Legislation that could help the wedding industry in the state is heading to Gov. Chris Christie to sign. The measure would eliminate the mandatory 72-hour waiting period for issuance of a marriage or civil union license after an application is made, giving New Jersey a competitive edge over neighboring states. The current waiting period makes it cumbersome for out-of-state consumers to plan weddings at New Jersey’s many tourism destinations, depriving local economies of needed tourism dollars. By eliminating the waiting period, the measure will make New Jersey more competitive with neighboring states, including Pennsylvania (72 hour waiting period), New York (24 hours), Delaware (24 hours), and Maryland (48 hours).
There are just days remaining until the the FEMA and SBA deadline comes for New Jersey residents. FEMA and SBA representatives are available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center located in the Ocean City Free Public Library. The Center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Representatives are slated to be at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center through May 17th. Survivors can apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan by filling out an online application at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ela by midnight, May 1
The first ever graduation class will be held for the Bloodhound Academy in Cape May County. This Bloodhound Academy was conducted by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the National Police Bloodhound Association and the Cape May County Police Academy. Curriculum included basic man trailing, scent articles, trail work, report writing, criminal laws, first aid for K-9’s, mental illness awareness, critical incident stress management, SWAT / tactical training and trailing and K-9 deployment. Lead instructors for the program were Sheriff’s Officer Russell Norcross and Roger Titus, Training Coordinator with the National Police Bloodhound Association. Six officers took this training, including two from Cape May County.
On Monday morning the Richard Stockton College will formally open its first instructional site in Cape May County. The learning facility is a 2,800 square-foot addition to the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage of Stockton, located at 610 Washington Ave. The facility features two state-of-the-art, electronic classrooms, with a dividing wall that can open to accommodate groups of 55 to 60. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be attended by Michael Azeez and members of the Azeez family, local and state officials and other guests.
A two-alarm fire struck an eight-story apartment building Sunday evening in Atlantic City. The fire gutted an apartment on the seventh floor of the Shore Park High Rise on Virginia Avenue. Firefighters helped evacuate 18 residents from the upper floors. No injuries were reported but several other apartments suffered smoke and water damage. The fire activated the building’s automatic sprinkler system, soaking several floors of the high-rise. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The new Route 52 causeway into Ocean City was the scene of a benefit bike ride on Sunday. The inaugural Move For The Cure event was held Sunday to raise money for the National and American Parkinson’s foundations, as hundreds of bike riders peddled along the 13-mile course. The fund raiser also included a run, yoga class and wellness expo.
The Sea Tow vessel found off the coast of Ocean City last week was raised and recovered on Sunday. The boat’s captain, 34 year-old David McAuliffe of Egg Harbor Township has not yet been found and is presumed dead. The boat was found in about 20 feet of water near the Great Egg Harbor Inlet on Sunday, in the general vicinity of pipes and other equipment in use by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for a beach replenishment. Salvage crews will inspect the boat Monday morning, as the N.J. State Police and U.S. Coast Guard continue their investigation.
A four-alarm structure fire got the attention of six fire companies from southern Cape May County at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Black smoke from the fire could be seen as far as 15 miles away. The fire completely destroyed a home at 37 Fishing Creek Road in Cape May Court House. A family of two adults, male and female, and four children, two boys and two girls, were displaced from their home and no injuries were reported. There were no fire hydrants in the immediate area, so fire fighters used several tankers to fight the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A Camden man was convicted of robbery and conspiracy in connection with an armed robbery at an Atlantic City casino parking garage nearly four years ago. A jury convicted Tony Burnham, 27, of second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery and second-degree robbery by force. He was found not guilty of first-degree armed robbery and fourth-degree possession of an imitation firearm. He will be sentenced on June 7, and faces the potential of up to 10 years in jail.
A suspect in a Pleasantville shooting was given 10 years in jail on Friday. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office says that Marlin Williams, 22, was sentenced for the shooting of Jerrell Holland, then 19. Williams and his co-defendant had plead guilty. Prosecutor’s say that Williams was sentenced to 10 years in prison, subject to the No Early release Act (NERA) – meaning he must serve 85-percent or eight years and six months before becoming eligible for parole.