It was announced on Thursday that the Save Sacred Heart High School Committee has reached more than 80 percent of their fundraising goal of $300,000. Somebody donated $50,000 and the Rose Marie Davis Foundation of Marlton pledged $25,000 per year for the next four years. Sacred Heart High needs to reach their goal by May 1st to make up their deficit, then raise another $300,000 by Dec 1st to keep the school operating.
The mayor of Vineland intends on keeping his job. Vineland Mayor Robert Romano will announce this evening that he will seek re-election to the top political spot in the city. This will set up a hotly contest rematch between Romano and a former mayor, Perry Barse. In Vineland, the mayor’s spot and five council positions will be up for grabs in the November 8th election. Barse announced that he has a full slate of council candidates.
Tourism officials in the Wildwoods were amazed when they heard the new slogan to promote Atlantic City as “Do AC!” The theme has been used by Wildwood since 2007, when tourism officials launched a website called www.dowildwood.com. Patrick Rosenello, director of the Wildwood’s Boardwalk Special Improvement District, told the Press of Atlantic City, that the new slogan was basically stolen from Wildwood. Rosenello suggested that the Wildwoods join forces with the Atlantic City Alliance to promote the two cities and share the larger budget of their neighbors to the North.
What will be the first event in the new Cape May Convention Hall? The 2012 Lower Cape May Regional High School Junior Senior Prom. The Cape May Gazette reports that the prom will be part of the new convention hall’s “soft opening”, scheduled for Saturday, May 12th. Cape May Mayor Ed Mahaney confirmed that the prom will be the first event in the new hall. Mahaney says Cape May cops will likely block off the street in front of the facility since hundreds of onlookers will be on hand to check out the couples attending the prom.
The Delaware River Port Authority has tossed millions of dollars of your tax money away to feed the political fat cats. That’s according to a new report issued by the New Jersey Comptroller’s Office who says the authority blew the millions on contracts that benefitted political friends and power brokers. Among those getting rich on the public’s dime was Democratic powerbroker George Norcross, who put together a nearly half million dollar payment to his company in return for recommending an insurance broker for the authority.
Good news for Cape May taxpayers: The school tax rate will not be going up this year. The Press of Atlantic City reports that even though the school budget has increased by about $16,000, the tax rate will stay the same. This is the sixth consecutive year that the school tax levy remains the same in Cape May. The school has 145 students; 80 of them come from Coast Guard families.
If you repeatedly blow through tolls on the Garden State Parkway without paying up, you may soon have the registration of your vehicle suspended. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is launching a new pilot program that will result in registration suspension for any vehicle that goes through Parkway and Turnpike toll booths repeatedly without paying the fare. The worst offender? A transportation company that has over 2,600 violations and owes more than $116,000 in fines.
There was another school bus accident in New Jersey on Thursday, and this time it happened in our area. Galloway Township Police say more than a dozen students were injured Thursday afternoon when an SUV and a school bus collided at Old Republic and Moss Mill Roads. The bus was making a left turn when it was hit by the SUV. The students attend the Smithville Elementary School and they were all taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries that included bloody noses and bruises.
He broke ten of the bones in his three month old daughter’s arms, legs and back while the child was in a crib. Now 35 year old Joseph Kerrigan of Monroe Township pleaded guilty this week to charges that he yanked and banged on his three month old daughter last November while the child was in her crib. Kerrigan will likely get a six year prison sentence as part of a plea bargain agreement.
Democrats have criticized it heavily, but the state’s acting education commissioner believes the state’s new school funding formula is sound. Christopher Cerf testified before a Senate Budget committee on Thursday and says that the new plan to hand out state aid based in part on school attendance, and not enrollment, is solid. Governor Christie has proposed spending $7.8 billion on education in the coming year.