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Wildwood rescinds beach event fees with 2-1 vote

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:37 pm

WILDWOOD—Commissioners in Wildwood rescinded a controversial resolution that significantly raised the fees to hold events on the city’s beach with a 2-1 vote at their regular meeting Wednesday. 

The move comes after Will Morey, president of Morey’s Piers, threatened to move Beach Blast Soccer and Beach Jam to Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood beaches if the new fee structure remained.

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McGrath to head Crest Police Department

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:48 pm

WILDWOOD CREST—Lt. Joseph McGrath has been tapped to head the Wildwood Crest Police Department, Mayor Carl Groon confirmed Wednesday.

Captain David Mayer, the former officer in charge of the Wildwood Crest Police Department, allegedly announced his retirement this week.

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West Wildwood budget includes 4-cent tax increase

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:57 pm

WEST WILDWOOD – West Wildwood property owners will see a 4 cent tax increase under the borough’s proposed budget.

The local purpose tax rate is expected to jump from 56.6 cents to 60.5 cents per $100 of assessed value under the proposed budget, which was introduced April 4.

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Wildwood denies mercantile licenses for unkempt properties

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:55 pm

WILDWOOD – At a special meeting April 16, the Board of Commissioners sent out a tough message to “absentee” landlords in the city.

That’s the designation Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. has given landlords who live outside of the city and allegedly ignore issues at their rental properties.

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New Crest library adds second floor to plans

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:00 am

Photo by Jodee Clifford/ Demolition of the former Masonic Lodge had begun this week to make way for the new Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County library. Photo by Jodee Clifford/ Demolition of the former Masonic Lodge had begun this week to make way for the new Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County library. WILDWOOD CREST – Demolition at the former Masonic Lodge on Atlantic Avenue is already underway for the new $5.3 million Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape MayCounty library.

Cape MayCounty freeholders unanimously voted to award the contract to Aliano Brothers General Contractors on March 25. The new 12,000-square-foot space will feature a large children’s area, additional meeting rooms, and an outdoor deck with an enclosed reading area.

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Morey’s asks Army Corps for protection of piers, too

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:33 am

Photo courtesy of Morey's Piers. Photo courtesy of Morey's Piers. WILDWOOD—To Morey’s Piers, a multimillion-dollar Army Corps of Engineers dune plan in Wildwood is a “gift horse” Wildwood should take advantage of.

Jack Morey, vice president of Morey’s Piers, said that his company is in full support of the project, which would construct 16-foot dunes from North Wildwood to the Diamond Beach section of Lower Township, as well as a protective beach berm.

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Five Wildwood men face heroin, gun charges

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 21, 2014 01:23 pm

WILDWOOD – Police arrested five Wildwood residents after a SWAT team search 11:10 p.m. Friday, April 18, at 4114 Pacific Ave. recovered distribution amounts of heroin and a .32 caliber revolver, the Wildwood Police Department announced.

Twin brothers Joey and Jason Sierra, 18, Chandler Porter, 23, Edwin Perez, 28, and Alexander Perez, 22, have all been charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute as a result of the search.

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North Wildwood police arrest 3 Philadelphia men during traffic stop

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 18, 2014 01:25 pm


NORTH WILDWOOD—A routine traffic stop in North Wildwood has led to the arrest of three Philadelphia men, one of whom was allegedly wanted in Bucks County, Pa. on criminal conspiracy charges, police announced. 

North Wildwood police said Officer Joseph Kopetsky stopped a vehicle on the 100 block of 17th Avenue for speeding around 10:13 a.m. yesterday, April 17, and all three occupants were not wearing seatbelts.

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Police charge four in connection to Wildwood boardwalk assault

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 18, 2014 10:48 am

Wildwood Police/ Police were looking to identify these individuals, who they suspected assaulted a man on the boardwalk Saturday. Wildwood Police/ Police were looking to identify these individuals, who they suspected assaulted a man on the boardwalk Saturday. WILDWOOD – Police have arrested four Marlton teens in connection to an aggravated assault on the boardwalk April 13, the Wildwood police department announced.

Ryan Callahan, 18, Nicholas Nastasi, 19, Kyle Patrick, 19, and a 17-year-old male, have been charged with aggravated assault after police released surveillance footage of the suspects to local media earlier this week. Callahan, Nastasi and the juvenile were arrested, but Patrick is still at large and there is an active arrest warrant out for him, police said.

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Wildwood residents charged with heroin distribution

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, April 18, 2014 10:41 am

WILDWOOD – After a four-week investigation, police arrested three Wildwood residents on heroin distribution charges at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, the Wildwood Police Department announced.

Kenneth Richardson, 31, Tracey Stefanowicz, 36, and Michelle Barth, 31, were arrested after a SWAT team search of 236 West Pine Ave. resulted in the seizure of distribution quantities of heroin that were allegedly prepackaged for street sale, $900 in cash, as well as drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes.

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