~Have you ever heard the story of Chief Warrant Officer Edwin Joseph Hill? Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 — Japanese bombs are dropping up and down battleship row. Seeing the carnage all around him, CWO Hill leapt into action. He dove off the USS Nevada and swam to the quays where it was docked off Ford Island. He then cut all the mooring lines so the ship would have a chance to escape and as it began steaming away, he swam after it and climbed back aboard to help defend it. The captain attempted to maneuver the Nevada around the wreckage of other ships, but it was trapped. CWO Hill began lowering the anchor to keep the ship in place when a bomb blew him off the ship. In the water, two more bombs landed, taking his life.
For his actions, CWO Hill was awarded America’s top honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. In Cape May, a memorial plaque was placed on the Washington Street Mall, due to his strong ties to the city. Unfortunately, the plaque was filled with mistakes that were never corrected. CWO Hill spent 29 years serving our country before he lost his life defending it. Surely, he deserves better than a memorial that incorrectly declares him a WWI hero and gets his birthday wrong.
~A new internet radio station makes its debut this week. A group of radio heads from the Cape May area could not find anything that interested them on the local radio airwaves, so they decided to start their own station. Cape Island Radio is the brainchild of Ray Crew, who hosts two programs on WCFA-LP 101.5FM, hosted by Cape May’s Center for Community Arts. The station streams 24/7 from what we’re told is “a top-secret bunker near the Delaware Bay”. The format features a blend of music, including singer-songwriters, Philly artists, and tunes you probably haven’t heard for many years on commercial radio.
There’s also a bright and breezy morning show that covers a wide range of local, regional and national topics, including special guests and input from listeners through their Facebook page (Cape Island Radio). Phil Pizzi, who has been a part of the local media since the late 1970s, teams up with Ray Crew to host the show Monday-Friday from 6-10am. Other veterans of WCFA-LP can also be heard during other day parts: MQ Murphy, Ed McDonough, Joe Sheridan and Roy Baker. “It’s a radio station like nothing else you’ve ever heard,” Phil Pizzi told us. Check it out via your online listening device by logging on to www.capeislandradio.com.
~If you haven’t already, I recommend you read Susan Tischler’s comprehensive story on the late, great Charlotte Daily, aka The Parade Lady, on pages 6-7. By the time you read this, Charlotte’s funeral service will have taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Charlotte Daily Fund, c/o Sturdy Savings Bank, 701 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204. Rest in peace, Charlotte. The West Cape May Christmas Parade will never be the same again, but it will be a fitting legacy to a life well lived.
~The Exit Zero family lost a dearly beloved member this week when our old dog Rudy passed away, at the age of 15. Thankfully his wasn’t a prolonged illness. One minute he was chasing a tennis ball in the yard, the next he was suffering another bout of laryngeal paralysis, which causes him great difficulty in breathing. After the worst of his attack was over, Rudy spent the last hour of his life in peace, while myself and Diane Stopyra, his devoted mom, told him over and over what he must already have known, given how much we spoiled him — that we loved him to bits. We hope he’s in a happy place, chasing tennis balls… and barking at landscapers and trash trucks.
Ramblings contributor — Ben Miller
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