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Things to do in Cape May during the President’s Day Weekend Feb 15-Feb 18 2013
by Ryan Reclaim on 02/04/13
Come to Cape May over the long Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 15 to Feb. 18, and enjoy tours and activities sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Here’s a list of some top events to do in Cape during Presidents Day Weekend.

Cape May Crafts and Antiques Show at Convention Hal Feb 16 and Feb 17th 2013. -The region’s most sought-after antiques dealers and craftspeople come together for a two-day show in Victorian Cape May on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. The show features handmade items, gifts, country antiques, glassware, miniatures, silver, furniture and more. Crafts & Antiques in Winter will be held at Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Decatur, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2.

Wine lovers will enjoy combining a Wine Tasting Dinner, Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting and Wine School Class over Presidents’ Day Weekend for triple the delight.

The Cape May Wine Weekend, Feb. 15 through Feb. 17 – begins on Friday with a four-course Wine Tasting Dinner at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St., featuring wines themed to the Wine School Class on Sun. Guests will be treated to individual attention from the wine steward. On Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., visit the award-winning Cape May Winery located in North Cape May for a Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting that includes a tour of the vineyard, an introduction to the winemaker’s art, and a barrel tasting with cheese and fruit. On Feb. 17 at 1 p.m., learn the finer points of fine wines and expand your knowledge in a Wine School Class at the Washington Inn on “Great Italian Reds.” The complete package (gratuity not included) is $145 per person.

The Cape May Wine School class can be purchased separately from the Cape May Wine Weekend. Learn about red wines from Italy and meet other wine enthusiasts. The class on Feb. 17, “Great Italian Reds,” takes place at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St. at 1 p.m. Admission is $40 per person.

Experience the award-winning Cape May Winery during a Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting at the Cape May Winery, 711 Town Bank Rd., on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Tour the vineyard to see how the grapes are grown, get an introduction to the winemaker’s art in the winery and enjoy a barrel-tasting accompanied by cheese and fruit. Admission is $20 per person and includes a sampling of five to six kinds of wine and a complimentary souvenir tasting glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Guided Wine Trail at Natali and Hawk Haven Vineyards- Would you rather sip and swirl at your own pace? Then the Self-guided Wine Trail is for you. Spend the afternoon touring Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery and sampling wines at each. Admission is $8 and includes a map with the wineries listed and a tasting glass. Self-guided Wine Trails are offered Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Take A Cape May Ghost Tour during Presidents Week End- Cape May is a hotbed of paranormal activity according to ghost investigator and psychic medium Craig McManus. Discover the “other side” of Cape May during a ghost tour on Presidents’ Day Weekend. McManus has conducted numerous investigations throughout the City of Cape May and his findings are shared by your guide on the Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours. This 45-minute evening ride takes you past flickering gas street lamps and the haunted properties of Cape May to experience spine-tingling tales. Tours are offered on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).

Cape May Historic Trolley Tours- The best way to get to know Cape May and its rich history is to take the popular Historic District Trolley Tours. Knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. Tours are offered on Feb. 16 at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the Historic District Trolley Tour with a guided tour of the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, 1048 Washington St., with its theme “What Those Victorians Wore.” The Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tour schedule is the same as the Historic District Trolley Tour schedule during Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb.16-18. Admission is $18 for adults and $9 for children (ages 3-12). The Emlen Physick Estate Tours are also available separately. Tours are offered on Feb. 16, at 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., Feb. 17 at 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Feb. 18 at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12).

View the Exhibit and Panel Discussion on African American Social Life in Cape May County -The Center for Community Arts (CCA) presents an exhibit and panel discussion Presidents’ Day Weekend featuring the role played by black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life in Cape May County. On Feb. 17, at 4 p.m., the public is invited to join representative from CCA and the local community for this Free Panel Discussion at the Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., focusing on the exhibit, “Celebrating Community Service: Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Organizations of Cape May County.” This exhibit explores the significance of black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life, featuring such organizations as the GEMS (Gracious, Enthusiastic, Matron Service) of Cape May County, Inc., who in their 20-year history provided $50,000 in scholarships to over 75 Cape May County students; the Prince Hall Masons, the oldest black fraternal organization in the United States dating back to the American Revolution; the Eastern Stars; and the Black USO, among others. These organizations have emerged with the sole purpose of enhancing the lives of African Americans; the exhibit focuses on the black organizations of Cape May County.

