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NORTH WILDWOOD PLEDGES LOYALTY TO USA

NORTH WILDWOOD - On Wednesday, May 1 the Veterans of Foreign Wars North Wildwood Post 5941 will host a ceremony to honor current and past military, as we demonstrate community support and appreciation for their sacrifice. As we raise the flag, sing our National Anthem, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we will reaffirm our allegiance to the USA.

North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey will address the crowd. VFW Commander Joe Orlando will explain the significance of Loyalty Day.

Please note that the time has been changed from earlier announcements. It will take place at 9 a.m. on the steps of North Wildwood City Hall, 901 Atlantic Ave. In the event of rain the ceremony will be moved inside Council Chambers behind City Hall.

UPDATE: Please note that the time has been changed for Loyalty Day.

On Wednesday, May 1 the Veterans of Foreign Wars North Wildwood Post 5941 will host a ceremony to honor current and past military, as we demonstrate community support and appreciation for their sacrifice. It will take place at 9 a.m. on the steps of North Wildwood City Hall, 901 Atlantic Ave. In the event of rain the ceremony will be moved inside Council Chambers behind City Hall.


North Wildwood Police Chief Robert Chief Matteucci Retires

At the North Wildwood City Council meeting on April 16, Mayor Bill Henfey announced the retirement of Police Chief Robert A. Matteucci effective May 1, 2013. Mayor Henfey read Chief Matteucci’s letter of intent to retire effective May 1, 2013, when Deputy Chief Matthew Gallagher will be sworn in as his successor.

Chief Matteucci started his career in 1977 as a seasonal police officer on the boardwalk. In February 1978 he was hired as a dispatcher in the North Wildwood Police Department, and nine months later was appointed as a police officer.

He was promoted through the ranks, first as Sergeant for 15 years, then Lieutenant, Captain serving both in an administrative and operation capacity. In 2005 upon the retirement of Chief Stevenson, Mayor Aldo Palumbo appointed him Chief of Police, and in 2009 Mayor Henfey appointed Chief Matteucci as Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator.

In his letter Chief Matteucci thanked Mayor Henfey for all the support given during his tenure as Chief of Police. He mentioned their shared vision of what is best for the City of North Wildwood.

Mayor Henfey agreed adding his personal reflection: “The Chief and I became strong allies in our efforts to make life better in North Wildwood.” He named a few of the areas where Chief Matteucci’s dedicated work effected significant, positive results including taking over Code Enforcement for the city and working toward “fundamental fairness in property maintenance.”

His record shows that he has made fundamental improvements in the Police Department including having steered the department towards accreditation by the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police, of which the department has reached the review and approval stage. He is confident that the Department will be approved in this next phase of the process.

When asked what the most rewarding part of his career was he said, “The opportunity to influence young people at the start of their careers in law enforcement, particularly as a Sergeant. I’ve received letters from those under my supervision who continued their careers in various places all over the USA who later wrote to thank me for mentoring them to become leaders.”

Matthew Gallagher will be sworn as Chief of Police at 10 a.m. on May 1, 2013 in North Wildwood Municipal Court. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony which follows the City’s Patriots Day Ceremony.

Meanwhile, Chief Matteucci will continue to serve as Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator. Since he was appointed as Coordinator he had to deal with the emergency responses during two hurricanes and an ice storm. He will also continue to serve as a volunteer firefighter for the Anglesea Fire Company as he has for more than 37 years.

The people of North Wildwood join the Mayor in his appreciation of all Chief Matteucci has done, and wish him a long and happy retirement!


On April 17, the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce hosted a lunch meeting where all three Wildwoods Mayors presented addresses on the state of their communities. From left: North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, and Wildwood Crest Mayor Carl Groon.

The Chamber presented an award to Mayor Henfey who said he will not seek another term. The inscription reads: Mayor William (Bill) Henfey/In appreciation for steering North Wildwood to success/and for years of support of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce.

FEMA Surveying Repetitive Loss Properties Now

Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) has identified structures in North Wildwood that have sustained repetitive flooding and have received claims payments on at least two occasions.

The National Flood Insurance Program that insured these properties is underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program, (NFIP) administered by (FEMA). The NFIP allows occupants and owners with property vulnerable to flooding to purchase flood insurance; private companies generally do not underwrite flood insurance because of the high risk involved. In order to continue to keep flood insurance premiums affordable, FEMA and the NFIP must try to address those structures that are repetitively flooded.

FEMA will be surveying these repetitively flooded properties to collect data that will help FEMA understand why these structures are vulnerable to flooding and damages, and what mitigation measures may be feasible to protect them from future damages.

This is notification that North Wildwood will be visited by FEMA teams starting March 26, 2013 through April 12, 2013. These Teams will have FEMA identification badges confirming their authorization to conduct this survey on behalf of FEMA.

