Stockton to Hold Naming Ceremonies for Eight New Boats for Rowing Teams

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (6)

Galloway, N.J.  - Stockton University will hold naming ceremonies for eight new boats for its rowing teams on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Atlantic City boathouse, 3405 Fairmount Ave.

A boat named for local rowing legend Stan Bergman will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.  The boat was purchased through a generous donation from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.  A second boat will also be named as a surprise to a local rowing supporter.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, several boats will be officially named during the Atlantic City Stakes boat races in Atlantic City.

At 9:45 a.m. boats will be named for coach Bob Kerstetter, Ray D’Amico ’81, Stockton trustee Madeline Deininger ’80 and Stockton First Lady Lynne Kesselman ’82.  

At 11:15 a.m. boats named for Elizabeth B. Alton and R. John Alton will be dedicated. The Alton boats were made possible through a donation by Elizabeth Endicott and the Alton family.

The Alton Student Lounge on the second floor of the new Stockton University Academic Center, 3711 Atlantic Ave., will also be dedicated at 2 p.m. Saturday following the boat races. Elizabeth Alton was a founding member of Stockton’s board of trustees and a tireless advocate for locating a state college in South Jersey.

Atlantic City Initiatives Project Office to Co-Host Atlantic City Town Hall for Residents and Businesses in the First and Second Wards

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Town Hall Will Take Place on September 24th

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) encourages people who live and work in the First and Second wards to attend an Atlantic City Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, September 24 to contribute their thoughts and ideas about the city’s ongoing revitalization and how to move the city forward. 


The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Uptown School Complex, 323 Madison Avenue in Atlantic City. Light snacks will be served for people attending the town hall.


The upcoming town hall meeting follows a city-wide town hall that was held in January at Boardwalk Hall and a Spanish-language town hall that was held in June at Our Lady Star of the Sea Memorial Hall.


“Town hall meetings are a great way to hear from people who have a stake in the city and want to contribute to its vibrancy,” said Acting Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “By making the next few town hall meetings smaller, more intimate events, we are hoping to reach even more people, including those who may have been overwhelmed by the size of the last two city-wide meetings. Everyone’s opinion matters and we want people to feel comfortable providing their input.”


Town hall meetings for the Third and Fourth wards and for the Fifth and Sixth wards will be scheduled at a later date.


Next week’s meeting is being hosted by DCA’s Atlantic City Initiatives Project Office in collaboration with the City of Atlantic City, First Ward Civic Association, and Bungalow Park Civic Association. The meeting will kick off with brief introductory remarks, including some from the Governor’s Special Counsel Jim Johnson, who is helping lead Atlantic City renewal efforts and helped author the Atlantic City Transition Report. 


After the brief remarks, people will break out into dialogue groups focused on topics important to Atlantic City such as government accountability, land use development, economic development, workforce development, public health and wellness, public safety, youth opportunities, and civic and cultural development. For each dialogue group, there will be a facilitator to encourage constructive conversation and a recorder to write down what was discussed.


At the conclusion of the dialogue groups, town hall attendees will reconvene to review the input each group provided and to learn about how their ideas will be utilized to improve Atlantic City’s future.


For more information about the work underway in Atlantic City, visit Atlantic City: Building A Foundation for A Shared Prosperity on the DCA website. People can also check out the Atlantic City Initiatives Project Office social media pages at,  and


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ICYMI: Governor Murphy, NJ Transit Announce Atlantic City Rail Line and Princeton Dinky to Resume May 12th

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Restoration Nearly Two Weeks Ahead of Target Date


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – NJ TRANSIT has accelerated the restoration of service on the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) and Princeton Branch (Dinky), announcing that both rail services will resume on Sunday, May 12th.  The new date is nearly two weeks ahead of the agency’s target date and fulfills the commitment to have these services operating prior to Memorial Day weekend.

“Our economy relies upon our residents getting where they need to go reliably and safely, and Governor Christie’s nearly decade-long mismanagement of NJ TRANSIT undermined the capacity of NJ TRANSIT to fulfill that responsibility,” said Governor Murphy. “That is why I’m so pleased to announce the early restoration of the NJ TRANSIT Atlantic City Rail Line and the Princeton Branch Dinky Line, which will allow our commuters to get to work, school, and back again, free of disruption. I applaud NJ TRANSIT’s leadership for their efforts to improve safety and restore service. Our residents and commuters deserve nothing less.”

“The importance of these rail lines was made abundantly clear during our town hall meetings. The needs of our customers remain our highest priority. I am pleased that we were able to restore reliable services to these regions ahead of schedule,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

“I am pleased we are able to restore service sooner than projected.  I know how critical these services are to those who rely on them,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.  “I did not want these rail lines to remain out of service for a minute longer than necessary, and I’m grateful that we’re able to resume service nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.  I want to acknowledge our employees’ hard work that made this possible, and thank our customers for their patience while we were able to successfully meet our interim 2018 Positive Train Control (PTC) requirements and complete necessary track replacement work on the ACRL.”

