A former Cape May County sports star and member of the Coastal Broadcasting Systems family will be back on football broadcasts this spring. Wildwood High School graduate Bill Osborn is part of the two man television announcing crew for upcoming Philadelphia Soul indoor football games that will be broadcast live on WMCN television out of Atlantic City. Osborn will be joined by Philadelphia sportscaster Lou Tilley in presenting six live televised games. Osborn will be doing the color commentary on Soul football broadcasts. The Soul open their home season on April 15th in Philadelphia against the Tampa Bay Storm.
The state’s on again, off again battle with affordable housing is headed back to court again. The New Jersey Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case that could once again set new affordable housing regulations in New Jersey. 13 different New Jersey communities and the New Jersey League of Municipalities filed the motion in court asking for consideration. Governor Chris Christie had a bill presented to his desk that would have abolished the Council on Affordable Housing, but he didn’t sign it.
The man who heads up a state commission on casinos and racetracks for the Christie administration believes that casino gaming should remain in Atlantic City, and not be permitted anywhere else. Jon Hanson spoke at a gaming forum on Thursday and told the audience that casino gaming should not be permitted at the Meadowlands in North Jersey or anywhere else in the Garden State. Hanson says there’s been a 22,000 job loss in the Atlantic City casino industry and the city needs all of the support it can get.
40 years of honoring the Canadian tourist. That’s what earned the Cape May County Department of Tourism’s “Excellent in Tourism” award during last week’s state travel and tourism convention in Atlantic City. Coastal Broadcasting was the first to report about the honor presented to the county’s tourism department for its extensive marketing efforts for the Canadian visitor. According to Vantage Strategy, the county’s tourism expenditures are up 5.4 percent from 2008, contributing $5.27 billion to the state’s economy.
The Wildwoods Convention Center has received a very prestigious honor from a trade magazine. “Facilities Magazine”, one of the top convention magazines in the world, gave the Wildwoods Convention Center its “Prime Site” award. The Wildwood location was selected for its unique location overlooking the Wildwood beachfront combined with the facility’s exhibit halls and flexible amenities. The convention hall offers more than a quarter million feet of floor and convention space.
Two men were charged in a big drug bust in Wildwood. Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor announced that Daniel Genore and Hortensio Arrocha were charged in the incident. Both were arrested on numerous drug charges. A search of Genore’s residence at 300 W. Cresse Ave. found cocaine, marijuana, and a digital scaled. The street value of the drugs were estimated over $10,000. Bail was set for both at $100,000. Genore had an outstanding warrant in Pennsylvania and had an additional $150,000 bail amount placed against him.
A woman made up a story about being attacked, and then kicked an officer in the groin. Bridgeton Police report that incident took place on Tuesday. Ashley Holden told police that her boyfriend abused her, but did not show any sign of injury. Holden had an outstanding warrant in Vineland and was being arrested when she kicked the officer in the groin. She was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, filing a false police report, and resisting arrest.
A new poll says that Gov. Chris Christie could finish close to President Barack Obama if the two squared off in 2012. The poll was done by Fairleigh Dickinson University and says that Christie would finish within six points of Obama. The only two people do to better in the poll were former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Huckabee actually polled at 49 percent compared to Obama at 40 percent.
An Egg Harbor Township man has been indicted for illegal sexual contact with a minor. 44-year-old Roderick Knox multiple charges including first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact. He faces the potential of 20 years in jail for a first-degree crime.
Attempts to save the Vineland Developmental Center continue. Assemblyman Nelson Albano said he plans to invite Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, and members of the budget committee to the Vineland Developmental Center. The center is slated to be closed under Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget. Albano is hoping that by making this plea with the budget committee that there could be a change made before the final budget is passed to keep the center open.