Monthly Archives: May 2011

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE TO GET HEARING ON TUESDAY

A Supreme Court nominee is going to get her hearing on Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee is going to have a hearing for Anne Patterson, who was nominated initially to replace Justice John Wallace, who was not renominated by Gov. Chris Christie. In protest, Senate President Steve Sweeney said Paterson would not be voted on in the Senate. Patterson is getting a hearing after an agreement was reached to have Patterson replace Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto who will not seek another term. She would get her seat in September if confirmed.

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION ON-GOING IN GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP

Authorities are searching for a suspect or suspects in connection with a drive-by shooting on the White Horse Pike in Galloway Township early Saturday morning that left one person dead and another hospitalized.

Quadier Lampkin, 19, of Atlantic City, was pronounced dead at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus. Notification of next of kin has been made. Lampkin was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Habibah Abdullah, of Atlantic City. She suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to the hospital where she is listed in serious condition. Other people were in the vehicle at the time but they were not injured in the incident.

More details will follow as they become available.

NEARLY 8,000 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER IN WILDWOOD AND WILDWOOD CREST

Atlantic City Electric reports that nearly 8,000 customers are without power. The reports were called in around 11:15 a.m. According to officials, power is estimated to return by 2 p.m. The outages impact customers in Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. Some additional stress is posed by the holiday weekend with many people staying down for the good beach weather Monday.

AVALON CELEBRATES MEMORIAL DAY WITH CEREMONY, PARADE

The Borough of Avalon paid tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for our country during a special Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday morning, May 30th

Gun salute during Memorial DayMany Avalon organizations participated in a parade on Dune Drive that ended at the Avalon Veterans Plaza at 21st Street and Dune Drive.  Mayor Martin Pagliughi presided over the ceremony and welcomed guest speaker Mary Conboy from Pennsylvania.  Mary is the founder of “Operation Bedding” which provides the comforts of home to soldiers who serve our country.

On a Sunday morning in 2006, Mary Conboy received a telephone call from her son, Adam Conboy who served in the United States Marines in Iraq.  Adam requested some basic supplies from home, including pillows and other items.  Adam was quick to point out to his mother that whatever she sent had to be in multiples of 40 since there were 40 soldiers in his platoon.  Adam joked with his mother to “get Operation Bedding going” for the men and women who were serving overseas.  Five days later, Adam Conboy was killed in Iraq on May 12th, 2006.

Mary Conboy started the Adam C. Conboy Memorial Fund which initiated “Operation Bedding”.  The mission statement of the fund is to enhance the quality of life of all military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending comforts of home to their remote locations.  To date, “Operation Bedding” has sent nearly 10,000 boxes of these comfort items to our troops.

VETERANS AND OTHERS ENJOY CELEBRATION OF HEROES AT VIETNAM WALL

Wildwood was the site for another Celebration of Heroes. A ceremony was held at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Wildwood on Saturday. The early morning remembrance was followed by an outdoor festival that included music and food vendors. The Wall was opened to the public during last year’s Memorial Day weekend. Some new work was done in the past year to enhance the experiences at the site at Columbus Park.

COAST GUARD MAKES RESCUE ON FRIDAY NEAR ATLANTIC CITY

The Coast Guard medevaced a 70-year-old woman from a 965-foot cruise ship 50 miles off the coast here, Friday.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia received a call at 7:52 p.m. from a crewmember aboard the Norwegian Jewel reporting the woman was having kidney failure.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City arrived on scene and hoisted the woman into the helicopter and transported her to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City for treatment.

MCCORMICK PLANS TO STEP DOWN AS PRESIDENT OF RUTGERS

Rutgers University will need to find a new president. Richard McCormick is going to announce this week formally that he is stepping down at the end of the next school year. McCormick is planning to return to being a professor at the school. . McCormick has served the university’s highest position for the past 10 years. The school will have about one year in order to fill the vacancy.

COSTS RISING ON FAILED ARC TUNNEL PROJECT

The interest is piling up on the scrapped ARC Tunnel project. New numbers released by the Star-Ledger says the state is spending around $300,000 a month in legal bills and will be charged $225,000 a month in interest to the federal government if they end up having to pay the full amount. The federal government put out $271 million for the project but upon its cancellation, the federal government ordered the state to pay the amount back. Gov. Chris Christie is battling the federal government on the repayment on the money.

DEAL CLOSE TO BEING REACHED TO SELL NJN

A new report says a New York City based station will take over the operations are New Jersey Network. The Star-Ledger reports that WNET, a PBS flagship station, are finalizing the deal that could be announced this week. The company would keep non-profit operations but the employees and station operations would no longer be on the state’s payroll. According to the report, NJN would cost nothing to acquire, but the state would save around $11 million a year.

POWERBALL LOTTERY CONTINUES TO GROW

A Saturday drawing once again netted no winners in the Powerball lottery. The new jackpot is now $200 million for the multi-state lottery. The winning numbers on Saturday were 12, 20, 43, 51, 55 and a Powerball of 11. The cash value for the jackpot is $105.2 million. The next set of numbers will be picked on Wednesday night.