Motor Vehicle Commission offices locally were reopened as of noon on Monday. An extension was given to state residents until Sept. 10 to get their license renewed, if it was set to expire in August. The offices were closed ahead of Hurricane Irene’s arrival on Friday.
The following are updates on damages that took place as a result of Hurricane Irene and the status of those projects in Cape May County.
* 34th Street (CR623) and Bay Avenue (CR656) in Ocean City traffic
signal damaged. This has been repaired.
* 96th Street Bridge between Middle Township and Stone Harbor
traffic gate broken. This is being repaired.
* Mill Road (CR550) in Upper Township drainage pipe and road
shoulder damages. This area has been blocked off with cones.
* Malibu Beach in Egg Harbor Township parking lot erosion of surface
materials of the parking lot and around the guide rail posts.
* Ocean Drive (CR619) in Upper Township between Rush Chattin Bridge
and Corsons Inlet Bridge sand, rocks and debris in roadway. This has been
* Beach Avenue (CR604) in Cape May City sand covering roadway near
Wilmington Avenue. Cape May City has cleaned this up.
* Lots of downed trees and debris throughout the County. County
crews continue to address this issue.
* Pickle Pond Dam in Dennis Township had several large limbs, They
have been removed.
* Electrical issues at the Middle Thorofare Bridge in Lower
Township. County personnel are working on this issue. However we are
waiting for AC Electric to repair lines to the bridge.
At least one Congressman is calling on President Barack Obama to visit New Jersey. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. on Monday invited President Barack Obama to visit New Jersey to get a firsthand perspective of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene, including the post-storm flooding that continues to be a serious threat. Many rivers have flooded across the state causing additional damage.
Another death in New Jersey has been blamed on Hurricane Irene. The AP reports that a man was killed when flood waters swept him away in Wanaque. The report says a pipe burst the contributed to his death. This is the third person whose death was blamed on Hurricane Irene.
The 7th Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 27, has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 4 over Labor Day Weekend.
The event is scheduled to begin at noon at Fox Park, located across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues and will feature craft & food vendors and free live entertainment throughout the day featuring Just in Time from 2-3:30 p.m.; a Rat Pack Tribute Show from 3:30-5 p.m.; Bandstand from 5:30-7 p.m.; and Purple Reign from 7-8:30 p.m. Then, starting at 8:30 p.m., it’s the Salute To Disco concert featuring Carole Douglas from 8:30-9 p.m.; Evelyn “Champagne” King from 9-10 p.m.; and the Trammps starting at 10 p.m.
Admission to the block party and concert is free.
Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks will be resuming normal operating hours on Tuesday, August 30.
The schedule is as follows:
Mariner’s Landing Pier – 12:30pm–midnight
Surfside Pier – 12:30pm–midnight
Adventure Pier – 4:00pm–midnight
Raging Waters Waterpark – 9:30am–6:30pm
Ocean Oasis Waterpark – 9:30am–6:30pm
Many county roads in Cumberland County have been closed as a result of Hurricane Irene. The closures include roads in Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland. The complete list can be found by clicking http://www.co.cumberland.nj.us/content/159/12265.aspx. Cumberland County was already working on fixing roads and bridges from the massive rain the county received just a couple of weeks ago.
A new report says a dead body was found in a New Jersey beach community. The Asbury Park Press reports that the discovery came near Manasquan Inlet. Officials at this point are not saying whether the death was related to Hurricane Irene. The report says the man is Jorge Hernandez, of Point Pleasant.
The Avalon Department of Public Works announced that the Borough will be offering a special “brush” pickup courtesy of Waste Management on Tuesday, August 30th, starting at 8:00am.
Any property owner who lost branches, tree limbs, and any brush can place the material curbside by Monday evening. Waste Management will do a special sweep of the Avalon community to pick up any debris caused by Hurricane Irene. If you have any questions about trash, recycling, or brush, please call the Avalon Department of Public Works at (609) 967-7697.
Education reform is supported by a majority of New Jersey residents, according to a new poll. Monmouth University released a poll saying that about one-third (32%) say that performance-based metrics should weigh more heavily in determining teacher compensation. However, nearly half (47%) feel that performance and experience should be given equal weight in determining an individual teacher’s salary. Gov. Chris Christie has been pushing for tenure reform in the state. Currently, teachers receive tenure after three years and do not get paid better if they do better than other teachers.