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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Avalon’s newly expanded bicycle path will be constructed starting on Wednesday, April 11th. This project needs several days of dry, relatively mild weather which has not been possible during the early part of spring. There will be some no parking provisions in effect starting on Wednesday, April 11th that will run through Friday, April 13th; some additional no parking provisions may be possible early next week as well for the path. As the contractor completes the markings on the street and the installation of signs, the no parking provisions will be lifted. The initial phase of the project includes no parking along one side of both First and Avalon avenues. On First Avenue, between 32nd and 40th streets, there will be no parking on the street on both sides. There will be no parking on the north side of 39th Street between Dune and First avenues there will be no parking on the south side of 40th Street between Dune and First avenues; and no parking on 8th Street on the north side between First and Avalon avenues. Thank you in advance for your cooperation; these no parking provisions are expected to last only a few days.

The Avalon Police Department is attempting to identify the individual shown in the photo. This is an enhanced image of a video shown in an early post. The individual is wanted for questioning in a series of car burglaries. Any information please contact the Detective Division of the Avalon Police Department or make an anonymous call to our Tip Line 609-967-3770. We encourage anyone with information on the pictured individual to reach out to us. Thank you for your help! Please remember to lock your vehicles at night.

NOTICE: COUNTY TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE TOWNSEND'S INLET BRIDGE AFTER EASTER WEEKEND The County of Cape May owns and operates the Townsend's Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City. The County will close the Townsend's Inlet Bridge on Monday morning, April 2nd, for necessary repairs as part of a rehabilitation project. The bridge is expected to reopen before the end of the month. The bridge will be open during the Easter weekend. The County has placed a variable message sign on Avalon Boulevard to alert drivers to the upcoming temporary closure.

UDrive. UText. UPay Campaign set April 1 through April 21, 2018 The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is asking all police agencies in the state to join with us in the Distracted Driving 2018 Statewide Crackdown. This is part of a nationwide enforcement effort, with the slogan UDrive. UText. UPay. The purpose of the campaign is to undertake visible, targeted enforcement during April, which is National Distracted Driving Month. Enforcement activities will specifically focus on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving, such as talking on a hand-held cell phone or sending text messages. The campaign will run during the following period: April 1 - 21, 2018. The Avalon Police Department will be joining this campaign in an effort to make our roadways safer.

The Avalon Police Department is attempting to identify the individual shown in the photo. This is an enhanced image of a video shown in an early post. The individual is wanted for questioning in a series of car burglaries. Any information please contact the Detective Division of the Avalon Police Department. Thank you for your help. Please remember to lock your vehicles at night.

STORM UPDATE The National Weather Service has continued both the Winter Storm Warning and the Coastal Flood Warning for the Borough. The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until Thursday, March 22nd at 2:00am while the Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until Thursday, March 22nd at 5:00am. The snowfall totals for the Jersey Shore have been reduced by the National Weather Service. Heavy mixed precipitation is expected with an accumulation of between two to five inches of snow, with local ice and a light glaze expected on streets and sidewalks. The wintry mix is expected to change to all snow during the mid afternoon hours on Wednesday. Driving conditions are anticipated to be difficult Wednesday evening. Minor coastal flooding is expected at time of high tide this morning, with the potential for moderate coastal flooding at time of high tide this evening. High tide will occur Wednesday at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge at 11:25am, and again at 11:47pm. Please exercise caution while driving and never drive on a flooded street. The Townsend’s Inlet Bridge has been closed during this storm event due to unsafe conditions on the approach road. If you have an emergency, dial 911. If you have a power outage, call Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476. We continue to be in contact with the National Weather Service and with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management regarding this storm event. Continue to monitor this forecast on traditional media outlets. There will be no trash/recycling collection in Avalon on Wednesday; collection will be held instead on Thursday. Winter_Storm_Briefing_Mar21_5am Here is the text of the Winter Storm Warning and the Coastal Flood Warning from the National Weather Service: Winter Storm Warning URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 410 AM EDT Wed Mar 21 2018 ...Major Coastal Storm to Impact the Region Through Tonight... .Low pressure will consolidate into an intense Nor`easter just east of the Mid-Atlantic coast today, then track southeast of Nantucket Island late tonight. Unnecessary travel especially in most of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania this afternoon and evening is strongly discouraged! WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT THURSDAY... * WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches and local ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected. * WHERE...Far southeast New Jersey, and southern Delaware. * WHEN...Until 2 AM EDT Thursday. A wintry mix and areas of plain rain changes to snow late this morning and this afternoon, with a period of heavy snow expected during this afternoon when snowfall rates of an inch per hour is anticipated. The snow then tapers off later this evening. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions, especially during this evenings commute. Tree branches could fall due to wind gusts up to 40 mph, potentially leading to power outages. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Once snowfall rates reach or exceed one inch per hour, it becomes difficult for road crews to keep up due to rapid accumulations. Coastal Flood Warning COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM EDT THURSDAY... * LOCATIONS...Coastal areas of Cape May County and Cumberland County in New Jersey, and Sussex County and Kent County in Delaware. * COASTAL FLOODING...Minor to moderate flooding is forecast with today`s high tide. Moderate flooding is expected with the high tide tonight. * TIMING...Flooding may occur for a few hours around the time of high tide. High tide on the New Jersey and Delaware oceanfront occurs between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM today, and between 11:00 PM and midnight tonight. High tide on the back bays and on Delaware Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront. * SURGE...Around 2.5 to 3.0 feet today and tonight. * WAVES...Around 10 to 16 feet off the coast today, and around 6 to 12 feet tonight. * IMPACTS...Numerous roadways will flood and minor to moderate property damage is possible along tidal waterways. The tide and wave action is expected to result in moderate beach erosion. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... This Coastal Flood Warning means that moderate tidal flooding is expected. Be prepared for rising water levels and take appropriate action to protect life and property.

