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96th Street Bridge Closure

The 96th Street Bridge will be closed 07/09/18 & 07/10/18, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

 Please plan your route accordingly.  These are the final closures scheduled for the bridge.

 

 

 

96th Street Bridge Closure2018-07-24T12:53:15+00:00

Cape May County Fair Free Transportation offers Complimentary Services

Cape May County Fair Free Transportation begins complimentary services throughout the summer to help employees get to work from Lower and Middle Townships to Cape May and The Wildwoods. Click the link below to download the schedule and share it with any employees that will benefit from this free service.  This service will run from July 5 – Sept 9, 2018 as a pilot program.

The buses will not run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 Click here to access the bus schedule for the summer

Cape May County Fair Free Transportation offers Complimentary Services2018-07-06T09:35:03+00:00

96th Street Bridge ~ Update

June 30th, 2018

The Cape May County Bridge Commission has advised the Borough of Stone Harbor that the 15 ton weight restriction on the 96th Street bridge has been lifted.

 

 

 

96th Street Bridge ~ Update2018-07-09T15:29:07+00:00

Presentation 6/19/18 Council Work Session ~ Plastics in the Environment

A discussion on ordinance introduction to eliminate the use of polystyrene/plastic foam and single-use plastic products and other non-locally recyclable and non-properly compostable food packaging in order to protect the marine life and wild life of the surrounding waterways of Stone Harbor, maximize the operating life of landfills and lessen the economic and environmental costs of managing waste was completed at the June 19th, 2018 Council Work Session Meeting.

To View the presentation that was presented please click on the following link:

Plastics in the Environment_SH Council

Stone Harbor appreciates your efforts to keep our town “The Seashore at its Best” 

 

Presentation 6/19/18 Council Work Session ~ Plastics in the Environment2018-06-29T11:40:47+00:00

96th St Bridge ~ 15 ton Weight Restriction

Based on the findings of a recent bridge inspection:

 Effective immediately and until further notice, the Gross Vehicle Weight permitted on the 96th St. Bridge will be lowered to 15 tons.

 The Cape May County Road Department will be placing variable message boards ( one on 96th St., west bound / one on SH Blvd east bound) with the following info:

96th Street Bridge / 15 ton weight limit/ Trucks & Bus use CR 601

 

 

 

96th St Bridge ~ 15 ton Weight Restriction2018-07-09T15:30:11+00:00

Stone Harbor Mayor & Council Recognize Pickleball Ambassadors

STONE HARBOR MAYOR & BOROUGH COUNCIL RECOGNIZE PICKLEBALL AMBASSADORS

 

 

Stone Harbor, NJ – Stone Harbor’s passion for pickleball ignited in the spring of 2014 and shows no signs of being labeled “just another trendy sport.” Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels that is “growing in leaps and bounds,” exclaimed Stone Harbor Pickleball Coordinator, Kim Jackson.

Pickleball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.  The game now coined “the fasted-growing sport in America,” by many notable publications, is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Sounds easy enough right?  Well, not exactly when Stone Harbor Recreation welcomed the numbers it did in 2017. Stone Harbor Recreation welcomed over 3,000 players to their courts in a twelve-week span in 2017; 1,250 of them were introduced to the sport through the Stone Harbor program alone; 51 beginners was the record high in just one beginner session.

 

Thanks to the dynamic foursome that organizes the Stone Harbor Pickleball program, it can be! “Nancy Cunard, Kim Jackson, Phyllis Kilgour and Michele Storb have created an inspiring culture on our courts unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” beamed Borough of Stone Harbor’s Director of Recreation & Tourism, Miranda Duca.  “They are a triple threat on court. Their personalities, patience and passion for the sport encourage players not only to learn the game properly, but have a blast while doing so. I am incredibly grateful to them for donating more than 240 hours of their time and energy on court each summer developing such a inclusive and wholesome benefit to our community.”

