News Blog Archives for 2011-09




NEPTUNE,  N.J. – Hours at the FEMA/state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are changing statewide, while four other centers are closing, announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM).

The new hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all locations beginning Thursday, Sept. 29.

Four centers are scheduled to complete their operations at close of business, Saturday, Oct. 1:


Pennsauken Fire Company #2

2215 Merchantville Avenue

Pennsauken, NJ 08110



Brick Township Civic Plaza

270 Chambers Bridge Road

Brick Township, NJ 08723



Ware Agricultural Complex

51 Chesney Road

Woodstown, NJ 08098 (Mannington Township)



Warren County Office of Emergency Management

1024 Route 57

Washington, NJ 07882


“We are determined to make sure every New Jersey resident affected by Hurricane Irene gets all the help possible,” said State Coordinating Officer Lt. Paul Miller of NJOEM.  “Even when the local recovery center demand drops enough that it closes, FEMA information is still available through the helpline at 1-800-621-3362.”

“While registering with FEMA is the first step, you still should follow up on your application and continue to update your contact information,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William L. Vogel. “We urge applicants to follow through with their recovery process.” he said.

The deadline to register is Oct. 31.

There are three ways to register – go to or or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3262 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY, call 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to10 p.m.; multilingual operators are available.

Residents can find the DRC closest to them online at:

Fall Prevention Fair

Fall Prevention Fair


Studies show that falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among seniors.  Bacharach Institute will celebrate Physical Therapy Month by holding its first annual Fall Prevention Fair Thursday October 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main campus in Pomona.


There will be a wide range of screens available to assess your risk of falling including balance screening, “Get Up and Go” physical screen, hearing screenings (video otoscopy and VNG eye movement test), blood pressure screening, medication review, vision screening, and home safety modification tips.  These risk assessments will be performed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, doctors of audiology and nurses.  This interdisciplinary team will help identify potential problems but also suggest strategies and possible treatments to reduce risk and promote safety.


In addition to the many screens, there will be a Tai Chi demonstration, refreshments and a raffle prize.


Free valet parking is available for the fair.


Admission is free, but you must call to register, 609-748-5460.

Carjack suspect in Court



First Appearance


WHAT: A Camden man that was arrested for the carjacking and murder that took place in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 18, is scheduled to make a first appearance in court today.


Phillip L. Byrd, 20, of 1536 Wildwood Avenue, was arrested last night in Camden. Byrd is currently facing charges of felony murder, murder, carjacking/kidnapping, robbery, theft and weapons charges.


WHEN: On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. before Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury in courtroom 5. Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Maher will represent the State.


WHERE:  The Criminal Courts Complex located at 4997 Unami Boulevard in Mays Landing.


***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County. 

Traffic Safety Advisories

Traffic Safety Advisories - Beginning Tuesday, September 20

Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway
On Tuesday, September 20, the eastbound lane of Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway will be closed between 4th Avenue and Pitney Road beginning at approximately 8 AM for utility work by Verizon. This work is expected to be completed by early afternoon.

Motorists should plan accordingly and allow extra travel time or use an alternate route.


West End Avenue, Atlantic City
On Tuesday, September 20, a lane shift traffic pattern will be in effect on West End Avenue at Raleigh Avenue in Atlantic City, between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4 PM, for utility work by the Atlantic City Sewer Company. Police and traffic directors will be on site to assist. Work is contingent on weather conditions.

Washington Avenue, Egg Harbor Township
Beginning Tuesday, September 20 through Thursday, September 22, westbound access to Washington Avenue in Egg Harbor Township will be limited between Fire Road and the Garden State Parkway for local traffic and the Garden State Parkway only. A detour will be in effect on Washington Avenue between Uibel Avenue and the Garden State Parkway. Work will take place 7 AM to 5 PM and the road will reopen each night. The work is by the South Jersey Gas Company. Police will be onsite to assist motorists. Work is contingent on weather conditions. Delays will be encountered. Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour or find an alternate route. 



Traffic Closures

Please note, the following information has been provided to Atlantic County by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

NJDOT announces lane closures to resume on Route 30
Absecon Boulevard Bridge work continues

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will resume work requiring lane closures on Route 30 as the project to repair the Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge over Beach Thorofare in Atlantic City, Atlantic County progresses.

Temporary single and double-lane closures will resume over the Route 30 bridge starting Friday, September 16.  Double lane closures will be restricted to nighttime only.  Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Sunday when required.  Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Sunday when required. 


The boat channel will remain open for all boats not requiring a bridge opening.  For boats requiring a bridge opening, the U.S. Coast Guard will redirect the waterway traffic to another channel.


The $6 million project, which began construction in April, also includes updating mechanical and electrical systems to the bascule span bridge, reinforcing the retaining walls and painting.  Completion is scheduled for March 2012.


