RIDGEWAY STEPS DOWN AT CAPE MAY TECH BASKETBALL COACH

Cape May Tech has lost its basketball coach for the past 16 seasons. Bob Ridgeway stepped down from the post, according to a report by the Gazette-Leader newspapers. Ridgeway was the longest tenured coach in the school’s history. The school only started playing basketball on the varsity level a couple of years prior to Ridgeway taking over. The school posted four winning seasons during his run as head basketball coach.

ATLANTIC CITY’S TAX BASE CUT IN HALF BY NEXT YEAR

Atlantic City’s tax base will be half of what it was in 2010 next year, according to a new report. Reuters reports that the city will continue to see a drop in ratables following three casinos going out of business, including Revel. The tax base was at $20.5 billion, but could be below $10 billion by 2015. The total tax bill for Atlantic City residents, when you consider school, county, and local, will have risen 85 percent by next year since 2010, according to the story.

PARENTS DOING FINAL PREP FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

back to schoolLocal students will be back to school in the next week. Some schools begin before the Labor Day weekend this week, and the most of the remaining schools will open that next Tuesday. Retailers have been reported heavy shopping this season for back to school shopping. 987 The Coast will continue its Back to School tour this year and will kick on on Sept. 2 at Wildwood High School.

WILDWOOD CREST ANNOUNCES LIFEGUARD STAFFING POST-LABOR DAY

250px-Wildwood_Crest_archThe Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol has announced its late-season beach coverage for 2014. All beaches will be open and protected by beach patrol staff on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) and on the weekend after Labor Day (Sept. 6-7). Due to limited available staff, nine beaches will be protected from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 5: Lavender, Cardinal, Forget-Me-Not, Primrose, Stockton, Louisville, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington. Sunday, Sept. 7 will be the last day of the 2014 season for regular lifeguard coverage of the Wildwood Crest beaches. Response teams will be available for emergency calls on the weekends of Sept. 13-14 and Sept. 20-21. As always, the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol strongly urges its beach patrons to swim at lifeguard-protected beaches only.

PIZZA DRIVER ROBBED IN VINELAND

vineland policeVineland Police are investigating a robbery in the community. Police there say that four black males robbed a pizza delievery man of his money and a pizza at gun point while he was attempting to locate an address on South State St on Saturday. The victim related that the black male subjects walked out onto the street from 44 South State Street, which is a vacant doctor’s office and approached him brandishing a handgun and demanding his money. The driver was not injured during the incident.

UPDATE ON BRIDGE PROJECT IN EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP

The replacement of Catawba Bridge, EH-17, over Miry Run on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road (Rt. 559) in Egg Harbor Township will go out to bid early next spring, several months later than originally planned to prevent motorists from having to deal with two detours on the same roadway at the same time. Revised plans call for construction of the EH-17 bridge to begin in September or October of 2015 following the completion and reopening of bridge EH-21 over English Creek. The Catawba Bridge is a 100-year old single span, concrete encased steel stringer structure, with one 12-foot lane and one 4-foot shoulder in each direction. The approach roadway will be raised above the estimated 100-year flood elevation.

TWO INJURED IN HELICOPTER CRASH IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

downed helicopterA Cape May County Mosquito Commission helicopter went down in Cape May Court House near Boyd St. Middle Township Mayor Tim Donohue tells Coastal Broadcasting that the pilot and the passenger are being treated for injuries. No one on the ground was injured. The accident took place at the athletic field on Boyd St. The crash took place shortly before 11 a.m. Authorities are on scene and more information on the cause of the crash are expected shortly.

LOWER TOWNSHIP CHAMBER CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

lower township chamberThe Lower Township Chamber of Commerce has come a long way. The chamber is celebrating 20 years in existence this year. The chamber started with 14 members and has grown to 177. Former mayor Bob Conroy was credit with gathering the initial members to get the organization going. On Tuesday Sept. 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the chamber will hold a dinner at Lighthouse Pointe where it will celebrate the 20 year milestone, install the new officers and honor members that have been members for the chamber’s entirety.