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Early-morning accident closes Rio Grande Avenue for hours

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 24, 2014 04:48 pm

WILDWOOD – A Cape May Court House woman faces charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license after police say she hit a telephone pole on Rio Grande Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Chief Steven Long said that Kimberly Norton was driving west on Rio Grande Avenue when she left the roadway and hit a pole on the south side of the street, near the Wawa.

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City looking into Wildwood school board’s lease of St. Simeon’s church

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, July 24, 2014 01:59 pm

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.

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Teen paranormal researchers are spirited in their pursuit

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, July 24, 2014 01:21 pm

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. 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 of the long tables in the George F. Boyer Museum. No one answers.

It’s only 6:30 p.m., so some sunlight still shines through the front windows, but all the lights are turned off. There is only the tiny red light on her tape recorder.

“Do you want to talk to us?” Strahan asks, getting no response. Then, with a hint of impatience, she asks, “Do you even know you’re dead?”

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Man accused of breaking into vending machines

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 23, 2014 03:08 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — A Camden man has been charged with theft after he allegedly broke into several vending machines around the borough, police said.

Police say they found him with bottles, tools and a large amount of change after he fled a break-in scene.

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More names of accused released in Cape May County heroin sweep

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, July 22, 2014 04:30 pm

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.

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State Department official visits Morey’s Piers during summer tour

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Written by Christie Rotondo Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:00 am

Robin Lerner joined internation students who work for Morey's Piers for their Robin Lerner joined internation students who work for Morey's Piers for their WILDWOOD – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robin Lerner included Morey’s Piers as one of her stops this summer, as she tours employers around the country who hire international students through the J-1 visa program.

Lerner oversees the J-1 program for the U.S. State Department, and works within the department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She said Monday that she had already visited Cape Cod, Nantucket, and New York to see the cultural programming offered to the students by host employers, as well as their housing and work conditions.

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Plan for street end bike racks nixed in Wildwood Crest

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Written by Lauren Dickey Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST – Bike racks are not going to be installed at every street end along Wildwood Crest’s bike path, contrary to the original plan for the project, Commissioner Don Cabrera said at the Board of Commissioner’s meeting July 9.

During the meeting, Mayor Carl Groon was frustrated that the decision to change the plan for the project had not been discussed with the board.

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Loan officer sentenced in Wildwood Crest mortgage fraud

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 18, 2014 03:42 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – A Wells Fargo loan officer from Ocean County has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a $40.8 million mortgage fraud scheme that involved overbuilt condos in Wildwood Crest, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s office.

Robert Serao, 48, of Bayville, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He is one of 10 defendants to plead guilty in the case.

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City looks to Green Acres for Fox Park funding

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, July 18, 2014 02:26 pm

WILDWOOD – The city is looking to have improvements to Fox Park funded through the state’s Green Acres program.

“We’re looking to do a major overhaul,” Commissioner Pete Byron said. “The softball field is chewed up, the tennis courts are in bad shape.”

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Flood elevation maps force Wildwood to change bathroom renovation plans

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, July 18, 2014 01:05 pm

Bathrooms WILDWOOD – The city has changed plans for which bathrooms will be renovated through a $400,000 state grant Wildwood received last fall.

Bathrooms at Youngs Avenue and the boardwalk are set to be renovated, thanks to the Department of Community Affairs Small Cities Program grant.

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Open Space board rejects Pacific Ave. ice rink application

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, July 17, 2014 01:24 pm

WILDWOOD — The Cape May County Open Space Board has declined Wildwood’s application to purchase a vacant lot on Pacific Avenue and develop a synthetic ice rink and a park there.

Members of the board said the decision to decline the application was unanimously voted upon at their May 29 meeting.

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West Wildwood man faces federal child porn charges

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:04 am

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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Crest officials’ action vague after closed session on internal affairs investigation

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, July 16, 2014 04:34 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – Wildwood Crest officials took action in regards to an internal affairs investigation within the borough’s police department after a closed session at the Board of Commissioners meeting July 9, but what exactly that action is would not be confirmed by commissioners.

A resolution authorizing Mayor Carl Groon and borough clerk Jan Holzmer to “proceed as discussed regarding a personnel matter and to execute any and all documents pertaining thereto” was unanimously passed by the Board of Commissioners after the closed session held to discuss a personnel matter in regards to the internal affairs investigation within the Wildwood Crest Police Department.

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Promoter cancels remaining Wildwood beach concerts after complaints

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:35 am

WILDWOOD – The event promoter behind the June 28 electronic dance music festival is putting his other planned concerts for Wildwood’s beach on hold until next year.

Anthony Morrison of Beach Buddy Events, LLC says he is looking to work with Wildwood residents and the business community to ease concerns about his company’s EDM festivals and other concerts he wishes to hold in the city.

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Operation Whitehouse nets at least $10 million in heroin

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, July 15, 2014 04:10 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor announced the conclusion of “Operation Whitehouse” today, saying the operation took at least $10 million in heroin and $500,000 in cocaine off county streets.

According to a press release from Taylor, the joint operation netted 15 kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of cocaine.

Also seized was about $225,000, believed to be the direct proceeds of heroin-related drug distribution activity in Cape May and Cumberland counties.

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West Wildwood bonds for infrastructure improvements

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, July 11, 2014 12:00 am

But, officials worry petitioners will again block borough ordinance

WEST WILDWOOD – The borough has received a $173,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the reconstruction of Poplar Avenue, which West Wildwood officials say has fallen into disrepair. 

But, the grant is a reimbursement, and borough officials are worried a group of residents will petition the bond ordinance that includes the Poplar Avenue project before West Wildwood has a chance to be reimbursed by the DOT.

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