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  County Public Works Association Announces Winners of 2014 Snow Plow Rodeo
The Cape May County Public Works Association hosted the annual Snow Plow Rodeo and Equipment Show on October 21 at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Museum located at the Cape May County Airport, 1280 Langley Road in Erma, NJ. There were forty-three entries in this year’s event representing Cape May County departments, local municipalities and other agencies. The main objective of the rodeo and equipment show is to promote safety, constructive competition and training opportunities for public works crews and allied agencies while preparing equipment and operators for the upcoming winter storm season. Also, vendors displayed the latest equipment and tools used by public works departments throughout the county. Teams competed in three different categories; Class A - vehicles 15,000 pounds and under, Class B – vehicles between 15,000 and 26,000 pounds and Class C – vehicles 26,000 pounds and over.
 
  40th Annual Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Luncheon
On September 25, 2014, the Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) held their Recognition Luncheon at the Wildwood Golf and Country Club. Currently, over 220 RSVP Volunteers are serving in 28 sites located throughout Cape May County. RSVP is part of Senior Corps, the largest volunteer network in the nation for people 55 and over. RSVP Senior Corps connects people with the organizations that need them the most. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. Hours served in 2013 totaled over 45,000.
 
  Collette Lombardi Turns 101 September 30, 2014
Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton and the staff of Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center honored Collette Lombardi with a birthday party on Tuesday, September 16th. She will be turning 101 on September 30th .
 
  13th Annual Patriot Day Memorial Ceremony
On September 11, 2014, Cape May County held its 13th Annual Patriots' Day Memorial Ceremony. Representing the Cape May County community were the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Cadets from the Cape May County Police Academy, local area first responders, local clergy, members of the US Coast Guard, NJ state officials, county employees and members of the public. The day began at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first World Trade Center tower was attacked, with the lowering of the flags to half staff at many county locations. A memorial ceremony was then held at 5 p.m..
 
  Cape May County Wellness Program Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The Cape May County Wellness Program Lunch Crunch Boot Camp took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and then challenged Freeholder Will Morey on Thursday, August 21st. at the Cape May County Health Department.
 
  Cape May County Well Represented at National Fare Free Roadeo
Brian Fitzpatrick, a driver from the Cape May County Fare Free Transportation Department, finished in third place in the National Community Transit Roadeo (NCTR) held recently in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fitzpatrick was honored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders at a meeting on August 12, 2014.
 
  2014 Cape May County Annual 4-H Fair July 17-19
 
  Cape May County Employees Recognized at Freeholders' Meeting on June 27th
At their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the Cape May County Employees who successfully completed the Atlantic Cape Community College Management Training Course taught by Dr. Richard Perniciaro, Vice President, Planning, Research, Facilities & Executive Support. County departments represented were: County Clerk, Health, Superintendent of Schools, Purchasing, Fare Free Transportation, Library, Engineering, Park/Zoo, Board of Social Services, Facilities & Services, Engineers, Aging, Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation and MIS Departments.
 
  Freeholders Congratulate The Cape May County Park and Zoo For Receiving Award of Excellence
Cape May County Park and Zoo achieves Trip Advisors Award of Excellence for 2014 The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
 
  Senior Prom at Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
The Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center held their annual Senior Prom on June 12, 2014. The festivities began with a photo shoot. Refreshments were served and then dinner. After dinner, entertainment was provided by Johnny Tacco.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Dedicates New Memorial Gardens
The perennial gardens that decorate the front of the Crest Haven Nursing Home were forever named after longtime resident, Luphemia Greaves, who spent hours on the front porch admiring them and learning about the names of the flowers and herbs planted and cared for by the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program. Friends and family of Ms. Greaves joined Administrator Linda Thornton, Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton and Freeholders Kristine Gabor and Will Morey in a brief ceremony on June 25, 2014, at the Center to formally dedicate the front gardens in her memory.
 
  We Check for 21 June 17, 2014
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the program that originated in Cape May County in 1993 and has since been implemented statewide. The We Check For 21 program is a unique collaborative effort bringing together the public and private sectors of our county in the fight against underage drinking. The We Check For 21 program is sponsored by the Cape May County Municipal Alliances for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in cooperation with the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and funded by a grant from the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
 
  Winners of the 40th Annual Senior Art Show June 4, 2014
Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Department of Aging and Disability Services are pleased to announce the winners of the 40th Annual Senior Art Contest held on June 4, 2014 at the Cape May County Administration Building. This year, one hundred fourteen (114) original works of art were submitted, by sixty-two (62) Cape May County residents age 60 and over in the following categories: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media and Craft.
 
  Bullying/Domestic Violence Prevention Conference June 9th
“Creating Safe Schools, Safe Communities” Bullying/Domestic Violence Prevention Conference Presented by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
 
  2014 Cape May County Teacher of the Year Recognized
Freeholder Will Morey and the Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Cynthia Leatherwood for being named “Cape May County Teacher of the Year” for the 2014-2015 school year at their meeting on May 27, 2014. Leatherwood has been an educator for 26 years and currently teaches language arts literacy at the 8th grade level in the Dennis Township School District.
 
  Emergency Preparedness Conference June 3, 2014
County Emergency Preparedness Conference Focused on Lessons Learned from the Past. The Cape May County’s Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. This year the free conference, was held to coincide with the start of Hurricane season which began on June 1st and runs through November 30th. Participants at this year’s conference included Major Patrick Callahan, Commanding Officer, NJ Office of Emergency Management, Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, Martin L. Pagliughi, Cape May County Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management, Jim Eberwine, Retired NOAA Hurricane & Marine Program Manager, Tom Lamaine, Meteorologist, Retired CBS 3 in 2009 and Dan Skeldon, Meteorologist, WMGM TV 40.
 
  American Heart Association Heart Walk May 17th
This year’s Southern NJ Spring Heart Walk was held May 17th on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Over 72 companies participated this Spring, with 45 community teams and 3,000+ walkers. Our Cape May County Employee team: Bill Gannon – Team Leader, Diane Hermann- Board of Social Services, Anmarie Abbatiello- Board of Social Services, Helene Mason- Board of Social Services, Luz Magee- Board of Social Services, Linda Miller- Board of Social Services, Lori Cosimi- Board of Social Services, Kathy Miley- Board of Social Services, Mike Laffey- Administrator, Bill Crowther – Tax Board and Marge Rothenbiller- Election Board. Our team had a great time while also supporting a great event.
 
  Cape May County Hosts Naturalization Ceremony as Part of Law Day Events
The Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage hosted a naturalization ceremony on Thursday, May 1, 2014, in the William E. Sturm, Jr. Administration Building. Assignment Judge Julio L. Mendez presided over the ceremony and administered the Oath of Citizenship. Nieves Cardinale, field office director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, presented a motion for the new citizens to Judge Mendez prior to the oath. This is the first naturalization ceremony hosted in Cape May County. “I am honored to officiate this naturalization ceremony. We welcome the new citizens and congratulate them and their families,” said Judge Mendez. The naturalization ceremony was organized by the Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as an opportunity to celebrate our nation’s great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law.
 
  2014 Department of Aging and Disability "Senior Jamboree" May 1st
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the Cape May County Department of Aging & Disability Services hosted their annual Senior Jamboree May 1st. The theme for the 2014 Jamboree was “Pirates of the Caribbean”. The event was held at the Avalon Community Center. To participate, seniors must be 60 or older and a resident of Cape May County. “Senior of the Year” both female and male, as well as “Organization of the Year” were recognized and honored. There was music and dancing, as well as a free lunch. Students from Wildwood Catholic High School assisted the staff with the serving of the luncheon.
 
  "Scarf It Up" Program at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center April 28, 2014
Scarf It Up is sponsored by the GABLES Organization, a “gay group doing good things for the entire Community”. Scarf It Up has grown from four members, under the direction of Fran Georges, to over 30 members. They gather three times a week to knit, crochet and quilt hundreds of pieces for charities in the Southern Shore area. Scarf It Up has donated 500 pieces of knitted goods to many organizations such as CARA; Christ Child Society; the U.S. Coast Guard; The Vietnamese School for fatherless children in Viet Nam; and Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The Scarf It Up group can be contacted at (609) 861-1848 or at the GABLES website: www.gablescapemay.com
 
  2014 Earth Day Logo Contest
The Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County 2014 Earth Day Logo Contest at the Freeholder Meeting held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The contest, sponsored by the county, is held annually to draw attention to the county’s Earth Day Celebration. This year’s theme is “Promoting Planet Perfection.”
 
  Woodbine's Born Learning Trail Ribbon Cutting April 1, 2014
The Trail, opened on April 1, 2014, is an interactive path that contains nine signs with instructions for simple games that any adult can play with young children. The educational signs feature activities such as Watch! Stop! Learn! Play! This game encourages the caregiver to follow the child’s lead, building the child’s curiosity and confidence and reinforcing the learning already underway. Play dates at Lincoln Park in Woodbine will combine fun and learning with the opening of a new recreation place for children called The Born Learning Trail located at 621 Lincoln Ave. in front of Gateway Head Start and the Woodbine Community Center in the Borough.
 
  Student Government Day March 25, 2014
The theme for the 2014 Student Government Day was, "Careers and Opportunities in County Government." The students heard about career options in Finance, Human Services, Healthcare, Human Resources and Administration. Sheriff Gary Schaffer spoke to the students about the changes over the years in law enforcement and the role of the various divisions within the Department. The K-9 unit did a demonstration for the students. Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton and Freeholder Will Morey gave the students an overview of county government. Tours and demonstrations from the County Engineer on laser surveying, GIS mapping with the Planning Dept. and an overview of county building projects by Facilities and Services were conducted as part of the activities. The highlight of Student Government Day for the students was conducting the caucus and freeholder meetings. The Freeholders and Department Heads were impressed with the students and enjoyed working with them.
 
  February is American Heart Month...
The American Heart Association’s “Fit Friendly Workplace” Gold Award was presented to the County of Cape May by Debbie VanSant, AHA Regional Representative at the Freeholders’ Meeting on February 11, 2014. The Fit Friendly Award recognizes employers for their healthy work culture. Cape May County Government was one of only three organizations in Cape May County to receive the Gold recognition from the American Heart Association.
 
  The Cape May County Upper Township Senior Center Re-Opening February 10, 2014
Cape May County and Upper Township Officials cut the ribbon opening the newly renovated Cape May County Upper Township Senior Center on February 10th. The Center is located at 1369 Old Stagecoach Road in Palermo, New Jersey.
 
  Cape May County Officials were Honored by Ocean City’s American Legion Post 524
Cape May County Freeholders and Administrative staff were recognized by the Morvay-Miley American Legion Post 524 of Ocean City at the Freeholders’ meeting on January 28, 2014.
 
  County Employees Recognized at Meeting on January 28th
Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton announced that nineteen county employees and two municipal employees completed the county’s second Leadership and Management Program and were acknowledged at the Freeholders’ Meeting on January 28, 2014.. The county employees were selected to be part of the eleven-week training and development program that was developed through a partnership with Atlantic Cape Community College.
 
  Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association Meeting January 27, 2014
The Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association’s (SNJFA) Annual Reorganization meeting took place on January 27, 2014 in Sea Isle City. During the meeting, Cape May County Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio was sworn in as the 2014 president of the organization that is made up of the eight southern counties – Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Burlington, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem.
 
  2014 Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders Reorganization Meeting
The Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders took place on January 3, 2014. Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton, who was re-elected in November to serve a three-year term, was sworn in by U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo. Freeholder Thornton served as Freeholder from 1976 to 1987 and from 1995 to the present. Also, E. Marie Hayes, who was elected to her first term as Freeholder in November, was administered the oath of office by Judge Carmen Alvarez, J.A.D. Hayes was appointed to the Freeholder Board in February 2013 to serve the unexpired term of Freeholder M. Susan Sheppard who resigned her seat to become Surrogate of Cape May County. Additionally at the meeting, Freeholder Thornton was elected Director and Freeholder Leonard C. Desiderio was elected Vice-Director of the Board.
 
  Community Comes Out for the Fifth Annual Cape May County Disabilities Awareness Day Event
Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor joined members of the community in celebrating Disabilities Awareness Day in Cape May County. The 5th Annual Cape May County Community Disabilities Awareness Day Event took place on Saturday, November 16th at the Avalon Elementary School. This event, designed as a day of information, food, music and fun not only for people with disabilities but for all who are interested in the agencies and organizations that serve the citizens of Cape May County, included a children’s corner, entertainment by the Cape May County String Band and Joanne Regan dancers and a number of free activities and screenings.
 
  Officials Announce Establishment of Historic District at the County Airport
Freeholder Will Morey and representatives of Cape May County, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW), the Township of Lower, and the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office gathered at sites within the County Airport on December 4, to officially recognize and celebrate the establishment of the new NASW Historic District. The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office placed the District on the State’s Register of Historic Places in August 2013.
 
  Cape May County Celebrates National Adoption Day November 15th
Sixteen children were adopted on November 15, 2013, National Adoption Day, at the Courthouse in Cape May County following a National Adoption Celebration program. National Adoption Day is an annual event in which courts and communities in all 50 states join to finalize thousands of adoptions and to celebrate families who adopt.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center "Socks for Seniors"
Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio joined Christopher South, Managing Editor of the Cape May Star and Wave and coordinator of the Socks For Seniors program in Cape May County and students from Wildwood Catholic High School at Crest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center on Monday, December 16th to distribute socks to residents during their holiday party. The socks were gifts to the residents as part of the “Socks for Seniors” program in Cape May County.
 
  Santa's Family Workshop December 14, 2013
Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by the Cape May County Zoo to visit with children and their families on Saturday, December 14th. The free event, hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, included crafts and education stations, entertainment and treats.
 
  County Hosts Fare Free Transportation 40th Anniversary Celebration
Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton and the Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted a 40th Anniversary celebration for Fare Free Transportation December 12, 2013. State and local officials joined with the county to recognize Fare Free Transportation employees on this special anniversary. The Celebration included presentations of recognition, lunch prepared by the Cape May County Special Services School District and a cake baked by Cape May County Technical High School students.
 
  Volunteers Honored at Freeholders' Meeting December 10, 2013
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized John Lynch of Wildwood Crest for his volunteer and fundraising efforts in Cape May County and Christopher South for bringing the "Socks for Seniors" program to Cape May County at their December 10, 2013 meeting.
 
  2013 Cape May County Veterans' Day Service
Officials and Community Honored Veterans During County’s Annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony. Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton and the Board of Chosen Freeholders participated at the County’s 2013 Veterans’ Day Service on November 11th at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery.
 
  2013 Cape May County Boo At The Zoo
Characters from the Wizard of Oz, Disney and a variety of creepy creatures came to “BOO AT THE ZOO” on October 26th at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. The event included games, crafts, candy, entertainment, animals and a costume contest dance party. The highlight of the event was a costume contest dance party followed by The Creepy Creatures Animal Show, a Creepy Creatures Photo Opportunity and the Amazing Larry Vee show. Also, DJ Tony Stef was spinning ghostly hits throughout the event.
 
  Cape May County Hosts First Senior Day in the Park
Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Department of Aging and Disability Services hosted a “Senior Day in the Park” on Monday, October 28th. The purpose of the event was to give seniors a day away from the center that they normally go to and have the opportunity to visit with seniors from other centers.
 
  Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery Selected For Eagle Scout Project
Boy Scout Ryan Casey selected the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery for his Eagle Scout Project. He collected donations and material to repair the Gold Star Mother's Monument and to build a new seating area in the rear of the cemetery.
 
  2013 Cape May County Public Works Snow Plow Rodeo
The 2013 Cape May County Public Works Association Snow Plow Rodeo was held on October 15, 2013 at the Naval Air Station Wildwood at the Cape May County Airport. There were 57 entries with a total of 114 drivers representing Cape May County departments, local municipalities and other agencies.
 
  Cape May County Special Public Forum II - "Giving A Voice To Addiction"
Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Human Services sponsored the addiction forum at the Cape May County Administration Building on October 10, 2013. Approximately 90 people came out in severe weather for the opportunity to share their thoughts about what is needed to improve treatment and recovery for addicts in Cape May County.
 
  Freeholders' Meeting October 8, 2013
The Freeholders recognized outstanding organizations, volunteers and employees their meeting on October 8, 2013. The Freeholders recognized Zachery Peterson from Boy Scout Troop 56 in Dennisville, Cape May County Public Works employee Mark Wielechowski for being named the 2013 Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year by the New Jersey Council on Special Transportation, County Engineer Dale Foster for receiving the Eagle Award from the New Jersey Alliance For Action, The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and the staff of the Twinings Tea Room plus members of the Cape May County 4-H.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center's 60th Anniversary
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated its 60th Anniversary with an Open House on October 3, 2013. The event included tours of the facilities, demonstrations of the various programs and exhibits highlighting services in Cape May County.
 
  League of Women Voters Sponsored An Evening of "Wills & Wine"
The Cape May County League of Women Voters sponsored An Evening of "Wills & Wine" September 26, 2013 with Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard, Esq. as the keynote speaker. The event was held at the Jessie Creek Winery in Cape May Court House, NJ and was open to the public.
 
  New Giraffe Makes Debut at the Cape May County Zoo
The female calf born on September 2nd at the Cape May County Zoo made her formal debut in the African Savanna September 25th, 2013. At birth, she weighed approximately 150 lbs and was just under six feet tall.
 
  County Celebrates 39th Anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
The Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services honored the county’s senior volunteers and celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) on Thursday, September 19, 2013. The annual “thank you” luncheon for volunteers took place at the Wildwood Golf Club located at 1170 Golf Club Road in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
 
  Cape May County Forms First Animal Response Team
The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management took the initial step to create the County’s first Animal Response Team or CART on September 18, 2013. The CART will assist pet owners in a disaster or weather emergency by providing shelter and care.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday!
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated the 100th Birthday of Collette Lombardi on September 17, 2013. The party included a birthday cake, refreshments and musical entertainment provided by The Good Timers.
 
  County Secures High Wheel Vehicles for Emergencies
As part of their emergency preparedness efforts, the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management has secured a number of items from the government surplus program for use by the county and municipalities during an emergency.
 
  Cape Freeholders Dedicated 9-11 Memorial During Ceremony Marking 12th Anniversary of 9-11-01
Cape May County held its annual 9-11 Memorial Ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of September 11, 2001. The program included the dedication of the 9-11 Memorial consisting of three artifacts from the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon Building, steel from the World Trade Center and a rock from the Flight 93 National Memorial Site.
 
  Cape May County Freeholders' Meeting September 10, 2013
During the Freeholder meeting on September 10,2013, Freeholders recognized the award winning Communications Office and Fare Free Drivers and also recognized 11-year-old Margate resident Juliette Loftus for her donation to the Cape May County Zoo. Additionally, they celebrated one year of wellness with a special demonstration.
 
  Cape May County Park & Zoo Honey Bee Exhibit Ribbon Cutting
Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and other county and state officials came together on September 6, 2013 to open the new Observation Bee Hive at the Cape May County Zoo. The Bee Hive located at the World of Birds Aviary was donated by the New Jersey Bee Keepers Association and is designed to allow visitors to view the activities of bees behind a glass structure. The exhibit educates the public on honey bees and their benefits to farming and wildlife.
 
  Cape May County Public Forum - "Putting A Face On Addiction"
Cape May Court House – Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor hosted the County’s first Addiction Awareness Forum focusing on families, treatment and recovery. There was standing-room-only for the forum, “Putting A Face on Addiction” that was held on September 5, 2013 at the County Administration Building in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. The forum scheduled for an hour and a half ran for nearly two and a half hours and the conversations between attendees continued in the lobby for another hour.
 
  Bison Born at Cape May County Zoo August 29, 2013
Cape May County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes is proud to announce that the Cape May County Zoo has a new addition – a baby Bison! You can visit the new Bison along with the more than 500 animals and over 250 different species that call the Cape May County Zoo home.
 
  CMC Freeholders Pass Resolution Naming the Road Along the Back of the County Administration Bldg.
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution at their meeting on August 27, 2013 naming the roadway in the Crest Haven Complex from Crest Haven Road to the ambulance and employee entrances to the Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and to the County Administration Building and the County Health Department Building as “Gerald M. Thornton Way.” The Board unanimously agreed that the road should be named for the Director of the Board to honor his more than 28 years of dedicated service to the people of Cape May County. Director Thornton has been Freeholder since 1996 and also served on the Board from 1976 through 1987. This road, that had never been named in the County’s Crest Haven Complex, accesses the rear of the County Administration Building, County Health Department Building and the Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and also provides access to the Cape May County Special Services School District’s Pool. In today’s electronic age with vehicles and cell phones having Global Positioning Systems, it is invaluable to have named streets to assist motorists and delivery vehicles in locating facilities. In recent years, activity on the roadway has increased and it had become very difficult to provide directions to a road without a name. Also, with construction underway on improvements to the Garden State Parkway, it is anticipated that this road will see additional traffic.
 
  Women’s Equality Day Honoree Charlotte Daily of West Cape May with Elected Women Officials of CMC
Cape May Court House – Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Charlotte Daily for being selected by Cape Women’s Resource Fund, Inc. as their 2013 Women’s Equality Day honoree. Freeholder Gabor presented Ms. Daily with a plaque honoring her at the 22nd Annual Women’s Equality Day Tea, hosted by Cape Women’s Resource Fund Trustees, on August 26, 2013. The special event that also celebrated the 93rd Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and the Ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution was held at the West Cape May Borough Hall. Ms. Daily was honored for her contributions to the community of West Cape May and the entire county as the founder and organizer, for the past 46 years, of the West Cape May Parade. The first West Cape May parade was a short 30-minute trek down Broadway, Today, the parade stretches for miles through West Cape May into Cape May with fire trucks, Mummers, dozens of floats, bands from local high schools and the United States Coast Guard . . . plus thousands of spectators who line the route of the extravaganza that last for hours on the first Saturday in December every year, all thanks to Charlotte Daily, “the Parade Lady.”
 
  Crest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center’s 9th ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center hosted their 9th annual Family Picnic on August 19th outside in the courtyard. Residents and staff along with their families and friends enjoyed the fun day coordinated by the Recreation Department. The day began with “Kelli” leading a Zumba Fitness class followed by face painting, a variety of games and music performed live by one of the resident’s favorite singers “Keith Hickman”. Crest Haven provided a picnic lunch served by volunteers that included chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers catered by Spankies BBQ. Each year, the residents look forward to this fun event when they have a traditional picnic outdoors with their family and friends.
 
  Rutgers Extension Hosts Junior Chefs Cooking Camp
Kids had fun cooking and learning at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County. The Family & Community Health Sciences Department held a new and creative program, Junior Chefs Cooking Camp, from July 29 through August 2, 2013 for children who had completed Grades 5 - 7.
 
  2013 4-H Fair and Chicken BBQ July 18-20
The 2013 Cape May County 4-H Fair took place through July 20th at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing Home And Rehabilitation Center Hosts 105th Birthday Party For Mary Agnes Antler!
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center hosted a Birthday Party on July 15th for resident Mary Agnes Antler who turns 105 on July 28th. The celebration included a special birthday cake, entertainment by “Christine”, a favorite of residents, and visits from friends.
 
  Rare Snow Leopard Cubs Make Their Debut July 10, 2013
Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton joined Park and Zoo staff and members of the Zoological Society on July 10, 2013 for the debut of the county zoo’s newest Snow Leopard Cubs born on April 20, 2013.
 
  First Class Completes Cape May County’s Leadership and Management Development Program
Twenty-one county employees completed the county’s first Leadership and Management Program and were acknowledged at the Freeholders’ Meeting on June 25, 2013. The county employees were selected to be part of the eleven-week training and development program that was developed through a partnership with Atlantic Cape Community College.
 
  Sea Isle City Gateway Road Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting
Cape May County and Sea Isle City Officials cut the ribbon to officially open the new Gateway to Sea Isle City on June 25, 2013. The 3.8 million dollar improvement project, funded by the Federal Government addressed flooding issues as well as safety concerns.
 
  21st Annual "We Check For 21" Program Kickoff June 17, 2013
The "We Check For 21" Program officially started in Cape May County June 17, 2013, with three training and information sessions hosted by Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Board of Chosen Freeholders at The Wildwoods Convention Center.
 
  Eigth Annual "Senior" Prom at Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Freeholder Kristine Gabor joined residents at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center June 13th for the eighth annual “Senior” Prom. This year, the theme was “The Greatest Generation.”
 
  Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Resident Celebrated Her 104th Birthday
Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor announced that Undine (Dina) Daugherty celebrated her 104th birthday at Crest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center on June 5th. Mrs. Daugherty was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey in 1909. She attended Wildwood High School and then Peirce School of Business. She married Edmond Daugherty and the couple settled in Cape May Court House with their three sons and operated Daugherty’s Express Moving and Storage Company.
 
  39th Annual Cape May County Senior Art Show June 5, 2013
Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Department of Aging and Disability Services announced the winners of the 39th Annual Senior Art Contest held on June 5, 2013 at the Cape May County Administration Building.
 
  2013 Cape May County Emergency Preparedness Conference
Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton hosted Cape May County’s Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference which focused on Hurricane Preparedness on May 21, 2013 at the Cape May County Technical High School. The conference was held before the start of the 2013 Hurricane season which runs from June 1st through November 30th to reinforce the importance of being prepared.
 
  Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service
The annual Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service was held on May 10, 2013 at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center, 171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House.
 
  2013 Cape May County Senior Jamboree
More than 300 seniors attended the annual Cape May County Senior Jamboree May 2, 2013 at the Avalon Community Center. The theme for this year’s event was “Kentucky Derby” and Cape May County seniors came dressed in fancy clothes and hats for the event. The Senior Jamboree, hosted by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging, celebrates senior citizens during Older American’s Month.
 
  First Bloodhound Academy Class in the State of New Jersey Graduates From CMC Police Academy
Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer and Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio participated in the graduation ceremonies for the Police Bloodhound Academy on May 1, 2013 at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center. Six officers, who began training for the 11-week course on February 19, 2013, completed the Academy – the first of its kind in the State of New Jersey. This Bloodhound Academy was conducted by the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the National Police Bloodhound Association and the Cape May County Police Academy. Curriculum included basic man trailing, scent articles, trail work, report writing, criminal laws, first aid for K-9’s, mental illness awareness, critical incident stress management, SWAT / tactical training and trailing and K-9 deployment. Lead instructors for the program were Sheriff’s Officer Russell Norcross and Roger Titus, Training Coordinator with the National Police Bloodhound Association.
 
  2013 Cape May County Tourism Conference
Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Tourism Conference at the County Administration Building on April 25, 2013. Speakers at this year's conference included Grace Hanlon, Director of Tourism, State Division of Travel and Tourism; Dr. Richard Perniciaro, Director, Center for Business Development and Research at Atlantic Cape Community College; Freeholder Vice-Director and Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio and Diane F. Wieland, Director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism.
 
  Veterans' Interment Service April 25, 2013
Four World War II Army Veterans, whose ashes have been at the Godfrey Funeral Home for many years, were buried with honors at the Cape May County Veterans' Cemetery on April 25, 2013, PFC Edward F. Bart, PFC Albert A. Colavito, Private James B. Davis, Cpl. Alto DuBose.
 
  My County Poster Contest
Twelve winners of the 21st Annual My County Poster Contest were honored in the presence of their families and school officials on April 24th in the Courthouse Jury Assembly Room by Cape May County’s Constitutional Officers, County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti, Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer and Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard. The winners were selected from among 398 entries submitted by fourth grade students from eight elementary schools countywide.
 
  2013 County Government Open House
Cape May County Freeholders hosted a County Government "Open House" at the County Administration Building on April 23rd in conjunction with the Annual Student Government Day event and National County Government Month. This year's theme is "Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities."
 
  2013 Student Government Day
Freeholder Will Morey and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Student Government Day event on April 23, 2013 as part of the county's National County Government Month celebration. This year's theme is "Smart Justice" Creating Safer Communities".
 
  2013 Earth Day Celebration
The Cape May County Earth Day Celebration took place at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on April 20, 2013. The theme of this year's event was "Respect For The Planet." The day started with a 1 Mile Fun Run and a 5K Race. The Earth Day Fair included live animals, food vendors and craft and information exhibits.
 
  2013 Cape May County Fare Free Roadeo Winners
Cape May County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Fare Free Transportation's "Roadeo” held on April 16, 2013 at the Cape May County Airport. The Department’s annual spring training day dubbed “The Roadeo” tested drivers in their everyday activities including Vehicle Pre-trip, Wheelchair Securement and an Obstacle Course that tested their driving skills. Also, participants were subjected to a written exam that evaluated their knowledge of Federal ADA regulations, rules of the road and passenger service standards.
 
  2013 Cape May County Earth Day Contest Winners
Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County 2013 Earth Day Logo Contest at the Freeholder Meeting held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The contest, sponsored by the Board, is held annually to draw attention to the county’s Earth Day Celebration. This year’s theme is “Respect For The Planet”. The following winners were selected from the more than two hundred entries received from Cape May County students.
 
