Friday, February 5, 2016

North Wildwood lists partial calendar of events for 2016


After announcing the always highly-anticipated schedule for the coming summer's Concerts Under the Stars series, North Wildwood has released a partial list of city-wide events for 2016.

Keep in mind, this is not a complete list and more events will be added. But there are already a lot of great reasons to circle your calendars, including some old favorites and a few first-time happenings.

We'll have more info on each of the following as they draw closer...

Saturday, February 27
Fallen Hero Polar Plunge

Saturday, March 12
St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Parade

Saturday March 26
Elks Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 23
Chrissy Tolomeo Memorial Walk

Saturday, May 14
Captain Kidd Pirate Day

Saturday & Sunday, June 10 - 11
New Years in North Wildwood
* Mummers Brigades and String Bands

Saturday & Sunday, June 18 - 19
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival

Friday - Sunday, June 24 - 26
North Wildwood Italian American Festival

Monday, July 4
Independence Day Family Parade & Pooch Parade

Friday - Sunday, July 8 - 10
NJ State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival

Saturday, July 9
Sidewalk Chalk Competition

Saturday, July 9
Alexander's Little Run That Could - 5k Run/Walk

Thursday, July 14
Miss North Wildwood Competition

Friday, July 15
Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races

Saturday, July 16
Boogie Board Races

Saturday, July 16
Mid-Atlantic Police/Fire Survivors 5k Race & 1-Mile Walk

Thursday July 21
*** NEW EVENT ***
Anglesea Nightmarket and Mobile Food Night

Saturday, July 23
Christmas in July

Tuesday, August 2
National Night Out

Sunday, August 14
42nd Annual North Wildwood Flea Market

Tuesday, August 16
Around the Island Row

Thursday, August 18
*** NEW EVENT ***
Anglesea Nightmarket and Mobile Food Night

Saturday, August 27
13th Annual Tri The Wildwoods Triathlon, 5k & Kids Race

Friday & Saturday, September 9 - 10
*** NEW EVENT ***
Waves and Wheels Festival

Friday - Sunday, September 9 - 11
NW Recreation Dept. Surf Fishing Tournament

Sunday, September 11
September 11 Commemoration

Friday & Saturday, September 16 - 17
Boots at the Beach Country Festival

Thursday - Sunday, September 22 - 25
Irish Fall Festival

Friday & Saturday, September 30 - October 1
Mid-Atlantic Police & Fire Survivors Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 - 16
Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey

Monday, October 31
Halloween Trunk or Treat Block Party


* Remember to follow North Wildwood Recreation & Tourism on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information, daily updates and photos.

* Also visit www.northwildwood.com for additional info.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

North Wildwood announces 2016 Concerts Under the Stars schedule

Mark your calendars!

North Wildwood announced the schedule for its 2016 Concerts Under the Stars series tonight on its Recreation & Tourism Facebook page.

A staple of the island's summer entertainment scene, concerts will return to the Lou Booth Amphitheater (2nd & Ocean) on most Thursdays and Saturdays from early July through Labor Day Weekend.

The 16-show series kicks off on Saturday, July 2 with Stan Wade's Trammps and concludes on Saturday, September 3 with the traditional Beatlemania show.

All shows are FREE and begin at 8 p.m.

Click the image at right to view the complete schedule...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Christie Administration Hosts Storm Assistance Workshops in Sea Isle City and Wildwood

PRESS RELEASE

On Thursday, February 4, Christie Administration Officials will host two storm assistance workshops in Wildwood and Sea Isle City to provide assistance to residents and businesses impacted by Winter Storm Jonas.

Between the hours of 11:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., residents and businesses affected by Winter Storm Jonas will have access to representatives from the Departments of Banking & Insurance, Community Affairs, Human Services, Environmental Protection, the Business Action Center and the Economic Development Authority, to answer their questions and help resolve any issues they have.

