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A sprightly sheet full of the sprays of the old ocean ¯ Thursday, March 29, 2012 ¯ Vol. 10, No. 8 ¯ Cape May, America’s Original Seaside Resort

A Fabulous Time At The GABLES Diversity Weekend

Tommy Raniszewski, Mimi Gonzales, and Craig van Baal at GABLES Diversity Weekend at Marq’s Pub — more photographs inside. Aleksey Moryakov


Party On, It’s...

The Rock Star Issue!

Cape May PAL Comedy Night

Pages 4-20

Singer Songwriter Cape May Is Here!

Pages 37&69

Saint Baldrick’s Event At Teitelman

Pages 51-76

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High Temperature: 60 Low Temperature: 39 Chance of Rain: 20% Sunrise: 6:48am Sunset: 7:21pm High Tides: 12:42am, 1:16pm Low Tides: 7:11am, 6:55pm

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High Temperature: 52 Low Temperature: 43 Chance of Rain: 0% Sunrise: 6:47am Sunset: 7:22pm High Tides: 1:34am, 2:16pm Low Tides: 8:07am, 7:54pm

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High Temperature: 60 Low Temperature: 49 Chance of Rain: 20% Sunrise: 6:45am Sunset: 7:23pm High Tides: 2:36am, 3:22pm Low Tides: 9:07am, 9:00pm

SUNDAY April 1 Mainly sunny


High Temperature: 59 Low Temperature: 50 Chance of Rain: 20% Sunrise: 6:43am Sunset: 7:24pm High Tides: 3:41am, 4:26pm Low Tides: 10:05am, 10:06pm

MONDAY April 2 Partly cloudy


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Inside This Issue «The Coffee Break Page................. Page 7

«The Answer Lady........................ Page 59

«The Activity Guide...................... Page 11

«The Old Fogey ...............................Page 67

«Talk of the Town.......................... Page 13

«Activity of the Week......................Page 69

«Spouty Offy!................................ Page 19

«Employee of the Week....................Page 70

«A Moment in History.................. Page 21

«Student of the Week.................... Page 73

«The Movie Column...................... Page 42

«Adopt an Animal.........................Page 75

«What’s Your Story?...................... Page 43

«Bird Droppings............................Page 81

«Open House ...................................Page 47

«The Dating Column..................... Page 89

«Bouquet Ambush.........................Page 50

«Homes of the Week......................Page 101

«Cape May Crossword................... Page 58

«About Exit Zero........................... Page 103

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How’s It Going Over At Convention Hall?

Our weekly photo update keeps you posted on the construction of this much-anticipated project



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Join Us for Singer Songwriter Weekend!

Friday, March 30 SINGER SONGWRITERS • Justin Steere • Sunset Cannons • Behind the beautiful • Stellar Mojo

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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: Michael Frascella of Hawthorne, NJ. How long have you been visiting Cape May? Our first time was 30 years ago, and we’ve been vacationing in Cape May Point for 11 years. Who are you normally with? My wife and four kids and various friends who visit. Favorite thing about Cape May? When I walk out onto the beach, I feel like I’m home. Least favorite thing? Two things: the yearly increase in home rental cost, and leaving... Favorite restaurants? Cape May Fish Market. We went there for the first time last summer — outstanding! Favorite place to stay? We rent a home in the Point across from the beach, If you could change one thing about Cape May, what would it be? I’d make time slow down while there — so much to do. Favorite thing about Exit Zero? The name, it says it all. Least favorite thing about Exit Zero? I’d like to see more articles in the weekly issues. What’s your T-shirt size? 2XL — and thanks!

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Quotes Of The Week

““Oh my god, what in the world have I started?” Elvis Presley, when asked about David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” album “I don’t have a problem with drugs. I have a problem with the police.” — Keith Richards “I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear.” — Freddie Mercury

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THE 27 Club is the unofficial roster of rock musicians who died at the tender age of 27. The ranks include Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, The Doors’ Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and most recently, Amy Winehouse. As of this writing, anyway….

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Goings-On Around Town


Upcoming can’t-miss events around town...mark your calendars

HE big event this weekend is, of course, Singer Songwriter Cape May – it’s the 5th annual event, and it’s a combination of conferences, workshops and some amazing music all over town – and it’s mostly free. Check out both our Activity of the Week column by Catherine Dugan on page 69, and WCFA’s Phil Broder’s guest preview write-up on page 37 this week for specifics. And for a comprehensive schedule, venue and ticket information, and anything else you might need to know about the event, visit, or call 717-221-1244. VIP Night at Carney’s is Thursday, April 5, and don’t you dare miss it. There will be a special appearance by nationally renowned band The Nerds, and you can get your Carney’s VIP card for only $10 tonight — any other night, you’ll have to cough up $50. Not that it’s not worth it, as it gets you in to hear live music at Carney’s without paying a cover all year. Call 609884-4424 for more information, or visit



PUT on your Easter bonnet for LOWER Township’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10am (sharp!) at the Freeman Douglass Memorial Park, right next to Lower Cape May Regional High School. This event is for toddlers through fourth-graders. Rain date for this event is Tuesday, April 3, at 5pm. For more information call 886-7880, extension 0. THE Lower Cape Little League Food and Drink Night will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 7-10pm at the Cape May VFW. The evening will feature food, drinks, music from Tom Miller’s Heroes of Rock N’ Roll Show, and benefits a great cause. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at the VFW, Erma Deli, CJ’s American Grill, Gaiss Market, and your friendly neighborhood Exit Zero Store. For more information, please call Terri at 609-408-0209. THE Spring Lecture Series at Historic Cold Spring Village continues with a lecture scheduled on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm at the HCSV Welcome Center Museum. Author William Watson will present Civil War and the Ludlam Legacy, discussing



his recent novel, The Ludlam Legacy. It’s the story of a Cape May teenager in the midst of our nation’s most tragic conflict. Next, Historical Fun Through Children’s Books, offered by award-winning author and artist Trinka Hakes-Noble, who will explore the uses of history by discussing her book, The Scarlet Stockings Spy, a tale of a brave young girl in British-occupied Philadelphia during the American Revolution. Admission is free, and speakers will be available for booksignings and meet-and-greets afterwards. For more information, please call 609-8982300, extension 17, or visit The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) presents the final topic in its Kids Winter Workshop on Wednesday, April 14. The Friends of the Physick Estate will present an architecture program, and kids ages 7-10 will learn about Frank Furness, the architect to whom the design of the Emlen Physick Estate is attributed. Admission is limited and registration is required. Call 609-884-5404, extension 126, to register or for further information, or visit


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Michelle and Sam

Bob, Bart

Linda and Frank Surran

Tony and Tom

Judy and Steve Platt

Tracey Plem and Maura Genaro





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Talk Of The Town

Ramblings, idle gossip, and occasionally important odds ’n’ ends

Who Runs Cape May? Our reporter’s experience at the city’s council meeting on Tuesday night reminded us of a theory that we first heard of a couple years ago and which we now feel is appropriate to share. It concerns City Manager Bruce MacLeod, Mayor Ed Mahaney, and exactly how Cape May is governed. Our reporter was trying to get an answer out of Mr MacLeod as to why the city did not allow local companies to bid for the job of designing the landscaping around the new Convention Hall. He tried to explain, but was interrupted by an increasingly frustrated mayor, who snapped and said, “I will answer that!” See, that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. Cape May, like many a town large and small, has elected many opinionated mayors over the years. But for most of the last nine decades, it’s actually been run by a full-time, non-elected manager. The only exception to that rule was from 1995 to 2004, when the mayor ran the show. But in 2004, the city switched to the CouncilManager form of government, which, nationwide, is in use by 40% of municipalities with populations exceeding 2,500. The City Manager of Cape May is paid around $125,000. It’s a serious job for a serious person. Which is why, after the city fired the previous incumbent, Lou Corea, in 2008, some members of council called for a “serious” job search. We remember former councilmember David Craig suggesting we should be trying to entice successful business types from the tri-state area. That didn’t happen. Shortly after Ed Mahaney became mayor, in June of 2008, the city chose its Chief Financial Officer,

Bruce MacLeod, to be its new City Manager. It didn’t strike us as a very inspired move at the time. Immediately we heard whispers that if you take a strong-willed mayor (that would be Ed Mahaney) and a career bean counter (that would be Bruce MacLeod), then that’s really NOT the spirit of this form of government. Two years ago, we were chatting to a very respected and well connected local businessman about the status of the new Convention Hall and the general goings-on inside City Hall. He told us he had spoken to Mr MacLeod on council business a few weeks before and when he pressed him for an answer on an important matter (we can’t go into details because we want to preserve his anonymity), he was told, “I don’t make the decisions around here.” The businessman described Mr MacLeod as “no more than a ventriloquist’s dummy,” controlled by Mayor Mahaney, who, we’re assuming, must have a talent for time management since he already has a day job, Supervisor of Educational Programs at Woodbine Developmental Center, which earns him a salary of more than $101,000. Another person we spoke to said Mr MacLeod possessed neither the constitution nor the desire to run the city. “Bruce just wants to keep his head down until his retirement,” we were told. Which makes him a very different man from his predecessor, Lou Corea, who lost his job partly as a result of a five-page story in this magazine, which painted him as a bull-headed, power-mad, arrogant man who was capable of being a little economical with the truth. But we will say this about Mr Corea — at least he had a pres-

ence. He attended many functions around town, whereas none of our staffers has ever spotted Mr MacLeod at a public event. And although we didn’t often agree with Mr Corea back in the day, we think he was 100% accurate when he said this in 2010, shortly after he, unfortunately for the city, won his case for unfair dismissal: “In the end, Cape May Council members now have what they wanted, control back as it was under the old Small Municipalities Form of Government, where the mayor had all the power, as the current city manager appears unwilling to object to the usurping of his statutory authority.” Is this a breach of municipal law? We’re not sure about that — but either way you slice it, it’s not what the voters signed up for. Which makes us think that if the city is going to function the way it is supposed to, under law, it likely needs a new city manager, and a mayor who is willing to let him or her do the job. Mayor Mahaney is up for re-election in November. In the meantime, we would like to challenge him, and the rest of council, to take the steps necessary to righting what amounts to a ship gone off course. If Mr MacLeod is incapable of doing the job as writ, then the city needs to replace him. And the mayor needs to back off.

