Straight line winds, heavy rain, and plenty of lightning has resulted in many problems throughout Cape May County and South Jersey Saturday morning. A large thunderstorm cell moved across the region early Saturday morning resulting in 60mph winds and damage reports throughout the county. Wind gusts exceeding 60mph were reported in Ocean City and Avalon. In Ocean City, trees were knocked down through the community. Trees are also reported down in Middle Township; at one time, one downed tree fell across Route 9. Some power poles and wires were reported down in Lower Township, with trees down at Myrtle and Pine streets.
After an intervention by the State Department of Education, which gave Stone Harbor equal say with Avalon on hiring for their shared school district, the two sides agreed on a choice for chief school administrator. Stacey Tracy was hired on Wednesday to replace the retiring David Rauenzahn as of July 1st. Tracy is currently the school district’s curriculum coordinator. The base salary of her three-year contract is $123,000.
Believe it or not, a Vineland man who was released from jail on Monday was arrested for a sixth time since April on DWI charges. Anderson Sotomayor was taken into custody Thursday at 7pm, when Vineland police stopped him for a motor vehicle violation and found him in possession of an alcoholic beverage. Sotomayor refused to take a breath test. He is being held in the Cumberland County Jail without bail.
As we kick off another heat wave this weekend, unsettled weather is on the way. A severe thunderstorm watch has been posted until 8am for Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland Counties. This means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and threatening weather conditions.
A change of command at the helm of the Coast Guard cutter “Mako” on Thursday. Coast Guard officials were at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May Thursday as Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher C. Lombard relinquished control of the cutter to Senior Chief Petty Officer William D. Hollandsworth. The “Mako” is a vessel capable of conducting search and rescue, law enforcement, security and and environmental protection operations.
He used to serve a middle school as an assistant principal..now Patrick Lott has been slapped with nearly 100 counts of invasion of privacy and child endangerment. Authorities in Somerville have charged Lott with videotaping students who were showering at Immaculata High School in North Jersey. Lott worked at the Bernardsville Middle School at the time of the alleged crimes. He was arrested last December after authorities found videos of nude students inside his home.
Police in Bridgeton want to know how an eight month old baby was left to drown in a bathtub on Wednesday evening. City police say the baby drowned in a family bathtub at the Bridgeton Villas apartments on Wednesday evening. The baby’s 21 year old mother apparently left the baby unattended in the tub while it was filling with water. Two other children were also in the apartment at the time of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed.
A longtime member of the Avalon Borough Council will become the new superintendent of the Cape May County Technical School District. Dr. Nancy Hudanich succeeds Robert Matthies who has served as superintendent for the past four years. Hudanich has served as the assistant superintendent with the technical school for the past six years. Hudanich steps up to the superintendent’s position on July 1st.
The shakeup of the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen has begun. The Phils announced on Thursday that they have cut right handed pitcher Chad Qualls. Qualls was designated for assignment, which means the Phillies are done with him. Two relief pitchers have been called up from the minors, including Brian Sanches and Jeremy Host. Phils relief pitchers rank next to last in ERA in the National League.
Some very hot weather is expected in the greater Philadelphia area this weekend, and the very warm temperatures will be felt even at the Jersey Shore. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures into the 90s Friday through Sunday, with a heat index nearing the upper 90s over the weekend. Shore resorts could experience a pop up thunderstorm at any time Friday night through Saturday night. Summer like weather continues into next week.