Locations for the Storm Assistance Workshops are as follows:

Wildwood

Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk

Sea Isle City

Sea Isle City Library
4800 Central Avenue


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Morey's Piers' 12-Week Social Media Training Program Prepares Runners for the Wild Half Marathon


PRESS RELEASE

Register Using Code TRAIN through 
February 29 for 20% off Race Participation

The Wildwoods, NJ – February 2, 2016 – On February 22, Morey’s Piers, the classic shore side amusement park destination located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, NJ, kicks-off a 12-week social media training program designed for runners of all levels to train for the Wild Half Marathon or 8K taking place on May 15, 2016.

The customizable training agendas can be tailored to reach different goals – from completing a first marathon to setting a personal record – with running schedules for beginners, intermediate, and advanced athletes.

Available via the Wild Half Marathon and 8K Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thewildhalf), racers are encouraged to “like” the page to receive weekly training posts and updates as well as share personal advice, experiences and milestones with like-minded runners. Posts will include week-long running schedules with specific miles and goals, tips, tricks, motivational quotes, and more.

From now through February 29, 2016, runners who register for the Wild Half Marathon or 8K will receive 20% off race registration using the promo code TRAIN. To register for the Wild Half or events, visit www.wildhalf.com.

The price of registration ranges from $100 to $140 depending on the race category and date of registry; prices are scheduled to increase on March 1, 2016.

New this year, the Wild Half Virtual Run offers athletes flexibility to compete in the Wild Half or 8K, wherever and whenever. Virtual runners will receive an official Wild Half race bib, Wild Half t-shirt, and finisher medal for completing a half marathon or 8K distance between their registration date and May 18, 2016.

Runners must email first and last name, race location and finish time to wild.half@moreyspiers.com, and share a photo taken while running to the Wild Half Marathon and 8K Facebook page.

The Wildwoods race course will lead runners from ocean views to an action-packed boardwalk. Each registered participant will receive a free unlimited ride wristband to Morey’s Piers for use May 13-15, 2016. Runners can purchase additional ride wristbands for friends and family to enjoy the fun at the special spectator price of $55.

The race weekend will also include a 5K race, a Wild Child beach run for kids, sunset beach yoga, an awards ceremony and race after party featuring StellarMojo. For the full list of scheduled activities and events, visit www.wildhalf.com.

For more information on Morey’s Piers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.

About Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today and #1 Best Beach Boardwalk by Family Vacation Critic, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Hotels & Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Water Park at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit www.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

City Program Gives Kids a Fighting Chance

Chuck "The Professor" Mussachio, Al Mussachio, Commissioner Pete Byron and Delano "Panama" Richards

PRESS RELEASE

While some call it a boxing gym, others call it the place where hard work and a dedicated team of volunteers makes dreams of being a champion come true.

The Wildwood Boxing Club, located at the corner of Garfield & Park avenues and housed in a former automobile transmission repair shop, is filled with punching bags, weights and a regulation-sized boxing ring that was donated by local philanthropist Christine Rothwell.

It's also filled with the wisdom of three men who want to share their experience with anyone who wishes to learn the art of the sweet science.

Wildwood Boxing Club coaches and trainers Al Mussachio, his son Chuck Mussachio, and Delano Richards bring more than a century of boxing skills to those who walk through the door of the city's boxing club.

"We've been here since 1997," said Al Mussachio, "and we've trained hundreds of kids as well as adults."

One young boxer he trained holds a special place in Al Mussachio's heart - his 36-year-old son, Chuck. The younger Mussachio, a four-time All American while in college, is now a guidance counselor at Lower Cape May Regional High School. He is also known as Chuck "The Professor" Mussachio, a professional light heavyweight boxer with an impressive record of 18-3-2.

According to "The Professor," his father has been his trainer throughout his amateur as well as professional career. While no longer fighting professionally, the light heavyweight continues to train at the Wildwood Boxing Club and helps train aspiring boxers. This March at least three of the club's athletes will participate in Golden Gloves bouts.

"Our kids have a great shot at winning," Richards said.

