Wednesday, October 26, 2016

North Wildwoods' Halloween Activities for 2016 - Featuring Trunk-or-Treat Block Party


This Saturday, October 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., North Wildwood Tourism & Recreation Department will be hosting their annual 'Halloween Trunk or Treat' in the North Wildwood Entertainment District - Olde New Jersey Avenue.

Trunk or Treat will include decorated vehicles, costumes, and of course candy and treats for the visiting trick-or-treaters!

There are no fees for the registration of vehicles for the event. Deadline for vehicle registration is Friday. October 28; forms can be found at City Hall or the North Wildwood Recreation Department.

In addition to Saturday's Trunk or Treat event, the Greater Wildwood Elks Organization will be hosting a Haunted House from 5 - 8 p.m. outside of "Transylvania on the Lodges' Patio" located at 109 W. 1st Avenue.

Regular trick-or-treating in North Wildwood will run as scheduled on Monday, October 31, from 5 - 7 p.m.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the "spook-tacular" events that North Wildwood has planned. For questions regarding sign-up or any of the Halloween events, please contact North Wildwood Recreation Department at 609-522-2955.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wildwood Food Truck Festival to be featured this weekend

Trucks from around the area will be 
showcased on Saturday October 29th


The much-anticipated Wildwood Food Truck Festival is rolling into town this weekend, with high hopes of a successful event.

Trucks will be attending from all over the area and include Grubaholics, Mad Dog Morgan’s, Traveling Kitchen by Steve and Cookies, Cannoli World, Philly Fry, Jersey Johnny’s, Maddalena’s Cheesecake, Zinna’s Eatz, One Big Party BBQ, and more to be announced throughout the week.

The event will also feature a few vendors around the park, all day live music, and a central beer garden. The Wildwood American Legion will collect donations at entry.

The event is created by Boardwalk Entertainment, and is part of the Fall in Love with Wildwood Campaign. The campaign is geared to bring visitors into town in the off season, and to push the weekends for success for all local businesses and events. Also with the campaign, is the Wildwood City Wide Yardsale, which takes place on November 6th.

“We think the Wildwood Food Truck Festival is unique because of the variety of trucks. We tried to keep trucks with very different menus, so that guests will have an option to try new and different foods,” said owner of Boardwalk Entertainment, Amanda Thomas. “I personally am so very excited to see how the event plays out. We have a great location in Fox Park, the City of Wildwood has been a fantastic help along the way, and we have a great group of truck owners who are just so excited to spend the day down in Wildwood.”

The event takes place Saturday, October 29th at Fox Park in Wildwood, NJ from 11 AM-7 PM. The event is rain or shine. If weather is dangerously inclement, a rain date of November 5th has been added to the schedule. The most up-to-date information can be found on the event Facebook and the website

Trucks with last minute availability are permitted to join prior to Thursday, October 27th. Call 609-225-4682.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

USA Today's "Best Dog Friendly Beach" poll ends Monday at noon

We've entered into the final 24 hours of voting for USA Today's "Best Dog Friendly Beach" poll, which officially ends on Monday at noon.

Over the past week, Wildwood Dog Beach has been running neck-and-neck with Chicago's Montrose Dog Beach, with the entries swapping the lead several times.

Heading into the final weekend of polling, the leaderboard is no longer visible; but, we can only assume the race remains super tight.

Vote HERE to support Wildwood Dog Beach, and don't forget to share as we reach the finish line!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rapunzel's Hosting Open House Events Throughout the Fall Season


Rapunzel's, Home of Cathie's Critters & Fresh Eire at 2202 Boardwalk in North Wildwood will be hosting Open House Events throughout the Fall Season, starting this weekend with the Haunted Halloween Open House from Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10.

Open House dates will feature tons of SALES on holiday-themed merchandise, plus refreshments!

Next up the November Gratefulness Open House (Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13), followed by the December Christmas Open House (Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11).

