Monthly Archives: March 2013

ROOFER DIES FROM FALL IN OCEAN CITY

A Hamilton Township man lost his life on Wednesday, after falling off a roof at a construction site in Ocean City. 30 year-old Jorge Arturo Barralaga of Mays Landing fell 20 feet from the roof of a home on East Seaspray Road in Ocean City. Police arrived at the scene at 11 a.m. Wednesday and transported Barralage to Shore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was a Honduran immigrant who started his own construction business one year ago.

JITNEY SERVICE IS NO MORE AT ATLANTIC CITY AIRPORT

There won’t be anymore jitney service at the Atlantic City Airport. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the Federal Transit Administration has said because the company accepted federal dollars for some of its fleet it can’t be apart of charter services. The South Jersey Transportation Authority sent the jitney’s away on Thursday. It isn’t clear if the ruling will have any impact in Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, or Avalon, where they use the jitney service in the summer to move people about town.

ARREST MADE IN OCEAN CITY DRUG CASE

A 27 year old man from Bellmawr has been arrested and charged with allegedly selling drugs in Ocean City.  The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of Kevin Discienzo for alleged possession and distribution of cocaine.  He was arrested on Thursday, and taken to the county jail on $30,000 cash bail.

IT’S OFFICIAL: CHRISTIE VS. BUONO FOR GOVERNOR

It’s official:  Chris Christie versus Barbara Buono for New Jersey governor.  Both candidates filed petitions to run for governor of the State of New Jersey this week.  Christie is running for re-election, while Buono will very likely be the democratic party’s choice to provide opposition.  If the election were held today, pre-election polls say it would be a landslide in Christie’s favor.

WHELAN BILL TO PUSH “HELMET TO HARDHATS” BECOMES LAW

Legislation to help get veterans to work has been signed into law. The measure creates an 18-month pilot program, during which the Turnpike Authority would have to award, at a minimum, 5 percent of the projected labor hours per highway construction project engaged in by the Authority to contractors registered with the national Helmets to Hardhats Program. The bill was sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan.

COURT HEARING HELD ON LOWER TWP. SEXUAL ASSAULT

A court hearing was held on Thursday in Lower Township for the only adult who was charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault involving teenagers nearly two weeks ago.  A court hearing was held for the only adult, Brittany Hearon, who has not ben charged with the sexual assault but charged on two lesser offenses.  Seven juveniles have been charged with aggravated sexual assault and other offenses.  The alleged offense took place at the Rutherford tract on March 15th.

JITNEY FLAP CONTINUES IN ATLANTIC COUNTY

For now, no Jitney service to the Atlantic City International Airport.  The Atlantic City Jitney Association confirms that it pulled Jitney service to the airport following a ruling made this week by the Federal Transit Administration.  The South Jersey Transportation Authority has revoked its permit to the association, per an order that was made by the Administration.  The issue remains if the Jitneys can provide special services outside of Atlantic City since some of the Jitneys were purchased with federal grant money.

VA ENROLLMENT CLINIC SET UP IN APRIL

Veterans looking to register with the VA will have another chance. Congressman Frank LoBiondo announced he will be holding another enrollment clinic in Northfield on April 13. As at previous enrollment clinics, there will be representatives from the Wilmington VA Medical Center on hand to answer veterans’ questions and explain eligibility requirements. Veterans who plan to attend are asked to bring their DD-214 forms, tax forms and valid picture ID. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1909 New Road.

WILDWOODS HONORED AS A TOP TEN TOURIST TOWN

A magazine has named the Wildwoods a top tourist town. FamilyFun magazine collected votes from readers and named a Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns in 2013. Other U.S. cities recognized on the list include: Mackinaw City, MI, Monterey, CA, Lake Tahoe Region, CA & NV, Gulf Shores, AL, St. Augustine, FL, Duluth, MN, Traverse City, MI, Myrtle Beach, SC, Bay Harbor ME & Wilmington, NC.

CHRISTIE SUBMITS PLAN TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO REBUILDING HOMEOWNERS

A plan has been submitted to the federal government to assist renters and home owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Action Plan outlines how the State will utilize $1,829,520,000 in federal funding to help homeowners, renters, businesses and communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy. If approved, $825 million will be allocated to reconstruction, rehabilitation, and elevation for homeowners. The Action Plan will also set aside $254.5 million to meet the needs of displaced renters whose primary residences were damaged by the storm.