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  • Bernie

    Bernie Haas

    Bernie is the founder and president of Cape Publishing.

    He lives in Cape May, was educated by Mercy nuns and Christian Brothers in Pittsburgh. Eagle Scout (1960). First career in Philly. Last career in Cape May. Grateful for all that life has brought. Married fewer times than Larry King, but more than Ronald Reagan. Father of seven grown children. Grandfather of seven growing children. Most likely to be spotted at the Brown Room, the Mad Batter or Wawa.

  • Jessica Leeburg

    Jessica Leeburg
    Creative Director

    Jessica oversees the creative direction of and its social media. Sometimes she even blogs.

    She is a writer and designer who suffers from a self-imposed caffeine addiction. In addition to, she designs Cape May Magazine and coordinates Cape May Restaurant Week. Jessica graduated from the University of Michigan and has been with Cape Publishing since 2005. "It's just for a summer," she said. She lives with two dogs.

  • Michelle Bumm

    Michelle Giorla
    Staff Photographer & Web Assistant

    Michelle captures images of Cape May for Picture of the Day and assists with updates to

    Michelle was born and raised in South Jersey and now lives in Cape May County. As a child she would come to Cape May with her Grandparents on many day trips to Sunset Beach. She loves spending her time with family and friends, taking tons of pictures, crafting, and riding her Harley.

  • Kathleen

    Kathleen Hayes
    Account Executive

    Kathleen handles advertising for and Cape May Magazine.

  • Anna Idler

    Anna Idler
    Office Assistant

    Anna is Cape Publishing’s office assistant and blogs for

    Anna worked in public relations and research for four years after graduating Loyola Maryland, then left her office job in June 2016 to fulfill her dream of long term travel by backpacking through Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. As much as she loved her trip, she is happy to be back in Cape May for the summer.

  • Laura Thistle

    Laura Thistle
    Guest Photographer

    Laura is the guest photographer for our most popular feature, Picture of the Day.

    Laura is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography and painting. She received a BA from Georgetown University in 2013 and a Master of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. She has exhibited work in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey, and currently splits her time between Philadelphia and Cape May. Her favorite time of year to photograph in Cape May is the Fall and Winter seasons.

513 Washington Street, Cape MayOur Building is produced at 513 Washington Street, on the Washington Street Mall in historic downtown Cape May.

According to the city's 1890 map, a candy store occupied the site even then and was probably owned by Mr. Roth of Roth's Candyland. His son George ran the candy store until the 1980s when Bogle Brothers' Fudge Kitchen took over. As any one who walks the mall knows, they are very much still here and still selling fudge. The building, according to Wister Dougherty, whose family owned the building up until the 1960s when George Roth bought it, says he thinks 513 was constructed around 1903 or so.

The building served as the office for the Cape May Star and Wave for nearly twenty years, and later for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May. We took over the space in 2004.