Avalon Police Department

  • Agency: Avalon Police Department
  • Address: 3000 Dune Dr, Avalon , 08202 NJ
  • Chief: David P Dean (Chief of Police)
Phone: 609-967-3411
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Avalon Police Department is located at 3000 Dune Dr, Avalon , 08202 NJ. The Chief of Police of the department is David P Dean. The Avalon Police Department phone number is 609-967-3411.

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From the NJSP: Please be aware of possible counterfeit money making its way around: While we encourage people to make money, we highly recommend you don’t MAKE money—like make fake money. Now, we’re not suggesting that the two suspects pictured here actually created counterfeit 100-dollar bills, but we do suspect that they may having knowingly used these bogus bills at three separate locations on Tuesday, January 30, in Cape May County. On Wednesday, January 30, a local bank in Upper Township alerted NJSP Woodbine Station of the discovery of three counterfeit bills. The counterfeit currency was received as business deposits from three separate local businesses. Troopers determined that the suspects made small purchases at each location, receiving legitimate currency as change. The suspects are described as a Hispanic female, approximately 5'5", 140 pounds, with long brown hair, wearing a black jacket, red shirt, black leggings and black Ugg-style boots. The second suspect is described as a white female (who actually passed the bill), 5’4”, 200 pounds, wearing a black zip-up sweatshirt, grey tee-shirt, black sweatpants, and white sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tpr. David Daniels, of Woodbine Station, at 609-861-5698. Anonymous tips are welcome. Please like and share!

TOWNSEND INLET BRIDGE CLOSING OVERNIGHT 2/15/2018 The following is notice regarding an overnight closure of the Townsend's Inlet Bridge from the Cape May County Engineer's Office: The Townsends Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City will be closed from 7:00pm Thursday, February 15th through 5:00am Friday, February 16th to relocate the concrete construction barrier curb and temporary traffic signal system for the next phase of work under the Bridge Railing Replacement project. The work area will move from the Sea Isle City end of the bridge to the Avalon end. When traffic is permitted on the bridge at 5am on Friday, the southbound lane will continue to be closed to traffic and alternating traffic will be maintained in the northbound lane by the temporary traffic signal system. No tolls will be collected when the bridge is reduced to one lane of traffic. The project involves the removal of the existing deteriorated steel bridge railing and the installation of a new standard steel 4-bar railing system on most of the bridge. The railing in two spans were replaced under a previous construction contract. To install the new rail system, a portion of the existing concrete deck in the area of each rail post is removed and new reinforcement steel and concrete is placed. This is the same railing system that was installed on the Corsons Inlet Bridge in 2012. The project is divided into four phases. The construction is now moving into the second phase. The movable span, which is required to open upon demand from a marine vessel, is not impacted by the construction of this project. Variable message signs advising motorists of the bridge work have already been put into place and will remain in place for the duration of the project. The work area is separated from the travel lane by a concrete construction barrier. Unfortunately due to the narrow width of the existing bridge, the one lane of traffic being maintained on the bridge will only be 10 feet in width, thus there is no room for error. The one lane operation for traffic is expected run until June 2018. Motorists are requested to drive with care when passing through the construction zone. This work is part of the County’s $2,678,715 construction contract awarded by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders to Thomas Barry Marine Construction, Inc., South Dennis, N.J. on September 12, 2017. The construction operations are being overseen by Remington & Vernick Engineers, Haddonfield, NJ. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cape May County Public Works Department at (609) 465-1035.

