Monday, January 18, 2021



Free COVID-19 Testing Available Throughout South Jersey

New Jersey has scattered six more COVID-19 testing sites throughout the Southern part of the state.

South Jersey Gas to Run First Responder Grant Program

South Jersey Gas will provide grants to support first responder emergency medical services and police departments.

South Jersey Election Results: How House, Freeholder Board Races Are Playing Out

From Jeff Van Drew and Amy Kennedy's hotly-contested House race to local Freeholder board elections, here's how last week's races are playing out in South Jersey.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew Wins Reelection in New Jersey Second Congressional District House Race

Van Drew beat out incumbent Amy Kennedy in one of the nation's most hotly-contested House races.

What’s Good — Murphy’s Chicken N Potatoes

Murphy's Chicken N Potatoes kicked off its community feeding tour in Atlantic City.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew Leads Amy Kennedy in Heated House Race, But No Major Calls Made Early Wednesday Morning

Jeff Van Drew and Amy Kennedy's hotly-contested House race still didn't have a declared winner by the AP as of 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Despite No Calls from Major Outlets, Jeff Van Drew Declares Victory in Second Congressional District Race

Van Drew delivered a victory speech to a crowd of his supporters at the Oar House bar in Sea Isle City just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

What’s Good — Election Day 2020

Although this year's election was held primarily by mail, many community members took advantage of in-person voting offered throughout New Jersey.

Stockton University Poll: Van Drew, Kennedy’s Second Congressional District Race a ‘Dead Heat’

Kennedy held a 46-45 lead among the 676 likely voters polled by Stockton University from October 22-27.

Amy Kennedy Cancels All Public Events, Quarantines After Contact with COVID-19 Positive Individual

Kennedy tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday morning and is experiencing no symptoms, according to her Twitter account.

FiveThirtyEight Slightly Favors Jeff Van Drew in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District House Race

FiveThirtyEight's data and projections show that this year's race between Jeff Van Drew and Amy Kennedy is going to be close.

What’s Good — Breast Cancer Hero Kids

Anona Abdullah and Ja'syiah Reynolds may not even be 10 years old yet, but they made a difference in their community by collecting donations for breast cancer research.

Atlantic City Releases Halloween 2020 Plans

Trick-or-treating will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween, and community members are encouraged to take a number of coronavirus-related precautions like mask wearing and social distancing.

Senator Cory Booker Holds Big Lead in U.S. Senate Race, Per Stockton University Poll

Booker holds an overwhelming 25-point lead over Republican challenger Rik Mehta among 721 voters in the state.

Five Takeaways from Thursday’s Second Congressional District Debate

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) and challenger Amy Kennedy's debate featured discussion about a number of different topics ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to social justice issues.

Bunting Family Pharmacy Opens Drop Box for Disposal of Unwanted Prescription Drugs

The drop box aims to help community members avoid misusing prescription medications.

Amy Kennedy Ahead in Second Congressional District Race, Per Monmouth University Poll

Kennedy holds a five-percentage point (49-44) lead over incumbent Jeff Van Drew, according to the poll from Monmouth University.

Second, Third Congressional District Debates Slated for Next Week

Reps. Andy Kim (D-3) and Jeff Van Drew (R-2) will debate challengers David Richter and Amy Kennedy, respectively, next week.

What’s Good — Arlin’s Dance Spot, Bourre Bar & Grill Host Socially-Distant Salsa Night

Arlin's Dance Spot hosted a socially-distant, safe Salsa Night at Bourre Bar & Grill in Atlantic City.

‘SMART’ Program to Provide Rent, Mortgage Assistance to Camden, Atlantic County Residents

New Jersey SHARES and the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley will help residents in danger of eviction or foreclosure with their payments through a new grant program.

Rutgers, Rowan Joint Study Finds Coastal Salt Marsh Erosion, Decreased Land Development in New Jersey

The study found that New Jersey has lost around 4,400 acres of coastal salt marshes from 1986-2015.

