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UDrive. UText. UPay Campaign

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.

UDrive. UText. UPay Campaign 2018-03-30T13:38:21+00:00

Cub Scout Troop 65 Shows Appreciation to the Avalon Police Department

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, shown above 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!

Cub Scout Troop 65 Shows Appreciation to the Avalon Police Department 2018-02-28T12:34:53+00:00

Jeffrey Christopher Named New Chief Of Police


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.

Jeffrey Christopher Named New Chief Of Police 2018-01-29T09:01:03+00:00

Townsend Inlet Bridge to close overnight November 10, 2017 – November 11, 2017

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.

Townsend Inlet Bridge to close overnight November 10, 2017 – November 11, 2017 2017-11-03T12:51:44+00:00

Avalon Volunteer Fire Department Posthumously Names John Ferguson IV Assistant Chief

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.

Avalon Volunteer Fire Department Posthumously Names John Ferguson IV Assistant Chief 2017-10-25T14:25:02+00:00

Mayor, Council Recognize Patrolmen Who Saved Man’s Life in the Ocean


Patrolman Mark Glassford, Council President John McCorristin, Mayor Martin Pagliughi, and Patrolman Matthew Ardelean

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.

Mayor, Council Recognize Patrolmen Who Saved Man’s Life in the Ocean 2017-10-12T09:15:45+00:00

Avalon Police Officer Braves Waves to Save A Life

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.

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.

Avalon Police Officer Braves Waves to Save A Life 2017-09-26T15:58:57+00:00


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.