A Coast Guard Family Legacy Of Service & Saving Lives

In a Coast Guard town like Cape May many tales are told about old salts and their adventures at sea. But this story, about an extended Coast Guard family, is one for the history books. Llewellyn “Lew” Midgett was among the first young men to finish boot camp when the Coast Guard Training Center was…

The Ghost of Christmas Present(s)

The day after Cindi and Tom Alvarado left for their honeymoon back in 1985, they found out they’d received an unusual—although not entirely unexpected—gift. “We used to sell porcelain dolls,” recalls Cindi, who together with Tom, owns the Winterwood Gift & Christmas Shoppe in Rio Grande. “That morning, my mom called and said that she’d…

Chasing Norman Rockwell

“It’s like a Norman Rockwell painting,” I’d say, describing Cape May’s charming atmosphere. I grew up 50 miles “up the road” from Cape May, and visiting was a bi-annual excursion. On college Christmas breaks, my mother and I would walk the quiet beaches and streets and look at the historic homes, on one visit bringing…

A Story Told In Slides

It has been more than half a century since two major fires ripped through Schellenger’s Landing. The first, in 1966, destroyed the Lobster House restaurant, and the second, a year later, incinerated Fisherman’s Wharf and threatened a major explosion.  Just this summer, a treasure trove of never-seen-before photographs of the wharf inferno was shared with…