Monthly Archives: September 2011

PENSION AND HEALTH BENEFITS LAWSUIT COULD BE COMBINED

A push is being made by those challenging the health benefits and pension reform package to make it into one lawsuit. A motion has been filed in court to allow the two issues be put into one issue. Earlier this year, state lawmakers approved a change to both laws, which angered many union workers. A challenge is being presented in court. A ruling could come next week on whether the two lawsuits will be put into one.

MAN ON LOOSE FOR 41 YEARS NABBED OVERSEAS

A man who escaped for a Cumberland County prison over 40 years ago was discovered in Portugal on Monday. George Wright escaped in 1970 and has been on the loose ever since. Reports say that U.S. officials are hoping to get Wright extradited. Wright was put in prison after he plead no defense to a murder charge. The escape took place at the Bayside State Prison.

LANDIS THEATRE LOAN APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL

A major line of credit has been approved for a major theatre in Vineland. City Council there gave the ok on a $500,000 loan for the Landis Theatre. The Daily Journal reports that the foundation’s president, Lori DiMatteo-Fiocchi, stepped down from her post earlier on the day on Tuesday. Despite this, city council in Vineland moved forward with the approvals to allow the $500,000 line of credit, which could save the theatre for the next few years.

WOODBINE MAKES TWO DOT APPLICATIONS

Woodbine is making two applications to Department of Transportation projects totalling $1,498,603. The first is for reconstruction of Sumner Avenue from Tyler Road to Fidler Road and Heilprin Avenue from Sumner Avenue to east of Webster Street. The second project application is for the renovation and upgrading of the Woodbine bikepath, along the Rte. 550 corridor from Grant Avenue to the south end (which is the Borough boundary with Dennis Township). The bikepath is part of the State designated High Point to Cape May bikeway route.

CAPE MAY COUNTY SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH FORMER SHERIFF’S OFFICER

On Tuesday, Cape May County agreed to settle a lawsuit with a former sheriff’s officer from the K-9 unit. The Press of Atlantic City reports that at Tuesday night’s Freeholder’s meeting, Kelly Peterson of Lower Township, was awarded $375,000 to settle a lawsuit she filed against the sheriff’s department, alleging sexual harassment and animal abuse in the K-9 unit. The report says Cape May County has denied all of the charges in the suit, but avoided the risk of a jury trial by settling out of court.

ANTI-TERRORISM FENCING BEING INSTALLED ALONG GARDEN STATE PARKWAY

You may have noticed that a fence is being installed at the base of the Garden State Parkway bridge over the mouth of the Great Egg Harbor River off Beesley’s Point. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the new fencing is being installed to protect the bridge from terrorists. According to the report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has launched a $7 million project to install high-security fencing around all the major bridges along the Garden State Parkway. The fencing will also be installed around the Mullica and Bass River Bridges in South Jersey.

STATE POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH FOR WALLACE

Khalil WallaceAn investigation is continuing in the disappearance of Khalil Wallace. He has been missing since Sept. 20. He is described as a black male, 6′ 4″, just over 200 pounds, and is 19-years-old. State Police say he was last seen in front of the Dollar Plus in Woodbine. Anyone with information is asked to call 861-5698. A facebook page has been created and is being maintained to provide new information by the family.

ADS COULD BE PLACED ON STATE ROADWAY PATROL VEHICLES

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgA bill that would allow advertising on state roadway patrol vehicles to pay for services through private funding – rather than additional taxes or tolls – has been signed into law.

The law will permit the Department of Transportation to procure revenue-generating sponsors for, and permit sponsorship and advertising on, safety service patrol or emergency service patrol vehicles and equipment, as well as signs and materials. The revenue realized from the sponsorships is intended for use to offset the costs of safety or emergency service patrols. With the signing of this legislation, New Jersey becomes the eighth state to enact such a program, following New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida, Maryland, Kansas and Georgia.

“GROW NEW JERSEY” PUSHES THROUGH SENATE

A bipartisan bill which would create the “Grow New Jersey” program to provide tax incentives for New Jersey-based companies which maintain existing employment levels and create new jobs was approved by the Senate Monday by a vote of 38-0.

The bill would establish the “Grow New Jersey” tax credit business incentive program to stimulate economic investment and private job creation. Under the bill, businesses in qualifying development zones would be eligible for the tax credits if they make or acquire a capital investment of at least $20 million, and create or retain at least 100 full-time employees. Beyond the employment and investment eligibility standards, the business’s CEO would be required to certify that any retained jobs are at risk of leaving the state and any new jobs wouldn’t be created without the “Grow New Jersey” credit. Finally, the business would have to demonstrate to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) that the tax credit will yield a net positive benefit for the state.

REPORT: LANDIS THEATRE UNDER SEVERE FINANCIAL ISSUES

A new report says a theatre in Vineland may not be able to continue. The Daily Journal reports that the Landis Theatre has run into deep financial problems and could have to close down. The nonprofit group is seeking a $500,000 line of credit to help keep the theatre open over the next three years. The report says its unclear what would happen to the building and the restaurant next door.