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Cape May City Council rescinds police chief’s contract, prompting councilman’s resignation

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Written by Columb Higgins Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:00 pm

Cape May City Council in a divided vote rescinded the contract of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. He will remain Cape May’s highest ranking officer, but will no longer be the chief, a position he’s held for just shy of one year. Cape May City Council in a divided vote rescinded the contract of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. He will remain Cape May’s highest ranking officer, but will no longer be the chief, a position he’s held for just shy of one year. CAPE MAY – Cape May City Council voted 3-2 to rescind the contract of Cape May Police Chief Robert Sheehan in a contentious meeting Tuesday, prompting the resignation of Councilman Jerry Inderwies Jr., who was sworn into office in January.

Inderwies decried the resolution by City Council, which was supported by Mayor Ed Mahaney and councilwomen Beatrice Gauvry-Pessagno and Terri Swain. Councilman Shaine Meier joined Inderwies in voting against the resolution.

The resolution was approved after a long closed session meeting to discuss an ongoing investigation of Sheehan, council members said. Sheehan said there is an administrative investigation underway at the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and not a criminal investigation. He said he is not the focus of the investigation.

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UPDATED: Icy roads suspected in fatal morning car crash

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 02, 2015 02:32 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The driver killed in an early morning crash on Monday, March 2, was identified as a township employee with a young family. 

The township issued a press release identifying Dave Thomas, who was employed in the Department of Public Works. Thomas, 28, of Lower Township was killed when his Ford Ranger left an icy roadway and struck a tree along Fishing Creek Road. The crash occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m.
Thomas was traveling east bound when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the west bound lane. Preliminary investigation indicated icy road conditions as a possible contributing factor.

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Lower Township budget introduced with 2.5-cent tax rate increase

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, February 26, 2015 06:25 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Newly appointed Lower Township manager Jim Ridgway introduced his first budget on Wednesday, Feb. 18, which would increase the local purpose tax rate by 2.5 cents.

Immediately following the manager’s budget presentation, Councilman Tom Conrad said, “This is not the adoption of the budget. It’s a working document that belongs to council.”

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Free tours of Physick Estate in March

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 am

CAPE MAY – The Friends of the Physick Estate is inviting people to learn about Victorian architecture and local history while helping their neighbors in need during three tours of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate in March.

The tours are planned for 2 p.m. on Fridays, March 6, 13 and 20. Admission is free in exchange for a small donation of items that will benefit the Cape May Community Food Closet.

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Crest Savings Bank donates to aviation museum education programs

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 04:27 pm

 
From left, Crest Savings Bank president and CEO Jay M. Ford, Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation chairman Joseph Salvatore, and Crest Savings Bank senior vice president Nancy Cleaver.	
Submitted / From left, Crest Savings Bank president and CEO Jay M. Ford, Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation chairman Joseph Salvatore, and Crest Savings Bank senior vice president Nancy Cleaver. LOWER TOWNSHIP – Crest Savings Bank recently donated $500 toward the Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum’s youth education programs.

The museum plans on using the money to build on the past accomplishments of the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy and the Explorer’s Academy to create a camp curriculum that would benefit future aviators, engineers and scientists, according to a press release. Students in both camps are given an overview of the importance of science, technology, engineering and math skills as they relate to careers in general, commercial, military and aerospace aviation industries.

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Preschool postmarks

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 04:22 pm

Students in the morning and afternoon preschool classes at David C. Douglass Memorial School recently learned about mail carriers. Submitted
Students in the morning and afternoon preschool classes at David C. Douglass Memorial School recently learned about mail carriers.

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Women’s History Month event March 8

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:00 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and the Cape May County Culture & Heritage Commission are inviting people to participate in “Corresponding Women” to celebrate Women’s History Month.

The exhibit features the paintings, drawings and letter correspondence of two local artists – Cheryl Crews writes from her home studio in the Jersey Cape, and Barbara Maxwell corresponds from her home studio in Atlantic County.

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North Cape May man faces charges in attack with chain, cleaver

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 24, 2015 02:45 pm

NORTH CAPE MAY — A local man faces assault and weapons charges after he allegedly went after his girlfriend and a neighbor with a chain and a meat cleaver on Monday, according to a police report.

Lower Township Police responded to the Villa Woods Apartment Complex at 3311 Bayshore Road in to investigate a fight taking place outside of an apartment in the A Building at about 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.  

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Ice broken: Ferry back in operation

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 23, 2015 10:13 am

CAPE MAY — Beverages or a few jokes can help to break the ice at parties, but it takes more than that to break the ice on the Delaware Bay after a frigid week.

Tug boats and the ferry New Jersey managed it on Sunday, however, allowing the Cape May to Lewes, Del. run to resume normal operations after several days stuck in dock as ice piled up in the bay and the Cape May Canal.

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Family Board Game Night at the library

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, February 22, 2015 03:47 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Children and their families are invited to attend Family Board Game Night at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Lower Cape Branch library, 2600 Bayshore Road in the Villas.

Games like Scrabble, Uno, Life and Checkers can be played. Registration is not required.

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