JEFFREY CHRISTOPHER NAMED NEW CHIEF OF POLICE IN AVALON Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi conducted swearing in ceremonies for various members of the Avalon Police Department during the Borough Council meeting of January 24th, 2018. Jeff Christopher was named the new Chief of the Avalon Police Department, and John Roscoe was named the Department’s new Captain. Christopher replaces William McCormick, who concludes a 31 year career with the Avalon Police Department. “This is a very proud day for the Avalon Police Department and the entire Borough”, said Mayor Pagliughi. “It’s a time to celebrate the achievements of the Department and our extremely talented individuals who work hard every day to make Avalon a safe and enjoyable community. And, we also welcome two new officers to the ranks of what I consider to be among the best police departments in the entire state of New Jersey”. McCormick departs Avalon following an exemplary career in law enforcement. He joined the Avalon Police Department in 1986 before rising to the rank of Sergeant in 1998; to the rank of Captain in 2007; and to the rank of Chief in 2011. Chief McCormick was very instrumental in the design and construction of the current Avalon Public Safety Complex, and guided the Department’s initial accreditation process in 2011, and its reaccreditation four years later. He also assumed command of the Avalon Emergency Medical Services in 2014, and was named the Assistant Director of Public Safety under Mayor Pagliughi in 2016. Chief Christopher was hired as a full-time police officer in Avalon in 2000. He completed the Cape May County Residential Police Academy ranked number one, and earned the Director’s award. Chief Christopher has become a certified drug recognition expert, and served on the Cape May County SWAT team for five years. He resides in Upper Township with his wife Suzanne and his three sons Tommy, Jason, and Danny. Captain Roscoe has been with the Avalon Police Department since 1992 and is a graduate of Penn State University. As Administrative Sergeant, Captain Roscoe oversaw the Avalon Police Department’s successful reaccreditation. He lives in Middle Township with his wife Renee and two sons Kyle, and Ryan. The Avalon Police Department filled two vacancies in its ranks of Sergeant with Matthew Sykes, who has been promoted to Sergeant, and with William Robinson III who has been promoted to Sergeant. Sykes joined the Avalon Police Department in 2007 and previously served as a detective. Robinson joined the Department in March, 2011 and served as a Patrolmen. James Savini joins the Department as a Patrolman after serving the past three years as a seasonal officer. Also joining the Department is Christopher Nazha who graduated from West Chester University before starting his law enforcement career in 2017 as a seasonal officer in Avalon. Photos by Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl.

Avalon New Jersey Emergency Updates has published a new post - Thursday, January 4th, 9:07am: Avalon Municipal Buildings Closed Thursday, January 4th Due to the winter storm, Avalon Borough Hall/Public Works/Community Hall/Free Public Library/History Center are all closed on Thursday, January 4th ; Wednesday’s scheduled trash/recycling collection that was scheduled for Thursday due to the New Year’s holiday will now be collected on Friday. Avalon Police also have closed the road to the Townsend's Inlet Bridge Thursday at 9:00am due to the storm; it will be reopened when it is safe to do so, thank you.