  Freeholders' Meeting March 26, 2013
At their meeting on March 26, 2013, the Board of Chosen Freeholders accepted an equipment donation for the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery from Rental Country and donations from Veterans' organizations for benches at the Cape May County Veterans' Cemetery. Also, the Freeholders received a plaque recognizing the Cape May County Park and Zoo as "Best of the Best" in New Jersey.
 
  The Cape May County Health Department Hosted The Healthcare Resource Day March 23, 2013
The event featured over 40 exhibitors representing various health services provided to county residents. On hand were key county departments that play a role in meeting community health needs such as Crest Heaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and the Office of Aging and Disability Services. Additionally, there were free screenings by the Parish Nurse Program of the Cape Regional Medical Center for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and peripheral artery disease and fracture risk. A major highlight of the day was a presentation “New Developments in Colon Cancer Prevention”
 
  Crest Haven Seniors take the Plunge
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center hosted its seventh annual Polar Bear Plunge event for residents on March 25, 2013. Residents, staff, family members and community volunteers participated in this special event, coordinated by the Recreation Department at Crest Haven. Participants were encouraged to plunge their bare feet in and cool them off in kiddy-pools filled with cool water. Other fun activities included Zumba fitness, a pie eating contest, music and a staff chili cook-off with all proceeds going to the resident’s trust fund.
 
  Cape May County Celebrates Greek Independence Day
Cape May County Freeholders joined members of the Greek Orthodox community on March 23, 2013 at the county Administration Building to celebrate Greek Independence Day. Each year officials gather in front of the County Administration Building for a Greek Flag Raising Ceremony as a tribute to freedom and liberty. This event for Greeks celebrates a successful war of Independence waged by Greek Revolutionaries between 1821 and 1830, together with several European powers against an Ottoman Empire. Greece was recognized as an independent nation in May 1832.
 
  Cape May County Park and Zoo was Hopping for "Easter Bunny in the Park"
Over one thousand people attended the county's annual "Easter Bunny in the Park" event hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Cape May County Park and Zoo, March 23, 2013. The day started with approximately 400 children participating in the Easter Egg Hunt and continued in the Zoo's Reptile House where families took photos with the Easter Bunny, made an Easter craft and learned about animals at the Cape May County Zoo.
 
  Cape May County Career and Training Expo
Cape May County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes and the Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women hosted the Cape May County Career and Training Expo on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The job fair event featured seminars, training, job opportunities, information on how to apply for a job and using technology in your job search.
 
  9th Annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference
Cape May County Freeholder Will Morey and the Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the ninth annual Cape May County Transportation Infrastructure Conference Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the County Administration Building.
 
  County Gives Food and Personal Items Collected to Local Food Pantry
Cape May County Gave Food and Personal Items Collected through the County’s Helping Our Neighbors Program to a Local Food Pantry. Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Board of Chosen Freeholders presented food and non perishable items, donated by county employees and the public, to Crest Community Church’s More Than Enough Food Pantry at their meeting on March 12, 2013. Jeff Salasin, is Pastor of the Crest Community Church, a non-denominational church, and Director of the More Than Enough Food Pantry located in Wildwood Crest which is partnered with the Food Bank of New Jersey and serves the people of Cape May County. The food pantry provides food and clothing for approximately forty households in the community.
 
  Freeholders Recognize William F. Quinn for Service to the Open Space Review Board
The Board of Chosen Freeholders honored William F. Quinn for his service to the Cape May County Open Space Review Board at their meeting on February 26, 2013. Quinn was first appointed to the Board in 1995 and served as Chair of the Board from 2003 until October 23, 2012. Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton said, "On behalf of the residents of Cape May County, I thank him for helping to preserve the beauty of our county.” Peter Lomax was appointed to replaced Quinn as Chair of the Review Board and added, "Bill's leadership of the Open Space Board leaves a tremendous legacy of land preservation and stewardship of the County's unique natural resources."
 
  County Employees Wear Red for Heart Health
The Cape May County Wellness Division raised awareness of heart health during the month of February. The division sponsored an employee “Wear Red Day” event on February 14, 2013 which included a healthy heart lunch and learn seminar given by Marylou Rochford, Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Also, employees collected money throughout the month that will be donated to the American Heart Association. For more information about the Cape May County Wellness Program, visit cmcwellness.org.
 
  Cape Freeholders Receive Smoke Alarms Donated by Atlantic City Electric
Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio and the Board of Chosen Freeholders accepted free smoke alarms for needy residents in Cape May County from Atlantic City Electric at their meeting on February 12, 2013. Atlantic City Electric is donating over 1,000 smoke alarms to fire marshals in southern New Jersey as part of their Emergency Services Partnership Program. The smoke alarms are being dispersed to eight counties within Atlantic City Electric’s service area.
 
  Groundbreaking Held for GSP Traffic Signal Removal Project
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders joined Federal, State and Local Officials on February 4th at the County Administration Building, 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House to break ground for the $110-million transportation construction project that will eliminate traffic signals on the Garden State Parkway in Cape May County - the lights are the only three traffic signals on the entire 172-mile highway. The traffic lights at exits 9 - Shell Bay Avenue, 10 - Stone Harbor Boulevard and 11 - Crest Haven Road have been the sites of numerous accidents including some fatal ones.
 
  E. Marie Hayes Sworn-In as New County Freeholder
E. Marie Hayes was sworn-in as Freeholder on February 1, 2013 to fill the unexpired Freeholder term of Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard, Esq.
 
  Freeholder Desiderio New Vice President of SNJFA
Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio is the new Vice President of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association. Vice President Desiderio was sworn-in by New Jersey State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney during their reorganization meeting in Cumberland County on January 28, 2013. Vice President Desiderio will serve the eight county organization in 2013 along with President William F. Whelan, Cumberland County, Secretary, Joseph Chila, Gloucester County and Treasurer Robert Vanderslice, Salem County.
 
  Cape May County Receives Grant to Open New Wellness Center for Employees
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders cut the ribbon on January 22, 2013 opening the county’s new 3,157 square feet Wellness Center. The construction of the center located in the county’s health department was funded by a grant from AmeriHealth Administrators. The new fitness center cost $50,000 for equipment and materials and the labor was provided by the County's Facility and Services Department.
 
  County Donates to Local Pantry, Recognizes MRC and Accepts Thank You January 22, 2013
During the Board of Chosen Freeholders' meeting on January 22, 2013, the Freeholders presented fifteen boxes of food donated by county employees and the public to Cape Human Resources. Also, the county recognized Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers who helped out during Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, students from Atlantic Cape Community College presented a Thank You card for first responders.
 
  Reorganization Meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders
A standing room crowd attended the annual Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday, January 3, 2013. The meeting took place in the Freeholders’ Meeting Room at the County Administration Building. Freeholder Leonard C. Desiderio, who was re-elected in November to serve a three-year term, was sworn in by Superior Court Judge J. Christopher Gibson. Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton was elected Director of the Board and Freeholder Desiderio was elected Vice-Director for the year 2013.
 
  Swearing-in of 21st Surrogate of Cape May County
M. Susan Sheppard, Esq. became Cape May County’s 21st Surrogate on December 31, 2012. Surrogate Sheppard, who is also the first female Surrogate in Cape May County’s history, was sworn-in by New Jersey Superior Court Judge J. Christopher Gibson at the County’s Old Courthouse in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. Surrogate Sheppard was elected on November 6, 2012 by the voters of Cape May County for a five-year term as Surrogate – one of three Constitutional Officers in Cape May County.
 
  Freeholders Recognize M. Susan Sheppard and a Local Group for their Contributions
Freeholders recognize Freeholder M. Susan Sheppard and the group "Hope Matters" at their meeting on December 27, 2012.
 
  County Seniors Receive Socks and Christmas Cheer
Cape May County’s seniors are a little warmer this holiday season thanks to Cape May Point resident Christopher South who brought the “Socks for Seniors” program to Cape May County. South along with Freeholder Kristine Gabor distributed socks to residents at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and to homebound seniors in Cape May County.
 
  2012 "Santa's Family Workshop"
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with children and their families during "Santa's Family Workshop" at the Reptile House in the Cape May County Zoo on December 15, 2012.
 
  Freeholders Donate to Local Food Banks and Accept Donations to Benefit County Residents
The Freeholders presented thirty boxes of non-perishable items to local food pantries, made a $1,000 donation to the local chapter of the American Red Cross and accepted "Socks For Seniors" during their meeting on December 11, 2012.
 
  County Recognizes Employees With Twenty-Five Years of Service
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized fourteen county employees with more than twenty-five years of service at their meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Employees acknowledged include: Edward (Nick) Beamon, Deborah Dickinson, Patricia Mabry, Harry Johnson, Fred Daniel, Mary Dillon, Allen Jett, Edward Carson, Claire Fagan, Sergio Fasciano, Gregory Carr, Deborah Hawkins, Kathleen MacLeod and Elizabeth Bozzelli. In addition to those recognized at the Freeholders’ meeting, six other employees also achieved 25 years with the County but were unable to attend the meeting. They are Randy Alberts, Prosecutor’s Office, Phillip Katz, Facilities & Services, Gene Taylor, Facilities & Services, James Canning, Traffic, John Myers, Traffic and Carol Lennox, Department of Aging & Disability Services.
 
  Community Volunteers Beautify Courtyard at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Rio Grande Lowe’s and their employees along with Smeltzer and Sons on November 19, 2012 for their contributions to the beautification of the North Courtyard at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Under the Heroes Community Program, Lowe’s employees laid mulch, planted greens and even installed an arbor in the Courtyard. Additionally, Smeltzer and Sons donated 60 cubic yards of mulch for the recently completed beautification project.
 
  2012 Cape May County Veterans' Day Service
Cape May County held its annual Veterans' Day Service November 11th at the Cape May County Veterans' Cemetery. Speakers included Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, Bill Howard, Commander V.F.W. District 17 and Norman R. Marlin, Jr., Cape May County Commander for the American Legion. Additionally, the program included the USCG Ceremonial Detail TRACEN and a presentation of wreaths ceremony with representatives of veterans' organizations from throughout the county.
 
  Governor Chris Christie visited Cape May County Before & After Hurricane Sandy Hit the Jersey Shore
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie came to Cape May County on Saturday, October 27th to announce that a State of Emergency Declaration had been signed in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Governor Christie and members of his cabinet addressed local and county officials and members of the media at the Anglesea Fire House. Discussion included evacuation plans for the Barrier Islands in the County. The Governor returned to Cape May County on Tuesday, October 30th in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to provide an update on the damage and devastation that could be found throughout the state as a result of the Hurricane and outlined the plan for recovery and damage assessment.
 
  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Presentation
On October 24, 2012 County Government and Law Enforcement entities in Cape May County joined forces to show their support for employees who serve in the military. The New Jersey Parole Board and New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve hosted the Cape May County Law Enforcement 'Show of Strength' presentation at the County Administration Building. Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton was presented with the Seven Seals Award for going above and beyond in his support for employees who serve in the military.
 
  Cape May County Zoo Receives AZA Accreditation
The Cape May County Zoo has once again been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). After a year-long process that included several inspections and interviews with staff, county officials and other agencies, AZA accredited the zoo on September 10, 2012. The Cape May County Zoo has been an accredited zoo since 1989 and today it is one of only 250 accredited zoos from the 2,500 zoos/animal exhibitors in the nation. The Cape May County Zoo’s accreditation is good through 2017.
 
  Freeholder Presentations October 23, 2012
Freeholders declared November 10, 2012 as Disabilities Awareness Day in Cape May County and designated October 24th as Food Day in Cape May County at their meeting on October 23, 2012. Also, Freeholder Vice-Director M. Susan Sheppard and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Marilou Rochford, Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Cape May County at their meeting on October 23, 2012. Rochford was recognized by the Board for being the recipient of two awards at the annual meeting of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences held in Columbus, Ohio.
 
  County Holds Pink and Blue Day
The Cape May County Wellness Division encouraged county employees to wear Pink and Blue on October 23rd to show their support for Breast and Prostate Health Awareness.
 
  County Projects Recognized by Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
The new state-of-the-art Sea Isle City Branch Library received the first combined award for Beautification and Conservation from the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. Also, the Cape May County Park and Zoo's Courtyard won a beautification award. Both awards were presented at the Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting on October 18, 2012.
 
  Cape May County Boo At The Zoo October 27, 2012
Freeholder Vice-Director M. Susan Sheppard and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual “Boo at the Zoo” event on October 27th at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. The free event included games, educational stations, candy and entertainment. There was a Halloween Costume Dance Contest with prizes awarded to first, second and third place winners in categories ranging from infants and toddlers to groups. Also, visitors enjoyed a “Carnival Creature Freak Show”, a performance by the First Trance Comedy Hypnotist plus a Stiltwalker and a strolling Magician.
 
  County Public Works Association Winners of 2012 Snow Plow Rodeo
The Cape May County Public Works Association hosted the annual Snow Plow Rodeo on October 16, 2012 at the Naval Air Station Wildwood at the Cape May County Airport. There were forty-one entries in this year’s event representing Cape May County departments, local municipalities and other agencies. The main objective of the rodeo is to promote safety and constructive competition while preparing equipment and operators for the upcoming winter season. Teams competed in three different categories; Class A - vehicles 15,000 pounds and under, Class B – vehicles between 15,000 and 26,000 pounds and Class C – vehicles 26,000 pounds and over.
 
  International Tourism Workshop
Cape May County Freeholder Vice-Director M. Susan Sheppard hosted a workshop with international tourism expert Roger A. Brooks on October 15, 2012 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The workshop for business owners, marketers and their employees focused on new and effective marketing and branding concepts for the tourism industry.
 
  County Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In celebration of the many breast cancer survivors and supporters in Cape May County, the Department of Health will be exhibiting a quilt, designed by former Health Department employee Dianne Notorfrancesco, which serves as a reminder that great strides have been made in the battle against breast cancer but that a cure is still needed. The quilt, signed by Cape May County cancer survivors and supporters was presented to Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Board of Chosen Freeholders during their meeting on October 9, 2012.
 
  September 25th Freeholders' Meeting
The Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Stone Harbor Mayor Suzanne Walters, Ginger Foglio, the Cape May County String Band and 4-H Members during their meeting held on September 25, 2012.
 
  2012 Emergency Preparedness Conference September 25th
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the Emergency Preparedness Conference on September 25, 2012. The experts who presented at this conference provided attendees with the latest information regarding emergency preparedness in both our state and county. Participants included Edward Dickson, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Captain Thomas Scardino, Executive Officer, New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management, Richard M. Shaw, Assistant Commissioner of Operations for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Robert Van Fossen, Director, Emergency Management Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NBC 40 Meteorologist Dan Skeldon and Martin L. Pagliughi, Cape May County’s new Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management.
 
  Cape May County RSVP Recognition Luncheon September 13, 2012
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Recognition Event was held Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Wildwood Golf and Country Club. Over 300 Cape May County Retired and Senior Volunteers were recognized for their service to the communities of Cape May County.
 
  Cape May County Wellness Program Kickoff 09-11-12
Cape May County Wellness Program Kickoff took place during the Freeholders' Caucus Meeting on September 11, 2012. The new CMC Wellness Program is being offered to all employees and their families in an effort to encourage an increased culture of health and wellness.
 
  County Held Solemn Ceremony to Mark 11th Anniversary of 9-11-01
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted Cape May County's eleventh Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Patriot Day, September 11, 2012 outside the front entrance of the County Administration Building. The very solemn Memorial Ceremony featured comments from Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, Lieutenant Scott Farr, Commanding Officer, Station Cape May and Chief Conrad Johnson, Jr., President, Cape May County Fire Chiefs Association. Prayers were offered by Monsignor Peter M. Joyce, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Parish, Marmora, Dr. Jeffrey Elliott, Cape May Lutheran Church, Cape May and Reverend James A. Zoaarro, Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Wildwood.
 
  Lower Cape Senior Center Celebrates 100th Birthday
The Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services celebrated the 100th Birthday of Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" Simpson in August 2012. Mrs. Simpson, born August 5, 1912, started attending the Center in 1979. She loves ceramics, knitting and sewing. Dot is known around the county for making and donating her famous Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Even though she is having difficulty with her sight, she counts the stitches with her hands and donates homemade blankets to Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. She enjoys five generations of her family and strongly believes in the 3 F's - Faith, Family and Friends.
 
  Presentations Made at the August 23rd Freeholders' Meeting
Presentations made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders' Meeting on August 23, 2012 included the Communications Office for bringing national recognition to the County of Cape May, Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center employees for going above and beyond in service to the residents of the Center and the Health Department partnering with the United Way in its “Stuff the Bus” campaign to collect school supplies for needy kids in Cape May County plus the Freeholders show support for the Cape May Maritime Museum project.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's 8th Annual Family Picnic
Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton and Freeholder Kristine Gabor joined residents, employees and their families for Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s eighth annual Family Picnic on August 13, 2012. The event, coordinated by the Recreation Department at Crest Haven, was a fun day for everyone! There was face painting, games, a Zumba Fitness class and entertainment by Keith Hickman, one of the resident’s favorite singers.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center's Bologna Bonanza
The staff of Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center assembled a 335 inch-long bologna sandwich for residents, staff and the public to enjoy during Bologna Bonanza Day, August 9, 2012. Twenty pounds of bologna and ten pounds of cheese were used to fill the 54 rolls that made up the 335 inch-long sandwich. The sandwich making brought together employees from the Administration, Dietary and Recreation departments who created the special lunch for all to enjoy.
 
  County Library Celebrates Summer Reading Program With PJ Party!
Kids in the Summer Reading Club in Cape May County Libraries were challenged to read a combined total of 5,500 books over the course of the 7 week program. At the last Summer Reading Club meeting, children at each branch were encouraged to wear their pajamas and if they succeeded in reaching the goal, staff members would wear theirs, too. With 462 kids keeping track of the books they read or that were read to them, a total of 8,863 books were read! The success of the summer program was evident with the array of PJ clad employees and patrons at county libraries.
 
  Cape May County Park Stage Rebuilt By Volunteers
Volunteers from the United Methodist Church rebuilt the stage at the Cape May County park Bandstand during the month of July.
 
  Cape May County Hosts Cooperative Meeting
Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton hosted a cooperative meeting attended by more than fifty County members and US Communities' vendors on July 25th at the County Administration Building.
 
  Cape May County Sheriff's and Prosecutor's Offices Earn Accreditation
The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police awarded Accreditation to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office. Mitchell Sklar, Executive Director of the New Jersey Chiefs of Police and Harry J. Delgado, Program Manager of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, presented certificates to Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, Sheriff Gary Schaffer and Prosecutor Robert Taylor at the Freeholders’ Meeting on July 24, 2012.
 
  2012 4-H Fair and Chicken BBQ
The Cape May County annual 4-H Fair, one of the oldest fairs in the state, took place on July 19th, 20th and 21st at the 4-H Fairgrounds. The fair featured 4-H displays and projects, a horse show, crafts, entertainment and the traditional chicken BBQ.
 
  Cape May County Receives Partnership Award From New Jersey Clean Communities Council
Barbara McConnell, Vice President of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council presented Freeholder Will Morey with the Partnership Award for Cape May County’s support of the initiatives of the Clean Communities Council.
 
  Presentations Made at the June 26th Freeholders' Meeting
Presentations made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders' Meeting on June 26, 2012 included Senior of the Year, 4-H Fair presentation and awards for Best Beaches of 2012.
 
  33rd Basic Course for Police Officers Graduation Ceremony, June 25, 2012
The 33rd Basic Course for Police Officers graduation ceremony was held on June 25, 2012. The ceremony was held at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center. Freeholder Desiderio addressed the class and Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer was the keynote speaker.
 
  Cartoon Network's "Move It Movement" Event at Cape May County Park and Zoo
Cartoon Network’s Move It Movement tour came to the Cape May County Park and Zoo on Saturday, June 23rd.
 
  Cape May County Blood Drive
Cape May County Government hosted a community blood drive on Friday, June 22nd at Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
 
  20th Annual We Check For 21 Training and Kickoff Program
The "We Check For 21" Program officially started in Cape May County on June 21, 2012 with three training and information sessions hosted by Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Board of Chosen Freeholders at The Wildwoods Convention Center.
 
  Cox Hall Creek Restoration Project Dedication
A sign dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the site of the Cox Hall Creek Project in Lower Township on June 20, 2012.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center's 7th Annual "Senior" Prom
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held its seventh annual “Senior” Prom on June 14, 2012. The formal gala, with a Hollywood movie theme, began with photos of Crest Haven’s glamorous stars! A formal dinner followed served by the Crest Haven kitchen staff and staff volunteers who were also decked out for the special occasion. After dinner, Keith Hickman, one of the resident’s favorite singers, performed.
 
  Cape May County Snow Leopard Cubs Make their First Public Appearance!
Freeholder Vice-Director M. Susan Sheppard officially introduced the new Snow Leopard Cubs, born at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on April 10th, to the public during Media Day at the Zoo, June 13, 2012. The two very rare Snow Leopard cubs (one male and one female) were born to Himani and Vijay.
 
  Freeholder Presentations - June 12, 2012
Presentations made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders' Meeting on June 12, 2012
 
  38th Annual Senior Art Show June 6, 2012
Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services hosted the 38th Annual Senior Art Show on June 6, 2012. The show was held in the lobby of the County Administration Building. The exhibit, which was open to the public, remained on display through June 13, 2012.
 
  2012 Memorial Day Service at the Cape May County Veterans' Cemetery
Cape May County held its annual Memorial Day Service on May 28, 2012 at the Cape May Veterans' Cemetery.
 
  Dedication of Betty Jean Lane
County Officials dedicated Betty Jean Lane at the Cape May County 4-H Fair grounds on May 23, 2012. The Lane was named to honor long-time 4-H program director Betty Jean Webersinn.
 
  Presentations Made at the May 22nd Freeholders' Meeting
Presentations made at the Board of Chosen Freeholders' Meeting on May 22, 2012
 
  2012 Breast Cancer Survivors' Pink Tea
On May 18th, Cape May County Health Department's Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) program hosted a Pink Tea Party in honor of Breast Cancer Survivor Day. The event took place at the Emlen Physick Estate in the City of Cape May.
 
  2012 New Arrivals at the Zoo
Cape May County Zoo welcomes new animals in 2012.
 
  2012 Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service
The annual Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service took place May 10th at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. The Police Academy and the Cape May County Chiefs of Police hold the memorial service each year to remember and honor police officers killed in the line of duty in Cape May County.
 
  Emergency Management Communications Center Employees And Partners Receive Merit Award
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the employees of the Cape May County Emergency Management Communications Center and their partners at their meeting held on May 8, 2012 for receiving Atlantic City Electric’s annual Merit of Excellence Award for Commitment to Public Safety and their significant contributions to emergency preparedness and safety in Southern New Jersey.
 
  2012 Department of Aging and Disability Services' "Senior" Jamboree
On Thursday, May 3rd, the Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services hosted the annual Senior Jamboree. This event, held each year in honor of Older American’s Month, took place at the Avalon Community Center, Avalon, New Jersey. This year the theme was “ALOHA”.
 
  County Government Open House
April is National County Government Month. Cape May County celebrated by holding an "Open House" at the County Administration Building on April 24, 2012.
 
  2012 Student Government Day
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Student Government Day on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 as part of the county’s National County Government Month celebration. Sixteen students representing eight Cape May County High Schools participated in the event that concluded with the students conducting both the Caucus and Regular Meetings of the Freeholders after spending the day learning about the role of county government.
 
  Cape May County Health Resource Day
Cape May County hosted its annual Healthcare Resource Day on April 21, 2012 at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The Healthcare Resource Day featured county departments that play a role in meeting community health needs such as the Cape May County Health Department, Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Office of Aging and Disability Services. Plus more than 40 healthcare exhibitors were on display. Regional Medical Center for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and peripheral artery disease and fracture risk were offered.
 
  2012 Earth Day Celebration
The Cape May County Earth Day Celebration took place at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on April 21, 2012. The theme of this year's event was "Set the Scene . . . GO GREEN"! The day started with a 1 Mile Fun Run and a 5K Race. Record numbers attended the Earth Day Fair that included an Environmental Magic Show and more than thirty craft and information exhibits.
 
  Volunteer Workers from Home Depot Build K-9 Training Course at Cape May County Correctional Facility
A new K-9 training agility course was constructed next to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office K-9 building on April 19, by a team of volunteers from Home Depot. The volunteers spent the day building and setting up the K-9 agility course which includes six search boxes, six hurdles, a six foot A-frame, a six foot cat walk, and low crawl and broad jump obstacles. This course was built to United States Police Canine Association specifications. The material and equipment was supplied for free and volunteers were all Home Depot employees from stores located in Cape May Court House, Egg Harbor, Absecon, Vineland and Washington Township.
 
  Eleventh Annual Cape May County National Arts Program
The award ceremony for the National Arts Program was held on Tuesday, April 17th at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center (PAC). The exhibit is open to the public and will remain on display at the PAC through May 10, 2012. The free NAP exhibit includes 176 works of art by 125 local artists. It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The PAC is located at 1 Penkethman Way, Cape May Court House, at Middle Township High School.
 
  Presentations Made at the April 10th Freeholders' Meeting
The Board of Social Services and the Sheriff's Department were recognized at the Freeholders' Meeting on April 10, 2012 for being named the New Jersey Child Support Council County of the Year 2011. Also, the Freeholders made a presentation to Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor in honor of Crime Victims' Rights Week. Additionally, "Caring For Kids" were recognized for their work to prevent child abuse and neglect in Cape May County.
 
  2012 My County Poster Contest Winners
Twelve winners of the 20th Annual My County Poster Contest, sponsored by Cape May County’s Constitutional Officers - Surrogate W. Robert Hentges, County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti and Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer, were honored at a special ceremony on April 4, 2012 at the Cape May County Courthouse. Twelve winners were selected from entries submitted by 291 fourth grade students from 7 elementary schools in Cape May County.
 
  2012 "Easter Bunny In The Park"
Hundreds of people visited the Cape May County Park and Zoo on Saturday, March 31st for the annual “Easter Bunny in the Park” event sponsored by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The day kicked off with an Easter Egg Hunt in the park followed by visits with the Easter Bunny at the Zoo’s Reptile House.
 
  Freeholders' Meeting March 27, 2012
The Freeholders accepted a donation at the March 27th meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders to the Park and Zoo and recognized a member of the County's Women's Commission.
 
  2012 Cape May County Earth Day Logo Contest
The 2012 Earth Day Logo Contest winners were announced at the Freeholders' Meeting on March 27, 2012. More than 250 Cape May County students entered the contest this year.
 
  County Commemorates 191st Anniversary of Greek Independence Day
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution commemorating March 25th as Greek Independence Day in recognition of the 191st anniversary of Greek independence. The Freeholders recognized St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of North Wildwood and the Greek-American community of Cape May County which serve as beacons of the Greek language, culture, values, heritage, civilization and Hellenic ideals.
 
  Cape May County Chamber of Commerce and Greater Wildwood Chamber Events
County Government Officials speak at Chamber events during month of March
 
  The Cape May County String Band Performs at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
The Cape May County String Band performs at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center throughout the year. Recently, Freeholder Kristine Gabor visited the Center and joined in the fun as the string band performed.
 
  2012 Tourism Conference - "Mentoring The Marketers"
M. Susan Sheppard and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the county's annual Tourism Conference at the county administration building on March 20, 2012.
 
  Freeholders' Meeting February 28, 2012
Presentations made during the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders' Meeting held on February 28, 2012
 
  2012 Transportation Infrastructure Conference
Freeholder Will Morey hosted the eighth annual Cape May County Transportation Infrastructure Conference on February 28th at the County Administration Building. The theme of this year's conference was "Transportation - An Engine That Fuels Economic Development." The conference focused on the role transportation plays in the economic development of a county and its municipalities. Topics for discussion included: Infrastructure Improvements that stimulate the economy, the role of airports and Industrial Parks in strengthening the local economy and projects vital to Cape May County's Economic Development. Additionally, time was allotted for an open public discussion on transportation issues.
 
  Cape May County Sheriff's Correctional Staff Receives Recognition
During the February 14, 2012 meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer and Warden Donald Lombardo presented to the Freeholders the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Award the Sheriff's Office received for its dedication and contribution to public safety and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
 
  9/11 Wall of Remembrance Dedication February 14, 2012
The 9/11 Wall of Remembrance was dedicated at the Freeholders’ Meeting on February 14, 2012. The display consists of the 10th anniversary flag with the names of all the heroes who lost their lives on 9/11, donated by former Director Daniel Beyel, that flew during last year’s Patriot Day Memorial Service, along with the cross, made from the steel of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, that was received from a New York City Firefighter and donated to the county by Cape May County Deputy Fire Marshal Rocco DiSilvestro.
 
  6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held its sixth annual POLAR BEAR PLUNGE on February 6, 2012. Freeholder Kristine Gabor, residents, staff, family members and community volunteers participated in this special event, coordinated by the Recreation Department at Crest Haven. Freeholder Gabor and residents plunged their bare feet and cooled off their tootsies in large kiddy-pools filled with water. Other fun activities included a Zumba class, pie eating contest and a music show with Cool Eddie McLoyd.
 
  Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association Meeting January 22, 2012
The Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association (SNJFA) held its Annual Reorganization Meeting at the Running Deer Golf Club in Pittsgrove, Salem County on January 22, 2012. During the meeting, the 2012 Officers were sworn in by outgoing President Rodney Greco, Freeholder from Camden County. The 2012 Officers of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association are Salem County Freeholder Director Julie A. Acton (R), President, Cumberland County Freeholder William Whelan (D), Vice-President, Cape May County Freeholder Leonard Desiderio (R), Secretary and Gloucester County Freeholder Joe Chila (D), Treasurer. The eight member counties that make up the association, whose main purpose is to foster the sharing of ideas, programs and joint ventures between the counties, are Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem. The member counties pay no dues to participate in the Association.
 
  County Adds Three Correctional Officers
Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced January 26, 2012, the graduation of three correctional officers from the Atlantic County Police Training Center Class # 22 for the Basic Course for County Correctional Officers. Officer William Lear of Cape May Court House, Officer Michael Nuscis of Cape May and Officer Dustin Wagner of Rio Grande became the newest Officers of the Cape May County Correctional Center. “I am proud of these officers and their accomplishments and look forward to their long productive careers as correction officers. They join a professional group of officers at our Correctional Center that the residents of Cape May County can be proud of,” concluded Sheriff Schaffer.
 
  Cape May County Freeholders Honor Local Dentists
Cape May County Freeholder Kristine Gabor and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored local dentists for their participation in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the Division of Aging and Community Services’ Area Plan Dental Grant at their meeting on January 10, 2012. The Cape May County Department of Health manages the state grant from the Department of Aging that provides much needed dental care to county seniors over 60 years of age with low incomes and no dental insurance. The program, in existence for over 15 years, provides dental services to approximately thirty senior citizens a year. This program is made possible by the support of local dentists that have provided professional and expert dental care to these county residents and in return received minimal financial compensation. Freeholder Kristine Gabor, Director of Health & Human Services said, “Local dentists Dr. William Robinson, DMD, Dr. James Rochford, DMD and Dr. Harvey Strair, DMD have been participants in this program since its inception. Also, the county would like to acknowledge Dr. John Heckle Jr. DMD from Cape May City for his past contributions to the program and Dr. Frank Fuscaldo, DDS who recently became a participant in the program. We thank all of them for their contributions, dedication and concern for the welfare of the residents of Cape May County. Without their support, this program would not be possible.”
 
  2012 Freeholder Reorganization Meeting January 5th
The Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders took place at 5 p.m. on January 5, 2012. The meeting, which included the swearing-in of newly elected Freeholder Kristine Gabor and Freeholder Will Morey was held at the Cape May County Technical High School. The Oath of Office was administered by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Additionally, Gary Schaffer was sworn in to serve his second term as Sheriff of Cape May County by Superior Court Judge John Porto.
 
  Freeholders Beyel and Sheets Honored at Freeholder Meeting Dec. 27, 2011
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and other county and municipal officials recognized Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Freeholder Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. at their last meeting as Freeholders on December 27, 2011.
 
  County Opens New Branch Library In Sea Isle City
The county officially opened Cape May County's new Sea Isle City branch library on December 13, 2011. The 13,583 square feet, state of the art, energy efficient facility is the county's first Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) public building. The library also houses Sea Isle City’s archives and historical artifacts.
 
  2011 Santa's Family Workshop
Kids of all ages came to the Cape May County Park and Zoo’s Reptile House on Saturday, December 10th to visit “Santa’s Family Workshop”. The main attraction of the free, family event was a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Hundreds of children wrote letters to Santa, created a Christmas Tree Ornament, learned about various reptiles and other animals and were entertained by the “Geno White Band” as they waited to take a photo with the famous duo. Also, each child received a free gift at the Ark in the Park Gift Shop. The Board of Chosen Freeholders hosts this annual event as a way to celebrate the festive season with the community.
 
  Freeholders Beyel and Sheets received a special award from Ocean County – the “Clam Diggers Award”
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Freeholder Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. were recognized by Freeholders representing southern counties in the state at the meeting of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association on November 28th in Little Egg Harbor Township (Ocean County), New Jersey.
 
  County Recognizes Employees For Their Years of Service
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized fifteen county employees with twenty-five years of service at their meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. They included Marcie E. Hughes, Mary Ann Morano, Sheppard W. Taylor, Virginia Gandy, Clifford J. Bartlett, Robert E. Hedley, Jr., Michael P. Owen, Eric P. Watson, Louis J. Vitiello, Joseph DiEduardo, Diane Decollewaert, Maria I. Fernandez, Violet M. Dickinson, Willie D. Smith and Evelyn M. McAnaney. Also recognized was Eighty-Eight year old Ed Rodgers who retired from the Park & Zoo in October.
 
  2011 Veterans' Day Ceremony
Cape May County held its annual Veterans’ Day Service at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery on November 11, 2011 at 2 p.m. Speakers included: Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton, Sergeant Andrew Jackson, Iraqi Veteran and Captain William Kelly, Commander of the USCG Base in Cape May. Also, Reverend Dr. Glenn Schoenberger gave the Invocation and Benediction and the National Anthem was sung by Veteran Mark Huff. Additionally, the program included the USCG Ceremonial Detail TRACEN and various veterans’ organizations who presented wreaths to honor Cape May County Veterans.
 
  Culture & Heritage "Wintertime In Cape May" Art Exhibit
The Division of Culture and Heritage is hosting an Art Exhibit at the Beesley House through February 20, 2012. The exhibit entitled “Wintertime in Cape May” opened to the public with an awards ceremony and reception on November 3rd. The “Wintertime in Cape May” exhibit features works from New Jersey artists in many categories including oil, watercolor, pastel, pen/ink, photos, drawing, print and collage. The purpose of the show is to provide a place for local and regional artists to display their works of art in Cape May County.
 
  Cape May County Library Accepts Donation From Freemasonry
Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio and Cape May County Library Director Deborah Poillon accepted a donation of books from the Mount Calvary Consistory No. 22, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (PHA) at the Main Library on November 4, 2011. Several volumes of the “History of The United Supreme Council Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation, Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., Inc. 1881-1998” book by author Joseph A. Walkes, Jr. were donated for use at the Main Library, the Cape May City Library, the Woodbine Branch and in the Library’s Bookmobile.
 
  2011 Drive Through Flu Clinic
The Cape May County Department of Health vaccinated over 2,600 residents at the County’s free Drive-Through Flu clinic held at Kindle Autoplaza on October 23rd.
 
  2011 Boo At The Zoo
A record number of people came to the Cape May County Park and Zoo on October 22nd for the annual "Boo at the Zoo" event hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The FREE event included hayrides, games, educational stations, candy and entertainment.
 
  Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Awards
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Freeholder Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. were recognized for their years of service to the county at the 67th annual meeting of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce held on October 20, 2011 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
 
  Cape May County Tourism Workshops
Freeholder M. Susan Sheppard and the Cape May County Department of Tourism hosted Marketing Workshops on October 18th in the City of Wildwood and on October 19th in Ocean City. The two-day seminar for the county's businesses and organizations featured International tourism expert, renowned author and CEO of Destination Development Inc., Roger A. Brooks.
 
  2011 Cape May County Public Works Association Snow Plow Rodeo
The Cape May County Public Works Association hosted the annual Snow Plow Rodeo at the Cape May County Airport on October 18, 2011. There were thirty-three entries representing Cape May County departments, local municipalities and other agencies. The main objective of the rodeo is to promote safety and constructive competition while preparing equipment and operators for the upcoming winter season.
 
  The Born Learning Trail Grand Opening
The new Born Learning Trail at the Cape May County Park and Zoo officially opened on October 6, 2011.
 
  South Jersey Economic Development District
Cape May County Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio is Chairman of The South Jersey Economic Development District
 
  Freeholders Declare 4-H Week In Cape May County
October 2nd through the 8th is National 4-H Week. The Cape May County Freeholders passed a resolution at their meeting on September 27th declaring October 2nd through the 8th as 4-H week in Cape May County.
 
  Freeholder Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. Receives the Friend of 4-H Award
Cape May County Freeholder and long-time 4-H supporter Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. received the Friend of the 4-H Award at the Freeholders’ Meeting on September 27, 2011. The Cape May County 4-H Foundation, Inc. and Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program selected Freeholder Sheets, a former 4-H member and Freeholder Liaison to the program, for his outstanding support of the Cape May County 4- H Youth Development Program.
 
  Cape May County Arc Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Cape May County Freeholder M. Susan Sheppard presented a plaque to the Arc of Cape May County in recognition of their 50th Anniversary of serving the disabled community in Cape May County. The presentation was made on on September 24, 2011 at the historic Joseph Falkinburge House, c. 1806, in South Dennis.
 
  Betty Jean Webersinn Retires After 37 Years
Betty Jean Webersinn of Middle Township retired after 37 years of service to Cape May County and Rutgers Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program on September 1, 2011.
 
  2011 Emergency Preparedness Conference
Cape May County hosted the 2011 Emergency Preparedness Conference on September 20th. The public conference took place at the Cape May County Administration Building. It provided elected officials and the public with updated information regarding preparedness efforts in place in the county and the state.
 
  2011 RSVP Recognition Brunch
The Cape May County Department of Aging honored over 375 of the county’s senior volunteers and celebrated the 37th anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) on September 15, 2011.
 
  2011 Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted Cape May County's Tenth Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Patriot Day, September 11, 2011 outside the front entrance of the County Administration Building.
 
  Hurricane Irene Aftermath August 30, 2011
The resort communities were looking forward to resuming the usual summer fun at the Jersey Cape. County Officials rescinded the emergency proclamation on August 28th and local and county personnel started early, clearing debris from streets and roadways so those evacuated from Cape May County could return safely.
 
  Crest Haven’s Residents Have a Fun, Family Picnic!
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held its 7th Annual Family Picnic on August 15, 2011. The event was open to family members of both the residents and the staff of the Center. Activities included face painting, games and other adventures for the kids. Crest Haven supplied a lunch of chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers. Following lunch, there was music and entertaining sing-along songs.
 
  “Snow Day” Cool Event At County Zoo
The Cape May County Zoo was the place to cool off on Saturday, August 13th at the first “Snow Day” event for Snow Leopard conservation awareness. This special event was held in conjunction with The Woodland Park Zoo in Washington State.
 
  Cape May County Communications Office Wins National Awards
Cape May County Wins National Association of Counties' 2011 National County Government Month Award! Cape May County was selected a winner in the 2011 National County Government Month (NCGM) Awards competition sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo).The county's program was called "Cape May County Government Reaches Out". The Communications Office is also the recipient of eight 2011 National Association of County Information Officers Awards of Excellence.
 
  2011 "Escape The Cape" Exercise
The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management "Escape the Cape 2011" emergency preparedness exercise took place July 27th and 28th at the CMC Technical High School. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate inter-agency and inter-governmental coordination at Municipal, County, State and Federal levels using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) in preparation for response and recovery from a hurricane.
 
  Neil Goldenthal Makes Donation to County Animal Shelter
Neil Goldenthal was recognized for his commitment to bettering the lives of homeless animals at the Freeholders’ Meeting on July 26, 2011. To-date he has raised $1,500 for three different organizations including $600 for the Cape May County Animal Shelter.
 
  2011 Cape May County 4 H Fair
The Cape May County 4-H Fair took place on July 21st, 22nd and 23rd at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
 
  Miss Cape May County Outstanding Teen Amy Phillips Donates to the Zoo
Miss Cape May County Outstanding Teen Amy Phillips collected money and items for the Cape May County Zoo as part of her platform.
 
  County’s 2011 "Choose Your Cover" Event July 16th in Cape May
The "Choose Your Cover" event was held in Cape May County on July 16, 2011. The Cape May County Health Department and Dr. Coyle S. Connolly, Board Certified Dermatologist and members of his staff, provided free skin cancer screenings to 66 beach patrons on Saturday at Beach Patrol Headquarters in the City of Cape May.
 
  Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center Celebrates 7th Birthday
Cape May County celebrated the seventh birthday of the Animal Shelter & Adoption Center on July 15th with an Open House. The week-long celebration, to commemorate the Shelter's opening in July of 2004, included reduced adoption fees, free services and tours of the facility.
 
  Donations, Freeholders' Meeting July 12, 2011
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders accepted donations for the care of Cape May County animals from community representatives at their meeting held on July 12, 2011.
 
  2011 We Check For 21 Program Kickoff
Nearly six hundred people attended the “We Check For 21” Program kick off officially starting the annual underage drinking awareness campaign in Cape May County. A record number attended the two training and information sessions on June 23rd hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
 
  2011 Art Show Winner Group Pictures
First, Second and Third Place Winners of the 37th Annual Senior Art Show on June 8, 2011
 
  37th Annual Cape May County Senior Art Contest
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging hosted the 37th Annual Senior Art Show on June 8, 2011. The show was held in the County Administration Building. This year a record one hundred ten original works of art were submitted by sixty Cape May County residents age 60 and over in the following categories: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media and Craft.
 
  Undine Dougherty Celebrates 102nd Birthday
Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton and Crest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center held a birthday celebration on June 7th for Undine (Dina) Dougherty who turned 102 on June 5, 2011.
 
  2011 Cape May County Memorial Day Service
The Cape May County Veterans’ Bureau held its annual Memorial Day Service on May 30th at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery.
 
  Freeholders Honor Cape May County Teacher of the Year
Freeholder M. Susan Sheppard and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Kelley Hogg, a teacher in the Middle Township School District, for being named the 2011-2012 Cape May County Teacher of the Year at their meeting on May 24, 2011. Hogg has been an English teacher for 13 years and currently teaches freshmen and seniors at Middle Township High School.
 
  County Celebrates Breast Cancer Survivors
On May 20th, Breast Cancer Survivor Day, Cape May County Health Department’s Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) program held a Pink Tea Party to celebrate the courage and fortitude displayed by the women of Cape May County that fought and won their battle against breast cancer. The event took place at the Emlen Physick Estate’s Carriage House Tea Room in the City of Cape May.
 
  Cape May County Correctional Center Offers Inmate Visitation Over The Internet
The Cape May County Correctional Center is the first facility in the country to offer inmates visitation from anywhere in the world through the use of the Internet. Visits can be made from anywhere for a small fee.
 
  2011 Law Enforcement Memorial Service
The Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service to honor and remember police officers killed in the line of duty was held on May 11, 2011 at the Public Safety Training Center.
 
  Crest Haven Walk And Wheel Event
Crest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center held the annual “Walk and Wheel” event on May 9th to kick off National Nursing Home Week. This fun inter-generational event brought students from Wildwood Crest Memorial School to the center to walk with residents around the Crest Haven Complex.
 
  2011 Earth Day Celebration
The Cape May County Earth Day Celebration was held at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on May 7, 2011. The theme of this year's event was "Fragile: Handle With Care".
 
  2011 Department of Aging Senior Jamboree
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging hosted the annual Senior Jamboree on May 5, 2011.
 
  2011 Cape May County Tourism Conference
Freeholder M. Susan Sheppard hosted the County's Tourism Conference, which featured keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, on May 4, 2011. There was standing room only for the annual event that took place at the County Administration Building.
 
  Cape May County Freeholders Recognize Volunteers
April is National Volunteer Month and, at their meeting held on April 26, 2011, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the Cape May County Citizens Emergency Response Team leadership for volunteering their time to create and manage the county-wide C.E.R.T. Teams.
 
  2011 Easter Bunny In The Park
The "Easter Bunny in the Park", an annual event sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, included educational displays, live animal ambassadors and crafts. More than seven hundred people visited the Cape May County Zoo’s Reptile House on April 16th for the 7th annual free event that featured photos with the Easter Bunny.
 
  Coalition Against Rape and Abuse (C.A.R.A.) Walk In CMC Park
The Coalition Against Rape and Abuse (C.A.R.A.) held their 3rd annual "Walk in the Park Against Sexual Assault" on April 16, 2011.
 
  National County Government Month and Student Government Day
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Student Government Day on April 12, 2011 as part of the county’s National County Government Month celebration. Eighteen students representing nine Cape May County High Schools participated in the event that concluded with the students conducting the Freeholders’ meeting.
 
  2011 Earth Day Logo Contest Winners
The Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County 2011 Earth Day Logo Contest at their meeting on April 12, 2011. The Freeholders sponsor the contest each year to draw attention to the County's Earth Day Celebration. The theme of Earth Day this year is "Fragile: Handle With Care".
 
  19th Annual My County Poster Contest Awards Ceremony
The twelve winners of the 19th Annual My County Poster Contest were honored on Wednesday, April 13 in the Cape May County Court House in the presence of their parents, grandparents, siblings and teachers. The winning entries were selected from among 348 entries submitted by fourth grade students from 7 elementary schools who participated in the contest sponsored by Cape May County’s Constitutional Officers - Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer, Surrogate W. Robert Hentges, and County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti in celebration of April - National County Government Month to bring awareness of the function of county government to fourth graders countywide.
 
  Blowing Bubbles for Autism Awareness
Staff members of the CMC Library Lower Cape Branch, employees of Lower Township and library patrons assembled in front of the library in Lower Township on Friday, April 15th to blow bubbles for one minute in support of the national effort to raise awareness about autism.
 
  County Women’s Commission Hosts 10th Annual Women’s Conference and Breakfast
In honor of Women's History Month, the Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women held the 10th Annual Women's Conference on March 26, 2011. The theme of the conference was Leadership Roles for Women...Looking Back...Looking Forward... It began with Alice Paul.
 
  Cape Freeholders Recognize Community Members For Their Life-saving Efforts
Cape May Court House- The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the heroic and lifesaving efforts of members of the public at their meeting held on March 22, 2011. The individuals were honored for taking extraordinary measures to revive Emergency Management Director Frank McCall who collapsed at the Freeholder Reorganization Meeting on January 4, 2011. The board recognized the following individuals for their efforts: Arthur Treon, Conrad Johnson, Jr., Tom Conrad, Dr. Joseph Tordella, Dr. Joseph Salvatore, James Arsenault, Father Givey and Rich Adair.
 
  Cape May County Celebrates Greek Independence Day
On Saturday, March 19, 2011, members of the Cape May County Greek-American Community joined former U.S. Marshal James Plousis and Freeholders Gerald M. Thornton and M. Susan Sheppard in front of the Administration Building for a Greek Flag Raising Ceremony in recognition of the 190th anniversary of Greek independence.
 
  Cape May County Honors Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross
County Administrator Stephen O'Connor presented a plaque on behalf of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognizing The Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross during March, American Red Cross Month.
 
  County Installs Flashing Light at Woodbine Intersection
On March 4, 2011, Freeholder Director Dan Beyel and Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky flipped the switch activating a flashing beacon in a busy intersection in the Borough of Woodbine. For safety reasons, County crews constructed an over-the-road flashing beacon at the intersection of Washington Avenue (CR557) and Woodbine-Ocean View Road (CR550) in the Borough of Woodbine. This intersection is extremely busy on weekends in the summer due to motorists seeking a shortcut to or from beach communities and Philadelphia.
 
  2011 7th Annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference
The 7th annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders took place on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. The free conference focused on significant issues such as the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund, Garden State Parkway improvements, as well as, proposed transportation projects in the region.
 
  2011 Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Polar Plunge
Students from the Cape May County Special Services School District participated at the Annual Polar Bear Plunge held at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on February 7, 2011.
 
  County Honors Retiring Woodbine Librarian
Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky honored long-time Library Employee Mercedes Gaines on January 31, 2011. Gaines is retiring after 27 years of service. Gaines started working at the Cape May City Library in December 1984 and joined the Cape May County Library in January 1995. Gaines became the Head Librarian of the Woodbine branch library when it opened in 2007.
 
  2011 Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association Meeting
The Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association Meeting held their annual reorganization meeting in Camden County at Cooper University Hospital's "Roberts Pavilion" on January 24, 2011.
 
  Conrad Johnson, Jr. Becomes County Fire Marshal
Conrad Johnson, Jr., Wildwood Fire Chief, was appointed County Fire Marshal by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on January 11, 2011. Johnson is also the Chief instructor at the Cape May County Fire Academy. Chief Johnson replaces Albert Beers, who was Fire Marshal for more than 24 years and who will now be a Deputy Fire Marshal. The Board also appointed Stephen Schaffer, Lou Ostrander, Rocco DiSilvestro and Richard Harron as Deputy Fire Marshals to administer fire scene investigations and fire training classes. Additionally, Chief Paul Hand, of the Court House Fire Department, was named Regional Coordinator at the Meeting.
 
  2011 Freeholder Reorganization Meeting January 4th
The Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders took place at 5 p.m. on January 4, 2011. The meeting, which included the swearing-in of Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton and newly elected Freeholder M. Susan Sheppard, was held at the Cape May County Technical High School.
 
  Cape May County Freeholders Honor Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr.
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized and honored Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. at their meeting on Tuesday, December 28, 2010. Freeholder Bakley was first appointed to freeholder in 2003 and elected to successive terms since that date, representing the people of Cape May County for nearly eight years.
 
  County Zoo Hosts "Santa's Family Workshop"
The public enjoyed a visit to "Santa's Family Workshop" at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on December 11th. The free event hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders included photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, education stations and treats for all children.
 
  Freeholders and MHADA Board Recognize Individuals for their Community Service
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders along with the Cape May County Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board (MHADA) honored Joseph Grottola and Jonathan Poag, recipients of the Board’s annual recognition award, on December 2nd at the Cape Counseling Family Center in Rio Grande, New Jersey.
 
  Culture & Heritage Commission Honors Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr.
The Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission honored Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Liaison to the Commission, at their meeting held at the Beesley House on December 1, 2010.
 
  County Recognizes Employees With Twenty-five Years of Service
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized fourteen county employees with more than twenty-five years of service at their meeting on November 23, 2010. Employees acknowledged include Sherry Rekuc, Jo Ann Hunt, Nancy Hodsden, Diane Feliciano, Rita Marie Fulginiti, John Black, Cheryl Mason, William Keaveney, Judith Startare, Barbara Beck, James Stevens, Carol Spaide, Barbara Sittineri and Lieutenant William Kirkbride.
 
  Honorary Mayor and Freeholder For The Day
Sea Isle City resident and Ocean City Intermediate School 7th grader, Roman LaRosa participated at the Freeholder meeting on November 23, 2010.
 
  Cape May County's Howard S. Stainton Senior Center Opens in Ocean City
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and other officials cut the ribbon opening the county’s newest senior center in Ocean City, New Jersey on November 22, 2010. The new $3.5 million senior center is located in the renovated and expanded Ocean City Community Complex at 1735 Simpson Avenue.
 
  2010 Disabilities Awareness Day
The 2nd Annual Cape May County Disabilities Awareness Day was held on November 13, 2010 at the Avalon Community Center.
 
  2010 Cape May County Boo At The Zoo
PIRATES, PRINCESSES AND EVEN THE GRINCH ATTENDED “BOO AT THE ZOO” – A record number of people came to the Cape May County Park and Zoo on October 23rd for the annual “Boo at the Zoo” event hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The free event included games, prizes, candy and entertainment. More than 1,500 people came to the Cape May County Park and Zoo to participate in this year's event including children dressed as pirates, princesses and even the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
 
  2010 Cape May County Snow Plow Rodeo
The Cape May County Public Works Association hosted the annual Snow Plow Rodeo on October 19, 2010 at the Naval Air Station Wildwood at the Cape May County Airport, 1280 Langley Road in Erma. There were twenty-three entries in this year’s event representing Cape May County departments, local municipalities and other agencies.
 
  Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary Foot Bridge Ribbon Cutting
The new foot bridge and trail at the Richard M. Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape May County Park North, located at 1099 Route 9 South in Palermo, New Jersey officially opened to the public on October 18, 2010. Improvements at the Cape May County Park North were part of a cooperative effort between Cape May County, the Ocean City-Upper Township Noon Rotary and a local boy scout.
 
  4 H Recognition Event
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and the Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the Cape May County 4-H Program and 4-H members at their meeting held on September 28, 2010. Also, representatives of the County's 4-H program attended the meeting to invite the public to learn more about Cape May County's 4-H program during National 4-H Week, October 3-October 9.
 
  2010 Disaster Preparedness Conference
September is National Preparedness month and in recognition of that Cape May County held a Disaster Preparedness Conference at the County Administration Building on September 21, 2010.
 
  Cape May County Receives Certificate of Thanks From US Census Bureau
At the September 14, 2010 Freeholder meeting Lynne Newman, Partnership Coordinator, U. S. Census Bureau, Philadelphia Regional Census Center, gave a general overview of the census process and the role of Complete Count Committees in the initiative. She presented a certificate of thanks to the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Planning Department.
 
  Lower Cape Library Branch Ribbon Cutting and Official Reopening
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Library Commission cut the ribbon officially opening the newly renovated Lower Cape Branch of the Cape May County Library located at 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, New Jersey on September 14, 2010.
 
  9th Annual 9-11 Memorial Ceremony
More than one hundred people took time on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to attend the Ninth Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on September 11, 2010. The Memorial Ceremony was a solemn event that included Keynote Speaker State Senator Jeff Van Drew, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and local clergy.
 
  2010 RSVP Brunch at the Grand Hotel in Cape May
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging hosted the 36th annual Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recognition brunch on September 9, 2010.
 
  Upper Branch of Cape May County Library Ribbon Cutting and Dedication
On September 8, 2010, Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Library Commission cut the ribbon officially opening the newly renovated Upper Cape Branch of the Cape May County Library. Also, the Reading Room at the branch located at 2050 Tuckahoe Road in the Petersburg section of Upper Township was dedicated to Upper Township resident and former Library Commission Chair Mary Dempsey.
 
  Communications Office Receives National Recognition
At the Freeholder meeting on August 24, 2010, Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Lenora Boninfante and the Communications Office for bringing national recognition to the County of Cape May. The office received a 2010 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for its Public Information Initiative. Of the 3,141 counties that exist in the United States, 107 counties were recognized nationally for their achievements this year and Cape May County was the only county in the State of New Jersey to receive a 2010 Achievement Award. In addition to the National Achievement award from NACo, the Cape May County Office of Communications also received three Awards of Excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers.
 
  Cape May County Women's Commission Installation Ceremony
The Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women held their Annual Installation of Officers Ceremony on August 24, 2010 at the Old Historic Courthouse in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
 
  County Zoo's Snow Leopard Cubs Introduced and Named Today
An official naming and coming out for the Cape May County Zoo's Snow Leopard Cubs took place on August 10, 2010 at the Cape May County Zoo. Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Cape May County Zoo staff officially named the two male Snow Leopards, "Sabu" and "Kaba".
 
  Community Partnership Brings Flowers to Nursing Home
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, and the 4-H Youth Development and Master Gardeners Programs helped to beautify Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by Planting a Garden this summer. VFW Posts 5941 of North Wildwood and 5343 of Villas donated the money to purchase the flowers for the county nursing home. 4-H and master gardener volunteers plan to return in the fall to plant mums and prepare the beds for winter.
 
  2010 NJAC Foundation and PSE&G Foundation's Green Scholarship
At the Freeholders' meeting on July 27, 2010, Freeholder Ralph Bakley, Sr. announced that Nicholas Lanza, a 2010 graduate from the Cape May County Technical High School has been selected to receive the 2010 “Green” Scholarship from the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) and PSE&G. The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Lanza with a $500 check and a recognition plaque.
 
  2010 College Baseball World Series Hero, Mark Malec
Local baseball player, Mark Malec, wins junior college World Series in Tyler, Texas.
 
  Cape May County 2010 Fare Free Roadeo Winners
The Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the Cape May County Fare Free Transportation drivers for winning at both the State and National Roadeo's. The drivers, for the fourth year in a row, went on to the National Roadeo after winning on the state level.
 
  2010 4-H Fair and BBQ
The annual Cape May County 4-H Fair took place on July 15, 16 and 17 at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
 
  2010 We Check For 21 Training Conference
The 18th annual "We Check for 21" Program kicked off on June 24, 2010 with two training and information sessions held this year at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
 
  Sheriff's Officers Awards
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sheriff Gary Schaffer recognized seven County Correction Officers and two Sheriff's Officers for extraordinary duty at the June 22, 2010 Freeholder's meeting.
 
  2010 Annual 4-H Fair and Chicken Barbecue Preview
Representatives of Cape May County 4-H clubs invite the Freeholders and the public to attend the Annual 4-H Fair and Barbeque on July 15, 16, and 17 at the 4-H Fairgrounds
 
  Cape May County Zoo 2009/2010 Best of New Jersey
For the second year in a row, the Cape May County free Zoo has been voted the "Best in New Jersey" by readers of 'New Jersey Monthly' magazine.
 
  Department of Mosquito Control Worker Receives Award
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Matthew C. Diem, Assistant Superintendent of the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control for being the recipient of the New Jersey Mosquito Control Association's Outstanding Mosquito Worker Award at their meeting held on June 22, 2010.
 
