Cape May Gazette

Alex Coulter named Cape May Fire Chief

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, August 06, 2014 01:15 pm

New Fire Chief Alex Coulter takes oath of office from the city clerk. New Fire Chief Alex Coulter takes oath of office from the city clerk.
CAPE MAY – Alex Coulter was named Cape May’s newest fire chief Tuesday, replacing Jerry Inderwies Jr., who retired June 1.
“We’re happy today to appoint Alex Coulter,” Mayor Ed Mahaney said, speaking for city council. “He has a well-documented resume, his father served the town as a police officer.”
Mahaney said Coulter started his firefighting career in West Cape May before joining the Cape May Fire Department on a part-time basis. Over the years he moved up the ranks, ultimately being named chief.
“Alex, we welcome you and have great hopes, and great pride for your success,” Mahaney said.
After being sworn in by the city clerk, with his wife Samantha holding the Bible, Coulter spoke just a few words, thanking everyone and said, “I look forward to the opportunity to serve the City of Cape May.”

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Tropical storms affect beaches from many miles away

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:21 pm

A scene from the Cove Beach, Cape May A scene from the Cove Beach, Cape May
CAPE MAY – Tropical Storm Bertha was expected to become a hurricane on Monday, but was not expected to be a threat to the Jersey Shore.
That doesn’t mean the effects of the storm won’t be felt in Cape May and the other local beach towns.
Cape May Beach Patrol Captain Buzz Mogck said anytime there is an Atlantic hurricane there is going to be some effect in Cape May.
“We face southerly, and with anything that comes out of the south and up the coast we can expect big swells,” he said.
Mogck said most of the effects of Hurricane Bertha, the 2014 season’s second tropical storm, will be felt on Tuesday and Wednesday. He said the swells usually come in advance of the storm. He said the CMBP is aware of the storm and what it can bring.

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Two more free live music nights at Cape May Ferry Terminal

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 06, 2014 11:44 am

Dancers enjoy the B Street Band at the last concert at the ferry terminal. Dancers enjoy the B Street Band at the last concert at the ferry terminal.

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Come sway to the music at the Cape May Ferry Terminal! The Lower Township Department of Parks and Recreation and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry are sponsoring two more summer concerts on the green at the Cape May Ferry terminal. The concerts are free and feature the popular tribute cover bands, Eaglemania and Danny V’s 52 Street Band. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m., so bring a blanket, some lawn chairs and a friend to enjoy great music along the Bay. “The tribute bands are very popular and we’re excited to be able to host two more concerts this summer,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Operations for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. “It’s great family entertainment with several generations frequently found dancing to the music, and parents introducing their favorite songs to the newest generation of potential fans.”

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Third annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival Aug. 9

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 06, 2014 11:25 am

MAC's Craft Beer & Crabs Festival MAC's Craft Beer & Crabs Festival CAPE MAY – You won't want to miss delicious family fun with steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, local and regional craft beers, wine, spirits and all-day entertainment during one of Cape May's most popular summertime events on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, at the Craft Beer & Crab Festival Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with food service from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) with major funding by PNC Bank, Gold Coast Production Management, Nobil Food Services and Longport Media. 

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UPDATE: Villas snake was a pet red-tailed boa

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 05, 2014 03:53 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP - An escaped pet, a red-tailed boa, in Lower Township has been the cause of a lot of media attention this week. Although residents and visitors should supervise children and pets when they are outdoors, the red-tailed boa is not aggressive and unlikely to be found wanting anything other than amphibians, rodents, rabbits and birds.

“No one should feel unsafe in their own backyard,” said Township Manager Mike Voll. “This was an unfortunate case of a pet snake that wasn’t being watched properly and it caused concern when it got away. The bottom line is that people don’t have to be afraid.”

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Lower officials: Escaped pet snake is not aggressive

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 05, 2014 03:51 pm

Lower Township officials have released this image of the escaped boa. They say it is about six feet long, half what it was estimated by witnesses. Lower Township officials have released this image of the escaped boa. They say it is about six feet long, half what it was estimated by witnesses. LOWER TOWNSHIP — Although residents and visitors should supervise children and pets when they are outdoors, Lower Township officials say there is no reason to worry about an escaped pet snake.

The red‐tailed boa, which a Lower Township resident saw eating a bird last week, has been the cause of a lot of media attention this week. Officials said the snake is not aggressive and is unlikely to try to eat anything other than amphibians, rodents, rabbits and birds.  

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Councilwoman Fiocca resigns for remainder of term; Chew won't run in council race

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Written by Christopher South Monday, August 04, 2014 02:29 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May Councilwoman Deanna Fiocca resigned her elected position saying she is disqualified for her office because she bought a home outside the city.

In an undated letter received by the municipal clerk on July 28, Fiocca expressed regret at having to resign. Addressed simply, “Dear Louise,” the letter was sent to Cape May City Clerk Louise Cummiskey, and says, “It is with deep regret that I must resign my position as council (member) at large for the city of Cape May. I no longer meet the requirements to finish my term, because I recently bought a home outside the city limits.”

In her letter, signed, “Deanna,” Fiocca said she was proud to have served the people of Cape May, and for having worked with the existing members of council.

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Impaired driving enforcement crackdown part of national campaign

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, August 03, 2014 08:09 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Law Enforcement officers from the Lower Township Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Beginning Aug. 15 and running through Sept. 1, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

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Walking tour follows history African Americans in Cape May

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:56 am

Walking Tour guide Jeff Hebron Walking Tour guide Jeff Hebron
CAPE MAY – Many visitors to Cape May are aware of the Victorian structures that make up the historic district in town, and have a vague notion of the elegant Victorian culture.
The Center for Community Arts provides its African American Heritage Walking Tour as a way of educating people on the other parts of Cape May’s history that was nearly swept away under the banner of urban renewal.
While New Jersey outlawed slavery in 1824, segregation was allowed in the state until 1948. Hence the tour starts with the Franklin Street School, located across from the current CCA offices at 717 Franklin Street. It was constructed in 1917.
Tour guide Hope Gaines said Presbyterian clergymen settled in Cape May County and they hoped to convert slaves here. In order to do this they wanted them to be able to read the Bible, and learning to read became a path to self improvement.

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Victor Grasso ‘The Sea Is Calling,’ new paintings

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 01, 2014 04:16 pm

CAPE MAY - SOMA NewArt Gallery announces their fourth art exhibition of the 2014 season, featuring solo exhibit: “The Sea Is Calling,” new paintings by artist Victor Grasso.

SOMA welcomes Grasso back for his seventh consecutive show at SOMA. In this new body of work Grasso continues to explore subjects that intrigue him such as the sea, sea life, and the female form. Through haunting visuals, he strives to express the subtle beauty of figurative realism as if it is encapsulated in the undulating waves of the extraordinary. 

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