Cape May Gazette

Wichterman announces Dec. 9 referendum date

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 04, 2014 11:24 am

CAPE MAY – Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman announced Tuesday the city has been informed of a Dec. 9 date for the referendum on the school funding issue.
Wichterman said the city received a letter dated Aug. 29 informing them of the decision by Interim Executive County Superintendent of Schools Richard Stepura calling for a Dec. 9 referendum to decide whether Cape May will leave the Lower Cape May Regional School District. Wichterman said the referendum was approved by the state a while ago, but it was up to Stepura to set a date.
The special election for the referendum will be from 2-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Cape May, West Cape May, and Lower Township.

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Local girl wins national dance and gymnastics title

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Written by Steve Prisament Thursday, September 04, 2014 11:12 am

Isabella Roberts Isabella Roberts

NORTH CAPE MAY – Isabella Roberts, 8, of North Cape May, won the dance and gymnastics title at the Petite Little Miss Starbound competition in July.
She competed against several students from other dance and gymnastics schools from all over the country, according to a release.
The Starbound National Performing Arts Competition is one of the largest performing arts competitions, offering over 70 different regional competitions.
Roberts trains at the Cape May County Performing Arts Academy in Rio Grande under the artistic direction of John and Dana Famiano

   

Cape May raises threshold on catastrophic water loss

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 04, 2014 11:09 am

CAPE MAY – The City of Cape May has received about 30 requests this year to forgive water loss due to a catastrophic occurrence, such as a water line break from the past winter.
The city’s policy has been to forgive the sewer portion of a water loss due to a water line break, since the water didn’t actually enter the sanitary water system. Water losses in value of more than $500 needed authorization from city council.
Mayor Ed Mahaney said when the city came up with a new water/sewer rate system several years ago it did not consider catastrophic relief.
“It has been $500 for a long time, under the old formula, in order to come before council,” Mahaney said.

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22-year-old woman arrested for stolen motor vehicle, possession of CDS

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 03, 2014 02:41 pm

VILLAS – Lower Township Police announced the arrest of a Philadelphia woman for allegedly stealing a car and possession of cocaine. 

On Aug. 31, at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Lower Township Police received a report of a motor vehicle being stolen from the 100 Block of Birch Road in Villas.

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Mullock files petitions for commission race

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:37 pm

CAPE MAY POINT – Commissioner Bob Mullock filed petitions for the General Election for the commission seat he is now filling.

Mullock was selected to fill the seat of former Mayor Skip Stanger, who resigned his seat for personal reasons. Mullock was to hold the seat until the next General Election, which is this Nov. 4. Mullock decided he would run for election for the remainder of Stanger’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2016. Mullock will run unopposed, as no other candidates filed petitions.

 

John Van de Vaarst files petitions in council race

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, September 03, 2014 11:31 am

John Van de Vaarst John Van de Vaarst

CAPE MAY – John Van de Vaarst added his name to the list of candidates for three council seats in the Nov. 4 General Election.
Van de Vaarst, who spent his entire career with the federal government, working with the Drug Enforcement Agency and USDA, said he and his wife gave the decision a lot of thought.
Van de Vaarst said as a Deputy Director of Operations with the USDA in Beltsville, Md., he was essentially the equivalent of a city manager.
“I supervised or managed 230 people,” he said. “I managed of budget of $23.5 million.”

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Red Store denied use of prep kitchen, in-store seating

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, September 03, 2014 11:27 am

CAPE MAY POINT – The Red Store fell one vote short of the needed five votes to approve the expansion of a non-conforming use.
The Red Store was seeking a variance from the Cape May Point Zoning Board of Adjustment to make legal what was described as both a chef’s kitchen and a prep kitchen outside the main building. Additionally, they were seeking permission to create more indoor seating using the general store area in the event of inclement weather, including the winter season.
Owners Deanna Ebner and Lucas Manteca told the zoning board they were committed to maintaining a general store, but they were trying to keep their business viable in the off-season. Ebner said the general store business drops off after the rental/tourist season, and they would like to be allowed to move seating from the outdoor area to inside the store. The applicant’s attorney, Andrew Catanese, asked the board to approve 60 seats for the Red Store, whether they were placed indoor or out. Presently they have 28 seats in the indoor dining room, and another 32 on an outdoor deck located in at the back of the building.

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Ivy League of Comedy: A study in humor

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, September 03, 2014 10:59 am

Comedian Karen Bergreen Comedian Karen Bergreen
CAPE MAY – If Shaun Eli and Karen Bergreen had continued on the routes they had started out on, life would probably have been a little more boring for both of them.
Eli, who lives in Pelham, N.Y., went to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and after graduation went to work in a bank. Bergreen graduated from Harvard and then went to the University of Minnesota Law School and became a lawyer.
Both of them decided they would rather be on stage telling jokes.
Eli is the founder of the Ivy League of Comedy, which works with 30 or 40 comics, not all of them from Ivy League schools.
“When I first started the group the goal was for it to be all comics who went to Ivy League schools,” Eli said, “but there are maybe only 8 or 10 comics who went to Ivy League schools.”

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Cape May Dragon Boat Festival returns for third year

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 03, 2014 09:49 am

CAPE MAY - Team registration is open for the 2014 Cape May Dragon Boat Festival and Races. The festival is Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Cape May Harbor on Delaware Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited, so register now.

There are over 40 teams this year, made up of friends, family, co-workers, clubs, schools, hospitals, community groups, employees of local businesses, non-profits, and people who just want to have fun. Everyone is encouraged to come out and cheer your favorite team onto the finish line.
Each team is comprised of 21 paddlers who race head to head in 41-foot-long dragon boats over a 200 meter course. To see photos of last years event visit www.capemaydragonboat.com or for information call Cathy at the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at (609) 884-5508.

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County Library hosts Rainbow Loom Club

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 03, 2014 09:42 am

VILLAS - The Cape May County Library invites kids, ages 10-18, to join them for Rainbow Loom Club. The program will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9. It will take place at the Lower Cape Branch of the Library located at 2600 Bayshore Road in the Villas. 

Learn new patterns for the Rainbow Loom and meet with friends at the Rainbow Loom Club, a monthly meeting for ages 10-18. Jennifer Bolton will be on hand to teach a new style every month. Bring your own loom and bands, or use theirs.
Registration is not required for this event. For additional information please contact the Children’s Room at (609) 463-6354, or visit online at www.cmclibrary.org.

   

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