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    Kevin Tolan, Jr. has his father, North Wildwood Police Capt. Kevin Tolan, pin his badge.

    NORTH WILDWOOD — Eight new patrol officers joined North Wildwood’s police force Tuesday, Aug. 19, bringing the department back up to 29 full-time officers.

    Thomas Flounders, Jr., Bryan Skill, Joseph Kopetsky, Steven Ransom, Kevin Tolan, Jr., Daniel Hartman, Ryan Madden, and Kyle Zaleski were all appointed to North Wildwood’s Police Department during the City Council meeting that day.

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    But he said the city won’t move unless the whole island is on board

    WILDWOOD — Beach fees are somewhere in Wildwood’s future, but the city won’t institute them unless North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest establish the fees as well, Mayor Ernie Troiano said Wednesday.

    The comments came after resident Chris Slater asked the commission if beach fees would be moving forward. Slater supported the fees.

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    WILDWOOD — The owner of The Gillmore Motel has been charged with maintaining a nuisance after police were called there several times for reports of the sale of narcotics, police announced. 

    Police say that Robert Grimley, 43, of Palermo knowingly operated The Gillmore as a location where individuals gathered to participate in illegal activities. He was charged Thursday, Aug. 14.

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    WILDWOOD — An alleged domestic violence incident involving a shotgun led police to 322 bags of heroin seized, Wildwood police said.

    At 2:21 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 police responded to reports that a man had been confronted by his ex-girlfriend, Shakeila Fitzpatrick, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun. Upon arrival though, Fitzpatrick had left the area.

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    David Benson/Kyle Dunbar, who appeared on seasons three and four of Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” points out some of the tattoos on his chest during the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash Aug. 15.WILDWOOD — Kyle Dunbar has more than 20 years’ experience as a tattoo artist and the Flint, Mich., native is best known for his two seasons on Spike TV’s reality show “Ink Masters.” Kelly…

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Wildwood beachgoers can help Make a Wish Foundation

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 21, 2014 03:00 pm

Martin Kozack sings on the beach at Leaming Avenue. During his sets on Monday and Friday afternoons, all the tips given will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation. Martin Kozack sings on the beach at Leaming Avenue. During his sets on Monday and Friday afternoons, all the tips given will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation. WILDWOOD –   Visitors to Wildwood’s Leaming and Rio Grande Avenue beaches on Mondays and Fridays will be able to support the Make a Wish Foundation by purchasing Pepsi products at the two food concession stands there.

From noon to 3 p.m. every Monday and Friday proceeds from all Pepsi products purchased at both Marriner’s Tiki Hut concession locations will be donated to the foundation, as well as the tips made during a set played by musicians Martin Kozack and Judy Frame.

Kozak organized the fundraiser. He has been singing to raise funds for Make a Wish Foundation since 2008.  Sitting beneath an awning next to Marriner’s Leaming Avenue location, Kozak strums his guitar and sings classic country songs and Jimmy Buffett tunes, while Frame accompanies him on the psaltery.

According to Kozak, bringing his music to the beach is a labor of love. Retiring from his job as a rural route letter carrier after a 32-year career, he decided to follow his dream of being a guitar player and singer. When he and Frame perform at the concession stands, all the tips are also donated to the foundation.

As part of Wildwood’s commitment to making its beach user-friendly, this year marks the first for Marriner’s two beachfront snack shacks. The eateries are situated on the beach between the Wildwoods Convention Center and beach slide.

Judy Frame plays the psaltery. Judy Frame plays the psaltery. “It's a great thing on the beach,” said Director of Beach Services Ryan Troiano in a statement from the city.  “You can eat phenomenal food and listen to really good music all while helping a great cause.”

To help boost donations, Pepsi has offered to donate all proceeds from soft drink and bottled water purchases made during Kozak’s appearances. 

 

Referendum on Wildwood's cap bank won’t be held, despite Watchdog petition

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, August 21, 2014 02:46 pm

WILDWOOD — A petition circulated by a citizens group against an ordinance connected to the municipal budget was turned in to City Hall last month, but the Board of Commissioners simply voted to file it during the Aug. 13 meeting.

The Wildwood Watchdog group collected signatures against the city’s ordinance to establish a cap bank — a routine ordinance passed by municipalities around New Jersey — in what members described as an effort to stall the city’s municipal budget and bring the spending plan before voters.

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Eight new officers join North Wildwood Police

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:06 am

Kevin Tolan, Jr. has his father, North Wildwood Police Capt. Kevin Tolan, pin his badge. Kevin Tolan, Jr. has his father, North Wildwood Police Capt. Kevin Tolan, pin his badge.

NORTH WILDWOOD — Eight new patrol officers joined North Wildwood’s police force Tuesday, Aug. 19, bringing the department back up to 29 full-time officers.

Thomas Flounders, Jr., Bryan Skill, Joseph Kopetsky, Steven Ransom, Kevin Tolan, Jr., Daniel Hartman, Ryan Madden, and Kyle Zaleski were all appointed to North Wildwood’s Police Department during the City Council meeting that day.

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Troiano: Wildwood may study beach fees

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, August 20, 2014 09:54 am

But he said the city won’t move unless the whole island is on board

WILDWOOD — Beach fees are somewhere in Wildwood’s future, but the city won’t institute them unless North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest establish the fees as well, Mayor Ernie Troiano said Wednesday.

The comments came after resident Chris Slater asked the commission if beach fees would be moving forward. Slater supported the fees.

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Police say owner knew about drug use at Gillmore Motel

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, August 19, 2014 05:45 pm

WILDWOOD — The owner of The Gillmore Motel has been charged with maintaining a nuisance after police were called there several times for reports of the sale of narcotics, police announced. 

Police say that Robert Grimley, 43, of Palermo knowingly operated The Gillmore as a location where individuals gathered to participate in illegal activities. He was charged Thursday, Aug. 14.

Read more: Police say owner knew about drug use at Gillmore Motel

 

Reported shotgun incident leads to heroin bust in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:15 pm

WILDWOOD — An alleged domestic violence incident involving a shotgun led police to 322 bags of heroin seized, Wildwood police said.

At 2:21 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 police responded to reports that a man had been confronted by his ex-girlfriend, Shakeila Fitzpatrick, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun. Upon arrival though, Fitzpatrick had left the area.

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Tattoo enthusiasts show off skin, and skills, in the Wildwoods

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, August 18, 2014 04:47 pm

David Benson/Kyle Dunbar, who appeared on seasons three and four of Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” points out some of the tattoos on his chest during the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash Aug. 15. Kyle Dunbar, who appeared on seasons three and four of Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” points out some of the tattoos on his chest during the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash Aug. 15. WILDWOOD — Kyle Dunbar has more than 20 years’ experience as a tattoo artist and the Flint, Mich., native is best known for his two seasons on Spike TV’s reality show “Ink Masters.” Kelly Colligan, a 23-year-old from Tuckerton, recently finished her tattooing apprenticeship with the Manahawkin-based studio Premium Blend. Now, she goes by the pseudonym Kelly Killagain in the industry.

Despite the differences in experience levels, both artists have something in common- they were tattooing this past weekend at the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash for the first time.

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Wildwood Crest Police charge 2 men with burglary, one at large

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 18, 2014 03:10 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — Two local men face several charges after they allegedly fled the scene of a burglary in Wildwood Crest around 11 a.m. Thursday. One suspect is still at large, police said.

Wildwood Crest police were called to the 5800 block of Lake Road for a report of two men attempting to break into a residence. When Officer James Mulhollad responded, he found a vehicle leaving the area with two men matching the description given by police dispatch.

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