BLIZZARD WARNING CONTINUES... The National Weather Service has continued the Blizzard Warning for the Borough and the entire Cape May County Area. The Warning remains in effect on Thursday, January 4th through 7:00pm. The forecast now calls for 8 to 12 inches of snow with travel being dangerous to impossible, especially during the morning hours. There will be blowing and drifting snow through the day. The National Weather Service has also issued a Wind Chill Advisory, and a Coastal Flood Advisory. The winter storm began placing snow on our area Wednesday around 9:00pm. The snowfall is expected to remain steady through the morning hours and taper off and end before nightfall. Public Works crews have been out during the nighttime and morning hours plowing streets. Travel is very difficult today due to the fast accumulating snow and wind. In addition to the snow concerns, there is a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Thursday morning, January 4th. The advisory means minor coastal flooding may occur in our community. Areas of our town that typically flood may see a little water in the streets; however, it will be difficult to impossible to see any flood water due to the snow accumulation. Do not drive if you do not have to; if you do, exercise extreme caution. High tide will occur around 9:30am on the back bays. The Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from Friday, January 5th through Saturday, January 6th at Noon. Dangerous wind chill values will be in place with the wind chill temperature to be around -15 Saturday morning. There will be winds gusting to 55mph, especially towards the end of this storm. Strong winds may bring down power lines and cause power outages. If you have any outage, contact Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476. Never attempt to drive over, or move, any power lines or any cables. If you have any emergency, dial 911. The Borough of Avalon has established a warming center at the Avalon Senior Center. If you suddenly find your home without heat, the warming center is open and available to escape the cold elements. The center is located adjacent to Avalon Borough Hall at 31st Street and Dune Drive. Please continue to monitor traditional media outlets for updates to the forecast. Here is the text of the Blizzard Warning and other advisories from the National Weather Service: Blizzard Warning URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 348 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 ...High Impact Storm including the aftermath of wind driven record cold on its way to our area... ...A rapidly intensifying coastal storm will produce significant snowfall and strong winds through mid afternoon... NJZ013-014-020-022>027-042115- /O.NEW.KPHI.WC.Y.0001.180105T2300Z-180106T1700Z/ /O.CON.KPHI.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-180105T0000Z/ Western Monmouth-Eastern Monmouth-Ocean-Atlantic-Cape May- Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic-Coastal Ocean- Southeastern Burlington- Including the cities of Freehold, Sandy Hook, Jackson, Hammonton, Cape May Court House, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, and Wharton State Forest 348 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM FRIDAY TO NOON EST SATURDAY... * WHAT...Occasional blizzard conditions expected through mid or late afternoon with 8 to 12 inches of snow expected. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning commute. Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning commute.Following the storm bitter cold temperatures will follow. Expect wind chills to range from 5 below zero to 15 below zero Friday night into early Saturday. * WHERE...Portions of central and southern New Jersey. * WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, until 7 PM EST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM Friday to noon EST Saturday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Northerly winds gusting as high as 45 to 55 mph along the immediate coast will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely right through Friday night. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves. $$ Coastal Flood Advisory Coastal Hazard Message National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 608 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 NJZ022>025-041900- /O.CON.KPHI.CF.Y.0001.180104T1300Z-180104T1900Z/ Atlantic-Cape May-Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic- 608 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 ...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON... * LOCATIONS...Coastal areas of southern New Jersey. * COASTAL FLOODING...Minor flooding is anticipated around the time of high tide Thursday morning. * TIMING...High tide on the southern New Jersey ocean front occurs around 930 am. High tide on the back bays occurs later than the high tide on the ocean front. * SURGE...Half a foot to a foot above astronomical tide. * WAVES...4 to 8 feet. * IMPACTS...Localized roadway flooding is expected. Some roads may be closed due to high water. In addition, stagnant flood waters may freeze on road surfaces. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is expected. Minor Tidal flooding often results in some road closures. Usually...the most vulnerable roadways will flood. Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. The water may be deeper than you think it is. You will be putting yourself in danger and your vehicle may be damaged...leading to costly repairs. Visit the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service at water.weather.gov/ahps for additional water level and flood impact information for your local tide gauge. Special Weather Statement Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 554 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 DEZ003-004-NJZ013-014-020-022>027-041345- Inland Sussex-Delaware Beaches-Western Monmouth-Eastern Monmouth- Ocean-Atlantic-Cape May-Atlantic Coastal Cape May- Coastal Atlantic-Coastal Ocean-Southeastern Burlington- Including the cities of Georgetown, Rehoboth Beach, Freehold, Sandy Hook, Jackson, Hammonton, Cape May Court House, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, and Wharton State Forest 554 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 ...Near blizzard conditions developing this morning along coastal New Jersey and Delaware and unnecessary travel is highly discouraged this morning... Snow was intensifying and spreading ashore across coastal New Jersey and coastal Delaware. Visibilities at 545 AM were already one quarter to one half mile and will occasionally drop below a quarter mile in heavy snow and blowing snow. Northerly winds will frequently gust over 40 miles an hour...to possibly as high as 60 miles an hour within a mile of the Atlantic. Snow will taper off during mid or late afternoon but potentially severe blowing and drifting will continue tonight through Friday evening as temperatures plunge and wind chills drop to 5 below zero. $$ Wind Chill Advisory URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 348 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 ...High Impact Storm including the aftermath of wind driven record cold on its way to our area... ...A rapidly intensifying coastal storm will produce significant snowfall and strong winds through mid afternoon... NJZ013-014-020-022>027-042115- /O.NEW.KPHI.WC.Y.0001.180105T2300Z-180106T1700Z/ /O.CON.KPHI.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-180105T0000Z/ Western Monmouth-Eastern Monmouth-Ocean-Atlantic-Cape May- Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic-Coastal Ocean- Southeastern Burlington- Including the cities of Freehold, Sandy Hook, Jackson, Hammonton, Cape May Court House, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, and Wharton State Forest 348 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM FRIDAY TO NOON EST SATURDAY... * WHAT...Occasional blizzard conditions expected through mid or late afternoon with 8 to 12 inches of snow expected. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning commute. Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning commute.Following the storm bitter cold temperatures will follow. Expect wind chills to range from 5 below zero to 15 below zero Friday night into early Saturday. * WHERE...Portions of central and southern New Jersey. * WHEN...For the Blizzard Warning, until 7 PM EST this evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM Friday to noon EST Saturday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Northerly winds gusting as high as 45 to 55 mph along the immediate coast will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely right through Friday night. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT... The National Weather Service has posted a Blizzard Warning for the Borough and all of Cape May County. The Warning is in effect from Wednesday, January 3rd at 9:00pm through Thursday, January 4th, at 7:00pm. The updated forecast calls for the potential of between six to ten inches of snow for our region. The storm is also expected to have wind gusts approaching 50mph which will make driving difficult and may result in scattered power outages. The winter coastal storm is expected to intensify during the evening hours Thursday and begin to spread snow over our region Thursday night and during the overnight hours Friday. The storm will have strong gusty winds and create blowing snow conditions. Drifting of snow is likely during this storm event. The majority of the storm is expected to out of our region by the late afternoon hours on Thursday. Please exercise extreme caution while driving and understand that road conditions may be poor. There could be scattered power outages as a result of this storm; if you experience an outage, contact Atlantic City Electric’s outage number at 1-800-833-7476. If you have any emergency, dial 911. In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for the region for Thursday, January 4th, from 8:00am until 2:00pm. Minor coastal flooding may occur during the storm event, and may be difficult to see due to blowing and drifting snow. High tide will occur at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City at 9:28am. Please be advised that as of this writing, the Borough of Avalon Borough Hall, Community Hall, Public Works, and History Center will be having a delayed opening at 12 Noon. Please continue to follow www.avalonboro.net for updated event closing/delayed opening information. The Borough of Avalon has established a warming center during this storm event at the Avalon Senior Center, located adjacent to Borough Hall at 31st Street and Dune Drive. The warming center is available for any property owner or resident who is suddenly without heat. Continue to follow forecasts on traditional media outlets, and check this website for updated information during this storm. Here is the text of the Blizzard Warning and the Coastal Flood Advisory from the National Weather Service: Blizzard Warning URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 317 PM EST Wed Jan 3 2018 ...High Impact Storm including the aftermath of wind driven record cold on its way to our area... ...A rapidly intensifying coastal storm will produce significant snowfall and strong winds tonight through Thursday... NJZ013-014-020-022>027-041000- /O.UPG.KPHI.WS.W.0001.180104T0200Z-180105T0000Z/ /O.NEW.KPHI.BZ.W.0001.180104T0200Z-180105T0000Z/ Western Monmouth-Eastern Monmouth-Ocean-Atlantic-Cape May- Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic-Coastal Ocean- Southeastern Burlington- Including the cities of Freehold, Sandy Hook, Jackson, Hammonton, Cape May Court House, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, and Wharton State Forest 317 PM EST Wed Jan 3 2018 ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST THURSDAY... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Tree branches could fall as well. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are expected. * WHERE...Portions of central and southern New Jersey. * WHEN...From 9 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Thursday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely. Scattered power outages could develop Thursday and Friday which would force considerable hardship where heat would not be available. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. $$ Coastal Flood Advisory Coastal Hazard Message National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 111 PM EST Wed Jan 3 2018 NJZ022>025-040715- /O.CON.KPHI.CF.Y.0001.180104T1300Z-180104T1900Z/ Atlantic-Cape May-Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic- 111 PM EST Wed Jan 3 2018 ...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 2 PM EST THURSDAY... * LOCATIONS...Coastal areas of southern New Jersey. * COASTAL FLOODING...Minor flooding is anticipated around the time of high tide Thursday morning. * TIMING...High tide on the southern New Jersey ocean front occurs around 930 am. High tide on the back bays occurs later than the high tide on the ocean front. * SURGE...Half a foot to a foot above astronomical tide. * WAVES...4 to 8 feet. * IMPACTS...Localized roadway flooding is expected. Some roads may be closed due to high water. In addition, stagnant flood waters may freeze on road surfaces. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Coastal Flood Advisory means that minor tidal flooding is expected. Minor Tidal flooding often results in some road closures. Usually...the most vulnerable roadways will flood. Do not leave your vehicle at a location that is prone to tidal flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flood waters. The water may be deeper than you think it is. You will be putting yourself in danger and your vehicle may be damaged...leading to costly repairs. Visit the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service at water.weather.gov/ahps for additional water level and flood impact information for your local tide gauge.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Borough and surrounding areas. The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the evening hours of Wednesday, January 3rd through Thursday, January 4th. A storm will intensify off the eastern seaboard of the United States and is expected to bring snow and gusty winds to the Jersey Shore. As of Tuesday afternoon, the current forecast calls for the potential of four to six inches of snow. The snowfall totals may be adjusted by the National Weather Service and are largely dependent on the track of the winter storm. The strong winds associated with this storm may make driving difficult. Please exercise caution while driving during this storm event. Snow will likely to continue to blow and drift after the storm as windy, very cold conditions are in the forecast through the majority of the weekend. If you have any emergency, please dial 911. If you lose power, please call Atlantic City Electric’s outage line at 1-800-833-7476. Please secure loose objects including trash cans and patio furniture in advance of the storm as they may be subject to strong gusty winds. If you own a property in Avalon which is not properly winterized, it is advisable for you to have someone check your property for frozen or leaking pipes. Milder temperatures, when they occur, may result in some properties with broken or leaking pipes. The Borough of Avalon maintains a warming center at the Avalon Senior Center, located on the north side of Borough Hall at 31st Street and Dune Drive. If you have no heat, the warming center will be open for comfort. Continue to monitor this site and traditional media outlets for updated weather information. We are in constant communication with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management regarding future notifications and information. Here is the text of the Winter Storm Watch issued by the National Weather Service: Winter Storm Watch URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 1156 AM EST Tue Jan 2 2018 …A rapidly intensifying offshore storm may produce significant snowfall later Wednesday night through Thursday….Strong winds are possible Thursday, however the actual impact including snowfall amounts will be highly dependent on the track of the offshore intensifying storm. There is at least some potential for significant snow amounts. NJZ013-014-020-022>027-030500- /O.EXB.KPHI.WS.A.0001.180104T0200Z-180105T0000Z/ Western Monmouth-Eastern Monmouth-Ocean-Atlantic-Cape May-Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic-Coastal Ocean- Southeastern Burlington-Including the cities of Freehold, Sandy Hook, Jackson, Hammonton, Cape May Court House, Ocean City, Atlantic City, Long Beach Island, and Wharton State Forest 1156 AM EST Tue Jan 2 2018 …WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING… * WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible. * WHERE…Portions of central and southern New Jersey. * WHEN…Wednesday night through late Thursday afternoon. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Strong winds may result in considerable blowing and drifting snow. Significant reductions in visibility are possible. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

