Cape May Gazette

Cut the message and the grass

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 20, 2014 03:32 pm

I was having a conversation with my sister the other day regarding a phone message I left her. What was funny, or surprising, to me was that she called and agreed with me 100 percent. 

I had called her and the call went to voicemail. So I sat there while the voicemail gave me a canned message telling me the person I called was not available and that I could leave a voice message and I could press 1 to do that or press 5 to leave a call-back number, which I’ve never done before, yadda yadda yah. I don’t even know what would happen if I pressed 5 to leave a call-back number. Why would you leave a call-back number? Your phone identifies who has called you, generally speaking, unless the caller has a system that doesn’t identify who is calling. The chances are that is not your friend and you don’t want to get a message from them, anyway.

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Run for the Fallen will honor fallen heroes

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 19, 2014 04:39 pm

Run for the Fallen Run for the Fallen LOWER TOWNSHIP - One mile. One flag. One hero.

That’s the motto of a three day, 186-mile memorial run that will make its way up the New Jersey coastline Sept. 26-28 to honor fallen service men and women.

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Local Finance Board ruled on two issues only

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 19, 2014 04:02 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The state’s Local Finance Board’s decision to allow the dissolution of the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority became moot after council’s actions fell short of the needed super majority vote.

At a July meeting with the LFB called the LTMUA’s presentation opposing dissolution as “a last minute discussion of math.”
The LFB indicated the decision to allow the dissolution and merger of services into the township structure would be based only on Lower Township’s ability to assume the LTMUA’s debt and operate water/sewer services.
The LFB had already heard from representatives from Lower Township government, which had previously supplied the board with documentation regarding their request for dissolution of the LTMUA. The board indicated it had to find there was adequate provision for the payment of debt and adequate provision for assumption of services.
“We believe that the Township of Lower satisfies both provisions of the statute,” said Jeffrey Winitsky, bond counsel for the township.

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Priest remembers events of Sept. 11, 2001

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:07 pm

Rev. Paul Panos Rev. Paul Panos

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Father Paul Panos is a priest in the Greek Orthodox Church. Currently serving at St. Anthony’s in Vineland, Panos was a Navy Reserve chaplain when his native New York came under terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Living in Queens, Panos was assigned to a reserve unit in the Bronx. He said he had met a friend for lunch the day before the attacks, and couldn’t believe the news reports showing a smoldering north tower and a second plane crash into the south tower.

Panos said an orthodox priest can be married if he is so before ordination, and he had three kids in school at the time. He said he threw on sweats and went to the school to pick them up, not knowing what might follow.

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Police searching for jewelry theft suspect

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:04 pm

Jewelry store theft suspect Jewelry store theft suspect

CAPE MAY – The Cape May Police Department is investigating a theft of jewelry (initial estimated value $50,000), Sept. 17, at approximately 2 p.m., from a store on the Washington Street Mall.

The store surveillance cameras recorded a person who police would like to interview and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject in the photos below.

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CMC Airport under consideration for drone testing

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:40 pm

US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. US Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/ An unmanned aerial vehicle operator with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team assembles a Raven during a UAV refresher course last year at Fort Bragg, N.C. The use of unmanned aircraft has become common in combat, and civilian use is being explored, but some in Cape May County fear their use in surveillance and law enforcement in the United States. There may be testing of civilian uses at the Cape May Airport. LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) Rose Mooney confirmed that the Cape May County Airport is under consideration as a drone testing site, but testing has nothing to do with military operations.

Additionally, she said the airport is simply being considered, contrary to some published reports saying the airport had been selected as a testing site.

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West Cape May Lima Bean Festival Oct. 11

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:00 pm

West Cape May Lima Bean Festival Oct. 11 West Cape May Lima Bean Festival Oct. 11 WEST CAPE MAY – The West Cape May Lima Bean Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, with a rain date of Oct. 12. This world famous and local favorite festival is held in Wilbraham Park at the corners of Broadway and West Perry in beautiful West Cape May. The festival offers free admission and goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lima bean T-shirts, lima bean pottery, lima bean stained and fused glass, lima bean jewelry and lima bean hats will be available along with lima bean chili, lima bean soup, lima bean salad, lima bean cake, lima bean hummus, lima bean empanadas, lima bean crepes and lima bean cookies. There are always a few surprises from the vendors of lima bean-related items. Antiques, art, birdhouses, clothing, jewelry, produce, as well as fresh flowers, books and honey will be sold.

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CM Traditional Jazz Society presents Hot Taters

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 17, 2014 04:21 pm

CAPE MAY – The Cape May Traditional Jazz Society presents Hot Taters on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at VFW Post 386, 419 Congress St., Cape May.

Hot Taters is Pete Jensen on trombone and his guys on trumpet, clarinet, piano, banjo, drums. A real fun swinging show. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at door, and open to the public. CMTJS member price is $15.

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Van Drew says First District needs to do better

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, September 17, 2014 03:38 pm

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew State Sen. Jeff Van Drew CAPE MAY – State Sen. Jeff Van Drew addressed the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May Tuesday, saying what a lot of people know – the First Legislative District is economically challenged.

The First District includes all of Cape May County, about 95 percent of Cumberland County, and a small portion of Atlantic County.

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LTMUA dissolution halted by 3-2 vote

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, September 17, 2014 09:49 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The two regular Republicans on Lower Township Council stuck to their guns, Monday, and voted no on dissolution of the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority.

The vote actually came on an ordinance authorizing the township to assume the debt of the LTMUA. Once that ordinance was defeated, Mayor Mike Beck said two other ordinances became a moot point. He asked that an ordinance creating a sewer utility and another dissolving the LTMUA be tabled indefinitely.

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