National Gymnastic Event Coming to the Area

The United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs will host the NJ State Gymnastics Championship at the Wildwoods Convention Center Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12. Additionally, the Regional Gymnastics Championship will be held over Memorial Day Weekend at the Wildwoods Convention Center, Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26. Over 600 talented athletes from across the U.S. will compete on the floor, balance beam, uneven bars and vault. For additional information regarding the Gymnastics Championships, please call 609-704-9700 or visit

Lawsuit Attempts To Force Boy Scouts To Release Sex Abuse List

A lawsuit filed by a retired Atlantic City Police officer attempts to force the Boy Scouts to release their secret files with names of volunteers suspected of being risks for child sex abuse, or who were banned for such behavior. Richard Halvorson, reports the Press of Atlantic City, claims he was abused by a scout leader in 1982 when he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 6 in Atlantic City. Halvorson says his decision to come forward comes in the wake of a list, released by one of his attornies, of Boy Scout leaders accused of abuse.

EHT School District To Continue Courtesy Busing

After complaints from the public, the Egg Harbor Township school district decided against eliminating courtesy busing to commercial child care centers. The superintendent announced at a meeting that the service would continue next year with some requirements, reports the Press of Atlantic City. There are some new rules in place to make sure that students who aren’t actually using those centers, aren’t using the address so that they can attend their school of choice.

Cancer Center At UPenn Named After Longport’s Tara Miller

The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania is establishing the Tara
Miller Melanoma Center, in honor of Tara Miller, who was a Longport resident. The center will focus on the accelerated development of novel therapies and improved clinical outcomes for patients with the deadliest form of skin cancer. The center is possible thanks to a gift from George and Debbie Miller in memory of their daughter, Tara, who passed away from melanoma in 2014. It also establishes the Tara Miller Professorship in Melanoma Research and Patient Care, ensuring Tara’s legacy will live on forever.

Ventnor Advising Property Owners About License For Rentals

All property owners that offer short-term rentals (30 days or less) in Ventnor must obtain a mercantile license prior to rental. The rise in online, short-term rentals has prompted the City to require a license in order to ensure code enforcement and public safety oversight can be taken if necessary. The license covers a property from January 1 to December 31 and will need to be renewed annually. It costs $100. Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 609.823.7904 with any additional questions.

AC Host Awards Next Week

Employees from Atlantic City’s casinos, hotels and restaurants will be honored at The 21st Annual Host Awards, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Adrian Phillips Theater at Boardwalk Hall. The Host Awards are presented to employees who distinguish themselves through enthusiasm and exemplary service, while promoting the destination as a whole. In addition to the awards, scholarships will be given out to college students. Tickets are $65.00 per person or $650.00 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by calling 609-449-7156.

Gov. Murphy Signs Foreclosure Bill

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a measure aimed at helping the state continue to recover from a housing foreclosure crisis that stemmed from the Great Recession. The Governor signed the nine bills Monday in Atlantic City.
The administration says about one out of a thousand homes are in foreclosure, a total of about 20,000 households. Atlantic City has the highest foreclosure rate at one in 42.

Rosenello Steps Down From Bridge Commission

The mayor of North Wildwood has ended a nine year run on the Cape May County Bridge Commission. Patrick Rosenello served as commission chair at his final meeting on Monday. There was a resolution passed thanking him for his service. Rosenello says issues like the new shared services agreement with Cape May County and a conversion E-Z Pass for the commission’s five-toll bridges, are among the most notable accomplishments during his time of service.

Parks Advisory Board Hearing From Environmental Attorney, Author

Author, environmental attorney, and founder of the Green Amendment for the Generations Movement, Maya K. van Rossum, will be the guest speaker at the May 1 meeting of the Atlantic County Parks and Environment Advisory Board at 7 PM at the Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township. Van Rossum will lead a discussion about a new tool for environmental preservation focused on a policy and legal perspective. She will also focus on how to secure the rights to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment for present and future generations. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Roller Coaster Test Dummy Lands On Nearby Roof

A body that landed on the roof of the Ebb Tide Suites in Ocean City, was that of a test dummy that had flown off a roller coaster at Castaway Cove. The Gale Force roller coaster was being tested with test dummies that are filled with water. One sprung a leak, reports the Press of Atlantic City, and it got loose and launched from the ride Saturday. There were some shingles and some plywood that were damaged by the impact. When filled and not leaking, those dummies weigh 150 pounds. Officials say anywhere between 15 and 30 test rides are done most mornings.