One of the most well known golf courses in South Jersey will be changing hands. Caesars says it is selling the Atlantic City Country Club the Ottinger family. The group also owns Ballamor and Scotland Run golf clubs. The club first opened in 1897 though it was shut down for a period of time in the 90′s before reopening in 2000. Caesars Entertainment will keep all three golf courses as a preferred golf courses for their Total Rewards program, meaning their members will get preferred tee times and discounts.
IV Griner of Bridgeton was called for jury duty this week. One problem, IV Griner is a German Shepherd, not a human being. The five year old dog was given a summons for jury duty earlier this week. The owner of the dog told a Philadelphia television station that the summons arrived at the family home in Bridgeton. The Cumberland County jury system declared a computer error, so the dog can skip jury duty.
The Atlantic City Jitney Association will run a Jitney tram on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Thursday. A judge ruled that yes, the Jitney can run along the boardwalk on a trial run much to the chagrin of the rolling chair operators who have dominated transportation on the boardwalk for decades. The rolling chair operators cited irreparable harm to their business if the Jitney tram is allowed to exist. Judge Ray Batten ruled in favor of the Jitney operation.
A South Jersey woman has been accused of trying to drive her car into the Delaware River so she could kill her three children. Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi announced that Joann Smith of Florence Township intentionally drove her vehicle into the river on Tuesday evening in attempt to kill her three teenage children. Everyone survived, and there were no major injuries. Smith has been charged with three counts on attempted murder; she has a court hearing on Thursday.
The law that capped arbitration contract awards at two percent for public unions expired on April 1. Gov. Chris Christie has been calling on the Assembly to take action on a bill that would solidify the cap. Middle Township has issued public support for the legislation. Mayor Tim Donohue said the cap has produced significant tax savings for residents in the town. There is a two percent cap in municipal budget increases that hasn’t expired.
Many in the state are losing faith in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy. The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll says that just under half of New Jersey residents say they are either very (14%) or somewhat (34%) satisfied with the state’s Sandy recovery effort. A similar number are either very (21%) or somewhat (22%) dissatisfied. This marks the first time less than half the state expresses satisfaction with the recovery’s progress. Satisfaction stood at 66% in December 2013 before falling to 55% in February of this year and then to 48% in the current poll.
The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office is warning of scam artist making calls to local residents. The subject is identifying himself as an officer of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office. Information given from several victims of the scam have said that the man is using the name Sergeant Jackson and warning them that there is a warrant out for their arrest. The accused is saying that their bail has been set at $1,000 and requesting that they go to Wal-Mart and use the Green Account to wire the bail money. The Sheriff’s Office cautions that although this is the information we are receiving currently, it is subject to change. The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into the matter. If anyone receives a call of this nature, or has any information, please call 609-909-7200 to speak with Dispatch Officers
An MRI is scheduled at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia on Thursday on the right arm of Lower Cape May Regional High School baseball star Josh Pennington. Gazette Leader Sports Editor Brian Cunniff reports that Pennington hurt his arm while warming up for a game in South Carolina on Tuesday. Pennington is being watched by some Major League Baseball scouts and has already signed on to pitch for St. John’s University. Pennington suffered an injury to his elbow.
The Stone Harbor Council met on Tuesday afternoon and discussed a dredging project that will occur in the near future. Council has learned that the United States Army Corps of Engineers will remove about 7,000 cubic yards of material near the free bridge that leads out of Stone Harbor to the Wildwoods. It’s possible the Borough will hold a public meeting to fully discuss the project with the public later this spring. Council also approved a host of sports camps and special events during its meeting.
Among those who asked for an extension to file his taxes? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. For the fifth year in a row, Christie has filed for a six-month extension from the Internal Revenue Service. Christie had disclosed his 2012 earnings about six months ago; the disclosure showed his family earned slightly under $500,000 in 2012, which represented a 15 percent decline over 2011.