Several local students graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College at the school’s 46th commencement May 23.
The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is among the attractions along the Coastal Heritage Trail. Senators want the trail back under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
A year and a half after the National Park Service lost management control of New Jersey’s Coastal Heritage Trail, New Jersey’s two senators have introduced legislation to reauthorize the trail as national parkland.
The legislation introduced by Democrats Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez during National Park Week, which was marked late last month, would return the trail to NPS jurisdiction through 2018. That would allow the NPS to provide support to the trail and to help visitors access its many attractions, which include Corson’s Inlet State Park, Cape May Point State Park and the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in Cape May County.
Heroin a growing concern in county
CAPE MAY COUNTY – A generation ago, heroin was all but unheard of in Cape May County.
Veteran officers say there were other illicit drugs sold throughout the Jersey Cape, but heroin, considered a scourge of urban areas, was rarely seen. During the 1970s, according to several sources, the heroin bought at the street level was usually less than 5 percent pure, the rest made up of anything the dealer had handy, from powder to brick dust. Starting in the 1990s, the highly addictive narcotic began to show up in Cape May County, both in arrest reports and in overdoses.
Officials say there were several drug overdoses in Cape May County over the weekend, including two fatalities.
From May 17 until May 19, police in Wildwood and Lower Township investigated several overdoses, according to an announcement from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, Wildwood Police Chief Steven Long and Lower Township Chief Brian Marker.
A Wildwood teen and a 54-year-old woman from Rio Grande are dead, and officials believe drugs may be to blame.
REPUBLICAN CLUB OF MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — For information on joining or to support the Republican Party in Middle Township, e-mail Ed at
or call 609-408-7429.
WILDWOOD SALVATION ARMY — The Wildwood Salvation Army will be located at the Cape May County Advisory Commision on the Status of Women, 10 North Main Street, Cape May Court House, every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The phone number is 609-463-6695. For emergencies call 231-5565. For $30 you can send your child to summer camp at Camp Tecumseh in Pittstown, NJ. Applications for summer camp are available now. For information call the number above and leave a message.
JAZZ JAM SESSIONS — Every Sunday at 6 p.m. there will be a Jazz Jam Session at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Atlantic and Poplar avenues, Wildwood. Bring your instrument. For details call John at 609-377-6436.
FREE LIBRARY HOME DELIVERY — The Cape May County Library now offers free delivery of library material to Cape May County residents of any age who are physically unable to visit the library, including the elderly, the disabled and those who are temporarily incapacitated by illness or accident and are unable to get to the library on their own. Home Delivery visits are made once a month on Tuesdays, depending on staff availability. A schedule will be discussed with you during your first visit. This service is free; you will not be charged any fines, although you will be responsible for lost or damaged items. Books in Large Print or regular size print, and Audio Books are available. You may request specific authors and titles or have a librarian choose them according to your interest. Four to eights items at any time will be delivered. To sign-up contact Michael Conley in the Outreach Services Department of the Cape May County Library at 609-463-6358. Leave a message with your phone number and a mailing address where you can be contacted. All calls will be returned.
A bald eagle takes a rest on an osprey nest in Ocean City over the winter.
The species nearly disappeared in the 1980s
Not long ago, the chances of seeing an eagle in New Jersey were almost infinitesimal. A little while ago, a reporter saw five in one day in Atlantic County, two flying over a Parkway entrance, one high above a group of circling buzzards, and two more flying off a tree in the parking lot of a trailhead. Those two were immature, but definitely bald eagles.
“Eagles have slowly been recovering from the bad old days of DDT, and this protection has started to pay off,” said Mike Crewe, the program director at the Cape May Bird Observatory. “There’s eagles all over the place now.”
Seven months after a historic storm struck the Northeast, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. representatives has introduced the Hurricane Sandy Tax Relief Act of 2013, designed to provide additional assistance to those rebuilding in the wake of the Oct. 29 superstorm.
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a Republican representing New Jersey’s 2nd District, is among those sponsoring the legislation in the House of Representatives that is modeled after a bill that was passed into law following Hurricane Katrina’s destruction in New Orleans in 2005. Katrina, at $108 billion in damages, remains the costliest storm in U.S. history. Sandy is second with $75 billion in damages. The purpose of the legislation is to complement federal aid by providing additional tax relief to those affected by Sandy.
Emergency Preparedness Conference
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The county hosted its annual Emergency Preparedness Conference on Tuesday, May 21 at the Cape May County Technical High School.
The conference was moved up from September this year to focus on hurricane preparedness in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
New CASA volunteers sworn in
CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties held its spring swearing in ceremony for its newest class of 18 CASA volunteers. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are trained volunteers who speak on behalf of foster children who have been neglected and abused, and they are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
photo by Stefanie Campolo
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The Health Department, in cooperation with the state Department of Environmental Protection, is continuing its cooperative coastal monitoring program.
Sixty-one ocean and eight back-bay recreational sites have been selected for weekly monitoring. The program is dedicated to monitoring sewage treatment plant discharge to the Atlantic Ocean from outfalls 1 mile off Ocean City, Avalon and Wildwood Crest.
Officials look on as wreaths are placed at the memorial by five police organizations in memory of the police officers killed in the line of duty. The annual Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service took place Friday, May 10, at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center in Middle Township.
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The Cape May County Library and Sturdy Savings Bank are sponsoring a teen photography contest.
This year’s theme is “A New Point of View” and there are three categories: food, nature and Cape May County.