• 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

Coastal flood advisory posted for Avalon, Jersey Shore

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 04:35 pm

AVALON - The National Weather Service is calling for a rainstorm overnight, and has posted a coastal flood advisory from Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 25 at 2 a.m.  A high surf advisory is also in effect through noon on Thursday.

The storm is expected to bring rain, wind, and the potential for coastal flooding in coastal communities including Avalon. There is also a high risk for rip currents along the beaches on Wednesday. Easterly winds at 35 mph are predicted.

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Middle Township Harvest Festival grows each year

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, September 24, 2014 01:46 pm

Performers from Dance Dynamics and Dancers Two dazzled the crowd during the 2013 Harvest Festival. 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]

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Mayor: Those responsible for phone billing will be held accountable

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, September 23, 2014 04:03 pm

Editor’s note: This was sent Tuesday afternoon from Mayor Tim Donohue’s office, with a statement that is was from the mayor alone, not from the other commissioners. The day before, the township announced that it had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars more than necessary on phone service.

To the editor:

I have heard from several taxpayers about their anger and frustration over a Middle Township press release Sept. 22, revealing serious issues with our phone system billing.  Bottom line, the township has been paying for lines no longer required, failed to utilize a large credit on our bill and been paying over $3,000 a month for high speed data lines that have not been used for several years. It appears an audit of the phone system was ordered in 2008, but never completed.

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Cape May County community food drive begins Oct. 1

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, September 23, 2014 01:41 pm

AVALON - Lay-offs at casinos in Atlantic City, combined with the end of seasonal work in Cape May County, are making this a challenging year for area food pantries.

“I work at Holy Redeemer, and I’ve seen an increase in the number of people registering there at the food pantry,” said Tony Adamoli, who’s also a board member of the Avalon Lions. “Consistently, this year, I’ve seen more people registering month over month than last year, or the year before.”

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Middle Township Police blotter, Sept. 8-14

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Written by Police Blotter Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:34 am

Middle Township Police Department Middle Township Police Department Middle Township police announced that they made the following arrests from Sept. 8-14. 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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Rio Grande Fire Company fights salt marsh fire

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Written by Jen Marra Monday, September 22, 2014 06:30 pm

The Rio Grande Fire Department is fighting a marsh fire on Rio Grande Boulevard heading into Wildwood on Monday evening. The Rio Grande Fire Department is fighting a marsh fire on Rio Grande Boulevard heading into Wildwood on Monday evening. The Rio Grande Fire Department is fighting a marsh fire on Rio Grande Boulevard heading into Wildwood on Monday evening. Assistant Fire Chief Jim Belles said the department responded to the salt marsh fire at about 5:45 p.m., and that the fire was about 200 feet long and 15 feet wide.

-- photo by Jen Marra

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Audit: Township spent $400,000 more than needed on phones

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Written by David Benson Monday, September 22, 2014 03:56 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township’s phone system has cost residents at least $400,000 more than it should have over the last 10 years, but an internal audit has stopped the unnecessary charges, and will save the township about $50,000 a year going forward, a township official said Monday.

“I routinely look at all of the bills ahead of committee meetings,” said Committeeman Dan Lockwood. “I go through each bill, and I pull a sample of each one.”

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County zoo is expecting two young lions

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 03:53 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The county zoo is expecting, and like many expectant parents, the zoo is sprucing up its habitat for the new arrivals.

While the Cape May County Zoological Society doesn’t know when two young lions will arrive at the county zoo, they’ve raised about $100,000 to raise the fencing and add dig barriers to the lion’s habitat.

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Jersey Shore Pops announces holiday concert at PAC

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 10:08 am

Linda Gentille Linda Gentille CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The public is invited to a holiday show featuring Linda Gentille and The Jersey Shore Pops at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 212 Bayberry Ave., Cape May Court House.

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Diabetes lecture planned Oct. 22 at Crest Haven Rehabilitation Center

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 21, 2014 07:47 am

The public is invited to the diabetes presentation, “Taking Control,” at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House.

Ann Gann is scheduled as the guest speaker and will discuss ways to control blood sugar and help reduce the risk of diabetes related complications.

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