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    CAPE MAY – A local business owner who is trying to save the access to her off-street parking described her conflict with a local bank as a “David and Goliath story.”

    Deanna Brown, owner of Antoinette’s Guest Apartments/Suites, 717 Washington St., Cape May, shares a property line with Sturdy Savings Bank at the corner of Washington and Franklin streets. In February 1994, Brown had owned Antoinette’s about five months when Bob McManus sold his gas station to Sturdy Savings. As Sturdy Savings was in the process of getting approvals for construction of the new bank building, Brown sought to maintain…

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    CAPE MAY – Two of thee Cape May City Council members up for reelection on Nov. 4 have already announced their intention not to run again for their seats.

    Municipal elections were moved from May to November to coincide with the General Election. Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman said this week that he would not seek reelection, and Councilman Bill Murray said he probably would not seek another term.

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     Residents’ outcry prompts delay of Beach Drive project  LOWER TOWNSHIP – The day after a three-hour council work session that saw dozens of residents question the Beach Drive pedestrian access project, council members have announced their intention to put the application for project funds on hold.

    “I support this project, and I represent the people of Ward 2 -- and they need more information and more opportunity to provide input,” Councilman Jim Neville said Tuesday. “We went to the property owners meeting in March, and this…

  • Regional

    Officials are blaming heroin for the deaths of two men a few days apart.

    One was 29, the other 30.

    In announcing the deaths, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office withheld the names of the victims.

  • Cape May Gazette

     World Series of Birding: one day, hundreds of birds counted

    CAPE MAY COUNTY — For one day every spring, hundreds of birders are scattered across New Jersey with one goal in mind — to count more species of birds than competing teams.

  • Regional

    THE WILDWOODS – The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th annual Sensational Spring Weekend Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to 1960s and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll music.

    The event begins Friday night, April 25, inside the Wildwoods Convention Center with a dance party featuring the David Christopher Band with songs from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $15 per person.

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    WILDWOOD — The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business @ the Beach Expo is scheduled for April 30 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

    This year’s Business @ the Beach Expo features concurrent keynote sessions on networking and e-commerce.

Cape May Gazette

Bizarre History: Tourists weren't fooled by cold snap on April 1, 1923

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:00 am

It’s common during Easter time that tourism officials sit back and take a look at what has been, at what is now and at what they hope will be.

Easter, of course, is not the official opening of the tourism season. Some designate the grand opening as Memorial Day and others say it is the Fourth of July. There are still others who contend there is no such thing because Cape May County is open for tourism much of the year; well, maybe not in January when many locals evacuate to Florida.

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Council approves ‘event houses’ regulations in Cape May

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 19, 2014 01:36 pm

CAPE MAY — City council on Tuesday approved regulating large gatherings like receptions and graduation parties at rentable properties in Cape May.

Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. said complaints with the large gatherings at certain properties, also known as event houses, arose in the last 2-3 years. 

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BL England pipeline could be used to export natural gas

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:30 pm

To the editor:

Converting the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point from coal and oil fired to natural gas is a positive move, the environmental consequences notwithstanding.

Relative to what we are now witnessing in Russia and Ukraine, we have international implications. President Vladimir Putin has a vast supply of natural gas and has customers in most of western Europe. The United States also has a large supply of natural gas with a massive distribution system servicing our country. But we are worlds apart from Europe geographically.

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Cape May approves free beach tags for veterans

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:20 am

CAPE MAY — Veterans and active military personnel and their families will get free beach tags in Cape May this summer.

Cape May government Tuesday night became the latest in the state to approve such an ordinance during a meeting at City Hall. Gov. Chris Christie signed a law in January that permits beach communities to provide free or reduce fee tags to veterans.

"I think what you're doing is not to save the veterans $20-$30 on a beach tag. It's that veteran who’s walking down the beach 10 years after he gets discharged and says 'Somebody cares,’” said Joe Griffies, a Vietnam veteran of Middle Township.

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Program in Cape May focuses on history of Fort Mott

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:01 am

CAPE MAY – The Friends of the World War II Tower, an affinity group of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), will present a program on the role of Fort Mott in defense of the Delaware shoreline at noon on Saturday, March 22 at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave.

Andy Grant, chief historian at Fort Mott, will speak. A free hoagie lunch will be offered.

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Learning starts with breakfast for Cape May students

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Written by Alex Davis Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:00 pm

CAPE MAY — Students don’t start the day in classrooms by opening up textbooks or getting out pencils and paper to take notes at Cape May City Elementary School. They have free breakfast.

On Tuesday morning, Dempsey Ryan, 8, of Cape May, sipped milk from a bowl after eating Cheerios. A partially eaten red apple and a carton of 1 percent lowfat milk were on the table beside her.

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Proposed Cape May school budget raises taxes 4 percent

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Written by Alex Davis Monday, March 17, 2014 05:19 pm

CAPE MAY — The Cape May school board is proposing to raise taxes by 4 percent in a $3.4 million budget introduced Thursday, March 13.

A property owner whose home is assessed at $500,000 would pay about $13.50 more in taxes next school year.

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No separation between church and state in early Cape May

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Sunday, March 16, 2014 01:00 am

The freedoms for which colonists fought in the American Revolution were abused even in religion as far back as 1721 in the territory now known as Cape May, Lower and Middle townships.

People who were non-believers were often scorned and sometimes subjected to physical punishment if they did not abide by the laws of God. There was little separation between church and state then, as shown by the legislature governing this area. It introduced a bill that would punish those who “denied the doctrine of the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the inspiration of Holy Scriptures, etc.”

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