  The Cape May County Park and Zoo Welcomes New Animals
The Free Cape May County Zoo sits on 85 wooded acres inside the Cape May County Park and is home to over 250 species and more than 500 animals. The Zoo, located at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House, is currently open from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. The Zoo is open, weather permitting, 364 days a year – closed on Christmas Day. For additional information please call 463-6678 or visit capemaycountygov.net.
 
  36th Annual Senior Arts Show
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Department of Aging hosted the 36th Annual Senior Art Show on June 9, 2010 in the lobby of the County Administration Building. This year 81 original works of art were submitted by forty five Cape May County residents age 60 and up in the following categories: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Print, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Computer Graphics, Mixed Media, and Craft.
 
  Lt. Thomas Bland Promoted to Captain in the Sheriff's Office
Lieutenant Thomas Bland was promoted to the rank of Captain in the Sheriff’s Office on June 4, 2010. Captain Bland began his career 24 years ago with the Sheriff’s Office in August 1986 as a Correctional Officer. In 1989 he was appointed Sheriff’s Officer and graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy 3rd municipal class. Bland worked the Park Security Unit and was also a mounted police officer. Captain Bland not only has the skills necessary to supervise and manage the Law Enforcement Division, but he leads by example. Captain Bland has had perfect attendance for 19 years and received a Unit Citation Award for security and safety during four murder trials.
 
  98th Session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) Held in Longmont, Colorado
Cape May County Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer completed the 98th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Longmont, Colorado, April 18-24, 2010. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA). Sheriff Schaffer is the first sheriff of Cape May County to graduate from the NSI.
 
  Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony for Bald Eagle Exhibit
The Bald Eagle Habitat at the Cape May County Zoo, dedicated to veterans, was re-opened to the public on June 3, 2010. The popular Bald Eagle Habitat, destroyed during the February snowstorm, was rebuilt with donations from the public. Freeholder Director Dan Beyel said, “Since the Bald Eagle is a symbol of freedom and strength, the County decided to dedicate the Habitat to all veterans.”
 
  Crest Haven Nursing And Rehabilitation Center's Centenarians Celebrate Birthdays
Crest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center celebrated the birthdays of two resident Centenarians on June 2, 2010. Undine (Dina) Dougherty turned 101 on June 5th and Ellenora (Nora) Pine turned 100 on June 2nd.
 
  Sea Isle City Library Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Library Commission broke ground for the new Sea Isle City Library on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The new library building will be the county's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) Silver rated facility.
 
  2010 Cape May County Memorial Day Service at the Veterans Cemetery
Cape May County held its annual Memorial Day Service on May 31, 2010 at the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.
 
  Freeholders Honor Cape May County Teacher Of The Year
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Theresa Bryan, a teacher in the Upper Township School District for eleven years, for being named the 2009-2010 Cape May County Teacher of the Year at their meeting held on May 25, 2010.
 
  Dale Foster Honored as 2010 Government Engineer of the Year
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel was pleased to announce that Cape May County Engineer Dale M. Foster, P.E. has been named the 2010 Government Engineer of the Year by the New Jersey Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award was presented to Dale at the 36th Annual New Jersey Section Awards Dinner on May 7, 2010 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Director Beyel said, “We are very proud of Dale and his accomplishments on behalf of the County. Dale truly deserves this honor and special recognition.”
 
  Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders Honored by Chamber of Commerce
The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce honored the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders at their monthly meeting held at Aleathea’s Restaurant in the City of Cape May on May 20, 2010. The Freeholders were recognized as part of the Chambers 2010 Distinguished Member Recognition for 50 years of continuous membership in the Chamber of Commerce. Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Sr. and Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel accepted the honor on behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Additionally, Director Beyel accepted a 25 year certificate recognizing the Cape May County Parks Department for their membership.
 
  Confiscated Property Going to Online Auction
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Prosecutor Robert Taylor announced that Cape May County will be auctioning more than 1,000 confiscated items with a retail value estimated over $290,000 through online auctions beginning May 22, 2010. Director Beyel said, “The items, confiscated from one of the largest stolen property schemes in Cape May County history, will be auctioned off over the course of several months, on GovDeals which is accessible through the county’s website capemaycountygov.net.”
 
  Cape May Library Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley,Sr., the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Library Commission cut the ribbon officially opening the newly renovated Cape May City Library on May 18, 2010. Improvements totaling approximately $530,000 were made to the library located at 110 Ocean Street in Cape May, New Jersey. Freeholder Bakley said, "The feasibility study had called for a new building to be constructed at a cost of over $2 million. Also, estimates for repairs totaled over $1.3 million. The commission was able to renovate the facility using mostly County labor and an outside contractor for the roof saving taxpayers over $750,000."
 
  Cape May County Correctional Officers Graduate
Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced the graduation of two correctional officers from the 19th Correction Academy Class at the Atlantic County Police Training Center. On May 7th Officer James McNulty and Officer Jenifer Wyers graduated from the program to become the latest New Jersey Police Training Commission certified officers to join the Sheriff’s Office Correctional Division. After completing a Field Training Officer Program, both officers will fill positions in the Cape May County Correctional Center that were vacant due to previous retirements.
 
  Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service
On May 10, 2010 Cape May County Law Enforcement officers and elected officials honored fallen officers who made the supreme sacrifice while protecting the people of Cape May County. In memory of Officer Harry E. Shore, Ocean City Police Department, Chief Philip DeSantis, Woodbine Borough Police Department, Officer Michael Cullinane, Sr., Sea Isle City Police Department, Officer David C. Douglass, Sr. Lower Township Police Department, Officer Eugene Miglio, Wildwood Crest Police Department and Trooper Bertram Zimmerman, NJ State Police, there was a 21 gun salute and taps by the United States Coast Guard Training Center Ceremonial Detail. Wreaths were placed at the Police Memorial site by the 30th Basic Class for Police Officers, Cape-Atlantic Police & Fire Irish Pipe Brigade, Ocean City & Cape May County PBA and Wildwood FOP.
 
  2010 Cape May County Senior Jamboree
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Joseph Orlando of Wildwood Crest and Marie Giansante of North Cape May for being selected the 2010 Cape May County Outstanding Seniors of the Year at the Senior Jamboree on May 6, 2010.
 
  2010 Annual Tourism Conference
Freeholder Leonard C. Desiderio, Cape May County Tourism liaison hosted the 2010 Tourism Conference "Defining the Region . . . Marketing the Opportunities" on May 4, 2010. The Keynote Speaker was Acting Governor Kim Guadagno. Other speakers included: Matt Milam, Chairman of the New Jersey Assembly Tourism and the Arts Committee, Anthony Minick, Marketing Director, Dept. of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, Louis Magazzu, Freeholder Director for Cumberland County, Joe Savaro, Managing Partner for the New Jersey Motorsports Park and Diane Wieland, Director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism
 
  36th Special Law Enforcement Officer Class Two Graduation
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. announced that thirty-six officers from the 36th Basic Course for Special Law Enforcement Officers will graduate at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2010. Freeholder Sheets will address the class along with keynote speaker Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department.
 
  75th Anniversary Of The Cape May County Fishing Tournament
The Cape May County Fishing Contest is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. At the Freeholders’ meeting held on April 27, 2010, Vicki T. Clark, President of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce presented Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and the Board of Chosen Freeholders with a resolution honoring and thanking the county for sponsoring the year-long fishing contest that the county started in 1935 to promote recreational fishing.
 
  Cape May County Department of Tourism Earns Top Honors
Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland presented Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and the Board of Chosen Freeholders with the Governor's Excellence In Tourism Award at their meeting on April 27, 2010. The Cape May County Department of Tourism received the award at the 2010 Governor's Conference for the implementation of a geocaching program used to market the county's tourism attractions.
 
  My County Poster Contest 2010 Winners
The winning posters of the 2010 My County Poster Contest were selected entries submitted by 412 fourth grade students from 13 elementary schools. The contest is sponsored by Cape May County’s Constitutional Officers - Surrogate W. Robert Hentges, Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer and County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti.
 
  2010 Cape May County Earth Day Celebration
The Cape May County Earth Day Celebration took place at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The day's events included a 5K Earth Day Run, Earth Day Fair, guided Earthwalk, activities for children, live music and more.
 
  2010 Earth Day Logo Contest Winners
Cape May Court House - Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County Earth Day Logo Contest at the Freeholder Meeting on Tuesday, April 13th. The contest, sponsored by the county, is held annually to draw attention to the county's Earth Day Celebration. This year's theme was "The Earth Now...The Earth Then."
 
  County Sheriff's Officers Visit Local Hospital
Cape May County Sheriff’s Officers visit Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House as part of the Easter Bunny Foundation’s mission to visit children in hospitals during Easter Week.
 
  2010 Easter Bunny at the Park and Zoo
More than five hundred visited the Cape May County Park & Zoo March 27th to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. "Easter Bunny in the Park," an annual event sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, included educational displays, free train rides,and a gift for every child. This was the 7th year the County hosted this free event and we were pleased to see so many of our residents and visitors come out for this very popular, fun family event. The free Cape May County Zoo, which is home to more than 550 animals, is located in Cape May County Park Central on US Highway 9, 1 block west of Garden State Parkway exit 11 in Cape May Court House. The zoo is open year round – 364 days. Currently the Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
 
  Cape May County Freeholders Donate Disaster Trailer to Red Cross
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented an emergency sheltering trailer to the Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross on March 23rd at the County Administration Building as part of National Red Cross Month.
 
  9th Annual Women's Conference and Breakfast
On March 20, 2010 the Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status Of Women held its 9th Annual Conference and Breakfast at the Avalon Links, Patio North, Swainton, NJ. Topic: "Mind, Body and Soul." Guest speakers included: Dr. Judith Coche, Ph.D., Dottie Drake, RN, Miracles Fitness of Rio Grande and Janice Lake Betts, Ph.D., Artist
 
  Cape May County Celebrates Greek Independence Day
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders proclaimed March 25, 2010 as Greek Independence Day in recognition of the 189th anniversary of Greek independence after nearly 400 years of enslavement. The Freeholders paid tribute to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of North Wildwood and the Greek-American community of Cape May County which serve as beacons of the Greek language, culture, values, heritage, civilization and Hellenic ideals at a Flag Raising Ceremony held on Saturday, March 20, 2010.
 
  Cape May County Correctional Officers Graduate
Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that three Officers assigned to the Cape May County Correctional Center have successfully graduated from the 18th Corrections Officer Class of the Atlantic County Police Training Center. The officers who successfully completed this certification required by the New Jersey Police Training Commission are: David C. Douglass, Jr., son of David C. Douglass, Sr., a Lower Township Police Officer killed in the line of duty in February, 1994; Heather C. Johns, granddaughter of retired Wildwood Crest Police Chief Carl Hudson; Amy C. Maguire, formerly employed by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office in the victim/witness office
 
  6th Annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference
The Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the 6th annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference on February 23, 2010. The conference focused on the Beesley Point Bridge, the Garden State Parkway improvements and several proposed transportation projects in Cape May County.
 
  February 5-6, 2010 Snowstorm
Cape May Court House - Over 39,000 Atlantic Electric customers in Cape May County remain without electricity this morning. However, road crews from Atlantic electric continue to work around the clock to restore power. Cape May County road crews have been plowing and salting county roads and bridges since the start of the storm on Friday and will continue until all roads are clear. Also, road crews have been accompanying Atlantic City Electric crews clearing trees and snow that are covering down electrical wires.
 
  Amber Johnson Receives NJAC Scholarship
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded the 2009 NJAC and Wal*Mart Foundation Green Internship to Amber Johnson of the Cape May County Technical School. The Green Internship Program is designed to reward outstanding county vocational students who have distinguished scholastic achievement in green energy technology with an internship within the county system.
 
  Boy Scouts Attended The Freeholders' January 26th Meeting
Members of Cape May County Cub Scout Pack #65 and Boy Scout Troop #65 attended the Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Meeting on January 26, 2010. The scouts took turns asking the Freeholders questions about being a Freeholder and government. Photo: Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., Den Leader Ed Runyon, Director Daniel Beyel, Freeholder Gerald Thornton and Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr.
 
  Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association Reorganization
Cape May County hosted the January meeting of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association on January 25, 2010 in Sea Isle City.
 
  2010 Freeholder Reorganization Meeting January 6th
The Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders took place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. The annual reorganization of the Board was held in the Freeholders’ Meeting room at the County Administration Building located at 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House. Freeholder Leonard Desiderio who ran unopposed for reelection in November, was administered the Oath of Office by County Administrator Stephen O'Connor. Additionally, Director and Vice-Director of the Board were selected and departments were assigned. Daniel Beyel will serve as Director and Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. as Vice-Director for 2010.
 
  Cape May County Receives Environmental Awareness Award
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel announced that Cape May County is the recipient of a Governor’s Environmental Award. Beyel said, “The County was presented a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award at a ceremony held at Drumthwacket, the official residence of the governor, on December 3, 2009.
 
  Storm of November, 2009
During the period November 11 - 15, 2009, coastal communities in Cape May County were affected by a storm that caused major amounts of damage to beaches and protective dunes. The storm caused damage to the geo-tubing and the protective grasses along many coastal communities leaving local municipalities vulnerable for future storm events. On November 17th, Federal, State and County Officials met in Ocean City, New Jersey to begin the process of accessing the damage caused by the storm. On December 22, 2009, President Obama declared Cape May, Atlantic and Ocean Counties a Major Disaster Area. The declaration has been designated FEMA 1867 DR NJ and includes the Public Assistance Grant Program for these counties. Federal funding will be provided for 75% of all eligible damage and there will be 25% non federal share matching funds.
 
  Sheriff's Office Implements New Iris Recognition System
Cape May County Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer announced in December that his office received a $10,000.00 grant to purchase Iris Recognition Biometric Technology to be used for inmate control, a sexual assault offender registry, aiding senior citizens and children protection.
 
  Cape May County Employee Recognition December 22, 2009
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized fourteen county employees with more than twenty-five years of service at their meeting held on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. Employees acknowledged include Phyllis F. McCourt, Violet M. Rixey, Gary J. Malec, Sr., William Goodwin, Elizabeth L. Dills, Robin A. Gurdgiel, Thomas McCabe, Margaret McKeon-Fish, Deanna L. Pettit, Joan Siess, Patricia F. Robbins, Joseph Wilson, William Kennedy and Evelyn Ballie. The Board of Chosen Freeholders presents all twenty-five year employees with a plaque recognizing them for their years of service to the county as well as a commemorative pin.
 
  2009 Santa In The Tropics
Cape May Court House –Nearly six hundred people came to the Cape May County Zoo on December 12th for the annual free event “Santa in the Tropics” hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus to Cape May County when the magical duo stopped by the Zoo Aviary to visit with children and their families.
 
  18th Annual Alice Stokes Paul Award Brunch
The Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women presented the 2009 Alice Stokes Paul Award to the Cape Women’s Resource Fund at a brunch held at the Abbie Holmes Estate on November 22, 2009. The Alice Stokes Paul Award was developed by the Commission as a means of recognizing county women who have made significant contributions to raise the status of women in Cape May County. Additionally, the women chosen to receive this award best exemplify the qualities of New Jersey Suffragette Alice Strokes Paul.
 
  “Lowe’s Heroes” Program at the Cape May County Park and Zoo
Cape May Court House – Volunteers from the Lowe’s store in Cape May County convened at the County Park and Zoo on Tuesday, November 17th as part of the “Lowes Heroes” Program.
 
  Cape May County Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication
The Cape May County Veterans Memorial Bridge located at the southern end of the Garden State Parkway was dedicated on November 7, 2009 as a memorial to all past and present service men and women of Cape May County.
 
  November 14th Cape May County Disabilities Awareness Day
Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a resolution on October 27th declaring Saturday, November 14th as Cape May County Disabilities Awareness Day.
 
  2009 Boo At The Zoo October 24th
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Boo at the Zoo event at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Even though the event was postponed from October 17th, several hundred came to participate in Boo at the Zoo including children dressed as pirates, princesses and even dragons.
 
  2009 Cape May County Public Works Snow Plow Rodeo
The Cape May County Public Works Association hosted the annual Snow Plow Rodeo on October 20th at the Naval Air Station Wildwood at the Cape May County Airport. Participants at he annual event included county departments, local municipalities and other agencies. The purpose of the rodeo is to promote safety and constructive competition while preparing equipment and men for the winter season.
 
  Fifth Annual Archives Day Celebrated October 14, 2009
October is National Archives Month celebrated by the Society of American Archivists and in Archives throughout the United States. The County Clerk’s Office hosts an annual Archives Day each October to highlight a different collection from the County Clerk’s Archives which is the repository for county court, land and civil records dating back to 1692.
 
  Cape May County Correctional Officer of the Year
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and the Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Cape May County Corrections Officer Steven Sumler for being named 2009 Cape May County Corrections Officer of the Year.
 
  Wastewater Reuse System Dedication Ceremony
Cape May County MUA dedicated its new Wastewater Reuse System on Wednesday, September 30th. The county will use treated wastewater to water landscaping and ball fields, wash cages at the Cape May County Park and Zoo and the animal shelter. The project will enable the reuse of 300,00 gallons per day of highly treated effluent, thereby conserving that quantity of groundwater in Cape May County.
 
  Freeholders Proclaim October 4 - 10, 2009 National 4-H Week in Cape May County
Freeholders pass resolution at their September 22nd meeting declaring October 4th through October 10th National 4-H Week in Caped May County.
 
  Board of Chosen Freeholders Honors Nicolle Dufour
At the Freeholders' Meeting on September 22, 2009 Nicolle Dufour was honored for her contribution to Cape May County in strengthening the marketing efforts and renewing an awareness of the Cape May County tourism industry among Canadian tourists.
 
  Cape May County 2009 Hurricane Preparedness Conference
A capacity crowd which included residents and elected officials came out to hear expert speakers at the fourth annual Hurricane Preparedness Conference hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. The purpose of the free conference held at the County Administration Building was to provide an update on the state and county’s emergency preparedness efforts.
 
  2009 Cape May County Holds 9-11 Memorial Service
Cape May Court House – Over 150 people came out on a stormy day to attend the Eighth Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on September 11, 2009 at the County Administration Building.
 
  2009 Department of Aging RSVP Recognition Event
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging honored the county’s senior volunteers and celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) on Thursday, September 10, 2009. The annual thank you breakfast for volunteers was held at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey.
 
  Cape May County Zoo Welcomes Two African Crested Porcupines
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel is pleased to announce the arrival of two African Crested Porcupines at the Cape May County Zoo. The two male brothers, named Itchy and Scratchy came from the Fort Worth Zoo and weigh approximately 25 pounds. They will celebrate their first birthday here at their new home on October 11, 2009.
 
  Freeholders Recognize Equality Day Honoree Marilyn E. Golden
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders participated at the 19th Annual Equality Day Tea hosted by the Cape Women's Resource Fund on August 26, 2009 at Sturdy Bank Headquarters in Cape May Court House, NJ.
 
  Cape May County 4-Hers Return from State Horse Show
Members of the Cape May County 4-H Horse Program brought home the title of Reserve High Point English Team from the 2009 State 4-H Championship Horse Show held August 21-23, 2009 at the New Jersey Horse Park, in Englishtown. Cape May team members brought home a total of four grand champion and seven reserve champion awards from the prestigious horse show, plus many more ribbons.
 
  Upper Township Senior Center Beautification Project
Freeholder Gerald Thornton and the Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Boy Scout Adam Migliaccio, Upper Township Boy Scout Troop 79, on August 27, 2009 for a beautification and landscaping renewal project he completed this summer at the Upper Township Senior Center.
 
  Cape May County Technical High Scool Student Receives Scholarship
A recent graduate from the Cape May County Technical High School received the first “Green” Scholarship from the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) and PSE&G. The Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Zoe Daly, a 2009 graduate of the Cape May County Technical High School, with the $500 stipend and a recognition plaque at their meeting held on August 25, 2009. Cape May County, a member of NJAC, was one of the twenty-one counties in the State of New Jersey to receive this innovative scholarship for a student from our county. “This is an exemplary program designed to create educational opportunities for students to learn the green technologies of the future,” said Freeholder Bakley.
 
  New Mounted Unit Patrol at the Cape May County Park and Zoo
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer introduced the new Mounted Unit Patrol at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on August 25, 2009. The Patrol will initially be on duty Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the month of November. One additional part-time officer is supplementing Sheriff Officers and County Personnel already providing security to Cape May County Parks.
 
  2009 Installation Advisory Commission on the Status of Women
The Cape May County Advisory Commission on The Status of Women held their annual Open House and Installation of members on August 19, 2009 at commission headquarters located at 10 North Main Street, Cape May Court House.
 
  Cape May County Library Wins State Award
Cape May Court House – State and County Officials participated at an awards presentation at the Cape May County Main Library on Monday, August 17, 2009. The County Library was the first place winner of the New Jersey State Library’s video contest “Solving Life’s Problems.” State Librarian Norma Blake presented the award to Cape May County Library Director Deborah Poillon, Freeholder Director Dan Beyel and Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. The contest, sponsored by the New Jersey State Library, was to create a video expressing how the library can be beneficial in troubled times. The video will be used in a tri-state campaign promoting the usefulness of libraries in solving life’s problems. The video was written, directed, produced and starred staff and family members of the Cape May County Library.
 
  Freeholders Honor 253rd Transportation Company
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the 253rd Transportation Company of Cape May Court House at their meeting held on August 11, 2009. The New Jersey Army National Guard, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has returned home from their year long deployment in Iraq as part of the largest deployment of the New Jersey National Guard since World War II. Citizen soldiers from Cape May County and members of the 253rd Transportation Company are among those who have returned after dedicated service. These proud New Jersey Army National Guard personnel are part of the more than 13,000 service members who have been deployed as part of the Global War on Terror. Freeholder Gerald Thornton said "The Board of Chosen Freeholders and the citizens of Cape May County extend their thanks for your countless sacrifices and take great pleasure in welcoming the unit home."
 
  Freeholders and Sheriff Receive "Above and Beyond" Award
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sheriff Gary Schaffer were recognized by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at the Freeholder Meeting held on August 11, 2009. Both the Freeholders and the Sheriff were presented with the "Above and Beyond" Award for their support of employees who serve in the military by U.S. Army Brig. General (Ret.) Jeffrey L. Pierson of the N.J. Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs.
 
  Crest Haven Resident Turns 101
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center had a birthday celebration on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. There was music by entertainer “Cookie” and of course a birthday cake to celebrate the 101st Birthday of Mary Agnes Antler.
 
  Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sheriff Gary Schaffer celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center on Thursday, July 23, 2009. The event included an open house and tours of the facility.
 
  Freeholders Recognize Two Individuals July 23, 2009
Cape May County Special Services School Board Member Nelson Amey and Cape May County Planning Department Director James Smith
 
  2010 Census Kickoff Meeting
Freeholder Leonard Desiderio announced that the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the U. S. Census Bureau is forming a Complete Count Committee to prepare for the upcoming 2010 Census. The initial meeting took place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the County Administration Building in Cape May Court House. Freeholder Desiderio said, “The Complete Count Committee will include representatives from local government agencies, community service organizations, and other groups that are active in our county.” The 2010 Census is important to Cape May County since it serves as a basis for the allocation of State and Federal grant funds including educational agencies, Head Start programs, public transportation, road rehabilitation, programs for the elderly, empowerment zones and for determining elected representation such as the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
  Cape May County Home Health Care Scholarship
Freeholder Gerald Thornton announced that a county employee has received a scholarship from the Home Care Foundation of New Jersey. Maria Scripnic, CHHA, an employee of Crest Haven Home Care – Cape May County’s 1st Home Care Provider, received a $1,000 scholarship from the New Jersey Home Health Aide Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships annually to promote growth in the healthcare workforce and to help make nursing careers possible for dedicated Certified Home Health Aides of New Jersey.
 
  2009 Cape May County 4 H Fair and BBQ
The annual 4-H Fair and Chicken BBQ was held at the 4-H Fairgrounds on July 16, 17, 18.
 
  County Funds Ocean City Park Renovations
Ocean City, New Jersey – The City hosted a re-dedication of the 34th Street Sandcastle Park on Friday, June 26th. The ceremony celebrated the recent renovations and improvements to the playground located at 34th Street and West Avenue in Ocean City. A grant from the County along with State Green Acres loans paid for the project.
 
  Promotions at County Correctional Center
Cape May Court House – Sheriff Gary Schaffer promoted four employees of the Cape May County Correctional Center on July 2, 2009 including the new Warden, Donald Lombardo. Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets Jr., who is the Director of Cape May County Public Safety Department, administered the oath of office to the new Warden, Captain, Lieutenant and Sergeant. In announcing the promotions, Sheriff Schaffer said, “These promotions represent change at the Correctional Center. We have had a restructuring of the chain of command in the Sheriff’s Office reducing the administration staff and replacing them with more correction officers. I am excited about these promotions and convinced that these new leaders have the knowledge and ability to assist me as we continue to make improvements not only to the physical plant but to management philosophy as well.”
 
  Sea Isle City Unveils New Emergency Vessel Funded By County
Sea Isle City - County and local officials unveiled the new S.V.I. 26’ Fire/Rescue Boat at the Sea Isle City Marina on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. The boat, that cost $146,362.00, was purchased with funds from the County’s 2008 Municipal Joint Venture Program. The vessel will be used by Sea Isle City's Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department for use in emergency situations where access is limited on land and response time is quicker by water. Additionally, the new boat will provide emergency personnel with enhanced access to both waterfront and beachfront properties.
 
  Opening of Gillians Funland Amusement Park in Sea Isle City
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sea Isle City officials joined members of the Gillian Family at the official opening of Gillian's Funland in Sea Isle City on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
 
  Rocky Gets a “Home Improvement” at the Cape May County Zoo
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders welcomed “Rocky” – the Cape May County Zoo’s 9 year-old Amur Tiger into his newly improved exhibit on June 29, 2009.
 
  Cape May County Zoo is Home to Flamingos from Neverland
Approximately two years ago, the Cape May County Zoo received Chilean Flamingos from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The Flamingos can be found in the Flamingo Yard in the zoo. Flamingos at the Cape May County Zoo, summer outside in the Flamingo yard and winter inside the World of Birds Aviary. The Chilean Flamingos are the smallest flamingos in the yard. In all, 16 flamingos reside at the zoo with 13 of them being the Chileans.
 
  County Reaps Rewards From P-Card Program
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders received a cash rebate in the amount of $50,645.80 from Bank of America at their meeting held on June 23, 2009. The rebate is a result of the county’s Purchasing or P-Card Program. This year’s rebate was based on a total volume of $4,965,274.51.
 
  Cape May County’s 4-H Fair - July 16, 17, 18
The 4-H Fair and Chicken Bar-B-Que has been an annual event and family tradition in Cape May County for over 60 years. The celebration will take place on July 16, 17 and 18 at the 4-H Fairgrounds. The Fair will feature 4-H project displays, small animal and livestock shows and exhibits, horse shows, live entertainment, commercial exhibitors, amusement rides, games and great food.
 
  Cape May County's 35th Annual Senior Art Show
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Gerald Thornton and the Department of Aging announced the winners of the 35th Annual Senior Art Contest held on June 10, 2009. This year 103 original works of art were submitted by fifty five Cape May County residents age 60 and up in the following categories: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Computer Graphics/Digital Imagery, Mixed Media, and Craft.
 
  2009 MHADA Awards
Freeholder Gerald Thornton and the Board of Chosen Freeholders along with the Cape May County Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board (MHADA) recognized the work of Christine Nicolau and Patricia Horvath at the annual MHADA Board dinner held on Monday, June 15, 2009. “I am honored to recognize the wonderful work of these two people – they reach across generations to help the old and the young in this county,” said Freeholder Thornton.
 
  Cape May County Recognizes Community Volunteers
At their meeting held on June 9, 2009, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers for their participation in exercises conducted by the Office of Emergency Management. On May 14, 2009 the Cape May County Emergency Management Communications Center conducted a Full Scale Emergency Response Exercise featuring an “Influenza Pandemic Outbreak” in Cape May County using the Incident Command System as established under the National Incident Management System. Cape Regional Medical Center was the Prime Player in the Exercise and activated their entire Emergency Operations Plan for the Exercise to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Staff of Cape Regional Medical Center. On an annual basis the center must meet certain criteria as established by the New Jersey Joint Hospital Accreditation Bureau and relies heavily on the Cape May County Emergency Management Communications Center to support their Exercise Program. The Exercise could not have been completed without the 22 CERT & R.A.C.E.S. Team Members who volunteered their time to serve as “victims” as the Full Scale Exercise was conducted during regular hospital hours and normal service was not interrupted.
 
  2009 Cape May County Teacher of the Year
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Mrs. Linda Swift, a teacher in Ocean City School District Tuesday, June 9th, 2009, for being named Cape May County Teacher of the year for 2009-2010.
 
