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    Becca is one of three border collies owned by Jean and John Ficca, who asked North Wildwood City Council to consider designating a dog park Sept. 16.NORTH WILDWOOD — A local couple presented a petition with 90 signatures from residents and property owners to City Council Tuesday, Sept. 16, asking that a dog park be designated in North Wildwood.

    While council seemed receptive to the idea, members did express…

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    WILDWOOD CREST— Based on DNA evidence, Wildwood Crest police have charged two Cape May County men in a 2009 armed robbery, the department announced.

    Gary Twiggs Jr. 26, of Dennisville and Dillon Tracy, 26, of Clermont were arrested and charged in connection with the crime on Sept. 17 and Sept. 16, respectively.

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    WILDWOOD — A 38-year-old Wildwood man has been charged in connection to a fatal heroin overdose at the Blue Heron Motel Sept. 19, police announced.

    Robert Lunzy has been charged under New Jersey’s Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death law, which police say carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence if he is convicted of the first-degree crime.

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    The 1913 American LaFrance Hook and Ladder Truck was the first hook and ladder purchased by the Holly Beach Fire Company. WILDWOOD — One of the oldest reminders of the borough of Holly Beach sits covered and out of sight at the volunteer fire company on Washington and Montgomery Avenues.

    But hopefully, not for much longer.

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    Former resident will be public safety director

    WILDWOOD CREST — The borough has hired the former Cape May County chief of investigators as public safety director, a position created in July because the Crest was still without a police chief.

    Eugene Taylor, of Upper Township, started at the Crest Sept. 2 and his salary is $90,000. According to Mayor Carl Groon, Taylor will serve in that role until the borough is able to hire a chief of police.

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    NORTH WILDWOOD — City Council took the initial step to repeal North Wildwood’s curfew Tuesday, Sept. 16, citing that judges around the state have found similar curfews to be unconstitutional.

    “Curfew ordinances end up being almost as difficult to enforce and as likely to be unconstitutional as loitering ordinances,” William Kauffman, the city’s attorney said. 

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Heroin taken off the street, but ODs continue

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, September 12, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD — In June, law enforcement took about 15 kilograms of an especially deadly kind of heroin, worth about $10 million, off Cape May County streets. Several of the properties searched were in Wildwood, and a number of the individuals charged in the sweep lived and worked in the city.

Police and members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office hoped that the bust would lead to a decrease in the number of overdoses in the county, but so far, public safety officials in Wildwood say they haven’t seen a major drop in the number of overdoses they have responded to.

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Firefighters in town this weekend

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

LoBiondo expected to speak at convention  

WILDWOOD — The annual convention of the New Jersey State Firemen takes place at the Wildwoods Convention Center Sept. 11 through Sept. 13.

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will host its annual Firefighters’ Weekend Craft Show Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 at SunrisePark at Rambler Road, located at Rambler Road and Ocean Avenue.

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FlowHouse open throughout September

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

WILDWOOD — The FlowHouse at Wildwood’s Splash Zone Waterpark will be open weekends throughout September.

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Crest seeks to rework image

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:58 pm

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.

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North Wildwood remembers Sept. 11

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:04 am

North Wildwood firefighters salute as the “flag to remember” is raised to half mast. 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 and the Pentagon, particularly Andrew Alameno, a former resident of Wildwood Crest who was working in the TradeCenter at the time of the attacks.

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DeMarzo’s company operating The Gillmore

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, September 10, 2014 04:11 pm

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.

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Wildwood donates defibrillators to island high schools

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, September 09, 2014 03:51 pm

Commissioner Tony Leonetti, Wildwood Catholic Athletic Director Sal Zuccarello, and Chris Fox, Wildwood administrator, pose together with one of the donated AEDs. 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 of Wildwood has donated two AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, to both Wildwood Catholic High School and Wildwood High, a move officials say has saved the schools thousands of dollars.

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West Wildwood man charged with drug possession, resisting arrest

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 08, 2014 10:20 am

WEST WILDWOOD — A West Wildwood man was charged with possession of marijuana and crack cocaine after a police officer stopped him for riding his bicycle without a headlight 8:25 p.m. Aug. 31, the department announced.

Herbert Tozer III was stopped by Patrolman James Dodd in the 500 block of West Magnolia Avenue and was advised about the bicycle violation. Police said that Tozer was very nervous and on several occasions attempted to walk away from the scene.

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