Cape May County Region

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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Cape May County residents volunteer for CASA

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 28, 2014 08:30 am

SOMERS POINT - Six Cape May County residents were recently sworn as Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, volunteers at a ceremony in Somers Point. The swearing-in capped 30 hours of classroom instruction in child advocacy.

As CASA volunteers, the volunteers will advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children and ensure these children receive necessary resources and services while living in foster care. The goal is to ensure that the children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

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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


      
   

The difference between life and death

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, April 18, 2014 09:56 am

David Benson/ Tonya Ahern of Upper Township shows the two types of naloxone available, a nasal spray and an injection. David Benson/ Tonya Ahern of Upper Township shows the two types of naloxone available, a nasal spray and an injection. Parents group seeks overdose antidote, training

A matter of minutes could mean the difference between life and death for an overdose victim.

That’s the thinking of Tonya Ahern, an Upper Township woman who works with Parent to Parent, a support group for parents of individuals suffering from addiction.

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Cape May County police chiefs vote in support of heroin antidote

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 11, 2014 02:27 pm

Use by local law enforcement now needs to be approved by acting attorney general

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE—Lives in Cape May County may be saved that would otherwise have been lost to a vicious drug, once county detectives are trained to use an antidote for heroin overdoses.

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced that the Chiefs of Police Association voted Thursday to support the use of Narcan by all local police departments in the county, the sheriff’s department, and prosecutor’s office.

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King for a day (VIDEO)

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Friday, April 11, 2014 12:03 pm

Jacob Schaad Jr., center, accepts an award for 75 years in journalism from New Jersey Press Association Executive Director George White Thursday, April 10. With them is reporter Christie Rotondo of The Wildwood Leader./Mark Schaad Jacob Schaad Jr., center, accepts an award for 75 years in journalism from New Jersey Press Association Executive Director George White Thursday, April 10. With them is reporter Christie Rotondo of The Wildwood Leader./Mark Schaad New Jersey Press Association honors Jacob Schaad Jr., 92, for 75 years in journalism

TRENTON – With a lifetime of experience in journalism, Jacob Schaad Jr., 92, of Del Haven in Cape May County has turned the spotlight on many people – be they criminals, politicians, celebrities or everyday heroes.

He started as a copy boy at the Paterson Evening News in 1939 and moved up to writing, staying at the Evening News for 30 years. As a reporter on the courts beat in the ’50s and ’60s, Schaad was in the thick of some high-profile cases and interviewed a number of celebrity plaintiffs and defendants.

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Feds extend comment period on red knot status

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Written by David Benson Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:58 am

photo by Gregory Breese/USFWS Red knots fly thousands of miles each year, including an annual stop at the Delaware Bay to feast on horseshoe crab eggs. MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – The annual migration of the red knot is about a month away, and this year the birds' trek to shores of the Delaware Bay will coincide with a federal agency's consideration to add the shorebird to the threatened species list.

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