Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wildwood Restaurant Showcase set for Wednesday, May 11th

The 17th Annual Wildwood Restaurant Showcase is set to be take place at the Bolero Resort on Wednesday, May 11 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting scholarships for local students through the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The showcase will feature dinner and dessert samplings from dozens of Wildwood eateries (see below for full list of participants), as well as a live auction.

For more information or to order tickets, call 609-729-4000 or visit the GWCOC office at 3306 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood.

Crest traffic signals on summer cycle beginning May 2

PRESS RELEASE

The Borough of Wildwood Crest reminds its residents and visitors that all traffic signals throughout the borough will be fully functional for the 2016 summer season on Monday, May 2.

All traffic signals will remain in use through Sunday, October 2.

Wildwood Crest asks all drivers through borough streets to obey speed limits, remain alert for traffic signals and to take caution when driving through all intersections.

For more information, contact the Wildwood Crest Police Department at 609-522-2456.

Tram Car service begins today at 11 a.m.


Happy National 
"Watch the Tram Car Please" Day!

OK... so it's not an official national holiday. But, it should be.

(* Weather permitting) That familiar refrain will return to the Boardwalk today when the Sightseer Tram Cars begin their Spring operating schedule at 11 a.m.

Does ANYTHING scream "Summer's Coming!" more than seeing those yellow and blue-trimmed trains rumbling up and down the boards?

We think not!

Check out the trams' full late-April to mid-May schedule above.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Vote for the Wildwoods Boardwalk in USA Today's "10Best" poll


Here's a great chance to show your love for the Wildwoods!

USA Today's latest "Best10" poll has been launched, asking readers to vote for their favorite boardwalk.

The Wildwoods Boardwalk is ranked #3 in the very early going (the vote runs until May 22) and is up against some tough competition. Votes for each candidate can be cast once every 24 hours.

From the feature's write-up:

The boardwalk in Wildwoods, NJ stretches for 38 blocks and is packed with shops, restaurants, bars, water parks and an amusement pier (Note: Actually, THREE amusement piers) with some 100 rides and attractions.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"You Belong To Me" concert tonight, featuring Richie Rosato

The City of Wildwood presents the "You Belong To Me" concert tonight at the Wildwood High School Auditorium (4300 Pacific Avenue).

The show will be headlined by Richie Rosato, former lead singer of The Duprees, who will be backed by "America's #1 Show Band" The Fabulous Infernos.

Also performing will be Kenny Jeremiah (formerly of the Soul Survivors) and Purple Reign.

Hosts for the evening will be 92.1 WVLT's Mid-Day Fellow Lou Costello and the incomparable Joey M of La Piazza Restaurant.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. sharp.

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.

For more information, call 609-522-8300.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New pavilion constructed at 2nd Avenue


Roughly a decade after the widely-praised addition of the seawall in North Wildwood, updates and improvements continue to be made by the city.

At the wall's terminus, the point at 2nd Avenue, a new pavilion has been put into place. This is the latest change to the area that looks directly over the jetty at "2nd Street Beach," and is similar in design to the pavilion located one block south at 3rd Avenue.

When the seawall was completed, this area featured a small area with a single lookout post; it was completely renovated into a full patio with benches and tables a few years back. Now, there will be a roof over the heads of those who wish to enjoy one of the Wildwoods' most scenic and popular gathering spots.

This new look certainly will take some getting used to, but it's another practical addition which will provide shade during the summer months, as well as cover from rain and wind year round.

A special "Thank You!" to Sean McDermott for providing the accompanying photos...




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Wetlands" filming continues today at former Crest library


Filming for the independent film "Wetlands" has shifted south and is ongoing at the former Wildwood Crest library, on Ocean Avenue between Wisteria & Columbine avenues.

The Harold J. Fox Building (named for its founder and dating to 1973) is being used as a police station for the movie, about an ex-Philadelphia cop who relocates to the shore in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged family.

"Wetlands" stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Abaje, Heather Graham and Christopher McDonald, and is currently scheduled to be released in 2017.

Last week, filming took place over two days on the Boardwalk in Wildwood, between Garfield & Spicer avenues, as well the beach off of Schellenger Avenue.

Additional scenes are scheduled to be shot elsewhere in Cape May County, Atlantic City and Millville in the coming weeks. Shooting may return to Wildwood at some point, as the production team's permit extends to May 14.

* Special thanks to Scott Hand for snapping and sharing the accompanying photos.