Meet The New General Deanna Ebner has lived in so many places — in the US, Central America and Asia — even she can’t rattle off the list without forgetting a city or two. And she’s held so many different jobs (server, manager,

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APPEARING AT CITY HALL ON THE THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH... THE ED AND BRUCE SHOW Talk Of The Town ? From Page 13 bartender, owner) in so many different restaurants (“between 30 and 40,” she told us), you would think that packing up and moving wouldn’t hold much excitement anymore. But she’s thrilled about her new venture — taking over The General Store in Cape May Point. We popped over as Deanna — sixfeet-tall and built like the yogi she is — unpacked in the apartment upstairs. A pink Hello Kitty bike belonging to her three-

year-old, Catalina, sat in the hallway. In the living room were milk crates full of tools and shoes belonging to her husband, Lucas Manteca (Executive Chef of The Ebbitt Room). Everywhere we looked, boxes were stacked upon boxes — which we thought would be unnerving, considering Deanna plans on “cracking the door” for a supersoft opening this weekend. (Not to mention she’s also about to open her other restaurant for the season, Quahogs Seafood Shack in Stone Harbor.) But she seemed as calm as we’d ever seen her (and we’ve known her for just about nine years now.) “I

can’t wait to say ‘hi’ to the neighborhood,” she told us. And the neighborhood can’t wait for that, either. Since it was first registered as a commercial business in 1946, The General Store has been significant to The Point, and to the people who’ve spent time there. “When I reopened last summer after a renovatino process that took five years,” current owner Jennifer Buchanan told us, “I didn’t even put an open sign on the door. I didn’t know much about the restaurant industry, so I was nervous about being f looded with people, but they came anyway... and all of them with stories about what the store has meant to them.” This week, we spent some time chatting with some of these folks. Many, we learned, associate The General Store with their first taste of freedom, because it was the first place their parents let them go alone. We spoke with people who remember saving their childhood nickels in order to buy duck feed, Archie comic books and “those wonderful glass bottles full of noncarbonated soda.” We spoke with people who were there when the store first began operating as a restaurant in the 70s, and people who remember the deli counter as being the gathering place in town, where you went to catch up with neighbors and “share the news.” Although many people were interested in running The General Store, Jennifer told us that Deanna is the only one who “has the right vision.” It will be a simple place where people can still come for their basic necessities, like bread and milk, and feel confident that they’re purchasing the highest-quality product. A place that will do their own smoking and preserving, and their own juicing of seasonal vegetables for daily smoothies. (“The carrot, apple, ginger will definitely be on the menu,” Deanna told us; that’s her own go-to breakfast.) It will be a place with a coffee counter stocked with homemade baked good and artisanal breads. And a place that serves both breakfast and lunch — inside an airy dining room absolutely f looded with natural light, or outside, on a breezy patio. We sat on this patio with Deanna and her 10-year-old pittbull, Emma, and we can vouch: there is something very special about it. “The Point is everything wonderful about a small town,” Deanna said, and we’re inclined to belive it; more people strolled by on foot than drove by in cars while we sat. In fact, only one person —

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Allen and Melisa

Margo, Kelsy Wise

Louie and Heather Bruno

Tracy Molson, Tammy Parker

David, Alice

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 Talk Of The Town ? From Page 14 Point local and veterinarian for three of the Exit Zero family dogs, Bob Moffatt — drove by. “Don’t you wear anything other than black?” he yelled to Deanna. (It’s true, she does wear an awful lot of black, but it suits her.) Deanna laughed, told him to keep driving, and then invited him over for a glass of wine later on. Now, that’s what she’s doing with the rest of the neighborhood. Come over for some wine this Sunday between 4 and 6pm. The store isn’t quite complete yet (that will happen in time for Memorial Day), and the menu is abbreviated, but you’ll get a good feel for the vibe of the place (it’s gorgeous, just like its view of Pavilion Circle). And make sure to stop by Easter weekend, too. The General Store opens for the season that Saturday, April 7. We’ll be pulling up on our bikes.

It Only Hurts When I Laugh It’s bad enough when you’re running late to an event, and you attempt to sneak in unobtrusively. You know the drill — eyes down, walk quickly, try to blend in with

Page 17 the crowd. But this experience is compounded when you’re trying to do it and a comedian (yes, an actual, professional comedian), equipped with a microphone (yes, an actual, sound-amplifying microphone) calls you on it. Such was our experience while slinking in a wee bit late to the West Cape May Firehall last Friday night (damn you, color issue deadline) for the PAL Comedy Night Social. Officer Tony Genaro, the ringleader of this circus, was manning the door and, after a quick greeting to him, we thought we were home free — we could even see EZ shop manager Jeanine Recupero and her handsome husband Sal waving us over to a great table up front —almost there! But no, comic Marina Franklin spotted us and gave a running commentary the whole way to our seat, with 170 pairs of eyes watching… it was kind of like doing a walk of shame with a very large, very amused audience. Franklin was one of three top-notch comedians featured on this very funny evening. We particularly liked her comments about men and dating — “I found a man because I stopped looking. Women get a desperate look when they’re looking for a man, but a man will only take notice of you when you’re happy. Then it’s like, ‘How can

I destroy her?’” Which had us wishing our dating columnist Stella Dixon had been able to join us — talk about column fodder. Show opener Owen Burness reclaimed the microphone for a few minutes, and his jokes about how his tattoos will look when he is 80 years old seemed to resonate with a couple of people right at our table. The evening wound up with headliner John Mulrooney, who had the crowd at “hello” with his hysterical remarks about having travelled to Cape May via the Garden State Parkway and “needing someone to co-sign a loan to get back to New York.” No one in the audience was safe from his barbs — he even picked on our friends Judy and Steve Platt, who had the frontand-center table, but, unfortunately for them, they were inexplicably the only ones seated at it. Mulrooney, who comes from a family of New York police and firemen, even targeted several of the good-natured officers present — to our knowledge, though, he was not subsequently arrested on any trumped-up charges. The (generally well-behaved) crowd ate it up — along with the pork and fresh tuna sandwiches, beer, wine and soda generously provided

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Talk Of The Town ? From Page 17 by Lucky Bones for the event. “We really enjoyed the entire evening — good food, lots of laughs and best of all it’s for a great cause. Can’t wait for next year’s event,” Judy Platt told us. The Cape May Police Athletic League does some seriously important work in the community, supporting several programs for 100+ area kids, including summer and winter recreational basketball and travel teams, as well as sponsoring National Night Out each August, and the annual Christmas season toy drive, among others. Congratulations to Officer Tony for pulling off yet another successful comedy night, and don’t worry, Judy and Steve — we’ll sit with you next year.

I Got The Music In Me We went into Mr J’s Music Shop, on Townbank Road, one block from the Delaware Bay, to have a look around, take a few notes — a 15-minute jaunt, tops. It was late on a rainy, miserable Saturday afternoon, after all. When all was said and done, we left over an hour later, dozens of stories

ringing in our ears and a book of Harry Potter sheet music tucked under onearm, courtesy of Mr J. Mr J, if you don’t already know, is Ed Jurewicz, a retired Lower Cape May Regional High School music teacher. Together with his wife Lisa, who still teaches there, they’ve been running the place since 1987. At first selling guitars, keyboards and other instruments, the shop’s been scaled back somewhat in recent years, but it’s still the only place to go within an hour’s drive for such things as drums sticks, sheet music, guitar picks and straps, and harmonicas — for the love of Pete, don’t forget the harmonicas. Just say the word, and Mr J will undoubtedly point out one of his prized possessions, a harp autographed by harmonica goddess, Annie Raines. (And if you don’t know who she is, we suggest you check out her “Lover Not a Fighter”on youtube.) Health issues have kept Mr J from giving music lessons these days, but Mrs J

still does, in piano, voice and guitar. We went with a notebook, but soon abandoned the idea, as the conversation rocketed from the couple’s sons — one a musician/promoter in California, the other a freshly-minted attorney — to Jim Jarmusch, Woody Allen and Ann Hathaway, from Dizzy Gillespie to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Tom Waits. Mr J’s encyclopedic knowledge of music and entertaining stories can hold you captive, so we suggest you don’t stop by if you’re in a big hurry. Raised in the Pennsylvania mining town of Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Mr J says, “The only way out of there was sports or music. I played football, but I took music as my way out.” And speaking of music, we had to ask Mr J if he has a favorite rock star. “No, probably not, unless you count Tom Waits. I probably know more about Tom Waits than he does.”

PARTING SHOT In the line of research, we have tasted quite a few of the Cape May Honey Porter beers produced by the new Cape May Brewing Company, and it’s seriously good. Try for yourselves this weekend. The company is offering $1 off on tastings, valid until May 20. They’re located at the county airport, near the hockey rink. The tasting room is open every Saturday from noon until 4pm.

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I THINK the members of the band Boston and the members of the band Cream should get together and start a band called Boston Cream! - Cape May

WOULD someone please tell me WHO sang the song My Generation? – Cape May


MY friend said he was taking me to see Red Hot chili Peppers... and then he took me to a grocery store! – Cape May

*** MY least favorite flower is an Axl Rose! – Slash *** THERE is no dark side of the moon really... matter of fact, it’s all dark! – Pink Floyd *** IF YOU start Dark Side of the Moon from Pink Floyd on the third roar of the lion in the beginning of the movie some freaky things do coincide... Try it! – Cape May *** I CAN’T quite think of WHO sang that rock opera Tommy! – Erma *** AND WHO was that band that played Pinball Wizard? – Erma



A PET peeve of mine is when people call it THE Villas! It is just Villas! I don’t go around calling your town The Cape May or The West Cape May! – Bimjo from just plain Villas

I DON’T think a Led Zeppelin could even fly! – West Cape May

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*** MY favorite rock star kids names are Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa! – West Cape May *** MR. MOJO RISIN is actually an anagram of Jim Morrison... pretty cool, pretty neat! – Erma *** I WONDER if Sebastian Bach of Skid Row is a long lost relative of Johann Sebastian Bach of long ago... especially considering how similar their music is! – May Caper

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3/23: PAL Comedy Night Social At West Cape May Firehall PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEKSEY MORYAKOV

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A Moment In History Historical Editor Ben Miller looks at suicide in Cape May



ADLY, Peter Riegor’s story is not unique or even unusual for Victorian Cape May. There were many suicides all over town, both of people who lived in Cape May and those who came to the Cape specifically to end their life. I have found many historic news articles about the sad phenomenon and chose this one because it doesn’t list the address for Mr. Riegor. I was able to find the address through a little sleuthing, but there’s just some information homeowners don’t want to know. Nearly every other article was about people with recognizable names or they listed addresses. One particularly graphic article titled, “Well Known West Cape May Man Blew Out His Brains With a Double-Barreled Shotgun” encompassed both. While the most popular method seemed to involve guns or ‘illuminating gas’, there was also a surprisingly high number of people who threw themselves into the ocean in an attempt to drown themselves. One gentleman, named Joseph Kelley, rode the steamship Republic down from Philadelphia and jumped off into the Delaware Bay as it neared Cape May.


