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Three months ago: State reviews cause of death for young drivers on Garden State Parkway

Concerned with the number of young people involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes, state Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson asked the New Jersey Turnpike Authority at its Sept. 25 meeting to review its accident data and possibly push for a more aggressive driver safety program for the Garden State Parkway.

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At the time, half of the sixteen fatalities on the highway this year were people between 19 and 23 years old. Overall, 70 of the 170 deaths, or 41 percent, on the highway since 2007 were people in their teens and 20s.

The authority formed a committee to review the problem and Turnpike Authority Executive Director Ronnie Hakim said the authority plans to present the recommendations at its Dec. 19 meeting. The recommendations will focus on increased education efforts, she said.

"Next month, we're going to roll out a 2013 plan," Hakim said.

The meeting will take place 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at the NJTA's office on 581 Main St. in Woodbridge.

Two years ago: Cape May County plans road improvements in Sea Isle City

Concerns over temperature change and rising water levels has Cape May County working to heighten roads in Sea Isle City.

Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster said the county is seeking bids for a $3.9 million project on JFK Boulevard in Sea Isle City that would raise the roadway 16 inches, resurface the road and add streetscaping. The bids are due Tuesday and the county hopes to award the project by the end of the year and start construction in January, he said.

The county and city have been working on the project for two years and also have plans to raise the Sea Isle Causeway by 4½ feet, Foster said. The work on the project is almost ready to move forward, but final approval is still needed by the Army Corps of Engineers, he said.

Nineteen months ago: Absecon Mills in Galloway suffers major fire

The Absecon Mills textile plant was closed for almost a month and its roughly 100 employees were temporarily out of work when an April 3, 2011, fire destroyed the company's shipping and receiving area, some stock and a small weaving room with 12 looms.

The company worked hard to reopen by the end of the month, and Gaily Von Schlichting, director of communications for the company, said the damaged equipment had been replaced and the company was operating at full capacity by the fall of that year.

Schlichting said business was not significantly affected by the fire as the company's customers remained loyal and many called to offer encouragement.

The company is also branching out to do more than just upholstery, and doing more technology and research and development of its services, Schlichting said.

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