Friday, December 19, 2014

Wildwood High School Alumni Raise Funds to Rehab Press Box

Jerry Rosenberg, left, and David Thompson, right

Two members of Wildwood High School’s Class of 1975 have taken it upon themselves to make sure the press box of the Warrior Nation’s battlefield is in tiptop condition.

And they’re doing it in memory of their late classmates who played sports for Wildwood High School at Maxwell Field.

“We had some classmates pass away the past couple of years,” said David Thompson. “We wanted to honor them.” 

Finding a way to memorialize their late classmates by doing something for their alma mater was easy; the poor condition of the press box was visible from the street. 

Holes in the maroon siding and paint worn from the school’s warrior logo made the building look tired and in dire need of repair.

“Every one of them played sports and played on this field,” said Jerry Rosenberg. “They are all participated in athletics.”

“This press box was in bad shape. The wood was rotted and blown off, you could see the studs in the walls,” Thompson said. “It looks terrible to tourists on Park Boulevard when they go by and when the local team plays their football games and soccer games here, when the away teams come, this is what they see and I thought it looked bad for the school. It’s an embarrassment to our school kids that are playing now when the other teams come and see the condition of the press box at their field. It looks bad for them.”

He and his classmate, Rosenberg, decided to take hammers in hand and donate their time and expertise to rehab the press box. The fact that both men are local contractors made the decision an easy one.

“I contacted the city officials and offered to fix it up for the kids,” Thompson said.  The pair also put the idea out to their classmates to garner support.  “We wanted to do it to honor our classmates who had passed away.”

When the pair put out the word, members of the Class of ’75 responded with offers to help. Several classmates offered their talents as contractors, one, a graphic artist, offered to create a new warrior logo for the box. 

Plans for the press box include replacement of outside rotted wood, new maroon and white siding, a new roof and slider windows. “We hope to do doors around the track at the entrance to the field, if we have enough money.”

To complete the job and bring the press box back to its former glory will require donations of money and supplies. That’s why the pair is sending out the call for donations.

“At this point we have enough help,” Thompson said. “We have enough volunteers; it’s all classmates that are helping.  We just need money.”

The pair estimates the cost of the rehab will be in the range of $6,000 - $7,000. To date they’ve raised $1,000.

“We have a very, very tight class,” said Thompson. “Our classmates who passed away were good friends. They were the kids that everybody liked.”

“Those who have graduated from Wildwood High School seem to never forget their roots,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano.  “We are very thankful for their time and effort in trying to make things better for the next generation.”

Donations to help offset the cost of the press box rehab may be mailed to 106 W. Fern St., Wildwood Crest.  Checks should be made out to “Wildwood High School Class of 1975.” 

Additional information can be obtained by calling Thompson at 609-827-1238.

Site approved for North Wildwood Dog Park; city aiming for Memorial Day Weekend opening

The City of North Wildwood has approved a site for the proposed North Wildwood Dog Park, it was announced at a City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

The area lies on the beach between 24th and 25th Avenues, directly in front of the Boardwalk.

"It's a good sized area, about 260 x 260 feet," Councilman Joe Rullo told Wildwood 365. "It's a prime spot, which will have great access and visibility to locals and visitors."

Rullo explained that he will continue to work with a small committee of residents to work on design and other details, with the aim of a Memorial Day Weekend opening.

"There are details to be worked out," he said. "The insurance aspects, obviously. Then things like signage, rules and regulations, administrative things to put down on paper. We're very pleased with the way this is being received by the community, and are excited about moving ahead with it."

The dog park would be located approximately three blocks north of the Wildwood Dog Park, which opened on the beach at Juniper Avenue (to the immediate south of the old Hunt's Pier) back in June.

The North Wildwood park will not include access to the ocean, but rather a closed area where dogs can run freely and mingle with their furry friends year round.

"The plan is to have two sections - a gated area where the dogs and owners will enter, and then a larger fenced-in area where dogs will be able to run freely without leashes," Rullo said.

According to Rullo, who owns a three-year-old silver lab named Thunder, the idea of a dog park in North Wildwood has been in play for some time.

"This has been a community effort from the start. The lines of communication have been open and there has been a lot of great feedback between the city and residents during the early stages of this project. And that will continue."

