July 12, 2015 |
Annmarie Ruiz has been handed a third card. The Gloucester County health officer, who doubles as Salem County's, will now also report to Atlantic City. Ruiz - charged with enforcing health and sanitation policies and restaurant inspections, and coordinating responses to public health issues - will now split her time among the jurisdictions under a shared-services agreement approved this week by Gloucester County. Atlantic City will pay Gloucester County $2,470 a month until the end of the year - an amount that will increase 2 percent at the start of 2016.
July 7, 2015 |
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
June 4, 2015 |
A Democratic councilman in Paulsboro secured a victory over the borough's current mayor in Tuesday's primary election in the only Gloucester County municipality with contested races. Gary Stevenson, a former borough fire chief, defeated Mayor W. Jeffery Hamilton, according to unofficial county results. With no Republican running for mayor in November's general election, Stevenson has all but won the seat. "I'm ecstatic," Stevenson, 55, a funeral director, said Tuesday night from his home as he celebrated.
May 31, 2015 |
It's a port party in South Jersey, and one state leader is sending the invitations. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) told a room of business leaders and local officials in Voorhees on Friday morning that two port facilities in the works on the Delaware have the potential to invigorate the regional economy - so much so that he envisions a third. "There's one more that we want to build, down in Salem" County, Sweeney said at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey focused on transportation and infrastructure, specifically ports.
April 24, 2015 |
Blaming a mix of several medications, a 12-ounce beer, and a shot of brandy for impairing him on a December night last year, Paulsboro's mayor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a DWI charge, losing his driving privileges for three months. W. Jeffery Hamilton told reporters outside the courtroom in Carneys Point, Salem County, that he didn't know the effect the combination would have. In a hearing that lasted less than 15 minutes, a judge ordered that Hamilton's license be suspended for three months and that he enroll in a mandatory educational program and pay fines and fees.
January 14, 2015 |
After being pulled over for drunken driving in Woolwich Township last month, Paulsboro Mayor Jeffery Hamilton told officers, "Call your mayor," adding, "We're buddies together," according to police reports obtained through a public records request. Hamilton's comments were "a presumed attempt to influence the decision to arrest him," an officer wrote in the report. Hamilton also immediately identified himself as "Mayor Hamilton" upon being stopped during the Dec. 20 incident, the report said.
November 16, 2014 |
Salem junior receiver/linebacker Daiquan Blake deserves some points for honesty. He gets even more for the actual points he created as the Rams scored 22 unanswered in the fourth quarter to defeat Penns Grove, 22-14, Saturday in a South Jersey Group 1 football quarterfinal. Before Blake and his teammates awoke, the fourth-seeded Rams had played a lackluster first three quarters. "It's the most lackadaisical we have been all season," said coach Dennis Thomas, a former Salem star who enjoyed a successful career at Rutgers.
November 13, 2014 |
Memorial Hospital of Salem County made New Jersey history when a major for-profit health-care system bought the struggling facility. The law was changed to clear the way for the 2002 purchase of the nonprofit hospital for $34 million by Community Health Systems. Lawmakers were optimistic Memorial would expand into a thriving health network in the region. But now, a dozen years later, the excitement has apparently waned and lawmakers are painting a dismal outlook for the hospital.
November 6, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Incumbent Republican Frank LoBiondo - with his name recognition and reputation as a fighter for veterans, the elderly and the Jersey shore landscape, easily won an 11th term in Congress Tuesday with a victory over Democratic challenger Bill Hughes Jr. Hughes, 47, a former federal prosecutor who works as a lawyer for the Cooper Levenson law firm here, was fighting to win back his father's old seat. LoBiondo was declared the winner just after 9 p.m., carrying a nearly 3 to 1 vote margin over Hughes.
October 19, 2014 |
After the nuclear plant worker described the impact of the "unwanted sexual contact," a Superior Court judge in Woodbury issued a stern warning Friday to the Camden County man who pleaded guilty to the offense: Stay out of the victim's sight. Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson ordered Michael J. Ford, a former worker at the Salem I nuclear facility, to avoid even being seen by the woman when he picks up his wife, who works with the victim at the plant. Ford, 56, of Hi-Nella, was sentenced to three years' probation, and required to undergo a psychological evaluation and follow its recommendations.