• 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

Students ponder paths into the future on Career Day

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Written by David Benson Friday, May 30, 2014 12:47 pm

Students and faculty Students and faculty worked together to make Career Day a success at Middle Township High School on Thursday, May 29. Shown are faculty members Kim Moore, Dave Joslin, John King and Laura Lambert. Students are Steve Hand, Joe Duma, Chris DeVico, Taylor Brown, Julianna Riggitano, Zach Buchanan, Adam Vaul, Noah Granigan, Jen Ney and Sammy Geisinger. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – By the time Ted Bryan finished talking to students in Kim Moore’s world history class about his career in teaching at Middle Township High School, Kelsey Dunlevy, 15, had made up her mind.

She wants to teach.

“I want to be a history teacher,” Dunlevy said. “I love everything about history.”

She hopes to attend Rowan University to earn a teaching degree and work at her school.

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Matthews breaks ground at community garden at Whitesboro School

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 30, 2014 09:53 am

Robert Matthews breaks ground for the community garden in Whitesboro. Robert Matthews breaks ground for the community garden in Whitesboro. WHITESBORO – With the support of Middle Township Committee, Robert Matthews, recreation director at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex, used a rototiller to break ground for a community garden next to the historic Whitesboro School on Wednesday, May 21.

“I want to commend Robert Matthews for presenting this concept as an innovative use for the grounds surrounding our historic school,” said Mayor Tim Donohue.

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MTHS art students create memories for Nicaraguan children

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Written by David Benson Friday, May 30, 2014 09:31 am

Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. Art students at Middle Township High School painted portraits of children in Nicaragua earlier this year. They plan a fundraiser to raise about $200 to send the paintings to the children. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Art students at Middle Township High School plan to give children in Nicaragua a hand-painted portrait of themselves.

“A lot of kids in Nicaragua don’t even have a picture of themselves,” said Karen Biederman, art teacher at Middle Township High School. “They live in such extreme poverty, they don’t have anything.”

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Co-ed softball registration underway

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 29, 2014 03:55 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The Middle Township Department of Recreation has announced that registration is underway for co-ed adult softball teams for the upcoming season.

According to a press release, the co-ed season begins Tuesday, June 24, with all games scheduled at the Clarence Davies Sports Complex in Goshen.

The cost to register a team is $400, and 25 members are required for each team.

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Neighborhood Watch enters the digital age

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Written by David Benson Thursday, May 29, 2014 01:41 pm

Sgt. James Loftus is one of two officers who monitors Facebook posts for local Neighborhood Watch groups. Sgt. James Loftus is one of two officers who monitors Facebook posts for local Neighborhood Watch groups. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Sashes and flashlights are a thing of the past for Neighborhood Watch in Middle Township, a police officer said recently.

The digital age has brought changes over the years, and now the police department – as well as the neighborhoods – count on the nearly instantaneous updates of social media to keep an eye on local streets.

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Fiocchi joins call for rumble strip on Route 47

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:07 pm

Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi has added his voice to the call for a rumble strip down the center of Route 47 in Middle Township, joining the Township Committee and Fire District No. 1 in asking the state Department of Transportation to make improvements to the road.

Three fatalities this year on Route 47 have brought together lawmakers, firefighters and others to renew a district call to the state to make the road safer for motorists.

Last week, Township Committeeman Michael Clark, also a volunteer firefighter and president of county Firemen’s Association, sent a letter to state Sen. Jeff Van Drew asking the senator to intercede with the state Department of Transportation to add a rumble strip down the center of the highway.

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Greco files civil complaint in response to criminal charges

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Written by David Benson Thursday, May 29, 2014 08:53 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – In response to criminal charges that he bilked an elderly patient out of more than $149,000, an attorney for a Republican powerbroker in Vineland has filed a civil suit, saying that his client is the victim of a business deal gone sour.

Two months ago, County Prosecutor Robert Taylor arrested of Robert V. Greco Jr., 51, of Vineland, the owner and administrator of the East Creek Manor Rehabilitation Center on Route 47 in Eldora.

At that time, officials accused Greco of convincing Williams Rhoads, 79, to sign over power of attorney giving him control of the patient’s finances.

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Brutu, Cape May County zoo’s lion, dies

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 27, 2014 05:57 pm

Brutu in a file photo from last fall. The lion was euthanized on Friday. Brutu in a file photo from last fall. The lion was euthanized on Friday. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE —  Brutu, the well-known male lion at the Cape May County zoo, has died, county officials announced on Tuesday.

One of several big cats at the zoo, the lion was 16 years old.

“It is with great sadness to announce the passing of our male lion, Brutu, on Friday, May 23, ‘Bru, suffered from complications of age related arthritis and spinal cord issues,” said Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, liaison to the Park and Zoo, in a prepared statement. “We are extremely grateful for the excellent care and expertise given to all our animals at the zoo and especially the attention extended to ensure ‘Bru’ was comfortable during the past few months.”

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Lawmakers intercede to push activation of traffic signal

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 27, 2014 04:41 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - A traffic signal at Route 47 and Fulling Milling Road that has hung lightless since late last year may be turned on by mid-July, thanks to the intervention of two state lawmakers.

“I am happy to announce a completion timeframe for the Fulling Mill Road [and] Route 47 traffic signal,” said state Sen. Jeff Van Drew in a press release on Tuesday, May 27.

“I would like to thank the Department of Transportation for taking care of the remaining issues and working with our office to get this light turned on in mid-July. I look forward to working with them on more improvements to Route 47,” Van Drew said.

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County Chamber of Commerce awards $4,000 in scholarships

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 27, 2014 08:53 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Seven students in Cape May County who plan to attend college this fall have been selected to receive $500 scholarships, one student will receive $1000, the county Chamber of Commerce has announced. 

This year’s scholarship recipients receiving $500 are:  Keri Paige Broadley, Ocean City High School; Nicole Kelly and Adam Vaul, Middle Township High School; Aleksander Soriano, Lower Cape May Regional High School; and Sarah McBride and Mackenzie Scully, Wildwood Catholic High School.

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