MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — There are some new animals at the Cape May County Zoo.
This summer people can see a group of scimitar-horned oryx, two red-necked wallaby joeys, a Chinese alligator and two snow leopard cubs. The Cape May County Zoo is also 35 years old this year.
Last Updated on Tuesday, July 02, 2013 10:51 am
Police told victims, those seeking help immune from drug charges
TRENTON – Cape May County knows too well already that overdoses can be deadly.
Parents of overdose victims have successfully pushed for immunity from prosecution for those who call for help in such a situation. They believe that more people will seek emergency help when they need it if they do not have to worry they could end up in jail, or face a choice of risking arrest for their unconscious friend, or risking their life.
Now, the state wants local police departments on board.
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie is expanding access to the property tax relief available to New Jersey residents by extending the filing deadline for the 2012 Senior Freeze property tax reimbursement program to Sept. 16.
“We want to be certain that every resident who is eligible for property tax relief benefits under the Senior Freeze program has the opportunity to apply for them,” state treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said. “Extending the deadline helps ensure that residents will have ample time to apply for this valuable benefit if they were unaware of, or could not meet the old deadline.”
In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Christie administration this week formally adopted rules that streamline New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection permits for various types of rebuilding projects.
This action will aid reconstruction of impacted homes and businesses, assist the recovery of marinas and shellfish industries, help make coastal areas more resilient in future storms, and expedite dredging of storm-impacted private lagoons and marinas.
Last Updated on Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:15 am
Thieves have been targeting vacant buildings and businesses for copper pipes and wire, as well as air conditioning units, state police announced Thursday.
These items are being taken particularly in Upper, Middle, and Dennis townships, police said.
From the beginning of May, state police said Upper has seen four thefts, Dennis five, and 10 in Middle.
State police could not confirm why these items are being targeted; however, there is a thriving scrap metal trade in the county.
Last Updated on Thursday, June 06, 2013 04:21 pm
Gov. Chris Christie has tapped N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Republican, to hold the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat until the October special election.
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has tapped N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Republican, to hold the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat until the October special election.
Christie announced his decision at a press conference in Trenton today.
Last Updated on Tuesday, July 02, 2013 10:57 am
BELMAR –The state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control joined with other state, county and local officials to announce the summer kickoff of its “Cops in Shops” enforcement initiative Thursday.
Under the program, local officers work undercover in participating retail locations. Those officers either pose as store employees or are positioned outside the establishment to apprehend adults who attempt to purchase alcohol for underage drinkers.
The summer initiative will be in Avalon, Egg Harbor Township, Lower, Township, North Wildwood, Sea Isle City, and Wildwood, as well as other towns throughout the state.
Last Updated on Friday, June 28, 2013 02:50 pm
Over 1,000 people across the state were apprehended for being delinquent on their child support payments, as part of a three-day child support sweep last week conducted by the state Sheriff’s Association.
Last Updated on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 02:01 pm
Settlement announced with district, civil rights division
TRENTON—Cape May County Technical School district has agreed to revise its admission practices to make it easier for students with disabilities to be admitted, the acting state attorney general announced Tuesday.
According to Division on Civil Rights Director Craig T. Sashihara, the division reviewed the school’s admissions practices in response to concerns raised by parents, educators and advocates.
That review determined that the school has had a significantly lower percentage of students with disabilities enrolled compared with other schools.
Last Updated on Friday, June 28, 2013 02:56 pm
Residents impacted by Sandy encouraged to apply for grants
Eligible homeowners, whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by Hurricacne Sandy, were encouraged to apply for two grants to help them resettle in their homes, elevate or rebuild their residences when they met with New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constable III Monday, June 17 at the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Recovery Center in North Cape May.
Alba Vineyard of Milford was named winery of the year, and wines by several local growers received awards in the New Jersey Wine Competition held recently. The competition is conducted annually by the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension under the supervision of Rutgers University wine expert Gary Pavlis. The 2013 competition featured 250 wines and awarded more than 140 medals.
The medals were awarded at the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s Blues & Wine Festival May 19 at Natirar Park in Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County.
Alba earned six gold medals for its 2010 port, which also won best dessert wine, as well as gold medals for the 2010 Chambourcin, 2010 pinot noir nonvintage raspberry, 2012 Riesling and 2011 Gewurtraminer. The Chambourcin was also named best hybrid wine.
The president’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, which starts Oct. 1, cuts funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by 12.5 percent and to the agency’s flood mapping program by 16 percent, but those proposed reductions in spending will not affect FEMA’s work in southern New Jersey, officials say.
“I can confirm that this doesn’t impact the current process in New Jersey, since funding in this case comes from a different source, the Disaster Relief Fund,” said Dan Watson, FEMA press secretary.