Your dog will soon be counted in Middle Township. Middle Township Animal Control and Public Works employees will be commencing a door-to-door census of all dogs in Middle Township beginning March 5. An annual dog census is required by the State of New Jersey. All owners of unlicensed dogs will receive a warning letter and license applications. A grace period of 10 days, after the date of a visit to your home, will be given. Summonses for unlicensed dogs may be issued after this grace period. Dog licenses are available through the Middle Township Clerk’s office. License applications are available at www.middletownship.com on the left side of the web page.
Fugitives looking for a break from the law make consider this chance to turn themselves in. Fugitive Safe Surrender is coming to Atlantic City in April. The surrender site for Fugitive Safe Surrender (South Region) will be Grace Assembly of God Church, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. When fugitives enter at this location, law enforcement officers will run criminal background checks to learn about their outstanding warrants. After a short wait at the church, the fugitives will be transported a few blocks away, to the nearby Atlantic City Convention Center. Part of the convention center will be converted into an open courthouse, where the fugitives will work with judges and lawyers to resolve their warrants. Fugitive Safe Surrender is not an amnesty program. However, those who turn themselves in will receive favorable consideration from the court. This typically results in probation or reduced fines. It will take place April 21, 23-25.
A Margate man was caught by the FBI after illegally collecting nearly $450,000 during a two-year period. Adriano Sotomayor, 54, of Margate, New Jersey, was captured in Las Vegas, Nevada, by the FBI Fugitive Squad. He has been a fugitive since November 16, one day after he was charged with 13 counts of wire fraud. The indictment alleges that defendant Sotomayor defrauded members of the Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima and others between May 2009 and June 2011.
The defendant allegedly tricked an elderly nun to believe that she had been left $2.1 million in a will. The defendant then allegedly induced the elderly nun to begin sending money to him to pay taxes, processing fees, and various legal fees associated with the fictitious will. He then went on to target other victims in Levittown and Philadelphia who initially sent money to the defendant on the elderly nun’s behalf.
Bridgeton officials may be forced to move its school board election date, even if they are unwilling. The News of Cumberland County reports that a voter led petition drive is collecting signatures to move the school elections. Bridgeton is the only community in the county to not make the move. The change would save money and increase turnout, if held during the general election.
It may be early, but U.S. Senator Robert Menendez is starting out with a big lead. A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows that Menendez is up 44 to 22 percent over Republican state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos. Kyrillos is mainly fighting the problem of not being well known. The poll says nearly four in five people have no idea who Kyrillos is or have no opinion of him. Menendez is up for reelection this year.
For the third time in four seasons, the Cape Atlantic League has re-aligned it’s football divisions. The new CAL this fall will be comprised of two divisions. The National Conference will include all Cape May County schools, along with Bridgeton, Buena, Cedar Creek, Pleasantville and St. Augustine. The new American Conference will feature the powerhouse non-public schools Holy Spirit and St Joe’s, as well as Hammonton, Absegami, Atlantic City, EHT, Mainland, Millville and Oakcrest. In addition, a regulation was adopted to prevent a public school from playing all three non-public schools during the same season.
A family escaped a fire in their home on Monday night in Vineland. NBC-40 reports that a fire broke out just before 10:30pm on the 400 block of East Forest Grove Road in Vineland. Nine people fled the home, amidst flames and heavy smoke coming from the attic and first floor. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
A former Holy Redeemer nurse has died after a long bout with cancer. Sister Mary Anne McDonagh died on Monday at the age of 73. McDonagh was a nurse and sister of Holy Redeemer Visiting Nurse Agency for 54 years. She was also ran the organization’s food bank in Middle Township.
Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer has requested $12,000 for a new video surveillance system for his officers. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Schaffer has requested tiny cameras to be worn on the bodies of officers while dealing with inmates. The system would be used to reduce frivolous laesuits filed by inmates.
It will be a chance for friends and family to remember the life of an influential member of Atlantic City. Funeral services will be held on Friday for Dennis Gomes. Services will be held at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Atlantic City. Gomes was the CEO of Resorts Atlantic City, and was involved heavily in running various casinos in Atlantic City throughout his life. Gomes was 68-years-old.