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A sprightly sheet full of the sprays of the old ocean ¯ Thursday, July 18, 2013 ¯ Vol. 11, No. 24 ¯ Cape May, America’s Original Seaside Resort

A Fitting Tribute To Paul Mathis, A Beloved Teacher

Aaron, Kai, Chris, Owen, Jimmy and Dan of Army of Freshman, at The Concert For Mr. Mathis last Saturday at Lower Cape May Regional High School. Diane Carson

Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Breakfast

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Exit Zero’s 10th Anniversary Party

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The Chatter Band Plays At Harbor View

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Fireworks In North Cape May

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The Almanac

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Goings-On Around Town

thursdAY July 18 Mostly sunny


High Temperature: 91 Low Temperature: 76 Chance of Rain: 10% Sunrise: 5:49am Sunset: 8:22pm High Tides: 4:35am, 5:17pm Low Tides: 10:37am, 11:35pm

friDAY July 19 Mostly sunny


High Temperature: 91 Low Temperature: 75 Chance of Rain: 10% Sunrise: 5:50am Sunset: 8:22pm High Tides: 5:40am, 6:18pm Low Tide: 11:39am

SaturDAY July 20 Mostly sunny


High Temperature: 90 Low Temperature: 72 Chance of Rain: 10% Sunrise: 5:51am Sunset: 8:21pm High Tides: 6:44am, 7:18pm Low Tides: 12:38am, 12:40pm

sunDAY July 21 Scattered storms


High Temperature: 83 Low Temperature: 70 Chance of Rain: 40% Sunrise: 5:51am Sunset: 8:20pm High Tides: 7:44am, 8:14pm Low Tides: 1:37am, 1:39pm

monDAY July 22 Mostly sunny


High Temperature: 82 Low Temperature: 69 Chance of Rain: 20% Sunrise: 5:52am Sunset: 8:19pm High Tides: 8:41am, 9:08pm Low Tides: 2:33am, 2:37pm

See this and other paintings by Terri Amig, on display at SOMA NewArt Gallery beginning July 20. 7/17 Children’s Theatre Stockton Performing Art’s Center, in partnership with the Greater Ocean City Theatere Company, presents children’s theatre at 10am at Convention Hall. Call 609-884-9563. 7/17 Family Fun Day At The Lighthouse The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment, and unique craft vendors. 9am to 2pm. Free. Call 609-884-5404. 7/18 Private Butterfly Garden Tours From 10am to 3pm, gardens will showcase native nectar plants, key caterpillar plants, and a blizzard of butterflies and hummingbirds. Call 609-898-8848. 7/18 Nighttime Ghost Crab Search What can run sideways, dig a hole without a shovel, and has 10 legs? Join the Nature Center for an evening stroll to look for these and other nocturnal creatures. Call 609-8985404. 7/19 Princesses And Pirates Luncheon Young buccaneers and maidens are invited to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, for a pirate/princess-themed luncheon. Includes pirate walking and etiquette lessons. 11:30am. Call 609-884-5404. 7/20 Artists’ Reception At SOMA NewArt Gallery From 6-9pm, meet the artists who will be showing at SOMA through August 18: Jim Inzero who makes encaustic pieces (which invole pigment in melted wax on wood), and Terri Amig, whose collections of paintings are titled “L’eau and Behold.” See for more. 7/20-7/21 Ninth Annual Celtic Festival At Historic Cold Spring Village, celebrate all things Irish and Scottish from 10am to 4:30pm. The festival features musical entertainment throughout the open-air, living history museum, interactive demonstrations and a pub area with all-day live music. The opening ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday and will led by Nae Breeks Pipes & Drums Band, which is comprised of members of the famed Atlantic City Sandpipers.

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Around The Avenues And Alleyways Of Cool Cape May

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6/30: First Birthday Party For Savanna Pittman At The Masonic Lodge

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7/21 Barry Miles Plays The Jazz Vespers Stage Barry Miles’ fine group will play classic jazz tunes, contemporary classics and some original compositions. 8pm, at the First Presbyterian Church, Hughes and Decatur Streets, Limited free parking is available A $10 minimum donation is suggested. Call 609-884-0680 or visit 7/21 Teddy Bear Tea Party BYOB — Bring your own bear (or dolly). Teddy bear tea parties at the Emlen Physick Estate feature kid-friendly menus and teddy bear music. Miss Jeanne and a special guest from The Cape May Teddy Bear Co. will be presenting stories and activities. 11am and 1pm. $18 for adult tickets; $10 for child tickets (ages 3-12). 1048 Washington Street. Call 609-884-5404. 7/22 Sixth Annual Full Moon Cruise Enjoy Chinese Auction, Hors’d’oeuvres, Cash Bar and music by Blondage all aboard the Spirit of Cape May, Miss Chris Marina, 890 2nd Ave, Cape May (behind Lucky Bones Backwater Grill). $50 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 6-8pm. Proceeds to benefit Family Promise of Cape May County. Call 846-7862.

