Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cape May is for the Birds

Great article about Cape May's birder extraordinaire Richard Crossley right here. Thanks to Shore News Today for the in-depth introduction to Crossley's world.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Congratulations Mayor Mahaney

Congratulations Mayor Ed Mahaney on turning everything Cape May stands for on its head. There's a great deal of press coverage regarding the event that is destined to be remembered as Mayor Ed Mahaney's greatest legacy -- the demolition of the Beach Theatre. Read about the Historic Landmark City's decision to approve the demolition of a history landmark within the city HERE in the AC Press, HERE in the Cape May County Herald, and HERE on CapeMay.Com. Photo of Mayor Ed Mahaney on the left; photo of his handiwork on the right, which photo is courtesy CapeMay.Com.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Beach Theatre Demolition Underway

The title of this post, unfortunately, says it all. Here's a link to an old post -- from the early days of the blog -- that shares some memories from better days in the Beach Theatre's past. The link to that post is HERE.

Monday Morning Mystery Photo

Well, let's try something new for the Exit Zero/Cape May Blog. Who can tell me where EXACTLY you will find the above sign? Name of store is not enough... I want the exact location in the store (as well as the store name, of course). Post your guesses in the comments. I'll try and think of a prize. First correct guess wins. (I am the sole arbiter of what answer "wins.")

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'm not the only one who loves Key West Tacos

TraceyG from New York writes about her travels on her travel blog. She visited Cape May and loved it (of course). To read about her trip read PART ONE HERE and PART TWO HERE. Part Two includes her visit to Key West Tacos; both parts include many great photos, including the one above. Key West Tacos photo courtesy TraceyG.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lafayette Street Park Progress

Jack Fichter of the Herald has a follow-up story on the progress related to the planned new park on Lafayette Street. To give you an idea of its location, the park will include the old Vance's Bar site and then head west towards the meadows. From the article:
CAPE MAY — City Council approved a resolution to apply to the Green Acres program from the state Department of Environmental Protection for a grant of $1.6 million to create an open space/recreation area/park on Lafayette Street. At a Tue., Sept 20 council meeting, Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. said the city was previously awarded a $450,000 grant through Green Acres, which was authorized by Gov. Chris Christie. The city originally submitted a grant application for $1.6 million in July 2010 for property acquisition and the initial stages of getting the property ready for the development for an active and passive recreational site with environmental educational amenities, said the mayor. The property measures 38 acres off Lafayette Street from St. John’s Street to the Cape May Elementary School parking lot and into the meadows, said Mahaney. He said the project is a public/private partnership involving Jersey Central Power and Light, which is making a land donation to the city and the elementary school which will maintain the rights to the property it owns. Mahaney said the project includes the city acquiring the former Vance’s Bar site. “This park will have something for everybody,” he said. The mayor said the city would submit annual applications to Green Acres until it obtains $1.6 million. He said the project would require additional partners. “This will certainly be a legacy for the members of this council when we actually complete this project,” said Mahaney.
Some legacies are better than others. And indeed this will be a good legacy for the members of the current council.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Know Your Cape May History

The Shore News Today has published several interesting articles about the history of Cape May recently, including THIS story about four major fires that took place in the mid-1800s. Even if you know the stories behind the fires you may learn something new. Thanks to Temple U. for the image above showing where the fire struck in 1878.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


If you're not on Twitter, you're missing Cape May photographs like the sunrise photo pictured above and tweeted last week. Thanks to Eleanor Biddulph for the great photo.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birders Young and Old Love Cape May

The arrival of Fall brings the arrival of many news and blog items about birding at the Cape. Catching the Thermals, a young birder's blog, shares many Cape May birding photos from his Labor Day Weekend trip right here. I''m sure I'll have many birding posts this Fall, and this is a good one with which to start. Thanks to young Brendan Murtha for sharing these photos with the world.

Photo of Higbee's Beach courtesy Brendan Murtha, 11 year old birder and proprietor of the Catching the Thermals blog.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Halloween On Its Way

 The Guy and Girl Travels blog has a nice blogpost about upcoming Halloween events in Cape May. The events start fairly early in October so it's worth posting about now.

That's the Elaine's Ghost Mannequin pictured above. That mannequin may be my least favorite thing in Cape May. I hate it. On the good side, I believe it's no longer standing prominently outside Elaine's, at least it wasn't the last time I was in town.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Beer Here

Dan Mathers, Project Manager, myth, and legend of Exit Zero, wrote a great story about the new Cape May Brewery for this month's color Exit Zero magazine. If you'd like to try a Cape May IPA (who wouldn't?), then head down to Cabanas. I know they are serving the beer there, and I've heard pretty good things. Best of luck to the guys behind the brewery.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Food & Wine Festival Starts Later This Week

Cape May's 14th Annual Food & Wine Celebration starts later this week.  The MAC explains what it's all about:

Indulge in good food, fine wine, and all types of culinary delights and events during the 15th Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Tickle your taste buds while sampling the best of the best and find out why the New York Times has dubbed Cape May “the restaurant capital of New Jersey.”

Visitors can enjoy winery tours and tastings, a beer tasting dinner, a Harvest Food & Wine Tasting, luncheons at some of Cape May’s best restaurants, Chefs’ Dine-Arounds, and more. Most festival events cannot accommodate children.

