Monday, May 31, 2010

Cape May's Memorial

A great AC Press article for today about war memorials, including the one in Cape May near the Abbey. There will be a service today at the Memorial at 9am. From the article:
Other monuments are in places so well visited and steeped in history that they just get overlooked in comparison. The Columbia Avenue Monument in Cape May is at Columbia Avenue and Gurney Street, a picturesque spot surrounded by bed & breakfasts and passed every few minutes by horse-drawn carts, trolleys and surreys.

"A lot of people do go up there," said Patti Goyette, the innkeeper at Mason Cottage on Columbia Avenue. "They take pictures and look around. ... I think tourists walk up out of curiosity. They're interested, but they don't know what it is."

Longtime Cape May tourists John and Darley Hobbis, of Bloomsburg, Pa., said they have driven by the monument many times but did not know what it was - and Hobbis even trained in the area as a member of the Coast Guard in 1960.

"I think people are so busy looking at the houses and flowers that they miss the memorial," said Missy Hatfield, a part-time Cape May resident.

The monument was built in 1928 by the Cape May post of the Grand Army of the Republic - the Civil War version of the VFW. In a city that once served as a summer playground for the South, the first cause mentioned on the Civil War plaque is to "abolish slavery," and the plaque for the "Great World War" is dedicated so that "the valorous conduct of those who answered the nation's call may outlive all tablets of love and memory."

As more wars took place, more plaques were added - for World War II, Korea, Vietnam. The newest plaque has spaces made available to add wars as they happen, including Afghanistan and "The Gulf Wars." There was room for five more.

"Hopefully," said Hobbis, "they don't have to add anything else on."

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Daniel Creighton's great Cape May photography

I linked to Daniel Creighton's photoblog at the beginning of the month and now I link to him Again. Mr. Creighton has been posting gorgeous CM photos all week. Here's another one to whet your appetite:

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Congress Hall Dish, and other photos

Great new Cape May photos, including a real Congress Hall dish, HERE and HERE. Sorry I can't load them but something's different about the way they are posted that is precluding me from linking and posting the photos. But they're worth a visit!

Friday, May 28, 2010

We're the Best! -- and Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

Nice article here from Jen Miller on her down the shore with Jen blog, in which she discusses Wildwood winning best beach and the other south Jersey beaches, including Cape May, doing very well. Read it here: We're the Best!

In other news, I could not find a great news article summarizing what's on the schedule in Cape May this weekend, so I recommend looking HERE at the MAC's website for their calendar of events.

And anyway, who really cares what's "officially" scheduled? If you're within 150 miles, then you know you HAVE to get to Cape May this weekend!

Have a great trip if you go!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

More About Horsheshoe Crabs Than I Ever Thought I'd Know

gettin' jiggy with it?

One of my favorite discoveries in this blog adventure has been finding Mike Crewe's Blog. Mike is an Englishman and naturalist, lives in Cape May, and his blog entries have been amazingly detailed and interesting. His most recent blog entry -- HERE -- dazzles with info about how horseshoe crabs need to find a room (i.e. that photo above is NSFW if you're a horseshoe crab)... but there is a great deal more to learn and see on his blog. As always, check it out.

God is Great!

Our Lady Star of the Sea (photo from CapeMay.Com)

Today is special for a number of reasons. First and most importantly, today is the 10th anniversary of the day my 2nd daughter, third child, was born! Here's a pretty cute photo of her from the archives (she's the one in front):

10 Years Old!

And secondly, one year ago today I began this blog. I'm enjoying it, and I have a few regular visitors so I guess there's a few other people out there enjoying it as well! I hope to build on my visitors but really I just like finding new stuff about Cape May. One day I'm going to look at all these art links I have found and just go crazy buying Cape May art. But really, I'm glad you visited and feel free to add a comment or two telling me what you think works, and what doesn't work, on the blog. It's a work in progress, just like this life is that God has given us.

Thank you God for this day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cape Curiosity

I have linked to Exit Zero writer
Ben Miller and his works many, many times (as you can see from that last link). His latest Cape Curiosity column in this week's Exit Zero is worth reading for the discussion of whether it is Beach Drive or Beach Avenue that sits on the beachfront. I will note for Ben's sake that my 1877 Cape May map (I believe that Mr. R.B. Swain made the map) lists the street as "Beach Avenue." FWIW. (as a child though, I remember it as "Beach Drive.) Thanks for the interesting article, Ben!


