The staff at Cape Regional Medical Center is training to be ready if a case of Ebola arrives in Cape May County. There was a drill this week, and hospital officials say they are updating their procedures to be ready, just in case. (photo by Jen Marra)
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Kevin Thomas has his hands full.
The Cape May County health officer is meeting with emergency service providers, hospital staff and others, getting ready for the worst.
He is also fielding call after call from reporters in the region.
It seems like everyone in the county – everyone in the world – is scared of Ebola.
“There’s nothing to be scared about. It’s a matter of being prepared,” Thomas said Friday.
Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.; Comets Joe D’Ambrosio and Dick Richards; Commissioners Tony Leonetti and Pete Byron; and Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na stand in front of the new mural Friday, Oct. 17.
WILDWOOD — The city honored its rock ‘n’ roll heritage Friday by unveiling a massive mural dedicated to Bill Haley and his Comets hit “Rock Around the Clock.”
The mural, painted on the side of the building that houses Alumni Grill and The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce on Pacific Avenue, is a play on the group’s album cover of “Shake Rattle and Roll.” Susan Daly, a Northfield-based mural artist, completed the piece.
MARMORA – An Upper Township man has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and unlawful possession of a weapon after the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on his home Thursday.
Angelo Cuculino, 48, of Marmora, was found with more than 28 grams of marijuana and an amount of alpha-pyrrolidinopeniophenone, a stimulant, at his home, according to Prosecutor Robert Taylor. He also had three firearms and $19,225 in cash, the prosecutor said.
BRIGANTINE - City Council introduced an ordinance Wednesday night that will codify no-smoking restrictions on the island. This ordinance, No. 15-2014, will be reviewed, subject to public comment, and be scheduled to be adopted at the next council meeting Nov. 5.
The ordinance specifically identifies the “outdoor grounds of any city building including adjacent parking lots and in any and all city parks, recreation areas and adjacent parking lots whether owned, leased or utilized by the city” as off-limits for smoking. It covers any city-owned or leased motor vehicle or motorized equipment as well.
Specifically excluded are the Municipal Golf Course and city beaches. Municipal buildings are already stipulated as nonsmoking areas.
TRENTON – Environmental groups are seeking to block the appointments of two nominees to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, claiming it is an attempt to reverse a January vote that defeated a natural gas pipeline proposed by South Jersey Gas.
The 22-mile pipeline would have run through protected Pinelands to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point.
Gustavo Calvo, a local oyster farmer, shows U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo how farmed oysters are raised in black, mesh bags.
Lawmaker offers his help to the shellfish growers
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Aquaculture farmers in Middle Township are riding the leading edge of an oyster renaissance, a Rutgers marine scientist said recently, and last week independent growers in the area got the vocal support of a federal lawmaker in their pursuit to revitalize a once-great state industry.
Charlie Pritchard/Township of Hamilton Police Department K-9 enters ACIT as students are being dismissed Friday, Oct. 17.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Atlantic County Institute of Technology students were gradually dismissed around 2:30 p.m. after being under a lockdown for several hours Friday, Oct. 17, after a bullet was found on school property.
Every student, every room, and every locker was searched, according to an eyewitness at the scene.
ABESECON – Vandals have again attacked the South Jersey Field of Dreams, the recreation complex designed for children with physical and mental challenges.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A 25-year-old Gloucester County woman died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, from injuries sustained in a one-car crash on the Black Horse Pike, according to the Township of Hamilton Police Department.
The city is looking to name publicly-owned areas of the boardwalk and beach redevelopment zones. This photo was snapped last week during a windy fall afternoon.
WILDWOOD — City officials say they are looking to “fast-track” the development of amenities, such as a beach bar and host hotel, by naming the publicly-owned section of the beach and boardwalk a redevelopment zone.
The move,expected to be taken up for a vote at an upcoming City Commission meeting,allows officials to bypass the public bidding process and create regulationsregarding occupancy, repairs, rehabilitation and demolitions in those areas, under New Jersey’s housing laws.
Officials vow to obtain the needed easements without paying a 'king’s ransom’
TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin have announced that the state has obtained more than 80 percent of the property easements needed to enable construction of shore protection and flood mitigation projects designed to safeguard New Jersey residents against hurricanes and significant coastal storms.
Skeptics continue to push for privacy protections
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — County officials are continuing to move toward bringing drone testing to the Cape May County Airport.
Some skeptics say too quickly.
Last week, Freeholder Will Morey met with Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership officials, along with representatives of the Delaware River and Bay Authority at the airport in Lower Township.