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Nominations sought for outstanding service award

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services is accepting nominations for the 2013 outstanding service recognition award.  

The award acknowledges people, organizations or businesses for their contributions to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities living in Cape May County.  

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11-year-old brings in $3,346 for county zoo

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Juliette Loftus, 11, of Margate has raised $3,346 for the Cape May County Zoo.

Her efforts are part of “Our Children Making Change,” a way for children to contribute to charities in their communities through raising money, by performing chores.

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New Jersey Judge rules in favor of gay marriage

Gay couples may be able to legally get married in New Jersey. In a court decision released Friday, Sept. 27, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson ruled that effective Oct. 21, the state of New Jersey will permit any and all same-sex couples, who otherwise satisfy the requirements to enter into a civil marriage, to marry in New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie Friday vowed to appeal the ruling, stating that he will let Supreme Court to make the decision since the legislature has not brought the issue before the voters.

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Committee votes to investigate Albano’s actions

TRENTON — The state legislative ethics committee voted unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 17 to investigate Assemblyman Nelson Albano’s conduct after he was pulled over by a state trooper last year.

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What’s in store for this year’s monarch migration?

Low counts worry many after a sparse summer

A child releases a monarch at a banding demonstration at Cape May Point State Park. Naturalists clear a section of the insect’s wing to attach an identification number, which will allow the butterfly to be tracked during its migration south. (photo by Bill Barlow) A child releases a monarch at a banding demonstration at Cape May Point State Park. Naturalists clear a section of the insect’s wing to attach an identification number, which will allow the butterfly to be tracked during its migration south. (photo by Bill Barlow) Where are the monarchs?

Through the spring and summer, it’s a question that has worried naturalists and those who just like to see the insects drifting on the breeze. People around Cape May County say they have seen far fewer of the bright green, orange and black caterpillars this year, and the same goes for the distinctive orange and black adult butterflies.

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Animal response team organizing

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — An animal emergency response team is forming in Cape May County.

Animal control officers, veterinarians, animal health technicians, veterinary techs, animal shelter staff, private rescue groups and volunteer workers are asked to come to a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18, starting at 10 a.m. at the Cape May County Office Emergency Management at 30 West Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House.

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LoBiondo safe after Capitol Hill lockdown

WASHINGTON D.C.— U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo was on Capitol Hill during Thursday's lockdown, but he and his staff are safe, according to Jason Galanes, LoBiondo’s communications director.

“There is security situation on Capitol Hill. My staff and I are safe. Appreciate patience of South Jersey residents trying to contact offices,” LoBiondo tweeted around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

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New Jersey homeowners should hear about grants in October

Those who applied for grant money to help raise their homes should have an answer by next month, according to officials.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs had an increase in the number of Cape May County homeowners seeking a federal grant to help raise their home to the required elevations after a series of public outreach meetings, according to Lisa Ryan, a spokeswoman for the DCA.

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Regatta raises $40K for United Way

 Cape Bank representatives, from left, Melissa Bakley, Carol Thompson, Kim Robinson, Cheryl Wachter, Kim Lesko and Raj Patel, pose with United Way’s resource development director in Cape May County, Ilise James, and local operating board president Joe Murray.
 Cape Bank representatives, from left, Melissa Bakley, Carol Thompson, Kim Robinson, Cheryl Wachter, Kim Lesko and Raj Patel, pose with United Way’s resource development director in Cape May County, Ilise James, and local operating board president Joe Murray.

WILDWOOD – United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) in Cape May County raised $40,000 from the 20th Annual United Way Rubber Ducky Regatta at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood last month.

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Searching for hope in fight to get clean

 Diane Pannelli and Brittany Vitullo. Diane Pannelli and Brittany Vitullo.

Some say it’s tough to get needed treatment

Brittany Vitullo’s heroin addiction got pretty bad.

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Cape and Atlantic fire companies help out at Seaside fire

EMS crews Area EMTs gather at the Atlantic City Service area on the Garden State Parkway in Galloway for a trip to the fire scene. From left are Keith Purdy, Galloway; Rich Hudson, Absecon Ambulance Squad chief; Chuck Uhl, Galloway Ambulance Squad chief; Joseph Monzo III and Rich Jacobsen, both from Atlantic City, and Ron Bailey of Absecon. Steve Prisament

Cape May and Atlantic county fire departments were part of the statewide response to the massive fire consuming the Seaside boardwalk Thursday, Sept. 12.

The blaze is said to have started around 2 p.m. at Kohr's Frozen Custard at the southern end of the boardwalk in Seaside Park. It quickly escalated, and eventually became a 10- alarm fire. About 50 businesses were destroyed along six blocks of the the boardwalk. Firefighters were reported to be ripping out the newly reconstructed portion of the boardwalk to keep the blaze from spreading. Many responders and people at the scene were being treated for smoke inhalation.

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NJ Tree Foundation has free trees for Cape May County residents

The NJ Tree Foundation, in partnership with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and the US Forest Service, is giving away 200 trees to residents of Cape May County on a first come-first served basis.

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