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News & Upcoming Local Events

Calendar is subject to change. Events are current at the time of posting; please visit their corresponding websites for the most up-to-date information, changes or cancellations.


  EVENTS: News

Santa Sightings

Santa's been spotted at the shore, and here is a guide to finding him all over Cape May County this holiday season!

Santa Sightings in Cape May County

Looking for a Unique Holiday Gift?

How about an Animal Adoption at The Cape May County Park & Zoo?  Give your special someone a unique gift this holiday season!

Cape May County Park & Zoo Animal Adoption

Winter Wonderland Storytime
December 13, 2018

Walk, sing, dance, and read with us in a winter wonderland! Kids age 2-6 & their families are invited to come celebrate the season with a special winter-themed storytime. They will read snowy stories, sing songs, and decorate cookies. No registration is necessary - just show up!

Stone Harbor Public Library

Christmas Music Lecture & Sing Along
December 15, 2018

Enjoy a festive medley of the traditional songs and carols of the season and the uplifting stories behind them. A sing-along for all ages! 

Avalon Free Public Library

Ferry Merry Christmas
December 16, 2018

Annual party at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal will include winter carnival games, art and crafts, balloon art and a chance for children to meet Santa Claus and present their requests for presents, magic performances & more.

Ferry Merry Christmas

Teatime at The Avalon History Center
December 20, 2018

Enjoy tea as they share memories of old Avalon, and make new ones!

Avalon History Center

Winter Junior Zookeeper Program
December 29, 2018

The Cape May County Zoo's Jr. Zookeeper program is designed for children between the ages of 10 and 15 that are interested in learning about the many aspects of operating a zoo.

Winter Zookeeper Program

Holiday Beach Tags
While Supplies Last

Holiday beach tags are seasonal beach tags and may be used for the entire 2019 beach season.

Avalon Holiday Beach Tags  |  Stone Harbor Holiday Beach Tags

The Wetlands Institute

See what's happening at The Wetlands Institute... check out their events and join in for an adventure in exploration and discovery!

The Wetlands Institute Events Calendar

Library Happenings

Creative Writing, Workshops, Lecture Series, Story Time & more...

Avalon   |   Stone Harbor

Recreation Departments

Check out the wide variety of activities, programs and events offered by our local Recreation Departments.

Avalon Recreation   |   Stone Harbor Recreation 

2018 Information Guides

Special events, facilities, beaches, summer sports camps, local area activities, public works and more.

Avalon   |   Stone Harbor


  NEWS: Events

Christmas/New Year Holiday Trash and Recycling Collection in the Borough of Avalon

The Avalon Department of Public Works has released the trash and recycling schedule for the December holiday season. Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on a Tuesday.

Christmas/New Year Holiday Trash and Recycling Collection in the Borough of Avalon

Avalon Rescue Squad Purchases New Ambulance, Funding Provided Through Donations

"The Avalon Rescue Squad, Inc. has purchased a new 2018 Ford E450 Horton Ambulance. The purchase of the new ambulance was made possible through the Squad's own three-year fundraising effort without the need for financing nor funds from the Avalon municipal budget. The Avalon Rescue Squad is a 501c(3) provides emergency medical services through a partnership with the Borough of Avalon."

More - Avalon Rescue Squad Purchases New Ambulance

American Legion Post #331 to Send Active Members Home for Holidays

"Four active members stationed at the United States Coast Guard Base in Cape May, New Jersey will be flying home for the Christmas holiday courtesy of American Legion Post #331 in Stone Harbor and Avalon.  The Post will award the airline tickets for the holiday trips during an event at the Stephen C. Ludlam Post #331 in Stone Harbor on Saturday, December 8th, at 12 Noon."

More - American Legion Post #331 to Send Active Members Home for Holidays 

Standard and Poor's Awards Avalon Exemplary AAA Bond Rating

"The Borough of Avalon has achieved an AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor's, the highest rating offered by the financial service. The AAA rating was confirmed in a letter sent to the Borough on October 11th, 2018. Avalon has now maintained an AAA bond rating with both Standard and Poor's and Moody's Investment services for over a decade."

More - Standard and Poor's Awards Avalon Exemplary AAA Bond Rating

Look Ahead: County Update on Work on Townsend's Inlet Bridge

"Townsend's Inlet Spans 1-7 two week look ahead for the period 10/25/18 thru 11/8/18. As of 10/25/18, the contractor successfully stabilized pier 5 and the cantilevered span 5 to permit the continuation of the demolition process. By 10/26/18 the superstructure of spans 5, 6 and 7 will have been removed from the bridge.  During the week of 10/29/18 thru 11/7/18 the contractor will be saw cutting piers 5 and 6 and will remove these piers."
More - Townsend's Inlet Bridge Construction Update

Construction Begins Late October for Avalon's New Surfside Park

"Construction is expected to begin on Monday, October 22nd on a major new addition to the Borough of Avalon's recreational facilities. Surfside Park, a brand new park with abundant green space and a new playground, will be constructed adjacent to the Avalon boardwalk at 30th Street."

