In celebration of Law Day, the Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage will host a naturalization ceremony on Thursday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m. in the William E. Sturm, Jr. Administration Building, Crest Haven Complex, 4 Moore Rd., Cape May Court House. Assignment Judge Julio L. Mendez will preside over the ceremony and administer the Oath of Citizenship. Nieves Cardinale, field office director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will present a motion for the new citizens to Judge Mendez prior to the oath. This is the first naturalization ceremony hosted in Cape May County.
Fire officials say a forest fire in Cumberland County is nearly being contained. The fire broke out in Downe Township and a couple thousand of acres have burned during the blaze. Another fire has broken out in Ocean County as state officials have said no fires can be set in the woods due to weather conditions. Firefighting efforts in Cumberland County are expected to continue for a couple of more days to ensure that none of the blaze picks back up in the dry conditions.
A new report says a man died over the weekend in Cape May. The Cape May Gazette reports an unidentified man passed away when he fell from a boat. Authorities responded to the Lobster House dock on Saturday. The report says the Coast Guard has opened an investigation into the death.
A 2-1 vote put higher beach fees to rest on the Wildwood beach this summer. The commission there voted to make the change after multiple beach events threatened to leave the WIldwood beach and GWTIDA stepped in with funding for the city. Wildwood wanted higher fees to offset what it said was additional costs the city incurs for beach events. Commissioner Pete Byron was the sole vote against the measure.
A horse racing facility in the state will also be able to host concerts. AEG Live is building a 7,500 concert venue at Monmouth Park and will host concerts there throughout the summer. AEG Live roster of talent includes Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, and Lady Gaga. The park currently hosts a 57 day racing season during the summer.
$1.4 billion will be on the table beginning in May. Gov. Chris Christie announced the additional funding to be available to the state from the federal government. Christie said because the federal government moves slow, the second round of funding has taken longer than anticipated. The governor also said resettlement money is being given out at a higher clip than originally.
A huge beach fill project replacing what was lost during Hurricane Sandy is now done. The Army Corps finished up a project in Monmouth County, to fix beaches that were severely damaged during Sandy. The project cost $25 million. The work took place from Manasquan to Belmar.
Fire fighters are still on the scene of a forest fire that is impacting Cumberland County. Officials say the initial blaze broke out in Downs Township. The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning Wednesday, saying there was increased risk of forest fire due to conditions. It is believes more than 1500 acres are burning as a result of the fire.
More needs to be done to get the state back to normal. A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll says two in three believe the state isn’t back to normal following Hurricane Sandy. Many still believe the state is struggling to recovery to get back to where it needs to be. Despite many feeling the job is incomplete, most still grade the state as doing a good job following the storm.
Firefighters are working on a major forest fire this afternoon in Cumberland County. The fire began about 3 p.m. in Downe Township. A couple of hundred areas of trees could be destroyed by the time the blaze is taken under control. More updates will be posted here when they become available.