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Upcoming events in Wildwoods

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:00 am

Dec. 12 to Dec. 13: Family Holiday Celebration. Continue a family tradition with an exciting holiday celebration filled with fun for the entire family. Attend the Jaycees Christmas Parade on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., followed by a tree lighting ceremony and parade awards ceremony at the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. Bring the family inside the Wildwoods Convention Center lobby on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free admission to holiday-themed crafters, photos with Santa, entertainment and much more. For more information call (609) 729-9000 or visit WildwoodHoliday.com for a detailed list of entertainment.

Dec. 12: Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade. Watch a festive line-up of floats, fire trucks and other creatively decorated vehicles parade down the streets of the Wildwoods accompanied by Santa himself! Registration begins at 4 p.m. at the North Wildwood Recreation Center (10th and Central avenues); line-up begins at 5 p.m.; parade steps off at 6 p.m. at 15th and Central avenues, then continues South on Pacific Avenue through Wildwood to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest, then ends at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Parade awards will be presented in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the 7:15 p.m. tree lighting ceremony. Trophies will be awarded in these categories: Commercial, Community Service, Marching Bands, and Public Service. (Rain date for parade is Sunday, Dec. 14 with registration at 3 p.m., lineup at 4 p.m., and parade steps off at 5 p.m. If weather is uncertain, listen to 98.7 The Coast.) 609.729.5501 or WildwoodHoliday.com.

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Nor’easter has little affect on Wildwoods

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, December 09, 2014 12:46 pm

Flooding on Rio Grande Avenue Flooding on Rio Grande Avenue THE WILDWOODS – Tuesday’s nor’easter that threatened heavy rain, high winds and coastal flooding for the most part bypassed the Wildwoods and South Jersey.

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Man tries to hide under bus seat, charged with possession of pills, heroin

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, December 08, 2014 02:16 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – A North Cape May man was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, after North Wildwood police found him trying to hide under a bus seat, Monday, Dec. 8, officials said.

Thomas Sexton, 27, was trying to conceal several pills that were scattered on the seat, police said. A further search by officers revealed that Sexton also had heroin, police said.

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Relay For Life coming to Lower

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, December 07, 2014 01:55 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP - For the first time, Lower Township will be hosting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event on May 30 through May 31 at Lower Cape May Regional High School, Councilman Tom Conrad announced during a recent council meeting. 

Buffi Hinker-Miller, who is the event leader, said the event is really about community and is why it was so important for Lower Township to be able to have their own local relay. 

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Crest commission sets new fees for Von Savage pool

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, December 06, 2014 10:32 am

WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners passed Ordinance 1199 setting a new fee scale for the Von Savage Memorial Pool. 

General admission to the pool will be adults $5, child and seniors $4. Premium membership, which includes early morning swims, will be $75 in addition to the regular membership price.

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Free decoy carving demonstration at Two Mile Beach

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, December 05, 2014 12:47 pm

Decoys by Jamie Hand Decoys by Jamie Hand WILDWOOD CREST – Join the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge at the Two Mile Beach Unit in Wildwood Crest on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m., for a fascinating and educational demonstration of Decoy Carving in the South Jersey Fashion.

The demonstration will be led by local master decoy carver, J.P. “Jamie” Hand. Hand will be accompanied by two of his young apprentices, Dave Billig, and Cooper Rossner, who is a Biological Technician through the Pathways Program at Cape May NWR.

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Former Wildwood Leader paperboy records ‘Acoustic Christmas’

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Written by Christopher South Friday, December 05, 2014 05:38 am

New recording to benefit Hereford Inlet Lighthouse New recording to benefit Hereford Inlet Lighthouse CAPE MAY – Don Shough was raised in Wildwood, and it was there that he first learned about music, developed a sense of rhythm, and first heard Jimi Hendrix while delivering the Wildwood Leader.

In the mid-1970s, Shough (pronounced Shaw) said, the Leader was home-delivered for 35-cents a week.

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New recording to benefit Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, December 04, 2014 03:45 pm

WL-Peter-Harp-Lighthouse-Songs--12-03.jpg WL-Peter-Harp-Lighthouse-Songs--12-03.jpg NORTH WILDWOOD – The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was a beacon for the Jersey Shore back in 1874. It was virtually abandoned in the early 1960s before its restoration and reopening in 1986.

