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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Best of 2012 (Post 1 of 2 or 3)

Yeah well I'm kinda stumbling to the finish line for the year here. Life just moving too fast for much blog posting but I hope to fix that in the New Year.  But now, without further ado, the Best Posts of 2012. And by "Best" I basically mean my favorites, mostly picked by month...

January 2012 - First Dawn of 2012

Youtuber DonnaHal spent last New Year's in Cape May. Thankfully, she shared this wonderful Youtube Video with us that includes First Dawn of 2012 on Poverty Beach, and then a variety of other photos/slides from around town. The video:



February 2012 - New Convention Hall Coming Along

The New Convention Hall -- for positive reasons and not-so-positive reasons -- was the story of the year in Cape May.  In this video from February, Mayor Mahaney takes Jack Fichter and the Cape May County Herald on a tour of the still-under-construction-at-the-time New Convention Hall - "the dream as it materializes into reality."



March 2012 - Beach Chair Scientist and Horseshoe Crabs

The BeachChair Scientist is one of my favorite nature bloggers. In this post from last March, I linked to her insights into horseshoe crabs.  I highly recommend following the Beach Chair Scientist if you love the natural side of Cape May (and the shore in general).

April 2012 Rest in Peace George Mesterhazy

Many loved ones with Cape May connections passed in 2012, but certainly one of the great losses of the year occurred in April when George Mesterhazy of the Merion Inn passed away. George brought joy to so many people with his piano playing and love for life.  Recquiesat in Pace.

Here's a wonderful tribute film to George that tells you about him and shows him in action. Watch it:



More Best of Posts tomorrow.








Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Planning 2012

Are you looking for things to do in Cape May for Christmas and New Year's? As usual, the best place to look is at CapeMay.Com -- CLICK HERE for their comprehensive run-down of activities in town.

If you have children and plan to be in the Cape May area for New Year's, the Ocean City First Night Celebration looks like alot of fun.  Click here for the schedule of activities.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

TedX Cape May: The Videos

Earlier this year Cape May Forum hosted a Tedx Event about Re-creation and Recreation.  The speakers include Curtis Bashaw of Cape Resorts and Jack Morey of Morey's Piers. You can watch all the speakers at the Youtube link below, either in order or you can skip ahead to watch the ones you want.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Strength in Unity



Here's a nice article about David Macomber creating a mural for Sandy victims in Wildwood. David's wife used to run the pottery studio next to Louie's Pizza.  Very sweet people.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A little news during the quiet month of December

The State of New Jersey Legislature is considering changing the law so that local communities cannot collect beach tag fees, i.e., beach access should become free.  Not so fast, according to local officials as quoted in CapeMayCountyHerald.Com.

JerseyShoreJen has a nice story about Cape May doing well after Sandy.  Read the article at the Newsworks site right HERE.




Monday, December 10, 2012

Cape May is Pinteresting

I've written about Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr... so I suppose it's time I link to a Pinterest board about Cape May.  Check it out for many great photos of our favorite city.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Off the Historic Watch List

One of Cape May's Historic Homes


CapeMayCountyHerald.Com reports that Cape May is Off the Historic Watch List maintained by the National Park Service.  That Cape May was added to the list had been considered a black mark on Mayor Mahaney's record so he's either lucky or blessed that the Park Service decided to remove the City from the list.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nature Center Holiday Events


