Middle Township Police continued their quality of life patrols with one on Thursday. As a result 12 individuals were arrested for various violations, and warrants. This is in keeping with the Department’s goal to improve the quality of life in the southern end of the Township. Some of the major problems include: open alcoholic beverages in public, public drunkenness, harassment, sleeping on bus stop benches, and disorderly conduct in targeted area. The police department will continue to be vigilant and address problem areas as they pop up.
Construction will soon begin on a new Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting facility at Atlantic City International Airport. An official groundbreaking ceremony for the $14.3 million facility on Friday, October 28 at 10:30 am at the airport will launch the start of construction.
The 40,700 square foot facility will replace the existing decades-old station which has been leased from the FAA Technical Center located in the airport complex. Coinciding with the expiration of the lease, the development of a new facility will better meet the demands and space requirements for a state-of-the-art rescue and firefighting facility at the airport.
A one-day nor’easter arrived Saturday morning in Cape May County bringing heavy rain and eventually gusty winds and coastal flooding to our region. The National Weather Service has posted a Coastal Flood Warning for Cape May County today, especially for this morning’s high tide. Moderate coastal flooding is in our forecast for this morning’s high tide; areas that typically see high water will see flooding during the tide event. High tide will take place at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Sea Isle City and Avalon at 10:22am. A High Wind Advisory is in effect; when the storm departs early this evening, wind gusts are expected to reach 50mph. Do not attempt to drive on any flooded street or through a flooded intersection. There could be some power outages throughout South Jersey. The chance of snow for Cape May County has been eliminated by forecasters.
A coastal flood warning has been issued in Cape May County. The warning has been posted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain is expected to fall throughout most of the day on Saturday and could produce between 1 and 2 inches of rain. The worst of potential flooding is expected to take place during the morning hours on Saturday. Wind gusts are expected to be very high as well. Gusts could touch 45 m.p.h. A nor’easter is moving through the area, but the Jersey Cape is making out much better than most of the state. Significant snow fall is expected north and west of Atlantic City.
Lower Township Deputy Mayor Kevin Lare announced that the Haunted Trails Halloween event at the Cape May County Airport has been moved to Sunday, October 30th from 7-9PM. The event was rescheduled due to a nasty weather forecast for Saturday, calling for 1 to 2 inches of rain and winds of up to 35 mph. The Free Haunted Trails experience typically attracts over one thousand visitors each year.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that a new casino is opening Friday at the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City. The $830 million project is called Resorts World Casino New York City, with 2,280 video slot machines and 205 electronic table games. In December, owners plan to open a special-events center and concert hall with a Central Park theme. The new casino is expected to take away another chunk of gamblers from Atlantic City, already reeling from competition in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Atlantic City’s gaming industry has lost over 30 per cent of it’s annual gaming revenue since 2006.
An additional arrest has been made in the death of Khalil Wallace. Norman Gray, of Millville, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, and other offenses. Andre Gross and Boris Curwin had been arrested in Wallace’s death previously. Gray’s bail was set at $1 million. Wallace was last seen alive outside of a dollar store in Woodbine before being found in a quarry dead a couple of weeks later.
The state moved forward with a plan to borrow $1.3 billion for transportation projects. The Senate budget committee gave its approval for the borrowing, which uses some funds that were initially scheduled to go towards the cancelled ARC Tunnel project. The state rolled out a five-year capital plan earlier this year, as many of the roads and bridges need repair in the state.
The state Supreme Court may soon be looking into whether judges should pay increased health benefits and pension contributions. The courts have upheld the decision so far. Judge Paul DePascale had filed the initial lawsuit and made the request to the Supreme Court. Gov. Chris Christie has said that he wants a constitutional change in New Jersey to force judges to fall in line with all the other state employees. The judge rulings say that the state’s constitution currently says that judges can’t fall in line with the increased contributions.
State officials offered several tips to the public aimed at keeping zombies and vampires, many of whom are set to roam the streets this weekend, safe and sound. Of course, these creatures, along with many others, will be the thousands of children who will be trick-or-treating this weekend, prompting Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky to encourage motorists and parents to take the necessary steps to have a safe Halloween.
Poedubicky said that in 2010, 141 pedestrians were killed and 4,878 were injured as a result of motor vehicle crashes. So far this year, 100 pedestrians have been killed, four of which were under the age of 16.
A recent survey sponsored by Safe Kids found that parents’ biggest fear for their children on Halloween was pedestrian injury (31 percent), which polled higher than poisoning (24 percent) and abduction (15 percent). National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics support those concerns. NHTSA has reported that, on average, twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/vehicle accidents on Halloween between 4pm and 10pm as compared to the same hours on other days throughout the year.