The prep work is beginning to take down the lights along the Garden State Parkway. Signage is going up and the state is prepping for the work to begin in earnest. The three traffic lights on the Parkway at the mile marker 9, 10, and 11 are the only lights on the entire road and have been cited as a safety concern. State officials do not believe that the work will cause longer delays than are already seen on the roadway throughout the course of the work.
A new report says a major construction project had an injury this week. The Press of Atlantic City reports that a construction worker at the Margaritaville project at Resorts Atlantic City fell and injured himself. The report says the man was out but came to before being sent to the hospital, but his condition is unknown at this time.
The man who was allegedly the most behind a major mortgage fraud scheme that hit the Wildwoods has plead guilty. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced that Timothy D. Ricks, of East Orange, plead guilty to being the mastermind behind the $15 million fraud. Ricks was arrested last July, along with Seth A. Fuscellaro, who was serving at the Lower Township Solicitor at the time of his arrest, among others. Orlando Allen, of Georgia, has also plead guilty. They both face the potential of 30 years in jail.
Got questions about what a Small Business Administration loan can do for you, and how to apply? Well a temporary office has been set up at the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. President of the chamber Vicki Clark told 987 The Coast that the SBA can help many businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, by providing low interest loans, as well as homeowners. The chamber office is located on the southbound side of the Garden State Parkway near exit 11.
Money causes a lot of fights, but in Vineland someone was stabbed in the chest over it. Vineland Police say they arrested Eugene Brunson, who allegedly stabbed Daniel King over a debt that was owed. Brunson was charged with aggravated assault and weapons possession charges. Bail was set at $50,000. King was listed in stable condition at an area hospital with a minor stab wound.
Seasonal businesses with a liquor license will be able to serve earlier throughout the state. Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order to allow bars to start serving two months ahead of the May 1 start date. This means begins Friday, those businesses would be allowed to serve. The goal of the measure is to help post Sandy recovery for businesses that have been hampered by the storm.
Some were panicking with the deadline on Friday to apply for assistance with FEMA and the Small Business Administration. An extension has once again been given for a month. The new deadline to register is by April 1. The aid is available for those who were impacted during Hurricane Sandy. Gov. Chris Christie said this extension will help those who need aid to receive it.
Meadowview Nursing Home, a 180-bed long term care and rehabilitation facility, has been found deficiency-free in its annual inspection by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. The inspection of the county nursing home was conducted on-site, without prior notice to the facility, over a four-day period in February during which the state’s inspection team evaluated all aspects of resident care and nursing facility procedures and practices, assessing facility compliance with more than 150 specific state and federal standards. Areas of care evaluated by inspectors included resident rights, access to care, activities, assessment and care plans, health care and dietary service, housekeeping, staffing, quality of care and quality assurance.
A political newcomer is joining the democratic legislative ticket in our First District. Robert Andrzejczak is going to run for the New Jersey Assembly seat on a ticket that includes Senator Jeff Van Drew and Nelson Albano; incumbent Assemblyman Matt Milam is not going to seek re-election. Milam announced Thursday night that he is leaving the slate immediately and Andrzejczak will be sworn in to his assembly seat. Andrzejczak is from Cape May County and lost his left leg while a member of the United States Army fighting in Iraq. He was medically discharged from the Army after two tours in Iraq. Andrzejczak is a graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School and earned a Purple Heart.
Cape May County Assemblyman Matt Milam is not going to be part of the new democratic ticket for the fall legislative elections in our First District. WCZT’s Denis Brown is attending a press conference in Vineland today and Milam thanked his supporters before announcing that he would not be part of the legislative ticket that includes Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Nelson Albano. Milam says he is not running for re-election to focus on his family and family business. We will continue to follow this story this evening.