Millville Police have arrested a man they say shot at two people who were sitting in a car. Charles Hannah has been charged in the incident. Police say they are looking for a second suspect. One of the people was shot three times from the May 9 attack. Hannah was placed in the Cumberland County Jail on $520,000 jail. Police believe at least a half dozen shots were let off in total.
The resurfacing work on Landis Ave. in Sea Isle City, from JFK Blvd. to 54th St. will be all wrapped up by today. Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster tells Coastal Broadcasting the contractor is finishing up the final touches on the work and the roadway will be complete for the Memorial Day weekend. New surface course has been placed down and some remediation work took place on some side streets.
The Borough of Woodbine has made application to New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, Mitigation Unit, for funding in the amount of $1,426,942.50 for a Hazard Mitigation Grant under FEMA’s #1897-DR-NJ Federal Disaster Declaration, and the Borough’s application has been selected for further review. Funding would be for design and construction to mitigate the drainage problems as were especially exacerbated by the recent storms.
These roadway drainage improvements proposed include Clay Street (Washington Avenue to Garfield Avenue); Franklin Street (Washington Avenue to Garfield Avenue); Adams Avenue (DeHirsch Avenue to Emerson Street); Jefferson Avenue (Route 550 to Lowell Street) and Madison Avenue (Route 550 to Lowell Street). In addition to improving drainage on these Borough streets, the project will also provide an ancillary benefit by providing a positive drainage system at the intersections of these roads with County Route 550 and County Route 557.
“As a result of Woodbine being declared in a state of emergency, the Borough became eligible for this program. Unfortunately it took such extreme circumstances in order to have this drainage situation eligible for such funding. If approved, this mitigation project will hopefully spare properties in Woodbine from future flooding damage,” noted Mayor Pikolycky.
Conflict is nothing new at a Wildwood Commission meeting and that is what took place on Wednesday. Commissioner Al Brannen was upset with the other two commissioner, Mayor Gary DeMarzo and Chip Harshaw, for not voting a new contract for the firefighters in the city. Brannen and the fire officials hammered out a contract that Brannen felt was good for the city, but DeMarzo said he hadn’t had the chance to read it. Eventually, Brannen couldn’t get a second to introduce the motion and it will likely be addressed at the next Wildwood Commission meeting.
A huge drawing is set to take place this weekend in the Powerball Lottery. Lottery officials say no one won the Powerball on Wednesday and the new jackpot is $220 million. The winning numbers were 1, 6, 10, 13, 20 and a Powerball of 32. The next drawing for Powerball will take place on Saturday.
Various tourism industry leaders in Cape May County will be attending a major tourism event Thursday at the Ocean View Welcome Center on the Garden State Parkway. Tourism and business leaders will help kick off the 2010 tourism season by providing information about many of the vacation destinations in Cape May County. More than 19 million visitors come to Cape May County each year, generating over $5 billion in tourism related expenditures. The welcome center hosted more than 66,000 people in 2009, and helped them find lodging, restaurants, and various attractions.
The Cape May County Department of Tourism is headed to Canada next week to meet with Canadian travel writers and media professionals to help pitch our area as a tourism destination. Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Weiland along with Debbie Bass will attend a special media event in Montreal and network with more than 100 journalists and correspondents who deal with the travel industry. Weiland says this trip has been productive in the past and has resulted in more than a dozen stories generated on the benefits of a Cape May County vacation.
The National Weather Service says it’s possible Cape May County could be seeing some showers and heavy thunderstorms Thursday evening. A front will move through our region late in the day on Thursday which will bring clouds, and then storms to our region. Some of the storms may contain gusty winds, heavy downpours, and even hail. That front will usher in sunny, dry weather for Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day Weekend.
Avalon’s Borough Council met Wednesday evening and approved a measure that will result in an extra 100,000 cubic yards of sand being placed on the north end beaches. Council voted 5-0 in favor of adding the extra sand to the emergency beach fill effort, bringing the total volume of sand to 600,00 cubic yards. The sand will be dredged onto Avalon’s beaches from 9th Street south to 26th Street. The dredge “Alaska”, owned by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, is currently in Townsend’s Inlet, ready to do Avalon’s portion of a joint beach fill project with Sea Isle City. The state has agreed to reimburse both Avalon and Sea Isle City for 75 percent of their costs associated with the beach renourishment.
Cape May County Prosecutor Bob Taylor has offered assistance to West Cape May as that community tries to quell its issues involving missing water. Taylor appeared at the West Cape May Borough Commission meeting Wednesday afternoon and offered help from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office in the event any theft of water is discovered in the community. Borough officials have learned that potentially millions of gallons of water never made it to customers’ homes over the past several years, and an investigation is underway. The Borough will spend money to address the problem.