Cape May Gazette

Five arrested after robbery in Villas

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 05:24 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of five individuals as a result of a joint investigation involving an armed robbery. 

On Sept. 21, at approximately12:40 p.m., members of the Lower Township Police Department responded to a disturbance in the area of Ellery and Franklin avenues in the Villas section of Lower Township. Upon arrival, Officers located a 23-year-old man lying in the street suffering from facial contusions. The victim was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.
The victim told officers while visiting a friend in the area of Ellery and Franklin avenues he was “pistol whipped” and robbed of $800 at gunpoint by two unknown men.

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Could you change a life over lunch?

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 04:14 pm

ERMA - Lower Cape May Regional High School is looking to the members of the community to bring a positive change to the lives of their students.

Superintendent Chris Kobik said the goal is to match students with adults who have the career experience that they are interested in pursuing, so they can provide meaningful mentor program over lunch.

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Chamber pulling out of Harbor Fest, plans new event

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Written by Christopher South Monday, September 22, 2014 03:47 pm

CAPE MAY – Chamber of Commerce president Ron Goldstein announced last week that Cape May’s Harbor Fest was on the decline, and the board made the decision to pull out and start a new Cape May-based event. 

Goldstein told chamber members that Harbor Fest had gotten away from its intended purpose, which was to showcase Cape May Harbor. He said it had become a street fair for vendors from all over.

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Friends, family gather to celebrate life of ‘Rick Dee’

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Written by Christopher South Sunday, September 21, 2014 03:34 pm

Richard Richard

CAPE MAY – People gathered in Cape May United Methodist Church, Saturday, to celebrate one of Cape May’s more colorful characters – Rick Dee – who was a familiar face at the former Cape May Jazz Festival.
Born Richard R. Wisneski, he used the name Rick Dee professionally, years before another radio personality named Rick Dees came on the music scene. According to Phil Pizzi, who delivered the eulogy, Wisneski hated the comparison between himself and his near namesake. Pizzi said he knew Wisneski for years and learned a lot from him.
“One thing I learned from Rick,” Pizzi said at the start of the eulogy, “was to always check the mic before you get started.”
Pizzi talked about Wisneski and his long career in music in one form or another, from being a radio broadcaster, to a music promoter, from running a chain of record stores to DJ-ing the teen dances in Convention Hall.

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Cut the message and the grass

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 20, 2014 03:32 pm

I was having a conversation with my sister the other day regarding a phone message I left her. What was funny, or surprising, to me was that she called and agreed with me 100 percent. 

I had called her and the call went to voicemail. So I sat there while the voicemail gave me a canned message telling me the person I called was not available and that I could leave a voice message and I could press 1 to do that or press 5 to leave a call-back number, which I’ve never done before, yadda yadda yah. I don’t even know what would happen if I pressed 5 to leave a call-back number. Why would you leave a call-back number? Your phone identifies who has called you, generally speaking, unless the caller has a system that doesn’t identify who is calling. The chances are that is not your friend and you don’t want to get a message from them, anyway.

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Run for the Fallen will honor fallen heroes

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 19, 2014 04:39 pm

Run for the Fallen Run for the Fallen LOWER TOWNSHIP - One mile. One flag. One hero.

That’s the motto of a three day, 186-mile memorial run that will make its way up the New Jersey coastline Sept. 26-28 to honor fallen service men and women.

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Local Finance Board ruled on two issues only

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 19, 2014 04:02 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The state’s Local Finance Board’s decision to allow the dissolution of the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority became moot after council’s actions fell short of the needed super majority vote.

At a July meeting with the LFB called the LTMUA’s presentation opposing dissolution as “a last minute discussion of math.”
The LFB indicated the decision to allow the dissolution and merger of services into the township structure would be based only on Lower Township’s ability to assume the LTMUA’s debt and operate water/sewer services.
The LFB had already heard from representatives from Lower Township government, which had previously supplied the board with documentation regarding their request for dissolution of the LTMUA. The board indicated it had to find there was adequate provision for the payment of debt and adequate provision for assumption of services.
“We believe that the Township of Lower satisfies both provisions of the statute,” said Jeffrey Winitsky, bond counsel for the township.

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Priest remembers events of Sept. 11, 2001

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:07 pm

Rev. Paul Panos Rev. Paul Panos

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Father Paul Panos is a priest in the Greek Orthodox Church. Currently serving at St. Anthony’s in Vineland, Panos was a Navy Reserve chaplain when his native New York came under terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Living in Queens, Panos was assigned to a reserve unit in the Bronx. He said he had met a friend for lunch the day before the attacks, and couldn’t believe the news reports showing a smoldering north tower and a second plane crash into the south tower.

Panos said an orthodox priest can be married if he is so before ordination, and he had three kids in school at the time. He said he threw on sweats and went to the school to pick them up, not knowing what might follow.

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Police searching for jewelry theft suspect

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:04 pm

Jewelry store theft suspect Jewelry store theft suspect

CAPE MAY – The Cape May Police Department is investigating a theft of jewelry (initial estimated value $50,000), Sept. 17, at approximately 2 p.m., from a store on the Washington Street Mall.

The store surveillance cameras recorded a person who police would like to interview and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject in the photos below.

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CMC Airport under consideration for drone testing

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:40 pm

US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) Rose Mooney confirmed that the Cape May County Airport is under consideration as a drone testing site, but testing has nothing to do with military operations.

Additionally, she said the airport is simply being considered, contrary to some published reports saying the airport had been selected as a testing site.

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