Monthly Archives: September 2011

4-H WEEK BEGINS OCT. 2, YOUTH EVENTS PLANNED

October 2nd through the 8th is National 4-H Week.  Cape May County Freeholders passed a resolution at their meeting on September 27th declaring October 2nd through the 8th as 4-H week in Cape May County. During 4-H week, Cape May County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. On Wednesday, October 5, at the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center, 4-H youth will connect with the community by offering a 4-H open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Also that night, 4-H members and guests will join millions of young people across the nation in participating in the fourth annual “National Youth Science Experiment.” “WIRED FOR WIND” will introduce young people to the possibilities of using wind as a clean, widely available, and low-cost source of renewable energy. The experiment will also be offered to local schools and youth groups in the county.

CASINO CONSTRUCTION WORKER FALLS OFF LADDER

A new report says a worker got injured while building a new casino in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the worker was on a ladder at the Revel construction site. Police told the paper that the person remains in the hospital in critical condition. Family had not yet been contacted and the name was being withheld as a result. The incident took place on Thursday around 1:50 p.m.

NEW CASINO PROMOTION GIVES AWAY PLASTIC SURGERY

The Trump Taj Mahal is trying to give Atlantic City a real face lift. The casino has announced that it is going to give away $25,000 in plastic surgery work during its latest casino promotion. The winner will get to choose whatever type of work it wants to get done. Credits will be earned in Oct. by players and the winner will be announced on Oct. 29. A cash award will be given out to the winner if the person doesn’t want any plastic surgery.

REPORT: STATE ON LOSING END OF INTERNET PURCHASES

A new report says that the state has lost $171 million in sales tax in the past two years due to online sales. Internet-only businesses are not required to take in a sales tax, as long as they don’t have a ha physical presence in the state. The Star-Ledger is report that the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association are pushing for lawmakers in Trenton to change legislation to take in that sales tax, to help out mom-and-pop businesses that don’t have the advantage that online businesses do. Some say that any change would have to come at the federal level.

FREEHOLDER SHEETS RECEIVES 4-H AWARD

Cape May County Freeholder and long-time 4-H supporter received the Friend of the 4-H Award at the Freeholders’ Meeting on September 27, 2011.

The Cape May County 4-H Foundation, Inc. and Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program selected Freeholder Sheets, a former 4-H member and Freeholder Liaison to the program, for his outstanding support of the Cape May County 4- H Youth Development Program.  Linda Horner, Rutgers Cooperative Extension – 4-H Youth Development Program Associate said, “Freeholder Sheets was chosen for this special award because he is a treasured 4-H Alumni who has set a fine example of the spirit and values of 4-H for adults and youth over many years.”

OLDE TIME ITALIAN FESTIVAL KICKS OFF FRIDAY

The Sons of Italy will bring back the feeling of the ‘Olde World’ with the 6th Annual Wildwood Olde Time Italian Festival on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 in Fox Park, located on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues across from the Wildwoods Convention Center. The free two-day festival celebrates the unique Italian culture with contests, crafts, rides and games for the little ones, authentic Italian cuisine and continuous live entertainment that is sure to please the entire family.

The Olde Time Italian Festival will kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. with the Procession of Saints Mass. FREE live music will begin at 6 p.m. featuring Idea 71, The Accords, 45 RPM, Emil Stuccio, and The Classics.

The fun continues on Saturday at 11 a.m. with a live radio broadcast from FUN 106.7. The free live entertainment will feature Wayne & Jamie and The Aquanets, Idea 71, FM Band, Tre Bella, Tommy Mara and The Crest, and The Duprees. A ‘hands-free’ spaghetti eating contest will also take place starting at 5 p.m.

MENDEZ TO REPLACE ARMSTRONG ON BENCH

A new assignment judge has been named for Atlantic and Cape May counties. State Superior Court Judge Julio L. Mendez is the first Hispanic to serve in that role in state history. He was first put on the bench by former Gov. James McGreevey in 2002. Mendez will be replacing Judge Valerie H. Armstrong, who is retiring.

VANAMAN GETS REDUCED SENTENCE FOR KILLING WIFE

A reduced prison term is coming to Robert Vanaman. The state appellate court ruled that his sentenced would be brought down to seven years. You might remember that Vanaman was given nine years for killing his estranged wife, Barbara Elke Vanaman, inside of a Millville home they owned. The wife was seeking a divorce. The ruling was handed down under passion-provocation manslaughter. She was shot to death by Vanaman, with his service weapon. Vanaman had worked for Millville Police Department.