Monthly Archives: March 2012

CHRISTIE TO LAUTENBERG: YOU’RE A PARTISAN HACK

What does New Jersey Governor Chris Christie think of 88 year old Senator Frank Lautenberg? Christie called him a “partisan hack” on Thursday. Christie blasted New Jersey’s senior senator after Lautenberg publicly questioned Christie’s move to merge Rowan University with Rutgers-Camden. Christie told a town hall meeting that Lautenberg ought to be ashamed of himself for questioning the move.

REPORT: MIDDLE TWP. MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT

A 20 year old Middle Township man has been arrested and charged with allegedly having sex with a minor. The Cape May County Herald reports that Robert Spedding of Swainton has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Middle Township Police began an investigation into the case back on March 4th and formally filed the charges against Spedding on Tuesday. He’s jailed on $100,000 cash bail.

PLEASANTVILLE CFO STEALS MONEY FROM THE CITY

The man in charge of finances for the city of Pleasantville? He stole thousands of dollars. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced that Ted Freedman, the Chief Financial Officer for the city of Pleasantville has been charged with official misconduct and theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars out of the city’s coffers. Authorities allege Freedman received manually issued checks and cashed them. He has worked for the city for nearly 30 years.

STONE HARBOR SETS LIBRARY PUBLIC MEETING DATES

Stone Harbor will hold two public meetings in April to discuss three possible locations for a county library branch. According to a press release, Stone Harbor’s first public meeting will be held on April 18th at Borough Hall; a second meeting takes place ten days later at the elementary school. Stone Harbor is actively seeking public input for the location of a library branch. The issue has been contentious with some residents opposing the first location, right on the beach.

REPORT: APARTMENT FIRE IN NORTH WILDWOOD

Seven North Wildwood residents were left homeless following a fire that gutted their apartment on Thursday morning. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the Red Cross was called in to assist the displaced residents who lost their home after a fire hit an apartment on West 24th Avenue in the city. Ironically, one of the displaced residents is Max Maxwell, a Red Cross volunteer who was assisting with another fire call when his own apartment caught fire. The Red Cross says the seven residents lost everything in the blaze.

MEGA MILLIONS: $540 MILLION AND CLIMBING

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How would a half billion dollars sound right now? New Jersey lottery officials confirm that the Mega Millions multi state lottery jackpot is expected to top $540 million for Friday night’s drawing. There were no winners in the Tuesday night drawing which pushes the jackpot to record levels. If you are the lucky winner and want the cash option, no problem: You will stick $389 million into your bank account.

REPORT: ATTORNEY SAYS STONE HARBOR HAS SAY IN SCHOOL DISPUTE

A local attorney says yes, Stone Harbor does and should have a say in how a new school administrator is picked to serve that community, and Avalon. The Press of Atlantic City reports today that local attorney Jane Hoy told the Stone Harbor Board of education that an interlocal services agreement between both communities does give Stone Harbor a say on who the next school administrator will be. Last week, Stone Harbor officials discovered that they had no say regarding a successor to Administrator Dave Rauenzahn, who retires later this year.

ATLANTIC CITY PLANS TO ADOPT NEW SLOGAN

For many years, the tourism slogan for Atlantic City was “Always Turned On”. A new slogan is expected to be launched in mid-April and it’s short and to the point; “Do AC!” The Press of Atlantic City reports that the slogan was revealed in a letter to employees of Caesars Entertainment and claims that $30 million has been invested in the new marketing campaign. The letter was sent by Don Marrandino, Caesars Eastern Division President and head of the Atlantic City Alliance who declined comment to the Press.

TUITION ON THE RISE AT ACCC

The Board of Directors of Atlantic Cape Community College met on Tuesday night and approved a new budget. The vote calls for a five percent increase in college tuition and fees and a two percent decrease in the budget. The action was taken in anticipation of a three percent decrease in enrollment at the college. Tuition and fees make up about 60 percent of the budget. The move will increase the annual full-time tuition by $177 and will take effect July 1st.