Students at Vineland High School are reaching out to the Oklahoma tornado victims. Members of the school’s Red Cross Club have organized a benefit concert to take place June 4th at the Greenview Inn. Students were inspired to help others after being the recipients of help for the damage left behind by last summer’s derecho and Hurricane Sandy. The Greenville Inn donated their venue for the event and the show kicks off at 5pm on Tuesday.
The Ocean City Council met on Thursday night and did not vote on a new ordinance recently recommended by police to require a permit for musicians to solicit while performing on the boardwalk. A public hearing and vote on the new ordinance was scheduled for the meeting, but none of the five councilmen made a motion to discuss the ordinance. Because of the Council’s inaction, the ordinance will have to be reintroduced again at a later meeting. The main concern those who support the ordinance is the congestion caused on the boardwalk as spectators gather around the musicians.
Atlantic City Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Thursday night and injured one man. Officers responded to the 400 block of North South Carolina Avenue around 7:15 p.m. after hearing multiple gunshots. The officers found a 21 year-old Mays Landing man with a gunshot wound to the leg. Witnesses say he was standing in a large group when the shots were fired. The suspects are described as two black men, one wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and the other wearing a green camouflage cap and a brown jacket. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Atlantic City Police.
Legislation to help Atlantic City to bring more bus business will head to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. The bill is intended to exempt bus companies that carry passengers, such as senior citizens, from Philadelphia, New York City and Virginia to Atlantic City for a day trip. The measure was sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew. The bill limits the corporation business tax so it is not imposed on a corporation whose only connection with the state is the delivery of passengers to a New Jersey location.
The Senate approved major portions of a comprehensive package of gun safety bills on Thursday. The measures will overhaul the state’s firearms permitting process by creating a modern, electronic system for universal background checks that will include mental health records and cover private transactions and ammunition sales, among other actions to prevent gun violence. The reforms also require a permit for all ammunition purchases and mandate safety training for a gun license.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno paid another visit to South Jersey on Thursday to check on the recovery of businesses at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. Guadagno visited McGlade’s Restaurant On The Pier in Cape May, that was heavily damaged by the storm. Here she meets with Cape May Mayor Ed Mahaney and John Cooke, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May. The State has designed programs that are now rolling out to help New Jersey homeowners, tenants, landlords, developers, and local governmental entities affected by Sandy. Guadagno urged residents to see if they are eligible for rebuilding grants by visiting a new website at www.renewjerseystronger.org
A reward has been offered in a bias incident in Middle Township. Police there responded to the Middle Township Public works building at 400 Mechanic Street because two employees found a handwritten note in a work vehicle. The Police department responded and conducted a thorough investigation of the incident, and is now asking for the public’s assistance. Middle Township Committee has authorized a $500 dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest, and successful prosecution in the case. Mayor Dan Lockwood said “The Township of Middle has a zero tolerance policy for harassment based on perceived sex, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, etc.”
An agreement is in place to have a new operator of the Atlantic City Airport. The South Jersey Transportation Authority and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have finalized a plan to have the Port Authority take over the operations and marketing of the airport. The SJTA will be paid $500,000 a year. The Port Authority will also have the right to purchase the airport. The goal is that the new operator will be able to bring expanded service to the airport.
Watch out for construction throughout the rest of the year in West Cape May. The borough has undertaken the installation of sanitary sewers in various areas throughout the Borough as well as the extension of the Park Blvd bike path. A portion of the Park Blvd bike path has been completed and opened for the Memorial Day weekend. The sanitary sewer and water main installation has begun on Stewart Lane and Landis Ave.
Middle Township officials made their official presentation to the Cape May County Open Space Board on Tuesday for funding associated with the development of the OckieWisting recreational site. The township is seeking $982,000 from the Cape May County Open Space program to assist in the creation of passive and active recreation opportunities available to residents and visitors. The proposed recreational opportunities at the site include a wildlife observation deck, boardwalk, and fishing pier at the pond area along with a gazebo and picnic area. Other improvements include a playground, two miles of various walking trails, five soccer fields, a regulation size disc golf course, fitness stations, interpretive signs, a stage for concerts and performances, a 1,600 square foot building, and a demonstration garden. The township’s application to the program would finance many of these enhancements at the OckieWisting recreational site.