The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended temporary housing assistance through Thursday, December 13th. A spokesperson for FEMA said the extension was granted at the request of state officials, who must help find housing for nearly 3,000 New Jersey residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy. This gives storm victims an additional two weeks more time to repair their homes or find other accommodations.
Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will visit the South Jersey Downbeach towns on Friday to survey damage from Hurricane Sandy. Guadagno will begin her tour in Longport, then visit Margate City and Ventnor. The Lt. Governor plans to meet with local officials and check on clean-up operations following the storm.
Two men who have been indicted on first degree murder charges relating to the shooting death of 19 year old Khalil Wallace in Woodbine made brief court appearances on Thursday. Millville residents Andre Gross and Norman Gray were both in court and learned that motions relating to their cases will be heard by a local court in February. Both men have been charged with shooting Wallace in Woodbine; his body was recovered two weeks later in Cumberland County.
232 bags of heroin were found in Middle Township, and now two men are behind bars. Middle Township Police and the Cape May County Prosecutors Office announced the arrests of two Middle Township men after the large quantity of heroin and thousands of dollars were found inside their West Geneva Avenue home in Del Haven. The suspects have been identified as 21 year old Robert Payne of Philadelphia and 22 year old Hadith Hicks of Lower Township. Payne was taken to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail.
New Jersey communities who do not consider merging their services where it makes sense will lose some of their state funding. That’s the intent of a new bill approved by the New Jersey Senate on Thursday. The bill would appoint a state commission who would recommend various consolidation of services between local towns, like police and fire departments, in order to save money. If the towns cannot agree on the mergers, their state funding would be cut. Senators say there’s no reason for taxpayers to foot the bill for duplicative services.
The minimum wage may be going up in New Jersey. The state senate voted on Thursday to increase the minimum wage in the Garden State to $8.50 per hour. The wage will increase every year based on the cost of living. The minimum wage is now slated to increase by a full $1.25 per hour. The increase was approved during a 23-16 vote on Thursday. The increase still has another hurdle; Governor Chris Christie has promised to veto the legislation since he wants the cost of living adjustments eliminated.
It could have been a deadly shooting incident at a New Jersey high school…but fortunately, it was avoided before it ever happened. Police in Trenton say a 17 year old male student who was involved in a fight in school was arrested Thursday after he got his hands on a loaded handgun and a sawed off shotgun; the student planned to shoot up his fellow students. A taxicab driver who was hired by the student called police and cops moved in before the weapons were used. Trenton Central High School was locked down Thursday afternoon while the teen was taken into custody.
Ever drive through an EZ Pass toll booth in New Jersey and think to yourself..I wonder how much that cost? That will soon end. The New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a measure on Thursday that created the new “Truth in Tolling Act” in the state. If the measure is signed into law, it will require the Parkway, Expressway, and Turnpike to clearly show you how much you pay each and every time you drive through an EZ Pass toll booth. The measure does not apply to bridges or tunnels.
Mike Whipple is out as the marketing director for the City of Cape May. The Cape May County Herald reports today that Whipple has resigned his position as the city’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Event Sales. Whipple’s main focus was on special events and marketing at the new Cape May Convention Center. Michael Chait, the assistant director of marketing, is handling the city’s day to day marketing operations.
If you think it’s been too cold for this time of year, you are correct. The National Weather Service says the month of November will finally snap a 21-month streak of above average temperatures in the Garden State. Ever since Hurricane Sandy left, it’s been colder than normal in New Jersey. This month willl also mark the sixth snowiest November in New Jersey history, thanks in part to two snow events from two different storms.