Sea Isle City is currently looking for bids on a project that will result in a brand new city hall, and a new public safety building. The Press of Atlantic City reports that bids will be opened on December 19th, and a contract will be awarded in January. Both buildings suffered flood damage during Hurricane Sandy last year.
A report cites the pilot and instructor in a plane crash that killed the pilot. Ronald E. LeCates of Swedesboro, was the man who died. An unnamed flight instructor survived. The Federal Aviation Administration said that the pilot didn’t adapt with the change to engine power and couldn’t control the plane properly. The report also says the flight instructor failed to take control in the situation. The fatal accident took place on Aug. 29, 2012 while an attempt to land was made at the Millville airport.
Many in Ocean City are rushing to help those in need in the Philippines. Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian wrote a letter to the residents of the city urging their support for this effort. Ocean City shares a sister city designation with San Jose Occidental Mindoro, so it has more of a local connection. Gillian welcomed the Deputy Consul Zaldy Patron of the Philippine Consulate to his office this past week to discuss the recovery efforts from the typhoon. Collections are being taken locally to send overseas to those in need.
After two straight years with a hurricane, South Jersey can officially say goodbye to the hurricane season. The final day is Saturday and with the change of the month into December, any serious chance of a hurricane is gone. South Jersey has been impacted by Hurricane Irene in 2011 and of course Hurricane Sandy last year.
The chance to grab some major Christmas cash just went up. The Mega Millions has announced that once again, it didn’t get a winner on Friday night. As a result the next drawing on Tuesday is going to come in at $257 million. If you decide you need all of the cash at once, you would take away $139.2 million.
Firefighters were called over the holiday to a firefighter’s home in Vineland. The fire broke out on the 3600 block of E. Chestnut Ave. Authorities say no one was injured in the blaze. An investigation is still on-going into the cause of the blaze. It took about two hours to get the smoke and flames under control.
One of the major highlights of Stone Harbor’s downtown celebration on Black Friday is its popular pet parade. Dozens of dogs and their owners participated in a huge parade down 96th Street on Friday afternoon. Stone Harbor’s business district has been busy all day long with holiday shoppers cashing in on Black Friday deals. The event will continue on Saturday with great shopping and family friendly activities along 96th St.
South Jersey Gas wants to increase your gas bill by an average of $18 per month. The Press of Atlantic City reports today that the utility has requested a rate hike request that would generate $62 million for various infrastructure improvements. The request must be approved by the Board of Public Utilities before it is enacted. Approvals could take up to a year.
An investigation is underway in Wildwood into the cause of a car fire early Friday morning that spread to an adjacent home. Fire officials responded to the car fire shortly before 2am Friday in the 2700 block of Park Boulevard. The fire spread to a nearby home but fire crews were able to keep it contained. There were no reported injuries.
More than 600 runners and walkers participated in Friday’s “Turkey Trot” in Avalon. The 5k run/1.5 mile was was held to support the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children in Avalon. The Home provides a summer vacation to visually impaired children who may not otherwise enjoy a summer vacation at the beach. The Turkey Trot kicked off Avalon’s popular “Festive Friday” celebration.