Middle Township Gazette

Blood evidence to be allowed in manslaughter trial

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Written by David Benson Saturday, April 05, 2014 08:15 am

Shackled at wrists and ankles, Bruce Moffitt sits quietly at the defense table on April 1 while Judge John Porto rules on a defense motion to suppress blood evidence. Shackled at wrists and ankles, Bruce Moffitt sits quietly at the defense table on April 1 while Judge John Porto rules on a defense motion to suppress blood evidence. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Blood drawn without a warrant following an alleged 2013 drunken-driving crash that left one man dead is admissible at trial, a Cape May County judge ruled this week, despite a recent Supreme Court ruling requiring warrants for a blood test.

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Two Middle men face drug charges after hundreds of pills seized

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 04, 2014 04:15 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE -- Police arrested two men from Middle Township on several drug charges after a SWAT team search seized 200 oxycodone pills from a Cape May Court House home Friday, the prosecutor’s office announced.

Vincenzo and Gaspare Biondo, who are 34 and 26 years old, respectively, were arrested as a result of the investigation, according to police.

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Deck collapse may spoil sale of bayside home

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Written by David Benson Friday, April 04, 2014 02:42 pm

Jen Marra / Deck collapse may spoil sale of bayside home Jen Marra / Deck collapse may spoil sale of bayside home

STONE HARBOR – A local Realtor may have lost an opportunity to sell a Third Avenue home after a second-floor deck collapsed, plastering him and two potential buyers with the debris.

On Wednesday, April 2, a passerby pulled his vehicle to the side of the road next to a vacant home on Third Avenue near 92nd Street after he saw a first-floor deck collapse with three people on it.

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Habitat looking for applicants for next homes

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Written by David Benson Friday, April 04, 2014 11:07 am

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Habitat for Humanity of Cape May County is seeking four local families who are interested in working with the organization to become homeowners.

The homes will be built in Whitesboro and Cape May Court House during 2014 and 2015.

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Century-old Goshen church to close Palm Sunday

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Written by David Benson Friday, April 04, 2014 11:00 am

The Goshen United Methodist Church will close its doors after 104 years. The Goshen United Methodist Church will close its doors after 104 years. GOSHEN – After 104 years, the Goshen United Methodist Church will close its doors for the final time on Palm Sunday, April 13, the pastor said recently, citing both a lack of funds for maintenance and a low membership as the reasons behind the closure.

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Gentilini Chevrolet contributes to local Little League

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 04, 2014 12:00 am

Gentilini Chevrolet is supporting Cape May County Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program, with money and equipment donations during the 2014 youth baseball season.

Gentilini Chevrolet is sponsoring Cape May County Little League as a part of Chevrolet’s nationwide commitment to support youth sports, according to business owners.

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Report of fight leads to heroin arrest

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Written by David Benson Thursday, April 03, 2014 04:39 pm

RIO GRANDE – Reports of a brawl between two women in a convenience store parking lot early Thursday morning led to the arrest of a Cape May Court House man on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, according to police reports.

Bryan Williams, 24, was arrested Thursday, April 3 at 11:45 a.m. after police responded to reports of women fighting at the Rio Grande Wawa, said Capt. John Edwards of the Middle Township Police Department.

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Grant to help make Middle Township more accessible

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Written by David Benson Thursday, April 03, 2014 09:13 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Work is underway at municipal properties throughout Middle Township to bring those locations into compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, a township official said recently.

The work has been made possible through a $268,000 grant from the state Deptartment of Community Affairs. Gametime, a playground equipment supplier, gave Middle Township the $29,000 it needed in matching dollars for the grant.

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Poultry enthusiasts attend clinic

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, April 03, 2014 08:22 am

Teresa McGayhey of Toms River and a member of Fine Feathered Friends 4-H Club holds onto a Lakenvelder chicken as she demonstrates showing a bird in competition during a poultry clinic Saturday, March 29, in the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center in Cape May Court House.  McGayhey covered topics such as cleaning the chicken for show, what to know about the breed and other details. For instance, when describing a chicken to a judge, start at head and work down to the tail. Teresa McGayhey of Toms River and a member of Fine Feathered Friends 4-H Club holds onto a Lakenvelder chicken as she demonstrates showing a bird in competition during a poultry clinic Saturday, March 29, in the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center in Cape May Court House. McGayhey covered topics such as cleaning the chicken for show, what to know about the breed and other details. For instance, when describing a chicken to a judge, start at head and work down to the tail. Teresa McGayhey of Toms River and a member of Fine Feathered Friends 4-H Club holds onto a Lakenvelder chicken as she demonstrates showing a bird in competition during a poultry clinic Saturday, March 29, in the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center in Cape May Court House.  McGayhey covered topics such as cleaning the chicken for show, what to know about the breed and other details. For instance, when describing a chicken to a judge, start at head and work down to the tail. photo by Jen Marra

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Lou Altobelli is Middle business person of the year

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:00 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Middle Township Chamber of Commerce plans to honor Lou Altobelli of Rio Auto Body 2014 Business Person of the Year on April 4 at the Stone Harbor Country Club –Links Restaurant.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner to start at 7, and the evening will also include the installation of officers and the presentation of other awards.

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Massive project underway to build Bay beaches

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, April 02, 2014 02:08 pm

Heavy equipment places sand along the beach at Pierces Point. Heavy equipment places sand along the beach at Pierces Point. MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – The rumble and squeal of heavy equipment cut the air at Pierces Point Wednesday, April 2, as work continued on a $1.6 million restoration project on five southern New Jersey beaches on the Delaware Bay critical to horseshoe crabs.

The $1.65 million federally funded project, referred to as Phase 2 of the Horseshoe Crab Beach Restoration Project, is expected to finish work begun last year, after Hurricane Sandy devastated the beaches in late 2012.

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Planning Board to weigh Wal-Mart expansion April 8

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, April 02, 2014 09:55 am

RIO GRANDE – A proposed expansion to Wal-Mart in Rio Grande has drawn fire at recent Middle Township Planning Board meetings, and next week, the board will once again consider the store's request to add about 40,000 square feet to Wal-Mart's footprint in the township.

If plans are approved by the board, the Middle Township store could be a “Supercenter” by the end of the year. According to the engineering report, a portion of the expansion would be within retail stores north of the existing Wal-Mart building. The remainder would be new construction.

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