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Fitch Ratings has given Stockton University’s Atlantic City campus expansion project a positive review to investors. The Press of Atlantic City reports the credit rating agency assigned a A- rating $54.7 million bond for the program. The agency stated it expects Stockton can return to consistent but manageable growth over time. Two months ago, Stockton University trustees approved the financial agreements needed to build a 400-bed dormitory in Atlantic City to complement the existing campus, which opened in 2018.



Voters in Buena Borough and Buena Vista Township will get a sneak peek at the future of New Jersey elections during the April 20, 2021 Special School and Fire District elections. Ballots for the two towns will be displayed on new electronic voting machines featuring a paper-verified audit trail. Voters will also check-in using an electronic poll book (epoll book) rather than the normal paper book. These “pilot” elections, made possible through a federal HAVA grant, will preview technology similar to what all county voters can expect with the implementation of the Early Voting for the General Election in November. The equipment being used includes a suite of products by Electronic Systems & Software (ES&S) of Nebraska.



Cape May County’s Route 47 Bridge over the Branch of Dennis Creek will be closed for a month for deck repairs. The closure, according to a release from the state Department of Transportation, is scheduled to begin 7 a.m. Monday. The state-funded maintenance will reportedly cost $300,000. There will be detours in each direction. Completion of the project will also be impacted by weather and other factors. Drivers are encouraged to go to www.511nj.org for more information.



Once one of the staunchest opponents of allowing people to bet legally on its games, the NFL on Thursday announced deals with three major gambling companies to become official sports betting partners. The league is partnering with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel, all of which will get the use of NFL trademarks and official league data, and will integrate their own betting content into media properties including NFL.com and the league’s official app.



Councilman Kaleem Shabazz is calling for the city’s Housing Authority to address substandard living conditions at Stanley Holmes Village. In testimony he plans to present at a meeting Thursday, Shabazz claims residents of the complex on Adriatic Avenue have consistently complained about multiple issues. Shabazz added, “I have held meetings at Stanley Holmes Village, fielding complaints of mold in the units. “We are painfully aware of the situation regarding heat and hot water.”



Police say a 77-year-old woman was found dead by officers Tuesday when they responded to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. The Press of Atlantic City reports the driver involved in the accident in the eastbound lanes of Route 40 stayed at the scene. Police think the victim was going to attempt to climb over the concrete median barrier to cross the road when she was struck.



In Galloway Township, council members have voted unanimously to table the adoption of this year’s municipal budget even though it will not increase residents’ taxes. According to the Press of Atlantic City, council wants to incorporate some of the money from the American Rescue Plan into the budget. It’s not clear when that might happen. In total, the stimulus money is $3.4 million dollars to the township. The township auditor says half of the money can be spent this year, and the other half can be spent next year.



Training for Atlantic County law enforcement officers was held this week Promoting Law Enforcement Resiliency for law enforcement officers. The training sessions were instructed by active law enforcement officers of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, Atlantic City Police Department, Egg Harbor Township Police Department and Pleasantville Police Department. All law enforcement agencies in New Jersey are required to appoint at least one Resiliency Program Officer (RPO), who will be responsible for overseeing resiliency issues.



Buena Borough Council members voted this week to start the process of dissolving the Landisville Volunteer Fire Company and Fire District 1 and to expand Fire District 2 to cover the area. The Press of Atlantic City reports during the course of inspections in October and early December by the state Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health agency, the Landisville company was found to have more than two dozen violations. Council voted to suspend the fire company for 90 days. Also, in February, the fire company was still determined to have six violations, including not having all firefighters up to date on their annual respirator training.



New Jersey will follow federal guidance and put Johnson & Johnson vaccines on hold, according to state health officials. All of the state’s vaccination sites — about 700 total, will cancel or put appointments for the J&J vaccine on hold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said today they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48; there was one death, and all cases remained under investigation.



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