Harriet Tubman Museum Construction Update

Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton recently visited the
building of the new future Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May. The Museum will focus on the journey of slaves across the Delaware Bay to freedom during the 1850's with the use of art and artifacts. The Howell House was in danger of being demolished and was previously one of New Jersey’s “top ten
endangered historic structures,” according to the group Preservation New Jersey. The Museum is
located at the Howell House, on Lafayette Street, and was built around the 1840’s.

Year To Year Casino Gaming Revenues Up In AC

Casino gaming revenue in Atlantic City was up this July from last. The figure of $323.3 million is 7.8% higher than the same month in 2018. The double-digit percentage increases for monthly casino gaming revenue stopped in July but the market was still up compared to the prior year. According to the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. Year-to-date gaming revenue for AC casinos is $1.85 billion, an increase of 18.4% over the first seven months of 2018. The Press of Atlantic City reports July broke a 13-month streak of double-digit percentage increases in total gaming revenue for the market that began in June 2018.

Plans Come Together for Harriett Tubman Museum

Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton recently visited the building of the future Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May. According to a release, the museum is located at the Howell House, on Lafayette Street, and was built around the 1840s. It served as the parsonage to the Macedonia Baptist Church, next door, but has been vacant for decades. The group, that includes Lynda Towns, church trustee, members of the church, and Bob and Zack Mullock are targeting a 2020 opening.

Luring Counts Face AC Man

Luring and other counts face a 53-year-old Atlantic City man following an incident on the Boardwalk. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Scott Hart is charged after he was communicating through social media with a person he thought was a 15 year old girl, but wasn’t. That second party reported him to police after Hart reportedly tried to arrange meeting the person on the Boardwalk for sex. Hart is a registered sex offender and is in the Atlantic County Jail.

Basic Training For Atlantic County Corrections Officers

The Atlantic County Police Training Academy will hold a 15-week Basic Course for County Corrections Officers beginning August 26 at Atlantic Cape Community College, the first training course held there since an agreement earlier this year to relocate the academy from the Canale Training Center in Egg Harbor Township to the college’s Mays Landing campus. Fifteen recruits will participate in the Basic Course for County Corrections Officers with physical training, military drills and firearms instruction as well as self-defense and emergency response.

Plea Deal Rejected In Trafficking Case

Prosecutors have rejected a plea deal from a Mays Landing man indicted on five trafficking counts. The Press of Atlantic City says such a charge would usually carry a sentence of 20 years to life and prosecutors shot down a plea for 36 year old El Joshua to serve three years in prison. He is accused of holding at least two women captive and forcing them into prostitution. He pleaded not guilty to a nine count indictment against him.

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Aug. 13, 2019 3:48 PM CST
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Second Person Arrested In Shooting Of Teen In AC

A second person has been arrested in connection with the deadly shooting of 16 year old Quran Bazemore in Atlantic City. The county prosecutor’s office says the 16 year old suspect is charged with murder and weapons offenses in the incident on June 15th. Bazemore died at a Philadelphia hospital ten days later. The other suspect in the case was arrested a few days after the shooting. That suspect is 15 years old. Bazemore was found seriously wounded on the 1000 block of Arctic Avenue.

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Aug. 13, 2019 3:45 PM CST
by pkilleen

Another CRDA Executive Is Leaving

Another departure at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority as Deputy Executive Director Marshall Spevak is leaving his post. The Press of Atlantic City reports he becomes the third of nine high level executives to leave. He was appointed 16 months ago by the Governor and is taking on a new position but cannot comment publicly as yet on what the job is. The 31 year old was paid $150,000 a year at CRDA.

Cape May County Health Officials Urging Pet Vaccinations

In the wake of three rabies cases so far this year, Cape May County health officials are urging pet owners to have their pets vaccinated. They also warn you should avoid wildlife and domestic animals that you are not familiar with. Never feed or touch wild or stray animals, and keep your pet on a leash. Do not allow your pet to roam; it can come in contact with rabid wildlife.The next upcoming Free Rabies Clinic for Cape May County is in Middle Township September 21, 2pm-3pm at Middle’s Public Works Garage located at 400 W Mechanic Street in Court House.

Gov. Murphy Vows to Provide Water to Newark Residents

Governor Phil Murphy and the mayor of Newark have vowed to provide bottled water to city residents with lead service lines after tests indicate filters may not be protecting them against elevated lead levels. Gov. Murphy and Mayor Ras Baraka said, however, in a statement Sunday evening that the city and state “will need support and assistance from the federal government” to provide and distribute water to affected residents. And the Democratic leaders said long-term water distribution could affect the city’s corrosion control treatment launched in May.