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911 call leads to arrest for aggravated assault

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 08, 2014 11:13 am

NORTH CAPE MAY - On Aug. 8 4 at approximately 1 a.m., Lower Township Police Department police officers were dispatched to the area of Orchard Drive in the North Cape May section of Lower Township for a report of an assault.

When officers arrived at that location they were advised that the suspect, Jason Brodbeck, 37, of West Berlin, had fled the scene prior to their arrival. He was located a short time later by police at the bus stop near Townbank and Bayshore roads and placed under arrest.

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Bea Pessagno will seek Cape May City Council seat

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 04:30 pm

CAPE MAY - Following weeks of public speculation and private deliberation, today Beatrice Gauvry Pessagno obtained a petition to run for one of three Cape May City Council seats up for election Nov. 4. The life-long Cape May resident confirmed her candidacy in the following statement released this morning:
“My family has had the unique privilege of being part of this community for more than eight decades, and has a proud history of contributing to its growth and progress - whether as small business owners, as citizen volunteers, or in an elected capacity. In keeping with that tradition of commitment and service to Cape May, I am seeking a seat on the Cape May City Council.

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Six arrested for marijuana, other charges

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:22 pm

WEST CAPE MAY – Cape May Police arrested six suspects on drug charges, Sunday, after arresting one man on a bench warrant from West Cape May Municipal Court. 

On Aug, 3 at approximately 4:25 p.m., Patrolman Derrik Murphy arrested Edward Campbell at 108 Sixth Ave. in West Cape May. While officers were in the process of carrying out the warrant arrest of Campbell they developed information that the house (108/110 Sixth Ave.) contained a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS). Police then applied to the West Cape May Municipal Court for a search warrant to search 108 Sixth Ave. and 110 Sixth Ave.
The West Cape May Municipal Court judge granted the request and issued a search warrant. Police and Cape May County Sheriff’s Department Officers searched the properties, assisted by the Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit. Officers allegedly discovered a quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia suggesting a second man, Jason Giesey, 29, of 110 Sixth Ave., West Cape May and State College Pa., was involved in distribution of a CDS.

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Public authorities common in New Jersey, with little oversight, says Stockton professor

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, August 07, 2014 01:20 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Dr. David Carr, a political science professor at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, opened his research paper “Public Authorities in Governing New Jersey” with a wry quote from 19th century author Ambrose Bierce.
“Lighthouse, n. A tall building on the seashore in which the government maintains a lamp and the friend of a politician.” The quote, from Bierce’s satirical volume “The Devil’s Dictionary,” sums up the problems with “special purpose governments,” according to Carr.
“These are, generally speaking, entities that have all the capacity of governments and little or none of the oversight,” he said.
Carr wrote his brief while serving as a fellow at the college’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
“The brief didn’t get a lot of attention when I wrote it (in April 2012), but I get calls from reporters when there’s an issue – like Bridgegate – with one of these authorities. That’s why these special purpose governments have been called ‘shadow governments,’” Carr said. “No one really notices what they are doing until something goes wrong.”
The “Bridgegate” investigation stems from the September 2013 closing of lanes leading out of Fort Lee on the George Washington Bridge. Allegations emerged that pointed at political motivation for the lane closings and Gov. Chris Christie fired staffers and others resigned after the allegations became public.

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Foundation celebrates Coast Guard’s birthday with a gift

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, August 07, 2014 01:09 pm

CAPE MAY – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, was honored by Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Sunday, Aug. 3 during the third Sunset Parade of the year.
While visiting the Training Center, the Coast Guard Foundation presented the Coast Guard with a gift of $3,000 to purchase new dugout benches for the center’s two softball fields, as well as softball equipment such as balls, gloves and bats for the community teams. Earlier this year, the Coast Guard Foundation funded the purchase of four stand up paddleboards for Coast Guard members and their families to use.
The foundation also funded the renovation to Bruckenthal Hall and the memorial to DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal, who was killed while serving in Iraq, as well as stockings that were given to recruits who spent Christmas in Cape May.

