Friday, January 30, 2015

Register now for Tri The Wildwoods (prices increase this Sunday)


Heads up!

There's still time to register for this year's Tri The Wildwoods (as well as Tri AC) before price increases kick in this Sunday, February 1st.

Tri The Wildwoods has been the flagship event for DelMoSports since 2004.

The 12th annual edition will be held on Saturday August 29th, and will include the following events:

* Sprint: .25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run

* NEW International: .6 mile swim, 18.5 mile bike, 5 mile run

* 5k Run: 3.1 mile run

* Kid’s Race: “Little Kid’s” 100 meter splash, 500 meter run. “Big Kid’s” 200 meter swim, 1500 meter run (this can be a game day decision for you and your child, it’s all about what they are comfortable doing and getting to the finish line!)

* SUP Race: Stand Up Paddle race on Friday Night, August 28th!


All-Breed Dog Show 2015, Day 3 (of 5)


The Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County, continues today at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This is the first show of the season, with winners in a variety of categories moving on to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

The event features five days of competitions, running through Sunday, February 1.

Doors open at 8 a.m. daily. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for kids 12 and under.

Today, the Sand and Sea Kennel Club (out of Toms River, NJ) will again host its All Breed Dog Show.

Spectators will also witness Best Veteran in Competition, Obedience and Rally Dog Show Trials, and Canine Good Citizens (CGC) Clinic.

There will also be a Meet the Breed exhibit, offering the opportunity to talk with exhibitors and handle the dogs.

Running throughout the event will be the "It's a 'Shore' Thing" Crate Decorating Contest. Handlers have been encouraged to decorate their crates using a beach theme, and spectators will vote for their favorites.

Additionally, vendors will offer a wide selection of merchandise, from collars and leashes to books and training tools, and more. Guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available throughout the five-day event to educate the public about all aspects of the sport of dog showing.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkkennelclub.com.

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Schedule of weekend events...

Saturday, January 31
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will host their All Breed Dog Show; Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals; Best Puppy in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; Canine Good Citizens Clinic; Police K-9 Demonstration and Awards Ceremony; and Award Crate Decoration Winner.

Sunday, February 1
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; and Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Boardwalk Lobby Cafe opens at the Convention Center; Starbucks comes to the Wildwoods


The Greater Wildwoods Tourism and Development Authority (GWTIDA) announced on its Facebook page today that the new Boardwalk Lobby Cafe is now open for business.

Located inside the main doors of the Wildwoods Convention Center, the cafe will serve a variety of snacks and beverages during events, including the ongoing All Breed Dog Show (which runs through Sunday).

The Boardwalk Lobby Cafe is also an official Starbucks Express station, bringing the highly popular coffee brand to the island for the first time.

The closest Starbucks store resides across the George Redding Bridge, at 3301 Route 9 South in Rio Grande.

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* Wildwoods Convention Center named winner of SportsEvents Magazine's 2015 Readers' Choice Award for Top Venue in NJ


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All-Breed Dog Show 2015, Day 2 (of 5)


The Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County, continues today at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This is the first show of the season, with winners in a variety of categories moving on to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

The event features five days of competitions, running through Sunday, February 1.

Competitions begin at 8 a.m. daily. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for kids 12 and under.

Today, the Sand and Sea Kennel Club (out of Toms River, NJ) will host its All Breed Dog Show and Obedience and Rally Trials.

The Rally Trials are considered one of the "must see" activities of the event, where dogs are challenged with various obstacle courses.

There will also be a Meet the Breed exhibit, offering the opportunity to talk with exhibitors and handle the dogs.

Running throughout the event will be the "It's a 'Shore' Thing" Crate Decorating Contest. Handlers have been encouraged to decorate their crates using a beach theme, and spectators will vote for their favorites.

Additionally, vendors will offer a wide selection of merchandise, from collars and leashes to books and training tools, and more. Guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available throughout the five-day event to educate the public about all aspects of the sport of dog showing.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkkennelclub.com.

