Archives for August 2019

Power Company To Hold Wind Farm Public Meetings

A Danish power company picked to develop a 1,100-megawatt wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, will hold public meetings. Orsted will offer an overview of the Ocean Wind project and employees and consultants will be on hand to discuss specifics. It would be located 15 miles off Atlantic City with construction expected to start in the early 2020’s and the farm operational in 2024. Sessions happen in Atlantic City on August 26th from 6pm to 8pm at Stockton University’s Atlantic City Academic Center, and the next night in Ocean City from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Howard S. Stainton Ocean City Senior Center,1735 Simpson Ave.

Brigantine Ground Spray Scheduled

The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled a ground spray for portions of Brigantine as part of the county’s ongoing efforts to control adult mosquitoes and reduce the spread of mosquito-borne illness. No other communities are scheduled for spraying at this time

The ground spray application will take place, weather permitting, between 4 AM and 6:30 AM on Friday, August 23, using Zenivex, the trade name for etofenprox, applied as an ultra-low volume aerosol.

The area to be treated is bounded by a line that follows 12th St. N.E. Shore Drive, Traverse Place, E. Shore Drive, Golf Course Drive, N. Shore Drive, W. Shore Drive, Lafayette Blvd., W. Shore Drive., Risley Road, Bayshore Avenue, 6th Street, W. Beach Avenue, and E. Beach Avenue

Authorities: Man had weapons, ammo, white-supremacist items

Federal prosecutors say a large weapons cache was found at a New Jersey man’s home after he was involved in an auto accident last month. State police found numerous weapons and ammunition inside Joseph’s Rubino’s vehicle after it crashed on July 24. Authorities say numerous guns were found in the home — including rifles, shotguns and handguns — along with high-capacity magazines, ammunition, a grenade launcher and other related items. Officers also allegedly found methamphetamine, marijuana and white supremacist literature. The 57-year-old Rubino faces weapons charges and a count of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

NJ Woman Goes to Prison After Prescription Ring

A New Jersey woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in a widespread fraud scheme involving public employees and compound prescription drugs. Kristie Masucci appeared before a judge in Camden on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Cedar Run resident had previously admitted recruiting others to obtain expensive and medically unnecessary medications from an out-of-state pharmacy.
About two dozen people have pleaded guilty. Prosecutors say claims were submitted for medications such as pain, scar, antifungal and libido creams that were prescribed without doctor evaluations.

Sentencing In State Health Benefits Program Scam

A Stafford Township woman is the first person to be sentenced in connection with a multimillion dollar scheme to defraud the state health benefits program. The Press of Atlantic City reports 37 year old Kristie Masucci was handed two years behind bars and another three years’ probation. According to terms, she’ll also have to pay roughly $1.8 million. Masucci is a former pharmaceutical rep who, between January 2015 and February 2016, persuaded people with state benefits to obtain medically unnecessary compounded medications from an out-of-state pharmacy.

Mosquito Spraying In Galloway Township, Port Republic Wednesday

The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control is scheduled to conduct an evening aerial spray over portions of Galloway Township and Port Republic on Wednesday, August 21 between 5 PM and 8 PM, weather permitting, as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the population of adult mosquitoes and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illness. No other Atlantic County communities are scheduled for spraying at this time.

In Galloway Township, the areas to be treated are bounded by: Route 9 and King’s Highway; Rt. 9 east to the E.B. Forsythe Refuge, from Smith-Bowen Rd. to Leeds Point Rd.; Rt. 9 east to the E.B. Forsythe Refuge, from E. Somers Landing Rd. to E. Chanese Lane.

In Port Republic, the areas to be treated are between Clark’s Landing Road and Chestnut Neck.

Levinson Appointed To Panel To Look At Heading Off Tax Increase

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has been put in charge of a task force looking at how to avoid another significant tax increase on Atlantic City residents. The Press of Atlantic City reports the panel is being given the mission to determine how such a hike could be sidestepped. The owner of a $150,000 home in Atlantic County will pay a tax bill of $5,850, which is just under $700 more than in 2018.

Lower Township Man Cuffed For Allegedly Threatening Neighbors With Knife

A Lower Township man is behind bars after police say he threatened neighbors with a knife. Police went to the Manor Lake/Lake View Apartments on East Greenwood Avenue Monday after 65 year old Richard Paradise allegedly made the threats. The 65 year old is charged with terroristic threats, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

$1 Million Scholarship Program At Stockton University

A new scholarship program at Stockton University will give full, three year scholarships to four sophomores as part of a million dollar commitment. Alfred Engelberg is a 1956 grad of Atlantic City High School who is donating the money. The Press of Atlantic City says the scholarship also includes room and board, supplies, fees, plus mentorship and internship opportunities. The four are the first recipients of the Engelberg Leadership Scholarship Program.

NJ Transit Directed to Publish Data on Train Cancellations

Rail commuters will soon get a clearer picture of how New Jersey Transit is performing. Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday that requires NJ Transit to release monthly data on train cancellations that includes the specific reasons for the disruptions. NJ Transit also will release similar reports for every month dating back to January 2017. Commuters have been plagued by train cancellations and delays in recent years due to engineer shortages, equipment failures and aging infrastructure.