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    CAPE MAY – A local business owner who is trying to save the access to her off-street parking described her conflict with a local bank as a “David and Goliath story.”

    Deanna Brown, owner of Antoinette’s Guest Apartments/Suites, 717 Washington St., Cape May, shares a property line with Sturdy Savings Bank at the corner of Washington and Franklin streets. In February 1994, Brown had owned Antoinette’s about five months when Bob McManus sold his gas station to Sturdy Savings. As Sturdy Savings was in the process of getting approvals for construction of the new bank building, Brown sought to maintain…

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    CAPE MAY – Two of thee Cape May City Council members up for reelection on Nov. 4 have already announced their intention not to run again for their seats.

    Municipal elections were moved from May to November to coincide with the General Election. Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman said this week that he would not seek reelection, and Councilman Bill Murray said he probably would not seek another term.

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     Residents’ outcry prompts delay of Beach Drive project  LOWER TOWNSHIP – The day after a three-hour council work session that saw dozens of residents question the Beach Drive pedestrian access project, council members have announced their intention to put the application for project funds on hold.

    “I support this project, and I represent the people of Ward 2 -- and they need more information and more opportunity to provide input,” Councilman Jim Neville said Tuesday. “We went to the property owners meeting in March, and this…

  • Regional

    Officials are blaming heroin for the deaths of two men a few days apart.

    One was 29, the other 30.

    In announcing the deaths, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office withheld the names of the victims.

  • Cape May Gazette

     World Series of Birding: one day, hundreds of birds counted

    CAPE MAY COUNTY — For one day every spring, hundreds of birders are scattered across New Jersey with one goal in mind — to count more species of birds than competing teams.

  • Regional

    THE WILDWOODS – The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th annual Sensational Spring Weekend Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to 1960s and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll music.

    The event begins Friday night, April 25, inside the Wildwoods Convention Center with a dance party featuring the David Christopher Band with songs from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $15 per person.

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    WILDWOOD — The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business @ the Beach Expo is scheduled for April 30 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

    This year’s Business @ the Beach Expo features concurrent keynote sessions on networking and e-commerce.

Cape May Gazette

No tax increase planned in Lower Township

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, February 06, 2014 05:04 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – There will be no municipal tax increase in 2014, according to the budget submitted by the township’s manager Monday night.

“I am pleased to announce to council and people here tonight the proposed municipal budget,” said township manager Michael Voll. “Last year, in 2013, there was a tax increase of 2.9 cents. This year, I am pleased to report a zero increase.”

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New police officers sworn in

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 06, 2014 04:02 pm

Michael Iames, 26,  Michael Iames, 26,

Michael Iames, 26, a lifetime Lower Township resident, was sworn in as a police officer at a Feb. 3 Lower Township Council meeting by Mayor Michael Beck. His wife Krista held the Bible. Iames was accompanied by his son Easton. Iames has been a Class II Officer since 2006. He received the merit award and was third overall in his graduating class at the Cape May County Police academy.


 Louis Bartleson, 32, Louis Bartleson, 32,

Louis Bartleson, 32, also a lifetime township resident, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. His wife Kelly held the Bible. He was accompanied by his daughter Sofia and son Barrett.

   

Lower Township fills vacant MUA seat

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 06, 2014 04:00 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP— Council voted by a 3-2 margin to appoint a county planning department employee to the township’s Municipal Utilities Authority, despite late concerns voiced by Councilman Erik Simonsen at Monday’s meeting.

Brian O’Connor, a geographic information specialist at the county’s planning department, was picked to fill the seat held by Joseph Mento. Mento’s term on the MUA Board expired as of Feb. 1.

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Fred Coldren was a Cape May constant

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, February 06, 2014 03:56 pm

Fred Coldren was a Cape May constant  Fred Coldren was a Cape May constant

The year was 1983 when I first saw Fred Coldren. He was sitting at a table with a few other men and a woman and I was not quite sure what his role was or even his name. I was a newcomer in Cape May after my family got sand in the shoes and we moved from the hectic life of North Jersey.

I was there in that building, once a high school and still looking like one, because I was returning to my early days in journalism when I covered council and freeholder meetings in Passaic County. Soon, I was to learn that the man who didn’t speak much at that table, except for giving an occasional report and correcting some faulty information from the public, was city manager Fred Coldren.

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Icy shores

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, February 06, 2014 02:09 pm

Sunset Beach visitors stand on top of ice stacked up by the jetty and along the beach to get photographs of the setting sun in Lower Township Thursday, Jan. 30.  

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Community mourns Coldren as ‘pillar of community’

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Written by Mary Linehan Wednesday, February 05, 2014 01:00 am

CAPE MAY – Fred Coldren, 70, remembered for his longtime public service, died Wednesday, Jan. 29 at his home here. Services were held on Franklin Street Sunday.

“One thing about Fred – he was a giver, not a taker,” Mayor Ed Mahaney said at Tuesday afternoon’s council work session. “He donated so much of his time and effort to making Cape May a better place to live, to raise a family, to have a successful business and to have a well-rounded array of activities.”

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Cape May bookkeeper accused of taking $75,000

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 04, 2014 03:35 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A 47-year-old Cape May woman faces theft charges. The county prosecutor’s office says she took $75,000 from her employer while she worked as a bookkeeper.

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Gloucester man charged with sexual assault in Lower Township

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 04, 2014 03:22 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police said they have charged a 38-year-old Gloucester man with a Dec. 18 sexual assault.

David Revelli was arrested and charged on Jan. 31. At the time of the sexual assault, he lived and worked in Lower Township, police said.

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