Cape May Gazette

Former Jazz Festival board member dies

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 02:18 pm

Richard 'Rick Dee' Wisneski Richard 'Rick Dee' Wisneski

CAPE MAY - Richard R. Wisneski, known as “Rick Dee,” was a familiar voice heard most years at the former Cape May Jazz Festival events.
Wisneski, 71, of Cape May, and formerly of Pitman, and Philadelphia, passed away peacefully on Aug. 3, at Cape Regional Medical Center with his daughter Jessica by his side.
Wisneski was born in Philadelphia on June 18, 1943, the son of Richard and Anne Wisneski. Wisneski was a graduate of Edison High School in Philadelphia, he principally resided in Pitman before moving to Cape May over 20 years ago.

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East Lynne presents ‘Within the Law’ starting Sept. 17

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 08, 2014 11:48 am

East Lynne presents ‘Within the Law’ starting Sept. 17 Meredith Lark, Matt Baxter Luceno, John Cameron Weber, Patrick Hyland, Hillary Pusak, Tom Byrn, Thomas Raniszewski, Eric Stephenson, Lee O’Connor, Ken Glickfeld, and Jennifer Bissell. Not pictured are Seth James and Gayle Stahlhuth CAPE MAY – The East Lynne Theater Company will present the 1912 Broadway sensation, “Within the Law,” from Sept. 17 through Oct. 12

Running for almost two years, “Within the Law” was the most popular and financially successful play to hit Broadway in ten years. It tells the story of how a salesgirl falsely accused of stealing gets revenge.

Although considered a crime drama, playwright Bayard Veiller included humor and romance. Growing up poor in Brooklyn, Veiller spent many years as a police reporter covering crime in Manhattan before becoming a successful playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, and short-story writer.

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LT Manager explores local interest in volunteer safety squad

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 06, 2014 02:56 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP - While law enforcement and fire departments are designed and staffed to maximize services to the community, there is always more to do. More than ever volunteerism has become a need and Lower Township officials are looking into a way for local retired firefighters and police officers to make a difference in their community.

Lower Township Manager Mike Voll wants to tap the resources in the community and see if there is any interest in forming a volunteer safety squad that would provide support services to the police and fire departments. 

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Shaine Meier files under the wire

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:37 am

Shane Meier Shane Meier CAPE MAY – Shaine Meier running for council seemed like a given. Meier has run for council twice in the last four years, and was fourth in race for three seats, and second in a race for one.

It might have been a surprise to many when City Clerk Louise Cummiskey announced during Tuesday’s council meeting that four people had filed petitions with her office, and Meier wasn’t one of them. Cummiskey didn’t know, because Meier filed his petitions after the 1 p.m. meeting started. Petitions were accepted until 4 p.m.

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Bad customer service, leave and don’t come back

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:29 am

I sometimes refer to a hospitality seminar I attended – what I don’t say is it ruined me for life.

At least nine years ago I attended a free hospitality seminar sponsored by Congress Hall. I was covering it for a news story, but I have to admit I was a little taken in by the speaker and the subject matter. Doug Lipp was a former Disney executive who talked about providing good customer service.

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Police chiefs, committee urged relocation of Public Safety Building

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:26 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – In April, Police Chief William Mastriana added his support of moving the Public Safety Building from the airport to Bayshore Road to that of former Police Chief Brian Marker, who made similar statements nearly four years earlier.

In his letter dated April 5, Mastriana echoed earlier sentiments expressed by Marker and the Public Safety Building (PSB) Committee. Citing four basic reasons for the move, Mastriana said if the PSB was moved to the Municipal Complex on Bayshore Road, the police station would be closer to public services and accessible by public transportation. There is currently no public transportation to the airport.

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City council updated on pool repairs

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:17 am

CAPE MAY – City council authorized a bond ordinance Tuesday appropriating $1 million to loan to the school district for repairs and upgrades to the Cape May Elementary School pool.

The bond ordinance had its second reading and public hearing Tuesday.

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CMPD taking back unwanted prescription drugs

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 06, 2014 10:54 am

CAPE MAY - On Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cape May Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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Shoplifting suspect arrested after motor vehicle stop

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 06, 2014 09:05 am

STONE HARBOR - On Sept. 4, Stone Harbor Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop in their jurisdiction and identified Jessica Mantilla as the suspect in the shoplifting case from Shades of Cape May. Mantilla, of Lancaster, Pa., was charged with fourth degree shoplifting in reference to this incident.

 

Celebrating the tomato

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 03:50 pm

Robyn Iannarelli of Cherry Hill orders a margherita flat bread from The Well Center for Massage during West Cape May’s annual Tomato Festival Saturday, Aug. 29 in Wilbraham Park.
Robyn Iannarelli of Cherry Hill orders a margherita flat bread from The Well Center for Massage during West Cape May’s annual Tomato Festival Saturday, Aug. 29 in Wilbraham Park. Robyn Iannarelli of Cherry Hill orders a margherita flat bread from The Well Center for Massage during West Cape May’s annual Tomato Festival Saturday, Aug. 29 in Wilbraham Park.

Photos by Jen Marra

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