Real time travel and construction information is available online at

Corsons Inlet Bridge to Close for a Day

One Day Closing of Corsons Inlet Bridge to Start Rail Replacement Project


Cape May County House – County Engineer Dale Foster announced that the Ocean Drive Bridge over Corsons Inlet will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2011 to make final preparations for the rail replacement project. 


The bridge will be closed to allow the contractor, Thomas Barry Marine Construction, Inc., to install concrete construction barrier curbs and a portable traffic signal system.  When the bridge reopens, traffic will be restricted to one lane with a barrier curb separating vehicles from the work area.


Foster said, “The purpose of the bridge closure is to allow for the placing of the concrete construction barrier curbs along the centerline of the bridge without having to maneuver around vehicles.  The curbs are awkward to handle because they are 20 feet long and weigh 8,000 pounds per section.”


The construction is divided into four phases in order to maintain traffic on the bridge.  The first phase starts in the southbound lane at the toll booth and ends at the south end of the bridge in Strathmere.  The second phase is the northbound lane from the south end of the bridge in Strathmere to the toll booth.  The last two phases involve the northern portion of the bridge.


On April 13, 2011 the Cape May County Bridge Commission awarded Thomas Barry Marine Construction, Inc. of South Dennis, New Jersey, a $2,293,510 construction contract to replace the bridge railings.  The company has been working all summer preparing for the start of construction. 

All work is scheduled to be complete by Memorial Day weekend 2012.  The Cape May County Bridge Commission will suspend the collection of tolls at the bridge beginning September 12th until the project nears completion.


For additional information call 465-1035.

September 11th Memoral Ceremony/Cape May County 10th Annual




Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Ceremony will start promptly at 1 p.m. with a

Moment of Silence


Outside the County Administration Building

4 Moore Road (Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway)

Cape May Court House, New Jersey


Participants include:

Congressman Frank LoBiondo

State Senator Jeff Van Drew

LCDR, Chaplin Aaron Miller, USCG

Pastor Andrew Surace, Covenant Life Church

Rabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz, Beth Judah Temple

Monsignor John Frey, St. Brendan Parish

United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Detail

32nd Basic Class for Police Officers

Federal Disaster Aid


Governor Chris Christie Announces Federal Disaster Aid Has Been Approved for All 21 New Jersey Counties

Individual Assistance Approved for Burlington, Hudson, Mercer, Ocean and Union counties, making New Jerseyans in all 21 counties eligible for direct relief


For Immediate Release                                                                Contact: Michael Drewniak

Sunday, September 4, 2011                                                                           Kevin Roberts


Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today announced that the federal government has approved New Jersey’s request for disaster assistance for New Jerseyans impacted by Hurricane Irene in all 21 counties.  Individual and public assistance were approved for Burlington, Hudson, Ocean and Union counties, and individual assistance was approved for Mercer county, following the public assistance eligibility granted yesterday.  Every New Jersey county has now been approved for both individual and public assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

New Jersey residents and small businesses in all 21 counties are now eligible to apply for different types of federalassistance, including temporary housing, repair, replacement or other needs such as Disaster Unemployment Assistance, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

Public assistance eligibility for all 21 counties allows state, eligible local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations to apply for federal funding on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene.

Survivors of Hurricane Irene in every New Jersey county who suffered damage should apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency – even if they have insurance or aren’t sure they are eligible. 

Register by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, until further notice. Help in other languages is available. Or you can register online at can also apply through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone by visiting and following the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”

Flooding During High Tide

A coastal flood advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today due to onshore winds caused by two far-away weather system.


The afternoon high tide cycle - 11:30 am &  12:30 pm will cause minor tidal flooding along the ocean and the back bays for up to two hours.

Atlatnic County Reportd Frist Positive West Nile Virus Sample of 2011

Atlantic County Reports First Positive 2011 West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample

Atlantic County has reported finding a mosquito sample in Somers Point that has tested positive for West Nile Virus. State laboratory testing confirmed evidence of the mosquito-borne disease on August 22. This is the first positive mosquito sample found in Atlantic County this year.

Representatives from the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control collected the samples on August 18 on S. Holly Drive in Somers Point. County public health and mosquito control officials are conducting mosquito surveillance, implementing additional control measures and providing educational materials to area residents.

West Nile Virus can be transmitted to birds, animals and humans from infected mosquitoes. Crows are particularly vulnerable to the virus. Testing crows and other birds that have been dead for no more than 24 hours can help health officials determine if the virus is present in a particular region.

Health officials encourage residents to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus by following these simple steps:

* Avoid mosquito bites by using an insect repellent whenever going outdoors. Repellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied as directed. Be sure to follow product directions carefully and consult with your child’s doctor prior to using on children.   

* Rid properties of mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water.
Buckets, bird baths, flower pots and other containers can hold water and provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty these containers regularly.

* Clean clogged gutters; check and repair screen doors.
 * Report dead birds to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health by calling 609-645-5971.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the Atlantic County Web site at: or call our Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus hotline at 877-643-2287. For information or assistance in draining standing water from your property, call the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control at 609-645-5948.