The most recent addition to the training team, Richards came to the club in December 2015. As a former professional boxer in Panama, Richards hopes to share his skills with members of the Spanish speaking community who want to train.

With the advent of a new year, the three trainers are hoping to see an influx in participation. Training is open to males and females, from ages 10 up through senior citizens, and is free. For children younger than 10 who express an interest in training to box, an adult is asked to stay on site during training times.

City Commissioner Pete Byron, a longstanding member of the Wildwood Boxing Club, extolled the value of the the club's commitment to the Wildwood community and its youth.

"Boxing teaches kids respect, it teaches them confidence and it teaches them teamwork. The impact it has on kids' lives is far-reaching," said Byron.

"This is another opportunity for our children to participate in recreational activity," said Mayor Ernie Troiano. "We're happy to have these qualified trainers and fighters who are able to give our children firsthand information."

For those thinking they can hone their street fighting skills by training to box, Al Mussachio said that is not the case. "When someone comes in, I'll ask them if they've ever boxed before and they'll tell me, 'No, but I've had a lot of street fights.' I'll tell them forget that. A street fight lasts 10 seconds and it's over. A boxing match doesn't even get started in that time."

"You don't have to get in the ring to be a world champion fighter," said Chuck Mussachio. "Boxing will get you in shape, it will get you mentally prepared and you learn to stay focused. I've traveled all over the country and the world; I got my education for free through boxing. The best years of my life, even outside the ring, all started in a boxing ring."

The Wildwood Boxing Club is open Monday - Friday, from 3 p.m. until closing.

For additional information, please visit the club.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cool Scoops featured in new music video

Cool Scoops Ice Cream Parlor in North Wildwood is known for its chrome-plated collection of 1950's memorabilia and pop culture decor, along with its signature selection of frozen treats.

But recently, the shop got a little funky, serving as the setting for recording artist MAAD*MOISELLE's music video, "Sweet & Low."

Check it out...

(And don't forget, Cool Scoops opens for the year on Friday, March 4!)

Friday, January 29, 2016

New running club forming in Wildwood Crest; first meeting set for Feb. 20th

PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department is seeking members to join the new Wildwood Crest Running Club.

Formed to promote a healthy lifestyle through running and walking, as well as camaraderie among its members, the Wildwood Crest Running Club is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.

Residents, non-residents, seasonal residents and vacationers are all welcome to join.

The Wildwood Crest Running Club will hold weekly runs and walks, monthly meetings and will work to promote overall health and fitness. Guest speakers experienced in walking, running and other aspects of physical fitness will appear at monthly meetings.

Runners and walkers of all abilities will be able to participate in and enjoy all Wildwood Crest Running Club activities. Members will also be able to participate as a club in local races.

The Wildwood Crest Running Club will host its first gathering on Saturday, February 20 at 9 a.m. at the Crest Pier Recreation Center. Weather permitting, the club will hold its first run/walk, followed by a 10 a.m. meeting.

Yearly membership fee for the Wildwood Crest Running Club is $40 for Wildwood Crest residents and $50 for non-residents. Registered members will receive an official Wildwood Crest Running Club long-sleeve T-shirt.

For more information, send email to runningclub@wildwoodcrest.org or call the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at 609-522-0202.

Also, follow the Wildwood Crest Running Club on Facebook.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Community assists those in need in storm's aftermath; American Legion Post set up as donation center

Volunteers at American Legion Post 184, 4200 Atlantic Ave.
A campaign to help local victims of last weekend's storm that began on the Island Community Connections Facebook group page has expanded and found a home of its own.

Members of American Legion Post 184 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 955 have teamed with the initial group of volunteers and are accepting donations of non-perishable food, clothing, blankets, pet food and furniture for those in need.

Donations may be dropped off at the American Legion Post 184, located at 4200 Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood.

Those in need may stop by this location any day between noon and 6 p.m.

All donations will be shared with residents of the island's four communities - Wildwood, North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and West Wildwood - as well as Grassy Sound.