CAPE MAY – This Fri. is First Friday ... and New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center is featuring reasonably priced original art work, a holiday & garland workshop, “One Stop Shopping” at the Center’s gift shop, and a campfire!
For the past month, The Harbor Gallery has featured a Holiday Artists Marketplace. This very special exhibit runs through December. All artwork is original and is priced under $50 and presents the work of local photographers, painters, potters, printmakers, jewelers and mosaic artists and features the talents of Janet Payne, Tina Giaimo, Lee Hajduk, Pam Huber, Susan Ross, Lynda Fellenbaum, Anita Roth, Laura McPherson, Glenn Fellenbaum and Janet McShaine. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception scheduled to coincide with the Center’s First Friday celebration beginning at 6:00.
Holiday Wreath & Garland Workshops are always a popular events and this year will be no exception. Use fresh evergreens of Douglas fir, spruce, pine, cedar and other natural materials to create handcrafted wreaths and garlands for family and friends. The process is easy to learn and the Center’s staff will ensure that even beginners go home with impressive one-of-a-kind creations. Cost per workshop is $15 for members and $20 for non-members; all material and supplies are furnished. Call ahead and register then come out at 5:30 this Friday, 11/30.
The Center’s Gift Shop is your perfect “One-Stop-Shopping” destination for all things local and nature. That bird lover on your list will appreciate a winter supply of Aspen Song seed or New Jersey’s homegrown S.A.V.E. black oil sunflower seed, suet or maybe even a new feeder. The Gift Shop also carries Dr. Desai Soap, made with all natural ingredients, stocking stuffers and a great selection of kids’ books and stuffed animals. Discounts based on Audubon membership may apply.
Also this Fri., the Holiday Campfire beginning about 6:00. There is no more meaningful gift than your time, attention and companionship. Come out to our Holiday Campfire this Friday, November 30th and share a bit of yourself with family and friends, and make some new friends in the process. Dress warm for the chilly night and bring your own beach chair; join us as we sit around an old-fashioned campfire roasting marshmallows, swapping yarns and listening to the night sounds. Cost per person is $5.
The Nature Center of Cape May (NCCM) is situated on the rim of Cape May Harbor at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May. One of 10 centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, the Center provides family oriented programming in the marine sciences on a year-round basis. The public is invited to visit our campus, shop at the nature store and view the breathtaking harbor and its environment from the Trucksess Observation tower.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Auction for Good

Sunset as Seen from Harpoon Henry's
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities ("MAC") is hosting an auction to benefit the MAC's education programs. You can view the auction items HERE.  Many great items available, including lunch for ten at Harpoon Henry's, which gives me an excuse to post the above photo.  Check it out! A great cause and great stuff.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Cape May Blogger!

I want to thank all my regular and not-so-regular visitors over the last three-plus years! I have really enjoyed blogging about Cape May and am thrilled that so many people find the blog worthy of visiting.

Cape May Sunrise
This year, I am of course most thankful for my wife and four beautiful children. But I am also thankful that a few days ago I found out that I had passed the New Jersey Bar Exam.  For those of you who don't know, I write about Cape May but actually practice law in Florida.  I started the blog because I found myself surfing the web for news about Cape May every day and I figured others were doing the same thing -- and I think I was right about that.  Keeping up with the blog introduced me to many Cape May locals and non-locals alike, and I realized that I wanted more Cape May in my life than just a blog. So, last summer I took the NJ Bar Exam in the hopes that I could open a practice in Cape May (or nearby) while maintaining my office in South Florida.  Now that I have passed the exam, it is time to open an office in CM.  I can't wait! I may write more about my practice on this blog, or I may keep my professional life separate from this hobby that I started three years ago. Not sure about that. But in the meantime:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sandy damages Higbee Beach

Yes it's been a week since I last updated. Work intruded on fun.  Anyway, here's an update from CapeMayTimes.Com about what Sandy did to our beloved Higbee beach.  Read it HERE.  They have posted photos, too.




Friday, November 9, 2012

Exit Zero Jazz Fest Starts Tonight!

Exit Zero Jazz Fest starts tonight.  Here's your itinerary, taken straight from the Jazz Fest webpage. If you can get there, get there! Should be great fun.


  • 12:00am
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    Henry Cole & Afrobeat Collective

    Cabanas on 11/09
    Crazy With Joy: Henry Cole & the Afro-Beat Collective Find An Age-Old Mestizo Heart and…
  • 1:00am
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    DJ Soul Sister

    The Boiler Room at Congress Hall on 11/09
    The first DJ to receive both a Big Easy Entertainment Award and an OffBeat Best…
  • 7:00pm
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    Sachal Vasandani

    SeaSalt at the Ocean Club Hotel on 11/09
    With his breakthrough 2007 debut, Eyes Wide Open, vocalist/composer/arranger Sachal Vasandani established himself as one…
  • 8:00pm
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    Christian McBride & Inside Straight

    Convention Hall on 11/09
    Upon his arrival in New York in 1989 from his native Philadelphia at the age…
  • 8:30pm
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    Ben Williams & Sound Effect

