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    Kevin Tolan, Jr. has his father, North Wildwood Police Capt. Kevin Tolan, pin his badge.

    NORTH WILDWOOD — Eight new patrol officers joined North Wildwood’s police force Tuesday, Aug. 19, bringing the department back up to 29 full-time officers.

    Thomas Flounders, Jr., Bryan Skill, Joseph Kopetsky, Steven Ransom, Kevin Tolan, Jr., Daniel Hartman, Ryan Madden, and Kyle Zaleski were all appointed to North Wildwood’s Police Department during the City Council meeting that day.

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    But he said the city won’t move unless the whole island is on board

    WILDWOOD — Beach fees are somewhere in Wildwood’s future, but the city won’t institute them unless North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest establish the fees as well, Mayor Ernie Troiano said Wednesday.

    The comments came after resident Chris Slater asked the commission if beach fees would be moving forward. Slater supported the fees.

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    WILDWOOD — The owner of The Gillmore Motel has been charged with maintaining a nuisance after police were called there several times for reports of the sale of narcotics, police announced. 

    Police say that Robert Grimley, 43, of Palermo knowingly operated The Gillmore as a location where individuals gathered to participate in illegal activities. He was charged Thursday, Aug. 14.

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    WILDWOOD — An alleged domestic violence incident involving a shotgun led police to 322 bags of heroin seized, Wildwood police said.

    At 2:21 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 police responded to reports that a man had been confronted by his ex-girlfriend, Shakeila Fitzpatrick, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun. Upon arrival though, Fitzpatrick had left the area.

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    David Benson/Kyle Dunbar, who appeared on seasons three and four of Spike TV’s “Ink Masters” points out some of the tattoos on his chest during the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash Aug. 15.WILDWOOD — Kyle Dunbar has more than 20 years’ experience as a tattoo artist and the Flint, Mich., native is best known for his two seasons on Spike TV’s reality show “Ink Masters.” Kelly…

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Generations of babies have participated in Wildwood’s parade

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00 am

Maybe it was just a coincidence, or perhaps it was all those baby parades that influenced them, especially the ones that were held in Wildwood. Who knows? But whatever the case Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer came close to summing up the parades in 1938 when they composed the song, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.”

It was a big hit then, first recorded by Bing Crosby (who’s that? you might ask if you’re under 60) and later Perry Como (ah, wasn’t he the television guy who looked like he was always falling asleep?).You might even hear it again on the boardwalk on Wednesday, July 30, when Wildwood holds its baby parade.

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North Wildwood police blotter July 7-13

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD—North Wildwood police announced that they made the following arrests from July 7 – July 13. Those charged are considered innocent unless guilt is proven.

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UPDATED: Family of drowning victim wants North Wildwood beach closed

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, July 25, 2014 02:04 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – The family of a Pennsylvania man who drowned in North Wildwood two years ago is asking to have the Hereford Inlet beach closed through a court order, a lawsuit filed in Cape May County Wednesday states.

According to the D’Amato Law Firm in Egg Harbor Township, which is representing George Bradley Smith’s family, the 54-year-old father’s death was “entirely foreseeable and preventable had local authorities prohibited access to the deadly section of hazardous North Wildwood beach.”

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Rising star Payton Taylor returns to North Wildwood Saturday

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Friday, July 25, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – When she was a kindergartner and visited North Wildwood with her grandparents, Taylor Coccia spent much of her time digging sand on the beach and wading in the water at the fringe of the ocean.

Now 17 years old, and her name changed to Payton Taylor, she will return to North Wildwood as a rising star in the world of country music. She will present a free concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at the Lou Booth amphitheater on Ocean and Second avenues, not far from the sands on which she once played.

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Early-morning accident closes Rio Grande Avenue for hours

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 24, 2014 04:48 pm

WILDWOOD – A Cape May Court House woman faces charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license after police say she hit a telephone pole on Rio Grande Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Chief Steven Long said that Kimberly Norton was driving west on Rio Grande Avenue when she left the roadway and hit a pole on the south side of the street, near the Wawa.

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Kate Gibbons rescues swimmer in the Crest

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 24, 2014 02:22 pm

Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol Chief Bud Johnson presents a beach patrol T-shirt to Kate Gibbons of Del Haven, recognizing her as an honorary member of the patrol. Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol Chief Bud Johnson presents a beach patrol T-shirt to Kate Gibbons of Del Haven, recognizing her as an honorary member of the patrol. WILDWOOD CREST — The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol recently recognized Kate Gibbons of Del Haven as an honorary member of the WCBP, after she rescued a woman who was struggling to make it to shore July 19.

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City looking into Wildwood school board’s lease of St. Simeon’s church

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, July 24, 2014 01:59 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Since 2002, as many as 130 children from Wildwood have attended public preschool and kindergarten classes at St. Simeon’s by the Sea on Central Avenue in North Wildwood each year.

But now, North Wildwood officials are looking for information about how Wildwood’s Board of Education entered into a lease there, as well as which municipality is supposed to provide safety and security plans for the building.

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Teen paranormal researchers are spirited in their pursuit

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, July 24, 2014 01:21 pm

Group leader Hailey Friedley, 21; Clay Borneman, co-founder of the Teen Paranormal Society; and members Alex Arico, 19, and Alex Weikel, 15, check the monitor, which is connected to eight night vision cameras throughout the museum. Group leader Hailey Friedley, 21; Clay Borneman, co-founder of the Teen Paranormal Society; and members Alex Arico, 19, and Alex Weikel, 15, check the monitor, which is connected to eight night vision cameras throughout the museum. WILDWOOD — “What’s your name?” Alexis Strahan, 18, calls out to no one in particular as she sits in the dark at one of the long tables in the George F. Boyer Museum. No one answers.

It’s only 6:30 p.m., so some sunlight still shines through the front windows, but all the lights are turned off. There is only the tiny red light on her tape recorder.

“Do you want to talk to us?” Strahan asks, getting no response. Then, with a hint of impatience, she asks, “Do you even know you’re dead?”

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