Cape May Gazette

Local schools see increase in state funding

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 14, 2014 01:48 pm

CAPE MAY — The Cape May City Elementary School is expected to receive $470,627 in state funding next year, less than a 1 percent increase.

That’s a pleasant surprise for school business administrator John Thomas.

“I was expecting it to be flat,” he said in an interview Monday, March 10.

The state is expected to provide $26,803 to the Cape May Point school. Last year's amount was $26,743. The Cape May Point school is non-operating, and students attend Cape May City Elementary School.

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Lower Township police-community initiative hits one-year mark

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, March 13, 2014 01:48 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The township’s “Hear It-See It-Report It” police-community initiative is a year old, officials said this week.

“It’s been an effective program,” said Police Chief William Mastriana, who took over for Chief Brian Marker last summer. “We’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of it, although it’s slowed down, and we’re starting to look now at how we can ramp it back up.”

Designed to encourage community awareness and support for police efforts, the program encourages residents to call the police and report any suspicious activity they see or hear in their neighborhoods.

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Cape May elementary school windmill going up in April

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 13, 2014 01:00 am

CAPE MAY – Later this year, students at Cape May City Elementary School will use wind as a hands-on educational tool. They’ll be able to chart energy and measure wind speeds, among other things

A small windmill is due to be placed at the edge of the school parking lot on Lafayette Street in Cape May during the week of spring break, April 14-21.

“I think it offers a lot of opportunities for the students,” Superintendent Victoria Zelenak said in an interview Tuesday, March 11.

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LoBiondo visits Historic Cold Spring Village

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 12, 2014 03:51 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Rep. Frank LoBiondo Saturday, March 8, met with members of his Youth Advisory Council at Historic Cold Spring Village.

The group began their visit with a tour of the village grounds, led by HSCV education and interpretation director Jim Stephens. The students were then invited to a question and answer session with LoBiondo. Topics under discussion ranged from domestic affairs and Washington politics to the potential ramifications of the current unrest in Ukraine.

Twenty-two high schools in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District are represented in the council. The students are selected by their principals for participation in the council because they exhibit strong leadership potential. LoBiondo meets with members of the Youth Advisory Council four times a year at various locations throughout his district.

   

Police Twitter war? No just some playful training

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 12, 2014 03:23 pm

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LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Lower Township Police Department’s Twitter feed took a playful jab at its neighbor in Middle Township during a Marketing Your Agency conference held by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Wednesday in East Windsor.

The presentation for police chiefs across the state focused on how law enforcement agencies can use social media like Twitter to communicate with the public.

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Lower Township looks to expand tracking of items at consignment shops

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Written by Mary Linehan Wednesday, March 12, 2014 01:47 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Council is looking to amend a 2012 ordinance regulating the resale of gold and precious metals at local consignment shops to include tracking for electronics and high end sports equipment.

Police Sgt. Ernie Macomber presented the idea at a March 3 council meeting. Currently, the township requires merchants to log precious metals into a computer system.

The system, called RAPID (Regional Automated Property Information Database), is working and helping police to recover items, Macomber said. But adding electronics and other items would help because “a lot of the burglaries here in the township involve televisions and electronics.”

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American Legion honors Lower Township police officer

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 11, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Police officer Corey Scheid was honored with a Medal of Valor from the county American Legion on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Scheid was honored for his actions on Nov. 7 when he ran toward the sound of an explosion while off duty. A single family home in the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue was destroyed by a gas explosion.  

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Cape May meetings can be viewed online

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 10, 2014 04:58 pm

CAPE MAY — Can’t get to a City Council meeting?

People are now able to watch Cape May council meetings live on any device that has an internet connection.

The city government went live with the service during a city council meeting Tuesday, March 4.

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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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