• CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Residents and workers along Mechanic Street near the Middle Township Police Department were evacuated Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a resident walked into the department with a piece of World War II-era ordnance, police said in a statement.

    Atlantic City Police Department’s bomb squad was called in to evaluate the ordnance, and they determined that was a World War II era marking round. According to police, the round would have had an explosive tip to mark targets.

  • Laura Stetser/Egg Harbor Township's Scullville VFC annual haunted hayride opens the first weekend in October. 

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – This year’s Terror in the Junkyard haunted hayride and maze will feature a new attraction involving live zombies, the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company announced Tuesday.

    The Apocalypse Training Zombie Paintball Shootout will give visitors a chance to step up and prevent zombies from attacking. Separate admission to the zombie shootout is $5 for 100 paintballs and includes the use of guns…

  • MARGATE – Mini-golf will make a debut this year at the annual Fall Funfest by the Bay – along with new amusements, boat rides, craft vendors, a smorgasbord of food, critters for the kids, two stages of nonstop entertainment and a visit from Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones.

    The two-day festival will stretch for six blocks along the bayfront on Amherst Avenue, running 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

  • We won’t know what Hurricane Edouard will bring, but it’s expected to pass well off the coast this week. Previous storms this year brought some great waves, but this one’s being described as the first major storm of the season. Summer’s not over, but if it were a tube of toothpaste, we’d be…

  • OCEAN CITY — Making a commitment to enrich and nourish the Ocean City School community, school district officials unveiled a revamped district wellness initiative at an Aug. 27 meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education.

    “It’s full speed ahead for 2014-2015,” said Michelle Rundgren, the school district’s human resource manager.

Middle Township Gazette

In a first, Middle School carnival will continue into evening

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Written by David Benson Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:14 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Middle Township Middle School will host its first-ever community carnival after school hours at the Middle School in Cape May Court House from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, a teacher said on Tuesday.

“Two years ago, we had about 600 students participate in a carnival held during school hours,” said David Farrow, a math instructor. “This is the first time that we’re doing it in the evening outside of school hours.”

Farrow said students in grades 6-8 will preview the carnival during school hours, but will be able to return to the carnival with their parents and friends after school’s out.

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Recreation department wants your ‘selfies’

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:12 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township Recreation Department wants to see the best of visitors when they stop at public parks and playgrounds, and a department official has offered to share “selfies” on its Facebook page.

“Everybody’s taking selfies,” said Tammy Devitt, Recreation Department director. “What better way to advertise Middle Township and have fun at the same time?”

During July, the department will accept emailed self-shot photos of adults and children that are taken at any of the public parks and playgrounds in the township. If approved, those pictures will posted to the department’s Facebook page, as part of the first “Selfie Extravaganza.” Organizers want to make it an annual occurrence.

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Ministering with inked hands

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Written by David Benson Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:04 am

Cohwen Allen got his first tattoo at 16 and has been tattooing others for 23 years. Cohwen Allen got his first tattoo at 16 and has been tattooing others for 23 years.

It took a brush with death to bring local tattoo artist to God

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Twenty-two years ago, a drunk driver struck Cohwen Allen at 50 mph along a roadside near his mother’s home in Delhaven.

“The police never did find my shoes,” Allen said, fingering a gold cross around his neck. “I was knocked out of my shoes, but I still have the crucifix I was wearing that night.”

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Middle Township schools save on energy by modifying behavior

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:02 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Middle Township Public Schools are saving big with energy-efficient behavior — and now those good habits have earned the schools national recognition, a school official said recently.

Middle Township schools have saved about $600,000 over the last three years, after working with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, which will present the schools with its environmental excellence award this month, said Superintendent Michael Kopakowski.

“What this program has enabled us to do is to stabilize our energy costs,” Kopakowski said. “We’re able to take the money we save and put it into educational programs.”

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David La Puma named director of Cape May Bird Observatory

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:57 am

David La Puma David La Puma CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - New Jersey Audubon has announced that David La Puma is the new director of the Cape May Bird Observatory.

According to a press release, La Puma has more than a decade of experience in ecological research to the CMBO; research that has focused on conservation of endangered species and identification of important stopover habitats for migrating birds.

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Little Free Library of Whitesboro aims to engage community

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:49 am

Cheryl Spaulding opened the Little Free Library of Whitesboro in November 2013, and dedicated it to the memories of her mother, Argie L. Holden-Davis, and her father-in-law, Fred Brinkley Spaulding Sr. Cheryl Spaulding opened the Little Free Library of Whitesboro in November 2013, and dedicated it to the memories of her mother, Argie L. Holden-Davis, and her father-in-law, Fred Brinkley Spaulding Sr. WHITESBORO – No fines. No due date. No librarian.

The Little Free Library of Whitesboro No. 8165 is a small structure about the size of a mini-fridge sitting outside of the Martin Luther King Center. The library is open year-round, 24 hours a day, lending books to children and adults.

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Woodbine Elementary School students earn library $1,000

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 am

WOODBINE - First grade students at Woodbine Elementary School recently helped the school library earn $1,000 by reading more 1,600 books during the latter half of the school year.

Valerie Newman's class at the elementary school was chosen to take part in the state League of Municipalities Education Foundation's fifth annual Mayor's Book Club, in partnership with Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

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Middle Township Police blotter, May 26 - June 1

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Written by Police Blotter Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:32 am

Middle Township Police Department responded to or initiated 1033 calls for service, averaging 148 per day Monday through Sunday, May 26 - June 1.

Monday, May 26

Missing person - Willow Drive, Rio Grande

Vehicle crash - Route 47 South, Rio Grande

Vehicle crash - Route 47 South, Rio Grande

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Township breaks ground on new ADA-compliant park

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, June 10, 2014 09:13 am

The Public Works Department broke ground on the new ADA-compliant park on June 6. The Public Works Department broke ground on the new ADA-compliant park on June 6. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Public Works broke ground on a new playground at the Goshen Sports Complex on Friday, June 6, which complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the city’s business administrator said that weather-permitting, the park could be open to children in a few months.

The work has been made possible through a $268,000 grant from the state Department of Community Affairs. Gametime, a playground equipment supplier, gave Middle Township the $29,000 it needed in matching dollars for the grant.

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State seeks private operator for off-road vehicle park

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, June 10, 2014 09:11 am

WOODBINE – The state wants to get out of the business of running an off-road vehicle park on a 66-acre plot outside the borough, and it’s seeking bidders for a private operator for the area known as the Mount Pleasant State Off-Road Vehicle Park, a state official said on Monday.

“The state has operated an off-road vehicle park there since 2013,” said Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection. “One of our goals is to have private contractors run as many facilities as possible.”

According to the DEP, the property was acquired by the state in Nov. 2011 from the former Mount Pleasant Sand and Gravel Pit off Route 610 in Woodbine. The property was a 3/4 mile motor-cross track until it was converted into a paintball course in 2007.

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