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On the cover: Feeling the freeze

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 21, 2015 03:50 pm

Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center.  The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.
Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey. Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.

photos by Jen Marra

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Beach vendor: Contract change will cost him his home

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 21, 2015 03:38 pm

Mayor: City couldn’t turn down $325,000 in ice cream contract

WILDWOOD – Beach ice cream vendor Jack Gallagher told the Wildwood commissioners last week that he would probably see his home go into foreclosure after the city awarded an ice cream vending contract to Popsy Pop, LLC.

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Grant to help fight drug abuse, underage drinking

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 03:08 pm

WILDWOOD — Cape Assist has received a $126,740 grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to work against prescription drug abuse in Cape May County and $106,000 to fight underage drinking, the organization announced this week.

These funds will support community-based substance abuse prevention services, according to the organization.

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Dennisville man faces drug charges

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 02:57 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood Police arrested a Dennisville man Thursday, Jan. 15.

At 12:40 p.m., North Wildwood Police Officer Eric Nevil stopped Chet Labov, 30, on the 2500 block of Central Avenue to serve warrants for his arrest from Woodbine and Dennis Township municipal courts, according to information released by North Wildwood Police. 

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This year’s BeachGlow concert to benefit music education

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 03:59 pm

WILDWOOD — An electronic dance music concert set for Saturday, July 4, will benefit a music education foundation, the organization announced today.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 1.

BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc., said in a statement Jan. 19 that proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to national nonprofit Little Kids Rock, which will use 100 percent of these funds to bring music programs and instruments to under-served area schools, including Philadelphia public schools.

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North Wildwood officers graduate academy

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 01:57 pm

Officer Thomas Flounders Jr. giving the response from Class 37 at the Cape May County Police Academy graduation. Flounders was named class president and received the Highest Academic Achievement Award. North Wildwood Police Department Officers Kyle Zaleski, Steven Ransom, Flounders, and Daniel Hartman graduated from the 37th Basic Full Time Course at the Cape May County Police Academy.
  Officer Thomas Flounders Jr. giving the response from Class 37 at the Cape May County Police Academy graduation. Flounders was named class president and received the Highest Academic Achievement Award. North Wildwood Police Department Officers Kyle Zaleski, Steven Ransom, Flounders, and Daniel Hartman graduated from the 37th Basic Full Time Course at the Cape May County Police Academy.   Officer Thomas Flounders Jr. giving the response from Class 37 at the Cape May County Police Academy graduation. Flounders was named class president and received the Highest Academic Achievement Award. North Wildwood Police Department Officers Kyle Zaleski, Steven Ransom, Flounders, and Daniel Hartman graduated from the 37th Basic Full Time Course at the Cape May County Police Academy.  

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WCHS hosting Steered Straight Feb. 10

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Wildwood Catholic High School will host Michael DeLeon from Steered Straight, Inc. on Feb. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. 

This presentation on drug use and abuse is open to the entire community and funded by The Greg DiAntonio Memorial Fund.  Organizers describe the presentation as “dynamic and informational.”

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On the cover: Get your kicks indoors

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Written by Jen Marra Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 am


Justin Daehling of Cape May tries to keep control of the ball as Otto McVey of Erma Park comes up behind him as defense during indoor soccer Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the North Wildwood Recreation Center at 9th Street and Central Avenue. The pick-up games are open to males and females age 16 and up.  The next scheduled game is 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.  The soccer games are scheduled on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays up to March 24.  For more information visit the North Wildwood Recreation and Tourism Facebook page or contact Ronald Simone at 
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Justin Daehling of Cape May tries to keep control of the ball as Otto McVey of Erma Park comes up behind him as defense during indoor soccer Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the North Wildwood Recreation Center at 9th Street and Central Avenue. The pick-up games are open to males and females age 16 and up. The next scheduled game is 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. The soccer games are scheduled on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays up to March 24. For more information visit the North Wildwood Recreation and Tourism Facebook page or contact Ronald Simone at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-600-7766. Justin Daehling of Cape May tries to keep control of the ball as Otto McVey of Erma Park comes up behind him as defense during indoor soccer Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the North Wildwood Recreation Center at 9th Street and Central Avenue. The pick-up games are open to males and females age 16 and up. The next scheduled game is 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. The soccer games are scheduled on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays up to March 24. For more information visit the North Wildwood Recreation and Tourism Facebook page or contact Ronald Simone at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 609-600-7766. 

