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    WEST WILDWOOD— A West Wildwood man was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, July 16 on charges that he received images of child sexual abuse using his cell phone.

    According to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Jeffrey Spicer, 44, was arrested by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

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    WILDWOOD CREST – Wildwood Crest officials took action in regards to an internal affairs investigation within the borough’s police department after a closed session at the Board of Commissioners meeting July 9, but what exactly that action is would not be confirmed by commissioners.

    A resolution authorizing Mayor Carl Groon and borough clerk Jan Holzmer to “proceed as discussed regarding a personnel matter and to execute any and all documents pertaining thereto” was unanimously passed by the Board of Commissioners after the closed session held to discuss a personnel matter in regards to the internal affairs investigation…

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    WILDWOOD – The event promoter behind the June 28 electronic dance music festival is putting his other planned concerts for Wildwood’s beach on hold until next year.

    Anthony Morrison of Beach Buddy Events, LLC says he is looking to work with Wildwood residents and the business community to ease concerns about his company’s EDM festivals and other concerts he wishes to hold in the city.

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    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor announced the conclusion of “Operation Whitehouse” today, saying the operation took at least $10 million in heroin and $500,000 in cocaine off county streets.

    According to a press release from Taylor, the joint operation netted 15 kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of cocaine.

    Also seized was about $225,000, believed to be the direct proceeds of heroin-related drug distribution activity in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

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    Bob Swartz, Wildwood's auditor, presents the budget plan to the public.Commissioners say budget focuses on public safety

    WILDWOOD — Commissioners in Wildwood adopted a budget Wednesday, July 9 that includes a 17-cent increase to the local tax rate, citing the city's recent reassessment and the need for more public safety employees as key reasons for the hike.

    At Wednesday's meeting, city hall was filled with members of the fire and police departments, as well as residents, who listened to budget presentations from the city's auditor,…

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Wildwood High seeking new athletic director

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, June 12, 2014 02:30 pm

Christel Pond will be Glenwood’s next principal

WILDWOOD – Wildwood High School is seeking a new director of athletics, now that its former director has been tapped to be the principal at Glenwood Avenue Elementary School.

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North Wildwood police blotter May 26 to June 1

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 12, 2014 02:17 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood police announced that they made the following arrests from May 26 to June 1. Those charged are considered innocent unless guilt is proven.

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More Wildwood locals try their hand in National Marbles Tournament

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:52 pm

Griseld Bautista, competing here in 2013, has won a chance to compete in the National Marbles Tournament, after winning the local championship held by Wildwood Middle School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Program. Griseld Bautista, competing here in 2013, has won a chance to compete in the National Marbles Tournament, after winning the local championship held by Wildwood Middle School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Program. WILDWOOD – After years of having few locals compete in the National Marbles Tournament, a Wildwood boy and girl will again take to Ringer’s Stadium next week, in hopes of being named king and queen of the mibsters.

Sixth-graders William Portalatin and Griselda Bautista will compete in the national championship, which is celebrating its 91st anniversary on Wildwood’s beach from June 16-19.

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Changes to student visa program could have big effect on tourism economy

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:31 pm

Photo courtesy Morey's Piers/ International student workers gather around a campfire for a s'mores night. Employers like Morey's Piers must provide cultural programming like this for its J-1 visa workers. Photo courtesy Morey's Piers/ International student workers gather around a campfire for a s'mores night. Employers like Morey's Piers must provide cultural programming like this for its J-1 visa workers.

Critics say international workers used for cheap labor

About 600 college students from countries like the Ukraine, Spain and Malaysia will work at Wildwood’s Morey’s Piers this summer, operating rides and arcade games or manning lifeguard stations at the amusement company’s two water parks.

The international workers, or J-1 students, a nickname that comes from the type of visa the students have, come to shore areas throughout Cape May County through a summer work travel program that’s been offered for decades through the U.S. State Department.

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Wildwood introduces budget with 17-cent tax rate increase

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, June 11, 2014 09:14 pm

WILDWOOD – The Board of Commissioners introduced a budget Wednesday, June 11 that includes a 17-cent increase to the city’s tax rate, citing a recent reassessment and bolstered public safety as key reasons for the hike.

The proposed $25.18 million budget is over $1 million more than 2013’s municipal spending plan. It’s supported by a $18.05 million tax levy, also up just over $1 million from last year.

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UPDATED: Bone found on North Wildwood beach

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:05 am

 

NORTH WILDWOOD — The county Medical Examiner's office has determined that a bone found on the beach near the Anglesea section of North Wildwood Monday, June 9, was of an animal, North Wildwood police said

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Wildwood employee pleads guilty to creating disturbance

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, June 09, 2014 03:46 pm

STONE HARBOR— A city of Wildwood employee pleaded guilty in Stone Harbor’s court Thursday, admitting that he created a disturbance in a public place on July 25, 2013, when he had an altercation with a Wildwood resident inside Billows Electric.

Michael Blanda, a senior electrician for the city’s public works department who claimed to be a relative of Mayor Ernie Troiano, and John Gallagher, a resident in the city, each filed cross complaints against one another after the incident, police reports state.

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New electronic recycling rules for North Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, June 09, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD— City Council has established a new procedure to recycle electronics in North Wildwood in order to abide by new state level requirements, the city announced.

In the past, the city allowed residents to put electronics curbside for pickup on their scheduled trash collection day. Now, a new ordinance adopted May 6 amends the City Code and requires residents to contact the city clerk to make arrangements for removal.

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