Mail In Ballot Recount Results In Local Races

No change from a machine and paper ballot recount in the races for Pleasantville school board candidate Doris Rowell or Atlantic City Council 5th Ward candidate Sharon Zappia. The Press of Atlantic City reports Rowell intends to file a challenge to the election to see whether the mail in ballots were mishandled. Rowell has run for the schoool board three times, and each time, mail in votes cost her the race. If the elections are contested and candidates can show fraud occurred, a judge can order a new election, according to Atlantic County Board of Elections officials.

Stockton University Receives Largest Donation To Date

Stockton University will be able to expand its academic program in Atlantic City and its health sciences program at its mainland campus — and create an unrestricted fund of $2 million for other university needs, after receiving the largest donation in the school’s history. According to the Press of Altantic City, telecommunications executive John F. Scarpa is donating $8 million to the school. The money comes from the John F. Scarpa Foundation. In kind, the Stockton University Board of Trustees unanimously approved the renaming of two buildings in honor of the donation — the academic building in Atlantic City and the health sciences building in Galloway, in Scarpa’s honor.

Gas Main Strike At Atlantic City Country Club

Northfield volunteer firefighters among the crews responding to a gas main strike at Atlantic City Country Club Wednesday morning. Either club employees, or contractors, were putting in a fence when they struck a two inch service line, according to the Press of Atlantic City. South Jersey Gas personnel arrived on the scene and the situation was made safe. Service was restored in the afternoon. No injuries reported.

AC Part of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

New Jersey’s annual holiday crackdown targeting drunk drivers starts Friday with 133 police departments getting nearly $600,000 in overtime grants for checkpoints and extra patrols. The ticket blitz during the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign runs through New Year’s Day and includes other departments that didn’t get overtime grants. Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, and Galloway among those in Atlantic County to each receive $6-thousand dollar grants.

Cape May Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday

The City of Cape May officially kicks off the holiday season on Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m. with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Rotary Park Bandstand located on the 400 block of Lafayette Street. The festive family program will include caroling, a presentation by the Lower Cape May Regional High School choir and a special visit from Santa Claus. Cape May City officials, a representative from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and a representative from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities will also participate in the ceremony.

ACE Upgrading Outage Maps Online

Atlantic City Electric is making it easier to track storms and power outages. Breaking AC reports there are enhancements on the utility’s online outage map to give customers more useful information, It allows users to track additional system status information and will offer better assessments of severity and duration of storms through a storm alert banner. That can also aid with geographical impact and estimated restoration for an outage, according to the company.

ACPO Staffer Receives Award

The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey selected Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy for the 2018 award of Outstanding Advocacy In A Single Case for his efforts in the conviction of the defendants in the April Kauffman murder case. Ferdinand Augello was sentenced to life behind bars, plus 30 years in Kauffman’s 2012 murder. Augello was hired by Kauffman’s husband, James Kaufman, largely, say prosecutors, due to her threats of divorce.

Glebocki Hired As Ocean Casino Resort CEO

Terry Glebocki has been hired by Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City as its CEO. The Press of Atlantic City reports Glebocki has been serving in that job in an interim capacity since August. She has three decades of financial management experience and recently also served as the casino’s chief financial officer.

AC Police Promote 27

The Atlantic City Police Department promoted 27 people Monday in the largest single promotion ceremony ever held for city law enforcement. The Press of Atlantic City reporting the department elevated 24 officers to the rank of sergeant and promoted three special law enforcement Class II officers to full-time cops during a swearing-in ceremony at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The department now has a total of 57 sergeants, who earn a starting salary of $100,000 per year.

Rio Grande Avenue To Close For Road Construction

Rio Grande Avenue (C.R. 661) will be closed between the hours of 8:00pm thru 6:00am on December 9th, December 10th and December 11th due to ongoing roadway construction. Currently, the County’s roadway contractor, South State Inc. is installing drainage piping, concrete curbing, concrete sidewalks and the southeasterly bridge parapet as part of the ongoing Rio Grande Avenue Gateway project. During the course of these improvements, the contractor has been able to maintain traffic during construction activities. However, the depth and complexity of drainage piping that is scheduled occur across the Rio Grande Avenue and Susquehanna Avenue intersection will not allow for a safe and expedient installation of the piping if traffic is maintained. Consequently, traffic will be prohibited from entering the construction zone during this nighttime construction activity.