For more information, call 609-523-1171.

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Rapunzel's Fall Open House Events

Haunted Halloween Open House
Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 10

November Gratefulness Open House
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13

December Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11

Wildwood High School Students Get a Glimpse into the World of Hospitality and Hotel Operations


Morey’s Piers Exposes Students
 to Future Career Opportunities 
In the Hospitality Industry

Fifteen high school students attended Wednesday’s workshop as part of an ongoing series to prepare students for college and careers by introducing them to new opportunities within the amusement and hospitality industry.

On Wednesday students toured various Morey Resort properties to get a glimpse into the world of hospitality and hotel operations. Students learned everything from the history of hotel development in the Wildwoods and the challenges seasonal hotels face to the importance of customer service and attention to detail.

The day concluded with a networking lunch with hotel management and staff.  This was the third and final workshop for the students this fall.

After the New Year, Morey’s Piers plans on hosting additional workshops in areas such as Retail and Games Management, Pier Operations, Maintenance and Recruiting and Hiring.

About Morey’s Piers

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wildwood Crest Names New Police Chief and Captain


Two members of the Borough of Wildwood Crest Police Department were officially promoted during a ceremony held at borough hall on Friday, Sept. 30.

Joseph McGrath, a 22-year veteran of the Wildwood Crest Police Department, was promoted from captain to chief. McGrath began his career in law enforcement as a Class II officer in Wildwood Crest in 1993, later worked for one year as a police officer in West Wildwood and was eventually hired as a full-time police officer by Wildwood Crest in 1995.

“I appreciate the outpouring of support from all the members of the police department, the borough commissioners and the Wildwood Crest community,” McGrath said. “I will do my very best to help our department and our community move forward in a positive direction.

"I am very proud that Wildwood Crest is a great place to live and visit and I look forward to continuing to serve the community in the best way possible. I’d also like to thank the hard-working men and women of the Wildwood Crest Police Department for everything they do each and every day, as well Mayor (Carl) Groon and our borough commissioners for placing their faith in me.”

Robert Lloyd, a 13-year veteran of the force, was promoted from lieutenant to captain. Lloyd worked for one summer as a Class II officer in Avalon in 2002 before first being hired in Wildwood Crest as a Class II officer in 2003. He joined the Wildwood Crest Police Department fulltime the following year.

“I am very honored for the opportunity to serve as captain of the Wildwood Crest Police Department,” Lloyd said. “I look forward to helping lead a very professional, hard-working, dedicated and loyal group of men and women. I will always be proud to be a member of this police department and I consider it an honor to be able to work under Chief McGrath.”

McGrath and Lloyd were sworn in to their new positions by Borough of Wildwood Crest deputy clerk Patricia Feketics.

Also present at the ceremony were Groon, the Commissioner of Public Safety; Wildwood Crest Public Safety Director Eugene Taylor; Wildwood Crest Commissioners Don Cabrera and Joyce Gould; and many family members, friends and fellow officers of the two promoted police officers.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

North Wildwood McDonald's closes, permanently

The McDonald's at 130 W. Spruce Avenue in North Wildwood - an island landmark since the 1970's - has closed for good.

(To be clear: The McDonald's in Wildwood, along the entrance boulevard at Rio Grande & Park Avenue, isn't going anywhere.)

Sources have told us that the franchisees recently sold the restaurant back to the company, which has opted to discontinue operations.

Yesterday, A.B.S. Sign Co. arrived on the scene and removed the iconic "Golden Arches" sign that stood alongside the building for years.

At this time, there is no word on what the future of this location may hold.

Normally, the sight of this McDonald's being shuttered at this time of year would not be unusual to residents and regular visitors. This was an extremely rare breed - a "seasonal" fast food restaurant location that opened every year from Spring to early Fall.

The aforementioned McDonald's on Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood is the last one remaining on the island.

There have been four McDonald's restaurants in the Wildwoods' history, at least that we're aware of.