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The Inside Scoop On City Hall


A user’s guide to Cape May City Council meetings... by Diane Stopyra

HE City of Cape May held a council meeting on Tuesday, March 20. The following represents a pretty accurate account of what went on within those walls, and what everyone was wearing at the time. Why the fashion stuff, we are sometimes asked? Well, don’t you want us to paint an accurate picture, so you can imagine the scene before you? 6:57: City Attorney Anthony Monzo, in a charcoal suit and green tie, delivers a press release to us for the annual CROP walk, on April 28. It sounds like a great cause, and your reporter is NOT just saying that because she finds Mr Monzo very handsome. Twenty-five percent of the profits will go to local hunger agencies. 6:59: Councilmember Terri Swain — in a black pea coat and a wavy hairstyle – highfives Councilmember Deanna Fiocca, wearing all black. We’re not sure why. 7:02: City Clerk Diane Weldon, in a black dress and strappy black heels, hops out of her chair as the meeting begins because she has forgotten to turn on the camera in the back of

the auditorium. Then, Mayor Ed Mahaney calls the meeting to order, and welcomes us all. By “us all” we mean the folks at the press table, your reporter, and two other audience members. Not your greatest showing, Cape May. 7:03: Roll call and Pledge of Allegiance. 7:06: A latecomer comes into the auditorium and, despite all of these open seats, plops directly in front of your reporter (really?). 7:07: Mayor Mahaney, in a dark suit and patterned tie, says that menu items that need to be added or deleted to tonight’s agenda need to be addressed — namely, Resolution 96-02-

2012, for a closed session regarding beach replenishment. (At the mention of the word “beach,” your reporter can’t help but wish she was on one, replenishing herself.) 7:08: The mayor thanks City Auditor Leon Costello for attending tonight’s meeting. (Your reporter forgot to note on her shiny new computer what kind of clothes Mr Costello was wearing, but is sure he was wearing them.) Before the mayor opens the public hearing on Resolution 77 (to adopt the budget) – he asks that Leon explain Resoultion 248, an ordinance to exceed the municipal budget appropriation limits and to establish a cap bank. “The council is aware of it,” says the mayor, “but I think the public should be, too.” (We’re glad the council “is aware of it.”) Mr Costello explains that no one is actually asking to exceed the budget, it’s just about reserving the right to, down the road, if necessary. People wishing to speak for or against the budget are now asked to confine their comments to five minutes. 7:10: A former mayor, Jerry Gaffney, in

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a navy blue sweater over a baby blue shirt and black pants, says he’s surprised there aren’t more people here, as this is “a very important part of city business.” His first question is this: “One cent on the budget amounts to how many tax dollars?” Without skipping a beat, Mr Costello answers $280,000. “To level that off at no tax increase,” Mr Gaffney says, “you have to reduce revenue, increase appropriations of spending, or use more of the surplus, is that correct?” Mr Costello responds that this is true. “You ended up with a surplus at the end of 2011 of $3,256,610,” Mr Gaffney says. He wants to know why, this year, council intends to keep “considerably more” in reserve. (Your reporter also intends to keep more in reserve this year. Really she does. No more unnecessary shoe purchases, dammit.) 7:13: City Manager Bruce MacLeod says, “We’re utilizing 63 percent of our available surplus,” which falls within the “historical range” of between 60 and 80 percent. He adds that the city is anticipating “going into the bond market” within the next two years “for two potential bond sales” and this surplus is something that will be looked at. 7:14: Mr Gaffney, who is now FOUR minutes over his limit, is not buying this: “The first thing that comes to my mind is that you might be uncertain of some unexpected expenditures this year and that is why you are needing that much in surplus.” Mr MacLeod answers that the city will “only get one chance to use the surplus, and that’s during the budget process; otherwise, it will be retained until this time next year.” Mr Gaffney is still not satisfied. “It’s a savings account,” he says, “I got it,” and we sense a big, fat “but” coming. “But [and there it is!] if you use $280,000 out of that surplus, it would be a zero tax increase for those of us in the city, correct?” 7:15: Leon Costello jumps in. “Incorrect,” he says. Apparently,

taking $280,000 from the surplus would put us “$50,000 in the hole.” He says, “With all the uncertainty out there, the five members of council decided, and I think prudently, better safe than sorry.” 7:16: “You’re preaching to the choir,” Mr Gaffney responds. “But a 1.1 cent increase would generate $55 extra cost to a home valued at $500,00, and I don’t know many homes in Cape May City that are valued at $500,000.” He adds that, according to the Taxpayers’ Association, the average home in Cape May in 2011 was valued at $638,000. “It would be very nice if those of us on a fixed income would not see a tax increase.” What’s that? A tiny violin in the background? “Fixed income” and “$638,000 home” are not usually heard in the same sentence. 7:18: Mr Gaffney now wants to talk about the debt service. “In looking at the budget,” he says, “I could not find where the debt service for the Convention Hall is shown as a specific item… am I missing something?” Bruce MacLeod answers that, although “ordinances that we adopt will allow us to make improvements, the debt service portion is only for bond anticipation notes at the present time.” Mr Gaffney says that his “bottom line” is that “it’s a big financial expenditure. When will we the taxpayers feel the brunt of having to pay for this?” 7:19: Mr Costello says, “We don’t anticipate any debt from Convention Hall, because we’re going to replace the old debt with the Convention Hall debt.” Mr Gaffney smirks. “So what you’re saying is we the taxpayers will not be seeing a big impact at any time in the future? You want to carve that in stone, please?” Mr Costello says, “Sure.” Mr MacLeod adds that in November of 2008 voters voted to accept the debt service for Convention Hall. 7:20: Mr Gaffney asks where the money from the CRDA — or Casino Reinvestment Development Authority — is. He is concerned that Cape May is still owed

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ALEATHEA’S 7 Ocean Street, Cape May (609) 884-5555, Ext. 226

This fine restaurant is currently closed for the season. They’ll be open in the spring but don’t let that stop you from booking your next vacation at the Inn!

AXELSSON’S BLUE CLAW 991 Ocean Drive, Cape May (609) 884-5878

Fine dining near the harbor. Elegant dining room, cozy fireplace, and the classic Clipper Ship Pub. Axelsson’s opens for the season on Friday, April 6.

BACK BAY CAFE 1891 Bayshore Road Villas (609) 889-8500

Casual fine dining at its best, and just a stone’s throw from Cape May. Open for lunch and dinner daily, breakfast on the weekends.

BELLA VIDA CAFÉ 406 N. Broadway, West Cape May (609) 884-6332

The EZ crew gets take-out lunch often from Bella Vida. Lots of homemade selections, with lots of vegan and vegetarian items.

THE BLACK DUCK 1 Sunset Boulevard, West Cape May (609) 898-0100

A chic interior and stylish food, but the ambience is anything but pretentious. Modern American cuisine.

THE BLUE PIG TAVERN 251 Beach Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-8422

Check out why Congress Hall’s restaurant is a favorite of locals as well as hotel guests. They serve classic tavern food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

B, L, D

$12-$36 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




CABANAS 429 Beach Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-4800

The party is here - always warm and friendly in this lively beachfront bar, featuring great food and some of the best live bands around.

B, L, D

$8-$25 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




CAPE MAY WINERY 711 Townbank Road, North Cape May (609) 884-1169

This beautiful winery is open daily from 12-5pm. Make a reservation to tour the winery on Saturdays at 3pm.


$5-$27 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




CAPE ORIENT 315 Ocean Street, Cape May (609) 898-0088

Great food every time, whether you are looking for Chinese, Thai or sushi. The service is superb, too.

L, D

$12-$19 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




CARNEY’S Beach and Jackson Avenues, Cape May (609) 884-4424

A Cape May fixture for five decades, Carney’s is a great spot for lunch, dinner or drinks, featuring early bird dinner and happy hour drink specials.


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well. (There’s an awful lot of echoing in this little auditorium.) “I think I speak for a lot of people who are as proud as I am to live and work here.” 7:36: Councilmember Swain asks that the press not “limit us” by focusing on the fact that there’s been a slight increase, “because this is really a good thing that we’re doing right now.” We hear you, sister. 7:38: Mayor Mahaney gioes on to say that the cit has been doing a great job keeping taxes down, adding that the major problem with these budgets come with insurance, health care costs, and fuel costs, items that cannot be controlled by the city. He adds that the plan for funding Convention Hall has always been to use bond anticipation notes, and that “the figures for these notes in terms of interest rate have really been in the 1 percent range. Had we not had a good bond rating because of our surplus or low debt service, we may have been paying 4 or 5 percent interest like some of our neighboring municipalities.” Finally, he says that over the next three or four years, council will work to take the expense of tourism “off the backs of our residential and commercial taxpayers, putting it squarely on the backs of people who used these recreation, special event and tourist-related activities.” This, Mayor Mahaney says, is “our future.” 7:46: Jack Wichterman points out that the city was going through years without any tax increases in the early 2000s, but this wasn’t because the budget didn’t increase, but because the values

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COPPER FISH 416 Broadway, West Cape May (609) 898-1555

Chef Geoff Johnson’s Copper Fish offers fresh fish and prime meats at a great site – Broadway and Sunset.


$24-$32 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




CUCINA ROSA 301 Washington Street Mall (609) 898-9800

Nicely located at the beginning of the mall, this Italian restaurant is a mustvisit. Simply superb food.


$12-$29 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




C-VIEW INN Texas Avenue & Washington Cape May (609) 884-4712

A locals’ favorite, the oldest and friendliest tavern in town with great wings, excellent pub fare and cold beer.

L, D

$4-$18 Cards: V, MC


DEPOT MARKET CAFÉ 409 Elmira Street Cape May (609) 884-8030

Owners Chris and Lisa Shriver are keeping the old favorites at this locals’ joint AND adding new specials.

THE EBBITT ROOM 25 Jackson Street (609) 884-5700 www.

With the remarkable cooking of chef Lucas Manteca, there’s even more reason than usual to visit. Sublime concoctions.

GECKO’S Carpenter’s Square Mall Cape May (609) 898-7750

The opening of Gecko’s always signals a change of season in Cape May. They serve superb southwestern food on their patio. Now open Thursday thur Sunday

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GODMOTHER’S Broadway & Sunset, (609) 884-4543,

Excellent downhome Italian food, reasonably priced and great for family dinners. Check out their early bird specials. Open weekends.






HARBOR VIEW 954 Ocean Drive (609) 884-5444

A Key West vibe, great views of the harbor, good food and regular entertainment. Plus they have a fabulous deck.

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HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD 600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande (609) 846-7347

Open year round - daily 12 to 5pm for wine tasting, wine by the glass and gourmet cheese plates.


$5-$34 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




HEMINGWAY’S 1045 Beach Avenue (609) 884-5611

A relaxed yet elegant island ambiance, featuring USDA Prime Steaks and classic seafood creations.

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HIGHER GROUNDS 479 West Perry Street, Cape May (609) 884-1131

Not your mass-market cup of joe here. Higher Grounds is the only organic vegetarian and vegan cafe in Cape May, with organic and fair trade coffees.






THE LOBSTER HOUSE Fisherman’s Wharf, (609) 884-8296

Take-out, fish market, restaurant, raw bar, breakfast, dinner... The Lobster House has it all. A must-visit while at the Cape!

B, L, D

$5-$25 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




LUCKY BONES 1200 Route 109, (609) 884-BONE

It’s a huge hit for a reason. Excellent food, great bar vibe, superb service. Lucky Bones gets it right every single time.

L, D

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MAD BATTER 19 Jackson Street (609) 884-5970

The original fine dining restaurant in Cape May and still one of the best. The food is always creative.

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MERION INN 106 Decatur Street (609) 884-8363 www.merion

The dim, amber lighting, dark wooden bar, period fittings and classy staff give a special ambience. Plus we love just sitting at the lovely bar!


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OCEAN VIEW Beach & Grant Avenues (609) 884-3772

A large and very reliable menu. Classic diner food, and very reasonably priced. A locals’ favorite.

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OYSTER BAY 615 Lafayette Street (609) 884-2111

A lovely dining room, a beautiful coppertop bar and classic, generous dishes. Now serving delicious new martinis!


$12-$29 Cards: V, MC, AE, D




PETER SHIELDS 1301 Beach Avenue (609) 884-9090

The Georgian Revival mansion is magnificent and the modern American menu matches it all the way.


$22-$39 Cards: V, MC, D




THE PILOT HOUSE 142 Decatur Street (609) 884-3449

A classic pub and restaurant offering good burgers, excellent comfort food and an authentic ambience.

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PRIMO HOAGIES 605 Lafayette Street, Cape May (609) 884-1177

It’s not just a hoagie - it’s a Primo. One bite will convince you that Primo is aptly named - the freshest ingredients, piled onto the best rolls.