Atlantic County Commuters Can Take Advantage Of Free Rides

The Route 54/40 Community Shuttle is a free and convenient mode of transport that connects Atlantic County residents with job opportunities and essential services. It serves the community by giving transit-dependent individuals and families access to their weekly and daily needs.

Low Cost Firewood Available To County Residents Beginning In October

Atlantic County residents can take advantage of the Homeowners Firewood Program to obtain inexpensive firewood from designated county parks to supplement their own supplies beginning October 1.

New Jersey Senate Democrats Call for Board of Public Utilities to Suspend, Investigate Ocean Wind Project

President Stephen Sweeney, assembly deputy speaker John Burzichelli, and assembly deputy parliamentarian Adam Taliaferro have called on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to investigate the project due to a number of unfulfilled promises from Orsted.

What’s Good — Dominic Barksdale Vows to ‘Change the Way We Look at Food’ Through Almost Vegan

Almost Vegan is the byproduct of Barksdale's mission to find healthier, tastier food.

Freeholders Unanimously Support Call To Lift Indoor Restrictions and Reopen Businesses

The Atlantic County Board of Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution on August 18 supporting County Executive Dennis Levinson’s request for Governor Murphy to lift the current restrictions on indoor dining and entertainment that are having a devastating economic impact on Atlantic County businesses.

Atlantic County Animal Shelter To Offer Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics For Dogs And Cats

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter will conduct free rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats. A canine clinic is scheduled for Sunday, August 23, and a feline clinic is scheduled for Sunday, August 30

What’s Good — Hamilton Township School District Feeds Children Through National School Lunch Program

Families can pick up free food from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays at William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing.

Family Crisis Intervention Available To Help De-Escalate And Resolve Conflicts

Children and families have been impacted in a number of ways including loss of income, illness, and death on top isolation. The Atlantic County Juvenile/Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU) offers help to families who are experiencing serious difficulties in managing the behavior of children 10-17 years old for whom they are responsible.

Atlantic County Library System To Offer Curbside Pickups

The Atlantic County Library System will begin curbside pickup service for requested materials beginning Monday, June 1 at each of its nine branches.

Family Crisis Intervention Available To Assist During COVID-19 Outbreak

Families who are experiencing serious difficulties in managing the behavior of children 10-17 years old for whom they are responsible can seek assistance through the Atlantic County Juvenile/Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU).

Area Economic Recovery Needs Are Unique From Others Says Atlantic County Exec

While the impact of the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus, recovery will require state and federal assistance, but, since the area has a strong reliance on casino gaming and tourism, the economies of Atlantic and Cape May counties will be disproportionately impacted, according to Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson.

Atlantic County Officials Prepare For COVID-19 Closure Impacts On Businesses

Atlantic County is preparing to assist the many local businesses that will be severely impacted by the mandated, long-term closures necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Atlantic County Family Success Centers Close But Remain Accessible To Area Families

The Hammonton, New Day and Inland Family Success Centers will be closed as a precautionary measure regarding COVID-19 until further notice the centers have announced.

Stockton Students ‘Encouraged’ To Continue Studies From Home After Spring Break

Stockton University has “strongly encouraged” students not to return to campus after their extended their spring break until April 6 in order to help reduce the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to an announcement from the university.

Free Tree Seedlings Available To Atlantic County Residents

More trees were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 than any storm on record according to experts. In an effort to repair the damage and create future forests, the Atlantic County government, along with other businesses and agencies, are offering county residents free tree seedlings.

Stockton University Begins New Institute For Lifelong Learning

Stockton University has announced its new Stockton Institute for Lifelong Learning (SILL) recently that will offer short non-credit academic classes to the general public.

Atlantic County Complete Count Committee Educates Public On Importance Of Census 2020

U.S. residents are only about a month away from receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census, and the Atlantic County Complete Count Committee wants to make sure residents make it count.

Stockton to Host Book Signing for ‘Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line’

Stockton Associate Professor of Sociology Christina Jackson will hold a discussion and book signing for the new book Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Stockton University Campus Center bookstore.

Stockton Chosen To Host ‘Truth, Racial Health & Transformation Center’

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has chosen Stockton University as one of 13 new institutions to host a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Center.

