Cape May Gazette

Bowe Bergdahl was former Coast Guard recruit

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Written by Christopher South Friday, June 13, 2014 12:29 pm

Bowe Bergdahl in his official Army photograph Bowe Bergdahl in his official Army photograph

CAPE MAY – Bowe Bergdahl spent less than a month in the U.S. Coast Guard, but his time was spent at the training center in Cape May. 

Bergdahl joined the U.S. Coast Guard before enlisting in the Army and being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan. 

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Point resident honored, but no medal

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 12, 2014 04:33 pm

Korean War vet Patrick Sbarra Korean War vet Patrick Sbarra CAPE MAY POINT – Patrick Sbarra, 86, was not thinking of becoming a war hero when he was drafted in September 1950, approximately two months after the start of the Korean War.

Sbarra was working in Boddinghaus’ Furniture Store and was playing linebacker for a semi-pro football team.

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Speaking of Which: Pronunciations are always changing, knowuhd-eye-mean?

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, June 12, 2014 04:29 pm

I had the opportunity to talk to some people from Pittsburgh the other day. Although I did not hear them say anything specifically Pittsburghesque, we did talk about “Yinzing.”

Yinzing is a particular type of speech that occurs in the Pittsburgh area that includes regional pronunciations and terminology. The term Yinzing comes from people in the region pluralizing “you.”

When I was a kid, we were taught that the plural of you is you. I assumed other parts of the country were teaching the same grammar, but in every day speech they were changing the rules.

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Upcoming National Wildlife Refuge events

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 12, 2014 01:52 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – On Saturday, June 14, stop by the Friends table at Harborfest at the Nature Center of Cape May.

Saturdays, June 14 and 21: Free Family Bird/Nature Walks at Two Mile Beach, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at 12001 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest. Free loaner binoculars. The Prickly Pear Cactuses are about to burst into bloom, and the summer nesting birds are busy taking care of their new families. Bring the whole family. For questions, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Shark tournament comes together

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 11, 2014 01:32 pm

CAPE MAY — This year’s South Jersey’s Annual Shark Tournament had all the elements that define a great tournament experience: big fish, a record payout and great weather. Wrap these three variables around a new, more flexible format and the usual high standard of hospitality and what results is an event that is nothing less than epic. 

The three heaviest fish of the event were threshers, all weighed on Day 3. First there was the 654 pound thresher towed to the scales by the Dumb and Dumber. This monster was preceded to the scales by a 524 pounder boated by Change Order and a 463 pounder weighed-in by the crew of Forgetta Bout It.”

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MAC presents Encore Award to CMC Open Space Board

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:00 am

CAPE MAY - The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) has presented its 2014 Paul Aiken Encore Award to the Cape May County Open Space Board. Shown here, from left, MAC Director Michael Zuckerman, MAC Board Trustee Shirley ("Becki") Wilson, Cape May County Open Space Chairperson Peter Lomax, Cape May County Freeholder Will Morey and MAC Board President Mary McKenney, at the South Jersey Cultural Alliance's Encore Awards Gala on Thursday, May 29, at the LeVoy Theater in Millville. The award recognizes the Cape May County Open Space Board for the visionary step of dedicating a portion of its funding to a historic preservation grant program. 

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Ho, ho, ho…Guess who’s coming to Habor Fest

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 09, 2014 10:58 am

Santa and friend in Cape May Santa and friend in Cape May CAPE MAY - Santa himself is expected to make a surprise appearance at the Nature Center of Cape May during Harbor Fest on June 14. 

But the fun doesn’t end with Santa. There will be games, kid activities, touch tanks, exploration, kayaking, fire boats and trucks, bird watching, food and lots of fun for kids of all ages. June 14 will be a free, fun day for the whole family.

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Lower Township Police Department week arrest summary: May 26 - June 1

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 09, 2014 09:39 am

ltpd logo May 26:

Alicia C. Blackburne, 25, Filder Road, Woodbine, driving while under the influence. Matthew Mullarkey, 39, Spruce Ave., Villas, assault.

Shaun M. Bruce, 24, Maryland Ave., Villas, theft, contempt.

May 27:

Calvin J. Billingsly, 42, E. Atlantic Ave., Villas, possession of CDS, contempt.

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Queen Maysea LXXXII coronation July 30

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 09, 2014 09:26 am

CAPE MAY – The Queen of Cape May, Queen Maysea and her court will be honored at Cape May Convention Hall on Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. This will be the 82nd coronation of the Queen.

All girls 6 to 10 of age who are year-round residents of the Greater Cape May area (Cape May, Cape May Point, West Cape May and Lower Township) are welcome to enter. Girls 5 and younger can also submit an application to participate in the coronation as a flower girl. Preliminary interviews will be held on Tuesday, June 24 at Cape May Convention Hall. All girls interested should submit a recent photo no larger than 5”x 7” along with the application which can be found on www.discovercapemaynj.com .

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Menhaden wash up not linked to water quality

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Written by Christopher South Friday, June 06, 2014 03:55 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Hundreds of dead bait fish that washed up mainly on township beaches, were probably the result of a spill off a commercial fishing vessel, a NJDEP spokesman said. 

Larry Hajna of the NJDEP said a large number of dead menhaden began washing up at Sunset Beach and Higbee’s Beach Friday morning. He said the fish were also being seen on Cape May Point beaches but said the greatest concentration of fish was on township beaches.

“There were wash ups being reported in Cape May Point, but it was sporadic...a couple clusters of fish, some individual fish…” he said.

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