About CapeMay.com

Meet Our Team

Since the beginning, CapeMay.com has been a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of Cape May. We launched in September 1998 as website dedicated to our little piece of paradise at the tip of southern New Jersey. We proudly produce it from our office on the Washington Street Mall (and remotely).


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 website, our social media, and reports on business changes and historic preservation for CapeMay.com.

She also designs Cape May Magazine, runs Cape May Restaurant Week, and designs websites for various Cape May businesses. Jessica grew up in Michigan and has been with Cape Publishing since 2005. “It's just for a summer,” she said. She's a writer, gardener, lazy DIYer, and lives with two dogs.

Michelle Giorla

Michelle Giorla

Photographer + Web Assistant

Michelle is our staff photographer. She takes photos for Picture of the Day and our social media (as well as Cape May Magazine), assists with updates to CapeMay.com, and covers arts and dining for our blog.

Michelle was born and raised in South Jersey. 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 baking.


Kathleen Hayes

Account Executive

Kathleen handles advertising for CapeMay.com and Cape May Magazine.

Kate Chadwick

Kate Chadwick

Blog Contributor

Kate is a contributor to CapeMay.com's blog.

Kate is the Editor of Cape May Magazine and a freelance writer. A Pennsylvania native, she made Cape May her permanent home in 2002, after vacationing in and around town for decades. She lives with her two children and a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious cat named Steve. Kate is an editor by trade and a writer at heart, and spends her time reading, writing, walking, apologizing for her hair, and marveling at her good fortune.

Laura Thistle

Laura Thistle

Freelance Photographer + Blog Contributor

Laura is a photographer for Picture of the Day and contributes to CapeMay.com's blog.

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 May
About CapeMay.com

Our Location

Our office is located at 513 Washington 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. According to Wister Dougherty, whose family owned the building up until the 1960s when George Roth bought it, the building at 513 was constructed around 1903 or so.

It 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.