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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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Mystery donor pays for new science lab at Wildwood Middle School

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 19, 2014 12:00 am

Shown from left are Cierra Williams, Jack Bunker and Marlon Perez. Shown from left are Cierra Williams, Jack Bunker and Marlon Perez. WILDWOOD — The science lab at Wildwood Middle School, which was nearly a century old, has been completely renovated thanks to a $250,000 anonymous donation, city officials announced Tuesday. 

In a press release, Principal Christopher Armstrong said the donor’s kindness will be felt for years to come.

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‘Drone’ already being put to private use in Wildwoods

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Written by Christopher South Friday, September 19, 2014 12:00 am

Matt Ulmer/ Wildwood Crest resident Matt Ulmer uses his 'drone' to take promotional photos of the Wildwoods, like this one of Morey's Piers. Matt Ulmer/ Wildwood Crest resident Matt Ulmer uses his 'drone' to take promotional photos of the Wildwoods, like this one of Morey's Piers. WILDWOOD — Matt Ulmer has a little unmanned aircraft he uses to take pictures he gives to his friend to promote the Wildwoods.

“I guess they call it a drone,” Ulmer said. “I call it the endless money pit.”

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After 85 years in business, Bonelli’s to close Sunday

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 18, 2014 03:50 pm

WILDWOOD — Bonelli’s Market, a Pacific Avenue business since 1929, has announced it will close its doors Sunday, Sept. 21.

A manager at the store, who did not identify himself, said that the “85-year-old business has had enough” particularly with the city of Wildwood, police and added he “can’t put up with the clientele.”

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The Wildwoods remember Thomas Goslin

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:03 pm

WILDWOOD CREST — The Rev. Thomas Goslin, a retired minister with Wildwood Crest roots and international credentials, died Saturday, Sept. 13 in Modesto, Calif., where he had resided for the past few years.

Goslin, who was 92, was a long-time resident of Wildwood Crest and served on the borough’s planning board. He attended the CommunityChurch in the Crest and often preached at churches in this area.

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Eugene Taylor tapped to head Crest police

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:41 am

Wildwood Crest City Hall

Former resident will be public safety director

WILDWOOD CREST — The borough has hired the former Cape May County chief of investigators as public safety director, a position created in July because the Crest was still without a police chief.

Eugene Taylor, of Upper Township, started at the Crest Sept. 2 and his salary is $90,000. According to Mayor Carl Groon, Taylor will serve in that role until the borough is able to hire a chief of police.

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North Wildwood moves to end curfew after courts find them unconstitutional

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:07 am

NORTH WILDWOOD — City Council took the initial step to repeal North Wildwood’s curfew Tuesday, Sept. 16, citing that judges around the state have found similar curfews to be unconstitutional.

“Curfew ordinances end up being almost as difficult to enforce and as likely to be unconstitutional as loitering ordinances,” William Kauffman, the city’s attorney said. 

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Fire company apologizes for lewd banner hung at Wildwood convention

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 17, 2014 05:26 pm

WILDWOOD — The Williamstown Fire Company may face discipline after a photo of a lewd banner that was hung under the company’s sign at the Firemen’s Convention appeared on social media this week, NJ.com reports.

The sign reportedly read “Show us your t----” and was hung under the company’s official banner on a balcony railing in Wildwood.

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Wildwood Crest man runs from police after being taken to the hospital

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Michael Rouleau Michael Rouleau WILDWOOD CREST — Police arrested a 53-year-old Wildwood Crest man around 8 p.m. Sept. 13, after they found him “extremely intoxicated” on Lavender Road, the Wildwood Crest department announced.

He also tried to escape from police custody after saying he had chest pains, police said.

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Owner of Wildwood’s Oxygen Tattoo charged with selling synthetic marijuana

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 15, 2014 11:34 am

WILDWOOD — The owner of Oxygen Tattoo on the Wildwoods Boardwalk has been accused of selling synthetic marijuana in the store, the county prosecutor’s office announced.

According to a press release dated Friday, Sept. 12, David Zarfati, 41 of Cape May Court House, faces three separate drug charges after a search warrant was carried out at the business, located on the 3200 block of the boardwalk.

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Event to reunite Wildwood High Class of ’54

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, September 13, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD — Members of the Wildwood High School Class 1954 hope to find classmates who have dispersed around the country to celebrate their 60th class reunion Sept. 27.

According to Rita Rosenberg Best, a reunion organizer, the call going out to find class members has gone as far as Florida, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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Heroin taken off the street, but ODs continue

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

WILDWOOD — In June, law enforcement took about 15 kilograms of an especially deadly kind of heroin, worth about $10 million, off Cape May County streets. Several of the properties searched were in Wildwood, and a number of the individuals charged in the sweep lived and worked in the city.

Police and members of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office hoped that the bust would lead to a decrease in the number of overdoses in the county, but so far, public safety officials in Wildwood say they haven’t seen a major drop in the number of overdoses they have responded to.

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FlowHouse open throughout September

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 12, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD — The FlowHouse at Wildwood’s Splash Zone Waterpark will be open weekends throughout September.

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Crest seeks to rework image

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:58 pm

Borough looks for a brand that ‘speaks to who we are’

WILDWOOD CREST — The borough’s official seal features the brigantine Nancy, a sailing ship that carried gunpowder and arms for the Americans during the Revolutionary War, and was the center of the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet- Cape May County’s only Revolutionary War battle.

But, that’s a little-known history, particularly to the visitors of Wildwood Crest.

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North Wildwood remembers Sept. 11

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:04 am

North Wildwood firefighters salute as the “flag to remember” is raised to half mast. North Wildwood firefighters salute as the “flag to remember” is raised to half mast. NORTH WILDWOOD — Schoolchildren, local officials, and members of the community gathered in front of North Wildwood’s 15th Street Fire Station at 8:46 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, the exact time hijackers crashed a plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center 13 years ago. 

The solemn ceremony focused on remembering the almost 3,000 Americans who were killed that day in attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, particularly Andrew Alameno, a former resident of Wildwood Crest who was working in the TradeCenter at the time of the attacks.

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DeMarzo’s company operating The Gillmore

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, September 10, 2014 04:11 pm

He says he was brought in to clean up troubled motel after crossbow attack

WILDWOOD — A property management company owned by Wildwood’s former mayor has been hired to help oversee security and maintenance changes at The Gillmore Motel, which was considered one of the most problematic properties in the city by police and code enforcement officials.

Gary DeMarzo, who owns SunQuest Property Services, said his company was brought in about three weeks ago as a consultant at The Gillmore by its owner, Palermo resident Robert Grimley.

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