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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

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Lower News Notes

By Christine Cote

Today is graduation day for the seniors at Lower Cape May Regional High School. I’ll be there to see my daughter cross one threshold of life to enter another.
Congratulations to all students and parents on this special day and good luck to those embarking on the next journey of their young lives.
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If you haven’t noticed there is construction on Bayshore Road in the Villas because a new water main is being installed between Matthews and Hudson Avenues.
The work started June 12 and is expected to continue to about July 28.
Workers will be on the job from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. each weekday so try to avoid the area if you can take an alternate route.
You will be detoured through neighborhoods in that area so remember to slow down.
Businesses will remain open and the police will try to set the detours so businesses and residents will not be too inconvenienced.
The work is important since it will provide water to those who have problems with their wells, so try to be patient if you need to go that way.
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The Center for Community Arts will be running its summer Youth Arts Program again for kids 10 to 14.
They will begin the first week of July and are free for township residents.
For more information on these workshops that will treat a different art theme each week call 884-7525.
The center also has programs for adults and other art programs for children planned for this summer.
Call them or check the Website for more details: www.CenterForCommunityArts.org.
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Take a walk into our county’s past by going on a tour of the cemetery at Cold Spring Presbyterian Church on Seashore Road. The church itself is the third at the site and it was built in 1823. The oldest gravestone is dated 1742.
This National Historic Landmark Site is open for tours at 10 a.m. starting this Saturday.
Tours will also be conducted on July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 19, Sept. 2 and Sept. 9.
It is recommended that you wear a hat and sunscreen. Call 884-4065 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for more information.
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It’s time for another Pancake Breakfast at the Cape May Beach Property Owners clubhouse this Saturday morning. Stop by while you are out checking on those yard sales.
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Mark your calendar for July 8. That’s the day St. Barnabas by the Sea will be holding its summer bazaar. The church is at 13 West Bates Ave. in the Villas.
The bazaar will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and there will be light-lunch, hand-made items, white elephants, books, food and something for everyone. The proceeds will benefit the church.
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The library has lots of things planned for kids this summer.
For the independent reading club: Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales packets for those wishing to participate will be available at our library branch the last week of June.
July 5 at 6:30 p.m. educational musician Benjamin Gauthier will perform an interactive music show for kids at our branch.
Spot the puppy from Eric Hill’s books will visit our branch July 12 at 2 p.m. and Clifford the Big Red Dog will visit on July 26 at 2 p.m.
A math club with crafts will be held at the Lower branch Mondays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. from July 10 to Aug. 31 for kids from kindergarten through seventh grade.
An interactive theatre program featuring a presentation of the “Hobbit” will take place at the branch on July 18 at 10 a.m. and the next day, July 19, it’s time for dinosaur fun at the branch at 2 p.m.
A nature program is planned for Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.
Stop in at the branch at 2600 Bayshore Road or call 886-8999 to find out more about these programs.
Encouraging your child to read during the summer may help to improve their attitude and grades at school next year.
They may also find something that really interests them by choosing books that appeal to them.
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The planning board will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of township hall on Bayshore Road.
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For those of you who may not have noticed on page 53 of last week’s Herald, I will no longer be writing this column as of July 1 and the paper is looking for someone to take my place.
If anyone would like to apply, contact Carolyn Mee at cmee@herald.com or 886-8600 ext. 15 by June 20.
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For the next two weeks let me know if there’s anything you’d like to pass on to our neighbors.

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