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Victorian Towers gets a little TLC

Photo by Michelle Giorla

Victorian Towers, at the corner of Washington and Ocean streets, is receiving some TLC! In addition to new windows, the building is being re-sided with new trim.

Victorian Towers was constructed as part of the $3.2 million, 77-acre Victorian Village Urban Renewal Project approved in 1965. Over 100 properties were demolished in order to create three new streets, several large parking lots, and Victorian Towers to house the town’s elderly residents. It remains a senior low-income housing apartment.

Behind the scenes of the upcoming thriller ‘Exit 0’

Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos), who plays a detective,  filming on the porch of the Doctor’s Inn | Photo courtey of E.B. Hughes

Exit 0, an upcoming suspense thriller starring Gabe Fazio and Augie Duke, recently filmed at the Doctor’s Inn B&B in Cape May Court House and various locations around Cape May. We caught up with writer, director, producer E.B. Hughes and got the scoop on the film, what role Cape May played in the production, and when you can see it.

Five local businesses making a difference this holiday season

This is the season of giving, but that doesn’t just mean gifts for friends and family—it can also mean giving back to the community. Here are five local businesses who are making a difference this holiday season.

Tomorrow night, November 18, The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities will be collecting canned goods at the Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Physick Estate between 6-8pm. Your donation will get you a free tour of the Physick House. MAC is also participating this season in a Toys for Tots drive at the Estate, where you can drop off toys and monetary donations for this perennial Christmas endeavor organized by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Now through the end of December, the Montreal Beach Resort is collecting non-perishable food items to assist local families, with all donations going to the Cape May Community Food Closet. And if you take a selfie with their “I Made A Difference” sign when you drop it off, and thenpost it to Facebook, they will also donate $5 for each post, up to 100 posts.

Carney’s Cookies (, the brainchild of Dana Dewedoff, is spreading holiday cheer in a sweet way. From now until December 8, ten percent of the profits for their baked-at-Carney’s cookies will be donated to the Alzheimer Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter. Sold in boxes of 16, 24, and 36, you can choose to spread some made-in-Cape May joy via Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Chunk, White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut, or White Chocolate Drizzle Cookies. Or just buy them for yourself. You deserve it.    

Willow Creek Sip N’ Shop is an opportunity to support local small businesses AND give back to the community AND cross off everything on your list—win, win, win. This third annual event will be held on Saturday, December 12 from 11am-7pm, and Sunday, December 13 from 11am-5pm. Over 30 local vendors will be on hand, with live music and wine to sample, hourly prize drawings, and even Santa will stop by. Your admission charge? A non-perishable food item for people OR pets, which will be collected and distributed by the West Cape May Fire Department.

The Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa Hotel will be collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 10th at the restaurant. The toys should be for boys and girls, ages 3-17, and will be donated to the Cape May County Special Services School District. And if you don’t know what to buy, they’re accepting monetary donations for the schools as well!  

Mad Batter honors veterans in memory of Harry Kulkowitz

Harry Kulkowitz being honored by President Obama on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014. / Photo credit: Mark Kulkowitz

You most likely know the Mad Batter Restaurant on Jackson Street. You might not know that the restaurant was founded in 1978 by a man named Harry Kulkowitz and that it completely changed Cape May’s restaurant scene. Harry, who was born in 1924, passed away in August at the age of 92.  

A WWII veteran who served in the Battle of the Bulge, Harry was awarded French Legion of Honor in 2010, and in 2014, was honored by President Obama at the 70th anniversary of D-Day with these remarks:

“Think of Harry Kulkowitz, the Jewish son of Russian immigrants, who fudged his age at enlistment so he could join his friends in the fight. Don’t worry, Harry, the statute of limitations has expired. Harry came ashore at Utah Beach on D-Day. And now that he’s come back, we said he could have anything he wants for lunch today—he helped liberate this coast, after all. But this humble hero said a hamburger would do fine. And what’s more American than that?”

President Obama, June 6, 2014

In honor of Harry’s memory and in recognition of all those who have served, the Mad Batter Restaurant, owned today by Harry’s son Mark, is giving $18 toward breakfast or lunch to any veteran showing a Cape May County Veterans Card or a Military ID Card from November 6-10, 2017. 

Sea turtles from 2016 stranding season released in Cape May

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King Tide, left, and a green sea turtle are rereleased in Cape May Point State Park / Photo: Michelle Giorla,

A small crowd and two news cameras watched the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) release two turtles this morning at Cape May Point State Park. King Tide, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, had been rehabilitated by the New England Aquarium in Boston since his rescue in Cape Cod last December. He is their last release from the 2016 stranding season. The second was a green turtle rescued from the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station. The turtles were released in Cape May at outgoing tide and will swim to warmer southern waters.

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is a critically endangered species and is rarest of sea turtles. King Tide underwent surgery for an infected joint in his fore flippers and was fully recovered before his release. Green sea turtles are also endangered.

The MMSC is a non-profit organization that rescues sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles. Since they began in 1978, they have responded to over 4,800 strandings and handled nearly 2,000 turtles. Find out more about them on their website

Spring Pictorial

Although it seems to be slow in arriving, spring is in the air and the photographers at have been out and about to record the blooming of our island because, as that great bard Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!”  Make sure you tell us what you think about the photos in the comment section or by clicking the like button.

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Photo contest staff picks

In February, Cape May Magazine held its first photo contest, and the winners (who were chosen by the magazine’s Facebook fans) are published in the Spring 2013 issue. But we thought it would be fun to share our staff favorites with you here on


“I’m King of the World”

Photographer: Katrina W. Miller – November 8, 2012
Who liked this best: Jessica Keeler, web & social media manager



Photographer: Valerie Cancel – August 2011
Who liked this best: Susan Tischler, Editor



Photographer: Mary Gentile – April 2012
Who liked this best: Bernie Haas, Publisher



Photographer: Steve Haas – Spring 2011
Who liked this best: Stephanie Madsen, Art Director



Photographer: Lisa Ryan – July 4, 2010
Who liked this best: Michelle Bumm, staff photographer


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