WEEKLY EVENTS Carriage House Gallery Exhibit: “Cape May’s Chalfonte Hotel: A Living National Landmark” Home to unforgettable characters and nationally-famous cooks, the Chalfonte Hotel’s intriguing history comes alive in this exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate. Guest curated by Karen Fox. Runs through November 10. Open daily. Call 609-884-5404. Sean Taylor/Debbie Kresz Show At SOMA NewArt Gallery Through July 15 Family Fun Days Wednesdays through July 31, plus August 14, the Cape May Lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park will be a beacon for family fun: pirate hat making, performers, crafts vendors and entertainment. 9am to 2pm. Marine Naturalist Program Every Thursday from July 11 through August 22, you can climb aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to experience informal talks about live animals brought aboard (terrapins, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, etc.). The Ferry departs from Cape May at 9:30am and 1:00pm. Free with the price of ferry foot passenger ticket. Beachcombing the Cove On Wednesdays from 8:30am to 9:30am, explore the area’s ever-changing coastal habitats — the beach, ocean, and dunes — of Cape May’s Cove beach. Through August 28. Call 609898-8848. Tropical Tuesday Cruise The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is bringing the islands to you every Tuesday from July 2 to August 20. Departs at 6pm. Reservations are suggested. Includes free drink ticket and tropical drink specials. Pirate Pete’s Cruise Come aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as it turns into Pete’s Pirate ship every Wednesday and Thursday night from July 10 through August 22. Enjoy the company of the ferry’s adorable mascot, Lighthouse Pete the Pirate, face painters, and kid’s entertainment! The Ferry leaves Cape May at 6pm every Wednesday and leaves Lewes at 4:15 p.m. every Thursday. Participants will receive a complimentary “treasure voucher.” Reservations are recommended. Family Birding Cruise Take an up-close look at osprey, egrets and bald eagels along with many other birds of the coastal salt marsh. June 21 through September 6. Call 609-898-3500.

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Discovery Kids This program, for children in pre-k through sixth grades, allows kids to explore our environment through experiments, games, arts and crafts and hands-on science activities at the Nature Center of Cape May. Call 609-898-8841. June 24 through August 16. Cycling The Southern Cape Wednesdays from June 26 through August 28, from 9:30am to noon, hop on your bike and join Nature Center of Cape May naturalists for a leisurely 12-mile tour of the most beautiful natural areas of Cape Island. If needed, please call for a list of local bike rental merchants. Arrive by 9:20am. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Cost: members $8 adults, $5 children ages 3 to 12; nonmembers $10 adults, $7 children ages 3 to 12; children under 3 free. Harbor Safari Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 2-30, pull a 20-foot net through the shallows of Cape May’s harbor. Call 609-898-8848. Original Salt Marsh Safari Welcome aboard the Jersey Cape’s original wildlife tour boat, the Skimmer, and explore Cape May’s beautiful coastal wetlands with experienced naturalists. Call 609-884-3100. Cape May Harbor and Sunset Cruise Explore undiscovered Cape May as you sail into the scenic and historic harbor. Call 609-898-3500. Flag-Lowering Ceremony Come enjoy the flag-lowering ceremony, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and the City of Cape May, at the Cove every evening at sunset from Memorial Day through September 11. Music Together of Cape May Classes This program gives your child the tools to explore rhythm and melody, tapping their inborn potential to be music-makers. Call 609-425-2642. Family Fishing Trips It’s fun for the whole gang, every Tuesday and Thursday, on the Cape May Lady. Call 609-780-7900. Cape May Brewing Company Tours And Tastings Check out their new taproom. For times, call 609-849-9933. 2013 Designer Show House Tours are offered daily; hours vary. Call 609-884-5404. Through October 31. Saturdays On The Crushpad Live music, great food, and of course, delicious wine, at Hawk Haven Vineyard, every Saturday from 12-6pm. Sangria Sundays Just what it sounds like... sangria, and lots of it! Also, live music and delicious crepes from Crespella Gourmet Creperie. At Hawk Haven Vineyard Sundays through September 8 from 11-7pm. Summer Arts Camps The Center for Community Arts sponsors a Mini Camp for kids aged three-and-a-half to five. It will be held at the Cape May Elementary School, from 9am to noon, Mondays through Fridays, from June 24 to August 9. Kids Arts Camp for ages six to nine will be held at the Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette Street, from 9am to noon, Mondays through Fridays, from June 24 to August 9. YAP Summer Arts Camp is for ages ten to 14 at the Cape May Elementary School and Millman Center, 209 Bayshore Road, Villas from 9am to noon, Mondays through Fridays through August 16. Call 609-884-7525. Sipping And Song Every Friday night through September 6, Lisa Jay plays the piano in the port cellar of Cape May Winery. Enjoy a glass of their award winning wine and a sampling of cheese. No Cover Charge. Grill Night Every Wednesday through September 11 at Cape May Winery, this event includes a buffet provided by the Washington Inn. Tickets are $32. Begins at 6:30pm. Monday Music in the Vines 5-8pm at Natali Vineyard. Vesper Series The churches of Greater Cape May will offer Vesper Services on Sundays through August 25 at 6pm at Cape May Convention Hall. Each week a different congregation is responsible for the worship service, and each will lead the service according to its own tradition.