Crest to kick off Adopt-A-Beach program at Beach Sweep event

PRESS RELEASE

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will kick off its new Adopt-A-Beach program at the first of the two annual Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep events scheduled for Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Wildwood Crest Adopt-A-Beach program consists of non-profit organizations or volunteer groups adopting one of the borough's 42 beach street ends at the entrance to the beach, from the bike path to the high tide water line, for the purpose of litter abatement.

Those registered are required to conduct litter pickup a minimum of four times per year, with two cleanups occurring between January and April and two cleanups occurring between September and December each year.

The Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works will arrange for the recycling and/or disposal of all collected litter. The department will provide sufficient supplies for groups that register for the Adopt-A-Beach program.

Supplies include but are not limited to gloves, trash bags and safety supplies. Those registered for the Adopt-A-Beach program will be required to take part in a safety orientation session to review safety issues and proper equipment usage.

Adopt-A-Beach and Beach Sweep volunteers should gather at Centennial Park at 9 a.m. Staff members from the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works will be on hand to explain the requirements and guidelines of the Adopt-A-Beach program, as well as all pertinent information about the Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep.

As part of the Beach Sweep events, volunteers will collect, remove and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state and local programs to reduce litter on New Jersey's beaches and its waterways.

This Beach Sweep and the continuing efforts of the Adopt-A-Beach program will be extremely helpful to the borough's already intensive efforts to keep its vast expanse of beaches clean.

Volunteers should bring gloves and wear weather-appropriate clothing. The event will be held rain or shine.

Call the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at 609-522-7446 for registration information.

Celebrate Mom at Morey's Piers with Tea Time, Camping, Brunch and More

PRESS RELEASE

Have a Mother's Day "Tea Party" at Mariner's Pier!
This Mother’s Day weekend, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, recently named the “the best seaside park in the world,” invites the entire family for a seaside escape to honor mom.

From weekend hotel packages and new Mother’s Day brunch at Joe’s Fish Co., to camping under the Wildwood stars, families will find a variety of events and activities to make every mom feel special.  

On Sunday, May 8, mothers visiting the classic shore side destination will ride free from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Mariner’s and Surfside Piers. From 12:00pm to 2:00pm, families are invited to an unforgettable tea party at the beloved Tea Cups ride on Mariner’s Pier.

Mom and company can grab a seat in an oversized “English tea cup” and sip complimentary afternoon tea with an assortment of cookies, biscotti’s, and biscuits. Kids can also decorate personalized sugar cookies for mom at the cookie decorating station located next to the Tea Cup ride.

A photo area complete with signs and props for Mom and the entire family to take pictures will be located at the Parents Pavilion on Mariner’s Pier.

Joe’s Fish Co. on Surfside Pier is serving up a new Mother’s Day brunch from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, May 8. Menu highlights include crab benedict, avocado toast, spinach and fontina quiche, shrimp and grits, as well as Bloody Marys and Mimosas to toast to mom.

Available May 6 through 8, The Pan American Hotel and Port Royal Hotel are offering family stay weekend packages that include a two-night stay for two adults and up to two children (in one room), one day admission to amusement rides at Morey’s Piers and one complimentary breakfast per person. Prices start at $350 per family at the Port Royal and $360 per family at The Pan American Hotel. Rooms subject to availability; price does not include hotel tax. To book at the Port Royal, guests must call 609-729-2000 and for the Pan American guests must call 609-522-6936 and request the Mother’s Day Weekend package.

For the outdoor loving mom, Morey’s Piers sets up camp on Adventure Pier on Saturday, May 7, for Boardwalk Bunk-Down, an outdoor sleepover that combines the thrill and excitement of an amusement park with all the fun and memories of camping.

From 12:00pm to 3:00pm campers are invited to pitch their tents and unroll sleeping bags before indulging in a full day of rides and amusements on Mariner’s Pier. At night, families can cuddle together under the Great White roller coaster for a movie under the stars and complimentary popcorn, or visit the s’mores bar to toast marshmallows and snack on the ultimate camping treat.

A variety of popular boardwalk games, including the three-point challenge basketball game, will be open from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The next morning, a complimentary continental breakfast and coffee station available from 8:00am to 9:00am will help awaken the senses before it’s time to pack-up and take home fond memories of a camping adventure at Morey’s Piers.

Tickets for Boardwalk Bunk-Down are $55 per person and must be purchased in advance. Discounted tickets of $35 per person are available for all season pass holders; must present valid season pass at event check-in. No on-site registrations are permitted. To register and purchase tickets, visit http://www.moreyspiers.com/bunkdown.

