SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY

Candidates and budgets will be decided in school districts across the area on Wednesday. Contested school board elections will take place in Dennis Township, Lower Cape May Regional (Lower Township and West Cape May), Middle Township, Upper Township, Wildwood Crest, and Woodbine. Budgets will also be up for vote, which if turned down, will end…

POLICE LAYOFFS SPIKE CRIME RATE IN NEWARK

A new report says that police layoffs can directly lead to an increased crime rate. The Star-Ledger reports that overall crime between Jan. 1 and April 17 has increased 21 percent compared to the same time last year. Meanwhile homicides have increased 71 percent in that time frame. Locally, Wildwood is looking at laying off over 20…

SHARPTON LEADS RALLY IN VINELAND

The Press of Atlantic City reports that the Reverend Al Sharpton will be in South Jersey Tuesday. Sharpton is scheduled to lead a rally at the Vineland Developmental Center at 8:45am. Governor Chris Christie says he will close the Vineland center, costing 1,400 Cumberland County jobs. Two other protests have been planned for today throughout…

REQUEST FOR TAPE BY WILDWOOD TURNED DOWN

A Superior Court judge has denied Wildwood’s request to get a video tape that allegedly shows a Wildwood Police officer using excessive force. The Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor made the announcement, saying the Superior Court judge ruled that the Prosecutor is exempt from disclosure under the Open Public Records Act. The tape dates…