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    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…

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    CAPE MAY – Two of thee Cape May City Council members up for reelection on Nov. 4 have already announced their intention not to run again for their seats.

    Municipal elections were moved from May to November to coincide with the General Election. Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman said this week that he would not seek reelection, and Councilman Bill Murray said he probably would not seek another term.

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     Residents’ outcry prompts delay of Beach Drive project  LOWER TOWNSHIP – The day after a three-hour council work session that saw dozens of residents question the Beach Drive pedestrian access project, council members have announced their intention to put the application for project funds on hold.

    “I support this project, and I represent the people of Ward 2 -- and they need more information and more opportunity to provide input,” Councilman Jim Neville said Tuesday. “We went to the property owners meeting in March, and this…

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    Officials are blaming heroin for the deaths of two men a few days apart.

    One was 29, the other 30.

    In announcing the deaths, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office withheld the names of the victims.

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     World Series of Birding: one day, hundreds of birds counted

    CAPE MAY COUNTY — For one day every spring, hundreds of birders are scattered across New Jersey with one goal in mind — to count more species of birds than competing teams.

  • Regional

    THE WILDWOODS – The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th annual Sensational Spring Weekend Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to 1960s and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll music.

    The event begins Friday night, April 25, inside the Wildwoods Convention Center with a dance party featuring the David Christopher Band with songs from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $15 per person.

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    WILDWOOD — The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business @ the Beach Expo is scheduled for April 30 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

    This year’s Business @ the Beach Expo features concurrent keynote sessions on networking and e-commerce.

Cape May Gazette

Two true detectives coming to Cape May

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, March 09, 2014 01:00 am

CAPE MAY – The East Lynne Theater Company presents two radio-style "who-dun-its" with live sound effects and commercials on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15.

The "Holmes and Carter Mysteries” feature "Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Copper Beeches" and "Nick Carter and the Strange Dr. Devolo." Both performances are at 8 p.m.

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King Nummy sold tribe’s land to settlers, forcing them to move

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, March 08, 2014 05:01 pm

If you can’t find Thomas Nummie in your history books, try King Nummy instead.

Probably in keeping with the European tradition, there were several American Indians called kings riding around in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 17th century. Trenton had its King Teddyuscung, Hackensack its King Oratam and Pennsylvania King Tamany. There is no record of a King Elvis, however.

King Nummy was no dummy. Somewhere along the line the one-time Thomas Numee became head of the Unalachtigo Tribe, a branch of the Lenni-Lenape. Part of his territory included what is now Rio Grande in Middle Township, Town Bank in Lower Township and Cape May. Still unsettled, the land and its waters from ocean to bay were ripe for real estate transactions. Nummy was right in the middle of the deals, sometimes with the Dutch who were there before the English.

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Aviation museum receives Coast Guard Humvee

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, March 08, 2014 04:56 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – A unique piece of Coast Guard history was set to arrive in Cape May County this week.

Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum curator Nina Ranalli said the museum planned to accept a Coast Guard Humvee vehicle on Wednesday. The vehicle, called Eleanor II, was used by Coast Guard personnel during their deployments to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.

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Cape May officials divided on how to reduce speeding

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Written by Alex Davis Saturday, March 08, 2014 01:01 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May officials are looking at ways to reduce speeding on Broad Street, St. John Street, St. James Place, Carpenter's Lane and Lyle Lane.

Proposals include reducing the speed limit from 25 mph to 15 mph, installing “Slow Children” signs, posting pedestrian crosswalk signs, or increasing police presence around the city. 

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Cape May planning board OKs new ‘event house’ regulations

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 07, 2014 03:54 pm

CAPE MAY – The city’s planning board has approved a review of an ordinance that would regulate “event houses” in Cape May.

An ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing and final vote on Tuesday, March 18. The ordinance would restrict so-called event houses to the C-3 Zoning District, which is mostly comprised of hotels and motels. Events at the houses could not be held from July 1 through Labor Day.

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Habitat for Humanity accepting applications

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Written by Mary Linehan Friday, March 07, 2014 01:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Cape May County Habitat for Humanity is hosting two application events for interested potential homeowners.

The local branch of the national nonprofit group will be on hand to assist with the application process 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the Lower branch of the county library, 2600 Bayshore Road in the Villas. There is also an application 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 in at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 207 W. Main Street in Whitesboro in Middle Township.

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Reading is its own reward for Cape May students

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Written by Alex Davis Thursday, March 06, 2014 06:55 pm

Sixth-graders read to younger students at the school on Thursday. Sixth-graders read to younger students at the school on Thursday.

CAPE MAY — Students wearing wacky socks and Cat in the Hat hats listened as sixth-graders read Dr. Seuss books to them Thursday morning.

This was the first time the entire Cape May City Elementary School took part in the Read Across America program. The 16th annual initiative by the National Education Association encourages students to read and is a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday March 3.

In the past, the Read Across America Week program was focused on kindergarten through first grade in Cape May.

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Chief to ask council to move Lower Township police station

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Written by Mary Linehan Thursday, March 06, 2014 04:52 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The township’s police chief, William Mastriana, will ask council to consider moving the police station back to the Villas from its current location at the county airport, according the township manager’s office. 

In 2012, a seven-member advisory committee appointed by council recommended moving the police department back to the municipal complex on Bayshore Road, relocating the force from the World War II-era building that has been labeled a “white elephant.”

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