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Villas man’s act of kindness garners attention worldwide

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:41 pm

Eric Kunkel and his wife Barbara Kolesnikov Eric Kunkel and his wife Barbara Kolesnikov

VILLAS – When Villas resident Eric Kunkel sat down on a flight from Orlando to Philadelphia he did not realize his act of kindness to a child would draw worldwide media attention.

His story appeared on ABC News with Diane Sawyer Jan. 15 and in newspapers from coast to coast and as far away as England.

Kunkel was seated on the aisle next to three-year-old Kate Mouland who is autistic and her mother, Shanell Mouland, who occupied the window seat. He said at the beginning of the flight Kate touched his arm, called him “Daddy” and began a conversation about her just concluded visit to Disney World.

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Firefighter honored for 50 years of service to Town Bank

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 02:45 pm

 Ray Brown Ray Brown

LOWER TOWNSHIP – During his 50 years of active service to Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company, Ray Brown has responded to innumerable fires, served as fire chief, helped build a new fire hall and has outlasted two sets of fire trucks.

A banquet in his honor was held at the Town Bank Fire Hall on Jan. 11.

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Booker tours Coast Guard base, Washington Mall in visit to Cape May

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, January 16, 2014 02:23 pm

 Booker tours Coast Guard base, Washington Mall in visit to Cape May Booker tours Coast Guard base, Washington Mall in visit to Cape May  CAPE MAY – The state’s freshman senator spent eight hours here last Saturday completing an introductory course on all things Cape May.

“Sen. Cory Booker’s visit to Cape May went very well,” Mayor Ed Mahaney said. “He and his staff learned about the elements that make up the economics of Cape May – the Coast Guard base, the tourism industry and commercial fishing.

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Braving the elements

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, January 16, 2014 02:03 pm

Patrick and Michele O’Malley of East Hanover left the snowy weather in their hometown to spend the weekend at their home in Del Haven and visit Cape May Friday, Jan. 10, to purchase beach tags, have lunch at the Ugly Mug and go birding despite the rain.

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Updated property assessments available online

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 01:03 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Updated assessments of Lower Township properties are available at  www.townshipoflower.org 

A reassessment of all Lower Township properties began June 29 with data finalized Jan. 10.

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Villas man charged with sexual assault of a child

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 01:00 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – A 66-year-old Villas man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child, according to police.

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Lower Township police announced that Robert Mollenkof was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint and endangering the welfare of a child.  

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Warrant arrest leads to drug paraphernalia charges

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 16, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police charged a Villas man last week on two outstanding warrants and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Michael Pearson, 20, was stopped on Bayshore Road and was found to have two outstanding warrants from Lower Township and Wildwood City courts, police said. A search found a used blue wax paper bag along with a hypodermic needle. The bag is believed to have been used to package heroin, police said.

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Bizarre History of Cape May: Cape May Lighthouse continues to shine despite past troubles

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, January 16, 2014 01:00 am

 “And God said ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”

The people who built the first lighthouse in colonial America may or may not have been inspired by that Biblical quotation, but the words have appropriately lived on in the story telling of the lighthouses of Cape May County, especially the one in Lower Township which is called the Cape May Lighthouse.

“Let there be light,” said someone of lesser authority than the originator in Boston in 1716, and soon there on the island of Little Brewster there was light for the ships at sea in the form of the first lighthouse in the new nation-to-be.

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Villas man charged with sexual assault on child

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:49 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – A 66-year-old Villas man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child, according to police.

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Lower Township police announced that Robert Mollenkof was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint and endangering the welfare of a child.   

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Lower man gets three years in child porn charges

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 10, 2014 04:23 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP–A Cape May County man was sentenced to a three-year prison sentence Friday, Jan. 10, for distributing images and videos of child pornography over the Internet, the state attorney general announced.

Aaron N. Debarardnis, 26, of Lower Township, was sentenced to three years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Michael J. Kassel in Camden County. 

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