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Wildwood police and fire give rides to school kids

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 03:00 pm

WILDWOOD – When the weather is at its coldest, the Wildwood Police and Fire Departments have been offering rides to children walking to school.

Police Chief Robert Regalbuto said he has instructed his officers to offer rides to kids when the weather is very cold.

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The habit of humor

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, February 27, 2015 02:44 pm

The habit of humor The habit of humor Wildwood Catholic High School performs a dress rehearsal of their upcoming musical “Nunsense II: The Second Coming” for the students of Cape Trinity Catholic Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the auditorium. The musical is the sequel to the international hit “Nunsense.” The sisters are back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen’s School six weeks after their first staged benefit to perform a “Thank You Program” for their supporters. They stick with their successful variety show series of performances and the audience gets a chance to get involved in a quick game of bingo. The show is scheduled to be performed in the auditorium of the high school 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, and tickets are $12. The 13th annual Pasta Festival will be held after the show on Sunday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 10 and under.

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Private investigator eyes uses for drones

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 02:22 pm

Private investigator eyes uses for drones Private investigator eyes uses for drones WILDWOOD – A local private investigator is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will make a distinction between professionals using unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and recreational users.

This month, the FAA released its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft, which now face a public comment period. The rules apply to aircraft under 50 pounds, and as proposed require the operator keep the aircraft in sight.

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Return to scene leads to suspect’s arrest for burglary

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, February 27, 2015 02:20 pm

wpd WILDWOOD – A Lower Township man was arrested Monday after a phone call telling police a burglary suspect had returned to the scene of the crime. 

On Monday, Feb. 23, the Wildwood Police patrol officers and detectives responded to the 5300 block of Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood, after a report that a unit in a motel had been burglarized. Investigators determined someone forced entry through a first floor rear window. The officers checked for evidence inside and out. 

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How many sergeants are needed?

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 02:01 pm

WILDWOOD – A judge recently ruled in a citizen’s lawsuit saying the city of Wildwood violated its own ordinance by having more police sergeants than city ordinance allowed.

Judge Julio Mendez said the Wildwood Police Department would have to come into compliance with the ordinance. The judge’s order appears to have become moot after the Board of Commissioners rescinded the ordinance, which set police staffing numbers by rank. Ordinance 828-10, which was the subject of a public referendum, set the number of sergeants on the WPD at five. A previous ordinance allowed seven sergeants.

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Two former Crest cops allege mishandling of complaints by borough, superiors, prosecutor

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 27, 2015 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST – Two former Wildwood Crest police officers addressed the Board of Commissioners last week, saying they were punished for speaking out against alleged fraud, theft, and abuse by superior officers.

Retired Lt. Michael Hawthorne, speaking during the public comment period of the regular commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18, said he reported fraud, theft, and corruption by his superiors in the Wildwood Crest Police Department.

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Grand jury indicts three in fatal heroin overdoses

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 25, 2015 04:02 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A grand jury returned indictments against two Wildwood men in fatal heroin overdoses in 2014.

Another woman was indicted on lesser related charges.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, in announcing the grand jury indictment, said the fatal heroin overdoses occurred on May 16 and Sept. 19, 2014.

Indicted were Robert Luzny, 38, and Kevin Clancy, 43, both of Wildwood.

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Local firefighters train for chilling rescues

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:53 am

A firefighter (in yellow) works with his “victim” (also a firefighter) during a cold weather water rescue training session at Wildwood Marina, recently. A firefighter (in yellow) works with his “victim” (also a firefighter) during a cold weather water rescue training session at Wildwood Marina, recently. WILDWOOD – With the region in a deep freeze recently, 27 local firefighters took to the ice to learn surface ice rescue techniques.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, under a gray sky and temperatures hovering in the mid-30s, fire personnel from Wildwood, North Wildwood, Cape May, Villas, Green Creek, Erma and Ocean City converged at the Wildwood Marina to learn the ropes of saving lives in winter conditions.

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Dwelling fire results in a total loss of building

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 23, 2015 11:08 am

Photo courtesy Rio Grande Fire Department Photo courtesy Rio Grande Fire Department WILDWOOD – A structure near Baker and Arctic was declared a total loss after an early morning blaze started in the unoccupied dwelling. 

The Wildwood City Fire Department responded to the dwelling fire at around 12:30 a.m., Monday. Engine 38, under the command of Firefighter Ryan Troiano, arrived and confirmed a working fire and requested the all-hands be transmitted.