 

All four women are Stone Harbor property owners and have a deep connection with Stone Harbor. Kim Jackson summered in Stone Harbor since 1985 and ultimately bought a home in 1995. Kim was a teacher and taught pickleball for 25 years in physical education classes in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Phyllis’ family came to SH over 60 years ago and eventually bought her house in 1976 that she owns today. Phyllis, also a teacher, taught pickleball for 30 years in physical education classes at Radnor HS in PA.

Stone Harbor Michele grew up summering in Stone Harbor since she was a child, and has owned a home in Stone Harbor for the past fifteen years.  The healthy competition pickleball inspired between the Storb Family; Michele, Lewis, and children Malin (25), Marc (22), Mitchel (21), and Michael (17), epitomize the old saying “a family that plays together, stays together.”

 

And don’t let Nancy’s modest and humble persona fool you on court. She is a tenacious Pickleball player who has been playing actively for eight years. She is the first to greet you with a warm smile and is the driving force behind the camaraderie created on court. Nancy spent her summers in Stone Harbor with her family since 1943 and has lived in Stone Harbor full time for forty years.  She created, owned, and operated the adored The Bread & Cheese Cupboard for thirty-four years on 96th St in Stone Harbor, NJ.

Phyllis, Michele and Kim play in the US Open Pickleball Championships annually. Phyllis and Kim both medaled in the prestigious pickleball tournament; The Huntsman Games hosted in St. George, Utah.  Needless to say, there is no shortage of talent instructing the Stone Harbor Pickleball program.

In 2017, Stone Harbor Recreation hosted two tournaments greeting 180 players to our first-rate facilities on 82nd St.  Back by popular demand, Stone Harbor Recreation is gearing up to host the 2nd annual Spring Pickleball Tournament June 23-24, 2018 for ages nineteen and up.  “Younger people are getting involved which helps with the growth of the sport,” said Phyllis Kilgour an official USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) Ambassador and Stone Harbor Pickleball Coordinator. “It’s wonderful to offer a tournament to local and regional players to not only expose our top-notch facility, but offer an opportunity for younger players to get tournament experience since the ages groups range from 19-70+ years.  I have witnessed the talent progress in just a few short years and the level of competition has certainly risen. My advice to future generations would be if you aren’t immediately successful, stick with it, and growth will happen!”

The resonating message from our volunteer coordinators; Pickleball keeps you active on-the-court, develops lasting friendships off-the-court, and be prepared to get addicted!

Mayor Davies-Dunhour and Borough Council recognized the volunteer efforts of these four exceptional individuals at the Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

 

 

For additional information or to play in the Stone Harbor’s Pickleball program,
please visit www.StoneHarborRecreation.com.

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Stone Harbor Mayor & Council Recognize Pickleball Ambassadors2018-08-17T12:45:00+00:00

DEP URGES MOTORISTS TO WATCH FOR TURTLES CROSSING ROADWAYS

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     Contact: Caryn Shinske          (609) 984-1795

June 19, 2018                                                                         Lawrence Hajna       (609) 292-2994

 

DEP URGES MOTORISTS TO WATCH FOR TURTLES CROSSING ROADWAYS

AS VEHICLE-STRIKE RISK INCREASES DURING NESTING SEASON

 

(18/P53) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection is asking motorists to  drive with caution this summer because New Jersey’s turtles are active and moving across roadways to find places to lay eggs.

All of New Jersey’s turtle species lay eggs by digging a hole in the ground, depositing the eggs, and then covering the nest with soil. Turtles sometimes travel long distances, crossing roadways to find just the right spot to lay eggs and ensure their survival.

As a result, turtles are at significant risk of being struck by vehicles. Turtles are particularly vulnerable because they are slow moving and their defense mechanism is usually to stop and withdraw into their shell when feeling threatened.

“With summer approaching, New Jersey’s turtles are on the move looking for nesting sites to lay eggs,” DEP Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said. “This puts them in great danger as they frequently have to cross roadways to find the right location. We encourage motorists to drive cautiously so the turtles can cross roads and arrive to their nesting destination safely.”

