Cape May Gazette

Proposed Cape May school budget raises taxes 4 percent

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Written by Alex Davis Monday, March 17, 2014 05:19 pm

CAPE MAY — The Cape May school board is proposing to raise taxes by 4 percent in a $3.4 million budget introduced Thursday, March 13.

A property owner whose home is assessed at $500,000 would pay about $13.50 more in taxes next school year.

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No separation between church and state in early Cape May

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, March 16, 2014 01:00 am

The freedoms for which colonists fought in the American Revolution were abused even in religion as far back as 1721 in the territory now known as Cape May, Lower and Middle townships.

People who were non-believers were often scorned and sometimes subjected to physical punishment if they did not abide by the laws of God. There was little separation between church and state then, as shown by the legislature governing this area. It introduced a bill that would punish those who “denied the doctrine of the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the inspiration of Holy Scriptures, etc.”

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Spring lecture series at Historic Cold Spring Village

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, March 15, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Celebrate New Jersey’s 350th birthday on four consecutive Wednesday evenings in March and April for a wide-ranging series of talks on New Jersey and United States history.

All presentations will be held at 7 p.m. in the Historic Cold Spring Village Welcome Center. There is no fee for admission but donations are appreciated.

Speakers will be available for book signings and a meet and greet after each presentation.

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Lower Township officer receives state DARE award

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, March 15, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Officer Darrin Hickok of the Lower Township Police Department received the state’s DARE (Drug Abuse Awareness Education) Officer of the Year award on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The award was presented at the DARE New Jersey Annual Training Conference Program at the Caesar’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

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Cape May school board weighs opening playground to public

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Written by Alex Davis Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – Cape May’s school board plans to ask the city government to manage the school playground on weekday evenings and weekends so it can be opened to the public.

“To my knowledge, the playground was never officially open to the public,” said school business administrator John Thomas. “I think in the past, and certainly prior to the Sandy Hook (Elementary School) massacre, the maintenance and custodial staff here did not make it a point to secure all of our gates and fences. As a result, I think often there was easy access to our property. Also, in the past, there were holes made in the fence that went unrepaired.”

Now, school officials are taking another look after Superintendent Victoria Zelenak said a resident complained about the playground being closed.

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County superintendent report comes out against Cape May attempt to leave LCMR school district

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Written by Mary Linehan Friday, March 14, 2014 10:22 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The county’s superintendent of schools is advising the state to reject the “alternative configurations” sought by Cape May in its bid to withdraw from or dissolve the Lower Cape May Regional School District.

“New Jersey’s practice of basing a municipality’s contribution on the equalized valuation of property is exactly that…equalized. It creates a level playing field so that all students, no matter what their Zip Code, or amount of their family’s income, have equal access to a quality education,” interim executive regional superintendent for Cape May County Robert L. Bumpus writes in a six page report, released Friday afternoon.

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Local schools see increase in state funding

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 14, 2014 01:48 pm

CAPE MAY — The Cape May City Elementary School is expected to receive $470,627 in state funding next year, less than a 1 percent increase.

That’s a pleasant surprise for school business administrator John Thomas.

“I was expecting it to be flat,” he said in an interview Monday, March 10.

The state is expected to provide $26,803 to the Cape May Point school. Last year's amount was $26,743. The Cape May Point school is non-operating, and students attend Cape May City Elementary School.

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Residents give blood after harsh winter cancels many Red Cross events

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 14, 2014 01:42 pm

CAPE MAY — Joan Maurer of Wildwood Crest saved up to three lives at a blood drive Thursday at Cape May City Elementary School.

Red Cross staff wore white lab coats and helped donors give blood. Giving a pint of blood can save as many as three lives, according to information on the Red Cross website. Maurer figures she has donated blood at least 20 times.

The Cape May school nurse was among several people who donated a pint of blood at the annual American Red Cross event in the school’s auditorium. The drive was held in conjunction with Red Cross Month.

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Lower Township police-community initiative hits one-year mark

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, March 13, 2014 01:48 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The township’s “Hear It-See It-Report It” police-community initiative is a year old, officials said this week.

“It’s been an effective program,” said Police Chief William Mastriana, who took over for Chief Brian Marker last summer. “We’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of it, although it’s slowed down, and we’re starting to look now at how we can ramp it back up.”

Designed to encourage community awareness and support for police efforts, the program encourages residents to call the police and report any suspicious activity they see or hear in their neighborhoods.

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Bricks commemorate Cape May – Lewes Ferry's 50th anniversary

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:31 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Cape May – Lewes Ferry officials said commemorative laser-engraved bricks that will be placed at the entrance of both ferry terminals as part of the 50th anniversary celebration in 2014 are now on sale.

The commemorative bricks will be installed in the spring, prior to the ferry’s anniversary on July 1.

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