Archives for December 2019

Turkavage To Run As Democrat

A Brigantine resident and former FBI agent will run as a Democrat for the right to challenge recently turned GOP incumbent Jeff Van Drew in the 2nd Congressional district. According to the Press of Atlantic City, 64 year old Robert Turkavage will face at least three Democrats for the right to challenge Van Drew, who announced his party switch on December 19th. Turkavage said he agrees with the Democratic platform on the need to tax the wealthy more and middle class less, and in his opposition to the death penalty.

Wildwood Crest Police Chief Steps Down

Dec. 27 marked the final Borough Commission meeting of the Chief Joseph McGrath era. Although the Wildwood Crest police chief was unable to attend, due to a scheduling conflict, some colleagues and community members took the opportunity to thank him for 25 years of service. Police Capt. Robert Lloyd, and Commissioner David Thompson each took time during the public comment period to express appreciation for the chief. Then Lt. McGrath took over as the officer-in-charge in April 2014.

NJ Minimum Wage Increase New Year’s Day

New Jersey’s minimum wage increases to $11 per hour for most workers on New Year’s Day, in an annual step toward a $15 minimum wage by Jan. 1, 2024. The Press of Atlantic City reporting 21 states will raise their minimum wage this year, including several to $12 an hour or more. The minimum wage rose to $15 an hour for all workers in New York City as of Tuesday.

West Cape May Getting State Funds For Urban And Community Trees And Forests

West Cape May is getting a piece of 122,500 in grants to 11 municipalities to promote the stewardship of urban and community trees and forests. The grants provide financial assistance to counties and municipalities statewide to assist in implementing their local Community Forestry Management Plans. The grants will help continue the work of protecting and growing urban and community trees and forests. West Cape May is receiving $10,000 under the program.

Pleasantville Police Seek Info On Shooting

They found four shell casings and bullet holes in two trucks, but in Pleasantville, police are trying to find out more about a shooting incident Monday. A ShotSpotter alert came in at 1pm for the area of Chestnut Avenue and Wright Street. There are no known injuries as a result of the shooting and if you know anything about it, police want you to contact them.

Job Fairs Upcoming At Peebles Stores Ahead Of Changeover To Gordmans

Job fairs are happening at Peebles stores in Middle Township and Upper Township between 11am and 8pm on Tuesday, January 7th as those stores begin the process of changing over to Gordmans. The stores are hiring for a number of positions including store manager, assistant store manager, sales associate, stockroom associate and more. Those hired full time will receive health insurance, a 401(k) savings plan, paid vacation and holidays and a 20% associate discount on merchandise. They expect the changeover to be complete by mid-February.

Sixth Rabies Case In Atlantic County

Atlantic County’s sixth case of rabies this year was recently confirmed in a raccoon collected from a property in the 400 block of Highland Avenue in Galloway Township. Atlantic County’s previous 2019 rabies cases included two raccoons, two bats and a skunk. According to county health officials, on December 23 a homeowner noticed an ill raccoon in its backyard when the individual let its two dogs outside. The homeowner called police for assistance who promptly responded and found the animal injured and disoriented. It soon succumbed to its injuries. The raccoon was removed from the property by an animal control officer and taken to the state lab for testing where it was positively confirmed for rabies.

Shotss Fired Being Investigated

Police are currently investigating reports of shots being fired at the intersection of Wright Street and Chestnut Avenue just after 1 p.m. The Press of Atlantic City reporting shell casings have been recovered but police have not identified any suspects or victims, according to Capt. Matt Hartman.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Imposes Flu Restrictions

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has enacted a temporary visitor restriction to protect its most vulnerable patients during flu season. Visitors under the age of 14 may not visit The Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus, Pomona, including Labor and Delivery, Maternal Newborn, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Also, The Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center, ARMC Atlantic City Campus and The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, both Egg Harbor Township and Cape May Court House locations. Year-round AtlantiCare restricts anyone with a fever of 100 or above and any of the following from visiting all areas of the hospital and its ambulatory care sites.

Ailing Man Airlifted Off Cruise Ship

The Coast Guard airlifted a person off a cruise ship about 17 miles off the coast of Little Egg Inlet over the weekend. The captain of Anthem of the Seas reached out about a 70-year-old passenger who was having severe abdominal issues and needed a higher level of medical care. The aircrew hoisted the man, accompanied by his son, and transported them to AtlaniCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, where he received the care he needed, say Coast Guard officials.