A well known member of the Ocean City community passed away this week. James Gillian died at the age of 58 years old. James Gillian is the brother of current Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian, and oldest son of Roy Gillian, who served as mayor of the resort in the late 80′s. James Gillian bought out Gillian’s Island Water Park eight years ago and recently sold it to Plymouth Holdings in his failing health. Funeral information hasn’t been released to this point.
Gov. Chris Christie has asked the IRS for an extension for the fifth year in a row. The governor filed for the extension before the tax deadline on Tuesday. His last disclosure of what his family makes came in at $478,977 for 2012 between himself and his wife Pat. Christie will have an additional six months before he submits his tax paperwork to the federal government.
The chef for Gia Restaurant in Wildwood Crest was on the Food Network this week. Mia Chiarella was on Kitchen Casino, which aired on the television station on Monday night. The episode was originally supposed to air this upcoming Monday but aired this past Monday instead due to a decision by the network. Chiarella said even she was caught off guard as she had set up a viewing party for Monday night and was surprised when her phone lit up with calls and text messages from people saying there was someone who looked like her to television.
A mother and son in a North Jersey community were arrested for marijuana growing. Shannon Burd and a 16-year-old male were arrested in Ocean Township. Burd was charged with marijuana distributing charges, and endangering the welfare of a child. The juvenile was taken into protective custody and charged with drug possession as well.
Two local state lawmakers support a push by Gov. Chris Christie to eliminate or reduce the realty transfer tax. Christie said at a town hall meeting this week he would sign a bill into law if sent to him that eliminated the fee. Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak issued a release supporting the governor. Van Drew also cautioned for the need to replace the lost revenue particularly for Beach Replenishment. “Twenty five million dollars each year are allocated from the Realty Transfer Fee for beach replenishment in the State of NJ,” said Van Drew. “These beach nourishment dollars are committed to the fund by law and we absolutely must insure that the commitment continues.”
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.