A pair of men were nominated to the Superior Court from South Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie nominated James R. Swift, of Millville, and J. Christopher Gibson, of Cape May Court House. There will also be a South Jersey representative on the Task Force regarding the closure of state developmental centers. Allison Murphy nominated by the Senate President Steve Sweeney. The group will be made of five members, three of which were picked by Christie.
A new report says Atlantic City will be getting a new municipal judge soon. The Press of Atlantic City reports that City Solicitor Bruce Ward will be nominated. The report says Mayor Lorenzo Langford made the announcement on Monday. The nomination is not official without council approval. Municipal Judge Bruce Weekes is retiring on Wednesday.
Three recent Coast Guard Training Center Cape May graduates were recognized this week as the Coast Guard’s Shipmates of the Week for helping to rescue five fishermen off the southern coast of Jamaica Jan. 3 at 11 p.m.
Seaman Charles Gray of Norcross, Ga., Seaman Jarrod Reed of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Seaman Pablo Taborda, Jr. of Miami were standing lookout watch during a counter.
The trio spotted a light in the distance in the punishing weather and reported it to the bridge. The light the fishermen used to signal the lookouts was a cell phone that surprisingly survived the capsizing of the vessel. Gray, Reed and Taborda had spotted the cell phone light from more than two miles away in 12-foot seas.
A beach fill project should begin on Wednesday in Avalon. Officials are ready for the backpassing project to start and should be complete by March 15. It is anticipated that sand will be relocated from the 60th Street to 71st Street beachfront between February 1st -29th; Sand will be relocated from the 32nd Street to 38th Street beachfront between March 1st-14th. The backpassing project will result in the mechanical relocation of sand that has naturally accreted to the southern beaches to the north end of the beachfront.
The outlook on Atlantic City will become much more clear after Wednesday. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority will hold a meeting where they are expected to vote on a new master plan for the tourism district of the resort. The area covers the shopping and casinos in the resort, along with Bader Field.
Lower revenue figures won’t stop a tax cut in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie said his staff would look into the lower than expected revenue numbers, but does not believe that will stop the state from being able to cut taxes by 10 percent over three years. The state is currently three percent behind revenue figures for the fiscal year. A budget address is coming in Feb. from Christie as a look ahead to the next fiscal year.
Two vehicles suffered severe damage and two were sent to the hospital following a crash in Middle Township. A vehicle operated by David Atkinson, age 20, of Cape May Court House, was attempting to enter on to US 9 southbound from School House Lane. At this time, Clarence Street Jr, age 41, of Dorchester, was traveling on US 9 northbound passing the Wawa. Atkinson failed to see the oncoming vehicle and attempted to make a left into the Wawa, causing the vehicles to impact head on. Both were transported to Cape Regional medical Center for medical treatment. The crash remains under investigation.
A 30 pound dead sea otter was left by the side of the road in Lower Township. The dead otter was found along Fulling Mill Road last night around 10:30. The otter is currently in the freezer at our Public Works Department. Animal Control Officer Donald Montgomery stated that it must have come from a local ponding area and might have been attacked and left on the side of the road.
A call to action worked in Lower Township to assist those in need. Lower Township officials say they were able to help 120 families with food from a push to get additional resources around the holidays. They received $2000.00 in checks sent to the Lower Twp. Rescue – noted in the memo area “Food Bank”. Those interested in continuing to help should drop off at Township Hall, 2600 Bayshore Road, in the Villas, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. Checks can be sent to the Managers Office at the same address.
An area concert venue has heard its last note. Hanger 84 in Vineland hosted a finale show on Saturday night as the venue shut its doors for the final time. Previous reports said the city was looking to turn the building over to become the new home for the Police Athletic League. Financial issues caused the building to be turned over to the city.