The FEMA Teams will need about 15 minutes to observe features about the structure's construction, assess the structure's flood vulnerabilities and take photographs of the structure.

If you have any questions please contact Joseph R. Napoleon at 202-805-6308 or Joseph.Napoleon@fema.dhs.gov

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Advisory- Community Notification Repetitive loss surveys

Properties within your township currently or at some point in the past, were insured by the National Flood Insurance Program for damage from flooding. Flood Insurance is underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program, (NFIP), which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA). FEMA has identified structures within these Communities that have sustained repetitive flooding and have received claims payments on at least two occasions.

The NFIP allows occupants and owners with property vulnerable to flooding to purchase flood insurance; private companies generally do not underwrite flood insurance because of the high risk involved. In order to continue to keep flood insurance premiums affordable, FEMA and the NFIP must try to address those structures that are repetitively flooded.

FEMA will be surveying these repetitively flooded properties to collect data that will help FEMA understand why these structures are vulnerable to flooding and damages, and what mitigation measures may be feasible to protect them from future damages.

This is notification that the Communities previously listed will be visited by FEMA Teams starting March 26th, 2013 through April 12th, 2013. These Teams will have FEMA identification badges confirming his or her authorization to conduct this survey on behalf of FEMA.

The FEMA Teams will need about 15 minutes to observe features about the structure's construction, assess the structure's flood vulnerabilities and take photograph of the structure.

We look forward to working with the Communities in this important data collection effort. If you have any questions please contact Joseph R. Napoleon at 202-805-6308 or Joseph.Napoleon@fema.dhs.gov

North Wildwood's 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade

North Wildwood's 2013 Season of Sizzle Starts Now!

From sporting events, to parades, to festivals and fireworks-we have a full schedule of exciting things to do this season.

First on the list is our famous St. Patrick's Day Parade, held Saturday, March 16 right in the middle of Irish-American Heritage Month!

The Parade steps off at noon following an 11:30 a.m. ceremony at City Hall where Mayor Bill Henfey will address the crowd, along with other dignitaries including Fr. Joseph Wallace of Notre Dame de la Mer Parish.

The Parade will feature plenty of Pipes and Drums, Color Guards, and high school bands.

All the local Irish groups will be represented. In fact, the three Grand Marshals are: LAOH President Pat Monaghan, the Emerald Society Associate Delegate Peg McQuaid, and Anglesea Irish Society Jodi DiEduardo.

They'll leave City Hall and proceed north on Atlantic Avenue to Olde New Jersey Avenue.

Then at noon on Saturday, March 23, come to the Island of Flags in front of the Rec Center, 9th and Central avenues where the Greek flag will be ceremoniously raised in honor of Greek Independence Day. If you have questions, please call 609-602-0056.

On Sunday, March 24, hundreds will participate in a 26.2 mile road race that begins in Cape May City at 9 a.m. and runs through our City. It's the Ocean Drive Marathon and it benefits non-profit organizations that serve Cape May County. Call 609-523-0880 for info.

Easter weekend brings three important events to our City. First is the Elks Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30. It's sponsored by the Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge 1896. The Hunt takes place at noon at 19th Avenue and the beach.  It's for kids 11 and under, and it's free! Simply register at the event. Call 609-729-2170 for more information.

On Easter Sunday, March 31, join the First Baptist Church of Anglesea for the Easter "Son" Rise Service. It's at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gazebo, 1st and Central avenues at 6:30 a.m. Call 609-522-2951 for more information.

Then, between 12:30 and 2 p.m. bring the kids 12 and under for fun at Ed's Funcade Easter Egg Hunt in the Hay on the Boardwalk at 23rd Avenue. It's free, and kids can win big prizes! Call 609-729-3223 for more information.

Single Stream Recycling Brochure

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North Wildwood Partners with Wetlands to Recycle

North Wildwood Public Works Superintendent Harry Wozunk has been working with Kathryn Sellers, Conservation Coordinator at the Wetlands Institute to make available monofilament recycling stations in our City.

Monofilament is made of a single fiber of plastic and it's the most commonly used material for fishing line on the market today. Its strength and resistance to deterioration make it ideal for fishers to capture their prey.

But when lines are let loose in the waters, the same properties capture and destroy all sorts of unintentional victims, including marine life, birds, scuba divers and even boat propellers.

In addition, it can take over 600 years to decompose!

In an effort to reduce the amount of monofilament fishing line that ends up in our local waterways, The Wetlands Institute has developed a Monofilament Recycling Station Program in alliance with the "Reel in and Recycle" effort initiated by Boat U.S. Foundation.

The monofilament recycling stations are made of PVC pipe and essentially look like candy canes. They can be attached to the side of a piling, along pier railings or can be assembled on a free standing stake. They are placed in areas where fishermen can toss their fishing line into the receptacle at the end of the day.

The Wetlands Institute is responsible for receptacle installment and service, and so the program costs the City nothing. The fishing line is collected on a fixed schedule and properly disposed of by sending it to the Berkeley Conservation Institute to be recycled into new plastic products such as park benches and tackle boxes.

North Wildwood now has three stations. At the Fifth Ave. Boat Ramp there is one large receptacle (33" high x 6" wide) mounted at the fish cleaning/bait station at ramp #2's fishing pier.

At the Hereford Inlet Area there is one receptacle on a metal stake in Moore's Public Parking Lot and one at Pine and Olde New Jersey avenues.

North Wildwood has a long record of being committed to saving the environment andthrough this program, the City and Wetlands Institute hope to inspire anglers to understand the nature of this hazard and be more responsible to avoid it.

Monofilament Recycle Stations at

at Hereford Inlet, Moore's Parking Lot

at 5th St. Boat Ramp Fish Cleaning Station

at Corner of Pine and New York avenues

Monofilament Sign: "Reel in and Recycle"

Animal Alliance of Cape May County Inc. Launches "Project Catsnip"at MASH (Mobile
Animal Sterilization Hospital) in the Wildwoods   

American Legion Post #184 to Serve as Site for Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Wildwood, NJ, February 8, 2013 - The Animal Alliance of Cape May County Inc. (AACMC), with cooperation of American Legion Post#184, as host for the site, has come up with an innovative way to get the Wildwoods' free roaming, indoor/outdoor and stray cats sterilized, thus humanely managing cat populations in their communities. AACMC will take spay/neuter surgeries on the road by launching a MASH (Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital) clinic at the American Legion Hall Post#184, 4200 Atlantic Ave(corner of Roberts & Atlantic Aves) Wildwood NJ on Sunday, March 3, 2013 thanks to a $22,000 grant from PetSmart Charities®(www.PetSmartCharities.org).  A team of veterinary technicians, seasoned volunteers and a licensed veterinarian experienced in high volume spay/neuter will set up the clinic.  The surgeries, which include a rabies vacccination, are free for those caring for free roaming/stray cats in the 08260 zip code.  The fee for indoor pet cats and stray/free roaming cats for ALL other municipalities is a very reasonable $55.  Appointments are required for all cats. Since 2005 the experienced team at AACMC has altered approximately 15,000 cats.

"If someone can't afford to get their cat sterilized, chances are they may not have the transportation resources to get them to the clinic either, even on free sterilization days," says Lewis Vinci, President of AACMC. "Through a MASH clinic, we're hoping to reach people caring for stray and free roaming cats that might have transportation issues and provide them with high-quality services, including licensed veterinarians, great patient care and pain medication. The clinic being held on a weekend day makes this even more convenient as we typically hold clinics every Thursday in Cape May Court House.  This is a really good offer and one that will end when the grant monies run out."

MASH clinics have become popular throughout the United States as organizations look for more innovative ways to reach animals in need of spay/neuter services. All free roaming/stray felines are recommended to have a small tip of their left ear surgically cut/removed during their spay/neuter surgery and while under general anesthesia to indicate they have been sterilized.

For appointments and other information, contact AACMC through its website at www.AnimalAlliancecmc.org or call 609-465-6388.

AACMC is an all-volunteer animal welfare organization founded in 2003 with the mission to find solutions to the overpopulation of unwanted companion animals through education and financial support of low-cost spay/neuter programs.  For more information on the programs and activities provided by AACMC, visit their website at www.AnimalAlliancecmc.org or call 609-465-6388.

About PetSmart Charities®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

Disposing of Live Christmas Trees
When you're ready to dispose of your Christmas tree, first be sure all lights and decorations are removed. Then place it curbside for collection from Dec. 26 through Feb. 1.

CITY OF NORTH WILDWOOD REVISION TO ANNUAL NOTICE RESCHEDULING OF COUNCIL MEETING

TAKE NOTICE THAT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE NORTH WILDWOOD CITY COUNCIL SCHEDULED TO BE HELD IN THE NORTH WILDWOOD COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 9TH AND ATLANTIC AVENUES, NORTH WILDWOOD, NJ 08260 ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM WITH A CAUCUS/WORK SESSION BEGINNING AT 8:45 AM. THIS MEETING WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AT 7:00 PM WITH A CAUCUS/WORK SESSION BEGINNING AT 6:00 PM.

THE REGULAR AGENDA WILL BE CONSIDERED AND OFFICIAL ACTION MAY BE TAKEN.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT ALL REQUESTS FOR NEEDED ACCOMMODATIONS UNDER THE A.D.A. ACT, BE SUBMITTED FORTY-EIGHT (48) HOURS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME OF THE MEETING.

