• 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

Woman's body found on Indian Trail Road

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 01, 2014 04:38 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The badly decomposed remains of a woman were found in the 300 block of Indian Trail Road at about 10 p.m., Tuesday , Sept. 30, police said.

Few details were immediately available as of Wednesday afternoon.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner announced on Wednesday that the Middle Township Police Department responded to the 300 block of Indian Trail Road in Middle Township Tuesday evening regarding the discovery of a body.

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Middle Township seeks area’s ‘top dog’

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 01, 2014 02:56 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Middle Township Advisory Board is seeking the area’s “top dog,” and pet owners have until Dec. 1 to nominate perfect pooches for the 2015 award.

According to a statement from the advisory board, the top canine will be showcased on the board’s web page and featured on flyers and displays throughout the coming year.

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Township officers to direct traffic during school dismissal

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 01, 2014 01:34 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – At least three Middle Township police officers will direct traffic at road construction sites in Cape May Court House to relieve congestion when school is dismissed and buses crowd the streets, according to a statement from police.

Police will direct traffic from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on school days at the intersections of Bayberry Drive and Stone Harbor Boulevard, the Garden State Parkway and Stone Harbor Boulevard, and Brighton Road and Stone Harbor Boulevard to allow for the safe and efficient flow of the buses from the Middle Township High School and Middle School.

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Middle Township celebrates grand opening of accessible playground

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 01, 2014 01:30 pm

GOSHEN - Township Committee will have a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3 to celebrate the opening of its newest playground at the Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex, 626 Goshen Road. The playground complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and fully accessible to residents of all abilities, according to a statement from the committee.

The playground has accessible equipment, picnic tables, sidewalks and ramps, all of which are compliant with standards set forth by the ADA.

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Volunteers wade through chill waters to retrieve bags of shells

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, October 01, 2014 01:20 pm

Volunteers wade through chilly waters to retrieve bags of clam shells covered in oyster spat. Volunteers wade through chilly waters to retrieve bags of clam shells covered in oyster spat. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – More than 30 area residents volunteered to wade through chilly waters recently to pull 15-pound bags of clam shells from the shallows in the Delaware Bay to help restore an oyster reef near Gandy’s Beach in Cumberland County.

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Middle Township introduces public advocate at municipal court

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, October 01, 2014 01:10 pm

Police Chief Christopher Leusner announces the introduction of a public advocate program at a press conference Tuesday. The chief was joined at the podium by Mayor Tim Donohue, Lynne Krukosky, executive director Cape Assist, County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, Committeeman Dan Lockwood and Committeeman Michael Clark. Police Chief Christopher Leusner announces the introduction of a public advocate program at a press conference Tuesday. The chief was joined at the podium by Mayor Tim Donohue, Lynne Krukosky, executive director Cape Assist, County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, Committeeman Dan Lockwood and Committeeman Michael Clark. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – In an effort to target what local law enforcement has described as a heroin and prescription drug epidemic in Cape May County, township police have announced a new public advocacy program available to defendants in municipal court.

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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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