Congress Hall pool as taken by proprietor of Sketch42 blog
A blog called Sketch42 takes you inside Congress Hall with quite a level of detail.... click HERE to read a blog post entitled, I'm a Sucker for a Kitschy Town....

And in other bloggy news, a photographer named Trina Bauer has a number of new Cape May photos taken recently at her eponymously-named blog. Here's a pretty darn cool sample of her work:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Countdown continues...

if you're here, then you know where these are from...

The big countdown means less than a month until our summer excursion to Cape May; the small countdown involves two days until the blog's one year anniversary. Today we have a hodgepodge of links that reflects the kinds of things I've linked to throughout the past year...

The photo above comes from the Clean Eating and Me blog, written by Candice of Philadelphia. Candice writes about eating good whole and natural foods, and she finds a number of good (and a few bad) things about Cape May eating in her visit to Cape May earlier this month. Uncle Bill's is one of the high points, and that photo looks delicious (well, not the photo but what's in the photo)....! Her blog post is a great read and worth your time.

The Nileguide is either a new, or just new to me, blog that details things to do in A.C. and also the rest of the south Jersey shore. They linked to my site on their blogroll, thus I think this Nileguide is one of the best blogs on the web! Anyway, this weekend the put up a post entitled 5 Useful Websites for Planning Your Trip to the Jersey Shore. They mentioned some good ones, including the MAC's great site. They did not mention, however, The Cape May Times, one of the older Cape May sites on the web, and one of the best for getting good deals. The photo above of Beach Avenue is from their homepage; to get good deals at the Cape May Times, check out this article and the links at the bottom of the article.

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Continuing the Video Theme

I don't know about anyone else, but I really enjoy "Bill"'s video tours of Cape May, like the one I posted yesterday about the Chalfonte work weekend. So, by popular demand, here is another one of his videos:

Friday, May 21, 2010

Video Day Part 3 -- Chalfonte Hotel Work Weekend - Lucile and Dorthy and biscuits

Another activity on my bucket list -- the Chalfonte Work Weekend. Here is a funny video posted by a recent attendee.. "Bill" has done a number of funny videos about the weekend, but here is a particularly good one:

Today is Video Day Part 2 -- a recent trip to the Lighthouse

This video poses a problem for lovers of Cape May who are afraid of heights. See what I mean by watching the video...

Today is Video Day at the Cape May Blog

This video was posted in April 2010, but I suspect the footage dates from last summer. Nevertheless, you will really enjoy the peace and serenity. Much of it set at the Point, however, portions from all over town:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Goodman House here we come!

Earlier this week we booked our summer vacation with the proprietor of The Goodman House by Baron, located on Decatur Street just up the road from the famous Merion Inn. Making our reservation was a breeze, thanks to the wonderful owner of the home. We have never stayed here before, but the reviews were uniformly fantastic, as you can see:

“Goodman House is best place to stay in Cape May”
The Goodman House
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5 of 5 stars
A TripAdvisor Member
Aug 20, 2004

The Goodman House is the nicest place in Cape May. The rooms are beautifully decorated and it is extremely clean. Mrs Goodman makes everyone feel very comfortable.

After 35 years of vacationing in Cape May, we've found a place that we truly love and enjoy in the Goodman House. This is our second season at the Goodman House and we've already booked our vacation there for next year. Less than a block from the beach and private parking, you can't beat the convenience. My wife rents the Raggedy Ann & Andy Suite for two weeks and we take turns coming down between myself and our kids. We always have a cookout on the barbecue and then sit on the spacious porch, relax, and watch the world go by. Mrs. Goodman is a gracious host and can't do enough to make you feel welcomed and at home. I just left Cape May last night and I can't wait to return. See you on the beach!

Right now, they are offering a good rate on some of the rooms. Here is the owner's description of what's available:

Enjoy your summer get away at the lovely Goodman House located on Decatur Street, one of the finest, in heart of Cape May's historic district

Just stroll a block to the pristine beaches or a half block to the Washington Mall for shopping, fine entertainment and dining. Sit and relax on our wrap around porch, enjoy the sea breeze, gaze at the star lite nights, watch the horse and buggy go by, and feel your stress melt away!

The Goodman House by Baron offers private apartments that combine both old world charm and a casual elegance. All have fully appointed private kitchens and baths and wireless internet access.

Everything you'll need for a perfect seaside get-away is here. We provide all your linens and bath towels! Kitchens have all the necessities: microwave, coffee and tea makers, refrigerator, stove, place settings.