    Carney's Other Room on 11/09
    As an energetic six year old, Ben Williams was as curious as a cat. Ben’s…
  • 9:00pm
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    DJ Soul Sister

    The Boiler Room at Congress Hall on 11/09
    The first DJ to receive both a Big Easy Entertainment Award and an OffBeat Best…
  • 9:00pm
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    Henry Cole & Afrobeat Collective

    Cabanas on 11/09
    Crazy With Joy: Henry Cole & the Afro-Beat Collective Find An Age-Old Mestizo Heart and…
  • 9:00pm
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    Nicholas Payton

    SeaSalt at the Ocean Club Hotel on 11/09
    In 1994, Nicholas Payton made his recording debut as a leader with From This Moment…
  • 9:15pm
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    Bobby Broom Deep Blue Organ Trio

    Carney's Main Room on 11/09
    The music of Stevie Wonder left an indelible imprint on the minds of Bobby Broom,…
  • 9:30pm
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    Marianne Solivan

    Martini Beach on 11/09
    It is that same simplicity of statement with its intrinsic honesty that characterizes Solivan’s style.…
  • 10:00pm
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    Sachal Vasandani

    Carney's Other Room on 11/09
    With his breakthrough 2007 debut, Eyes Wide Open, vocalist/composer/arranger Sachal Vasandani established himself as one…
  • 10:15pm
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    Christian McBride & Inside Straight

    Convention Hall on 11/09
    Upon his arrival in New York in 1989 from his native Philadelphia at the age…
  • 10:30pm
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    The Stooges Brass Band

    Cabanas on 11/09
    The Stooges Brass Band has been one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans…
  • 10:45pm
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    Nicholas Payton

    SeaSalt at the Ocean Club Hotel on 11/09
    In 1994, Nicholas Payton made his recording debut as a leader with From This Moment…
  • 11:00pm
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    DJ Soul Sister

    The Boiler Room at Congress Hall on 11/09
    The first DJ to receive both a Big Easy Entertainment Award and an OffBeat Best…
  • 11:15pm
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    Marianne Solivan

    Martini Beach on 11/09
    It is that same simplicity of statement with its intrinsic honesty that characterizes Solivan’s style.…
  • 11:30pm
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    Bobby Broom Deep Blue Organ Trio

    Carney's Main Room on 11/09
    The music of Stevie Wonder left an indelible imprint on the minds of Bobby Broom,…
  • 11:45pm
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    Ben Williams & Sound Effect

    Carney's Other Room on 11/09
    As an energetic six year old, Ben Williams was as curious as a cat. Ben’s…

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Great Time 4 Cape May - Breathing a sigh of relief

Dune is Gone! Great 4 the Cove Restaurant!
Sorry I haven't updated in the last several days... once it was clear that Cape May came through relatively unscathed (albeit with a great deal of sand deposited in East Cape May, and concern for the damages at both McGlade's and Higher Grounds Coffee), I had to focus on work of all things...

Anyway, here are some post-Sandy photos for you. These are published here and there all over the web.

Sand mostly gone from Rusty Nail area



Poverty Beach Got Up & Moved During the Storm 
North Cape May Bay During Storm



Thursday, November 1, 2012

Reed's Beach needs Help after Hurricane Sandy

I have featured Reed's Beach, a very small town on the bayside maybe 10 or 15 minutes from Cape May, at least once or twice previously.  Anyway, Reed's Beach took the devastation that we expected in Cape May and that was received up at northern shore points.  Please look at this article in the CapeMayCountyHerald.Com and if you can offer help, do it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Post-Sandy Photos



Photos photos photos. Here are some good locales for post-Hurricane Sandy Cape May photos:

If you have Facebook, then check out Exit Zero's series of post-hurricane photos by clicking right here.

If you don't have Facebook, then check out CapeMay.Com's series of photos by clicking right here.  The pictures of McGlade's are particularly upsetting.

And even more photos can be found at this link on CapeMayTimes.Com's webpage.




Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Could've Been Much Worse

I will update this post later this morning but for now, I just want to tell all the Cape May Blog's visitors that it could've been much worse. There was a great deal of flooding yesterday morning, and still need to see things now that the sun is out.  But the storm speeding up yesterday afternoon and coming ashore earlier than expected was good for Cape May.  I don't mean to understate the damage and I will be sure to write more later.  But at least at this time I think it's fair to say that things are much better than most experts thought it would be in Cape May at this time today.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Video Cameras Down with Approach of Sandy

I recommend following Twitter if you really want to keep up with all the photos, video, and news coming out of Cape May today and tomorrow, etc. My handle is @capemayblogger . But for the meantime, or in case you can't do Twitter, here's a video for you that shows Grant Street Beach/Beach Drive this morning in the Rusty Nail area:



And here's a story about the St. Mary by the Sea Retreat House and it's long history of surviving storms over the last 100 years. Credit NJ.Com, Star-Ledger, for that story.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Here Comes Sandy -Mandatory Evacuation in Place in Cape May City



Here's a few screenshots from the Cove live camera taken this morning for you (scroll down for video and photos):




As you can see, the jetty that many people fish off of every morning during the summer is virtually totally submerged!

If nothing else, Cape May certainly had notice that Sandy was on her way. The latest projection I've seen, Sunday morning the 28th, is that the storm should hit a bit further up the Jersey coast -- closer to Asbury Park, I suppose, if you're looking for true Jersey Shore symmetry.




Here's some video of the Ocean topping the wall by Poverty Beach, courtesy the Cape May County Herald:



And here's some tweeted or facebooked photos:

Jim's Bait & Tackle boarding up
Sunset Beach Waiting for Sandy
If you're in Cape May or anywhere near the storm, please be careful!

More news and photos as they develop...



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Prepping 4 Sandy

Saturday's alright for storm-preparing... I know many people are ending up here looking for the webcams.  The links are over there to the right and scroll down a bit ---------------------->
and at least as of Saturday 12:45pm the first two live web cameras (the one pointing at  the beach in front of Cabanas and the one that shows the Cove and moves from east to west) all appear to be online.

Here's a random series of photos that people have tweeted both yesterday and today from Cape May.

Photo Credit @CookeCapeMay

That's the well-known Belvedere looking VERY ready! Kudos.

Photo Credit @ACLee Lee Procida of AC Press
 Also kudos to the city for being pro-active about the boardwalk benches, as seen above.

Photo Credit Facebook Patricia A. Smith 
As noted elsewhere, that sand pile in front of Convention Hall looks like a strange sort of storm precaution.  Hopefully the City was given good info that this sand would help protect Convention Hall. In defense of the City, similar sand piles have been seen in other beach towns in NJ so perhaps there's a method here that escapes the layperson.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and Cape May - it's not Fourth of July, Asbury Park

It's not looking good for our favorite little hamlet of Cape May and the greater New Jersey area.  Here's the current model projection as of 8am this morning:

As you can see, several projections take the storm through or very close to Cape May.  Last year's experience with Irene may cause locals to look askance at these projections, since ultimately Irene did not do much in Cape May. I hope Sandy also does little damage to Cape May, but at the same time I hope the locals take the storm seriously.  The many photos I've seen of the Storm of '62, and the damage it did to Cape May, demonstrate that a storm can wreak havoc in Cape May if it hits the town square.

I will try and post photos as I receive them. I will try to make the blog the first place you turn to for Cape May Hurricane Sandy News if I have to. But I still hope that the storm turns away from the Jersey shore altogether. You should also look to Twitter for information -- check out @capemaychris, @cookecapemay, and @CapeMayPoint for good Cape May-centric information.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dredging News & Hurricane Sandy

The Cove: July 2012


According to my favorite periodical "Dredging Today," more pumped-in sand is headed for Cove Beach this winter. I wonder where the sand will end up a year from now? That rhetorical question is prompted by the fact that they pumped sand into the Cove last year (click that last link to read about it) and that sand is gone, gone, gone.

Yes, there is a Hurricane named Sandy, and yes it may be headed to Cape May.  But I'm optimistic that it's headed elsewhere -- hopefully to sea.  I'll report on the storm as it moves closer to Cape May.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Monitoring the Monarchs

photo courtesy the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project blog.
The Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project blog continues to bring insight, detail, and photos to a topic that all Cape May fans will appreciate.  The picture over there  <-------------- is straight from their wonderful blog.  Check it out!

