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Wildwood frustrated with Open Space Board

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, October 01, 2014 02:28 pm

No funding approved for beach bike path

WILDWOOD — Wildwood officials are again frustrated with the Cape May County Open Space Board, because the board didn’t fund a beach bike path along the city’s boardwalk.

However, the board indicated that may not be its last word on the project.

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Police charge Crest woman with child endangerment after OD

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 01, 2014 12:43 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — Wildwood Crest police have charged a 28-year-old local woman with child endangerment after they revived her from a heroin overdose, the department announced.

Police were called to a home on Primrose Road around 1:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 for a reported drug overdose. When they arrived, they say they found Shannon Beckman unconscious and unresponsive, while her infant child was present.

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Bed bug ‘situation’ remedied at Crest Memorial

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, September 26, 2014 04:32 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — School officials worked to contain a bed bug situation at Crest Memorial Friday, Sept. 26, after a student had been exposed to the pests, a letter sent by Principal Dave Del Conte to parents reads.

Few details were available, but a letter from the school explains that “the situation” was discovered during first period Friday and the school took several measures to contain it.

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Wildwood FD ‘monitoring’ indictment of part-time employee

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 25, 2014 02:08 pm

Jacob Spiegel Jacob Spiegel WILDWOOD — An official with the Wildwood fire department says that Jake Spiegel, the part-time firefighter who was indicted by a grand jury Sept. 24 with his father, Rob, on official misconduct charges, is not currently working for the department.

As a part-time firefighter, Jake Spiegel is a summer employee for the city of Wildwood, said Deputy Fire Chief Dan Speigel (no relation to the accused). The department is “monitoring the situation” to determine at a later date if Spiegel can return to work next summer.

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Wildwood opts to keep curfew, but plans revisions

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:20 pm

WILDWOOD — Officials in Wildwood decided Wednesday to keep the city’s curfew in place, unlike other New Jersey towns that have opted to repeal theirs after courts found them to be unconstitutional.

Instead, they asked city attorney Mary D’Arcy Bittner to revise the curfew to protect Wildwood against possible lawsuits.

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Beach Creek dredging could be put off until summer

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:12 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD — The state Department of Transportation plan to dredge a mile-stretch of Beach Creek may be delayed until next summer, a DOT spokesman said.

The department received only one bid on the project, which did not meet the contract requirements, NJDOT spokesman Steve Schapiro said.

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Wildwood to hire five new cops with federal grant

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 07:09 pm

WILDWOOD — Wildwood was one of 10 New Jersey municipalities to receive federal grant money to put more police officers on the streets, Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez announced Wednesday.

The city will receive $625,000 to hire five new, full time police officers through the U.S. Justice Department COPS hiring program.

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Cape Regional presents school supplies for Glenwood

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 09:45 am

From left,  Thomas Piratzky, executive director of Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation; Kenyon Kummings, superintendent of Wildwood Schools; Joanne Carrocino, President and CEO Cape Regional Medical Center; and Crystal Pond, Glenwood Elementary School principal, show off the items collected during the back-to-school drive. From left, Thomas Piratzky, executive director of Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation; Kenyon Kummings, superintendent of Wildwood Schools; Joanne Carrocino, President and CEO Cape Regional Medical Center; and Crystal Pond, Glenwood Elementary School principal, show off the items collected during the back-to-school drive. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape Regional Medical Center officials delivered school supplies to the Glenwood Avenue Elementary School Monday, Sept. 15 in preparation of the new school year. Members of the Cape Regional Medical Center team collected more than $2,500 worth of school supplies to support the elementary school in Wildwood.

Cape Regional Medical Center President and CEO, Joanne Carrocino and Tom Piratzky, vice president of public relations and marketing, delivered the supplies.

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Crest seeks generators for emergencies

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, September 24, 2014 09:39 am

File photo/ Borough officials are looking to purchase generators so Crest Memorial can serve as the borough's emergency evacuation shelter. File photo/ Borough officials are looking to purchase generators so Crest Memorial can serve as the borough's emergency evacuation shelter. Everything else in place for Crest Memorial to serve as shelter

WILDWOOD CREST — Mayor Carl Groon is looking to have a new emergency generator purchased for Crest Memorial Elementary so the facility can serve as the borough’s emergency shelter for evacuations.

Groon said that the borough had passed an ordinance two years ago for the new generator for the school; however, it was never purchased. Now, the borough has a $75,000 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to partially cover the costs the generator, and officials want the unit purchased before winter.

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Prosecutor’s office wants to keep letters on Crest cops private

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST — The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office wants letters written about two Wildwood Crest police officers to remain confidential, and has asked an Atlantic County judge to reconsider his order that the office must turn those records over to a government-transparency advocate.

The order, signed by Atlantic County Judge Nelson Johnson, makes mention of “official misconduct,” but no details were available about what that misconduct may have entailed.

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North Wildwood residents want a dog park

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, September 22, 2014 04:31 pm

Becca is one of three border collies owned by Jean and John Ficca, who asked North Wildwood City Council to consider designating a dog park Sept. 16. Becca is one of three border collies owned by Jean and John Ficca, who asked North Wildwood City Council to consider designating a dog park Sept. 16. NORTH WILDWOOD — A local couple presented a petition with 90 signatures from residents and property owners to City Council Tuesday, Sept. 16, asking that a dog park be designated in North Wildwood.

While council seemed receptive to the idea, members did express concerns about where the park could be placed.

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DNA evidence leads to arrests in 2009 Wildwood Crest armed robbery

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 12:25 pm

WILDWOOD CREST— Based on DNA evidence, Wildwood Crest police have charged two Cape May County men in a 2009 armed robbery, the department announced.

Gary Twiggs Jr. 26, of Dennisville and Dillon Tracy, 26, of Clermont were arrested and charged in connection with the crime on Sept. 17 and Sept. 16, respectively.

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Wildwood man faces charges after deadly OD

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 10:17 am

WILDWOOD — A 38-year-old Wildwood man has been charged in connection to a fatal heroin overdose at the Blue Heron Motel Sept. 19, police announced.

Robert Lunzy has been charged under New Jersey’s Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death law, which police say carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence if he is convicted of the first-degree crime.

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Holly Beach wants to show off century-old fire truck

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Written by Christie Rotondo Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:00 am

The 1913 American LaFrance Hook and Ladder Truck was the first hook and ladder purchased by the Holly Beach Fire Company. The 1913 American LaFrance Hook and Ladder Truck was the first hook and ladder purchased by the Holly Beach Fire Company. WILDWOOD — One of the oldest reminders of the borough of Holly Beach sits covered and out of sight at the volunteer fire company on Washington and Montgomery Avenues.

But hopefully, not for much longer.

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Community bids farewell to Frank Feraco

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD CREST — Frank Feraco, a longtime member of the Wildwoods community, died Monday, Sept. 15. He was remembered Tuesday with a moment of silence during North Wildwood’s City Council meeting.

He was 84.

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Wildwood approves $3.3M in bonds for improvements

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, September 19, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD — The city has appropriated about $3.3 million in bonds to be spent on improvements this year, ranging from new playground equipment to police firearms, as well as the initial funds for capping the back bay landfill. 

Several of the items in the two bond ordinances that were voted on at the Sept. 10 meeting are set to be reimbursed with money from FEMA, grant funds, or are to bring the city into compliance with state and federal regulations, chief financial officer Jeanette Powers said.

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