Admission to the exhibit and discussion is free. The gallery is open Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by CCA, in association with MAC. For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or see www.CenterforCommunityArts.org.

Climb the Cape May Lighthouse during Presidents Weekend – The Cape May Lighthouse re-opens for the season during Presidents’ Day Weekend. Climb 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse is open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 16, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. Tower admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children (ages 3-12). Admission to the accessible Visitors’ Orientation Center and the ground floor of the Lighthouse is free. The lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township.

MAC is also offering the Cape May Bike Tour, the Self-guided Audio Tour of the Historic District and the Cape May Family Treasure Hunt daily for those eager to explore Cape May at their own pace.

 

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Dentist Pays-It-Forward with Free Smiles Sunshine Dentistry, 109 West Atlantic Ave. Cape May Court House,
by Ryan Reclaim on 02/04/13
Dentist Pays-It-Forward with Free Smiles
Health and Wellness
By Sponsored Content

Sunshine Dentistry, owned by Dr. Eric V. Thomas, will host a free dental care event through Dentistry From the Heart, an organization dedicated to providing dental services to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance.

The team of dental professionals at Sunshine Dentistry will provide the first 100 adult patients a free extraction, filling, or cleaning. There will also be several hygienists, dental assistants and other dental professionals donating their time and resources, in order to provide free dental care to as many residents in needs as possible.

The Dentistry From the Heart Event will donate thousands of dollars in free dental care and provide much needed relief to people in need in the community.

Sunshine Dentistry encourages anyone 18 and older who is in need of dental services, and unable to afford treatment to join Thomas and the teams of volunteers and patients on Friday Feb. 8 to spread free smiles across Cape May County through Dentistry From the Heart.

The event will be held at Sunshine Dentistry, 109 West Atlantic Ave. Cape May Court House, Patients are asked to arrive early, as the event is a first-come; first-serve basis. Event registration will begin at 7 a.m. and patients will be seen until 5 p.m.

Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring chairs, blankets, water, and snacks, as you may be outside waiting to be seen.

Dentistry From the Heart is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work to people in need. This is the first annual event for Sunshine Dentistry, but won’t be its last.

Working with an organization dedicated as Dentistry From the Heart insures that this will be a reoccurring event. Since its inception, Dentistry From the Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events nationwide and has provided more than 80,000 people with an estimated $9million in free dental care services.

Thomas and Sunshine Dentistry will be adding to these numbers with improved smiles, relief from suffering, and an overall sense of community.
The services provided by Dentistry From the Heart not only help a patient’s teeth and overall health, it gives a renewed reason to smile.

For more information contact Thomas at (609)465-5415 , or Dentistryfromtheheart.org.
The smiles are on us!
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Cape May Celebrates Presidents’ Day Weekend 2013
by Ryan Reclaim on 02/02/13
Cape May Celebrates Presidents’ Day Weekend 2013
Arts and Entertainment
CAPE MAY – Visit Cape May over the long Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 15 to Feb. 18, and enjoy tours and activities sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

The region’s most sought-after antiques dealers and craftspeople come together for a two-day show in Victorian Cape May on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. The show features handmade items, gifts, country antiques, glassware, miniatures, silver, furniture and more. Crafts & Antiques in Winter will be held at Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Decatur, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2.

Wine lovers will enjoy combining a Wine Tasting Dinner, Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting and Wine School Class over Presidents’ Day Weekend for triple the delight. The Cape May Wine Weekend, Feb. 15 through Feb. 17, begins on Friday with a four-course Wine Tasting Dinner at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St., featuring wines themed to the Wine School Class on Sun. Guests will be treated to individual attention from the wine steward. On Feb. 16 at 3 p.m., visit the award-winning Cape May Winery located in North Cape May for a Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting that includes a tour of the vineyard, an introduction to the winemaker’s art, and a barrel tasting with cheese and fruit. On Feb. 17 at 1 p.m., learn the finer points of fine wines and expand your knowledge in a Wine School Class at the Washington Inn on “Great Italian Reds.” The complete package (gratuity not included) is $145 per person.

The Cape May Wine School class can be purchased separately from the Cape May Wine Weekend. Learn about red wines from Italy and meet other wine enthusiasts. The class on Feb. 17, “Great Italian Reds,” takes place at the Washington Inn, 801 Washington St. at 1 p.m. Admission is $40 per person.

