• 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

In Another Time > Sports have always been a big part of Wildwood life

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:00 am

Much like today, many of the very early visitors in the Wildwoods spent their free time swimming, fishing and running on the beach. The big difference was that there were few organized recreational opportunities for them to view or to do at that time.

Lacrosse was created by the Iroquois. It is a matter of conjecture whether the Lenni Lenape, believed to be the first people to visit New Jersey’s barrier islands, ever played it on the cluttered foliage of the Wildwoods.

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SLIDESHOW Kindergartners take the stage at Margaret Mace

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 24, 2013 01:26 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Holly Fesler as Sleeping Beauty, holds up her ingredient, “love” to add to a pot of “joy” made by Mother Goose. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Holly Fesler as Sleeping Beauty, holds up her ingredient, “love” to add to a pot of “joy” made by Mother Goose. NORTH WILDWOOD- Kindergarten students in Corrine Clarke and Jean Golden’s classes at Margaret Mace School performed the play “Lemonade” on Friday April 19.

The play is based on nursery rhyme characters and their problems, which Mother Goose helps solve by teaching to look on the bright side.

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Big hits at Sensational weekend

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:58 am

Tommy James is set to headline the Sensational Spring Concert this weekend. Tommy James is set to headline the Sensational Spring Concert this weekend. Tommy James and The Shondells, Three Dog Night founder to perform on Saturday

WILDWOOD -- Singer and songwriter Tommy James is psyched to bring the 1960s back to Wildwood this week.

“It’s going to be fun. It’s sort of a magical place. When you say Wildwood to anybody, they smile,” said James in an interview about Saturday’s show, part of the Sensational Spring Weekend. “It’s always party time down in Wildwood.”

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Thanks so much for the memories

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:00 am

To the editor: 

I was at The Bayview in Wildwood Crest for my Friday night cherrystone clams on the half-shell and I looked up and saw my mom's picture on the wall (she is the one with the megaphone who was a Wildwood Beach Club lifeguard, Dorothy Hunt).

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In Another Time > High school in Wildwood had a tough start

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:00 am

The incentive to start a new school district in Wildwood was not exactly at the top of everyone’s priority list when the calendar turned to the 20th century.

Wildwood and Holly Beach were then still separate municipalities, not to come together as one until 1912.

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In Another Time > Schooling on the island started small

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:18 am

The arrival of formal education at Holly Beach was not without controversy and right in the middle of it was the mayor’s 15-year-old daughter, who was said to be the island’s first teacher. It was a story, bitter at times, that ended in romance and everyone seemed to live happily ever after.

In 1883, two years before it was officially incorporated as a borough, there weren’t that many children living in Holly Beach to justify a school building. (Some outsiders not familiar with the existence of the island thought Holly Beach was the name of a woman.)

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Snapshots of another century

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 10, 2013 01:41 pm

James Magee stands with his wife, Ida, and daughter, Sallie, in front of a truck delivering the Wildwood Leader in 1911. James Magee stands with his wife, Ida, and daughter, Sallie, in front of a truck delivering the Wildwood Leader in 1911.

To the editor,

Recently I attended the dog show in Wildwood and picked up a copy of the Wildwood Leader.

The name of the paper sounded familiar. After searching through my mother’s (Sallie) photos I found these photos.

My grandfather, James M. Magee, sold the Wildwood Leader in 1911. In one photo, that’s my grandmother, Ida, holding my mother, Sallie.

Evelyn Sheppard

Newfield

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In Another Time > Firefighting grew with the town

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, April 04, 2013 01:00 am

 Benjamin Franklin never visited Holly Beach. He had left this earth almost a century before Holly Beach was incorporated as a borough in April 1885. But, long separated that he was, Franklin probably had an early historical influence on the way they first fought fires at the burgeoning seashore resort.

At the age of 70, Franklin was the oldest to sign the Declaration of Independence, which he helped draft. He had other talents too, not as prominent as the big signing but still significant enough to earn mention in historical accounts. He was a printer, a musician and a volunteer fireman who helped start his own fire company, which may have set the standards for what was to happen in Holly Beach about a century later.

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