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Plans to use school as emergency shelter on hold

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Written by Christie Rotondo Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST — Plans to equip Crest Memorial Elementary to serve as Wildwood Crest’s evacuation shelter are again on hold, Mayor Carl Groon said Wednesday.

The borough had hoped to purchase a generator for the school this year with the help of a $75,000 FEMA grant, but now Groon says Wildwood Crest may not have the grant secured.

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Community gathers to lay Bill Henfey to rest

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, October 24, 2014 04:07 pm

The Anglesea Fire Company flew its giant American flag on the back of its fire truck while friends and relatives lined up outside St. Ann’s church in Wildwood to pay their respects to Bill Henfey, who died Tuesday, Oct. 21. The Anglesea Fire Company flew its giant American flag on the back of its fire truck while friends and relatives lined up outside St. Ann’s church in Wildwood to pay their respects to Bill Henfey, who died Tuesday, Oct. 21. WILDWOOD — Local dignitaries, law enforcement officials, and hundreds of friends and family filled St. Ann’s Church Friday morning to lay former North Wildwood mayor Bill Henfey to rest.

He died Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the age of 65 after falling ill last year.

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Mercantile license approved for renovated Gillmore

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:41 pm

WILDWOOD -- Just a few months after officials said it should be shut down, Wildwood commissioners granted a conditional mercantile license to the Gillmore Hotel Monday afternoon. 

The property, owned by Marmora resident Robert Grimley, was the site of a nearly-fatal crossbow attack in August. Prior to that, police had responded to the Schellenger Avenue hotel 68 times, and of those calls 50 were related to the sale of narcotics from the site and 46 people were arrested there since Feb. 14.

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Beth Judah celebrates a century in Wildwood

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:31 am


Gail Hayman Cohen and Pauline Levy have lineages that trace back to Beth Judah's founding families, and both have been working to organize the synagogue's centennial celebration and strategic plan. Gail Hayman Cohen and Pauline Levy have lineages that trace back to Beth Judah's founding families, and both have been working to organize the synagogue's centennial celebration and strategic plan. Respecting roots, looking to the future

WILDWOOD -- Gail Hayman Cohen and Pauline Levy sat talking in Beth Judah Temple Monday, surrounded by stained glass windows and gold plaques dedicated to the families that founded the congregation 100 years ago.

"Every one of these windows was donated by a founding family," Levy explains. They were business owners and restaurateurs, attorneys and doctors, who lived above their businesses during the summer months in Wildwood. Rabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz said walking into Beth Judah is "like stepping literally into the past."

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Former North Wildwood mayor, Bill Henfey, dies at 65

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:19 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/Former Mayor Bill Henfey, left, and current Mayor Patrick Rosenello, right, at Henfey's last meeting in December 2013. Photo by Christie Rotondo/Former Mayor Bill Henfey, left, and current Mayor Patrick Rosenello, right, at Henfey's last meeting in December 2013. NORTH WILDWOOD — Bill Henfey, who served as North Wildwood’s mayor from 2006 to 2013, died Tuesday morning surrounded by family and friends at his home, the city of North Wildwood announced.

He was 65.

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Wildwood celebrates Bill Haley and his Comets, and the history of rock ‘n’ roll

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, October 17, 2014 02:33 pm

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.; Comets Joe D’Ambrosio and Dick Richards; Commissioners Tony Leonetti and Pete Byron; and Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na stand in front of the new mural Friday, Oct. 17. Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr.; Comets Joe D’Ambrosio and Dick Richards; Commissioners Tony Leonetti and Pete Byron; and Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na stand in front of the new mural Friday, Oct. 17. WILDWOOD — The city honored its rock ‘n’ roll heritage Friday by unveiling a massive mural dedicated to Bill Haley and his Comets hit “Rock Around the Clock.”

The mural, painted on the side of the building that houses Alumni Grill and The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce on Pacific Avenue, is a play on the group’s album cover of “Shake Rattle and Roll.” Susan Daly, a Northfield-based mural artist, completed the piece.

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Former Crest police captain asks to join records lawsuit

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 17, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST — David Mayer, a former Wildwood Crest Police captain, is asking to have his side heard in a case against the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office regarding letters that contain allegations of official misconduct. 

In a letter to Judge Nelson Johnson, posted online by plaintiff John Paff, criminal defense attorney Joseph Rodgers, representing Mayer, is asking that the case be reopened “to allow all interested persons to join in.” Rodgers adds that Mayer’s reputation will be harmed by the court’s last ruling if he is not allowed to participate.