More - Avalon's New Surfside Park

South Jersey Gas Resiliency/Service Improvement Project Details, Phase 2/3

"This project increases resiliency and reduces the number of gas leaks calls that occasionally develop throughout the year, and are more prevalent during recovery from major storm events, like Hurricane Sandy. Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project is coming starting the week of Monday, October 22nd. This will result in 50,000 feet of new gas main being placed largely in the north end of the community, with work to be conducted on portions of Avalon Avenue and First Avenue, along with laterals to adjacent homes, where necessary."

More - South Jersey Gas Resiliency/Service Improvement Project Details, Phase 2/3

Avalon Resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan Honored by First Lady in Philadelphia 

"Longtime Avalon resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan was honored by First Lady Melania Trump and other officials during Mrs. Trump's visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Wednesday, October 17th. Mrs. Trump delivered the welcoming remarks at the National Convening on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services.'

More - Avalon Resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan Honored by First Lady in Philadelphia 

Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives 

View the detailed progress report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives that the Borough of Stone Harbor has chosen to pursue in the future to reduce the effects of hazards.

More - Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives

Stone Harbor Launches Participation in the "Recycle Coach" APP

"Not sure what can be recycled? When your trash and recycling days are? Bulk Trash Pick-up day? Recycle Coach provides accurate, up-to-date information on Stone Harbor recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly mobile format."

More - Stone Harbor Recycle Coach

Avalon Now Hosts Own Independent Weather Station for Storm Tracking, Historical Archiving

"The Avalon Office of Emergency Management has installed a new weather system that provides continual weather monitoring and maintains historical data for the Borough for many years to come. A new Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station has been installed on the radio tower adjacent to the public safety building."

More - Avalon's Independent Weather Station

Townsend's Inlet Bridge to Close September 17th, 2018 for Construction

"The County of Cape May has announced that the Townsend's Inlet Bridge will be closed to the public starting Monday, September 17th, 2018 and will likely remain closed through May 22nd, 2019. The purpose of the closure is to conduct four separate rehabilitation projects on the bridge, including major work on the Avalon side of the span."

More - Townsend's Inlet Bridge Closure

Off Season Residential Property Check Available To Homeowners 

"The Stone Harbor Police Department wants to ensure that all homeowners are aware that off season residential property checks are available. Since the Borough of Stone Harbor is a seasonal resort the Police Department can routinely inspect the exterior of your property to make sure that it is secure. This is a “Free” service that the department offers to property owners."

More - Off Season Residential Property Check Available To Homeowners | View/Print Participation Form

Reminder: New Overlay Area Code for Avalon, Southern New Jersey
Beginning in August, 2018 

"To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new area 640 code is being added to the same geographic area currently served by the existing 609 area code in New Jersey. This process is known as an area code overlay, and requires a new dialing procedure. In connection with this overlay, all seven-digit dialed calls between area codes 609 and 856 will be eliminated and will require a new dialing procedure."

  Call From    Call To   New Dialing Procedure
  609 or 640   609 or 640   Area code + 7-digit telephone number
  609 or 640   856 or any area code other than 609 or 640   1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number
  856   609 or 640 or any area code other than 856   1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number
  856   856   7-digit telephone number

More - New Overlay Area Code for Avalon, Southern New Jersey

Lowest Overall Tax Rate in Cape May County

"The Borough of Avalon has again achieved the lowest overall tax rate in Cape May County. New certifications were released by the Cape May County Board of Taxation."

Avalon Tax Rate

Avalon Municipal Budget 2018

The Avalon Borough Council formally introduced the 2018 municipal budget at the Wednesday, February 28th Council meeting.

More - Avalon Introduces Municipal Budget; Decrease in Tax Rate; Lowest Tax Rate in County

Stone Harbor Municipal Budget 2018

A special meeting was held on February 17th to review the 2018 municipal budget for the Borough of Stone Harbor.

Presentation of Stone Harbor Municipal Budget 2018 -  View Presentation

Annual Report - Stone Harbor Beaches

This annual report presents the status of the beaches and dunes within the Borough of Stone Harbor from October 2016 to October 2017.

2017 Annual Report On Condition Of Municipal Beaches - Read Full Report

Seasonal Beach Tags

Seasonal beach tags are available via mail, smartphone app or in person.

Avalon  |  Stone Harbor


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