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Schedule of events for the days to come...

Friday, January 30
Sand and Sea Kennel will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Veteran in Competition; Obedience and Rally Dog Show Trials; and Canine Good Citizens (CGC) Clinic.

Saturday, January 31
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will host their All Breed Dog Show; Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals; Best Puppy in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; Canine Good Citizens Clinic; Police K-9 Demonstration and Awards Ceremony; and Award Crate Decoration Winner.

Sunday, February 1
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; and Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cape May – Lewes Ferry Selects New Captain; Veteran Marine Employee David Macomber Promoted


Above: Port Captain Stan Hansen (left) congratulates David Macomber, Sr. on his promotion to Captain. Macomber, who resides in North Cape May, NJ with his wife, Jennifer, is a 22 year veteran at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

PRESS RELEASE 

NORTH CAPE MAY - Today, Cape May – Lewes Ferry officials announced that David B. Macomber, Sr. of North Cape May, New Jersey, was promoted to the rank of Captain effective Jan. 25, 2015. Captain Macomber reports to Port Captain Stan Hansen.

“I’m honored that the Delaware River and Bay Authority selected me to serve as Captain at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry,” said David B. Macomber, Sr. who was hired as an Able-bodied Seaman at the Ferry in 1990. “I’m at home on the water and I take pride in providing the best possible service for our customers and leading by example. It’s a tremendous opportunity and I couldn’t ask for a better job!

Prior to joining the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, Macomber worked in the area’s commercial fishing industry for nearly fourteen years. During this time period, he served as a captain on multiple fishing vessels. Macomber joined the Cape May – Lewes Ferry operation in 1990 and was promoted to permanent Mate eight years later. He attained the rank of Pilot in 2004.

“Captains are the central figures in the maritime industry and the crew is a reflection of their leadership,” said Victor Ferzetti, Acting Chief Operations Officer of the Authority. “Our Captains are more than vessel operators. They set the tone of the operation, mentor crew members, and are responsible for providing our customers a quality experience every day. Dave was selected because he can meet the challenge.”

“Dave is a well-respected marine professional who knows the Delaware Bay inside and out,” remarked Stan Hansen, Port Captain for the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. “He is a proven, successful leader who possesses outstanding ship handling and navigational talents as well as strong interpersonal skills. Dave’s a credit to the maritime profession and we’re fortunate to have him as part of our team.”

As the manager and leader of a marine operations crew, the Captain has full responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel and the safety of passengers and crew. He is also responsible for compliance with all regulations applicable to the interstate marine transportation of vehicles and passengers. Captain Macomber possesses a United States Coast Guard Inland Masters License of unlimited tonnage and has obtained certification in bridge resource management, welding, and advance firefighting.

About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry:

The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 43 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2014, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at www.CMLF.com, or call toll free, 800-643-3779. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry.

Status of July 4th BeachGlow concert uncertain after commissioners meeting

The status of this year's BeachGlow concert, proposed for July 4th, is in question following this afternoon's Wildwood Board of Commissioners meeting.

Heather Kunkel, representative for BeachGlow read the organization's prepared response to opposition from the Morey Organization and members of the community.

Several local business owners spoke out against the date and planned location of the event (on the beach between Mariner's Landing and Adventure Pier).

98.7 The Coast reports that Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioner Tony Leonetti stated that a contract has not yet been signed with the promoter, and that they do not favor the July 4 holiday weekend for the event.

Troiano now aims to put together a committee to work with the businesses community to determine the best course of action.

Prepared Statement from BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity in Regard to BeachGlow Music Festival 2015 in Wildwood on July 4


EDITORIAL NOTE:

To follow up on previous posts, the following is the full text of a statement to be read at today's Wildwood Commissioners Meeting by Heather Kunkel, representative for BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, in response to a letter written last week by Will & Jack Morey of the Morey Organization.