Previous locations included two on the Boardwalk (though not operating at the same time) - on Mariner's Landing at the building that is now Jumbo's Restaurant and a "retro"-themed store built into the Strand Theatre complex on the 2900 block.

With the North Wildwood McDonald's closing, the island says goodbye to another chain operation.

The 7-Eleven at 3501 New Jersey Avenue, was recently shuttered. Earlier this year, the Pizza Hut at 406 Rio Grande Avenue also closed its doors for good.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy 75th birthday, Chubby Checker!

Happy 75th birthday to the incomparable Chubby Checker, king of "The Twist," Rock & Roll icon and Wildwood legend!

Born Ernest Evans in Spring Gully, South Carolina on this date in 1941, Checker was raised in the projects of South Philadelphia. Displaying immense talent at an early age, he formed a street corner harmony group by age 8.

Checker took piano lessons at the Settlement Music School, while attending South Philadelphia High School, where he would entertain classmates with vocal impressions of the day's popular artists such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino.

In the late 1950's, after impressing customers and shop owners while working at the Italian Market, Checker scored a contract with Cameo-Parkway Records.

Soon after came his big break.

In July 1960, at the Rainbow Club in downtown Wildwood (today the site of Cattle 'n Clover), Checker introduced his version of "The Twist." It didn't take long for the subsequent recording of the song to become a smash hit, setting off a national dance craze and catapulting Checker to superstar status.

"The Twist" went on to become the only single to top the Billboard Hot 100 twice, in two separate chart runs.

In 2008, Checker's version of the song was named the biggest chart hit of all time by Billboard magazine, which looked at all singles that made the charts over the 50-year span that began in 1958.

Of course, there is much, much more to Checker and his career than "The Twist"; but the song and dance movements he created remain his biggest claim to fame, as well as one of the most significant contributions to the Wildwoods' place in rock & roll/music/pop culture history.

On Labor Day 2015, Chubby Checker was honored with his own Wildwood Icon Mural near the corner of Pacific & Garfield, about a block away the former site of the Rainbow Club.

He was on hand that day to help dedicate the 12-by-14 foot painting, created by artist Susan Daly.

Amid a large gathering of onlookers and local dignitaries, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano declared September 7 "Chubby Checker Day" in the city, further cementing Checker's legacy in the place where his career was launched into the stratosphere.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ruf Stuf: Wildwood vs. The Windy City


After a close to three-week run at #1 in USA Today's "Best Dog Friendly Beaches" poll, Wildwood Dog Beach has been overtaken by Chicago's Montrose Dog Beach.

A strong push from the country's third-largest city isn't exactly surprising (roughly 9.5 million people live in the Chicago Metropolitan Area); still, with 10 days of voting left, the Windy City can be blown over.

Lets put their victory parade on paws (...bow wow, we should be in the dog house for that one).

Keep voting and sharing, everyone!

Street paving scheduled for Pacific Avenue in Wildwood Crest


The Borough of Wildwood Crest has announced that surface paving of the previously reconstructed and base paved portions of Pacific Avenue between Rambler Road and Cresse Avenue is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10 through Wednesday, Oct. 12 (weather permitting).

Most of the paving work will be completed on the east half of the roadway, but the full width of Pacific Avenue will be paved between Morning Glory Road and Cresse Avenue and in a portion of the Rambler Road & Pacific Avenue intersection.

Motorists should expect periodic detours and street closings during the paving work.

For further information, call 609-522-5176.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Charlie Gracie to appear at La Piazza Cucina, receive award Friday night

Despite the cancellation of this year's Olde Time Italian Festival, the "Fabulous" Charlie Gracie will rock the Wildwoods once again on Friday night, Sept. 30.

The island's original and longest-running rock & roller, Gracie will make a special appearance at Joey M's La Piazza Cucina (3800 Pacific Avenue), where he will receive the Italian American Man of the Year award after 6 p.m.

