Middle Township Gazette

Skeptics heard on local shopping program in Middle Township

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, November 20, 2013 01:04 pm

Property tax incentive aimed at boosting economy

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Not everyone is sold on a program that could bring Middle Township residents a reduction on their taxes.

The Property Tax Reward Program would allow residents to swipe a card at participating businesses, and a percentage of the purchase would be applied to their taxes.

The more they shop locally, the less they would pay in taxes.

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Developer: Middle Township action would improve project

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, November 20, 2013 01:03 pm

Committee delays vote on statement of need requested for Court House plans

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — An affordable housing project planned for Cape May Court House may not be targeted for special needs families after all.

Apparently, that decision is in the hands of the Middle Township Committee.

During a Township Committee work session Monday, officials and community members learned that township officials have to pass a resolution of need to ensure that 10 affordable-housing homes would be built for families with special needs.

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Volunteers take a lesson at the Wetlands Institute

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Written by Alex Davis Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:20 pm

Sarah Miele, who is the education coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, speaks during a workshop Saturday morning. Sarah Miele, who is the education coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, speaks during a workshop Saturday morning.

Learning to help marine mammals

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — During a June sunrise walk in Wildwood Crest, Don Maute and his 6-year-old dachshund, Ollie, happened upon something on the beach.

It was big, about 15 feet long.

At first, Maute thought it was a sculpture. As he got closer, he saw it was a pilot whale, which is gray with a rounded head and is long and stocky.

“It was kind of surreal,” said Maute, 53, of Wildwood Crest.

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Adoption promotion at animal shelter

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 19, 2013 01:00 am

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is holding a special promotion starting Friday, Nov. 29.

Black cats can be adopted for 75 percent off the normal fee through Dec. 24. The shelter has 31 cats available for adoption.

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A worried wait for word from the other side of the globe

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, November 18, 2013 05:36 pm

Local priest prays and organizes for the Philippines 

Rev. Cosme dela Peña shows a map of the area hit by the storm, and a news image. He said there is no way he could help everyone hurt in his home country by Typhoon Haiyan, be he hopes to help a few families in his hometown. Rev. Cosme dela Peña shows a map of the area hit by the storm, and a news image. He said there is no way he could help everyone hurt in his home country by Typhoon Haiyan, but he hopes to help a few families in his hometown. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Five days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms to ever make landfall, tore across the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless, Rev. Cosme de la Peña was celebrating.  

“I was like a kid, jumping in the air, shouting ‘yay,’” he said.

He was celebrating because he had finally gotten word from his family: his three brothers and four sisters were OK.

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Negotiations heat up with Ocean View Volunteer Fire Company

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, November 15, 2013 05:26 pm

DENNIS TOWNSHIP — The future of fire protection in Fire District No. 1 in Dennis Township depends on ongoing contract negotiations.

District fire commissioners and the Ocean View Volunteer Fire Co. have been working on a new contract for several months. Commissioners say they want better accountability from the volunteers, and there is a possibility the commissioners could go with another fire company.

The issue has neighbors up at arms. So far, one vote was delayed because more people packed a meeting than the room could accommodate.

The fire commissioners say they want to want to include greater accountability in a new agreement. For instance, commissioners say they want to make sure firefighters are wearing the proper gear when they respond to fires.

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UPDATE: Police report missing man found safe near Green Creek home

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 15, 2013 11:28 am

A 71-year-old Middle Township man has been found safe following a six-hour search by about 85 emergency responders Friday.

Middle Township Police say Leroy L. Sebastian walked away from his late Thursday night, Nov. 14. He was found in good health, in a yard about a half mile from his residence on Burleigh Road in Green Greek, according to police.

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$6,650 raised in tuition assistance for students

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 15, 2013 06:30 am

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Cape May County’s “Women of Wonder” League recently joined forces to raise $6,650 for Atlantic Cape Community College tuition assistance for Cape Educational COMPACT students.

The league met in Stone Harbor during the third annual event Oct. 29, which featured a pre-Halloween superhero-themed reception.

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2 arrested in connection with stealing more than $75,000 from Middle Township dealership

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 14, 2013 08:32 pm

Two Atlantic County residents allegedly stole more than $75,000 from the Avalon Honda dealership in Swainton, according to an announcement from the county prosecutor’s office.

On Nov. 7, Middle Township Police detectives were notified of thefts committed by one of the agency employees, Monica Schaffer, 51, of Somers Point.

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Several Bloods street gang members arrested in Cape May County

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 14, 2013 08:08 pm

CAPE MAY COUNTY - Police arrested the leader and several others involved in Cape May County Bloods street gang Nov. 7.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced on Thursday, Nov. 14, the conclusion of a five-month, multi-jurisdictional investigation into the Bloods street gang in the county.

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Annual Caring for Kids meal a big deal for students, participants

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:58 pm

Families filled the Middle Township High School cafeteria Wednesday for a feast. Families filled the Middle Township High School cafeteria Wednesday for a feast.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – About two weeks before Thanksgiving, dozens of families gathered around tables to eat turkey, stuffing, potatoes and more at the Middle Township High School cafeteria.

The annual event on Wednesday night helped parents and their children socialize.

But it looked like the high school students who pitched in at the dinner interacted just as much as the families, if not more. And they also learned about giving back to the community, some said at the event.

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On the Cover > Stage fight

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, November 14, 2013 01:00 am

 
Middle Township High School students Chelsea Morrissey and Alyssa Sullivan as Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan rehearse a pivotal scene from the school’s upcoming play “The Miracle Worker” Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Performing Arts Center.  For more photos see page 25.
 Middle Township High School students Chelsea Morrissey and Alyssa Sullivan as Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan rehearse a pivotal scene from the school’s upcoming play “The Miracle Worker” Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Performing Arts Center. For more photos see page 25.

Middle Township High School students Chelsea Morrissey and Alyssa Sullivan as Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan rehearse a pivotal scene from the school’s upcoming play “The Miracle Worker” Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Performing Arts Center. 

Photos by Jen Marra

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