Middle Township Gazette

Middle Township police deliver hundreds of gifts to area families

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Written by David Benson Friday, December 19, 2014 12:33 pm

Officers with the Middle Township Police Department deliver hundreds of gifts to area residents, donated to the police for their annual toy drive to help needy families in Middle Township have a good Christmas. Shown are Patrolman Joe Gamble, Patrolman Michael Reardon, Det. Tracey Super, Officer Alison Akke, Patrolman Brian Revoir, Dispatcher Madonna Sill, Sgt. Fran Fiore, Officer Michelle Brown, and Patrolman Justin Vitola. Officers with the Middle Township Police Department deliver hundreds of gifts to area residents, donated to the police for their annual toy drive to help needy families in Middle Township have a good Christmas. Shown are Patrolman Joe Gamble, Patrolman Michael Reardon, Det. Tracey Super, Officer Alison Akke, Patrolman Brian Revoir, Dispatcher Madonna Sill, Sgt. Fran Fiore, Officer Michelle Brown, and Patrolman Justin Vitola. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Christmas came early for nine area families, when Middle Township police officers delivered more than 500 gifts to excited children and parents.

The Friday deliveries were part of the police department’s annual drive to collect toys and other gifts for families in Middle Township. The drive is a local drive, separate from the national Toys for Tots drive.

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Committee applies for $3.15M beach resiliency grant

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Written by David Benson Friday, December 19, 2014 09:32 am

Committee also supports no passing resolution on Route 47

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Township Committee will apply for a $3.15 million state grant aimed at restoring beaches and dunes at Reeds Beach and Pierces Point Beach, members decided Monday, Dec. 13.

Business Administrator Connie Mahon said the state Department of Environmental Protection will be looking for unique approaches in deciding which grant applications to approve next year, and she felt that the township has a good chance of securing the funds.

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Committee may limit big trucks in neighborhoods

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Written by David Benson Friday, December 19, 2014 09:23 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Township Committee will consider an ordinance in coming months to regulate heavy trucks and semis in residential neighborhoods, in response to complaints about noise, pollution and traffic issues.

During the work session, Monday, Dec. 15, committee discussed issues surrounding commercial vehicles, such as boats and other out-sized vehicles, parked on city streets.

“It’s a common complaint,” said Committeeman Dan Lockwood. “Commercial vehicles parked over and over and over again on residential streets.”

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Middle Township High School students adopt families for a Merry Christmas

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Written by David Benson Thursday, December 18, 2014 03:42 pm

Alyssa Brittingham, Andrea Sarmiento and Emma Carlson work together as they wrap gifts for one of the 12 children the Key Club adopted for the Christmas holidays. Alyssa Brittingham, Andrea Sarmiento and Emma Carlson work together as they wrap gifts for one of the 12 children the Key Club adopted for the Christmas holidays. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Students throughout Middle Township High School have adopted families for Christmas, and on Wednesday, Dec. 17, Key Club members donned pajamas and ugly sweaters to wrap gifts for their chosen recipients.

“The Interact Club. The Red Cross Club. The Go Green Club. They’ve all adopted families for Christmas,” said Susan Toohey, math teacher and advisor to the Key Club.

So has the Key Club. This year, one of the families the club is helping includes a student in the school.

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Woodbine woman allegedly burglarizes same home twice

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 17, 2014 04:33 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – A Woodbine woman is in custody, accused of burglarizing the same North Wildwood home on 24th Avenue twice.

Lelani M. Freeman, 30, Woodbine, was charged by North Wildwood police, who said the incidents happened between November and December. Police have accused her of stealing pills and an electronic benefit card. According to police,  she knew the victim.

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Lane reopened on Parkway after truck strikes bridge

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:38 am

Dale Gerhart/Press of Atlantic City photo courtesy of Dale Gerhart/Press of Atlantic City MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Northbound traffic on the Garden State Parkway eased Wednesday morning, after a state inspector allowed a lane to be reopened after giving the bridge over Avalon Boulevard a clean bill of health.

On Tuesday, the state Turnpike Authority closed one lane of the Garden State Parkway after a tractor-trailer truck carrying several cars struck the northbound bridge while traveling on Avalon Boulevard.

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State lawmaker introduces resolution supporting local businesses

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, December 17, 2014 09:29 am

Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi visit Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi visited Cape May Court House this week to urge area residents to shop locally. He was joined by town leaders on a tour of business on Main and Mechanic streets. Shown are Carol Struett, chairwoman Middle Township Economic Development Council, Middle Township Committeeman Dan Lockwood, Karen Parker, owner Bloom’s Florist, Fiocchi, Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton, and Rick Rixey, member of the development council. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A state lawmaker visited businesses in Middle Township on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in a drive to encourage area residents to shop locally, saying that more than half of the money spent in local business stays within the township, and that it can revitalize communities throughout the area.

Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi, District 1, and Assemblywoman Donna M. Simon, District 16, introduced a resolution last week urging residents to shop locally, as well as to support local businesses and organizations.

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UPDATED: One lane closed on Parkway after truck strikes bridge

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, December 16, 2014 04:33 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – The state closed one lane of the Garden State Parkway after a tractor-trailer truck carrying several cars struck the northbound bridge while traveling on Avalon Boulevard.

Middle Township police officers responding to the incident at about 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, said there was visible damage to a steel girder on the bridge, said Police Capt. John Edwards.

According to the captain, the driver of the truck that struck the bridge had just loaded a car and neglected to lower the hydraulic lift used to get the vehicle onto his trailer.

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Township’s chief financial officer resigns

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 16, 2014 01:31 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township Committee unanimously accepted the resignation of its chief financial officer Monday, Dec. 15, and passed a resolution appointing John Clifford as temporary CFO.

Tracey Taverner turned in her resignation, effective Wednesday, Dec. 24. She is the second township financial officer to resign within the last two months.

Deputy CFO Mary Kate Matthews-Garry resigned Nov. 7, to take a position with the Middle Township Board of Education.

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Annual Christmas party provides coats and gifts to area children

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Written by David Benson Monday, December 15, 2014 02:55 pm

Children and parents escort Santa Claus to the Martin Luther King Center for the Hamer’s School of Karate annual Christmas party, Saturday, Dec. 13. More than 60 children turned out for the party, and each received a new winter coat, in addition to other gifts. Children and parents escort Santa Claus to the Martin Luther King Center for the Hamer’s School of Karate annual Christmas party, Saturday, Dec. 13. More than 60 children turned out for the party, and each received a new winter coat, in addition to other gifts. WHITESBORO – More than 60 children clambered for Santa’s attention, shouting his name and cheering as he was lowered to the ground by a Middle Township fire engine at the Martin Luther King Center, Saturday, Dec. 13, during Hamer’s School of Karate annual Christmas party.

Burgess “Butch” Hamer, owner of the school, has had to scale the party back some since it was started 18 years ago, because fewer donations have come in, yet he and the school were still able to raise enough funds to provide gifts and new winter coats to 65 children in Middle Township, Wildwood and Cape May.

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