There has been a massive fire extinguisher recall by KIDDE. Please refer to notice and check your fire extinguishers!

Avalon Police will be holding a Cops N Coffee meet and greet on Saturday November 25, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Avalon Coffee Shop located at 29th and Dune Drive.

The Townsends Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City will be closed from 10:00pm Friday, November 10th to 5:00am Saturday, November 11th to install the concrete construction barrier curb and temporary traffic signal system for the first phase of work under the Bridge Railing Replacement project. When traffic is permitted on the bridge at 5am on Saturday, the southbound lane will be closed to traffic and alternating traffic will be maintained in the northbound lane by a temporary traffic signal system. No tolls will be collected when the bridge is reduced to one lane of traffic. The project involves the removal of the existing deteriorated steel bridge railing and the installation of a new standard steel 4-bar railing system on 25 of 27 spans of the bridge. The railing in two spans were replaced under a previous construction contract. To install the new rail system, a portion of the existing concrete deck in the area of each rail post is removed and new reinforcement steel and concrete is placed. This is the same railing system that was installed on the Corsons Inlet Bridge in 2012. The project is divided into four phases. The first two phases are on the Sea Isle City half of the bridge with the first phase of work occurring in the southbound lane from the north abutment located in Sea Isle City to the tollbooth. The second phase would be a repeat of the first phase except the work will be in the northbound lane. The third and fourth phases involve the Avalon half of the bridge and the work is from the movable span to the south abutment. The movable span, which is required to open upon demand from a marine vessel, is not impacted by the construction of this project. Variable message signs advising motorists of the bridge work have already been put into place and will remain in place for the duration of the project. The work area is separated from the travel lane by a concrete construction barrier. Unfortunately due to the narrow width of the existing bridge, the one lane of traffic being maintained on the bridge will only be 10 feet in width, thus there is no room for error. The one lane operation for traffic is expected run until June 2018. Motorists are requested to drive with care when passing through the construction zone. This work is part of the County’s $2,678,715 construction contract awarded by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders to Thomas Marine Construction, Inc., South Dennis, NJ on September 12, 2017. The construction operations are being overseen by Remington & Vernick Engineers, Haddonfield, NJ. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cape May County Public Works Department at (609) 465-1035.