Rullo noted that potential features for the new dog park include a hydration station, a shaded area and a gazebo.

We will continue to follow the progress of this project in the months to come.

Also be sure to follow the official North Wildwood Dog Park Facebook Page for updated info and photos...

Anglesea Irish Society Spreads Christmas Cheer Through Santa Claus Charity


North Wildwood -
Anglesea Irish Society opened up the Christmas Season right by playing Santa Claus on December 16, distributing carloads of gifts and toys donated to local families in need.

Donations were collected from November 12 - December 15. Gifts were delivered late Tuesday night on December 16.

All members and volunteers were filled with glee and cheer at the sight of the piles of gifts for families in need.

This Tuesday, club members and several other caring individuals including George Reilly and hiswife Elaine, Scott Gregg, Brian Onuskanych, Ronald Simone, and Sharon Kane gathered at the Anglesea Irish Society headquarters on Pacific Avenue to organize the gifts for delivery.

"It is nice to see community-minded organizations like Anglesea Irish Society dedicated to heping the needy by mobilizing their resources for the benefit of those who may otherwise struggle this Christmas," said Sharon Kane.

Kane knows the families personally, and has been helping them through random acts of kindness since 2001.

"The holiday season can be a busy time for most of us," said Club President Mike Wilson. "We must first take others into consideration this time of year, rather than ourselves.

"There are families in the area right now who suffer from poverty. I would like to thank all club members and contributors to our organization, who helped make this Christmas truly special for the families we serve through this charity."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grinch pinched, kicked out of Wildwood



WILDWOOD – He’s green and mean with a mile-long rap sheet. But in Wildwood, the Grinch was given a one-way ticket back to Whoville – courtesy of the Wildwood police department.

Sponsored by the Wildwood police department, the Dec. 13 Pinch the Grinch 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk offered athletes a chance to make their way down the boardwalk to help bring a merry Christmas to needy children throughout Five Mile Island.

The race helps support the vision of John Lynch, Wildwoods Convention Center’s director of sales and entertainment. Lynch’s foundation, Lunch with Lynch, serves many families in the Wildwoods. 

A holiday offshoot of the Lunch with Lynch program, “The Lynch who Stole Christmas from the Grinch,” provides toys, gift cards and warm coats to needy families throughout Five Mile Island.

Prior to the start of the race, Wildwood police nabbed the Grinch as he attempted to slither through the pack of racers as they stood at their marks outside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

“With more than 100 witnesses, it was a slam dunk arrest,” Lynch said as the Grinch, in handcuffs, was placed inside a patrol car for a trip back to the bus station.

In these tough economic times families in need have difficulty in making Christmas magic for their children, according to the event organizers. 

That’s when the Lunch with Lynch Foundation steps in to make sure all local children can open a present on Christmas morning. Prior to the race runners and walkers filled a room with toys that will be placed beneath the Christmas trees of families in need.

Wildwood Police Capt. Robert Regalbuto presented Lynch with a check for $2,000 that will be used to purchase gift cards to local supermarkets as well as warm coats for families.

“John Lynch has always done good things for the people of this community,” said Regalbuto. “The Wildwood Police Department wanted to help John with this event.”

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hundreds Welcome the Christmas Season at the 2014 Hereford Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting


North Wildwood – The Christmas Season has officially begun in North Wildwood after Mayor Patrick Rosenello lit the Christmas tree at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse on Friday, December 5, 2014.

Rainy, damp weather couldn't stop hundreds of jolly residents, vacationers and visitors from enjoying the traditional celebration that included introductions from Mayor Rosenello, the pledge of allegiance recited by Blake Rosenello, music by the Margaret Mace Choir, and a visit from Santa Claus.

Attendees sung "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" with Margaret Mace Choir, enjoyed a warm cup of cocoa with cookies, and partook in a complimentary tour of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.

Some even reminded Santa of what they want for Christmas!

Guests who made a $10 donation also received a CD, "Songs from the Hereford Light" limited edition by Lighthouse keeper Peter Harp.

Harp, a professional banjo player from Marmora and a longtime supporter of the Lighthouse, had even written a couple of Christmas carols that were performed at this year's annual Christmas tree lighting.

