Monthly Archives: May 2010

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES IN AREA

Avalon – Parade at 9:00am along Dune Drive, ceremony to follow at Veterans Plaza

Cape May – Ceremony, 9:00 am, Columbia Ave. Monument

Ocean City – Service – 11am at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 5th & Wesley Ave.

Middle Township - American Legion Thurston Elmer Wood Post #198 is hosting a Memorial Day Parade. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Memorial Field on Pacific Ave.

North Wildwood – V.F.W. Memorial Day Service hosted by V.F.W. Post 5941, at Veterans Monument (Spruce and New York avenues) at 10 a.m.

Sea Isle City - Memorial Day Ceremony – JFK Blvd & Landis Avenue at 10 a.m.

Wildwoods – Ceremony at Veterans Monument, 1st Avenue & Spruce Avenue, North Wildwood. 10 a.m. Event then moves to American Legion Post 184, Wildwood for all service organizations to attend.

VAN DREW WRITES LETTER FOR NEED TO ADDRESS TRAFFIC CONCERNS ON ROUTE 47

Senator Jeff Van Drew sent a letter to Governor Christie requesting the administration work with him to address a long-standing traffic problem on Route 47 in Cape May and Cumberland Counties.

The senator told the governor work on the issue does not have to wait until passage of his legislation that requires a study to determine how best to alleviate congestion on the roadway. He requested the governor direct the commissioners of Transportation and Environmental Protection to begin the study immediately, and vowed to work with them to find a solution.

“Congestion in this area is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of residents, as miles of cars idling on the highway discharge harmful pollutants and frequent accidents result in dozens of injuries, as well as deaths, each year,” wrote Senator Van Drew. “Moreover, the problem is damaging to the local tourism industry and the viability of our businesses, as it discourages vacationers from visiting our shore resorts.”

“There has to be a way to address this issue without harming the environment,” Van Drew added. “I know it will be challenging and will require thinking outside the box, but I believe we can work together and, finally, after a decade, truly charter a successful solution to this problem.”

The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved legislation that would require the commissioners of Transportation and Environmental Protection to prepare a traffic study evaluating the best options for alleviating traffic congestion on Route 47 in Cumberland and Cape May Counties and in the surrounding region. The bill would require a written report be submitted to the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and the Chair of the Assembly Transportation Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee, or their successor committees, within a year.

CAPE MAY COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 2 P.M.

The Cape May County Veterans’ Bureau will hold its annual Memorial Day Service at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 31, 2010 at the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.

Speakers will include State Senator Jeff Van Drew, Freeholder Gerald Thornton, Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., Vincent DePrinzio, District Director, Vietnam Veterans of America NJ State Council and Joseph Orlando, Commander, Cape May County Veterans of Foreign Wars District 17. 

The United States Coast Guard will provide the ceremonial detail and representatives from Cape May County Veterans’ organizations will participate in the program that honors our fallen veterans.  Additionally, the National Anthem will be sung by Mark Huff   a Cape May County employee and the Invocation and Benediction will be delivered by Reverend Dr. Jeffrey W. Elliott, Pastor of the Cape May Lutheran Church.

VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL UNVEILED IN WILDWOOD

The historic day took place in Wildwood on Saturday, with local, state, and federal lawmakers in attendance, along with the men and women that helped make this country what it is. The unveiling on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Wildwood took place and thousands were in attendance for the unveiling. Many involved with the unveiling and festival that took place after want this to be an on-going ceremony for the future. The wall is a half-size replica of the wall that sits in Washington D.C. and unique for most other walls out there. It is made from granite to ensure it would hold up with the sea breeze in Wildwood. Those that missed the ceremony are encouraged to visit the wall in Columbus Park, which is across the street from the Wildwoods Convention Center.

MAN SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS FOR BEATING DEATH

A homeless man received a 60 year prison sentence for the death of a woman under the Atlantic City boardwalk, according to a report by the Press of Atlantic City. The report says that Troy Tate will receive a 60 year prison sentence for the beating death of Sherri Farren in a room under Boardwalk Hall. Tate will have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before parole becomes an option. He would be 90 years old at that point.

VEHICLE HITS PEDESTRIAN IN WILDWOOD

Wildwood Police have said that a man was hit on Sunday by a vehicle. The incident took place along New Jersey Ave. and 26th St. Police confirmed the accident took place around 4 p.m. on Sunday. The unidentified man was taken to an area hospital. Police would not yet confirm the status of the man.

REPORT: TICKETS UP IN APRIL, POLICE MORE AGGRESSIVE

State Police are increasing their enforcement of the traffic laws. The Star-Ledger reports that traffic tickets are up 50 percent for the month of April compared to the previous year. The data also shows that fatal accidents were down 12 percent in that same time period. The troop that patrols the Garden State Parkway wrote 5,291 summonses in the month, which is 3,283 summonses more than last year, according to the report.

TRAFFIC BACKUPS HUGE COMING DOWN THIS WEEKEND

The summer tourists were down this Memorial Day weekend. The entire Jersey Shore was mobbed with good weather in the forecast. On some areas of the Garden State Parkway, 30 mile backups were reported. Traffic throughout Cape May County has been slow the entire weekend with many towns reporting above average Memorial Day weekends. Prior t the weekend, AAA Mid-Atlantic reported there would be an increase in traffic to the Jersey Shore.

COAST GUARD CALLS OFF SEARCH FOR MAN NEAR POINT PLEASANT

The Coast Guard called off its search for a 40-year-old man off the coast of Point Pleasant Saturday morning. The Coast Guard was notified by a member of the New York City Police Department reporting the man contacted a family member at 6 a.m. and is alive. The Coast Guard received a call at 12:33 a.m. from a person reporting they saw the man go in the water to swim and then they lost sight of him. A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., were on scene and searching.