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Talk Of The Town

ramblings, gossip, SHOUT-OUTS, and occasionally important odds and ends

Give Them A Break!

On June 30, Cape May Winery hosted an art auction to benefit Family Promise of Cape May County. Dolores Roehrenbeck, pictured here with artist Sean Taylor, donated all of the artwork for the show, and we accidentally printed her photo last week with the incorrect name. Sorry, Dolores, and congrats to all involved on a successful auction! Photograph by Aleksey Moryakov

I Do, On The Beach

YOU WOULD be hard pressed to spend a summer in Cape May without spotting them. We’re not talking about hoards of bicyclists, rare birds, or sunburnt shoebies, although we’ve got plenty of those, too. We’re talking about bridal parties. It’s not uncommon to spot a group of crinoline-clad maids making their way onto a horse-drawn carriage en route to a ceremony, or a group of groomsmen doing shots of tequila in the Boiler Room post-reception. There’s something about a beautiful beach backdrop that seems especially fitting for an occasion as joyous as a wedding, so Cape May is a popular destination for I Dos – the

third-most popular wedding destination spot in the country, in fact. But for guests, navigating the minefield that is beach wedding etiquette is not always such a joyous experience. So we caught up with Professional Bridal Consultant Catherine Walton of Weddings By the Sea on Broadway — she’s planned over 750 special days — to get the skinny on what to do after the invite arrives… and what to never, ever even think about doing… ever. 1. It’s okay to turn a bride down. Don’t have the time or money required to be a bridesmaid or groomsmen in a beach wedding? It’s okay to tactfully decline. “That’s exactly what more of these ladies and fellows should do, especially if

they can’t afford it,” Catherine says. And if you’re a bride who gets saddled with a bad-behaving maid (“I once saw a jealous girl ruin her friend’s wedding shower,” Catherine said), it’s okay to dump ’em. “Get rid of them before they’re forever pictured in all of your wedding photos,” Catherine says. 2. RSVP. Just because we’re talking about a wedding on the beach doesn’t mean common courtesy shouldn’t apply. “The young fellows aren’t always good with this,” Catherine says. 3. Sit down. “The beach is an unstructured environment,” Catherine says. “No walls, no doors, no parameters. So people like to go to the promenade

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WE KNOW how frustrating it can be trying to drive in Cape May in the summer... but we’re pretty upset about what happened at the intersection of Ocean and Washington Streets recently. When a driver needed to stop his car because the employees at Cape May Carriage Company needed to turn their horses around, he allegedly got out of his vehicle, yelled about needing to get to work, and physically picked up the woman who’d legally stopped traffic and removed her from the street. What’s worse? This woman tells us only 50 percent of drivers are patient when the horses need to be turned around. She is pressing charges, and we’re urging everyone to lighten up a little. This town would be a little bit darker without its horse-drawn carriages.

