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Bad customer service, leave and don’t come back

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:29 am

I sometimes refer to a hospitality seminar I attended – what I don’t say is it ruined me for life.

At least nine years ago I attended a free hospitality seminar sponsored by Congress Hall. I was covering it for a news story, but I have to admit I was a little taken in by the speaker and the subject matter. Doug Lipp was a former Disney executive who talked about providing good customer service.

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Police chiefs, committee urged relocation of Public Safety Building

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:26 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – In April, Police Chief William Mastriana added his support of moving the Public Safety Building from the airport to Bayshore Road to that of former Police Chief Brian Marker, who made similar statements nearly four years earlier.

In his letter dated April 5, Mastriana echoed earlier sentiments expressed by Marker and the Public Safety Building (PSB) Committee. Citing four basic reasons for the move, Mastriana said if the PSB was moved to the Municipal Complex on Bayshore Road, the police station would be closer to public services and accessible by public transportation. There is currently no public transportation to the airport.

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City council updated on pool repairs

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Written by Christopher South Saturday, September 06, 2014 11:17 am

CAPE MAY – City council authorized a bond ordinance Tuesday appropriating $1 million to loan to the school district for repairs and upgrades to the Cape May Elementary School pool.

The bond ordinance had its second reading and public hearing Tuesday.

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CMPD taking back unwanted prescription drugs

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 06, 2014 10:54 am

CAPE MAY - On Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cape May Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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Shoplifting suspect arrested after motor vehicle stop

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 06, 2014 09:05 am

STONE HARBOR - On Sept. 4, Stone Harbor Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop in their jurisdiction and identified Jessica Mantilla as the suspect in the shoplifting case from Shades of Cape May. Mantilla, of Lancaster, Pa., was charged with fourth degree shoplifting in reference to this incident.

 

Celebrating the tomato

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 03:50 pm

Robyn Iannarelli of Cherry Hill orders a margherita flat bread from The Well Center for Massage during West Cape May’s annual Tomato Festival Saturday, Aug. 29 in Wilbraham Park.
Robyn Iannarelli of Cherry Hill orders a margherita flat bread from The Well Center for Massage during West Cape May’s annual Tomato Festival Saturday, Aug. 29 in Wilbraham Park. Robyn Iannarelli of Cherry Hill orders a margherita flat bread from The Well Center for Massage during West Cape May’s annual Tomato Festival Saturday, Aug. 29 in Wilbraham Park.

Photos by Jen Marra

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Domestic violence leads to aggravated assault arrest

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 02:52 pm

VILLAS – A report of domestic violence has led to the arrest of a local man on aggravated assault charges.

On Wednesday, Sept. 03, at approximately 3:42 a.m., Lower Township Police responded to Cape Regional Medical Center for the report of an alleged aggravated assault, which occurred in the area of Mowery Avenue, Villas. Patrolman Armbruster met with the victim who stated his roommate struck him in the face during a verbal dispute, fracturing the victim’s jaw in two locations.

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Coast Guard saves choking woman near Cape May Harbor

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 05, 2014 12:36 pm

uscg CAPE MAY – The Coast Guard helped save the life of a choking woman aboard a yacht near Cape May Harbor last week.

A crew member aboard the Cape May-based 65-foot yacht Canyon Lady called for help when a 61-year-old woman aboard choked on her lunch. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May met the Canyon Lady on the inbound side of the jetties where a Coast Guard EMT went aboard the yacht to render assistance.

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Revolutionary War encampment at Historic Cold Spring Village

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 11:16 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Reenactors depicting soldiers from the Continental Army, loyalists and Hessian mercenaries will bring the American Revolution to life on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7 at Historic Cold Spring Village.
The annual Revolutionary War Encampment will be held from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on both days.
Visitors can see demonstrations of drills and equipment, with cannon firing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days. Civilian reenactors will also demonstrate the role played by typical Americans of the period in supporting the soldiers. Children can participate in a militia muster at noon at the Dennisville Inn and search the village for clues in the Cold Spring Patriot Spy Game on Saturday and Sunday.

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Council denies another street opening

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 05, 2014 11:11 am

CAPE MAY – Cape May City Council opted for the second time, recently, to deny a street opening application on a road paved within the last five years.
City manager Bruce MacLeod introduced the application to council saying a property owner at 1230 Idaho Avenue had applied under hardship circumstances, saying they were requesting to open the street for gas service. The owner has been doing some remodeling to an existing home and wants to change some services from electric to natural gas. MacLeod said this was similar to a request made last month for 340 Congress Street, which was new construction. Regarding the Idaho Street project, South Jersey Gas noted on its application they were aware the street was under a moratorium until 2016, but made the request for a 4-by-4 foot opening plus a one foot opening for water sewer lines, 38 feet long. MacLeod said it was the city’s position not to grant waivers for the moratorium.

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