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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP UPSET OVER PROPOSED TAX HIKE

Galloway Township residents attended a government meeting this week highly upset over their tax bills.  Council met Tuesday night and faced a few hundred residents who were upset because in some cases their tax bills were going up by as much as a third.  Mayor Don Purdy told the audience that the community lost $830 million in ratables and more loss can be expected with the closing of Atlantic City casinos.

LOCAL MOTEL TO PAY BACK FOR “SANDY” RIPOFFS

A motel in Atlantic County has agreed to pay $65,000 in restitution after admitting to price-gouging during Hurricane Sandy.  The owners of the Econolodge in Egg Harbor Township more than doubled their rates in the days following Sandy to take advantage of a high demand for motel rooms.  About $25,000 will go towards restitution of customers who were ripped off, while other money will be allocated towards attorneys’ fees, and other related costs.

COAST GUARD MAKES RESCUE OFF COAST OF CAPE MAY

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mako assisted two boaters Monday aboard a disabled sailing vessel 72 miles east of Cape May.  Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia received notification from the two boaters their sailboat was out of fuel and drifting due to lack of wind.  The crew of the Mako diverted to assist a 67-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman aboard the 44-foot, U.S.-flagged sailboat Callahan. The crew arrived on scene at 6 p.m. and refueled the sailboat with 20 gallons of diesel fuel, which was enough to get the Callahan to the closest port to obtain additional fuel.

FEMA RECOGNIZES PAGLIUGHI FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORK

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized Marty Pagliughi for his groundbreaking work as Director of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).  Pagliughi’s work has been recognized twice in as many months as Director when he received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACO) in July, 2014 for the creation of a pet trailer to house and care for family pets in the wake of Sandy. In a press release issued Aug. 11, by FEMA, Pagliughi is recognized as an innovator for finding and securing the necessary space for four shelters in the County, where there were none, and most specifically, for the creation of the first pet shelter in Avalon as the Borough’s Mayor and the head of the Office of Emergency Management.

REVEL GIVEN APPROVAL FOR SHUT DOWN

Revel Casino will be shutting down by Sept. 2. The state gave approval to Revel, the same week it approved Showboat’s shut down. These approvals are mostly a formality as the casino was set to shut. The final approval assures that Revel will no longer be operating as a casino after Sept. 2.

MAN CHARGED FOR SELLING HEROIN IN WILDWOOD

Wildwood Police say they arrested a drug dealer on Sunday. Bryan Williams, of Cape May Court House was charged with possession of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute, and financial facilitation. Bail was set at $60,000. Police discovered heroin pre-packaged in individual light blue colored wax paper folds for street level sales/distribution. A total of 322 bags were seized in the arrest.

SHORE TOWN REJECTS PROPOSAL TO BOND FOR ADDITIONAL SANDY REBUILDING

A shore town in North Jersey has decided against bonding for $7 million to rebuild two boardwalk pavilions. Belmar voters went to the polls on Tuesday to knock down the idea. The original pavilions were destroyed from Hurricane Sandy and voters were not prepared for the price tag. The opposing group said they would be open to rebuilding the pavilions, but not for the steep cost.

MEADOWLANDS CHAMBER PUSHING FOR UP TO FOUR CASINOS

A plan was unveiled by the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce for up to four casinos to be placed in the north. Many believe a referendum could hit the ballots next year asking residents to move casino gaming to other parts of the state. It currently is only allowed in Atlantic City. The chamber put out a vision plan that included a convention center, hotel, and additional parking, along with the possibility of up to four casinos.