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North Wildwood police want a call for any problem, no matter how small

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, June 13, 2014 11:00 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD— North Wildwood police sat down with residents Tuesday night to offer updates on the department and allow seasonal residents a chance to ask questions of local officers.

Chief Matthew Gallagher said that the community meetings are something the department usually holds throughout the winter, but this year he wanted to extend the program so summer residents could also meet with officers.

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New stop signs in North Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 13, 2014 11:00 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Two new stop signs could be added to North Wildwood, if city council passes an ordinance allowing for their installation at its next meeting.

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PHOTOS: Lessons in the pool

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, June 13, 2014 11:00 pm

Glenwood Avenue Elementary School second grade students visit the Montego Bay Resort’s waterpark for a swim lesson with Wildwood Beach Patrol lifeguard Pat Buckley, left, Tuesday, June 10.  Hotel Managers Mike Marano and Karen DeCarlo, not pictured, came to the elementary school to meet with the principal and presented the idea of the using the pool for swim lessons. Glenwood Avenue Elementary School second grade students visit the Montego Bay Resort’s waterpark for a swim lesson with Wildwood Beach Patrol lifeguard Pat Buckley, left, Tuesday, June 10. Hotel Managers Mike Marano and Karen DeCarlo, not pictured, came to the elementary school to meet with the principal and presented the idea of the using the pool for swim lessons.

Glenwood Avenue Elementary School second grade students visit the Montego Bay Resort’s waterpark for a swim lesson with Wildwood Beach Patrol lifeguard Pat Buckley, left, Tuesday, June 10.  Hotel Managers Mike Marano and Karen DeCarlo, not pictured, came to the elementary school to meet with the principal and presented the idea of the using the pool for swim lessons.

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Wildwood fishing challenge kicks off Father's Day weekend

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, June 13, 2014 04:13 pm

WILDWOOD— To tourism officials in the Wildwoods, there’s no better way to celebrate dads than with a fishing challenge. 

The first Wildwoods Beach and Boat fishing challenge kicked off on the island Friday and would last through Father’s Day on Sunday. The event is a first in Wildwood, and at it, participants were able to fish essentially anywhere they wanted on the Five Mile Island, or offshore, and then compete for the biggest catches eight different species.

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Wildwoods EMS now equipped with overdose antidote

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:00 pm

Since the start of the year, Wildwood’s police have responded to about 40 overdose calls, Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Speigel said Monday.

While that number includes calls about alcohol poisoning and other drugs, Speigel said that several have been for heroin overdoses, an epidemic affecting the entire state.

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Flag Day has a little known history in the United States

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:00 pm

Local and national history will come together in the Wildwoods on Saturday with few participants aware of its local significance.

Saturday, the June 14, is Flag Day, a holiday that takes second billing to the celebrations of Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Usually life goes on routinely during Flag Day. The banks are open and so are the schools, the mail is delivered and there are no fireworks to celebrate the occasion. In most places, there are no parades either; unlike in Fairfield, Washington, and Quincy, Massachusetts, where they claim they have been parading on the holiday for more years than anywhere in the nation.

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Wildwood High seeking new athletic director

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 12, 2014 01:30 pm

Christel Pond will be Glenwood’s next principal

WILDWOOD – Wildwood High School is seeking a new director of athletics, now that its former director has been tapped to be the principal at Glenwood Avenue Elementary School.

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North Wildwood police blotter May 26 to June 1

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 12, 2014 01:17 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood police announced that they made the following arrests from May 26 to June 1. Those charged are considered innocent unless guilt is proven.

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More Wildwood locals try their hand in National Marbles Tournament

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:52 am

Griseld Bautista, competing here in 2013, has won a chance to compete in the National Marbles Tournament, after winning the local championship held by Wildwood Middle School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Program. Griseld Bautista, competing here in 2013, has won a chance to compete in the National Marbles Tournament, after winning the local championship held by Wildwood Middle School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Program. WILDWOOD – After years of having few locals compete in the National Marbles Tournament, a Wildwood boy and girl will again take to Ringer’s Stadium next week, in hopes of being named king and queen of the mibsters.

Sixth-graders William Portalatin and Griselda Bautista will compete in the national championship, which is celebrating its 91st anniversary on Wildwood’s beach from June 16-19.

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Changes to student visa program could have big effect on tourism economy

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:31 am

Photo courtesy Morey's Piers/ International student workers gather around a campfire for a s'mores night. Employers like Morey's Piers must provide cultural programming like this for its J-1 visa workers. Photo courtesy Morey's Piers/ International student workers gather around a campfire for a s'mores night. Employers like Morey's Piers must provide cultural programming like this for its J-1 visa workers.

Critics say international workers used for cheap labor

About 600 college students from countries like the Ukraine, Spain and Malaysia will work at Wildwood’s Morey’s Piers this summer, operating rides and arcade games or manning lifeguard stations at the amusement company’s two water parks.

The international workers, or J-1 students, a nickname that comes from the type of visa the students have, come to shore areas throughout Cape May County through a summer work travel program that’s been offered for decades through the U.S. State Department.

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Wildwood introduces budget with 17-cent tax rate increase

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, June 11, 2014 08:14 pm

WILDWOOD – The Board of Commissioners introduced a budget Wednesday, June 11 that includes a 17-cent increase to the city’s tax rate, citing a recent reassessment and bolstered public safety as key reasons for the hike.

The proposed $25.18 million budget is over $1 million more than 2013’s municipal spending plan. It’s supported by a $18.05 million tax levy, also up just over $1 million from last year.

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UPDATED: Bone found on North Wildwood beach

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:05 am

 

NORTH WILDWOOD — The county Medical Examiner's office has determined that a bone found on the beach near the Anglesea section of North Wildwood Monday, June 9, was of an animal, North Wildwood police said

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Wildwood employee pleads guilty to creating disturbance

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, June 09, 2014 02:46 pm

STONE HARBOR— A city of Wildwood employee pleaded guilty in Stone Harbor’s court Thursday, admitting that he created a disturbance in a public place on July 25, 2013, when he had an altercation with a Wildwood resident inside Billows Electric.

Michael Blanda, a senior electrician for the city’s public works department who claimed to be a relative of Mayor Ernie Troiano, and John Gallagher, a resident in the city, each filed cross complaints against one another after the incident, police reports state.

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New electronic recycling rules for North Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, June 08, 2014 11:00 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD— City Council has established a new procedure to recycle electronics in North Wildwood in order to abide by new state level requirements, the city announced.

In the past, the city allowed residents to put electronics curbside for pickup on their scheduled trash collection day. Now, a new ordinance adopted May 6 amends the City Code and requires residents to contact the city clerk to make arrangements for removal.

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