Archives for September 2019

Area Shelters, Other Facilities Get Naloxone

Doses of the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone have been delivered to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and other facilities around Altantic and Ocean Counties. The state Department of Human Services distributed 1200 doses among three dozen faclities statewide to deal with overdose incidents.

Ref Involved In Wrestling Hair Cut Controversy Gets Two Year Suspension

A two year suspension for the referee who forced a Buena Regional High School wrestler to cut his dreadlocks during a match in December. The Press of Atlantic City reports the suspension also includes bias training for officials and staff involved in high school athletics across New Jersey. Referee Alan Maloney issued the order to wrestler Andrew Johnson or he’d have to forfeit his match. Maloney is white, and Johnson is black.

Human Skull Discovered in Atlantic County

A dog-walker made a surprising discovery along the water in Atlantic County last week, finding what turned out to be a portion of a human skull in the sand. The person noticed the remains while walking near the foot of the Egg Harbor Township side of the Ocean Drive Bridge that connects to Ocean City around 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 9, The investigation is ongoing.

Man Dies While in Custody

A 41-year-old man died while in custody after being taken to the Atlantic County jail.
Mario Terruso Jr., of the Mays Landing section of Hamilton, was pronounced dead early Monday after being brought to a local hospital. The state Attorney General is investigating Terruso’s death,

Shred Truck Saturday In Ventnor

Saturday from 10am to noon, Ventnor residents can shred up to two boxes of paper. Just pull up your car to the shred truck, and the driver will unload the materials for you. The truck will be located at Newport Avenue by the Gazebo.

Flu Shots Being Offered Up In Atlantic County

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health is providing 13 public flu shot clinics for those 18 years and older beginning October 2 through November 6. There is a $15 fee for flu shots, however, there is no out-of-pocket cost for residents with Medicare Part B coverage who present their card at the time of vaccination. In addition to the public flu clinics, flu shots will also be administered to walk-ins beginning Monday, September 30 in two locations: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 12 Noon, at the Stillwater Building in Northfield, 201 S. Shore Road, and every Tuesday, 10 AM to 12 Noon, at 310 Bellevue Avenue, Hammonton, while supplies last.

Bill Woud Call Boardwalks,’Public Highways,’ Opening Up New Funding

A bill introduced Tuesday would designate boardwalks in New Jersey as public highways, opening up the potential for New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund money to be used to rebuild the Wildwood boardwalk and others. As the Press of Atlantic City reports, special Boardwalk funding recently was denied by the governor.
The same measure would set aside $4 million a year for ten years to handle maintenance, reconstruction and repair for boardwalks.

Middle Township Tries To Sell Liquor License At Discount Price

In Middle Township, a two thirds majority of the the township committee wants to try another time to sell a new liquor license at a discounted price. An original minimum bid of $500,000 was upped to $750,000 after concerns came in from current license holders, but there were no takers by an August 21st deadline. Next time around, the minimum bid will start at $600,000 in an effort to find a buyer.

County Prosecutor’s Office Stepping In To Oversee Mullica Twp. PD

The Mullica Township Police Department is now being overseen by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. The Township Committee made the request, reports the Press of Atlantic City, as embattled Chief John Thompson prepares to retire Jan. 1. The committee voted last month to accept Thompson’s retirement as of Jan. 1, 2020, with the stipulation that Thompson work in an advisory capacity with interim chief Capt. Brian Zeck. The department gave Thompson a no confidence vote in August.

Man Wins Lawsuit After Being Struck by NJ Transit Bus

A man who suffered traumatic brain injuries after being struck by a New Jersey Transit bus whose accident-prone driver tested positive for cocaine settled his lawsuit for $12.75 million. Jason Gillespie, then 48, was hit in the crosswalk at the intersection of Summit Avenue and Union Place on Nov. 2, 2016. He suffered a permanent brain injury, multiple brain hemorrhages, skull fractures, a right clavicle fracture and multiple rib fractures, according to his attorney. The driver, Ronald Lewis, quit his job following the crash. Lewis was involved in 54 motor vehicle collisions dating back to 1996 while driving for New Jersey Transit, according to records provided by attorney David Mazie.