A 14-year-old boy has appeared in court, charged with plotting his own murder. John, 14, used multiple personalities on the internet to convince Mark, 16, to stab him when they met up in Greater Manchester last June. The boys’ real names have not been disclosed to the press. John used a number of different characters on the internet and became friends with Mark after meeting him in chat rooms. One of John’s false personas – a 42 year-old woman claiming to work for MI5 – told Mark he had to murder his friend. He was told to say, “I love you bro” as he carried out the attack and was promised sexual favours and money if he was successful. After the stabbing John was left critically ill in hospital, although he has now recovered. He is said to have been having difficulties in school and was unsure about his sexuality. Both boys have been put under supervision orders.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004
Professional triple threat performers from New York City shine in the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Annual Holiday Production. New for 2016….musicians from the Ocean City POPS will join the production! This season the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company invites you to come celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at their 2016 Holiday Show…A Very Ocean City Christmas! The enchanting cast of professional singers and dancers will present a high-energy, family–oriented, song and dance tribute to the holidays, directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman and Erika Wasko. Through dazzling costumes, familiar songs, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit in all of us as the magic of the season comes to life in a brand new musical journey through seasonal favorites. In a new holiday collaboration for 2016, the show will feature musicians from the Ocean City POPS Orchestra!Catch this family musical revue on December 16 at 7:30 PM and December 17 at 2:00 PM. The production will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue. Admission cost is $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors and $15 for Kids 12 and under. For tickets please call 609-399-6111, log onto www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or visit the Welcome Center on the ground floor of City Hall.
AtlantiCare staff members wear Spirit PPE. (Photo courtesy of AtlantiCare) During this unprecedented time when healthcare facilities across the country are in need, Spencer Spirit Holdings became an integral part of AtlantiCare’s supply chain efforts.The retailer quickly pivoted from selling scary masks and T-shirts to helping AtlantiCare secure vital personal protective equipment, or PPE.Spencer Spirit Holdings, headquartered in Egg Harbor Township, is parent company to mall retailer Spencer’s and Spirit Halloween.The Spencer Spirit team worked around the clock with its vendors to assist AtlantiCare’s procurement team in securing face masks, hazmat suits, and isolation gowns. “We’re proud to provide a little peace of mind to the real heroes on the front lines in this battle,” Spencer Spirit Executive Vice President Kym Sarkos said in a press release. “We hope with our efforts, alongside other great organizations across the country, we will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”The vital PPE they secured is also going to Shore Medical Center, Cape Regional Medical Center and Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation. Along with its supply chain assistance, Spencer Spirit also made a $25,000 donation to the AtlantiCare Foundation’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund.“Spencer’s expertise in sourcing and importing was invaluable to us,” said Barbara Young, assistant vice president of AtlantiCare’s Supply Chain and Procurement Services. “They helped us secure products at reasonable prices and took care of all the logistics for us, including sourcing and ordering PPE products, coordinating shipping and navigating customs.”The teams began collaborating on March 22 to identify and secure critical items, and in less than two weeks, the first round of PPE started arriving at the hospital.“Caring for our community is personal for all of us,” AtlantiCare CEO Lori Herndon said. “Even as COVID-19 had a dramatic impact on Spencer’s operations and its own staff, they have made a difference to our patients, their families, our staff and providers. Spencer’s support – and that of other businesses, organizations, and individuals leaves us feeling grateful.”