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    ERMA – Cory Damiana and Gene Zebrowski officially accepted scholarship offers to play college sports Tuesday afternoon.

    The two Lower Cape May Regional seniors signed National Letters of Intent during a ceremony held at the Board of Education offices on the high school’s campus.

    Damiana, one of the best wrestlers in school history, accepted a two-thirds athletic and academic scholarship to wrestle at Division I Hofstra University. Damiana went 123-24, was a three-time district champion, three-time state qualifier and multi-year Cape-Atlantic League all-star during…

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    Governor vetoes salary increases for DRBA employees

    TRENTON — The Delaware River and Bay Authority and Gov. Chris Christie disagree on how DRBA employees should be compensated. 

    The DRBA issued a statement Tuesday saying the governor vetoed a resolution that would have given a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment to union and nonunion employees.

  • Regional

     An oil painting, “Cape May Harbor Fishing Fleet,” by John Safrit.  Anita Roth took this picture of driftwood and sea glass, which will be on display at the Splash art gallery on April 26.

    CAPE MAY – Local artists Anita Roth and John Safrit will hold a meet the artists reception from…

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    A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow)With warming temperatures, the snowbirds are returning…

  • Weather

    For the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather to expect when you drop a kickstand on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:/Jen MarraFor the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for…

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    CAPE MAY — The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May will transform the Cape May beachfront into a certified 5k and 10k racecourse on Saturday, May 10. Runners will enjoy the fast flat course that loops throughout Cape May. Registration and check-in is at 7:15 a.m.; Race is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Registration fee is $20 per person. Contact Doreen at (609) 884-5508.

  • Sports

    Dave Pacevich is a very organized high school track coach when it comes to maintaining and updating records. That’s in part because these days it seems he has to update those records almost every time his Lower Cape May Regional High School girls program competes.

    Quinn Bithell is a major reason why. The versatile sophomore already owns or shares six program records in a variety of events.

    Bithell and her teammates set three new records at the recent Buena Relays. Bithell, Destiny West, Lizzy Sulecki and Suzanne Beteta set a new program mark…

  • Cape May Gazette

    VILLAS — Police arrested a man they allege punched an officer who was responding to a disturbance call.
    On April 15, at approximately 7:44 p.m., officers from the Lower Township Police Department responded to the 300 block of Desoto Avenue, Villas, for a report of a disorderly male subject. Upon arriving at that location, Special Officer James Collins encountered Alexander Vosper, 21, an unemployed male who resides in the 4700 block of Susquehanna Avenue, Wildwood. Vosper was actively involved in a verbal altercation with an unidentified male who was still on scene.

  • Cape May Gazette

    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…

Cape May Gazette

Drug Court another facet in Cape May County’s response to addiction

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, November 21, 2013 03:57 pm

CAPE MAY COUNTY – Three county residents will graduate from the local Drug Court program this week, and another five will enter the final phase of the intensive supervision and treatment program.

The ceremony for the Cape May County participants was scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Superior Court building on Main Street in Cape May Court House. Judge John Porto was set to preside over the ceremony, which will feature comments from Michael DeLeon of the Steered Straight Program, a non-profit prevention/intervention program out of Vineland.

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Simonsen sworn in

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 21, 2013 03:52 pm

 photo courtesy of Lower Township Public Information

photo courtesy of Lower Township Public Information

From left are Erik Simonsen, his daughters Viktoria and Katya, and wife Anna Simonsen, with Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton. Simonsen was sworn in at council's Nov. 18 meeting by Thornton.

   

Man injured after grabbing car driver and holding on for 97 feet, Lower Township police say

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 06:13 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – An argument in the Erma section of Lower Township prompted one man to get into his car to leave and another to grab him as he drove away, police said Wednesday.

The vehicle traveled approximately 97 feet before the man let go of the driver, according to police.

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Fall fun for David C. Douglass Veterans Memorial School students

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:07 pm

 Gianna Daisey and Joseph Wareham, students at the David C. Douglass Veterans Memorial School, enjoyed a hayride and picked pumpkins at Rea's Farm in West Cape May. Gianna Daisey and Joseph Wareham, students at the David C. Douglass Veterans Memorial School, enjoyed a hayride and picked pumpkins at Rea's Farm in West Cape May.

Gianna Daisey and Joseph Wareham, students at the David C. Douglass Veterans Memorial School, enjoyed a hayride and picked pumpkins at Rea's Farm in West Cape May.


 Students at the David C. Douglass Memorial School in the Villas were treated to a visit by the local fire companies for Fire Safety Week. Here, Xavier McNeal tries on fire gear Students at the David C. Douglass Memorial School in the Villas were treated to a visit by the local fire companies for Fire Safety Week. Here, Xavier McNeal tries on fire gear

Students at the David C. Douglass Memorial School in the Villas were treated to a visit by the local fire companies for Fire Safety Week. Here, Xavier McNeal tries on fire gear.

   

Victoria Manor resident writes children’s book

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:14 am

  
Mary Ellen Coslop holds her published children’s book.  Mary Ellen Coslop holds her published children’s book.

NORTH CAPE MAY – Victoria Manor is home to a children’s author.

Back in 1996, Mary Ellen Coslop retired and found herself with a lot of spare time. Her daughter encouraged her to find a hobby, so Coslop did just that.

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Bizarre History of Cape May > Cape May volunteers were to see one of bloodiest battles of the Civil War

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Tuesday, November 19, 2013 08:26 pm

 Amidst mixed emotions from the spectators, young soldiers-to-be from Cape Island and Lower Township gathered at the Cold Spring Academy assembly point in September 1862 and began their long journey to answer the call to arms what was described as “a bleeding country.”

As the Civil War was heating up and the demand for more bodies increased, the young of Cape May County responded by volunteering for military service, not too long before the nation began the draft. They were to begin their trip in style in carriages provided by the local gentry, but that was to be replaced in the months ahead by marching in rain and snow and mud in the bloodshed of war.

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Lower Township man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 18, 2013 01:17 pm

TRENTON – A Lower Township man pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Monday.

Aaron N. Debarardnis, 26, pleaded guilty to using a file sharing network to distribute images and videos of child pornography over the Internet from his home computer, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office.

The state is recommending he be sentenced to three years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10. 

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DWI arrest after motor vehicle accident in Lower Township

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, November 14, 2013 05:32 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police charged a woman with drunk driving Monday after she crashed her car on Fishing Creek Road.

Roxanne M. Defrancisco was driving southbound on Fishing Creek Road around 3:10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 when she lost control of her vehicle negotiating a curve in the roadway, according to police. The 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo left the roadway striking a guard rail and continued southbound striking a tree.

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