The Avalon Volunteer Fire Department unanimously voted to posthumously name John Ferguson IV the Assistant Chief of the Department. The vote to name Ferguson the Assistant Chief was unanimous and was cast the evening before services were to be held for Ferguson on Tuesday, October 24th at Avalon Community Hall in the Borough for which he volunteered. “The members of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department wanted to recognize John for his outstanding achievements his spirit of volunteerism that will endure in the Department for generations to come”, said Avalon Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ed Dean. “Assistant Chief Ferguson had an exemplary career with the Department and our expression of support for this prestigious nomination is a tribute to not only John, but to his loving family who also selflessly gave of their time to enhance the public safety efforts provided to the Borough and its property owners”. Assistant Chief Ferguson answered his final call on Tuesday, October 17th, surrounded by family and friends. He was honored with the 2016 Avalon Volunteer Fire Department’s “Firefighter of the Year” award. John also was involved with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and was active in the First United Methodist Church of Avalon. Assistant Chief Ferguson is survived by his wife Carol and four children. Services were held for Assistant Chief Ferguson in Avalon on Tuesday, October 24th which included a final tour of Avalon courtesy of a fire department truck. This is the first time in the Department’s 104 year history that a member has posthumously attained the rank of Assistant Chief.

On Saturday October 28, 2017, The Avalon Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program.

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi and Council President John McCorristin presented proclamations to Avalon Police Department patrolmen Mark Glassford and Matthew Ardelean during the Wednesday, October 11th meeting of the Avalon Borough Council. The proclamations were offered to the officers for their heroic efforts in saving a despondent man’s life in the ocean off Avalon’s 16th Street beach during the early morning hours of Sunday, September 24th. Patrolman Glassford entered the ocean in chest deep water to have a conversation with the individual and convinced him to come ashore to safety. Patrolman Ardelean ensured that both men were safe in the ocean during the conversation. The individual was accompanied by Patrolman Glassford to a local hospital at the individual’s request. The incident resulted in no injuries to the individual or to the officers. Photo by Avalon Business Administrator/Public Information Officer Scott Wahl.

AVALON – A borough police officer waded chest-deep into the ocean Sunday to convince a man that his life was worth living, officials said. Police received a call at about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 24 about a man who was threatening to harm himself, according to a borough press release. Patrolmen Mark Glassford and Matthew Ardelean found the man on the 16th street beach, but as they approached, the man began to walk into the ocean and yelled at them to keep their distance. After determining that the man was unarmed, Glassford walked into the waves to speak to the man, according to reports. Police said Glassford talked the man out of harming himself and helped him back to shore. The man insisted that he would not go to the hospital unless Glassford accompanied him, police said. The Avalon Rescue Squad transported the man to Cape Regional Medical Center for evaluation. He was uninjured. Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi commended the officers and said their efforts resulted in saving the man's life. “I want to applaud patrolmen Mark Glassford and Matthew Ardelean for their proactive, compassionate approach towards helping this individual in need,” Pagliughi said.

Found iPad in protective case. Must know passcode to claim. Call Avalon PD at 609-967-3411

TWO CHARGED WITH DRUG OFFENSES IN AVALON The Avalon Police Department has charged two teenagers from Summit, NJ with drug charges and other offenses following an incident that occurred on August 3rd, 2017 at 11:07pm on the 100 block of 30th Street. Patrolman William Robinson approached two males who were acting in a suspicious manner, approached them and identified himself. The two subjects fled on foot. 18 year old Brian R. Treger physically resisted arrest and was quickly apprehended after a brief scuffle. 18 year old Tucker F. Cannon ran from the scene and was apprehended several blocks away. Cannon presented false identification to police when he was apprehended. Both Treger and Cannon were charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Make Lawful Disposition of CDS, and Resisting Arrest. Treger was additionally charged with Simple Assault and Cannon was charged with Exhibiting a False Drivers License to Law Enforcement. Both Treger and Cannon were processed and released on a summons. Treger is unemployed, while Cannon is a student.

