Monthly Archives: November 2013

REPORT CITES PILOT AND INSTRUCTOR IN DEADLY PLANE CRASH

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.

OCEAN CITY HELPING THOSE IMPACTED IN THE PHILIPPINES

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.

HURRICANE SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE

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.

MEGA MILLIONS TOPS $250 MILLION

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 HOME HIT IN VINELAND FIRE

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.

STONE HARBOR PARADE..GOES TO THE DOGS

Pooch in a pot (800x782)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.

REPORT: SOUTH JERSEY GAS ASKS FOR A RATE INCREASE

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.

AVALON’S “TURKEY TROT” DRAWS OVER 600 RUNNERS

Turkey Trot underway (800x457)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.