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.
Pleasantville fire officials responded to an apartment fire Sunday afternoon on Chester Avenue. Fire officials say the second and third stories of a duplex were on fire, and it took firemen about a half hour to douse the flames. 16 residents have been displaced, but there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Rumors ran rampant on social media over the weekend about some dogs that were allegedly shot and killed in Cape May County over the weekend. Turns out, they were 15 dead river otters. The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife confirms the otters were likely killed for their skins, which hi s legal to do if you have a valid trapping license.
Sea Isle City’s Council will again discuss the municipal budget during its next meeting Tuesday night. According to an email released by the city, Council continues to have discussions with the administration regarding surplus levels, debt service and anticipated revenues. Council also announced that demolition continues on the former Public Safety Building that was ruined during Hurricane Sandy. Council has bonded a new $11.7 million project for the construction of a new public facility.
A new budget in Middle Township includes a one cent increase in the local purpose tax rate. Middle Township officials introduced the budget last Wednesday evening and it proposes a new tax rate of 46.4 cents per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation. Mayor Tim Donohue says the Township will continue to work on reducing or eliminating that one cent increase. Health care costs will go up this year in Middle Township.
The deadline has arrived for residents who want to run for elected office in Ocean City. Residents have until the end of the day on Monday to submit their petitions for the May 13th election. Mayor Jay Gillian submitted his petition to run on Friday. Four candidates have filed petitions to run for three at large council seats. Ballot placement drawings will be held on Friday at the clerk’s office.
Wildwood Crest officials have penned a letter to the United States Army Corps of Engineers outlining concerns about a big dune project. The Wildwood Leader reports that officials are questioning the 16-foot height of the dunes; a 12-foot dune may be able to provide the same protection. The Crest had until Monday to submit an official response relating to the dune project. The letter does not endorse nor object to the project.
Remember those arsons at the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and at a law firm in Vineland? Three men have been arrested with setting those fires. Vineland Police over the weekend arrested three local men for setting the fires earlier this year. One suspect, 28 year old Felix Lopez is a member of the so called “Latin Kings” gang and has an extensive criminal record.
Lower Township wanted a promenade and fishing pier, but right now those plans are on hold. Township officials recently told Coastal Broadcasting that Council has tabled plans for the pier because costs have escalated to around $3 million. The Township has conditional approval for over a million dollars in grant funding available for the project. The township instead will focus on a new police complex in the Villas.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend will be celebrated in local bars and taverns this weekend, and with a big parade in North Wildwood. City leaders announced that a huge parade will begin Saturday, March 15th with a special program at City Hall. The parade begins at noon and goes north on Atlantic Avenue to Olde New Jersey Avenues. Many local Irish groups will be part of the parade in North Wildwood.