While our primary mission at Wildwood 365 is to share and celebrate the positive aspects of and news about our island, we feel that certain matters of community interest are essential to report on.

An event the scale of BeachGlow falls into that category, and thus, we believe it is important to give  "equal time" without taking sides.

With that said, here is the statement sent to us today from BeachGlow...

- Al Alven

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-- To be read by Heather Kunkel at Wildwood Town Meeting, Jan. 28, 2015 

Good afternoon. As an executive vice president of BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, and as the mother of its CEO and founder, I want to thank the City of Wildwood for the opportunity to tell you all about our unique organization and to correct a number of inaccuracies and insinuations that have been circulating recently in letters from the Morey Organization and then reported in the media.

BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity was the inspiration of a 16-year-old high school student who wanted to combine his passion as a developing deejay artist with his desire to help others.  Now 19 and a sophomore at The College of William & Mary, my son Dane Kunkel realizes his dream every day as he creates and produces an annual music festival that showcases and raises funds for worthwhile charities, targeting those that benefit today’s youth.  

This dream has become a family enterprise. And our family, which includes my husband Gerard and our 24-year old daughter Brittany, has been joined by a volunteer staff that shares our values and standards, as well as our commitment to help others. Many on our staff vacation with their families here in Wildwood.

Let me underscore one point: When we say BeachGlow is a volunteer organization, we mean 100 percent volunteer. Since its founding, BeachGlow has never paid salary or compensation to anyone. None of us earns a dime—the proceeds from our annual festival are given to a selected charity or maintained as operating funds to launch our next event.  Last year we were proud to present the American Red Cross with $40,000 in recognition of the support it provided to the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

The BeachGlow staff all have full-time jobs or are in college full-time.  We spend our free time doing this because we passionately care about our causes and the importance of giving back.  We are totally transparent and are proud of the professional and remarkably clean way we run our organization. That is why recent reports in the media have been very upsetting to us at BeachGlow. 

Now we will respond to allegations made by the Morey Organization about BeachGlow in its verbal and written communications, resulting in this unfair portrayal of our organization.

Dog park may be coming to the Crest beach


Could we soon see a "dog park trifecta" in the Wildwoods?

After last year's landmark addition of the Wildwood Dog Beach and North Wildwood's approval of a new park last month, it looks like Wildwood Crest may be getting in on the act.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, the borough is considering a proposal to build a fenced dog park on the beach.

The article notes that the idea has been well received, but cites location as a potential sticking point.

Commissioner Don Cabrera noted that the park may be introduced on a trial basis before a decision is made on whether or not to make it permanent.

The matter will be discussed at the next commissioners' meeting on February 4.

[UPDATE: Additional coverage from The Wildwood Leader

All-Breed Dog Show 2015, Day 1 (of 5)


The Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County, kicks off today at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This is the first show of the season, with winners in a variety of categories moving on to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

The event will feature five days of competitions, running through Sunday, February 1.

Competitions begin at 8 a.m. daily. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for kids 12 and under.

Today, the Union County Kennel Club will host its All Breed Dog Show.

There will also be a Meet the Breed exhibit, offering the opportunity to talk with exhibitors and handle the dogs.

Starting today, and running throughout the event, will be the "It's a 'Shore' Thing" Crate Decorating Contest. Handlers have been encouraged to decorate their crates using a beach theme, and spectators will vote for their favorites.

Additionally, vendors will offer a wide selection of merchandise, from collars and leashes to books and training tools, and more. Guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available throughout the five-day event to educate the public about all aspects of the sport of dog showing.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkkennelclub.com.

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Schedule of events for the days to come...

Thursday, January 29
Sand and Sea Kennel Club will host their All Breed Dog Show and Obedience and Rally Trials. The Rally Trial is a must-see – where dogs go through various obstacle courses.

Friday, January 30
Sand and Sea Kennel will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Veteran in Competition; Obedience and Rally Dog Show Trials; and Canine Good Citizens (CGC) Clinic.

