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    ERMA – Cory Damiana and Gene Zebrowski officially accepted scholarship offers to play college sports Tuesday afternoon.

    The two Lower Cape May Regional seniors signed National Letters of Intent during a ceremony held at the Board of Education offices on the high school’s campus.

    Damiana, one of the best wrestlers in school history, accepted a two-thirds athletic and academic scholarship to wrestle at Division I Hofstra University. Damiana went 123-24, was a three-time district champion, three-time state qualifier and multi-year Cape-Atlantic League all-star during…

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    Governor vetoes salary increases for DRBA employees

    TRENTON — The Delaware River and Bay Authority and Gov. Chris Christie disagree on how DRBA employees should be compensated. 

    The DRBA issued a statement Tuesday saying the governor vetoed a resolution that would have given a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment to union and nonunion employees.

  • Regional

     An oil painting, “Cape May Harbor Fishing Fleet,” by John Safrit.  Anita Roth took this picture of driftwood and sea glass, which will be on display at the Splash art gallery on April 26.

    CAPE MAY – Local artists Anita Roth and John Safrit will hold a meet the artists reception from…

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    A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow)With warming temperatures, the snowbirds are returning…

  • Weather

    For the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for the 2014 Wildwood Spring Bike Rally to finally arrive, here is the weather to expect when you drop a kickstand on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Bolero in Wildwood:/Jen MarraFor the thousands of bikers who have waited all winter for…

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    CAPE MAY — The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May will transform the Cape May beachfront into a certified 5k and 10k racecourse on Saturday, May 10. Runners will enjoy the fast flat course that loops throughout Cape May. Registration and check-in is at 7:15 a.m.; Race is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Registration fee is $20 per person. Contact Doreen at (609) 884-5508.

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    Dave Pacevich is a very organized high school track coach when it comes to maintaining and updating records. That’s in part because these days it seems he has to update those records almost every time his Lower Cape May Regional High School girls program competes.

    Quinn Bithell is a major reason why. The versatile sophomore already owns or shares six program records in a variety of events.

    Bithell and her teammates set three new records at the recent Buena Relays. Bithell, Destiny West, Lizzy Sulecki and Suzanne Beteta set a new program mark…

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    VILLAS — Police arrested a man they allege punched an officer who was responding to a disturbance call.
    On April 15, at approximately 7:44 p.m., officers from the Lower Township Police Department responded to the 300 block of Desoto Avenue, Villas, for a report of a disorderly male subject. Upon arriving at that location, Special Officer James Collins encountered Alexander Vosper, 21, an unemployed male who resides in the 4700 block of Susquehanna Avenue, Wildwood. Vosper was actively involved in a verbal altercation with an unidentified male who was still on scene.

  • 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

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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Spring lecture series at Historic Cold Spring Village

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, March 15, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Celebrate New Jersey’s 350th birthday on four consecutive Wednesday evenings in March and April for a wide-ranging series of talks on New Jersey and United States history.

All presentations will be held at 7 p.m. in the Historic Cold Spring Village Welcome Center. There is no fee for admission but donations are appreciated.

Speakers will be available for book signings and a meet and greet after each presentation.

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Lower Township officer receives state DARE award

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, March 15, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Officer Darrin Hickok of the Lower Township Police Department received the state’s DARE (Drug Abuse Awareness Education) Officer of the Year award on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The award was presented at the DARE New Jersey Annual Training Conference Program at the Caesar’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

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Cape May school board weighs opening playground to public

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Written by Alex Davis Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – Cape May’s school board plans to ask the city government to manage the school playground on weekday evenings and weekends so it can be opened to the public.

“To my knowledge, the playground was never officially open to the public,” said school business administrator John Thomas. “I think in the past, and certainly prior to the Sandy Hook (Elementary School) massacre, the maintenance and custodial staff here did not make it a point to secure all of our gates and fences. As a result, I think often there was easy access to our property. Also, in the past, there were holes made in the fence that went unrepaired.”

Now, school officials are taking another look after Superintendent Victoria Zelenak said a resident complained about the playground being closed.

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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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