"This is a great event filled with history that the town looks forward to each year. Is is a true marker that the Christmas season is formally underway, and the Lighthouse does a beautiful job decorating the courtyard for Santa's arrival," said Mayor Rosenello.

Ms. North Wildwood, Maegan Sharkey

Peter Harp, whose new CD "Songs from the
Hereford Light," performed for the crowd

Mayor Patrick Rosenello addresses the crowd

Mayor Rosenello asking the children if they're ready for Santa

Blake Rosenello reciting The Pledge of Allegiance 

The Margaret Mace Choir

The Margaret Mace Choir

Hundreds enjoyed the signing of the Margaret Mace Choir

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wildwoods Convention Center Once Again Hosts the Battle at the Boards


The Wildwoods Convention Center and Crest Savings Bank host the "Battle at the Boards," a special one-day basketball tournament starting at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The Battle at the Boards, sponsored by Crest Savings Bank, will feature a handful of area and out-of-area boys’ and girls’ teams competing in showcase games. All Battle at the Boards games will be played in the West Hall of the Convention Center.

The biggest featured games at the Battle of the Boards are the Andrew Alameno Memorial Boys and Girls Island Championship Games featuring cross-town rivals and tournament co-hosts, Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic High Schools.

Alameno was a native of Wildwood Crest and graduate of Wildwood Catholic High School who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

The girls’ game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with the boys slated for an 8:15 p.m. tip-off. The Wildwood/Wildwood Catholic boys’ game will be broadcast live on 98.7-FM WCZT radio.

Tickets for the Dec. 23 Battle at the Boards event are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, children and high school students.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and are good for the entire day.

Crest Savings Bank Battle at the Boards Schedule – Dec. 23:
(All games played in the West Hall at the Wildwoods Convention Center)

3 p.m. – Boys: Ocean City vs. Cape May Tech
3 p.m. – Boys: Monsignor Bonner (PA) vs. Pleasantville
4:45 p.m. – Boys: Atlantic Christian vs. Friends Central (PA)
4:45 p.m. – Girls: Burlington City vs. Lower Cape May
6:30 p.m. – Girls: Clearview vs. Middle Township
6:30 p.m. – Andrew Alameno Memorial Girls Island Championship Game: Wildwood vs. Wildwood Catholic
8:15 p.m. – Andrew Alameno Memorial Boys Island Championship Game: Wildwood vs. Wildwood Catholic

* Please note that the information and dates above are subject to change.

The Battle at the Boards is the preview event to the six-day Boardwalk Basketball Classic, taking place Dec. 26 through Dec. 30 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Boys and girls teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia will compete in what has become the largest single-venue coed high school basketball tournament in the country.

Two-day passes and tournament passes to the Boardwalk Basketball Classic will be available at the door during the Battle at the Boards and during the Classic.

(Note: Boardwalk Basketball Classic all-tournament passes will not be accepted for the Battle at the Boards on Dec. 23.)

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic Tournament was founded in 1998 to raise college scholarship money for graduating seniors of the two high schools that host the tournament – Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic.

The event is made up of brackets named in memory of residents from the area. The 2013 tournament hosted over 70+ different girls’ and boys’ high school basketball teams from New Jersey and other surrounding states.

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic is strictly a not-for-profit event and has raised over $275,000 in scholarship money since its inception. The tournament’s committee is made up strictly of volunteers.

For further information about the Crest Savings Bank Battle at the Boards and the entire Boardwalk Basketball Classic, including the full tournament schedule, log on to

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

North Wildwood Remembers Former Mayor Anthony Catanoso


On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Mayor Patrick Rosenello and North Wildwood City Council honored former Mayor Anthony Catanoso, the longest-serving Mayor of North Wildwood from Novemer 14, 1958 - January 1, 1985, with a proclamation presented to his loving wife, Phyllis, and remaining family members.

Anthony Catanoso served as both Freeholder of Cape May County and Mayor of North Wildwood from the late-1950s to the mid-1980s.

