• With one wrecked, and another aging, county considering single aircraft

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The County Freeholders voted this week to accept an $80,000 insurance settlement for a county helicopter that crashed last month, an official said Wednesday, however the county is unlikely to replace the aircraft.

    “We have two helicopters,” said Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton. “We’re discussing just going to one helicopter, and replacing the one we have.”

  • Jacob SpiegelWILDWOOD — An official with the Wildwood fire department says that Jake Spiegel, the part-time firefighter who was indicted by a grand jury Sept. 24 with his father, Rob, on official misconduct charges, is not currently working for the department.

    As a part-time firefighter, Jake Spiegel is a summer employee for the city of Wildwood, said Deputy Fire Chief Dan Speigel (no relation to the accused). The department is “monitoring the situation” to determine at a later date if Spiegel can return to work next summer.

  • WILDWOOD — Officials in Wildwood decided Wednesday to keep the city’s curfew in place, unlike other New Jersey towns that have opted to repeal theirs after courts found them to be unconstitutional.

    Instead, they asked city attorney Mary D’Arcy Bittner to revise the curfew to protect Wildwood against possible lawsuits.

  • Jacob Spiegel, left, and former Seaville fire chief Rob Spiegel, right, were indicted Wednesday.TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said Wednesday that the former chief of the Seaville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and his son have been indicted for allegedly receiving payments of approximately $46,000 based on fraudulent invoices and receipts they submitted for reimbursement to the fire company and Fire District No. 4 commissioners.

    Eugene “Rob” Spiegel, 51, and Jacob Spiegel, 20, both of Seaville, were indicted by…

  • Performers from Dance Dynamics and Dancers Two dazzled the crowd during the 2013 Harvest Festival.CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Harvest Festival is just a month away, and this year could be the township’s largest fall celebration ever, township officials said recently.

    [photos courtesy of Middle Township]

Middle Township Gazette

Blades vs. wheels: Two hockey leagues in the area cause confusion

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, September 30, 2014 05:44 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Two hockey leagues in the area with similar names has apparently caused confusion among supporters, and the difference may boil down to blades versus wheels, as well as fundraisers.

“The confusion was that there’s an ice hockey team out of Atlantic City,” said Clyde Pettitt, president of the Middle Township Hockey Association.

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Lower Township man found guilty of nephew’s murder

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 30, 2014 01:59 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Lower Township resident Frederick Gene Marr was found guilty Tuesday of the 2010 murder of his nephew, Ronald Denny Sr.

Marr, 75, fatally shot Denny Aug. 11, 2010 outside of Denny’s Del Haven home after they had a dispute over jointly-owned real estate in Florida.

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Mayor seeks area residents’ support in opposing Patsy’s Way fund release

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 29, 2014 07:34 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township Mayor Tim Donohue has long opposed Patsy’s Way, a controversial affordable housing project slated to be developed in the township, and this week Donohue called on residents and other state and local officials to oppose releasing funds for the project.

“On or around Oct. 10, 2014, NJDCA will submit a request to HUD for the release of these funds. I urge all Middle Township residents to join me and to contact their legislative offices and the governor’s office to oppose this project,” Donohue said in a statement.

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Middle Township Police blotter, Sept. 15-21

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Written by Police Blotter Monday, September 29, 2014 07:17 pm

Middle Township police announced that they made the following arrests from Sept. 15-21. Those charged are considered innocent unless guilt is proven. This report only contains individuals that were arrested based on complaints signed by law enforcement personnel, not complaints signed by private citizens.

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Marr murder trial goes to jury Tuesday

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Written by David Benson Monday, September 29, 2014 05:12 pm

Inmate testimony called into question

[see related story: Lower Township man found guilty of nephew's murder]

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A jury heard closing arguments Monday in the murder trial of Lower Township resident Frederick Gene Marr.

Marr, 75, is accused in the fatal shooting of his nephew, Ronald Denny Sr. outside of Denny’s Del Haven home on Aug. 11, 2010.

The prosecutor’s office has said the shooting happened because of a dispute over jointly-owned real estate in Florida.

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Donohue: Treasurer’s office to be examined by outside agency

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Written by David Benson Monday, September 29, 2014 03:53 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – In the wake of an error that cost the township at least $400,000 in unnecessary phone charges over the last decade, the committee plans to bring an outside agency to examine the practices of its treasurer’s office.

Township Committee will also ask the phone company to reconsider past overpayments, said Mayor Tim Donohue.

“I can’t speak for Verizon,” Donohue said Thursday, Sept. 25. “But I would hope they would. It would be in their best interest to be reasonable.”

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Southbound Parkway overpasses could be open this week

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Written by David Benson Monday, September 29, 2014 02:53 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The project on the Garden State Parkway to replace traffic lights at three intersections will hit the halfway point this Thursday, Oct. 2, and three ramps will be open to southbound traffic, a spokesman with the state said Monday.

Just so long as the weather holds.

“The prep work is weather dependent, and rain could delay the opening of the ramps,” said Tom Feeney, a spokesman for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. “But if all goes well, and it’s dry, the ramps will be open to southbound traffic.”

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‘Life Chain’ event set Oct. 5

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 28, 2014 07:31 am

RIO GRANDE - The public is invited to participate in the “Life Chain,” beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at which a group of people form a cross along the intersection of routes 9 and 47 in Rio Grande to protest abortion.

The hour-long event takes place rain or shine.

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Resident has early celebration for 101st birthday

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 28, 2014 07:18 am

Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton presents Collette Lombardi with a proclamation honoring her on her 101st birthday. Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton presents Collette Lombardi with a proclamation honoring her on her 101st birthday. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Collette Lombardi, Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was honored with a party Tuesday, Sept. 16, in advance of her 101st birthday on Sept. 30.

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Beaded anklet workshop planned at Woodbine library

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 28, 2014 07:06 am

WOODBINE – The public is invited to learn how to make a beaded anklet from crafter Betty Tocci from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Woodbine branch of the Cape May County Library, at 800 Monroe St.

Cost is $7, and all materials will be provided.

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