The American Girl/Museum Suite sleeps four and offers a full kitchen with washer and dryer, a spacious living room with flat screen t.v., full bath, a master bedroom with king sized bed and a second bedroom with two twin beds with their own t.v.

The 3rd Floor Suite sleeps six and offers an enormous master bedroom with king sized bed and a double trundle bed, a full kitchen with breakfast nook, a gracious living room with reading corner and large t.v. along with a second bedroom with two twin beds.

The Shirley Temple/2nd Fl. Rear Suite sleeps four and is nestled overlooking our gardens with beautiful brass double bed, vanity area, living room with pull out queen bed, t.v., kitchenette and bath."

One final note: this is an unpaid rave for the Goodman House. I simply wanted to write up this place b/c the owner is so kind and pleasant to deal with, something I don't always find. I look forward to writing about our stay later this year!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

blog time machine - The Colonial, 20 years ago

I tend to keep it light on this blog, but I enjoy reading other bloggers who choose to share a bit more. You can read a pretty meaningful, apparently true story about love and marriage -- set at the Inn of Cape May -- by clicking this link to a blog called The Marriage Journey.

birds and restaurants, in that order

Black-Necked Stilts

Ya don't see these guys everyday! Thanks to BirdCapeMay.Org for the photo from the South Cape May Meadows...

If you like giving advice, click this chowhound link to tell a visitor planning a trip for later this summer where the best places to eat in town are these days. I would love to hear about new restaurants, as well... and what happened to Stumpo's? Anyone know?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Around the Corner

photo from Aimee Weaver

Summer must be around the corner, Cape May is all over the news and blogs. Aimee Weaver, the photographer of that nice shot above, writes about her weekend trip to Cape May HERE, and her trip includes many great photos worth checking out.

In NJ Monthly, you'll find a good review of The Washington Inn if you click HERE From the review:

Evolution has continued at the Inn, which in its quiet way has remained a standard-bearer in the ever-improving Cape May dining scene. It has managed to retain its status as a distinguished and reliable destination in a beautifully maintained 1840 manor house and yet be contemporary in its culinary presentation and, thanks to a warm and capable staff, a fun place to dine.

And one more blog post for the day, starting with a very Cape May-evocative photo...

who doesn't love Cape May's big green and red trolleys?

You'll find that photo, and a bunch more, at the Happenings at the Hope Chest blog, run by a South Jerseyite blogger who got to spend Mother's Day in Cape May a few weeks ago. Another blog worth checking out for great CM photos.

It seems like those trolleys have been at that corner all my life. Can't wait to ride them again.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tulips, Tulips, Everywhere

From the blog There's Always Hope comes a nice blog entry featuring Cape May and its amazing tulips. The photo above is from the blog, and the blogger -- Pat has many more CM tulip photos at the blog.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

World Series of Birding Story of the Weekend

Steve Ingraham's Pic of the Day Today

Certainly this weekend the big event is the World Series of Birding. Both the photo above and the photo below (scroll down) are taken by a birder this week. And the Press has an interesting story about the WSOB:

LOWER TOWNSHIP — Janet Crawford, a volunteer naturalist for the New Jersey Audubon Society, has watched birds from many different vehicles — cars, a regular bus, even a school bus.

The resident of the Leesburg section of Maurice River Township decided to switch it up Saturday, boarding a Great American Trolley with a team of other nature enthusiasts to participate in the annual World Series of Birding. The birders bounced across southern Cape May County, clang, clang, clanging from one wildlife hotspot to the next, starting at 5 a.m. and ending at night.

Bird-watching from a trolley sounds a lot more picturesque than the reality. The ride is very bumpy, and it is tricky to hold onto binoculars while the vehicle is in motion, Crawford said. Whipping wind can easily turn hair into a tangled mess.

But Crawford said the trip was “very cool” compared with her other birding forays because the windows are wide and offer a vast viewing range once the trolley stops.

“There isn’t much visibility from a bus,” she said. “In cars, by the time everyone gets out, the birds are already gone.”

Crawford’s group — the Century Run Team — was one of hundreds of teams that raced across the state to count different bird species from dawn to dusk for the annual conservation fundraising event. The World Series of Birding is going on its 27th year and has generated more than $8 million since its inception, said Sheila Lego, New Jersey Audubon’s marketing director. Last year’s count drew 1,100 participants and raised $200,000.

