Alba Vineyard of Milford was named winery of the year, and wines by several local growers received awards in the New Jersey Wine Competition held recently. The competition is conducted annually by the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension under the supervision of Rutgers University wine expert Gary Pavlis. The 2013 competition featured 250 wines and awarded more than 140 medals.
The medals were awarded at the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s Blues & Wine Festival May 19 at Natirar Park in Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County.
Alba earned six gold medals for its 2010 port, which also won best dessert wine, as well as gold medals for the 2010 Chambourcin, 2010 pinot noir nonvintage raspberry, 2012 Riesling and 2011 Gewurtraminer. The Chambourcin was also named best hybrid wine.
The president’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, which starts Oct. 1, cuts funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by 12.5 percent and to the agency’s flood mapping program by 16 percent, but those proposed reductions in spending will not affect FEMA’s work in southern New Jersey, officials say.
“I can confirm that this doesn’t impact the current process in New Jersey, since funding in this case comes from a different source, the Disaster Relief Fund,” said Dan Watson, FEMA press secretary.
Last Updated on Wednesday, June 05, 2013 05:03 pm
After years of animosity, the line between horseshoe crab fishermen and shorebird defenders, drawn in the sand along the Delaware Bay, could be erased by an artificial bait.
Scientists say horseshoe crabs have been around for at least 300 million years – longer than the dinosaurs – and are among the oldest extant animals.
Last Updated on Monday, June 03, 2013 11:25 am
Frank Lautenberg, the last surviving World War II veteran serving in the US Senate, died this morning. He was 89.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg died due to complications from viral pneumonia at 4:02 a.m. Monday, June 3 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, his office announced. He was 89 years old.
He was the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the Senate.
Last Updated on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 03:41 pm
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The 2013 edition of A Guide to Accessing Cape May County’s Beaches and Surf Chairs for People with Disabilities is now available.
The guide provides information regarding the accessibility of beaches in Avalon, Cape May City, Cape May Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, Strathmere in Upper Township and the Wildwoods.
Last Updated on Thursday, May 30, 2013 07:40 am
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Ocean City recently topped a national list of spots for vacation homes, with North Wildwood coming in as number two.
In a number of recently released lists ranking the nation’s vacation destinations and vacation home markets, Cape May County seashore towns have won the top spots.
OceanCity and North Wildwood have been named the No. 1 and 2, respectively, most searched locations for vacation home sales by the real estate website Trulia for the period between April 2012 and March 2013. Parents Magazine, in its June issue, ranks Cape May No. 5 on its list of family-friendly beach towns, the best showing by a New Jersey resort. And FlipKey, the vacation rental sector of the website Trip Advisor with properties in more than 7,000 locations worldwide, last week named Cape May to its list of top East Coast beaches.
Last Updated on Thursday, June 06, 2013 04:21 pm
Gov. Chris Christie has tapped N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Republican, to hold the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat until the October special election.
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has tapped N.J. Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, a Republican, to hold the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s seat until the October special election.
Christie announced his decision at a press conference in Trenton today.
Last Updated on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 03:08 pm
A mother believes Good Samaritan law will save lives
CAPE MAY COUNTY — For too many years, Tonya Ahern of Upper Township and her family lived a nightmare.
Her 21-year-old son used to be a heroin addict. She said he probably started experimenting marijuana, around 16 or 17 and moved on to heroin.
“It was very difficult for the family,” Ahern said.
Today, her son is in recovery and doing well.
Last Updated on Tuesday, June 04, 2013 02:10 pm
TRENTON- Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that the people of New Jersey will choose who will fill the late Frank Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat.
Christie announced that there will be a special election Oct. 16, with a primary Aug. 13, for the open position.
“I favor the people of New Jersey selecting who will represent them,” Christie said during a press conference Tuesday.
Last Updated on Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:26 am
The prosecutor’s office is looking to map all the properties with surveillance cameras in the county, in an effort to assist in identifying suspects of future crimes.
Local officials, as well as members of the prosecutor’s office, will be visiting local businesses and establishments throughout the county to identify where surveillance cameras are in the area.
Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said this week that the initiative would help law enforcement quickly identify those who commit crimes.
Next week, May 26 to June 1 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. It is marked one week before the start of the 2013 hurricane season, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has predicted will be active to extremely active
The NOAA released its 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook this week, predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher, of which seven to 11 could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher, and three to six of which could become major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.
Several local students graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College at the school’s 46th commencement May 23.