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Cape May County’s only power plant was decommissioned May 1. Perched on the edge of the Great Egg Harbor Bay, the towering smokestack and cooling tower of B.L. England remain the first glimpse of the county for many drivers heading south on the Garden State Parkway, but the turbines are cold.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Oct. 22 released highway crash fatality data for 2018, showing a 2.4% decline in overall fatalities, the second consecutive year of reduced crash fatalities. 

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A public information forum was held at the Cape May City Elementary School Gymnasium Oct. 17 for the upcoming Cape May Bikeway Expansion project from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May (TRACEN), on Pennsylvania Avenue, to Madison and Lafayette streets.

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Freeholder Jerry Thornton’s attack against fellow Freeholder E. Marie Hayes has created a scenario where Hayes has become the only Cape May County freeholder in history to be sanctioned.

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Cape May hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns (B&B) may soon be able to legally reuse beach tags for a series of guests, and those tags may be branded with the establishment’s logo.

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Adam Szyfman attributes being in the "right place at the right time" when he found a new site for his young family and decided the house sitting on the property was "in such beautiful shape" that he didn't want it to go to waste. 

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Fire and rescue personnel from throughout Cape May County will participate in two days of training at Playland’s Castaway Cove (on the Ocean City boardwalk between 10th and 11th streets) Oct. 21-22, 2019

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The Cape May Advisory Committee on Parking presented a new recommendation Oct. 15 that would reconfigure parking on Jackson Street.

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Stone Harbor Borough Council Oct. 15 heard capital budget projections for almost $6 million over five years for beach replenishment, back bay dredging, and flood mitigation efforts.

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Upper Township Engineer Paul Dietrich informed Upper Township Committee Oct. 15 that the improvements for Hope Corson Road in Seaville, which connects Routes 9 and 50, are slated to begin, and will "come to fruition" after a six to eight-week construction period.

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Clint Bunting, the managing partner of a development group that restored the Harbor Square Theater in Stone Harbor, wants to revive Cape May’s historic Beach Theatre.

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At a special meeting of Stone Harbor Borough Council Oct. 10, Stone Harbor’s governing body decided not to participate in a program that would've taken sand from the dunes to replenish beaches.

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At the Upper Township Committee meeting Oct. 15, Scott McKenna, from National Weather Service (NWS) Mount Holly office, recognized the municipality for its storm readiness preparations.

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Warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast for much of the nation this winter, including the mid-Atlantic states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. 

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Two applications for major subdivisions were approved at the Avalon Planning and Zoning Board meeting Oct. 8.

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During National Lead Prevention Week (Oct. 20-26), the New Jersey Department of Health is joining county and local health departments throughout the state to help increase awareness of all lead hazards, educate residents about what they can do to prevent exposure, and encourage parents to have their children tested.

Cape May has joined the expanding number of communities who are seeking to rid themselves of single-use plastic bags and products, as an environmental and economic priority.

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A Cape May County grand jury handed up 20 indictments Oct. 15. 

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At the Oct. 15 Upper Township Committee meeting, committee voted to rescind an ordinance to approve the transfer of two lots on East Pacific Avenue, owned by the municipality, to Habitat for Humanity for affordable housing construction.

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A petition to stop the location of the proposed pump station and "massive" generator next to North Wildwood's seawall has gathered over 3,400 signatures, and while the mayor "understands people's concerns, a lot of time and thought" went into the decision to correct "a public safety issue."

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Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Oct. 17 that Johnson & Johnson will pay the state more than $3 million as part of a multi-state settlement that resolves allegations Johnson & Johnson misrepresented the safety and effectiveness of a surgical mesh product marketed by its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for raw non-intact beef products derived from imported beef from Ontario, Canada that has been recalled by Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, Ltd. because it may be contaminated with E. coli. 

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The Sea Isle City Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.