Middle Township Gazette

Bayside beaches being repaired after Sandy

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 01:00 am

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Large trucks brought sand and other vehicles spread it onto Kimbles Beach this week as part of a massive project to restore Delaware Bay beaches in time for horseshoe crab spawning and shorebird migration.

Several groups are moving swiftly to get rubble removed at South Reeds Beach and thousands of cubic yards of sand on that beach and Cooks Beach, Kimbles Beach, and possibly northern Pierces Point.

“It’s a new day on the Delaware Bay,” said Larry Niles of LJ Niles Associates, as he stood at Kimbles Beach in Middle Township Tuesday morning. His firm does habitat restoration and planning and wildlife investigations and was one of the consultants contracted for the project.

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Scouts help Caring for Kids

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:51 am

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- At times the Boy Scouts seemed to be doing more treasure hunting than yard work last weekend at an organization’s property in Cape May Court House.

They found several lawn ornaments, duck decoys and an old trailer.

On Saturday, about 10 boys from Boy Scout Troop 79 of Upper Township cleaned up at the Caring for Kids property on East Mechanic Street in Cape May Court House for an Easter egg hunt planned for April. About five adults helped, too.

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Rotarians honor Court House student

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 20, 2013 08:33 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- Lauren Novsak of Cape May Court House is heavily involved in organizing students, from dances to pep rallies.

The big event being planned is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which raises money to help cancer victims and search for a cure for cancer. The event is set to be held in May at Memorial Field in Cape May Court House.

The Middle Township High School sophomore was recognized as the student of the month Tuesday morning at the Rotary Club of Mid Jersey Cape meeting.

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Skeptics come forward on energy plan

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 20, 2013 06:35 pm

Committee moves on proposal anyway

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- Some don’t like the fact that residents would be automatically enrolled in a program that could ultimately save township residents money on their utility bills.

They feel the way it would be done is underhanded and that people would be unaware of the switch in electricity and natural gas suppliers.

This week, Middle Township officials approved moving forward with the plan anyway.

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Gov. Christie visits Stone Harbor Elementary

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, March 20, 2013 05:28 pm

Gov. Chris Christie visits the Stone Harbor Elementary School Wednesday, March 20. The school had been closed since being flooded during Hurricane Sandy in October and, after extensive renovations, reopened Monday, March 11. The third- and fourth-grade students patiently sat on the stage in the gymnasium while Christie holds a press conference. The kindergarten, first- and second-grade students also got a visit from the governor and answered any question the students had.

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No budget at Wildwood meeting

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, March 20, 2013 02:47 pm

WILDWOOD- City commissioners did not introduce their 2013 municipal budget last Wednesday, but said they were expecting to introduce in the next few weeks.

In February, Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. had said that the city would introduce a budget by March 13.

The state’s deadline for municipal budget introductions was March 15.

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Middle Township to crack down on motels

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:47 am

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- An ordinance adopted this week by Township Committee takes aim at some motels in Middle Township.

Rental property owners would have to post a bond or security if at least two reports of “disorderly, indecent, tumultuous, or riotous conduct” happen in a year that would go toward paying for future damage or expense.

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Big Lots coming to Middle

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 15, 2013 05:37 pm

People filled out job applications at the Big Lots planned to open in Cape May Court House. People filled out job applications at the Big Lots planned to open in Cape May Court House.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- People filled out applications in the former Super Fresh store in Cape May Court House Friday for the Big Lots store coming in.

The large building has sat empty since Super Fresh shut its doors in 2011, causing about 80 people to lose their jobs.

On March 15, the building was lined with empty shelves and workers were getting the store ready for opening.

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Tax hike, layoffs in school budget proposal

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 15, 2013 01:00 am

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Property owners will pay more in school taxes and some people will be out of work under Middle Township Board of Education’s proposed 2013-14 budget.

Officials are still working on whittling $1.3 million from the budget, even with a 4 percent increase for the taxpayers, said Superintendent Michael Kopakowski.

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Students feel at home, away from home

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 15, 2013 01:00 am

From left, Reham Ibrahim, Tristan Moseler and school counselor Bill Orr. From left, Reham Ibrahim, Tristan Moseler and school counselor Bill Orr.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – In her first days at Middle Township High School in September, Reham Ibrahim was pretty nervous.

Ibrahim had to get used to having boys in her classes, because back home in Egypt she went to a private all-girls school. There are also no school-sponsored clubs and sports at her Egyptian school.

Even as the 17-year-old settled in, she had more reason to be anxious.

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Beaches take a hit from March storm

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:18 am

AVALON – Beaches in Stone Harbor suffered significant erosion in last week’s late-winter storm, but Avalon fared well, according to officials.

The nor’easter on March 6 brought heavy winds, flooding and power outages.

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The stats: Crime down in Middle for the most part

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 14, 2013 01:00 am

More narcotics, jaywalking details planned

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – While non-violent crime rose by 11 percent in Middle Township last year, violent crime fell by about 35 percent, according to the township police department’s annual report.

Police Chief Chris Leusner attributes the reduction partly to strengthening the department’s presence in Rio Grande.

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