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Just because President Barack Obama says you will be able to keep your health plan for another year, might not be true in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie has decided to allow insurance companies to decide whether or not to keep the 800,000 policies that were cancelled because of Obamacare. A senate committee is expected to meet discuss the Christie administration decision.
The Super Bowl in New Jersey will have at least one record set…the most expensive ever. NFL officials say the price tag for the game will come in at $70 million. This year’s game is a first, being played outdoors and in the cold. Officials saying hold the game just outside of New York causes a lot of costs to be higher.
A fire took place just before the end of the weekend near the Pleasantville High School. Authorities say the fire broke out on the 600 block of Martin Terrace. Two trailers caught fire near the school. The fire started about 4 p.m. and was under control by about 5:30 p.m. An investigation is on-going into the cause of the fire but it wasn’t immediately made available. No injuries were reported.
Two Atlantic City men were arrested in an Atlantic City shooting. Police there took Ronald Walker, 48, of Philadelphia, and Alvin Matthews Jr., 46, of Brookhaven, Pa. into custody, according to the Press of Atlantic City. The unidentified victim was taken to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment of three gunshot wounds. The report says the injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Its another five cent increase at the pump following the end of the holiday weekend. AAA released its latest gas price survey and the current local average is at $3.25. Gas prices have risen heading into the holiday weekend after a couple months of sliding. Prices continue to be better than one year ago, this week by 24 cents.
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.
Only a few days remain to apply to send your child to a choice school district. Its a program that state runs with certain school districts that allows them to fill a specific amount of seats with students from out of district. If more students apply than there are seats, there will be a lottery style drawing held to decide which students will be able to go to that district. Families don’t pay additional money to send their children to those districts versus their home district.
It is still a long way out, but the early momentum is for Gov. Chris Christie to get the nomination to run for president in 2016. The CNN/ORC International survey shows a seven point bump from Sept. for Christie. The national poll shows Christie with 24 percent support. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky came in second at 13 percent.
Local businesses are hoping this Black Friday will begin a strong holiday season to finish out the year. A number of communities are hosting holiday events in coordination with their shopping districts. Typically Black Friday can be one of the best shopping days for consumers, as stores mark down many of their best products.
A man was allegedly trying to break into a home in Vineland, but fled when he saw the homeowner. Vineland Police say they arrested Joseph Bozzelli, of the city, with attempted burglary. Police say he is being held on $15,000. The victim was able to provide police with a description of the suspect. According to the release, Bozzelli is wanted for outstanding warrants in Deptford and Winslow townships.
An Egg Harbor Township police officer discovered something his town didn’t need on Thanksgiving morning: A large sinkhole. The officer drove his police car into a big hole that developed early Thursday morning at Ninth and Beethoven streets in the city. Water service was shut off in the area, the officer was ok.