An occasional update on local stories that were in the news just a year ago.
From Press staff reports
Corbin City is still doing everything it can to become nonexistent.
In July 2008, Mayor Carol Foster went to Trenton to apply for a grant to study the possibility of eliminating her municipality.
Corbin City and Upper Township officials had proposed a merger plan four months earlier, as state legislators slashed municipal aid and offered incentives for towns to conduct shared-services studies.
Foster said the city received the $20,000 Department of Community Affairs grant needed to fund the feasibility study.
"We hired the consultant and the first draft of the study came back in May. Upper Township and Corbin City had until June to submit any concerns we had. The final study should be complete around the end of July," Foster said.
Foster said she and members of the City Council were "very encouraged by the preliminary report. We think it's very positive."
Corbin City, which is part of Atlantic County, already shares its library, schools, fire company, emergency medical services and municipal court with Upper Township, which is in Cape May County.
But the state Attorney General's Office must still rule on whether the intercounty consolidation can take place.
"We are, for all intents and purposes, already part of Cape May County," Foster said.
Downe Twp. subpoenas
On July 1, 2008, the state Attorney General's Office subpoenaed four years' worth of Downe Township municipal records as part of an investigation into the government's operations.
Township officials had two weeks to provide to state investigators records of minutes and agendas for Township Committee and Planning Board meetings, as well as other documents.
Diane Patterson, the acting township clerk, said the township promptly submitted all of the requested documents to the investigators and has not heard anything about them since.
Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, said the office would not "confirm or deny" that the investigation is ongoing or any of details surrounding the subpoenas.
Crash kills six
Authorities are still unsure what caused a plane carrying six people associated with Revel Entertainment Group's $2 billion Atlantic City casino project to crash July 31, 2008, killing all on board.
The corporate jet crashed while preparing to land in strong thunderstorms at a regional airport in Minnesota.
Tony Craig, 50, of Brigantine, and Chris Daul, 44, of Northfield, both vice presidents for construction development, and 62-year-old Lawrence "Chip" Merrigan, of Absecon, were killed. Merrigan was director of field operations.
Also killed were Galloway Township resident Karen Sandland, a project manager for Tishman Construction; Margate resident Marc Rosenberg; and Absecon resident Allan Barnett, of APG International,
a Glassboro-based company that is providing glass for Revel's casino facade.
Rosenberg was the company's chief operating officer, and Barnett was its assistant project manager.
APG International has continued to work on the project, according to Chief Executive Officer Ed Zaucha. Rosenberg's brother, Eric, has taken over as chief operating officer.
The plane's pilots - Clark Keefer, of Bethlehem, Pa., and Dan D'Ambrosio, of Hellertown, Pa. - also were killed in the crash.
Staff writer Robert Spahr