Cape May Gazette

Pool repairs could go to vote in June at Cape May City Elementary School

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Written by Alex Davis Monday, March 10, 2014 03:56 pm

CAPE MAY – Voters could head to the polls as early as June to decide on paying for major upgrades or repairs to the swimming pool at Cape May City Elementary School.

Cost for the work ranges from $200,000-$900,000, according to business administrator John Thomas.

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King Nummy sold tribe’s land to settlers, forcing them to move

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, March 08, 2014 05:01 pm

If you can’t find Thomas Nummie in your history books, try King Nummy instead.

Probably in keeping with the European tradition, there were several American Indians called kings riding around in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 17th century. Trenton had its King Teddyuscung, Hackensack its King Oratam and Pennsylvania King Tamany. There is no record of a King Elvis, however.

King Nummy was no dummy. Somewhere along the line the one-time Thomas Numee became head of the Unalachtigo Tribe, a branch of the Lenni-Lenape. Part of his territory included what is now Rio Grande in Middle Township, Town Bank in Lower Township and Cape May. Still unsettled, the land and its waters from ocean to bay were ripe for real estate transactions. Nummy was right in the middle of the deals, sometimes with the Dutch who were there before the English.

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Aviation museum receives Coast Guard Humvee

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, March 08, 2014 04:56 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – A unique piece of Coast Guard history was set to arrive in Cape May County this week.

Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum curator Nina Ranalli said the museum planned to accept a Coast Guard Humvee vehicle on Wednesday. The vehicle, called Eleanor II, was used by Coast Guard personnel during their deployments to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.

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Cape May officials divided on how to reduce speeding

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Written by Alex Davis Saturday, March 08, 2014 01:01 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May officials are looking at ways to reduce speeding on Broad Street, St. John Street, St. James Place, Carpenter's Lane and Lyle Lane.

Proposals include reducing the speed limit from 25 mph to 15 mph, installing “Slow Children” signs, posting pedestrian crosswalk signs, or increasing police presence around the city. 

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Cape May planning board OKs new ‘event house’ regulations

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 07, 2014 03:54 pm

CAPE MAY – The city’s planning board has approved a review of an ordinance that would regulate “event houses” in Cape May.

An ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing and final vote on Tuesday, March 18. The ordinance would restrict so-called event houses to the C-3 Zoning District, which is mostly comprised of hotels and motels. Events at the houses could not be held from July 1 through Labor Day.

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Habitat for Humanity accepting applications

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Written by Mary Linehan Friday, March 07, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Cape May County Habitat for Humanity is hosting two application events for interested potential homeowners.

The local branch of the national nonprofit group will be on hand to assist with the application process 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the Lower branch of the county library, 2600 Bayshore Road in the Villas. There is also an application 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 in at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 207 W. Main Street in Whitesboro in Middle Township.

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Reading is its own reward for Cape May students

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 06, 2014 06:55 pm

Sixth-graders read to younger students at the school on Thursday. Sixth-graders read to younger students at the school on Thursday.

CAPE MAY — Students wearing wacky socks and Cat in the Hat hats listened as sixth-graders read Dr. Seuss books to them Thursday morning.

This was the first time the entire Cape May City Elementary School took part in the Read Across America program. The 16th annual initiative by the National Education Association encourages students to read and is a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday March 3.

In the past, the Read Across America Week program was focused on kindergarten through first grade in Cape May.

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Chief to ask council to move Lower Township police station

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, March 06, 2014 04:52 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The township’s police chief, William Mastriana, will ask council to consider moving the police station back to the Villas from its current location at the county airport, according the township manager’s office. 

In 2012, a seven-member advisory committee appointed by council recommended moving the police department back to the municipal complex on Bayshore Road, relocating the force from the World War II-era building that has been labeled a “white elephant.”

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Township applying for $900K improvements on Beach Drive

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, March 06, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The township’s Recreation Advisory Board wants officials to move forward with improvements to roads along the Delaware Bay, hoping to bolster pedestrian and cyclist safety on the popular thoroughfares.

“The project given the highest priority is the Beach Drive/Shore Drive public access improvements project,” said board member Luke Gegan at Monday night’s council work session. “This project recently received its CAFRA permit and construction of the proposed improvements will greatly enhance the experience of township residents and visitors on the Delaware Bay waterfront.”

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Cape May could lose $28,000 through free beach tags for vets

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 05, 2014 07:51 pm

CAPE MAY — Cape May government may lose as much as $28,000 by giving free beach tags to veterans and military servicemen and women this year, officials said this week.

Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. said he believes the number of beach tags will be higher in Cape May than in other towns. The city has an active military installation and a large number of military veterans, mostly Coast Guard families. Cape May also offers many amenities, including numerous restrooms, showers and adequate parking, he said.

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