Cape May Gazette

Police rescue residents from smoke-filled apartment

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police responding with the Villas Volunteer Fire Department rescue two Villas residents during an early morning fire on Friday, March 14.

The Villas fire department received a report of a structure fire and entrapment at 12:13 a.m. on March 14 at 77 Wildwood Ave. in Villas. Police arrived on scene moments prior to the fire company and learned that there were still two residents in the downstairs apartment.

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Cape May arts program captures thoughts of peace in photographs

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Written by Alex Davis Tuesday, March 25, 2014 03:58 pm

Cecilia Grillo of Cape May and professional photographer Tina Giaimo take part in last weekend’s Center for Community Arts Youth Art Program at the Cape May United Methodist Church. Cecilia Grillo of Cape May and professional photographer Tina Giaimo take part in last weekend’s Center for Community Arts Youth Art Program at the Cape May United Methodist Church.

CAPE MAY — Cecilia Grillo,11, of Cape May, sets shards of green and blue glass, brown seashells and other objects on a table in front of a big sunset picture. She makes some adjustments until the scene is just right.

She is preparing to photograph what she finds peaceful  — the tranquility of the beach —  during Saturday night’s Center for Community Arts Youth Art Program at the Cape May United Methodist Church.

Grillo and professional photographer Tina Giaimo kneel behind a Canon digital camera and look through the viewfinder. They take a picture.

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Church youth group leader charged with aggravated sexual assault in Lower Township

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 24, 2014 04:26 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Lower Township police have charged a church youth group leader with aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Jonatan Nunez, 24, of Vineland, was charged in connection with the March 19 assault, police said.

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Former Shelton College building to be demolished after roof collapse

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Written by Alex Davis Monday, March 24, 2014 03:32 pm

CAPE MAY — The former Shelton College building will be demolished after the roof collapsed about four weeks ago, according to Cape May City Manager Bruce MacLeod.

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October test found bacteria in Cape May drinking water, says annual report

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Written by Alex Davis Monday, March 24, 2014 03:18 pm

CAPE MAY — In October, the Cape May City Water Department found total coliform bacteria in a sampling of drinking water.

Staff did more testing and those results came back negative, according to a recently released 2013 annual drinking water quality report.

Carl Behrens, superintendent of Cape May’s water and sewer utility, said there’s no cause for alarm. The water is safe to drink, he said.

More than 4,500 customers in Cape May, West Cape May and Cape May Point are serviced by the water utility.

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Bizarre History: Tourists weren't fooled by cold snap on April 1, 1923

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:00 am

It’s common during Easter time that tourism officials sit back and take a look at what has been, at what is now and at what they hope will be.

Easter, of course, is not the official opening of the tourism season. Some designate the grand opening as Memorial Day and others say it is the Fourth of July. There are still others who contend there is no such thing because Cape May County is open for tourism much of the year; well, maybe not in January when many locals evacuate to Florida.

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Council approves ‘event houses’ regulations in Cape May

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 19, 2014 01:36 pm

CAPE MAY — City council on Tuesday approved regulating large gatherings like receptions and graduation parties at rentable properties in Cape May.

Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. said complaints with the large gatherings at certain properties, also known as event houses, arose in the last 2-3 years. 

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BL England pipeline could be used to export natural gas

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:30 pm

To the editor:

Converting the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point from coal and oil fired to natural gas is a positive move, the environmental consequences notwithstanding.

Relative to what we are now witnessing in Russia and Ukraine, we have international implications. President Vladimir Putin has a vast supply of natural gas and has customers in most of western Europe. The United States also has a large supply of natural gas with a massive distribution system servicing our country. But we are worlds apart from Europe geographically.

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Cape May approves free beach tags for veterans

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:20 am

CAPE MAY — Veterans and active military personnel and their families will get free beach tags in Cape May this summer.

Cape May government Tuesday night became the latest in the state to approve such an ordinance during a meeting at City Hall. Gov. Chris Christie signed a law in January that permits beach communities to provide free or reduce fee tags to veterans.

"I think what you're doing is not to save the veterans $20-$30 on a beach tag. It's that veteran who’s walking down the beach 10 years after he gets discharged and says 'Somebody cares,’” said Joe Griffies, a Vietnam veteran of Middle Township.

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Program in Cape May focuses on history of Fort Mott

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:01 am

CAPE MAY – The Friends of the World War II Tower, an affinity group of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), will present a program on the role of Fort Mott in defense of the Delaware shoreline at noon on Saturday, March 22 at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave.

Andy Grant, chief historian at Fort Mott, will speak. A free hoagie lunch will be offered.

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