EIGHT CENT TAX INCREASE IN PAST WEEK

You might have noticed the price at the pump has increased dramatically in the past week. AAA Mid-Atlantic reports that local gas prices are up eight cents in the past week. New local figures come in at $3.47 per gallon on average. Prices are up a lot in the past week but are also more than one year ago, when prices averaged at $3.31.

    STONE HARBOR PLANS COMMUNITY SHREDDING DAY

    Stone Harbor will be holding its second annual community paper shredding day on May 17th.  Councilwoman Karen Lane announced that the four hour event begins at 9am at 95th Street and the beach, adjacent to a popular yard sale event a block away.  Residential and commercial property owners will be able to shred unwanted documents at the event for free.

      D’OH! EASTER BUNNY TRAIN STARTS EIGHT BRUSH FIRES

      The Easter Bunny Train in northwestern New Jersey dropped more than just eggs off to kids..it also was responsible for eight small brush fires over the weekend.  The fires took place in Phillipsburg and Pohatcong Township, both near the Pennsylvania border.  The engine that was pulling the Easter Bunny train had old leaves in its smokestack.  When the train fired up, the leaves got hot, and were blown onto the ground to start the minor brush fires.  There were no injuries.

        TAXES GOING UP THIS YEAR IN UPPER TOWNSHIP

        Upper Township 2014Upper Township residents will absorb a tax increase this year.  Last week the Township Committee approved a new $12.4 million budget that increases the municipal tax rate by three cents.  This is the first tax increase in three years in Upper Township.  The budget was approved on a 3-2 vote by the Township Committee.  Increased health insurance costs and a property reassessment are being blamed for the tax hike.

          FIRE STILL BEING INVESTIGATED IN SEA ISLE CITY

          IMG_0170A massive fire that destroyed three beach block homes in Sea Isle City Friday afternoon is still being investigated by local officials.  The fire tore through three properties and caused damage to nearly a dozen adjacent structures.  Police say the investigation is active and ongoing into the cause of the fire.  There were no injuries.  Police are looking at various cell phone photos and videos of the fire in an attempt to identify the cause.

            LOWER TWP. TO UNVEIL PLAN FOR NEW POLICE STATION

            lower township policeThe Lower Township Police station is moving from the airport back to the municipal complex in the Villas.  Township officials will unveil a new plan that will relocate the police station back to its place of origin two decades ago, the Villas.  A presentation will be made by Township Manager Mike Voll Monday night that will outline the plan; it will cost the Township about $3.5 million.  The project could break ground in the fall and take a little over a year to complete.

              ONE STABBED DURING FIGHT AT HAMILTON MALL

              hamilton_mallOne man was stabbed during a fight that started inside a store at the Hamilton Mall on Saturday.  Police say the fight started inside the KicksUSA store inside the mall between two men and then spilled outside of the store.  One man was stabbed and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Hamilton Township police are looking for the public’s help with information regarding the fight.

                FIRE BEING WORKED ON IN SEA ISLE CITY, THREE HOMES DAMAGED

                Three homes in Sea Isle City were destroyed as a result of a fire. The blaze broke out a little after 4 p.m. at 78th and Pleasure Ave. A couple of neighboring homes were damaged by the smoke. Officials say that no one was injured in the smoke and flames. It took about two hours to get the fire under control. Investigators say they are still looking into the cause of the blaze. Many firefighters from nearby communities assisted fighting the fire. The fire became an event, as hundreds were on the beach taking photos and videos that were all over social media.

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                Photo Credit to Matt Ulmer from Ulmer Appliances.

                  EASTER WEEKEND FORECAST: SUNNY, DRY AT THE JERSEY CAPE

                  It should be a sun filled Easter weekend at the Jersey Shore.  The National Weather Service has eliminated any chance of precipitation for the big holiday weekend that typically sends droves to the shore to enjoy the boardwalk and Easter activities.  Sunshine is in the forecast both days with temperatures along the ocean in the mid 50s to near 60.  Many communities are having celebrations, including Avalon which will hold its traditional Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning.