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Boogie on down to Wildwood ’70s concert

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, February 28, 2015 12:00 am

WILDWOOD – Men and women are invited to don their leisure suits or Qiana dresses to take part in a 1970s dance party and concert at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Saturday, April 25.

“We have an impressive list of performers taking the stage,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano.  “Tavares, Evelyn Champagne King, MFSB, The Ritchie Family, Denise Montana and Purple Reign will all be here.”

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Wildwood police and fire give rides to school kids

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 03:00 pm

WILDWOOD – When the weather is at its coldest, the Wildwood Police and Fire Departments have been offering rides to children walking to school.

Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said he has instructed his officers to offer rides to kids when the weather is very cold.

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The habit of humor

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, February 27, 2015 02:44 pm

The habit of humor The habit of humor Wildwood Catholic High School performs a dress rehearsal of their upcoming musical “Nunsense II: The Second Coming” for the students of Cape Trinity Catholic Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the auditorium. The musical is the sequel to the international hit “Nunsense.” The sisters are back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen’s School six weeks after their first staged benefit to perform a “Thank You Program” for their supporters. They stick with their successful variety show series of performances and the audience gets a chance to get involved in a quick game of bingo. The show is scheduled to be performed in the auditorium of the high school 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, and tickets are $12. The 13th annual Pasta Festival will be held after the show on Sunday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 10 and under.

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Private investigator eyes uses for drones

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 02:22 pm

Private investigator eyes uses for drones Private investigator eyes uses for drones WILDWOOD – A local private investigator is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will make a distinction between professionals using unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and recreational users.

This month, the FAA released its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft, which now face a public comment period. The rules apply to aircraft under 50 pounds, and as proposed require the operator keep the aircraft in sight.

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Return to scene leads to suspect’s arrest for burglary

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 27, 2015 02:20 pm

wpd WILDWOOD – A Lower Township man was arrested Monday after a phone call telling police a burglary suspect had returned to the scene of the crime. 

On Monday, Feb. 23, the Wildwood Police patrol officers and detectives responded to the 5300 block of Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood, after a report that a unit in a motel had been burglarized. Investigators determined someone forced entry through a first floor rear window. The officers checked for evidence inside and out. 

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Women fought to be heard, and to swing

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, February 27, 2015 02:01 pm

Ina Ray Hutton and her Melidears were among several female big bands. Ina Ray Hutton and her Melidears were among several female big bands. It has not always been easy for women to become musical conductors and to succeed as well as men have. Women often have appeared on the fringe of fame but they not always crossed the coveted line, as represented in the years of Wildwood where the sound of music has been heard right from the resort’s official start in 1895.

A classic story of the attitudes about women in music was that of a Ziegfeld Follies dancer from Chicago who made it to Broadway when she was 18 and later changed careers to the world of the Big Band. Her original name was Odessa Cowan and later she was to be better known as Ina Ray Hutton.

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How many sergeants are needed?

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 02:01 pm

WILDWOOD – A judge recently ruled in a citizen’s lawsuit saying the city of Wildwood violated its own ordinance by having more police sergeants than city ordinance allowed.

Judge Julio Mendez said the Wildwood Police Department would have to come into compliance with the ordinance. The judge’s order appears to have become moot after the Board of Commissioners rescinded the ordinance, which set police staffing numbers by rank. Ordinance 828-10, which was the subject of a public referendum, set the number of sergeants on the WPD at five. A previous ordinance allowed seven sergeants.

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Two former Crest cops allege mishandling of complaints by borough, superiors, prosecutor

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST – Two former Wildwood Crest police officers addressed the Board of Commissioners last week, saying they were punished for speaking out against alleged fraud, theft, and abuse by superior officers.

Retired Lt. Michael Hawthorne, speaking during the public comment period of the regular commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18, said he reported fraud, theft, and corruption by his superiors in the Wildwood Crest Police Department.

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Mid-Atlantic National Cheerleading and Dance Championships

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 26, 2015 01:46 pm

WILDWOOD – The public is invited to the annual Mid-Atlantic National Cheerleading and Dance Championship featuring recreation, high school and all-star divisions on Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk.

Admission is $20 and free for children 3 and under. 866-522-4337 or visit www.SpiritBrands.org

 

Fallen Hero Polar Plunge planned at 15th Street beach

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – The public is invited to take part in the 6th annual Fallen Hero Polar Plunge at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb 28, at the 15th Street beach. The plunge will be followed by a post party at Keenan’s Irish Pub.

Proceeds from the event benefit families of police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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Grand jury indicts three in fatal heroin overdoses

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 04:02 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A grand jury returned indictments against two Wildwood men in fatal heroin overdoses in 2014.

Another woman was indicted on lesser related charges.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, in announcing the grand jury indictment, said the fatal heroin overdoses occurred on May 16 and Sept. 19, 2014.

Indicted were Robert Luzny, 38, and Kevin Clancy, 43, both of Wildwood.

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Local firefighters train for chilling rescues

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:53 am

A firefighter (in yellow) works with his “victim” (also a firefighter) during a cold weather water rescue training session at Wildwood Marina, recently. A firefighter (in yellow) works with his “victim” (also a firefighter) during a cold weather water rescue training session at Wildwood Marina, recently. WILDWOOD – With the region in a deep freeze recently, 27 local firefighters took to the ice to learn surface ice rescue techniques.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, under a gray sky and temperatures hovering in the mid-30s, fire personnel from Wildwood, North Wildwood, Cape May, Villas, Green Creek, Erma and Ocean City converged at the Wildwood Marina to learn the ropes of saving lives in winter conditions.

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Dwelling fire results in a total loss of building

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 23, 2015 11:08 am

Photo courtesy Rio Grande Fire Department Photo courtesy Rio Grande Fire Department WILDWOOD – A structure near Baker and Arctic was declared a total loss after an early morning blaze started in the unoccupied dwelling. 

The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to the dwelling fire at around 12:30 a.m., Monday. Engine 38, under the command of Firefighter Ryan Troiano, arrived and confirmed a working fire and requested the all-hands be transmitted.

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NWPD alleges man tried to sell mobile home he didn’t own

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 23, 2015 10:39 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood Police have arrested a Pennsylvania man and charged him with attempting to sell a mobile home that didn’t exist. 

On Thursday, Feb. 19, North Wildwood Police Detectives followed up on a report made to police regarding a fraud case. The victim paid $25,000 to Robert Dimaio Jr. for a mobile home he claimed to be selling. During the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that Dimaio never had a mobile home to sell and kept the money to defraud the victim.

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