The Wildwood Beach Patrol will hold open tryouts to find new lifeguards for the 2012 summer season. The lifeguard test will take place at the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool (8800 New Jersey Ave, Wildwood Crest) on Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m. The tryout will begin with a 500-yard swim in the pool. The tryout will continue for qualified swimmers with a 1 mile run, a 200-yard ocean swim and a comprehensive interview. The WBP will provide qualified candidates with the necessary training and certifications for ocean lifeguarding. Applicants should be 16 years of age or older. Candidates under the age of 18 must have the application signed by a parent or guardian. Applications are available online at http://wildwoodnj.org/wp/?page_id=20 and at the test site. Interested candidates can email Wildwood Beach Patrol Captain Steve Stocks at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A loophole in state law regarding drunk driving arrests may soon be closed. Assemblyman Nelson Albano told Coastal Broadcasting that 30 lawmakers are ready to sign on to be a sponsor of a bill to allow a judge to place a bail amount on someone who is arrested twice in a 60 day period for drunk driving. A Vineland man had been caught a handful of times for DWI, but since he had not been convicted yet, was allowed to go free again. Albano expects a vote on that bill next week.
Many locals will tell you its great, but the Cape May County Zoo was ranked the third best in the nation according to Trip Advisor. The write up includes “Situated on the southern Jersey Shore, this wildlife sanctuary showcases more than 250 species of animals. Travelers can acquaint themselves with a bevy of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and furry friends – and, when not gawking at quadrupeds, can wander through one of the lush nature trails, or hop on the train and carousel rides.” The zoo came in third behind Henry Doorly Zoo and the Saint Louis Zoo respectively.
An armed robbery suspect was arrested in Wildwood. Police there say they arrested Donald Kelley Jr., and charged him with first degree robbery, and two second degree weapons possession charges. The incident took place at the Cape Bank location in Wildwood. Bail was set at $150,000 and Kelley was placed in the Cape May County Correctional Center.
The Coast Guard rescued six people from a life raft after the 38-foot boat they were in ran aground and began taking on water in Barnegat Light Inlet here Thursday.
Rescued was the vessel’s captain, Albert G. Stork, Dennis R. Koleszar, from Forked River, Gary Mertz, from Northampton, Pa., Bill Sagion, from Little Egg Harbor, Albert Kristoff, from Glenshaw, Pa., and John Wargofchik from Greensburg, Pa.
Crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat — Small and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light arrived on scene, rescued the six people and transported them back to the station. Awaiting emergency medical personnel evaluated the people and reported no injuries.
The U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with dozens of other regional law enforcement, emergency response and emergency management agencies, held a full-scale Active Shooter Exercise Thursday on Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.
The exercise, the first of its kind to be held on a Coast Guard training center, involved a scenario of an unprovoked active shooter opening fire during a recruit graduation ceremony and wounding or killing about 30 people.
The objectives of the exercise were to respond and recover from an emergency situation, in order to identify ways to prevent threats to the public’s safety and security. More than 300 people, from dozens of agencies, participated through exercise design, active participation or support.
The Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services and its advisory board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM to present its proposed 2013 Area Plan contract and receive public comment. The presentation will be held at the Brigantine Senior Center, 265 42nd Street South, Brigantine.
The proposed 2013 Area Plan contract includes the services that the Division of Intergenerational Services is planning to fund during 2013.
To help encourage full participation in this public hearing, requests for accommodations should be submitted to the Division of Intergenerational Services by calling (609) 645-7700, extension 4700
Legislation to allow casinos to offer mobile gaming within their premises advanced through the Senate. The bill sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan went through on a 34-0 vote. The measure would allow for gambling via a cell phone at approved recreational areas on the hotel property of a casino, including the pool area. The legislation now advances to the Assembly for consideration.
Its inspection season at the shore. The AP reports that a sweep took place in Seaside Heights of boardwalk games to ensure that the games of chance aren’t rigged. Similar sweeps will be taking place in South Jersey soon. Inspectors can hand out tickets for games that are not being operated fairly. If an inspection went poorly enough, a game could be shut down.
The Assembly has signed off on legislation allowing for a quickie wedding. The measure eliminates the current 72-hour waiting period and streamlining residency requirements. Lawmakers believe that this will boost the wedding industry in the state, because other states in the area have a waiting period for the issuance of a marriage or civil union license after an application is made. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.