Friday afternoon Hamilton Township police rescued a man who reportedly fell into the Great Egg Harbor River. Police report that the man, 31 year-old Stephen Wilson of Mays Landing, was found in the icy river near the bulkhead at noon on Friday. Wilson was taken to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and his condition has not been released. Police do not know why Wilson was in the river.
Camden’s police department will be gone, and a regional police force will take its place. Camden officials held a press conference on Friday and announced that layoff notices are going to all 265 police officers who work in the city. Camden Mayor Dana Redd says the municipal police department will be phased out while a regional police department takes its place. The new regional force will be supported by civilian personnel and will be in place in Camden by next spring.
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney is not mincing any words regarding the financial condition of Atlantic City’s $2.4 billion Revel Casino. Sweeney penned a letter to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement alleging that Revel has already burned through $100 million in extra cash needed to operate into 2013. Sweeney also believes the casino is trying to secure additional funding just in order to survive. Sweeney says Revel has failed to pay $12 million in taxes and Atlantic City has already issued a tax sale notice.
Middle Township Police have arrested a 46 year old woman from the Villas on drunk driving charges after her accident Thursday afternoon. Police busted Susan J. Colvin of the Villas on DUI charges after she drove her vehicle off Dias Creek Road and plowed into mailboxes and trash cans. Police say a public works employee for the township had to jump out of the way of the vehicle and he sustained injuries as he avoided the oncoming vehicle. Colvin has been released from custody on a summons.
A freight train derailed in South Jersey Friday morning, spilling chemicals into a nearby creek. Authorities in Paulsboro are dealing with the derailment of three train cars that spilled vinyl chloride into the Mantua Creek. Nearly 20 people have complained of breathing difficulties and they are being taken to area hospitals for treatment. Some Paulsboro residents in the immediate area are being evacuated as a safety precaution.
The estimate price tag, $2 million. Point Pleasant officials have told the Asbury Park Press that it will take a couple of million dollars to repair the city’s boardwalk that was mangled by Hurricane Sandy. About half of the entire length of the Point Pleasant boardwalk was damaged or destroyed by the storm, and work could get underway after the first of the year to make the repairs. Leaders are hopeful the boardwalk will be repaired before next summer.
The New Jersey Assembly meets on Monday and is expected to consider legislation that will increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. The New Jersey Senate approved the new minimum wage on Thursday; now, it’s the Assembly’s turn on Monday. The vote has largely been down party lines with democrats supporting the increase and republicans opposing it. Governor Chris Christie has promised a veto shall the bill appear on his desk.
Gilda’s Club of South Jersey held a benefit event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlantic City Thursday night. According to The Press of Atlantic City, the event raised more than $200,000 for their cause of providing free social, emotional and education support to local cancer patients. Dion DiMucci, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performed at the event, and many celebrity impersonators were in attendance. Event organizers said Gilda’s Club raises $800,000 per year to fund their services.
The Ocean City Council unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday supporting a beach replenishment project in the south end of the city from 36th to 59th Streets. The Ocean City Gazette reports that city officials are in contact with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work out the details and funding of the project. Ocean City is scheduled to get a beach replenishment before the end of this year in the north end to 12th Street.
Tickets go on sale Friday for the latest rock concert in Atlantic City to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Neil Young and Crazy Horse will appear at the Borgata Casino on December 6th, and will donate their time and crew so all monies can go to victims of the storm. The Borgata will donate all production costs and money from ticket sales will be donated to the Red Cross.