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Marina Bay Tower liens blamed for NWW tax hike

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Written by Christopher South Friday, March 06, 2015 03:56 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – After announcing that North Wildwood has some of the lowest average property taxes in New Jersey, City Council voted on Tuesday, March 3, to introduce the 2015 municipal budget with a 1.8-cent tax rate increase.

The rate increase, according to municipal auditor Leon Costello, is attributable to the city having to pay back nearly $900,000 in tax liens placed on Marina Bay Towers.

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Icy plunge for a cause

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, March 06, 2015 03:49 pm

Icy plunge for a cause Icy plunge for a cause Retired SEPTA police sergeant Fred Tokarski of Wildwood is ready to catch some waves in the icy cold ocean for the annual Fallen Hero Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Feb. 28, at 15th Street and the beach in North Wildwood. The plunge benefits families of police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. 

photos by Jen Marra

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Charges after attack in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 05, 2015 11:24 am

WILDWOOD — A Wildwood man is in county jail with bail set at $100,000 after allegedly injuring a woman with a knife.

Police say officers responded to a report of a stabbing on East Andrews Avenue at about 2 p.m. March 3. A 53-year-old woman had a three-inch cut on the back of her left hand. The Leader does not routinely identify crime victims and is withholding the woman’s name.

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JIF settles lawsuit with West Wildwood couple

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, March 05, 2015 02:25 am

 WEST WILDWOOD – A borough couple who had a long-standing feud with a former mayor is set to receive a $350,000 settlement.

The couple filed suit in 2012 detailing a decade of dealings with the borough, and alleging that former borough commissioners sought to retaliate for the couple’s work on a recall election.

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Wildwood looks to extend sewer project

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, March 05, 2015 12:00 am

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Board of Commissioners called a special meeting Wednesday, March 4, to authorize the extension of its USDA sanitary sewer project.

The afternoon meeting was too late for presstime. 

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Over 1,000 jobs available at Morey’s Piers this summer

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:23 pm

Over 1,000 jobs available at Morey’s Piers this summer Over 1,000 jobs available at Morey’s Piers this summer WILDWOOD – Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Water Parks is hiring, with more than 1,000 seasonal jobs available. 

“Morey’s Piers is seeking enthusiastic, outgoing, and responsible team players to fill seasonal jobs for this upcoming summer season,” reads a statement from the Boardwalk resort.

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DCA backs Marina Bay Towers residents in receivership case

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, March 04, 2015 11:37 am

Court document outline history of violations by owners

File photo / Marina Bay Towers is a low-income, senior housing facility in North Wildwood. File photo / Marina Bay Towers is a low-income, senior housing facility in North Wildwood.

NORTH WILDWOOD — Officials from the state Department of Community Affairs are backing residents of Marina Bay Towers in their quest to have necessary repairs made to the low-income senior apartments on New York Avenue.

Leland Moore, a spokesman with the Attorney General’s office, provided the Leader with a letter from Deputy Attorney General Melanie Walter addressed to Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten dated Feb. 13.

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BeachGlow says 'goodbye' to Wildwood, 'hello' to Atlantic City

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, March 02, 2015 10:59 am

photo by Llachar Photography, courtesy of BeachGlow / The 2014 BeachGlow concert in Wildwood. photo by Llachar Photography, courtesy of BeachGlow / The 2014 BeachGlow concert in Wildwood.

YARDLEY, Pa. — The organizers of the BeachGlow electronic music festival planned for this summer have apparently had enough of Wildwood. The nonprofit concert producer today announced plans to host its concert from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 27 on the beach in front of Caesar’s Palace, where Atlantic City hosted a Blake Shelton concert last summer.

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Wildwood police and fire give rides to school kids

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 03:00 pm

WILDWOOD – When the weather is at its coldest, the Wildwood Police and Fire Departments have been offering rides to children walking to school.

Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said he has instructed his officers to offer rides to kids when the weather is very cold.

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The habit of humor

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, February 27, 2015 02:44 pm

The habit of humor The habit of humor Wildwood Catholic High School performs a dress rehearsal of their upcoming musical “Nunsense II: The Second Coming” for the students of Cape Trinity Catholic Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the auditorium. The musical is the sequel to the international hit “Nunsense.” The sisters are back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen’s School six weeks after their first staged benefit to perform a “Thank You Program” for their supporters. They stick with their successful variety show series of performances and the audience gets a chance to get involved in a quick game of bingo. The show is scheduled to be performed in the auditorium of the high school 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, and tickets are $12. The 13th annual Pasta Festival will be held after the show on Sunday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 10 and under.

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Private investigator eyes uses for drones

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 02:22 pm

Private investigator eyes uses for drones Private investigator eyes uses for drones WILDWOOD – A local private investigator is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will make a distinction between professionals using unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and recreational users.

This month, the FAA released its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft, which now face a public comment period. The rules apply to aircraft under 50 pounds, and as proposed require the operator keep the aircraft in sight.

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Return to scene leads to suspect’s arrest for burglary

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 27, 2015 02:20 pm

wpd WILDWOOD – A Lower Township man was arrested Monday after a phone call telling police a burglary suspect had returned to the scene of the crime. 

On Monday, Feb. 23, the Wildwood Police patrol officers and detectives responded to the 5300 block of Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood, after a report that a unit in a motel had been burglarized. Investigators determined someone forced entry through a first floor rear window. The officers checked for evidence inside and out. 

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Women fought to be heard, and to swing

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, February 27, 2015 02:01 pm

Ina Ray Hutton and her Melidears were among several female big bands. Ina Ray Hutton and her Melidears were among several female big bands. It has not always been easy for women to become musical conductors and to succeed as well as men have. Women often have appeared on the fringe of fame but they not always crossed the coveted line, as represented in the years of Wildwood where the sound of music has been heard right from the resort’s official start in 1895.

A classic story of the attitudes about women in music was that of a Ziegfeld Follies dancer from Chicago who made it to Broadway when she was 18 and later changed careers to the world of the Big Band. Her original name was Odessa Cowan and later she was to be better known as Ina Ray Hutton.

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How many sergeants are needed?

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 02:01 pm

WILDWOOD – A judge recently ruled in a citizen’s lawsuit saying the city of Wildwood violated its own ordinance by having more police sergeants than city ordinance allowed.

Judge Julio Mendez said the Wildwood Police Department would have to come into compliance with the ordinance. The judge’s order appears to have become moot after the Board of Commissioners rescinded the ordinance, which set police staffing numbers by rank. Ordinance 828-10, which was the subject of a public referendum, set the number of sergeants on the WPD at five. A previous ordinance allowed seven sergeants.

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