Avalon Police Launch New Voluntary Video Security Camera Registration Program In an effort to increase our ability to investigate criminal activity more efficiently and effectively, the Avalon Police Department is asking those businesses or residents with video surveillance cameras to voluntarily register them with the Police Department. This will enable the Police Department to respond quickly to the location of the cameras and work with the owner to possibly recover evidence of a crime or the identity of a possible suspect. This program is completely voluntary and the information will be utilized for Police purposes only. On the registration form, you’ll be asked to provide contact information as well as basic information about the location and recording of your cameras. There are drop down boxes for some of the blocks where you have to click on the arrow to the right of the box. You may click on multiple boxes for the areas recorded, and you may provide any additional information in the box provided. There is no fee to register, and your information will be kept confidential. You can unsubscribe from the program at any time. We ask that if you have more than one location you would like to register please submit separate forms for each location. After completing the form it may be faxed to the department (609)-368-0114, personally delivered, or emailed to Ptlm Steven Bowers sbowers@avalonboro.org VOLUNTARY SECURITY CAMERA REGISTRATION FORM can be found here: http://avalonpolice.org/voluntary-video-security-camera-reg/

Photos from the Avalon Police Department Display at the 2017 National Night Out in Avalon NJ

National Night Out in Avalon August 1, 2017 The Borough of Avalon will be hosting a National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 1st from 6:00-8:00pm. The event will be held in the parking lot adjacent to Avalon Community Hall at 30th Street and the beach. Many organizations from Avalon and Cape May County will be in attendance with fun and educational free activities for the entire family. There will be many police, fire, lifeguard, public works, and public safety vehicles and equipment staged on the lot for children to explore and learn more about safety and security. Free mechanical rides, games, and an inflatable obstacle course will be available for children to experience. The Avalon Department of Recreation will supply free hot dogs, and free refreshing treats will be available from local merchant Sundae Best, a longtime supporter of National Night Out in Avalon. Local band “Loud ‘N Klear” will provide the soundtrack for National Night Out playing various pop, rock, and party hits. There will be other participating agencies including the Avalon Free Public Library, the Avalon History Center, and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, among others. Information on safety programs and community events will be available during the event. After National Night Out, guests are invited to the 30th Street beach (you’re gonna need a bigger boat) to see Avalon’s Big Beach Movie, “Jaws”, at dusk.

Avalon Police Department Issues Press Releases On Saturday June 24, 2017 at 9:37 p.m., the Avalon Police Department arrested and charged one male juvenile, age 15, from Blue Bell, PA. with possession of prohibited weapons. Special Officers Chris Fitting and Ted Kot were on patrol in the area of 21st and the beach when they observed a flash of light and heard a loud zapping sound. The juvenile was found to be in possession of an electronic stun gun which is in violation of NJSA 2C:39-3h a crime of the 4th degree. The Juvenile was charged and released to his parents. On June 27, 2017 at 7:41 p.m., Douglas J. Smith (35) of Pilesgrove, NJ was pulled over at 48th and Dune Drive by Ptlm. William Robinson for driving without a front license plate and a malfunctioning tail light. During the motor vehicle stop, Ptlm. Robinson noticed the odor of suspected marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. As a result of the investigation, Mr. Smith was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance under 50 grams; possession of drug paraphernalia (both disorderly persons offenses) and driving while intoxicated. Mr. Smith was charged on a summons by the Avalon Police Department and released. On July 1, 2017 at 3:00 a.m., Ryan T. Abell (21) of Gwynedd Valley PA was observed by Special Officers Lerner and Bukenas acting in a suspicious manner as he was seen checking door handles on several motor vehicles in the 200 block of 49th Street , Mr. Abell discovered one vehicle to be unlocked and was seen entering and rummaging through personal belongings inside said vehicle. He then got out of the vehicle and urinated next to it. Officers were able to contact the owner of the vehicle that Mr. Abell entered and determined that he did not have permission to enter. Mr. Abell was charged with criminal trespass (petty disorderly persons offense) and urination in public (Avalon Borough Ordinance Violation). Mr. Abell was processed and released on summonses.

NJ Attorney General Announces Two New Initiatives to Fight Corruption, including a reward program offering up to $25,000 and incentive program. For more info visit: http://nj.gov/oag/newsreleases17/pr20170509c.html

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!! Vacation Rental Scams! Beware of these listings on sites such as Craigslist that offer you a 3 BR condo on the water for $200 a night in July! It's just not going to happen! We recommend that you deal with one of the many legitamite realtors on the Island to ensure you get what you pay for and the person you rent from, actually owns the home!