• A clothing bin in Middle Township.CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Clothing bins are popping up around the township, and the committee is considering introducing an ordinance to govern both placement and care of the huge receptacles.

    While some bins are clean and well maintained, others are stuffed to overflowing or in poor repair, the committee noted during a recent work session.

  • photos by Jen MarraSTRATHMERE – A Toyota pickup truck crashed into three cars in the parking lot of the Deauville Inn, before backing into the restaurant on Willard Avenue in Strathmere shortly after 3 p.m., an employee said Wednesday afternoon.

    “He came in reverse across the street and hit all of the cars in the parking lot, and then tore the door off our kitchen,” said the employee, who asked not to be identified. “And then he took off in forward and he hit his own house, too.”

  • The Atlantic City Downbeach area is one of the communities highlighted in a new report that claims rapidly rising ocean waters could chase home owners from their residences even before they pay off their current mortgage./Encroaching Tides, published Oct. 7 by the Union of Concerned ScientistsThe Atlantic City Downbeach area…

  • Ventnor man pleads guilty to human trafficking charge for operating male prostitution ringClient also pleads guilty in investigation by Attorney General’s Office and FBI task force

    TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Ventnor man has pleaded guilty to a human trafficking charge. A joint state and federal investigation revealed that he was operating a prostitution ring from his apartment in Ventnor in which he prostituted young men, including at least one minor, to male clients. A client of the…

  • Mayor Tim Donohue administers the oath of office to the township’s newest officer, Joseph Gamble, as Gamble’s wife, Marie, holds the Bible.CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township’s newest police officer was sworn in shortly after 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6 during the regular meeting of Township Committee.

Middle Township Gazette

Middle School plans carnival after school hours

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 04, 2014 03:01 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Middle Township Middle School will host it’s 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 for the day.

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Moody’s Investors Services Improves Middle Township’s Bond Rating

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 04, 2014 11:51 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Moody’s Investors Services gave the committee good news this week, when it raised the township's bond rating from an Aa3 with a negative outlook to an Aa3 rating with a positive outlook.

“This is a tremendous achievement for Middle Township and affirms the strict fiscal policies and a financial plan that provides long term stability and growth for our community,” said Mayor Tim Donohue in a press release.

“I would like to commend Township Administrator Connie Mahon, Chief Financial Officer Tracey Taverner, and all of our department heads for continuously working to improve Township services while creating more efficient systems to improve collection rates of taxes and fees."

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Swing yoga turns stretching, fitness upside down

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, June 04, 2014 11:22 am

Lorelle Cicitta demonstrates some of the more physical aspects of swing yoga. Lorelle Cicitta demonstrates some of the more physical aspects of swing yoga. SEA ISLE CITY - Lorelle Cicitta’s life changed the day she hung upside down from a swing suspended from a fitness center’s ceiling in Florida and assumed one of the foundation poses of yoga, known as the Baddha Konasana.

If she were on the floor, Cicitta, a Somers Point resident, would have been seated with the soles of her feet together. But in swing yoga, the fitness instructor was suspended above the floor, wrapped in a hammock and speaking easily.

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Ordinance stubs out smoking in parks, ball fields

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, June 04, 2014 11:09 am

Kim Burns, left, and Barbara Heinz, representatives of Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey, said 75 no smoking signs will be provided free to the city. Kim Burns, left, and Barbara Heinz, representatives of Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey, said 75 no smoking signs will be provided free to the city. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Those who light up on publicly owned property will face a $200 fine under an ordinance unanimously approved by Middle Township Committee unanimously after a public hearing Monday, June 2.

The vote bans smoking on publically owned property, including the use of e-cigarettes. A local anti-smoking organization will provide 75 reminders to the township to help keep area parks smoke free.

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Elementary School holds annual Field Day and Memorial Field

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, June 04, 2014 08:32 am

Children run relay races at Memorial Field for Middle Township Elementary School No. 1’s annual Field day, held Tuesday, June 3. Children run relay races at Memorial Field for Middle Township Elementary School No. 1’s annual Field day, held Tuesday, June 3. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – About 200 children swarmed Memorial Field in Cape May Court House on Tuesday, June 3, celebrating a sunny day and the waning school year for the annual Middle Township Elementary School No. 1 Field Day.

Parent volunteers and about 35 high school National Honor Society students shepherded first graders from one event to the next, amid squeals of delight and children’s laughter.

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Police warn of lewdness in Rio Grande

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, June 03, 2014 09:45 am

RIO GRANDE — Middle Township police say they received two separate complaints of a man exposing himself to pre-teen girls on June 2.

According to information released Tuesday morning, both incidents took place in the Rio Grande section of the township, and both times a man in a vehicle approached a girl, then stood by the vehicle and started to masturbate.

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Florine “Mom” Ball celebrates 105 years

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, June 03, 2014 09:19 am

Florine Ball celebrated her 105th birthday on Friday, May 30. Florine Ball celebrated her 105th birthday on Friday, May 30. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Florine Ball celebrated her 105th birthday last Friday, May 30, surrounded by members of the First Baptist Church of Whitesboro, and the staff and residents of the Courthouse Convalescent Center in Cape May Court House.

“We call her Mom Ball,” said Dorothea McNeal, an activity aid with the center. “She’s the mother of the building.”

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Jennine McNeil appointed clinical manager of maternal and child health services

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, June 03, 2014 08:27 am

Jennine McNeil Jennine McNeil CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Cape Regional Medical Center has announced the appointment of Jennine McNeil, RN as clinical manager of maternal and child health services.

“Jennine has been a member of the Cape Regional Medical Center team since 1997 and brings with her 14 years of maternity nursing experience,” said Mary Beth DeCredico, administrative director.

“On behalf of the Cape Regional Medical Center team, we congratulate Jennine on her appointment.”

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UPDATED: Middle super Kopakowski offered job in Pennsylvania

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Written by David Benson Monday, June 02, 2014 05:05 pm

Michael Kopakowski Michael Kopakowski CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Michael Kopakowski, superintendent of Middle Township public schools, is expected to retire this month, after a school board in Pennsylvania announced that they have voted to hire him to take over schools in Morrisville on July 1.

“I haven’t signed a contract yet, nor have I retired,” Kopakowski said  Monday. “I can’t do that until I have a signed contract.”

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4-H Club maintains gardens at nursing home

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 02, 2014 08:07 am

Shown in the photo from left: Linda Horner, acting 4-H agent; Karen DiPalantino; Marcy Mihal; Kate Pantelione; Josh Pantelione; Alexa DiPalantino; Allie Sipple; Kate Mihal; Gayle Crookston; Cody Hanek; and Glenn Hanek. Shown in the photo from left: Linda Horner, acting 4-H agent; Karen DiPalantino; Marcy Mihal; Kate Pantelione; Josh Pantelione; Alexa DiPalantino; Allie Sipple; Kate Mihal; Gayle Crookston; Cody Hanek; and Glenn Hanek. Members of the Cape May County 4-H Club, parents and club leaders recently spread mulch at the Crest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center gardens in Cape May Court House.

The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program takes care of the gardens at the building's entrance for the residents and established two butterfly gardens four years ago.

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