National Acclaim For Bath Time GIFTS and Decorative Accessories magazine has named its finalists for the 62nd Annual Retailer Excellence Awards happening August 18 in New York City, and guess who is on the list? Bath Time, in the category of Visual Merchandising. The competition includes Absolutely Fabulous in Huntington Beach, California, and Leon & Lulu in Clawson, Michigan. Go Bath Time, go!

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Subscriber Of The Week

Each week, we will feature a lucky subscriber (and Exit Zero T-shirt winner!) in this spot. This week’s subscriber: Ann Weiss of Doylestown, PA. How long have you been coming to Cape May? I have been coming here for 12 years now. What do you like about it? I like the beautiful beaches and the shoreline. I love the restaurants, the shopping, the historic homes and the beautiful gardens. There are lots of things I like about Cape May. I am very comfortable here. What’s your favorite place? I really enjoyed staying at the Queen Victoria. And I love walking that area along the shoreline from Cape May Point to the lighthouse. Least favorite thing about Cape May? Not a single thing! What is your favorite restaurant? So far this year, it’s been Island Grille. And your favorite store? Bath Time. What do you like about Exit Zero? I really think they are a neat group of people. I love the color issues and I love looking at the local paper. I like the store also; I always find something to buy there. What’s your least favorite thing about Exit Zero? I honestly can’t think of a single thing. What’s your T-shirt size? I’m a medium. Want to join our army of subscribers — there are hundreds of them in nearly 30 states! Call us on 609-770-8479 or buy one online at It’s $50 for all 47 BW issues PLUS our six color issues.

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Talk Of The Town ? From Page 13 and mill around before they find their seats, because that’s where the action is.” Someone needs to be in charge of wrangling all the guests, which can be a lot like herding cats. Otherwise, a bride’s entrance will be ruined. 4. It’s okay to crash the ceremony. No, really. If the folks on a bride’s B-list who didn’t quite make the cut (hey, weddings are pricey) really want to see her walk down the aisle — or over the dunes — that’s okay. As for the reception… don’t you dare. 5. Mind your children. They’re on the beach, and they’re going to act like it. “I once watched two ring-bearers get so excited when they saw the bride, they started climbing up her dress,” Catherine told us. Luckily, this bride loved it, but not everyone will be so easy-going. To keep your kid from making a scene during the vows? “We’ve provided children

with pails and shovels in the past,” Catherine said. 6. Don’t worry about scooping a bride. You got just the right shot of that adorable little flower girl dropping petals on the sand… Can you post it to Facebook before the bride even has a chance to get her own photos online? “Of course,” Catherine says. “This is the digital age. It’s not uncommon to see photographers uploading pictures of the ceremony during cocktail hour at the reception, so that guests can see them as soon as possible.” 7. Don’t assume people want to hear you speak. If you want to give a toast, but you’re not one of the designated toasters (maid of honor, best man, father of the bride) “you must ask permission,” Catherine says. A tip for toasting? Save the speech for after dinner… people are more likely to pay attention when they got fully bellies. 8. Leave when you have to. The proper etiquette used to be that you didn’t leave a reception

until the bride and groom did. “But that’s out the window after all these years,” Catherine said. A good rule of thumb now? Wait until the cake is cut. 9. A registry is not a mustdo. “It’s there for people who’d like to purchase something knowing the couple absolutely wants it,” Catherine said. 10. Don’t get wasted. Let’s be honest… more people are going to remember the antics of a drunken guest than what the cake topper looked like, or what kind of flowers were in the centerpieces. “I’ve seen a groom still so drunk from the night before, he couldn’t get his tuxedo on,” Catherine said. “And I’ve seen a stepmother attack a mother at a reception. Then, years ago at the Pelican Club, the best man and groom ended up in the swimming pool during a fist-fight. We never found out what exactly happened, but the rumor was that the groom was justified in punching the guy.”

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Old School

THE white clapboard one-room schoolhouse on Bayshore Road looks more like it should be on Little House on the Prairie than in a commercial district in Villas. Built in 1888 by Civil War veterans, the historic Fishing Creek School shares the same time frame as the classic television series. The schoolhouse has a bell in the belfry, its original floors, and a chalkboard in the front room. The Fishing Creek School, located at Bayshore Road and Arizona Avenue, served as the only school in the area until 1921 when some students were sent to the Cold Spring Academy.

