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House passes flood insurance reform bill

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted 306-91 Tuesday, March 4 to pass a bill that is intended to delay the increase in flood insurance premiums as a result of the 2012 Biggert-Waters National Flood Insurance Program reform.

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Gov. Christie slams pension spending in budget address

$34.5B budget plan said to include largest pension payment in NJ history 

Gov. Chris Christie presented a $34.5 billion budget Tuesday, Feb. 25 that does not include new taxes or cuts, but provides the largest pension payment in state history, according to his office.

The $2.25 billion planned payment to the public employee pension fund, along with health care and debt costs, are eating up most of the state’s new spending, Christie said.

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Avalon’s shopaholics due in March

AVALON – Avalon’s annual Shop-A-Holics event is scheduled for March 7 to 9 at The Princeton and The Whitebrier.

Shop-A-Holics will offer a number of items at big discounts, according to organizers.

Participants may browse through the variety of designer clothing, shoes, accessories and home décor while enjoying a cocktail.

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Lots to do at Cape May County Library

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The Cape May County Library invites 6- to 12-year-olds and their families to attend the family movie program Friday, Feb. 21, at the library in Cape May Court House.

A screening of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” will be held starting 6 p.m. at 30 West Mechanic St. Another screening will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Lower Cape Branch, at 2600 Bay Shore Road in Villas.  

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Students warned early about heroin

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The county prosecutor’s office is working with schools throughout Cape May County to try to prevent heroin use.

A round table discussion was held during the monthly County School Superintendents Meeting Feb. 5, where members of the Prosecutor’s Office detailed a drug awareness presentation, “Pills to Heroin,” being presented to Middle School and High School students throughout the county.

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House schedules vote to delay flood insurance premium hikes

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The US House of Representatives will vote later this month on new flood insurance legislation to address the increases in many premiums mandated under the 2012 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform law.

Details of the new legislation will be released next week. The vote is scheduled for the week of Feb. 24, and the bill will be unable to be amended on the floor and will require two-thirds approval for passage.

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Multimillion-dollar jail project in Cape May County will cost more than expected

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer talks about the jail project during the freeholders’ meeting Tuesday. MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The new county jail will cost nearly $40 million, much more than officials expected.

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CARA looking for volunteers, advocates

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Coalition Against Rape and Abuse needs volunteers and advocates to respond to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault at local police departments and hospitals.

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SI Swimsuit Issue features Cape May, Wildwood

image courtesy Sports Illustrated, released by Cape May County/An image of Gigi Hadid from Sports Illustrated. Models were photographed in Cape May County for the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, by far the best-selling edition of the national magazine each year. image courtesy Sports Illustrated, released by Cape May County/An image of Gigi Hadid from Sports Illustrated. Models were photographed in Cape May County for the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, by far the best-selling edition of the national magazine each year.

The 50th anniversary edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue released this month includes photos of models in Cape May, Cape May Point and Wildwood.

The edition hit newsstands this week.

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Complaint planned in dispute at Cape May County board

Former head of women’s commission takes issues with attorney’s actions

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The former chairwoman of the Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women said she is filing an ethics complaint against the county’s attorney with the New Jersey Bar Association.

Kathleen Bresan resigned from the organization in January. She accused Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes of unfair treatment. County attorney Barbara Bakley-Marino came to Hayes’ aid, and Bresan has called Bakley-Marino’s response in a letter to the editor in an area newspaper inappropriate.

“I think she [Bakley-Marino] went over, above and beyond, her capacity,” Bresan said.

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The cost of history

Numerous preservation projects seek funds from Open Space board

The seven applications submitted to the Open Space and Farmland Preservation board for historic preservation funding include some of the county’s most visited sites, like the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May and Naval Air Station Wildwood in Lower Township.

The fund has preserved farms in West Cape May, woodland in Middle Township, and helped create county parks. Now, the board must strike a balance between historic preservation projects and “routine maintenance”- while protecting Cape May County’s history.

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Prosecutor takes heroin fight to schools

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The county prosecutor’s office is working with schools throughout Cape May County to try to prevent heroin use.

A round table discussion was held during the monthly County School Superintendents Meeting Feb. 5, where members of the Prosecutor’s Office detailed a drug awareness presentation, “Pills to Heroin,” being presented to middle school and high school students throughout the county.

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