The Borough of Avalon honored a longtime member of the Borough’s recreation department on Friday, August 30th. The Borough recognized Fred Bock for his 30 years of service to the department during a luncheon at Avalon Community Hall. During the luncheon Mayor Pagliughi presented Bock with an official proclamation from the Mayor’s office thanking him for his longtime service. Bock was responsible for the coordination of coaches, teams, uniforms, equipment, game schedules, and officials for many organized sports activities throughout each year.
The Borough of Avalon has obtained state permits it needs to move forward with an innovative dredging project that is scheduled to begin this fall with the first-ever municipal offload of a major New Jersey confined disposal facility (CDF) that will make room for future dredged materials. Avalon also conducted a formal bid opening on Friday, August 23rd; at the Wednesday, August 28th meeting of the Avalon Borough Council, Council unanimously voted to award the contract to South State Inc., of Bridgeton NJ to remove dredge materials from the CDF. South State’s bid was $3.8 million.
South Jersey Gas will begin its expansion of service in the Del Haven section of Middle Township starting Friday, August 30th, 2013. Construction crews will begin the process of installing natural gas pipe along Bayshore Road in Del Haven. This work is expected to continue through the month of September.
Motorists who will be driving on Bayshore Road and side streets in Del Haven are advised to strictly obey all posted speed limits and exercise greater caution while driving while this work is underway. Work crews will be installing pipe throughout neighborhoods to serve homeowners who have signed up to switch to natural gas.
An effort to bring government to the people will take place again in Middle Township. Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood announced that the Monday, September 16th work session and regular meeting of the Middle Township Committee will be held at the Rio Grande Volunteer Fire Company on Route 47 in Rio Grande. The meeting will be held at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm.
Middle Township officials recently made a successful application to the Cape May County Open Space Board to secure nearly $600,000 in funding for the development of the Ockie Wisting recreational area, formerly known as Fort Apache. The recreational area is located adjacent to Route 47 in Rio Grande about one mile north of the firehouse.
Lower Township will be having an election this November. Third district councilman Glenn Douglass is retiring and will open a vacancy on the board. Douglass noted a state law that prohibits someone from holding public office while collecting from the public employee pension system. Douglass works for the state department of corrections and will be retiring from that position. Sept. 12 is the deadline for new candidates to file.
Authorities have released the identity of the 66 year-old man who was severly beaten with a two-by-four Wednesday night in Pleasantville. The victim was Paul J. Madara, of Pleasantville, who is listed in critical condition after being struck in the head several times by his neighbor. Joseph McCarten, 51, is under arrest and charged with aggravated assault in the beating. The incident is under investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
On Friday the U.S. Coast Guard released the results of their investigation into the sinking of the Lady Mary fishing boat on March 24th, 2009, 65 miles southeast of Cape May. The report found that the loss of the crew and boat was due to a combination of many factors, unsafe preconditions and unsafe decisions. The boat was outfitted with functioning lifesaving equipment, emergency flares and communications equipment, but lack of training caused them to not be used properly. The full report on the Lady Mary can be found online at the Coast Guard’s Homeport page.
Governor Christie has pledged help from state agencies with the dead dolphin problem along the Jersey shore. The Department of Environmental Protection will now cover the cost of necropsies and additional testing at a diagnostic lab in Ewing, as scientists continue to study the excessive number of dolphin deaths. Over 360 dolphins have been found stranded along the East Coast since July 1st, 75 in New Jersey. The DEP will also conduct aerial patrols to look for floating dolphins near the shore.
Students in Somers Point will return to school as planned next Thursday, after mold was removed from the Jordan Road School on August 14th. School officials said the mold problem had been addressed and school will begin on schedule. Last year, mold problems caused a delay in the Somers Point School District until September 18th.
There have been 82 deaths due to drug overdose in Ocean County this year. On Saturday, local officials will call attention to International Overdose Awareness Day, by continuing their campaign against drug abuse. The Ocean County Opiate Task Force was formed earlier this year, to provide services for individuals struggling with drug addiction.