As part of an effort to provide more reliable and frequent service for Atlantic City area commuters, the ACRL will resume with an improved schedule to better match service with customer demand. In response to customer feedback gained through NJ TRANSIT’s listening tour and enhanced customer focus, the new schedule includes an adjustment to a weekday a.m. peak period roundtrip which fills a gap in arrivals at Philadelphia 30th St. Station during the morning rush hour. The Agency will now offer five trains that arrive in Philadelphia prior to noon, up from three, and reduce wait times between trains to a maximum of two hours throughout the service day. Similar adjustments have been made to the weekend schedule. 

Princeton Branch (Dinky) service will resume with a schedule similar to its previous operation prior to the temporary suspension.

Full schedule for the Atlantic City Rail Line:

Full schedule for the Princeton Branch (Dinky).

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:  In advance of both the ACRL and Dinky resumption dates, test trains and rail equipment will begin to operate on the tracks.  The NJ TRANSIT Office of System Safety (OSS) urges the public to stay alert, remain cognizant that railroad equipment can operate at any time, in any direction and at various speeds.  Pedestrians and vehicles should only cross railroad tracks at designated crossings, while paying attention to crossing gates, lights and bells that warn of the potential presence of a train or other railroad equipment.    

During the temporary suspension on the ACRL to meet the 2018 year-end federal PTC requirements, NJ TRANSIT installed 266 transponders, 17 poles, 20 wayside interface units, and nearly 60 miles of ground based network, including fiber optic cable to link all signal bungalows.  NJ TRANSIT also utilized the temporary suspension to perform state-of-good repair work on the ACRL by replacing 7.5 miles of track.  While NJ TRANSIT was at just 12% PTC completion in early 2018, the agency was able to meet this critical safety milestone in December 2018 to qualify for an alternative schedule for the remainder of the PTC installation process. NJ TRANSIT now has until the end of 2020 to ensure its PTC system is fully functional.

Maya K. van Rossum to Speak at Parks Advisory Board Meeting - May 1

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Author, environmental attorney, and founder of the Green Amendment for the Generations Movement, Maya K. van Rossum, will be the guest speaker at the May 1 meeting of the Atlantic County Parks and Environment Advisory Board at 7 PM at the Canale Training Center, 5033 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township.


Van Rossum will lead a discussion about a new tool for environmental preservation that will inspire a new way of thinking from both a policy and legal perspective. She will also focus on how to secure the rights to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment for present and future generations.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (609) 625-1897.

ICYMI: NJ Labor Department Announces $3.9M to Fund Job Training in Counties Hardest-Hit by Opioid Crisis

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

From the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development: 

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has awarded $3.9 million in funding to six organizations that will provide training and support services to people whose work trajectories have been interrupted by the opioid epidemic.

The Opioid Recovery Employment Program, also known as Pathways to Recovery, is part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s multi-faceted, multi-agency strategy to combat the state’s worsening opioid crisis. In January, the Governor announced he would dedicate $100 million from the FY2019 budget to fight the opioid crisis. He is proposing to again appropriate $100 million for these programs in FY2020.

“As the opioid epidemic continues to impact countless families across our state and the nation, we must support affected individuals and provide them with vital resources and information that will get them on the path to recovery,” said Governor Murphy. “This funding will expand opportunities for those facing addiction and enable them to access meaningful work, an essential part of restoring their lives for long-term recovery.”

Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo added, “Recognizing that steady employment is one determinant of long-term recovery, we are proud of these efforts to coordinate the physical and mental health needs with the workforce needs of those affected by opioids.”

New Jersey had 3,163 drug overdose deaths in 2018, the most recorded in one calendar year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported New Jersey had one of the highest increases of fatal overdoses in the country, up 21 percent from January 2017 to January 2018.

The six hardest-hit counties – Atlantic, Camden, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean – all saw greater numbers of overdose deaths last year than in 2017.  

The grants were awarded to agencies that agreed to partner with other community-based organizations to deliver employment opportunities to 600 opioid-affected individuals. Participants include people who are in recovery as well as those who were directly impacted by addiction, as relatives, friends, or caregivers. The participants will receive work-readiness assessments, career coaching, peer support, and, ultimately, placement in jobs for which there is a high demand. 

These grants are supporting a new approach in New Jersey to combine recovery and employment opportunities.

The Pathways to Recovery grant recipients are:

  • Jewish Family Services of Atlantic County, Inc. – Atlantic County
  • Center for Family Services, Inc. – Camden County
  • Blessed Ministries, Inc. – Essex County
  • Township of Woodbridge – Middlesex County
  • Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development – Monmouth County
  • County of Ocean, Department of Human Services – Ocean County