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Crest seeks public support for music grant

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 pm

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest has applied to receive a grant of $25,000 from Levitt Pavilions to support its annual Free Summer Music Series.

Wildwood Crest is one of several communities across the country in the running for the grant. Online public voting determines the 20 finalists for a grant, with Levitt Pavilions selecting the 10 winning grant recipients.

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Wildwood ordinance working to control ‘animal houses’

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Written by Christopher South Wednesday, November 26, 2014 05:05 am

WILDWOOD - Code inspector John Davis said the city’s animal house ordinance has been working as intended.

The ordinance was designed to make owners of rental properties more accountable and to help eliminate problems related to overcrowding and underage drinking.

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Crest Memorial Drama Club performs Disney’s High School Musical Jr.

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 am

Wildwood Crest Memorial School Drama Club performs Disney’s High School Musical Jr. Wildwood Crest Memorial School Drama Club performs Disney’s High School Musical Jr. The Wildwood Crest Memorial School Drama Club performs Disney’s High School Musical Jr. Saturday, Nov. 22, in the school auditorium.

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Hereford Inlet Lighthouse renovation was a Catanoso project

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:55 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Steve Murray, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, said former Mayor Anthony Catanoso and his wife Phyllis had the goal of trying to preserve the lighthouse two years before it was closed.

Their efforts predate Murray’s career with the North Wildwood Parks Department. He said Catanoso always gave the credit to Phyllis for saving the lighthouse, but he believes they were equal partners. 

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Former mayor, freeholder Catanoso dies at 97

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:44 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Former North Wildwood mayor and county freeholder Anthony “Tony” Catanoso died Nov. 21, leaving a long legacy of service as an elected official.

Catanoso was 12 when his parents moved the family to North Wildwood in 1928. According to his wife of 66 years, Phyllis, her husband’s father opened the first Italian grocery store in North Wildwood, perhaps the first in Cape May County. All nine of the Catanoso siblings worked there, she said.

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NWW authorizes sale of surplus property

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Written by Christopher South Tuesday, November 25, 2014 06:43 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – City Council authorized the sale of a number of items on GovDeals.com, an online auction site, including generators, engine cleaners, and start-up battery chargers.

Ron Simone, administrative assistant with the city of North Wildwood, said North Wildwood has been able to sell surplus items to buyers all over the country and outside the U.S.

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Grant to help Wildwood with boardwalk ramp work

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 25, 2014 02:33 pm

WILDWOOD – The city of Wildwood is the recipient of a $400,000 grant that is earmarked to reconstruct ramps to the boardwalk and bring them into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

State officials announced Nov. 21 that the city is one of 19 municipalities throughout the state benefiting from the $5.9 million Small Cities Block Grants. According to state officials, the 22 grants will benefit approximately 25,000 people across the state, including senior citizens and people with disabilities.

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Wildwood site of missing children response training

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:16 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor announced upcoming training for law enforcement being conducted by the non-profit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). 

The training, Missing Children Dynamics and Response (MCDR) is a one-day seminar. NCMEC describes this seminar as being designed to provide “critical information to law enforcement agencies who will respond to a missing or sexually exploited child report and whose department members’ knowledge, skill, and ability may make the difference between recovery and a protracted investigation.” This training will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Wildwood Convention Center.

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Cape Trinity Catholic’s Supper with Santa

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 21, 2014 03:19 pm

NORTH WILDWOOD – Join Cape Trinity Catholic School for a very merry Supper with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Dinner available - $10 for adults, kids $5. Dinner served by Alumni Grill, Nino’s Family Restaurant. Owens Pub, Crest Tavern, The Wharf, Panico’s Bistro, and Blitz’s Deli-North Wildwood. Music by the McGuigan famly. Gift baskets, raffles, silent auction, 50/50 reaffle, Santa, games, crafts, glitter tattoos, balloon man. Cape Trinity Catholic is located at 15th and Central avenues, North Wildwood. Call CTC office for more information at (609) 522-2704.

 

Wildwood Police plan to pinch Grinch on Boardwalk

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 21, 2014 03:02 pm

Wildwood Police plan to pinch Grinch on Boardwalk WILDWOOD – Wildwood Police are set to pinch the Grinch and run him out of town when he makes his appearance on the Boardwalk on Saturday, Dec. 13, during the second annual “Pinch the Grinch 5K Run and 1 Mile Grinch Walk.”

Members of the Wildwood Police Department will be out in force during the event to make sure the green thief and his dog, Max, are sent packing back to Whoville without toys, hollywho wreaths or roast beasts. 

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Enjoy a Wildwood Christmas – 1904 Style

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, November 21, 2014 02:58 pm

WILDWOOD – The doors of the historic J. Thompson Baker House, as it is listed on the state and national historic registers, will be opened Friday, Dec. 5 to welcome visitors and show how local residents celebrated Christmas more than a century ago.

The Wildwood Civic Club, owners of the house since 1934, is hosting an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. that will give visitors access to each of the home’s rooms as well as showcasing how an early-20th century home was decorated for the holiday season. 

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In Another Time: South Jersey had close connections to the Plymouth colony

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, November 20, 2014 04:55 pm

As the weather changes and so does the calendar, we are thinking Thanksgiving these days.

In the Wildwoods and the rest of southern Cape May County there is a close connection to the first Thanksgiving at the Plymouth Colony.

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Robbery suspect arrested in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 02:50 pm

wpd WILDWOOD – On Tuesday, Nov. 17, at approximately 8 a.m., the Wildwood Police Department’s uniform and detective divisions responded to the report of a robbery at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 4201 Pacific Ave., Wildwood. During the preliminary investigation the store manager provided a detailed description of the alleged store robber. During the robbery an undisclosed amount of money was taken. 

During the initial investigation members of the uniformed patrol and detective divisions set up a grid search in the immediate vicinity of the robbery, but were unsuccessful in locating the individual responsible for the robbery.

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Police identify victim in fatal North Wildwood fire

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:35 am

NORTH WILDWOOD – North Wildwood police have identified the woman who died in a house fire Tuesday, Nov. 18, as Linda Martin. She was 36.

According to a police statement posted online, Thursday, Nov. 20, the county Medical Examiner’s office assisted with the identification of the woman.

Chief Matthew T. Gallagher said in the release that the fire is under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 609-552-2030, ext. 1600.

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Wildwood Police getting more bang for the buck

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Written by Christopher South Thursday, November 20, 2014 05:32 am

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WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 100 new .45 caliber Sig Sauer service pistols for Wildwood police officers.

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Students visit county zoo

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 am

Kindergarten students visit Cape May County Zoo Kindergarten students visit Cape May County Zoo

NORTH WILDWOOD – Corinne Clarke and Jean Golden’s kindergarten classes at the Margaret Mace School recently took a field trip to the Cape May County Zoo. “The zoo is such a great local resource and we are fortunate to be able to visit the zoo and learn fun facts about animals,” the teachers said in an email. They offered special thanks to Jen Sawyer for her discussion on the Honey Bee exhibit.

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