Cape May Gazette

Congress Hall Festival Chorus a community event with long-distance connections

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, July 03, 2014 12:02 pm

Photo by Frank Scott Photo by Frank Scott
CAPE MAY – Congress Hall has a Cape May community choir that performs every Christmas and July 4, but the roots of the chorus are in New York City.
Myra Vassian, the chorus’s director, still lives in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and works in Manhattan most of the time. She runs a private studio there teaching her own students, and she teaches three classes in the evening division (continuing education) at the Julliard School. Vassian was also the choir director at The City Church (NYC) until the church closed its doors.
While the church and its choir were still going, Congress Hall owner Curtis Bashaw was a member of the choir.
“Curtis invited me to start a chorus at Congress Hall,” Vassian said.

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Excuse me, but your dryer is calling

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, July 03, 2014 10:18 am

'Smart' dryers at South Jersey Marina 'Smart' dryers at South Jersey Marina CAPE MAY – Imagine you are sitting on the back of your boat in the marina, enjoying a cold libation, chatting with other boaters.

One of your fellow boaters gets a text alert on his phone, reads it and says, “I’ll be right back.”

“Who is it, your kids?”

“No, it’s the dryer, my clothes are done,” he says.

South Jersey Marina has four washers and dryers in its laundry room. Patrons can use a credit card to pay for the load, then scan a Quick Response (QR) symbol with your smart phone and it will send you a text, tweet or email to let you know when the laundry cycle finishes.

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Lower Township Police Department Weekly Adult Arrest Summary, edition of July 2

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 02, 2014 12:35 pm

ltpd June 25:

Terry L. Gift, 48, E. Pacific Avenue, Villas, driving while under the influence, driving while drivers license/registration suspended.

June 26:

Dawn J. Williams, 49, E. Weber Avenue, Villas, simple assault.

June 27:

Edward J. Smith, 67, N. Feathering Road, Media, Pa., driving while under the influence.

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Photography Club of Cape May photo exhibit

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:05 am

CAPE MAY – The Photography Club of Cape May is holding a photo exhibit daily through July 9 at Mad Batter Restaurant on Jackson Street.

The Chalfonte Hotel’s King Edward Bar, 301 Howard St.. has three seasonal photo exhibits running now through mid October. The exhibits are free.

   

CG training center hosts 'Perfect Storm' presentation

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 02, 2014 10:01 am

CAPE MAY ¬– The Coast Guard Training Center Cape May will host a presentation by Cmdr. Bill Moeller (USCG Ret.) at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 13.

Moeller will discuss the inside story of the Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa's 1991 rescue effort of a downed Air National Guard helicopter crew, an event featured in Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm" and the film of the same name. Having served as a junior officer aboard the Tamaroa at the time, Moeller will share his eye-witness account of this harrowing event.

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New exhibit opening at SOMA NewArt Gallery

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, July 01, 2014 02:14 pm

New painting by Sean Taylor at SOMA NewArt Gallery New painting by Sean Taylor at SOMA NewArt Gallery CAPE MAY - SOMA NewArt Gallery is pleased to announce our third art exhibition of the 2014 Season, featuring two Solo exhibits: “Chasing Rainbows” new paintings by artist Sean Taylor, and “Rural Life” new paintings by artist Greg Bennett, Exhibiting in Gallery One and Two, SOMA welcomes Taylor back for his seventh consecutive show at SOMA. Taylor’s new work is a return to painting Cape May landscapes, and the imagery it invokes. Using the horizon as his focus point, Taylor finds challenges in the juxtaposition of the huge open sky and how it meets the land.

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CM Stage presents Heather MacRae in 'Songs for My Father'

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, June 29, 2014 01:54 pm

Heather MacRae Heather MacRae
CAPE MAY - Cape May Stage presents Heather MacRae in “Songs for My Father,” a stunning tribute to her late father, Broadway star Gordon MacRae, on July 7, at 8 p.m.

MacRae is the first of five cabaret performances in the Equity theatre’s highly-anticipated sixth annual Second Stage Broadway Series.

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Giuffrida graduates Air Force basic training

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:25 pm

U.S. Air Force Airman Michael J. U.S. Air Force Airman Michael J. SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Air Force Airman Michael J. Giuffrida graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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Marinalife’s Summer Membership Drive to benefit the Nature Center of Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:12 pm

CAPE MAY - The boating industry’s definitive guide to the boating lifestyle, Marinalife, has announced that 10 percent of the proceeds from this summer’s Cruising Club Membership will go to support New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May.

According to publisher, Joy McPeters, “We were looking to partner with a 501(c)(3) charity that has demonstrated a clear commitment to the water, nature and the marine environment. In our opinion, few organizations have been as effective as the Nature Center at educating the public, and when necessary stepping up to lead the way in helping to keep our waterways safe for navigation, recreation and the creatures that depend upon those waters for their very subsistence.”

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Friends gather for Merion Inn reopening

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Written by Christopher South Friday, June 27, 2014 01:39 pm

CAPE MAY – Some said it wouldn’t happen – friends of Merion Inn owner Vick Watson said they never doubted it would.

Dozens of friends were invited to a reception at the Merion Inn Monday to clink glasses and celebrate what for some was the long-awaited reopening of the Merion Inn Restaurant.
In April, the Cape May Gazette interviewed Watson, who said a dispute with a contractor had tied up her bank accounts and it put the Merion’s reopening in question. Watson said she was looking for a partner to help finance the reopening, which she hoped would happen in mid-May. Short of getting a partner, Watson said she might be forced to put the Merion Inn up for sale. In the meantime, she advised her employees to find other work, at least for the short term, because she couldn’t guarantee she would have a job for them.

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