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Fire department takes LoBiondo for a boat ride

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, August 09, 2014 12:53 pm

Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company's fire boat Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company's fire boat
CAPE MAY – The Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company’s Marine Unit took Rep. Frank LoBiondo for a short cruise Monday to show him how they can react to water emergencies.
LoBiondo said the fire company’s acquisition of the fire boat actually began with a chance meeting at the Villas Fishing Club about three years ago. He said he was chatting with Fire Chief Lou McGonigal, and they were talking about the need for Town Bank and Cape May County to have a regional capability to fight fires on or near the water.
The boat LoBiondo got to see on Monday is identified as Marine 61-1. It allows the Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company to provide mutual aid to other bay communities from Cape May to Cumberland counties.
“The closest other thing like this is Camden,” LoBiondo said.

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City to lend school $1 million for pool

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Written by Christopher South Friday, August 08, 2014 12:58 pm

CAPE MAY – The City of Cape May has decided to loan the Cape May City Elementary School $1 million to repair the school’s swimming pool, saying it would save taxpayers money.
Speaking at Tuesday’s city council meeting, Mayor Ed Mahaney said if the school had to bond to repair the pool, it would have to pay 4 percent interest on the bond. He said the city can borrow the money at .5 percent and loan it to the school district.
“The city offered in the spring that the city would be the lender and work in partnership with the school,” Mahaney said. “If the school bonded for this it would be a long process and the bond rate would be around 4 percent.”
He said the school is very responsible with its funds, but does not have the reserve funds it used to have due to a governor’s mandate. He said Cape May taxpayers would be paying off the bond regardless of who borrowed the money – the city or the school – and it would be better for them to pay .5 percent on bond anticipation notes than 4 percent.

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Dog lovers, mark your calendar for the Mutt Strut

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 08, 2014 12:04 pm

CAPE MAY – The 2014 Mutt Strut will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, (Rain date Sunday, Sept. 14) on the Cape May beachfront promenade, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Register near Convention Hall, Beach Avenue. Donation $1 per leg ($2 per person, $4 per dog). Kids under 10, free with adult. Auction, K-9 demos, dog Information. Benefits K-9 Protective Vests for CMC Sheriff’s Office and area dog training programs. Sponsored by Cape May County Dog Obedience Training Club. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or www.cmcdotc.com.

 

Lower Township Police weekly adult arrest summary: July 28-14 to Aug. 3

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 08, 2014 11:52 am

ltpd July 28-14 to Aug. 3

July 28

Derek L. Davido, 20, Ludlam Drive, Erma, simple assault.

Julky 29:

Stephen M. Peters, 44, Vacation Road, Villas, contempt of court by violating Domestic Rights Act.

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911 call leads to arrest for aggravated assault

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 08, 2014 11:13 am

NORTH CAPE MAY - On Aug. 8 4 at approximately 1 a.m., Lower Township Police Department police officers were dispatched to the area of Orchard Drive in the North Cape May section of Lower Township for a report of an assault.

When officers arrived at that location they were advised that the suspect, Jason Brodbeck, 37, of West Berlin, had fled the scene prior to their arrival. He was located a short time later by police at the bus stop near Townbank and Bayshore roads and placed under arrest.

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Bea Pessagno will seek Cape May City Council seat

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 04:30 pm

CAPE MAY - Following weeks of public speculation and private deliberation, today Beatrice Gauvry Pessagno obtained a petition to run for one of three Cape May City Council seats up for election Nov. 4. The life-long Cape May resident confirmed her candidacy in the following statement released this morning:
“My family has had the unique privilege of being part of this community for more than eight decades, and has a proud history of contributing to its growth and progress - whether as small business owners, as citizen volunteers, or in an elected capacity. In keeping with that tradition of commitment and service to Cape May, I am seeking a seat on the Cape May City Council.

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Six arrested for marijuana, other charges

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:22 pm

WEST CAPE MAY – Cape May Police arrested six suspects on drug charges, Sunday, after arresting one man on a bench warrant from West Cape May Municipal Court. 

On Aug, 3 at approximately 4:25 p.m., Patrolman Derrik Murphy arrested Edward Campbell at 108 Sixth Ave. in West Cape May. While officers were in the process of carrying out the warrant arrest of Campbell they developed information that the house (108/110 Sixth Ave.) contained a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS). Police then applied to the West Cape May Municipal Court for a search warrant to search 108 Sixth Ave. and 110 Sixth Ave.
The West Cape May Municipal Court judge granted the request and issued a search warrant. Police and Cape May County Sheriff’s Department Officers searched the properties, assisted by the Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit. Officers allegedly discovered a quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia suggesting a second man, Jason Giesey, 29, of 110 Sixth Ave., West Cape May and State College Pa., was involved in distribution of a CDS.

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Public authorities common in New Jersey, with little oversight, says Stockton professor

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, August 07, 2014 01:20 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Dr. David Carr, a political science professor at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, opened his research paper “Public Authorities in Governing New Jersey” with a wry quote from 19th century author Ambrose Bierce.
“Lighthouse, n. A tall building on the seashore in which the government maintains a lamp and the friend of a politician.” The quote, from Bierce’s satirical volume “The Devil’s Dictionary,” sums up the problems with “special purpose governments,” according to Carr.
“These are, generally speaking, entities that have all the capacity of governments and little or none of the oversight,” he said.
Carr wrote his brief while serving as a fellow at the college’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
“The brief didn’t get a lot of attention when I wrote it (in April 2012), but I get calls from reporters when there’s an issue – like Bridgegate – with one of these authorities. That’s why these special purpose governments have been called ‘shadow governments,’” Carr said. “No one really notices what they are doing until something goes wrong.”
The “Bridgegate” investigation stems from the September 2013 closing of lanes leading out of Fort Lee on the George Washington Bridge. Allegations emerged that pointed at political motivation for the lane closings and Gov. Chris Christie fired staffers and others resigned after the allegations became public.

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Foundation celebrates Coast Guard’s birthday with a gift

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, August 07, 2014 01:09 pm

CAPE MAY – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, was honored by Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Sunday, Aug. 3 during the third Sunset Parade of the year.
While visiting the Training Center, the Coast Guard Foundation presented the Coast Guard with a gift of $3,000 to purchase new dugout benches for the center’s two softball fields, as well as softball equipment such as balls, gloves and bats for the community teams. Earlier this year, the Coast Guard Foundation funded the purchase of four stand up paddleboards for Coast Guard members and their families to use.
The foundation also funded the renovation to Bruckenthal Hall and the memorial to DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal, who was killed while serving in Iraq, as well as stockings that were given to recruits who spent Christmas in Cape May.

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Cape May not footing entire bill for special election

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, August 07, 2014 12:57 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman said county clerk Rita Fulginiti was wrong when she said Cape May would pay the entire amount for a special election related to school funding.
After a meeting in Trenton with a Board of Review established to hear arguments for and against a change in the Lower Cape May Regional School District funding formula, the board voted to allow the referendum to take Cape May out of the regional school system. Wichterman said the board gave its approval because both Lower Township and Cape May want the referendum to go forward.
Lower Township, by virtue of its higher population, is expected to defeat the referendum. If passed, it would add an estimated $5.5 million to the tax levy in Lower Township.

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