Monday, October 22, 2012

First Female Engineer Hired to Work on Ferry

Here is a nice story on NJ.Com about the first female engineer hired to work on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

And here's your Cape May Sign of the Day for Monday, October 22, 2012. It's kind of a sign-and-a-half due to my poor framing skills!

Have a good Monday!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tedx Tomorrow at Convention Hall

I had hoped to attend tomorrow's TEDx event at Congress Hall but cannot make it. If you're in the area, I recommend attending. Here's some info about it from the webpage:

Journey to Cape May, America's first seaside recreation destination, 
and explore the interplay of recreation and re-creation with some of

. The program offers 12 live presentations, three TED
video presentations, discussion groups over a gourmet box
lunch and concludes with an open bar reception at the Congress Hall.
Registration fee: $50 per person including gourmet box lunch and open bar reception.
Our TEDxCapeMay program of presenters:
  •  Curtis Bashaw: Re-creation of "Service"
  •  Michael Bierut: Re-creation of "Design"
  •  Sandra Bloodworth: Re-creation of "Public Spaces"
  •  Tom Carroll: Re-creation of "Historic Places"
  •  Marguerite Chandler: Re-creation of "Enjoyment"
  •  Daniel Cohen: Re-creation of "Offshore Wind Energy" 
  •  Lynette HullRe-creation of the "Icon"
  •  Chase Jackson: Re-creation of "Life"
  •  Lauren MulhollandRe-creation of "Perseverance"
  •  Hanna Miller: Re-creation of "Cooking"
  •  Jack Morey: Re-creation of the "Kid in All of Us" 
  •  Jack Wright: Re-creation of the Resort "Rag"
There will be an exhibition of local artists sponsored by SOMA NewArt Gallery and a photography exhibit sponsored by Gail Pierson Gallery.

For more information, including how to register, check it out HERE.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Great Pumpkin on his way

On Saturday, October 20, head to Cold Spring Village for Pumpkin Fest! Here are the details:

It’s the spookiest time of the year at the Village! Celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival. This fun, free event will take place on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village on Saturday, October 20th from 10am to 4:30pm (Rain date: Sunday, October 21st) and is presented by the Lower Township Rotary Club.  Admission is free; guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the ‘Share the Harvest’ Food Drive.
Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village’s shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks.  Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm.  Don’t miss the Children’s Halloween Parade at noon. Please call the Lower Township Recreation Department at (609) 886-7880 for parade registration information.
Meanwhile, Susan Tischler and CapeMay.Com give you the scoop on Sunday's Halloween Parade in Cape May.  From the article:

Children of all ages are invited to register for the annual Halloween parade at the intersection of Perry Street and Washington Street Mall at 1 p.m. (this Sunday).  Registration is necessary for parade lineup and prize eligibility. Registration will close promptly at 2 p.m. and assemble for step off at 3 p.m.
The participants will march along Carpenters Lane onto Ocean Street and then down Washington Street.  The parade will conclude at Emlen Physick Estate where Mid-Atlantic Center for Performing Arts will provide refreshments and snacks during the awards presentation.  The popular event promises to be as enjoyable as in years past featuring an array of costumed participants and more than ten bands.

Read more: http://capemay.com/magazine/2012/10/cape-may-halloween-parade-sunday/#ixzz29emdEj3r

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NJToday Covers the Monarch Monitoring Project

NJToday has put together the best news story on the Monarch Monitoring Project that I have read or seen.  Watch it here:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Smooth Tuesday

Archives Day on Wednesday, October 24th will bring a nice lecture from Cape May Historian Laurie Thomas of the Colonial House. You can read about it here.



And the Exit Zero Jazz Fest is coming too -- in November. Here are some details.

Have a good Tuesday!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cape May's comeback: Tourism-related revenue rises in 2012 - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Today's Top Headlines

The Press of Atlantic City has a relatively in-depth look of how business is going in Cape May. Read it at this link: Cape May's comeback: Tourism-related revenue rises in 2012.  Since the article begins with a look at the Chalfonte, today's sign of the day -- and related photos inside and outside the hotel -- all are comprised of Chalfonte-related photos. I loved staying there.