Now, thanks to its honorary keeper, Peter Harp, the lighthouse has its own CD of sea chanties.

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North Wildwood remembers former Mayor Anthony Catanoso

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 04, 2014 11:02 am

Mayor Patrick Rosenello, Phyllis Catanoso and daughter Pati Sparks Mayor Patrick Rosenello, Phyllis Catanoso and daughter Pati Sparks NORTH WILDWOOD – On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Mayor Patrick Rosenello and North Wildwood City Council honored former Mayor Anthony Catanoso, the longest serving Mayor of North Wildwood from Nov. 14, 1958 to Jan. 1, 1985, with a proclamation presented to his loving wife Phyllis and remaining family members.

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On the cover: Jump start on the holidays

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:39 am

The McNamee family cousins Olivia, 9, Madisyn, 9, and Kylah, 12, all of North Wildwood help put up Christmas decorations The McNamee family cousins Olivia, 9, Madisyn, 9, and Kylah, 12, all of North Wildwood help put up Christmas decorations

The McNamee family cousins Olivia, 9, Madisyn, 9, and Kylah, 12, all of North Wildwood help put up Christmas decorations on a chilly Saturday, Nov. 28, to get a jump start on the holiday season. The city of North Wildwood sponsors a yearly Holiday Decorating Contest and participants homes will be judged in categories such as most creative, best theme, most original, best decorated and best illuminated. Deadline for entries is by Friday, Dec. 12 and judging will be during the week of Dec. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Awards will be presents at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the North Wildwood Recreation Center. For more information call 609-523-2728.

photo by Jen Marra

   

Pre-holiday party

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:35 am

Wildwood High School Renaissance students Michael Bautista, Olga Salmoran, Elena Abraham grab a slice of pizza during the club’s Pizza and Ice Cream Social Wednesday, Nov. 26, in the cafeteria. The Renaissance program rewards students with fun activities when they demonstrate academic excellence, personal responsibility and compliance with all school rules and attendance guidelines, participate in community service and are role models for other students.  
Wildwood High School Renaissance students Michael Bautista, Olga Salmoran, Elena Abraham grab a slice of pizza during the club’s Pizza and Ice Cream Social Wednesday, Nov. 26, in the cafeteria. The Renaissance program rewards students with fun activities when they demonstrate academic excellence, personal responsibility and compliance with all school rules and attendance guidelines, participate in community service and are role models for other students. Wildwood High School Renaissance students Michael Bautista, Olga Salmoran, Elena Abraham grab a slice of pizza during the club’s Pizza and Ice Cream Social Wednesday, Nov. 26, in the cafeteria. The Renaissance program rewards students with fun activities when they demonstrate academic excellence, personal responsibility and compliance with all school rules and attendance guidelines, participate in community service and are role models for other students.


photos by Jen Marra

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North Wildwood adds four Public Works employees to smaller staff

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, December 04, 2014 10:30 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced the hiring of four new fulltime employees in Public Works, but said the total number of employees is down.

At the Tuesday evening City Council meeting, North Wildwood hired Maria Mattera, Dean DeRitis, Patrick Cook, and Christopher Kelley as the newest fulltime Public Works employees.

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In Another Time: No Shirley Temple, but lots of boardwalk fun in 1940

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, December 04, 2014 12:00 am

in another time - history of The Wildwoods The Wildwood boardwalk was a happy place, happier than usual, on July 17, 1940  even though young film star Shirley Temple failed to make an announced appearance  to mingle with 500 disabled kids in a big Elks Club party at the seashore.

The war in Europe was just beginning then and few on the crowded boardwalk had more than a passing interest in what was happening in countries like Poland and  France and Germany. It would all be over soon, they thought, and happier times would prevail in the USA  after the devastating depression of the 1930s.

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North Wildwood police blotter Nov. 10 Nov. 23

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, December 04, 2014 12:00 am

nwpd NORTH WILDWOOD — The following is an arrest and charge summary for the North Wildwood Police Department from Nov. 10 Nov. 23. In the same time, there were six arrests on warrants reported, and once instance of a 20-year-old in possession of alcohol underage. 

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