There were no winning tickets purchased for the Saturday night Mega Millions drawing. The new jackpot is now over $300 million. Lottery officials confirm that the Tuesday drawing will be at least $309 million. The cash option for the drawing is at $169.5 million.
A major hearing will be held on Tuesday regarding air traffic control. As Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Congressman Frank LoBiondo will convene a field hearing titled: “Moving NextGen Forward: Leveraging the Assets of the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center.” A number of experts are expected to provide testimony during the hearing. The hearing will be held on Tuesday at the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center.
At least it didn’t go up a lot again. After weeks of major increases at the gas pump, prices maintained their current levels by only going up one cent in the past week. The new average at the pump is $3.37 per gallon, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The price at the pump is still better than one year ago when local prices came in at $3.52. AAA Mid-Atlantic says it expects prices to drift upwards, but not break the $4 barrier this year.
It will be Middle Township versus Cedar Creek in the South Jersey Group II state basketball playoffs on Monday. The Lady Panthers beat Deptford 49-27, while Cedar Creek took down Lower Cape May Regional 64-39. The winners in both games face each other in the finals on Monday. The Lady Caper Tigers had pulled an upset against Sterling on Thursday to put themselves in this position. 987 The Coast will have the call on Monday night when Cedar Creek and Middle Township face off.
$2.5 million will be on the line Tuesday in Ocean City. Voters will go to the polls to decide whether that amount should be spent on the primary school there. Polls will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. The money would be matched up with a state grant to do the work. Among the items included in the project would have been a new roof, putting in an emergency generator, and upgrading the heating and air conditioning.
Two local teams advanced on Thursday in the state basketball playoffs. Middle Township girls beat Haddonfield 47-30 and Lower Cape May Regional defeated Sterling 71-61. Lauren Holden scored 41 points in the win for Lower Cape May. If the two teams win on Saturday they would face in the South Jersey Group II Finals. Middle Township will visit Deptford and Lower Cape May Regional will go to Cedar Creek.
Wildwood Catholic boys lost at Trenton Catholic 53-45; both George Cook and Eddie McWade fouled out of the game. Wildwood Catholic girls were blown out 77-45 against St. Rose. Also, Middle Township 54-31. All three teams are eliminated from the playoffs.
It was a good end of the year for the Borgata in Atlantic City. Boyd Gaming said in a conference call that the casino is up 6.5 percent in net revenue. Borgata registered in with $157 million for this past fourth quarter. The casino felt they were going to do better this year versus last because the casino was shut down for some days in 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy.
The first budget meeting for the upcoming fiscal year will be held by the Assembly on Wednesday. The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at Montclair State University’s University Hall Conference Center. The budget committee will hold a number of different meetings across the state, which are open to the public.
Senate President Steve Sweeney submitted a plan of action to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that calls for more assistance to homeowners and renters during the second phase of Sandy recovery funding. The Senate President’s plan calls for greater use of local, community organizations that have expertise in both housing and New Jersey. The plan presents a three pronged approach that focuses on treating renters and owners fairly, distributing resources equitably and ensuring transparency through every step of the process. It utilizes Community Resource Recovery Centers to help with disbursement of aid and to act as resource guides for victims of the storm.
Avalon officials will hear the public’s opinion on a resort house ordinance next week. Officials confirm that the public hearing on the resort house ordinance will be held on March 12 at 7 p.m. The ordinance comes after numerous discussions on the resort house issue during public meetings in 2013. The ordinance disallows resort houses to be located in any residential zoning districts throughout the Borough of Avalon and restricts them to only the R/M (Hotel-Motel) Zone. On October 11th, 2013 Borough officials held two public meetings with the real estate/rental professionals and with the general public to share ideas and dialogue on this ordinance.