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of our properties were increasing quite significantly during that period of time, creating additional revenue. “You had an increase in your household experiences,” he says, “and we did too.” 7:47: Bruce MacLeod thanks everyone for their support. 7:48: Mayor Mahaney says there is one more resolution to address, but then remembers that council hasn’t voted on the budget yet! They do, and it’s a big “yes!” 7:48: Now it’s time for Resolution 78, declaring the eligibility to conduct self examination of the 2012 budget. Mr Costello explains that sometimes, the state allows you to examine your own budget as long as you meet certain “criteria of financial health and stability,” which we do. The clerk calls the roll, and it’s another resounding yes! Mayor Mahaney thanks Mr Costello for being a “tremendous asset” and says he eagerly looks forward to doing the 2011 audits with his staff. Your reporter is looking forward to a cheese sandwich. 7:50: It’s now time for Mr Wichterman to read the resolutions. Jerry Gaffney says he has a question about one, but Mayor Mahaney says that Mr Wichterman should read them all out loud first. Mr Wichterman, what a jokester, says that “the answer is yes” and the mayor wonders out loud if what Mr Gaffney wanted was for Mr Wichterman to treat him to a round of golf in the morning. Someone stop the hilarity! 7:51: Mr Wichterman reads the resolutions, which we will not publish in detail, because we’d lose you instantly. Resolution 79 is to approve a member of Cape May Volunteer Fire Company — Andrew Boyt, a nephew of the late, lamented Andy Boyt. Resolution 83 is to appoint David Clemans as a member of the Historic Preservation Committee. You go, Dave. Resolution 91 is to refund overpaid taxes. “Someone paid

their taxes twice,” Mr Wichterman says, “and they’re not good sports about it. Womp, womp. Resolution 92 is to authorize purchase of a telephone system for municipal facilities. “We’re going to upgrade what we have here in City Hall,” says Mr Wichterman. Your reporter wonders if this means they will be investing in voicemail service (which, now that we think of it, doesn’t actually cost anything). It’s just a touch silly (or maybe infuriating) that we can’t leave a message for the City Manager. Resolution 95 is for the approval of an amendement to the professional services agreement between Philadelphiabased Wells Appel and the City of Cape May for the landscaping design work at Convention Hall. “There has been communication within the town,” Wichterman says, “where the local contractors were being shut out. Well, that’s not the case. We have utilized the expertise of Wells Appel to get the drawings together, but for the work itself, this will be putting out to bid.” This moment is a touch awkward, as your reporter’s newspaper is the one who reported on this “shut out” of local contractors. More on this later. Resolution 96 is for a closed meeting after this session that has to do with beach replenishment 7:57: The mayor says he will now entertain Mr Gaffney’s questions. One has to do with who’s doing the landscaping work at Convention Hall. “Nobody!” the mayor snaps. “That landscaping has to be bid, that’s what we always say.” The second question has to do with the change order for Ogren Construction for the installation of stage lighting. Mayor Mahaney says the work did not go

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RIO STATION 3505 Route 9 South Rio Grande (609) 889-2000

While all around it has changed, the Rio is still serving excellent food with old-style, friendly service.

SEASALT 1035 Beach Avenue (609) 884-7000

You’ll find imaginative cuisine and great drinks at SeaSalt! Plus they’ll be open for Singer Songwriter weekend with live music!

SEASIDE CHEESE COMPANY 600 Park Blvd (609) 884-8700

A huge plus for the area when it opened, and this place continues to delight with gourmet treats.

SUSHI UKAI 1500 Route 47 South, Rio Grande (609) 770-7773

Enjoy delicious, fresh and nutritious authentic Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and Thai cuisine — all homemade. Try the Fire Wok!

TISHA’S 318 Washington Street Mall (609) 884-9119, t

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Elegant dining in a classic old hotel, and the food is magnificent and inventive. One of the best in the area. Opening in April.


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VINCENZO’S LITTLE ITALY II 3704 Bayshore Road, North Cape May (609) 889-6610

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The Inside Scoop On City Hall ? From Page 30 out to bid because, “We thought if we pulled them out of the general contract bid that we probably could get a better price by handling them ourselves.” He also says that the change order did not require additional funds, because “there were certain add-alternates that the city of cape may had in the original bidding.” 8:05: City Clerk Weldon says that April’s council meeting had been scheduled for a Monday, since school board elections had been scheduled on the regular Tuesday. Since these election had been moved to November, she wondered if the meeting shouldn’t be moved back. Mayor Mahaney says, “Otherwise, we might confuse some people.” Mr Wichterman points to the empty room and says, “What people?” Mr Mahaney admits he was referring to the “gentlemen” of the press. AHEM. Gentleman AND lady of the press, thank you very much. 8:07: Mr Wichterman says he wrote a letter to Governor Christie regarding the unfair amount of taxes Cape May citizens must pay because of Lower Township High School. “We want to pay our fair share,” he said, “but we feel as though $70,000 or $72,000 per pupil is out of the realm of fair share.” On March 30, he’ll meet with the Deputy Chief of State. 8:09: Mayor Mahaney says, “We have had a survey for resident attitudes toward tourism on our webpage… and we were hoping that as many residents as possible could tell us how they feel about tourism and what kind of tourism they would like to see in Cape May.” We would like to see younger tourists. Handsome ones. Who are single. Make it happen, city. 8:11: Peter Iurato, of The Taxpayers’ Assocation, says that seven years ago, three towns tried to pull out of a regional school agreement, but were not permitted to do so, as this would have created racial imabalances. Nevertheless, a judge told the Commissioner of

Education to “straighten out the inequities in tuition costs for all regional districts.” Mr Iurato says we need to put the Comissioner’s feet to the fire so that something comes of this ruling. 8:18: John Fleming says he understands that the New Jersey League of Municipalities has appointed Mayor Mahaney to its legislative committee and he wants to know what this means for taxpayers. (Oy, more taxes!) The mayor responds that this information is accurate, and that he is excited for the opportunity to “advocate on behalf of the needs of our city.” Mr Fleming then says he would like to know what has been booked at Convention Hall. “I don’t have that info off the top of my head,” Bruce MacLeod says, “although there are other performances being earmarked.” (Now Mr Fleming knows how we feel every time we try and get a straight answer from the City Manager.) 8:22: Your reporter takes the podium, wearing a pair of jeans and a comfy fleece she likes to wear when walking her dog. (His name is Rudy, and he is the world’s cutest canine.) Your reporter asks the City Manger why the landscaping design work did not go out to bid, even though it didn’t have to by law. He answers that since this was a “professional services agreement, we’re not required to have to do that.” Uh, we know that. What we want to know is why this work didn’t go out to bid, anyway, so we asked again. Alas, Mayor Mahaney did not give his City Manager the opportunity to respond. “I’ll answer that,” he snapped. He told us that “what everybody’s missed” is that this has become a joint project between the city and the county, that time was of the essence, and that it needed to be done by “a licensed certified landscape architectural firm.” 8:29: Jack Fichter of the Herald and Cain Chamberlain of the Star and Wave tell your reporter that she could sit at the press table if she weren’t such a troublemaker. Maybe next time. Over and out. See: Talk of the Town, page 13

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Singer-Songwriter Festival Is Coming To Town


WCFA’s Phil Broder tells us what’s on the agenda for this much-anticipated event

HE fifth Singer-Songwriter Cape May starts Friday night, with a chance to choose from over 100 musicians presenting free performances. You may decide to park on your favorite barstool and soak in the sounds at a single venue, but hey, it’s free — if you don’t like what you hear, pick up and go elsewhere. Last week I reviewed some of my favorite repeat acts. Today, a look at fresh faces. In the “girls with guitars” genre, I have a couple newfound faves: Juliane Suozzo and Katie Pearlman, both with smooth voices and songwriting talent. Start at Aleathea’s on Friday night with Juliane, then put on your cowboy boots for Katie’s country sound at Carney’s Other Room. This is a fishing town, right? So how can we not get behind a guy from across the Bay, Delaware’s Crabmeat Thompson? Be prepared to actually listen to him; his songs are quirky, inventive, funny, and surprisingly good. And right before he goes on in Carney’s Other Room is the equally intelligent Drew Jacobs.

Delaware’s own Crabmeat Thompson performs Saturday at Singer Songwriter Cape May Sometimes these guys who are a little older and have a few miles on them really know how to write a good song. Stick around after Drew and Crabmeat for another girl with guitar, Kaydi Johnson. Kaydi is a risktaker —her songs and spoken word style are outside the comfort zone of most musicians. They say you

should write what you know, so songs like “Carpal Tunnel” and “Ode to Toes” seem like familiar material, but addressed in a new way. Maybe Carney’s Other Room on Saturday night will be THE place. Every year some band I’ve never heard descends into the depths of Congress Hall and sonically wrecks the Boiler Room. This year, I think it’ll be Donovan Rice and the Standing Cinema. I get a They Might Be Giants vibe from this Philly band. Also on the Boiler Room menu Saturday night is Amber Blues, so chances are somebody is gonna rock your face off. All those shows are free, but it’s worth spending $15 to see Saturday night’s headliner in the Congress Hall Ballroom, Todd Sheaffer. He’s performing solo, without his incredible band Railroad Earth, but the north Jersey boy still brings some of the bluegrass-inf luenced jam band legacy of Jerry Garcia and Trey Anastasio along. Cheap tickets, but limited seating, so buy early. There are a lot more choices, and plenty of musicians I haven’t heard, so get out and decide who your favorites are.

this guy can really cook! Over the past 10 years, Martini Beach's John Siuta has steadily developed into one of Cape May's most decorated chefs. John's latest menu draws from Spanish, Italian, Morroccan, French, Indian, and Korean cultures & cuisines. He and his team of dynamic young cooks take time to prepare food the right way - with passion and love and quality ingredients – and they take pride in your pleasure. We all do. Our great food is complemented by an exotic cocktail menu, warm service, and the best view in Cape May. Martini Beach is a family-run, comfortable restaurant, serving creative food & drink in a relaxed yet elegant setting. If you haven't tried us yet, please do. If you have, then you already know... Our Spring season starts MARCH 23. We look forward to seeing you!

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Eat good, feel good. An extensive selection of organic produce, groceries, dairy, bulk, vegan foods, wheat and gluten-free foods and items, organic meats, organic juices, teas, supplements, homeopathics, baking goods, chocolate and sweets, literature, organic pet food and supplies, baby products, health and beauty items and more.

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3/24: GABLES Diversity Weekend At Marq’s Pub

Randall, Vince

Elaine, Dan

Kim Marie Dellas, Cindy Franklin

Jim and Diana Cutshall

Rico, Mary

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3/24: GABLES Diversity Weekend At Marq’s Pub

Anthony, Paul

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AnnMarie, Linne

Missy Collins, Dan Gribben

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The Movie Column


By Tom Sims, Executive Director of the Cape May Film Festival

ES, you read correctly. Don’t ask me why I did it. There was a convergence of factors that night! I was surfing the web, saw some good reviews— everything else looked like junk! I had a couple hours to kill, and… and… well, the time at the theater fit into my schedule. Okay, I saw 21 Jump Street! What got into me? I can’t say. Maybe it’s because it stars Jonah Hill. Wait, I don’t even like Jonah Hill movies! Didn’t like Superbad (2007), Cyrus (2010) was awkward at best, and I didn’t even see most of his other films. Oh right, I did like him in Moneyball (2011). Maybe that was it! Geez, I see the guy in one film I like and—boom!—I’m sitting in a packed theater (opening weekend, no less!) to see… to see… Please don’t tell anyone I actually went to see 21 Jump Street. Please! And whatever you do, don’t tell anyone I may have liked it! If I pan this movie then everything new in theaters this week would have to be listed as complete (say it with my Oscar party goers) losers! So, I send

21 Jump Street , starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, is mindless but fun you to 21 Jump Street with a few conditions: don’t expect clever storytelling, check any sense of reality at the door, don’t go if you are squeamish about foul language and overall lewdness, and be prepared to laugh (possibly out loud) at childish humor. It’s like Dinner for Schmucks (2010) all over again! I laughed at that movie exclu-

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sively because of mob mentality, so see 21 Jump Street only with a good-sized audience. Their laughing will help get you going—and ease the painful fact that you’re actually in a theater watching... okay you get it. This is one 80s television show whose re-imagining on film makes you scratch your head. What was so good about the TV show that made it worth adapting to film? How many of you even watched the show? I never saw one episode, and barely knew that it was a (if not the) breakthrough role for Johnny Depp. But can you make a whole movie out of it? Not a good movie… no. But a fairly entertaining one with lots of drunk scenes, things blowing up, and people getting shot. So it’s mind candy— not bad if you got a sweet tooth. There’s a free weekend pass to the Cape May Film Festival (October 19-21) for the first person who can email with the name of one film that was an adaptation from a television action drama (and not Mission Impossible—that’s too obvious).

