March 3, 2015 |
Freezing rain, slush, and snow made driving treacherous across much of the region Sunday, causing numerous crashes, some involving multiple injuries. The icy conditions prompted authorities to reduce the speed limit to 45 m.p.h. on most highways. More than 400 flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport were canceled as the Federal Aviation Administration slowed traffic to cope with the storm and highway delays. Staffers were preparing to hand out cots, blankets, and water bottles if delays left travelers stranded after midnight, spokeswoman Diane Gerace said.
January 28, 2015 |
Benjamin E. Cavileer Sr., 80, of Egg Harbor City, N.J., who retired in 2001 as the New Gretna toll plaza supervisor on the Garden State Parkway, died of complications from heart problems Thursday, Jan. 22, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Born in Lower Bank, Burlington County, Mr. Cavileer graduated from Egg Harbor High School in 1952 and served as an Army Signal Corps communications specialist at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Fort Benning, Ga. He chose what became a three-decade career at Parkway toll stations because "he had a growing family and was looking for something that was steady," son Thomas said.
October 26, 2014 |
CRANBURY, N.J. - In a collective sigh of relief, top state leaders met outside a New Jersey Turnpike service area Friday morning to hail a long-anticipated expansion of the major roadway that is expected to ease commuter frustration. The $2.3 billion turnpike-widening between Mansfield in Burlington County and East Brunswick in Middlesex County is expected to prove its worth in coming days, with the added northbound lanes set to open Sunday. Between Exits 6 and 8A, lanes in each direction were doubled, from three to six. North of that, to Exit 9, one lane was added on each side, bringing the whole turnpike portion in question to a span of 12 lanes.
August 5, 2014
While easing human travels via the Atlantic City Expressway, New Jersey officials have admirably accommodated the rare reptiles that might venture to cross the highway. Better yet, they're deploying technology to make sure they do so. Vehicles traveling along the six-lane highway, which divides the Pinelands National Reserve, are a threat to some of New Jersey's already threatened wildlife population. One rare creature that finds its home in the Pinelands is the elusive northern pine snake.
May 18, 2014 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - At a picnic area on the Garden State Parkway, Robert Marshall pulled over shortly after midnight to check a tire on his white Cadillac. He was walking to the rear of the car, he said, when he was struck on the head and knocked unconscious. When he came to, Marshall said, he found his wife, Maria, dead in the front seat of the car, with two bullet wounds to her back. She had been shot with a .45-caliber automatic pistol. The story didn't add up, and Marshall would be convicted of hiring his wife's killers.
February 18, 2014 |
WOODBURY Weeks before a proposal to privatize toll collections on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway is considered by the state Turnpike Authority, some South Jersey officials are expressing opposition to it. The Gloucester County freeholders and Monroe Township Council members have adopted resolutions against the proposal to hire a contractor to oversee manual and E-ZPass collections. The authority issued a request for proposals late last year, due by March 7. The authority board of commissioners is expected to hear presentations and make a decision by the end of April.
January 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - One of the best parts of his job, Gov. Christie was explaining, is that he gets to avoid the traffic all too familiar to any New Jerseyan who has made the hellish drive into New York. "Maybe when you're on the train, you see the people in all the traffic trying to get to the Lincoln Tunnel," Christie told an 8-year-old at a town hall meeting last year. "When you're governor," he said, leaning in and pausing for comic effect, "they close the Lincoln Tunnel for you. And you get to drive right through !"
January 13, 2014 |
Bus rides. Ask a former high school basketball star what he remembers best about the state tournament, and he'll talk about the packed gymnasiums and the big shots, the decisive plays, and the sound of the horn at the end of another victory. But invariably, he also will talk about the bus rides - the bumpy two-way trips with teammates, the rising anticipation of the journey to the games, the relief and excitement of the return home. "That's what I remember," LaMarr Greer said of his junior and senior seasons at Middle Township High School in Cape May County.
September 21, 2013 |
C.J. LaFragola used to wear blue and gold. Now he wears red and white. He used to play quarterback. Now he plays fullback. He used to travel down the Garden State Parkway every morning to Absecon. Now he goes inland to Hammonton. But some things are the same: It's Week 2, it's St. Joseph vs. Holy Spirit, and the anticipation is building toward what will be one of the most hard-hitting and far-reaching games of the South Jersey football season. "It's like the South Jersey Super Bowl," LaFragola said of the game that will match his new team against his old team in a Cape-Atlantic League American Division clash Friday night at Holy Spirit.
September 19, 2013 |
EVERY commercial fisherman has good days and bad days, stretches when the sea seems as barren as the moon and others when the nets are fat with fins, claws and shells. Matthew Camp, of Lower Township, Cape May County, had a recent run of good days aboard a scallop boat, the F.V. Nancy Elizabeth, and things were set to get even better Sept. 9 when he planned to buy an engagement ring and propose to his longtime girlfriend, Tabitha Bohn. Camp, 32, cashed a check for $12,000 at a bank that morning, stuffed the bills into his backpack and headed south on the Garden State Parkway on his motorcycle about 8 a.m. Then fate or a faulty zipper deep-sixed the day: All those bills fluttered out of his backpack, all those hours on the ocean tossed away like a shucked scallop shell.