Cape May Gazette

‘Magnificent Monarch’ featured at Harborside Chat

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 03:10 pm

CAPE MAY - Dick Walton will address one of the great mysteries of the natural world with his presentation about the monarch butterfly, and lead an examination of the question, “Are migratory monarchs indeed at the brink of extinction?”

Join the Nature Center of Cape May on Sept. 30, at 6 p.m., as they share the wonder and mystery of this fragile creature and ponder how is it that the monarch is able to journey over 2,000 miles to its winter home in Macheros, Mexico. The saga of the Magnificent Monarch reads like a best seller as it combines the elements of a thriller, mystery, detective story, and yes, occasionally, a tragedy. 

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Lower Township Police Department Weekly Adult Arrest Summary Sept. 15-21

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 03:03 pm

Sept 17:

Andrew T. Bove, 29, Fifth Ave., West Cape May, contempt of court by violating Domestic Rights Act.
Briget A. Guinan, 52, E. New York Ave., Villas, Driving while under the influence.
Sept. 18:
Lisa J. Kartasheff, 45, Vacation Rd., Villas, contempt of court, possession of a Schedule I-IV drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle.
Roy S. Boatman, 37, Fishing Creek Road, North Cape May, driving while under the influence.

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Small exhaust stack fire on MV Delaware

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 11:58 am

NORTH CAPE MAY – A small exhaust stack fire was discovered Friday, at approximately 2:20 a.m., aboard the M/V Delaware while the vessel was at the Cape May Terminal pier. No passengers were on board and no one was hurt.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the fire is believed to have been started by an ember in the exhaust stack of the vessel’s port engine.
“The fire was similar to a home chimney fire,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations. “Thanks to the efforts of veteran Cape May-Lewes Ferry night engineer, Joe Wardach, who discovered the fire and the local Fire Departments, led by Town Bank, who immediately responded to the scene, the fire was quickly extinguished.

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Judge will decide on special election soon

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 26, 2014 10:28 am

ATLANTIC CITY – Frank Campbell, special counsel for the Lower Cape May Regional School District, said Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez would issue a ruling in a week on how the cost of the Dec. 9 special election would be borne. 

A special election asking voters in Cape May, West Cape May, and Lower Township if they would like to dissolve the Lower Cape May Regional School District has been scheduled for Dec. 9. County Clerk Rita Fulginiti originally said Cape May would bear the cost of the special election, but Cape May objected. Cape May’s special counsel in the dissolution effort, Vito Gagliardi, said historically the regional school districts have borne the cost. Cape May has indicated it would be willing to pay 35 percent of the cost, which is their share of the district’s budget. But during a phone conference with County Counsel Jim Arsenault, neither West Cape May or Lower Township indicated they were willing to share the cost, or had the authority to enter into such an agreement.

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College football offers a menagerie of teams, and scores

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 26, 2014 10:14 am

I like reviewing the list of college football scores in the Sunday newspaper. I’m not the kind of person who memorizes statistics and spews them out at manly get-togethers, but I do like to look at who is beating who and by how much. 

Generally speaking, if you look at scores from the professional ranks, you are not going to see a wide disparity in scores. Take this past week’s scores, for example. Seattle beat Denver 26-20. Philadelphia beat Washington 37-34. Detroit beat Green Bay 19-7. There were some exceptions, such as Indianapolis beating Jacksonville 44-17, or Atlanta beating Tampa Bay 56-14. Those look like college scores. 

I like to group college football scores into what I call “Defense Optional,” “Offense Absent,” “Mismatched Opponents,” and “Squeakers.”

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Investigation leads to arrest and seizure of marijuana plants

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 26, 2014 09:16 am

VILLAS - On Sept. 14, Lower Township Police Patrol Division received a report of Marijuana Plants growing in the back yard of a residence on E. Hudson Avenue in the Villas. Patrol and detectives responded to the area of E. Hudson Avenue, where 40 suspected marijuana plants were located and seized. The resident was later identified as Robert Franco. Franco was subsequently charged with 2C:35-5b(10)(b), manufacturing, distribution of marijuana plants, a second degree crime. A warrant was authorized by Judge Thomas Hillegass.

   

CMPD arrests to on drugs, weapons charges

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:25 pm

CAPE MAY – Cape May Police arrested two men on drug possession and illegal weapons charges after a traffic stop.

David P. Costanza, 52, of Somers Point, and Brian N. Tsosie, 30, of North Cape May, were arrested following a motor vehicle stop by Patrolman D. Murphy of the Cape May Police Department on Sept. 17 at 11:36 p.m. charges related to Controlled Dangerous Substance violations and a Weapons Offense.
A 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck driven by Costanza was stopped by police for a seatbelt violation on Broadway in West Cape May. Following the stop, police observed the driver to be in possession of a knife and a Controlled Dangerous Substance. A search of the vehicle revealed additional controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia.

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New Traffic Pattern at the Cape May Ferry Terminal

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 25, 2014 03:00 pm

NORTH CAPE MAY – Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced changes to the traffic pattern at the Cape May Ferry Terminal. The changes create a dedicated path for pedestrians and bicyclists from Lincoln Boulevard into and out of the Terminal and a new exit for vehicles from the terminal onto Beach Drive.

The new traffic pattern, which is designed to enhance safety and promote bicycling in the Twin Capes region, will be effective on Sept. 29.

The way vehicles enter the Terminal complex – whether to board the vessel or to go to the terminal, will not change. In addition, vehicles leaving the ferry will continue to exit the property in the same manner. However, customers who enter and park in the Terminal lot to attend an event, to pick up or drop off passengers or to use the Ferry as a walk-on will now exit using Beach Drive.

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Judge to decide who will pay for special election

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:30 am

CAPE MAY COUNTY – Cape May County counsel Jim Arsenault said he filed an action Sept. 19 to have a judge decide who will pay for the Dec. 9 special election on whether to dissolve the Lower Cape May Regional School District. 

County Clerk Rita Fulginiti informed Cape May it would have to bear the cost of the special election because they asked for the referendum. Cape May appealed to the county counsel, who has sought a determination from Super Court.

The state Department of Education announced that a special election on the dissolution of the Lower Cape May Regional School District would be held Dec. 9 for Cape May, West Cape May, and Lower Township. Cape May requested a referendum on keeping or dissolving the LCMR school district as part of an effort to lower school taxes for Cape May property owners.

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Fiocchi tours wineries, breweries to promote tourism

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:16 am

CAPE MAY COUNTY - Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic) took a tour of six Cape May County wineries, two breweries and a distillery on Wednesday to promote tourism in Cape May County.

Fiocchi’s tour, labeled “The Cape May County Wine Trail and Brewery Tour,” started at the Willow Creek Winery, West Cape May, and went on to the Cape May Winery, North Cape May, the Hawk Haven Winery, Rio Grande, Cape May Brewing Company, Rio Grande, Natalie Vineyards, Cape May Court House, and the Tuckahoe Brewing Company, Ocean View.

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