New NJ law bans employers from asking salary history

It will soon be against the law for employers in New Jersey to ask job applicants about their salary histories. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver on Thursday signed a bill that prohibits employers from requesting an applicant’s salary, commission or benefit history during the hiring process. The new law takes effect in six months.

$7.6M contract awarded for Cape May beach replenishment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $7.6 million contract to periodically replenish beaches at the southern tip of New Jersey. The agency says it has hired Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois to maintain and widen beaches in the Cape May area. It’s part of a massive ongoing effort along the state’s entire ocean coastline to maintain beaches and protect against storm damage. Sand will be pumped ashore at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center property, as well as the area of Brooklyn and Wilmington avenues in Cape May.
Work is expected to begin in the fall.

Sea Isle Deck Collapse Under Investigation

A deck collapse at a home in Sea Isle leaves several people hurt. Authorities say it happened early Thursday. It’s not clear what caused the collapse nor do we know how many people were on the deck. None of the injuries is said to be serious. Authorities say a party was being held at the 77th Street home when the collapse occurred around 1:30 a.m. Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise shortly before the collapse occurred.
The collapse remains under investigation.

Townsends Inlet Bridge Open Again, Tolls Suspended This Weekend

The Cape May County Bridge Commission says now that the Townsends Inlet Bridge is reopened, this weekend, there will be no tolls charged for passage from Sea Isle City to Avalon. That situation will continue until 6:00 am on Monday, July 29, 2019. The Townsends Inlet Bridge spans between the barrier islands of Sea Isle City and the Borough of Avalon. The current construction was completed by Agate Construction Co., Inc. and replaced spans 1 through 7 on the Avalon side of the bridge.

Man Charged In Deadly Crash, Arrested By ICE

The man we told you about earlier, arrested in connection with the car pedestrian death of a seven year old boy, has been arrested for immigration violations. 30 year old Jorge Rodriguez-Soldana was in the US illegall from Mexico, according to ICE officials. The Press of Altantic City reports Rodriguez-Soldana was charged with causing death while driving without a license after he struck a woman and her two grandchildren as they crossed the White Horse Pike in Egg Harbor City on July 11th. One of the children, 7 year old Marco Yu, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials: Townsend Inlet Bridge Reopening Expected Thursday Evening

The final phase of construction activity for the Townsend Inlet Bridge is being completed today. Once the traffic striping and cleanup is completed, the bridge will be opened to vehicular traffic.

It is expected that the bridge will open to traffic on or about 6:00 p.m. today, Thursday July 25.

There will be no tolls collected to cross the bridge upon opening this evening and throughout the weekend. Toll collection will resume on Monday July 29.

Another Rabid Animal Found In Atlantic County

Atlantic County health officials remind residents not to touch wild animals after a Mullica resident was bitten by a raccoon he was attempting to remove from his property. The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies on July 25.

The raccoon was found in the yard of a property in the 1500 block of Elwood Weekstown Road in Mullica. It appeared disoriented and staggered while walking.

In addition to the one human exposure, an investigation by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health also identified one possible exposure of the homeowner’s cat. The homeowner was advised to begin post-exposure rabies treatment and the cat will receive a booster and be placed under a 45-day informal confinement as a precautionary measure. If the cat’s vaccination status could not have been confirmed, its confinement would have been four months.

State Counters Sea Isle’s Contention On Former Fire Chief’s Certification

The state has a different view on the validity of former Sea Isle Fire Chief Frank Edwardi Sr.’s certifications. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the city this week accused the state of losing relevant paperwork concerning Edwardi’s training and qualifications, but state officials say there is still not acceptable documentation to recertiffy him. Edwardi, who resigned recently when the issue came to light, submitted a new application this week but state officials say some of the documents are more than 25 years old, aren’t notarized and are missing a letter from the person who was chief at the time of his training.

AC Teen Violence Continues

A summer wave of violence involving teens continues in Atlantic City, where authorities are investigating the Wednesday morning shooting death of a 15-year-old girl. Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim. She is the third teen to die in gun violence in Atlantic City this summer. An 18-year-old female was fatally shot in a Pennsylvania Avenue apartment on the night of July 3. A 16-year-old boy died June 25, 10 days after he was found suffering from gunshot wounds on Arctic Avenue. A 15-year-old boy is charged in that homicide, said the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Cape May Man Faces Sex Assault Charges

Aggravated sexual assault counts face 49-year-old Christopher Daggett of Cape May man in connection with an incident last month. According to the Press of Atlantic City, police say they were called to a residence in Wildwood Crest on June 14th for a sexual assault and Daggett was developed as a suspect. No word on the nature of what happened nor any information about the victim. Daggett was arrested and sent to the Cape May County jail.