The trolley was chartered by New Jersey Aududon as an alternative mode of group travel. Other environmentally conscious teams decided to travel by bicycle or on foot.

The big wood and metal trolley provided fodder for many jokes along the way.

“It’s the antithesis of speed. See all the cars behind us?” joked Megan Crewe, one of the bird team captains.

“When he rang the bell, I was thinking of the Rice-a-Roni commercial,” said Todd Klein, a graphic artist from Cape May Court House who has participated in 15 other world series.

Mike Crewe, one of the team leaders and a newcomer to the event, said his team was taking a more leisurely approach — they set their bird-watching goal at 100 species. They hit the mark by mid-afternoon with 118 species while wandering around the Villas Wildlife Management Area.

Crewe said the team spotted a few rare birds, such as the white-breasted nuthatch, a “tiny, woodpecker-like” creature that likes to eat wild nuts and pinecones, and the cerulean warbler, which normally breeds further north.

“We come out for a good time and raise money for conservation,” said Crewe, who lives in Cape May Point and works for the Cape May Bird Observatory.

The World Series of Birding and the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count provide great opportunities to educate the public about different birds and keep tabs on the status of different species, said Patti Domm, of Cape May Point.

Domm said birds act as an “early warning system” on the condition of the environment, and she was thrilled that local and national bald eagle populations are on the rebound. Bald eagles used to be on the endangered species list because eggs were damaged by the pesticide DDT. The bald eagle was delisted in 2007.

Domm said Saturday was her second time participating in the World Series of Birding, and she enjoyed doing so by trolley.

“It’s nice because it’s all open and we can look well and learn,” she said.

Steve Ingraham

Friday, May 14, 2010

World Series of Birding Starts Tonight -- "Bird Free or Fly"

From the AC Press
This bird count is of World Series proportions and it starts tonight - pressofAtlanticCity.com

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Note to Self: This needs to be added to bucket list!

Star & Wave: Everything Old is New Again

Everything old is new
in Cape May this year

I enjoy the Cape May Star and Wave but their website is not easy to navigate. Anyway, here's a nice story from this week's edition, which story includes a nice mention of one of our favorite CM journalists, Sue Tischler...

