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    WILDWOOD — Wildwood officials could again weigh implementing beach fees in the city, and possibly put the issue on the ballot in November, Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said Tuesday.

    But, he stressed that the plans are far from definite.

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    WILDWOOD – Two Rio Grande women were arrested Monday, July 28, and charged with distributing heroin throughout the northern neighborhoods of the City of Wildwood, police announced.

    Elizabeth Singh and Heather Fowler, both 36, were charged with possession of heroin and possession with the intent to distribute after police searched their vehicle and found 300 individual bags of heroin prepackaged for street sale around 8:30 p.m., according to a release. Police said the heroin had a street value of about $3,000.

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    beachThe Natural Resource Defense Council has determined that New Jersey has the third best beach water quality in the United States, out of the 30 states where samples were collected and tested.

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    Wildwood commissioners say no, cite traffic nightmare

    WILDWOOD— Wildwood’s commissioners unanimously voted against a resolution Wednesday that would have made turning right on red at the intersection of Rio Grande and New Jersey avenues illegal.

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    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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Five Mile Beat > Dinner is celebration of athletes, community

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Written by Joyce Gould Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:46 am

Tony Caligero, Kerry Hall and Teresa and Brian Cunniff. Tony Caligero, Kerry Hall and Teresa and Brian Cunniff.

Wildwood High School Athletics recently held its annual Warrior 50 Dinner at the Wildwood Convention Center, and more that 100 were in attendance. At this dinner, the students of Wildwood High School are recognized for their achievements in sports throughout the year.

Former teacher and current girls basketball coach Dave Troiano was the master of ceremonies for the night and also is the chairman of the board and as always does a great job. Members of his board include Bill Davenport, Sandy Hall, Tom Mitchell, George Morton, Jodie DiEduardo, Lenny Lauriello, Jackie McWade, and Mayor Ernie Troiano. All of the board posed for a picture of the check for $6,000 presented to Wildwood High School from the Warrior 50 Booster Association , proceeds from the Boardwalk Basketball Classic held every year in December at the Convention Center. It is the largest tourney of its kind in the country.

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In Another Time > Planes, beaches and automobiles in the Wildwoods

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:45 am

Although the two sets of brothers probably never met, the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, and the Baker brothers, J. Thompson, Latimer and Philip, had something in common. They were all inventors at about the same time.

The Wrights have been credited with having given birth to the powered airplane on Dec. 17, 1903 with Orville clinging to a wing as he piloted the plane. Like all births there was a gestation period to make it happen, however, and it started in 1896 at their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, and came to fruition at the wind swept beach of Kitty Hawk in North Carolina.

Also at the seashore, but hundreds of miles to the north, the Bakers had discovered much of the island of what was to become known as the Wildwoods in the late 19th century. They were to invent and build the territory as seashore resorts while the Wrights were flying high with their invention. As history turned out, Orville Wright was a better inventor than prognosticator.

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In Another Time > Big bands held on, even as rock rolled in

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Tuesday, June 07, 2011 04:28 pm

The music beat has continued in the Wildwoods throughout the years as the resort communities followed the music changes and patterns established earlier in the nation. There were some, however, who contended that it was the other way around: That it was the nation that followed some of the changes and patterns that started in the Wildwoods.

Tony Bennett, a frequent performer on the island in his early days, claimed Wildwood was the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Chubby Checker also performed here and is said to have developed his hit “Twist” in Wildwood, and Bill Haley and the Comets augmented the popularity of the song and dance in performances in Wildwood. And Bobby Rydell, who spent part of his youth here, brought national prominence to the Wildwoods with his performance of the song, “Wild, Wild Wildwood Days.”

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Ferris wheel remains closed after girl’s death

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Written by Lauren Suit Tuesday, June 07, 2011 04:15 pm

Ferris wheel remains closed after girl’s death Ferris wheel remains closed after girl’s death

WILDWOOD — Morey’s Piers was open for business over the weekend, but the Giant Wheel remained still following the tragic death of a student on a school trip.

Abiah Jones, an 11-year-old student from PleasanTech Academy in Pleasantville fell from the Giant Wheel on Morey’s Mariner’s Landing Pier at about 12:30 p.m. on June 3. She died from her injuries a short time later at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House.

There has been a lot of public speculation as the story traveled through local and national media outlets, but so far police said they have no eyewitness to Jones’ fall. She was alone in the Ferris wheel gondola prior to her fall and the doors that allow riders to exit and enter will still in a locked position, according to police.

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Big kickoff for summer in the Wildwoods

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Written by Joyce Gould Wednesday, June 01, 2011 03:18 pm

Kites and more kites. Kites and more kites.

If the weather is good for Memorial Day weekend, chances are the summer will turn out to be perfect, and this Memorial Day the weather was superb with clear skies, a little windy but perfect for being outdoors.

Our weekend started by joining neighbors on Primrose Ave in the Crest for some light fare and very good conversation, at the home of Dot and Jack Zollo. We joined Bill and Judy Carr, Bob and Karla Frederick, Patty and Bill Holmes and many more to welcome spring at the Zollo’s annual Memorial Day festivities.

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In Another Time > Music has long been key part of Wildwood

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Tuesday, May 31, 2011 04:08 pm

The tourists who vacation at the seashore expect sunny skies, warm temperatures, pleasant ocean breezes and an ambience that happy days are here again.

As raconteur-actor Will Rogers once said, there’s not much we can do about the weather except talk about it. The ambience is another thing.

Almost from the start, when the trio of the Baker brothers founded much of Five Mile Beach, they and their successors decided that while the ocean, the beach and the early scattered pieces of boardwalk were incentives to woo visitors to the island they needed more to keep them not down on the farm but down at the seashore instead.

Soon, as the days segued into nights, the sounds of music were to come on the beachfronts, the Boardwalk, the drinking spas and the hotels that emerged with the arrival of the railroad and the passengers it carried.

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Gina Del Monte and Michael Farrelly tie the knot

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Written by Joyce Gould Wednesday, May 25, 2011 04:35 pm

The new Mr. and Mrs. Michael Farrelly. The new Mr. and Mrs. Michael Farrelly.

As soon as we received the invitation I knew that this would be a beautiful wedding for a beautiful girl and her family. Gina Del Monte, of Wildwood Crest, daughter of Rosalie and Carmen Del Monte, married Michael Farrelly on Friday, May 20 at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May, and the reception was held at Congress Hall following the wedding ceremony.

It was definitely a family affair with the Del Monte sons Stephen, with his wife Jamie and children, and Robert with his wife Heather and children all participating in the bridal party. Also included were many friends of the couple including locals girls Kelly McCorristin (maid of honor) from Avalon along with Gena Montalbano, from Wildwood Crest and Maggie Barrett (Maggie until a month ago was a Belasco) formerly from North Wildwood. The female members of the bridal party all wore black one shoulder gowns, and the mother of the bride wore a mauve two piece gown and Gayle Farrelly, mother of the groom, wore an aqua two piece gown.

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In Another Time > Historic church has been through a lot

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:19 pm

One of the oldest and smallest year-round churches in the Wildwoods may be the hardiest.

Officially 115 years old but unofficially born 127 years ago, the First Presbyterian Church of Wildwood, at the corner of Pacific and Burk Avenues, has a history that includes being set afire by an arsonist, suffering severe damage from high storm waters and at one point being on the verge of closing its doors for good. But it pulled itself up by the bootstraps and is still surviving today with a membership of 35 parishioners.

“We continue to serve the community, especially children,” says the Rev. George Schmidt, the stated supply pastor. A stated supply pastor is a temporary appointment.

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