New Short Film To Be Shot In Atlantic City Looking For Actors

A new film from writer/director Ian Barling (MFA in Directing from New York University) and cinematographer Anna Franquesa Solano (A24's THE FAREWELL) will be shooting their new short film, FRANCIS, in Atlantic City from February 13 through 18, and they are looking to cast several roles.

Atlantic City to Host N.J.’s Women’s March with Theme ‘Together We RISE’

The Second Annual Atlantic City Women’s March & Rally will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Boardwalk Hall at 11:00 a.m. Due to concerns about severe weather and high winds, all the activities will take place inside the hall's Adrian Phillips Theatre. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m.

Atlantic County Sponsors ‘Feed the Dream to Fight Hunger’ To Honor Birthday of MLK

Atlantic County will commemorate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by holding a food drive beginning Friday, January 17 through Friday, January 31 with the theme of “Feed the Dream to Fight Hunger.”

Sixth Rabies Case of 2019 Confirmed in Galloway Raccoon

Atlantic County’s sixth case of rabies in 2019 was recently confirmed in a raccoon collected from a property in the 400 block of Highland Avenue in Galloway Township. The county’s previous 2019 rabies cases included two raccoons, two bats, and a skunk.

‘Deck the Hall’ Event Raises $10K For CASA Of Atlantic and Cape May Counties

The Fifth Annual “Deck the Hall -- Festival of Trees” at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall hosted by Spectra and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties has generated $10,000 to benefit locally neglected and abused children this Holiday Season according to a press release.

Construction Begins On Veterans Cemetery 20-Acre Expansion

The Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery has begun construction of the second phase of a 20-acre expansion according to a press release from the county.

Stockton University Receives $8 Million Gift, Largest In School History

Entrepreneur and philanthropist John F. Scarpa has pledged $8 million to the Stockton University Foundation that will target the university’s expansion of academic programs on the Atlantic City campus and a health service program on its main campus as well as creating an unrestricted fun for other needs at the university.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center Looks To #GivingTuesday For Funds To Save Sick Seals

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine is looking to raise $10,000 through the #GivingTuesday campaign to help rehabilitate injured and ill seals.

Atlantic County Awarded $485,000 For County Jail’s Opioid Treatment Facility

The Atlantic County jail will open a new in-house opioid treatment facility thanks to a $485,000 award according to officials.

Stockton Partnership Plans To Bring Civility Back To Political Conversations

The William J. Hughes Center will hold small-group and community discussions about civility in our political conversations during the 2020 election year. Members of the public will be invited to participate in dialogue about how to reduce the hostility and polarization found in political talk today.

Egg Harbor Township High School Prepares for Stage Adaptation, ’12 Angry Jurors’

The students of Egg Harbor Township High School examine questions of morality, prejudice, and reasonable doubt in the classic legal drama 12 Angry Jurors from Thursday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 24. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Wake Up Project Donates $3K In Support Of Student Mental Health

The Wake Up Project founder, Vincent Giardino of Mays Landing, recently presented a $3,000 check to representatives of the Stockton Foundation and the campus chapter of Active Minds to help support student mental health.

Veterans Museum Open To Visitors On Veterans Day, Local Scouts Place Flags

In observance of Veterans Day, the Atlantic County Veterans Museum will extend its normal hours of operation to be open on Monday, November 11, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Atlantic City’s ‘Trunk or Treat’ Changes Locations Due to Potential Inclement Weather

Due to some potential inclement weather, the locations of Atlantic City's Oct. 31 "Trunk or Treat" event have been moved, according to a press release issued at 4:14 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Atlantic County SHIP Counselors Help With Medicare Open Enrollment

Counselors from Atlantic County’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) are available to review and assist Medicare plan beneficiaries in making informed choices about which plan is best suited to their needs and which programs could help save them money during the current open enrollment period.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University To Give Atlantic County Students Hands-On Training

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is partnering with Atlantic County and the Atlantic County Economic Alliance to implement its aviation STEM program in area high schools, one of several cooperative economic development initiatives.

