There is new leadership at the top of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce. Joyce Gould was sworn in as the new president of the chamber during its annual instillation dinner at the Lighthouse Point on Thursday. Gould, who is a commissioner in Wildwood Crest, had borough administrator Kevin Yecco swear her in. The former president Jim Rowland was in attendance as well. Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton, Freeholder Sue Sheppard, and State Senator Jeff Van Drew were among those in attendance.
A familar face was doing some local campaigning with local candidates. Congressman Frank LoBiondo joined Cape May County Freeholder Sue Sheppard and local GOP candidates in Lower Township as the Republicans try and get out the vote. This year’s election will take place on Nov. 6.
A major sweep netted 14 arrests, including one who will face homicide charges. Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrests, including Kelvin Morales-Roman, 29, of Wildwood. He was wanted in Puerto Rico for a murder and was charged with selling drugs to an undercover police officer. All of the suspects were placed in the Cape May County Jail.
An Egg Harbor Township man has been arraigned on sexual assault charges. Steven Chalakee will also faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The investigation found that Chalakee allegedly assaulted a female victim, under the age of 13, on various dates, over a period of time. Chalakee is currently lodged in the Southern State Correctional Facility on charges that are unrelated to this matter. Bail was set at $150,000.
Gov. Chris Christie is planning on playing hard ball with Democrats in Trenton. Christie said during a speech on Thursday that he wasn’t going to approve any new spending plans until Democrats pass a tax cut plan. The highest ranking official in the state has been pushing to get a tax cut, but Democrats say the state can’t afford it. Revenue figures have been on decline. This marks the latest move by Christie to try and force their hand.
Vineland voters have lots of options when it comes to electing a mayor. A debate was held on Wednesday night. The League of Women Voters moderated the debate at the Landis Theater Performing Arts Center. Mayor Robert Romano is seeking reelection against four challengers. The candidates did their best to separate themselves from the others that are running. A run off election will be held if no candidate gets over 50 percent of the vote.
Locally and around the state, families will be remembering those who served our country proudly. The Run of the Fallen is taking place once again. A special flag ceremony will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at Sunset Beach. Over 30 families of those who gave their lives will be present for this ceremony along with the runners and run support team.
At 8:30 am on Friday, a team of active duty military runners from Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst and other units will leave from the Cape May Light House and start a 3 day 172-mile relay run through New Jersey to Holmdel stopping every mile to honor each service member from New Jersey killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each mile of the run is dedicated to an individual NJ Hero and their family, and the run team will stop at each Hero Marker (each mile) to present a flag and personalized biographical card to waiting family members, friends and comrades with the goal of creating a 172+ mile memorial trail through New Jersey.
What do you think about letting terminally ill patients decide when they want to die? A new measure has been proposed on Trenton to allow state residents who are terminally ill to decide when they want to die. The bill is called the New Jersey Death with Dignity Act and is sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli. The bill would allow those with less than six months to live to get lethal drugs they could administer themselves.
It wasn’t good lottery news for state residents. A winning Powerball ticket was sold, but it was purchased in Iowa. By the time the numbers were drawn on Wednesday night, it came out to $202 million. The jackpot now comes down to $40 million for Saturday night.
State residents are still happy with its governor. A new Monmouth University poll says that Governor Chris Christie earns a 53% approve to 35% disapprove job rating among all Garden State residents. The poll also found that two potential challengers in the 2013 election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Governor Dick Codey, are well regarded by the state’s voters.