Middle Township Gazette

Cape Assist offers 'Summer Family Camp' at community center

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, June 14, 2014 06:45 am

WOODBINE - Families are invited to "Family Summer Camp," a free seven-session program series at the Woodbine Community Center at 812 Longfellow St.

The program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning July 1, and ending Aug. 12.

A family lunch, workshop, and crafts are planned for families with children ages 10 to 14. Babysitting will be provided free at the center.

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Freeholders recognize Cynthia Leatherwood as county Teacher of the Year

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, June 14, 2014 06:35 am

Shown from left:  Leonard C. Desiderio, freeholder vice-director; E. Marie Hayes, freeholder; Cynthia Leatherwood, Cape May County Teacher of the Year; Madeline Stetser; Richard Stepura, county superintendent of schools; Gerald M. Thornton, freeholder director; Kristine Gabor, freeholder; and Will Morey, freeholder.  Shown from left: Leonard C. Desiderio, freeholder vice-director; E. Marie Hayes, freeholder; Cynthia Leatherwood, Cape May County Teacher of the Year; Madeline Stetser; Richard Stepura, county superintendent of schools; Gerald M. Thornton, freeholder director; Kristine Gabor, freeholder; and Will Morey, freeholder. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Cynthia Leatherwood, Dennis Township, has been named Cape May County Teacher of the Year, and was honored on May 27 by the county Freeholders for her achievement.

Leatherwood has been an educator for 26 years and teaches eighth grade language arts literacy in the Dennis Township School District.

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Elementary No. 1 kids obliterate reading goal

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Written by David Benson Friday, June 13, 2014 03:24 pm

A loss of tug of war leads to Principal Christian Paskalides being duct taped to the wall of the school cafeteria. A loss of tug of war leads to Principal Christian Paskalides being duct taped to the wall of the school cafeteria. Kids earned the right to duct tape their principal to the wall

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – As the screams of about 550 children echoed around the playground of Middle Township Elementary School No. 1, Principal Christian Paskalides hung his head in apparent defeat.

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Woodbine plans to spend $1.7 million on drainage project

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Written by David Benson Friday, June 13, 2014 08:14 am

WOODBINE – The borough is ready to spend $1.7 million on drainage project, and the mayor said he expects to award the bid at the next council meeting, on June 19 at 8 p.m. at Borough Hall at 501 Washington Ave.

Mayor William Pikolycky said that the borough initially had state and federal grants totaling $1.4 million to complete the project, but that the first round of bids for the FEMA-funded hazard mitigation program drainage project came back higher than expected.

“We went back to the state Department of Transportation and told them the program would enhance the mitigation for drainage, as well as the safety of the drivers.”

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Township targets hazardous, abandoned structures with demolition

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Written by David Benson Thursday, June 12, 2014 01:57 pm

The township orders the demolition of an unsafe home at 312 Linden Lane. The township orders the demolition of an unsafe home at 312 Linden Lane. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – About 20 abandoned homes in Middle Township could be demolished over the next three years, if owners don’t respond to township demands to eliminate hazards and clean up properties.

Last week, an abandoned home at 312 Linden Lane was torn down and a $7,300 lien placed on the property to cover the cost of the demolition.

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In a first, Middle School carnival will continue into evening

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Written by David Benson Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:14 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Middle Township Middle School will host its 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.

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Recreation department wants your ‘selfies’

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:12 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township Recreation Department wants to see the best of visitors when they stop at public parks and playgrounds, and a department official has offered to share “selfies” on its Facebook page.

“Everybody’s taking selfies,” said Tammy Devitt, Recreation Department director. “What better way to advertise Middle Township and have fun at the same time?”

During July, the department will accept emailed self-shot photos of adults and children that are taken at any of the public parks and playgrounds in the township. If approved, those pictures will posted to the department’s Facebook page, as part of the first “Selfie Extravaganza.” Organizers want to make it an annual occurrence.

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Ministering with inked hands

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Written by David Benson Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:04 am

Cohwen Allen got his first tattoo at 16 and has been tattooing others for 23 years. Cohwen Allen got his first tattoo at 16 and has been tattooing others for 23 years.

It took a brush with death to bring local tattoo artist to God

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Twenty-two years ago, a drunk driver struck Cohwen Allen at 50 mph along a roadside near his mother’s home in Delhaven.

“The police never did find my shoes,” Allen said, fingering a gold cross around his neck. “I was knocked out of my shoes, but I still have the crucifix I was wearing that night.”

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Middle Township schools save on energy by modifying behavior

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:02 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Middle Township Public Schools are saving big with energy-efficient behavior — and now those good habits have earned the schools national recognition, a school official said recently.

Middle Township schools have saved about $600,000 over the last three years, after working with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, which will present the schools with its environmental excellence award this month, said Superintendent Michael Kopakowski.

“What this program has enabled us to do is to stabilize our energy costs,” Kopakowski said. “We’re able to take the money we save and put it into educational programs.”

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David La Puma named director of Cape May Bird Observatory

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 11, 2014 09:57 am

David La Puma David La Puma CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - New Jersey Audubon has announced that David La Puma is the new director of the Cape May Bird Observatory.

According to a press release, La Puma has more than a decade of experience in ecological research to the CMBO; research that has focused on conservation of endangered species and identification of important stopover habitats for migrating birds.

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