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Wildwood Police plan to pinch Grinch on Boardwalk

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 21, 2014 03:02 pm

Wildwood Police plan to pinch Grinch on Boardwalk WILDWOOD – Wildwood Police are set to pinch the Grinch and run him out of town when he makes his appearance on the Boardwalk on Saturday, Dec. 13, during the second annual “Pinch the Grinch 5K Run and 1 Mile Grinch Walk.”

Members of the Wildwood Police Department will be out in force during the event to make sure the green thief and his dog, Max, are sent packing back to Whoville without toys, hollywho wreaths or roast beasts. 

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Enjoy a Wildwood Christmas – 1904 Style

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 21, 2014 02:58 pm

WILDWOOD – The doors of the historic J. Thompson Baker House, as it is listed on the state and national historic registers, will be opened Friday, Dec. 5 to welcome visitors and show how local residents celebrated Christmas more than a century ago.

The Wildwood Civic Club, owners of the house since 1934, is hosting an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. that will give visitors access to each of the home’s rooms as well as showcasing how an early-20th century home was decorated for the holiday season. 

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In Another Time: South Jersey had close connections to the Plymouth colony

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, November 20, 2014 04:55 pm

As the weather changes and so does the calendar, we are thinking Thanksgiving these days.

In the Wildwoods and the rest of southern Cape May County there is a close connection to the first Thanksgiving at the Plymouth Colony.

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Robbery suspect arrested in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 02:50 pm

wpd WILDWOOD – On Tuesday, Nov. 17, at approximately 8 a.m., the Wildwood Police Department’s uniform and detective divisions responded to the report of a robbery at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 4201 Pacific Ave., Wildwood. During the preliminary investigation the store manager provided a detailed description of the alleged store robber. During the robbery an undisclosed amount of money was taken. 

During the initial investigation members of the uniformed patrol and detective divisions set up a grid search in the immediate vicinity of the robbery, but were unsuccessful in locating the individual responsible for the robbery.

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Police identify victim in fatal North Wildwood fire

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:35 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood police have identified the woman who died in a house fire Tuesday, Nov. 18, as Linda Martin. She was 36.

According to a police statement posted online, Thursday, Nov. 20, the county Medical Examiner’s office assisted with the identification of the woman.

Chief Matthew T. Gallagher said in the release that the fire is under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 609-552-2030, ext. 1600.

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Wildwood Police getting more bang for the buck

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, November 20, 2014 05:32 am

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WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 100 new .45 caliber Sig Sauer service pistols for Wildwood police officers.

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Students visit county zoo

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 am

Kindergarten students visit Cape May County Zoo Kindergarten students visit Cape May County Zoo

NORTH WILDWOOD – Corinne Clarke and Jean Golden’s kindergarten classes at the Margaret Mace School recently took a field trip to the Cape May County Zoo. “The zoo is such a great local resource and we are fortunate to be able to visit the zoo and learn fun facts about animals,” the teachers said in an email. They offered special thanks to Jen Sawyer for her discussion on the Honey Bee exhibit.

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Students show peer leadership at Margaret Mace School

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 am

Jasmine Badie helps out a few first graders at Margaret Mace School. Jasmine Badie helps out a few first graders at Margaret Mace School.

NORTH WILDWOOD – Eighth graders at Margaret Mace School participated in a peer leadership activity with students in preschool through second grade on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

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Should summer workers be allowed longer stays in some hotels?

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, November 19, 2014 02:55 pm

WILDWOOD – Commissioner Pete Byron suggested that Wildwood should make it easier for summer workers to rent rooms for the summer.

At the most recent commissioners meeting on Nov. 12, he said he thought allowing some workers to stay longer in certain hotels might help landlords of seasonal housing stay in compliance with the law.

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One person dead in North Wildwood house fire

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:41 pm

North WIldwood house fire 17th St / J. Clifford North WIldwood house fire 17th St NORTH WILDWOOD – The North Wildwood Police announced one person died in a fatal fire, Tuesday night.

