Cape May Gazette

WCM holding two Art and Antique Shows

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, June 21, 2014 03:13 pm

WEST CAPE MAY - West Cape May holds two Art and Antique shows in Wilbraham Park this summer. The first is Saturday July 19 with a rain date of July 20 which benefits the West Cape May PTA. The second is Aug. 16 with a rain date of Aug. 17, which benefits the West Cape May History Committee. Both shows feature art and antiques only. Cape May Crab Cake Company will also be there.

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UPDATED: Suspected bomb not an explosive device

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Written by Christopher South Friday, June 20, 2014 07:31 pm

CAPE MAY – The suspected pipe bomb found under a car, Friday, at the Riggins service station in Cape May turned out to be pipe full of marbles, mechanics at the station said. 

Station manager Jackson Beard said a customer pulled in driving an early model Dodge Durango SUV-type vehicle complaining about a rattling under the car. Beard said they put the car on a lift and found a metal pipe with caps on the ends lodged under the frame of the car, under the driver’s seat.
“It was made to look like a pipe bomb,” Beard said.

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NJ Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May awarded grant

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 20, 2014 04:21 pm

Sunken sailboat in Cape May Harbor Sunken sailboat in Cape May Harbor

CAPE MAY - Long recognized for giving back to local communities, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation has found in the Nature Center of Cape May and its parent, New Jersey Audubon, organizations with a similar focus…the local community. For the second year in a row, the Foundation has awarded the Nature Center of Cape May a grant intended to assist it in its tireless efforts in leading the way in preserving and protecting the fragile marine environment of Cape May Harbor and its surrounding waterways and marshes. 

During the winter of 2007, Cape May’s beautiful harbor was littered with a dozen or more abandoned and derelict vessels. Not only were these vessels an eyesore, they posed a very real hazard to waterborne navigation and recreational activities on the harbor as well as a threat to the very health of the harbor and its inhabitants.

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Lewdness in Cape May, Middle Township, and Lower Township

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 20, 2014 02:43 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, Cape May City Police Chief Robert Sheehan, Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriani and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner report that they have received several complaints of lewdness. As of this date, there have been five incidents involving this type of crime, two in Middle Township, two in Cape May and one in Lower Township.

A subsequent investigation by the Major Crimes Unit of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Detectives from the Cape May City Police Department, Lower Township Police Department and the Middle Township Police Department ensued and is still active.

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Kayak club to hold 5th annual rally and fun race

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 20, 2014 01:53 pm

Jen Marra/Kayak racers take off after they hear the signal at last year’s race. Jen Marra/Kayak racers take off after they hear the signal at last year’s race. The Lower Township Kayaking Club will hold its fifth annual Bay Kayak Rally and Fun Race 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Ferry Road and Beach Drive in Lower Township.

Paddlers and spectators of all ages are welcome; admission is free. T-shirts and prizes will be awarded, and there will be picnicking on the beach.

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City sells $10.7 million in bonds in 15 minutes

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Written by Christopher South Friday, June 20, 2014 12:49 pm

CAPE MAY – City manager Bruce MacLeod said the city sold $10,704,000 in general obligation bonds in a 15-minute window Tuesday morning.

MacLeod said the city had been planning over several years to use an online process for acquiring bids for bonds, which are the primary method for funding capital improvements in the city. He said years ago the city used to receive sealed bids.

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Wildlife garden tours offer a peek into pretty private places

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 20, 2014 12:28 pm

Monarch on meadow blazing star with purple coneflowers beyond; both are ‘chocolate cakes,’ or irresistible to pollinators, according to naturalist Pat Sutton. Monarch on meadow blazing star with purple coneflowers beyond; both are ‘chocolate cakes,’ or irresistible to pollinators, according to naturalist Pat Sutton. Naturalist and gardener Pat Sutton will offer three different tours of wildlife gardens this summer in conjunction with the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May.

Each tour type will take participants to 18 gardens over a three-day period – six unique gardens each day. Sutton, who has been leading wildlife garden tours for 23 years, will talk about why the gardens are wildlife-friendly and point out examples of how their designs use space, plant combinations and native plants to attract and benefit specific species of wildlife.

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Clear cutting of lots questioned in the Point

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 19, 2014 04:38 pm

CAPE MAY POINT – The practice of clear cutting lots before construction was questioned at last week’s borough commission meeting.
Emelia Oleson told the commission a number of lots have been clear cut in the Point, and she asked what the municipal code allowed.
“It’s not clear from the ordinance what is permitted,” she said.
Mayor Anita vanHeeswyk said per the municipal code, when there is construction that includes removing trees or other vegetation, the property owner is supposed to provide a landscaping and vegetation plan that maps out where the trees are. She said later, the matter is revisited to see that the property meets the requirements of the municipal code.
“There has been a lot of clear cutting. What we require is what goes back in,” vanHeeswyk said.

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Sign tells drivers to park responsibly

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:50 pm

A sign outside the Red Store send a message on parking. A sign outside the Red Store send a message on parking.

CAPE MAY POINT – A sign posted outside The Red Store in Cape May Point has a simple message – park responsibly. 

The sign asks drivers to be considerate of neighbors and cognizant of New Jersey law. It reads, “Please, while you are parking abide New Jersey’s parking rules and respect our neighbors and their property. Thank you.”

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Shelton College demolished after roof collapse

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:38 pm

All that remains of the former Shelton College is a pile of rubble. All that remains of the former Shelton College is a pile of rubble.
CAPE MAY – The former Shelton College on Maryland Avenue is under demolition after a large section of the roof collapsed.

Gus Andy of the La Mer Motor Lodge owns the property, and he said the collapse came at a bad time.

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