A Pennsylvania dentist who admitted he threw hundreds of pieces of medical debris into the ocean nearly two years ago was sentenced today. Thomas McFarland got four year’s probation for the actions he took. He also presented the borough with a $100,000 fine that was assessed for expenses the borough paid for during the days of the clean up. Beaches were shut down at periods in Avalon as a result of the medical debris.
The keynote speaker for the Cape May County Tourism Conference is the second in command in the state. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has been confirmed to be at the conference. Guadagno doubles as the Secretary of State in New Jersey, which oversees tourism. Guadagno will speak about what the state is doing and the importance of continuing to promote the Garden State. Local officials are looking forward to being able to show Guadagno what Cape May County does and how important tourism is to the county.
A New Jersey Federal Senator gave a speech on offshore drilling on Thursday. The speech was given on the Senate floor by Robert Menendez. In referencing the oil spill that has put the Gulf of Mexico in danger, Menendez once again said he does not support offshore drilling. New Jersey uses tourism as a top income producer and cannot afford its beaches to become contaminated because of a spill. President Barack Obama in recent weeks had made public comments that supported drilling offshore.
Young driver’s have a new change in law’s beginning this weekend. Permit and probationary license holders will have to be off the roadway by 11 p.m. at night and have a decal placed on their vehicle’s license plate. Some are concerned about the decal program because they believe it is a form a profiling and will provide sexual predator’s with information that will lead them to young people. Legislation is possibly going to be looked at to end the decal part of the bill when state lawmakers get back into session. The decals are being sold at the Motor Vehicle Commission for $4.
The new budget in Avalon is seeing the tax rate go up by one cent per $100 assessed valuation. Council approved the budget on Wednesday that includes no layoffs of public workers. The tax increase is just below the four percent maximum allowed by law in the state. Public Information Officer for Avalon Scott Wahl said the borough has a good surplus and has positioned its self well, even during the current financial situation the state is going through.
In Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget, the state will no longer be kicking in for subsidized breakfasts. Northjersey.com reports that Christie would cut $3 million that the state kicks in for the program. Schools would be left to split $41.4 million from the federal government. The proposal would also take the state from $8 million to $5.6 million for the subsidized lunch program. Again, federal dollars make up the majority of the lunch program.
Millville Police say a Bridgeton man has turned himself over to police in connection with a city man’s death. Robert Robinson has been charged with first-degree murder, second degree weapons offenses, and third degree aggravated assault. Bail has been set at $550,000. Keith Wright is the victim, who was shot in both the head and chest. The shooting took place early Thursday morning.
A new report released on Thursday says that some funds were not spent wisely by the state last year. A $17.7 million federal stimulus check was supposed to go to a summer job program in the state. The Comptroller Matt Boxer said in his report that the dollars were used for public and nonprofit jobs, and very sparingly in the private sector. Boxer said record keeping was bad and the local governments did not provide how the program helped assist the youth in finding full-time jobs. The program called for a mix of public, private, and non-profit, but most of the jobs were created in the public sector; Boxer felt more could have been done to assist private growth.
The death of a two-year-old baby in Woodbine has led a Wildwood man to plead guilty. Damian Garcia Rodriguez admitted his guilt, for the death of the child with cerebral paisy last year. A 13-year prison term is being recommended for the aggravated manslaughter charge. Parole wouldn’t be an option until 85 percent of the sentence is complete.
Gov. Chris Christie was the keynote speaker at the 47th Conference of Mayors in New Jersey. Christie presented a plan that included a proposed constitutional amendment to limit property tax increases to 2.5 percent per year. The plan to assist municipalities would include collective bargaining reform. Christie has called for changes that prohibit any new labor contract, including all salary and benefits costs, from exceeding a 2.5 percent cap. Recent pension reform has been signed into law, but the Governor wants more. Christie believes that additional legislation must roll back the 9 percent increase in pension benefits granted by the Legislature in 2001 for all pension service credit earned in the future, and cap payouts for accumulated sick leave at $15,000 for current as well as future employees to the extent permitted by law.