Monthly Archives: May 2012

GET PREPARED TO PAY SALES TAX ON AMAZON.COM ORDERS

Soon there will be no more sales tax free orders on Amazon.com in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie made it official on Wednesday announcing that the Internet giant is planning on building two distribution centers in the state. This means any order in New Jersey beginning as early as next year will require that sales tax is collected. Lawmakers are working on providing the company a temporary exemption from collecting sales tax.

HEARING THURSDAY ON SUPREME COURT NOMINEE

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgA contentious confirmation hearing is expected on Thursday. Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Bruce Harris, is expected in front of the the Senate Judiciary Committee. Many lawmakers claimed that Harris doesn’t have the qualifications necessary for the bench. Harris would be the first openly gay Supreme Court Justice in the state.

COAST GUARD CREW COMING HOME ON THURSDAY

The crew of the Cape May based Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is scheduled to return home Thursday evening concluding a 44-day deployment in the northern Caribbean.  The crew of the Dependable departed Cape May April 18 to conduct a homeland security, law enforcement and humanitarian aid patrol.  While underway, the crew of the Dependable took part in an at-sea interdiction of an overloaded Haitian migrant vessel. The crew embarked 37 Haitian migrants from the 40-foot sailing vessel without incident and with no medical concerns. The Dependable crew sank the vessel as a danger to navigation.

POLICE WILL BE ENFORCING SPEED LIMIT ON NEW ROUTE 52 CAUSEWAY

Now that all four lanes of the new Route 52 Causeway from Somers Point to Ocean City are open, motorists are reminded to observe the speed limit. The Ocean City Gazette reports that the speed limit on the causeway is only 40 miles per hour, and drops to 25 mph at the base of the Ninth Street Bridge entering Ocean City. Local police will be monitoring traffic speeds and hope to educate motorists through their new motto, “Don’t take a vacation from safety”.

REPORT: FAMILY WELCOMES ARMY SOLIDER HOME

It was a happy day in Upper Township on Tuesday. TV 40 reports it was a homecoming for an army solider. Brendan Meyers was escorted home from the Philadelphia Airport, according to the report. The online story says that Meyers will spend the next month at home before heading off to his station in Fairbanks, Alaska.

DEADLINE COMING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING DOLLARS

Its use it or lose it. Towns throughout New Jersey face a July 17 deadline to commit monies collected for their housing trust funds, or have the money forfeited to the NJ Department of Community Affairs. Middle Township has approximately 1.6 million dollars in the fund, collected from developers over the last several years. Township Committee there has said they are willing to work on affordable housing, but there have been a lot of moving parts on the legislation over the years.

CONVICT IN JAIL FOR KILLING WILDWOOD MAN GETS MORE JAIL TIME

A powerful gang leader was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison on Tuesday. 42-year-old Vincent Young was serving time in prison for aggravated manslaughter in the 1993 killing of Maxie Fashaw at Commissioner’s Court in Wildwood. Young and 14 others were indicted on federal racketeering charges for organizing and directing activities of a violent gang called the Fruit Town Brims.