Monthly Archives: July 2010

AVALON TO BE FEATURED ON PBS SPROUT

The Borough of Avalon will be featured on a nationwide television program. The Sprout channel from PBS will be in Avalon on Friday to tape some segments for their morning television show, where they will be interacting with the lifeguards there. The show goes after really young children and the segments will be educational. Borough officials are excited about the chance to be included in these segments.

AVALON’S FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES WATER RESCUE TRAINING

More than a dozen members of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department received water rescue training from the National Water Safety Congress on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010.  The field training exercise took place on Avalon’s 37th Street beach during the afternoon hours.

Avalon Fire Chief Ed Dean along with 15 members of the fire department received classroom and field training during the day-long training exercise.  As a result, all of the participants are now certified for personal watercraft rescues. 

The Avalon Volunteer Fire Department has two personal water craft that can be used for ocean and bay rescues in the event of a boating accident, or to rescue a distressed swimmer when lifeguards are not present. 

The National Water Safety Congress is one of three organizations in the United States that provides this type of water rescue training.  To learn more about the Congress, visit their website at www.watersafetycongress.org.

WILDWOODS BOARDWALK RECEIVES ANOTHER AWARD

The Wildwoods have received another major honor this past week for the second year in a row as the Wildwoods Boardwalk was named among Sherman’s Travel’s “Top 10 American Boardwalks” for 2010.
 
The two-and-a-half mile long, beach-front boardwalk was recognized and awarded this honor for many reasons including being one of the kid-friendliest boardwalks in country, boasting more rides than Disneyland including world-class roller coasters and the tallest Ferris wheel on the East Coast. The Wildwoods Boardwalk also has over 300 eateries offering a wide-variety of foods to choose from traditional Boardwalk foods like funnel cakes, curly fries, pizza, burgers, cotton candy and ice cream cones to fresh seafood and fine cuisine. There’s also the famous Wildwoods “Sightseer” Tram Car, famous for the line “Watch the Tram Car, Please!” In addition, the Boardwalk is jam-packed with shops, arcades, games and attractions. The 38-block long Wildwoods Boardwalk also provides a little something for adults with a Beach Club-style waterpark on one of its many piers and a number of Doo Wop themed restaurants, featuring flashy neon signs, celebrating the island’s rich mid-century architecture.
 
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“We are tremendously proud of receiving this honor for the second year in a row,” said John Siciliano, Executive Director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority. “Being named one of the nation’s top ten boardwalks once again shows that the Wildwoods Boardwalk consistently pleases our guests and offers them what they are looking for in a resort destination year after year. It is a great honor for everyone involved in making the Wildwoods Boardwalk an incredible attraction and the Wildwoods one of the country’s most family-friendly destinations.”

TOWNS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS LIKELY TO RECIEVE NO ADDITIONAL AID NEXT YEAR

State officials are letting municipalities and school districts know, funding increases are unlikely. State treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said in an interview that Gov. Chris Christie has yet to truly tackle the $11 billion budget hole for the next fiscal year, but that aid to local schools and towns will likely not increase. Local mayor’s are hoping the legislature can come to some compromise on the “tool kit” bills that will help enable them to keep spending down.

REPORT: OSWALT TO PHILLIES

A report out of Houston says the Philadelphia Phillies have landed themselves another big time pitcher. A trade has been agreed to in principle to trade Roy Oswalt to the Phillies, pending Oswalt waiving his no-trade clause, according to Fox 26. Oswalt is 6-12 this season, with a 3.42 ERA in 20 starts for the Astros. Oswalt is under contract through the 2011 season and has a $16 million option for 2012.

VAN DREW: GAMING SUMMIT IMPORTANT TO MOVING ISSUES FORWARD

vandrewA gaming summit is set to be held on Aug. 1. The summit will be used to review the findings that the commission set up by Gov. Chris Christie released. Christie announced a number of those issues during his two press conferences recently, which included a state-takeover of the casino district in Atlantic City. State Senator Jeff Van Drew told Coastal Broadcasting that he hopes this summit will help make the necessary headway to begin to move on a number of these proposals. Waiting is not going to help Atlantic City anymore and something needs to be done sooner rather than later.

VINELAND CITY OFFICIALS, UNION TO DISCUSS POLICE CONTRACTS

MayorRomanoSmA last second deal is being worked on to save police jobs in Vineland. The News of Cumberland County reports a meeting has been set up on Monday between Mayor Robert Romano and the Police Benevolent Association Local 266. The goal is save 21 police jobs. Layoff notices were sent over earlier this week, but have yet to be delivered. Some of the money will be made up through UEZ money that is expected to approved. The city is still looking to save around $300,000 to $400,000.

NTSB RELEASES INFORMATION ON 2009 WOODBINE PLANE CRASH

140px-US-NTSB-Seal_svgFuel starvation is being deemed the cause of a June, 2009 plane crash. The National Transportation Safety Board reviewed the information about the Woodbine crash and determined that the accident was caused by a “loss of engine power due to fuel starvation as a result of the pilot’s improper fuel transfer in flight”. 60-year-old Neville J. Hogan was the pilot and suffered minor injuries in the accident.