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No Christmas parade in Ocean City Friday night. City officials announced this afternoon that the parade has been cancelled because there is a 100% chance of rain included in the forecast for this evening. The parade was supposed to step off at 6:30pm. It will not be rescheduled.
Nearly 130 bags of suspected heroin were recovered during an investigation at a house in Rio Grande on Thursday. The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced that the drugs were recovered inside a home located in the 700 block of Poplar Avenue in Rio Grande. Two adults were busted, identified as 32 year old Christopher Sprague of Rio Grande and 20 year old Alyssa Larkin of Rio Grande.
The Cape May County Herald reports that there will be a change in leadership at the Ocean View Volunteer Fire Company. Michael DeLuca will take over as fire chief starting next year. Before DeLuca takes charge of the fire company, a special vote will be held to discuss the transfer of $200,000 for firefighting equipment, according to the report.
A report on NJ.com today cites the Wildwood School District as having the highest ratio of reported violent incidents of any school district in New Jersey. The Wildwood district has 852 students and 24 incidents of reported violence. Statistics for this analysis were done by Patch.com using numbers culled from a state report that came out on Thursday. Other larger school districts in the state had a higher number of reported violent incidents.
It happens every year, and it’s controversial every year. New Jersey’s six day black bear hunt begins on Monday. The hunt will begin on December 9th in seven northern New Jersey counties where black bears are intrusive to neighborhoods. Hunters must have a permit, and are allowed one kill apiece during the hunting season.
An administrative law judge in New Jersey says a popular school teacher in North Jersey should be canned for calling female students “prostitutes” and for making unwanted sexual advances towards female teachers. A judge ruled this week that James Lang should lose his job as an English teacher at the Fords Middle School in Woodbridge. Lang denies the allegations; he’s been suspended for the past 20 months.
The weather forecast is not terrific at the Jersey Shore over the next four days. Thunderstorms in northern Cape May County began the day on Friday, and for the next four days some rain, heavy at times, and even snow showers are in our forecast. Friday night will bring some heavier rain to our region, but weather should be dry Saturday evening for outdoor events including the Lower Township holiday parade. Rain and snow showers for Sunday, and another chance of rain and snow showers on Tuesday.
The Christie administration announced this week that city of Cape May will receive $400,000 in grant funding to help make city infrastructure more handicapped accessible. Cape May will come into compliance with various ADA requirements thanks to the grant funding request. ADA-compliant sidewalks and sidewalk ramps will be installed along a portion of Lyle Lane.
It’s a two month suspension for Atlantic County Surrogate James Curcio. Curio was handed the suspension on Thursday by the New Jersey Supreme Court for committing his second DUI offense, and for being the chairperson for a political fundraiser. Curio makes over $91,000 annually; his suspension begins January 1st.
Letter carriers around Cape May County will be collecting food for those who are less fortunate on Saturday. The annual letter carriers food drive will take place on Saturday, and county residents are encouraged to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox on Saturday for collection. Donations are also being accepted at local post offices.
This year’s Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center will begin, and not end, with the classic Wildwood vs. Wildwood Catholic boy-girl doubleheader. Action at the Classic tips off on December 23rd with the two big local games. The tournament takes a two day break before resuming the day after Christmas. Both games will be broadcast live on WCZT Radio.
It’s going to be a wet weather weekend at the Jersey Shore. The National Weather Service virtually guarantees that we will experience rain Friday afternoon into Friday evening; two holiday parades are scheduled Friday night locally, one in Middle Township and another in Ocean City. Sunday we could see a mix of rain and snow at the shore lasting until Monday morning. Another chance of snow arrives Tuesday night.
A Cape Atlantic League football team will play for a state championship Sunday afternoon. Holy Spirit will battle DePaul for the New Jersey Non-Public Group II football championship at Rutgers University. Holy Spirit enters the game with an 11-0 record, including six shutouts. Kickoff is Sunday at 1pm.
The recent legislative election in our First District was one of the most expensive races in the entire state. The Press of Atlantic City reports that $4.6 million was spent on the legislative election in our district that saw republican Sam Fiocchi unseat incumbent democrat Nelson Albano. A democratic group called “Fund for Jobs, Growth, and Security” dropped $1.8 million on democratic candidates in our district.
Harassing someone over the internet could soon become a new crime in New Jersey. A Senate committee on Thursday approved a new bill that would create a new crime called cyber harassment. An act of a threat or lewd material transmitted over the internet would count at cyber harassment. Offenders could get up to 18 months in prison, if the bill eventually becomes law.
Governor Chris Christie is stalling progress on New Jersey’s offshore wind program and that’s costing jobs. So says New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney who says up to 1,000 new jobs are not being created due to a lack of interest by the Christie administration. Sweeney heavily criticized Christie during a press conference Thursday in Trenton.
Some good samaritans saved the life of a Mays Landing woman who was pulled from a car fire. It happened in Hamilton Township on Route 522 Thursday afternoon when Maria Spear fell asleep behind the wheel of her vehicle before it veered off the road and struck several trees. Passeerbys saw the accident and pulled Spear from the vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital with multiple injuries.
A former school superintendent from Toms River had his lifetime pension stripped away on Thursday. Michael Rittaco was a longtime school superintendent who saw his $155,000 pension revoked by a state pension board on Thursday. He is currently serving an 11 year prison term on tax evasion and corruption charges.
Cumberland County College has been ranked among one of the Top 50 community colleges in the United States. The Washington Monthly compiled a list of the top community colleges in the nation and Cumberland County College ranked 29th in the country. Topping the list, St. Paul College in Minnesota.
Call it an unintended consequence. Caesar’s Entertainment is saying that internet gaming could be hurting Atlantic City in the amount of people visiting. The company warned that less people will feel the need to come to Atlantic City to gamble when they can do it from the comfort of their home. The online casinos are offering comps that are only good in Atlantic City to help bring people down to the resort.