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Rule revisions streamline DEP permits for Post-Sandy projects

In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Christie administration this week formally adopted rules that streamline New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection permits for various types of rebuilding projects.

This action will aid reconstruction of impacted homes and businesses, assist the recovery of marinas and shellfish industries, help make coastal areas more resilient in future storms, and expedite dredging of storm-impacted private lagoons and marinas.

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State police warn of copper, AC unit thefts

Thieves have been targeting vacant buildings and businesses for copper pipes and wire, as well as air conditioning units, state police announced Thursday.
These items are being taken particularly in Upper, Middle, and Dennis townships, police said.

From the beginning of May, state police said Upper has seen four thefts, Dennis five, and 10 in Middle.

State police could not confirm why these items are being targeted; however, there is a thriving scrap metal trade in the county.

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Christie taps attorney general for Senate seat

Gov. Chris Christie has tapped N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Republican, to hold the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat until the October special election. Gov. Chris Christie has tapped N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Republican, to hold the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat until the October special election.

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has tapped N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Republican, to hold the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat until the October special election.

Christie announced his decision at a press conference in Trenton today.

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Parents search for ways to help fight addiction

A mother believes Good Samaritan law will save lives

CAPE MAY COUNTY — For too many years, Tonya Ahern of Upper Township and her family lived a nightmare.

Her 21-year-old son used to be a heroin addict. She said he probably started experimenting marijuana, around 16 or 17 and moved on to heroin.

“It was very difficult for the family,” Ahern said.

Today, her son is in recovery and doing well.

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October election to fill Lautenberg seat

Chris Christie TRENTON- Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that the people of New Jersey will choose who will fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat.

Christie announced that there will be a special election Oct. 16, with a primary Aug. 13, for the open position.

“I favor the people of New Jersey selecting who will represent them,” Christie said during a press conference Tuesday.

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Prosecutor’s office wants to map county’s cameras

The prosecutor’s office is looking to map all the properties with surveillance cameras in the county, in an effort to assist in identifying suspects of future crimes.

Local officials, as well as members of the prosecutor’s office, will be visiting local businesses and establishments throughout the county to identify where surveillance cameras are in the area.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said this week that the initiative would help law enforcement quickly identify those who commit crimes.

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'reNew Jersey Stronger' Housing Recovery Center open in Cape May County

Residents impacted by Sandy encouraged to apply for grants

Eligible homeowners, whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed by Hurricacne Sandy, were encouraged to apply for two grants to help them resettle in their homes, elevate or rebuild their residences when they met with New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constable III Monday, June 17 at the ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Recovery Center in North Cape May.

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Local vineyards bring home medals in state wine competition

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Alba Vineyard of Milford was named winery of the year, and wines by several local growers received awards in the New Jersey Wine Competition held recently. The competition is conducted annually by the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension under the supervision of Rutgers University wine expert Gary Pavlis. The 2013 competition featured 250 wines and awarded more than 140 medals.

The medals were awarded at the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s Blues & Wine Festival May 19 at Natirar Park in Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County.

Alba earned six gold medals for its 2010 port, which also won best dessert wine, as well as gold medals for the 2010 Chambourcin, 2010 pinot noir nonvintage raspberry, 2012 Riesling and 2011 Gewurtraminer. The Chambourcin was also named best hybrid wine.

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Proposed budget cuts to FEMA’s flood map program won’t hit NJ

The president’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, which starts Oct. 1, cuts funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by 12.5 percent and to the agency’s flood mapping program by 16 percent, but those proposed reductions in spending will not affect FEMA’s work in southern New Jersey, officials say.

“I can confirm that this doesn’t impact the current process in New Jersey, since funding in this case comes from a different source, the Disaster Relief Fund,” said Dan Watson, FEMA press secretary.

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Could artificial bait end the horseshoe crab vs. shorebird war?

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After years of animosity, the line between horseshoe crab fishermen and shorebird defenders, drawn in the sand along the Delaware Bay, could be erased by an artificial bait.

Scientists say horseshoe crabs have been around for at least 300 million years – longer than the dinosaurs – and are among the oldest extant animals.

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Frank Lautenberg dead at 89

Frank Lautenberg, the last surviving World War II veteran serving in the US Senate, died this morning. He was 89. Frank Lautenberg, the last surviving World War II veteran serving in the US Senate, died this morning. He was 89. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg died due to complications from viral pneumonia at 4:02 a.m. Monday, June 3 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, his office announced.  He was 89 years old.

He was the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the Senate.

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Beach accessibility guide out

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The 2013 edition of A Guide to Accessing Cape May County’s Beaches and Surf Chairs for People with Disabilities is now available.

The guide provides information regarding the accessibility of beaches in Avalon, Cape May City, Cape May Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Strathmere in Upper Township and the Wildwoods. 

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