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House schedules vote to delay flood insurance premium hikes

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The US House of Representatives will vote later this month on new flood insurance legislation to address the increases in many premiums mandated under the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law.

Details of the new legislation will be released next week. The vote is scheduled for the week of Feb. 24, and the bill will be unable to be amended on the floor and will require two-thirds approval for passage.

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New Jersey American Water launches ‘Pint-Sized Plumbers’ contest

New Jersey American Water has launched a social media contest to encourage customers to check their homes for leaks and get them fixed.

The “Pint-Sized Plumbers” program is designed to get the whole family involved in addressing a problem that nationally results in the loss of an estimated one trillion gallons of water every year. Through the program, New Jersey American Water will give homeowners a chance to win one of several prizes, including a high-efficiency washing machine, for their efforts.

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Don’t get scammed at Super Bowl XLVIII

NEWARK – With Super Bowl XLVIII fast approaching, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs reminds New Jersey sports fans, and those planning on coming to the Garden State for the big game, to beware of opportunistic scams that have been known to occur during major sports events.

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Menendez urges HUD and NJ to address delays in distribution of Sandy aid

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NEWARK – A week after New Jersey terminated a multimillion-dollar contract with the firm hired last year to oversee a grant program aimed at helping homeowners after Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is insisting HUD and state officials attend to growing complaints from New Jersey families, who were devastated by Sandy and are still waiting for federal aid. 

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State fires grant contractor

Assurances are that applications for elevation funding will continue to move forward

With little explanation or notice, New Jersey ended a multimillion-dollar contract with the firm hired last year to oversee a grant program aimed at helping homeowners after Hurricane Sandy.

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Storm causes thousands to lose power

Atlantic City Electric is reporting that there are several municipalities in Atlantic and Cape May counties already experiencing power outages because of the winter storm. 

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Prosecutor takes heroin fight to schools

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The county prosecutor’s office is working with schools throughout Cape May County to try to prevent heroin use.

A round table discussion was held during the monthly County School Superintendents Meeting Feb. 5, where members of the Prosecutor’s Office detailed a drug awareness presentation, “Pills to Heroin,” being presented to middle school and high school students throughout the county.

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Cape May County study backs consolidated dispatch

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Consolidation of the county’s emergency dispatch has languished for 25 years.

The idea came up again and again, but municipal governments didn’t seem interested.

This year, things seem to be taking shape.

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Senate passes bill to delay increases to flood insurance premiums

MAYS LANDING – The U.S. Senate Thursday, Jan. 30 approved a bill 67-32 that would delay increases to premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program for four years.

The bill, authored by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, is a modeled after bipartisan House legislation authored by Reps. Michael Grimm of New York, Maxine Waters of California, Cedric Richmond of Louisiana and Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey.

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Taxes going up in Cape May County

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Cape May County Board of Freeholders introduced a $1.38.9 million budget, which would raise the tax rate by less than half-a-cent. Last year's tax rate was 20 cents.

Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton attributes part of the tax increase to the continued loss in ratables. In five years, the county lost more than $8.1 billion in ratables – about a 15 percent reduction.

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Vets van in Wildwood

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Wilmington VA Mobile Outreach Van will be coming to Cape May County each month to assist the county’s veterans.  

The van will be at the Wildwood American Legion Post 184, 4200 Atlantic and Roberts avenues, Wildwood, on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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Cape May County has 3,000 tons of salt ready for snow

Cape May County road crews are preparing for a major winter storm expected early Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.

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