The mayor of Vineland has told all of his city employees do not speak with any members of City Council of you will face discipline. The Daily Journal of Vineland reports that Mayor Ruben Bermudez offered that directive on Wednesday to Vineland city employees. Bermudez and Council have been at odds over a host of issues, and the mayor himself could soon be facing a recall election.
The Middle Township boys basketball team struggled last night and dropped a 51-41 game in overtime to Oakcrest. LaDarrell Dixon scored 20 points for Oakcrest, while no Panthers players hit double figures. Middle Township was outscored 16-6 in the overtime period. Wildwood Catholic blasted Cape May Tech, 61-30, while Ocean City tripped up Bridgeton, 83-75.
A local man who’s motor vehicle accident caused the deaths of two cousins along Bayshore Road will go on trial in June. The Press of Atlantic City reports today that Joshua Malmgren will go on trial for the July 31st, 2012 accident that killed two pedestrians, Nioami Lazicki of Middle Township and Ashley Dauber of Philadelphia. The girls were killed in Green Creek when they were struck by Malmgren’s vehicle. He’s charged with aggravated manslaughter.
He’s now the third choice among republicans to run for president in two years. Governor Chris Christie has slipped to third place behind Congressman Paul Ryan and former Florida governor Jeb Bush according to a new Washington Post-ABC New polls. The poll also shows that the field is wide open and Christie could climb to the top of the stack once again.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information the leads to the conviction of the person responsible for setting a fire at the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this week. The office was set on fire Wednesday morning and authorities say it was intentionally set. There was also a fire at a law office in Vineland the night before this fire. No suspects are in custody.
No one was injured during a house fire in Upper Township on Wednesday night. Fire officials say a blaze started at a home on Coventry Lane in Ocean View Wednesday shortly after 8pm. A garage caught on fire along with the car inside the garage. It took crews about an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. Two people were at the home, they escaped unharmed.
The man in charge of New Jersey says Peyton Manning will have a second Super Bowl championship Sunday night. New Jersey Governor Chris Chrsitie believes the Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl Sunday in his home state. The game will be played in East Rutherford. Even though Christie has two pro football teams in New Jersey, he is a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
The U.S. Senate passed a delay to flood insurance hikes. The bill that was sponsored by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez would delay implementation by four years. The House of Representatives would still need to vote on the matter before receiving consideration from President Barack Obama. Congressman Frank LoBiondo already came out in support on the bill. The White House did caution that any changes to current law could hurt FEMA’s ability to pay out in future disasters.
A number of local towns are warning about a utility scam. According to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), some utility customers have received emails asking them to click on a link within the email. By doing so, the customer’s computer could become infected with a virus or malware. Atlantic City Electric has asked customers to pay their utility bills online by visiting atlanticcityelectric.com or by sending the hard copy remittance portion of their invoice via the post office.
New numbers showed less vehicle traffic into Atlantic City via the Expressway. The Press of Atlantic City reports a two percent decline last year. The decrease is being blamed on Hurricane Sandy and increased competition from other states. Visitors that came through the airport and train were down 18 percent a piece. Train service also showed a five percent decline from the year prior.