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More than 24 hours ahead of when President Donald Trump was scheduled to take the stage at the Wildwoods Convention Center for a 7 p.m. rally Jan. 28, a significant line formed in the parking lot, and the excitement level was palpable.

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Instead of an update on federal issues or rundown of recent votes, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2nd) spoke to Ocean City business leaders Jan. 23 about what everyone seemed to be talking about: His decision to change parties and his views on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Cape May City Council moved Jan. 21 to close a loophole in the recently adopted ordinance, which created a new category of beach tags for use by commercial establishments.

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An attempt by Cape May County government to create a brand identity for projects funded with county Open Space dollars will bring some changes, but no delay, to the Rio Grande Park development.

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Officials from the state Department of Transportation (DOT) made a presentation at the Jan. 22 Middle Township Committee meeting.

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At the Cape May City Council meeting Jan. 21, Volunteer Fire Company President James Matthews reminded council that the city’s career firefighters have been displaced from their living quarters for 183 days, a full half-year, due to mold infestation, a failed first effort at remediation and an ongoing second effort.

Z21 Corporation, owner of the Sea Grill, Princeton Bar and Grill and Circle Tavern, gained approval from Avalon Borough Council for an extension of the area where liquor may be served and consumed.

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Stone Harbor is initiating a ten-month project to relocate and replace one of its two municipal sanitary sewer pumps.

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Crunch time is approaching for the county’s Rio Grande Avenue project, which has left traffic in and out of Wildwood restricted to one lane in each direction, and the road in disarray, as Memorial Day Weekend creeps closer.

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Middle Township Mayor Timothy Donohue said it was time to resist “the death by a thousand cuts,” as he explained the resolution declaring the municipality a “Second Amendment/Lawful Gun Owner Sanctuary.”

The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management advises all municipalities that Cape May County will be under “Code Blue” severe weather advisory effective from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM on the following:

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Lower Township Council's Jan. 22 meeting began with Solicitor David Stefankiewicz explaining the process for replacing former Mayor Erik Simonsen, who was elected to the state Assembly in November 2019.

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Cape May City Council adopted an ordinance Jan. 21, banning the use of plastic bags and packaging.

Amity Packing Company Inc., a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,020 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically clear, thin pliable plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Jan. 24. 

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A Cape May County grand jury handed up 11 indictments Jan. 21. 

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Days away from the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to Wildwood, police are attempting to provide information in response to questions that remain about Donald Trump’s rally at the Wildwoods Convention Center Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.

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On Maternal Health Awareness Day, First Lady Tammy Murphy and New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson Jan. 23 announced the Murphy Administration will reduce co-payments by 50% for parents who receive state assistance paying for child care, saving New Jersey families $23 million per year.

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In an effort to financially assist a greater number of New Jersey veterans, Assembly Democrats have sponsored a bill that would allow the existing $250 property tax deduction to be granted to all honorably discharged veterans, rather than just those with active wartime service or involvement in certain peacekeeping operations.

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With tens of thousands of people planning to travel to Wildwood Jan. 28, Assemblymen Erik Simonsen and Antwan McClellan (both R-1st) have called on Gov. Phil Murphy’s top appointee at the Department of Transportation to reopen Route 47 to traffic ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally at the Wildwoods Convention Center next week.

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With loneliness affecting three out of four Americans, a bill sponsored by Assembly Democrats Andrew Zwicker, Matthew Milam and Vincent Mazzeo requiring the commissioner of Human Services to study how social isolation and loneliness impact certain populations was signed into law Jan. 21.