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What’s Your Story?

Every week, we ask: Who the heck are you and what are you doing here? Who are you? My name is Ray Gibson, and I’m here with my brother-in-law and my father. Where are you from? We live up in Cape May Court House. And what were you doing when we interrupted you? I’m just enjoying this Stella Artois here at the Lucky Bones bar. We are having an early happy hour. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, do you come here often? We come down to Lucky Bones probably around once a week or so — we love it here. The food and service are always great — we especially like the pizza. Are you staying for dinner tonight? No, I think we’re taking it out with us tonight — maybe a good salad. The theme of our issue this week is “rock star.” Do you have a favorite rock star? Hmm. I don’t think I do. I’m afraid you’ve got me there, young lady. Interview by Kate Chadwick PHOTOGRAPH BY GABI URDA... TO ORDER COPIES, PLEASE CALL (609) 770-8479

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Joby, Anthony

Tess and Grier

Patrick, Shirley

Edward Darby, Jessica Brinn


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3/17: 11pm On Saint Patrick’s Day At Cabanas Beach Bar And Grill

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Have a Taste.



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Hey! Did you hear the news? There’s something going on up on Washington Street!

Sure you do! Remember where we had lunch last summer? But you really liked it, didn’t you? You’re really gonna want to go now...somebody said it’s different... Better different, is what I heard. Guess we’ll have to wait and see...

3/17: 11pm On Saint Patrick’s Day At Cabanas Beach Bar And Grill What news?


Where? I don’t know anybody on Washington Street.

What, that tea place that I didn’t want to go to?

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Yeah, I admit it. The food was good, the people were great...

Different how? It was pretty different before, wasn’t it?

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Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

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BJ, Frank

Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia

Mama E, Baby Dave


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Open House

Exit Zero tours a local home for sale. This week... 521 North Broadway WHERE IS IT? On the main drag through West Cape May, conveniently located next door to West Side Market. It’s a prime Christmas Parade viewing spot, by the way, not to mention a stone’s throw to the EZ Store, Gallery and Global Headquarters. Just sayin.’ WHAT IS IT? Currently a duplex, this 1920s two-story white Dutch colonial home could easily be converted back to a roomy single-family residence. WHO HAS THE LISTING? Darcy Dickenson at Cape May Realty ( has the keys. Darcy’s been a Cape May resident for 32 years, and a broker for 17 of those years. You’re in good hands here. HOW MANY ROOMS? There is a total of five bedrooms and two full baths - one upstairs, one down. There’s a bright, spacious kitchen and enclosed sunporch on the first floor, two bedrooms, a bath and kitchen area on the second. There’s also a three-season porch with louvered windows out back, which would make a perfect man cave, studio, playroom, even an office. Or just use it for extra storage.

WHAT’S THE VIBE? The vibe is vintage diamond in the rough. Not even that rough, really — although it needs cosmetic updates to make it shine. Pull up the carpet (wood floors under there), scrape off some walllpaper, and update the bathrooms, but it’s structurally sound and the roof is new. There’s even a white picket fence out front! AMENITIES? Good-sized rooms — the kitchen is eat-in —with quaint layouts that harken back to a gentler time, when houses weren’t so cookie-cutter and mass-produced. There’s a large back yard (in which a pool would look swell, in case you want to

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invite any newspaper types over for a dip) or hop on your bike and you’re at the beach in no time. The house has economical natural gas heat — via charming radiators — and one of our favorite features: a full basement with built-in cabinetry. Perfect for the handyman, and for those of us who grew up with a basement and find them hard to come by in these parts. The refrigerator, washer and dryer come with the house. INSIDER TIP: Keep this home in its current duplex state, or convert it back to a spacious family home suitable for yearround living or as a summer home for the whole family. With a little work, it’ would be a great investment property as a rental. RANDOM FACT: Here’s a bonus to this listing: it’s zoned C-1, which means it can also be used as a commercial property. The possibilities are endless, whether it’s an office space, gallery, shop — even a bed and breakfast, if you’re so inclined. PRICE: $399,000 — a steal, considering its size and prime location. CONTACT INFO: Call Darcy at (609) 884-2700, or her cell at (609) 602-4122.

SATURDAY NIGHT Our Dinner Theater Proudly Presents “Some Like A Shot” (A Kalamazoo Kalamity!) Lovely Sherry Amore is on her way to becoming a singing sensation. Unfortunately, her path crosses with two gangster, jewel thieves who lead her on the heist of a lifetime. Join the cast of Elaine’s Famous Dinner Theater on this zany 1930’s Caper where men will be men and women....well, sometimes, they have to be men too! We’ll have you singing in your seats, and laughing in the aisles!

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The Exit Zero Bouquet Ambush

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EACH week, Exit Zero will be ambushing unsuspecting and deserving citizens with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a local florist. All you have to do is answer a question or two by our roving photographer, Gabi Urda. This week’s lucky recipient is Michael Whelan, who was ambushed while walking on the beach on a lovely, sunny afternoon. Where are you from? Albany, New York. Occupation: I’m a video-production freelancer. What were you doing when we interrupted? I’m visiting a friend but he’s at work, so I’m just enjoying the beach. When is the last time you got some flowers? I’ve never gotten flowers before! PHOTO BY GABI URDA... FLOWERS BY KATE’S

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The Cape May Crossword

None of that generic nonsense you see in other papers... a puzzle just for “Exit Zero”! By Kate Chadwick SO YOU love crosswords? Great. Sit down, get a cup (or glass) of your favorite beverage, relax and enjoy this puzzle. The answers to the crossword are all related to our themed issue, which is Rock Star. The solution can be found on the front page of our website, ACROSS 1 . This lead singer of a legendary British band, who died of AIDS in 1991, prophetically said “I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.” 4. T he heavy-handed drummer of this influential band was voted number one drummer of all time in a Rolling Stone poll in 2011, 30-plus years after his death. 7. This iconic crooner said: “Rock ‘n Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.” 10. The number of songs from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band released as singles. 11. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this film about a concert by The Band also featured Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, among others, and is considered one of the best concert films ever made. 14. A dele’s “To Make You Feel My Love” and Guns ‘N Roses’ “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” are but two of many covers of this iconic folk-rocker’s work. 15. T his punk band is as famous for its music as it is for the charge against its bassist for murdering his girlfriend, followed within months by his own overdose death. 17. Critic and Rolling Stone writer Jon Landau declared about this man: “I saw the future of rock and roll, and its name is….” 20. The day after “the king of rock and roll” died in August 1977, FTD florists logged the

If you know the frequency, you’ll get 19 down.

highest number of flower deliveries to this place, his Memphis home, than for any other single event. 21. Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost one of these in a 1984 car accident. 22. O zzy Osbourne famously tried to bite the head off one of these during a concert. 24. T his veteran British rocker explains his penchant for destroying instruments thusly: “I smash guitars because I like them.” 25. T his grunge band was named after a Seattle sculpture that hums when wind blows through it. DOWN 2. A ctor Lou Diamond Phillips’ wife left him for this rocker in 1990. 3. T hey know it’s only rock and roll, but they like it. 5. T his rocker stomped off a Lollapalooza stage in 1995 after a fan of her late husband’s threw a shotgun shell at her feet. 6. S ales of this musical instrument went from 228,000 in 1950 to 2.3 million in 1971, presumably courtesy of wannabe rock stars.

8. This innovative, androgynous rocker was born with the modest name David Robert Jones in 1947. 9. T his annual music festival, featuring punk, alternative, heavy metal and hip-hop, was founded by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell. 12. This band ‘whipped’ listeners with its now-iconic song and accompanying video, complete with futuristic plastic hats. 13. The 1967 song “So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star” was a hit for this band. 16. The blistering love song “Layla” was written and recorded by Eric Clapton after falling in love with his best friend George Harrison’s wife. Name her. 18. John Lennon said “If you try to give rock and roll another name, you might call it…” this man. 19. T his Georgia band referenced Dan Rather’s bizarre 1986 mugging in their 1994 track “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” 23. K iss bassist and A&E TV star Gene Simmons is known for having an exceptionally long one of these.

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HE Answer Lady invites inquiries from gentle readers on all manner of relationship quandaries, matters of the heart and ethics. If you’d like to send a query, write to Dear Answer Lady We live here in town next door to a rental property. Obviously, it’s quieter around here in the off-season than in the summer, but there were renters in there last week who took the cake. There is a 12-person limit in the house- we know this because we are acquainted with the realtor who has the listing – but there appeared to be at least 20 of them. They came and went (loudly, peeling away from the curb) at all hours of the day and night, and there was loud (REALLY loud) music playing 24/7. They also left a ton of trash behind. It was a miserable week for us – how should we have handled it? – Neighbors Dear Neighbors Call the Answer Lady a crazy person (it’s been done), but for heaven’s sake, why didn’t you call the police? It sounds as if at

the very least there was some sort of a noise ordinance infraction at play here. Let us remember – police officers are our friends. Sometimes it is useful to just go over and introduce oneself and ask that they turn it down just a smidge. Then again there are some people who go away on vacation for the express purpose of acting completely uncivilized; they figure if they’re only going to be your neighbor for a week, why bother being a good one? You say you are acquainted with the agent – perhaps a call to her would have

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The Old Fogey


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TIRE of these modern rock stars and their boring ways. Throwing TVs out of hotel windows into swimming pools? In my day we threw whole hotels into pools, leaving only the TV, which we had left on the Discovery Channel and one of those icky programs showing insects copulating: THAT was edgy. Stumbling out of nightclubs with glazed eyes and pushing paparazzi? Tame. We would have to be hauled from the premises after a month-long party, and any waiting photographers whose style we felt would not make us look good were beaten with bare fists and had their cameras placed in such locations as to provide rather good snapshots of their colons. That business with endless trips in and out of fancy-pants “rehabs” for the media’s benefit, along with whining about crumbling under the “pressure” of fame? Why, we counted ourselves fortunate if we woke up with all of our digits still attached to our bodies, and on dry land rather than having been found without a pulse on the bathroom floor at Studio 54 and surreptitiously slid out the back door

and through a system of chutes to the river. Of course, the whole business is now a money-making machine, when in my day, we were rock stars just for the rock part, and also the star bit. I remember playing at the Brown Room with Jagger and Lennon one Thursday evening off season, and we were paid in drinks (blended whisky only, no malt or cocktails) and vouchers for Uncle Bill’s. Of course, we played a blinder, with a whole set of original songs the duo wrote (I was on drums) and that I have some-

