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WCM challengers say their campaign is public service

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:00 am

WCM challengers say their campaign is public service  WCM challengers say their campaign is public service

 WEST CAPE MAY — John Francis said he was pretty skeptical when an old friend suggested he run for mayor in West Cape May.

“I said, ‘no, what are you talking about?’ When I looked around, everything was perfect,” Francis said while going door-to-door, running for the West Cape May Board of Commissioners.

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Judge rules school referendum will not go to voters

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Written by Mary Linehan Wednesday, October 30, 2013 07:27 pm

ATLANTIC CITY – The area’s senior Superior Court judge granted Cape May’s request to have a non-binding referendum question concerning the regional school district struck from the Nov. 5 General Election ballot.

Last Thursday, Oct. 24, Judge Julio Mendez did not find statutory support to keep the non-binding question before voters – but did not require a new printing of ballots. Instead, sample, mail-in, machine, provisional and emergency ballots containing the questions will be used, with notices posted at polling places regarding the blocked question and coverings placed over the question on voting machines.

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Bizarre History of Cape May > Wet or dry?

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 06:20 pm

Prohibitionists made several attempts to ban liquor in Cape May

 One of the seemingly everlasting issues in Cape May history, even when it was known as Cape Island, is the question of whether to drink or not to drink and, if so, where to do it.

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Two candidates seek a return to council in Ward 3 race

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Written by Mary Linehan Wednesday, October 30, 2013 04:24 pm

 LOWER TOWNSHIP – With the school referendum struck from Tuesday’s ballot, the most watched tally from the General Election here will be in the race for the Ward 3 council seat.

The seat has been held by Jackie Henderson since her swearing in on Sept. 17.

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Coast Guard names top cadence of 2013

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:47 pm

Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” was selected as the service’s top cadence of 2013 during a ceremony aboard Training Center Cape May.
  Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” was selected as the service’s top cadence of 2013 during a ceremony aboard Training Center Cape May.

 CAPE MAY – The Coast Guard has announced the service’s top cadence of 2013 during a ceremony aboard Training Center Cape May.

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West Cape firefighters teach fire safety

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:43 pm

 Captain Bob Elwell gives Principal and Superintendent Alfred Savio of the West Cape May Elementary School one of the small fire extinguishers that were given to each student's household.
 Captain Bob Elwell gives Principal and Superintendent Alfred Savio of the West Cape May Elementary School one of the small fire extinguishers that were given to each student's household.

WEST CAPE MAY – During Fire Prevention Week in October, Chief Charles McPherson and the West Cape May Volunteer Fire Company gave every household who has a child in the West Cape May Elementary School a small fire extinguisher.

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Judge says no to Lower Cape May Regional School District referendum

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 25, 2013 04:40 pm

CAPE MAY – A Superior Court judge Friday disallowed a nonbinding referendum asking voters in Cape May, West Cape May and Lower Township whether they should withdraw from or dissolve the regional school district.

Since it is too late for the question to be removed from voting machines, Judge Julio Mendez said in his ruling that the Cape May Regional School District question will be covered over on voting machines, and notices will be posted in polling places explaining that the referendum has been canceled.

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Charges filed against Lower MUA director

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 25, 2013 12:07 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP — Beleaguered Municipal Utilities Authority director Matthew Ecker faces charges of tampering with a witness and obstructing the administration of law, officials announced Friday.

Ecker has faced sharp criticism from the public and MUA staff, including calls for his ouster at recent Township Council meetings. Most recently, the calls were joined by commissioners on the MUA board. He was placed on a 60-day paid suspension at a special meeting on Oct. 17.

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Bizarre History of Cape May > Cape May police once ran down Phillies’ homerun balls

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, October 25, 2013 06:29 am

The way their players were hitting home run balls over the fence, the Philadelphia Phillies should have been happy during their spring training in Cape May in 1898.

After all, they had finished in 10th place in the National League with a record of 55 wins and 71 losses in 1897 and all this power hitting in March spoke well of the year ahead. Unofficially, some 36 balls had been hit to the outer regions of Cape May, most of them by Phillies players.

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Two MUA board members say director should be fired

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, October 24, 2013 01:10 pm

 MUA protesters at Monday night's Lower Township Council meeting.  LOWER TOWNSHIP – For the second consecutive council meeting, protesters supporting Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) employees asked local officials to act against the authority’s executive director, Matthew Ecker.

This time, they were joined by MUA board of commissioners members Thomas Frisoli and Harrison Bitting.

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