Ideas, idle gossip, and occasionally important odds ’n’ ends… by Jack Wright
~ It has been six (some would say long) years since Ed Mahaney settled himself into the seat of mayor of Cape May. During that time he’s had a pretty good run, imposing himself on city politics in a way that the mayor isn’t supposed to in the form of government this city operates, which is supposed to be run by a city manager. But Mahaney’s power monopoly might be under threat as we approach the November elections.
There are three seats being contested this November, with incumbents Bill Murray, Jack Wichterman and Deanna Fiocca each stepping down. In the last week or so two notable names have picked up petitions at City Hall — former policeman Rusty Chew, who narrowly lost to Mahaney in the 2012 election, and Jerry Inderwies, Jr, who recently retired as Cape May’s fire chief and whose father Jerry was ousted as mayor by Mahaney (intriguing, right?).
I’m also expecting 28-year-old Shaine Meier to be in the mix — Shaine has run before and has since accumulated a good deal of experience in local organizations, and I hope he gets his chance this time around. The rumor mill is also mentioning a de Satnick and Bea Pessagno, daughter of former mayor Frank Gauvry, as possible candidates. Filing deadline is September 2. Whatever happens, one thing is certain — we need some strong new characters on the city council. So step up folks and let’s make this a fascinating election campaign.
~ Looking for a splendid thing to do the weekend after next? Turn to pages 78 and 79 to get a preview of Cape May Summer Club, a glitzy, glam show being put on by Cape May native Jeff Coon (many will know his mother, former Mug bartender Mary Ann Riley). Jeff is one of the best-loved performers in Philadelphia and is bringing his talents to Convention Hall for three Saturday nights — July 26, August 16 and August 30. Hope to see you there!
~ Speaking of cool things to do, I recommend you come and check out Exit Zero’s latest enterprise, a joint venture with Morey’s Piers called artBOX, on the Wildwood boardwalk. It made its debut last year, but has really come into its own this summer. This Thursday, July 17, we are having a Third Thursday event, where you can see our spectacular shopping and art village, housed in metal shipping containers. Hosting along with myself will be David Macomber, one of my favorite artists (and all-around human beings). Making some amazing smoothies will be Mickey Chew, with his tricked-out Aloha Smoothie Company container. And see glass-blowing by the talented Pete Bieling, Jr. The artBOX is located on Adventure Pier, on Spencer Avenue, and the fun starts at 6pm. You’ll love it, I promise.
~Finally, how can Bella Vida owner Jeannie Monge be 60? Remarkable.
BIRD IS THE WORD; Created by Rosemary Dery