Curt Wunder of Mays Landing, along with his fellow cyclists, officially ended their journey with a celebratory dip of their bikes in the ocean.
OCEAN CITY – When Curt Wunder of Mays Landing left Oceanside, California on September 7, he and his three fellow cyclists planned to arrive in Ocean City on Wednesday, October 22. Sure enough, they rolled up the ramp to the Boardwalk on Ninth Street at 3 p.m. that afternoon. The group was riding to raise funds and awareness for MANNA Worldwide on its Coast to Coast Ride for Hunger. The highly successful venture earned more than $110,000 for the humanitarian organization.
AVALON – A planned two-year dredging project is set to begin in the back bays of Avalon, however new state and federal regulations governing nesting birds and spawning fish could drag the project out to three years or more.
The dredging of state waterways throughout the borough’s back bays, includes Long Reach, Whale Harbor, Oler Thorofare, Graven’s Thorofare and 54th Street marina entrance. The estimated cost is $6.7 million.
Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack Wednesday, Oct. 22. Administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 164 on Oct. 22, creating the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team to implement the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. The plan covers airport travel, public transportation, schools and universities, and hospitals.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Two suspects remain at large and four have been charged in connection with a series of burglaries from sheds over the past year, the Township of Hamilton Police Department announced today (Tuesday, Oct. 21).
Carlos Soler, 26, and Tyler Gallagher, 20, of Mays Landing remain at large with warrants for their arrest, police said.
Here are more tunes chosen by The Current and Gazette staff to bid farewell to owner and publisher Rick Travers, who is retiring. To read more about Rick and listen to the first group of songs see Music to retire by: Part 1.
The Banana Boat Song, Harry Belafonte
Rick has stacked his bananas, and the tally man has tallied up the bunches. Daylight has come, and he can go home now. I hope raising blueberries is easier than picking bananas.
-- Joan Kostiuk
State rejects plan to contract for homeless services
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Cape May County officials are considering a move that they say would give homeless individuals access to food and job counseling, as well as shelter, while saving the state as much as $60,000 a year.
So far, the state has said no.
Local officials say the denial stems from confusion at the state level.
Gail Hayman Cohen and Pauline Levy have lineages that trace back to Beth Judah's founding families, and both have been working to organize the synagogue's centennial celebration and strategic plan.
Respecting roots, looking to the future
WILDWOOD -- Gail Hayman Cohen and Pauline Levy sat talking in Beth Judah Temple Monday, surrounded by stained glass windows and gold plaques dedicated to the families that founded the congregation 100 years ago.
"Every one of these windows was donated by a founding family," Levy explains. They were business owners and restaurateurs, attorneys and doctors, who lived above their businesses during the summer months in Wildwood. Rabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz said walking into Beth Judah is "like stepping literally into the past."
Laura Stetser/Wawa to open at corner of Black Horse Pike and Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township
Grand opening festivities also include charitable hoagie-building competition between police, fire department
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Wawa, Inc. today announced the grand opening of its new Egg Harbor Township store, located at 6743 Black Horse Pike, with festivities set to begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.
The celebration will include a charitable hoagie-building competition between members of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department and the Egg Harbor Township Fire Department and free coffee for the first 10 days the store is open.
The detention of criminal suspects and state funding for environmental programs will be at issue Nov. 4 when New Jersey voters decide two statewide ballot questions.
Public Question No. 1 is a constitutional amendment that would allow courts the latitude to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case without a chance to post bail.
Publisher trades printing press for plow
After nearly 20 years as the owner-publisher of first The Gazette Leader and eventually 12 other weekly newspapers that came under the Catamaran Media umbrella, Rick Travers is retiring. He and his brother, Curt Travers, are selling their interest in the papers to BH Media Group, which last year took over The Press.
Never one to idle, Rick purchased a blueberry farm in Vermont a few years ago, and plans to spend more time playing farmer. He has been hightailing it up there on weekends for the past few summers. In the newspaper office, co-workers have caught him practically drooling over tractor catalogs. And his head is positively swarming with ideas for the small motel he owns nearby.
Ideas are something Rick Travers is known for.