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NWPD alleges man tried to sell mobile home he didn’t own

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, February 23, 2015 10:39 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood Police have arrested a Pennsylvania man and charged him with attempting to sell a mobile home that didn’t exist. 

On Thursday, Feb. 19, North Wildwood Police Detectives followed up on a report made to police regarding a fraud case. The victim paid $25,000 to Robert Dimaio Jr. for a mobile home he claimed to be selling. During the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that Dimaio never had a mobile home to sell and kept the money to defraud the victim.

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Judge decides Wildwood violated police staffing ordinance

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Written by Christopher South Friday, February 20, 2015 04:43 pm

WILDWOOD – Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled Feb. 18 that the city of Wildwood violated its own ordinance by allowing the Wildwood Police Department to have too many police sergeants on staff. 

But the effect of the ruling is uncertain, because the Wildwood governing body has already change the staffing ordinance. 

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Students to take the lead

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:42 pm

Student Council members and their advisors gathered at Cape Trinity Catholic School Feb. 10 for a Student Council Leadership Conference involving students from all four middle schools on the island. 
Student Council members and their advisors gathered at Cape Trinity Catholic School Feb. 10 for a Student Council Leadership Conference involving students from all four middle schools on the island. Conference at Cape Trinity brings together schools from throughout the Wildwoods

NORTH WILDWOOD – Students from all four middle schools on the island attended the first Student Council Leadership Conference at Cape Trinity Catholic School, Feb. 10.

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Fancy footwork in futsal

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:19 pm

Amirah Ali of the Winslow Tigers, in blue, tries to stop Elisa Botten of the Gettysburg Trojans, in grey, from passing the ball down the court to her teammate during the U.S. Futsal Northeast Regional Championship Monday, Feb. 16, in the Wildwoods Convention Center.
Amirah Ali of the Winslow Tigers, in blue, tries to stop Elisa Botten of the Gettysburg Trojans, in grey, from passing the ball down the court to her teammate during the U.S. Futsal Northeast Regional Championship Monday, Feb. 16, in the Wildwoods Convention Center. Amirah Ali of the Winslow Tigers, in blue, tries to stop Elisa Botten of the Gettysburg Trojans, in grey, from passing the ball down the court to her teammate during the U.S. Futsal Northeast Regional Championship Monday, Feb. 16, in the Wildwoods Convention Center.

photos by Jen Marra 

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Crest library could be open by summer

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, February 19, 2015 10:03 am

Work continues on a multimillion-dollar library that will include a view of the ocean. 
Mark Schaad / Work continues on a multimillion-dollar library that will include a view of the ocean. WILDWOOD CREST — A multimillion-dollar project that connects to Wildwood Crest and Lower Township is nearing the final stages today as workmen labor at two venues miles apart.

When they are finished, hopefully before the arrival of the tourism season, Wildwood Crest will have a state-of-the-art library and the Masonic Lodge in Lower Township will have undergone huge renovations at its headquarters on Seashore Road to accommodate a membership whose numbers have grown in the process from 200 to 300.

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Snow day

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Written by Jen Marra Thursday, February 19, 2015 09:52 am

Adrian Bagrin with the Sea n’ Sun Motel in Wildwood uses a snow blower to clean up the block around the motel after a passing storm left several inches in Cape May County Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Adrian Bagrin with the Sea n’ Sun Motel in Wildwood uses a snow blower to clean up the block around the motel after a passing storm left several inches in Cape May County Tuesday, Feb. 17. Adrian Bagrin with the Sea n’ Sun Motel in Wildwood uses a snow blower to clean up the block around the motel after a passing storm left several inches in Cape May County Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Photos by Jen Marra

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North Wildwood’s Jett appointed city historian

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, February 19, 2015 09:47 am

North Wildwood City Clerk Scott Jett is shown with the minutes from the Borough of Anglesea meetings from 1885 to about 1890, including the minutes of the first borough meeting, held Jan. 3, 1885. North Wildwood City Clerk Scott Jett is shown with the minutes from the Borough of Anglesea meetings from 1885 to about 1890, including the minutes of the first borough meeting, held Jan. 3, 1885. NORTH WILDWOOD –North Wildwood City Council appointed City Clerk Scott Jett the City Historian, Tuesday, Feb. 17.

His family has its own history in the town.

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