Cape May Gazette

Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous arrives at its new homeport

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:51 pm

USCG Cutter Vigorous at new port USCG Cutter Vigorous at new port PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous marked its official arrival at its new homeport at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Aug. 8.

Vigorous is the first of two Medium Endurance Cutters from Cape May, New Jersey to be relocated to Little Creek. The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is scheduled to arrive in 2015.

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Car crashes through WCM storefront

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 12, 2014 01:28 pm

A 2014 Toyota RAV 4 crashed into a WCM storefront, Aug. 9 A 2014 Toyota RAV 4 crashed into a WCM storefront, Aug. 9

WEST CAPE MAY - The Cape May Police Department is investigating a one-car accident in which a vehicle crashed through the front of a vacant office in West Cape May.

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C-Spine injuries happen, but rate not up

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, August 12, 2014 01:21 pm

CAPE MAY – Officials in charge of rescue operations in Cape May say there have been a number of potential C-spine injuries on Cape May beaches this summer, but the number is not up significantly.

Lt. Terry Randolph of the Cape May Beach Patrol said there were about 10 surf-related injuries during the period of Aug. 5 through Aug. 10. He said seven of those injuries were record on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Aug. 6, when Hurricane Bertha was making its way past New Jersey.

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Suspicious person call leads to drug arrest

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 11, 2014 06:21 pm

VILLAS - On Aug. 5, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Lower Township police officers responded to the 300 block of West Florida Ave. in Villas for a report of a suspicious person. 

The man was reportedly screaming and yelling, and reported to be drinking what appeared to be alcoholic beverages he was retrieving from a backpack in his possession.
Ptlm. Jennifer Anzelone and Special Officers Andrew Fisher and Adam Hegarty arrived on scene and made contact with the subject as he was walking on the 300 block of West Florida Ave.

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Dune ecology program at Two Mile Beach

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 11, 2014 01:13 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – How did our barrier islands get here? What unique animals and plants live there? How has the ecology of the dunes changed over the last two centuries, and what does the future hold for them? Get answers to these questions and more in a free, hands-on exploration of the barrier island ecosystems at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 13 and Aug. 27.
The program will explore how the dunes and barrier islands are formed, and focus on the animals and plants that live between the water’s edge and the first set of dunes. Participants will also discuss the future challenges to these unique ecosystems. The program is led by Dr. Ralph Boerner. Families with children are always welcome.
Registration is required. Participation is limited to 20 people.

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Police: Extra resources help resolve situations

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Written by Christopher South Monday, August 11, 2014 01:01 pm

Law enforcement resources responding in North Cape May Law enforcement resources responding in North Cape May LOWER TOWNSHIP – What happens when an emergency arises? Who gets called? Who responds? What resources are needed?

Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana said often it’s not known what resources will be needed in response to a situation, and some units, such as the Regional SWAT team or the Sheriff’s K-9 unit, might be there just in case they are needed.

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Classic and antique cars pulling into Historic Cold Spring Village

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, August 10, 2014 01:08 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Cruise into Historic Cold Spring Village for the popular Annual Classic and Antique Car Show held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17.

The event is sponsored by Kindle Auto Plaza. Vintage automobiles and trucks will park among the shaded paths and historic buildings.
See beautifully restored and preserved vehicles, from muscle cars to light trucks, from the 1910s to the 1980s. On Saturday, members of the Jersey Cape Region AACA will be showing their antique vehicles, while hotrods and other classics will be presented by KB Productions and the Greater Wildwood Hotel & Motel Association on Sunday.
“This is one of our longest-running, as well as one of our most popular events,” said Anne Salvatore, executive director at HCSV.

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July slows city revenue growth

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, August 09, 2014 01:00 pm

CAPE MAY – City manager Bruce MacLeod said city revenues in three key areas were still up from 2013, but the numbers dropped some after added July figures.
Beach tag sales were up 11.5 percent at the end of June, but that increase dropped to 6.5 percent after July, when weather was not as favorable. MacLeod said beach tag sales through July 31 were $1,474,171, as compared to $1,384,718 at the same time in 2013. That figure is up $89,453 from last year.
“That’s an increase of 6.5 percent from the period ending June 30. July was not as ideal, in particular the last two weekends were difficult with weather,” MacLeod said.

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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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