W. SCOTT JETT

CITY CLERK

JANUARY 30 DEADLINE FOR NEW JERSEYANS TO RETURN SBA DISASTER LOAN APPLICATION, REGISTER FOR ASSISTANCE NOW LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY

Survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey have less than two weeks to register for disaster assistance and to return their applications for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration.

The quickest way to apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan is filling out an online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Ways to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

  • Via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov

  • Call the 24-hour numbers 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585

  • For 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) call 800-621-3362

  • A FEMA Language Assistance Line is available for those who need interpretation services in languages other than English or Spanish. Call: 866-333-1796.

Survivors must register or return the loan application by the deadline in their state.

Deadline for New Jersey: Wednesday, Jan. 30, by midnight EST. ALL counties in NEW JERSEY are designated for individual assistance.

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA is the primary source of federal funds for long-term rebuilding. In most cases, FEMA funds will not cover all of the repair needs of homeowners. Money for a temporary rental home is the form of help FEMA largely provides so obtaining a low-interest SBA disaster loan is a survivor's best option for repairing their home and replacing property.

People can apply to SBA before settling with their insurance company-so there's no need to wait. Applying by the deadline can avoid a shortfall in rebuilding money if survivors later discover they are underinsured.

By returning the SBA loan application, homeowners may be eligible for up to $200,000 to repair or replace their storm-damaged home.

Homeowners and renters may be eligible for up to $40,000 for replacement of personal property such as clothing, furniture, cars and appliances.

There is no obligation to accept an SBA disaster home loan and homeowners and renters may become eligible for additional FEMA grants if they are not approved for a loan.

For businesses and private nonprofit organizations, the SBA may loan up to $2 million to repair or replace storm-damaged property.

For additional information on SBA, contact the customer service center by calling 800-659-2955 (for people who are deaf or hard of hearing TTY 800-877-8339), emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting sba.gov.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA may be able to help with disaster-related costs that are not covered by insurance. Survivors in designated counties are encouraged to apply for possible grant assistance for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. People who have sustained a loss due to Hurricane Sandy should register even if they have insurance.

Affected survivors may visit a disaster recovery center for more information about FEMA and SBA assistance. For nearby locations, visit www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.

For more information on Hurricane Sandy recovery, visit:

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Hurricane Sandy damages Third Ave. Gazebo

Gazebo Update
The project to repair and reinforce the damage Sandy did to the area
from 2nd to 4th streets along JFK Blvd. is ongoing. The weather has hampered
progress a little, but we are still moving forward.

The big buzz is: Will the GAZEBO be replaced at 3rd and JFK? This
question is answered with a resounding Yes. We along with the Mayor and
Council are looking at the best design to fit that area and also stand up to
future storms.

from Doug Ford, Superintendent of Buildings, Parks, and Grounds



House Decorating Contest Winners

The Hartnett Family won for Most Creative Outside Tree, Most Original in Door/Window Category, and Best Decorated Small Home.

Jeffrey Buschham won for Most Original Outside Tree, Best Decorated in the Condo/Apartment Category, and Best Decorated in the Door/Window Category.

Bohdan Osadchuk won for Best Illuminated Outside Tree, Most Creative Small Home

Rex Garrison won for Best Illuminated Large Home, Best Decorated Porch

Christy and John Shoemaker won for Most Original Porch, Best Theme in Small Homes, and Best Illuminated in the Door/Window Category

Frank Williams won for Most Creative in the Condo/Apartment Category, and Most Creative in the Door/Window Category

The Biggs Family won for Best Themed Porch

Megan & Joe Ballman won for Most Creative Porch

Joe & Carol Domenico won for Best Themed Large Home

Max & Alex Chambers won for Most Original Large Home

Chris & Barbara Boltersdorf won for Most Original Small Home

Everette McCorkell won for Best Illuminated Small Home

Connie Dougherty won for Best Themed Door/Window

Regency Towers won for Best Themed Condo/Apartment

Michael & Cathy Caulley won for Most Original Condo/Apartment

Tides at Seaboard Pt. won for Best Illuminated Condo/Apartment

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse won for Best Decorated Outdoor Tree

And the following won in the Business/Civic Category:
Flip Flops, Best Decorated
Owen's Pub, Best Theme
Star Diner, Most Creative
Candlelight Inn, Most Original
Crest Savings Bank, Best Illuminated

Good News!

On Dec. 21, 2012, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs awarded North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest a Small Cities CDBG grant of $300,000.

The grant money will be used to rehabilitate 17 homes of low- or moderate-income families.

North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "City Council and I have been taking many initiatives to secure funds for improving our City during this difficult economic time. We're very pleased that our efforts resulted in receiving this award, which will certainly be put to good use."

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