Some of the species that are moving around now include Eastern box, Eastern painted, wood and snapping turtles. One coastal species that is particularly at risk is the diamondback terrapin, New Jersey’s only saltmarsh turtle. Summer brings more traffic to shore areas where these turtles live, increasing risk of strikes.

Once abundant, terrapins decreased dramatically by the 1930s, due primarily to harvesting for food. Numbers started increasing again by the 1960s, but in recent decades the terrapin has been at risk again due to habitat loss, drowning in crab traps, and vehicle strikes.

This unique species is the only turtle to inhabit New Jersey’s coastal estuaries year-round, living exclusively in brackish water. During this time of year, adult females emerge from their aquatic habitat to find suitable locations to lay eggs, seeking areas with sand and gravel above the high tide line.

Loss of coastal habitat has increased mortality risk as diamondback terrapins search for these nesting areas. Terrapin nests are often along roadsides, increasing the risk of vehicle strikes.

Helping turtles get safely across roads is vital to protecting their populations. Motorists can help by driving with extra caution and following these tips:

  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and those ahead, to see any turtles in the roadway.
  • Use caution to avoid hitting a turtle in the road, but do not swerve suddenly, leave the lane of travel or stop abruptly. Always keep your safety and the safety of others in mind.
  • Watch for oncoming vehicles, signal properly when pulling over and activate vehicle hazard signals if you decide to pull over to assist a turtle crossing a road. Allow turtles to safely cross roads unaided if a lack of oncoming traffic allows them to do so.
  • Handle turtles gently and avoid excessive handling if it is necessary to pick them up. Most turtles can be picked up by the side of their shells near the mid-point of the body. Do not pick up a turtle by its tail, as doing so may frighten or injure the reptile. Wear gloves or wash your hands after handling a turtle.
  • Move the turtle in the direction that it is heading. It may seem helpful to assist the turtle by moving it to a nearby waterbody, but the turtle may not be heading toward water. A turtle will turn around if it is put in the wrong direction.
  • Only experienced handlers should ever attempt to lift a snapping turtle. The safest way to assist snapping turtles is to use branches or similar objects to prod them along from behind.
  • Never take a turtle into your personal possession. All native turtles are protected in New Jersey.
  • Do not disturb a nesting turtle and keep children and pets away from it. Most turtle eggs will hatch in 60 to 80 days.  A small cage can be placed around the nest to offer some additional protection for the first 30 to 45 days, but it must be removed before the      hatchlings emerge.  The DEP does not relocate turtles found in yards or turtle nests.To learn more about New Jersey’s turtles, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/herps_info.htm

    Reptiles and Amphibians in   New Jersey – NJDEP Division of …

    www.njfishandwildlife.com

    Reptile   and Amphibian information from the New Jersey Divison of Fish and Wildlife.

    To report a state endangered, threatened, or special concern species, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/rprtform.htm

    For a list of wildlife rehabilitators, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/rehab_list.pdf

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DEP URGES MOTORISTS TO WATCH FOR TURTLES CROSSING ROADWAYS2018-06-20T10:58:14+00:00

Release of Balloons ~ Prohibited in Stone Harbor

In an effort to protect the environment, particularly the wildlife, and the health, safety and well being of persons and property, the Borough of Stone Harbor Council has approved an Ordinance prohibiting the release of aerial luminary lanterns and helium balloons into the atmosphere.

A substantial fine will be imposed on any person, firm or corporation found to be in violation of the ordinance established.

To view the ordinance please click the link below:

Release of balloons. – Release of aerial luminary lanterns

This Ordinance was Adopted 9-5-2017 Ord. No. 1504 

Release of Balloons ~ Prohibited in Stone Harbor2018-06-15T10:32:02+00:00

Traffic Advisory ~ Friday, June 15, 2018

An emergency repair of the 96th St. Bridge will be completed on Friday, June 15th between the hours of 7am and 11am. 

The bridge will be restricted to one lane traffic during these hours.

Expect Delays!

Traffic Advisory ~ Friday, June 15, 20182018-06-20T10:58:48+00:00