Cape May Gazette

Cape May City Council rescinds police chief’s contract, prompting councilman’s resignation

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:00 pm

Cape May City Council in a divided vote rescinded the contract of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. He will remain Cape May’s highest ranking officer, but will no longer be the chief, a position he’s held for just shy of one year. Cape May City Council in a divided vote rescinded the contract of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. He will remain Cape May’s highest ranking officer, but will no longer be the chief, a position he’s held for just shy of one year. CAPE MAY – Cape May City Council voted 3-2 to rescind the contract of Cape May Police Chief Robert Sheehan in a contentious meeting Tuesday, prompting the resignation of Councilman Jerry Inderwies Jr., who was sworn into office in January.

Inderwies decried the resolution by City Council, which was supported by Mayor Ed Mahaney and councilwomen Beatrice Gauvry-Pessagno and Terri Swain. Councilman Shaine Meier joined Inderwies in voting against the resolution.

The resolution was approved after a long closed session meeting to discuss an ongoing investigation of Sheehan, council members said. Sheehan said there is an administrative investigation underway at the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and not a criminal investigation. He said he is not the focus of the investigation.

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UPDATED: Icy roads suspected in fatal morning car crash

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 02, 2015 02:32 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The driver killed in an early morning crash on Monday, March 2, was identified as a township employee with a young family. 

The township issued a press release identifying Dave Thomas, who was employed in the Department of Public Works. Thomas, 28, of Lower Township was killed when his Ford Ranger left an icy roadway and struck a tree along Fishing Creek Road. The crash occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m.
Thomas was traveling east bound when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the west bound lane. Preliminary investigation indicated icy road conditions as a possible contributing factor.

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Easter egg hunt in Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, February 28, 2015 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – The Kiwanis Club of Cape May will sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt, in conjunction with the City of Cape May, AT 10 A.M. on Saturday April 4 on the grounds of the Cape May Elementary School playground at Lafayette Street. 

There will be two categories – preschool to kindergarten and first grade to second grade. Special prizes will be awarded to finders of the "golden eggs.”

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Easter Fashion Stroll April 5

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, February 28, 2015 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – The Kiwanis Club of Cape May will sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt, in conjunction with the City of Cape May, AT 10 A.M. on Saturday April 4 on the grounds of the Cape May Elementary School playground at Lafayette Street. 

There will be two categories – preschool to kindergarten and first grade to second grade. Special prizes will be awarded to finders of the "golden eggs.”

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Bizarre History of Cape May: East Lynne name a link to the past

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:10 pm

It is a natural for a theater company with the historical name of East Lynne to set up its residence in Cape May which, American that it is,   has an English influence by way of Queen Victoria and long before her reign from 1837 to 1901.

In England in 1861, as the Civil War was heating up in the not so United States, author Ellen Wood was creating quite a sensation with her book “East Lynne.” It was about a woman who leaves her husband, a lawyer, and her infant children for another man. But eventually she bears another child from her new lover, who leaves her. So then she disguises herself and works as a governess in the home of her former husband and his new wife to keep track of them.

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Lower Township budget introduced with 2.5-cent tax rate increase

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, February 26, 2015 06:25 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Newly appointed Lower Township manager Jim Ridgway introduced his first budget on Wednesday, Feb. 18, which would increase the local purpose tax rate by 2.5 cents.

Immediately following the manager’s budget presentation, Councilman Tom Conrad said, “This is not the adoption of the budget. It’s a working document that belongs to council.”

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Free tours of Physick Estate in March

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – The Friends of the Physick Estate is inviting people to learn about Victorian architecture and local history while helping their neighbors in need during three tours of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate in March.

The tours are planned for 2 p.m. on Fridays, March 6, 13 and 20. Admission is free in exchange for a small donation of items that will benefit the Cape May Community Food Closet.

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Crest Savings Bank donates to aviation museum education programs

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 04:27 pm

 
From left, Crest Savings Bank president and CEO Jay M. Ford, Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation chairman Joseph Salvatore, and Crest Savings Bank senior vice president Nancy Cleaver.	
Submitted / From left, Crest Savings Bank president and CEO Jay M. Ford, Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation chairman Joseph Salvatore, and Crest Savings Bank senior vice president Nancy Cleaver. LOWER TOWNSHIP – Crest Savings Bank recently donated $500 toward the Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum’s youth education programs.

The museum plans on using the money to build on the past accomplishments of the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy and the Explorer’s Academy to create a camp curriculum that would benefit future aviators, engineers and scientists, according to a press release. Students in both camps are given an overview of the importance of science, technology, engineering and math skills as they relate to careers in general, commercial, military and aerospace aviation industries.

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Preschool postmarks

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 04:22 pm

Students in the morning and afternoon preschool classes at David C. Douglass Memorial School recently learned about mail carriers. Submitted
Students in the morning and afternoon preschool classes at David C. Douglass Memorial School recently learned about mail carriers.

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Lower Township Police schedule ‘Cop/Stop’ on Saturday

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 02:47 pm

NORTH CAPE MAY – The public is invited to join Patrolman Eric Coombs and Patrolman Michael Iames from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, 3820 Bayshore Road, for a “Cop/Stop.”

The Lower Township officers will be available to answer questions or listen to comments from area residents concerning the operations of the police department.

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