Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Time to Feature Another Artist

Been a while since I featured a painter or artist.  Let's fix that.  Toni Lee Vosika paints beach scenes, and has a variety of Cape May and Cape May Point paintings that you can see HERE.  She named the above painting Early Autumn Afternoon at Cape May Point. She also has a number of beautiful photos for sale, like the one below.  Check her site out.

Painting and photo by Toni Lee Vosika.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Burns Supper 2012

It's time for the annual Burns Supper at the Ugly Mug this Thursday Night.  But if you don't have tickets, alas, forget it.  The event is already sold out.  They should start thinking about a ticket drop in the manner Springsteen drops good tickets on the day of the show.

Have a good time, boys & girls.  Impossible not to at the Mug...just don't drink too much whisky if you're driving.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Asbury Park Press writes about the Seasonal Employee-Unemployment Benefits Issue

If you've been reading this blog a while, then you know that the Mayor and City Manager of Cape May, and Mayor of Cape May Point, believe that seasonal employees -- like lifeguards -- are taking advantage of unemployment benefits in the off-season.  They have spoken out in favor of eliminating this meager benefit to save a few dollars -- according to the Cape May City Mayor, seasonal employees know that the seasonal job is temporary and thus do not deserve benefits after the job ends (like unemployment benefits).

The Asbury Park Press has written an excellent story regarding this controversy that you can read here. According to the story, the Mayor of Belmar, Bruce Doherty, thinks that the few seasonal employees who collect unemployment are not a problem.  He doesn't explicitly come out against the Cape May Mayor and City Manager's plan, but he does make it clear that he doesn't think the idea makes a lick of sense.  From the story:

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said the borough does not have a problem with seasonal employees collecting unemployment.
“I don’t believe that our town has an issue with it at this time,’’ Doherty said. “Most of our season employees are college or high school students, retirees, and school teachers who are not eligible (to collect).”
Belmar, by the way, plays $112,000 to the State towards those seasonal workers unemployment benefits (according to the story).

Personally,  I find it exceedingly odd that the City of Cape May would try to stick it to people who are doing the town a great service during the summer tourist season.   I particularly find it strange that the town would try to stick it to the lifeguards, who are a credit to Cape May and have been so for over a century.  To save a few bucks on their backs is ridiculous, when there are certainly more obvious places to go for more cost savings -- for example, the City Manager's pension, for starters.  Moreover, the Asbury Park Press article points out that seasonal workers do not receive health benefits, which can become very expensive.  The tradeoff is a financially fair one for the municipalities, if the import of the article is correct.

Remarkably, Exit Zero Magazine has editorialized in favor of the City's position on this. If you click this link and turn to page 13 of the December 29th, 2011, edition, the journalists at Exit Zero suggest that some Cape May seasonal workers -- the article doesn't say who -- take advantage of unemployment benefits and go "hang[] ten in Costa Rica" with their unemployment benefits during the off-season.  The Exit Zero editors do not name names, and do not do appear to do any investigative journalism so as to substantiate their claim that lifeguards or other seasonal employees take advantage of the system by vacationing in the Caribbean -- instead, the Exit Zero journalists simply say "you know it happens." Exit Zero tries to say it sees "both sides" of the issue, but the tone and emphasis of the comments establish that EZ sides with the Cape May and Cape May Point Mayors and Cape May City Manager on this issue.

(Not to get off track, but this Exit Zero editorial is not exactly a high point in its short history. Kicking at seasonal workers during the winter -- a few days after Christmas -- is worthy of Ebeneezer Scrooge and City Manager McLeod perhaps, but unexpected when coming from journalists who say they're "a liberal-leaning bunch" who knows how much "the city depends on its seasonal workers." Perhaps someone could have interviewed a seasonal worker or two who receives these benefits to find out whether the money goes to surfing in Costa Rica or goes to helping a family get by in the winter.  The good people of Exit Zero -- and they are good people -- lost their focus when it comes to this point.)

I know firsthand the difficulties of the economy. I am a small-business owner myself and expect my tax contributions to be used wisely. But if my tax dollars were helping someone who works for Cape May scrape by in the off-season, I like to think I'd consider that a reasonable use of tax dollars.

If there are truly seasonal workers using this benefit to go surf in the Caribbean, I hope someone will speak up as to exactly who is doing that. Otherwise, for now I'll side with the Mayor of Belmar, and wonder what exactly is going on down in Cape May.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Patricia Rainey is a Cape May Treasure

Today, The Press of Atlantic City published a very nice story about one of my favorite Cape May people, artist Patricia Rainey.  If you're interested in buying her work -- an example of which I've posted above -- you can click HERE.  I have several of her works -- she really does a very good job of capturing Cape May.

Beach Drive in Winter painting above by Patricia Rainey.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Getting in the Cape May Time Machine

There's not much Cape May news lately, being January and all.  Thus, I'm taking a ride in a time machine thanks to Google.  The Baltimore Herald published an article on June 8, 1890 about President Benjamin Harrison's Cape May Point Summer White House.  Click the link and you can't miss the article.

A few months (August 1890) later, the New York Times reported on a near-drowning at the Point witnessed by the President.