Avalon New Jersey Emergency Updates has published a new post - Tues, March 20th, 5:11pm: Winter Storm Warning, Coastal Flood Warning Continues, Snowstorm Expected The National Weather Service has continued the Winter Storm Warning and the Coastal Flood Warning for the Borough through Wednesday evening, March 21st. The storm is expected to drop a few to several inches of snow on our region on Wednesday, and is anticipated to cause minor to moderate coastal flooding at time of high tide, especially during the two high tide cycles on Wednesday. The winter storm has moved into our region with largely rain and wind along our coastline on Tuesday evening. There is expected to be a gradual transition to sleet and snow during the overnight and morning hours on Wednesday with a largely all-snow event Wednesday afternoon, into the evening hours. This snowfall is expected to make driving difficult Wednesday and Wednesday evening. Minor coastal flooding is anticipated at time of high tide Tuesday evening, at 11:01pm. Moderate coastal flooding is anticipated at time of high tide on Wednesday at 11:25am and again at 11:47pm. The Wednesday morning high tide may produce the most severe coastal flooding during this storm event. Never attempt to drive on any street that is flooded; flooding on streets may be obstructed due to snow. If you live on a street that typically experiences flooding during coastal storms, consider moving your vehicle into your driveway or to another part of our community that typically does not flood. The Townsend’s Inlet Bridge was closed on Tuesday, March 20th due to storm effects on the approach roadway; it will be reopened when it is safe to do so. Never attempt to move or drive over any utility wire. If you have a power outage, contact Atlantic City Electric directly at 1-800-833-7476. If you have any emergency, dial 911. The Borough continues to remain in communication with the Cape May County Department of Emergency Management, and the New Jersey State Police. Continue to monitor updates in our community on this website, and continue to monitor updated weather forecasts from the National Weather Service on traditional media outlets. Here is the text of the various warnings issued by the National Weather Service: Winter Storm Warning URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 356 PM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018 ... Major Coastal Storm to Affect the Region Through Wednesday Night... .A pair of low pressure systems to our south today will consolidate into an intense nor`easter just east of the mid-Atlantic coast on Wednesday, then pass southeast of Nantucket Island late Wednesday night. Unnecessary travel in most of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon and evening is strongly discouraged! ... WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 2 AM EDT THURSDAY... * WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, and ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected. * WHERE...Portions of southeastern New Jersey, Maryland`s lower eastern shore, central and southern Delaware. * WHEN...From 6 AM Wednesday to 2 AM EDT Thursday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Tree branches could fall with widespread power outages possible Wednesday afternoon. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times with snowfall rates approaching an inch an hour for a time. Glazing may begin toward dawn Wednesday away from the coast. Uncertainty exists regarding maximum storm total snow over 6 inches. Thundersnow is possible late morning and afternoon. Coastal Flood Warning COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 AM EDT THURSDAY... * LOCATIONS...Coastal areas of Cape May County and Cumberland County in New Jersey, and Sussex County and Kent County in Delaware. * COASTAL FLOODING...Minor flooding is forecast with tonight`s high tide. Moderate flooding is expected with the high tides on Wednesday and Wednesday night. * TIMING...Flooding may occur for a few hours around the time of high tide. High tide on the New Jersey and Delaware oceanfront occurs between 10:15 PM and 11:15 PM tonight, between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM on Wednesday, and between 11:00 PM and midnight on Wednesday night. High tide on the back bays and on Delaware Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront. * SURGE...Around 1.5 to 2.0 feet tonight, and around 2.5 to 3.0 feet on Wednesday and Wednesday night. * WAVES...Around 12 to 18 feet off the coast tonight, around 10 to 15 feet on Wednesday, and around 6 to 10 feet on Wednesday night. * IMPACTS...Numerous roadways will flood and minor to moderate property damage is possible. The tide and wave action is expected to result in moderate beach erosion. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... This Coastal Flood Warning means that moderate tidal flooding is imminent. Be prepared for rising water levels and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Follow the recommendations of local emergency management officials. 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.

The Avalon Police Department is attempting to identify the individual shown in the video. The individual is wanted for questioning in a series of car burglaries. Any information please contact the Detective Division of the Avalon Police Department. Thank you for your help. Please remember to lock your vehicles at night.

Latest on Coastal Storm... The National Weather Service has continued the Coastal Flood Watch and now has posted a High Wind Warning for our Borough in advance of the approaching coastal storm. The Coastal Flood Watch is in effect from Thursday evening, March 1st through Saturday evening, March 3rd. The High Wind Warning is in effect from Friday at 11:00am through Saturday at 6:00am. The Flood Watch includes the potential for minor, moderate, and in some locations major coastal flooding; the Wind Warning includes the potential for wind gusts approaching 60mph at times along the coastline. A coastal storm is expected to spread rainfall over our region Thursday afternoon and lasting through Saturday morning. The storm is also expected to include the potential for street flooding in flood prone areas at times of high tide courtesy of the storm, and the lunar cycle. This flooding could make travel difficult on streets that are prone to flooding. The high winds may have potential to damage trees and cause power outages. The National Weather Service is expected to provide frequent updates to this forecast, so please continue to follow this site and traditional media outlets. High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City will occur at the following times, on the following days: Thursday, March 1st: 7:45pm Friday, March 2nd: 8:05am, 8:33pm Saturday, March 3rd: 8:51am, 9:19pm Never attempt to drive on any flooded street or through any flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk, and causes an unnecessary wake that can damage public and private property. If you have a power outage, please contact Atlantic City Electric directly at 1-800-833-7476. The County of Cape May will close the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge Thursday, March 1st at 5:00pm until sometime on Sunday, March 4th as the roadway leading to the bridge will likely experience flooding and wave action from the storm. Never attempt to drive over any downed utility wire. If you have any emergency, dial 911. The Borough remains in contact with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to get the very latest information. The information below on the Coastal Flood Watch and the High Wind Warning is courtesy of the National Weather Service: ...COASTAL FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT... * LOCATIONS...Coastal areas of Cape May County and Cumberland County. * COASTAL FLOODING...Minor flooding is anticipated with the high tides on Friday morning and Friday evening, moderate to locally major flooding is expected with the high tide on Saturday morning, and moderate flooding is forecast with the high tide on Saturday evening. * TIMING...High tide on the oceanfront occurs between 7:15 AM and 8:15 AM on Friday morning, between 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM on Friday evening, between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM on Saturday morning, and between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM on Saturday evening. High tide on the back bays and on Delaware Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront. * SURGE...Around 1 to 1.5 feet on Friday, building to 2.5 to 3 feet on Saturday. * WAVES...Around 4 to 7 feet on Friday, building to 9 to 12 feet on Saturday. * IMPACTS...Numerous roadways are expected to flood and minor to moderate property damage is possible. The tides and wave action will likely result in moderate beach erosion. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Coastal Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of moderate or major flooding. Be prepared to begin taking appropriate action to protect life and property. Follow the recommendations of local emergency management officials. Be sure to check the latest forecast from time to time in case a warning is issued or any new information becomes available. ...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM EST SATURDAY... The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect from 11 AM Friday to 6 AM EST Saturday. The High Wind Watch is no longer in effect. * LOCATION...Northeastern Maryland, northern Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. * WINDS...Northwest 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * TIMING...Strong winds with gusts of 40 to 50 mph develop toward midday Friday. Peak gusts to 60 mph are most likely to occur from mid afternoon to late evening Friday. Winds will gradually diminish late Friday night. * IMPACTS...Saturated soils will enhance the potential for high winds to blow down trees and power lines. Scattered power outages are likely. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

