Monthly Archives: July 2010

SOUTH JERSEY GAS SERVICE COMING TO WOODBINE

Mayor William Pikolycky is pleased to announce that this past Tuesday marked a momentous occasion for Woodbine residents and business owners who have long awaited the extension of natural gas service into their community. Construction crews for the South Jersey Gas (SJG) main extension project officially started the installation of the natural gas main that will serve the municipal building, school, fire department in addition to the many homes and businesses that have already applied for service.

 “We recognize that many in Woodbine have waited a long time for natural gas and we appreciate their patience and the support of Mayor Pikolycky during this process,” stated Bob Fatzinger, vice president customer and distributions operation. “This extension project provides the municipality, business owners and residents with a great opportunity to lower their energy costs by switching to a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly fuel source.”

SJG is working with Mayor Pikolycky to coordinate outreach efforts and is planning a Community Information Day in the near future to assist residents and business owners in better understanding their energy options and to answer any questions community members may have regarding the project.

DOA: STATE WILL NOT REPAIR BEESLEY’S POINT BRIDGE

The state of New Jersey has no plans to repair the Beesley’s Point Bridge.  According to an online report by the Press of Atlantic City, the state is currently scrapping plans to repair the bridge and the span may become a fishing pier instead.  The Beesley’s Point Bridge connects Cape May and Atlantic counties along Route 9.  The Press reports that construction estimates came in at $12 million over budget.  The drawbridge may be removed, and the bridge may be used for recreation instead.

INDICTMENT RETURNED IN FORGERY CASE

A man has been indicted on forgery charges. The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced that Jeffrey Brault, of Cape May Court House, has three counts of forgery, three courts of uttering a forged instrument, two counts of attempted theft by deception, and other related charges against him. Another indictment was handed down to Maria Brault, of Cape May Court House for a sole count of conspiracy. An investigation found that there were fraudulent invoices by both people when doing business as Select Buildiers Inc. with a homeowner in Avalon. They could face up to five years in jail for a third degree crime.

LOWER TOWNSHIP LOOKS AT INCREASING FEES ON MONDAY

A number of fees could be increased in Lower Township. Council there is looking at hiking fees, up to double, for businesses, marinas, and campgrounds. Lower Township Councilman Tom Conrad says everything is on the table, but council needs to be very careful not to scare away business with high increases. Discussion on the topic will take place during the regularly scheduled council meeting.

CAPE MAY COUNTY ROLLS OUT FLASHBRIEF

On August 2, 2010, thanks to two retired Lower Township Police Officers, Bob Martin and Jack Trombetta the  Cape May County Sheriff’s office will officially activate FLASHbrief, a 20 Second or less notification service to provide Cape May emergency officials the ability to send nearly instant, emergency or advisory alerts to every Internet FLASHbrief connected computer anywhere in the county, state and world in less than 20 seconds while simultaneously disseminating the message through email and text messaging if necessary, depending on the service selected.  The speed of delivery to cellular units is based on individual carrier policies.

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “After researching various systems in the marketplace, we discovered that there was no faster way to notify individuals, via computer to computer, of a relevant non-emergency advisory or impending emergency than this system. With the additional simultaneous transmission through email and text based mobile platforms, we get the best of both worlds; nearly instant computer to computer notification with the redundancy of cellular email and or text notification.”

These alerts will appear on your computer screen even if you have a pop up blocker in use.  If your computer is turned off, the alerts will appear once you restart your computer. A relevant non-emergency advisory will appear in green on your screen and an impending emergency will appear in red. There are also two separate tones associated with each alert.

Jack Trombetta is also a local business owner and high school teacher.  Bob Martin is a principle with a worldwide systems security provider and law enforcement instructor.   The two partners, since working with the Lower Township Police Department, felt that they were in a position to give something back to the residents of Cape May County, New Jersey.  They are donating the FLASHbrief system to the Cape May County Sheriff’s office for implementation.

About FLASHbrief, LLC

FLASHbrief a division of Critical Systems Security Group headquartered in Orlando, Florida and is comprised of software and network security experts, former military and nationwide law enforcement, local, county, state and federal investigators. Critical Systems Security Group is fully committed to mass alert notification technology and the war against terror and is constantly striving to bring innovative products to the marketplace.

To sign up for these notifications go the Cape May County sheriff’s Website at www.cmcsheriff.net and click on the flash brief section. Follow the prompts to fill out the registration. There is no cost for this program and you can also remove your registration at any point.

ARMED ROBBERY HITS WOODBINE BUSINESS

An armed robbery took place on Thursday evening in Woodbine. State Police report the incident took place at the Custard Ranch when a black male came in the store and demanded money from two victims. The suspect was dressed in blue jeans, black pullover sweat shirt, wore a mask, and only his eyes could be seen. The K-9 squad was called to the scene and picked up a scent, but it ran out before a suspect could be found. An investigation continues.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE SALE BEGINS ON WILDWOOD BOARDWALK

Alcohol will be sold for the first time ever on the Wildwood side of the boardwalk this weekend. The liquor license transfer is complete and among those restaurants that will be able to use them is Captain Jack’s. Coastal Broadcasting spoke with one of the co-owners Patrick Rosenello, who said that this will now allow for their full-service restaurant to be able to provide for the entire family.

WORK ON GAS LINE BEGINS IN WOODBINE

South Jersey Gas service will be available for some Woodbine residents in the near future as work on a gas line into the borough has begun. The project is bringing gas service into the downtown area of Woodbine. The gas line is going to service homes, the fire department, and the school. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of August.

WEST WILDWOOD RECALL ELECTION READY TO MOVE FORWARD

A recall election in West Wildwood has a date set. The election is going to be held on Dec. 7, in the effort by some local residents to recall Mayor Chuck Frederick and Commissioner Gerard McNamara, according to a report by The Press of Atlantic City. An estimate in the report says the election will cost taxpayers around $18,000. The recall election would fall too close to the general election date, and is therefore being held in December.

REPORT: PINNACLE PROPERTY LIKELY TO BE SOLD AT DISCOUNT

An abandoned casino project in Atlantic City could provide an investor with a great deal. The Press of Atlantic City reports the Pinnacle project, which was at the site of the old Sands Casino, is likely going to go for a steep discount. Estimates say the land could be sold for as much as 70 percent less than the purchase price. The land is zoned to be a casino project. The report says the company is hopeful it could unload the land by the end of the year. Pinnacle paid $270 million for the Sands property.