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4-H agent reassigned to Cumberland County

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Cape May County 4-H Agent Julie Karavan has been transferred to Cumberland County, effective Nov. 4.

Karavan, a Cape May County 4-H volunteer club leader and 4-H parent, joined the Rutgers faculty as county 4-H agent in June 2012.

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Parenting Opportunity Partnership event held

 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — About 50 parents and 75 children an event about parenting during a workshop Oct. 19 at the Cape May County Special Services School District in Cape May Court House.

This was the first Cape May County Parenting Opportunity Partnership event.

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Surrogate speaks to voting league

M. Susan Sheppard, Esq., Cape May County Surrogate and Mary G. Conley, president of the Cape May County League of Women Voters at a recent event. 
  M. Susan Sheppard, Esq., Cape May County Surrogate and Mary G. Conley, president of the Cape May County League of Women Voters at a recent event.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Cape May County League of Women Voters sponsored An Evening of "Wills & Wine" on Sept. 26 with Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard as the keynote speaker.  

The event was held at the Jessie Creek Winery and was open to the public.

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Ocean City couple celebrates their union

Suzanne Forrest and Melodie Perri of Ocean City were married on Monday afternoon. Suzanne Forrest and Melodie Perri of Ocean City were married on Monday afternoon.

Christie withdraws appeal on gay marriage in New Jersey

At 4 p.m. Monday, in Judge Richard Russell’s office, Melodie Perri and Suzanne Forrest became the first same-gender couple in Ocean City to be married.

They decided that day, as the legal obstacles to being married in their home state fell apart. They held a quiet service with a few friends and family members.

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Birth announcements - Sept. 25 - Oct. 2

Birth announcements Birth announcements  

Landon Michael Matthews was born to Dawn Horton Matthews and Michael Mathews of Cape May Court House Sept. 25.

Laurie Sudell Vizzard and John Vizzard of Avalon are the parents of John Flynn Vizzard, born Sept. 29.

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NJ Supreme Court to hear gay marriage appeal

The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration on a recent ruling allowing gay marriage in New Jersey.

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RSVP looking for tax filers

 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking people to be part of the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program.

More than 750 Cape May County residents with incomes less that $50,000 received free help filing their 2012 tax returns by RSVP.  To continue this service, more volunteers are being recruited for training.

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LoBiondo joins group requesting delay in flood insurance premium increases

WASHINGTON – On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a bipartisan group of 55 members of the House of Representatives have introduced legislation to change the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), delaying the start of premium increases.

The legislation, led by Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), calls for a four-year delay to the program, requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete an affordability study and proposes a framework that addresses affordability issues.

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Scouts work to improve veterans cemetery

 Boy Scout Boy Scout Ryan Casey of Seaville, (second from left) is joined by his Troop members and Scout Leaders at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery on Oct. 19. Casey selected the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery for his Eagle Scout Project.

Boy Scout Ryan Casey of Seaville, (second from left) is joined by his Troop members and Scout Leaders at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery on Oct. 19. Casey selected the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery for his Eagle Scout Project. 

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Christie withdraws appeal on gay marriage in New Jersey

On Monday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie advised acting Attorney General John Hoffman to withdraw the state's appeal in the matter of Garden State Equality vs. Paula Dow, legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey.

As of Oct. 21, same-sex couples in New Jersey can legally marry, thanks to a decision by Mercer County Superior Judge Mary Jacobson last month. The Christie administration subsequently filed a stay motion regarding the start of same-sex marriages, which Jacobson denied, as well as an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Cape May County Chamber awards to be presented

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce has selected the 2013 Beautification Award winners through an online voting process.

Members nominated businesses and organizations for their efforts in categories of new construction, renovations, creative signs or beautiful landscaping. A new honor in 2013 is the Superstorm Sandy recovery award for interior and exterior renovations.

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Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey issues a tall order

Built in 1859, the Cape may Lighthouse is 157 feet tall and has 199 steps. It is operated by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities./Bill Barlow Built in 1859, the Cape may Lighthouse is 157 feet tall and has 199 steps. It is operated by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities./Bill Barlow

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey has a mission for New Jersey residents and tourists, should they choose to accept it: Visit – and climb if you can – as many lighthouses as possible in a two-day period Saturday to Sunday, Oct. 19-20.

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