• 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

UPDATED: $3.6M in heroin seized in largest Cape May County sweep

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, June 18, 2014 03:58 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Police seized $3.6 million worth of heroin, a handgun and $200,000 on Wednesday in what law enforcement officials have said is the largest narcotic investigation in Cape May County history.

The equivalent of 182,000 bags of heroin was recovered as a result of the two-month long drug investigation, officials announced in a Wednesday press conference.

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Committee reconsiders ordinance banning scooters from skate park

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, June 18, 2014 01:49 pm

Justin Cline, left, and Aaron Taylor ask the council to reconsider its proposed ordinance to ban scooters at the Middle Township Skate Park. Justin Cline, left, and Aaron Taylor ask the council to reconsider its proposed ordinance to ban scooters at the Middle Township Skate Park. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Township Committee voted unanimously to table an ordinance banning scooters from the Middle Township Skate Park to give the mayor time to meet with two local youths who asked the committee to reconsider the proposed rule.

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Chief makes plea for police gear

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, June 18, 2014 01:43 pm

Computers, defibrillators among items in capital request

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township Police hope to replace aging equipment, and on Monday, June 16, Chief Christopher Leusner asked the committee for about $63,000 in capital funds to target his top four priorities.

“The mobile data terminals would be first on the list,” Leusner said.

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UPDATED: Fire destroys home on Vick Street

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Written by Lauren Dickey Tuesday, June 17, 2014 04:45 pm

Lauren Dickey/A fire destroyed a home in Whitesboro Tuesday, June 17. Lauren Dickey/A fire destroyed a home in Whitesboro Tuesday, June 17. WHITESBORO – Police Cpl. Fred Crawley had a shock when he got the call for a house fire on Vick Street Tuesday afternoon. It was his parents’ house.

The blaze destroyed the one-story ranch house.

There were no reported injuries, according to fire officials.

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Fire destroys home on Vick Street

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, June 17, 2014 03:36 pm

WHITESBORO - A fire destroyed a home on Vick Street Tuesday afternoon, bringing firefighters from four local fire departments to the scene. There were no reported injuries, according to fire officials.

Cape May Court House, Green Creek, Erma and Rio Grande fire companies responded to the scene at 1:10 p.m. and brought the fire at the one-story ranch home under control within 45 minutes.

According to Middle Township Police Capt. John Edwards, a fire monitor within the house alerted police and fire companies.

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Middle Township Police blotter, June 2 - June 8

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Written by Police Blotter Tuesday, June 17, 2014 02:46 pm

Middle Township Police Department responded to or initiated 907 calls for service, averaging 130 per day Monday through Sunday, June 2 - June 8.

Monday, September 2

Vehicle crash - Route 9 South, Cape May Court House

Vehicle crash - Route 47 South, Rio Grande

Vehicle crash - Route 9 South, Rio Grande

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Bishop McHugh gets new principal on July 1

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, June 17, 2014 09:36 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School will have a new principal beginning July 1, the Board of Pastors for Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School announced this week, and the school will be open this September a spokesman said.

The board, similar to a board of education, announced the appointment of Thomas J. McGuire Jr. as principal of the school, in a press release sent Thursday, June 12.

McGuire replaces outgoing principal Laura Tomlin, and he currently serves as assistant principal at Our Lady of Czestochowa/Little Harbor Academy in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Two charged with armed robbery in Middle Township

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 16, 2014 04:09 pm

Two people are in custody, including a Rio Grande woman, after an armed robbery at a motel, police announced Monday.

On June 12, at 9 p.m. the Middle Township Police Department responded to the Whispering Woods Motel for a report of an armed robbery. Upon the arrival of patrol officers it was determined that a man entered a motel room brandishing a silver handgun, and demanded money.

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‘Take Control of Your Health’ at Cape Assist seminar

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 16, 2014 07:56 am

WOODBINE – The public is invited to “Take Control of Your Health,” at a free six-week seminar series for seniors at the Woodbine Community Center at 812 Longfellow Ave.

Sessions will be held Tuesdays from July 1 to Aug. 5, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and include a light lunch.

The classes cover chronic condition such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic pain and or anxiety as well as other health conditions and their caretakers:

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Bishop McHugh students raise money to fight cancer

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 16, 2014 07:49 am

Brett Staino, a cancer survivor, joins fellow students Michael Scanlan, Maya Kolimaga and Lily Kolimaga at Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School on May 30. Brett Staino, a cancer survivor, joins fellow students Michael Scanlan, Maya Kolimaga and Lily Kolimaga at Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School on May 30. DENNIS TOWNSHIP - Students at Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School joined the battle against cancer on Friday, May 30, when they hosted their second annual Alex's Lemonade Stand.

The fundraiser is a personal and spiritual mission for the school, because there are both students and staff members who have been affected by cancer.

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