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Activity Of The Week


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URING Victorian times, singing was mostly an amateur activity. A family singalong is nice, but listening to talented professionals is better. Check out the pros March 30-31, as the 5th annual Singer-Songwriter Cape May comes to town. Sharing parlor music was a common activity in the 19th century, when the rise of the middle class meant people had the means to buy both a parlor and a piano to put in it. The sheet music purchased would, of course, meet the standards of “rational amusement” and foster moral or intellectual growth. Accepted themes included love of country, strength in the face of adversity and mortality awareness, but somehow, comic and love songs crept into the family piano bench. Classics were modified, with new lyrics and easier arrangements, and, as the market grew, original songs were created. Composers like Carrie Jacobs-Bond, Stephen Foster, Claribel, and Reginald de Koven gained international fame. Soon, songs flew out of the parlor and into recital halls to be sung by professionals. By the beginning of the 20th century, family

Christine Martucci plays Congress Hall on Friday singalongs were replaced by professionals on the phonograph, and later, the radio. Singer-Songwriter Cape May brings professional musicians to our Victorian town. They’re here for a conference about the music business, and there is some serious learning going on. By day, there are sedate sessions at historic Congress Hall, featuring music busi-

ness panels, workshops, clinics, mentoring and listening sessions. In addition, there are musical keynotes — Christine Martucci on Friday and Todd Sheaffer on Saturday. In the evenings, the community is invited to “share in the celebration of independent artists” as performers take over local venues, and there is no charge to hear great music all over town. The way you enjoy the festival will depend upon your personality. Planners will consult the schedule, circle their favorites, and allow time to get from venue to venue. Others may choose to start at Congress Hall and follow the loudest group of fans, or the best-looking performer, or the best-looking fans, for that matter. Or, you can pick a favorite venue and choose to enjoy whoever happens in. Leave the car behind, especially if you’ll be roaming, because parking will be an issue. SS Cape May has become one of the most popular events on the Cape May calendar. Bring cash if you’d like to buy music samples from your new favorites. Who knows? Maybe you’ll return to your own parlor with a song in your heart. Next week: Celebrate Easter in Cape May

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Fresh New Season, Fresh Big Names



.S. ELIOT wrote: “April is the cruelest month.” As March comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to subscribe to Cape May Stage and save money while getting benefits like preferred seating and discounts at our retail boutique. April will be downright happy knowing that May begins the adventure of a series of award-winning plays featuring the hottest talent you’d never expect to see in a small town. Our Second Stage Monday night series includes Anthony Rapp from “Rent” on July 2 and the incomparable Tony Awardwinning Christine Ebersole on July 9. “This is the apex of New York” swooned the New York Times about her recent Cafe Carlisle performance. Lee Roy Reams performs on July 16. This iconic Broadway star goes back to the original Sweet Charity with Gwen Verdon and La Cage Aux Folles, and recent revivals of Hello Dolly and Oklahoma. The following Monday brings Tony Award winner Faith Prince, who burst onto the scene in Guys and Dolls with Nathan Lane. The Alqonguin Oak Room’s resident chanteuse, Andrea Marcovicci, who also appeared on Broadway in Nine, will be here on August 13. Finally, we will wrap up the summer with Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker’s triumphant return, featuring all new material from Michael’s just-published novel called After Annie. He will also be available to sign books to anyone interested . “Seeing people of this stature in such an intimate space is a rare gift,” enthuses

The husband and wife acting team of Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker return to Cape May Stage with all new material from Michael’s new book, After Annie and his popular blog, Notes From A Culinary Wastland Artistic Director Roy Steinberg. Coming up on our Main Stage is an array of award-winning actors, some of whom will lead workshops for all levels of experience. Perhaps the most interesting is David Deblinger, who co-founded the LABrynth Theater Company with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He recently won the audience award at the San Diego International Film Festival, and is also the founder of Ensemble Force, an organization which is committed to using storytelling to inspire and empower people around the globe with

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workshops and creative content. He will do a 5-part workshop from August 14 to August 24 that culminates with a film with each participant. There will also be a one time only workshop oriented towards seniors on August 15. More information will be forthcoming, or call our office at 884-1341. Cape May Stage grows in popularity with every season and we have added a mezzanine! Subscriptions ensure that you see every show of the season, so log on to or call 884-1341 to order today.

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Bird Droppings


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T WAS May 1969. My Senior Prom date and I were, in the spirit of post-prom elation, cutting class and heading for the Joisey Shore. Most of my classmates were heading for some place near an amusement pier. Me? I was heading for some place more natural. Around sunrise, half way down Island Beach State Park, we passed a utility pole with a stick-nest cap. I’d never seen an Osprey nest before and, given the state of raptors in the late 60s, I didn’t expect to ever enjoy the fortune. But in the morning light it was perfectly evident that there was, against the odds, an adult Osprey settled in the nest. I turned around, parked where the view was optimal, turned to my date and intoned, gravely: “Take a look at that bird. It’s heading for extinction.” Happily, I was wrong. Far from joining the Passenger Pigeon, the Osprey staged a spectacular comeback. Now they’re a manifest thread running through the tapestry that is summer along the Jersey Shore, and they’re starting their summer vacation now, returning from their winter

break in South America to nest sites up and down both Cape May coasts. Hmm. Let me back-track. I just did the birds a disservice by stating that they’re starting their summer “vacation,” when, from the standpoint of an Osprey, nothing could be further from the truth. Summer is work time for them, the six-month period when they court, mate, build nests,

raise young, then turn around and head back to the Southern Hemisphere (or the southernmost parts of the Northern Hemisphere). I saw my first Osprey on March 14 this year, hunting over the South Cape May Meadows, and my second at Jakes Landing on March 20. I’ve yet to see one in Cumberland County, where last year, Osprey enjoyed one of their best breeding years ever. Most years, in most nests, you’ll find two young Osprey. Last year every nest along the Maurice River had three birds and all of them f ledged. What does this mean, besides more Osprey? It means a big, healthy environment. Osprey eat fish. The only way Osprey can get off three young birds per nest is by supplying lots of fish. The only way Osprey are going to find lots of fish is because there are lots of fish. Lots of fish is just another way of saying “healthy aquatic environment.” And while populations of some fish species are down, others are

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Please visit or call 609-886-8787 for more information or to register!

NASW Aviation Museum • • 609.886.8787 • N 39° 00.307’ W 074° 54.553’ 500 Forrestal Road • Cape May County Airport • Rio Grande, NJ 08242

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SeaSon PaSS • $315 Good for one ride wristband per day and one 3 hour session per day at one of our two waterparks. eaSy RideR • $235 Offers the same privileges as the Season pass at a special price for children under 42” (in shoes) at the time of activation or for adults over 25 years of age. Great for parents! wateRPaRk admiSSionS • 4 admissions for $125 • 10 admissions for $230 Includes all day waterpark (general admission). Only available during our sale. Great to share with family and friends. moR-ez CaRd • $35 • Includes 60 ride tickets plus valuable coupons. SightSeeR tRam CaR • 25 Rides $35 Sightseer Tram is owned and operated by Wildwoods’ Boardwalk S.I.D. Tickets do not expire. adventuRe maze • 4 admissions for $49 • 10 admissions for $99 Includes unlImITeD same day admission to Adventure maze and one same day admission to lazer maze. BReakfaSt in the Sky • 2 admissions for $85 • 4 admissions for $165 Gift Certificates for a delicious breakfast served in style on the Giant Wheel. Advance Reservations Required. limited availability.

Order a gift for someone special online at or by dialing 1-866-MoREyS1 (1-866-667-3971) during sale dates, 7am to midnight, 7 days a week. Add $10 UPS or $3 First Class Mail shipping and handling fee. Walk up purchases start March 26 at Morey’s Mariner’s Landing Pier Guest Services located on the Boardwalk at Schellenger Avenue,Wildwood. Monday through Friday, 10am to 3pm.

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Bird Droppings ? From Page 75 apparently up. Osprey vote with their feet. Nest productivity last year was a fourtalons-up sign of a healthy environment. Osprey are not unique to Cape May, or even North and South America. In fact, they are found on every continent except Antarctica. Curiously enough the species does not breed in South America, yet they are found there year round. It turns out that birds hatched in North America don’t bother to return in their second year, the year after hatching. Since it takes Osprey two years to attain sexual maturity, second year Osprey figure it doesn’t make sense to migrate thousands of miles just to turn around and go back. Also, breeding adults don’t want them around, so second year Osprey stay south. When they return, they get down to the business of moving their genes forward. So over the course of the next several weeks, Cape May will weclome old friends. Osprey will be returning to established nests and some will be nesting for the first time. New Jersey has not seen such a wealth of Osprey in more than a half-century. Lucky for them, lucky for us. Bad news for Menhaden but —what the

The Osprey makes a welcome return to Cape May for his summer vacation heck — Menhaden don’t read this column. Good thing, or I’d hate to see next week’s Spouty Offy! If you want to see your first Osprey of the season, head over to the Cape May Bird Observatory - THE place for all your nature needs - and pick up a free birding map, checklist and schedule of walks. Or meet Pete for his Monday morning walk through South Cape May Meadows, where he can personally point out Osprey. The walk meets each Monday at 7:30am in The Nature Conservancy parking lot on Sunset

Boulevard. CMBO is located at 701 East Lake Drive overlooking Lake Lily in Cape May Point (609-884-2736), and is open DAILY from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Our staff are always available to help with questions. While you’re here, scan the bookshelves for bargains in the used and vintage books section, look at the wonderful Charley Harper merchandise, including a terrific lithograph done just for CMBO, or just browse. Look over the sighting sheets to check what’s being seen out in the field, enjoy the lake view from the wide selection of scopes and binoculars — maybe even catch an Osprey out looking for a snack. If it’s a nice day, sit on our garden benches and enjoy birds at the feeders and the Lake Lily view . You can also visit us online – where birding Cape May is only a click away! Seymore Thanu is none other than New Jersey’s own Pete Dunne, Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and Chief Communications Officer for New Jersey Audubon. Pete uses his talents and energy to make the natural world real for others. Author of several books on and about nature (available at CMBO) he weaves information, insight and even fantasy into a net that captures minds and hearts. He has written for virtually every birding publication and for the New York Times.


Food and Drink Night Saturday, March 31 7pm-10pm Cape May VFW featuring...

Food • Drinks • Music • Fun!

$20 / person

— includes food and drink — Tickets can be purchased at the following businesses: Cape May VFW, Erma Deli, CJ’s American Grill, Gaiss Market & Exit Zero For more information, call Terri at 609-408-0209

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Historic Cold Spring Village presents

The 12th Annual Restaurant Gala TUESDAY MAY 1st 6pm Sample signature entrées, dishes, & desserts from over 40 of your favorite restaurants, wineries and breweries!


For more information, please call (609) 898-2300, ext. 18 or e-mail TICKETS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT OF THE LAW

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If you think, we’d be a good match call me at (609) 770-8479 or email me...

