• Wildwood Leader

    Borough looks for a brand that ‘speaks to who we are’

    WILDWOOD CREST — The borough’s official seal features the brigantine Nancy, a sailing ship that carried gunpowder and arms for the Americans during the Revolutionary War, and was the center of the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet- Cape May County’s only Revolutionary War battle.

    But, that’s a little-known history, particularly to the visitors of Wildwood Crest.

  • Wildwood Leader

    North Wildwood firefighters salute as the “flag to remember” is raised to half mast. NORTH WILDWOOD — Schoolchildren, local officials, and members of the community gathered in front of North Wildwood’s 15th Street Fire Station at 8:46 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, the exact time hijackers crashed a plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center 13 years ago. 

    The solemn ceremony focused on remembering the almost 3,000 Americans who were killed that day in attacks on the World Trade Center…

  • Wildwood Leader

    He says he was brought in to clean up troubled motel after crossbow attack

    WILDWOOD — A property management company owned by Wildwood’s former mayor has been hired to help oversee security and maintenance changes at The Gillmore Motel, which was considered one of the most problematic properties in the city by police and code enforcement officials.

    Gary DeMarzo, who owns SunQuest Property Services, said his company was brought in about three weeks ago as a consultant at The Gillmore by its owner, Palermo resident Robert Grimley.

  • Wildwood Leader

    Commissioner Tony Leonetti, Wildwood Catholic Athletic Director Sal Zuccarello, and Chris Fox, Wildwood administrator, pose together with one of the donated AEDs. WILDWOOD — Eight years after an 11-year-old North Jersey girl died of sudden cardiac arrest at cheerleading practice, a new law requiring schools to provide access to defibrillators at athletic events and team practices went into effect Sept. 1.

    To help the island’s schools comply with the new law, the city…

  • Politics

    Challenger calls for jobs, while incumbent points to constituent work  

    Bill Hughes Jr., left, says jobs should be priority for the district, while U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo says voters already know him well. For the first time since his election representing New Jersey’s sprawling 2nd Congressional District two decades ago, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo faces a candidate known from Pennsville to Ocean City, from Hammonton to Cape May.

Wildwood Leader

Girl Scout donates greenhead boxes to Wildwood Crest

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, September 07, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST — A summer visitor of Wildwood Crest and 13-year Girl Scout is helping the borough reduce its greenhead fly population, according to the borough’s tourism website.

Jessica Ridge, a Hamilton Square resident who visits the Crest each summer with her family, has built and donated eight greenhead fly trap boxes that have been placed at various places throughout the borough as part of her Gold Award project for the Girl Scouts.

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Crest Recreation hosts registration for tot soccer

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 06, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST — The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department is accepting registration for its 2014 tot soccer program, an introductory series of clinics for 4-year-old boys and girls that teach the basic skills of soccer.

The program will be held Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Morey Field (Aster Road and Ocean Avenue) from Sept. 17 through Oct. 17.

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Outdoor Zumba classes continue through September

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 06, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST — The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will continue its outdoor Zumba classes Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial Park through Sept. 27.

Classes will move inside the Crest Pier beginning in October.

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Wildwood purchases new fire truck

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 04:26 pm

WILDWOOD — The Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of a $675,000 fire truck at its Aug. 27 meeting.

The 2014 E-One HP78 Aerial Fire Truck will be purchased from First Choice Fire Apparatus in Hanover Township, Pa.

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Summer goes out with a thrill

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, September 05, 2014 04:25 pm


Alicia Venditti and Nicole Straw with her daughter Michaela Montano, 4, all of Philadelphia play a water race game for a prize.  Michaela Montano was the winner.
Alicia Venditti and Nicole Straw with her daughter Michaela Montano, 4, all of Philadelphia play a water race game for a prize. Michaela Montano was the winner. Alicia Venditti and Nicole Straw with her daughter Michaela Montano, 4, all of Philadelphia play a water race game for a prize. Michaela Montano was the winner.


photos by Jen Marra

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Another guilty plea in $15M Wildwoods mortgage scheme

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 10:35 am

CAMDEN --A pastor of the now-defunct ReBirth International Church in Elizabeth admitted Thursday to participating in a $15 million mortgage fraud scam that involved overbuilt condos in the Wildwoods, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Sean A. Souels, 44, of Linden,  pleaded guilty in Camden federal court to a second superseding indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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No raise for three years under firefighter contract

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 05, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD — Since the end of 2012, Wildwood’s career firefighters have been working without a contract. After eight months of negotiations, the Board of Commissioner’s approved the local Fireman’s Benevolent Association union contract Aug. 27 that will carry the city’s firefighters to 2017.

Gary Vessels, vice president of the Wildwood FMBA Local 50 who served as the chairman for negotiations on the current contract, said that state regulations regarding unions “really handcuffed negotiations.” But, he said that there are few significant changes since the union’s last contract with the city.

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Fall start planned for Beach Creek dredging project

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 04, 2014 12:00 am

Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Beach Creek runs between Middle Township and North Wildwood this fall. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Beach Creek runs between Middle Township and North Wildwood this fall. NORTH WILDWOOD — About 43,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged from Beach Creek this winter as part of a multimillion-dollar channel dredging program with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Almost a mile of Beach Creek, which runs between Middle Township and the Anglesea section of North Wildwood, will be dredged out. According to Stephen Schapiro, a spokesman with NJDOT, the spoils are considered beach-quality sand and will be pumped onto North Wildwood beaches between Second and Fifth avenues.

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