• Wildwood Leader

    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.

  • Wildwood Leader

    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…

  • Wildwood Leader

    WILDWOOD – About 15 kilograms of heroin have been seized as a result of Cape May County’s “Operation Whitehouse” and now the county prosecutor’s office has provided the names of five more individuals arrested in the sweep.

    Originally, law enforcement announced that 17 people have been arrested as a result of the raid, but only the names and charges of 11 arrested individuals had been released.

  • Middle Township Gazette

    Joseph TownsBoard of Education releases statement

    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - A Middle Township High School teacher faces multiple criminal charges, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, law enforcement officials said Tuesday, July 22.

  • Wildwood Leader

    WEST WILDWOOD— A West Wildwood man was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, July 16 on charges that he received images of child sexual abuse using his cell phone.

    According to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, Jeffrey Spicer, 44, was arrested by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

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Coming this summer: High tech fake IDs

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Written by Lauren Suit Wednesday, May 11, 2011 05:26 pm

WILDWOOD —Jessica Hutchinson is a 23-year-old New Jersey resident who is five-foot five and has brown eyes, according to her driver’s license.

The license looks authentic, with state holograms, ultraviolet images and a bar code that was scanned and accepted by local bartenders. However, her birthday isn’t April 27, 1988, it’s April 27, 1991.

With the license, she said, she easily passed for over 21 and had a few beers with her college friends in Wildwood during the past weekend. Before that, she said she bar hopped with friends in North Wildwood and Atlantic City.

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Five Mile Beat > Big turnout for ‘Feasting on History’

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Written by Joyce Gould Wednesday, May 11, 2011 09:37 am

Marylou Rochford and her husband Dr. Jim Rochford. Marylou Rochford and her husband Dr. Jim Rochford.

The annual “Feasting on History” given by Historic Cold Spring Village was held on Tuesday May 3 at the Wildwood Naval Air Station hangar in the County Complex in Erma, Lower Township. We were greeted by Anne Salvatore who graciously guided us to our table, while Dr. Joe Salvatore was outside as usual directing traffic for the more than 700 people who attended.

The weather was perfect and we saw so many friends including Bob and Marie Haffner, and we were seated with the president of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce Vicki Clark, her husband Bruce and his very interesting mother Kathy Clark, who told us that she has lived in a number of places and has had interesting life experiences.

We saw Ronnie Town from AC Electric. Also attending were many members of Sturdy Savings Bank, which is the largest contributor to the event. Seashore Foods brought the whole family plus more including son Michael, and daughter Lesley with their spouses.

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In Another Time > Consolidation efforts have a long history

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 04:23 pm

Now that still another history- making election has passed in the ever electing town of Wildwood and with it the inevitable discussion of possible consolidation with its neighbors, perhaps this is an appropriate time to place proper perspective on the issue and look back in longer history on the attempts to bring togetherness to the island.

From either candidates or residents (mainly Wildwood residents), almost as inevitably as night follows day, come cries to merge Wildwood’s government with North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and little West Wildwood. It’ll save money and make for more efficient government, it is claimed.

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Five Mile Beat > Cleanup, celebration and fundraiser over one weekend

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Written by Joyce Gould Friday, May 06, 2011 10:41 am

Maura Gallagher Corrinne and Jim Clark, in the back row, join Elise Gallagher, in front with Isla and Catherine Clowers. Maura Gallagher Corrinne and Jim Clark, in the back row, join Elise Gallagher, in front with Isla and Catherine Clowers.

The week started with a visit from Joyce Kim, a producer from Urban Outfitters. They were doing a photo shoot in the Wildwoods, including the Bristol Plaza in the Crest. I was unable to photograph any of the models because they didn’t want anyone to see the clothing until the catalogue came out in July.  We will eagerly await its arrival.

On Saturday the First Methodist Church of Wildwood Crest did its second annual dunes cleanup at the beach between Forget-me-not and Palm roads. About 25 loyal parishioners

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In Another Time > Beach fees long discussed, never approved for Wildwoods

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:48 am

When the Baker brothers and their contemporaries discovered and developed Five Mile Beach late in the 19th and early 20th centuries, there was little talk, if any, about beach tag fees.

People were coming to the Wildwoods to fish in the ocean, swim and boat in its waters, and to loll on the sun-baked beaches. Whatever profits ensued came from real estate transactions and the ancillary attractions that were inspired and materialized because the mighty ocean was there.

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In Another Time > Just how much fun should be allowed?

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, April 28, 2011 01:00 am

It is the nature of the animal that seashore communities usually are faced with problems that other municipalities on the mainland do not have. People come to the seashore to relax or, as early promoters liked to say, to regain their health or retain it in the ocean environment. Some visitors in their exuberance, however, are carried away in their quest for nature’s remedy and therein rests the problem.

The issue, then and still now, was the drinking of liquor and how to control it. The first tavern was said to have opened in Wildwood in the late 19th century, just a few years after Wildwood officially became a borough in 1895. From that point on liquor may not have been the root of all evil, but it certainly was growing in that direction.

At least that’s what the temperance people thought.

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Five Mile Beat > A chilly egg hunt stays outside

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Written by Joyce Gould Thursday, April 28, 2011 01:00 am

John Bariana with his son Vincent, who is ready to do the hunt with his Easter sand bucket. John Bariana with his son Vincent, who is ready to do the hunt with his Easter sand bucket.

On a cold and wet Easter Saturday morning the Greater Wildwood Jaycees, after much debate, decided to have their annual Easter Egg Hunt on the beach at Lincoln Avenue. Several hundred children, parents, and grandparents stood in line on the Boardwalk waiting to be escorted onto the beach, and the children to their respective age groupings that were roped off on the beach.

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Fashion show benefits Cape Women’s Resource fund

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Written by Joyce Gould Wednesday, April 06, 2011 12:45 pm

Patty Bevlock and Aelette Michaelis, standing. Pam Langworthy, Jane Stapleton and Jane Rusco, seated. Patty Bevlock and Aelette Michaelis, standing. Pam Langworthy, Jane Stapleton and Jane Rusco, seated.

WILDWOOD — This year the Cape Women’s Resource fund held its annual fashion show on April 3 at the Avalon Links restaurant at the Avalon Country Club.

The number of guests was up to160 compared to last year’s attendance of 142 guests. More people came out to see the kids, from 7 months old to 12 years, model in the Hats of a Feather fashion show.

Mary Conley, the fund’s treasurer, had her grandchildren Chloe and Breckan model outfits at the show. Cecelia Napoleon had her granddaughters Miranda and Jaycie, model. Barbara Flacco had her grand daughters Brenna and 7-month-old Mollie show off clothes on the runway. Maggie Day’s18-month-old son Jackson also modeled. Trustee Barbara Tomalino watched her grand children Lilly and Harrison model in the show.

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