His greatest accomplishments as an elected official were the preservation and lease agreement of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, numerous back bay dredging projects, infastructure projects, and the construction of City buildings including but not limited to: North Wildwood Police Department, North Wildwood Beach Patrol Headquarters, our Public Works Facility, ad our Recreation Center.

Mr. Catanoso was also a veteran of World War II, serving in Sicily and Italy as an interpreter and investigatorin a specialized outfit named AMGOT (Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories).

He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, to whom he was married for sixty-six years, daughter and son-in-law, Pati and Jack Sparks, three grandchildren (Art, Kelly-Sparks Stauffer [Sandy] and Christy Czworkowski [Charles], nine great-grandchildren (Alexandra, Anthony, Steven, Morgan, Caz, Caskia, Cezanne, Czarek, and Co); two brothers, Leonard (Connie) and Joe, two sisters, Leona Betz and Mary Nestor, two sisters-in-law, Carole Catanoso and Louise Catanoso, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wildwood TOPS TripAdvisor's "Destinations on the Rise" list


As reported by CBS Philly and KYW Newsradio's Mike DeNardo earlier this afternoon, Wildwood has been ranked #1 in the nation on TripAdvisor's list of "Destinations on the Rise!"

According to the popular travel site, Wildwood "generated the greatest increase in positive reviews" among U.S. vacation spots over the past year.

Obviously, this is very welcome news, simply for the national recognition alone. To top any list that groups together all vacation destinations in the country is a big deal.

Hopefully, this is just the beginning of an upward trend that will see even more positive feedback from vacationers. Online reviewers can be fickle, especially in forum that provides, essentially, anonymity and free reign.

Delving into and capitalizing on this overall result will be an important part of the follow-up process for the island's tourism honchos, as well as individual businesses.

TripAdvisor - Wildwood

Travelers' Choice Destinations on the Rise - United States

1. Wildwood, NJ
2. Nags Head, North Carolina
3. Prescott, Arizona
4. Telluride, Colorado
5. Pompano Beach, Florida
6. Traverse City, Michigan
7. Avalon (Catalina Island)
8. Waikoloa, Hawaii
9. Knoxville, Tennessee
10. Gulf Shores, Alabama

Thursday, November 27, 2014

North Wildwood Police Receive Food Donations For Local Families 

The true spirit of community and Thanksgiving on display!

Thank you to the North Wildwood Police Department, the North Wildwood Super Fresh, and its generous customers...



North Wildwood Police Department received Thanksgiving food donations from the North Wildwood Super Fresh, 2400 Delaware Avenue, and distributed them to 14 local families.

The donations contained turkeys, pies, vegetables and all the necessities to complete the holiday meal.

North Wildwood Police Department would like to thank Super Fresh and its customers for taking part in this worthy initiative during this holiday season.

(Pictured L-R: Detectives Daniel Schules and Michael Griser, Super Fresh Loss Prevention Manager Cecily Carr, Officers Mark Santiago, Joseph Kopetsky, Justin Robinson, Patrick Flynn, Super Fresh Store Manager Tom Sheridan and Front End Manager Roisin Hope, Officers James Flynn and Eric Nevil)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Morey’s Piers’ Holiday Sale Offers the Best Deals of the Season on Ride Passes, Water Park Admissions, and More

                          Pre-order Online Starting Today!


Gift givers looking to impress the thrill seekers and wave chasers on their list need look no further.

Starting December 1, 2014 through January 9, 2015, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, the classic seaside amusement park located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, will launch its annual Holiday Sale with savings of up to $190 for a season of ride and admission passes. 

Gifting unlimited summer fun, the 2015 Wild Pass, formally known as the season pass, is available for $260 and includes one ride wristband per day for rides on all three piers, and one three-hour session per day at one of Morey’s Piers’ two waterparks - Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park.  The pass represents a savings of $190 from the retail value of $450.

Perfect for parents and little ones, Wild Pass Lite is available for children under 42” and adults over 25 years of age. Priced at $195 (savings of $130), Wild Pass Lite offers the same privileges as the season pass.

The new Forever Wild Pass invites grandparents in on the excitement, providing those 65 and older the same benefits of the Wild Pass for an introductory rate of $50.

