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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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New Jersey American Water launches ‘Pint-Sized Plumbers’ contest

New Jersey American Water has launched a social media contest to encourage customers to check their homes for leaks and get them fixed.

The “Pint-Sized Plumbers” program is designed to get the whole family involved in addressing a problem that nationally results in the loss of an estimated one trillion gallons of water every year. Through the program, New Jersey American Water will give homeowners a chance to win one of several prizes, including a high-efficiency washing machine, for their efforts.

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Don’t get scammed at Super Bowl XLVIII

NEWARK – With Super Bowl XLVIII fast approaching, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs reminds New Jersey sports fans, and those planning on coming to the Garden State for the big game, to beware of opportunistic scams that have been known to occur during major sports events.

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Menendez urges HUD and NJ to address delays in distribution of Sandy aid

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NEWARK – A week after New Jersey terminated a multimillion-dollar contract with the firm hired last year to oversee a grant program aimed at helping homeowners after Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is insisting HUD and state officials attend to growing complaints from New Jersey families, who were devastated by Sandy and are still waiting for federal aid. 

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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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Cape May County study backs consolidated dispatch

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Consolidation of the county’s emergency dispatch has languished for 25 years.

The idea came up again and again, but municipal governments didn’t seem interested.

This year, things seem to be taking shape.

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Senate passes bill to delay increases to flood insurance premiums

MAYS LANDING – The U.S. Senate Thursday, Jan. 30 approved a bill 67-32 that would delay increases to premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program for four years.

The bill, authored by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, is a modeled after bipartisan House legislation authored by Reps. Michael Grimm of New York, Maxine Waters of California, Cedric Richmond of Louisiana and Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey.

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Taxes going up in Cape May County

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Cape May County Board of Freeholders introduced a $1.38.9 million budget, which would raise the tax rate by less than half-a-cent. Last year's tax rate was 20 cents.

Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton attributes part of the tax increase to the continued loss in ratables. In five years, the county lost more than $8.1 billion in ratables – about a 15 percent reduction.

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