Local 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.
The 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.
The owner of the famous escaped snake in the Villas, will no longer owns any snakes. Lower Township officials confirm that the three remaining boas that the man owned are being turned over to the Cape May County Zoo. Shore Animal Control was going to take the snakes from Lower Township to the zoo.
Vineland 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.
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.
A 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.
The 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.
The police department in Sea Isle City will be getting a boost. Patrolmen Tom Ready, Alex Symanski, and Tully O’Clisham were all sworn in during a ceremony on Friday. A number of local communities have been hiring additional police officers this year to help keep the numbers up in the local police ranks.
The hopes to bring sports betting to New Jersey is almost dead, but the key word is almost. There will be one final attempt to fight the federal ban on sports betting and a recent veto to remove laws that prohibit it in the state. A veto override vote will take place on Sept. 22. Sen. Ray Lesniak is pushing the latest attempt, as Atlantic City is set to lose three casinos in the next month and roughly 8,000 jobs.
One of Gov. Chris Christie’s biggest donors thinks its a matter of when and not if Christie will run for president. The Star-Ledger reports that megadonor Kenneth Langone, who co-founded Home Depot, believes the decision for Christie will be to run for president. The governor has said he will make a decision by the end of this year or the beginning of next. But is hitting many of the big primary states as the chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association.