A landmark restaurant in Ocean City is up for sale. The Ocean City Gazette reports that the Chatterbox Restaurant will be sold by its owners who have operated the eatery for more than four decades. The Repici family wants to sell the restaurant before it opens for the summer tourism season. The restaurant suffered some damage from Hurricane Sandy.
A 22 year old man from our area was killed over the weekend in a motor vehicle accident. Pennsylvania State Police say Edward E. Harre Jr. was killed when he lost control of his vehicle on Route 30 early Friday morning and hit a barrier. Harre was a 2009 graduate of Ocean City High School and recently worked at the Merion Country Club.
A local doctor who lost his life in a plane accident reported problems before his fatal accident in Virginia. Dr. Gregory A. Volt reportedly told an air traffic controller that he would not make it to a local airport. Volt’s small plane crashed into the front yard of a house three miles away from the airport. Volt was from Northfield and was the only person on board the plane.
Four of the state’s previous governors have come out against a proposed pipeline that would run through the Pinelands. Govs. Brendan T. Byrne, Thomas H. Kean, James J. Florio and Christine Todd Whitman all penned a letter against the pipeline that would connect into the BL England power plant. The plan currently has the support of Gov. Chris Christie. The former governors say the plan goes against conservation efforts in the Pinelands.
Thousands throughout South Jersey are going to be losing their unemployment benefits at the end of the year. Emergency funding will expire then, though there is a vote after the start of the new year to add onto those benefits. With the question out there whether or not Washington will extend the benefits, many are facing the real possibility of having no income coming in beginning this week.
An extensive advertising campaign is expected next year for the Atlantic City Airport. The South Jersey Transportation Authority has approved a half million dollars in advertising for 2014. Next year will include a second airline at the airport. It previously only had Spirit Airlines, but is adding United Airlines into the fold. United will offer service from Houston and Chicago.
The recall effort is expected to begin in Vineland right after New Years. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the committee trying to recall Ruben Bermudez decided to hold off starting until after the holidays. The group initially submitted paperwork nearly a year after he took office. Bermudez has gotten into public fights with council, especially over the solicitor position.
Wrongly convicted inmates can now sue the state for more money. The minimum was $20,000 but that will now rise to $50,000. The maximum has been twice the person’s annual income before they became imprisoned. The bill sponsors say they felt it was a fair change considering what a person would go through if wrongfully convicted. The law on this hasn’t been changed in 16 years according to Democrats.
The Philadelphia Eagles will have a pair of representatives at the Pro Bowl this season. LeSean McCoy and Jason Peters were both selected to the game in Hawaii. McCoy has had a terrific season so far, leading the NFL in rushing. While the Eagles were hoping a number of other players from their team were represented, the voting will only send two.
A new national poll keeps Gov. Chris Christie in a dead heat with Hillary Clinton if the two face off in 2016. The CNN poll shows Christie with a 48 to 46 percent lead, though it is within the polls margin of error. All of the other Republican candidates in a head to head match trailed Clinton significantly. While there is a lot of time in between now and then, Christie provides Republicans with one of the best chances to win..