In the 1920s, there were as many as eight one-room school houses in the lower Cape May region. They have all, excpept for the Fishing Creek School, been demolished. When school buses came along, the one-room school houses became obsolete and schools were consolidated into buildings with multiple classrooms. The Fishing Creek School has survived more than 130 years because it had a second life as a summer home. The Leckey family purchased the building in the late 1920s at a public auction and sold it in the 1990s. The state purchased the school through the Green Acre program and leased the property to Lower Township, which has obtained a $240,000 state Small Cities grant for upgrades and repairs. Like many residents, Lower Township Deputy Mayor Norris Clark said he drove by the schoolhouse hundreds of times

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without noticing the school as it was formerly covered by a number of trees. He said the schoolhouse would be used for early childhood education and an after school reading program for the township’s elementary school district, and that the building would also be used as a community center featuring tours, lectures, art exhibits and concerts on the grounds. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities is staging musical programs on the grounds this summer. An addition on the building will help accommodate those with disabilities but not compromise the historical integrity of the schoolhouse, said Clark. “I see the Fishing Creek School joining with Historic Cold Spring Village and Naval Air Station Wildwood celebrating the heritage of our community,” said Clark. Former Lower Township Elementary School District Superintendent Joe Cirrincione

toured the building with Clark and came on board with early childhood development classes for three year-olds. The need is perpetuated by the township not being poor enough to receive federal funds for such classes, said Clark. In 2010, the Fishing Creek School received a new cedar shake roof. Windows have been rebuilt and a chimney that was about to topple was removed. In 2011, Ella Fox Elliott, who

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Talk Of The Town ? From Page 16 was a student of the Fishing Creek School from 1923 to 1927, toured the schoolhouse during a fundraising event. In those days, the school was kindergarten through the fourth grade. She said she had a two-mile walk to school. Elliott recalled the school being peaceful and the children well-behaved.

Lower Township Mayor Michael Beck founded a nonprofit organization, Friends of the Fishing Creek School. John Louderback, chairman of Friends of the Fishing Creek School, said the group would like to install a wood post rail fence around the perimeter building. Historic photos show the original fence. The interior of the school needs repainting, the floor repaired and brick repointed on the foundation, he said. A garage and outhouse on the property also need repairs. Louderback said the organization hopes to have the schoolhouse functioning as a community center next year. A grove of trees on the property that did not exist during the building’s schooldays will be thinned out, said Louderback. While a state grant is on the way, more money is needed to complete the project. Donors have included Ann Salvatore of Historic Cold


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Spring Village, Gaiss Meat Market, Domino’s Pizza, Janet Pitts, Sturdy Savings Bank and ANCO Home Center. “It’s been a real community project,” said Clark. “I also see it as a kind of rebirth of pride in our identity.”

Marina 2.0

WHEN life hands you a lemon, you make lemonade. That’s the philosophy of Rick and Colleen Weber, owners of South Jersey Marina on Route 109, Schellenger’s Landing. Life handed the couple two big lemons last year. In August, an electrical fire destroyed a restaurant, shower facility, yacht sales office and made retail space unusable at the marina. In October, Hurricane Sandy flooded the entire first floor of the marina building. The Webers were not ones to wring their hands and give up, so they rolled up their sleeves and redesigned the

building. They purchased the marina in January although the marina has been in the family since 1980. The fire occurred one week before the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 Fishing Tournament, their largest event of the year. It went off without a hitch due to a

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Outdoor Doggie Friendly Dining Ultimate Omelets & Flapjacks Fresh Pressed Carrot Juice Fair Trade Organic Coffee Espresso & Cappuccinos Lattes & Frozen Drinks Family Affordable

Signature Sandwiches Sensational Salads Homemade Soups Bodacious Burgers Delicious Dinners Seafood Free Parking & Take Out

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Breakfast 7:30 - 2:30 Lunch 11:30 - 2:30 (Friday & Saturday til 3pm) Dinner from 5 (No Dinner on Wednesday)

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Talk Of The Town ? From Page 18 dedicated staff, said Rick. As repair work on the building was undertaken, remnants of past enterprises on the site appeared, such as artwork from Neptune’s, a former go-go bar that featured dancers gyrating in giant cages. A western mural on a wall of a former second-floor apartment suggested Philadelphia children’s television icon Sally Starr may have resided there at one time. Starr’s cousin later dispelled the rumor.