Also performing between 6 - 10 p.m. will be Kenny Jeremiah, Wayne Vogel and Joey M & The All Stars.

Gracie, who turned 80 earlier this year, performed at the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival back in June. He continues to maintain a busy schedule, playing locally while making frequent trips to Europe.

His autobiography - Rock & Roll's Hidden Giant: The Story of Rock Pioneer Charlie Gracie - was released last year, and features numerous testimonials to his influence from the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Graham Nash, his good friend and fellow South Philly native (and Wildwood legend) Chubby Checker, along with many others...

UPDATE: Olde Time Italian Festival cancelled due to weather concerns

The 12th Annual Olde Time Italian Festival, originally set for this Friday and Saturday at Fox Park has been cancelled due to weather.

There is no scheduled make-up date at this time.

The sponsor of the event, Sons of Italy, Sylvester Grande Lodge #1838, posted the following on their Facebook page:

Due to safety & weather concerns, we are forced to CANCEL this year's Festival. We are sincerely sorry if this has caused an inconvenience to anyone. Please continue to follow us on Facebook or on our Web site for future events.

For further info, call 609-231-8448 or visit

Morey's Piers Hosts Students For A Hands-On Culinary Arts Workshop

Partnership with Wildwood High School Helps 
Jump Start College and Career Readiness


Twenty-six high school students attended Wednesday’s workshop as part of an ongoing series to prepare students for college and careers by introducing them to new opportunities within the amusement industry.

The curriculum focused on Culinary Arts and Food and Beverage Operations and included participation in a hands on cooking demonstration led by Morey’s Piers Executive Chef, Walter Jurusz.

Throughout the day the students also learned about food safety, menu engineering and the purchasing and inventory process for over 30 different food outlets throughout the piers and water parks.

On October 5, Morey’s Piers will be hosting a third workshop for the students in Hospitality & Hotel Operations.

About Morey’s Piers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Greater Wildwood Chamber to host USDA director at October luncheon


USDA Business Programs director Vicky Fekete will discuss available small business grants and financing at an upcoming lunch meeting, the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce announced.

The event will take place at Backfin Blues Bar & Grill, 517 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Time for business networking starts at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon and presentation will begin at noon.

"We are so pleased that Vicky Fekete is joining us to update the local business community on available grants and financing to improve their businesses in the Wildwoods," said Tracey DuFault, executive director of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce.

Cost to attend this event is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-chamber members and includes a three course lunch. Chamber members, guests and the public are all invited.

To register, contact the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, 3306 Pacific Ave. Wildwood. Call 609-729-4000 or email

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Event Spotlight: Olde Time Italian Fest this Friday & Saturday

UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:05 p.m.

This event has been CANCELLED due to 
safety and weather concerns, per the Sons of Italy. 

The scents and sounds of tradition will warm the cool early-autumn air as the Olde Time Italian Festival returns to Fox Park this weekend.

The 12th annual version of this popular event will be held directly across from the Wildwoods Convention Center (between Montgomery & Burks avenues) from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and from noon until 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.

This FREE family festival will feature food and merchandise vendors, contests and games (grape stomping and spaghetti eating, anyone?) and continuous live entertainment, highlighted by the continuation of the "Fabulous" Charlie Gracie's 80th birthday celebration!

After the Procession of Saints kicks off the festival at 5 p.m. on Friday, Gracie will take the stage at the Joe Stamile Amphitheater, followed by Purple Reign.

Bands scheduled to perform throughout the day on Saturday include: Brooklyn Bridge, 45 RPM, The Aquanets, Bittersweet, Kenny Jeremiah, Just In Time, Mike Averone & Johnny Bone, and Tre Bella.

The Olde Time Italian Festival is sponsored by the Sons of Italy, Sylvester Grande Lodge 1838.

For more information, call 609-231-8448 or visit