Proof of residence is required to receive assistance.

For more information, call 609-827-7062.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Crest announces 2016 Summer Music Series schedule


Oh, the sweet sounds of summer!

Today, Wildwood Crest announced the schedule for its 2016 Summer Music Series, with 22 evenings of FREE live entertainment and 18 bands penciled in.

The series officially kicks off on June 25, with shows every Saturday and Wednesday through August 31.

Shows at beautiful Centennial Park begin exactly four months from this Friday, when the Fabulous Greaseband takes the for the Crest Summer Kickoff Concert on Memorial Day - Monday, May 30.

Mark your calendars:

 SATURDAY

 June 25 - Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffett tribute)
 July 2 - TBA
 July 9 - TBA
 July 16 - B Street Band (Springsteen tribute)
 July 23 - Don't Call Me Francis (dance/party hits)
 July 30 - Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones tribute)
 August 6 - Showtime Dance Band (Motown/oldies/disco/dance)
 August 13 - Chatterband (dance/party hits)
 August 20 - Jamison Celtic Rock (pop/rock w/ Irish twist)
 August 27 - TBA
 September 3 - 2U (U2 tribute)

 WEDNESDAY

 June 29 - Mango Men (summer party music)
 July 6 - Stellar Mojo (dance/pop/party hits)
 July 13 - Kick It Out (Heart tribute)
 July 20 - Big Bleu (classic/progressive rock)
 July 27 - Up Next (dance/pop/party hits)
 August 3 - Fuse Box (classic/progressive rock)
 August 10 - Star Band (oldies/Motown/pop)
 August 17 - Twelve:01 (progressive rock)
 August 24 - Street Life Serenade (Billy Joel tribute)
 August 31 - TBA

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Voters say NO to medians in the Crest

Medians will not be coming to Pacific Avenue in Wildwood Crest, after all.

While an official vote total has not yet been tabulated, we have learned that the "no" votes have significantly outnumbered the "yes" votes in the referendum held today.

(Unofficial tally - No: 593, Yes: 311)

The medians would have been part of a $2.7 million infrastructure plan along Pacific from Morning Glory Road to Primrose Road, accounting  for approximately $465,000 (or 18 percent) of the project.

A bond ordinance was approved last October, but residents opposed to the plan were able to secure enough signatures to petition. The special vote was called for by the borough's commission, with Mayor Carl Groon and Commissioner Don Cabrera supporting the medians project, while Commissioner Joyce Gould voted against it.

The infrastructure plan will go on, but medians will surely not be included now.

The Pacific Avenue reconstruction project includes utility improvements consisting of the replacement of sewer mains and gas, water and storm drainage lines, road resurfacing and concrete work.

Morey's Piers: No significant storm damage


Morey's Piers made it through this past weekend's coastal storm relatively unscathed.

"The piers were fortunate," Morey's Content Manager Kristel Fillmore told us.

"Minimal damage with some flooding in the back of the house areas. A few ride canvases were ripped in the high winds, but otherwise no issues."

Very good news, with Mariner's Landing gearing up for Opening Day - Saturday, March 26.

Just 59 days away!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Statement from North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello regarding Coastal Storm

The following is a statement issued this evening by North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, in the aftermath of the coastal storm that affected the island January 22-24...

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The City of North Wildwood and our surrounding communities experienced a stronger than forecast coastal storm during the period of January 22-24, 2016. This storm resulted in tidal flooding that impacted many of our residents and businesses. We will continue to work closely with everyone impacted to assist them in their recovering from this event.

The storm system also caused significant damage to our protective dune system. With the help of our City Employees and numerous volunteers, we were able to get through this event without any significant injuries to our residents or employees.

Too much attention has been given to the discussion about whether or not this storm was as bad as Superstorm Sandy. While locally we did experience tide levels that exceeded the levels reached during Sandy, it is unfair and insensitive to compare damage we received as a result of this storm with the devastation that impacted our neighbors to the north during Sandy.

