Cape May Gazette

Learning starts with breakfast for Cape May students

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Written by Alex Davis Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:00 pm

Learning starts with breakfast for Cape May students

CAPE MAY — Students don’t start the day in classrooms by opening up textbooks or getting out pencils and paper to take notes at Cape May City Elementary School. They have free breakfast.

On Tuesday morning, Dempsey Ryan, 8, of Cape May, sipped milk from a bowl after eating Cheerios. A partially eaten red apple and a carton of 1 percent lowfat milk were on the table beside her.

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Proposed Cape May school budget raises taxes 4 percent

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Written by Alex Davis Monday, March 17, 2014 05:19 pm

CAPE MAY — The Cape May school board is proposing to raise taxes by 4 percent in a $3.4 million budget introduced Thursday, March 13.

A property owner whose home is assessed at $500,000 would pay about $13.50 more in taxes next school year.

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No separation between church and state in early Cape May

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, March 16, 2014 01:00 am

The freedoms for which colonists fought in the American Revolution were abused even in religion as far back as 1721 in the territory now known as Cape May, Lower and Middle townships.

People who were non-believers were often scorned and sometimes subjected to physical punishment if they did not abide by the laws of God. There was little separation between church and state then, as shown by the legislature governing this area. It introduced a bill that would punish those who “denied the doctrine of the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the inspiration of Holy Scriptures, etc.”

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Lower Township officer receives state DARE award

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, March 15, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Officer Darrin Hickok of the Lower Township Police Department received the state’s DARE (Drug Abuse Awareness Education) Officer of the Year award on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The award was presented at the DARE New Jersey Annual Training Conference Program at the Caesar’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

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Cape May school board weighs opening playground to public

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Written by Alex Davis Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – Cape May’s school board plans to ask the city government to manage the school playground on weekday evenings and weekends so it can be opened to the public.

“To my knowledge, the playground was never officially open to the public,” said school business administrator John Thomas. “I think in the past, and certainly prior to the Sandy Hook (Elementary School) massacre, the maintenance and custodial staff here did not make it a point to secure all of our gates and fences. As a result, I think often there was easy access to our property. Also, in the past, there were holes made in the fence that went unrepaired.”

Now, school officials are taking another look after Superintendent Victoria Zelenak said a resident complained about the playground being closed.

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County superintendent report comes out against Cape May attempt to leave LCMR school district

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Written by Mary Linehan Friday, March 14, 2014 10:22 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The county’s superintendent of schools is advising the state to reject the “alternative configurations” sought by Cape May in its bid to withdraw from or dissolve the Lower Cape May Regional School District.

“New Jersey’s practice of basing a municipality’s contribution on the equalized valuation of property is exactly that…equalized. It creates a level playing field so that all students, no matter what their Zip Code, or amount of their family’s income, have equal access to a quality education,” interim executive regional superintendent for Cape May County Robert L. Bumpus writes in a six page report, released Friday afternoon.

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Local schools see increase in state funding

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 14, 2014 01:48 pm

CAPE MAY — The Cape May City Elementary School is expected to receive $470,627 in state funding next year, less than a 1 percent increase.

That’s a pleasant surprise for school business administrator John Thomas.

“I was expecting it to be flat,” he said in an interview Monday, March 10.

The state is expected to provide $26,803 to the Cape May Point school. Last year's amount was $26,743. The Cape May Point school is non-operating, and students attend Cape May City Elementary School.

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Lower Township police-community initiative hits one-year mark

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, March 13, 2014 01:48 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The township’s “Hear It-See It-Report It” police-community initiative is a year old, officials said this week.

“It’s been an effective program,” said Police Chief William Mastriana, who took over for Chief Brian Marker last summer. “We’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of it, although it’s slowed down, and we’re starting to look now at how we can ramp it back up.”

Designed to encourage community awareness and support for police efforts, the program encourages residents to call the police and report any suspicious activity they see or hear in their neighborhoods.

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Cape May elementary school windmill going up in April

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 13, 2014 01:00 am

CAPE MAY – Later this year, students at Cape May City Elementary School will use wind as a hands-on educational tool. They’ll be able to chart energy and measure wind speeds, among other things

A small windmill is due to be placed at the edge of the school parking lot on Lafayette Street in Cape May during the week of spring break, April 14-21.

“I think it offers a lot of opportunities for the students,” Superintendent Victoria Zelenak said in an interview Tuesday, March 11.

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LoBiondo visits Historic Cold Spring Village

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 12, 2014 03:51 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Rep. Frank LoBiondo Saturday, March 8, met with members of his Youth Advisory Council at Historic Cold Spring Village.

The group began their visit with a tour of the village grounds, led by HSCV education and interpretation director Jim Stephens. The students were then invited to a question and answer session with LoBiondo. Topics under discussion ranged from domestic affairs and Washington politics to the potential ramifications of the current unrest in Ukraine.

Twenty-two high schools in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District are represented in the council. The students are selected by their principals for participation in the council because they exhibit strong leadership potential. LoBiondo meets with members of the Youth Advisory Council four times a year at various locations throughout his district.

   

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