• Middle Township Gazette

    GRASSY SOUND – One person was killed in a chain reaction accident involving seven vehicles at about 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, on North Wildwood Boulevard in Grassy Sound, according to a police press release.

    Joseph Waldron, 45, North Wildwood, was a passenger in one of the vehicles who got out of the car after the crashes, and was fatally struck by another vehicle.

  • Sports

    If you don’t already have a ticket, you won’t get one now.

    This evening’s highly-anticipated Cape-Atlantic League boys basketball playoff game between Middle Township and Wildwood Catholic is sold out. Tickets were sold this morning at both high schools and were all purchased prior to 11 a.m., according to the athletic directors at both schools.

  • Wildwood Leader

    Photo courtesy Rio Grande Fire DepartmentWILDWOOD – A structure near Baker and Arctic was declared a total loss after an early morning blaze started in the unoccupied dwelling. 

    The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to the dwelling fire at around 12:30 a.m., Monday. Engine 38, under the command of Firefighter Ryan Troiano, arrived and confirmed a working fire and requested the all-hands be transmitted.

  • Wildwood Leader

    NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood Police have arrested a Pennsylvania man and charged him with attempting to sell a mobile home that didn’t exist. 

    On Thursday, Feb. 19, North Wildwood Police Detectives followed up on a report made to police regarding a fraud case. The victim paid $25,000 to Robert Dimaio Jr. for a mobile home he claimed to be selling. During the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that Dimaio never had a mobile home to sell and kept the money to defraud the victim.

  • Wildwood Leader

    WILDWOOD – Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled Feb. 18 that the city of Wildwood violated its own ordinance by allowing the Wildwood Police Department to have too many police sergeants on staff. 

    But the effect of the ruling is uncertain, because the Wildwood governing body has already change the staffing ordinance. 

Wildwood Leader

BeachGlow management to attend Wildwood commission meeting

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, January 27, 2015 03:26 pm

WILDWOOD – BeachGlow Concerts for Charity, Inc., issued a press release saying they would attend Wednesday’s Wildwood Board of Commissioners meeting to respond to recent media coverage on BeachGlow Music Festival 2015.

Executive management from BeachGlow will make a public statement in response to comments made in during recent commissioners meetings related to BeachGlow's annual music festival for charity scheduled for July 4 on the beach in Wildwood.

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Boyer museum looking for volunteers, donations

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 04:02 pm

WILDWOOD – Al Brannen from the Wildwood Historical Society attended the Jan. 14 commissioners meeting to ask for funding for archiving historical documents and photos.

Brannen told the commissioners money from summer beach concerts went to worthy causes, but there are also nonprofits in Wildwood which could use some help. A former commissioner, Brannen said when people would come to him to put on events on beach he would say give percentage to charity. He said last year a portion of the beach concerts went to the American Red Cross. 

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Morey wants beach concerts moved away from Piers

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:01 am

Mayor says accommodations being made

WILDWOOD – One of the owners of Morey’s Piers is not happy with the location and timing of a summer beach concert. Jack Morey told the Wildwood Commission at its meeting Jan. 14 that a July 4 electronic dance music (EDM) concert was being held at the wrong place on the wrong weekend.

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Steered Straight coming to Wildwood Catholic

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 05:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Michael DeLeon of Steered Straight recently said Cape May County is a beautiful place to grow up and to visit.

That doesn’t mean it is insulated from problems like prescription pill abuse or heroin.

“Some people are afraid to talk about the problem of heroin, opiates, or marijuana,” DeLeon said. “Some believe talking about it might paint their community in a negative way.”

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Residents headed to court against Marina Bay Towers owner

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 04:31 am

Marina Bay Towers residents hold signs expressing their sentiments about the building’s owner. Marina Bay Towers residents hold signs expressing their sentiments about the building’s owner. NORTH WILDWOOD – A number of residents from Marina Bay Towers staged a protest Sunday, Jan. 18, to draw attention to their complaints against the management and owners.

The residents have filed in Superior Court to have the property placed in receivership to ensure repairs are made at the age-restricted facility.  

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North Wildwood authorizes demolition of house damaged by Sandy

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – City Council authorized bids for the demolition of the second of two homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy deemed unsafe.

At its Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting, City Council voted to authorize bids for the demolition of a home at 110 Delaware Ave., which the city deemed to be an imminent safety hazard. According to Mayor Patrick Rosenello, the home was one of two that were lifted off their foundations during the October 2012 superstorm. The other was located about a block away, and has already been demolished.