  County Receives Donation For Project Lifesaver Program
Sheriff Gary Schaffer is pleased to announce that the Angelus Chorus has made a donation of $1,465 to the Cape May County Project Lifesaver Program today, June 5, 2009. Project Lifesaver is an International Organization that is set up as Guardians of Alzheimer’s, Autism and Special Needs Wanderers. The clients are registered with the sheriff’s office and are required to wear a device that is similar to the size of a watch on their wrist. This device sends out a signal that can be monitored with equipment by specially trained officers.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Gerald Thornton announced that Undine (Dina) Daugherty celebrated her 100th birthday at Crest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center on Friday, June 5th at 2 p.m. Fondly known as Dina, she is the proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren.
 
  2009 We Check For 21 Program
The We Check For 21 Program officially started in Cape May County June 4th, 2009 with two training and information sessions hosted by Freeholder Gerald Thornton and the Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Cape May County Administration Building.
 
  2009 Memorial Day Service at County Veterans Cemetery
Cape May Court House - The Cape May County Veterans Bureau held its annual Memorial Day Service at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. Speakers included Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton, Freeholder Leonard C. Desiderio, Vincent Pale, Commander, Ex-Prisoners of War of Cape May County and James Lewis, Commander, American Legion Post 198 of Cape May Court House, Past Commander, Cape May County. The United States Coast Guard provided the ceremonial detail and representatives from Cape May County Veterans’ organizations also participated in the program that honors our fallen heroes.
 
  Cape May County Cancer Education and Early Detection Program Pink Tea
May 20, 2009 was designated as Breast Cancer Survivor Day in New Jersey. Freeholder Gerald Thornton, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Department of Health’s Cancer Education and Early Detention (CEED) program hosted a Pink Tea on May 20th to honor breast cancer survivors and increase awareness of the disease. The Tea was held in the Emlen Physick Estates' Twinings Tea Room in Cape May.
 
  Cape May County Fare Free Continues its Winning Streak!
Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders congratulate the members of the County’s Fare Free Transportation Division for their accomplishments at the New Jersey State Paratransit Roadeo. The annual competition pits the best drivers in the state against each other in the jobs that they do each day. They are tested on driving skills, their knowledge of state and federal regulations, their understanding of vehicle safety and their ability to secure passengers using mobility aids. It’s the talent and dedication of our drivers that prove them to be among the best of the best in America.
 
  Cape May County Adds Four Correction Officers
Cape May Court House - Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced that four new Correction Officers have graduated from Atlantic County Police Training Center, Correctional Academy Class # 17. The officers are; Officer Christopher J. Chin, Officer Rich P. Harron Jr., Officer Jennifer L. Moore and Officer Michael W. Sharp. Officer Rich Harron Jr. received the highest overall physical conditioning award. Officer Michael Sharp won the Firearms Marksmanship Award and also finished 3rd academically in the class. Additionally, Officer Chin finished 2nd academically in the class. Sheriff Schaffer said, “I am extremely proud of all these officers and their accomplishments while at the academy. They represented the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office extremely well and I look forward to watch each of them as they continue to take that same work ethic to their jobs as Correction Officers.”
 
  2009 Law Enforcement Memorial Service
Cape May Court House - On Tuesday, May 11, 2009, Law Enforcement Officers who have made the supreme sacrifice while protecting the people of Cape May County were honored at the Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service held at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center.
 
  2009 Department of Aging Senior Jamboree "Evening In Paris"
Freeholder Gerald Thornton and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Francis (Frank) Angelone of Middle Township and Gladys Brady of the City of Cape May for being selected the 2009 Cape May County Outstanding Seniors of the Year at the Senior Jamboree on May 7, 2009.
 
  2009 National County Govt Week and Tourism Conference
Cape May Court House - On May 5th, 2009 the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsored the annual Tourism Conference and National County Government Week Open House. Events took place at the Administration Building Lobby from 9 a.m. until noon.
 
  2009 Earth Day Celebration Photos
CAPE MAY COUNTY CELEBRATES EARTH DAY 2009 “Reduce Your Ecological Footprint” Cape May Court House - The Cape May County Earth Day Celebration took place at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on Saturday, April 25, 2009. The day began at 9 a.m. with a 5K Earth Day Run followed by a Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that included earth friendly activities, crafts, food, music and more. Exhibitors included American Association of Zookeepers CMC Chapter, Bee Keepers, Balance Yoga Studio, Bayshore Discovery Project, Cape Atlantic Conservation District, Cape May Beach Plum Association, CMC Agricultural Agent, CMC Animal Shelter, CMC Board of Agriculture, CMC Mosquito Control, CMC MUA, CMC Open Space & Farmland Preservation, CMC Park & Zoo, Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, Center for Community Arts, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, Dept of Children & Families Division of Youth and Family Services, Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, Greyhound Friends, Habitat for Humanity, Historic Cold Spring Village, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, CMC Master Gardeners, Sierra Conservation, Slow Foods, The American Vegan Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Orchid Doctor, The Tuckerton Seaport Museum, The Watershed Ambassadors and The Wetlands Institute.
 
  Cape May County Sheriff Unveils New Web Tip Line
The Cape May County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, April 24, 2009, announced a new Web Tip Line at a press conference held at Ocean City Hall. Sheriff Gary Schaffer said, “I encourage our citizens to join me in fighting crime in Cape May County. I have set up a totally anonymous web tip page so you can actively help the Sheriff’s Office in fighting crime.” To access this web tip page go to www.cmcsheriff.net and click on Anonymous Web Tips. This web based tip system allows you to tip law enforcement with information as well as attach photographs with your tip. Sheriff Schaffer added, “I encourage all of you to become more actively involved in fighting crime in our county. No greater enemy that a criminal has then law enforcement and citizens working together.”
 
  Bullying/Domestic Violence Conference
April 21, 2009 "Bullying/Domestic Violence Conference: Bystander Intervention" Sponsored by the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office and held at the Cape May County Technical High School
 
  Cape May County Autism Resolution
April is National Autism Awareness Month, celebrated worldwide by families affected by autism, the fastest growing developmental disability, affecting social interaction, communication, and behavior. On April 7th 2009 the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed Resolution No. 248-09 supporting April, 2009 as National Autism Awareness Month.
 
  2009 Student Government Day
Cape May Court House – The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Student Government Day on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Eighteen students representing nine Cape May County High Schools joined Cape May County Freeholders in conducting the Freeholders’ meeting after spending the day learning about the role of county government.
 
  2009 Earth Day Logo Contest Winners
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County 2009 Earth Day Logo Contest at the Freeholder Meeting held on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. The contest, sponsored by the county, is held annually to draw attention to Cape May County’s Earth Day Celebration. This year’s theme is “Reduce Your Ecological Footprint.”
 
  2009 Easter Bunny In The Tropics
More than one thousand people visited the Cape May County Zoo’s Aviary on Saturday, April 4th to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. The "Easter Bunny in the Tropics", an annual event sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, included educational displays, live animal ambassadors, craft tables and a treat for all children. "This was the 6th year the County hosted this free event and we were pleased to see so many of our residents and visitors come out for this very popular, fun family event," said Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel. The free Cape May County Zoo, which is home to more than 550 animals, is located in Cape May County Park Central on US Highway 9, 1 block west of Garden Sate Parkway exit 11 in Cape May Court House. The zoo is open year round – 364 days. Currently the Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
 
  2009 Greek Independence Day Celebration
March 25th, 2009 is the 188th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day. To commemorate this day, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a proclamation on March 24th. Then, along with a local delegation, on March 28th, 2009, raised the Greek flag at the County Administration Building in Cape May Court House.
 
  Cape May County Youth Shelter Receives Donation
Cape May Court House - Thursday, March 19, 2009, On behalf of the Cape May County Youth Shelter, Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. accepted the $500 donation of Arts and Crafts supplies from Ted Roman and Phil Fiore of the Stone Harbor Lions Club. Youths aged 10 through 17 temporarily housed at the County Youth Shelter will use the supplies for craft activities during their stay at the Shelter.
 
  2009 Latino Arts Hispanic Calendar Competition
The Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey (PRAC) announces the 2009 “Latino Arts” Hispanic Calendar Competition winners. The 2009 winning entry came from Cape May County Technical High School Senior Brandon Price. Tech student Kaitlin Dean was voted second place and Zamary Lopez, a sixth grade art student from Woodbine Elementary school took third place in the calendar competition. Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley Sr., county culture and arts liaison, PRAC Executive Director David Rodriguez acknowledged award winners at the Freeholders’ Meeting held on February 24, 2009. Funding for The Latino Arts Hispanic Calendar Competition was made possible by a grant from the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders in coordination with the Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage.
 
  Advisory Commission on the Status of Women
On February 24, 2009 the Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution designating the week of March 22 to 28, 2009 as Women's History Week in Cape May County to make citizens better aware of the numerous social and economic contributions and accomplishments of American women throughout the growth of our nation. The Board of Chosen Freeholders extended its appreciation to those women who unselfishly gave and continue to give of themselves to strengthen our great nation and there will be a conference held on March 28, 2009 designed to give knowledge and information to the women of this county titled “Surviving 2009…Stay Informed.”
 
  2009 Transportation Infrastructure Conference
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders today held the fifth annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference at the County Administration Building. A capacity audience heard discussion on the Economic Stimulus and Cape May County Projects as well as plans for the reopening of the Beesley’s Point Bridge, Garden State Parkway improvements, an update from the Delaware River and Bay Authority and an overview of regional transportation projects.
 
  2009 Freeholder Reorganization Meeting
The Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders took place at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2009. The annual reorganization of the Board was held in the Multi-Activity Center at the Cape May County Technical High School located at 188 Crest Haven Road in Cape May Court House.
 
  Cape May County Takes Over Beesley's Point Bridge
The Cape May County Freeholder Board officially took ownership of the Beesley’s Point Bridge. Following a December 9 vote by the Board to purchase the bridge, the agreement became official on December 30, 2008 when the Beesley’s Point Bridge Company repaid the State of New Jersey $900,000 and turned the bridge over to the county for one dollar.
 
  2008 Santa In The Tropics
On Saturday, December 13, Santa and Mrs. Claus paid another visit to the Cape May County Zoo Aviary. The Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted “Santa in the Tropics” in the Aviary at the Zoo. More than five hundred participants had the opportunity to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus indoors in a tropical setting. Freeholder Beyel said, “This free holiday event is a way for us to share the joy of the season with our residents and visitors to the Cape May County Zoo.” The Aviary boardwalk was lined with education and craft stations and each child received a treat.
 
  2008 Alice Stokes Paul Award
On Wednesday, November 19th, the Cape May County Advisory Commission On The Status of Women held their 17th Annual Alice Stokes Paul Award Dinner at the Wildwood County Club. Patricia Anne Salvatore was honored for her life of service and leadership as a volunteer, teacher, and role model in benefit of the women of Cape May County.
 
  2008 Consumer Affairs' Annual Halloween Coloring Contest
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the winners of the 2nd Annual Halloween Coloring Contest sponsored by the Cape May County Department of Consumer Affairs at the their meeting held on Wednesday, November 12, 2008.
 
  2008 Cape May County Employee Recognition
Cape May Court House - On October 28, 2008 county employees were honored by the Board of Chosen Freeholders as they celebrated 25 years of service to Cape May County. They each received a plaque honoring their achievement along with a 25 year service pin.
 
  2008 Snow Plow Rodeo
The Cape May County Public Works Association hosted the annual Snow Plow Rodeo on Tuesday, October 21st at the Wildwood Air Naval Museum located at the Cape May County Airport, 1280 Langley Road in Erma. The event took place at 10 a.m. followed by an awards presentation and BBQ at Noon. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The annual event included county departments, local municipalities and other agencies. The purpose of the rodeo is to promote safety, constructive competition while preparing equipment and men for the upcoming winter season.
 
  2008 Boo At The Cape May County Zoo
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the Boo at the Zoo event at the Cape May County Park and Zoo on Saturday, October 18, 2008. This free annual event included games, prizes, crafts and even a scavenger hunt. Several hundred participated in the Halloween costume contest sponsored by Aramark that started and ended in front of the Ark in the Park gift shop and included a parade through the zoo. Prizes were awarded to first, second and third place winners in categories ranging from infants and toddlers to groups. Also, popular with the visitors, was a live creepy creature animal show. The Cape May County Zoo is located at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House. The free Zoo is open, weather permitting, 364 days a year – closed on Christmas Day.
 
  West Cape May Cub Scout Pack 73
Members of the West Cape May Cub Scout Pack 73 attended the Tuesday, October 14th meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Prior to the meeting, members met with the Board to learn about the duties and responsibilities of a Freeholder. The Cub Scouts are working to earn their Citizenship Badge.
 
  Dedication of Fire Safety Training Building
Cape May Court House-Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a dedication Ceremony for the new Fire Safety Training Building on October 14, 2008. The $1.3M facility is the latest addition to the County's Public Safety Training Center located on Crest Haven Road in Cape May Court House.
 
  Freeholders give out "Big" Checks to All Sixteen Municipalities
The Board of Chosen Freeholders visited all sixteen municipalities in Cape May County on September 24th and 25th dropping off checks totaling $2 Million. The Freeholders met with officials from Cape May Point to Woodbine and toured the improvements made possible by the County's 2008 Joint Venture Program. Freeholder Director Dan Beyel said, "We toured each community to see first hand the improvements brought about by our grant program-from rescue boats to recreation centers the county played a role."
 
  National 4-H Week October 5-11, 2008
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution at their September 23, 2008 meeting proclaiming October 5-11, 2008 as National 4-H Week in Cape May County. 4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in New Jersey and the largest in the nation with six million young people. Vice-Director Sheets encouraged residents to take advantage of the opportunity to become more aware of this special program that enhances our young people's interests in their futures as part of Cape May County 4-H Youth Development.
 
  2008 Hurricane Preparedness Conference
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the third annual Hurricane Preparedness Conference on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at the County Administration Building. The purpose of the conference was to update officials and residents on the State and County’s preparedness efforts. A panel of expert speakers addressed the capacity crowd at the free conference that was open to the public.
 
  Residents Join County In Remembrance of 9-11
Cape May Court House – Nearly two hundred people attended the Seventh Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday, September 11, 2008 outside the front entrance of the County Administration Building.
 
  2008 Senior Corps R.S.V.P. Annual Recognition Brunch
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging honored the county’s senior volunteers and celebrated the 34th anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) on Thursday, September 11, 2008. The annual thank you brunch for volunteers was held at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey. Freeholder Thornton and the Board presented awards to the Oldest Volunteers, those who Contributed the Most Hours and the Volunteer Award for Years of Service.
 
  Groundbreaking for County's newest Senior Center
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders joined officials from Ocean City on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 for the groundbreaking for the new senior center. The senior center will be located in the Ocean City Community Center located at 1735 Simpson Avenue in Ocean City. The senior center is approximately 8,800 square feet which is double the size of the current center. Freeholder Gerald Thornton said, "The capacity to handle a larger number of clients is very important to the County, since Cape May County has the highest percentage of Senior Citizens in the State of New Jersey, this is a wonderful step for the county to better serve seniors in Ocean City."
 
  Women's Equality Day Event
Maureen Savage was honored August 26, 2008 at the Cape Women's Resource Fund's 18th annual Equality Day Tea, an event that commemorates the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920 granting women the right to vote.
 
  Advisory Commission on the Status of Women Open House and Installation
Cape May Court House, NJ - The Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women held an open house and installation on Wednesday, August 27, 2008. The event took place at the Commission’s office located at 10 North Main Street in Cape May Court House. The day kicked off at noon with the opening of an Alex’s Lemonade stand. Members of the commission manned the table all afternoon and raised over $700 for the Foundation for Childhood Cancer. The day also included a book signing by local artist Patricia Rainey.
 
  Comcast Movie Night at the Cape May County Park
Cape May Court House, NJ – Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel announced that the Cape May County Park and Zoo’s special summer events were a success. Nearly 700 people attended the latest event held on August 20th – a night of free family fun that included a screening of the animated film “Over the Hedge.” The evening, sponsored by Comcast, had something for everyone including live entertainment, free snacks, ice cream, beach balls and other give-a-ways plus the first 50 families received a free Comcast fleece blanket. Also, guests were treated to a magician performance, games and of course the movie.
 
  2008 New Arrivals at the Cape May County Zoo
Cape May Court House – Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel is pleased to announce the arrival of three Pot-bellied piglets and a Pygmy goat kid at the Cape May County Zoo. The two females and one male Pot-bellied piglets, named Charlotte, Wilbur, and Petunia, are nearly 4 months old and are residing in the Barnyard with C-Bass a 2 month old Pygmy goat kid born at the Cape May County Zoo. The Pot-Bellied piglets, received from a private donor, are a domestic pig breed that is popular as a pet. Dr. Alexander J. Ernst DVM, CMC Zoo Associate Veterinarian said. On Monday March 31st we acquired via private donation 4 new goats, a female Ostrich and a male Ankole-Watusi.
 
  Surrogate Appoints Two Deputies
Cape May Court House – Cape May County Surrogate, W. Robert Hentges, elevated two of his current employees to new positions within his office. With the retirement of long time Deputy Surrogate Suzanne Callinan on June 30th, Hentges promoted R. Lynn Germanio to the post of Deputy Surrogate and Jo-Ann Trunfio to the position of Special Deputy Surrogate. Both promotions are effective July 1 on which date Surrogate Hentges, who is also the Judge of the Surrogate Court, administered the oaths to both employees.
 
  Cape May County Freeholders Award $200,000 for Arts and History Programs
Cape May Court House - Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented thirty-two non-profit arts, history and cultural groups with “Big” checks representing their share in the county’s $200,000 Cultural Grant Program at the Freeholder Meeting on June 24, 2008. New award winners this year include the Cape May County Civil War Round Table and the Greater Cape May Historical Society.
 
  2008 Cape May County 4 H Fair and Chicken Barbecue
The 4-H Fair and Chicken BBQ has been an annual event and family tradition in Cape May County for over 60 years. The celebration, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 17, 18, and 19 at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Cape May Court House, features 4-H project displays, small animal and livestock shows and exhibits, entertainment, commercial exhibitors, amusement rides, games, great food, and interesting and informative demonstrations. There is no admission fee to the fair.
 
  Everyone Gets a Hug in Cape May County
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Leonard Desiderio presented 75-year-old Pete Gilson from Woodbine with 250 bumper stickers for the “Everyone Gets a Hug in Cape May County” campaign at the Freeholders’ Meeting held on Tuesday, June 24, 2008. Gilson of the Cape May County String Band started the campaign by posting signs “I give Hugs” at the band’s performances throughout the county.
 
  Fare Free Transportation Receives Recognition at National Event
The Cape May County Fare Free operators have placed third and fourth respectively, in the CTAA National Paratransit Roadeo! The event held in New Orleans pitted the top community transportation drivers in the nation in various physical events designed to mimic their daily duties! They included; Vehicle Pre-trip, Wheelchair Securement and an Obstacle Course, testing driving skills. Participants were also subjected to a written exam evaluating their knowledge of Federal ADA regulations, rules of the road and passenger service standards. Each local driver was within points of taking home 1st prize.
 
  26th Basic Class for Police Officers Graduation
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. announced that the 26th Basic Course for Police Officers graduation ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 4 p.m. at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center located at 212 Bayberry Lane in Cape May Court House. Freeholder Sheets addressed the class along with keynote speaker Cape May County Sheriff John F. Callinan. Fifty police officers from thirteen municipalities in New Jersey and Alternate Route Trainees graduated after completing a 22 week training program at the Cape May County Police Academy. The Academy is the only residential based training center in the state of New Jersey for municipal recruit training.
 
  Cape May County Technical High School's Class One Special Law Enforcement Officers
Students with Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr., Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., Superintendent of Schools Robert Mathies, Teacher Matt Pleasants, Aid Julian Dean and Director Schaffer.
 
  South Jersey Transportation Authority Commission Meeting
The regularly scheduled June 17, 2008 Commission Meeting of the South Jersey Transportation Authority was held at the William E. Sturm, Jr. Administration Building, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House, Cape May County, NJ at 10 a.m. At the meeting, Devon Bald, was named SJTA Employee of the Month-June 2008
 
  Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union’s Zumba at the Zoo Raises $500
Over 30 individuals came out to Zumba at the Zoo on May 31 hosted by Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union. The event raised a total of $500 for the Cape May County Park and Zoo. Credit Union CEO Virginia Williams stated, "We are proud to support the Zoo and hope to make Zumba at the Zoo an annual event." The Cape May County Park and Zoo is a treasure for area residents and visitors alike. Admission and parking are free and it offers so much from fishing and hiking in the park to exotic exhibits within the Zoo.
 
  2008 34th Annual Cape May County Senior Art Show
Cape May Court House – The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging hosted the 34th Annual Senior Art Show on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. The show was held in the lobby of the County Administration Building located at 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House. The show was open to the public from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with an awards presentation taking place at 2:30 p.m.
 
  2008 Cape May County Teacher of the Year
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Rita Tice, a teacher in the Middle Township School District for 18 years, for being named the 2008-2009 Cape May County Teacher of the Year at their meeting held on May 27, 2008.
 
  2008 We Check For 21 Program Kickoff Meeting
Cape May Court House –The We Check For 21 Program officially started in Cape May County on June 5th with two training and information sessions hosted by Freeholder Gerald Thornton at the Cape May County Administration Building.
 
  2008 Memorial Day Service at the Cape May County Veterans' Cemetery
Cape May Court House - The Cape May County Veterans’ Bureau held its annual Memorial Day Service at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery on Monday, May 26, 2008 at 2 p.m. Speakers included Congressman Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew, Freeholder Director Dan Beyel, Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton. The United States Coast Guard provided the ceremonial detail and representatives from Cape May County Veterans’ organizations also participated in the program that honors our fallen heroes.
 
  2008 Cape May County Spring Conference
Cape May Court House - On Tuesday, May 13, 2008 the Cape May County Spring Conference was held at the County Administration Building. Topics presented were Views on Tourism, Fishing, Beach Replenishment, Project Funding in Cape May County, Shore Protection, Fishing Industry Protection, Recreational Fishing and Wind Energy, Fishing and Tourism.
 
  32nd SLEO Police Academy Graduation
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. announced that twenty-six officers from the 32nd Basic Course for Special Law Enforcement Officers will graduate on May 9, 2008 at 4 p.m. Freeholder Sheets will address the class along with keynote speaker Senator Jeff Van Drew. The graduates, who trained for twenty hours per week, started on December 8, 2007. The officers will supplement local police departments in Cape May County during the summer season.
 
  2008 Cape May County Senior Jamboree
May 8, 2008 - Avalon Community Hall was overflowing today with senior citizens having fun at the annual Cape May County Senior Jamboree. The theme for this year’s event was “Senior Sea Cruise” and Cape May County seniors came dressed in their cruise attire ready for fun. More than four hundred senior citizens packed the Avalon Community Hall for this annual event hosted by The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging that celebrates Cape May County’s senior citizens during Older American’s Month.
 
  30th Anniversary Celebration of the Cape May County Zoo
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the 30th Anniversary Logo contest at a celebration held on May 6, 2008, at the Cape May County Zoo. The public was invited to design a logo to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Cape May County Zoo using the theme “Cape May County Zoo Celebrating 30 Years of Free Family Fun.” The winning entry will be used throughout the year on promotional material.
 
  Cape May County Fare Free Rules State Roadeo – Takes Three Out Of Top Five!
Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the members of the County’s Fare Free Transportation Division for their accomplishments at the State of New Jersey’s Roadeo at their meeting on April 22, 2008. It is the only time in the 24 years of the New Jersey State Paratransit Roadeo that any county has produced back to back, first and second place winners. Cape May County Fare Free Transportation’s David Smith of Erma captured first place in Roadeo – for the second year in a row – on April 12, 2008. Cape May City’s Brian Fitzpatrick earned second place. 2008 Cape May County Roadeo winner Adele Jones rounded out a great year for Fare Free placing fifth.
 
  2008 BSA Cape May County Distinguished Citizen Award
Thomas Tower of Upper Township was honored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders for receiving the Boy Scouts of America 2008 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award given by the BaySea District of the Southern New Jersey Council. Representing Troop 65 of Boy Scouts of America were Scout Tom Runyon of Cape May Court House and Scout Master Mark Iacono also of Cape May Court House.
 
  Rally Held to Oppose Elimination of NJ Department of Agriculture
Salem, NJ - On Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 11 a.m. a rally was sponsored by the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders in cooperation with the New Jersey Farm Bureau at the Ware Agricultural Complex, 52 Cheney road, Woodstown, NJ to protest the elimination of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Joining the Freeholders from Salem, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties were various other state, county, and local officials. The public was encouraged to attend.
 
  2008 Cape May County Earth Day Celebration
The Cape May County Earth Day Celebration took place at the Cape May County Park on Saturday, April 19, 2008. The day began at 9 a.m. with a 5K Earth Day Run followed by the Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fair was a fun filled day of earth friendly activities with a guided 1 Mile Earth Walk that took place at 11 a.m. “Ecoshops”, music, children’s activities and a craft show rounded out the day. There were twenty-one Exhibitors present displaying a variety of Eco-friendly items and information. Music and Entertainment were also provided.
 
  2008 Earth Day 5K Race
This was a 5 kilometer cross-country race over a course laid out in the Cape May County Park. The race was open to interested participants of all ages. Awards (5K Race only) 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall –Male & Female, Prizes for the top 3 finishers in each age group in both male & female divisions: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 & over. The 1 mile walk was a non-competitive guided earth walk for all ages (awards were not given for the walk). Awards were presented to the winners by Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel.
 
  2008 Earth Day Logo Contest
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County 2008 Earth Day Logo Contest at the Freeholder Meeting held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The contest, sponsored by the county, is held annually to draw attention to Cape May County’s Earth Day Celebration which will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2008. This year's theme is “Leap Into Green!”
 
  2008 Student Government Day April 8
Sixteen students representing eight Cape May County High Schools joined Cape May County Freeholders in conducting the Freeholders’ meeting as part of Student Government Day held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The annual event, sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, gives students an opportunity to see how county government operates.
 
  2008 Easter Bunny In The Tropics
Cape May Court House - More than six hundred people came to the Cape May County Zoo on Saturday, March 15, 2008 to visit with the Easter Bunny. The free event held at the Aviary in the Zoo gave visitors an opportunity to have their picture taken with the popular rabbit.
 
  Freeholders Pass Resolution Honoring Joe Zelnik
Cape May Court House - On March 11, 2008 the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution honoring Joe Zelnik of the Cape May County Herald. His wife, Mrs. Pat Zelnik, Herald Publisher Art Hall and Managing Editor Al Campbell were on hand to receive a mounted copy of the resolution.
 
  2008 Cape May County Transportation Infrastructure Conference
Cape May Court House – Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the fourth annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the County Administration Building.
 
  2008 4H Equestrian of the Year
The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program congratulates the winners of its 2008 4-H Equestrian of the Year Contest, held February 27. Ella Barry, (left), 16, of Eldora, won the Senior Equestrian of the Year title. Barry is a member of the Barnyard Buddies Club, the Bits and Blinkers Club, the Horse Judging Team, Teen Ambassadors, and Junior Horse Council. Her sister Margaret Barry, (right), 11, also of Eldora, earned the Junior Equestrian of the Year title. Margaret is a member of the Barnyard Buddies Club, the Bits and Blinkers Club, and the Horse Judging Team. Nicole Simpkins, 16, Cape May Court House, was the First Runner Up in the Senior Division.
 
  Freeholder Vice-Director Sheets Named President of Southern NJ Freeholders' Association
 
  County Grant Program Earns Top National Award
The Cape May County Joint Venture Program that provided county funding for municipal improvements earned Freeholder Director Dan Beyel the highest award given from the National Association of Counties. Out of over 3,000 counties nationwide, Beyel was one of only three recipients of the 2007 County Courthouse Award.
 
  2008 Freeholder Reorganization Meeting
The Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders took place at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008. The annual reorganization of the Board was held in the Freeholders’ Meeting Room at the County Administration Building located at 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House. Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton was administered the Oath of Office by U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo. Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. took the oath of Office from his daughter, Barbara Bakley-Marino. Additionally, Director and Vice-Director of the Board were selected and departments assigned.
 
  2007 Santa In The Tropics at the Cape May County Zoo
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus to Cape May County on December 15 when the magical duo stopped by the Zoo Aviary to visit with children and their families. Approximately 300 people came to “Santa in the Tropics” – an annual free event hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Cape May County Zoo. All participants had the opportunity to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus indoors in a tropical setting, make a craft, visit educational stations, and receive a treat. Danielle Delcorio from seasonal maintenance staff filled in for ailing Mrs. Claus.
 
  Consumer Affairs 2007 Halloween Coloring Contest
Cape May Court House – Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the winners of the 2007 Halloween Coloring Contest sponsored by the Cape May County Department of Consumer Affairs at the their meeting held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007. Presenting the awards were from left to right: Freeholders Leonard C. Desiderio and Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., Consumer Affairs Director John Rechner, Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton and Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr.
 