Cape May Star and Wave
CAPE MAY – Residents or regular
visitors to Cape May will still be
able to find some
familiar or
favorite Cape
May businesses –
just not in the
same places they
were last year.
Don’t look for
Bath Time on
Jackson Street
because it has
moved to
A n d r e w ’ s
Antiques, which
has moved into
the Lynn Arden’s,
which has moved
upstairs in the
same building.
Pete Smith Surf
Shop and Tisha’s
Restaurant have
moved from Beach
Avenue due to the
i m p e n d i n g
removal of the Solarium next to
Convention Hall. Tisha’s is moving
into the former Stumpo’s on the
mall, and Pete Smith, which moved
from the City Centre Mall building
to the Solarium, will now be in
Washington Commons near the
horse carriage
The Café
Tuscany, which
was not a café,
has moved to the
West End Garage,
which is not a
garage. The owners
of the
Victorian Walk
Gallery opened a
second gallery
and freed up
office space for
the Gail Pierson
Gallery to
expand. Key West
Tacos has finally
found a home, and
the Depot Market
is still where it is,
but with different
If you need a scorecard to keep track of all
the activity with Cape May
businesses, don’t feel bad.
This kind of changeover has
not happened in a while.
“I haven’t seen change like
this in the 30 years I’ve been
here,” Susan Tischler of Just
For Laughs said.
Just for Laughs is a new
store Sue and Barry Tischler
opened next to their
Kaleidoscope store, which is
an eclectic collection of clothing,
jewelry, and bags and
hats. Just For Laughs is carrying
a line of gifts by “Blue
Q” and “Anne Taintor.”
“It’s humor for the literary
... and the literate,” Tischler
Tischler said they found out
the store next to them was
available, and with the economy
the way it was and the
slow winter they had, she
wanted a store that was “just
for laughs.”
“People need a laugh,
everybody does,” Tischler
Tischler said they are hoping
to make Just For Laughs
more than just a retail store;
perhaps have some radio
shows broadcast from the
shop - perhaps something
akin to Garrison Keillor’s
Prairie Home Companion.
Steve Rush from Andrew’s
said his reason for relocating
was a little more mundane.
“The building was up for
sale,” he said.
He wanted to be able to stay
near his old location and was
fortunate enough to move just
a half a block away. Lynn
Arden’s Children’s Shoppe
consolidated and moved
upstairs, making the first
floor available. Rush said the
new location is larger and has
a pleasant atmosphere, but he
is unsure what the future will
bring in the new location.
Dawn DeMayo, who with
her husband John has opened
the Gallery D’May, has a
good feeling about the future.
The DeMayos own the
Victorian Walk Gallery,
which is known for Thomas
Kincade’s work, and have
located their new gallery next
to Cucina Rosa.
“We’ve been here 20 years,”
DeMayo said, “and we just
thought this was an ideal
location. It made a dream
come true.”
She said the Gallery D’May
is a new concept gallery -
something they have been
thinking about doing for a
long time. She said everything
just fell into place and
they are changing with the
“It’s a good, positive thing,”
she said.
The new gallery has the
space to set up an office,
allowing the DeMayos to give
up their space next to the Gail
Pierson Gallery and allow her
to expand.
Bonnie Mullock has operated
Bath Time for 16 years and
has recently opened in the
former Andrew’s Antiques
location. She said someone
else was in line to get the
store, but that deal fell
through and she had the
opportunity to more from
Jackson Street to the
Washington Street Mall near
the Whale’s Tale.
“It became a spur of the
moment decision, and I’ve
always loved this store, so it
just felt right,” she said.
Mullock said she is thrilled
to be located near the Whale’s
Tale and across from
Morrow’s Nut House, two
landmark stores on the
Washington Street Mall.
“I’m part of the BID
(Business Improvement
District) now,” Mullock said.
“It’s just nice to have a beautiful
People who passed her store
on Jackson Street might have
noticed bathtubs full of yellow
ducks. Mullock said a
large porcelain tub was
wheeled down Jackson Street
on a dolly to the new location,
while a tin tub was put in the
back of a friend’s SUV.
“And we never lost a duck,”
Mullock said.
Mullock said she has conducted
an informal survey
and found 60 percent of customers
have never heard of
her, despite being in business
for 16 years. The positive side
of that story is that she is getting
new customers.
As reported in previous stories
in the Star and Wave,
Hilary and Chuck Pritchard
of the Whale’s Tale have
opened Splash, a fine gift
store with a shore theme. Key
West Tacos, which had been
selling non-traditional tacos
at outside events, such as the
West Cape May Farmers
Market (held Tuesday’s all
summer long), has found a
permanent home next to
Higher Grounds Coffee Shop
on West Perry Street.
The Copper Fish, previously
located across from South
Jersey Marina, has moved to
the former Moonfish Grill
(formerly Daniel’s) on
Broadway in West Cape May.
The Depot Market, was also
featured in a story in the May
6 edition of the Star and
Wave. Chris Shriver, who is
married to the executive chef
at the Mad Batter, Lisa
Shriver, has taken over the
Depot Market and plans to
maintain what has become a
favorite menu with locals and
visitors alike.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A painting for Ben E. King

"Under the Boardwalk at Cape May"

You can find the above painting HERE. The artist, Harry McCandless, lives in Lancaster County and you can buy this work, or his other work, by contacting him HERE. As always, this is not a paid endorsement. I just like this work -- that's why I feature just about everything I feature here, actually.

Classy Dining in Cape May: E.M. Hemingway's brings a chic feel to resort town - pressofAtlanticCity.com

A nice review of Hemmingway's, the relatively-new restaurant at the Golden Eagle...oops, I mean the Grand Hotel..Classy Dining in Cape May: E.M. Hemingway's brings a chic feel to resort town - pressofAtlanticCity.com

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cape May Anecdote

Interesting story about a Cape May business... pretty good point to think about.

Report from Cape May: customers say donuts, not scones
By John M. Caddell
May 11, 2010, 11:11PM

Spending the weekend at Cape May, NJ, a seaside resort (mercifully, prior to the start of the peak summer season), was a great way to size up customer-management practices. After all, you don't get any more commercial than the relations between resort shopowners & their visiting customers.

And the surprise is this: precisely where you'd expect the sensitivity to customer needs & wants to be most acute, it's as dull as Walmart's.

The best example was this. We bought a coffee at a cybercafe (surprised these even still existed) and while the barista made our drinks, she mentioned that people sometimes come in & ask her for directions to one of the other coffee shops in town. (Subtext: tourists are inconsiderate & not very bright.)