Coast Guard Medevacs Man 118 Miles from Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 17 members of the...

Possible Traffic and Pedestrian Delays This Weekend During Atlantic City Marathon

Officials from Atlantic City are advising of possible traffic and pedestrian delays this weekend during the annual Atlantic City Marathon.

Marty Small Sr. Elected New Mayor of Atlantic City

During a special meeting on Tuesday, October 15 former Atlantic City Council president and Acting Mayor Marty Small Sr. became the new mayor of Atlantic City.

Atlantic County to Expand Medication Assistance Treatment Program in County Jail

According to the John Brooks Center, the designated treatment provider for the Atlantic County jail, nearly 80% of addicts released from jail are rearrested compared to just 45% of those who received treatment.

Frank Gilliam Resigns as Atlantic City Mayor After Pleading Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge

Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam announced on Thursday evening that he will resign after pleading guilty to a wire fraud charge.

Stockton University Names Boats After Coach Stan Bergman and Former State Senator William Gormley

Two Stockton University varsity eight boats were named after a local rowing legend and coach, and a long-time supporter of the sport last week.

Atlantic County Coastal Communities Given $7.3 Million Grant for Home Elevations

ATLANTIC COUNTY — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $7.3 million...

Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office and Rowan University to Train First Responders on Overdose Prevention

The Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine will collaborate through a federal grant to provide overdose prevention training for first responders across Atlantic County.

Traveling Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Comes to Buena for Limited Time, Ceremony on Oct. 3

Mayor David Zappariello and Buena Borough Council are proud to announce that the Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, will be on display as the first of a series of events geared toward honoring the borough’s veterans.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Found in Atlantic Couty Resident

The first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Atlantic County has been confirmed by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Atlantic County Animal Shelter Lowering Adoption Fees for Cats and Kittens During ‘Purricane Month’ Promotion

Shelter adoptions include age-appropriate vaccinations, diagnostic testing, a microchip, and a free veterinary consultation.

‘Surf For A Cause’ Generates Immense Swell of Support for Cancer Research

With ideal surfing conditions on the water, the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation made a big impact for people with cancer on Saturday, September 7.

Atlantic City First Responders to Compete in Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

To date, the Battle of the Badges has collected 163 pints of blood in the past three years, potentially helping close to 500 patients.

Fifth Case of Rabies Found in Atlantic County

The skunk was collected and tested at a state lab where it was confirmed positive for rabies on September 3.

Atlantic City to Host State Public Hearing on Sexual Harassment Later This Month

The hearings will include comments from experts, including from leaders in labor unions, advocacy organizations, academia, community organizations, businesses, sexual violence service providers, and more. There will be open time for members of the public to speak.

Atlantic County Agency on Aging Hosting ‘New to Medicare’ Workshops this Month

The "New to Medicare" workshops aims to help newly enrolled Medicare participants or those who will soon be eligible to have a better understanding of changes in the Medicare system.

Somers Point Says Farewell to Summer with the 42nd Annual ‘Good Old Days Festival’

This Saturday, Somers Point will be hosting the 42nd annual Good Old Day Festival to say farewell to summer.

West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample Found in Hammonton

Public health officials note that it is not unusual to find a positive sample during the summer and fall.

Atlantic City Latino Festival Returns this September

The free festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22 from noon to 8 p.m. and will celebrate Atlantic City's Hispanic culture, music, and art.

Stockton University Students Can Now Apply to Atlantic County Government Internships

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and Stockton University’s Political Science Program will be partnering with Atlantic County to create internships for Stockton students within the county government.

Free NARCAN Training Session Will Be Held in Ventnor Library Next Month

A free Narcan training session will be held at the Ventnor Library on Friday, September 5.

Philanthropist Funds $1 Million Scholarship Program to Help Students Become Atlantic City Leaders

The goal of the ELSP is to encourage students to stay in Atlantic City and to become Atlantic City's new community leaders after they graduate.

