Archives for October 2019

AC Resident, Missing Since October 11th, Found Dead

An Atlantic City man, missing since October 11th, has been found dead. 25-year-old Maxwell Pepe was reportedly found Wednesday. According to his uncle, police had requested dental records from the family. Details surrounding his death including manner of death and where he was found, haven’t been released.

William Hughes, Longtime Congressman, Dies At 87

Longtime Second District Congressman William J. Hughes has died at 87. Family members say he passed away Wednesday in Ocean City. Hughes was elected to the House in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal in Washington and served until 1995. He was appointed ambassador to Panama by President Bill Clinton and served in that role until 1998. He served on the House Judiciary Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Crime.

NJ Utility to Take on Stake in Offshore Wind Project

A major New Jersey utility is eyeing a 25% stake in an offshore wind project being planned off the coast of Atlantic City. Public Service Enterprise Group will begin negotiations with Orsted to acquire a quarter of Ocean Wind, an offshore wind energy project about 15 miles off the coast. The project would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power about a half-million homes.

Murphy Special Counsel Takes on New Role

Jim Johnson, special counsel to Gov. Phil Murphy for the Atlantic City transition, has accepted a role as the corporation counsel of New York City. The Press of Atlantic City reporting this morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Johnson would be starting the new position Nov. 4. Johnson, 58, will head the New York City Law Department, overseeing a staff of nearly 1,000 lawyers and nearly 700 support professionals who represent city government in legal matters.

Cape May Plans Veterans’ Day Ceremony

Cape May Veterans Day Ceremony is scheduled between 11am and 12:30pm on Monday, November 11th. The City of Cape May, The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the U.S. Coast Guard TRACEN Cape May will join together to honor and remember the men and women who served our nation in the United States military. The Public is invited to attend the ceremony taking place at the All Wars Monument located on Columbia Avenue and Gurney Street at 11 a.m. The U.S Coast Guard Color Guard, Rifle Team and bugler will also be present at the ceremony.

Local Kids Get A Peak Under The Sea

Children ages pre-k to 6th grade will have two opportunities to learn about and meet local sea life when the Wetlands Institute visits the Warren E. Fox Nature at the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor.

“Sea Creatures with Amazing Features” will be the topic on Saturday, November 16 at 11 AM when children will get hands-on time with sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, spider crabs, green crabs, clams, sea snails and a horseshoe crab and learn about their habitats, food chains and anatomy.

“Traveling Turtles” will be presented on Saturday, December 14 at 11 AM and feature adult terrapins and hatchlings. Participants will explore turtle artifacts, anatomy, behaviors, life cycles, adaptations and more

Former SSA Worker Headed To Prison For Stealing Funds

An Egg Harbor Township is headed behind bars for 34 months after pleading guility to stealing government funds. 38 year old Nicholas Pao worked for the Social Security Administration and, according to the Press of Atlantic City, was responsible for determining eligibility and payment amounts. Pao used his credentials to access confidential records and changed several individuals’ records, causing the Social Security Administration to issue benefits to those people. He intercepted benefits, which were issued to a Direct Express account and credit card

Gov. Murphy Commits to Climate Change Plan

On the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey’s governor committed the state to a far-reaching plan to deal with climate change and protect itself from future storms. Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order Tuesday in Hoboken, a city just outside New York that was inundated with flooding during Sandy. The order establishes a statewide climate change resiliency strategy involving 16 state agencies.

Another Million Dollars For Blight Efforts In AC

Another $1 million is headed toward demolition of run down properties in Atlantic City. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is trying to address blight in the resort. The Press of Atlantic City quotes Census Bureau numbers indicating 23% of the city’s real estate is vacant. The total investment to city demolition by CRDA is now just over $6 million.

Future Of AC Blackjacks, AFL Murky After League Decision

Just hours after the Atlantic City Blackjacks announced a new deal with a marketing firm, the Arena Football League announced that all six of the league’s franchises are suspending local operations. AFL Executive Committee Chair Ron Jaworski says the league is not folding but teams are being operated through the AFL office as the league looks to find new investors. The fallout from that decision is the Blackjacks may not be playing at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall next season, following its inaugural stint in the league.