"Once we ordered donuts by mistake," she continued. "The guy brought like 3 donuts. They sold out right away." She motioned to the case where scones & muffins sat like statues. "And then people kept coming in & asking for the donuts, & nobody bought any of the other stuff. We made sure that never happened again. No more donuts."

The vice president of common sense & I looked at each other, thinking the same thing. I said, "I don't know. If I owned this store, I think I'd order more donuts."

The barista handed us our drinks & shrugged. "I just work here."

It's not fair, of course, to expect a clerk to think like an owner, but it reminded me of my four years in retail, part-time at Silliman's and later Weed & Duryea Hardware in New Canaan, CT. There was a simple rule the buyers lived by: if something was moving, order more of it.

But small-business owners often overlook that rule in favor of another one: it's my store, & people should buy what I put on display.

The next time that feeling comes over you, remember this story, and order more donuts.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tell Us Something We Didn't Know

Cape May Named One of America's Prettiest Towns...

CAPE MAY — This city was named one of “America’s prettiest towns” by Forbes.
Bob Krist, photographer and host of PBS' Restoration Stories, said visiting Cape May “is like going back in time.” He said that the beautiful old hotels, a high concentration of Victorian homes, bed and breakfasts and an inviting beach are among its appealing features.
Krist adds that Cape May offers “some the best bird watching on the East Coast.” Cape May shares Forbes’ “pretty town” designation with Union, Wash., Crescent City, Calif., Deadwood, S.D., Marfa, Texas, Savannah, Ga., Lake Placid, N.Y., and Guttenberg, Iowa.
To determine America's most pretty towns, Forbes asked for picks from several experts, including Krist, Salt Lake City-based architectural photographer Alan Blakely; residential designer Erin Anderson; painter John Vander Stelt; Sarah Tuff Dunn and Greg Melville, coauthors of 101 Best Outdoor Towns and Danno Glanz, a designer at an urban planning firm.

Thanks to Shore News Today for the story.

going to the birds

If you want to see a great number of bird drawings of birds found in Cape May, CLICK HERE. I linked to this artist last year. I may miss a few interweb references to Cape May, but not many.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Some Amazing Photos

Dana Lane is a professional photographer who just spent some time in Cape May. The photo above knocks me out, and for the rest of her particularly radiant Cape May photos click HERE. Here's one more to further whet the appetite:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day 2010

Mom, 2007

An awful, despicable disease named ALS took my Mom last July 1, 2009; I shared some Cape May memories with her HERE. Over the last few years she gave her love of Cape May to my children, and in the back of this photo above -- a photo taken between McGlade's and Convention Hall -- you can see my children, and their Uncle Mikey and Aunt Betsy -- making a pyramid on the beach. Some of my favorite photos of my Mom with my children were taken at Uncle Mikey and Aunt Betsy's wedding, and here's one of them:

Mom with Jake

My Mom loved Cape May and Ireland more than anything else other than her husband, children, and children's families. So this Mother's Day I'll share one of her Irish sayings...

Happy Mother's Day.

Friday, May 7, 2010

photos & news

These photos courtesy of the Flickr stream of Paladinsf....thank you, kind sir!

The Shore News Today follows up on the parking meter fight HERE, and the AC Press follows up on the fight over windmills HERE. The city doesn't want windmills in CM because they are too modern and futuristic for our Victorian town. A commenter to this story wryly notes that parking meters are also out-of-place as a modern trapping in this Victorian town, so shouldn't the same logic preclude the new meters in East Cape May?

Kudos to the commenter for being brighter than most typical commenters, that's for sure!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Back to Bingham


I previously featured Jack Bingham and his pastel paintings of Cape May, and now he is back with his third in the Cape May Series. The artwork, which you can see above, is my favorite of his so far. You can buy this work HERE

Cape May Canal

Pastel Cape May Canal by Bonnie from Virginia. Click the links for more details on Bonnie and the artwork.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cape May Inspiration

An author and blogger reminisces about the Cape May of her youth, and talks about her next novel which may include details from those memories. Worth checking out, even if the type of novel she's writing -- romance, I think -- is not your cup o'tea.