  Cape May County Municipal Alliance Training Conference
At the annual Cape May County Municipal Alliance Training Conference on November 16th at the Wildwood Convention Center each of Municipal Alliances honored their 2007 Volunteers of the Year. The volunteers were recognized for dedicating their time and talents to programs in their communities whose goal is to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Their involvement and support of the Municipal Alliance’s efforts is appreciated. There are seven Municipal Alliances in Cape May County supporting over 100 programs. The Municipal Alliances work in coordination with The Cape May County Freeholders, The Cape May County Department of Human Services and are funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
 
  Cape May County Opens Records Recovery Center
The Dedication Ceremony and ribbon cutting officially opening Cape May County's regional Records Recovery Center (RRC) was held on November 1, 2007. The RRC was constructed to enhance the County's ability to quickly recover from any disaster involving local government records maintained in electronic format.
 
  2007 Snow Plow Rodeo October 23
"CAPE MAY COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION 2007 SNOW PLOW RODEO AWARDS" presented by Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Freeholder Leonard C. Desiderio
 
  Naylor House Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders cut the ribbon on October 24, 2007 officially opening the Historic Naylor House as the new headquarters for Culture and Heritage Commission.
 
  2007 Boo at the Zoo October 20th
BOO AT THE ZOO HELD ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2007 Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual “Boo at the Zoo” at Cape May County Zoo on October 20, 2007. Hundreds of children dressed in costume for this free family event which included games, candy, crafts and even a scavenger hunt.
 
  Cape May County Technical School Ribbon Cutting
On October 23, 2007, Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders along with Superintendent William Desmond and the Technical School District Board of Education cut the ribbon officially opening the Technical High School’s new science wing, auxiliary gym, classrooms and other areas of the school that were refurbished as part of the $14.7 million construction project funded by the County of Cape May.
 
  October 23, 2007 Employee Recognition
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized six county employees with more than twenty-five years of service at their meeting held on Tuesday, October 23, 2007. Employees acknowledged include Robert W. Tooley, John C. Johnson, Jr., Donna Harper, Joseph R. Martino, Francis X. McAvoy, Donna L. Soffe.
 
  County Funds Maxwell Field Grandstand in Wildwood
Cape May Court House – Cape May County Freeholders along with Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. and Commissioner William Davenport toured Maxwell Field in Wildwood, home to the new grandstands funded by the County, on October 22, 2007. The City received over $206,000 from the Cape May County 2006 Municipal Joint Venture Program for the grandstands that seat more than 900 spectators at Maxwell Field located at Young and Park Boulevard in Wildwood.
 
  County Donates "Special" Books and DVDs to Library
Cape May Court House - The Cape May County Department of Human Services along with the Atlantic-Cape Family Support Organization (FSO) presented the county library today with an array of books and DVDs about parenting children with special needs.
 
  Cape May County Bookmobile Gets New Wrapping
Cape May Court House - The Cape May County Library Commission and the Board of Chosen Freeholders unveiled the newly wrapped Library Bookmobile at the County Library today. So…keep your eyes open, and look around; you won’t want to miss it! It’s big, blue, beautiful … an underwater odyssey on wheels.
 
  2007 Cape May County Distinguished Citizen Award
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution at their meeting on October 23, 2007 honoring Director Daniel Beyel for being the recipient of the Boy Scouts 2007 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award. Beyel, an Eagle Scout of Marmora Troop 79, received the honor, which is given each year to a former scouting member who has become a model citizen and leader and who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in the community, reflecting the Boy Scouts ideals, at the annual Boy Scout dinner held on October 11, 2007. Beyel has served as a freeholder since 1987 and Director of the Board since 1996. He is a life long resident and former Mayor of Upper Township and is active in both Upper Township and the County. Beyel has been a member of the Marmora Volunteer Fire Co. for nearly 40 years, has a life membership in the Cape May County Fireman’s Association and participates in numerous charitable and civic organizations.
 
  National 4-H Week October 7-13, 2007
4-H Members attended the Freeholder Meeting on October 9th, 2007, to make a presentation in honor of National 4-H Week.
 
  2007 Flu Shot Clinic
Cape May County kicked off its flu vaccination program on October 10, 2007 with a "children and their parents" free flu shot clinic.
 
  Chamber Presentation
The Board of Chosen Freeholders were honored by the County Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Meeting held on October 5, 2007 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
 
  Woodbine Library Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
On October 1st, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders along with the Library Commission and Woodbine Borough Officials cut the ribbon to open the Woodbine Library. Located at 801 Webster Street, it’s the newest branch of the county library system.
 
  County Opens Crest Haven Pond Boardwalk
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders cut the ribbon to officially open the new Crest Haven Pond Boardwalk on September 27, 2007. Located between Route 9 and Exit 11 of the Garden State Parkway, the 420 foot pedestrian boardwalk runs along Crest Haven Road providing a safe and scenic route from the County Park East to the Cape May County Park and Zoo.
 
  County Receives $200,000 to Study 9-1-1 Services
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders received a $200,000 check from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services (OETS) at their meeting on September 26, 2007 to study 9-1-1 services in the county. Craig A. Reiner, Director of OETS presented the Freeholders and Emergency Management Director Frank McCall with the money that will be used to conduct a comprehensive study of the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and Public Safety Dispatch Points (PSDPs) that exist in Cape May County.
 
  2007 Hurricane Preparedness Conference
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the second annual Hurricane Preparedness Conference on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at the County Administration Building. A panel of expert speakers addressed the capacity crowd at the free conference that was open to the public.
 
  108 Year Old Katie Deola, Oldest Resident at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Freeholder Gerald Thornton along with Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center staff celebrated the life of Catherine “Katie” Deola on her birthday, September 18, 2007 with a special event at the Center. Katie Deola, the oldest resident at Crest Haven and one of the oldest residents in the State of New Jersey, celebrated her 108th birthday with family, friends and the staff of the Center. Freeholder Thornton presented Katie with a plaque on behalf of the Board honoring her on her special day.
 
  2007 Municipal Grant Joint Venture Program
The Cape May County Freeholder Board initiated the first-of-its kind Joint Venture Program in 2006. The program was designed to provide funding to help local municipalities make capital improvements in their communities as well as promote more extensive partnerships between the county and municipalities. The first year of the program provided $2.8 million of surplus monies to the municipalities for recreation and beautification projects. The money was appropriated based on the tax revenues paid to the county by each municipality with a minimum allocation of $50,000. Because of anticipated shrinking county surplus money, the Freeholders decided to continue the program by bonding $2 million each year for the next three years for the municipal projects. The same allocation method will be used but the parameters of the program have expanded to allow for any capital improvement program the municipality chooses that is eligible for bond funding.
 
  County Recognizes RSVP Volunteers
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging honored the county’s senior volunteers and celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) on Thursday, September 13, 2007. The annual thank you breakfast for volunteers was held at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey.
 
  More Than 150 Attend County's Memorial Ceremony For September 11
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held the County's Sixth Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m. outside the front entrance of the County Administration Building. The Memorial Ceremony was a solemn event with Congressman Frank LoBiondo and U.S. Marshal James Plousis serving as guest speakers. Prayers and words of encouragement and hope were offered by Father John O’Leary, Pastor of Our Lady of Angels Roman Catholic Church; Dr. Jeffrey Elliott, Pastor of Cape May Lutheran Church; Rabbi Jacob Malki, Beth Judah Temple; and Reverend Dr. Robert O. Davis of the Macedonia Baptist Church. Additionally, Rev. Davis sang Amazing Grace as the Freeholders placed a memorial wreath at the foot of the American Red Oak Tree dedicated in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
 
  Library Photography Contest Winners Announced
The Cape May County Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 Photography Contest “Cape May County – As Seen through the Eyes of a Teen.” Seventy-nine color and black and white photographs were entered and judged by Tina Giaimo Professional Photographer of Spirit Catcher Photography; Dale Gerhardt, Staff Photographer for The Press of Atlantic City and Diane Hamilton, Cape May County Library’s System Librarian who holds a BFA in Film & TV from New York University. The contest was sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank. All entries will be included in a photo album which will be viewable at different branches throughout the year.
 
  League of Women Voters' Presentation
The Cape May County League of Women Voters made a presentation to the Board of Chosen Freeholders at their August 28, 2007 meeting for the Board's support of the "Know Your County" project. The Know Your County Booklet presents a comprehensive overview of the public and private services and resources in our County and the structure and function of County government. This is the second edition of the booklet since the establishment of the League in 1992. At the recent New Jersey League of Women Voters State Convention, The Cape May County League received the Outstanding Publication Award for “Know Your County”. The County contributed information and other resources that enabled the League to produce this publication which will be donated to schools and libraries in Cape May County.
 
  August 28, 2007 Employee Recognition
Edward Murphy, a county employee since 1989 and currently Supervisor of the Traffic Signal Division, was honored for being named the International Municipal Signal Association’s “Member of the Month” for July through August 2007. International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) only honors six individuals each year.
 
  Freeholders Designate Pesticide Free Zones in Cape May County Parks and Playgrounds
Cape May Court House – The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders past a resolution on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 formally designating Pesticide Free Zones at its parks and playgrounds. Additionally, the resolution authorizes placing Pesticide Free Zones (PFZ) Ladybug signs at designated sites in its parks and playgrounds as part of an awareness campaign that the County hopes will encourage municipalities and private homeowners to adopt pest control practices that are consistent with the County’s. (l to r) Freeholders Leonard C. Desiderio and Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel, NJ Environmental Federation Pesticide Program Coordinator Jane Nogaki, Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton
 
  2007 Medical Reserve Corps Appreciation Dinner
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members—interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others—can fill key support positions. The MRC Program Office is headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. It functions as a clearinghouse for information and best practices to help communities establish, implement, and maintain MRC units nationwide.
 
  2007 4H Annual Fair and Chicken Barbecue
The 2007 Annual Fair and Chicken B-B-Q was a success as in years past. Everyone enjoyed the chicken, the entertainment and the many events that captivated both young and old alike.
 
  The Seniors at Crest Haven Have a Prom
The Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held its second annual "Senior Prom" on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the Center. Area organizations and businesses donated prom gowns, tuxedos, decorations, flowers and more to make the prom a night to remember.
 
  2007 MHADA Awards
The Cape May County Freeholders and the Cape May County Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board recognized the work of Barbara Ryan and the late Jim Magee at the annual MHADA Board dinner on June 11, 2007.
 
  2007 Beach Conference
Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the county’s annual Beach Conference at the Cape May County Administration Building on Monday, June 18, 2007. The conference covered a full range of important issues relevant to the health and well being of the county’s beaches including water quality, recreational and commercial fishing, as well as various shore protection projects planned for Cape May County. Additionally, there was an update on short and long-term coastal research and an overall review of the economic impact the beaches have on the county’s tourism industry. Speakers at the annual conference included United States Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, Jeff Gebert, Chief of Coastal Planning, David Rosenblatt, Administrator, NJ DEP Office of Engineering and Construction, James A. Ferretti, Sanitary Chemistry & Biology Team Leader for the US EPA, Daniel Cohen, Atlantic Cape Fisheries, Dan Glaze, President CMC Party & Charter Boat Association, Stewart Farrell, Director of the Coastal Research Center at Stockton College and Mark Mihalasky also representing Stockton’s Coastal Research Center.
 
  New Traffic Signals in Ocean City
The County recently completed Intersection Improvements at 9th Street & Asbury, Central, Wesley & Ocean Avenues at an investment of over $615,000. The County demonstrated one of the new signals at 9th and Asbury following the dedication of Gateway Park.
 
  Ocean City Gateway Project Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting June 19, 2007
The Gateway Park is one of many Ocean City projects that were recently completed with funding from Cape May County. Improvements at the Tennessee Avenue and 52nd Street Parks as well as the construction of the Cape May County Dog Park were also completed in 2007 with county funding. The City of Ocean City received $928,920 from Cape May County's 2006 Municipal Joint Venture Program earmarked for improvements to recreational facilities. This year, Ocean City will receive another $376,142 from the county for capital improvements.
 
  2007 Cape May County Senior Art Show
Cape May County Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. recognized this year's participants in the 33rd Annual Cape May County Senior Art Show on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at the certificate presentation held at the Cape May County Administration Building.
 
  Cape May County Recognizes Efforts of Local Organizations for Cape Haitien Project
At the June 12, 2007 Freeholder meeting the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the efforts of Cape May County's local churches, organizations and individuals for their support in funding the building of homes for people living in Cape Haitien, Haiti. Cape May County Way is raising funds to build 25 single-unit homes.
 
  2007 We Check For 21 Program Kick-off
The We Check For 21 Program officially started in Cape May County on June 7, 2007 with a training and information session hosted by Freeholder Gerald Thornton and the Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Cape May County Administration Building.
 
  2007 Memorial Day Ceremony at the Cape May County Veterans' Cemetery
Cape May County Memorial Service held on May 28, 2007 at the Cape May County Veterans' Cemetery
 
  Wildwood C.E.R.T. Graduation May 17, 2007
The Wildwood City Office of Emergency Management has graduated 25 local residents in the Cape May County Community Emergency Response Team Program. CERT Graduates are trained in Emergency Preparedness, Medical Preparedness, Light Search and Rescue, Fire Suppression, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism and Police Action.
 
  Technical High School Student Receives Scholarship
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. presented the New Jersey Association of Counties scholarship in the amount of $500 to Connie Fisher, a senior at Cape May County Technical High School, during an awards ceremony held on Friday, June 1, 2007 at the school. Fisher was also honored at the Board of Chosen Freeholder Meeting held on June 12, 2007. Fisher will be attending Atlantic Cape Community College in September to study criminal justice.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Community Service Project
On May 23rd, 2007, Students from several classes at Cape May Technical High School constructed and filled several large planters at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as a community service project. Carpentry students, under the direction of their teacher Ken Hamann, built and installed three large planters in an outside recreation area while students from Natural Sciences Technology and Landscaping and Golf Course Maintenance programs, taught by Hans Toft and JoAnn Sopchak respectively, helped residents plant a variety of colorful annuals to enjoy throughout the summer.
 
  2007 Arts, History and Cultural Fund Award Winners
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented non-profit arts and history groups with “Big” checks representing their share of the county’s $200,000 cultural grant program at the Freeholders’ meeting held on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. This year, thirty-three organizations shared the $200,000 – placed in the budget for the second year in a row – to promote arts and history in Cape May County. New award winners include the Wetlands Institute, Youth Opera of South Jersey, Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village, and the Ocean City Rowing and Athletic Association.
 
  2007 Senior Jamboree at Avalon Community Center
The 2007 Cape May County Senior Jamboree was held on Thursday, May 17 at the Avalon Community Center, 30th and the Beach, Avalon, NJ. This year's theme was "Parrots In Paradise." The day included music, dancing and lunch served by area high school students. Awards were presented to the "Outstanding Senior" Male, Female, and Organization for 2007.
 
  2007 "My County Poster Contest" Pizza Party at Maud Abrams School
Peter Mayer, 1st Place Winner of the 15th Annual My County Poster Contest was the guest of honor on May 17 for a pizza party with his homeroom classmates hosted by Constitutional Officers Sheriff John Callinan, Surrogate W. Robert Hentges and County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti. Each student rose to greet the officers as they arrived and introduced themselves. “Peter and his classmates have excellent manners; they really made us feel welcome.” Hentges said. Callinan, Hentges and Fulginiti assisted by staff members Patricia Davis, Suzann Callinan and Dee Santesse who served up delicious pizza made by Little Italy of North Cape May to Peter and the Mrs. Swanson’s homeroom. The party was attended by Principal Barbara Dalrymple, Art Education Teacher Sharon Coslop, Behavioral Management Assistant Jim Dietrich and intern Jasmine Melo. Art Education Teacher Sharon Coslop referred to the event as the “annual Olympics for art” in her class. An awards ceremony for all twelve winners took place on April 25th in the Court House. The pizza party is an annual event for the 1st place winner.
 
  2007 "Best of Show" NAP Contest Winner
Michael Waters is the winner of the "Best of Show" award in the Sixth Annual Exhibit of The National Arts Program(r) and Contest in Cape May County. He also won the First Place Professional and Best Painting awards for this work, entitled, "Arena." Awards were presented May 12 at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center.
 
  2007 Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Walk and Wheel Event
Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center sponsored a day of FITNESS and FUN in celebration of National Nursing Home Week. On Monday, May 14 at 10 a.m. Crest Haven hosted the 16th annual two mile Walk and Wheel. Participating schools included the Cape May County Special Services School District; The Cape May County Compact School; Crest Memorial School and Middle Township Elementary #2.
 
  Veterans Enrollment Clinic Held at County Administration Building
Continuing his efforts to enroll South Jersey veterans into the VA's healthcare system, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) hosted a clinic to help South Jersey veterans in determining their eligibility and, if eligible, facilitate their enrollment. The Cape May Court House clinic was at the County Administration Building on Monday, May 14th. Veterans can also determine their eligibility and enroll in the VA healthcare system by contacting the VA at 1-877-222-VETS or by going to the website www.va.gov.
 
  2007 Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and the Cape May County Police Academy and the Cape May County Chiefs of Police held a memorial service for the police officers killed in the line of duty in Cape May County on May 10, 2007.
 
  2007 Cape May County Tourism Conference
Freeholder Leonard C. Desiderio and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Tourism Conference on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at the County Administration Building. This year’s focus was “The Economic Engines That Drive Cape May County’s Largest Industry.”
 
  NOAA WP3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Lands at Cape May Airport
The WP-3D Orion Hurricane Hunter Aircraft landed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum located at the Cape May County Airport on Tuesday, May 1 as part of its 2007 East Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour. Normally manned by a crew of 18 to 20, the crew members conducted public tours of the aircraft to explain its various functions. This tour stop at the Cape May County Airport was sponsored by the NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum, the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Cape May County Emergency Management Communications Center, and the NWS.
 
  2007 My County Poster Contest Ceremony
The Constitutional Officers of Cape May County congratulate the 12 winners of the 15th Annual "My County" Poster Contest. An awards ceremony was held on April 25, 2007 in the Jury Assembly Room of the Cape May County Court House. 459 fourth grade students from seventeen schools in Cape May County participated in this year's contest which promotes awareness of county government to fourth graders.
 
  2007 Student Government Day Held on April 24th
Seventeen students representing nine Cape May County High Schools joined Cape May County Freeholders on April 24th in conducting the Freeholders' meeting as part of Student Government Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, gives students an opportunity to see how county government operates.
 
  2007 Earth Day Celebration at the Cape May County Park
On Saturday, April 21, 2007 the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Cape May County Park & Zoo held their 2007 Earth Day Celebration. It began with a 5K Race at 9 a.m. followed by an Earth Day Fair. There was live music, an interactive drum circle, hands on educational exhibits, environmental Eco-shops and lectures, craft show, food court and more.
 
  New Red Pandas Arrive at the Cape May County Zoo
Cape May County Zoo welcomes two Red Pandas. The two red pandas were acquired from the Erie Zoo. They will remain at the Cape May County Zoo at least until the Fall of 2007 when the Panda Species Survival Plan (SSP)will send them to other facilities to become part of a breeding program. Red pandas are endangered because of habitat loss. There are fewer than 2,500 adult red pandas.
 
  2007 Cape May County Farefree Transportation Paratransit Roadeo
Tuesday, April 17, 2007, Cape May County Farefree drivers competed in their annual Road-eo event. The participants navigated a road course where their driving skills were evaluated and also took a written test to determine their knowledge of federal, state and county regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and more. The Road-eo also includes skills tests in Wheelchair Securement and vehicle pre-trip inspections. The county participants also competed at the New Jersey state level on April 28th.
 
  Freeholders Declare April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 the Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Cape May County. Sandy McGarvey, Executive Director of Caring For Kids was on hand to explain the purposes of her organization and received a plaque in recognition of the event.
 
  April is Autism Awareness Month
On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution proclaiming April as Autism Awareness Month. On hand to receive a plaque from the board was Francine Palumbo Stankiewicz of Dennis Township, a member of FACES(Families For Autistic Children Education and Support) and 10 year old K C Stankiewicz.
 
  4-H Golf Tournament April 29, 2007
On April 10, 2007 4-H members, Connie Fisher of Woodbine and Kristy Richman of Dennis Township, attended the Freeholder meeting to invite the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the public to attend the 4th Annual 4-H Golf Tournament to be held on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at the Avalon Golf Club, Cape May Court House, NJ.
 
  County Employee Recognized at Retirement
Dominic Rosselli was recognized by the Board of Chosen Freeholders at their meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2007. He is retiring after 30 years of employment with Cape May County. He was hired in January, 1977 as a laborer at the Cape May County Park and in April, 2003 was appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders as Director of Parks.
 
  2007 Easter Bunny In The Tropics
Cape May Court House - The Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsored the Easter Bunny's trip to the Cape May County Zoo's Aviary along with an Easter egg hunt in the County Park Saturday, March 31, 2007. There were Education Stations, Crafts, Goodies and for those parents who didn't have a camera, Polaroid shots were taken compliments of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
 
  2007-08 My County Poster Contest
Twelve winners of the 15th Annual My County Poster Contest were honored at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cape May County Court House, Jury Assembly Room. These winners were selected from among four hundred fifty nine fourth grade students from seventeen county schools who participated in the My County Poster Contest sponsored by Cape May County’s Constitutional Officers - Sheriff John F. Callinan, Surrogate W. Robert Hentges and County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti.
 
  2007 Earth Day Logo Contest Winners
The 2007 Earth Day Logo Contest sponsored by the Board of Chosen Freeholders was open to all Cape May County students. The theme for this year's Earth Day Celebration, "It's a Party for the Planet." The winning design will be silk-screened onto Earth Day T-Shirts. The three top winners received US Savings Bonds. Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County 2007 Earth Day Logo Contest at the Freeholder Meeting held on Tuesday, March 27, 2007.
 
  Camden County Corrections Officer Graduation Feb 2, 2007
The Academy course is 12 weeks long. It includes academic studies in Title 2C (New Jersey Criminal Code), Title 10A (New Jersey Department of Corrections Standards), First Aid and CPR. The academy also includes physical conditioning, fire fighting familiarization and firearms proficiency. The academy session was from November 6, 2006 to February 2, 2007.
 
  Cape May County Volunteers In Medicine Recognized
March 13, 2007 The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored and congratulated Volunteers In Medicine in celebrating its fifth anniversary on March 12, 2007 and recognized VIM professional and citizen volunteers the heart of Volunteers In Medicine and proclaimed March 12, 2007 as Volunteers In Medicine Day. In its five years of service to the Cape May County community, Volunteers In Medicine (VIM) has served over 2,000 patients with more than 7,000 visits.
 
  2007 Transportation Infrastructure Conference
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held the third annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the County Administration Building. The Transportation Conference identified and highlighted the multitude of efforts being made by officials and professionals to ensure those projects vital to Cape May County and the region move forward in a timely fashion.
 
  Crest Haven Polar Bear Plunge
The residents of Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center held a Polar Bear Plunge on Tuesday, February 27, 2007. The event, coordinated by the Recreation Department included a couple of kiddie pools filled with water for the Residents to “plunge” their feet into and cool off their toes. Cape May Technical High School sophomore Sara Singer sang the National Anthem and a great time was had by all.
 
  Freeholders' Meeting of February 27, 2007
Cape May Court House, Two students from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Stephen J. Napoli, Jr., and Joseph Pritchard, Jr., interned with the Office of Emergency Management from January 8, 2007 to February 27, 2007 as part of their emergency management curriculum. Also, Cape May County Public Safety Training Center Director Gary G. Schaffer presented a plaque and extended his appreciation to Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Administrator Margaret Gannon and Director of Dietary John Mathis for providing meals for the Cadets from the Police Academy.
 
  United Way of Cape May County Gets Satellite Office
On Wednesday, February 21, the Cape May County Freeholders made available an office to be used by the United Way in the building that originally housed the law office of Jonathan Hand. The building located at 10 North Main Street in Cape May Court House was built in 1801 and is owned by the County. It will be used by the United Way as a Satellite Office.
 
  Dave Powell Excellence Award Presented to Timothy Chelius
Cape May Court House - At the Freeholders' Meeting, Tuesday, February 13, 2007, South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Timothy Chelius shared with the county the Dave Powell Excellence Award that he received from the Federal Highway Administration for a project initiated in Cape May County. This award recognizes a commitment to the principles by which Dave Powell lived and worked including: (1) an unwavering and long-term commitment to enhancing the partnership between SJTPO and the Federal Highway Administration while achieving quality results for the citizens of New Jersey and (2) conducting actions with the highest regard for creating "win-win" situations, always treating people with respect and dignity.
 
  County Correctional Officers Graduate February 2, 2007
Cape May County Officers graduated Camden County Correctional Officers Academy on February 2, 2007.
 
  21st Basic Course For Police Officers Graduation
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets Jr. announced that thirty-nine police officers from 16 cities in New Jersey and Alternate Route Trainees graduated after completing a 22-week training program at the Cape May County Police Academy. The graduation ceremony of the 21st Basic Course for Police Officers took place on Thursday, January 25 at 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township.
 
  Project Homeless Connect
January 25,2007 The Project Homeless Connect was held at the First Baptist Church of Wildwood, 230 E. Maple Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260 in conjunction with the hot lunch and food pantry programs held at this site once a week by the United Way of CMC. Cape May County Department of Human Services – provided one volunteer who served as the site coordinator for the other volunteers and worked the food pantry.
 
  2007 Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association
The Meeting of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association, hosted by the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders was held on January 22, 2007, at Lucia's Restaurant, Sherman Avenue, Vineland, New Jersey. Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel was presented with the "Southern Star" award.
 
  2007 Cape May County Freeholder Reorganization Meeting
The Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders took place at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2007. The annual reorganization of the Board was held at the William E. Sturm Jr. Administration Building located at 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House. During the meeting, Freeholder Leonard Desiderio was administered the Oath of Office by County Administrator Stephen O’Connor. Additionally, Director and Vice-Director of the Board were selected and departments were assigned. Currently, Freeholder Daniel Beyel serves as Director and Freeholder Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. is Vice-Director. Freeholder Desiderio, who was first elected in 2002, was reelected in November 2006 to serve a three-year term.
 
  2006 Santa In The Tropics
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders invited the public to bring a camera to the Cape May County Zoo on Saturday, December 16 to visit with two special guests - Mr. and Mrs. Claus. All participants had the opportunity to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus indoors in a tropical setting. After telling Santa their wish list for Christmas, they proceeded through the Aviary boardwalk, which was lined with education and craft stations and each child received a treat. More than 400 guests visited the aviary to visit Santa this year.
 
  Mats Donated to Animal Shelter December 15th
Cape May Court House - Christmas came ten days early for the animals at the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. 14 year old Katharine "Katie" Thomson delivered 119 mats for the cages at the shelter to Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr., Freeholder Ralph Bakley and Sheriff John Callinan on December 15, 2006
 
  2006 TRIAD Safe Internet Surfing and Mail Fraud Seminar
November 28, 2006, Cape May County held its free Safe Internet Surfing and Mail Fraud Seminar for senior citizens hosted by Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and Sheriff John Callinan on behalf of the Cape May County Triad Association. It was held at the County Administration Building. Triad consists of a partnership of the County Sheriff, the County Chiefs of Police and the Department of Aging. Their goals are to reduce the criminal victimization of seniors and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to the senior population. Triad provides the opportunity for an exchange of information between law enforcement and senior citizens.
 
  Middle Township High School Band Honored
Freeholder Ralph Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Middle Township High School’s Panther Marching Band at their Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 28, 2006. The Band was honored for finishing in first place in their division at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship. The band participated in the Group 2 category which includes bands with as many as 55 musicians. Middle’s band consists of 43 musicians plus a color guard. Under the direction of Band Director Ginny Russ and Assistant Band Director Lou Randazzo, the Band attained the highest score of all four competing groups which is comprised of schools from states all along the East Coast. Additionally, the Band won awards for drum major, percussion, color guard, high music and high visual.
 
  2006 Municipal Alliance Conference
The Annual Cape May County Municipal Alliance Conference was held on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at the Wildwood Convention Center. The topic of this year’s conference was Gang Awareness. Lt. Edwin Torres of the Juvenile Justice Commission under the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Lt. Mike Hickman of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s office presented information on the latest in street gang identifiers and trends. Freeholder Gerald Thornton, US Marshall James Plousis and Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor joined 130 attendees including Municipal Alliance volunteers, law enforcement, school personnel, social service personnel, clergy and other agency representatives. The volunteers of the Municipal Alliances provide or support drug and alcohol prevention programs in their communities. There are seven Municipal Alliances in Cape May County supporting 120 programs. The Municipal Alliances work in coordination with The Cape May County Freeholders, The Cape May County Department of Human Services and are funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
 
  NJ Route 52 Groundbreaking Ceremony
On October 31, 2006 the groundbreaking for the Reconstruction of NJ Route 52 Causeway, also known as the Ninth Street Causeway, took place on Elbow Island in Ocean City, NJ. The project will replace the existing Causeway and is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, 2011 at a cost of $400 million.
 
