Friday, February 27, 2015 02:22 pm Christopher South
Private investigator eyes uses for drones
WILDWOOD – A local private investigator is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will make a distinction between professionals using unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and recreational users.
This month, the FAA released its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft, which now face a public comment period. The rules apply to aircraft under 50 pounds, and as proposed require the operator keep the aircraft in sight.
Friday, February 27, 2015 02:18 pm Nanette LoBiondo Galloway
MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.
The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.
Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.
OCEAN CITY — The state’s newest – and controversial – student assessments are scheduled to be given beginning Monday, March 2 and director of curriculum Curt Nath said Ocean City is ready.
Presenting before the Ocean City Board of Education Wednesday, Feb. 25, Nath said the district has four weeks to complete the administration of the PARCC tests.
“This district compared to many other districts is in a very good place. We’ve been giving computerized assessments at our primary school and at our intermediate school for the last give or take 10 years,” Nath said.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 03:00 pm Laura Stetser
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Radical times call for radical ideas.
With Atlantic County unemployment and foreclosure rates soaring to historic numbers, Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough is pitching a suggestion that he believes could help residents stay in their homes by allowing those looking to appeal their tax assessments to use foreclosures, short sales and sheriff sales as comparable sales.
Friday, February 27, 2015 02:19 pm R.J. Liberatore Jr.
After a month of record cold, weather forecasters are rubbing their hands together and coming up with outlook of increasing warmth that begins on Sunday, March 1.
In this case, change is good. Yes, very good.
After a month of record cold, weather forecasters are rubbing their hands together and coming up with outlook of increasing warmth that begins on Sunday, March 1. Though it is not time to reach for the sunscreen, golf clubs or riding gloves, it may be time to put away the snow brush, fur-lined boots and hand warmers.
Submitted/Jeffrey Schneider, 27, of Egg Harbor Township
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - A 27-year-old Egg Harbor Township man was arrested again on heroin charges Sunday, Feb. 22 after police allegedly found him unconscious in a vehicle around 7:15 p.m. in the Bargaintown section. He was arrested just three days earlier on Feb. 19 after police found drugs on him during a vehicle stop in the Anchorage Poynte section of the township.
On Sunday, Jeffrey Schneider was charged with offenses related to driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs after Officers Melvin Laramore, Thomas Rocco and Mark Mensch responded to a suspicious vehicle call and allegedly found Schneider “slumped over unconscious” in his car near the intersection of Old Zion Road and Yellow Pine Lane.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 03:04 pm SUZANNE MARINO
Three generations celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty Chau, center, Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Northfield Community School. On the left is her granddaughter, Jennifer Hale, and on the right is her daughter Alicia Garry.
NORTHFIELD – Northfield Community School students and staff shared the love Tuesday, Feb. 24 and helped “lunch lady” Betty Chau celebrate her 90th birthday. The cafeteria worker with the perpetual smile was feted with birthday signs, hugs, and classes singing happy birthday during every lunch period.
This year’s deep freeze damaged the faucet on an outdoor hose bib, leading to an icy leak. Stone Harbor officials can turn off the water for a visible leak like this, but if a pipe burst inside, it could be some time before the damage is discovered.
STONE HARBOR – More than 100 homes in the borough have had their water service turned off after pipes froze and burst, officials said recently, and freezing temperatures could be hiding a wider issues.
“The borough has no reason to go into the home when we turn the water off,” said Kim Stevenson, administrative assistant. “If we see it, or hear it, or the neighbors report it, we can turn off the water.”
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 08:40 pm Brian Cunniff
The Lower Cape May girls basketball team will play in its first-ever CAL title game Saturday against Ocean City.
RICHLAND – With six minutes to play, they looked tired and spent, falling behind by nine points.
But the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t faced many such deficits this season, somehow found a way.
Intense man-to-man and trapping defenses and a late scoring spree by their two stars fueled a 16-2 run to close the game as the Lady Tigers rallied to beat Holy Spirit, 45-40, in a Cape-Atlantic League semifinal Wednesday evening at St. Augustine Prep.