Saturday, January 31
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will host their All Breed Dog Show; Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals; Best Puppy in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; Canine Good Citizens Clinic; Police K-9 Demonstration and Awards Ceremony; and Award Crate Decoration Winner.

Sunday, February 1
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; and Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals.


Monday, January 26, 2015

BeachGlow management to attend city meeting on Wednesday (1/28), respond to opposition


After linking to a letter published by Will & Jack Morey last week that outlined the Morey Organization's opposition to this year's proposed BeachGlow concert, we contacted the event's organizers to offer a platform for a response.

We were informed that BeachGlow management will be in attendance at the regularly-scheduled Wildwood Board of Commissioners meeting this Wednesday, January 28th.

There they will respond to criticism and concerns about the concert, which is being planned for July 4th.

Wednesday's public meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Commissioners' Meeting Room, Second Floor of City Hall (4400 New Jersey Avenue).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hotel Icona expansion approved


Hotel Icona in Diamond Beach (Lower Township) has been given the green light to expand, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

The details of the plan were first reported in the Cape May County Herald earlier this month.

Developer Eustace Mita is aiming to add 22 units, including a sixth floor that would house 20 penthouse suits. The project, estimated at $4.5 million, is expected to begin after the coming summer season, with completion targeted for June 2016.

Presently, the oceanfront boutique hotel boasts 108 suites and "studios," in addition to the Coastal Blue Oceanside Grill.

Originally the Pier 6600 Motor Inn (built in the early 1970s), the structure underwent a dramatic, upscale makeover, reopening as Hotel Icona in 2013.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Will & Jack Morey pen letter outlining opposition to proposed EDM concert on July 4th


Last week, Philadelphia's NBC10 reported on growing concerns among business and community leaders regarding the BeachGlow EDM (electric dance music) concert planned for July 4th.

Today, Will and Jack Morey of Morey's Piers issued a letter to the public that addressed their opposition to the event - specifically its timing, location, and the clash between the EDM culture and the "family values" brand many in the Wildwoods have been working to foster.

While supporting the Wildwood commissioners' efforts to seek "new and inventive" options for beach events and drawing visitors to the island, in general, the Morey Brothers made clear their opinion that this EDM event is not in the resort's best interest.

At last year's inaugural BeachGlow, there were multiple arrests (the number is disputed between the Moreys and Mayor Ernie Troiano), and reports of illegal drug use and underage drinking; profane language by performers was also easily heard from the amusement piers and Boardwalk throughout the concert.

(On the plus side, BeachGlow 2014 drew over 7,000 people and raised $40,000 for the American Red Cross.)

This year's version is expected to double last year's in scope, with an estimated 15,000 concertgoers on what is already one of the town's busiest days of the year.

Mayor Troiano continues to defend the event, telling The Wildwood Leader that last year's concert went off with only "minor problems" considering the attendance, and that the city would work hard to make the beach concerts work.

He also reiterated his vow to pull the plug immediately if profanity was used on stage this year.

In closing, the Morey's urged local businesses and organizations to join them in opposing the event, noting in the emotional plea:

"It takes a generation to build a quality brand, but it can take just one night to destroy it."

Click HERE (or the banner image above) to read the letter, and let us know what you think.


The Wildwood Leader - Vol. 95, No. 1

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Monday, January 19, 2015

"Boots at the Beach Country Festival" coming to Anglesea in September

Add another event to the Wildwoods' ever-growing roster of "Second Season" (post-Labor Day) fun!

This past weekend, North Wildwood Recreation & Tourism announced via its Facebook page that the inaugural Boots at the Beach Country Festival will be held on Saturday, September 19th on Olde New Jersey Avenue.

The event will be hosted by the Anglesea Irish Society and is being advertised as "Southern New Jersey's largest country festival," featuring live country bands, DJ's, food, vendors and more.

Stay tuned for more info...