A man who helped many local governments through their financial issues has passed away at the age of 55. Glen Ortman of Swainton died on Thursday at his home following an illness. Ortman worked with Ford Scott & Associates and served as an auditor for several local municipal governments. He was very active in little league baseball and other organizations. A viewing for Ortman will be held on Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning; services will be held at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Cape May Court House on Wednesday.
The long commute home for hundreds of thousands of tourists has begun at the Jersey Shore with some officials saying the drive home looks like a hurricane evacuation. There were many fender benders reported Monday morning and afternoon as northbound traffic is gridlocked heading away from the beaches. The good weather kept many vacationers at the shore until mid afternoon before everyone began leaving the beaches.
A motorcade that was carrying New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Seaside Park on Monday cut a driver off, and that driver was not happy about it. The Star Ledger reports that the driver of the car that was cut off followed the motorcade until both drivers talked it out in the parking lot of a local police department. Christie was not involved in the discussion, and no charges against either driver were filed.
The shutdown of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City began on Labor Day Monday with shops and amenities closing down for good. Tuesday morning brings another casino closure in Atlantic City as the $2.4 billion gaming hall shuts down for good. Many employees never expected Revel to be shut down since it was seen as the property that would begin a turnaround in Atlantic City. Next up, the Trump Plaza, scheduled to close in two weeks.
A North Jersey woman allegedly assaulted a woman she got a ride from out of Atlantic City with that woman’s three-year-old in the vehicle. Absecon Police say they arrested Shannon E. Walsh. Walsh was observed striking the driver as she drove the vehicle and she grabbed the steering wheel attempting to force the vehicle into the concrete barrier. She was charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault for the two victims in the motor vehicle and 3 counts of aggravated assault on police officers. She was also charged with 3 counts of resisting arrest. Bail was set at $75,000.
The rest of the local back to schools will take place this week. Some schools like Wildwood sent their students back before the Labor Day holiday. A majority of the districts will be back in session after the holiday. 987 The Coast will be holding its back to school tour this month, and will start at Wildwood High School on Tuesday and Middle Township High School on Thursday.
The Absecon Police Department arrested a Pleasantville man for burglary. Police received a call on Saturday afternoon from a victim who said a person was trying to gain entry to a home. Authorities later arrested William Ricks for burglary after he entered an acquaintances residence in Oyster Bay Condominiums on August 30. Upon the police arrival Ricks advised the officers he was at the home to retrieve belongings and he was unable to retrieve his belongings because no one was home. It was determined that Ricks did enter the residence after tearing the screen out of the downstairs window and opening the window and entering the home. Ricks was charged with one count of burglary, one count of criminal mischief and one count of theft. Bail was set at $50,000 with a 10% option. He was unable to post bail and was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility
A Saturday accident in Hamilton Township shut down the roadway for about two hours and caused a vehicle to be engulfed in flames. Investigation revealed a 2008 Chevy Silverado driven by Nicholas Gareffi, age 39, of Vineland, was traveling eastbound on Rt. 40 when it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. The Chevy struck a westbound 2007 Mitsubishi box truck driven by Darrel Jacobs, age 48, of Vineland. The driver of the Volkswagen, Madelyn Williscroft, age 18 of Linwood, and two juvenile passengers, sustained mild to moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance to Atlantic City Medical Center for treatment. A third juvenile passenger in the vehicle sustained serious injuries and was flown by Southstar to ACMC City Division. The driver of the Chevy, Garreffi, was taken to ACMC for evaluation. The driver of the box truck, Jacobs, was not injured. No summons have been issued but an investigation is on-going.
The annual end of summer bash at Fox Park brought out nice crowds all Sunday. The Wildwood Block Party took place most of the day Sunday with live music, food, and fun. The Marvelettes, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters and Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters) were the top billed entertainment, but other cover bands filled in the day. The event was free for the public to attend.
The first of two casinos closed this Labor Day weekend. Showboat Casino shut its doors on Sunday. Revel Casino will be closed on Tuesday. By the end of the month, Atlantic City will be down to 8 casinos. Trump Plaza will also be shutting its doors for good by the middle of the month. A recent report by Fitch Ratings suggests that a majority of the business from the closed casinos should stay in Atlantic City and not be lose. It also predicts no other casinos will close for the next two years.