Wildwood Leader

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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The mighty Kong will return to the boardwalk

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, November 18, 2014 02:54 pm

WILDWOOD – Before there was a Boardwalk Empire there was a king on the Wildwood Boardwalk, and his name was Kong.

Much bigger than your average gorilla, King Kong was transported from an uncharted island to New York, where he fell in love with a beautiful damsel and battled airplanes from his perch on the Empire State Building.

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Story of flames fascinates Wildwood students

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, November 17, 2014 03:26 pm

Les Aungst, portraying Fire Chief Edward Lansing Les Aungst, portraying Fire Chief Edward Lansing CAPE MAY – Wildwood Middle School students got a taste of the Great Fire of Cape May when they made their way to this city to take a tour and listen to tales of the disaster than changed the face of this seaside resort.

Thirty-five students and their teachers piled onto the bus Nov. 14 to make their way south at the end of their school day to participate in the tour, “Cape May on Fire.” The hour-and-a-half long program took students throughout Cape May to hear the harrowing history from docents and actors portraying characters from the event. 

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Marr sentenced to 30 years for shooting in Middle Township

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 14, 2014 03:35 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announces that s that earlier today, Frederick Gene Marr, 75, was sentenced to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison for the Aug. 11, 2010 shooting death of 50-year-old Ronald Denny Sr.

Denny was found shot and killed in the driveway of his 10th Street home in the Del Haven section of Middle Township.

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Crest Memorial performs ‘High School Musical Jr.’

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 14, 2014 03:21 pm

WILDWOOD CREST - Crest Memorial School’s Drama Club will put on a production of “High School Musical Jr.,” on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

“High School Musical Jr.” is a modified version of the play “High School Musical,” made specifically for elementary-age students. Begun as a wildly-popular Disney movie, the story involves a group of teenagers struggling to find their identities while dealing with relationships and expectations of others. Many of Crest Memorial School’s students in grades five and older are involved with the musical production, either as performers or stage crew.

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Wildwood Catholic holds open house for prospective students, parents

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, November 13, 2014 04:50 pm

Wildwood Catholic administrative staff at their open house night. Shown from left are Academic Dean Mary Kane, Wildwood Catholic President Rev. Joseph Wallace, business administrator Carolyn Miller, director of development and academics Kevin Quinn, and athletic director Salvatore Zuccarello.
Wildwood Catholic administrative staff at their open house night. Shown from left are Academic Dean Mary Kane, Wildwood Catholic President Rev. Joseph Wallace, business administrator Carolyn Miller, director of development and academics Kevin Quinn, and athletic director Salvatore Zuccarello.

NORTH WILDWOOD – On Tuesday night, Wildwood Catholic made the case for parents to send their children to Wildwood Catholic High School next year.

The school was threatened with closure in 2010, with the diocese citing low enrolment and high debt. The high school had a peak enrollment of 376 students in 1990, and just 194 students in 2010.

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PRAC helps Spanish speakers get heating assistance

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, November 13, 2014 04:41 pm

WILDWOOD – Carmen Arocho-Gonzalez from the Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey addressed some 30 families at the Glenwood Avenue School on Monday.

Arocho-Gonzalez spoke primarily in Spanish to the group, but couldn’t help breaking into English once, looking at her colleagues and saying, “Wow!”

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Learning from veterans

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:38 pm

Harry Hudson with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 955 of Wildwood and an American Legion Rider teaches third grader Sireyana Rivera Springer how to search for names alphabetically on a panel of the Wildwoods Vietnam Memorial Wall. The third class from Glenwood Avenue Elementary School visits the Wildwoods Vietnam Memorial Wall for Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11, across the street from the Wildwoods Convention Center. 
Harry Hudson with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 955 of Wildwood and an American Legion Rider teaches third grader Sireyana Rivera Springer how to search for names alphabetically on a panel of the Wildwoods Vietnam Memorial Wall. The third class from Glenwood Avenue Elementary School visits the Wildwoods Vietnam Memorial Wall for Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11, across the street from the Wildwoods Convention Center. Harry Hudson with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 955 of Wildwood and an American Legion Rider teaches third grader Sireyana Rivera Springer how to search for names alphabetically on a panel of the Wildwoods Vietnam Memorial Wall. The third class from Glenwood Avenue Elementary School visits the Wildwoods Vietnam Memorial Wall for Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11, across the street from the Wildwoods Convention Center.

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Wildwood sign getting fresh look

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 am

Wildwood sign getting fresh look Wildwood sign getting fresh look

After eight years, the iconic Wildwoods sign near the boardwalk at the end of Rio Grande Avenue is getting refurbished after years of salt air corrosion. The original plan was to take the blue background letters off, refinish them, and put them back – and then do the same with the aluminum gray front letters. The Wildwoods Conventional Hall engineering department started taking down the sign pieces and refinishing them on Nov. 3. Windy weather has caused some change in schedule, but the entire sign should be back in place by Monday, Nov. 17 – including the 19-foot high “W”. Shown here is the a photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 11, without the W and with the steel support beams exposed.

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Huge turnout for this year’s Bonfire on the Beach

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 12, 2014 04:12 pm

Huge turnout for this year’s Bonfire on the Beach Huge turnout for this year’s Bonfire on the Beach NORTH WILDWOOD – The Anglesea Irish Society in conjunction with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees sponsored the fifth annual Bonfire on the Beach Saturday evening, Oct. 25, at 1st and Surf Avenues.

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Fall brings “Nature-cize” walks to Two Mile Beach

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 12, 2014 02:37 pm

 Fall brings “Nature-cize” walks to Two Mile Beach Fall brings “Nature-cize” walks to Two Mile Beach WILDWOOD CREST – The public is invited to get healthier by joining the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in weekly “Nature-cize” walks, from 2-3 p.m., every Sunday, starting Nov. 16, at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the refuge.

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North Wildwood honors living vets

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, November 12, 2014 02:21 pm

The flag detail from VFW Post 5941 at the North Wildwood Veterans Day observance.
The flag detail from VFW Post 5941 at the North Wildwood Veterans Day observance.

NORTH WILDWOOD – The City of North Wildwood and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5941 honored veterans Tuesday, with an emphasis on the living.

“We are honoring the living veterans today, there won’t be any lowering of the flag, and we aren’t going to play taps,” said VFW post commander Joe Orlando.

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