Cape May County Region

Atlantic City Electric seeks 5.6 percent rate hike

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 17, 2014 12:18 pm

MAYS LANDING – Atlantic City Electric customers could see their bills increase this year, officials announced last week.

The company asked the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Friday to authorize a base rate adjustment of approximately $61.7 million to help pay for "infrastructure improvements and reliability investments already made on behalf of our customers," according to a news release. 

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Congress approves flood insurance reform bill

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Written by Claire Lowe Thursday, March 13, 2014 07:28 pm

Bill heads to president’s desk

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Senate Thursday, March 13 passed the flood insurance reform bill, already approved in the House, which substantially amends the flood insurance rate hikes under the Biggert-Waters Act. The bill is now headed to the president’s desk for his signature.

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State change to Sandy grant program may allow some to see money up front

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:31 am

Work continues on a house in Avalon. A change in a federally funded grant program could mean more homeowners will be able to start Sandy recovery projects earlier. Work continues on a house in Avalon. A change in a federally funded grant program could mean more homeowners will be able to start Sandy recovery projects earlier. TRENTON – Homeowners may be able to see some grant money up front, under a big change to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program announced this week by the Christie Administration.

Grant applicants had been told they would have to fund the work up front and then were eligible for reimbursements.

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Residents plan to take action against addiction in Cape May County

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Written by Alex Davis Friday, March 07, 2014 03:14 pm

Area residents took part in a drug addiction forum Thursday night. Area residents took part in a drug addiction forum Thursday night.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The battle against drug addiction in Cape May County is now in the hands of the people.

Heroin is the main target.

Several area residents signed up to be part of subcommittees following the Community Action Against Addiction forum Thursday, March 6, at the Cape May County administration building in Middle Township. The four groups are focused on research and advocacy; prevention and education; treatment; and recovery support.

Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor said it’s now up to the people to take the fight to the next level.

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House passes flood insurance reform bill

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Written by Claire Lowe Wednesday, March 05, 2014 01:31 pm

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

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Written by Alex Davis Wednesday, February 26, 2014 02:57 pm

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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Gov. Christie slams pension spending in budget address

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, February 25, 2014 05:39 pm

$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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CARA looking for volunteers, advocates

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, February 23, 2014 01:00 am

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

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 19, 2014 02:52 pm

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

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Written by Alex Davis Tuesday, February 18, 2014 03:01 pm

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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Students warned early about heroin

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 14, 2014 11:15 am

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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The cost of history

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, February 14, 2014 10:51 am

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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