Cape May Gazette

Man climbs down off USCG water tower

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Written by Christopher South Friday, June 06, 2014 10:43 am

The USCG Training Center is shown beyond a CMPD police car on Pennsylvania Avenue. The USCG Training Center is shown beyond a CMPD police car on Pennsylvania Avenue. CAPE MAY — After nearly 14 hours, an active duty Coast Guard member climbed down from the 165-foot water tower at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center-Cape May (TRACEN).

TRACEN Public Information Officer Lt. Kate McHenry said the man climbed the tower just after noon on Thursday, June 5, and climbed down about 2 a.m. Friday.

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Maritime Museum Foundation has CAFRA permit in hand

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 05, 2014 02:07 pm

An undated photo of an 1876 style life saving station An undated photo of an 1876 style life saving station LOWER TOWNSHIP – Kevin Maloney, president of the Maritime Museum Foundation, said his organization has the CAFRA permit required to build a replica lifesaving station at a place once known as Steamboat Landing, near Sunset Beach.

The Maritime Museum Foundation was formed several years ago in an attempt to save Cape May’s Solarium from the wrecking ball. The solarium was eventually torn down to allow the construction of an expanded Convention Hall.

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Humpback whale spotted by Cape May-Lewes ferry passengers

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 05, 2014 01:02 pm

CAPE MAY – Ferry passengers were treated to an unexpected show this week when a humpback whale was spotted during the trip from Lewes, Del. to Cape May.

The whale surfaced several times and was filmed by crew member Kyra Jarmon. Capt. Dave Macomber announced the sighting on the public address system and slowed the ferry down to allow passengers to see the mammal.

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UPDATED: Emergency at Coast Guard base

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 05, 2014 12:57 pm

An active duty member of the Coast Guard has climbed the water tower at the training center in Cape May.

Emergency crews are on the scene and traffic is being turned away. Only essentual personnel are being allowed on the base.

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Arrest warrants issued for two in jewelry theft

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 05, 2014 06:55 am

CAPE MAY – Law enforcement officials have announced a break in a theft case in which the alleged thieves made off with approximately $95,000 in rings from a local jeweler.

Prosecutor Robert Taylor of the Cape May County Prosecutors Office and Chief Robert Sheehan of the Cape May Police Department announced the issuance of two arrest warrants for the theft of jewelry from Artisans Alcove Estate Jewelers on May 8. The subjects are identified as Robert Weathers, 53, of Gwenn Oak, Md., and Robin Nelson, 50, of Baltimore, Md.

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Nation Wildlife Refuge looking for members

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 04, 2014 03:36 pm

Nature Store at Cape May NWR-Two Mile Beach Unit Nature Store at Cape May NWR-Two Mile Beach Unit

WILDWOOD CREST — The National Wildlife Refuge has just ended a membership drive, which included premiums — just like public radio. The premium period has ended, the refuge is always looking for people to become members.
Still something of an unknown entity in the Cape May area, the NWR has 500 acres on the ocean side of the street at Two-Mile Beach.
Shawn Lockyear is the treasurer for Friends of the National Wildlife Refuge, one of the founding board members, and serves on the membership committee.
“We just celebrated our fifth anniversary,” she said.

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How low can you go? Council discusses allowing low speed vehicles

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, June 04, 2014 01:59 pm

One type of low speed vehicle One type of low speed vehicle

CAPE MAY – City council Monday discussed the possibility of allowing a business renting golf cart-like vehicles in Cape May, and if so, how it would regulate them.

“The city was approached again this year for proposals for private companies to operate low speed vehicles (LSVs) in the streets of Cape May,” Mayor Ed Mahaney said.

Mahaney said there are certain state rights for individuals to operate the LSVs on public streets, but there are rights and responsibilities for the city to regulate businesses. Mahaney also said it was a little late in the season to be considering this, but he asked solicitor Tony Monzo to research it.

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Staged reading of ‘Streetlight Woodpecker’

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 04, 2014 01:59 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May Stage presents a staged reading of “Streetlight Woodpecker,” a new work from New Jersey playwright and Ocean City native Shawn Fisher. On Tuesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. stop by the Robert Shackleton Playhouse for this “pay-what-you-wish” event.

Focusing on Benji, a Marine returning home to Philadelphia after being critically injured during battle, “Streetlight Woodpecker” depicts the emotionality of life after war and the wounds that resurface upon coming home. Rendered homeless by his father’s suicide mere days after his return, Benji moves in with his childhood friend Sam. Soon, questions from his youth return to haunt him –

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Mayor says farewell to Pilot House owners

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, June 04, 2014 01:55 pm

CAPE MAY – Mayor Ed Mahaney took a moment Monday to say farewell to Frank and Dierdre Hineline, who operated the Pilot House Restaurant for nearly four decades.
“After 38 years Frank and Dierdre Hineline are thinking of retiring,” Mahaney said. “I’d like to thank them for their dedicated service to the city and the community. Sorry to see them retire.”

Mahaney said the Hineline’s last day would be Saturday, June 7.

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NJ Audubon names new director of Cape May Bird Observatory

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 04, 2014 10:08 am

New CMBO director David La Puma New CMBO director David La Puma
CAPE MAY – New Jersey Audubon (NJA) announced David La Puma, Ph.D., has joined the team as director of the Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO).
La Puma brings more than a decade of experience in ecological research to the CMBO; research that has focused on conservation of endangered species and identification of important stopover habitats for migrating birds.

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