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    File photo by Jen Marra.WILDWOOD—Vacationers in Wildwood may not have to leave their dogs at home this summer, as the Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Wednesday night that opens part of the beach to dogs. 

    Under the city’s current code, dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk in the off-season, but are restricted from May 15 to Oct. 2. With the amendments introduced Wednesday, dogs could have year-round access at beaches near the north end of town at Poplar Avenue.

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    WILDWOOD—Commissioners in Wildwood rescinded a controversial resolution that significantly raised the fees to hold events on the city’s beach with a 2-1 vote at their regular meeting Wednesday. 

    The move comes after Will Morey, president of Morey’s Piers, threatened to move Beach Blast Soccer and Beach Jam to Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood beaches if the new fee structure remained.

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    WILDWOOD CREST—Lt. Joseph McGrath has been tapped to head the Wildwood Crest Police Department, Mayor Carl Groon confirmed Wednesday.

    Captain David Mayer, the former officer in charge of the Wildwood Crest Police Department, allegedly announced his retirement this week.

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    Photo by Jodee Clifford/ Demolition of the former Masonic Lodge had begun this week to make way for the new Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County library. WILDWOOD CREST – Demolition at the former Masonic Lodge on Atlantic Avenue is already underway for the new $5.3 million Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape MayCounty library.

    Cape MayCounty freeholders unanimously voted to award the contract to…

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    Photo courtesy of Morey's Piers.WILDWOOD—To Morey’s Piers, a multimillion-dollar Army Corps of Engineers dune plan in Wildwood is a “gift horse” Wildwood should take advantage of.

    Jack Morey, vice president of Morey’s Piers, said that his company is in full support of the project, which would construct 16-foot dunes from North Wildwood to the Diamond Beach section of Lower Township, as well as a protective beach berm.

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Wildwood carjacking suspect pleads guilty

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, February 27, 2014 05:52 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Floribert Nava of Wildwood pled guilty Thursday afternoon, Feb. 27 in Cape May County Superior Court to a first-degree carjacking charge as part of a plea agreement. 

Charges of first-degree kidnapping, making terroristic threats, a third-degree crime, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and luring or enticing a child were all dropped as part of the agreement.

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Drug charges in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 27, 2014 03:45 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Victor Novoa-Fonseca, 28, of Wildwood has been arrested on charges of drug possession and distribution Feb. 26, - Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Wildwood Police Chief Steve Long announced.

The arrest is the result of a joint narcotics investigation conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Task Force and members of the Wildwood Police Department.

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New social page planned for The Leader

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, February 27, 2014 01:00 am

After many years of keeping track of happenings in the Wildwoods, Joyce Gould has decided to end her Five Mile Beat column. We here at the paper will miss it, as we’re sure the readers will as well, but we still want to keep up-to-date on social events on the island.

If you’re having a birthday party, organization meeting, Pinewood Derby race, or just a day at the beach, send us a photo with the names of those involved and the date of the event, and we’ll print as many as we can.

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Wildwood votes to raise ice cream peddling fees

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, February 26, 2014 06:57 pm

WILDWOOD— Veterans in Wildwood will be able to sell ice cream on the beaches this summer, but they will have to pay substantially more to do so, after the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday that drastically raised license fees.

Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioner Pete Byron voted in the affirmative Wednesday to raise beach peddling license fees to $3,000 for the 15 peddlers, mostly veterans, who hold the licenses. Last year, the beach peddlers paid $511 for a license.

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WCHS senior jumps at chance to attend Naval Academy

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, February 26, 2014 09:48 am

Thomas DePaul, pictured with WCHS president Father Joseph Wallace, proudly displays his acceptance letter into the U.S. Naval Academy Thomas DePaul has never leaped for a rebound for the basketball team nor attempted to clear the high-jump bar for the track and field team at Wildwood Catholic High School.

But one day earlier this month, he displayed vertical skills that would have made the coaches of both teams envious to secure his services.

Inside the school building, DePaul opened a package from the United States Naval Academy that officially informed the Wildwood Catholic senior of his acceptance into the institution’s newest class that sets foot on the famous Annapolis, Md., campus this summer.

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Wildwood wants $45k for ice cream licenses

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, February 25, 2014 01:39 pm

Veteran: No negotiation offered on peddling contracts

WILDWOOD—The city has allegedly asked its beach peddlers, mostly veterans, to pay five times as much for their licenses this year, or Wildwood will put a beach peddling contract out to bid.

Richard Basara, a Marine veteran and Wildwood resident who has sold ice cream on the beach for several years, says he isn’t happy with the proposal.

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Ezequiel Palacios wins Glenwood spelling bee

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, February 25, 2014 01:24 pm

Ezequiel Palacios, a fifth grade student, reacts to being named Glenwood’s Spelling Bee champion. Ezequiel Palacios, a fifth grade student, reacts to being named Glenwood’s Spelling Bee champion.

Letter perfect

WILDWOOD—For the first time in more than 30 years, Glenwood Avenue Elementary hosted a spelling bee Thursday, Feb. 20 in front of an audience of fellow classmates, teachers, and parents.

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North Wildwood police ask public for help in TV thefts

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 24, 2014 06:09 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD — Over the last two weeks, North Wildwood Police responded to several reports of residential burglaries to seasonal properties.

In each burglary, flat screen televisions were stolen from the residence, police said.

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