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PHOTOS: Wildwood Catholic's 2014 Prom

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, April 11, 2014 10:48 am

Sal Zampirri, Kaileigh Kita, Chris Roche, Katie McCallion, Antonino Piro, Mackenzie Scully, Luke Gegan and Rita Marino arrive at Wildwood Catholic High School dressed to impress. Sal Zampirri, Kaileigh Kita, Chris Roche, Katie McCallion, Antonino Piro, Mackenzie Scully, Luke Gegan and Rita Marino arrive at Wildwood Catholic High School dressed to impress

Wildwood Catholic High School celebrated its prom on Saturday, April 5, and held its promenade in the high school auditorium. The prom's theme was "The Great Gatsby."

Photos by Jen Marra.

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Firefighting presentation draws student interest in Wildwood

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Written by David Benson Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:06 pm

Alexandra Antheil, left, and John Davis, battalion chief, discuss her interest in volunteering for the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 after a student assembly Wildwood High School. Alexandra Antheil, left, and John Davis, battalion chief, discuss her interest in volunteering for the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 after a student assembly Wildwood High School. Several at WHS consider signing up for fire company

WILDWOOD – The face of Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 may be changing, if a presentation given recently by the fire company to a crowd of high school students is any indication.

That new face will not only be younger. It will be female.

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Wildwood mayor, Morey face off over beach events

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:22 am

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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Wild Island Scooters gets ‘OK’ to open in Wildwood

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, April 09, 2014 08:56 am

Photo by Christie Rotondo/Scooters like these will be available to rent in Wildwood come summer, now that Wild Island Scooters was approved by the planning and zoning board Monday. Photo by Christie Rotondo/Scooters like these will be available to rent in Wildwood come summer, now that Wild Island Scooters was approved by the planning and zoning board Monday. New trend to zoom into Wildwood

WILDWOOD— A trend that’s popular among tourists in the Bahamas and Florida will be making its way to Wildwood, now that two entrepreneurs were approved for a use variance at Monday’s planning and zoning board meeting.

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Some mercantile licenses in limbo as city tries to curb ‘problem’ rental properties

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, April 08, 2014 11:00 pm

Around 2,600 licenses to be reviewed under new ordinance

WILDWOOD – Wildwood commissioners are trying to curb what they call “problem” rental properties in the city, but now some motel owners’ mercantile licenses are in limbo with the 2014 rental season about to begin.

Mohmoud Mohmoud, who has owned the Sea Foam Motel on Atlantic Avenue for 15 years, is one of several owners who have not had their mercantile licenses renewed for 2014 because of past problems. In Mohmoud’s case, Police Chief Steven Long would not sign off on his mercantile license because police were called to the property too many times.

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Wildwood fire company seeking a new generation of volunteers

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, April 07, 2014 01:35 pm

Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 will make a recruiting stop at Wildwood High School on Wednesday, April 9. Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 will make a recruiting stop at Wildwood High School on Wednesday, April 9.

WILDWOOD – Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 can have up to 35 volunteer members but right now Chief Greg Neill says they only have 10 active volunteers.

The company has enlisted a public relations firm, launched a new website, and this week it will reach out to Wildwood’s teenagers in an attempt to drum up more volunteer applications.

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Wildwood tenants relocated after carbon monoxide leak

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 07, 2014 10:20 am

WILDWOOD – Tenants of a Juniper Avenue home had to be relocated after Wildwood firefighters found gas appliances were leaking high amounts of carbon monoxide the morning of March 31.

The department was originally dispatched to 216 West Juniper Ave. for a medical call, which Capt. Jim Grauel said was unrelated to the gas leak. While on the scene, crews smelled natural gas coming from the rear unit, and subsequent investigation found that there were elevated levels of carbon monoxide around gas appliances there.

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In Another Time> Wildwood saw a thriving nightclub scene from big bands to Bo Diddley

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, April 04, 2014 11:00 pm

Those who remember “the good old days” of entertainment in the Wildwoods point to the times of the 1950s and 1960s when the spotlight focused at several Wildwood and North Wildwood nightclubs on big name performers appearing there.

Impressive that it was, that was only a part of a Wildwood show business era that stretched from the 1930s into the early 1970s. The music and other types of entertainment that came with it represented society as it was then.

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Tax rate up in $22.7M Crest budget

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, April 03, 2014 11:00 pm


WILDWOOD CREST— Property owners in Wildwood Crest will see a 1.5 cent increase in the local purpose tax rate, now that borough commissioners adopted the 2014 municipal budget at their March 26 meeting.

Increased healthcare costs and a decline in the community’s ratable base are driving the increase, local officials have said.

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Wildwood police blotter March 17-23

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:30 pm

WILDWOOD – The following are the arrests made by Wildwood Police during the week of March 17 – 23. Those charged are considered innocent unless guilt is proven.

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Revaluation delays Wildwood budget

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, April 03, 2014 08:57 am


No word on when a spending plan will be ready for ’14

WILDWOOD—Wildwood has often been late when introducing its municipal budget, and this week elected officials said they are still working on 2014’s.

Commissioner Pete Byron, who oversees the department of revenue and finance for the city, said that a recently completed reevaluation of Wildwood’s properties is part of the reason for the hold-up.

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Wildwood ad campaign aims to bring families back

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, April 03, 2014 08:48 am

John Siciliano, executive director of GWTIDA John Siciliano, executive director of GWTIDA

Visitors show deep love for the Wildwoods

WILDWOOD—Tourism officials in the Wildwoods unveiled an $850,000 advertising campaign Wednesday they hope will pull at the heart strings of potential visitors.

The “Can’t Stop this Feeling” campaign plays off the fondness many tourists have for the area, something officials said they became aware of after many who participated in the “What do you love about the Wildwoods” campaign in 2013 expressed their deep feelings of attachment to the island.

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North Wildwood police announce arrests made March 10 to 23

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 01, 2014 11:00 pm

nwpd NORTH WILDWOOD—North Wildwood police announced that they made the following arrests from March 10 to March 23. Those charged are considered innocent unless guilt is proven.

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Police: Two accused in Middle responsible for North Wildwood TV thefts

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, March 31, 2014 01:23 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD—Police believe two Middle Township men charged last week with several area burglaries are responsible for stealing flat screens from North Wildwood residences, Capt. John Stevenson said Monday. 

Charles Caruso, 42, and Darren Rogers, 43, were arrested March 18 and face several burglary charges, as well as unauthorized possession of Department of Defense property. Police say they found two grenades; a smoke grenade and a training grenade, as well as military identification cards during a March 18 raid in Cape May Court House.

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