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Thousands were without power due to Saturday fire

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:33 am

Officials say the lights are back on this morning after an intense structure fire on West Wildwood Avenue led to island-wide power outages.

Firefighters had asked the power be cut for safety reasons, according to news reports.

 

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Mayor calls criticism of EDM music ‘hypocrisy’

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Written by Christopher South Friday, January 30, 2015 05:06 pm

WILDWOOD – Mayor Ernie Troiano reacted angrily to criticism of behavior connected to electronic dance music (EDM) concerts, saying business people should hold themselves to the same standard.

Troiano was speaking at the Jan. 28 commissioner meeting, where representatives from BeachGlow Concerts for Charity, Inc., defended the concerts, which had been the subject of criticism for on-stage profanity, underage drinking, and arrests allegedly stemming from the concert.
“I’ve talked to more people than you can shake a stick at, I’ve been lectured to, and that I don’t like,” Troiano said. “The hypocrisy is to crucify this event, yet we have five or six weeks of hell for senior week. We made 40 arrests at one house. People say ‘family, family, family,’ and they let five or six weeks of absolute terror reign in this community because it’s about the money.”
Troiano was referring to the annual trip to the shore by recent high school seniors in the weeks following graduation. He said business people will rent to young people knowing there will be problems. Asked the next day what problems were associated with senior week, Troiano said, “Excessive underage drinking, drugs, fighting, stabbing…stupid stuff.”

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DeMarzo noncommittal on commission run in 2015

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:04 am

DeMarzo WILDWOOD – Former commissioner and mayor Gary DeMarzo says he is unsure if he will run for a Wildwood City Commission seat in November.

Contacted this week, DeMarzo did not declare his candidacy, but left the option on the table.

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On the cover: Ready to ride

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 29, 2015 09:33 am

Cyclists head north on Atlantic Avenue as they start the 7th annual Freeza-Palooza’s Le Tour de Woods bike tour  

Cyclists head north on Atlantic Avenue as they start the 7th annual Freeza-Palooza’s Le Tour de Woods bike tour Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at the Bolero Resort in Wildwood. The bike tour and winter rock fest celebrates the memory of Special Services School student Kyle Brown, who died Jan. 3, and supports Genny Farnan-Robinson’s fight with brain cancer. Proceeds from the event benefit both the Brown and Robinson families. Cyclists head north on Atlantic Avenue as they start the 7th annual Freeza-Palooza’s Le Tour de Woods bike tour Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at the Bolero Resort in Wildwood. The bike tour and winter rock fest celebrates the memory of Special Services School student Kyle Brown, who died Jan. 3, and supports Genny Farnan-Robinson’s fight with brain cancer. Proceeds from the event benefit both the Brown and Robinson families. (photos by Jen Marra)

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Questions remain in Wildwood school’s use of N. Wildwood facility

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 29, 2015 04:54 am

WILDWOOD – A Wildwood resident wants to know why the Wildwood pre-K and kindergarten classes are located in neighboring North Wildwood.

The speaker did not give her name when she questions city officials at the Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14. 

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In Another Time: TV helped bring Wildwood dancing to a wider audience

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:50 pm

in another time - wildwood history column He was 15 years old in 1966 and he was on local television in Wildwood, dancing with other kids. Little did Ernie Troiano realize then that someday, still far down the road, he would take the seat of then-incumbent Ralph James as mayor of Wildwood.

Troiano’s first occasion for local fame was the opening in 1966 of what was said to be New Jersey’s first television station to serve a local area. Its call letters WCMC-TV Channel 40 stood for Cape May County , and the station was to grow into the Channel 40 that signed off the air recently in Linwood.

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Engineer: Wildwood residents should receive flood insurance discount

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 28, 2015 04:00 pm

WILDWOOD – At the last regular Board of Commissioners meeting, municipal engineer Marc DeBlasio announced that Wildwood residents are in line for a discount on their flood insurance premiums through the Community Rating System (CRS).

CRS is a rating system of the National Flood Insurance Program. It is described on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website as “a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.”

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Wildwood Crest considering a dog park

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:41 am

WILDWOOD CREST – The Board of Commissioners is discussing the possibility of creating an off-leash dog park in the borough.

Commissioner Don Cabrera addressed the idea as new business at the Jan. 21 Borough Commission meeting. Cabrera said he met with Stephen Spagnoula, who is spearheading the effort, and they had looked over photos of Cape May’s dog park. Cabrera said they had discussed putting a dog park on the beach across from Centennial Park or at Rambler Road.

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All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods Convention Center

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 28, 2015 09:05 am

The annual All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods starting Wednesday, Jan. 28.  (photo by Jen Marra) The annual All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods starting Wednesday, Jan. 28. (photo by Jen Marra) WILDWOODS – The annual All Breed Dog Show is fun for many, but not as much fun as it is for Susan Shomo, the president of the Boardwalk Kennel Club.

Shomo has been working with dogs since she was 6, and has been a long time member of the Boardwalk Kennel Club, which started in Atlantic City. She said she has done everything from cleaning up after dogs to being president of the kennel club.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Shomo said.

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BeachGlow management to attend Wildwood commission meeting

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, January 27, 2015 03:26 pm

WILDWOOD – BeachGlow Concerts for Charity, Inc., issued a press release saying they would attend Wednesday’s Wildwood Board of Commissioners meeting to respond to recent media coverage on BeachGlow Music Festival 2015.

Executive management from BeachGlow will make a public statement in response to comments made in during recent commissioners meetings related to BeachGlow's annual music festival for charity scheduled for July 4 on the beach in Wildwood.

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Ward Burnside Coin Club meeting

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – The Ward Burnside Coin Club will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Feb. 13 at Central Bible Church, 18th and Central avenues, North Wildwood. Everyone is welcome to attend and may bring items they wish to sell in their auctions. Coins/collectibles are on display starting at 6:30 p.m. with the auction starting at 7 p.m. For additional information call 609-408-7348.

 

‘Making Baskets For Food’ Jan. 31

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – The Knights of Columbus-Monsignor James A. Moroney Squire Circle, North Wildwood, plans to hold a food drive and fund-raising service project.

“Making Baskets For Food” will be held in the Wildwood Catholic High School/Cape Trinity Catholic gymnasium 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. 

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Boyer museum looking for volunteers, donations

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 04:02 pm

WILDWOOD – Al Brannen from the Wildwood Historical Society attended the Jan. 14 commissioners meeting to ask for funding for archiving historical documents and photos.

Brannen told the commissioners money from summer beach concerts went to worthy causes, but there are also nonprofits in Wildwood which could use some help. A former commissioner, Brannen said when people would come to him to put on events on beach he would say give percentage to charity. He said last year a portion of the beach concerts went to the American Red Cross. 

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Morey wants beach concerts moved away from Piers

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:01 am

Mayor says accommodations being made

WILDWOOD – One of the owners of Morey’s Piers is not happy with the location and timing of a summer beach concert. Jack Morey told the Wildwood Commission at its meeting Jan. 14 that a July 4 electronic dance music (EDM) concert was being held at the wrong place on the wrong weekend.

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