The tenants who occupy a portion of the Shore Mall that is slated to be demolished in the new year are starting to leave this week. Tenants are either closing up for good or are finding new storefronts to rent. A portion of the mall will be knocked down in the new year meaning stores have to scramble to find new places to operate. A children’s museum inside the mall will be the first to close on Monday.
The drug of choice for years in Cape May County appears to be heroin. The Press of Atlantic City reported over the weekend that a new state study shows that the use of heroin and other opiates has jumped by 154 percent over the past six years in our county; many of the users are under the age of 25. Cape May County Chief of Detectives Ken Super says the study is correct, and that heroin has become the most prevalent drug in Cape May County. On the streets, $20 produces a baggie good enough for a high.
No injuries resulted from a stubborn fire on Saturday night at a condo complex in Buena Borough. The fire started just before midnight at the Wheat Manor Apartments on South Avenue. The fire began in a first floor unit and quickly spread to the second floor. The blaze was brought under control in less than an hour; the Red Cross was called in to help displaced residents.
New Jersey is one big step away from getting Hurricane Sandy relief. The U.S. Senate passes a measure at the end of the week to send $60.4 billion to the states impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The House of Representatives still need to take the measure up and there are some questions regarding whether New Jersey will get that funding. President Barack Obama was the one who made the proposal.
An attempt to the privatize the running of the state lottery might not have turned out as initially planned. Only one company put in a bid, Northstar New Jersey, which operates the scratch off machines around the state. The lottery is the fourth largest revenue generator in the state, at $930 million. Legislative Democrats want to hold hearings after the New Year regarding the plan. Gov. Chris Christie is the one making the push and does not need legislative approval to make the move.
The freeholder director of Cape May County is seeking reelection. Gerald Thornton told Coastal Broadcasting that he is going to seek another term in office. His running mate last time was Susan Sheppard, who just stepped down as a freeholder to take over the job of surrogate. The Cape May County Regular Republican Organization will hold a convention in late Jan. to decide who will fill Sheppard’s seat for a year and likely run with Thornton.
Here is a partial list of Friday’s action at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Games listed involve Cape May County teams.
Boys: Middle Township vs. Central Bucks West, 5:30pm
Pleasantville vs. Wildwood, 7:00pm
Lower Cape May vs. Wilmington Christian (DE), 8:30pm
Girls: Council Rock North vs. Wildwood Catholic, 11:00am
Absegami vs. Wildwood, 2:15pm
Lower Cape May vs. Springfield-Delco (PA), 5:30pm
Three police officers have been reportedly shot this morning in South Jersey. NBC10 in Philadelphia reports that three officers were shot at the Gloucester Township Police Station this morning. The shootings took place shortly before 6am; the gunman is reportedly not associated with the police department. No word yet if a suspect is in custody. Two officers suffered minor injuries; a third is undergoing surgery at Cooper Hospital.
UPDATE: The Star Ledger reports that the gunman was a prisoner who got his hands on a service weapon; the report says the gunman has been shot and killed.
Hurricane Sandy damaged homes, businesses, and government buildings. The Public Safety building and city hall were flooded during Hurricane Sandy and city government functions were moved to the old public school location. The City Council reached consensus that the administration should proceed with development of plans for construction of a consolidated municipal facility at the site of the Public Safety Building.
One of the largest Cape May County road projects in recent memory will begin next month. The county awarded a $3.7 million contract to Asphalt Paving Systems for improvements along JFK Blvd. in Sea Isle City. County Engineer Dale Foster tells Coastal Broadcasting they are under a tight deadline to get all of the work done by the tourist season. Work will begin mid-Jan.