Throughout this event, I was personally in contact with representatives of the Governor's Office and the State Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). This town did suffer significant beach erosion, and the State has offered any assistance we need to deal with the issues we have following flooding like this.

I want to thank the Governor's Office, the Acting Governor and DEP Commissioner Bob Martin for their support and assistance during this event.

- Patrick Rosenello, Mayor, City of North Wildwood

Anglesea Pub named Best Irish Pub in NJ

Some good news amidst the seemingly-endless storm this past weekend came through in the form of a notable honor for one of the Wildwoods' most storied establishments.

As reported by The Wildwood Leader, The Anglesea Pub was named Best Irish Pub in New Jersey by BuzzFeed.

BuzzFeed staff writer Annie Daly consulted Yelp for assistance to go along with her own criteria (which included emphasis on coziness and "a sense of home").

Be sure to check out The Leader's write-up by Madison Russ, which includes reaction from manager "Irish" Sean McMullan, and insight into just what makes this year-round favorite a community treasure.

The Anglesea Pub has a long, colorful history, dating back to its origin as the Hotel Germantown in 1885.

The building looks much the same today as it did 130 years ago...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

North Wildwood: Moderate to Major Flooding Predicted for Saturday

The following is an update from the City of North Wildwood Office of Emergency Management, with regard to this weekend's impending weather:

January 21, 2016 

Moderate to Major Flooding predicted for Saturday Morning, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

At their 9AM briefing for Emergency Managers the National Weather Service is continuing their predictions of moderate to major tidal flooding for the area.

They have extended the high tides to watch to Saturday Night (7:41PM) in to Sunday Morning (7:58AM). They are predicting just over 7.5 feet for Atlantic City and just over 8 foot for Lewes, DE.

This would put us in the area of the upper 7 to 8 foot range which is considerable and is very similar to the flooding that took place during this past October where the tide reached 8.13 feet.

The snow portion of the briefing shows upwards of 10 inches for parts of Cape May County while along the barrier islands it could be little to none.

There will be high prolonged winds during the storm. Residents should take all precautions and be prepared for this dangerous storm.


Previous update...

January 20, 2016  

Major Flooding predicted for Saturday 7:15 AM High Tide

At their 4PM Briefing for Emergency Managers on Tuesday the National Weather Service changed the predictions for tidal flooding from moderate to major for the 7:15am high tide on Saturday morning that will occur in conjunction with a full moon and nor’easter snow storm. Major tidal flooding starts at 8.7 feet and for North Wildwood generally will cover an area from New Jersey Avenue westward and continue with gutter water in the side streets in the 100 block East. While NJ route 147 out of North Wildwood will be open flooding on New Jersey Avenue in the vicinity of the Elks Lodge and on Spruce just past the Wawa store will make getting out of town difficult.  Also additional flooding may be caused by slow draining water caused by heavy rain or snow.   Residents should take all precautions they usually do in similar situations and monitor the local weather reports for changes. A Code Red notification to all residents will be sent out tonight at 5 pm alerting them to monitor the situation. We urge anyone that would like to view the briefings for themselves to click on the link on the right hand side of this column – NWS Emergency Manager Briefings. These briefings are updated during serious storm situations and only when a new one comes out so clicking on this link when no storm is imminent you will see the last briefing that was issued which may be several months ago.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WINTER STORM UPDATE

(The sunrise from Anglesea this morning, courtesy of Jodie DiEduardo)

We have entered, in all likelihood, the proverbial calm before the storm, ahead of this weekend's projected "weather event."

While the exact path of the storm is still coming into focus, snow beginning late Friday and continuing well into Saturday seems highly certain..

As always, the major concern here at the shore - and specifically for barrier islands - is coastal flooding and beach erosion.

Projected high winds and an ill-timed full moon (meaning tides will be higher than usual) will be in the mix, elevating the threat of damage.

We will update and report as best we can, NOT for the sake of sensationalism, but to inform readers near and far of the latest developments...