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North Wildwood working out dog park plans

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, February 19, 2015 09:44 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Like other communities on the island, North Wildwood is looking at developing an area where dogs can get exercise on the beach.

On Tuesday, Councilman Joe Rullo, who is the lead council member on the creation of an off-leash dog park, said he would like to see it built with a key-card entry, so only those who belonged in the dog park would have access.

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Doctor sues county after being cleared of charges

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Written by MICHAEL MILLER / The Press of Atlantic City Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:01 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – A South Jersey doctor who was acquitted of distributing illegal painkillers is suing Cape May County for malicious prosecution.

Dr. John Costino, 70, of North Wildwood, and Barbara Haas, his wife and a registered nurse, said the case destroyed their medical practice and caused years of turmoil for them, their patients and their seven employees.

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Wildwood awards bid for beach bar, contract to follow

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Written by Christopher South Monday, February 16, 2015 01:50 pm

WILDWOOD – The Board of Commissioners awarded a bid for a beach bar, and now has 60 days to finalize a contract for the 2015 season. 

On Feb. 11 at their regular meeting the commissioners accepted a proposal submitted by the team of Groundswell Design Group, Vibrant Development Group, Imian Partners, and Gianni Atterbury. 

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Bridal fair planned at convention center

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, February 15, 2015 12:00 am

The public is invited to a free spring bridal fair from noon until 4 p.m., Sunday, March 22, in the Oceanfront exhibit hall at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk.

A fashion show featuring the latest bridal, bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride gowns, special occasion and honeymoon fashions is planned from 1 to 2 p.m. Wedding vendors include photographers, videographers, florists, salons and spas, honeymoon destinations, wedding announcements, limo and trolley companies, entertainment, and menu samplings from area wedding venues.

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Beach Utility working on upgrades, new events

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 13, 2015 11:57 am

file photo / Wildwood beach  WILDWOOD – The city’s beach services office is working on walkways, fixing beach boxes, and building new shower stations to get the beach in shape for summer, according to Ryan Troiano of Wildwood’s Beach Utility.

“We’ve had two shower heads at Schellenger Avenue, and we are trying to put in showering stations, like the old bath houses, and we will charge a minimal fee in order to keep them up,” he said. 

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Commissioners say no to July 4 EDM concert

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, February 12, 2015 04:40 pm

WILDWOOD – Wildwood will not have an electronic dance music concert over the July 4 weekend commissioners decided Wednesday, Feb. 11, when they voted against offering a Independence Day contract to BeachGlow Concerts for Charity, promoters of the event.

A resolution offered by Commissioner Tony Leonetti says there have been a number of concerns expressed by the public, including public safety concerns due to the volume of visitors on the island that weekend. It says, “…a contract has not been offered to BeachGlow for the Concert…” and “no contract shall be offered to BeachGlow for a concert on July 4, 2015.”

Gerard Kunkel, speaking on behalf of BeachGlow when contacted after the most recent vote, said the all-volunteer organization had not been notified of any change in negotiations with city. He said BeachGlow is still in discussions with the city and Wildwood business leaders.

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Island communities need volunteer firefighters

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, February 11, 2015 04:30 pm

A marquee sign outside the 15th Street fire station advertises North Wildwood’s need for more volunteers. A marquee sign outside the 15th Street fire station advertises North Wildwood’s need for more volunteers. NORTH WILDWOOD — There is a marquee sign outside the 15th Street firehouse in North Wildwood that reads “Volunteer Firefighters Needed!”

The explanation point at the end of the statement is not exaggeration. Chiefs of both volunteer and career fire companies have reported that the number of volunteers who are able to respond to fires has dwindled. An August 2014 New York Times article said the number of volunteer firefighters is down 11 percent nationally since the 1980s.   

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County to resurface portion of New Jersey Avenue in Wildwood

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:16 pm

WILDWOOD – New Jersey Avenue between Youngs and 26th avenues will be under reconstruction from the beginning of March until mid-June, county engineer Dale Foster said.

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized an agreement to resurface a section of New Jersey Avenue (County Road 621) in Wildwood.

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Wounded warrior named grand marshal for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:48 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced last week that Army veteran Kevin McCloskey, who was wounded in Afghanistan, will be the grand marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

McCloskey, of Philadelphia, suffered from an explosion in Afghanistan that took both legs six years ago.

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Wildwood Fire Department issues 2014 year-end report

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 09, 2015 06:45 pm

WILDWOOD — Between fire and medical calls, the Wildwood Fire Department responded to just under 3,500 incidents in 2014.

Statistics provided by Deputy Fire Chief Dan Spiegel indicated there were 1,298 engine responses and 2,201 ambulance responses, for a total of 3,499.

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Judge considering complaint from Marina Bay Towers residents

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Written by Christopher South Monday, February 09, 2015 12:16 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A Cape May County Superior Court  judge heard testimony Thursday, Feb. 5 from attorneys representing Marina Bay Towers, a seven-story, low-income senior housing development in North Wildwood, and its residents, who filed suit against the owners in order to have repairs made to the building.

Now, the judge will decide whether to take on the complaint.

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Civil suit alleges racketeering by Wildwood commission, others

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 06, 2015 04:22 pm

WILDWOOD – An attorney for Point Break Group Management, LLC, a concert and event promoter based in Medford, has filed a civil action alleging violations of the federal RICO Act against Mayor Ernie Troiano and others.

RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, and the law is designed to combat organized crime.

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No response to Crest’s call for branding proposals

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, February 05, 2015 05:07 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — A request for proposals from the borough to market the Crest received no response, leaving the borough’s branding plan in limbo.

According to Mayor Carl Groon, despite no response, the matter remained on the commissioners’ agenda for discussion on Wednesday Feb. 4, too late for publication.

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North Wildwood introduces abandoned property ordinance, park smoking ban

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, February 05, 2015 05:05 pm

Shown is a house located at Second and Delaware avenues, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Efforts to contact the owner and bank have yielded no response, according to local offiials. The city is taking steps to have it demolished as an imminent threat to public safety. Shown is a house located at Second and Delaware avenues, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Efforts to contact the owner and bank have yielded no response, according to local offiials. The city is taking steps to have it demolished as an imminent threat to public safety. NORTH WILDWOOD — City Council introduced an ordinance intended to help the city deal with abandoned or vacant buildings in town when it met Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The ordinance, which addresses buildings deemed unfit for habitation, is based on a 1942 state law that allows municipalities to demolish buildings “which are so old, dilapidated or have become so out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, insanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation, or occupancy.”

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