• 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

Performing Arts Center brings in dancers from far and wide

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 11, 2014 07:03 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – It was a big year for the Performing Arts Center, as the center hosted five national and regional competitions, as well as seven local recitals as part of its four-month dance festival.

Kay Aspell, managing director of the PAC, said that about 6,500 dancers competed on the stage during the events which began in April. National competitions are expected to finish by mid-July.

Contestants came from as far away as Ohio, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

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Arson suspected in two Middle Township fires

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 05:08 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Police say one or more arsonists set fire to a couple of townhouses on St. Andrews Drive in Swainton early Thursday.

A fire was reported at 3:09 a.m. on the 1200 block of St. Andrews Drive, and a second fire was reported at the 1400 block while the Cape May Court House Fire Company and Middle Township police were responding to the first call.

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Township provides tax levy details to residents

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 03:21 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Included with every tax bill distributed this month in Middle Township is a graphic detailing how residents’ tax dollars are allocated, according to a statement from township committee.

The included pie chart shows that of the taxes collected, about 54 percent is remitted to the Board of Education; 14 percent goes to the county and 6 percent is used to fund local fire districts.

About 26 percent of locally raised taxes are used to fund municipal services, including police, road construction, ambulance service, trash, recycling, bulk item removal, and leaf and brush pickup and disposal, emergency management, 911 emergency dispatch, snow removal, recreation and parks, juvenile officer program, code enforcement and animal control.

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Council and mayor honored by Police Unity Tour for their support

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:23 pm

Mayor Martin Pagliughi, left, accepts a plaque from Dennis Felsing Jr., president of Police Unity Tour Chapter 2. Mayor Martin Pagliughi, left, accepts a plaque from Dennis Felsing Jr., president of Police Unity Tour Chapter 2. Police officer recognized by fire department

AVALON – The mayor and council were honored Wednesday, July 9, by a representative of Chapter 2 of the Police Unity Tour for their ongoing support of the tour that aims to memorialize fallen law enforcement officers.

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Parents get off-stage advice to help on-stage kids

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:49 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Many mothers and fathers are receiving off-stage advice this summer to help their children act on-stage at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township.

A 40-page booklet, in English and Spanish, describes steps for parents to take while their offspring rehearse and act. The publication, called “Family Matters,” is described as “a parent’s guide to the magic of theatre.”

The booklet includes advice on everything from how parents can help children to handle casting disappointments to encouraging children to rehearse before a live audience at the dinner table in a form of family dinner theater.

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Johnny Petillo with Jersey Shore Pops in Stone Harbor

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 09:54 am

Johnny Petillo will join Linda Gentille & The Jersey Shore Pops in “The Fabulous Fifties” July 15 in Stone Harbor. Johnny Petillo will join Linda Gentille & The Jersey Shore Pops in “The Fabulous Fifties” July 15 in Stone Harbor. STONE HARBOR – Get ready for a trip back in time when Johnny Petillo joins The Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the water tower plaza at 95th Street and Second Avenue, as part of the borough’s centennial celebration.

“Johnny Petillo is a fantastic entertainer that I met many years ago when he had a local television station,” Linda Gentille, orchestra conductor, said in a statement.

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UPDATED: Villas girl dies after being ejected from car in single-vehicle accident

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, July 09, 2014 04:44 pm

GOSHEN – An 11-year-old Villas girl died in a single-car crash Wednesday after she was ejected from the vehicle when it struck a utility pole and a tree, police said today.

Kristin Conner, 40, was traveling north on Route 47 in Goshen at about 7 a.m. when her vehicle left the road and struck both a utility pole and a tree, Middle Township Police Capt. John Edwards said.

Morgan Ferguson, Conner’s daughter, was ejected from the Ford F150 and suffered fatal injuries.

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Stone Harbor's 4th of July celebration

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, July 09, 2014 04:10 pm

Tricia Harlan of Unionville, Pa. sprints across the field to finish first in her age group during the foot race part of the Stone Harbor Recreation Department Independence Day Celebration Saturday, July 5 at the 81st Street Recreation Field. Tricia Harlan of Unionville, Pa. sprints across the field to finish first in her age group during the foot race part of the Stone Harbor Recreation Department Independence Day Celebration Saturday, July 5 at the 81st Street Recreation Field. Stone Harbor's 4th of July celebration and fireworks were postponed until Saturday, July 5 after Hurricane Arthur churned the seas off the coast of New Jersey.

Below are photos from Saturday's event.

--photos by Jen Marra

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New recreation program coordinator named

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, July 09, 2014 11:13 am

Mayor apologizes for June 16 remarks

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township Recreation Department supervisor Robert Matthews has been promoted to recreation program coordinator, Mayor Tim Donohue announced at the Middle Township Committee meeting, Monday, July 7.

“Robert has shown that he has the ability to lead,” Donohue said. “He has the Martin Luther King Center running great, and Robert’s shown that he’s ready for more responsibility.”

According to the mayor, Matthew will have oversight over the Recreation Department’s entire program.

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Middle Township Police blotter, June 23-29

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Written by Police Blotter Wednesday, July 09, 2014 10:11 am

Middle Township Police Department responded to or initiated 821 calls for service, averaging 117 per day Monday through Sunday, June 23-29.

Monday, June 23

Vehicle crash - Court House South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House

Theft - South Main Street, Cape May Court House

Threats - Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House

Vehicle crash - Justice Way, Swainton

Fraud - Wildwood Avenue, Burleigh

Theft - Massachusetts Avenue, Burleigh

Read more: Middle Township Police blotter, June 23-29

   

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