• Holiday

    Father Christmas will visit Whale’s Tale on Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 312 Washington Mall in Cape May. An old-fashioned Christmas exhibit

    The public is invited to a free exhibit of holiday traditions through the years complete with model trains, toys and more at the Carriage House Gallery, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, through Thursday, Jan. 1. The gallery is open daily, though hours vary. For more information, call 609-884-5404…

  • Middle Township Gazette

    NORTH WILDWOOD – A Woodbine woman is in custody, accused of burglarizing the same North Wildwood home on 24th Avenue twice.

    Lelani M. Freeman, 30, Woodbine, was charged by North Wildwood police, who said the incidents happened between November and December. Police have accused her of stealing pills and an electronic benefit card. According to police,  she knew the victim.

  • Cape May Gazette

    LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Lower Township Police Department and the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team responded to a home in Lower Township Tuesday after a man fired a gun and his wife and children fled.

    Jeffrey Hart, 47, barricaded himself in his home on the 600 block of Jonathan Hoffman Road before police arrived, according to a press release from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor.

  • Wildwood Leader

    The Grinch looks out from the back of a Wildwood police car after being “pinched” at the Grinch run.
WILDWOOD – He’s green and mean with a mile-long rap sheet. But in Wildwood, the Grinch was given a one-way ticket back to Whoville – courtesy of the Wildwood police department.

    Sponsored by the Wildwood police department, the Dec. 13 Pinch the Grinch 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk offered athletes a chance to make their…

  • Upper Township Gazette

    STRATHMERE – The Strathmere Zip Code is one of the richest in the United States, according to the Movoto real estate blog.

    Sea Isle City is one of the most dangerous cities in the state, says the ValuePenguin website.

    It is a tale of two cities, at least according to these websites, for the two communities on Ludlam Island.

  • Sports

    When Alison Mastrangelo was young, she was a huge fan of ABC’s World News Tonight.

    “I always had the biggest crush on (anchor) Peter Jennings,” she said with a laugh. “My mom (Fran) always says whenever they’d turn on the TV and it was on that I’d stop everything I was doing to watch him.”

Wildwood Leader

Crest commission sets new fees for Von Savage pool

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:32 am

WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners passed Ordinance 1199 setting a new fee scale for the Von Savage Memorial Pool. 

General admission to the pool will be adults $5, child and seniors $4. Premium membership, which includes early morning swims, will be $75 in addition to the regular membership price.

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Free decoy carving demonstration at Two Mile Beach

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 05, 2014 12:47 pm

Decoys by Jamie Hand Decoys by Jamie Hand WILDWOOD CREST – Join the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge at the Two Mile Beach Unit in Wildwood Crest on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m., for a fascinating and educational demonstration of Decoy Carving in the South Jersey Fashion.

The demonstration will be led by local master decoy carver, J.P. “Jamie” Hand. Hand will be accompanied by two of his young apprentices, Dave Billig, and Cooper Rossner, who is a Biological Technician through the Pathways Program at Cape May NWR.

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Former Wildwood Leader paperboy records ‘Acoustic Christmas’

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Written by Christopher South Friday, December 05, 2014 05:38 am

New recording to benefit Hereford Inlet Lighthouse New recording to benefit Hereford Inlet Lighthouse CAPE MAY – Don Shough was raised in Wildwood, and it was there that he first learned about music, developed a sense of rhythm, and first heard Jimi Hendrix while delivering the Wildwood Leader.

In the mid-1970s, Shough (pronounced Shaw) said, the Leader was home-delivered for 35-cents a week.

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New recording to benefit Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, December 04, 2014 03:45 pm

WL-Peter-Harp-Lighthouse-Songs--12-03.jpg WL-Peter-Harp-Lighthouse-Songs--12-03.jpg NORTH WILDWOOD – The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was a beacon for the Jersey Shore back in 1874. It was virtually abandoned in the early 1960s before its restoration and reopening in 1986.

Now, thanks to its honorary keeper, Peter Harp, the lighthouse has its own CD of sea chanties.

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North Wildwood remembers former Mayor Anthony Catanoso

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 04, 2014 11:02 am

Mayor Patrick Rosenello, Phyllis Catanoso and daughter Pati Sparks Mayor Patrick Rosenello, Phyllis Catanoso and daughter Pati Sparks NORTH WILDWOOD – On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Mayor Patrick Rosenello and North Wildwood City Council honored former Mayor Anthony Catanoso, the longest serving Mayor of North Wildwood from Nov. 14, 1958 to Jan. 1, 1985, with a proclamation presented to his loving wife Phyllis and remaining family members.

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On the cover: Jump start on the holidays

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:39 am

The McNamee family cousins Olivia, 9, Madisyn, 9, and Kylah, 12, all of North Wildwood help put up Christmas decorations The McNamee family cousins Olivia, 9, Madisyn, 9, and Kylah, 12, all of North Wildwood help put up Christmas decorations

The McNamee family cousins Olivia, 9, Madisyn, 9, and Kylah, 12, all of North Wildwood help put up Christmas decorations on a chilly Saturday, Nov. 28, to get a jump start on the holiday season. The city of North Wildwood sponsors a yearly Holiday Decorating Contest and participants homes will be judged in categories such as most creative, best theme, most original, best decorated and best illuminated. Deadline for entries is by Friday, Dec. 12 and judging will be during the week of Dec. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Awards will be presents at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the North Wildwood Recreation Center. For more information call 609-523-2728.

photo by Jen Marra

   

Pre-holiday party

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:35 am

Wildwood High School Renaissance students Michael Bautista, Olga Salmoran, Elena Abraham grab a slice of pizza during the club’s Pizza and Ice Cream Social Wednesday, Nov. 26, in the cafeteria. The Renaissance program rewards students with fun activities when they demonstrate academic excellence, personal responsibility and compliance with all school rules and attendance guidelines, participate in community service and are role models for other students.  
Wildwood High School Renaissance students Michael Bautista, Olga Salmoran, Elena Abraham grab a slice of pizza during the club’s Pizza and Ice Cream Social Wednesday, Nov. 26, in the cafeteria. The Renaissance program rewards students with fun activities when they demonstrate academic excellence, personal responsibility and compliance with all school rules and attendance guidelines, participate in community service and are role models for other students. Wildwood High School Renaissance students Michael Bautista, Olga Salmoran, Elena Abraham grab a slice of pizza during the club’s Pizza and Ice Cream Social Wednesday, Nov. 26, in the cafeteria. The Renaissance program rewards students with fun activities when they demonstrate academic excellence, personal responsibility and compliance with all school rules and attendance guidelines, participate in community service and are role models for other students.


photos by Jen Marra

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North Wildwood adds four Public Works employees to smaller staff

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:30 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced the hiring of four new fulltime employees in Public Works, but said the total number of employees is down.

At the Tuesday evening City Council meeting, North Wildwood hired Maria Mattera, Dean DeRitis, Patrick Cook, and Christopher Kelley as the newest fulltime Public Works employees.

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