And that's all for today. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Violins for Valentine's Day in Cape May

The Herald lets us know about Violins for Valentine's Day at the Cape Island Baptist Church on Guerney Street.  Here are the details in case you are interested in attending:

 On Feb. 11, at Cape May Baptist Church, Gurney & Columbia Aves., the director of the Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival, Aurelia Mika Chang, will be joined by well-known Hungarian violinist, Bela Horvath in a Valentine's Day special concert. The concert will take place at 4 p.m.

"Several years ago, we hosted a Valentine's Day concert with Kathryn Krueger, violinist, and Aurelia Mika Chang, pianist, and it was a wonderful classical concert of romantic music. About 70 people came out, and 38 of them went to dinner at the Washington Inn with the musicians. It was very European, and very enjoyable, and lovers of music were delighted." said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Director. "Aurelia Mika Chang began our Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music series, and also was a founding member of the Mondrian Ensemble. She performs on three continents and has been featured on national television in China, and on WQXR in NYC as a young musician." Beitel said.

"Aurelia Mika Chang, who holds a Masters in Music from Juilliard, is bringing Bela Horvath, Manhattan School of Music pre-instructor, and former winner of competitions, including the National Janoz Konez violin competition, in Hungary to Cape May.

Definitely sounds like a romantic event.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cape May and Slavery

Shore News Today provides a very interesting story about Cape Island's opinion on slavery leading up to the Civil War.  Timely article in light of this past Monday's holiday.  There's certainly much more to this story, including the Underground Railroad passing through Cape May.  I believe Shore News Today intends to follow up this article with another one.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More Sand (Again)

Interesting article in the Coast Guard News about the latest beach replenishment project for Cape May beaches.

Yes, it's been slow for Cape May news recently. Welcome to January! I promise it will pick up soon.

That's a photo taken at the Cove Beach jetty.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cape May Chris

Cape May Chris  is one of the best realtors in Cape May.  Don't believe me? Try subscribing to his weekly email list and I'll bet you change your mind.  Each week he sends out a summary email which includes every property for sale in the area, organized by town (Cape May, Cape May Point, West Cape May, and Lower Township). You can watch some of the videos he has created which feature Cape May right HERE.  That's one of them above, in which he spends some time at the Gallery D'May. And you should follow his Twitter feed. Check out Cape May Chris Bezaire if you want to know the scoop on what's for sale in Cape May.

As always, no paid endorsements here. I link or feature people or businesses because I like the work they do.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"The Joy of Life 2011" courtesy of a Cape May YouTuber

The Cape May youtube video creator DonnaHal (a/k/a Donna Halbruner) who gave us the New Year's slide show that I featured yesterday gives us another very nice slide show. This time, the photos are from the Point.

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Beginnings 2012

Thanks to YouTube user "donnahal" for posting this wonderful "New Beginnings 2012" video slideshow of photos from the first sunrise of the year on Poverty Beach.  Very very cool.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Vote for Cape May

Frommer's has a website named  Budget Travel that is having a poll regarding the best small town in America.  Now, I'm not sure anything about Cape May fits the moniker "budget travel" but I do encourage you to go vote for Cape May!

Photo of Uncle Bill's Courtesy Budget Travel Website

Saturday, January 7, 2012

"It is a Jewel"

NJ TV did a wonderful short story about Cape May called "Keeping History Alive in Cape May" a week or so ago. Here is that video:

Watch Cape May is a Historical Community on PBS. See more from WNJT.

Keeping History Alive in Cape May

Friday, January 6, 2012

Your Friday Cape May Links

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (The MAC) has a blog.  Who knew?

The Frog Hollow Farm Girl knows a great deal about Cape May, as this blog entry shows. I can't tell if she knows that there is a neighborhood in Cape May known as Frog Hollow but she has many good photos of the area, a few off the beaten path.

Finally, Sully the New Jersey photographer has a number of nice Cape May photos on his blog that you can see HERE.  That's his photo of Wanderlust above -- what a great shot!

You can find the photo above by Sully at this link.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Things to do in Cape May and the Southern NJ Shore

Mad Batter Restaurant in Cape May showcases sister art forms - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Arts & Entertainment: Local artist Catherine Bosna teams with her sister, illustrator
Mia Bosna, for “Sister Act II,” a co-exhibit at the Mad Batter
Restaurant. Click the link for more details.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wednesday Links From Here & There

Click this link to see a Cape May Sunset According to A Bronx Blogger.

Click this Cape May Times link to see how warm it was the last few days of the year 2011.

Click this CapeMay.Com link to see what two of the movers and shakers in Cape May -- Bernie Haas and John Cooke -- are looking forward to this year.

Are the holidays really over? Can we just do have one more week of holidays?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rutgers University students have recently studied beach replenishment efforts in Cape May County.  The REPORT makes for interesting reading.  As the professor writes on his blog:

"the students thought it seemed curious how the government kept replenishing the same beaches over and over in the name of aesthetics." 

Something to think about as we observe what happens to the sand that was part of the "back passing" efforts in the most recent beach replenishment effort.

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Visitor at the Virginian

Anna Fravel runs a nice little photo blog you can see at this link.  I feature her today because she wrote about her stay at the Virginian during the holidays right HERE.  She includes some nice photos worth checking out.

Photo courtesy Anna Fravel.