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Joan, Frank, Maureen, Michael, Judy

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The Dating Column


Stella Dixon’s take on romance on Old Cape Island

HIS week, a friend of mine sent me a link to a dating site for people seeking sea captains. Really. Sea captains. There are 10,000 people online right now, according to the site, “finding their first mates.” This means there are folks out there who are turned on — not by great looks or a charming personality — but by... seafaring. People for whom rubber waders are the new lingerie. What’s more amazing is that these wackadoodles manage to find their soul mates. In a world with six billion people, these folks are riding off into the sunset on that figurative horses. (Or, in this case, on sailboats.) Everyday, weirdos find their weirdo matches. It never ceases to amaze me that the guy from high school who hopped along on a pogo stick, collected rocks, and fought imaginary friends with light sabers is now happily married to a lovely pogo-sticking girl with an affinity for rocks and light sabers. And those people who stand on the corner of the street predicting the end of the world on April 2 at 3pm will likely be braced for the apocalypse

with their equally wacky significant others come April 2 at 3pm. And that guy who spends his summer making out inappropriately on the dance floor of the Rusty Nail… has found a woman who is equally okay with dry humping in public. Where are you people finding one another? In the meantime, my love life is stalled. This dating column has slowly devolved into more of a non-dating column. If even light

saber guy can land his ideal lady, why am I still alone? My friends tell me it’s just a matter of putting it out there. Like, into the universe. If you want a man who does naked yoga and speaks Zulu fluently, then what the hell? Go for it. Believe you will find it. If there are 10,000 people waking up determined to find sea captains — and actually finding them — then dammit, I’m going to start waking up determined to find exactly what it is I want. I’ve been hoping for nice and gainfully employed. Forget that. I’ll take a man in his thirties, universe. Actually, 35. He’ll play the harmonica. He’ll love my dog. He’ll love Cape May. He’ll love giving back rubs. He’ll be protective but not possessive. Assertive but not aggressive. Manly but not macho. Simple but not simple-minded. Handy with a hammer. Great in the kitchen. Creative. Intelligent. Gentle. Kind. Honest to a fault. Funny. And, what the hell, he’ll be 6’1” with a six-pack (of beer, or abs — whichever). And you know what, now that I think of it, knowing how to sail woudn’t be so bad, either...

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Joe and Honey McGovern

Rich, Steve

Walt and Gerri Palmer

Joe and June Low

Roger and Dani Barnsby

Vince Fortino, Dustin Fortino



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HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING MATTHEW KLENICKI Teri Arndt, Ben Arndt, Jess Rippman, Jerry and Mary Ann Gappney

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Darcy G. Dickenson GRI,SFR Broker/Salesperson Presently being used as a duplex. 2 bedrooms down, 1 bedroom up. Tenant occupied but easy to show. Huge 90x200 lot at the end of a dead end street just steps from the Delaware bay. Plenty of great opportunities! Set off the street with a nice open Lot. $159,000


609-602-4122 direct 609-884-2700 x14 office 609-884-0788 Fax


Theresa Senico ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES 609-408-4655

Realty, Inc.

2505 Bayshore Rd. Villas, NJ 08251 • Broker Daniel J. Senico 402 Oakdale Avenue, Cape May Beach

Fay Morris, Kathy and Dennis Callaghan

$269,900 One of a Kind A-Frame with Direct Beach Access!

609.884.1300 • 1102 LAFAYETTE ST. CAPE MAY

555 ELMIRA STREET CAPE MAY Nicolas Rippman, Taylor Mahon, Alex Rippman

6 bedrooms - 7 baths Historic Home $849,000

Rare Commercial Opportunity $749,900


DESATNICK REAL ESTATE, LLC 1001 Lafayette St., Cape May, NJ 08204 Todd H. de Satnick, Broker of Record

Gibson School of Irish Dance

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Bob and Jackie Brackin

READY FOR THE GROWING FAMILY 24 South Fifth St., Del Haven 3 bedrooms, 3 baths 2-zone heat/air, rear deck. $239,000

“CAMBRIDGE SUITE” UNIT #4 735 Washington St., Cape May 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, basement storage, central air. $399,000

CLOSE TO THE BEACH & THE MALL 1054 Ohio Avenue, Cape May 2BR, 1.5BA, c/a, partial furnished. $424,900

VICTORIAN FARMHOUSE STYLE HOME 4082 Bayshore Rd., Cold Spring 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 zone heat & a/c, floored storage attic. $419,900

PAINTED LADY CONDOMINIUM 11 North St., Unit #1, Cape May 3 bedrooms, 2 baths central air, close to beach & town. $549,000

PERFECT FAMILY HOME 885 Weeks Landing Rd., Erma 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, multi-zoned heat/air, in-ground pool, attached garage. $499,000

JOSEPH LEACH CONDO 1011 Lafayette Street Unit #101, Cape May 1 bedroom, 2 baths, updated kitchen, hardwood floors, off st. parking. $295,000

OCEAN VIEWS!!! 1301 New York Avenue Cape May 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, “Bird Cage Colonial” style home, cac. $1,350,000

Phyllis and Burt

Dedication... Excellence... Professionalism

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Exit Zero Visits The Sunshine State

Joseph Wardach took Exit Zero with him on vacation to Venice, Florida to see his dad and sister, and even a tortoise showed some interest PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROVING EXIT ZERO CORRESPONDENTS

Sol Needles Real Estate 1420 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. D-2, CAPE MAY



Good Winds Condo. First floor condo with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Screened in porch and just up the street from the beach. Great rental history! $305,500

3 Bedroom, 2.5 bath new home. Bamboo flooring, tray ceilings, beautiful tile work, granite counters, multiple decks, a covered porch, and gas fireplace. Also being sold mostly furnished with beautiful furniture! $549,000

1400 Texas Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204 Next to the Cape May Wawa

Just listed! 5 bedroom, 3 bath home on prestigious Cape May Avenue. Great open floor plan ideal for entertaining. sunken liv. room with cathedral ceiling, open kitchen/ family room, dining room, game room, Florida Room and too much more to mention, a “Must See” $1,200,000.


A private setting nestled in the heart of town just 1 block from the Washington Mall is where you will find this 3 story townhouse with 2 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and sleeping den with custom cabinetry and murphy bed. Fully furnished, lots of storage, attached garage plus 2 outside spaces, great rental potential. $529,000.

512 Washington Mall, Cape May (609) 884-8428 • 800-441-8428

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George and Sue Unverzagt

Maurice and Pat Hight, Margaret and John Rizzo

Anne Burrows, Anna May Manning, Ethelmae Oxner, Pastor Jeffrey Elliott

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Leo and Audrey Kinka


HOMESTEAD REAL ESTATE 846 Broadway, West Cape May Toll Free: 888-309-7454 • Local: (609) 884-1888 Dagmer Chew, Broker/Owner

221 ALEXANDER AVE., CAPE MAY POINT Bring your flip flops and beach gear as this property is less than half a block to the beach! This cozy cottage sits on the corner of Alexander and Pearl in charming Cape May Point. This home offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bath with an updated kitchen. Outside you’ll find a private deck which is great for evening bbq’s with family and friends. Use as a summer get-away or year round residence. $515,000

702 BROADWAY, WEST CAPE MAY You don’t want to miss this remarkable Queen Anne style home with a contemporary feel. This home offers three bedrooms and three full baths with a separate one bedroom, one bath apartment. Inside you’ll find a state of the art kitchen with center island and breakfast bar, formal living room and sunroom. The master suite has an open floor plan with steam shower and whirlpool tub. You must see this home to appreciate all the care and attention to detail throughout the years. $625,000

404 FOURTH AVENUE, WEST CAPE MAY Don’t wait to see this one of a kind duplex in West Cape May. This home is very spacious and offers many outdoor spaces to enjoy nature. The first floor includes 4 large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, eat-in kitchen with dining area, huge living room with brick fireplace, utility room, and hardwood floors. The second floor offers an open floor plan which includes 4 large bedrooms, full bath, eat-in kitchen, and laundry room. Make your appointment today! $759,900

1310D WISCONSIN AVE., CAPE MAY Southern exposure makes this courtside quad sunny and warm! This 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is move-in ready and has been very well cared for over the years. Inside you’ll find cathedral ceilings and a newly updated eat-in kitchen with lots of storage. This home comes furnished so just pack your bag and move right in! $305,999

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Homes Of The Week

Check out these beautiful homes in the Cape May area






$445,000 price reduction! The most aggressively priced luxury estate in Cape May. This offering has many differences in comparison to other properties. At approximately 14,000 sq ft, the lot is 40% larger and the additional area includes a swimming pool and patio. Approx 2000 sq ft of decks contribute to a tremendous amount of outdoor entertainment space. The boat slip is one of the largest available in the marina! Approx 4300 sq ft of living space. $1,950,000

Renovated in 2006, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath corner home sits just a block away from the Delaware Bay. Many views throughout of the meadows and the bay. Perfect for year round living or as a vacation home near the beach. $499,000

This lovely home features expanded master suite, two additional bedrooms, two and a half baths, custom kitchen with Caesarstone quartz countertops, nine foot ceilings finished with crown molding, hardwood floors, mahoghany deck, workshop with electricity, sprinkler system, security system, beautifully landscaped, and a short stroll to the Bay. $299,900.

DeSatnick Real Estate 1001 Lafayette Street Cape May (609) 884-1300

Coastline Realty Carol Menz, Broker (609) 884-5005 1400 Texas Ave., Cape May

Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty 1159 Washington St. (609) 884-3332

Jersey Cape Realty 739 Washington St., Cape May 609-884-5800

Coldwell Banker Sol Needles 512 Washington St. Mall Cape May (609) 884-8428






This well manicured 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is move-in ready. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac this home includes a rear deck an a nice size yard for the kids to play. Inside you’ll find an open living room with wood burning stove, a big kitchen with large dining area, and a master bedroom with large closet and private bath. Call today to make your appointment! $169,500.

To Be Built! This brand new home can be yours to enjoy this summer! This three story home will have water views. The intended contemporary floor plan will offer the best views from the third floor great room and decks The second floor master suite and deck will also good views. The first floor holds a two bay garage and lots of storage. Act now to choose floor plans, color schemes and amenities. $299,900

A home for all seasons in Cape May Estates. plenty of space in between. Great room, gourmet cooks’s kitchen, formal dining room, and library/office. A first floor suite is perfect for parents, guests or a nanny.The spacious second floor Master Suite offers vaulted ceilings, his/hers vanities, whirlpool, walk in shower, gas fireplace, sitting area, walk in closets, balcony overlooking the gardens. $699,000

32 acres of beautiful land in Green Creek with 10 +acres cleared & fenced. Pair this with a lovely 2-story farm house, separate 2-story in-law quarters, studio, barn with 3 horse stalls with birthing bath, & detached garage. Only minutes from the Rio Grande shopping district, 10 miles north of Historic Beach Resort Cape May. The land has been left as nature has intended -- it is as organic as it can be. This could be a of dream project for organic farmers, equestrian centers, vineyard owners. $775,000

HomeStead Real Estate 846 Broadway West Cape May 609-884-1888

Theresa Senico Apex Realty 2505 Bayshore Rd., Villas (609) 408-4655

Wilsey Realty 501 Lafayette Street Cape May (609) 884-1007

Heijung Park-Colameco Jersey Cape Realty 739 Washington Street Cape May 609-884-5800

Spacious 2 bedroom/2 bath townhouse, living room opens to a private deck with retractable awing. Relax pool side after the beach. Ideally suited as a 2nd family home or investment property. Columbia Gardens is currently a weekly summer rental with strong income andlLow condo fees property is being sold furnished less personal belongings. $425,000.

Darcy Dickenson Cape May Realty 311 Pittsburgh Avenue Cape May 609-602-4122

Identical units offers spectacular harbor and marina views!!! Both units offer 3 floors of top-of-the-line construction and amenities including 2-car attached garage with tile floor, cathedral ceilings, elevator central vac, multi-zones heat and air conditioning. First level offers large room for entertaining complete with wet bar, full bath, and sliders to a paver patio. Unit #4 (located on the right) $1,395,000.00 and Unit #5 (located on the left) $1,895,000

Impeccably maintained 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 story semi-detached home near Poverty Beach offering 3 levels of ocean view decks. Also features a spacious living room with woodburning fireplace, screened porch, large master bedroom, with deck overlooking ocean. $925,000.

