• 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.

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    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.

Wildwood Leader

Big sendoff for Kevin Yecco

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 27, 2013 02:46 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Kevin Yecco hugs Lisa Stefankiewicz, deputy borough clerk in Stone Harbor, who presented him with a proclamation during his last meeting as clerk for the Crest. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Kevin Yecco hugs Lisa Stefankiewicz, deputy borough clerk in Stone Harbor, who presented him with a proclamation during his last meeting as clerk for the Crest. WILDWOOD CREST- Kevin Yecco, the borough’s clerk and administrator, attended his last meeting before his retirement on Wednesday, June 26.

The meeting room was packed with friends, family, and fellow clerks from around the county who had worked with Yecco, or had been taught by him at Rutgers University.

“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, said during the meeting.

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Mother and son face charges

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:06 am

NORTH WILDWOOD— Police say a mother and son from Southampton, Pa. robbed a car in North Wildwood Wednesday.

They were arrested and charged with burglary and conspiracy.

Denise Schueller, 44, and Michael Iucolino, 18, were arrested after officers responded to a 911 call about suspicious activity on the 100 East block of Fourth Avenue around 9:27 p.m. Once they arrived, officers found that a car had been burglarized and arrested the mother and son, according to a report.

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AtlantiCare Advance Life Support coming to Wildwoods

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:47 am

But mayor wants the service all year

NORTH WILDWOOD—In a medical emergency, seconds could mean the difference between disaster and recovery.

That’s the thinking of Mayor Bill Henfey, who says he wants the Wildwoods to readily have access to advanced life support, especially during the summer.

AtlantiCare is bringing an advanced life support unit onto Five Mile Island this summer, but Henfey says he would like to have a similar unit year round. He can’t though, under state law.

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Wildwood creates office of beach services

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:46 am

WILDWOOD—For the past two years, Wildwood commissioners have tried to bank on the city’s expansive beaches.

Horseback riding, beach box and cabana rentals, volleyball tournaments, surf camps, and beach bars have been possible options to help bring in more money to the city, and now the administration has created an office to oversee those revenue items.

“This is money to help promote beach opportunities,” Commissioner Pete Byron said.

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Rap artists weigh in on saggy pants ban

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:53 pm

WILDWOOD—Since the saggy pants ordinance has made national news, some rap and hip-hop artists have begun to speak out against it, even calling the ordinance “racist.”

Rap artist The Game told TMZ earlier this month that he was against the ban. A blog post about the ordinance also appeared on the front page of the rapper’s web site Wednesday.

In an expletive-ridden quote, he told the entertainment news organization that Wildwood commissioners were overstepping their bounds by telling people what to wear.

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New eatery opens in the downtown

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, June 25, 2013 04:13 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/Brittany Schultz, manager of Pasta Pesto, and owner Milton Baralos pose under the mural of the new restaurant. Photo by Christie Rotondo/Brittany Schultz, manager of Pasta Pesto, and owner Milton Baralos pose under the mural of the new restaurant. Wildwood restaurateurs launch Italian place at former club site 

WILDWOOD—When the stainless steel exterior of the Casba Comedy Club was stripped in February, it was a final reminder that the club of 33 years was no more.

Since Mark Vito sold the Casba, many had questioned what would take its place. Now, the Pasta Pesto Italian Grill has opened to visitors- bringing brick oven pizza and upscale Italian dining to Atlantic Avenue.

The grill is owned by partners Manny Kantzios and Milton Baralos, who also own the Marvis and Pink Cadillac diners.

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North Wildwood doctor cleared of contempt charge

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, June 24, 2013 04:44 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE—Dr. John Costino of North Wildwood was found not guilty of violating a judge’s orders Friday, a decision his lawyer said ended a six-year saga of prosecution against Costino.

“This was not a prosecution, this was a persecution,” Defense attorney John Tumelty said Monday.

Costino was first targeted for a sting operation in 2007, when the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration sent two undercover officers posing as exotic dancers to his office.

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Police chase on the boardwalk

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, June 24, 2013 11:04 am

WILDWOOD CREST—A 37-year-old Bridgeton man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly drove his vehicle onto the boardwalk and erratically sped through the Wildwood Crest bike path, police said.

Robert Carter was driving south on the boardwalk in Wildwood around 8 a.m. with two children in his vehicle, ages 14 and 5, according to police. He then exited the boardwalk on Cresse Avenue near the pedestrian ramp and continued driving south on the bike path.

When police tried to get Carter to stop, he jumped the curb at Buttercup Road and drove into a motel parking lot, then exited the lot, drove erratically a short distance, where Officer Lorenzo Plaza was able to stop the car.

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