Cape May Gazette

Judge will decide on special election soon

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 26, 2014 10:28 am

ATLANTIC CITY – Frank Campbell, special counsel for the Lower Cape May Regional School District, said Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez would issue a ruling in a week on how the cost of the Dec. 9 special election would be borne. 

A special election asking voters in Cape May, West Cape May, and Lower Township if they would like to dissolve the Lower Cape May Regional School District has been scheduled for Dec. 9. County Clerk Rita Fulginiti originally said Cape May would bear the cost of the special election, but Cape May objected. Cape May’s special counsel in the dissolution effort, Vito Gagliardi, said historically the regional school districts have borne the cost. Cape May has indicated it would be willing to pay 35 percent of the cost, which is their share of the district’s budget. But during a phone conference with County Counsel Jim Arsenault, neither West Cape May or Lower Township indicated they were willing to share the cost, or had the authority to enter into such an agreement.

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College football offers a menagerie of teams, and scores

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 26, 2014 10:14 am

I like reviewing the list of college football scores in the Sunday newspaper. I’m not the kind of person who memorizes statistics and spews them out at manly get-togethers, but I do like to look at who is beating who and by how much. 

Generally speaking, if you look at scores from the professional ranks, you are not going to see a wide disparity in scores. Take this past week’s scores, for example. Seattle beat Denver 26-20. Philadelphia beat Washington 37-34. Detroit beat Green Bay 19-7. There were some exceptions, such as Indianapolis beating Jacksonville 44-17, or Atlanta beating Tampa Bay 56-14. Those look like college scores. 

I like to group college football scores into what I call “Defense Optional,” “Offense Absent,” “Mismatched Opponents,” and “Squeakers.”

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Investigation leads to arrest and seizure of marijuana plants

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 09:16 am

VILLAS - On Sept. 14, Lower Township Police Patrol Division received a report of Marijuana Plants growing in the back yard of a residence on E. Hudson Avenue in the Villas. Patrol and detectives responded to the area of E. Hudson Avenue, where 40 suspected marijuana plants were located and seized. The resident was later identified as Robert Franco. Franco was subsequently charged with 2C:35-5b(10)(b), manufacturing, distribution of marijuana plants, a second degree crime. A warrant was authorized by Judge Thomas Hillegass.

 

CMPD arrests to on drugs, weapons charges

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:25 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May Police arrested two men on drug possession and illegal weapons charges after a traffic stop.

David P. Costanza, 52, of Somers Point, and Brian N. Tsosie, 30, of North Cape May, were arrested following a motor vehicle stop by Patrolman D. Murphy of the Cape May Police Department on Sept. 17 at 11:36 p.m. charges related to Controlled Dangerous Substance violations and a Weapons Offense.
A 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck driven by Costanza was stopped by police for a seatbelt violation on Broadway in West Cape May. Following the stop, police observed the driver to be in possession of a knife and a Controlled Dangerous Substance. A search of the vehicle revealed additional controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.

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New Traffic Pattern at the Cape May Ferry Terminal

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:00 pm

NORTH CAPE MAY – Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced changes to the traffic pattern at the Cape May Ferry Terminal. The changes create a dedicated path for pedestrians and bicyclists from Lincoln Boulevard into and out of the Terminal and a new exit for vehicles from the terminal onto Beach Drive.

The new traffic pattern, which is designed to enhance safety and promote bicycling in the Twin Capes region, will be effective on Sept. 29.

The way vehicles enter the Terminal complex – whether to board the vessel or to go to the terminal, will not change. In addition, vehicles leaving the ferry will continue to exit the property in the same manner. However, customers who enter and park in the Terminal lot to attend an event, to pick up or drop off passengers or to use the Ferry as a walk-on will now exit using Beach Drive.

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Judge to decide who will pay for special election

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:30 am

CAPE MAY COUNTY – Cape May County counsel Jim Arsenault said he filed an action Sept. 19 to have a judge decide who will pay for the Dec. 9 special election on whether to dissolve the Lower Cape May Regional School District. 

County Clerk Rita Fulginiti informed Cape May it would have to bear the cost of the special election because they asked for the referendum. Cape May appealed to the county counsel, who has sought a determination from Super Court.

The state Department of Education announced that a special election on the dissolution of the Lower Cape May Regional School District would be held Dec. 9 for Cape May, West Cape May, and Lower Township. Cape May requested a referendum on keeping or dissolving the LCMR school district as part of an effort to lower school taxes for Cape May property owners.

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Fiocchi tours wineries, breweries to promote tourism

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:16 am

CAPE MAY COUNTY - Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic) took a tour of six Cape May County wineries, two breweries and a distillery on Wednesday to promote tourism in Cape May County.

Fiocchi’s tour, labeled “The Cape May County Wine Trail and Brewery Tour,” started at the Willow Creek Winery, West Cape May, and went on to the Cape May Winery, North Cape May, the Hawk Haven Winery, Rio Grande, Cape May Brewing Company, Rio Grande, Natalie Vineyards, Cape May Court House, and the Tuckahoe Brewing Company, Ocean View.

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Family Promise dance party fundraiser

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 03:37 pm

AVALON – Don’t miss the Dance Party of the Year Featuring the “Good Guys” from WIBBAGE Radio FM 94.3 “Philly Bill” Culp and Ken Schaefer.

Join them for a full night of Rock & Roll music, dancing, food, 16 beers on tap, silent auction and fun on Oct. 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Windrift Resort, 105 80th Street at the Beach in Avalon.
Your $100 donation includes a fun and food-filled event, entertainment and automatically enters you in the “Countdown to $3,000 Cash Giveaway.” Be the holder of the last raffle ticket pulled and go home with $3,000 cash. Bring a guest for $25, excludes raffle ticket.
Dance the night away to the jitter bug, limbo and twist contests. Enjoy music from the ‘40s Big Bands right on through to today’s hottest hits.

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Roller skating returns to Cape May Convention Hall

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 02:53 pm

Jen Marra / Skating by in Cape May CAPE MAY – Get ready to roll at Cape May Convention Hall when winter roller skating kicks off. First skate of the season will take place Friday, Dec. 26. 

Two sessions of open roller skating will be offered Fridays, from 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. There will also be two sessions on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition, there is a Toddler Skate on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. 

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Bluebone adds local flavor to jazz festival

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, September 23, 2014 03:49 pm

Jay Bethel of Bluebone Jay Bethel of Bluebone CAPE MAY – If you want to add flavor to soup you throw in a bone. If you want to add a local flavor to the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival, throw in local blues/rock band Bluebone.

Bluebone will play at Carney’s Main Room, 411 Beach Ave., Cape May on Saturday, Nov. 8, at noon and 2:30 p.m.

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