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In Another Time> Revolutionary battle well remembered in Wildwood Crest

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, March 28, 2014 11:00 pm

In recalling the history of the Wildwoods often overlooked is the background of the borough of Wildwood Crest. Unlike its Five Mile Beach neighbors of Wildwood and North Wildwood it has no Boardwalk to stroll, no thrill attractions to ride and no public bars to frequent.

The Crest, as some people call it, was the last of the three largest municipalities on the island to be incorporated, in 1910. It followed Wildwood in 1895 and Anglesea in 1885, which was to become known as North Wildwood in 1906. West Wildwood, the smallest of the quartet, became official in 1920.

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Officials nearing consensus on Wildwood beach event fees

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, March 28, 2014 04:57 pm

Officials nearing consensus on Wildwood beach event fees

Wildwood looks to GWTIDA for more funding

WILDWOOD--In the midst of the beach event fee conflict, Wildwood commissioners now say the city may be able to get the funds needed to cover beach maintenance costs from a new source: GWTIDA.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano said that he met recently with North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, Wildwood Crest Mayor Carl Groon, and John Siciliano, executive director of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, to discuss the issue. As a result of that meeting, Troiano said GWTIDA could pitch in more to offset the costs of beach maintenance in Wildwood.

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Wildwood removes 'W' tree from city seal

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, March 28, 2014 04:40 pm

The city seal has featured the 'W' tree since 1912. The city seal has featured the 'W' tree since 1912.

New logo to resemble Wildwoods sign

WILDWOOD—For 102 years, Wildwood’s city seal has featured the ‘W’ tree – an oddly shaped historical artifact that once was an icon on the island. But now, the tree’s story is fading.

On Wednesday, March 12, Wildwood commissioners voted to change the seal to feature a new icon: the Wildwoods sign on Rio Grande Avenue. It’s the first time the seal won’t feature the tree since Wildwood was incorporated in 1912, according to information from the Wildwood Historical Society.

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North Wildwood adopts $26M budget

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:00 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD—North Wildwood city council adopted a $26 million municipal budget during its regular meeting March 18.

This year’s budget is about $955,000 less than 2013, but council has increased tax collection by about $290,000.

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Sixty years later, Wildwood celebrates ‘Rock Around the Clock’

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:00 pm

Submitted/Bill Haley Jr. with his father. Submitted/Bill Haley Jr. with his father.  WILDWOOD—The first recording of “Rock Around the Clock,” a song credited with introducing rock ‘n’ roll to the mainstream, will turn 60 on April 12 and some historians say the song was first performed by Bill Haley and His Comets during their performance at the HofBrau Hotel in Wildwood.

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Wildwood Police handle over 1,500 calls in February

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:00 pm

WILDWOOD – Wildwood police handled 1,676 calls in February and made 53 arrests, police announced this week.

Fifty adults and three juveniles were among those arrested, police said.

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Crest weighs options for Heather Road fishing pier

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, March 26, 2014 04:59 pm

Crest weighs options for Heather Road fishing pier

WILDWOOD CREST— Some called it an eyesore, others, a historic site. Now, one Crest commissioner is calling the space where the old fishing clubhouse once stood on the Heather Road beach pier an opportunity.

Commissioner Don Cabrera said that the borough has paid $58,000 to have the fishing clubhouse, which was first built around 1919, demolished this year. That also covered asbestos abatement and disposal of hazardous materials, Cabrera said. Public works crews are currently working to make the area a scenic spot for the summer, but it could eventually become retail space or an open air pavilion.

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Master plan change for New Jersey Ave in North Wildwood

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, March 26, 2014 04:55 pm

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Some residential use could be allowed in business zone

NORTH WILDWOOD— In an effort to spur development on New Jersey Avenue’s vacant properties, North Wildwood’s City Council voted to make zoning changes to the city’s master plan on Tuesday, March 18

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Crest would be a poor fit for beach events

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, March 26, 2014 03:40 pm

To the editor:

I have been coming to Wildwood Crest for 40 years and own a residence for the past 15 years.  Because Wildwood raised their fees for beach events there is no reason for the Crest to pick up these events.  Money, not concern for the residents, is the only reason to allow these events to move to the Crest beaches.  Money for the town or the Moreys as sponsors?  

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Morey’s is shopping around for beach event locations

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, March 25, 2014 01:22 pm

Letter goes out to North Wildwood, Crest after fee increase

Now that Wildwood Commissioners have voted to raise the licensing fees to host events on that city’s beaches, Morey’s Piers has begun to look to beaches on the island’s north and south as the possible sites for its events this summer.

In a March 19 letter to North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, obtained by the Leader this week, Morey’s Piers President Will Morey writes that the organization is interested in exploring using North Wildwood beaches for “certain youth special events.”

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Firefighters search for cause of West Wildwood blaze

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, March 24, 2014 09:50 am

photo by Robert Newkirk, submitted by Wildwood Fire Department photo by Robert Newkirk, submitted by Wildwood Fire Department

WEST WILDWOOD—Firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze at a West Wildwood home for over three hours Sunday night. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Wildwood Fire Chief Daniel Speigel announced.

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Fundraising continues for Fresh Air Home

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, March 21, 2014 05:53 am

 John Stefankiewicz, president of the Children’s Fresh Air Home board, addresses the crowd at the 2013 annual dinner. 
 John Stefankiewicz, president of the Children’s Fresh Air Home board, addresses the crowd at the 2013 annual dinner.

Hero’s bike to be auctioned for North Wildwood renovation

NORTH WILDWOOD—For over 115 years, the Children’s Fresh Air Home has offered more than 20,000 children in need a place to escape.

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North Wildwood police announce arrests made March 3 to 9

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 20, 2014 09:00 pm

NWPD NORTH WILDWOOD—North Wildwood police announced that they made the following arrests from March 3 to March 9. Those charged are considered innocent unless guilt is proven.

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On the cover: Sea of green

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, March 20, 2014 03:57 pm

  Garrett DeMarzo, 3, of North Wildwood is ready to march up Atlantic Avenue with his grandfather Jon Winsett, drum major of the Cape Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade, during the Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade Saturday, March 15, in North Wildwood. 
Garrett DeMarzo, 3, of North Wildwood is ready to march up Atlantic Avenue with his grandfather Jon Winsett, drum major of the Cape Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade, during the Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade Saturday, March 15, in North Wildwood.  Garrett DeMarzo, 3, of North Wildwood is ready to march up Atlantic Avenue with his grandfather Jon Winsett, drum major of the Cape Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade, during the Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade Saturday, March 15, in North Wildwood. 

Photo by Jen Marra

   

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