Friday, August 26, 2016

Ongoing Construction at Oakcrest High School Delays First Day of School

The serious construction kinks at Oakcrest High School have official hit a snag. Oakcrest will have a delayed opening as the school will not be ready to open on Tuesday. 

Superintendent John Keenan notified School District Staff through email Friday afternoon that despite the best efforts of the contractors, the school is just shy of completion.

Serious construction over the past couple months has been the center of attention for parents and staff making some question if the school was safe to even start on time.

Faculty is told to report on September 1st and all students will report on September 6th, according to the Superintendent. Oakcrest will have to use the two emergency days, May 26th and May 30th that were built into the calendar in order to make up for the delay. Students will also have to report on June 14th which is the last day of school and graduation.

It is still unknown whether the teachers who have been working for the past 2-years without a contract will be starting school on August 30th as discussions are being had regarding work stoppage. 

Cedar Creek and Absegami High School staff will still report on Monday. A revised calendar for Oakcrest as released by the Superintendent is below.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Four Men Charged with Murder; Two Men Still At-Large

Tywan Dixon                              Donnell Nicholas        
MAYS LANDING – Four men were charged Tuesday with felony murder, and three other persons were charged with gun and drug possession charges, in connection with the shooting deaths of two men at an Absecon Boulevard motel/hotel in March 2015, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
On March 1, 2015 at 4:58 a.m., in response to a 9-1-1 call, Absecon Police officers responded to the Red Roof Inn on East Absecon Boulevard.
Upon arrival, police found two men dead inside the hotel of gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as Diante Owens, 22, of Pleasantville, and Gerald Alvarez, 22, of Mays Landing. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene, and the New Jersey State Police Crime Scene South Unit assisted with crime-scene processing.
Two other men—Donnell Nicholas, 22, of Atlantic City and Zackery M. Geckeler, 22, of Galloway Township—arrived at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division Trauma Unit later the same morning, both with gunshot injuries. 

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of National Campaign

(GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP) – New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown is upon us. Law enforcement officers from Galloway Township are participating in the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning August 19 and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period. 

Galloway Police Blotter August 7 - 13, 2016

Galloway Township Police responded to 702 calls for service during August 7, 2016 through August 13, 2016.

Additional statistics include: 2 Burglaries, 20 Motor Vehicle Accidents, 79 Tickets issued, 2 Driving While Intoxicated, 26 Arrests, 17 Domestic Violence, 4 Fire Calls, 26 EMS Calls and 0 Juvenile calls.
1400 Block of Broad St.                            
Car Burglaries
Philadelphia Ave.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

GEHR Contract Talks Fail; Teachers to Discuss Options Including Work Stoppage

While over 100 staff members with signs protesting their lack of a contract sat in the regular Board meeting, talks held on Monday night failed to produce a settlement between the 435 member Greater Egg Harbor Regional Education Association and the Board of Education. Representatives met prior to and after the Board’s regularly scheduled board meeting in an attempt to resolve the ongoing contract negotiations between the parties.  

The talks were the result of the Board requesting to meet with the Association to “further explore the Board’s proposal” submitted to the Association on June 8.

The Board’s June 8 proposal rejected almost all of the recommendations made in the 109 page fact-finding report issued by a state appointed neutral fact-finder. According to Myron Plotkin, the NJEA negotiator for the Association, the report rejected almost all of the proposals put forth by the Board to delete economic provisions contained in the last contract which expired on June 30, 2015. 
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