An information session will be held on the release of census data. Cape May County Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and the Cape May County Complete Count Committee will host an information session on the results of the 2010 Census on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The discussion, led by Leonard Preston from the New Jersey State Data Center of the New Jersey Department of Labor & Work Force Development, will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Freeholders’ Meeting Room at the County Administration Building located at 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House (exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway).
Senator Jeff Van Drew yesterday sent a letter to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority expressing concern that the authority gave incorrect information to the public regarding the purpose of a project that has resulted in mass tree removal along the Garden State Parkway in Atlantic County.
A recent news report revealed that after the Turnpike Authority claimed for months that tree clearing along the Parkway was not tied to a $900 million widening project, the authority had claimed the two projects are linked.
The Senator, on behalf of himself and his legislative colleagues, Assemblyman Matt Milam and Assemblyman Nelson Albano (all D-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic), called for the authority to hold information sessions as soon as possible to explain to residents the purpose, as well as the full scope and cost of the project. He also requested that Turnpike Authority Executive Director Veronique Hakim immediately provide him with:
- A full financial accounting of the tree-clearing project, including the cost of overcutting trees and the amount to be expended for corrective actions to include reforestation;
- A timetable for the project, to include a separate timeline for corrective actions needed to restore foliage and trees in overcut areas.
Senator Van Drew added that this new development came less than a week after he sent a letter to Executive Director Hakim expressing concerns the 1st District legislators had regarding the tree removal and the lack of public input sought, but also indicating they understood the need for increased public safety – the authority’s stated reason for the project.
“I have expressed to you that I believe the amount of tree clearing is excessive and the process overly aggressive. I’ve said I am extremely concerned about the project because of the harm it will cause to the environment, the aesthetic appearance of the Garden State Parkway and to the public, whose taxpayer dollars will be used to finance it. I am still deeply concerned about these issues,” wrote Senator Van Drew (D-Cape May/Cumberland/Atlantic). “But the inconsistent information that has been disseminated to tax and toll payers is extremely disturbing. Moreover, this new information is troublesome because some of the areas being cleared are not in the current plans for the widening project; therefore, it appears taxpayer dollars are being used for overcutting and will have to be used to correct it.”
Two local teachers won grant money. Atlantic City Electric sent $1000 checks to Woodbine and Middle Township schools for the utility’s Mini-Grant Program. The program is designed to support public and private classroom teachers with funds for new, innovative projects and extensions of currently funded projects within the schools. The Mini-Grant Program is now in its second year and offers up to $1000 for selected proposals that focus on energy related issues, such as electrical safety, wise energy use, local alternative energy sources, environmental impact, economic implications and energy-related science content. The funds can be used to purchase materials, conduct special lessons and implement special classroom projects not typically supported by school funding.
Wildwood voters will have a chance to better know who they want to vote for. The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce is going to hold a candidate’s night on Tues. April 12. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with networking and move to a question and answer period starting at 7:00 p.m. Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will accept questions from the public for all candidates up until Monday, April 11, 2011 at 11:00am. Questions may be submitted anonymously. Questions must be in a sealed envelope marked “Candidate Questions”. They can be mailed or dropped off at Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce 3306 Pacific Avenue Wildwood, NJ 08260. A group of volunteers will sort the questions and prepare as many questions for the candidates as time will allot.
Middle Township Police say it was all a lie. A man fabricated a story of a robbery on Wednesday. 24-year-old Anthony Anderson, from Philadelphia, reported just being robbed by four (4) white males in the area of Game Stop, located in the Rio Plaza Shopping Center. Anderson reported the men robbed him of an undetermined amount of money.
During the investigation, the men were identified and brought to police headquarters for interviews. During the interviews, it was admitted by Anderson that he fabricated the story of being robbed and was ultimately charged with providing false information to police, a crime of the 4th degree. Anderson was released on a summons.
So long, Luis Castillo. The veteran second baseman was released today by the Philadelphia Phillies. Castillo was a castoff from the New York Mets and brought in by the Phillies to see if Castillo could hold down a roster spot while second baseman Chase Utley recovers from an injury. Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel announced today that Utley will be replaced by Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez.
The 911/Patriot Flag Ceremony took place Wednesday morning at the Wildwoods Convention Center. A crowd of local veterans, police, fire and rescue personnel were honored by members of the public, including the Lower Cape May Regional High School Symphonic Band and the first grade class of the Crest Memorial School. Marvin Hume, WWII Veteran, was honored for getting the flag to return to New Jersey for a third visit. Hume has flown over 10,000 American flags at Sunset Beach at Cape May Point during his many years in the county. Several dignitaries addressed the crowd, including Charles Giles from Barnegat, NJ, a NYC EMT and First Responder to Ground Zero on Sept. 11th, 2001.
Two South Jersey men have been charged with the murder and desecreation of a man who’s been missing from Millville since January. The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office announced that charges have been brought up against 34 year old Jason Moore of Maurice River his brother, 30 year old Lewis Moore. Prosecutors say the Moore brothers are connected to the death and disappearance of Erving Harper of Millville. After an intense investigation on Monday, Harper’s remains were found in a wooded area not far from the Cape May County border with Maurice River. Harper allegedly died from gunshot wounds.
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Better think twice the next time you want to toss some change into an exact change toll booth on the Garden State Parkway that doesn’t add up to the exact toll. The Star Ledger reports today that by the end of the summer the Parkway will be cracking down on toll booth violators who throw inexact change, boardwalk tokens, and other objects into the booth in an attempt to skip the toll. A new video system will be installed to catch people who try to cheat the system. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority estimates that $4 million in revenue is lost each year at exact change toll booths.