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    WEST WILDWOOD— A West Wildwood man was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, July 16 on charges that he received images of child sexual abuse using his cell phone.

    According to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Jeffrey Spicer, 44, was arrested by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

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    WILDWOOD CREST – Wildwood Crest officials took action in regards to an internal affairs investigation within the borough’s police department after a closed session at the Board of Commissioners meeting July 9, but what exactly that action is would not be confirmed by commissioners.

    A resolution authorizing Mayor Carl Groon and borough clerk Jan Holzmer to “proceed as discussed regarding a personnel matter and to execute any and all documents pertaining thereto” was unanimously passed by the Board of Commissioners after the closed session held to discuss a personnel matter in regards to the internal affairs investigation…

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    WILDWOOD – The event promoter behind the June 28 electronic dance music festival is putting his other planned concerts for Wildwood’s beach on hold until next year.

    Anthony Morrison of Beach Buddy Events, LLC says he is looking to work with Wildwood residents and the business community to ease concerns about his company’s EDM festivals and other concerts he wishes to hold in the city.

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    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor announced the conclusion of “Operation Whitehouse” today, saying the operation took at least $10 million in heroin and $500,000 in cocaine off county streets.

    According to a press release from Taylor, the joint operation netted 15 kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of cocaine.

    Also seized was about $225,000, believed to be the direct proceeds of heroin-related drug distribution activity in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

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    Bob Swartz, Wildwood's auditor, presents the budget plan to the public.Commissioners say budget focuses on public safety

    WILDWOOD — Commissioners in Wildwood adopted a budget Wednesday, July 9 that includes a 17-cent increase to the local tax rate, citing the city's recent reassessment and the need for more public safety employees as key reasons for the hike.

    At Wednesday's meeting, city hall was filled with members of the fire and police departments, as well as residents, who listened to budget presentations from the city's auditor,…

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Local parish raffling off Ford Mustang

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Notre Dame de la Mer Parish is selling chances on a black 2014 Ford Mustang throughout the summer to benefit the island’s Catholic schools. Chances are $5 each or a book of five for $20. The drawing is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19.

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Bobby Rydell honored at Wildwood’s summer kickoff

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, May 23, 2014 05:54 pm

Bobby Rydell, left, was honored at Wildwood’s Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony on May 23. Here, he waves to the crowd while North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello and Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano join him. Bobby Rydell, left, was honored at Wildwood’s Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony on May 23. Here, he waves to the crowd while North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello and Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano join him. WILDWOOD—The Wildwoods kicked off the summer of 2014 by honoring Bobby Rydell, the man who made the song “Wildwood Days” famous, on May 23. 

A huge mural of Rydell on the Monster Truck Building at Roberts Avenue was unveiled and “Wildwood Days” was named the official song of the city of Wildwood by Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioners Pete Byron and Tony Leonetti. The unveiling was held in conjunction with the annual Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony.

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Tourism officials hope Wildwood icons live on with public murals

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, May 23, 2014 12:00 am

Peter Bieling outlines part of the Wildwood icon wall mural in chalk Monday, May 19. Peter Bieling outlines part of the Wildwood icon wall mural in chalk Monday, May 19. WILDWOOD – At the beach on Robert’s Avenue Monday, artist Peter Bieling was outlining in chalk where the giant sweater sleeves should hang off the shoulders of a Wildwood icon, painted on the side of the Monster Truck building.

The huge piece of art is the first in a possible series of “Wildwood Icon” wall murals local tourism officials hope to have painted on the boardwalk this year, and will be unveiled Friday at noon.

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Memorial Day ‘Murph’ CrossFit challenge benefits Wounded Warrior Project

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, May 23, 2014 12:00 am

Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan, is the inspiration for the Memorial Day ‘Murph,’ a CrossFit challenge to be held Monday, May 26 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan, is the inspiration for the Memorial Day ‘Murph,’ a CrossFit challenge to be held Monday, May 26 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. WILDWOOD-- On one of the biggest party weekends of the year at the Jersey Shore, Jim Grauel wants people to remember what the Memorial Day holiday is all about.

So while hundreds – thousands? – of people are still in bed or lying on their living room couches Monday morning in the Wildwoods because they’ve done too much holiday weekend partying, approximately 50 people will be fighting through a most grueling CrossFit workout – all in the name of charity and the memory of soldiers who died while on active service.

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North Wildwood looks to the bay for beach replenishment

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood’s beaches between Second and Fifth avenues lost much of their bathing space again this past winter, and city officials are looking to the back bay to refill it.

Mayor Patrick Rosenello said that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will be dredging out the Beach Creek area of Five Mile Island’s back bays at some point soon. While the timing of the project is not yet set, Rosenello said that the sand from the back bay is beach quality, and can be used to fill in the beaches at the town’s north end.

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Phyllis Catanoso honored for leading restoration of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 am

photo courtesy City of North Wildwood/ A volunteer and Phyllis Catanosa, right, put some elbow grease into cleaning up the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in 1982. photo courtesy City of North Wildwood/ A volunteer and Phyllis Catanosa, right, put some elbow grease into cleaning up the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in 1982. NORTH WILDWOOD – When Phyllis Catanoso first took on efforts to clean up Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in the 1960s, she never thought the old, dilapidated building would become a center for North Wildwood’s history.

“We never dreamed it would be like this,” Catanoso said Tuesday in City Hall.

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PHOTOS: A glamorous and dapper evening for Wildwood High

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, May 21, 2014 04:20 pm

Jen Marra/ Wildwood High School students Joshua Leon, Shalimar Pagan and Angel Colon arrive dressed up for the evening’s events starting with their promenade Saturday, May 17, in the school auditorium followed by the Junior/Senior Prom at the Wildwood Country Club. Jen Marra/ Wildwood High School students Joshua Leon, Shalimar Pagan and Angel Colon arrive dressed up for the evening’s events starting with their promenade Saturday, May 17, in the school auditorium followed by the Junior/Senior Prom at the Wildwood Country Club.

 Wildwood High School students Joshua Leon, Shalimar Pagan and Angel Colon arrive dressed up for the evening’s events starting with their promenade Saturday, May 17, in the school auditorium followed by the Junior/Senior Prom at the Wildwood Country Club.  Photos by Jen Marra.

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Electronic dance music coming to Wildwood beaches with nod to Doo Wop past

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:02 am

WILDWOOD – Up to 9,000 people could fill Wildwood’s beach between Baker and Roberts avenues June 28 for another electronic dance music festival, dubbed Beach Blanket Bingo.

The festival is the second EDM event to be announced for Wildwood’s beach this summer. BeachGlow is planned for July 5.

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