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Shore Animal Control takes over animal control in the Wildwoods

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, January 18, 2015 12:00 am

SEAVILLE – North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest join Wildwood in contracting with Shore Animal Control to take over animal control services in 2015. Residents can continue to call the police departments or call the company directly at 800-351-1822.

In 2014 Shore Animal Control provided animal control services in Upper Township, Lower Township, Dennis Township, Woodbine, West Cape May, and Wildwood. This year Stone Harbor, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest have contracted with Shore Animal Control. 

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Women of Wildwood to host pancake breakfast Jan. 25

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, January 17, 2015 03:40 pm

Women of Wildwood to host pancake breakfast Jan. 25
Women of Wildwood to host pancake breakfast Jan. 25 THE WILDWOODS – On Sunday, Jan. 25, the Women of Wildwood (WOW) will host its third annual Pancake Breakfast at the Tom Cat restaurant in Wildwood, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $10 and proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the local schools rewards programs. 

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Anglesea Fire Company had a busy year

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 16, 2015 03:32 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – 2014 was an active year for the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company of North Wildwood with the company responding to 104 alarms, according to a recent report.

These responses included 65 activated fire alarms, seven stand bys, four cooking incidents, two good intent calls, two electrical emergencies, one vehicle fire, one medical helicopter landing zone assignment, one brush fire, one medical emergency, one mutual aid response, nine water rescue calls and 10 structure fires. 

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Cape Regional joins the First Baptist Church in serving holiday lunch

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 16, 2015 12:00 am

From left, Vince DePietro, director of nutritional services, Richard Wheatley, chief information officer, Joanne Carrocino, president and CEO, Joanne Vaul, vice president of physician integration and ambulatory services, and Marie Sluberski, first vice president, auxiliary when the  Cape Regional Medical Center served a holiday luncheon at First Baptist Church in Wildwood.
From left, Vince DePietro, director of nutritional services, Richard Wheatley, chief information officer, Joanne Carrocino, president and CEO, Joanne Vaul, vice president of physician integration and ambulatory services, and Marie Sluberski, first vice president, auxiliary when the Cape Regional Medical Center served a holiday luncheon at First Baptist Church in Wildwood. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Every Thursday from October through April, First Baptist Church of Wildwood, under the leadership of Pastor Doug Shenton, offers the Wildwood community a hot lunch and warm fellowship.

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Basketballs have long bounced in the Wildwoods

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, January 15, 2015 05:00 pm

in another time A smiling James Naismith may have been looking down at the Wildwoods Convention Center from his free throw line in the sky during the recent holiday week.

Smiling because there were some 800 kids bouncing basketballs and shooting baskets in a sport he invented in 1891, four years before Wildwood became an incorporated borough and a few years before he wore the cloth of a Presbyterian minister.  The occasion for his joy may have been the 13th annual Boardwalk Basketball Classic, which draws high school teams from near and far for what was billed as “the largest single-venue coed high school basketball tournament in the country.” This year they added a new wrinkle, a future stars segment that featured some of the county’s best grade school players.

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Perhaps 1,000 polar bears will plunge for Special Olympics Saturday

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 15, 2015 05:47 am

 8th annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics in Wildwood Christie Rotondo photo/ 8th annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics WILDWOOD – With registrations ahead of last year’s pace, organizers of the 9th annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics say as many as 1,000 people could take part in this Saturday’s plunge.

Jason Schubert, the senior director of Law Enforcement Sponsorship, said there were 950 participants in the 2014 plunge, and their goal is to have more participation and raise more money than the year before.

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