Count Vineland among the school districts taking advantage of a new money saving rule. The state recently decided that school districts could move their elections to the general election date to boost turnout and save money. The Vineland School District was the latest to vote on a measure changing the date. School budgets no longer require a public vote if it stays below the two percent budget cap.
The state’s tax relief plan should be better balanced according to several Democratic lawmakers. Gov. Chris Christie’s plan calls for a flat 10 percent cut across the board. Because it is 10 percent, wealth residents would get a higher cut than middle and lower class residents. The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services provided the analysis, saying it would only provide modest help to the state’s middle class.
An openly gay Supreme Court nominee won’t rule on the issue of gay marriage if it comes before the courts. Gov. Chris Christie said this week that Bruce Harris, who is the mayor of Chatham, has advocated for gay marriage in his political life and would recuse himself if the issue came before the Supreme Court. Harris is one of two nominees that the Senate are considering for two vacancies on the Supreme Court.
The township clerk in Galloway Township is leaving her job to take her former job back in Wildwood. Kimberley Hodsdon told the Current Newspaper that she has resigned her job as Galloway Township clerk this week and will return to Wildwood to be the human resources director. Hodsdon says she will return to her former salary of $62,000 a year. Hodsdon had served as Galloway Township clerk since October 4th.
There will be at least three people running for three seats on the Cape May Point Borough Commission this year. The Press of Atlantic City says the small community avoided a major problem by coming up with three candidates to fill all three seats. Intending to run in the next election are Deputy Mayor Anita Van Heeswyk and new candidates Robert Moffatt and George Stanger. A fourth candidate has also picked up a nominating petition.
Officials in Cumberland County are looking towards the sun to help save taxpayer money. It was announced on Monday that a solar energy-producing project is in the final stages of approval for Cumberland County College and three other government agencies to install solar energy systems that could save the county $3 million in energy costs over 15 years. The project will be built by AMSOLAR, a German-based company, at it’s own expense.
A new report says two vehicles collided in Middle Township. The Press of Atlantic City says the incident took place at the intersection of Route 9 and Atlantic Ave. No word yet on any potential injuries. Middle Township Police are said to be on scene. The report says both vehicles were substantially damaged.
A Middlesex County marine who died serving his country was laid to rest on Monday. Funeral services were held for Marine Cpl. Kevin Reinhard of Colonia, who died in Afghanistan with five other men when the helicopter he was on went down. A large showing of the community showed up to remember Reinhard, including area political figures.
If its time to put your trash out, make sure your recycling is with it in Egg Harbor Township. Officials there are reminding residents of a change to the collection schedule. Recycling is going to be accepted every other week, on the day that your trash is already being accepted. More details can be found at http://www.acua.com.
The “Jaws of Life” were called to an accident in Egg Harbor Township on Saturday afternoon. Police there say that 2004 Honda Odyssey operated by Abid Qayyum, of Egg Harbor Township disregarded a stop sign at West Jersey Avenue and Fernwood Avenue. The other drive involved in the accident was Anna Deluccia. Both drivers were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus by Egg Harbor Township Ambulance Squad and AtlantiCare paramedics. The road was closed for approximately an hour while the crash was investigated and cleared.