REPORT: VINELAND SCHOOLS TO SLASH 21 JOBS

Nearly two dozen jobs are being eliminated from the Vineland Public School District.  The Vineland Daily Journal reports that 21 jobs are being wiped out in time for the new school year.  The cuts include ten bus drivers and two secretaries.  The New Jersey Civil Service Commission approved the layoff plan with a letter this month.

WOMAN ROBBED OUTSIDE OF VINELAND BANK

Vineland City Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman outside of a branch of Susquehanna Bank on West Chestnut Avenue.  Police say the robbery occurred Monday afternoon shortly after two o’clock.  Police say the man stole the bank deposit that the woman was carrying and ran off.  Police are now asking for the public’s help with catching the bandit.

NO TURN ON RED IN WILDWOOD HEATS UP OFFICIALS

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano

Some Wildwood city officials are not happy with a decision that would ban a no turn right on red at the intersection of Rio Grande and New Jersey avenues.  Mayor Ernie Troiano says a ban of turning right on red will make it impossible for traffic to leave the city.  County Engineer Dale Foster says there is not enough sight distance to allow the right turns on red to take place.  New Jersey Avenue is a county road in the city of Wildwood.

LOCAL BEACHES IN “WORST BEACHES” REPORT ISSUED THIS WEEK

The Natural Resources Defense Council says New Jersey’s ocean water is the third cleanest in the entire country.  The bad news, the top ten list of problematic beaches includes four in Cape May County.  The Council pointed out that beaches in North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Ocean City have made a list of beaches with the highest bacteria counts in the state.  Statewide, just three percent of water samples tested exceeded the federal standards set for bacteria.

LOBIONDO SHOWS SUPPORT FOR SHOWBOAT WORKERS

New Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo took some time Monday to show support for employees of the Showboat Casino who will soon lose their jobs.  LoBiondo told Showboat employees that he will stand behind them as Caesars gets ready to close that property.  LoBiondo spoke with Caesars CEO Gary Lovemen this month and stands behind the employees.  LoBiondo would like the closing date delayed so a buyer can be found for the Showboat.

REPORT: DAHL LOSES DECISION IN COURT OVER SJEDD

It was a loss in court Monday for former South Jersey Economic Development District director Gordon Dahl.  A judge ruled a counterclaim the district filed against him relating to the management of an aviation park can stick, and will not be dismissed.  The Press of Atlantic City reports that Judge Allen Littlefield refused Dahl’s motion to toss the counterclaim.

STABBING STEMS FROM TRAFFIC FIGHT IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

An argument began between occupants of two vehicles and ended with a stabbing. Middle Township Police say the two vehicles were stopped at the traffic light on the Parkway at Stone harbor Blvd. Both parties then traveled to the 7-Eleven where the argument continued and ultimately turned physical, resulting in one of the occupants being stabbed. The accused, Victor Sawaichi, 26 years of age from Cape May Court House, NJ, was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon a 2nd Degree Crime, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose a 3rd Degree Crime and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon a 4th Degree Crime. Victor Sawaichi was lodged in the Cape May County Jail on $100,000.00 full cash bail. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

REPORT: PROPERTY REVAL UNDERWAY IN UPPER TOWNSHIP

A property revaluation is underway in Upper Township.  The Upper Township Gazette reports that the Township is expected to conclude the reval by the end of the year.  Upper Township awarded a contract to Vital Communications to go house to house while they attempt to get a reasonable value for the properties.  Properties in Upper Township may be overvalued to the tune of $200 million.

201 BAGS OF HEROIN SEIZED DURING BUST IN MILLVILLE

Millville Police recovered 201 bags of heroin during a bust that occurred just before the weekend.  Police arrested five men on charges they planned to peddle the drugs in the community.  The drugs carried an estimated street value of $1,500.  Marijuana and crack cocaine was also recovered during the three hour sting operation.  Five men from the greater Millville area were arrested.

OCEAN CITY SCHOOL BOARD GETS NEW MEMBER

Ocean City resident Gregory Whelan has joined his community’s school board.  Whelan was selected from five applications to take over the unexpired term of Pete Madden, who left the board to take his elected position on the Ocean City Council.  Whelan is 51 years old and is a 1981 graduate of Ocean City High School.  Whelan will serve on the board until January, 2016.