A fifth grade student at the Avalon Elementary School has designed the art work that will be on Avalon’s beach tag for the 2020 summer season. Ginger Radzieta’s art was chosen by Avalon Mayor Marty Pagliughi. She received a plaque from the mayor during a school assembly and the first beach tag for the 2020…
Avalon has received a $177,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The grant will be used to support a street project in 2020. To date, Avalon has received nearly $3 million in grant funding from the state for various road work in the past two decades.
Stockton University has received an $8 million donation from Avalon resident John Scarpa. Scarpa donated the funding to the university, which promptly renamed two buildings in honor of the donation. Scarpa was involved in the first publicly traded cellular company in the United States.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced that 31 year old Jerry Shields has been indicted on charges including sexual assault and witness tampering from a case in Avalon. Authorities say Shields allegedly sexually assaulted an individual last October; additional information was obtained this year that elevated the charge to include witness tampering.
Avalon will start selling 2020 seasonal beach tags on Friday. The special holiday Avalon beach tags will go on sale during the Borough’s huge Festive Friday downtown event. The beach tags cost $23 and come in a decorative box, and are good for the entire 2020 beach season.
Avalon received a prestigious honor relating to its new Surfside Park on Wednesday. Mott MacDonald, the engineer for Avalon, won an award at the New Jersey League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City on Wednesday. The Park was supported by a $2 million grant from the Cape May County Open Space Program.
The Avalon Borough Council met Wednesday and authorized a contract worth $2.5 million to repair the town’s 8th Street Jetty, which was damaged during Winter Storm Jonas. Avalon received over $4 million in FEMA funding for repairs to the jetty. South State was awarded the contract for the project, which will last all winter.
Avalon’s large beach fill project has finished ahead of schedule. The Avalon municipal website notes that 675,000 cubic yards of sand were placed on the beaches between 9th and 20th streets to repair damage caused by repeated coastal storms.
Avalon’s Veterans Day ceremony took time to honor World War II veteran Frank D’Elia. D’Elia turned 100 years old on Veterans Day and was recognized during a ceremony held at Avalon’s Veternas Plaza. He received a proclamation from Mayor Marty Pagliughi.
A major beach fill project in Avalon is underway. Sand began being pumped on the beaches of the community Friday afternoon. Three north end beach paths are closed as Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company fills in the beaches damaged by repeated coastal storm events.