Firefighters were called to a home at 212 17th Avenue on Nov. 18 at approximately 8:19 p.m. where they found the residence engulfed in flames.

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Glenwood assembly goes to the dogs

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 am

Joseph Nicholas of Joe Nick K-9 Training in Vineland sits down and talks with the students about safety from strangers during a Pawsitive Protection assembly Friday, Nov. 14, at Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in the multipurpose room. Nicholas is a former K-9 officer and is a master trainer with certifications in search and rescue, arson, explosive, narcotics, patrol work, cadaver, tracking and bed bugs.   Joseph Nicholas of Joe Nick K-9 Training in Vineland sits down and talks with the students about safety from strangers during a Pawsitive Protection assembly Friday, Nov. 14, at Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in the multipurpose room. Nicholas is a former K-9 officer and is a master trainer with certifications in search and rescue, arson, explosive, narcotics, patrol work, cadaver, tracking and bed bugs. WILDWOOD – An assembly at the Glenwood Avenue School went to the dogs – or perhaps the other way around, as Joe Nicholas brought his Joe Nick K-9s to the school, Nov. 14.

Organized by fifth grade teacher Betsy Heraux and Sue Shomo, president of the Boardwalk Kennel Club, and Joe Nick K-9 Training. Nicholas is promoting the idea of having trained dogs in schools, but he first delivered a safety message to the kids.

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Council OKs Henfey park funding agreement

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – City Council authorized three documents related to the dedication of Bill Henfey Park as open space.

Council unanimously passed Ordinance 1662 authorizing the sale of 8th Street Field, which was renamed Bill Henfey Park in August. The city purchased the park from the Diocese of Camden $2.9 million.

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Broadway performance at Catholic

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 am

Wildwood Catholic High School - 2014 - South Pacific Wildwood Catholic High School - 2014 - South Pacific

Students of Wildwood Catholic High School hold a dress rehearsal Wednesday, Nov. 12, for their upcoming performance of Rodger's and Hammerstein's 1949 Broadway musical South Pacific in the school's auditorium. The performance is being directed by Lisa DiBruno with Andrew Hinke and Rick DiBruno playing piano and drums. The cast and crew of the musical are; Fred Spiewak as Emile DeBecque, Stella and Nola Quinn as Claire and Louise DeBecque, Aly Lipski as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Julianna Roche as Bloody Mary, Anders Marius as Luther Billis, Alex Horwell as Lt. Cable, Justin Feraco as Stewpot, Hayden Garrabrant as Professor, Micah Rucci as Capt. Harbison, Kevin Laffey as Capt. George Brackett, Emily Flud as assistant to Bloody Mary, Mary Kate Monichetti as lead nurse, Mia Capozzoli as Liat, Jonathan Feraco as the radio operator, and Kelsey Osborne as Henrietta. The sailors, nurses and island dancers include Chris Roche, Shannon Birdsall, Alex Horwell, Xin Dai, Hennessey Barry, Alyssa Francesco, Matt Capozzoli, Amanda Rossi, Shannon Birdsell, Victoria Kanya, Melanie Sheehan, Grace Rogers, Natalie Montgomery, Caroline Inderwies, Maggie Peters, Bridget Fitzpatrick, Skyla Lamonica, Stephanie Black, and Nicole Kanya. The stage crew includes Tara McBride, Maegan Sharkey, Julia Jett, Gigi Palermo, Becky Andress, Andrew Long, Kevin McWade, Ryan Founds, Zach Frame, Mitchell Garrabrant, Greg Carroll, and Rich Bischoff, Mary Walsh and students of the art club helped create the scenery.

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Fudgy Wudgy Man dies at 76

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, November 18, 2014 03:49 pm

Fudgy Wudgy Man Andy Markee Fudgy Wudgy Man Andy Markee NORTH WILDWOOD – Andrew N. “Andy” Markee was known to some as the quintessential Fudgy Wudgy man, dispensing ice cream and smiles to beachgoers in North Wildwood.

Markee died on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the age of 76.

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