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Bomb threat reported at Wildwood 7-11

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, July 30, 2014 02:15 pm

WILDWOOD — Police have confirmed an active bomb threat at the 7-11 in Wildwood. 

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Crest police revive local woman from drug overdose

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:08 am

WILDWOOD CREST – Police were able to revive a 47-year-old Wildwood Crest woman who was overdosing on heroin with Narcan early Tuesday morning, the department announced.

Police were called to a residence in the 6200 block Park Boulevard residence around 3:30 a.m. for a report of a woman unconscious and unresponsive. Sgt. Robert Lloyd and Cpl. Michael Hebert arrived and discovered that the woman had ingested five to seven bags of heroin before they arrived, according to police.

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Wildwood could again consider beach fees, says mayor

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, July 29, 2014 02:59 pm

WILDWOOD — Wildwood officials could again weigh implementing beach fees in the city, and possibly put the issue on the ballot in November, Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said Tuesday.

But, he stressed that the plans are far from definite.

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Two women arrested with 300 bags of heroin in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:09 pm

WILDWOOD – Two Rio Grande women were arrested Monday, July 28, and charged with distributing heroin throughout the northern neighborhoods of the City of Wildwood, police announced.

Elizabeth Singh and Heather Fowler, both 36, were charged with possession of heroin and possession with the intent to distribute after police searched their vehicle and found 300 individual bags of heroin prepackaged for street sale around 8:30 p.m., according to a release. Police said the heroin had a street value of about $3,000.

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New Jersey ranks high in water quality, but some beaches are a concern

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, July 28, 2014 01:46 pm

beach The Natural Resource Defense Council has determined that New Jersey has the third best beach water quality in the United States, out of the 30 states where samples were collected and tested.

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County wants right on red banned at Rio Grande Ave

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, July 28, 2014 11:33 am

Wildwood commissioners say no, cite traffic nightmare

WILDWOOD— Wildwood’s commissioners unanimously voted against a resolution Wednesday that would have made turning right on red at the intersection of Rio Grande and New Jersey avenues illegal.

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UPDATED: Family of drowning victim wants North Wildwood beach closed

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, July 25, 2014 02:04 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – The family of a Pennsylvania man who drowned in North Wildwood two years ago is asking to have the Hereford Inlet beach closed through a court order, a lawsuit filed in Cape May County Wednesday states.

According to the D’Amato Law Firm in Egg Harbor Township, which is representing George Bradley Smith’s family, the 54-year-old father’s death was “entirely foreseeable and preventable had local authorities prohibited access to the deadly section of hazardous North Wildwood beach.”

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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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