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Wildwood touts latest bond rating

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:27 pm

WILDWOOD – Moody’s Investor Services affirmed its A2 general obligation bond rating and removed the negative outlook that was placed on the city in 2010, city officials recently announced. 

In a Dec. 4, opinion, the investor services company noted the A2 rating was based on Wildwood’s satisfactory financial position and manageable debt level, among other factors, according to city officials. 

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On the cover: Feeling the freeze

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 21, 2015 03:50 pm

Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center.  The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.
Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey. Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.

photos by Jen Marra

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Beach vendor: Contract change will cost him his home

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 21, 2015 03:38 pm

Mayor: City couldn’t turn down $325,000 in ice cream contract

WILDWOOD – Beach ice cream vendor Jack Gallagher told the Wildwood commissioners last week that he would probably see his home go into foreclosure after the city awarded an ice cream vending contract to Popsy Pop, LLC.

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Grant to help fight drug abuse, underage drinking

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 03:08 pm

WILDWOOD — Cape Assist has received a $126,740 grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to work against prescription drug abuse in Cape May County and $106,000 to fight underage drinking, the organization announced this week.

These funds will support community-based substance abuse prevention services, according to the organization.

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Dennisville man faces drug charges

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 02:57 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood Police arrested a Dennisville man Thursday, Jan. 15.

At 12:40 p.m., North Wildwood Police Officer Eric Nevil stopped Chet Labov, 30, on the 2500 block of Central Avenue to serve warrants for his arrest from Woodbine and Dennis Township municipal courts, according to information released by North Wildwood Police. 

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This year’s BeachGlow concert to benefit music education

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 03:59 pm

WILDWOOD — An electronic dance music concert set for Saturday, July 4, will benefit a music education foundation, the organization announced today.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 1.

BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc., said in a statement Jan. 19 that proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to national nonprofit Little Kids Rock, which will use 100 percent of these funds to bring music programs and instruments to under-served area schools, including Philadelphia public schools.

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North Wildwood officers graduate academy

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 01:57 pm

Officer Thomas Flounders Jr. giving the response from Class 37 at the Cape May County Police Academy graduation. Flounders was named class president and received the Highest Academic Achievement Award. North Wildwood Police Department Officers Kyle Zaleski, Steven Ransom, Flounders, and Daniel Hartman graduated from the 37th Basic Full Time Course at the Cape May County Police Academy.
  Officer Thomas Flounders Jr. giving the response from Class 37 at the Cape May County Police Academy graduation. Flounders was named class president and received the Highest Academic Achievement Award. North Wildwood Police Department Officers Kyle Zaleski, Steven Ransom, Flounders, and Daniel Hartman graduated from the 37th Basic Full Time Course at the Cape May County Police Academy.   Officer Thomas Flounders Jr. giving the response from Class 37 at the Cape May County Police Academy graduation. Flounders was named class president and received the Highest Academic Achievement Award. North Wildwood Police Department Officers Kyle Zaleski, Steven Ransom, Flounders, and Daniel Hartman graduated from the 37th Basic Full Time Course at the Cape May County Police Academy.  

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On the cover: Get your kicks indoors

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Written by Jen Marra Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 am


Justin Daehling of Cape May tries to keep control of the ball as Otto McVey of Erma Park comes up behind him as defense during indoor soccer Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the North Wildwood Recreation Center at 9th Street and Central Avenue. The pick-up games are open to males and females age 16 and up.  The next scheduled game is 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.  The soccer games are scheduled on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays up to March 24.  For more information visit the North Wildwood Recreation and Tourism Facebook page or contact Ronald Simone at 
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Justin Daehling of Cape May tries to keep control of the ball as Otto McVey of Erma Park comes up behind him as defense during indoor soccer Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the North Wildwood Recreation Center at 9th Street and Central Avenue. The pick-up games are open to males and females age 16 and up. The next scheduled game is 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. The soccer games are scheduled on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays up to March 24. For more information visit the North Wildwood Recreation and Tourism Facebook page or contact Ronald Simone at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-600-7766. Justin Daehling of Cape May tries to keep control of the ball as Otto McVey of Erma Park comes up behind him as defense during indoor soccer Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the North Wildwood Recreation Center at 9th Street and Central Avenue. The pick-up games are open to males and females age 16 and up. The next scheduled game is 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. The soccer games are scheduled on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays up to March 24. For more information visit the North Wildwood Recreation and Tourism Facebook page or contact Ronald Simone at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-600-7766. 

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