• 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

Judge orders release of records involving Wildwood Crest officers

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, August 28, 2014 02:02 pm

Open government advocate sought communications between prosecutor and mayor

WILDWOOD CREST — An Atlantic County judge has ordered that four letters written by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office to Mayor Carl Groon in regard to two Wildwood Crest police officers be turned over to a government-transparency advocate by mid-September.

According to the order, the letters were written to inform Groon “that there were major problems with the two mentioned officers ever testifying in a criminal proceeding.”

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As summer winds down, demand picks up at Lazarus House

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:53 pm

Volunteer Nancy Viall helps bag groceries for Jessica Gregory of Wildwood at the Lazarus House food pantry. Volunteer Nancy Viall helps bag groceries for Jessica Gregory of Wildwood at the Lazarus House food pantry. WILDWOOD — The double-wide trailer that houses the Lazarus House food pantry was bustling Monday morning with volunteers bagging canned goods, pasta, some fresh produce, and frozen chicken into brown paper bags for people who had lined up outside.

“At the end of the month, things start to pick up,” director Frank Stone said. By that time, SNAP benefits, which are commonly called food stamps, run out for several who rely on them.

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UPDATED: Sexual assault charge leads to drug arrests in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 27, 2014 04:11 pm

WILDWOOD – Six men were charged with various drug offenses Tuesday, Aug. 26, after Wildwood police responded to a 15-year-old girl’s report of sexual assault, police said.

Christian Terinoni, 19, Wildwood, was charged with sexual assault with injury and endangering the welfare of a child, as well as possession of psilocybin mushrooms after the girl told police that she had been assaulted at a party at about 2:40 a.m. at 4211 Park Boulevard, Unit 100, Wildwood, according to police.

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Crest man accused of shooting paintball gun at people, cars

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 27, 2014 04:08 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — A Wildwood Crest man faces weapon and assault charges after he allegedly shot a paintball gun at cars and pedestrians Tuesday night on Pacific Avenue in the borough, police announced.

Police said they were called to 7100 Pacific Ave. around 9:15 p.m. for reports of a man shooting a BB gun at cars and people. When they arrived, they found Lawrence Mathis III, 46, shooting at pedestrians and moving vehicles with a paintball gun, police said. No one was injured, according to police.

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Narcan helps revive man after overdose

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 27, 2014 04:05 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — Wildwood Crest Rescue were able to revive a local man with Narcan after he allegedly overdosed on heroin, Crest police announced.

Police were called to a Sweetbriar Road residence around 5 p.m. Tuesday night for reports of an unconscious, unresponsive man. When they arrived, they said they found Frederick O’Brien III being given CPR by his wife. Prior to collapsing, police said, O’Brien ingested an unknown amount of heroin.

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Letter: Police patrolling beach should do so without guns

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 02:00 pm

To the editor:

Recently, we have noticed fully-uniformed police officers walking in pairs dressed in bullet proof vests, holstering hand guns, handcuffs, and ticket books inspecting beachgoers. They also walk the tide line where many beachgoers sit in chairs relaxing by the Atlantic Ocean. Since we purchased our home on Sixth Avenue in 2003, my wife, three children, extended family, friends, and I have enjoyed this beach, incident and issue-free without exception.

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Business wants to make sure Glenwood students have what they need to head back to school

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:51 pm

WILDWOOD — Children in Wildwood will go back to school Thursday, Aug. 28, and thanks to Itswell Yoga and the local community, many will have new backpacks and school supplies.

From now through Sept. 1, the studio will collect new backpacks, crayons, markers, pencils, and folders for children at Glenwood Avenue Elementary School.

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Wildwood seeks county money for beachfront bikeway

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, August 25, 2014 02:24 pm

WILDWOOD — The bike path in Wildwood Crest is one of the most popular attractions on the island. In North Wildwood, bikers can ride from 3rd Avenue to 15th Avenue along a beach path. But Wildwood only has its boardwalk, and cyclists have to get off by noon.

That may change though, as the city has agreed to submit an application to the Cape May County Open Space Board to help fund the creation of beach bike path in Wildwood.

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