All children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult; event not recommended for children under the age of three. Check-in and camp set up are between 12:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday, May 7, 2016. All participants must provide their own tents and camping equipment. All camps must be packed up and cleared from Adventure Pier by 11:00 am on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

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

About Morey’s Piers

Monday, April 11, 2016

2016 Wildwoods Job Fair set for this Friday, Saturday

Spring is in the air, and so are a multitude of opportunities for YOU to network and find employment at the shore.

The 2016 Wildwoods Job Fair will be held this coming Friday and Saturday at the Greater Wildwoods Chamber of Commerce Conference Center at 3306 Pacific Avenue.

Friday's session will run from 3 - 6 p.m. Doors will be open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Representatives from various businesses and organizations will be present to conduct on the spot interviews for year round and seasonal jobs.

Confirmed to take part:

Aqua Beach Hotel, Beachcomber Campground, Cape May Ferry Terminal, Cattle 'n Clover, Condor Motel, Crest Savings Bank, Holly Shores Camping Resort, Icona Resorts, Morey's Piers, Nassau Inn, Nino's Family Restaurant, Rite Aid, Ross Environmental Solutions, Schellenger's Restaurant, Two Mile Restaurant

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Establishment at 100 hosts season opening tonight; debuts major expansion/renovation


The Establishment at 100 kicks off its fourth season on Olde New Jersey in Anglesea this evening with a season opening party after a major offseason expansion/renovation.

Over the past three months, a new outside bar area was added while the interior of the restaurant received a complete overhaul.

"Everything from the exterior wall of the outside bar to the interior wall of the previous dining room was completely gutted," Sarah Steiner, who owns and operates the Establishment along with her husband, Andrew, told Wildwood 365.

"The infrastructure of the building is brand new. There's a new bar that went from seating 12 to now seating 35. In addition, we also have seating for up to 25 around the bar."

A unique touch saw custom masonry work completed with recycled Philadelphia brick for a facelift that includes sliding windows, which gives an open air effect. According to Steiner, this aspect will be taken full advantage of during busy times and events, such as Irish Fest in September.

Winter Storm Jonas, which ravaged North Wildwood back in late January, played a big role in the reshaping of the Establishment.

The restaurant incurred heavy damage and lost all of its equipment during the storm, but the Steiners managed to make the very best of the situation.

"We received two feet of water in the back of the kitchen, same as we had with Sandy," Sarah Steiner explained. "So all of our kitchen equipment was replaced. We now have an open kitchen. When you sit at the bar, you can see our chefs' in the back.

"My husband and I decided to go with an  industrial look to include exposed duckwork, gas line piping and steel touches throughout. We now have sliding barn doors, so the inside and outside bars connect to have another open effect."

Overall, Sarah Steiner told us that she very happy with the Establishment's expansion and renovation, which exceeded both the Steiners' budget and expectations.

"It took a bit longer than we originally thought but we are thrilled with the outcome. We think its beautiful. There is a certain niche that is missing in Cape May County and I think we hit the nail on the head. Specialty craft beers and cocktails that rotate out often, top quality food and a great price point, in a super fun and cool atmosphere. We want people to enjoy their experience here, And I'm pretty confident they will.

"The renovation was hard, strenuous and heartbreaking all at the same time. Our hearts are in this building, business and community. We are glad it is over and ready to open the doors and see our customers back!"

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Morey's Piers Dishes Up a Special Serving of Breakfast in the Sky this Summer


2016 Breakfast Buyout Enhancements Include 
New Menu Items, Live Entertainment and More

PRESS RELEASE

Breakfast Buyout returns to Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, “the best seaside park in the world,” for private dining celebrations a top one of the largest Ferris wheels on the east coast. Available from July 10 through August 22, groups or individuals can take over the entire Giant Wheel and feast on the classic seaside attraction’s famed Breakfast in the Sky experience.

Breakfast in the Sky invites guests to leisurely soar high above the Wildwoods shoreline aboard the attraction’s 156 foot high Giant Wheel while savoring the cool ocean breeze and a hot breakfast served “wheel-side” complete with white linens and fine china.

Hand-crafted by Morey’s Piers Executive Chef Wally Jurusz, this year’s menu includes new items such as huevos rancheros and shrimp, crab and chanterelle crepes, in addition to breakfast favorites like Belgian waffles, spinach and fontina quiche, and steak and eggs.

