Gas prices are trending downwards, at least for now. The latest gas survey by AAA Mid-Atlantic reports that prices dropped four cents locally in the past week to $3.44 a gallon. The good news for locals is that prices locally are 20 cents better than the national average. In the short term, prices should continue down, but could increase closer to summer. For comparison, one year ago prices were at $3.72 per gallon.
The Coast Guard medevaced a 42-year-old man from a fishing vessel approximately 60 miles southeast of Ocean City Saturday. Personnel aboard the fishing vessel Atlantic Warrior contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday, reporting a man aboard was experiencing pain and required medical assistance. Watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to assist. The Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 10:30 p.m., lowered a rescue swimmer to the deck of the Atlantic Warrior, hoisted the man and the rescue swimmer into the helicopter and took the man to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
Monday is opening day for the Philadelphia Phillies. Fans of the team this year are hoping for improvement from last year’s 81-81 record, but aren’t completely sold the team has what it takes to make it back in playoffs facing improved competition in recent years. The Phillies will face one of the threats in the National Leagues East when they start the season at the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
The Easter weekend brought the first sign of spring, and some rain along with it. Temperatures on Saturday were in the 50′s and the sun was out, bringing lots of visitors to the shore. Businesses on the Ocean City and Wildwood boardwalk reported strong business as people visited some of the favorite shore spots for the first time this year. Easter Sunday, as has happened from time to time recently, brought rain, which sent some visitors home early. The good news is the better weather should be here to stay. Despite a chance of rain on Monday and Thursday, highs temperatures should be near 50, which is an improvement over recent weeks.
A Vineland man was killed during an auto accident early Saturday morning in Millville. Police there say three others were injured. A 17-year-old driver was the one behind the wheel. The 21-year-old passenger was pronounced dead. Police are withholding names until the next of kin can be notified. The accident took place at South 2nd and Orange streets. The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.
Those in need of federal assistance following Hurricane Sandy have gotten another extension. FEMA and the Small Business Administration will be accepting applications until May 1. To get more information on what benefits are available, visit www.disasterassistance.gov. FEMA and the SBA can help out home owners, renters, and business owners who were impacted due to the storm.
An Atlantic City man was sentenced to 16 1⁄2 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of another Atlantic City man in September of 2011. Back in Feb., Luis Lopez plead guilty to to first-degree aggravated manslaughter in connection with the fatal stabbing of Craig Giatto. He is subject to the No Early Release Act, meaning he must serve 85 percent of the sentence before parole becomes an option.
Jitney service has returned to the Atlantic City Airport and for the short term it is free. While an appeal is made to the Federal Transit Administration, the service will be maintained for free. Previously, the company charged a fee for its service. The FTA ruled that because some of the fleet had been paid for by federal dollars, they could no longer provide charter service. Free service will continue until that final determination.
A new era in recycling begins on Monday, April 1st as Cape May County begins their single-stream recycling program. On Thursday a new $4 million recycling facility was tested in Woodbine that will separate glass, metals, plastics and paper. Residents will now be able to place all recyclables together in one container. The program was instituted to encourage more recycling, which causes less trash to be dumped in landfills and increases rebates to local communities. Atlantic County adopted the single-stream recycling process in 2009.
Students at Lower Cape May Regional High School shaved their heads on Thursdayto raise money for Cancer research. The event was in support of the St. Baldrick’sOrganization, in cooperation with the Richard M. Teitelman Middle School. 35 students and school staff members participated in the event.