What parents can expect in the new school year
TRENTON — When school starts up in September, parents can expect some changes, according to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. Here are the items to watch for the 2013-14 school year:
OCEAN CITY—GOP state Senate challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt announced Thursday that she supports mandatory treatment, rather than jail time, for drug-users.
Her announcement comes in the midst of a summer where Cape May County has seen a rise in heroin arrests, overdoses, and deaths.
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The county has been given a clean audit for 2012, officials recently announced.
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that Sheriff’s K-9 Flash died on July 20. Flash was partnered with Corrections Officer Russ Norcross and together they responded to calls to search and clear areas for explosives. Flash’s death appears to be heat related.
Last Updated on Monday, July 22, 2013 11:43 am
TRENTON—Eight unregistered contractors have been criminally charged or issued citations after attempting to work on a Monmouth County home damaged by Sandy, the acting attorney general announced Monday.
The attorney general’s office said that the contractors submitted estimates to undercover investigators to perform repairs, and all have been charged with allegedly violating the State’s Home Improvement Contractor’s Registration Act.
Undercover investigators identified home improvement contractors through internet listings, and after checking each for annual registration with the Division of Consumer Affairs, scheduled individual appointments with suspected unregistered contractors, the attorney general said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:58 pm
Visitor services the focus of plan for federal lands
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Officials want to improve the offerings at the sprawling Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, said deputy refuge manager Laurel Wilkerson.
The refuge has begun efforts to put together a visitor services management plan. The plan would review the facilities and programs offered at the refuge, which have so far included ranger-led walks and talks, according to Wilkerson.
Mosquito-borne diseases are spreading in Cape May County.
So far this summer, the Department of Mosquito Control has detected eastern equine encephalitis in five mosquito collections: four in Upper Township and one in Lower Township.
A 7-year-old horse from Cape May County was euthanized on Aug. 3, one day after showing neurologic symptoms for a serious, mosquito-borne illness, county officials announced.
Last Updated on Thursday, August 15, 2013 02:09 pm
A pod of bottlenose dolphins surface off Avalon. Federal authorities are worried that the same disease that killed hundreds of the animals 25 years ago could be leading to this summer’s unusually high number of deaths.
It has been 25 years since a virus killed hundreds of dolphins on the Mid-Atlantic coast, and federal officials want to find out if something similar is happening this year.
For July and the beginning of August, far more bottlenose dolphins than usual have been found either dead or stranded on the beaches of the northern East Coast, including several instances in Cape May and Atlantic County.
Last Updated on Monday, July 29, 2013 03:15 pm
Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Kristine Gabor, Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, and Sam Fiocchi watch the dashboard cam video of Democratic Assemblyman Nelson Albano’s traffic stop last year.
Dems dismiss issue as old news
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE—Republican candidates are calling on the resignation of Assemblyman Nelson Albano because of the controversy he stirred over a speeding ticket more than a year ago.
At a press conference at the Bellevue Tavern in Cape May Court House on Monday, Republican state Senate candidate Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, along with Republican Assembly candidates Kristine Gabor and Sam Fiocchi, released to the public a letter Albano wrote regarding a speeding ticket he was issued. The team said that this was the first time the letter from Albano was made available to the public.
Last Updated on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 08:21 am
BRICK—The state unveiled a $100 million home elevation program to assist home-owners in the nine counties hardest hit by Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday.
Under the new program, called the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Elevation Program, eligible applicants can receive up to $30,000 for elevations on existing primary single-family homes.
The grants are open to primary single-family homes in Atlantic and Cape May counties, as well as Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union counties. Christie’s office estimated about 2,700 homes would receive grants through the program.
Last Updated on Thursday, July 18, 2013 02:31 pm
DEP commissioner: New flood maps are coming, but no date set
While other coastal counties have already seen smaller-than-originally-proposed V-zones on FEMA’s working maps, Cape May County is still in the dark.
But, new maps for the county are being drawn up the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
During a press conference Thursday, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said the county can expect to see a new set of flood maps released in the upcoming months.
Last Updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 01:02 pm
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Will the Jersey Shore be ready for the next big storm?
WHYY/Newsworks and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement are hosting a series of free community forums, one of them planned in Middle Township on Tuesday, July 30.