Three shootings are being investigated in Bridgeton from over this past weekend. Police there say they are looking into the incidents as possible being related. No arrests have yet been made in any of the shootings but there are suspects being looked as an investigation continues. Two were injured, one shooting netted no injuries.
Ryan Sandberg might be returning as the Phillies manager, but his staff won’t be the same. Pitching coach Rich Dubee won’t have his contract renewed for next season. Dubee’s nine years as pitching coach was the longest service time at that position for the Phillies in the last 35 years and tied for the most in club history with Cy Perkins (1946-54) and Ray Rippelmeyer (1970-78). The Phillies will have announcements regarding the remainder of the coaching staff at a later date.
To celebrate the 75th year of BaySea District, Boy Scouts and Scouters in Cape May County have set their annual fund raising event for Monday, October 28, 2013 to honor all active participants and two leading supporters have been selected as 2013 Distinguished Citizens. Families, businesses leaders, community and supportive organizations, and all others interested are invited and welcome to contribute to Scouting by sponsoring, submitting advertising, and buying tickets for the October 28th Reception at Avalon Links in Middle Township. The October 28 event will begin with a reception from 6:00 pm and with dinner and a short program beginning at 7:00 pm. Several levels of sponsorship are available to anyone interested in supporting Boy Scouts of America programs in Cape May County. Tribute ads are available in the program book and tickets to the event can be purchased at www.gardenstatescouting.org or by calling 856-327-1700, extension 132.
Lower Township Department of Parks and Recreation is expanding its reach including a mentoring program for teen girls, anti-drug school assemblies and Halloween events. Lower Township Manager Mike Voll commended Mitchell Plenn, superintendent of parks and recreation and James Ridgway, assistant superintendent of parks and recreation for their involvement with Mayor Michael Beck’s initiative against drugs in Lower Township. The recreation department is working with Lower Cape May Regional High School and the Richard M. Teitelman School to host two anti-drug assemblies Oct. 4 with motivational speaker Michael Sarich of “Teen Truth.”
While most approve of Obamacare, many people in the state also don’t completely understand the legislation. The new law goes into effect on Tuesday. Monmouth University and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute released the data Monday morning, saying that only 56 percent of poll respondents knew that it required everyone to get insured by March 31, 2014. Nearly one in four people say that the mandate wasn’t in the bill. Other poll data showed that 45 to 40 percent approve of the measure.
A memorial motorcycle ride was held on Saturday to honor a local rescue worker killed in an accident on Wednesday in Hamilton Township. The ride began at the Seaville Fire Hall and wound through South Jersey ending in Corbin City with a beef and beef fundraiser. Riders wanted to remember Larry Leonard, who was struck and killed by a car while clearing the roadway after hitting a deer with his motorcycle. Organizers planned to give the money raised to Leonard’s daughters and granddaughter.
The parents of a 20 year-old Linwood man plan to file a lawsuit against the Atlantic City Police Department over a beating he received on June 15th. David Castellani was tackled to the ground at about 3:10 a.m. that Saturday morning by police officers after being removed from the Tropicana Casino. Surveillance footage shows six Atlantic City police officers involved in the beating, including a police dog that bit Castellani’s neck and dragged him to he curb. His parents have filed a tort claim and will follow up with a lawsuit that will seek monetary damages and disciplinary actions against the officers involved.
Second quarter tourism figures were released on Saturday for Atlantic City by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism. The numbers showed that visitors to the resort spent about 7 to 10 percent less on hotels, travel and entertainment this year compared to last year’s second quarter. Analysis of the numbers suggest the unseasonable rain and chilly weather in June were factors in the decline.
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno made a campaign stop in Ocean City on Saturday. Guadagno spoke at the Cape May County G.O.P. headquarters, telling supporters that Governor Christie’s second priority after running running the government, was to continue helping residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Lt. Governor is travelling throughout South Jersey to thank volunteers and rally support for the Republican ticket in November.
Construction of the new Bass Pro Shops at the The Walk entering Atlantic City will begin this week. Work will begin on the fishing and hunting superstore after a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. The project has been funded in part by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and will cost a total of $35 million. The new Bass Pro store will total 86,000 square feet and will occupy 4 acres of land west of the Trump Plaza Casino.