The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Beach near Wildwood Crest will reopen to the public on Saturday, October 5th. The Wildwood Leader reports that the half-mile section of refuge beach is closed to visitors each year from May 1 until Oct. 1 to provide a safe haven for nesting, feeding and migrating shorebirds. The Wildwood Leader reports that a free family nature walk will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a beach and trail clean-up until noon. For more information or directions, call 609-513-9349.
Two friends of a 23 year-old Newtonville man whose body was found at a gravel pit in Buena Vista Township on Saturday, have been charged in connection with his death. Randy McDowell, 26, and Kyle Kinsey, 21, are charged with desecration of human remains and obstruction of justice, in the death of Andrew Taylor. An autopsy will reveal the cause of death, but officials believe the two men and Taylor were doing drugs, which may have led to a medical episode for the victim. Officials speculate that the two suspects may have left Taylor after his death.
Police are searching for a missing 13 year-old girl from Brigantine. Officials began their search on Sunday for Ericca Diamond, who was last seen in Williamstown, Gloucester County. Details about the case were not released by police. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the teenager are asked to call Brigantine police at 609-266-7414.
The Mega Millions continues to gain steam. The new Mega Millions lottery jackpot is going to be $189 million on Tuesday. There were no winning tickets sold in the Friday drawing. The winning numbers for the Friday drawing were 09 23 27 49 51 and a Mega Ball of 38. If you like taking all of the money at once, the cash option for the lottery is $129.9 million.
Gas prices continue to save motorists money at the pump. AAA Mid-Atlantic reports that the average price for a gallon of gas comes in at six cents cheaper than a week before. The new average is now $3.35 per gallon. Analysts for AAA believe that the trend of lower gas prices should continue for the rest of the year, but aren’t predicting a drop below $3 a gallon.
The first win of the football season is in the books for the Middle Township High School football team. Middle Township knocked off CAL rival Pleasantville, 35-13 in a game played in Cape May Court House on Friday night. Yamire McNeal rushed for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in the game for the Panthers. In other action, Buena easily defeated Lower Cape May, 41-0, while Bridgeton crushed Ocean City, 39-0. Wildwood lost to Pennsville, 56-14.
Some members of the Ocean City Council want the state to consider eliminating pensions for lifeguards in New Jersey. The Ocean City Gazette reports that Council approved a resolution last week that asks state lawmakers to consider the elimination of pensions for new lifeguards. Ocean City, and other beach towns, fund lifeguard pensions because they have to, under state law.
Leave your cigarettes at home if you plan to visit a park or playground in Ocean City. Council last week approved a new ordinance that will wipe out all tobacco products at parks and playgrounds in the resort. Members of the public and city council are both in favor of the new ordinance. Police will issue warnings first; signs will be erected at all public areas announcing the new policy.
It’s possible the Middle Township Police Department could be adding additional officers soon. The Middle Township Gazette reports that the township committee is in support of expanding the size of the township’s police department. There are 43 officers in Middle Township, and that number could grow by at least two next year. Police Chief Chris Leusner says more cops could result in more investigations into alleged gang activity and the distribution of narcotics.
New Jersey State Police are investigating the weekend discovery of a man’s body at a gravel pit. Police say the body of 23 year old Andrew Taylor of Newtonville was found at a gravel pit off Pancoast Road in Buena Vista Township on Saturday. The cause of death is still being investigated; Taylor had gone missing earlier in the week.