Wildwood city officials are prepared to conduct a property revaluation. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the city has asked the Cape May County Board of Taxation for permission to reassess all of the properties in the city. Wildwood last conducted a revaluation seven years ago and since then there has been a building boom in the city. The city estimates the current property values in Wildwood at $1.5 billion.
A 27 year old Newark man has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a two year old boy. City police announced over the weekend that Wakir Bryant was arrested late Friday night and charged with aggravated manslaughter and other offenses. Bryant was lodged in a county jail on $1 million cash bail. Authorities believe Bryant is the man who shot a two year old boy in the head on Friday morning.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie kicked off his weekend Friday in Iowa as he made a campaign appearance for republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Christie told voters in Iowa that they should vote for Romney on Tuesday where the first presidential caucus will be held. Romney’s poll numbers have improved in Iowa over recent weeks, putting him ahead of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich.
A partial list of Sears and KMart stores that will be closing does not include New Jersey. Sears released the list of 79 stores that will be phased out. The company said up to 120 could be closed before it is all said and done. Sears and KMart have been struggling and poor holiday sales pushed the company over the top to close some struggling stores.
It may be easier to move through parts of Wildwood and Ocean City soon. The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders have awarded a $2,340,693.35 construction contract to Diehl Electric, Inc. of Blackwood, NJ for traffic signal operational improvements to 34th Street (County Road No. 623) from Bay Avenue to Central Avenue in the City of Ocean City and to Rio Grande Avenue (County Road No. 661) from Susquehanna Avenue to Ocean Avenue in the City of Wildwood. The work involves the upgrading to current standards and synchronizing the traffic signal systems and should be complete by the summer.
A pair of shootings are being investigated in Millville. Police there say the incidents took place about 12 hours apart. Early indications are that the incidents are related. Both shootings took place near North 5th and East Mulberry sts. According to police, the man might have been shooting a gun into the air. The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, red sweatpants and a baseball hat. Anyone with information is asked to call (856) 825-7010 ext. 7330.
Yet another South Jersey serviceman was welcomed home this week. George “Cody” Simmerman III had a ceremony held for him in Millville on Thursday. Millville officials say it is the 47th ceremony they have held for a solider. Simmerman was stationed in Iraq and helped fixed many of the heavy equipment machines of the Army. Mayor Tim Shannon, State Senator Jeff Van Drew, and Assemblyman Nelson Albano were among those at the ceremony.
A well-known mayor in South Jersey could be out of his post. The Daily Journal reports that Buena Vista Township Mayor Chuck Chiarello will likely not be mayor following reorganization next week. According to the report, three members on council want to have a rotating seat as mayor and “organizational changes” to the job. Chiarello has allegedly said he would not go along with those changes and a new person is expected to be named mayor following next week’s meeting.
A balance of power switch will be taking place in Cumberland County next week. A reorganization meeting will take place on Tuesday where Democrats Bill Whelan, Carl Musso and Tony Surace will take their oath of office. It will however be Republicans with the majority after Mary Gruccio won an unexpired term for a seat left open by Lou Magazzu, who stepped down following a sexting scandal. Gruccio was sworn-in about one week after the election, so Republicans have gained control of the board, despite not having the seat of Freeholder Director yet.
A contract has been awarded for a new welcome center in Sea Isle City. City Council awarded a contract for construction of this project to R. Wilkinson & Sons Construction, Inc., of Absecon, NJ, for the amount of $853,394.81. Work is expected to start on the project in January, and be completed by June. The project will provide for improved heating, ventilating and air conditioning in the existing lodge; improved restroom facilities that comply with handicapped accessibility requirements; improved access to the lodge that also complies with handicapped accessibility requirements; and a complete addition of a Welcome Center.