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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Yeah, this has nothing to do with Cape May, other than the fact that I've listened to the Beatles while in Cape May. But here's a beautiful rendition of John Lennon's Real Love as sung by Russian songstress Regina Spektor:

update: Here's another Regina Spektor cover that kills:

Now time to get to work.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Beach Theatre Foundation Responds to News Reports

The Beach Theatre Foundation ("BTF") has issued a press release regarding the $100k loan in the news lately and the City's argument that the loan is presently due. According to the BTF, an ambiguity in the documents behind the loan suggests that the money is not presently due.  Rather than explain it, I will let you read the press release for yourself:


Loan Payback By Pledgors Seen As Ahead Of Schedule

CAPE MAY, NJ, October 9, 2012 - The Beach Theatre Foundation (BTF) announced today that it was delivering another monthly repayment totaling $7,000 toward the $100,000 loan made by the City of Cape May to the non-profit foundation. The latest installment marks a total of $38,700 being paid back on the loan made in October 2007. At that time, the City utilized the New Jersey Small Cities Grant program to fund the loan to the BTF, which the foundation then used to pay for a one year lease, with option to buy, of Cape May’s Beach Theatre from its owner, the Frank theatre chain. The BTF was then engaged in efforts to operate, acquire, restore and redevelop the movie house, which subsequently was demolished in 2011 after the City refused to confirm it as an historic site. In order to secure the loan, the City required individual pledgors to agree to donate to the BTF amounts sufficient to repay the loan in the event the BTF could not.  Several dozen concerned citizens and fans of the theatre, the majority being BTF trustees and local residents, stepped forward and signed pledges to stand behind the loan.

The 2007 loan was originally set to mature by its terms on October 1, 2012. However, in March 2009, the Theatre owner refused to grant a second lease extension to the BTF, and in April 2010, citing its legal right to accelerate the loan under those circumstances, the City sought to call the note over the BTF’s protests that acceleration would effectively kill the redevelopment project still in progress.  The parties disputed the acceleration until the Theatre itself was demolished in September 2011, after the City Council overrode its Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Board, refusing their recommendations to declare the Theatre site historic, and granted a demolition permit to its owner.  Loss of the Theatre resulted in a pre-payment program agreed to by the City and the Foundation in December 2011 wherein the BTF agreed to act as a conduit forwarding pledge payment funds received on a monthly basis to the City, and the City agreed to release each pledgor to the extent of paid pledges. 

Each pledgor signed a written instrument on a form drafted in 2007 by the City Solicitor stating that the pledgor has "a period not to exceed five (5) years"  to pay the pledge in the event the BTF does not. The BTF has maintained that, unfortunately, the pledge instruments are ambiguous as to when the five year period begins to run, so that, as the instrument might be construed if the City took action against the pledgors, those persons may have five years from 2010, or even 2012, to fulfill  their pledges. The settlement agreement has resulted in the BTF contacting pledgors and asking them to remit funds as soon as practicable, but it does not require the BTF to seek to enforce payment.

In either case, the BTF believes that the overwhelming majority of the loan pledges will be paid back far in advance of the outside dates. Based on the paid pledges over the past 10 months, the BTF is confident in the continuation of pledges being made good to the City of Cape May. 

BTF President, Steve Jackson, added "These pledges are a testament to the citizens who believed in the historic and economic value the Theatre brought to Cape May. The payback by the pledgors is even more amazing considering the Theatre was lost last year as a direct consequence of the current administration's lack of concern for maintaining an important community institution that had been part of Cape May for over 60 years. The BTF is proud of the pledgors, but no small town should ever be proud that they lost their last movie theatre."

About Beach Theatre Foundation, Inc.
The Beach Theatre Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) designated corporation founded in 2007. Its mission was to save the historic Beach Theatre in Cape May, New Jersey and operate the theatre to enrich the entertainment, cultural and educational values of Cape May and southern New Jersey. The Beach Theatre was first opened in 1950 as an 806 seat movie theatre by Huntʼs Theatres, Inc. Designed by famed architect William Harold Lee, the theatre was placed on Preservation New Jerseyʼs Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites in New Jersey in 2008.

Contact: Steve Jackson 609-849-8780 or steve@beachtheatre.org


Should be interesting to see how this plays out.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Papers

Good story in the Herald about the portable bathrooms by the boardwalk and whether business has picked up in the boardwalk area post-opening of the new Convention Hall: read it HERE.

Loan from City of Cape May to Beach Theatre Foundation now due: read it HERE.

The AC Press writes about this past weekend's Wine Festival: HERE.

And here's your sign for Monday Sign of the Day:

This is a bit of a cheat b/c this sign is not in Cape May. But, I was so excited to see Wawa in Florida this weekend that I thought it fit!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Inside the Abbey

The new owners of the Abbey have posted a nice video that takes you inside the Abbey.  If you have always wanted to see inside this Cape May gem, here's your chance.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Doyle the Science Teacher and his blog worth reading

I have featured Doyle the Science Teacher's blog often over the years. I had lost track of him but he is still blogging and many of his blogposts feature or at least discuss Cape May Point while discussing nature, of as in the case of his most recent post, discussing human nature.