Cape May Gazette

Lower officials: Escaped pet snake is not aggressive

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 05, 2014 03:51 pm

Lower Township officials have released this image of the escaped boa. They say it is about six feet long, half what it was estimated by witnesses. Lower Township officials have released this image of the escaped boa. They say it is about six feet long, half what it was estimated by witnesses. LOWER TOWNSHIP — Although residents and visitors should supervise children and pets when they are outdoors, Lower Township officials say there is no reason to worry about an escaped pet snake.

The red‐tailed boa, which a Lower Township resident saw eating a bird last week, has been the cause of a lot of media attention this week. Officials said the snake is not aggressive and is unlikely to try to eat anything other than amphibians, rodents, rabbits and birds.  

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Councilwoman Fiocca resigns for remainder of term; Chew won't run in council race

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Written by Christopher South Monday, August 04, 2014 02:29 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May Councilwoman Deanna Fiocca resigned her elected position saying she is disqualified for her office because she bought a home outside the city.

In an undated letter received by the municipal clerk on July 28, Fiocca expressed regret at having to resign. Addressed simply, “Dear Louise,” the letter was sent to Cape May City Clerk Louise Cummiskey, and says, “It is with deep regret that I must resign my position as council (member) at large for the city of Cape May. I no longer meet the requirements to finish my term, because I recently bought a home outside the city limits.”

In her letter, signed, “Deanna,” Fiocca said she was proud to have served the people of Cape May, and for having worked with the existing members of council.

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Impaired driving enforcement crackdown part of national campaign

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, August 03, 2014 08:09 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Law Enforcement officers from the Lower Township Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Beginning Aug. 15 and running through Sept. 1, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

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Walking tour follows history African Americans in Cape May

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:56 am

Walking Tour guide Jeff Hebron Walking Tour guide Jeff Hebron
CAPE MAY – Many visitors to Cape May are aware of the Victorian structures that make up the historic district in town, and have a vague notion of the elegant Victorian culture.
The Center for Community Arts provides its African American Heritage Walking Tour as a way of educating people on the other parts of Cape May’s history that was nearly swept away under the banner of urban renewal.
While New Jersey outlawed slavery in 1824, segregation was allowed in the state until 1948. Hence the tour starts with the Franklin Street School, located across from the current CCA offices at 717 Franklin Street. It was constructed in 1917.
Tour guide Hope Gaines said Presbyterian clergymen settled in Cape May County and they hoped to convert slaves here. In order to do this they wanted them to be able to read the Bible, and learning to read became a path to self improvement.

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Victor Grasso ‘The Sea Is Calling,’ new paintings

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 01, 2014 04:16 pm

CAPE MAY - SOMA NewArt Gallery announces their fourth art exhibition of the 2014 season, featuring solo exhibit: “The Sea Is Calling,” new paintings by artist Victor Grasso.

SOMA welcomes Grasso back for his seventh consecutive show at SOMA. In this new body of work Grasso continues to explore subjects that intrigue him such as the sea, sea life, and the female form. Through haunting visuals, he strives to express the subtle beauty of figurative realism as if it is encapsulated in the undulating waves of the extraordinary. 

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NAACP president speaks at Macedonia’s 122nd anniversary

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Written by Christopher South Friday, August 01, 2014 10:52 am

NJ NAACP President Richard Smith NJ NAACP President Richard Smith CAPE MAY – The president of the New Jersey NAACP was the speaker at last Sunday’s service on the occasion of the 122nd anniversary of Macedonia Baptist Church in Cape May.

Minister Robert Matthews Jr. opened the service, telling the congregation and guests, “God is not a temporary fix.”

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Cape May Stage Presents Karen Akers in ‘Time Flies’

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 01, 2014 10:49 am

Karen Akers Karen Akers CAPE MAY - On Monday, Aug. 11, Cape May Stage welcomes back the scintillating, Tony-nominated Karen Akers in “Time Flies,” an eclectic evening of tunes by American composers.

Featuring classic standards by composers like Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim, Akers takes audiences beyond the expected with songs by artists like Cyndi Lauper and the songwriting duo of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Using upbeat, witty songs to show off her precise comic timing, Akers conversely exhibits a contemplative thoughtfulness in the evening’s slower numbers. A singer of graceful poignance and command Akers achieves an intimacy and closeness with her audience that can only be described as “exhilarating.”

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Lenape Nation to sign Treaty of Friendship at Cultural Day

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 01, 2014 10:15 am

 

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Representatives of the Lenape Nation will be landing in Lower Township on the afternoon of Aug. 16, with the Treaty of Renewed Friendship, as part of their Rising Nation River Journey, a 150-mile canoe trip that raises the awareness of the Lenape Nation, the indigenous people of the Delaware River. 

Every four years since 2002, the nation, many of whom are descendants of full-blooded Lenape people and early European settlers, have signed a partnership with various organizations and individuals in maintaining the Delaware River's clean, natural, scenic beauty, said Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania Chief Shelley DePaul.
The number of those signing this nonbinding partnership, called the "Treaty of Renewed Friendship," has grown to the point where this is the first year the Lenape are canoeing down the Delaware's entire length, from Hancock, N.Y., to Sunset Beach in Lower Township.

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UPDATE: Police respond to suicide threat

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:59 pm

NORTH CAPE MAY – On Wednesday, July 30, at approximately 2:05 pm, Lower Township Police received information that a 46-year-old man living in the 200 Block of Roseann Avenue in North Cape May, threatened suicide by means of a high caliber hand gun. 

Initial information was unclear whether other household members were present. Lower Township Police responded to the scene and established a perimeter. Nearby residents were evacuated for their safety.
After numerous failed attempts to make contact with the suicidal subject and a growing fear that other family members were trapped inside the residence, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the County Regional SWAT Team, County Hostage Negotiation Team and the Office of Emergency Management, were requested for assistance.

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Jacklyn Buckingham adds grace to karaoke night

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:41 am

Jacklyn Buckingham singing karaoke Jacklyn Buckingham singing karaoke

CAPE MAY – Some people believe singing bad is a prerequisite for karaoke. Those people might be surprised when they come to Cape May, where you just might find a former or current professional singer at the microphone.
Last week, a singer named “Jackie” showed up at Terry O’ke in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall. “Jackie” is actually Jacklyn Buckingham, who is a featured singer for the Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra, and who has performed in her own show called “Country Divas,” held recently at the Ocean City Music Pier.
Buckingham is a native of Cape May Court House and a 2004 graduate of Middle Township High School. After high school she went to Montclair State, from which you can see the Manhattan skyline. She wanted to pursue a career in musical theater and wanted to be on Broadway.

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