A current Cape May County Freeholder is seeking another office. Susan Sheppard has submitted a letter to run for surrogate of the county. Sheppard cited family reasons as the main reason, saying it would allow her the chance to spend more time with her children. She will maintain her seat as freeholder in the meantime, and would only have to give it up if she wins the election in November. Three other candidates have submitted letters in the Republican Party and they will be voted on during the county convention in March.
Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster told attendees of the Transportation Infrastructure Conference on Tuesday, that two road projects were scheduled to begin next Monday. The long-awaited resurfacing improvements to New Jersey Avenue in Wildwood, at a cost of $2 million, and the drainage, concrete and traffic signal project on Beach Avenue in Cape May, at a price tag of $640,000. The cost of the projects will be covered by federal funds, obtained through the NJ Department of Transportation. Both projects are scheduled for completion before the Memorial Day Weekend.
Police in Egg Harbor Township are asking for the public to help in their investigation of a traffic accident that left a 19 year-old man dead on Sunday. Patrick Dutton of Mays Landing was struck and killed while riding his bicycle eastbound on the Black Horse Pike near Delilah Road. Reportedly, the driver of the SUV is cooperating with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office. If anyone has any information they are asked to contact EHT police at 609-927-5200.
On Tuesday, the Cape May County Freeholder Board approved a new $139 million budget that raised the county tax rate by nearly one per cent. The increase is needed to offset a decrease of nearly $2 billion in property values throughout the county in 2011. The tax increase translates into an extra $9 of taxes on each $100,000 of property value.
The President of Atlantic Cape Community College will not get a raise for the second year in a row. The ACCC Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday not to grant a raise to Peter Mora, even though his performance was rated as excellent. The college is looking closely at all college expenditures in light of reduced revenues and enrollment.
A multitude of charges were brought against a Hamilton Township man after he allegedly drove drunk and killed a 9 year-old Hammonton boy last April. 58 year-old William Liepe, of Mays Landing was indicted on aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the death of a third grader, Ryan Schleyer from Hammonton. Schlyer’s 11 year-old friend was paralyzed as the result of the accident. Liepe could face up to 30 years in jail. Bail has been set at $350,000.
It will be a Congressional version of the Morning Wake Up on Friday. Congressman Frank LoBiondo will be in studio from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and he will be taking your calls. LoBiondo will be making a visit to the Morning show to tackle a number of the bigger issues, including gas prices, shore protection, and federal issues. Make sure you listen to 987 The Coast this Friday.
Lower Township Police need your help. They are seeking information regarding a armed robbery of the CVS Pharmacy located at 1501 Bayshore Road in the Villas.
The subject entered the pharmacy brandishing a handgun and fled with a quantity of prescription narcotics. He was wearing a red and white Marc Ecko hooded sweatshirt and black colored jeans.
Anyone with information on this is encouraged to contact the Lower Township Police Department at 609-886-2711, or you can leave a message on the Lower Township Police Confidential Tip Line at 609-886-1619, ext. 156. or Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800.
The City of Cape May has received a Safety Excellence Award and will pocket a check for $1,325. The city announced that the 2011 award was given to Cape May by the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund. The money earned by Cape May will be applied to employee safety recognition associated with the employee welness program.
That controversial anti-terrorism fence on the Garden State Parkway? It will be removed in 2013. Cape May County State Senator Jeff Van Drew made that announcement today during the county’s transportation infrastructure conference. Local municipal and tourism officials complained loudly about the fence once it went up. The fence will come down when a new southbound lane on the Parkway is constructed next year.