Cape May County Region

Christie appoints new Pinelands Commission members

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Written by Columb Higgins Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:45 pm

Pipeline opponents see attempt to reverse January vote

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie nominated two new members to the Pinelands Commission this week.

New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr and Robert Barr, president of the Ocean City Democratic Club and the Ocean City Community Association, would replace D’Arcy Rohan Green of Bay Head and Robert Jackson of Middle Township on the commission. In January, Rohan Green and Jackson both voted against a planned natural gas pipeline that would run through the Pinelands to the BL England power plant in Beesleys Point. The 7-7 vote defeated the controversial project.

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Anti-heroin campaign aimed at shore towns

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:03 am

In an effort to fight opiate abuse in New Jersey, the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse has launched an awareness campaign that will target the state’s shore towns.

Officials have described the rise of heroin use and other opiates as an epidemic, and timed the launch for the start of summer, citing an increase of drug deaths at the shore.

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LoBiondo: Veterans Affairs head should step down

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:30 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo has called for the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki amid revelations of mistreatment of veterans at VA hospitals and facilities, as detailed in national media reports.

On May 5, the American Legion called for Shinseki’s resignation.

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State will work with feds to locate beach sand

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Written by David Benson Thursday, May 15, 2014 03:12 pm

TRENTON - The state has signed an agreement with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for a $400,000 federally funded study to find sand resources offshore that can be tapped for future beach restoration and resiliency projects, a state official said in a statement on Monday, May 12.

The research effort will analyze the state's existing data to locate sand resources in federal waters in the Outer Continental Shelf that can be used for coastal restoration projects in New Jersey.

“Basically, the study will take a look at much of the coastline,” said Larry Ragonese, DEP spokesman.

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State approves grants for home elevations

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, May 13, 2014 04:00 pm

TRENTON —  Cape May County residents are among the 109 homeowners approved to receive grants up to $30,000 to assist them with costs incurred in elevating homes to protect against flooding and storms, the state Department of Environmental Protection said in a press release on Monday.

Abbie Tang-Smith, a DEP spokeswoman, said nine homeowners in the county will receive the grants: four in Ocean City, two in North Wildwood, one in Stone Harbor, one in Sea Isle City and one in Lower Township.

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Ocean water tests to begin May 12

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Written by David Benson Thursday, May 08, 2014 09:59 am

A family splashes in the ocean. County officials say regular testing and periodic flyovers by the state Department of Environmental Protection help make sure the water is clean and safe. - file photo by Jen Marra A family splashes in the ocean. County officials say regular testing and periodic flyovers by the state Department of Environmental Protection help make sure the water is clean and safe. End to EPA flights of little concern in Cape May County

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A federal plan to eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Coastal Crusader” summer flyover program of monitoring waters and beaches along the coast of New Jersey shouldn’t have an impact on monitoring water quality in Cape May County, an official said recently.

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ACLU backs Cape May County resident’s records request, sues Christie administration

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, May 07, 2014 05:03 pm

NEWARK – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has sued the Christie administration over an open records requests from a Cape May County resident who sought records of requests others had made in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal.

For years, Harry Scheeler of Cape MayCounty has been auditing local, county and state agencies to see if they are compliant with the Open Public Records Act, the ACLU said. Scheeler conducts his audits by requesting – and receiving – records of all OPRA requests submitted to various government agencies. He posts his findings on his website.

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UPDATED: 21 new citizens welcomed at first ever Cape May County ceremony

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Written by David Benson Thursday, May 01, 2014 12:48 pm

Pvt. 1st Class Viktoryia Belahryvaya, North Cape May, swears allegiance to the United States in a naturalization ceremony at the William E. Sturm Administrative Building on May 1. Pvt. 1st Class Viktoryia Belahryvaya, North Cape May, swears allegiance to the United States in a naturalization ceremony at the William E. Sturm Administrative Building on May 1. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Twenty-one people from 16 different countries took an oath to support and defend the United States as new citizens at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the William E. Sturm Administration Building.

One of the new citizens, a 25-year-old private in the New Jersey National Guard and a resident of North Cape May, began her journey four years ago, when she left her family in Ivye, Belarus with nothing more than her luggage, a photo of a woman she’d never met, and a dream of working in America.

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Freeholders to consider connecting Lower and Middle bicycle paths

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Written by David Benson Wednesday, April 30, 2014 01:38 pm

Freeholders to consider connecting Lower and Middle bicycle paths CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A $400,000 project to connect the bike paths between Middle and Lower townships took a step closer to reality recently, when the Cape May County Open Space Board recommended approval of the project to the Board of Freeholders.

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Officials seek dredging relief from state

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 22, 2014 03:14 pm

Robert Martin, DEP commissioner, sits at the end of the table and discusses dredging concerns with county and local officials. Robert Martin, DEP commissioner, sits at the end of the table and discusses dredging concerns with county and local officials. TRENTON – County and local officials met with the state recently to review restrictions and regulations on dredging projects, including recommendations on state challenges to back bay projects.

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Experts hope dolphin disease has nearly run its course

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:53 am

A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow) A dolphin takes a breath while swimming off Ocean City Saturday with several others. Federal officials fear a deadly illness could be coming back north with the returning animals, although the hope is that the disease will peter out this spring. (photo by Bill Barlow) With warming temperatures, the snowbirds are returning from Florida.

That goes for wildlife as well as human cold-averse residents. On platforms along the marshes and back bays, ospreys are choosing their nesting sites, and over the weekend, just past the wetsuited surfers in the 40-something degree water in Ocean City’s north end, a pod of dolphins made its way through the waves.

Now that the water is warming up some, the marine mammals are making their way back into local waters after migrating south for the winter.

Bob Schoelkopf, the founder and director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said he expects to see fewer dolphins along the New Jersey coast after last year’s devastating die-off, but at the same time, the local population will likely be healthier.

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Jersey shore towns that offer free beach tags for veterans

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 18, 2014 04:08 pm

 
Beach tags required


Free for veterans

Brigantine 


Yes


 
Atlantic City


Free


Yes


Ventnor


Yes


 
Margate


Yes


 
Longport


Yes


Yes


Ocean City


Yes


Vote Pending


Strathmere


Free


Yes


Sea Isle City


Yes


Yes


Avalon


Yes


Yes


Stone Harbor


Yes


Yes


Anglesea


Free


Yes


North Wildwood


Free


Yes


Wildwood


Free


Yes


Wildwood Crest


Free


Yes


Diamond Beach


Yes


 
Cape May


Yes


Yes


      
   

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