Perfect for special occasions such as birthdays, engagements, graduations, or anniversaries, Breakfast Buyout features new optional enhancement packages for 2016 including live entertainment and music and Breakfast in the Sky mugs. A mimosa and Bloody Mary beverage package is also available for one hour pre-breakfast service while guests wait to embark on the Giant Wheel.  Enhancement packages must be booked at least six weeks in advance, package pricing varies.

Breakfast Buyout is available for private booking daily between July 10 and August 22, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am. Advanced reservations are required and subject to availability. The cost is $3,000 for the two-hour package for a maximum of 48 people.

The package includes exclusive and private use of the Giant Wheel located on Morey’s Mariner’s Pier with wheel-side breakfast service with linens and china for each guest. As with all Breakfast in the Sky dining experiences, each guest is served bottled water, coffee, hot tea or homemade iced tea; choice of hot entry breakfast dish, choice of cranberry, pomegranate or fresh squeezed orange juice, and assorted breakfast bread basket and condiments.

To book Breakfast Buyout, please call 609-729-8644. Reservations are subject to availability. Price does not include tax or gratuity. Individual Breakfast in the Sky reservations are available on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from July 23 through August 22. Price is $90 per car with two people; $40 per additional person. Limit of four guests per car; advance reservation required.

The Giant Wheel requires guests to be at least 56” tall or accompanied by an adult. No single riders allowed and an adult must accompany guests under 10 years of age, even if he/she meets the above height requirement.  An adult must accompany persons with developmental disabilities. One adult may accompany no more than two children.

This experience is not recommended for children under 10 years of age. For add-on beverage package, a valid ID is required for all guests consuming alcohol. Alcohol will not be permitted on the ride and all alcoholic beverages will need to remain in the designated area on the pier.

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


About Morey’s Piers

Wildwood Announces Summer Sunday Concert Series


PRESS RELEASE

The sounds of music will fill Wildwood's salty air this summer as part of the city's Fox Park Sunday evening concert series.

"This year's lineup of talent is an extraordinary one," said Mayor Ernie Troiano. "No matter what your taste in music, there is something for everyone."

Sponsored by the city's Tourism & Development Commission, each concert is FREE and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fox Park Amphitheatre on Ocean Avenue, between Montgomery and Burk avenues.

The Summer of 2016 schedule is as follows:

June 19              Mahoney Brothers
                           Beatles Show

June 26              Sensational Soul Cruisers
                           Rock, Rhythm & Blues

July 3                 No concert at Fox Park

July 10               The Trammps
                            70s Disco Group

July 17               First Ladies of Rock and Roll
                           60s Girl Group Hits

July 24               Blackthorne
                           Celtic Music

July 31               Purple Reign
                           Top 40 Band

August 7            Cintron
                           Latin Band

August 14          The Infernos
                           America's #1 Show Band

August 21          Countdown to Ecstacy
                           Steely Dan Tribute

August 28          The Philly Intruders
                           Rhythm & Blues Vocal Group

Wildwood Beach Named Tops in Nation for Families

PRESS RELEASE

When it comes to family beach vacations for 2016, Wildwood is tops on the list.

In its list of 2016 "10 Best Beaches for Families in 2016," the editors of the website familyvacationcritic.com listed Wildwood as one of the top ten in the nation.

Noting Wildwood's free beaches, world-famous Boardwalk, engaging entertainment opportunities and a dog beach where families can bring Fido along on vacation, the website also lauded the city for its affordable hotel and motel accommodations and its offering families a "classic summer vacation at the Jersey Shore."

"Not only is Wildwood one of the best family-friendly beach vacation destiinations in the state of New Jersey, we think it's one of the best in the nation," said Mayor Ernie Troiano. "As a world-class beach vacation destination, we are especially happy to be included on familyvacationcritic.com's top 10 list."


Thursday, March 31, 2016

New high-resolution LED video board installed at Boardwalk Central

A.B.S. Sign Co. put the finishing touches on the new board's installation this afternoon.

A striking addition to the Boardwalk arrived and was installed today in front of Splash Zone Water Park, in form of a $190,000 high-resolution LED video board.

The 12-foot tall x 20-foot wide board faces north from Cedar Avenue, and will serve as the main visual broadcast for the Boardwalk Central complex (which, in addition to the water park, features Flow House and a variety of shops and eateries).

According to Randy Hentges, owner of A.B.S. Sign Co., which installed the sign, "It's probably the highest resolution LED board from to Atlantic City or Philadelphia."

These photos really don't do it justice, but we're most looking forward to seeing it in action at night!