Experience the award-winning Cape May Winery during a Winery Cellar Tour & Tasting at the Cape May Winery, 711 Town Bank Rd., on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Tour the vineyard to see how the grapes are grown, get an introduction to the winemaker’s art in the winery and enjoy a barrel-tasting accompanied by cheese and fruit. Admission is $20 per person and includes a sampling of five to six kinds of wine and a complimentary souvenir tasting glass.

Would you rather sip and swirl at your own pace? Then the Self-guided Wine Trail is for you. Spend the afternoon touring Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery and sampling wines at each. Admission is $8 and includes a map with the wineries listed and a tasting glass. Self-guided Wine Trails are offered Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cape May is a hotbed of paranormal activity according to ghost investigator and psychic medium Craig McManus. Discover the “other side” of Cape May during a ghost tour on Presidents’ Day Weekend. McManus has conducted numerous investigations throughout the City of Cape May and his findings are shared by your guide on the Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours. This 45-minute evening ride takes you past flickering gas street lamps and the haunted properties of Cape May to experience spine-tingling tales. Tours are offered on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12).

The best way to get to know Cape May and its rich history is to take the popular Historic District Trolley Tours. Knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. Tours are offered on Feb. 16 at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the Historic District Trolley Tour with a guided tour of the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, 1048 Washington St., with its theme “What Those Victorians Wore.” The Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tour schedule is the same as the Historic District Trolley Tour schedule during Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb.16-18. Admission is $18 for adults and $9 for children (ages 3-12). The Emlen Physick Estate Tours arealso available separately. Tours are offered on Feb. 16, at 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., Feb. 17 at 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Feb. 18 at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12).

The Center for Community Arts (CCA) presents an exhibit and panel discussion Presidents’ Day Weekend featuring the role played by black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life in Cape May County. On Feb. 17, at 4 p.m., the public is invited to join representative from CCA and the local community for this Free Panel Discussion at the Carriage House Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., focusing on the exhibit, “Celebrating Community Service: Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Organizations of Cape May County.” This exhibit explores the significance of black fraternal, social and civic organizations in African American social life, featuring such organizations as the GEMS (Gracious, Enthusiastic, Matron Service) of Cape May County, Inc., who in their 20-year history provided $50,000 in scholarships to over 75 Cape May County students; the Prince Hall Masons, the oldest black fraternal organization in the United States dating back to the American Revolution; the Eastern Stars; and the Black USO, among others. These organizations have emerged with the sole purpose of enhancing the lives of African Americans; the exhibit focuses on the black organizations of Cape May County.

Admission to the exhibit and discussion is free. The gallery is open Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by CCA, in association with MAC. For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or see www.CenterforCommunityArts.org.

The Cape May Lighthouse re-opens for the season during Presidents’ Day Weekend. Climb 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse is open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 16, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. Tower admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children (ages 3-12). Admission to the accessible Visitors’ Orientation Center and the ground floor of the Lighthouse is free. The lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township.

MAC is also offering the Cape May Bike Tour, the Self-guided Audio Tour of the Historic District and the Cape May Family Treasure Hunt daily for those eager to explore Cape May at their own pace.

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TV’s Hotel Impossible Does Makeover on Periwinkle Inn Cape May
by Ryan Reclaim on 02/01/13
TV’s Hotel Impossible Does Makeover on Periwinkle Inn

By Jack Fichter

CAPE MAY- The host and crew from Hotel Impossible, a television series on the Travel Channel, arrived at the Periwinkle Avenue for five days of taping the realty show and quickly got on the nerves of owner Claudia Gaitka.

Hotel Impossible host Anthony Melchiorri, who was described by Huffington Post blogger Robert J Elisberg as a “bulleted-headed New Yorker,” is a former Air Force protocol officer. Melchiorri has revamped hotels from the New York’s Algonquin to a 310- suite hotel in Times Square.

The official description of the episode from the Travel Channel: “Anthony heads to Cape May, NJ — America’s oldest seaside resort town — to help the Periwinkle Inn return to its pre-recession state. After angering the owner and bringing her daughter to tears, can Anthony make amends and salvage this Cape May mainstay?”

The motel did not need saving, it does just fie but it didn’t hurt to get national television coverage.
Gaitka said her daughter Jennifer sent an application to the show. The Travel Channel followed up with a questionnaire and phone calls. She said the New York based show seemed anxious to film an episode in Cape May.

Within three weeks, the crew arrived to tape the show which began airing on the Travel Channel Jan. 28. The taping lasted from Sunday to late Thursday night during the third week of October, said Gaitka.

