• Wildwood Leader

    WILDWOOD – More than 900 bags of heroin were seized from a Wildwood home, and four men arrested after the SWAT team executed a warrant on the 4300 block of Arctic Avenue on Friday, April 11, according to the Cape May County Prosecutors office.

    Eduardo Arroyo, 30, Luis Santiago, 30, Roy Perez-Heredia, 22, and Joshua Natal, 20, were charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana, according to a press release from the prosecutor’s office.

  • Wildwood Leader

    Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Wildwood firefighters quickly put out a fire at Marvis Diner Monday.

    WILDWOOD-- A small fire that started in the trash at Wildwood's Marvis Diner was quickly brought under control the afternoon of Monday, April 14.

    Fire Chief Chris D'Amico said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental and that there were no injuries.

  • Wildwood Leader

    Operators still waiting for ABC approval

    WILDWOOD – Wildwood’s beach bar is one step closer to opening this summer, now that the Board of Commissioners voted Friday, April 11 to award Beach Buddy, LLC a contract to operate on the city’s beach.

    In February, the commissioners accepted the proposal from the group of Philadelphia club and night club owners, but did not award the contract. During the commissioners’ regular meeting on April 9, a resolution to award the contract was moved to a closed-door executive session.

  • Wildwood Leader

    WILDWOOD--Morey Piers has announced that if Wildwood doesn’t rescind its beach event fees by Wednesday, April 16, three major events, including Cape Express Beach Blast will take place in Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood this year. 

    “We do not wish to move these events as they have a very positive effect (sic) on the community of businesses with whom we share the boardwalk culture and tradition,” Will Morey wrote in a letter to Jack Byrne, chairman of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, on Saturday, April 12. “We simply cannot continue, however, to expose these events to the…

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    Use by local law enforcement now needs to be approved by acting attorney general

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE—Lives in Cape May County may be saved that would otherwise have been lost to a vicious drug, once county detectives are trained to use an antidote for heroin overdoses.

    The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced that the Chiefs of Police Association voted Thursday to support the use of Narcan by all local police departments in the county, the sheriff’s department, and prosecutor’s office.

  • Wildwood Leader

    WILDWOOD— About a dozen community members, including Morey’s Piers Vice President Jack Morey, attended a Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday in hopes that the governing body would vote to reverse its hike in beach event permitting fees.

    No such decision was made, but those in attendance waited more than two hours while the commission held a closed-door executive session, during which they planned to discuss correspondence from the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority regarding a contractual matter.

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Quotes of the Week> July 4

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 05, 2013 12:00 pm

“People say you need a lot of patience to be a good sand sculptor. I say no – you just have to have a pathological case of OCD.”
— Matt Long, professional sand sculptor, on his art.

“There’s no way we’ll be able to get the boardwalk replaced unless we get UEZ money back.”
— Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano on submitting a multi-million boardwalk replacement project to the UEZ.

“The word ‘asset’ for the municipal clerks of Cape May County is a great way to describe Kevin Yecco.”
— Scott Jett, city clerk for North Wildwood, on Kevin Yecco’s retirement.

“We think that if there are going to be more bars up on the boardwalk, the people should decide.”
— Dara Baltuskonis, a member of the Wildwood Watchdogs, on petitioning Wildwood ordinance.

 

In Another Time > Wildwood has celebrated Independence from the start

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, July 04, 2013 05:26 am

Long before the Wildwoods joined the celebrations in the late 19th century, people began marking the nation’s independence in different ways, some not without controversy.

It could be said that the stage for celebrating the Fourth of July was set during the summer of 1776 when some colonists held satirical mock funerals for King George symbolizing the end of his and Great Britain’s hold on America.

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Crest incumbents to seek new term

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, July 04, 2013 12:00 am

File Photo/Commissioner Don Cabrera, Borough Solicitor Doreen Corino, Commissioner Joyce Gould, Former Borough Clerk and Administrator Kevin Yecco, and Mayor Carl Groon pose together. File Photo/Commissioner Don Cabrera, Borough Solicitor Doreen Corino, Commissioner Joyce Gould, Former Borough Clerk and Administrator Kevin Yecco, and Mayor Carl Groon pose together. WILDWOOD CREST – The borough’s current commission members plan to seek reelection in November.

The incumbent team of Commissioners Don Cabrera and Joyce Gould, along with current Mayor Carl Groon, are seeking their third term together. The borough’s non-partisan election is set for the same day as the general election, Nov. 5.

No one has filed petitions to challenge Cabrera, Gould, and Groon with the borough clerk as of July 3.

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Fuel, Hoobastank, Alien Ant Farm concert sold out

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 03, 2013 07:27 pm

WILDWOOD—All 13,000 of the free tickets for the free beach concert Aug. 24 have been claimed, officials announced Wednesday.

Tickets were first available July 1, and all had been claimed within 36 hours.

The lineup is set to feature Fuel, Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm. Lit, another alternative rock band, was also set to perform, but canceled many of its summer tour dates.

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Art for art’s sake and the victims of Hurricane Sandy

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, July 03, 2013 01:45 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/Autumn de Forest unveils an Art Box shipping container decorated with a replica of her painting ‘Sandy Flag.’ Photo by Christie Rotondo/Autumn de Forest unveils an Art Box shipping container decorated with a replica of her painting ‘Sandy Flag.’ Autumn de Forest, an 11-year-old artist who has been called a “pint-sized Picasso,” unveiled a painting five times her size at the Art Box Tuesday afternoon.


Also uncovered was an 8-foot by 30-foot shipping container that features a huge replica of her painting “Sandy Flag,” which will be auctioned off to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“I heard about this terrible, terrible hurricane and I was so scared and worried for my new friends,” de Forest said during the unveiling. She had come the Jersey Shore in August for her first solo exhibition at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor.

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Eight first responders honored

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, July 02, 2013 08:10 pm

WL Police: The city awarded eight first responders with proclamations after they assisted in saving a woman from drowning.  WL Police: The city awarded eight first responders with proclamations after they assisted in saving a woman from drowning.

WILDWOOD—The city awarded eight first responders with proclamations for saving a woman from drowning earlier this month.

Wildwood Police Officers Spencer Smith, Donald Boice, and Michael Mabkhouti along with Wildwood Firefighters Gerard Vessels, Michael Kutas, Derrick Kobierowski, Mark Allen, and Andrew McNeill were honored at the June 26 meeting for their service.

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Man faces four years in check forgery

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, July 02, 2013 05:05 pm

WEST WILDWOOD—A 29-year-old West Wildwood man has been sentenced to four years in prison on third-degree theft charges, the prosecutor’s office announced. 

Charles Markum was first arrested in April of last year, after West Wildwood Police and the county prosecutor’s office conducted a burglary, forgery, false document, and theft investigation.

During that investigation, police learned that Markum had stolen 10 checks from the victim, forged the victim’s signature on those checks, and cashed them at various locations throughout the county.

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Five face drug charges

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, July 02, 2013 04:21 pm

WILDWOOD—Five Wildwood residents were arrested Monday and face multiple drug charges as the result of a month-long narcotics investigation, Prosecutor Robert Taylor announced.

Joel Canderlaria-Cuevas, 25, Jordan Beretto, 20, Jose Perez-Garcia, Renaldo Colon-Goicochea, 21, and Edwin Velez-Soto, 47, were arrested after police executed a search warrant with a regional SWAT team in the 200 east block of Baker Avenue.

Police found over one ounce of cocaine, 130 bags of heroin, prescription narcotic pills, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun. Police also seized $3,101 in cash that police said was proceeds from drug sales.

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