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Playing ‘Happy’

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, October 31, 2014 04:45 pm

Charl Syvarth, the band instructor for Wildwood High and Wildwood Middle School, leads rehearsal Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Charl Syvarth, the band instructor for Wildwood High and Wildwood Middle School, leads rehearsal Tuesday, Oct. 21. Band gears up for parade, holiday show

WILDWOOD — About 15 kids crammed onto the stage in Wildwood High School’s auditorium last Tuesday with flutes, clarinets and saxophones, and after short drum solo, broke into Pharrell William’s “Happy.”

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Four arrested on drug charges in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 31, 2014 03:37 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE  - Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Wildwood Police Chief Steve Long announce the arrest of four local residents of Wildwood during the execution of a search warrant in Wildwood. The arrests are the result of a cooperative effort by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Task Force and the Wildwood Police Department.
On Oct. 30, a court authorized search warrant was executed by the Cape May County Regional S.W.A.T team in the 100 East block of Spicer Avenue in Wildwood. Distribution amounts of crack cocaine were seized along with an amount of marijuana and CDS paraphernalia.

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Crest plans Saturday meetings in the summer

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, October 31, 2014 03:00 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — The Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners discussed the following items during its Wednesday, Oct. 22 meeting:

Bill Henfey remembered

Commissioner Joyce Gould took a moment out of Wednesday’s meeting to remember Bill Henfey, North Wildwood’s former mayor, who died Tuesday.

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Heroes and horrors at the Pumpkin Run

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, October 31, 2014 02:26 pm


Ben Rotherhen and Kristy Thall run down the boardwalk as Captain America and Wonder Woman in the Wildwoods Boardwalk Pumpkin Run Saturday, Oct. 25, a 5K run and 1 mile family walk starting in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center.  Rotherhen finished second in his age group and Thall finished third her age group.  Proceeds from the event benefit the elementary schools of the Wildwoods.
Ben Rotherhen and Kristy Thall run down the boardwalk as Captain America and Wonder Woman in the Wildwoods Boardwalk Pumpkin Run Saturday, Oct. 25, a 5K run and 1 mile family walk starting in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Rotherhen finished second in his age group and Thall finished third her age group. Proceeds from the event benefit the elementary schools of the Wildwoods. Ben Rotherhen and Kristy Thall run down the boardwalk as Captain America and Wonder Woman in the Wildwoods Boardwalk Pumpkin Run Saturday, Oct. 25, a 5K run and 1 mile family walk starting in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Rotherhen finished second in his age group and Thall finished third her age group. Proceeds from the event benefit the elementary schools of the Wildwoods.

Photos by Jen Marra

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Wildwood celebrates 100 years of Beth Judah

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 31, 2014 02:19 pm

Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioner Pete Byron dedicate a commemorative plaque to Beth Judah. Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioner Pete Byron dedicate a commemorative plaque to Beth Judah. WILDWOOD — Cape May County’s only active synagogue celebrated a historic milestone last weekend.

Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood celebrated its 100th anniversary with a series of events honoring the history of a congregation.

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Three incumbents unopposed for North Wildwood council

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 31, 2014 01:30 pm

Three Republican North Wildwood council members are seeking re-election this Nov. 4 in uncontested races.

No nominations were made for the Democratic party ticket in the city.

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Supreme Court won’t hear DeMarzo case

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:55 am

Former mayor demands apology, resignation from prosecutor

WILDWOOD — New Jersey’s Supreme Court has declined to hear the Cape May County Prosecutor’s official misconduct case against former Wildwood mayor Gary DeMarzo, upholding the dismissal of those charges.

DeMarzo says he now expects an apology from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor, as well as his resignation.

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Wildwood Commission meeting notes, edition of Oct. 29

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:57 pm

No vote on redevelopment zone

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Board of Commissioners took steps to amend the city’s curfew ordinance and bought three vehicles, but took no action on a proposal to name the beach and boardwalk a redevelopment zone when it met 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at City Hall.

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Charges filed after extensive damages to Crest home

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 27, 2014 03:08 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — A Moorestown man was charged with burglary and criminal mischief after police say he caused $5,000 in damage in Wildwood Crest home.

Anthony Valenti, 45, was arrested and charged after he turned himself in to Wildwood Crest Police Oct. 21.

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Man breaks into apartment, tries to punch woman

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 27, 2014 03:04 pm

WILDWOOD CREST— A Wildwood Crest man faces burglary and harassment charges after he allegedly broke into a Primrose Road apartment 3 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.

Jason Tomlin, 39, was charged after the couple who lives in the apartment identified him.

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Wildwood again seeks beach bar bids

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, October 27, 2014 02:55 pm

WILDWOOD — The Board of Commissioners is again seeking proposals for a bar and concerts on the city’s beach, this time for the summer of 2015.

Wildwood commissioners voted Wednesday night to advertise for proposals for both items, which they have long hoped would bring the city additional revenue.

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Local law enforcement rescue Crest man from fire

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 27, 2014 10:27 am

WILDWOOD CREST — A Wildwood Crest police sergeant and retired county sheriff’s corporal rescued a local man from his burning Aster Road home Saturday morning, police announced.

Charles Meyers, 63, of Wildwood Crest is expected to make a full recovery.

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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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