She and her two children were not allowed to see any renovations until they were finished so it came as a surprise to the hotelier at the end of the episode.

“There was a lot of drama involved because he tore my lobby apart while I was still open and I got a little bit upset,” said Gaitka.

She said that is how the show begins with Melchiorri acting as the tough guy.

“And then he ends up being a real nice guy,” said Gaitka.

The renovations undertaken by the crew were not functional at the end of the taping. She said there was not enough time to connect a new toilet or hook up a new phone system, she said.

“They did a lot of stuff they could not finish,” said Gaitka. “I had to provide the labor because they didn’t have enough people.”
She spent her own money for laborers to install a tile floor.

“Their theory is when they do these hotels, they get people to do their work free and then they give them credit on the show,” said Gaitka.

The producers called a tile setter who walked off the job when he found out he was not going to be paid, she said.
Other than the episode providing a huge amount of free advertising for the Periwinkle Inn, she did not receive a penny of remuneration. Gaitka said the producers promised her motel would be mentioned twice during the show.

A producer who recently resigned from a reality show charged that much of what is seen on that type of program is scripted and not spontaneous but Gaitka said Hotel Impossible filmed the events exactly as they happened. She admits she was overprotective of the motel during the first three days of taping the show.

“I was so angry he destroyed my lobby with his hands” said Gaitka.

The design of the Periwinkle’s lobby became a sore spot for Gaitka and Melchiorri. He did not like the Victorian design of the hotel’s main desk and torn it apart by hand, she said.
The lobby and railings were designed by an artist, said Gaitka. She is in the process of undoing what Melchiorri and his crew suggested.

The motel room redone by the show was not functional because it did not have commercial-grade furniture that can stand up to life in a hotel, said Gaitka.

Melchiorri suggested the Periwinkle accept major credit cards. She said her profit margin too small to accept credit cards during the busy season.

Whether or not Gaitka agreed with Hotel Impossible’s renovation ideas, the show’s airing has brought an avalanche of calls, emails and reservations for the 50-room motel on Beach Avenue.
“The minute the show stopped airing last night, the phone lit up like a Christmas tree and didn’t stop all night long,” she said.
Peace was made at the end of the episode, said Gaitka. Melchiorri commented on the cleanliness of the motel.

“It was super positive for us,” said Gaitka.

“His heart is really to help these people succeed and really does go out of his way,” she continued.

She watched the premiere of the episode with two dozen friends.
Gaitka has owned the Periwinkle for 40 years. She grew up at her family’s motel, the Trylon in North Wildwood.

The episode will repeat Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. on the Travel Channel.
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Hurricane Sandy NJ Congress makes additional funds available for recovery
by Ryan Reclaim on 02/01/13
Congress makes additional funds available for recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ninety days after Hurricane Sandy struck, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $1.1 billion in disaster loans to 16,800 residents and businesses in the federally declared states affected by the storm.

This milestone comes as Congress passed emergency legislation Jan. 30 that will add $799 million to SBA’s disaster assistance program budget to help meet the demand for loans from Hurricane Sandy and future disasters.

Here’s how the supplemental appropriations will be used:

$520 million for disaster loan subsidy costs, which would support $5 billion in SBA low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations;

$249 million to cover the administrative costs of SBA disaster loan making and servicing;

$20 million to support SBA’s resource partners: the Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Women’s and Veterans Business Development Centers, as they provide assistance to businesses rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy;

$10 million for additional administrative expenses, which include IT security and financial management costs related to SBA’s Hurricane Sandy response.

According to SBA New Jersey District Director Al Titone, the agency has approved 4,894 Sandy disaster loans throughout New Jersey for $344 million.

Of that total, 4,578 loans went to New Jersey homeowners and renter for $311 million. A total of 316 loans went to businesses for a total of $33 million.

In terms of SBA disaster lending, Hurricane Sandy is the third largest disaster in U.S. history, followed by Hurricanes Katrina/Rita/Wilma (Aug./Sept. 2005, $10.8 billion) and the Northridge (Calif.) earthquake (Jan. 1994, $4 billion).

The SBA currently has a disaster staff of 2,400 supporting the Hurricane Sandy response in seven states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina) and Puerto Rico, as well as assisting in recovery efforts for other disasters nationwide.

For more information about SBA’s disaster loan program, see www.sba.gov/sandy, call the Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov .