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New Jersey lawmakers considered legislation today to permit immigrants who cannot prove they’re in the country legally to obtain drivers licenses. The Assembly Judiciary Committee began hearing the bill in a packed committee room. Many supported the measure, including a handful of people wearing green and yellow t-shirts that said, “Don’t let these bills die in committee.” Thirteen states, including Delaware and New York, and the District of Columbia permit immigrants without legal status to obtain drivers licenses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A 25 year old man robbed a bank, two convenience stores and was involved in a shooting in a five day span late last month according to authorities. Edwin Ruiz-Rosa of Pleasantville, was arrested November 30th lass than an hour after Atlantic City police said dhe robbed a Bank of America branch in the 2900 block of Atlantic Avenue. Ruz-Rosa is charged with criminal mischief, terroristic threats, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and conspiracy. He’s being held in the Atlantic County jail.

New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday to ban single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as plastic foam containers commonly used for takeout. The Democrat-led Senate Budget Committee passed the measure after it was amended behind closed doors. The bill’s sponsors call it “landmark” legislation, and environmental groups say if the bill is enacted it would be among the most expansive in the country. Supporters say the bill will go a long way to remove toxic plastics clogging waterways.

A teen is under arrest on weapons counts in Atlantic City. Wednesday afternoon, two officers saw Tyrone Ford walking on Atlantic Avenue entering the Atlantic City Bus Terminal. The officers were aware that Ford had active warrants for his arrest. They located Ford before he entered a bus and took him into custody. Ford had a satchel underneath his jacket that contained a loaded handgun. He’s charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

A day-long full exercise will be conducted for the Cape May County Regional Urban Research Team (RUST) on Wednesday, December 11 th , at 7:00am. The exercise will be staged at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center under the auspices of the Cape May County Department of Emergency Management.
The goal of the RUST exercise will be to perform a detailed assessment of all the assets available
in southern New Jersey. Various functions will be exercised and evaluated, including
communications, activation, response, inter-operability, hazard mitigation, and operations.

In Atlantic County, a new Code Blue Alert effective as of 6 pm on Saturday, December 7 through the following morning, Sunday, December 8. A Code Blue Alert is required to be issued within 24 to 48 hours of weather conditions that may meet the following criteria based upon National Weather Service forecasts: Temperatures will reach 25 degrees Fahrenheit or lower without precipitation or 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower with precipitation; or wind-chill temperatures of 0 degrees or less for a period of two or more hours. The Code Blue Alert is intended to assist municipalities in protecting citizens who may be living outdoors or in poorly insulated settings and are at risk for weather-related exposure and possible death.

Seventeen towns and one county in New Jersey have already prohibited plastic bags or placed fees on them. But a state Senate bill could ban single-use plastic bags, paper bags and Styrofoam containers across the entire state. The bill would set some of the strictest regulations on plastics in the nation, and set aggressive goals to effectively ban single-use plastics and paper bags, if Gov. Phil Murphy signs it into law.

No change from a machine and paper ballot recount in the races for Pleasantville school board candidate Doris Rowell or Atlantic City Council 5th Ward candidate Sharon Zappia. The Press of Atlantic City reports Rowell intends to file a challenge to the election to see whether the mail in ballots were mishandled. Rowell has run for the schoool board three times, and each time, mail in votes cost her the race. If the elections are contested and candidates can show fraud occurred, a judge can order a new election, according to Atlantic County Board of Elections officials.

Stockton University will be able to expand its academic program in Atlantic City and its health sciences program at its mainland campus — and create an unrestricted fund of $2 million for other university needs, after receiving the largest donation in the school’s history. According to the Press of Altantic City, telecommunications executive John F. Scarpa is donating $8 million to the school. The money comes from the John F. Scarpa Foundation. In kind, the Stockton University Board of Trustees unanimously approved the renaming of two buildings in honor of the donation — the academic building in Atlantic City and the health sciences building in Galloway, in Scarpa’s honor.

Northfield volunteer firefighters among the crews responding to a gas main strike at Atlantic City Country Club Wednesday morning. Either club employees, or contractors, were putting in a fence when they struck a two inch service line, according to the Press of Atlantic City. South Jersey Gas personnel arrived on the scene and the situation was made safe. Service was restored in the afternoon. No injuries reported.

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