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Lower 5.10.2006

By Christine Cote

Was I surprised to learn that a cactus plant a neighbor gave me years ago that has multiplied throughout my yard is something I can eat? You bet. But harvesting the prickly thing that will leave no see ’em spikes in your fingers if you dare touch it is something else entirely.
I might just look for some recipes though. If I can’t beat the price of gas I’ll have to cut down on the grocery bill. Eating off the land is one solution.
It’s the countdown to Memorial Day so brace yourselves: summer traffic will be upon us soon. If this nice weather keeps up we’ll all be able to get some beach days in before tags are needed.
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The Villas Civic Club Meets for its monthly social April 13, and every second Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the Millman Center. There will be ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch this month.
The group also meets the last Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at the center for bingo and cards and friendly conversation over bingo and donuts.
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The Cape May Beach Property Owners Association will restart monthly pancake breakfasts on May 20 at their clubhouse in Town Bank.
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The Lower Township Kiwanis Club meets May 26 at the North Cape May Care Center at 7 p.m. That’s at the corner of Townbank Road and Shunpike.
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It’s Maritime Month in May and at our branch of the library on Bayshore Road. There will be an exhibit on display by the Aquarian Project that “Salutes Those who Live and Work on the Sea.”
Edward Carson, in charge of the branch, will share his collection of model ships that includes sailing ships, the Chesapeake Dead Rise, a Trawler, and a Viking Ship. I’m going to stop by just to see what a “dead rise” is, sounds kind of spooky.
The artwork of 13-year-old resident Bobby McCarty will also be on display. Bring the kids to check out his pen and ink drawing s and acrylic paintings; maybe they will be inspired to tap into their own creative reservoir.
Everybody’s got one, some just never find theirs.
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Two other student residents are getting their creative accomplishments recognized May 18. 
Riley Cathall and Matt Belasco, among others, are being awarded by Cape Counseling Services for contributions to behavioral healthcare in the community.
These young men participated in the production of a film entitled “Broken Bottles,” which exposes the pain of a teenager living with an alcoholic parent. Congratulations to them both.
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Get your Italian hoagies from St. Barnabas by the Bay Church at 13 West Bates Avenue in the Villas, by ordering on or before May 23.
Just call 886-5960 or 886-2625, you can leave a message, with a phone number.
The hoagies are $4 and can be picked up May 27 from 9 a.m. until noon at the church.
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Township council meets again on May 15 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at township hall on Bayshore Road.
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The Lower Cape May Regional Board of Education meets May 25 at 7 p.m. in the board of education office on Route 9.
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Hey, don’t be feeding any bears. It’s against the law, besides being incredibly stupid. That’s my well though out advice for the week.
Keep the news coming in so I can get it out. Call or fax the number above or send me an e-mail at cmcote40@hotmail.com.

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