Monthly Archives: July 2010

MECHANICAL INSPECTIONS ENDING THIS WEEK

Beginning next week, vehicles will no longer need mechanical inspections. New Jersey is ending the practice, by saying it costs too much money to keep the operation going. Emissions testing will be the only kind of testing down. New vehicles won’t need an emissions test for five years. All subsequent testing will be done every two years following.

STORE WORKER CHARGED WITH CREDIT CARD FRAUD

Stone Harbor Police arrested a woman who illegal used another woman’s credit card. The initially incident was reported to police on July 9. Victoria Dougherty, an employee at a local business, had illegally charged over $1900 to the victim’s credit card. Charges included credit card fraud, forgery and theft. Bail was set at $5,000.

SELT BELT USAGE DOWN DRAMATICALLY FOR BACK SEAT RIDERS

Only a minority of people who ride in the backseat a buckling up. The results were released at a press conference on Thursday. The numbers show a five percent drop in people over the age of 18 wearing a seat belt at 27 percent, with only 37 percent using the restraint between the ages of 8 and 18. In 2009, 53 percent of children had a safety belt on. All children are required to be buckled up if they are not in a child seat. The numbers come from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Front seat usage has continued to be on the rise for years.

SCHOLARSHIP GIVEN TO GRADUATE OF CMC TECHNICAL SCHOOL

Nicholas Lanza, a 2010 graduate from the Cape May County Technical High School has been selected to receive the 2010 “Green” Scholarship from the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) and PSE&G.  The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Lanza with a $500 check and a recognition plaque at their meeting on July 27, 2010.

Cape May County, a member of NJAC, is one of the twenty-one counties in the State of New Jersey to receive this innovative scholarship for a student from our county.  “This is an exemplary program designed to create educational opportunities for students to learn the green technologies of the future,” Freeholder Ralph Bakley said. “Nicholas has been recognized for his hard work and commitment to excellence.  It is precisely that commitment that we must make to transform our economy into a cleaner, more efficient and more productive industrial powerhouse.”

New Jersey’s county vocational/technical school system is recognized nationally as a leader in cutting-edge technologies, attracting some of the brightest and most talented students.  The NJAC Foundation, an educational non-profit run by the New Jersey Association of Counties, developed the green scholarship in conjunction with the schools.  The program is funded by PSE&G, one of the state’s largest and most reputable companies.

CAPE MAY COUNTY CONTINUES TO SELL SURPLUS PROPERTY

May County is continuing to sell confiscated items through on-line auctions this summer.  The third auction will contain more than 120 items of the original 1,000 items up for grabs.  The bidding on this grouping starts Saturday, July 31st and runs until Tuesday, August 10, 2010. 

The items, confiscated from one of the largest stolen property schemes in Cape May County history, are available on GovDeals which is accessible through the county’s website capemaycountygov.net. 

To-date the County has received approximately $21,000 from sales of these confiscated items.

The items represented in this auction include an assortment of tools, computer supplies, camping and other outdoor accessories plus Dyson vacuum cleaners and the IROBOT Roomba vacuum cleaners. 

Surplus property can be viewed by going to capemaycountygov.net and clicking online auction or at www.govdeals.com.  Also, in order to bid, you must pre-register with GovDeals.  Bidders can register to participate in this auction free of charge by going to capemaycountygov.net and clicking online auction or at www.govdeals.com.

Purchasing Agent Kim Allen said, “All sales are final; “As Is” and “Where Is”.  Surplus property must be picked up as specified on designated dates and times at a Cape May County location.  PayPal is the method for payment to GovDeals.  No cash or checks are permitted.  View the special terms and conditions available on the website specific to Cape May County confiscated property.  There will be no inspection of any of the surplus confiscated property.  However, pictures are available on the website of the confiscated property.”

AC ELECTRIC COMPLETES POWER RESTORATION

Atlantic City Electric worked around the clock for four days restoring power to 70,000 customers.