TI BRIDGE TO CLOSE IN PREPARATION OF COASTAL STORM In preparation of the coastal storm striking the east coast tomorrow and extending into the weekend, the Townsends Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City will be closing at 5:00pm on Thursday March 1st until sometime Sunday March 4th when weather conditions become more favorable for traffic to cross the bridge. According to the latest briefing from the National Weather Service, Cape May County will be experiencing major coastal flooding and high winds through the weekend. With the high tides expected and an easterly wind, waves will be washing over the seawall on the Avalon approach to the Townsends Inlet Bridge. Due the narrow open lane in the construction zone, the expected high winds will make it difficult for vehicles to cross the bridge.

Coastal Storm to arrive Thursday Evening 3/1 The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for the Borough and nearby coastal communities. The Watch is in effect from late Thursday night through Saturday evening, March 1st-3rd. A High Wind Watch is in effect for Friday and Friday night. There is the potential for minor coastal flooding at time of high tide on Friday morning, and the potential for moderate to major flooding with the high tides Saturday morning, and Saturday evening. A nor’easter-type coastal storm is expected to impact our region at the end of this week. The storm will arrive later in the day on Thursday with rain and wind impacting the area. The storm is expected to bring more rain and wind throughout the day on Friday and potentially lasting into the early part of Saturday morning. Even though sky conditions are expected to be dry on Saturday there is a threat of coastal flooding. Beach erosion is also possible during this storm. High tide at the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City will occur at the following times, on the following days: Thursday, March 1st: 7:17am, 7:45pm Friday, March 2nd: 8:05am, 8:33pm Saturday, March 3rd: 8:51am, 9:19pm This storm and coastal flooding event may cause flooding in flood prone areas. Never drive on any street or through any flooded intersection as this puts you and your vehicle at risk. Driving on a flooded street also causes an unnecessary wake that can damage public and private property. The storm at times may also require the closure of the portion of Ocean Drive leading to the Townsend’s Inlet Bridge. If you have any emergency, please dial 911. If you experience a power outage during this storm event, please contact Atlantic City Electric directly at 1-800-833-7476. Never attempt to drive over any downed utility lines. Please monitor our local emergency messages as we remain in contact with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management. Also continue to monitor this storm and forecasts on traditional media outlets. The Borough provides a flood map for guidance purposes that notes where coastal flooding may occur. It may be advisable to move your vehicle out of a flood prone area depending on updates on our forecast.

42nd and Ocean Drive traffic signal will be out of service Beginning on Monday, 3/5, the signal at 42nd Street and Ocean Drive will be out of service for upgrades. 42nd Street will be maintained as a 'stop' street, both eastbound and westbound. Temporary stop signs will be erected on the respective corners. The signal upgrade/replacement is expected to be completed in two weeks. Please make a note of this while driving through.

Ty Gandy from Cub Scout Troop 65 dropped by the Avalon Police Department with caramel popcorn from Cub Scout Troop 65 to show appreciation from the Troop for the hard work and dedication of the members of the Avalon Police Department. Ty, is pictured with Sgt. William Robinson, Ptlm. James Savini and Captain John Roscoe. From all members of the Avalon Police Department: Thank you Troop 65!

Ocean Drive between 52nd Street and 63rd Street will be closed overnight Tuesday February 27, 2018 until early afternoon Wednesday February 28, 2018. Residents will be able to traverse Ocean Drive to get to their homes, however no through traffic will be allowed. Please make a note of this if you are planning on coming into Avalon during these times to plan your route accordingly.

Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster announced that milling and paving operations on Ocean Drive will begin on Monday, February 26th. Ocean Drive will receive a new road surface from 62nd Street north to 29th Street. Please plan your travel accordingly and recognize that work will be done in the area. The work follows the completion of necessary sewer main replacement conducted by the Borough of Avalon, and the installation of some new natural gas service. Improved drainage will accompany this project which is expected to conclude before summer.

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!

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.