  County Honors Employees With 25 Years of Service
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized eleven county employees with more than twenty-five years of service at their meeting held on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. Employees acknowledged include Edmund Grant, Donna Repici, George Lewis, Alan Errickson, Barbara Nicholson, Patricia Sprague, Susan Morse, Carol Hodlofski, Kathryn Savard, Edith Jones, and John Smith.
 
  2006 Boo At The Zoo
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders invited the public to come to the Cape May County Zoo on Saturday, October 21 for Boo at the Zoo. There was a Halloween Costume Costume Contest held by Aramark Inc. The Contest included a parade of participants through the zoo where they visited the animals and picked up useful information for the scavenger hunt and visited the reptile house where they received green slime. All costume contest participants received a gift and grand prizes were awarded in eight categories. Activities included a Live Creepy Creature animal show, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin decorating.
 
  Transitional Life Care Center Opens at Crest Haven
Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 for the grand opening of the Transitional Life Care Center (TLCC) at Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
 
  County Holds Annual Full Scale Exercise
Cape May Court House - Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. announced that on September 27 and September 28, 2006 the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Health will conduct Cape May County’s annual full scale exercise. This year the exercise focuses on opening the Wildwoods Convention Center as a Regional Medical Distribution Center or Point of Distribution (POD).
 
  2006 Hurricane Preparedness Conference
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted a Hurricane Preparedness Conference on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at the County Administration Building. This free public conference focused on the steps the County is taking to ensure the safety of residents and visitors in the event of a major hurricane or emergency where sheltering and evacuation of the County are necessary.
 
  Freeholders Honor Crest Haven Resident On Her 107th Birthday
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated the life of Catherine “Katie” Deola today, September 18, 2006 with an apple festival. Katie Deola, the oldest resident at Crest Haven, turned 107 years old today.
 
  Cape May County Park North - Totem Pole Refurbished
Carving project at Cape May County Park North - carvers repaired and repainted the totem pole that was carved at the park many years ago. The wood carving group “Birds of a Feather” repaired and repainted the totem pole at the entrance to the Richard Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary. The totem pole was originally carved in 1991as a community service project under the direction of famed carver Harry Shourds. The Birds of a Feather Carvers meet at the Upper Township senior center every Monday evening at 6p.m. Visitors and new members are always welcome. *Harry Shourds and Joe “Spotted Eagle” Walton were also two of the original carvers that worked on the project in the early 90’s.
 
  2006 32nd Annual R.S.V.P. Recognition Brunch
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging honored the county’s senior volunteers and celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) on Thursday, September 14, 2006. The annual thank you brunch for volunteers was held at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey. R.S.V.P came to Cape May County in the spring of 1974 and was sponsored by the The County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In the past 32 years the R.S.V.P. has grown from 23 volunteers with 3 stations to over 500 volunteers, 35 stations and contributing over 100,000 hours yearly. The first R.S.V.P. director was Jeremy B. Clark (July 1974-July 1975, James Walsh (July 1975-January 1986), Rosalie Timmons (January 1986-June 1986), and Linda Taylor-Day (June 1986-Present). Volunteers give their time, talents, dedication, and love by helping the residents in our county. Some volunteers also volunteer at more than one station. Without the assistance of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, volunteers of our county would be unable to continue some of their services.
 
  Cape May County Shows Appreciation to NJAC Representatives
Cape May Court House - At their meeting on September 12, 2006, the Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded Certificates of Appreciation to Morris County Freeholder Douglas R. Cabana and New Jersey Association of Counties Executive Director Celeste Carpiano for their hard work and commitment to the State of New Jersey.
 
  2006 September 11th Memorial Ceremony
Congressman Frank LoBiondo was the keynote speaker at the fifth Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Monday, outside the County Administration Building.
 
  2006 Ole Time Fair Days At The Cape May County Park
Featuring Live Music from noon - 3 p.m. every Thursday during July and August at the Cape May County Park. There was fun for the whole family. Fair Days featured New Jersey farm fresh produce, live entertainment, crafters, and educational activities for children. All these events took place on the field near the main entrance to the Cape May County Park & Zoo.
 
  DeBrazza's Monkeys Receive New Habitat
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel today welcomed the public to the grand opening of the newly renovated DeBrazza’s Monkey exhibit at the Cape May County Zoo. “It is always a pleasure seeing new improvements making our zoo even more of a special attraction to our residents and visitors,” said Beyel.
 
  2006 Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Family Fun Day
Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held its second annual FAMILY FUN DAY on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at the Center located at 12 Moore Road in Cape May Court House. The event, coordinated by the Recreation Department, was open to family members of the nearly 180 residents of the Center as well as staff and their family. Crest Haven supplied lunch catered by Spankies BBQ. Activities included a dunk tank with Barbara Nicholson, CNA in the tank, free pony rides, face painting, music, and a balloon making clown played by 83 year-old Robert ”Buttons” Connolly from Cape May Courthouse a resident at Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center since April 2006.
 
  Medical Emergency Preparedness Exercise
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and Freeholder Gerald Thornton announced that Cape May County successfully exercised its plan last week to deliver preventive medications to first responders in a public health emergency. Organized by the County Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management, the drill provided vials of medications to first responders in all 16 municipalities, Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, and county staff. The exercise lasted three days, August 9-11, 2006; however, the planning for the drill took several months.
 
  2006 Arts History and Cultural Fund Awards
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. today announced the thirty-two non-profit arts and history groups that will share in the county’s $200,000 cultural grant program. “I am extremely happy that county government was able to provide this funding to such an essential component of Cape May County."
 
  Howard Stainton Senior Center Receives Appreciation Award From USCG
In May of 2006 an "Award of Appreciation" was presented to representatives of the Howard Station Senior Center 3300 Bay Avenue, Ocean City for the utilization of the facility for the promotion of SAFE boating. Boater education classes and numerous boating related activities are conducted throughout the year by Flotilla 81 and this award, created by Vice Flotilla Commander Alan Wood and Staff Officer Howard Phillips is a small token of our appreciation for helping us to keep Ocean City a safe boating destination. Boating education classes continue throughout the summer and boaters are reminded that new boating laws are in effect for New Jersey tidal waters. For information contact (609) 399-4299. Visit us on the web at www.cgaux.org
 
  2006 Municipal Public Improvements Joint Venture Program
Freeholders visited sixteen municipalities to distribute $3.8 million in the municipal grant program. This first-time program is the only one in the state. Freeholder Director Beyel expressed his delight that every municipality selected outstanding projects that appropriately fit the county’s goal. “We wanted to make sure that the county grant money would enhance the recreation and beautification of our communities. It is very pleasing that each municipality developed projects that will bring such worthwhile benefits to both our residents and visitors,” Beyel said.
 
  County Employees Receive Safe Driving Awards
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized eight county employees for their safe driving records at their July 25, 2006 meeting. The employees from Fare Free Transportation received the National Safety Council's "Safe Driving Award" this year for providing a combined service of 70 years of collision free driving.
 
  Woodbine Recreation Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
State and local officials gathered Thursday, July 20, 2006 for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Woodbine Community School Gymnasium, Library and Technology Center. A collaboration between the Borough of Woodbine and the Board of Education, this $3 million project is also a partnership with the Cape May County Library Commission and will house a branch of the county library.
 
  2006 Annual Cape May County 4-H Fair
Cape May County Freeholders greeted 4-H representatives who came to the Freeholders Meeting on Tuesday, July 11th to thank the Freeholders for their support and invite them to the Fair on July 20, 21, and 22.
 
  SLEO 29 Graduating Class
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. announced that seventy officers from the 29th Basic Course for Special Law Enforcement Officers graduated on June 29 at 4 p.m. Freeholder Sheets addressed the class along with keynote speaker Cape May County Sheriff John Callinan.
 
  Cape May County Evacuation Routes Summer 2006
Cape May County has received new Emergency Coastal Evacuation Route signs. Some of the new signs will replace existing, deteriorated ones and others will be placed in new locations. They are designed to help motorists evacuate the county's coastal areas in case of an emergency.
 
  2006 Annual Beach Conference - Focus on Fishing
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted their annual Beach Conference on Monday, June 26, 2006. This free public conference held at the County Administration Building focused on commercial and recreational fishing in Cape May County.
 
  32nd Annual Senior Art Show
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging sponsored the 32nd Annual Senior Art Show on June 14th, 2006. The show was held in the lobby of the County Administration Building at 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House. Applicants were at least 60 years old and year round residents of Cape May County and could enter two items each. Artists included both professional and non-professional.
 
  MHADA Board Recognizes Two For Community Service
At the MHADA Board’s annual meeting on June 12, 2006, Linda Davenport and Joseph Catanoso were honored by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the County’s Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse (MHADA) Board for their work in the community. “They are examples of county residents who make themselves available to help others in their quiet and competent way. We need more people like Joe and Linda to be recognized for what they do,” Freeholder Thornton said.
 
  Kyle Eldredge Receives NJAC Scholarship
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the winner of the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation and Verizon Foundation's 2006 Partners for Educational Excellence Scholarship at the Freeholder Meeting held on Tuesday, June 13, 2006.
 
  Volunteers In Medicine, Inc. Receives $60,000 Grant
(l to r) Freeholders Len Desiderio, Ralph E. Bakley, Sr., Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel, President of the Board, Volunteers In Medicine (VIM) Joe Meschino, Freeholder Gerald Thornton, VIM member Richard Shea, and Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded Volunteers in Medicine, Inc. a contract in the amount of $60,000 to provide free primary care medical clinic services to the residents of Cape May County at the Freeholder meeting held on Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Freeholder Gerald Thornton said, “Since the year 2001, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has approved contributions to Volunteers in Medicine, Inc. totaling $285,000.”
 
  Upper Cape May County Library Amphitheatre Dedication
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Eagle Scout Chris Halpin for designing and building an amphitheatre at the Upper Cape Library located on Route 631 in Petersburg on Tuesday, June 6, 2006.
 
  2006 Annual We Check for 21 Program
On June 1st, 2006 the "We Check For 21" Program officially started in Cape May County with a training and information session hosted by Freeholder Gerald Thornton and the Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Cape May County Administration Building.
 
  2006 Cape Counseling Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 18, 2006, Cape Counseling Services, Inc. held their Annual Awards Luncheon at the Congress Hall in Cape May. Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton was in attendance.
 
  2006 Senior Jamboree at the Avalon Community Center
Avalon Community Hall was overflowing May 25th with senior citizens having fun at the annual Cape May County Senior Jamboree. The theme for this year's event was "The Senior Prom" and approximately four hundred Cape May County seniors came dressed in their finest attire ready to celebrate. The hall was packed for this annual event hosted by The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging. This event celebrates Cape May County's senior citizens during May, Older Americans Month.
 
  Freeholders Honor 2006-2007 Cape May County Teacher of the Year
On Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Ms. Carol Ludgate, a teacher in the Wildwood Crest School District for 25 years, for being named the 2006-2007 Cape May County Teacher of the Year.
 
  2006 Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
The 2006 Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, May 9, at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center, 173 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House, NJ. This service was held to honor the Law Enforcement Officers of Cape May County who made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of duty.
 
  2006 Cape May County Tourism Conference
Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Tourism Conference on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at the County Administration Building. This year's theme was "Research: The Key to Understanding Changing Tourism Trends."
 
  2006 Annual Earth Day Celebration
On Saturday, April 22 the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsored the Annual Earth Day Celebration. The day started with a 5K run and 1 mile walk at the Cape May County Park. Due to inclement weather, the Earth Day Fair which included a variety of entertainment, exhibits, demonstrations, food and more was held at the Lockwood Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds.
 
  New Ostrich Donated to the Cape May County Zoo
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel is pleased to announce the arrival of a new female Ostrich at the Cape May County Zoo. The Ostrich was donated by the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina Kansas. She joins the male Ostrich presently residing in the African Savanna Exhibit at the Zoo. He too came from the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina Kansas.
 
  2006 Earth Day Logo Contest
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County 2006 Earth Day Logo Contest at the Freeholders' Meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. The contest, sponsored by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, is held annually to draw attention to the Cape May County Earth Day Celebration which will be held this year on Saturday, April 22, 2006. The theme is “Make IT Happen…Your Pollution Solutions!”
 
  2006 Easter Bunny In The Tropics
Despite the inclement weather, more than four hundred people came to the Cape May County Zoo on Saturday, April 8, 2006 to visit with the Easter Bunny. The free event, held at the Aviary in the Zoo, gave visitors an opportunity to have their picture taken with the popular rabbit.
 
  2006 Cape May County Student Government Day
Seventeen students representing nine Cape May County High Schools joined Cape May County Freeholders March 28th, in conducting the Freeholders' meeting as part of Student Government Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, gives students an opportunity to see how county government operates. The day began for the students with lunch at the Cape May County Technical High School's "American Bounty Café" hosted by Education Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. The students heard from Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and other elected officials who explained the role of county government. Additionally, U. S. Marshal and former Cape May County Sheriff James Plousis addressed the students at the annual luncheon.
 
  Spay Neuter Clinic Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
On Monday, March 20th, the Cape May County Animal Shelter Alliance (CMCASA), held their official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Freeholder Leonard Desiderio has been chosen by the group to be their 2006 "Spay and Neuter" spokesperson.
 
  Child Abuse Prevention Resolution
On Tuesday, March 14th, Susan Miller Vice President of the Board of Directors and Suzanne Conrad, Advocate/Consultant for Caring For Kids, Exchange Club Family Center were presented with a copy of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders' Resolution proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and April 7, 2006 as Dress In Blue Day.
 
  2006 Transportation Infrastructure Conference
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a Transportation Infrastructure Conference February 28 at the County Administration Building. Today's Transportation Conference identified and highlighted the multitude of efforts being made by officials and professionals to ensure that projects vital to Cape May County and the region appropriately and expeditiously move forward.
 
  2006 Veterans' Bureau Valentine's Day Trips
The Cape May County Veterans' Bureau sponsored their 22nd Valentine's Day trip to the Wilmington V. A. Hospital in Elsmere, DE and the New Jersey Veterans' Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ on Wednesday, February 15, 2006.
 
  2005 Roadway Safety Award
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders were recognized at their regularly scheduled Freeholder meeting held on February 14, 2006 at the County Administration building for the County's role in a Road Safety Audit which received national recognition last year.
 
  2006 Forum For Small Business Owners
The “Listening to Small Business” forum, sponsored January 31, 2006, by the County of Cape May and the Small Business Development Center at Richard Stockton College, took place at the Cape May County Administration Building in Cape May Court House.
 
  Medicare Prescription Drug Informational Workshop
Hosted by U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo Monday, January 30, 2006 at the Cape May County Administration Building
 
  Three New Sacred Ibises Arrive at County Zoo
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel is pleased to announce the arrival of three Sacred Ibises at the Cape May County Zoo. The Sacred Ibises or Threskiornis Aethiopica joined the collection of rare and exotic birds housed in the Zoo’s World of Bird Exhibit on January 12, 2006.
 
  2006 Board of Chosen Freeholders Reorganization Meeting
The Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders was held on Friday, January 6, 2006 5 p.m. at the Atlantic Cape Community College, Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House – South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ. The Oath of Office was administered to Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. by the Honorable Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor.
 
  Upper Township Elementary School Class Raises Hurricane Funds
Upper Township Elementary school teacher Mrs. Cherie Denton's third grade class raised $ 712.67 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They presented a check to Freeholder-Director Daniel Beyel and Freeholder Len Desiderio for the Cape May County Hurricane Relief Fund on Wednesday, December 21, 2005.
 
  2005 Santa In The Tropics
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsored a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the Aviary at the Cape May County Zoo on Saturday, December 10 from 11a.m. to 2p.m. It was open to the public and all participants had the opportunity to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus indoors in a tropical setting. After telling Santa their wish list for Christmas, they proceeded through the Aviary boardwalk, which was lined with education and craft stations for the children. This year, the Cape May County Museum hosted a craft station where visitors left with a special holiday ornament they created. Additionally, each child received a goodie bag.
 
  Cape May County Culture and Heritage Breakfast
Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. and the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Advisory Commission presented Sea Isle City’s Kitty Kelly with a Bose Radio at the Commission’s meeting held on December 7, 2005. Kelly won the prize in History Mystery Tour Contest sponsored by the Commission in October.
 
  Muncipal Alliance Conference
Cape May County Municipal Alliance Volunteers were recognized by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the annual Municipal Alliance Conference held at the Wildwood Convention Center on December 2, 2005. These individuals were selected by their local Municipal Alliance Committees for their outstanding contribution to substance abuse prevention programs in their towns. Pictured left to right with Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. (second from left) are Bill Liddel, Sea Isle City; Ann Rojas, Greater Wildwood; Lucy Cecilia, Woodbine; Sheila Stevens, Upper Township/Ocean City; and Susan Cawley, Middle Township. Not pictured were Monica DiVito, Dennis Township and Eileen Kreis, Lower Cape. The conference topics were Internet Safety and Drugs in Cape May County.
 
  NJ State Commander of Disabled American Veterans Honored
Joseph Harris Becomes State Commander of the New Jersey Disables American Veterans
 
  Employee Recognition November 2005
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized county employees with more than twenty-five years of service at their meeting held on Tuesday, November 22, 2005.
 
  10th Anniversary Celebration of Community Dental Center
10th anniversary celebration of the Community Dental Center. Freeholder Thornton is pictured with many of the dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists who volunteer at the dental clinic for children in Wildwood. The county contributes operational dollars to the clinic and the staff volunteer their time. Over 13,000 dental visits have been provided since the opening of the clinic 10 years ago.
 
  Freeholders Receive Donation From Hydrofest Event
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders accepted a check from the coordinators of the Sunset Lake Hydrofest Event at their meeting held on November 9.
 
  2005 Haunted Hayride in the Cape May County Park/Zoo
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel announced that more than one thousand people came to the County’s 3rd Annual Haunted Hayride held at the Cape May County Park on October 28.
 
  Forgotten Warriors Get Property for New Museum Location
On Oct 25, 2005 The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution (No. 867-05) authorizing a lease a portion of a parcel of real property at the Cape May County Airport to the Forgotten Warriors to place a 12' x 70' trailer where they will operate a museum to collect and display Vietnam Veterans' artifacts. The term of the Lease is two (2) years with three (3) one-year options.
 
  Cape May County Animal Shelter Alliance Gets Sub-Lease
On Oct 25, 2005 The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution (No. 866-05) authorizing a sub-lease of a parcel of real property to the Cape May County Animal Shelter Alliance, Inc., on which the Animal Shelter is located to place a 12' x 60' trailer so as to operate a spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats. The term of the Sub-Lease is two (2) years with three (3) one-year options.
 
  Oct 12, 2005 New Arrival at Cape May County Zoo
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel is pleased to announce the arrival of a male giraffe at the Cape May County Zoo.
 
  Farefree Transportation Wins System Award
Cape May County Freeholder Leonard Desiderio is pleased to announce that Fare Free Transportation is the recipient of the 2005 “Outstanding System of the Year” award presented by the New Jersey Council on Special Transportation.
 
  2005 Annual Senior Corps RSVP Recognition Brunch
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program provides a variety of opportunities for retired persons, or semi-retired persons age 55 and older to meet their community needs. The annual Recognition Brunch was held on September 29, 2005 at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, NJ.
 
  2005 Homeland Security Conference
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the 2005 Homeland Security Conference on Monday, September 26 at the County Administration Building. “Protecting Our Freedom” was the theme of this year’s conference.
 
  2005 September 11th Ceremony
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held the Fourth Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, September 11th at 1 p.m. outside the front entrance of the County Administration Building.
 
  Atlantic Cape Community College Cape May County Campus Opening
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Atlantic Cape Community College officially opened the new $15.1 million state of the art Cape May County campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 24, 2005. The new three-story facility is centrally located at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road in Middle Township and borders 127 acres of county-owned land retained as natural woodland.
 
  Otters Enjoy New Enclosure at Cape May County Zoo
The new Otter enclosure was built this summer and funded in part by the Cape May County Zoological Society. It provides a more interesting and more easily maintained environment for the animals living there.
 
  2005 Cape May County Employee Recognition
Cape May Court House, NJ - The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized county employees with more than twenty-five years of service at their meeting held on Tuesday, July 26, 2005. Employees acknowledged include Ida Bimbo, Linda Brigham, Marie Hayes, Corporal Arthur H. St. John, Carol Miller, Patricia Repici, James E. Rybicki, (not pictured) and Charles Williams.
 
  2005 4 H Fair and Chicken BAR-BQ
July 21-23 The 4-H Fair and Chicken Bar B Q has been an annual event and family tradition in Cape May County for over 50 years.
 
  2005 Crest Haven Nursing and Rehab Center Family Fun Day
Family Friday Fun Day On July 22, CHNRC Activities staff is sponsored a 'Family Fun Day" for residents, employees and guests. They had a D.J., dunk tank, pony rides, BBQ and much more.
 
  Board of Chosen Freeholders And Public Invited to the 4H Fair
4-H Representatives attended the June 28th Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting to invite the Board and the public to attend this year's 4-H Fair taking place on July 21, 22 and 23 at the 4-H Fair Grounds, 355 Court House- S. Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.
 
  Freeholders Recognize Steve Gillian For Service On Workforce Investment Board
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Steve Gillian on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 for his years of service as Chairman of the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board. Gillian has served on the Board since 1996 and as President from 1998 until June 30, 2005. Gillian will continue to serve as a member on the volunteer board.
 
  Baby Bongo Bubba Born ar Cape May County Zoo
The male bongo named "Bubba" was born on Saturday, June 18th weighing approximately forty pounds.
 
  New Arrivals at Cape May County Zoo
Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Zoo are pleased to announce the addition of two new black bears and a giant anteater at the Cape May County Zoo.
 
  2005 Annual Senior Art Show
Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton announced the winners of the 31st Annual Cape May County Senior Art Show on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at the awards presentation held at the Cape May County Administration Building.
 
  NJ Association of Counties Award and Scholarship
At Cape May County Technical High School Awards Ceremony June 7, 2005, Stephanie Slovak of Cape May Court House received the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation and the Verizon Foundation's 2005 Partners In Educational Excellence Scholarship and Award. The award was presented by Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Click on the thumbnail picture for a larger version.
 
  2005 Beach Conference
The Cape May County Freeholders today hosted its Annual Beach Conference at the Cape May County Administration Building. Beach Conference 2005 covered a full range of important issues relevant to the health and well being of the county’s beaches. Click on each picture for a larger version.
 
  Freeholders and MHADA Board Recognize Two for Community Contribution
Diana Stover and Jim Dietterich were honored by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county’s Mental Health Alcohol and Drub Abuse (MHADA) Board for their work in the community on June 13, 2005 at the MHADA Board’s annual recognition meeting. Click on each picture for a larger version.
 
  We Check for 21 Training & Campaign Kickoff
Cape May Court House -"If you're too young to buy don't even try." That's the slogan of the We Check For 21 Program which officially started June 2 with a training and information session hosted by Freeholder Gerald Thornton and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
 
  Snow Leopards Arrive at Cape May County Zoo
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel introduced two new residents of the Cape May County Zoo to the public on Thursday, May 26, 2005. The Zoo welcomed two snow leopards, a mated pair, from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
 
  2005 Senior Jamboree
Avalon Community Hall was overflowing on Thursday, May 26, with senior citizens having fun at the annual Cape May County Senior Jamboree. The theme for this year’s event was “A Country Western Roundup” and Cape May County seniors came dressed in their favorite country western attire ready to celebrate. Click on the pictures for a larger version.
 
  Freeholders Declare May 27 Rachel Carson Day
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 declaring May 27, 2005 as Rachel Carson Day.
 
  Medical Examiner Office Opening Reception
Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office Opening, Reception Tuesday, May 17th, 2005.
 
  2005 Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
Today, May 16th, we honor the law enforcement officers who made the supreme sacrifice while protecting the people of Cape May County.
 
  26th SLEO Police Academy Graduating Class
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. announced that Twenty-three officers from the 26th Basic Course for Special Law Enforcement Officers will graduate on May 13th at 4:00pm.
 
  Renovated Rehabilitation Department at Crest Haven
Freeholder Gerald Thornton was pleased to announce the grand opening of Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s newly renovated rehabilitation department on Tuesday, May 10, 2005
 
  Crest Haven Nursing and Rehab Center Walk and Wheel Event
Crest Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center sponsored a day of FITNESS and FUN in celebration of National Nursing Home Week. On Monday, May 9th at 10 a.m. Crest Haven hosted the fourteenth annual two mile Walk and Wheel.
 
  2005 Tourism Conference
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the annual Tourism Conference on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at the County Administration Building. This year’s theme was Regional Tourism: How Does Cape May County Fit?
 
  Farefree Transportation's First Roadeo
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored the winners of the Fare Free Transportation’s first Paratransit Roadeo at their meeting held on Tuesday, April 26, 2005. The Roadeo, which consisted of four separate stages including an obstacle course, was held on Thursday, April 7, 2005. “Since 1999, a driver from Cape May County has placed in one of the top five positions at the NJ State Paratransit Roadeo. This is something that we can be very proud of.” added Desiderio.
 
  2005 My County Poster Contest
Cape May County’s Constitutional Officers – Angela F. Pulvino, County Clerk, W. Robert Hentges, Surrogate and Sheriff John F. Callinan received 373 from the county’s 4th grade students for their 13th Annual “My County Poster Contest.” Judging took place March 18 by representatives of Division of Culture & Heritage and the Cape May County Library. The twelve winning posters will be featured on a 2005-2006 full color school year calendar distributed in September to the county’s fourth grade students.
 
  2005 Earth Day 5K Race
The Cape May County Earth Day Celebration took place at the Cape May County Park and Zoo. The day began at 9:00 am with a 5k race and a one-mile non-competitive Earth Walk at 11:00 am. Click on each picture for a larger version.
 
  2005 Earth Day Events
On April 16, the Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsored the Annual Earth Day series of events held at the Cape May County Park/Zoo. There was a 5K run and walk, a fair and a variety of entertainment for all ages.
 
  Wall of Honor Unveiling
On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders unveiled the latest addition to the County Administration Building - a “Wall of Honor”. The presentation was part of the County’s Celebration of National County Government Week, April 10-16, 2005.
 
  Earth Day 2005 Logo Contest
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the winners of the Cape May County 2005 Earth Day Logo Contest at the Freeholders' Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2005. The theme of the Logo Contest was "Re-Think Your World."
 
  2005 Student Government Day April 12, 2005
Sixteen students representing nine Cape May County High Schools joined Cape May County Freeholders today in conducting the Freeholders’ meeting as part of Student Government Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, gives students an opportunity to see how county government operates.
 
  National County Government Day Open House
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted a County Government “Open House” on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 in recognition of National County Government Week, April 10-16, 2005. Please click on the pictures for a larger version.
 
  TOPOFF3 Bioterrorism Exercise
The County of Cape May participated in the international bioterrorism exercise, "TOPOFF 3", which took place April 7th at the Woodbine Developmental Center. The full-scale exercise involved participants from international, federal, state, local, and private sector agencies and organizations. In the United States, participants responded to simulated, simultaneous and multi-point attacks which took place in Connecticut and New Jersey. Click on each picture for a larger version.
 
  April Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution on March 22, 2005 proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Cape May County. The Board calls upon all citizens, service agencies, organizations, medical facilities, schools and businesses to increase their participation in the efforts to prevent child abuse - thereby strengthening community and the family unit.
 
  DeBrazza's Monkeys Added to the Zoo's Primate Collection
DeBrazza's Monkeys live in Central Africa from Cameroon to Ethiopia & Kenya to Angola in the wild. On Thursday, March 3rd, 2005, Otis and Miles arrived at the Cape May county Park & Zoo separately from the Lake Tobias Animal Park, Halifax, Pa. and the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana.
 
  Greek Independence Day Celebration
March 25th, 2005 is the 184th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day. To commemorate this day, the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a proclamation and on March 19th, along with a local delegation, raised the Greek flag at the County Administration Building in Cape May Court House.
 
  2005 Easter Bunny at the Zoo
More than eight hundred people came to the Cape May County Zoo on Saturday, March 19, 2005 to visit with the Easter Bunny. The free event held at the Aviary in the Zoo gave visitors an opportunity to have their picture taken with the popular rabbit.
 
  Marilou Rochford of Family and Community Health Sciences Dept of RCE
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 proclaiming March 13-20 as Living Well Week in Cape May County. The Proclamation was given to Marilou Rochford in recognition of the work that the Family and Community Health Sciences Department of Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension does to strengthen families and improve their health. Living Well programs focus on giving citizens the knowledge to eat right, raise children, be healthy, stay active and enjoy life.
 
  Hip Hop at the Museum
All kids and their families were invited to meet the 76ers mascot Hip Hop on Saturday, March 5, 2005 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Cape May County Historical Museum located at 504 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House.
 
  Casper Pelligrini Celebrates His 100th Birthday
Mr. Casper Pelligrini celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday, February 14th, 2005 with a party in his honor given by his friends at the Lower Cape Senior Center located at 2612 Bayshore Road in the Villas.
 