Following the heavy rains and high winds that hit the area on Sunday, the company, utilizing internal and contractor crews, initiated an around-the-clock restoration effort throughout its region which delivers electricity to more than 547,000 customers. Cumberland County was the hardest area hit requiring replacement of more than six miles of wire.

Our focus was to restore service to customers as quickly and safely as possible, “said Robert Revelle, Atlantic City Electric Vice President. “Our employees worked tirelessly, in an effort to restore all remaining customers.”

The company reminds customers that, this year, the National Weather Service predicted an active to extremely active hurricane season and destructive tropical weather could still hit the region any time between now and November 30.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH POSTED FOR CAPE UNTIL 7PM

The National Weather Service has posted a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Cape May County until 7:00pm on Thursday.  A cold front continues to slip towards our region, and the front is expected to spark some heavy thunderstorms for South Jersey.  Our region has just recovered from severe storms on Sunday that knocked out power to thousands of residents in Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland Counties.  Here is the text of the advisory from the National Weather Service:

Showers and thunderstorms continued to develop across the region
early this afternoon. Heavy downpours, gusty winds, and cloud to
ground lightning will accompany some of the activity as we move
through the afternoon. If threatening weather approaches, move
indoors.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 700 PM EDT for
southern New Jersey, Delaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

REPORT: OSWALT AGREES TO GO TO PHILLIES

The Philadelphia Phillies are making a big trade with the Houston Astros.  Veteran starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has reportedly agreed to be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.  Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that Oswalt has agreed to the trade, and he will be shipped to Philadelphia for pitcher J.A. Happ and prospects.  Oswalt is 32 years old, and is a right handed pitcher.

ONE ARRESTED, TWO SOUGHT IN MIDDLE TWP MOTORCYCLE THEFTS

On July 28, 2010 at about 10:30 pm Middle Township Police received a 911 call from a concerned citizen reporting a burglary in progress.  While officers were responding the caller reported that a U-haul truck pulled up in the area, and three black males were seen walking with motorcycles from a local property. When Officers arrived they found one subject in the U-haul truck, and three stolen motorcycles next to the U-haul. Two suspects fled the scene on foot. Trevor Brown 21 years old from Atlantic City was arrested and charged with Conspiracy, Theft, and Burglary. He was lodged in Cape May County Correctional Center on $25,000 bail. There is no description on the other two suspects. The area was dark.

Middle Township Major Crimes Unit is seeking information on the other two suspects involved in the crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 465-8700, or Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 465-2800.

This crime was stopped, and the stolen property was returned to the owner due to neighbors being vigilant, and reporting suspicious activity. The police department urges anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to contact the police immediately.

SMARTER TRAVEL NAMES WILDWOOD TOP 10 BEACH TOWNS FOR 2010

In addition to recently being named one of Sherman’s Travel’s Top 10 American Boardwalks for 2010, the Wildwoods have earned another tourism accolade – being named one of the Ten Best Beach Towns in America by Smarter Travel.
The Wildwoods were named Smarter Travel’s Best Beach Town for a Classic Experience for 2010. The Wildwoods were selected by Smarter Travel because of it’s unique combination of classic attractions available to beach-goers including an award-winning boardwalk complete with three amusement piers, three world-class waterparks, carnival games, arcades, shops and food, along with free concerts and Friday-night fireworks all summer long. The Wildwoods offer visitors a classic experience for the entire family with one of the tallest and fastest wooden coasters in the Northeast, the Great White, and Family Fun Nights every Thursday throughout summer which include parades, clowns and stilt walkers.
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“We are extremely proud to be listed on Smarter Travel’s list of the country’s top ten each towns,” said John Siciliano, Executive Director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority. “Being named among destinations like Myrtle Beach and Hawaii is an honor which demonstrates the uniqueness of the Wildwoods. The title of Best Beach Town for a Classic Experience proves that the Wildwoods are the perfect resort destination for family’s looking for a wholesome, fun beach vacation.”