Cape May Gazette

On the cover: Taking it all off

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:32 pm

Students and faculty of Lower Cape May Regional High School and Richard M. Teitlelman Middle School take turns getting their heads shaved for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Friday, March 28, on stage in the Paul W. Schmidtchen Theater.

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Father and son charged with motor vehicle theft in Lower Township

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:02 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police have charged a father and son with theft of a motor vehicle and other offenses.

John McHugh, 54, and his son Christopher, 31, were arrested Monday, March 31 after an investigation by Lower Township police.

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ACLU claims 138 school districts have discriminatory enrollment policies

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:00 am

WEST CAPE MAY – The West Cape May School District is one of 138 school districts accused by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey of making it overly restrictive for a student to enroll at the school.

In a recent letter, the ACLU-NJ advised the school districts to change “discriminatory enrollment policies” or face litigation.

The ACLU-NJ says the districts require overly restrictive forms of identification for an adult to enroll a child in school, contrary to state and federal law. Almost every New Jersey county had at least one school district with problematic identification guidelines, which tend to single out immigrant families, according to information from the ACLU-NJ.

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Cape May taking regional school fight to a vote

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, April 02, 2014 11:34 am

CAPE MAY – After a closed-door session April 1, Cape May City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a special counsel to ask the state Department of Education commissioner for permission to hold a referendum on whether to withdraw from or dissolve the Lower Cape May Regional School District.

Cape May government has been fighting since 2012 to change the funding formula for the regional school district. Cape May sends the fewest number of students to the school, but pays the most, at around $6 million, said Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. at Tuesday’s council meeting.

There's no time frame on the planned special vote in Cape May, Lower Township and West Cape May.

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Cape May previews summer concerts at Convention Hall

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, April 02, 2014 10:07 am

CAPE MAY – This year in Cape May will feature Broadway, classical rock and more at Convention Hall.

The city announced Monday morning the lineup of shows and concerts, most of which will take place from Memorial Day through December at Convention Hall. The press conference included a public appearance by Deana Martin and others via Skype and telephone.

Martin, the daughter of singer, actor and comedian Dean Martin, played a recording of she and her late father singing. The song, "True Love," will be on the menu at her concert July 14 at Convention Hall on Beach Avenue.

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Two Lower Township juveniles charged with theft of a firearm

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 31, 2014 03:18 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police said they have charged two juveniles with burglary and theft of a firearm.

Lower Township police responded to a burglary on the 100 block of West Pacific Ave. in the Villas on Sunday, March 30. A shotgun was stolen from the home along with other personal property.

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Men’s softball registration

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – Cape May County Men’s Softball League is holding spring softball registration.

The Cape May County Men’s Softball League is scheduled to begin on May 6 and continue through mid-August. All games are played mid-week and typically start at 6:30 p.m. The regular season is followed by a league championship tournament.  

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LCMR students and staff cut hair, raise money for cancer research

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Written by Alex Davis Saturday, March 29, 2014 06:56 pm

photo by Jen Marra photo by Jen Marra

LOWER TOWNSHIP - A group of teenaged boys dressed in green T-shirts stared at themselves in a large mirror after getting their heads shaved Friday in front of hundreds of people in the high school auditorium.

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Lower Police take part in distracted driving crackdown

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, March 28, 2014 12:00 am

police crack down on texting while driving  LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Lower Township Police Department is taking part in a new program being initiated by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety to crack down on distracted driving.

Beginning on April 1 through April 21, the Lower Township Police Department, as well as police agencies throughout the state, will join with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Distracted Driving 2014 Statewide Crackdown. This is part of a nationwide enforcement effort with the slogan, “UDrive. UText. UPay.”

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Cape May public works preparing for summer

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:49 am

CAPE MAY – The weather is getting warmer so the Cape May Public Works Department is preparing for summer, says superintendent Robert Smith.

“We’ve got a laundry list,” he said in an interview Monday, March 25.

Cape May has 3,800 year-round residents, but it draws 45,000 visitors during the summer. The public works department uses events that lead up to the summer to get ready for tourism season, Smith said.

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