The Cape May County Park and Zoo continues to be recognized as a major destination when coming to the shore. The Cape May County Zoo was ranked in the top 10% of worldwide destinations by travelers surveyed in 2013 by TripAdvisor. The Park and Zoo has previously been named the “Best of the Best” by New Jersey Magazine, and was named the #3 zoo in the country last year by TripAdvisor. The zoo is free and open to the public daily.
The Middle Township Police Department will be hosting their community relations program “Cops And Coffee” on Friday, June 28, at Avalon Coffee located in Rio Grande between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. This program is designed to give the public a chance to speak with our local police officers in a casual setting and exchange ideas and concerns. If you have any questions, contact Sgt. Loftus at 463-1833.
Woodbine is looking to make some roadway improvements in the borough. They applied to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for discretionary aid funding in the amount of $250,397.25 for infrastructure improvements along portions of Heilprin Avenue between Clay Street and Sumner Avenue. Heilprin Avenue is in a deteriorated condition and needs improvements including the installation of drainage facilities.
The Coast Guard responded to a vessel fire aboard an 80-foot yacht Tuesday in the Delaware Bay. A fire broke out in the engine room of the Different Drummer II, while the crew was transiting from Annapolis, Md., to Boston. The Coast Guard Station Cape May was able to tow the boat for two and half hours, pulling it eight miles before transferring the duty to TowBoat U.S. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Over 1,000 deadbeat parents were apprehended during a statewide sweep. The goal of the three-day intensive Non Support Sweep is to apprehend non-custodial parents who have failed to pay their court-ordered child support. Additional targets included parents who have failed to appear at court hearings to establish a child support order or order for medical support. A total of 1,127 warrants were served and approximately $315,863.07 was collected. The total amount of money owed on the warrants was $19,044,787.56.
Bayside communities are just as in need of beach fills as ocean front communities. Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood said he is working on trying to get a fill for his township. According to Lockwood, the beach did a good job during Hurricane Sandy, but if another big storm hit them, they wouldn’t have enough sand to cover the property owners. He says they are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to get a fill in place.
The brand new New Jersey Hall of Fame mobile museum was on display Wednesday near the Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City. It was the third stop for the mobile museum that showcases the 70 members inducted so far into the hall. The exhibit displays photos of members, along with a geographic locator and video clips. Also on display are special items, such as a guitar owned by Les Paul, an original gramophone from Thomas Edison and one of Jon Bon Jovi’s denim jackets.
Vineland Police are looking for a man who robbed a local pharmacy armed with a knife. On Tuesday afternoon at about 1:30 p.m. a man approached a sales clerk with a knife at the Walgreens on Main Road, took an undetermined amount of cash and escaped on a bicycle. The suspect is described as a thin white male about six feet tall, wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt, dark pants, dark visor and sunglasses. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Vineland Police at 856-691-4111.
U.S. Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station Atlantic City performed a rescue of two elderly women late Tuesday night. The two victims, ages 73 and 81 were airlifted from a cruise ship about 80 miles off the coast and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in critical condition. The two women suffered separate medical emergencies. One had a head injury and the other experienced a cardiac emergency that required immediate attention.
A report released on Wednesday ranks the water quality at New Jersey’s beaches among the top ten in the country. The Natural Resources Defense Council ranks the water quality at New Jersey’s swimming beaches number seven in the. The water quality at Cape May County beaches was listed tops in the state, with only two percent of tests failing to meet standards. Atlantic and Monmouth Counties failed water quality tests at a three percent rate.