Margate’s Great Pumpkin, Shrinking Schools, Pinelands Commission – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Looking For The Great Pumpkin In Margate
Kara Quigley Keane usually starts putting the Halloween decorations up outside the house—a little Cape Cod bungalow on Fulton Avenue in Margate—the day after Labor Day.
The kids are going back to school (she has three) and she likes to have something for them to come home to. Also, it takes a while (two weeks, typically).
She starts with the wooden figures—plywood cutouts of Peanuts characters that have been painted—then moves on to the scarecrows.

Shrinking Schools
The school district in Pitman, Gloucester County, has a problem. It’s a familiar one to many school districts in South Jersey: enrollment is down and it has high fixed costs. In Pitman, officials are looking at loans and also staff cuts and closing buildings. Read more via Joe Brand for In case you missed it, here’s our interactive map of New Jersey’s shrinking schools. In the next few years, more school districts in the area will be facing the same dilemma as Pitman’s.

Pinelands Commission
An appellate court is once again being asked to review a pipeline through the pines, reports NJ Spotlight. This time, the 30-mile pipeline belongs to New Jersey Natural Gas and it’s approval by the Pinelands Commission is being challenged by the New Jersey Sierra Club. A separately-approved 22-mile pipeline through the Pine Barrens to the B.L. England plant in northern Cape May is also tied up in a court challenge.

In the rest of the day’s headlines, there’s a new dune battle, (in Berkeley Township, just south of Seaside Heights), the Delaware River’s shad population is the highest it’s been in years, the state treasury and the NJEA are having a spat over health insurance, and the White Horse Pike was the third most-deadly road in New Jersey last year (behind the Garden State Parkway and the Turnpike). All that and more below:

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