The restaurants participating include: 410 Bank Street, A Ca Mia, Aleathea's, The Carriage House Tearoom & Café, Fresco's, The Mad Batter (pictured above), Martini Beach, Merion Inn, Peter Shields Inn, Tisha's, Union Park, and The Washington Inn.

Be there!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The News Takes the Day Off

Here and There.... Cabanas Labor Day review by a pizza blogger right here... Flannery O'Connor and Cape May alluded to in a blog post HERE. And lastly, here's the interior of a church at the Point. Did I say the news took the day off yesterday?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 Ceremonies Today in Cape May & The Point

Flag Ceremony at the Point

Lower Township's ceremony will coincide with Marvin Hume's Sunset Flag Ceremony beginning at 6 pm.  The ceremony will take place at the west end of Sunset Blvd. near the sunken concrete ship SS Atlantus.

Flag Ceremony at the Cove

Cape May: The City's tribute will begin at 6:30 pm at the Sunset Pavilion end of Beach Dr. Speakers expected to attend are Capt. William Kelly, c/o of the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center of Cape May, Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Mayor Mahaney.     

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ten Years Later

This story at CNN.Com visits a number of families who lost loved ones on 9/11. The photo of T.J. Hargrave to the right was taken in Cape May in 1982, and if you look closely you'll see why the photo became meaningful after 9/11/01. Mr. Hargrave lost his life while working for Cantor Fitzgerald that day in the upper floors of the World Trade Center. The CNN story shares more about Mr. Hargrave and his family, as well as a number of other families. God bless Mr. Hargrave's family and all the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. photo courtesy CNN

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A photo for the day

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I don't have much for today. Check out ExitZero.us later today for this week's Exit Zero magazine.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Has Beach Theatre Foundation Asked for a Stay of Judge Armstrong's Ruling (and a stay of the Theatre demolition)?

The Cape May County Herald reports HERE that Franks Investments has sent a letter to Beach Theatre neighbors regarding its intent to demolish the Theatre in the next month.  Peculiarly, the article includes a snippet of discussion from the City Council's meeting yesterday, in which Bernie Haas, the Treasurer of the Beach Theatre Foundation, asked if the City would wait on the appeal before allowing the demolition to take place.  From the article:

Beach Theatre Foundation Treasurer Bernie Haas read a letter to City Council Tuesday sent to a neighboring motel from Frank Investments. He said the letter advises business owners to get a pre-inspection of their property and lists the contractors hired to demolish the auditorium portion of the building.
“I’m here to defend the historic Beach Theatre once again,” said Haas. “We will fight this fight until it is over.” He noted the foundation appealed a decision by Judge Armstrong saying the Beach Theatre Foundation had no standing. “Because it is on appeal, do the Frank Investment people still get the opportunity to get a demolition permit?” asked Haas. Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. deferred to City Solicitor Tony Monzo. “My only comment is I think you should talk to your attorney about that,” answered Monzo.
I find this exchange peculiar in that one would expect the Beach Theatre Foundation to have asked the trial court, and/or the appellate court, to stay the demolition of the Theatre until the appeal is resolved. I am not a New Jersey attorney, so I can't speak to this case's facts, but generally it is the court that grants a stay in this type of circumstance.  You would not simply ask an opposing party -- the City -- to stay its hand waiting for the appeal without any sort of rationale to wait.  Frankly, the City's agreement with Franks Investments probably does not allow the City to refuse the permit at this point, absent an order from the Court.

I hope that the courts were asked to stay the demolition.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day 2011

Nicholas Santoleri is a Philadelphia-area artist with a number of Cape May works for sale. Although perhaps a day early, the above artwork -- titled After Labor Day -- seemed worthy of featuring today. Although the above artwork is sold out, you can find a few other Cape May paintings that are for sale: The Angel of the Sea here and A View of Columbia Avenue right here. I always enjoy finding new (to me) artists who feature Cape May in their work.

I hope you had a wonderful summer and thank you again for visiting. I hope to grow this blog into something new, and hope you will visit if and when the new site emerges. But in the meantime, when you're thinking of Cape May please visit the blog -- I update most everyday and plan to continue to do so.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Morning, Labor Day Weekend Essay

John Farmer, Jr., Dean of the Rutgers School of Law, pens a very
apropos essay for Labor Day Weekend. Here's a portion:

It comes, the peace of the salt air and the moonlight, and it fills you and lasts for days and leaves you standing on the dune filled with the sun lighting diamonds over the clear water, ready to return, standing with the sea oats in the passing breeze while flat-bottomed white clouds sail in their armadas to the horizon, leaves you thinking of all that’s gone as you turn to leave and rev your motor and you crank up the music, thinking maybe everything that dies one day comes back, calling to the band of a youth that’s gone now, to a band that’s gone now, calling to a youth and a band and to everyone you’ve loved with all the madness in your soul.

Thanks to the Newark Star-Ledger for printing it.

photo by me.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fall Brings Birding to the Fore

Cape May serves as one of the world's headquarters for great birding, and
there are many great books written about birding in Cape May. But if you want a quick summary of what makes it special, you could do worse than this story in the AC Press today.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day Weekend 2011

What to do on the unofficial last weekend of the summer? Well, there's a clam shell pitching contest at Windsor Beach today at 3pm. That's a start. Then tomorrow there's the Jersey Tomato Festival at Wilbraham Park, and a craft show all weekend presumably on the boardwalk. If you need more ideas, I have provided the handy-dandy EZ Guide to What's Going On right here for you. Enjoy it!