Cape May County Region

Cape May County conference focuses on lessons learned from Sandy

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:00 pm

Emergency Preparedness Conference  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.

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Cheap, pure, and deadly

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Written by Alex Davis Tuesday, May 21, 2013 03:04 pm

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.

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New CASA volunteers sworn in

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, May 20, 2013 04:00 pm

 New CASA volunteers sworn in 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

 

Police: two dead from overdoses over the weekend

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, May 20, 2013 12:55 pm

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.

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Police officers remembered

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Friday, May 10, 2013 09:44 pm

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.

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New Jersey now has a thriving eagle population

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Written by Bill Barlow Friday, May 10, 2013 01:32 pm

A bald eagle takes a rest on an osprey nest in Ocean City over the winter. 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.”

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NJDEP launches new online services to expedite permit applications

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Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 am

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has launched a series of new online services that will allow the public to electronically apply for various permits and licenses or to electronically post certain public notices, Commissioner Bob Martin announced Thursday.

“The Christie Administration has prioritized the reduction of red tape and embraces easy, common-sense processes that alleviate unnecessary burdens for the public,” Martin said. “With our improved technology, our streamlined e-permitting programs have proven successful for property owners and contractors, while still requiring applicants to meet the DEP's same high environmental standards.”

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Phone app allows anonymous tips to sheriff’s office

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Thursday, May 09, 2013 11:00 am

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Want to submit an anonymous tip to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office? Use the department’s free cell phone “app.”

“It is easier, faster and more convenient and I anticipate a greater response in tips, especially from our young adults,” Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer said in a press release Wednesday, May 8.

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Sandy grants available

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 08, 2013 04:16 pm

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The state’s Economic Development Authority approved a program May 1 making grants of up to $50,000 available to small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.

State officials expect about 5,000 businesses to be assisted through the “Stronger NJ Business Grant Program,” which is giving priority to tourism-related businesses within the nine counties most affected by Sandy, including Cape May County.

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New cow at county zoo

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 07, 2013 04:19 pm

Jilly Jilly

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Cape May County Zoo has a new cow — 8-week-old Jilly.

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$7B paid out in Sandy claims

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Tuesday, May 07, 2013 02:38 pm

Six months after Sandy, the National Flood Insurance Program reports it has paid out $7.125 billion and has closed 97 percent of claims resulting from the Oct. 29 super storm.

New Jersey filed the most claims, 73,934, and received the most in payments, $3.2 billion. New York was second with 56,774 claims and $3 billion in payments.

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Poster contest winners announced

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 02, 2013 12:00 am

 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Twelve winners of the 21st annual My County Poster Contest were honored April 24 in the courthouse jury assembly room by county Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti, Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer and Surrogate Susan Sheppard. 

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