EZ Pay allows holiday shoppers to purchase the Wild Pass and Wild Pass Lite in five easy installments. The initial payment is due at the time of purchase, the second installment is due February 1, 2015, and the remaining three installments will be due on the first of the subsequent months; a $7 processing fee per pass applies.

The Wild Card, available for the special holiday price of $40, features 75 ride tickets plus a booklet of valuable coupons such as discounts on water park admissions, games, extreme rides and more.  With the Wild Water Park 10 Pack, which includes 10 individual all day water park passes for $225 (savings of $215), gift givers can divide the passes into several thoughtful stocking stuffers.

As a special Holiday Sale bonus, shoppers who purchase Morey’s exclusive “Breakfast in the Sky” experience on top of the Ferris Wheel for two people, will receive breakfast for a third person free.  Morey’s Piers Gift Cards are also available and can be applied towards any purchase at Morey’s Piers’ ticket booths, guest services, water park ticket office and/or retail stores.

Online pre-orders start on November 25 and can be purchased by visiting

Starting December 1, purchases can be made by phone at 1-866-MOREYS1 (phone lines open daily from 7:00am to midnight), or in-person Monday through Friday from 12pm to 6pm at the Blue Palms Motel located at Lincoln and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood, NJ.

For more information on Morey’s Piers and additional holiday sale offers, visit

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 third 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 or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Enjoy a Wildwood Christmas - 1904 Style!


WILDWOOD - The doors of the historic J. Thompson Baker House, as it is listed on the state and national historic registers, will be opened 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 p.m. until 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.

“We’re trying to keep it simple, as it would have been in 1904,” said club president Jackie Thorpe. “There will be lots of greenery, poinsettias and a few modern decorations that are traditional at our club.”

According to Thorpe, members of the club will be on hand to not only show the rooms, but to explain the history of the home.

Located at 3008 Atlantic Ave., the home has sat sentinel as more than a century of history has marched past it. Built by early Wildwood developer J. Thompson Baker, the stately white house hosted a virtual who’s who of American history – including President Woodrow Wilson, Anna Shaw, first president of the Women’s Suffrage Organization and American artist Norman Rockwell.

Listed on both the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places, a trip to the home is like stepping back into days gone by. With its grand staircase, magnificent stained glass windows, and large rooms, the home offers tour takers an evening of old-fashioned elegance and holiday cheer.

Admission to the open house is free, light refreshments will be served.

For additional information please contact Jackie Thorpe at 609-770-7468.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wildwood receives $400,000 grant to reconstruct Boardwalk ramps


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 ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards.

State officials announced Nov. 21 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.

Wildwood’s grant will be used to reconstruct ramps to the Boardwalk at Cedar Avenue, bringing them into ADA compliance. It will also be used to provide the initial phase of connecting the Boardwalk with the Pacific Avenue commercial and entertainment district. 

The grants are administered by the state’s Department of Community Affairs and are designated to benefit people of low and moderate income or to address recent local needs for which no other source of funding is available.

“It is essential that we take action to develop these viable communities by improving their housing situations, their overall quality of life and their economic opportunities,” stated the DCA.

Commissioner Richard E. Constable III. “This funding will lead to lasting improvements for the residents of these communities and help to address local community development needs.”

Wildwood has long had the Cedar Avenue ramps in its sights for reconstruction, said Mayor Ernie Troiano. The awarding of this grant will now bring those much-needed repairs to reality.

“This grant money will go a long way in helping to make our Boardwalk, and Wildwood, ADA compliant,” the mayor said.

“It’s important, too, that the state recognizes our hard work in revitalizing the Pacific Avenue corridor as an entertainment and commercial district. Connecting the Boardwalk with Pacific Avenue plays a huge part in bringing this city back to what it once was – the entertainment and shopping mecca of the Jersey shore area.”

Wildwood Police Plan to Pinch Grinch on Boardwalk


WILDWOOD – Police in this city are set to pinch the Grinch and run him out of town when he makes his appearance on the Boardwalk Sat., 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.

Wildwood’s finest will be on patrol as well participating in the event, scheduled to take off from in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center at 10 a.m., rain or shine.

During last year’s event police were able to nab the Grinch on the Boardwalk and remove him from the city. The master of purloined playthings was found slithering around runners as they took their places at the start line.  Several toys were found inside the Grinch’s shirt. 

