Two local teams advanced on Thursday in the state basketball playoffs. Middle Township girls beat Haddonfield 47-30 and Lower Cape May Regional defeated Sterling 71-61. Lauren Holden scored 41 points in the win for Lower Cape May. If the two teams win on Saturday they would face in the South Jersey Group II Finals. Middle Township will visit Deptford and Lower Cape May Regional will go to Cedar Creek.
Wildwood Catholic boys lost at Trenton Catholic 53-45; both George Cook and Eddie McWade fouled out of the game. Wildwood Catholic girls were blown out 77-45 against St. Rose. Also, Middle Township 54-31. All three teams are eliminated from the playoffs.
It was a good end of the year for the Borgata in Atlantic City. Boyd Gaming said in a conference call that the casino is up 6.5 percent in net revenue. Borgata registered in with $157 million for this past fourth quarter. The casino felt they were going to do better this year versus last because the casino was shut down for some days in 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy.
The first budget meeting for the upcoming fiscal year will be held by the Assembly on Wednesday. The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at Montclair State University’s University Hall Conference Center. The budget committee will hold a number of different meetings across the state, which are open to the public.
Senate President Steve Sweeney submitted a plan of action to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that calls for more assistance to homeowners and renters during the second phase of Sandy recovery funding. The Senate President’s plan calls for greater use of local, community organizations that have expertise in both housing and New Jersey. The plan presents a three pronged approach that focuses on treating renters and owners fairly, distributing resources equitably and ensuring transparency through every step of the process. It utilizes Community Resource Recovery Centers to help with disbursement of aid and to act as resource guides for victims of the storm.
Avalon officials will hear the public’s opinion on a resort house ordinance next week. Officials confirm that the public hearing on the resort house ordinance will be held on March 12 at 7 p.m. The ordinance comes after numerous discussions on the resort house issue during public meetings in 2013. The ordinance disallows resort houses to be located in any residential zoning districts throughout the Borough of Avalon and restricts them to only the R/M (Hotel-Motel) Zone. On October 11th, 2013 Borough officials held two public meetings with the real estate/rental professionals and with the general public to share ideas and dialogue on this ordinance.
The Atlantic County Mayors Association has a new president. Jack Glasser, the mayor of Somers Point, now heads the organization. The association is made up of all the mayors in Atlantic County, and key county officials, including Atlantic County Freeholder Board Chairman Frank Formica. Vince Mazzeo, the former Northfield mayor and now Assemblyman, was set to take over the position as the head. Because he moved on to the Assembly it opened up the position.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced three arrests from a search warrant executed in Wildwood. Christopher Clegg, 25, of Wildwood, Frederick Schartner, 25, of Lower Township, and Kristina Bucci, 24, of Cape May Court House were all taken into custody. Clegg was charged with possession of heroin, endangering the welfare of a child, and other drug offenses. The other two were arrested on outstanding warrants.
Someone who purchased a $1 million lottery ticket hasn’t redeemed it. The Powerball lottery ticket was sold in the North Jersey community of Mahwah. State lottery officials say the person has until March 23 to redeem the ticket. If the ticket isn’t redeemed by that point, the money will be forfeited.
A very successful girls basketball season for Wildwood High School has come to an end. Audubon defeated Wildwood, 52-36 in a second round Group I basketball game. Ocean City’s girls also saw their season end as they dropped a 52-34 game to Winslow. However, Ocean City boys advanced with a huge upset win over Hammonton, 58-46. On Thursday night, Middle Township girls host Haddonfield on WCZT at 7pm, while Wildwood Catholic boys travel to Trenton Catholic at 7pm on 106.3FM WJSE. Ocean City boys will play Delsea Friday evening at 7pm on WCZT.
Senate President Steve Sweeney is calling for big changes in the how the state hands out federal aid to Hurricane Sandy victims. Sweeney is expected to discuss changes to the program on Thursday in Linden. Sweeney says the state should localize recovery programs and there should be one state center established for each county affected by the storm. Sweeney says the cash was not handed out efficiently.