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    File photo by Jen Marra.WILDWOOD—Vacationers in Wildwood may not have to leave their dogs at home this summer, as the Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Wednesday night that opens part of the beach to dogs. 

    Under the city’s current code, dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk in the off-season, but are restricted from May 15 to Oct. 2. With the amendments introduced Wednesday, dogs could have year-round access at beaches near the north end of town at Poplar Avenue.

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    WILDWOOD—Commissioners in Wildwood rescinded a controversial resolution that significantly raised the fees to hold events on the city’s beach with a 2-1 vote at their regular meeting Wednesday. 

    The move comes after Will Morey, president of Morey’s Piers, threatened to move Beach Blast Soccer and Beach Jam to Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood beaches if the new fee structure remained.

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    WILDWOOD CREST—Lt. Joseph McGrath has been tapped to head the Wildwood Crest Police Department, Mayor Carl Groon confirmed Wednesday.

    Captain David Mayer, the former officer in charge of the Wildwood Crest Police Department, allegedly announced his retirement this week.

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    Photo by Jodee Clifford/ Demolition of the former Masonic Lodge had begun this week to make way for the new Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County library. WILDWOOD CREST – Demolition at the former Masonic Lodge on Atlantic Avenue is already underway for the new $5.3 million Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape MayCounty library.

    Cape MayCounty freeholders unanimously voted to award the contract to…

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    Photo courtesy of Morey's Piers.WILDWOOD—To Morey’s Piers, a multimillion-dollar Army Corps of Engineers dune plan in Wildwood is a “gift horse” Wildwood should take advantage of.

    Jack Morey, vice president of Morey’s Piers, said that his company is in full support of the project, which would construct 16-foot dunes from North Wildwood to the Diamond Beach section of Lower Township, as well as a protective beach berm.

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Dolphin Inn owner honored

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00 am

From left, Commissioner Pete Byron, Tim Patel, Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioner Tony Leonetti. From left, Commissioner Pete Byron, Tim Patel, Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioner Tony Leonetti. WILDWOOD – City commissioners honored a local motel owner for renovations made to a property once considered a blight on the city’s landscape.

Tim Patel, owner of the Dolphin Inn, was recognized during the April 9 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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PHOTOS: Hats on for Easter at Margaret Mace

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, April 18, 2014 01:57 pm

Jen Marra/Preschool student Roberto Sanchez Olguin gets a double high five from the Easter Bunny who paid a special visit to the students during their lunch period. Jen Marra/Preschool student Roberto Sanchez Olguin gets a double high five from the Easter Bunny who paid a special visit to the students during their lunch period.

Margaret Mace elementary students had a surprise visit from the Easter bunny Friday, April 11. The visit came the same day as students participated in the school's Easter Hat Parade, an annual event organized by first grade teachers Amanda Brojakowski and Judi Kiniry.

-Photos by Jen Marra

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North Wildwood police arrest 3 Philadelphia men during traffic stop

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 18, 2014 01:25 pm


NORTH WILDWOOD—A routine traffic stop in North Wildwood has led to the arrest of three Philadelphia men, one of whom was allegedly wanted in Bucks County, Pa. on criminal conspiracy charges, police announced. 

North Wildwood police said Officer Joseph Kopetsky stopped a vehicle on the 100 block of 17th Avenue for speeding around 10:13 a.m. yesterday, April 17, and all three occupants were not wearing seatbelts.

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Police charge four in connection to Wildwood boardwalk assault

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 18, 2014 10:48 am

Wildwood Police/ Police were looking to identify these individuals, who they suspected assaulted a man on the boardwalk Saturday. Wildwood Police/ Police were looking to identify these individuals, who they suspected assaulted a man on the boardwalk Saturday. WILDWOOD – Police have arrested four Marlton teens in connection to an aggravated assault on the boardwalk April 13, the Wildwood police department announced.

Ryan Callahan, 18, Nicholas Nastasi, 19, Kyle Patrick, 19, and a 17-year-old male, have been charged with aggravated assault after police released surveillance footage of the suspects to local media earlier this week. Callahan, Nastasi and the juvenile were arrested, but Patrick is still at large and there is an active arrest warrant out for him, police said.

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Wildwood residents charged with heroin distribution

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 18, 2014 10:41 am

WILDWOOD – After a four-week investigation, police arrested three Wildwood residents on heroin distribution charges at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, the Wildwood Police Department announced.

Kenneth Richardson, 31, Tracey Stefanowicz, 36, and Michelle Barth, 31, were arrested after a SWAT team search of 236 West Pine Ave. resulted in the seizure of distribution quantities of heroin that were allegedly prepackaged for street sale, $900 in cash, as well as drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes.

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Wildwood man arrested after punching Lower cop

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, April 17, 2014 03:49 pm

WILDWOOD—A 21-year-old Wildwood man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly punching a Lower Township police officer in the face, police said.

Special Officer James Collins was called to the 300 block of Destoto Avenue in the Villas section of Lower Township in response to a call about a disorderly subject. When Collins arrived, Alexander Vosper of Susquehanna Avenue in Wildwood, was having a verbal altercation with an unidentified man at the scene, police said.

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Wildwood family produces third valedictorian

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 16, 2014 05:10 pm

Submitted/Wildwood High School Class of 2014 Shelby Thornton is first in her class, and the third member of her family to be WHS’s valedictorian. Submitted/Wildwood High School Class of 2014 Shelby Thornton is first in her class, and the third member of her family to be WHS’s valedictorian. WILDWOOD – When it comes to smarts, it’s all in the family for Wildwood High School Class of 2014 valedictorian Shelby Thornton.

When Shelby, 17, steps to the podium to deliver her address to her fellow graduating seniors, she will be the third member of her family to be named valedictorian at Wildwood High. Her older sister Kirby Thornton and her grandmother Lola Borden (nee Peard) were also valedictorians.

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Wildwood wants landlords to be wary of troublesome tenants

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, April 16, 2014 05:06 pm

WILDWOOD – In the process of working to clean up rowdy and unkempt rental properties in the city, Wildwood commissioners are finding landlords aren’t necessarily the root of the problem. In many cases, it’s who they are renting to.

That was the theme of a special meeting the Board of Commissioners held April 11 when they heard from several landlords looking to keep their mercantile license for the 2014 renting season.

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