According to Capt. Robert Regalbuto, the evidence was immediately returned to Santa Claus for delivery on Christmas Eve.

"In these tough economic times families in need have difficulty in making Christmas magic for their children. That’s when the Lunch with Lynch Foundation steps in to make sure all local children are given the thrill of opening a present on Christmas morning."

The impetus to support the run was an easy decision, said Regalbuto. The police department has a long-standing relationship with John Lynch, Director of Sales and Entertainment for the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Lynch’s foundation, Lunch with Lynch, serves many needy families on the five mile island.  A holiday offshoot of the Lunch with Lynch program, “The Lynch who Stole Christmas from the Grinch,” provides toys, gift cards and warm coats to needy families throughout the Wildwoods.

“John Lynch has always done good things for the people of this community,” said Regalbuto. “The Wildwood Police Department wanted to help John with this event.”

The run will begin at 10 a.m. sharp on Dec. 13 outside the Wildwoods Convention Center. From there, athletes will run south to Cresse Avenue, make a turn and head north toward 21st Avenue. A quick turn there will bring runners back to the Convention Center for refreshments and an awards ceremony.

“We’d like to have as many law enforcement officers as possible make the run,” Regalbuto said. “We’re encouraging other police departments to participate.” 

To that end, Wildwood police will be issuing three prizes: “Top Cop” to the first officer to make it across the finish line; second place “Senior Officer”; and the third place “Rookie” award.

Registration costs $30 per person, or $15 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy.  On-site registration begins at 8:30 the day of the race.

Information about the run, or becoming a sponsor, can be obtained by contacting Regalbuto at 609-522-0222, extension 2330 or online at  

Pre-registration for the race or walk can be done online at  Organizers are also seeking volunteers to assist on race day.

Public Can Vote to Help Wildwood Crest Secure $25K Grant for Summer Music Series


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.

The public can vote online at

A link to the website is also available on Wildwood Crest’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

An individual voter may vote for up to five different submissions, but can only vote for each submission once.

Online public voting is open through Nov. 30. Winners will be announced on Dec. 15.

The Wildwood Crest Free Summer Music Series is held each Wednesday and Saturday from late June through Labor Day weekend at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. 

The series began six years ago and features a variety of family-friendly music that attracts people of all ages. Crowds have reached as high as 4,000 people at a given show.

According to its website, Levitt Pavilions is a national nonprofit organization that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America through live music. 

It partners with cities and towns to transform neglected outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life.

For more information, contact the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at (609) 523-0202.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Zippy's Bikes teams with Lunch With Lynch to host "GrYnch-A-Paloosa" - November 13-15

10 percent of all bike, accessory and gift certificate sales will benefit local families during the holidays


Zippy's Bikes, located in the heart of the Wildwoods Downtown Business District, has teamed up with the Lynch Who Stole Christmas From The GrYnch Toy, Coat and Food Drive for their GrYch-A-Paloosa three-day "storewide" FUN-raiser. Zippy's will donate 10 percent of all bikes, accessories, and gift certificates sold from Thursday, November 13 to Saturday, November 15 to the GrYch Fund.

Zippy's Bikes has been a longstanding Lunch With Lynch Foundation and has provided over 150 used childrens bicycles over the past three years as gifts to deserving area children for the holidays.

Owner Scott Chambers stated: "Zippy's Bikes has been an active partner with Mr. Lynch and the GrYnch for years. It's the right thing to do. We live in the Wildwoods, we work in the Wildwoods, our kids go to school in the Wildwoods, and it is only fitting that we give back to the Wildwoods.'

The Lunch With Lynch Foundation's "Lynch Who Stole Christmas From The GrYnch" program provides Christmas presents delivered on Christmas Eve to local families who are in need of a helping hand over the holidays. Proceeds from Zippy's Bikes "GrYnch-A-Paloosa" will help purchase gift items to support this community event.

For more information on Zippy's Bikes' "GrYnch-A-Paloosa," please call 609-408-8956 or visit


The Lunch With Lynch Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps facilitate the learning experiences of school children in the Wildwoods through educational opportunities in and out of the classroom environment.