• Middle Township Gazette

    Mosquito Control Department helicopter crashes in Cape May Court House.Pilot identified as Dan Konecny

    A helicopter made a forced landing in a field at School House Lane and Boyd Street in Cape May Court House at about 10:50 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The helicopter belongs to the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control.

    [See updated story]

  • Wildwood Leader

    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.

  • Wildwood Leader

    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.

  • Wildwood Leader

    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.

  • Wildwood Leader

    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.

  • Wildwood Leader

    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…

Wildwood Leader

Historical society looks to preserve a century of Wildwood news

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Written by Christie Rotondo Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:00 am

Kathy Skouras and Al Brannen look over the old archives. Kathy Skouras and Al Brannen look over the old archives. WILDWOOD – In newsroom slang, the library where the archives are kept is called “the morgue”- where old editions are laid to rest until a reporter needs to exhume one.

So, it’s morbidly ironic that the most accessible and complete archive of The Wildwood Leader sits in what was the embalming room of the Ingersoll Funeral Home on Pacific Avenue. Today, it’s a storage room for the Wildwood Historical Society’s George F. Boyer Museum.

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Farmers Market kicks off Saturday

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 27, 2014 02:16 pm

A ribbon cutting to open the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market for the year is set 10 a.m. June 28, when the new Doo WW magnet design will also be unveiled.

The Farmers Market committee will also give away tote bags and Doo WW magnets.

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‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ concert set for Saturday – but leave the blankets at home

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 27, 2014 02:03 pm

12th Planet 12th Planet WILDWOOD – As many as 6,000 people are expected to descend upon the beach in Wildwood between Baker and Roberts avenues from 4-11 p.m. Saturday for an electronic dance music festival called Beach Blanket Bingo. But no blankets are allowed.

The June 28 festival is one of three EDM events scheduled for the Wildwood beach this summer. BeachGlow is planned for July 5.

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PHOTOS: North Wildwood celebrates the sea

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, June 27, 2014 12:31 pm

Cloudy weather does not stop a crowd of people from visiting the festival Cloudy weather does not stop a crowd of people from visiting the festival Cloudy weather does not stop a crowd of people from visiting the Maritime Festival Saturday, June 21, at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. Photos by Jen Marra. 

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Petitioners want Wildwood budget to go to the voters

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, June 27, 2014 12:21 pm

WILDWOOD— Calling the proposed 17-cent tax increase in Wildwood’s local tax rate “insanity,” a group of residents say they will petition the city’s municipal spending plan in hopes of putting it to the voters. 

They also plan to petition an ordinance approved Wednesday, June 25, that states the position of city solicitor, currently Mary D’Arcy Bittner, must be held by an in-house, full-time attorney.

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Bail reduced for two Wildwood men charged in drug raid

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 26, 2014 04:33 pm

Prosecutor links heroin ‘brand’ to overdoses

WILDWOOD - Two Wildwood men accused of being co-conspirators in a major heroin operation in Cape May County have had their bail reduced, just a week after they were arrested in a the largest narcotics sweep in the county’s history.

Juan Lopez, 56, and Miguel Claudio, 29, are two of nine people charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin. They asked Cape May County Superior Court Judge Patricia Wild to reduce their bail on Thursday, June 26.

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Assault at the Ship-N-Shore leads to three arrests

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 26, 2014 03:06 pm

wildwood-police Victim is in critical, but stable, condition

WILDWOOD— Three Middle Township residents were arrested during the early morning hours Wednesday, June 25, after a North Wildwood man was assaulted with a pool cue and glass bottle at Wildwood’s Ship-N-Shore, police announced.

According to police, Avery Stull, 27, and Fred Crawley, 30, both of Cape May Court House, and Kimberly Shelton, 34, of Whitesboro were arrested on aggravated assault charges in connection to the incident.

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Pyrotechnics are his passion and his pleasure

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:51 am

Toms River attorney Jack Serpico is the ‘man behind the curtain’ creating Wildwood’s fireworks

WILDWOOD – Thousands of people are expected to make their way to the Wildwood beach and boardwalk to watch Jack Serpico’s work throughout the summer, but few will know he is the man behind their “oohs” and “ahs.”

Serpico is a fourth-generation pyrotechnic who has designed Wildwood’s Friday night and July Fourth fireworks shows for almost 20 years. He goes by the nickname “Pyro Jack” – and those few minutes of Roman candles, comets, strobe stars, salutes and peonies are his art.

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