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32.89 ACRES

For Sale: 370 Rte 47 S (@ 7.2 mile mark)

Organic Farm? Equestrian center? Vineyard? Sub-division? Call for details!


Jersey Cape Realty, Inc

739 Washington St., Cape May NJ 08204 Office: 609-884-5800 Cell: 609-602-8641

Call on Us for All Your Real Estate Needs! 501 LAFAYETTE STREET, CAPE MAY NJ 08204 TOLL FREE: 877-884-8907 • LOCAL 609-884-1007 FAX 609-884-4407 • WWW.WILSEYREALTY.COM

609.884.1300 !


5 STRAWBERRY LANE, COLD SPRING 4 BR/4 BA luxury estate home situated on over an acre on Cape Island in Cold Spring! $599,000

2 DELAWARE AVENUE, DEL HAVEN Located in Sun Ray Beach, this custom Town Bank Builders 4 BR/3 BA home exploits breathtaking Delaware Bay panoramic views! $594,500


Adorable homes in America’s Original Seaside Resort ready for your enjoyment

722 Maple Avenue, West Cape May. 2 BR home sleeps 6. Easy access to beaches and restaurants. Quiet street. $1,100 a week.

Heijung Park-Colameco


Rentals Of The Week




1307 Beach Avenue, Unit 5, Cape May 2 BR/1.5 BA condo at The Morning Star! Ocean Views and steps from the beach! Sleeps 4. $2025-$2500/week.

3500 Shore Drive, Cape May Beach. Two bedroom rancher sleeps 5-6. Air condition, washer and dryer. Short ride to Cape May City. $900 a week.

1321-D Illinois Avenue, Cape May 2 BR/1 BA quad unit located four blocks to the beach! Sleeps 6. $700-$850/week.

Theresa Senico, Apex Realty, 2505 Bayshore Road, Villas, NJ 08251 (609) 408-4655 •

Desatnick Real Estate, LLC 1001 Lafayette Street, Cape May 884.1300,

313 Franklin Street, Cape May – 6 BR, 3 BA home close to beach, sleeps 14, window a/c, $2,100 - $4,100/week – ID#14543.

104 Yale Avenue, Cape May Point Single Family, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths Sleeps 6. $1000-$1900 per week.

933-935 Columbia Avenue, Cape May “Columbia Gardens Condos” – 2 & 3 BR condos., central a/c, 2 – 2 ½ baths, sleeps 6, swimming pool - $1,200 - $2,600/week .

504 Sixth Avenue, West Cape May Single Family 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths Sleeps 7. $1200-$1400 per week.

Coldwell Banker Sol Needles 512 Washington Street Mall, Cape May (609) 884-8428 •

Chris Clemans Sotheby’s International Realty 1159 Washington St., Cape May 609-884-3332,

402 Gorham Avenue, North Cape May Year Round. $1,100 Month + Utilities 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom. No Pets.

902 Lafayette Street, Cape May In the heart of town and close to everything. Tastefully decorated. 3 BR 2 BA

216 Perry Street Apartments Studio – 2 Bedroom’s Available. $4,000 - $6,000 for the Season

104 Howard Ave. Cape May Reasonably priced quality vacation rental spot. Very close to beach, town & entertainment. 3 BR 1.5 BA

Coastline Realty 1400 Texas Avenue, Cape May (609) 884-5005

Inquiries to rentals department at Jersey Cape Realty, 739 Washington St., Cape May • 609-884-5800

735 Washington Street, #3, Cape May 2 bedroom, 2 bath sleeps 5. Close to center of town. $1900/week

42 Jackson Street, Cape May - “Merry Widow” 2 & 3 BR units, 1-1.5 ba. dw, cac, internet. Sleeps 6, Low $1150/High $2350

109 W Grant, West Cape May 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps 12. Only 2 blocks to beach! Low $2800/High $4300

943 Sewell Ave., Cape May 3 br, 1.5 ba, w/d, d/w, cac, sleeps 6 Low $1000/High $1800

Homestead Real Estate 846 Broadway, West Cape May (609) 884-1888 • 1527 New Jersey Avenue, Cape May 4 Bdrm, 3 Bath, Sleeps 10 $2900 - $4950/weekly 1534 Yacht Avenue, #1, Cape May 2 Bdrm, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6 $850 - $1850/weekly Wilsey Realty 501 Lafayette Street, Cape May (609) 884-1007

Jersey Cape Realty 739 Washington Street, Cape May (609) 884-5800 209 North Broadway, West Cape May 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, outside shower Nice Yard w/ BBQ, plenty of parking $1200-$1400 per week West Cape May, 149 Emerald Ave. 3 BR, 2 Full Baths, Great Deck off of the 2nd Floor, Living Room, Sleeps 8. $1400. per week Darcy Dickenson, Cape May Realty 311 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May 609-602-4122 •

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A Little Bit About Exit Zero Publishing Who we are, what we do, and where we go

Established July 4, 2003, proudly inspired by the late, great Pennywise magazine. Exit Zero Publishing is owned by Jack Wright and Jason Black. We also publish high-quality books as well as this fine periodical. Telephone: (609) 770-8479 Fax: (609) 770-8481 E-mail: Website: Mailing address: 109 Sunset Boulevard Suite D, Cape May, NJ 08204 Editor/Publisher: Jack Wright, Advertising Manager: Jason Black, Staff Writers: Kate Chadwick, Diane Stopyra, Arts Editor: Tom Sims Photographers: Aleksey Moryakov, Sandy Maloney, Gabi Urda Graphic Artist: Doree Bardes Distribution People: Stephanie Grubb, Amy Wingate, Evangeline Wentletrap Columnists: Catherine Dugan (activities), David Gray (Old Fogey) Labeler: Mary Smith Every Thursday, Exit Zero is delivered to around 300 places. Get it delivered to your home in a plastic mailer. It’s $50 for 47 B&W issues, plus five in color. Call (609) 770-8479 to subscribe. DOWNTOWN CAPE MAY Swain’s, Mariah’s, Guardian, Cape Savings Bank, Collier’s, All Irish Imports, Cape May Stage, Wilsey Realty, Pat Jackson Jewelers, Celebrate Cape May, Go Fish, Sea Weeds, Cape Orient, Fiber Arts Yarn Shop, By The Sea Realty, Oyster Bay, Cape May Welcome Center, Depot Market, Congress Hall, Victorious, Pink, Star Inn, Bayberry Inn, Bank of America, Victorian Hotel, SOMA Art Gallery, Magicbrain Cybercafé, Island Grill, Primrose, Center For Community Arts. WASHINGTON STREET MALL The Original Fudge Kitchen, Mary Ann’s, Dellas 5&10, Lace Silhouettes, Center City Mall, Casale’s Shoes, Free Shop, Happy Baby, Jackson Street Boutique, It’s a Breeze, Madame’s Port, Swede Things, Cucina Rosa, Whale’s Tale, Ella's, Italian Garden, Andrew’s Ltd, Jackson Mountain Café, Love The Cook, Bath Time, Ugly Mug, Pilot House, Caroline Boutique, Kaleidoscope, Coldwell Banker, Colors, A Ca Mia, A Place On Earth, Between the Lines, Good Scents. WASHINGTON STREET Southern Mansion, MAC, Chris Clemans’

Sotheby’s International Realty, Billmae Cottage, Thomas Webster Inn, Inn at the Park, City Hall, Sturdy Savings, Washington Inn, Dr Feldman Dentistry, Jersey Cape Realty, Victorian Towers. BEACHFRONT King’s Cottage, Blue Moon Pizza, Coachman’s Motor Inn, Carney’s, Martini Beach, Virginia Hotel, Mad Batter, Poor Richard's Inn, Inn at 22 Jackson Street, Saltwood B&B, Windward B&B, Uncle Bill’s, Ocean View Restaurant, Sandpiper, Hotel Alcott, Summer Station, The Original Fudge Kitchen, Montreal Liquor, Montreal Inn, Capri Motor Lodge, Periwinkle, Grand Hotel, Palace Hotel, Mission Inn, Angel by The Sea, Peter Shields, Hotel Macomber, Marquis de Lafayette. COLUMBIA AVENUE Columbia House, Sun Bank, Dr Gorny, Victorian Abstract, MP Myers, Cape May Day Spa, Twin Gables, Henry Sawyer B&B, Linda Lee, Brass Bed Inn, Mason Cottage, Mainstay Inn, White Dove Cottage, The Manse B&B, Merion Inn, Cliveden Inn, Pharo’s B&B, Summer Cottage, John F. Craig House, Majestic Star. GURNEY/OCEAN/STOCKTON Avalon Coffee, Cape May Beach & Kite, John Welsey Inn, Louie’s Pizza, Beach Massage, Inn of Cape May, Beauclair’s, Queen Victoria, Fairthorne, Bamboo Shack, Cheeks, Cape May Library, Freda’s Café, Victorian Lace, Camelot Hotel, Bedford Inn, Chalfonte Hotel. EAST CAPE MAY Nature Center, Model Cleaners, Cape May Laundromat, Wawa, Coastline Realty, Cape Bookkeeping, Shear Sunsations, Rizzo Chiropractic, C-View Inn, Century 21 Gilmartin. WEST CAPE MAY VFW, Godmother’s, Cape May Bakers, Higher

Grounds, Tea By The Sea, Cape May Linen Outlet, Flying Fish Studio, CVS, Albert Stevens Inn, Weddings by the Sea, Kate’s Flower Shop, Seaside Cheese Company, Kasey’s Kanines, Cape Fitness, Dr Goldstein Dentist, Cheeks, Artizan Salon & Spa, Westside Market, Cape Island Home and Garden, Bella Vida Café, Flanegan’s Framing, 7-11, Copper Fish, Homestead Real Estate. SUNSET BOULEVARD The Bird House of Cape May, Butterfly Tea Room, Cape May Wicker, The Exit Zero Store and Gallery, Accent on Beauty, Cape Winds Florist, Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May Point Post Office, Sunset Beach Gift Shop. ROUTE 109 South Jersey Marina, Lobster House, Tony’s Marine Supply, Sea Gear Marine, Captain’s Cove, Cape May Whale Watcher, Lucky Bones, Tony’s Pizza, Cape May Antique Center. NORTH CAPE MAY Laundromat, North Beach Gym, Heart to Heart Flowers, Le Gates, Harpoon Henry’s, Mr. J’s Music Shop, Cape May–Lewes Ferry, Gorman’s, Hair Cuttery, Italian Affair, Cape May Veterinary. OFF THE ISLAND The Canyon Club, Harbor View Restaurant, Axelsson’s Blue Claw, Cape Liquors, Moose Lodge, Old Grange, Historic Cold Spring Village, Hawk Haven Vineyards. VILLAS Lower Township Construction, Lower Township Municipal, Apex Realty, Curl Up and Dye, Fish and Fancy, Villas Liquor, Snippers Salon, Jake’s Bar and Grill, Kiddie Closet, Cape Savings Bank, Cohwen’s Ink Emporium, Wawa, Wing It.

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Volume 10, Number 8 Thursday, March 29, 2012  

A sprightly sheet full of the sprays of the old ocean.

Volume 10, Number 8 Thursday, March 29, 2012  

A sprightly sheet full of the sprays of the old ocean.