Cape May Gazette

Kayak club to hold 5th annual rally and fun race

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 20, 2014 01:53 pm

Jen Marra/Kayak racers take off after they hear the signal at last year’s race. Jen Marra/Kayak racers take off after they hear the signal at last year’s race. The Lower Township Kayaking Club will hold its fifth annual Bay Kayak Rally and Fun Race 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Ferry Road and Beach Drive in Lower Township.

Paddlers and spectators of all ages are welcome; admission is free. T-shirts and prizes will be awarded, and there will be picnicking on the beach.

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City sells $10.7 million in bonds in 15 minutes

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Written by Christopher South Friday, June 20, 2014 12:49 pm

CAPE MAY – City manager Bruce MacLeod said the city sold $10,704,000 in general obligation bonds in a 15-minute window Tuesday morning.

MacLeod said the city had been planning over several years to use an online process for acquiring bids for bonds, which are the primary method for funding capital improvements in the city. He said years ago the city used to receive sealed bids.

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Wildlife garden tours offer a peek into pretty private places

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 20, 2014 12:28 pm

Monarch on meadow blazing star with purple coneflowers beyond; both are ‘chocolate cakes,’ or irresistible to pollinators, according to naturalist Pat Sutton. Monarch on meadow blazing star with purple coneflowers beyond; both are ‘chocolate cakes,’ or irresistible to pollinators, according to naturalist Pat Sutton. Naturalist and gardener Pat Sutton will offer three different tours of wildlife gardens this summer in conjunction with the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May.

Each tour type will take participants to 18 gardens over a three-day period – six unique gardens each day. Sutton, who has been leading wildlife garden tours for 23 years, will talk about why the gardens are wildlife-friendly and point out examples of how their designs use space, plant combinations and native plants to attract and benefit specific species of wildlife.

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Clear cutting of lots questioned in the Point

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 19, 2014 04:38 pm

CAPE MAY POINT – The practice of clear cutting lots before construction was questioned at last week’s borough commission meeting.
Emelia Oleson told the commission a number of lots have been clear cut in the Point, and she asked what the municipal code allowed.
“It’s not clear from the ordinance what is permitted,” she said.
Mayor Anita vanHeeswyk said per the municipal code, when there is construction that includes removing trees or other vegetation, the property owner is supposed to provide a landscaping and vegetation plan that maps out where the trees are. She said later, the matter is revisited to see that the property meets the requirements of the municipal code.
“There has been a lot of clear cutting. What we require is what goes back in,” vanHeeswyk said.

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Sign tells drivers to park responsibly

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:50 pm

A sign outside the Red Store send a message on parking. A sign outside the Red Store send a message on parking.

CAPE MAY POINT – A sign posted outside The Red Store in Cape May Point has a simple message – park responsibly. 

The sign asks drivers to be considerate of neighbors and cognizant of New Jersey law. It reads, “Please, while you are parking abide New Jersey’s parking rules and respect our neighbors and their property. Thank you.”

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Shelton College demolished after roof collapse

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:38 pm

All that remains of the former Shelton College is a pile of rubble. All that remains of the former Shelton College is a pile of rubble.
CAPE MAY – The former Shelton College on Maryland Avenue is under demolition after a large section of the roof collapsed.

Gus Andy of the La Mer Motor Lodge owns the property, and he said the collapse came at a bad time.

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Turkey runs afoul in Cape May

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:03 pm

  Turkey photo by John Cooke Turkey photo by John Cooke

CAPE MAY – A wild turkey in the streets of Cape May stopped traffic, last week, while city officials tried to corral the cagey bird.

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Evening at the Whaler’s Cottage to benefit Center for Community Arts

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 16, 2014 02:45 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP - Join hosts Dave and Chris Clemens for An Evening at the Whaler’s Cottage to benefit The Center for Community Arts’ Youth Arts Program on June 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1017 Batts Lane in Cape May. 

The evening features catering from the Washington Inn, an auction of paintings by local artists Stan Sperlak, Christine Peck, Catherine Bosna and an event painting by Carol King Hood as well as tours of the beautifully restored cottages. Tickets cost $65 and are available by calling The Center for Community Arts at (609) 884-7525 or by going on the website: www.centerforcommunityarts.org .

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The Good Neighbor Fund needs your support

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, June 15, 2014 01:52 pm

CAPE MAY - The Good Neighbor Fund is the Nature Center’s way of giving-back to its Coast Guard neighbors and friends. The Fund provides sponsorships for Coast Guard Dependent children so that they can attend summer camp at the Center. 

The camps are very popular with Coastie kids and the fund depletes quickly - it urgently needs to be replenished. Everybody can help either by making a direct donation to the Fund at the Nature Center of Cape May.

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Lower Township Police Department Weekly Arrest Summary

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, June 15, 2014 01:40 pm

ltpd June 2:

Brandon D. Cooper, 26, E. Miami Ave., Villas, possession of CDS, Possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needle.

June 3:

Miguel A. Munoz, 20, McKinley Ave., Villas, contempt of court.

June 4:

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