Cape May Gazette

Police to deploy reader capable of capturing thousands of license plate images

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, October 03, 2013 03:41 am

 LOWER TOWNSHIP – Local police will deploy a license plate reader capable of capturing hundreds of license plate images per minute as part of a full-court press on drugs and crime, officials said this week.

The three camera system is mounted on a police cruiser’s roof, with the cameras facing forward and to the right and left of the car. The devices are equipped with infrared technology, enabling their use at night time.

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Towns slow down on energy aggregation programs

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Written by Mary Linehan Wednesday, October 02, 2013 05:39 pm

CAPE MAY – Council members decided last Tuesday to move forward with information-gathering and public education regarding energy aggregation programs after hearing from a state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) representative.

Gary Finger, the ombudsman within the state utility regulator, spoke on the third party energy program at the regular council meeting last week. Mayor Ed Mahaney said council had asked for a presentation with some questions about the program, which has been adopted by some neighboring communities and was being considered by Lower Township.

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Every item has its own story, says new aviation museum curator

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Written by Mary Linehan Wednesday, October 02, 2013 03:18 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum has added a museum curator and grants coordinator position to help protect its future and preserve the past.

The museum’s board of directors announced the hiring on Monday, Oct. 1. Nina Ranalli, a 2006 Middle Township High School graduate, will serve as the new curator.

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Brewer says tax abatements needed to grow airport businesses

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Written by Mary Linehan Wednesday, October 02, 2013 01:41 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Local craft beer entrepreneur Ryan Krill recently made a pitch for tax relief for new businesses at the county airport, as a way to grow businesses in Lower Township.

Krill, president of Cape May Brewing Company, spoke at the Sept. 16 council meeting from experience – his two-and-a-half-year-old business has gone from one full-time employee and a 50 gallons-at-a-time capacity to “a shiny, brand new 500 gallon brew system (and) 10 employees, all of whom have health benefits and year-round employment.”

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Cape May Beachfront Run results

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – Under sunny skies and on a fast course, 184 runners took to the street for the 30th annual Cape May Beachfront Run on Saturday, September 21.

For the five-mile course, Dean Smith took first place men’s at 29:20 and Marina Shabelskaya took first place women’s at 37:44. For the two-mile course, Noah Gomersall took men’s first place at 12:06 and Quinn Bithell took women’s first place 14:14.

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Bizarre History of Cape May > Cape May has its fair share of sea tales

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Tuesday, October 01, 2013 09:14 pm

The approach of Columbus Day inspires the retelling of some sea stories of war and peace in Cape Island at a time when ships and boats ruled the oceans. The stories speak of heroism and tragedy as events touched the shore and sometimes intruded on it.

The very early history of what was later to be known as Cape May features the names of such seafaring explorers as Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson and Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, the latter credited with having founded the cape and with having named it after himself. As the pages of the calendar turned into the 19th century other stories of the sea emerged with less famous names but still occupying places in the history of Cape May County.

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Douglass names mayor as campaign chairman

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Written by Mary Linehan Friday, September 27, 2013 11:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Third Ward council candidate Glenn Douglass said this week that Mayor Michael Beck will serve as his campaign’s chairman.

“I just want to get back on the team and continue the work I started as elected councilman here,” said Douglass. “I am pleased to have Mike Beck’s support, and the word on the street is that I’ve still got the support of my ward.”

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Program addresses epidemic of drug abuse

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, September 26, 2013 08:00 pm

Five heroin overdoses reported in last week

 LOWER TOWNSHIP – There have been five heroin overdoses in Lower Township in the last seven days, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said at a program on substance abuse held Monday in Lower Township.

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Villas man charged with sexually assaulting 6-year-old

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 26, 2013 04:07 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP — Police arrested a 20-year-old Villas man Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl. 

Josue Montalvo of Matthews Avenue was arrested by Lower Township Police and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Three charged with weapons offenses

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police responded to a fight call in the area of Bayshore Road and Fire Lane in North Cape May around 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 and arrested three on weapons charges.

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