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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…

  • Cape May Gazette

    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.

  • Cape May Gazette

     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.

  • Regional

    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

Escape the Cape Triathlon returning in June

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 13, 2013 07:16 am

 Escape the Cape Triathlon returning in June Escape the Cape Triathlon returning in June

LOWER TOWNSHIP – DelMoSports, Lower Township and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry announced this week that the Escape the Cape Triathlon and Aquabike will return for a second season along the Jersey Shore on June 8.

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Terminal in Lower Township is expected to host 1,500 triathletes, their families and friends for the event. The inaugural event was held this year, with races starting aboard a Cape May-Lewes Ferry vessel in the Delaware Bay.  

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Coast Guard helps South Jersey honor veterans

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 13, 2013 01:00 am

 Coast Guard recruit and a member of the Marine Corps League participate in a Veterans Day ceremony Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska /A Coast Guard recruit and a member of the Marine Corps League participate in a Veterans Day ceremony.

CAPE MAY – Coast Guardsmen participated in numerous Veterans Day events to help commemorate the sacrifice of America’s service members Monday.

Staff from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May provided buglers, color guards and firing parties at a number of community events in honor of Veterans Day. Senior officials from the training center also spoke.

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UPDATE: Explosion at Villas house

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, November 07, 2013 05:24 pm

(photo by Alex Davis) Police blocked off streets and evacuated neighbors after a house on the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue in Villas exploded Thursday. (photo by Alex Davis) Police blocked off streets and evacuated neighbors after a house on the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue in Villas exploded Thursday.

Neighbors and policeman pull couple out of destroyed home

VILLAS – A single family home in the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue was destroyed around 4 p.m. Thursday by what appears to have been a gas explosion.  

“It was no more than 100 feet from my house,” said Mayor Michael Beck. “I was at the stove cooking something with my grandson and we heard it go. We ran outside, as did most of the neighborhood.

“There was debris everywhere. Neighbors were able to pull the couple out of the house,” he said.

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Clues in the act

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:59 am

CAPE MAY - Sleuths listen for clues during Act II of “Sherlock Holmes: The Case of Animus Orbis” during the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities’ Sherlock Holmes Weekend Saturday, Nov. 2, held in the Rose Room at the Inn of Cape May.

   

Rescue call leads to drug arrest in Villas

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 01, 2013 02:10 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police said they responded to a call of a possible overdose at a house on Oregon Avenue in the Villas section last week and found a man with a tin foil pipe there who said he needed “one more hit.”

Lower Township police and the rescue squad received an emergency call around 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. A woman said there was a man in the house who appeared catatonic and was unresponsive, according to police.

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MUA director arrested on witness tampering, obstruction charges

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, October 31, 2013 06:29 am

 LOWER TOWNSHIP – The executive director of the township’s Municipal Utilities Authority was arrested on charges of witness tampering and obstructing governmental operations late last week.

Matthew Ecker, of Linwood, was charged with third degree Witness Tampering and fourth degree Obstruction of Governmental Operations or Administration of Law. According to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the arrest followed an investigation that revealed Ecker, in his capacity as executive director at the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority, had engaged in conduct which caused the intimidation of employees relating to an investigation involving the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

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In the shadow of a giant

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 31, 2013 04:36 am

  The sun sets behind the lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park The sun sets behind the lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park

photo by John Reilly

The sun sets behind the lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park, casting a long shadow.

 

West Cape incumbents say borough has maintained its character

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:00 am

John Francis and Stephanie LaTorre are seeking election to the West Cape May Board of Commissioners, along with David Wilburn. They were campaigning door-to-door this week.  John Francis and Stephanie LaTorre are seeking election to the West Cape May Board of Commissioners, along with David Wilburn. They were campaigning door-to-door this week.

WEST CAPE MAY – Mayor Pam Kaithern said this week that West Cape May is unique among Cape May County municipalities. It has increased its rateables and maintained its character while cutting taxes two years running.

“We have growth that a lot of towns aren’t seeing,” she said.

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