Eighteen Months Ago: AtlantiCare managers sue over their firings.

In January 2012, Eric Winter and Jessica Shaw, two former AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Services managers, filed a lawsuit claiming they were fired Aug. 19, 2011, in retaliation for reporting their squad chief was falsifying response times.

The chief had falsified reporting times given to Northfield residents through an Open Public Records Act request, Winter and Shaw alleged in the lawsuit, filed in Civil Division of Cape May County Superior Court

Northfield's contract with AtlantiCare stated the response times for at least 90 percent of city calls must be less than four minutes and 59 seconds. The falsified information helped the squad meet this requirement.

The lawsuit still pends.

The workers' Mount Laurel-based attorney, Kevin Costello, said the two sides are working on depositions, which he expects to last through the end of the year. A trial date most likely will take place next year, he said.

Costello said they are receiving documents from AtlantiCare for review.

"We haven't found anything to suggest that we are wrong," he said.

AtlantiCare spokeswoman Jennifer Tornetta said the organization has no comment on the litigation.

Four Months Ago: Hammonton doctor admits to Medicare fraud.

In March, Lori Reaves, 52, the owner and founder of Visiting Physicians of South Jersey in Hammonton, pleaded guilty to health care fraud in federal court in Trenton.

Reaves admitted lying in Medicare billings for services provided from early 2008 to late 2011, and using billing codes for problems requiring more than two hours of service when, in fact, she spent 30 to 45 minutes with each patient. Reaves received at least $511,068 through illegal billing.

On July 18, Reaves was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson.

Nine Years Ago: Middle Township opens bike path.

In June 2003, the first phase of the Middle Township bike path was opened - a 1.1-mile stretch from the county zoo to the western side of Cape May Court House. During the years, the township's bike path has had three successful phases to become 3.7 miles from South Dennisville Road to Indian Trail Road.

The fourth phase of the bike path, which will run from Indian Trail Road to Shellbay Avenue, is currently out to bid. Proposals will be received Tuesday. This project will be paid for through a $320,000 state grant.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall and be complete by next spring.

"This bicycle path has been one of the most successful recreation projects in Middle Township's history," Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood said. "Phase Four will result in all of our key recreational assets being connected by our bike path, which will greatly improve public access and recreational opportunities for Middle Township residents and visitors."

The township will seek additional funding to expand the bicycle path a total of 2.2 miles along the abandoned rail right of way south to the intersection of Satt Boulevard and Railroad Avenue.

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