Artists Wanted for Third Annual ‘Plein Air’ in Atlantic County Parks

Officials from Friends of the Parks, Inc. and Atlantic Cape Community College are calling artists of all skill levels to participate in the third annual Plein Air event held on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Aerial Mosquito Spray Scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 in Galloway and Port Republic

Officials from the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control have announced that an evening aerial spray will happen on Wednesday, August 21 from 5 to 8 p.m., weather permitting in Galloway Township and Port Republic.

Atlantic County Police Training Academy Recruits Train in Atlantic Cape This Month

This will be the first training course held at the college since the academy was relocated from the Canale Training Center in Egg Harbor Township to Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing.

Atlantic County Animal Shelter Waiving Adoption Fees on August 17 and 18

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter is wavering all adoption fees for a selection of pets that are ready for immediate adoption during Clear the Shelter Weekend, part of a regional “Clear the Shelters” event this weekend.

Stockton Hosting Free Youth Art Programs in Atlantic City This Month

Stockton University is offering free art programs in August for residents of Atlantic City ages five to 18.

Greater Egg Harbour Township Historical Society Showcasing Restored 1833-1902 Minute Book

The grant money will restore and repair one of the historical Township minute books. The book covers the history of the Egg Harbor Township from 1833 to 1902.

Boscov’s Makes Final Payment on $3 Million Loan from Atlantic County

Officials from Atlantic County have said that Boscov's has made its final payment on a 10-year, $3 million loan, that was back by the county government.

Second Annual Superhero Walk & Roll This Weekend To Benefit Local Children

Dress as your favorite superhero and put on some walking shoes for the second annual Superhero Walk & Roll in Absecon this weekend.

Second Annual Drink ‘n’ Shoes Raises $9,000 For Vizthum Fund

Around 200 people attended the Second Annual Drink 'n' Shoes horseshoe tournament and beef and beer event to benefit local high school students.

Atlantic City Police Athletic League Awarded Grant to Open After-School Boxing Program

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and State Athletic Control Board (SACB) Commissioner Larry Hazzard Sr. announced on Tuesday, July 30 that the Atlantic City Police Athletic League will be awarded a $65,000 grant for an after-school boxing program.

ACPD to Enforce Nightly Curfew for Juveniles to Curb Violence in Atlantic City

Officials from the Atlantic City Police Department have announced that the department will start to enforce the Juvenile Curfew Act.

ACEA Awarded $750,000 Grant to Accelerate Smart Airport Technologies

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has announced that the Atlantic County Economic Alliance (ACEA) was awarded $750,000 in federal funds from a USEDA i6 Challenge grant to help with aviation technology development in southern New Jersey.

Officials: Father Dies Trying to Save Son From Drowning in Atlantic City

A father died after jumping into the ocean when his 11-year-old son started to struggle in the water.

Fourth Case of Rabies Found in Atlantic County

Atlantic County officials are reminding residents not to touch wild animals after a Mullica resident was bitten by a raccoon as he was trying to move the animal from his property.

Miss America Pageant Leaves Atlantic City for Connecticut

The Miss America Pageant will once again leave Atlantic City and this time head to the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Atlantic City Community Fund Announces First-Ever Class of Grantees

Officials from the Atlantic City Community Fund (ACCF) have announced its inaugural group of grantees for 2019.

Stockton University Announces Tuition and Fees to Increase for 2019-2020 School Year

Officials from Stockton University have announced that tuition and fees at the university will go up by 2.25% for the 2019-20 academic year and the summer 2020 session.

Second Annual ‘Wakeboard Competition and Food Truck Festival’ to Raise Awareness for Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention

Atlantic County will host The Wake Up Project's second annual Wakeboard Competition and Food Truck Festival in Mays Landing.

Atlantic County Reports First Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample

Atlantic County officials have found that a mosquito sample from Northfield has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Grant Writing Workshops For History and Arts To Be Held In August

The Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs will offer two free grant writing workshops to help local arts and history organizations develop and enhance their funding proposals.

New Atlantic City Bike Lanes to Be Constructed Later this Month

Work on new bike lanes will start later this month in Atlantic City, due to new grant funding.