Archives for February 2020

Men Accused Of Setting Victim On Fire In Prank, Sentenced

Five years in prison apiece for two men sentenced Friday for setting a man on fire for a prank last year. The Press of Atlantic City reports 24 year old Brandon Perez and 25 year old David Sult were accused of setting fire to 27 year old Ray Mullen of Brigantine, leaving him with severe injuries. Both could be eligible for parole after serving 85% of their sentences. Mullen’s father called the men evil and asked for the maximum sentence.

Brigantine Properties Damaged By Fire

An early morning fire Thursday damaged a townhouse complex and some nearby properties as well. It broke out before 5am at 12th Street and Bayshore Avenue. Fire crews were on the scene within about three minutes but the flames spread quickly due to high winds. It took about an hour and a half to get the fire under control. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. No word on a cause.

AC Schools Funding Shakeup

New Jersey’s school funding shakeup continues with Governor Phil Murphy’s 2021 state budget proposal, producing another round of winners and losers. Atlantic City is to receive over 58-million dollars, that is over a 17 million dollar increase. The governor’s $9 Billion dollar investment in K-12 schools increases funding by #336 million but only 64 percent of districts will receive more money.

Student Arrested for Carrying Imitation Gun

A Mainland Regional High School student was arrested Thursday after bringing an imitation gun to school. The imitation gun found iin a backpack while the student was out of the classroom according to Linwood police. A special officer assigned to the school arrested the student minutes later. The student who was not named, was charged with possission of an imitation firearm and possession of an imitation firearm in an educational institution before being released to a parent.

What Cape May County Is Doing About Coronavirus

The Cape May County Department of Health is working in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Health, and Center of Disease Control to address, monitor and keep residents protected and informed about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). As of Thursday, February 27, 2020 there have been no COVID-19 cases reported in Cape May County or New Jersey. However, should this outbreak become widespread throughout the United States then a greater level of public health safeguarding measures will be employed to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of this virus including establishing a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pamphlet and webpage found under Hot Topics at, or by calling (609) 465-1200.

Free Tree Seedlings For Atlantic County Residents

Free tree seedlings will be offered to Atlantic County residents on Saturday, March 28, while supplies last, at the Warren E. Fox Nature Center in the Atlantic County Park, Route 50, Estell Manor between 8 AM and 4 PM. The seedlings are provided as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign to help communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The goal is to plant trees today that will create future forests. One thousand seedlings will be distributed in bundles of five per household with instructions on storage, care and planting. Recipients are advised to plant the seedlings soon after receiving them to prevent the roots from drying out.

New Rules for Beach Umbrellas

Beachgoers at the Jersey Shore would have to tether their beach umbrellas to the sand to prevent them from flying off and injuring people under a recently introduced bill. Monmouth County officials, wrote a bill that would require beach umbrellas to be secured to the sand with an attachment that bores down into the sand, with tie-down straps or by using sandbags. The bill provides for a $50 fine for a first violation, up to $250 for a third or subsequent violation.

Many Heard the Boom in AC this Morning

While there’s no doubt many people in Atlantic and Cape May counties heard what was described as a loud boom that shook buildings this morning, there are no definitive answers yet on where the mysterious sound originated. There were no earthquakes within hundreds of miles of New Jersey , according to the United States Geological Survey. And a spokesman for the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey National Guard, based out of Atlantic City International Airport they werent flying at the time. Sonic booms have been heard along the southern Jersey Shore several times in recent years.

Galloway Township Council Members Censure Colleague

Council members in Galloway Township have agreed to censure member Robert Maldonado after he announced at the start of Tuesday’s meeting that he would not stay for the public comment period of the session. Maldonado characterized it as a hostile work environment and left before that element of the meeting. The six remaining members on council, three Democrats, three Republicans, voted to censure Maldonado for his actions. The Press of Altantic City reports
Councilman Tony DiPietro, a Republican, made the motion to censure Maldonado because he did not want a precedent established that other or future council members would follow.

Habitat For Humanity Has Two Homes To Apply For In Upper Township

Two homes for people who need one are being put on the market, so to speak, by Habitat for Humanity Cape May County. Both properties are in Upper Township. One of them, we told you about in the fall, was donated and moved from Avalon in October. Applications are now being accepted from families in need with a soft deadline at the end of the month. There will be an application assistance event on Thursday, 2p to 6p, at the Upper Township branch of the county library, according to the Press of Atlantic City. The home moved from Avalon, has two bedrooms, the other has three.