Tilting at Wind Mills

Wind Turbines in Cape May? Jack Fichter has the story at the Cape May County Herald. Interesting article -- the Coast Guard Base is on track to have two wind turbines up in the next few years, and Convention Hall plans include a few, as well.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Infinite Regret - Michael O’Donnell

A nice read about one of the giant writers of our time, David Foster Wallace: Infinite Regret - Michael O’Donnell. And yes, this has NOTHING to do with Cape May, other than I have read some of Wallace's work while on vacay in Cape May. But this is my blog, so I'll write about what I want... :0)

Parking Meter Battle Royale

The AC Press has the latest on the lawsuit between the city and the eastsiders opposed to parking meters: HERE ... or you can read the story right here:

Cape May group files counterclaim against city over parking meters

Staff Writer
CAPE MAY — The battle over installing new parking meters is escalating as a group of property owners on the east side of town has filed a counterclaim against the city in New Jersey Superior Court.
Friends and Neighbors of East Cape May, or FAN ECM, has been fighting the city’s plan to install more than 400 new parking meters, many along Beach Avenue and side streets on the east side of town. The group also opposes the city’s plan to reconfigure some of the parking from parallel to angled parking.
In April, FAN ECM filed a petition to bring the parking plan to a public vote. The city argued that parking and traffic regulations may not be subject to a public referendum and then sought a ruling on the issue from Superior Court.
On Monday, the group announced it has filed counterclaims with the court contending that parking meter ordinances are not exempt from a voter referendum. The group also asked the court to strike down two city parking meter ordinances on statutory and constitutional grounds.
“Although we thought the ordinances were arguably illegal when passed, nevertheless, we first took the high road of voter democracy and obtained the support of 22 percent of the voters in the last election for a referendum. However, instead of accepting a fair vote, the city responded with a lawsuit that wastes public funds, snubs voters and confuses the issues,” said Jim Testa, a spokesman for the neighborhood group.
The city said it went to court partly over a concern that any parking changes done through a public election process may need another such process to be changed. The city has historically made parking meter changes via ordinances adopted by City Council, a relatively quick process that takes a matter of weeks.
Mayor Ed Mahaney said council has to make frequent changes in parking and traffic patterns due to growth in the community and sometimes in reaction to recommendations from the Planning Board or a new city master plan. Mahaney added that City Council is unanimous in seeking the ruling and said elected officials have a responsibility to make decisions that impact public health, safety and welfare.
“If the voters are permitted to vote on these ordinances, the city’s entire traffic and parking chapter of the City Code would be vulnerable to the will of a small percentage of our voters,” Mahaney said.
Testa argued that the city’s parking changes are not about public safety, such as controlling traffic, but are really about raising more revenue through meter income. Testa argued angled parking may reduce safety.
City officials have promoted the potential revenue, up to $225,000 more per year, but say there are other benefits. City Manager Bruce MacLeod said the angled parking plan will create more parking spaces and this will ease traffic congestion and improve traffic flow.
Testa said the court action initiated by the city gives the group another forum to challenge the ordinances if a voter referendum is not held.
“When you make claims in court like the city has, you have to expect counterclaims,” Testa said.
The group argues the ordinances are arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable and improper. It also argues that the ordinances are invalid constitutionally under due process and equal protection clauses.
The city argues that Beach Avenue, where most of the new parking meters and angled parking would go, is a Cape May County road and is outside of any municipal election process. The city also argues state statutes, specifically Title 39, exempt the issue from a public referendum.
MacLeod said a “prompt decision” is needed from the court so the new parking plan can be implemented for the summer season.
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Monday, May 3, 2010

oil drilling?

So what's everyone's take on the President's plan for oil drilling a few miles south of Cape May? Is the calamity in the Gulf enough to kill the idea? What say you?

oil drilling?

So what's everyone's take on the President's plan for oil drilling a few miles south of Cape May? Is the calamity in the Gulf enough to kill the idea? What say you?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

interesting photo blogger

photo by Daniel Creighton

The Photogeneralist Blog has a number of Cape May photo features right now. Shots of Congress Hall, the Lighthouse, and some fantastic nature shots. Just click the link and scroll.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Almost There Blog

from the Almost There Blog

I have linked to the Almost There blog previously, if I recall correctly, although I can't find those prior links at the moment. The above photo of the Lake Lily area, and another pretty photo of that area, are both available at the Almost There blog, at This Link.

This blogger also has a very nice quote that gives us something to think about: "Traveler, the path is nothing more than your footsteps; traveler, there is no path, a path is made as you go. You make the path as you go, and on looking back you see a trail that never can be walked again. Traveler, there is no path, only a wake in the sea. - Antonio Machado" ... Thank you, Bobbie, for a very nice blog.