    On LBI, Sandy Claims a Family’s Dream

    by  • December 20, 2012 • News • 1 Comment

    A National Guard medical response humvee parked by the bay, viewed from the Emches SUV as they traveled noth on Long Beach Boulevard Nov. 5. What items they could salvage from their home are visible in the foreground. Photo/CHRISTOPHER EMCH

    By CHRISTOPHER EMCH Adrienne Emch always looked forward to heading down to Long Beach Island for the weekend. Her small, one-story ranch on West Lavenia Avenue in Beach Haven Crest was simple with its hip roof and covered front porch, but it was home away from home. Adrienne and her husband Brian put extensive work into...

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    Students Network with Employers at Job Fair

    by  • October 25, 2012 • News • 1 Comment

    By CHRISTOPHER EMCH and KRISTEN GARAFANO Local employers participating in a career fair at Ramapo College  advised students that social media and networking skills are key to finding a job after graduation. Representatives from more than a dozen companies in advertising, videography, publishing, theater, public relations,  attended the Contemporary Arts Roundtable, sponsored by the Cahill Center...

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    Fight Grows to Rebuild Hi-Tor Animal Shelter

    by  • October 17, 2012 • News • 4 Comments


    By CHRISTOPHER EMCH The fight to rebuild Rockland County’s only animal shelter is gaining momentum as local activists embark on a widespread fundraising campaign. Members of Re-Build Hi-Tor, a grassroots coalition established to replace the aging Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, held a meeting Oct. 9 at Ramapo Town Hall to discuss plans for a new shelter...

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    LBI Chowderfest Weekend Yields Huge Turnout

    by  • October 11, 2012 • News • 1 Comment

    Visitors to Chowderfest this year enjoyed beautiful weather as they lined up for chowder samples. The masted ship replica in the background is part of Schooner's Wharf. Photo/CHRISTOPHER EMCH

    By CHRISTOPHER EMCH BEACH HAVEN—Cool temperatures and windy skies were the only signs of fall on Long Beach Island Sept. 29, as the crowd that descended for the 24th annual Chowderfest Weekend made it look like the hottest day in July. Thousands flocked to Beach Haven Borough on LBI to take part in the end-of-season event,...

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    All-new Escape brings style, fuel economy to small SUV segment

    by  • September 26, 2012 • Features • 1 Comment

    The '13 Escape sports a rakish profile that defines it as much more of a crossover than its boxy predecessor.

    By CHRISTOPHER EMCH Since 2001 the Ford Escape has reigned as one of America’s best-selling compact SUVs, and it returns for the 2013 model year with more features, more power, and a lot more style. Based on the recently redesigned Focus, the Escape represents the latest car-based “mini-ute” to abandon pretensions of off-road prowess in favor...

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    Religion not likely to impact election outcome

    by  • September 19, 2012 • News • 0 Comments

    Dr. William Dodd and his wife, Vivian, watching the evening news in their New City home. Photo/CHRISTOPHER EMCH

    By CHRISTOPHER EMCH When the polls close this Nov. 6, America may have  elected its first Mormon president. It is no secret that GOP candidate Mitt Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a fact that has made religion a focal point of this year’s presidential campaign. Romney’s opponent, President Barack...

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    One High School Loses Three Too Many

    by  • September 12, 2012 • Features • 0 Comments

    By CHRISTOPHER EMCH Death has come a little too easy for Clarkstown High School North’s Class of 2011. On Oct. 13, North ’11 graduate Raven Mednick, 19, was found dead in her dorm room at SUNY Cortland. She had committed suicide. Raven’s death marks the third in the history of the New City, N.Y. high school’s graduating...

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