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Thousands were without power due to Saturday fire

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:33 am

Officials say the lights are back on this morning after an intense structure fire on West Wildwood Avenue led to island-wide power outages.

Firefighters had asked the power be cut for safety reasons, according to news reports.

 

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DeMarzo noncommittal on commission run in 2015

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:04 am

DeMarzo WILDWOOD – Former commissioner and mayor Gary DeMarzo says he is unsure if he will run for a Wildwood City Commission seat in November.

Contacted this week, DeMarzo did not declare his candidacy, but left the option on the table.

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On the cover: Ready to ride

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 29, 2015 09:33 am

Cyclists head north on Atlantic Avenue as they start the 7th annual Freeza-Palooza’s Le Tour de Woods bike tour  

Cyclists head north on Atlantic Avenue as they start the 7th annual Freeza-Palooza’s Le Tour de Woods bike tour Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at the Bolero Resort in Wildwood. The bike tour and winter rock fest celebrates the memory of Special Services School student Kyle Brown, who died Jan. 3, and supports Genny Farnan-Robinson’s fight with brain cancer. Proceeds from the event benefit both the Brown and Robinson families. Cyclists head north on Atlantic Avenue as they start the 7th annual Freeza-Palooza’s Le Tour de Woods bike tour Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at the Bolero Resort in Wildwood. The bike tour and winter rock fest celebrates the memory of Special Services School student Kyle Brown, who died Jan. 3, and supports Genny Farnan-Robinson’s fight with brain cancer. Proceeds from the event benefit both the Brown and Robinson families. (photos by Jen Marra)

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Questions remain in Wildwood school’s use of N. Wildwood facility

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 29, 2015 04:54 am

WILDWOOD – A Wildwood resident wants to know why the Wildwood pre-K and kindergarten classes are located in neighboring North Wildwood.

The speaker did not give her name when she questions city officials at the Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14. 

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Engineer: Wildwood residents should receive flood insurance discount

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 28, 2015 04:00 pm

WILDWOOD – At the last regular Board of Commissioners meeting, municipal engineer Marc DeBlasio announced that Wildwood residents are in line for a discount on their flood insurance premiums through the Community Rating System (CRS).

CRS is a rating system of the National Flood Insurance Program. It is described on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website as “a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.”

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Wildwood Crest considering a dog park

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:41 am

WILDWOOD CREST – The Board of Commissioners is discussing the possibility of creating an off-leash dog park in the borough.

Commissioner Don Cabrera addressed the idea as new business at the Jan. 21 Borough Commission meeting. Cabrera said he met with Stephen Spagnoula, who is spearheading the effort, and they had looked over photos of Cape May’s dog park. Cabrera said they had discussed putting a dog park on the beach across from Centennial Park or at Rambler Road.

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All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods Convention Center

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 28, 2015 09:05 am

The annual All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods starting Wednesday, Jan. 28.  (photo by Jen Marra) The annual All Breed Dog Show returns to Wildwoods starting Wednesday, Jan. 28. (photo by Jen Marra) WILDWOODS – The annual All Breed Dog Show is fun for many, but not as much fun as it is for Susan Shomo, the president of the Boardwalk Kennel Club.

Shomo has been working with dogs since she was 6, and has been a long time member of the Boardwalk Kennel Club, which started in Atlantic City. She said she has done everything from cleaning up after dogs to being president of the kennel club.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Shomo said.

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BeachGlow management to attend Wildwood commission meeting

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, January 27, 2015 03:26 pm

WILDWOOD – BeachGlow Concerts for Charity, Inc., issued a press release saying they would attend Wednesday’s Wildwood Board of Commissioners meeting to respond to recent media coverage on BeachGlow Music Festival 2015.

Executive management from BeachGlow will make a public statement in response to comments made in during recent commissioners meetings related to BeachGlow's annual music festival for charity scheduled for July 4 on the beach in Wildwood.

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Boyer museum looking for volunteers, donations

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 04:02 pm

WILDWOOD – Al Brannen from the Wildwood Historical Society attended the Jan. 14 commissioners meeting to ask for funding for archiving historical documents and photos.

Brannen told the commissioners money from summer beach concerts went to worthy causes, but there are also nonprofits in Wildwood which could use some help. A former commissioner, Brannen said when people would come to him to put on events on beach he would say give percentage to charity. He said last year a portion of the beach concerts went to the American Red Cross. 

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Morey wants beach concerts moved away from Piers

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:01 am

Mayor says accommodations being made

WILDWOOD – One of the owners of Morey’s Piers is not happy with the location and timing of a summer beach concert. Jack Morey told the Wildwood Commission at its meeting Jan. 14 that a July 4 electronic dance music (EDM) concert was being held at the wrong place on the wrong weekend.

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Steered Straight coming to Wildwood Catholic

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 05:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – Michael DeLeon of Steered Straight recently said Cape May County is a beautiful place to grow up and to visit.

That doesn’t mean it is insulated from problems like prescription pill abuse or heroin.

“Some people are afraid to talk about the problem of heroin, opiates, or marijuana,” DeLeon said. “Some believe talking about it might paint their community in a negative way.”

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Residents headed to court against Marina Bay Towers owner

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 04:31 am

Marina Bay Towers residents hold signs expressing their sentiments about the building’s owner. Marina Bay Towers residents hold signs expressing their sentiments about the building’s owner. NORTH WILDWOOD – A number of residents from Marina Bay Towers staged a protest Sunday, Jan. 18, to draw attention to their complaints against the management and owners.

The residents have filed in Superior Court to have the property placed in receivership to ensure repairs are made at the age-restricted facility.  

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North Wildwood authorizes demolition of house damaged by Sandy

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – City Council authorized bids for the demolition of the second of two homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy deemed unsafe.

At its Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting, City Council voted to authorize bids for the demolition of a home at 110 Delaware Ave., which the city deemed to be an imminent safety hazard. According to Mayor Patrick Rosenello, the home was one of two that were lifted off their foundations during the October 2012 superstorm. The other was located about a block away, and has already been demolished.

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Wildwood touts latest bond rating

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:27 pm

WILDWOOD – Moody’s Investor Services affirmed its A2 general obligation bond rating and removed the negative outlook that was placed on the city in 2010, city officials recently announced. 

In a Dec. 4, opinion, the investor services company noted the A2 rating was based on Wildwood’s satisfactory financial position and manageable debt level, among other factors, according to city officials. 

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On the cover: Feeling the freeze

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, January 21, 2015 03:50 pm

Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center.  The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.
Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey. Participants sprint into the Atlantic Ocean despite the freezing temperatures for the annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday, Jan. 17, on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. The event raises funds for Special Olympics New Jersey.

photos by Jen Marra

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Beach vendor: Contract change will cost him his home

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, January 21, 2015 03:38 pm

Mayor: City couldn’t turn down $325,000 in ice cream contract

WILDWOOD – Beach ice cream vendor Jack Gallagher told the Wildwood commissioners last week that he would probably see his home go into foreclosure after the city awarded an ice cream vending contract to Popsy Pop, LLC.

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