Middle Township Gazette

Bock honored

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 09, 2013 10:24 am

Bock honored Bock honored AVALON — Officials recently honored Fred Bock for his 30 years of service to the recreation department.

“Fred Bock has been a fixture of the Avalon Department of Recreation for three decades, and he will be missed,” Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi said in a prepared statement. “As an employee and manager of the department, Fred’s efforts have helped with the planning and implementation of countless special events in our community.”

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Lockwood: More should apply for elevation grant

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 09, 2013 12:00 am

Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood is encouraging township residents to apply for a grant to help residents to elevate their primary homes. The deadline for applying for the special grant program enacted by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is Sept. 15.

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Tons kept out of the trash in Cape May County

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Written by Alex Davis Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:00 am

 Aluminum is bundled and the material is sold to companies like Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company and Coca-Cola.
 Aluminum is bundled and the material is sold to companies like Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company and Coca-Cola.  First summer of single stream recycling said to have gone well

Fewer recyclables are going to waste in Cape May County.

About 13 percent more paper, plastic, metal and glass have been recycled over last year since the Cape May County Municipalities Authority switched to single-stream recycling, an official said.

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Bees are new exhibit at Cape May County Zoo

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Written by Alex Davis Saturday, September 07, 2013 10:29 am

Bees are new exhibit at Cape May County Zoo

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - People crowded around a display of bees at the Cape May County Zoo on Friday morning.

Standing behind a white fence inside the zoo’s aviary, Janet Katz of North Jersey pointed out the queen among what she estimated were about 15,000 bees in the hive.

One woman seemed impressed that Katz could tell the queen from the other insects behind the glass.

Katz, who is the president of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, said in an interview that the queen is fatter than the rest of the bees. Katz has been into beekeeping for 25 years.

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Cape May County forum seeks ways to battle addiction

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, September 06, 2013 03:31 pm

Some share their stories, others say there is hope

Kreni DiAntonio wanted to put a face to her devastating story.

In front of dozens of people at a forum Thursday, the Cape May County resident passed around pictures of her son who died in Florida in 2012 after a long battle with drug addiction.

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Natural gas coming to Del Haven

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, September 04, 2013 06:02 pm

DEL HAVEN — Del Haven and Green Creek are getting natural gas service.

South Jersey Gas was expected to begin expanding service into Del Haven this week, starting along Bay Shore Road. So far, about 170 homeowners have signed on, an official said.

The main installation work is expected to be finished about mid-November.

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Riggitano named high school principal

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, September 04, 2013 01:34 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The administration shakeup at Middle Township School District continued last week.

School board members unanimously promoted Frank Riggitano as high school principal, and now they’re looking for a new assistant principal.

He replaces Rich Falletta, who left for an administrator position at Southern Regional High School in Ocean County.

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Dedicated trees have become an important part of Middle Township properties

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, September 04, 2013 01:29 pm

 Recreation leader Tammy Devitt walks among the trees at the Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex in Middle Township. Recreation leader Tammy Devitt walks among the trees at the Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex in Middle Township.

People often walk among the dozens of trees that surround the Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex in Middle Township.

Some probably reflect on the many names engraved on plaques.

One of those honored is George H. Simpkins, who was Middle Township's clerk from 1964 to 1988. He died at 95 in 2008 and was a lifelong Cape May Court House resident.

Catherine B. Kennelly, 80, of Cape May Court House, who died in 2010, is also remembered. She was a member of the Our Lady of the Angels Church in Middle Township.

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Assistance Expo seeks to connect residents with resources

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 04, 2013 06:21 am

WHITESBORO – An Economic and Energy Assistance Resource Expo is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Christ Gospel Community Life Center, 2209 Route 9 South in Whitesboro. This event is free and open to the public.  

“The goal of the Expo is to connect residents with resources that are available in our community,” said John Emge, executive director of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic and Cape May Counties.  “As we work to drive lasting impact in Cape May County, part of our work is focused on strengthening the social safety net ? so that in times of crisis, our residents have access to help when they need it. Events like the Expo, along with United Way’s free and confidential 24/7 helpline 2-1-1, help us make those important connections for residents.”

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Donation to help Diller Home in Avalon

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 04, 2013 12:00 am

AVALON – A one-week vacation to the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home For Blind Children costs about $1,500 per child, and allows visually impaired children, many for the first time, to visit the beach. For these children, a visit like this is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is not financially feasible, however due to donations and grants to the home, the campers are invited to stay for free.

Recently, the Diller Home was named a beneficiary of such a donation, by the Barbara Brodsky Foundation in the amount of $25,000.

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Survey results last piece needed for plan

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Written by Alex Davis Tuesday, September 03, 2013 01:27 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — This time, the school district will likely focus on its image, technology and preschool.

Earlier this year, officials hosted several sessions to form a strategic plan to be used to chart the district’s future. The last one was for 2007-12.

The new plan is almost ready to be put together. Officials are still waiting on results from an online survey, Superintendent Michael Kopakowski said.

He is hoping to have the strategic plan presented to the Board of Education by November.

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Oprah Winfrey, Booker speak at Whitesboro Reunion

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Written by Alex Davis Saturday, August 31, 2013 09:09 pm

Stedman Graham, Oprah Winfrey and Newark Mayor and US Senate candidate Cory Booker at the Whitesboro Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 31 (mobile photo by Alex Davis) Stedman Graham, Oprah Winfrey and Newark Mayor and US Senate candidate Cory Booker at the Whitesboro Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 31 (mobile photo by Alex Davis)

Oprah Winfrey says that Whitesboro has been revitalized.

On Saturday, she said she remembered when the Middle Township community had no sidewalks, no streetlights and a need existed for a new community center.

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