The Middle Township Planning Board will meet on Tuesday with Walmart on its mind. The board will hear more testimony regarding Walmart’s plans to turn its existing store into a super center. Some oppose the move, saying it will provide huge competition to area supermarkets and other businesses. If approved, the store would remain open while the expansion of the existing Walmart in Rio Grande occurs.
A tremendous run by the Middle Township girls basketball team ended Monday night. Cedar Creek defeated the Middle Township Lady Panthers, 56-50 to capture the South Jersey Group II basketball championship. The game was played at Cedar Creek High School. Middle Township was the final Cape May County team to play in the NJSIAA tournament.
Count Middle Township among the supporters of efforts by Congressman Frank LoBiondo in bringing some common sense to flood insurance rate hikes. Mayor Tim Donohue says LoBiondo has provided leadership in Washington on various coastal issues, and has visited the Township to discuss local concerns. Last week Congress approved some changes in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law.
So far, no special events have been booked on the Wildwood municipal beachfront in 2014. The Wildwood Leader reports that the Board of Commissioners have not approved a single event for the city’s beachfront this year. Mayor Ernie Troiano told the Leader that there are some disagreements over approving beach events until beach event fees are being worked out. The city wants to charge fees based on the number of people who may show up.
Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian has some competition on his hands. Right before Monday’s filing deadline local resident Ed Price submitted his petition to run against Gillian for the mayor’s position in May. Gillian announced on Friday that he was seeking a second term in office; this will be Price’s first attempt at elected office. Incumbent Councilman Scott Ping announced that he will not seek re-election in the May 13th municipal election.
New Jersey Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean Jr. has stripped away leadership roles from two fellow GOP Senators who opposed him last year. The Star Ledger reports that Kean stripped away leadership positions from Kevin O’Toole and Kip Bateman who both tried to bounce Kean as minority leader in 2013. Bateman told the Ledger that it’s simply “sour grapes” by Kean.
A 23 year old New Jersey man has reportedly filed court documents saying he was roughed up excessively by security guards at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City. Richard Ravellin of Bergen County has filed suit saying he was smacked in the head by a security official while he attempted to get into a bar at 4:30am. This follows another alleged assault by security personnel at the same casino.
Showdown day comes Tuesday in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” scandal. An attorney for a legislative committee investigating lane closures near the George Washington Bridge says a former aide to Governor Chris Christie cannot plead the Fifth Amendment and withhold documents relating to the case. The attorney says Bridget Kelly was an employee of the State and must cough up records and evidence relating to the case.
Most New Jersey residents like living in the Garden State. A new poll released by Monmouth University shows that 63 percent of New Jersey residents give a quality of life rating in New Jersey as “excellent”. Men, whites, people aged 55 or older and wealthier residents gave higher scores to the quality of life offered in New Jersey.
Middle Township girls versus Cedar Creek for the South Jersey Group II championship Monday evening. Middle Township seeks to get a little revenge on Cedar Creek, who knocked off the Lady Panthers earlier in the season, 66-39. But that was when the Panthers had some injuries to contend with; Monday night they enter the title game healthy and the hottest team in South Jersey. Tipoff is at 6pm on WCZT with Denis Brown and Phil Pizzi calling the action.