Cape May County Region

State DEP closes diamondback terrapin hunting season

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Written by David Benson Tuesday, March 03, 2015 04:04 pm

A female diamondback on a warm late spring day searches for a place to lay eggs. Local conservationists work to rescue the animals when they are run over during nesting season, but they are also hunted during the winter. – File photo by Bill Barlow A female diamondback on a warm late spring day searches for a place to lay eggs. Local conservationists work to rescue the animals when they are run over during nesting season, but they are also hunted during the winter. – File photo by Bill Barlow TRENTON - Diamondback terrapins in southern New Jersey may sleep more soundly this winter after the state ordered an early close to the reptiles’ hunting season this week.

Bob Martin, commissioner state Department of Environmental Protection, said in a March 2 press release that pressure from increased harvesting of northern diamondback terrapins in coastal areas of the state led him to close the remainder of the commercial harvest season for this turtle species.

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Drone demo held at Gazette offices

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 03:00 pm

Shown is the DJI Pantom II drone owned by Jim Nanos of Apple Investigations. Nanos said the drone cost about $7,000 with all its components. He is using the equipment for a second business, which will provide aerial photographs and video for clients.
Shown is the DJI Pantom II drone owned by Jim Nanos of Apple Investigations. Nanos said the drone cost about $7,000 with all its components. He is using the equipment for a second business, which will provide aerial photographs and video for clients. MARMORA –Jim Nanos, a private investigator based in Rio Grande, stopped by the Gazette offices in Marmora, Feb. 18, to show how his unmanned aircraft system – or drone – worked.

Nanos’s drone, a DJI Phantom II, has four helicopter-like blades and is outfitted with a camera that captures photos and videos.

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Hospice volunteers sought

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, February 21, 2015 12:00 am

NORTHFIELD – Volunteers are sought for the Heartland Hospice to visit hospice patients and families in Cape May, Atlantic, or Cumberland counties. Hospice volunteers give caregivers a break to run errands or catch up on rest.

Volunteer training is provided. For more information, call 609-641-4675 or 856-251-0707.

 

Help sought for those out in the cold

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 20, 2015 03:50 pm

Residents call for task force to deal with homelessness

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — In the midst of record cold temperatures, some locals want to make sure the homeless in Cape May County have a warm place to sleep.

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County library hosts ‘Tween Game Day’ in Villas

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 20, 2015 12:00 am

CAPE MAY - Youth ages 10-14 are invited to the free "Tween Game Day" at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Lower Cape Branch of the county library at 2600 Bayshore Road in Villas.

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Police Academy is looking for a few good citizens

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:00 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - The public is invited to take part in a Citizens Police Academy starting Feb. 23, at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center. The academy will take place on Mondays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. through April 20.

The classes, announced by Freeholder Leonard C. Desiderio and Chief Thomas D’Intino, president of the county Chiefs of Police Association, will give residents an overview of the law enforcement, according to a press release.

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Cape May County Library hosts a home school social

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 18, 2015 08:00 pm

The public is invited to a Homeschool Social at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at the Lower Cape branch of the county library at 2600 Bayshore Road in the Villas.

Each month, library staff explores different subjects with stories and activities for the homeschooled children. The staff also provides books for further reading, and demonstrates databases and Internet sources families can access from home computers.

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Teacher of the Year to speak at Edcamp in Mays Landing

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:53 am

MAYS LANDING – Cyndi Leatherwood, Cape May County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, will be one of the instructors leading discussions at this year’s Edcamp South Jersey at the William Davies Middle School, 1876 Dr. Dennis Foreman Drive, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28.

Leatherwood, a Dennis Township 8th grade teacher, said in a press release, “Edcamp will give everyone who attends a chance to learn about all sorts of topics like technology in the classroom and encouraging community involvement in education and much more.”

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Freeholders oppose ocean drilling

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 16, 2015 01:50 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Board of Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, Feb. 10 opposing ocean drilling in the Atlantic Ocean off the New Jersey coast.

The Department of Interior recently released a draft of a new offshore energy plan that includes opening up parts of the Atlantic Ocean to offshore gas and oil drilling, starting in 2021.

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200 Club to award up to $27,500 in scholarships

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 09, 2015 03:14 pm

The 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties announced that it will award up to $27,500 in scholarships to Atlantic County and Cape May County students this year. 

The scholarships are for the children of survivors and active members of law enforcement agencies, fire departments and rescue squad personnel who live or work in Atlantic or Cape May County.

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FEMA revises flood maps for some Cape May and Atlantic County towns

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Written by Claire Lowe Saturday, February 07, 2015 10:34 am

Thanks to the work of local governments, many properties that were once in the area in the restrictive V zone are now being moved into the A zone, according to updated flood insurance rate maps released last week.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday, Feb. 2 released revised preliminary flood insurance rate maps (or FIRMs) for certain communities, including several areas of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

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County Veterans’ Bureau sponsors Valentine’s trip to Vineland Memorial Home

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 03, 2015 07:55 am

The Cape May County Veterans’ Bureau is sponsoring a Valentine’s trip to Vineland Memorial Home on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Veterans’ organizations and their auxiliaries are currently collecting donations from businesses throughout the county to present to hospitalized veterans.

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