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Cape May not footing entire bill for special election

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, August 07, 2014 12:57 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman said county clerk Rita Fulginiti was wrong when she said Cape May would pay the entire amount for a special election related to school funding.
After a meeting in Trenton with a Board of Review established to hear arguments for and against a change in the Lower Cape May Regional School District funding formula, the board voted to allow the referendum to take Cape May out of the regional school system. Wichterman said the board gave its approval because both Lower Township and Cape May want the referendum to go forward.
Lower Township, by virtue of its higher population, is expected to defeat the referendum. If passed, it would add an estimated $5.5 million to the tax levy in Lower Township.

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Discounts and specials at East Lynne Theater Company

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:57 am

James Rana and Jed Peterson, with Suzanne Dawson looking through the window, in East Lynne Theater Company's production of James Rana and Jed Peterson, with Suzanne Dawson looking through the window, in East Lynne Theater Company's production of

CAPE MAY – The East Lynne Theater Company continues to offer savings to its patrons, and many theater lovers take advantage of these various discounts regularly.
There are five restaurants that partner with ELTC, and patrons make reservations by calling the restaurants and asking for the ELTC dinner/show packages. At Aleathea's Restaurant at The Inn of Cape May, total amount is $47 for dinner and a ticket, and at The Blue Rose Inn and Restaurant, it is $50 for a 3-course Early Seating Dinner and a ticket. At 410 Bank Street, Frescos: A Seafood Trattoria, and The Washington Inn, patrons pay $15 for a ticket along with dinner.

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Alex Coulter named Cape May Fire Chief

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, August 06, 2014 01:15 pm

New Fire Chief Alex Coulter takes oath of office from the city clerk. New Fire Chief Alex Coulter takes oath of office from the city clerk.
CAPE MAY – Alex Coulter was named Cape May’s newest fire chief Tuesday, replacing Jerry Inderwies Jr., who retired June 1.
“We’re happy today to appoint Alex Coulter,” Mayor Ed Mahaney said, speaking for city council. “He has a well-documented resume, his father served the town as a police officer.”
Mahaney said Coulter started his firefighting career in West Cape May before joining the Cape May Fire Department on a part-time basis. Over the years he moved up the ranks, ultimately being named chief.
“Alex, we welcome you and have great hopes, and great pride for your success,” Mahaney said.
After being sworn in by the city clerk, with his wife Samantha holding the Bible, Coulter spoke just a few words, thanking everyone and said, “I look forward to the opportunity to serve the City of Cape May.”

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Tropical storms affect beaches from many miles away

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:21 pm

A scene from the Cove Beach, Cape May A scene from the Cove Beach, Cape May
CAPE MAY – Tropical Storm Bertha was expected to become a hurricane on Monday, but was not expected to be a threat to the Jersey Shore.
That doesn’t mean the effects of the storm won’t be felt in Cape May and the other local beach towns.
Cape May Beach Patrol Captain Buzz Mogck said anytime there is an Atlantic hurricane there is going to be some effect in Cape May.
“We face southerly, and with anything that comes out of the south and up the coast we can expect big swells,” he said.
Mogck said most of the effects of Hurricane Bertha, the 2014 season’s second tropical storm, will be felt on Tuesday and Wednesday. He said the swells usually come in advance of the storm. He said the CMBP is aware of the storm and what it can bring.

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Two more free live music nights at Cape May Ferry Terminal

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 06, 2014 11:44 am

Dancers enjoy the B Street Band at the last concert at the ferry terminal. Dancers enjoy the B Street Band at the last concert at the ferry terminal.

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Come sway to the music at the Cape May Ferry Terminal! The Lower Township Department of Parks and Recreation and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry are sponsoring two more summer concerts on the green at the Cape May Ferry terminal. The concerts are free and feature the popular tribute cover bands, Eaglemania and Danny V’s 52 Street Band. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m., so bring a blanket, some lawn chairs and a friend to enjoy great music along the Bay. “The tribute bands are very popular and we’re excited to be able to host two more concerts this summer,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Operations for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. “It’s great family entertainment with several generations frequently found dancing to the music, and parents introducing their favorite songs to the newest generation of potential fans.”

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