The ship’s store was redesigned to have a front desk like a hotel. Services have been added to please transient boaters like luxurious showers, a self-service laundry and a future delicatessen. Yacht sales moved to the neighboring Canyon Club, opening more retail space. Some sort of marina has existed on the South Jersey Marina site for at least 100 years. Weber has a collection of historic postcards depicting marina operations as early as 1906. The site was once known as Scotty Warren’s Warf and Rafferty’s Marina. A safe that looks as if it would be at home in a Humphrey Bogart movie remains at the marina, bearing the name “Cape May Boat, Oil and Engine Company — I. Grant Scott.” The latter was a state senator who apparently owned the marina at some point in history. Sometime in the 1950s, an art deco building was con-

structed at the marina which is now hidden under a facade. As the building was reconstructed this year, a hallway appeared behind drywall that now connects the ship’s store, a new restaurant: the Salt Water Cafe, and Fathoms, a gift shop specializing in nautical clothing. Weber said he was pleased to be able to connect the three spaces. “My view of marinas is that what we’re selling is marine hospitality... not a place to tie up for the night, but the full hospitality service,” he said. “I don’t know that you’re seriously in the hospitality business until you have a food and beverage component.” Rick said they decided to own the restaurant they once leased to others. The Salt Water Cafe, like the rest of the building, is new, bright and gleaming. It’s a breakfast and lunch eatery that seats 120 and offers a late afternoon and evening opportunity

for wedding receptions and other events, said Rick. The cafe is the product of the experience and imagination of longtime, local restaurateurs Debbie and Phil John. Locals are sharing the restaurant with boaters and tourists. “You don’t get the opportunity very often to stop the machine, step back and look and think,” said Rick. “A blank slate is more intimidating than it sounds.” After a fire, it is much easier to put a building back to the way it was than to undertake a redesign, he said. “We’re really happy we put in the time and the work. We are better situated now for our next 30 years.” Rick is well aware that most people going to Cape May pass by his front door. While they have spent decades taking good care of those who arrive by boat, Rick said it’s time pay more attention to the car traffic.

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Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday Enjoy Sushi and Cocktails on the Deck!

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7/6: Crossfit For Genny Farnan At Cape May Fitness Center photographS by Aleksey moryakov

Having a bad day?

MR. PIPP TRIES HIS HAND AT GOLF Charles Dana Gibson 1899

Turn it around at The Merion! (here for you 7 nights a week) Dinner & Cocktails nightly from 5 p.m. Live Piano Music 5:30-10:30 Live Music Schedule 5:30-close: Wed.-Fri., July 17-19 Dean Schneider - piano Saturday July 20 Rich Siegel – piano/vocals Sunday -Monday July 21-22– Jon Pruitt piano

Mike L.

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7/6: Crossfit For Genny Farnan At Cape May Fitness Center at the inn of cape may

photographS by Aleksey moryakov

7 Ocean Street 884-5555 Open daily Bring Your Church Bulletin on Sunday and Receive 20% Off Breakfast or Lunch!

Doug Williams on piano Saturday and Sunday Outdoor Music On Sundays 3-6pm BYOC...bring your own chair

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7/5: Radio Station 98.7 The Coast FM Comes To Italiano Pizza

Phil Pizzi, Chris “Sticky Gumbo Davis”

Tatiana and Matthew, Mriam

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Cucina Rosa Serving Dinner Nightly from 5pm

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7/5: Radio Station 98.7 The Coast FM Comes To Italiano Pizza

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91 Beach Drive, North Cape May (609) 886-5529 Open Daily Lunch from 12:00 (11:30 Sat. & Sun.) Dinner from 4pm Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 3- 5:30pm Conch Blowing Sunset celebration, Play Corn Hole while you wait

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Tuesday Night Wing Night Thursday Night Prime Rib Night $5 Sundays are back! Blondage 1-5pm

Live Entertainment Nightly 6-10pm

Thurs., July 18 Dale Barth Fri., July 19 Marnie & Nate Sat., July 20 Beachcomber Bill Sun., July 21 Beachcomber Bill Mon., July 22 Ann Oswald Tues., July 23 Sal Anthony Wed., July 24 Sal Anthony

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7/6: Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Breakfast At Convention Hall

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Dinner Nightly from 5pm

for friday 2. Cocktails 3. Oysters

1. Wine

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$1 oysters until 7pm


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