• 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

Middle Township receives $360,000 state grant for bike path

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Written by David Benson Thursday, May 15, 2014 03:23 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Eight Cape May County municipalities will share about $1.7 million in state grants, officials said earlier this month, and Middle Township will pick up an extra $360,000 for the next phase of its bike path project.

Mayor Tim Donohue recently received notification from the state notifying him of the award that will allow Middle Township to complete Phase 5 of the township’s bicycle path project.

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Stone Harbor plans largest beach opening in borough history

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 15, 2014 09:07 am

STONE HARBOR - To celebrate its centennial, Stone Harbor has planned its largest ever beach-opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 at the 95th Street beach, officials announced in a recent press release.

At the ceremony, Mayor Suzanne Walters will be joined by members of the Borough Council, the borough Beach Patrol, and local business owners.

“Our Centennial celebration in Stone Harbor is the biggest event in our borough's history and we want to make our annual beach opening ceremony reflective of our effort,” Walters said.

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Rec department seeks toy donations

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 15, 2014 09:05 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township Recreation Department is looking for a few toys to put wide smiles on the faces of the toddlers that visit the fields at both the Martin Luther King Center in Whitesboro, and the Clarence Davies Sports Complex in Goshen.

One reason is Tot Time, Wednesdays at the centers from 9:30 – 11 a.m., said Tammy Devitt, director at Davies. “Children are provided with a snack, and they do a craft, and then they play with the toys,” Devitt said.

Devitt said there’s a $2 per child charge for Tot Time.

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Middle Township School District’s 2014-2015 calendar

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, May 14, 2014 04:57 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – School days missed during 2014-2015 school year for weather-related closings will be made up at the end of the year, a school official said recently.

“If we have school closings for weather next year,” said Michael Kopakowski, superintendent of Middle Township schools, “we’re just going to add them onto the end of the year.”

As the calendar is currently planned, the last day of school for the 2014-2015 school year is Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

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Memorial law enforcement day

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, May 14, 2014 04:01 pm

 
Law enforcement officers participating in the annual Police Unity Tour Saturday, May 10, arrive at the Cape May County Police Academy in the Crest Haven Complex for The Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service, which honors county officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
 Law enforcement officers participating in the annual Police Unity Tour Saturday, May 10, arrive at the Cape May County Police Academy in the Crest Haven Complex for The Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service, which honors county officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Law enforcement officers from several counties participating in the Police Unity Tour Saturday, May 10, arrive at the Cape May County Police Academy in Cape May Court House for The Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service, which honors county officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The memorial honors Ocean City Police Officer Harry Shore, Woodbine Borough Police Chief Philip DeSantis, Sea Isle City Police Officer Michael Cullinane Sr., Lower Township Police Officer David Douglass Sr., Wildwood Crest Police Officer Eugene Miglio, and New Jersey State Trooper Bertram Zimmerman.

photos by Jen Marra

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Firefighters free Wildwood woman from car after accident

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:16 pm

Firefighters said the vehicle rolled, then landed up right in an accident on Wildwood Boulevard Wednesday morning. Firefighters said the vehicle rolled, then landed up right in an accident on Wildwood Boulevard Wednesday morning. RIO GRANDE – Firefighters pried a woman free of her vehicle early Wednesday morning, after a one-car accident on Wildwood Boulevard left her trapped in the car, a fire official said.

After she was freed from the vehicle, Dalia Moreno, 25, of Wildwood was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, said Capt. John Edwards of Middle Township Police.

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State grant allows reconstruction of Third Street

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:12 am

RIO GRANDE - Third Street in Rio Grande will get a makeover, thanks to a $174,000 state grant, the township announced in a recent press release.

Funding to reconstruct the street was approved earlier this month, and is part of the state Department of Transportation’s Municipal Aid Program.

“Middle Township is very appreciative of the governor’s support for this important road project,” said Mayor Tim Donohue.

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Firefighters rescue cat from smoke-filled Burleigh home

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12:28 pm

BURLEIGH – A cat is breathing easier today, thanks to firefighters who rescued the animal from a smoke-filled home in Burleigh, after an apparent electrical short in a humidifier caused a Mother’s Day fire on Sunday, May 11.

A local veterinarian credited the first responders’ quick action with saving the cat’s life.

Firefighters in Rio Grande received the alert on Sunday at 10:41 a.m., and the company responded with three trucks to the fire at 111 Indian Trail Road.

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Stone Harbor pleased with flood insurance discount

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:41 am

STONE HARBOR – A revised flood ordinance passed by borough council in 2013, combined with an enhanced flood warning program appears to have paid off for Stone Harbor, as this year residents could see savings as high as 25 percent on flood insurance premiums, an official said recently.

Last week, Mayor Suzanne Walters announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the borough a “Class 5” in its Community Rating System, or CRS.

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Township rejects group home plan for Patsy’s Way

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, May 12, 2014 04:34 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The township has thrown a roadblock in front of a project to develop affordable housing on Fishing Creek Road, joining a county board in its rejection of a proposal to place people transitioning from Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in group homes in the area known as Patsy’s Way, a township official said Monday, May 12 in a press release.

One of the reasons the county Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board has rejected the proposal is the developer’s decision to change the original plan to develop single-family homes, and instead pursue group homes, according to the release.

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