A federal lawsuit could by filed by Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford against the state. Langford’s contention is over the state’s planned tourism district in Atlantic City, where the city would lose control of the district. Langford said during a press conference on Thursday that Atlantic City should have the right to govern itself without state interference. The state plan was going to put the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in charge of the tourism area.
A $15 fee is going into effect for saltwater anglers beginning tomorrow. State lawmakers where unable to pass a fishing registry that would bypass a federal program to force saltwater fishermen to pay. The National Marine Fisheries Service is providing a free signup, but the deadline is today. The program is designed to create a count of who is fishing and what is being caught. Federal law mandates a $15 fee to go out fishing without signing up ahead of time.
It will be a busy time for many local restaurants and bars. Local residents have many great choices when deciding where to spend tonight’s holiday. Ocean City and Sea Isle City are among the communities having special events for New Year’s Eve as well. Area business owners tell Coastal Broadcasting they expect tonight to be very busy.
A man turned himself in following the fight over two football teams that led to a stabbing. Police say that Charles E. Irving, 40, of Vineland, is now in custody for the incident. Irving was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Bail was set at $20,000. The fight centered around an Eagles/Cowboys discussion that turned violent. The victim was stabbed multiple times in the head.
A man accused of shooting another in the head twice has been indicted on a number of charges. Robert C. Robinson, of Bridgeton, is believed to have shot Keith Wright, of Millville, after Wright tried to break up a domestic dispute. Robinson is being charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, three-counts of aggravated assault, and weapons charges. The incident dates back to April.
The year could really go out with a bang for someone in the area. The Mega Millions lottery will draw tonight for its $242 million jackpot. The multi-state lottery has been growing since the beginning of November. The drawing will take place tonight at 11 p.m.
The Boardwalk Basketball Classic wraps up today, but goes out with a bang. There will be a girl-boy doubleheader between Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic, with the first game beginning at 1 p.m. The two teams traditionally meet up during the BBC and have been made the closing act of the tournament. Also in action today is Cape May Tech at Pennsauken at 11:15 a.m.
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized and honored Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. at their meeting on December 28, 2010. Freeholder Bakley was first appointed to the office of Freeholder in 2003 and elected to successive terms since that date, representing the people of Cape May County for nearly eight years. Freeholder Bakley has served as the Director of Education, Library and Consumer Affairs and was the liaison to a vast number of Commissions over his career in County Government.
Freeholder Director Beyel said, “During his tenure, Freeholder Bakley, has marked these departments and Commissions and all of County Government with innovation and pride.”
Just two months after losing an election for a committee seat in Middle Township, Mike Voll is going to be considered as the manager in Lower Township. Former Mayor Voll’s name has been placed on the Monday reorganization meeting agenda to take over as manager in Lower Township for Kathy McPherson. McPherson is employed by the township until March 4 and could help in the transition process.
Also during the meeting, Michael Donohue is expected to be considered as the new township solicitor. Current solicitor Anthony Monzo took himself out of consideration.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently authorized Atlantic City Electric to make several rate adjustments that would result in an estimated 5.5 percent increase to customers bills effective Jan. 1, 2011.
The utility does not earn a profit on the items included in the rate adjustments. They represent a pass-through of costs which include the
Non-Utility Generation Charge (NGC), Societal Benefits Charge (SBC) and
the System Control Charge (SCC). These components address the increased
cost of long-term power purchase contracts with non-utility generators,
funds for several state-wide societal benefits programs and operating
costs associated with the Company?s Residential Appliance Cycling Program.
The rate adjustments approved by the BPU are based on projected deferred
balances as of Nov. 30, 2010, and projected expenses for the period of
Dec. 1, 2010 through May 31, 2012, resulting in a total of $123.016
million to be recovered through the NGC and $32.371 million to be
recovered through the SBC over 18 months.
The monthly bill would increase by $9.88 from $178.74 per month to $188.62 with a proposed effective date of Jan. 1, 2011.