Cape May Gazette

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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Volunteering is free, the rewards are priceless

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 04:53 pm

Nature Center of Cape May seen beyond osprey nest. Nature Center of Cape May seen beyond osprey nest.

CAPE MAY – Jimmy Doolittle said, “There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”
New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May needs volunteers. The center cannot exist or carry on its critically important role of fostering environmental awareness in Cape May without volunteers. Not sure how you can help? Don’t have the right training? All they need are people who are willing to help – they need volunteers. Ask them, they’ll show you how you can assist with:
• Center reception, store sales, managing inventory, answering phones, greeting the public.
• Computer maintenance and data entry, graphic design.

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Ben Miller is the MAC Volunteer of the Month for September

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 03:48 pm

Ben Miller, MAC Volunteer of the Month for September Ben Miller, MAC Volunteer of the Month for September Ben Miller, of Nazareth, Pa., is the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) Volunteer of the Month for September, 2014. He was nominated by Mary Stewart, MAC's Chief Outreach Officer. Miller is the curator of this year's Carriage House Gallery Exhibit, "Cape May Ablaze: From the pages of The First Resort." The exhibit focuses on 150 years of dramatic fires that have shaped Cape May's history and transformed the island; the exhibit rose from Miller's work as author of "The First Resort: Fun, Sun, Fire and War in Cape May, America's Original Seaside Town," a 302-page, richly illustrated book published by Exit Zero Publishing, telling the lively and fascinating story of the forces that helped to create America's first seaside resort.

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Mayor, councilman spar on LTMUA dissolution, Public Safety Building

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, September 16, 2014 03:35 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Addressing allegations from opponents of the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority’s proposed dissolution last week, Mayor Mike Beck said he was the only one to oppose asking the LTMUA for some of their surplus funds three years ago.

Beck said the LTMUA board has said the township wants to raid their surplus funds, about $3.5 million. But the minutes of a March 21, 2011 council meeting indicate Councilman Thomas Conrad called asking for the money a “necessary evil,” and Councilman Erik Simonsen said it was reasonable to ask for half of what they could request from the LTMUA by statute.

Beck said the LTMUA is wasting $1 million per year, and the dissolution would stop that. He said the LTMUA’s answer would be to share services, and the LTMUA board offered to share 5 percent of its surplus annually.

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CMPD arrests North Cape May man after jewelry theft

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 04:30 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May police arrested a man working with a a cleaning service employee after a renter reported missing jewelry.

In a release issued Monday by the Cape May Police Department, they arrested Joseph V. Hogg, 27, of North Cape May, on Sept. 3, on charges related to a theft of property from a Cape May Point rental property/residence.

Det.D. Henderson, Det. J. Walker and Patrolman D. Murphy’s investigation began on Aug. 31 when the victim, staying in a rental house on Stites Avenue in Cape May Point, noticed her jewelry valued at approximately $1,100 missing after a cleaning service company departed the house she was renting.

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Villas man pleads guilty in fatal 2012 shooting

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 04:25 pm

Bernard “Peanut” Green Bernard “Peanut” Green

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A 32-year-old Villas man pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 11 to shooting and killing Christopher Turner in November of 2012, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Bernard “Peanut” Green pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the first degree as part of a plea agreement that calls for him to serve 24 years in prison. Eighty-five percent of Green’s sentence must be served before he is eligible for parole. Sentencing is set for Oct. 31.

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Three arrested on weapons, drug charges after search warrant served

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 02:14 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Lower Township Police announced the arrest of three people after they served a search warrant in North Cape May, Sept. 13.

The LTPD Detective Division executed a court-issued search warrant for a residence on Norwood Road in North Cape May regarding a burglary investigation.
As a result of the search warrant, three individuals were arrested on scene.

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Cape May Stage presents ‘Other Desert Cities’

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 12:02 pm

Robert Newman Robert Newman CAPE MAY - Cape May Stage tackles intense family dynamics with “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz. A finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this depiction of a family with deeply oppositional political views is a stirring reminder of the depth of family ties.

After a six-year absence, Brooke Wyeth returns to her Reaganite parents’ Palm Springs enclave for the holidays. But the warm desert air turns chilly when news of her upcoming memoir threatens to revive the most painful chapter of the family’s history. Perception and reality grapple with love and mercy as old family wounds are opened, childhood memories are tested, and the Wyeth clan learns that some secrets cannot stay buried forever. Full of surprisingly touching moments, Other Desert Cities brings family drama to new heights.

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Driver removed from overturned car on Washington Street

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 09:57 am

CAPE MAY- Firefighters had to extricate a drivers from an overturned vehicle, Sunday morning, 

On Sept. 14, at 1:18 a.m., the Cape May Fire Department was notified of a motor vehicle accident with a report of entrapment on the 1300 block of Washington St.
Units from Cape May Fire Department and United States Coast Guard Fire Department were requested to respond. First arriving units found a vehicle lying on its side with one occupant still inside. The vehicle was stabilized and the victim was removed by CMFD personnel. The victim was transported by Cape May Fire to Cape Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

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Solicitor tells council not to spend money pushing position LTMUA’s PR questioned at council meeting

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Written by Christopher South Sunday, September 14, 2014 03:34 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The township solicitor’s advice to council not to spend taxpayer money to advocate a position on the school funding fight prompted some members of the public to ask last week if the LTMUA board had not violated state law in that regard.

“You can advocate to your hearts’ content,” solicitor Ron Gelzunas told council members, “but you can’t spend public funds.”

Gelzunas said the township can spend tax money to give the public factual information, but ads or public relations material could not contain advocacy for or against the school dissolution. Gelzunas said if they spent taxpayer money to advocate one side, the opposition should have the opportunity to spend public funds to present their case. 

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