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Wildwood plans to name beach, boardwalk redevelopment zone

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, October 17, 2014 12:00 am

The city is looking to name publicly-owned areas of the boardwalk and beach redevelopment zones. This photo was snapped last week during a windy fall afternoon. The city is looking to name publicly-owned areas of the boardwalk and beach redevelopment zones. This photo was snapped last week during a windy fall afternoon. WILDWOOD — City officials say they are looking to “fast-track” the development of amenities, such as a beach bar and host hotel, by naming the publicly-owned section of the beach and boardwalk a redevelopment zone.

The move,expected to be taken up for a vote at an upcoming City Commission meeting,allows officials to bypass the public bidding process and create regulationsregarding occupancy, repairs, rehabilitation and demolitions in those areas, under New Jersey’s housing laws.

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Pacific Ave. icon mural to be unveiled Friday

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, October 16, 2014 03:27 pm

Susan Daly of Northfield smiles as she paints a section of an icon wall mural, on Oak and Pacific Avenues, to be unveiled Friday at 11 a.m. Susan Daly of Northfield smiles as she paints a section of an icon wall mural, on Oak and Pacific Avenues, to be unveiled Friday at 11 a.m. Northfield artist brings talent to Wildwoods

WILDWOOD — Susan Daly, a Northfield-based artist who has created murals for Atlantic City casinos and restaurants over the past 30 years, is putting her paintbrush on Pacific Avenue. 

Daly is completing the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority’s second Icon Wall Mural, this one on the side of Alumni Grill at Oak and Pacific Avenues. The first was completed in May by artist Pete Bieling.

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Wildwoods sign to be refurbished

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, October 16, 2014 03:13 pm

File photo provided by GWTIDA File photo provided by GWTIDA WILDWOOD – The gigantic Wildwoods sign that greets visitors to the island is set to be refurbished this November, the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority announced Wednesday.

Officials with the authority say the 80-foot-long, 19-foot-high sign will have all nine of its letters restored in two phases. That way, the word “Wildwoods” will be visible throughout the entire process, set to last about two weeks.

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Indictments handed down in multi-county drug sweep

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 15, 2014 03:16 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Three people have been indicted as leaders of a narcotics trafficking network, first degree, in the wake of “Operation Whitehouse,” a drug sweep officials say netted 15 kilograms of heroin, worth as much as $15 million on county streets.

Hector L. Ramos, Carlos N. Guzman and Ricardo Alatorre were also charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, heroin, first degree, according to a statement from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor.

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Two Crest residents charged with heroin distribution

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 14, 2014 04:43 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — Two Wildwood Crest residents have been charged with heroin distribution after a SWAT team raided a residence on Morning Glory Road Oct. 10, the prosecutor’s office announced.

Police say they seized 50 bags of heroin from the residence and charged Lori Nocentino, 35, and Anthony Seda, 37, as a result of the search.  The Cape May County Regional SWAT team executed the search warrant. 

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North Wildwood ordered to pay back lien on Marina Bay Towers

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, October 13, 2014 01:54 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD — The city has to pay back almost a million dollars in tax liens on Marina Bay Towers, a senior housing facility on the bayside of town, since a judge has decided that land the condos are located on is exempt from real estate taxation.

North Wildwood has been entangled in litigation with Marina Bay and Beach Creek Marina for about 10 years, and a judge ordered the city to pay close to $900,000 to Royal Tax Lien services for liens placed on the property over a 15-year period.

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North Wildwood Oct. 7 Council Notes

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, October 10, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD — During Tuesday’s meeting, City Council voted to award the contracts for improvements to Bill Henfey Park, discussed appointments to the public works department, and extended a shared services agreement with Wildwood.

All seven members and Mayor Patrick Rosenello were present.

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Crest administrator resigns after only four months on the job

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, October 09, 2014 04:14 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — Administrator Tom Henshaw resigned this week after working in the borough for only a few months, Wildwood Crest officials said.

His contract began June 9 and was supposed to last three years.

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Smoother ride planned for Park Boulevard

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, October 09, 2014 12:27 pm

WILDWOOD — Wildwood’s mayor is hoping that drivers will be able to navigate Park Boulevard without risking a flat tire by the start of next year.

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said that the road has become a main thoroughfare through town, but drivers have faced patches of uneven payment and construction detours over the past few years.

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