• Cape May Gazette

    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…

  • Cape May Gazette

    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.

  • Regional

    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

County superintendent report comes out against Cape May attempt to leave LCMR school district

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Written by Mary Linehan Friday, March 14, 2014 10:22 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The county’s superintendent of schools is advising the state to reject the “alternative configurations” sought by Cape May in its bid to withdraw from or dissolve the Lower Cape May Regional School District.

“New Jersey’s practice of basing a municipality’s contribution on the equalized valuation of property is exactly that…equalized. It creates a level playing field so that all students, no matter what their Zip Code, or amount of their family’s income, have equal access to a quality education,” interim executive regional superintendent for Cape May County Robert L. Bumpus writes in a six page report, released Friday afternoon.

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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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Residents give blood after harsh winter cancels many Red Cross events

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 14, 2014 01:42 pm

CAPE MAY — Joan Maurer of Wildwood Crest saved up to three lives at a blood drive Thursday at Cape May City Elementary School.

Red Cross staff wore white lab coats and helped donors give blood. Giving a pint of blood can save as many as three lives, according to information on the Red Cross website. Maurer figures she has donated blood at least 20 times.

The Cape May school nurse was among several people who donated a pint of blood at the annual American Red Cross event in the school’s auditorium. The drive was held in conjunction with Red Cross Month.

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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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Bricks commemorate Cape May – Lewes Ferry's 50th anniversary

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:31 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Cape May – Lewes Ferry officials said commemorative laser-engraved bricks that will be placed at the entrance of both ferry terminals as part of the 50th anniversary celebration in 2014 are now on sale.

The commemorative bricks will be installed in the spring, prior to the ferry’s anniversary on July 1.

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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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