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    Becca is one of three border collies owned by Jean and John Ficca, who asked North Wildwood City Council to consider designating a dog park Sept. 16.NORTH WILDWOOD — A local couple presented a petition with 90 signatures from residents and property owners to City Council Tuesday, Sept. 16, asking that a dog park be designated in North Wildwood.

    While council seemed receptive to the idea, members did express…

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    WILDWOOD CREST— Based on DNA evidence, Wildwood Crest police have charged two Cape May County men in a 2009 armed robbery, the department announced.

    Gary Twiggs Jr. 26, of Dennisville and Dillon Tracy, 26, of Clermont were arrested and charged in connection with the crime on Sept. 17 and Sept. 16, respectively.

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    WILDWOOD — A 38-year-old Wildwood man has been charged in connection to a fatal heroin overdose at the Blue Heron Motel Sept. 19, police announced.

    Robert Lunzy has been charged under New Jersey’s Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death law, which police say carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence if he is convicted of the first-degree crime.

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    The 1913 American LaFrance Hook and Ladder Truck was the first hook and ladder purchased by the Holly Beach Fire Company. WILDWOOD — One of the oldest reminders of the borough of Holly Beach sits covered and out of sight at the volunteer fire company on Washington and Montgomery Avenues.

    But hopefully, not for much longer.

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    Former resident will be public safety director

    WILDWOOD CREST — The borough has hired the former Cape May County chief of investigators as public safety director, a position created in July because the Crest was still without a police chief.

    Eugene Taylor, of Upper Township, started at the Crest Sept. 2 and his salary is $90,000. According to Mayor Carl Groon, Taylor will serve in that role until the borough is able to hire a chief of police.

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    NORTH WILDWOOD — City Council took the initial step to repeal North Wildwood’s curfew Tuesday, Sept. 16, citing that judges around the state have found similar curfews to be unconstitutional.

    “Curfew ordinances end up being almost as difficult to enforce and as likely to be unconstitutional as loitering ordinances,” William Kauffman, the city’s attorney said. 

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Wildwood beachgoers can help Make a Wish Foundation

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 21, 2014 03:00 pm

Martin Kozack sings on the beach at Leaming Avenue. During his sets on Monday and Friday afternoons, all the tips given will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation. Martin Kozack sings on the beach at Leaming Avenue. During his sets on Monday and Friday afternoons, all the tips given will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation. WILDWOOD –   Visitors to Wildwood’s Leaming and Rio Grande Avenue beaches on Mondays and Fridays will be able to support the Make a Wish Foundation by purchasing Pepsi products at the two food concession stands there.

From noon to 3 p.m. every Monday and Friday proceeds from all Pepsi products purchased at both Marriner’s Tiki Hut concession locations will be donated to the foundation, as well as the tips made during a set played by musicians Martin Kozack and Judy Frame.

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Referendum on Wildwood's cap bank won’t be held, despite Watchdog petition

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, August 21, 2014 02:46 pm

WILDWOOD — A petition circulated by a citizens group against an ordinance connected to the municipal budget was turned in to City Hall last month, but the Board of Commissioners simply voted to file it during the Aug. 13 meeting.

The Wildwood Watchdog group collected signatures against the city’s ordinance to establish a cap bank — a routine ordinance passed by municipalities around New Jersey — in what members described as an effort to stall the city’s municipal budget and bring the spending plan before voters.

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Eight new officers join North Wildwood Police

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:06 am

Kevin Tolan, Jr. has his father, North Wildwood Police Capt. Kevin Tolan, pin his badge. Kevin Tolan, Jr. has his father, North Wildwood Police Capt. Kevin Tolan, pin his badge.

NORTH WILDWOOD — Eight new patrol officers joined North Wildwood’s police force Tuesday, Aug. 19, bringing the department back up to 29 full-time officers.

Thomas Flounders, Jr., Bryan Skill, Joseph Kopetsky, Steven Ransom, Kevin Tolan, Jr., Daniel Hartman, Ryan Madden, and Kyle Zaleski were all appointed to North Wildwood’s Police Department during the City Council meeting that day.

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Troiano: Wildwood may study beach fees

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, August 20, 2014 09:54 am

But he said the city won’t move unless the whole island is on board

WILDWOOD — Beach fees are somewhere in Wildwood’s future, but the city won’t institute them unless North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest establish the fees as well, Mayor Ernie Troiano said Wednesday.

The comments came after resident Chris Slater asked the commission if beach fees would be moving forward. Slater supported the fees.

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Letter: City should get its act together about bikes, development

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

The latest article about biking hours on the boardwalk is interesting. As avid bikers and property owners in Wildwood, we enjoy bike riding on the boardwalk whenever possible. However, the last two summers we pretty much had to stop riding there after about 9 a.m. because there was too much congestion — both other bikers and people walking. It just was neither safe nor enjoyable.

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Police say owner knew about drug use at Gillmore Motel

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, August 19, 2014 05:45 pm

WILDWOOD — The owner of The Gillmore Motel has been charged with maintaining a nuisance after police were called there several times for reports of the sale of narcotics, police announced. 

Police say that Robert Grimley, 43, of Palermo knowingly operated The Gillmore as a location where individuals gathered to participate in illegal activities. He was charged Thursday, Aug. 14.

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Reported shotgun incident leads to heroin bust in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:15 pm

WILDWOOD — An alleged domestic violence incident involving a shotgun led police to 322 bags of heroin seized, Wildwood police said.

At 2:21 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 police responded to reports that a man had been confronted by his ex-girlfriend, Shakeila Fitzpatrick, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun. Upon arrival though, Fitzpatrick had left the area.

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Tattoo enthusiasts show off skin, and skills, in the Wildwoods

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, August 18, 2014 04:47 pm

David Benson/Kyle Dunbar, who appeared on seasons three and four of Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” points out some of the tattoos on his chest during the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash Aug. 15. Kyle Dunbar, who appeared on seasons three and four of Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” points out some of the tattoos on his chest during the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash Aug. 15. WILDWOOD — Kyle Dunbar has more than 20 years’ experience as a tattoo artist and the Flint, Mich., native is best known for his two seasons on Spike TV’s reality show “Ink Masters.” Kelly Colligan, a 23-year-old from Tuckerton, recently finished her tattooing apprenticeship with the Manahawkin-based studio Premium Blend. Now, she goes by the pseudonym Kelly Killagain in the industry.

Despite the differences in experience levels, both artists have something in common- they were tattooing this past weekend at the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash for the first time.

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