  Cameron Wildlife Gets New Bridge and Trail Donated
Groundbreaking for the new bridge and trail, donated by the Noon Rotary Club of Ocean City was held Wed. February 23,2005, at the Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape May County Park North. The Bridge that will allow for a continual loop of the main trail at the park was purchased for $9500 from funds raised by the club at their Spring Golf Outing and Fall Art Auction.
 
  St. Augustine's Prep School Students at Police Academy
Public Safety Training Center on Tuesday, February 1, 2005
 
  2005 Transportation Infrastructure Conference
Feb. 8, 2005, Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a Transportation Infrastructure Conference today at the County Administration Building. The Conference identified and highlighted the multitude of efforts being made by officials and professionals to ensure projects vital to Cape May County and the region appropriately and expeditiously move forward.
 
  Southern NJ Freeholders' Association Jan 25, 2005
On January 25, 2005, the Southern New Jersey Freeholders' Association installed their officers for 2005.
 
  Delaware Bayshore Birding and Wildlife Trails
Delaware Bayshore Birding and Wildlife Trails were the focus of a press conference held in the Freeholders' Meeting Room at the County Administration Building on Monday, January 10, 2005
 
  Cape May County Reorganization Meeting Jan. 6, 2005
The Cape May County Government, 2005 Annual Reorganization Meeting was held on January 6, 2005 and included the swearing in of Freeholders Gerald Thornton and Ralph E. Bakley, Sr. Click on each picture for a larger version of each.
 
  Santa In The Tropics 2004
More than 330 visitors came to the Aviary at the Cape May County Zoo to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Volunteers, who helped to make this free event a success, took a moment to take a picture with the popular couple.
 
  Cape Savings Donates, Dec 9, 2004
For the sixth year, Four charities shared equally in $27,520 from Cape Savings Bank, in its Cape Cares Program. Checks were given by Herbert Hornsby to Cape May County Zoological Society, Community Food Bank of NJ, Love of Linda Fund and Salvation Army.
 
  County Accepts $750 For Public Safety Training Center
Cape May County Public Safety Training Center Deputy Director Anthony Saduk recently accepted a check in the amount of $750.00 from the Sunset Lake Hydrofest Committee earmarked for the Cape May County Public Safety Training Center.
 
  Cape Assist Holds Grand Opening December 9th, 2004
On Thursday, December 9th, 2004, Cape Assist - Cape May Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Community Resource Center in Wildwood. The new offices, located at 3819 New Jersey Avenue, will be the home to Cape Assist and the many community programs they offer.
 
  Virtual Academy is Unveiled at Public Safety Training Center
Cape May County Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets Jr. joined representatives from the New Jersey Attorney General’s office today for the debut of a new on- line-training course offered to Police Academy recruits.
 
  Veterans Day 2004
Veterans’ Day Services were held at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery on Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Congressman Frank LoBiondo, NJ Assemblymen Jack Gibson and Jeff Van Drew, Freeholder Gerald Thornton, and NJ State VFW Junior Vice-Commander Frank Moore were speakers at the ceremony honoring Cape May County Veterans and all Veterans. Other participants included the USCG Ceremonial Detail, Lacey Johnson, Miss Cape May County and Cape May County Veterans.
 
  Zoo Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners
The Pumpkin Carving Contest was a new addition this year to the “Boo at the Zoo” event hosted annually by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Cape May County Zoo.
 
  2004 Cape May County Zoo Haunted Hayride
The County's 2nd Annual Haunted Hayride. This Fundraising Event for the Zoo is only possible because of the tremendous support we receive from the community as well as from our employees who volunteer to make the event a great success.
 
  New Babies Born At Our Zoo
Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel is pleased to announce the birth of two Cotton Top Tamarins at the Cape May County Zoo. The new arrivals, weighing approximately 40 grams each (1.408 oz.), were born on October 10, 2004 to proud parents, Bud and Midget.
 
  2004 Cape May County Employee Recognition
Cape May Court House, NJ - The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders has recognized employees with more than twenty-five years of service to the county. (Click on the thumbnails for a larger photo)
 
  Cape May County Swears In New Prosecutor
On October 1st, 2004, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor was sworn in at the historic county courthouse.
 
  30th Annual RSVP Recognition Brunch Sept 16, 2004
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Cape May, County Celebrating 30 Years of Service, had their Recognition Brunch on September 16th, 2004. The event was held at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, NJ. The Glenwood Avenue School Breakfast Volunteers received the "Special Volunteer Award". (For a larger version of each picture click on the picture.)
 
  Homeland Security Conference Sept 14, 2004
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the 2004 Homeland Security Conference “Keeping America Safe” at the Cape May County William E. Sturm, Jr. Administration Building. September has been designated National Preparedness Month. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has asked organizations and government entities to join together to make citizen preparedness a priority. For a larger version of each image, please click on the picture.
 
  September 11th, 2004 Memorial Service
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held the county's third annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. outside the front entrance of the County Administration Building. The Memorial Ceremony was a solemn event with music provided by the Cape-Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade and patriotic songs sung by Miss Cape May County, Lacey Johnson. The U.S. Coast Guard and the 253rd Transportation Company provided Color Guard. Additionally, there were three members of the clergy participating as well as U.S. Marshal James Plousis.
 
  Eagle Scout Project at Cape May County Park North
Boy Scout Michael Ummarino, Troop #55 of Tuckahoe, New Jersey, a scout for five years, made improvements to the Richard Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Ummarino relocated the park sign to a more visible area, constructed a planter and filled it with an array of flowers donated by Lenny Catanoso of the Garden Greenhouse. Additionally, Ummarino erected a substantial flagpole replacing the smaller one originally there. Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel thanked Ummarino for his volunteerism and presented him with a plaque from the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Click on thumbnails for a larger picture.
 
  Crest Haven Nursing and Rehab Center Block Party
SUMMER SENIOR BLOCK PARTY at CREST HAVEN NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2004 CREST HAVEN RESIDENTS, FAMILY & FRIENDS CELEBRATED SUMMER! with * MUSIC * FAMILY FUN * FOOD *
 
  Cape May County Freeholders Receive First Friends of Animals Award
Linda Gentille, president of the Cape May County Animal Shelter Alliance (CMCASA), presenting the first "Friends of Animals Award 2004" to the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, August 24, 2004. Click on picture for a larger version.
 
  2004 Cape May County Annual Emergency Preparedness Drill
Cape May County tested its effectiveness in responding to an emergency situation on August 17, 2004 by conducting its annual Emergency Management Exercise. This year's drill, conducted at the County Administration Building, focused on a "Suspicious Substance Terrorism Response".
 
  11 County Employees Receive Safe Driving Awards
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized eleven county employees for their safe driving records at their July 27, 2004 meeting. See the article in News and Information.
 
  Philadelphia's Fox 29 Broadcasts Live from the Cape May County Zoo
on Monday, June 21, 2004
 
  Jersey Fresh Farm Market at the Cape May County Park
Every Thursday from July 1 to September 16, 2004 you can buy farm fresh produce from local vendors. The Farmers' Market will be set up near the main entrance of the Cape May County Park & Zoo (near the bandstand) from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will feature live music from 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
 
  2004 Cape May County Senior Art Show
CAPE MAY COUNTY AWARD WINNING “SENIOR” ARTISTS Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton announced the winners of the 30th Annual Cape May County Senior Art Show on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at the County Administration Building. Some works will go on to Trenton for statewide recognition. (Click on the pictures to see a larger version.)
 
  Storm Drain Label Design Contest
As part of the 2004 Annual Beach Conference this year, the winner and runners up of the county’s Storm Drain Label Marking Contest were announced and were on hand to receive their awards.
 
  MHADA Board Recognizes Rev. Amir Ballard
The county’s Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board (MHADA) honored Lydia Taylor (not pictured) and Rev. Amir Ballard for their work in the community on June 15th at the MHADA Board’s annual meeting. Freeholder Gerald Thornton, liaison to the MHADA Board, acknowledged the efforts of each recipient for their work in their respective fields.
 
  2004 Cape May County Beach Conference
Cape May Court House, New Jersey -The Cape May County Annual Beach Conference hosted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders took place on Monday, June 14, 2004 at the Cape May County Administration Building.
 
  Special Services School District Principal Retires
Judith Gollatz was honored with a plaque from the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Making the presentation is Freeholder Ralph E. Bakley, Sr.. (Click on the picture for a larger version.)
 
  2004 We Check For 21
The "We Check for 21" kick off program this year was held on June 11, 2004 and featured Underage Drinking Initiatives presented by David Bregenzer, Counsel to the Director, NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, a Fake Identification Training Session by Joe Vasil, Supervisor, NJDMV Document Fraud Unit, and a report on the Memorial Day Weekend Turn-Away program.
 
  Bankbridge Regional School donate Enrichment Items to CMC Zoo Animals
On May 26, 2004 students from Bankbridge Regional School in Sewell, NJ presented the Cape May County Zoo with enrichment items for the animals. Under the direction of teachers Ed McMahon, Rob Pauro, Ed Gevard, Sue Lawlor, and Carol Freeman, students began working on projects in January as part of their Community Service Learning Project. The projects included a rabbit hutch, papier-mache deer and squirrel, bird toys and animal cookies. Click on the thumbnails for a larger version of each picture.
 
  Jerome, An Old Friend at the Cape May County Zoo
Cape May Court House – Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel is saddened to announce the passing of a “Legend” at the Cape May County Zoo, Jerome the Giraffe. Jerome, the third oldest giraffe in North America, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004 in his barn located in the African Savanna. Jerome was 24 years and one month at the time of his passing. Click on each thumbnail picture for a larger version.
 
  Senior Jamboree at Avalon Community Center
Avalon Community Hall was overflowing May 20, 2004 with senior citizens having fun at the annual Cape May County Senior Jamboree. The theme for this year’s event was “At the Hop.” The celebration which is hosted by The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging is held each year during Older American’s Month.
 
  Third Annual NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM
CULTURE AND HERITAGE ANNOUNCES NAP AWARD WINNERS The Cape May County Division of Culture and Heritage is pleased to announce the winners of the 2004 National Arts Program (NAP). Ocean City High School senior Jessica Azeez was the recipient of the first $500 James N. Pulvino Memorial Scholarship presented at Cape May County’s Third Annual National Arts Program awards ceremony held on May 17th at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center. A complete list of the winners is posted in News and Information.
 
  253rd Appreciation Ceremony
On Tuesday, May 25th, 2004, the 253rd Family Readiness Group hosted the Appreciation Ceremony at the NJ Army Reserve National Guard Armory, Cape May Court House, NJ.
 
  2004 National Hospital Week
The Board of Chosen Freeholders passed Resolution #337-04 declaring May 9 through May 15, 2004 as "Hospital Week" in Cape May County. The Freeholders stated that the hard working people that compose our hospitals deserve universal regard and appreciation for keeping our community healthy. The Freeholders urged all residents to express their appreciation for the people, facilities and technologies responsible for the outstanding healthcare services in our community.
 
  Leaves For Learning
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  Animal Shelter Progress
 
  24th Special Law Enforcement Officer Class Two
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. is pleased to announce that Forty-three officers from the Police Academy’s 24th Basic Course for Special Law Enforcement Officers will graduate on May 18, 2004. The ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Middle Township located at 212 Bayberry Lane in Cape May Court House. The keynote speaker will be United States Marshal James T. Plousis. (Click on the Thumbnail below for a larger version of the photo.)
 
  Middle Township Students and County Officials Plant Trees for Arbor Day
The Cape May County Government and Students from the Middle Township School System, in partnership with The New Jersey Tree Foundation, planted 280 trees at the Cape May Plant Materials Center (PMC), a division of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on April 30, 2004 from 9:00am to 1pm. This tree planting was conducted to celebrate Arbor Day in Cape May County.
 
  N. J. Conference of Mayors Honor Freeholder Desiderio
Cape May County Freeholder Leonard C. Desiderio was honored with the "Freeholder of the Year" award by the NJ Conference of Mayors at their Annual Legislators' Awards Reception at the Trump Taj Mahal on Thursday, April 22, 2004. Click on the picture for a larger version.
 
  NACo Acts of Caring Award
The County of Cape May was one of nineteen counties from throughout the nation honored by the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2004. The county received a 2004 Acts of Caring Award in the Health Services Category for its partnership and support of Cape May County’s Community Dental Health Center. Cape May County, the only county in the State of New Jersey to receive a 2004 Acts of Caring Award, has a year-round population of 102,000 residents and competed against counties with a population of between 100,000 and 500,000 residents.
 
  Technology In Government Seminar
As part of the National Celebration of County Government Week, the Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsored a Technology in Government Seminar on April 20, 2004. The program highlighted three main areas: "Communication" which highlighted the County website; "Community Development" which provided overviews of digital mapping technology & aerial photos and their use in community projects; and "Public Safety & Training" which demonstrated how data and training equipment is used in law enforcement and training.
 
  Earth Day 2004: Look Out Your Own Back Door
The 2004 Cape May County Earth Day Celebration took place at the Cape May County Park on Saturday, April 17, 2004. The day began with a 1-Mile Earth Walk and 5K Run followed by the Earth Day Fair which included Live Music, Hands on Educational Exhibits, Crafts, Environmental Eco-shops & lectures. The event was sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Chatlos Foundation, Inc., Aramark, Catamaran Media, Herald Newspapers, Conectiv Power, Comcast and Yellow Book. The day's theme was "Look Out Your Own Back Door". Children and adults were encouraged to take a good look at their own "earth address".
 
  2004 Cape May County Tourism Conference
Cape May County Tourism Department hosted the 2004 Tourism Conference - "The Business of Tourism" on March 26, 2004.
 
  My County Poster Contest 2004
County Clerk Angela F. Pulvino, Surrogate W. Robert Hentges and Sheriff John F. Callinan hosted the 12th Annual My County Poster Contest Ceremony for twelve winners on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 in the Freeholder's Meeting Room. The winning posters were selected from among 623 entries from 4th grade students from 15 Cape May County elementary schools. The winning posters will be featured on a full color 2004-2005 school year calendar distributed in September. The contest is sponsored statewide by the Constitutional Officers' Association of New Jersey to promote awareness of county government to 4th grade students who study counties as part of their curriculum. The twelve winning posters were on display in the Lobby of the County Administration Building during National County Government Week April 18-24, 2004.
 
  First Basic Class for Corrections Officers
Cape May County Corrections Academy Graduation Ceremonies First Basic Course for Correction Officers April 8, 2004 at 4:00 p.m.
 
  Easter Bunny Pays a Visit to the Cape May County Zoo
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  2004 Cape May County Student Government Day
Cape May Court House – Sixteen students representing eight Cape May County High Schools joined Cape May County Freeholders today in conducting the Freeholders’ meeting as part of Student Government Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, gives students an opportunity to see how County Government operates.
 
  Fire Academy Spring 2004 Graduation
Graduation Ceremonies took place for students graduating from the Cape May County Fire Fighter I & II Programs on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. at the Public Safety Training Center. The students, all volunteers sponsored by fire departments, include eighteen graduating from Fire Fighter I after completing twelve weeks of training and twelve graduating from Fire Fighter II after completing fourteen weeks and 128 hours of training. The State of New Jersey mandates training to become a volunteer fire fighter. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view of the pictures.
 
  County's New Decontamination Unit
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  Renaming Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
On February 10, 2004 Crest Haven Nursing Home changed its name and will now be known as Crest Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Expanded services included intravenous therapy, specialized wound care services, and an expanded rehabilitation department with speech, occupational and physical therapy. Additionally, Crest Haven developed a short-term care/post acute program to help residents of Cape May County go home after hospitalization.
 
  Agriculture Award
Annual Dinner, held on March 6th at the Seaville Fire Hall. Established in 1954, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture.
 
  2003 4-H Fair
 
  Baby Bongo Born at Cape May County Zoo
A Baby Bongo Antelope was born at the Cape May County Zoo on February 11, 2004 at approximately 1:00 p.m. The baby was born to parents Kruger & Emma and weighed in at approximately 40 lbs and is approximately 24 inches long.
 
  Safer NJ Transit Bus Route
The Freeholder Board in conjunction with NJ Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew have encouraged and enabled NJ Transit to create a new bus stop for people coming and going to the Crest Haven Complex.
 
  2004 Reorganization Meeting
Annual Reorganization Meeting of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders January 2, 2004
 
  Santa in the Tropics at the Zoo 2003
The Freeholder Board sponsored 'Santa in the Tropics' at the Cape May County Zoo Aviary on December 20, 2003. Visitors were encouraged to bring cameras for photos. Everyone had a chance to visit with Santa as well as enjoy Information & Craft stations.
 
  Cape May County Culture & Heritage Commission
 
  New Voting Machines for Cape May County
The Board of Chosen Freeholders is moving ahead with purchasing new state-of-the-art voting machines to replace the existing mechanical ones.
 
  USPS Stamp Cancellation Event at the Zoo
The Cape May County Zoo transformed into the Cape May County Zoo Station for the day on November 22, 2003. Zoo employees along with representatives from the United States Postal Service were on hand to sell five new collectible stamps and 25th anniversary commemorative zoo envelopes. Click on each picture for a larger version.
 
  New Traffic Signal Installed In Dennis Twp.
At 4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 Cape May County Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel turned the switch to activate a new traffic signal at the Intersection of Woodbine-Ocean View Road (County Road No. 550) and Corson Tavern Road (County Road 628) in the Township of Dennis. Click on the thumbnails for a larger version of the pictures.
 
  Happenings at Cape May County Senior Centers
 
  2003 Veterans' Day Ceremony
Veterans' Day Commemoration Ceremony at Cape May County
 
  Ocean City Dog Park Groundbreaking
 
  2003 Cape May County Tourism Conference
 
  2003 Cape May County Snow Plow Rodeo
 
  New Senior Center Opens in Lower Township
 
  Reptile House Unveiling Plaque of Honor
 
  Sheriff's Department Promotions
On October 3, 2003, Sheriff John F. Callinan announced the promotion of three veteran Sheriff's Officers in the Law Enforcement Division and administered their oath of office before a gathering of their family, friends and fellow Officers in the courthouse. Click on each thumbnail for a larger version of each picture.
 
  2003 Suburban Greening Horticulture Award
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presented a Suburban Greening Award 2003 to the Cape May County Zoo on Sunday, October 5th, 2003. Daisymae Bodnar, Kellie Sweigart and Frank Shields attended the awards reception on Oct. 5th and accepted the award on behalf of the zoo. The award read, "The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society recognizes the Cape May County Zoo for outstanding public plantings...improving the quality of life through horticulture." Click on the thumbnail pictures for a larger version.
 
  RSVP - Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Annual Brunch
"OUR GREATEST GENERATION OF VOLUNTEERS" The Cape May County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Annual Brunch Thursday, September 25, 2003,10:00 A.M. THE GRAND HOTEL, Oceanfront and Philadelphia Ave., Cape May RSVP Special Awards Brunch
 
  9-11 Memorial Ceremony 2003
Cape May County’s September 11th Memorial Ceremony at 5:00pm at the County Administration Building 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House, NJ. The Ceremony was opened by the Cape-Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade. The Flag Salute was led by the Webelos II Den & Cub Scout Pack 85. The Invocation was given by Brother Robert Carson, Wildwood Catholic High School (Click on the Thumbnails for a larger version of each photo)
 
  Animal Shelter Groundbreaking, August 26, 2003
The Cape May County Animal Shelter will include a 3,480 square foot building and a 5,850 square foot indoor/outdoor 48-kennel facility. The building will provide space for animal control officers to drop off animals, 24 hours a day, sheltering of cats, an examination and grooming room, food preparation, storage and shelter administration.
 
  Teacher of the Year August 2003
Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognize Theresa Arsenault, a Special Education Teacher at Sea Isle City Public School for being named 2003-2004 Cape May County Teacher of the Year.
 
  Cape May County Youth Academy Graduation
 
  Ocean City-Longport Bridge Fishing Pier Opening
 
  Paul Sutton Honored by Freeholders
Cape May Court House – On Tuesday, July 22, 2003 the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Paul L. Sutton, President Cape May County All Wars Memorial, Inc for his dedication to completing the monument at the Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery. See item in News and Information
 
  Sea Isle Traffic Signal
SEA ISLE CITY GETS A NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel, Freeholder Leonard Desiderio and County Engineer Dale Foster turned on a new traffic signal in the City of Sea Isle on Thursday, July 17th at 4:00pm.
 
  2003 4H Fair and Chicken Barbecue
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders is very proud of the 4-H Youth Development Program. The accomplishments of the participants and the program continue to grow each year.
 
  Zoo Enrichment Program 2003
 
  Police Academy Graduating Class May 3-July 1, 2003
Freeholder Vice-Director Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. is pleased to announce that sixty-five officers from the 23rd Basic Course for Special Law Enforcement Officers will graduate on Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 4:00pm. They have been in training since May 3, 2003 and will be serving local communities in Cape May and Ocean Counties.
 
  2003 Beach Conference
(Click on the Thumbnail pictures for a larger version of the Photos) Beach Conference 2003 focused on keeping our waterways navigable. The conference speakers covered various dredging issues including dredging sediment disposal, cost, funding issues and the economic and environmental impact of dredging.
 
  2003 Senior Art Show
Cape May County Freeholder Gerald Thornton announced the winners of the 29th annual Cape May County Senior Art Show on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at the County Administration Building. This year 48 artists submitted 84 entries for the show. The Cape May County Division of Culture & Heritage had the difficult job of selecting the winners. The work of the winners was placed on display in the lobby of the County Administration Building located at 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House through Tuesday, June 24th.
 
  Ocean City's New Traffic Signal
(Click on the Thumbnails for a larger version of each picture) Cape May County, at the request of the City of Ocean City and local property owners, installed a traffic signal at the intersection of Bay Avenue, County Road No. 656, and Tennessee Avenue.
 
  MHADA Awards
Two county residents received Recognition Awards from the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board for their community work in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
 
  State Official Tours Economic Development
On Thursday, May 15th, the Office of Economic Resources & Capital Planning provided a tour of the economic development highlights of Southern Cape May County to Adam Pechter, President of Prosperity New Jersey, and CEO of the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission. The common mission of these agencies are to provide links between the State’s educational institutions, businesses, and government agencies in order to enhance the State’s economy. After a morning of touring the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Cape May and addressing the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Pechter and Jim Griffin, a Research & Policy Analyst, received a tour of the new $70 million Wildwood Convention Center. The 260,000 square foot facility, which received significant funding from the State of New Jersey, is recognized for its regional economic development impact. Steve Hampton, Deputy County Administrator, and Leslie Gimeno, Principal Planner with the County Office of Economic Resources & Capital Planning then provided Mr. Pechter & Mr. Griffin with a driving tour of other highlights, including Wildwood’s Pacific Avenue and Gateway projects, the Cape May County Airport, the Cape May – Lewes Ferry Terminal, and Congress Hall in Cape May City. Throughout the tour, the importance of continued public investment in infrastructure and public facilities was stressed. For more information on Prosperity New Jersey, visit their website at www.prosperitynj.com . Information on Cape May County can be found at www.capemaycountygov.net , or by calling Leslie Gimeno at (609) 465-6875.
 
  Middle Township Bike Path
The Middle Township Bike Path was a cooperative venture between Middle Township, NJ Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Conectiv Energy and Cape May County.
 
  Bakley-Howell Presentation
Mr. Ralph E. Bakley presenting a $500.00 Check to Debra Howell, the 2003 winner of the New Jersey Association of Counties Foundation's Annual Partners in Educational Excellence Scholarship. Debra Howell is graduating from the Cape May County Technical High School and will be attending Cumberland County Community College in the Fall. Freeholder Bakley made the presentation to Debra at the Technical High School Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday, June 10, 2003. Freeholder Bakley also presented Debra with a plaque from the Board of Chosen Freeholders honoring her for this achievement.
 
  Freeholders Honor County Employee For Roadeo Accomplishment
Adele Jones, a driver for Fare Free Transportation since 1994, placed third in the State Paratransit Bus Roadeo held on May 3, 2003.
 
  Students Raise Money for Zoo
The students of the Middle Township Elementary School #2 fifth grade classes of Caren Quinn and Tracey Robinson were inspired to do a service learning project for the community. Their project consisted of cleanup of visible trash in the Cape May County Park and Zoo and also food enrichment for "William", the new baby zebra. They saved their own snack money ($115), and together with matching funds from Cape Savings Bank the total raised was $230. The money raised by the children will be used for the Animal Enrichment Program at the Cape May County Zoo.
 
  Cape May County Law Enforcement Memorial Service
On May 15, 2003 a Service was held Honoring the Law Enforcement Officers who made the supreme sacrifice while protecting the people of Cape May County. "No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for another."
 
  Barbara Chojnacki Receives County Honors
As an Educator, Administrator, First Chair Pro Tem of the Cape May County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic Community College and the Atlantic Cape Community College, Barbara Chojnacki is honored for her commitment to Education and Community Service.
 
  2003 Student Mock Trial Competition
 
  2003 Memorial Day Ceremony
Memorial Day Service was held at the Cape May County Veteran's Cemetery on Monday, May 26, 2003 at 2:00 PM. This year in addition to honoring our Veterans, the county dedicated the All Wars Memorial Monument.
 
  Sheriff Check Presentation
Sheriff John Callinan will accept a contribution in the amount of $17,000.00 from Robert T. Rich, Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker James C. Otton Real Estate, Inc.
 
  Hospital Week
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution on April 22, 2003 proclaiming May 11-17, 2003 as "Hospital Week" in Cape May County. Freeholders Thornton and Bakley presented the resolution to hospital staff at a ceremony held at Burdette on Monday, May 12th kicking off the week at the hospital.
 
  Concrete Award
Grand Award at the 40th Annual Concrete Awards Dinner given to the Cape May County Bridge Commission for the Ocean City Longport Bridge.
 
  2003 Police Academy Graduating Class
Police Academy Graduation Held May 17th, 2003
 
  2003 Senior Jamboree
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Aging hosted the annual Cape May County Senior Jamboree held at the Avalon Community Center on May 8, 2003. The theme for this year's celebration was "A Beach Party."
 
  2003 Student Government Day
The Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted the Annual Student Government Day on March 25, 2003. All High Schools in the county sent outstanding students to represent their schools in this educational program. The students visit and learn about various county departments and participate in the 4:30pm meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
 
  My County Poster Contest 2003
On Wednesday, April 16, 2003 the Cape May County Constitutional Officers sponsored an award ceremony for the 12 winners of the 11th Annual "My County Poster Contest." This contest brings awareness of the function of county government to fourth grade students.
 
  Employee Recognition Awards
During the year 2002, 158 county workers earned the NJ Governor's Workplace Safety Award. Employees from the Vehicle Maintenance Division, Facilities and Services Housekeeping, Crest Haven Nursing Home Laundry Division, Health Department and the Sheriffs Legal Division were recognized formally at the March 25, 2003 Freeholders meeting. The awards are sponsored by the Governor and the New Jersey Department of Labor, recognizing the workers for outstanding achievement in the prevention of workplace injuries.
 
  Support Our Troops Day
"Cape May County Supports Our Troops Day" Thursday, April 10, 2003. Employees of Cape May County along with residents began dropping off items at 7am. Freeholders Gerald Thornton and Leonard Desiderio kicked off the day long event by bringing items for the families of our Troops and handing out flags to everyone who stopped by to show how much Cape May County Cares.
 
  Support Our Troops Day (2)
 
  New Arrival at Our Zoo
Cape May County Parks Director Bill Sturm announced that a male zebra was born early Wednesday morning, March 26, 2003 at the Cape May County Zoo. The zebra, named William, weighed approximately 30 kilos. William is the third offspring for his mother Zelda and the fifth for his father Sarge. William will assimilate into the existing herd for three years.
 
  NJ High School Consumer Bowl Competition
The State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs and Cape May County present the 7th Annual New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl Competition, March 31, 2003 at Middle Township High School.
 
  Tourism Safety and Security Conference
The 2003 Tourism Safety and Security Conference was presented by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Tourism to better educate and train the tourism industry on the importance of understanding the new needs and challenges facing the industry world wide. Tourism in Cape May County is a $3.65 billion industry, creating 121,000 jobs. Safety and Security is Tourism's new economic driver.
 
  2003 Cape May County Reorganization
 
  2003 Presidents' Day Weekend Snowstorm
 
  'Southern New Jersey Vacationer'
The region's first joint tourism promotion magazine
 
  Cape May County Fire Training Facility
 
  2003 Photo Journal
 
  New Freeholder Sworn In
 
  Cape May County's Constitutional Officers
Cape May County Clerk Angela F. Pulvino and Surrogate W. Hentges were administered the oaths of their offices on Tuesday, December 31, 2002 in the Cape May County Court House.
 
  County of Cape May Highlights of the Year 2002
A Snapshot look at some memorable moments in the County of Cape May in the year 2002...
 
  Facilities and Services Photo Journal
 




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