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Basketballs have long bounced in the Wildwoods

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, January 15, 2015 05:00 pm

in another time A smiling James Naismith may have been looking down at the Wildwoods Convention Center from his free throw line in the sky during the recent holiday week.

Smiling because there were some 800 kids bouncing basketballs and shooting baskets in a sport he invented in 1891, four years before Wildwood became an incorporated borough and a few years before he wore the cloth of a Presbyterian minister.  The occasion for his joy may have been the 13th annual Boardwalk Basketball Classic, which draws high school teams from near and far for what was billed as “the largest single-venue coed high school basketball tournament in the country.” This year they added a new wrinkle, a future stars segment that featured some of the county’s best grade school players.

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Perhaps 1,000 polar bears will plunge for Special Olympics Saturday

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 15, 2015 05:47 am

 8th annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics in Wildwood Christie Rotondo photo/ 8th annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics WILDWOOD – With registrations ahead of last year’s pace, organizers of the 9th annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics say as many as 1,000 people could take part in this Saturday’s plunge.

Jason Schubert, the senior director of Law Enforcement Sponsorship, said there were 950 participants in the 2014 plunge, and their goal is to have more participation and raise more money than the year before.

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Regalbuto’s promotion clears the way for other officers to advance

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:00 am

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Police Department’s Capt. Robert N. Regalbuto was sworn in as Chief of Police at a special swearing in ceremony, Jan. 9.

Commissioner Tony Leonetti, Wildwood’s Director of Public Safety, said he had known for six months that Police Chief Steve Long planned to retire Dec. 31.

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Playground work

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 14, 2015 08:35 pm

Workers continue the installation of the new playground despite the wet wintery weather Wednesday, Jan. 14, in Bill Henfey Park at 8th Street and Central Avenue in North Wildwood. Improvements to the park’s softball field including dugouts, basketball courts, landscape and construction of a field-house started in November of 2014 Workers continue the installation of the new playground despite the wet wintery weather Wednesday, Jan. 14, in Bill Henfey Park at 8th Street and Central Avenue in North Wildwood. Improvements to the park’s softball field including dugouts, basketball courts, landscape and construction of a field-house started in November of 2014 Workers continue the installation of the new playground despite the wet wintery weather Wednesday, Jan. 14, in Bill Henfey Park at 8th Street and Central Avenue in North Wildwood. Improvements to the park’s softball field including dugouts, basketball courts, landscape and construction of a field-house started in November of 2014.

photo by Jen Marra

   

Regalbuto sworn in as Wildwood’s 13th police chief

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 14, 2015 03:45 pm

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Wildwood Municipal Court Judge Dorothy Garrabrant, left, administers the oath of office to Robert Regalbuto, left. Holding the Bible is the chief’s wife, Danielle Regalbuto.
photo courtesy city of Wildwood / Wildwood Municipal Court Judge Dorothy Garrabrant, left, administers the oath of office to Robert Regalbuto, left. Holding the Bible is the chief’s wife, Danielle Regalbuto. WILDWOOD – With his wife holding the Bible and his father pinning on his badge, Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto was sworn in Jan. 9 as the town’s 13th police chief in Wildwood’s 113-year history.

“I’m all right with being No. 13,” Regalbuto said with a laugh.

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Children’s Fresh Air Home renovation beginning

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 14, 2015 08:44 am

Children’s Fresh Air Home renovation beginning Children’s Fresh Air Home renovation beginning NORTH WILDWOOD – The Children’s Fresh Air Home is undergoing the  final stages of demolition in preparation for long-awaited renovations, which will give new life to the more-than-a-century-old structure.

Situated at 1100 Surf Ave. in North Wildwood, the Children’s Fresh Air Home opened in 1896. It operated as a summer retreat for underprivileged children until 2006, when it was closed for what its website described as “critical repairs.”

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Tax exemption aimed at spurring investment

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 14, 2015 06:31 am

wildwood WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Jan. 7 that will create a five-year tax exemption for new construction or improvements to existing structures.

The ordinance allows for a 30 percent tax exemption off the added assessed value of any improvement for a five year period.

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Wildwood receives bids for ice cream sales

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, January 13, 2015 04:53 pm

WILDWOOD – Wildwood received two bids for a beach ice cream concession, which will significantly increase what the city earns from 15 individual licenses.

According to Commissioner Pete Byron, the city had 15 yearly vendor permits to issue to qualified military veterans or exempt firemen.

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Wildwood unanimous for downtown lot sale

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 09, 2015 01:20 pm

The Center City Parking Lot is part of this city block the City of Wildwood is hoping to sell for a minimum of $1.2 million. Commissioner Pete Byron would like the city to keep it and develop it into a center city attraction. 
The Center City Parking Lot is part of this city block the City of Wildwood is hoping to sell for a minimum of $1.2 million. Commissioner Pete Byron would like the city to keep it and develop it into a center city attraction. WILDWOOD — Sold, for $1.2 million.

A group calling itself 209 East Schellenger Avenue, LLC, was the only bidder on a city parking lot at that address, offering $1.2 million for the property. Mayor Ernie Troiano described the limited liability company as being made up of the owners of the businesses that surround the parking lot.

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Three sworn in to North Wildwood seats

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 07, 2015 02:51 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Three North Wildwood Council members were sworn in for new terms on Jan. 6, with Second Ward Councilman Joe Rullo taking the oath for the final year of his term.

At the annual reorganization meeting, First Ward Councilman David Del Conte and Second Ward Councilwoman Kellyann Tolomeo each took the oath of office for a new three-year term from Municipal Judge Louis Belasco.

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Crest passes three ordinances during reorganization

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 07, 2015 02:48 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – During an otherwise routine reorganization meeting, the Wildwood Crest Commission approved three ordinances after public hearing and final vote Wednesday, Jan. 7.

The commissioners passed Ordinance 1202, repealing Chapter 46 of the municipal code, dealing with the position of municipal administrator. Mayor Carl Groon said the move did not eliminate the position, which has been vacant since the fall, but removes certain responsibilities from the job.

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Beach work planned in North Wildwood

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, January 07, 2015 10:00 am

Two people walk off the beach in Wildwood Crest, near the start of the Wildwood boardwalk. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to take sand off the beaches and build a dune system from North Wildwood to Diamond Beach. 
Two people walk off the beach in Wildwood Crest, near the start of the Wildwood boardwalk. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to take sand off the beaches and build a dune system from North Wildwood to Diamond Beach. Talks continue on island-wide project for 2017

NORTH WILDWOOD — Five Mile Beach’s first federal beach project remains under discussion, but it will be at least 2017 before the first grain of sand is moved to North Wildwood’s badly eroded north end.

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New Year’s stabbing reported

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 07, 2015 09:30 am

WILDWOOD — One man was arrested, another hospitalized after a stabbing at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, according to police.

Officers responded to a report of a fight in progress at 3700 Pacific Ave., to find a man later identified as Mark Jones, 47, of Wildwood, with a single stab wound to his abdomen. He was medivaced to the trauma center at Atlantic City Medical Center, where he was later listed in guarded but stable condition, according to information released by Wildwood police.

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Three-year contract signed for Wildwood beach concerts

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, January 06, 2015 11:29 am

City also seeking new promoter for more large-scale shows

WILDWOOD — An electronic dance music festival will be back on the beach for July 4 next summer.

And two-day EDM festivals are planned for the summers of 2016 and 2017 as well.

The Wildwood Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution at its Wednesday, Dec. 31 meeting that will bring Beach Glow Concerts for Charity, Inc. back to Wildwood for the next three years. The resolution includes a minimum $15,000 license fee to be paid to the city.

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