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.
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.
Upper 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.
Most of the repetitive flood loss claims in the state are located in Cape May County. The Press of Atlantic City cites a report from njspotlight.com that details the number of repetitive loss claims in the Garden State. Ocean City leads the county with 541 claims, while North Wildwood is second with 395 repetitive loss claims.
A 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.
The 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 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.
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.
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.
Playgrounds at the Cape May Elementary School are being locked up. The Cape May Gazette reports that the playgrounds are being locked for security measures. Business Administrator John Thomas says this is a reaction to the Sandy Hook shootings. Thomas said in the past, the gates to the playground would be left open for the public to play sports and have picnics. Thomas says some members of the public have complained about the gates being locked.