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Eight new officers join North Wildwood Police

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:06 am

Kevin Tolan, Jr. has his father, North Wildwood Police Capt. Kevin Tolan, pin his badge. 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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Troiano: Wildwood may study beach fees

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, August 20, 2014 09:54 am

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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Police say owner knew about drug use at Gillmore Motel

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, August 19, 2014 05:45 pm

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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Reported shotgun incident leads to heroin bust in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:15 pm

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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Tattoo enthusiasts show off skin, and skills, in the Wildwoods

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, August 18, 2014 04:47 pm

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. 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 Colligan, a 23-year-old from Tuckerton, recently finished her tattooing apprenticeship with the Manahawkin-based studio Premium Blend. Now, she goes by the pseudonym Kelly Killagain in the industry.

Despite the differences in experience levels, both artists have something in common- they were tattooing this past weekend at the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash for the first time.

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Wildwood Crest Police charge 2 men with burglary, one at large

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 18, 2014 03:10 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — Two local men face several charges after they allegedly fled the scene of a burglary in Wildwood Crest around 11 a.m. Thursday. One suspect is still at large, police said.

Wildwood Crest police were called to the 5800 block of Lake Road for a report of two men attempting to break into a residence. When Officer James Mulhollad responded, he found a vehicle leaving the area with two men matching the description given by police dispatch.

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Wildwood, Morey's Piers celebrate dogs with sculpture

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, August 15, 2014 04:44 pm

WILDWOOD — A giant sculpture of a fire hydrant was donated Friday, Aug. 15 from Morey’s Piers to the city of Wildwood, in honor of the city’s dog beach. 

The dog beach was designated by the Wildwood Board of Commissioners earlier this year, and officials with the city say the dog-friendly beach has had a successful first season. The beach has drawn the attention of several media outlets, and the Weather Channel broadcasted from the beach this summer.

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Wildwood commissioners table shorter time limit for bikes on the boardwalk

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:52 pm

File photo by Jen Marra File photo by Jen Marra WILDWOOD —The Wildwood Board of Commissioners tabled an ordinance Wednesday, Aug. 6 that would have returned the permitted time for bikers to be on the boardwalk to 11 a.m., after island bike shop owners came out in opposition of the change.

If North Wildwood is willing to change the bike time limit on that municipality’s portion of the boardwalk to noon, however, Mayor Ernie Troiano said Wildwood would keep the noon time limit as well.

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Five charged in connection to Wildwood robberies, sexual assault

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 13, 2014 04:36 pm

WILDWOOD — Three Wildwood men and two boys have been charged in connection to a string of armed robberies and a sexual assault in the city, the prosecutor’s office announced.

On July 19, a man and woman were leaving the Wawa on New Jersey Avenue in the city when they were approached by two men. The men produced a handgun and demanded cash, then led the victims to a secluded area where they were robbed of their belongings. At that time, police say the woman was sexually assaulted while a gun was held to the man’s head.

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UPDATED: After crossbow attack, officials say it’s time to shut down rooming house

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, August 13, 2014 09:55 am

WILDWOOD — The rooming house on Schellenger Avenue where a crossbow assault took place last week has been a problem in the neighborhood for years, officials with the city said this week.

A Wildwood man was shot with a crossbow at The Gillmore Motel Tuesday, Aug. 5 and suffered serious leg injuries. The suspected shooter fled the scene, and has been charged with attempted murder.

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Crest mulling Saturday government hours for summer homeowners

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST — Wildwood Crest officials are weighing opening borough hall on summer Saturdays for the convenience of summer homeowners.

Holding a Borough Board of Commissioners meeting Saturday mornings is also being considered, Commissioner Don Cabrera said.

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Lights go out at Morey’s Piers

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:23 am

NORTH WILDWOOD — A power surge caused a section of Morey’s Surfside Pier to go dark 9:18 p.m. Monday night, according to the amusement company.

About 14 rides had to be evacuated as a result of the outage, including The Great Nor’easter, a looping roller coaster on Surfside Pier. Other “moderate thrill rides” also had to be evacuated, according to officials with Morey’s Piers.

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Driver in Wildwood July 5 hit-and-run identified

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 11, 2014 01:07 pm

WILDWOOD – A woman from Croydon, Pa. has been charged in the July 5 hit-and-run that left 16-year-old Cody Bregande with serious head injuries, Wildwood police announced.

Ashley Paster, 25, has been identified as the driver of the vehicle and charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious bodily injury, but has not yet been located.

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Dog beach sculpture to be unveiled Friday in Wildwood

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, August 11, 2014 12:12 pm

Peter Beiling Jr. and Peter Beiling Sr. pose on top of the dog beach sculpture, which will be unveiled 11 a.m. Friday at the Poplar Avenue dog beach. Peter Beiling Jr. and Peter Beiling Sr. pose on top of the dog beach sculpture, which will be unveiled 11 a.m. Friday at the Poplar Avenue dog beach. WILDWOOD — Morey’s Piers is celebrating its love of dogs and public art by donating a massive sculpture for the city’s Poplar Avenue dog beach.

The 25-foot, 5,000-pound fire hydrant sculpture is set to be unveiled Friday, Aug. 15 and recognizes Wildwood’s three fire departments: the Wildwood City Fire Department, Holly Beach Volunteer Fire Company, and Wildwood Fire Company No. 1, which is also volunteer.

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Celebration illuminates history of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, August 08, 2014 03:43 pm

The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was restored in the early 1980s, then opened to the public. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was restored in the early 1980s, then opened to the public. NORTH WILDWOOD — North Wildwood celebrated 225 years of maritime heritage Thursday on the grounds of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.

In honor of National Lighthouse Day, local officials spoke about the history of Hereford Inlet and how today, Cape May County’s lighthouses are a boon to the local tourism economy.

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UPDATED: 11-year-old airlifted after arcade game falls on her at Wildwood Crest hotel

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, August 08, 2014 08:23 am

WILDWOOD CREST — An 11-year-old who suffered head injuries after an arcade game at the Bal Harbour Hotel fell on top of her around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night was set to be released from the hospital Friday, Lt. Joseph McGrath of the Wildwood Crest Police Department said. 

The girl had been airlifted to DuPoint Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Del., for treatment.

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