Wednesday, June 22, 2016

KONG's 1st birthday bash rescheduled for next Thursday, June 30th

Due to rain in the forecast, KONG's 1st birthday celebration has been rescheduled for next Thursday, June 30 at Morey's Surfside Pier.

KONG Turns One! will give guests a chance to enjoy a complimentary ride, while featuring music from gorilla dressed tribal drummers, complimentary cupcakes and bananas, a cookie decorating station for kids, and birthday party hats.

There will also be an exclusive sale at the Kong & Co. retain shop with 20 percent off single items and more.

For further updates, check out official event page on Facebook HERE.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TORNADO WARNING for Southwestern Cape May County in effect


A Tornado Warning is in effect for Southwestern Cape May County.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued the following:

  • Tornado Warning in effect until 4:15 p.m.
  • At 3:39 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Green Creek, or 8 miles north of Cape May, moving east at 45 mph. Hazard, tornado. Source, radar indicated rotation. Impact: flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile Homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, Windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.
  • This dangerous storm will be near. Stone Harbor around 3:45 PM EDT. Avalon around 3:50 PM EDT. Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include Whitesboro-burleigh, Erma, West Wildwood and villas. Tornado, radar indicated Hail, <.75IN.

Morey's Piers Serves Up New Culinary Creations on Surfside and Mariner's Piers


PRESS RELEASE

Recently named the “best seaside amusement park in the world,” Morey’s Piers goes beyond serving funnel cake and hot dogs, making a trip to the Wildwoods, NJ boardwalk a full culinary experience.

Adding a dash of gastronomic flair to classic boardwalk fare, Morey’s debuts new food menus and offerings this season on Surfside and Mariner’s Piers.

Joe’s Fish Co. now features a lively second floor bar overlooking the lights and action of Surfside Pier.

Outfitted with several TVs and live musical performances every Thursday to Sunday from 8 pm to 11 pm, the new bar serves a variety of local craft beers, signature cocktails, wine by the glass, and a laid-back menu. Downstairs, the classic seafood house is serving up a brand new menu of dishes like lobster mac and cheese, New Jersey flounder, crab dip, salmon BLT, filet mignon, a raw bar and more.

On the Joe’s Fish Co. roof, Surfside Pier Chef Betsy Garr is growing a seasonal garden of herbs including cilantro, chives, basil, mint and parsley; green and jalapeño peppers; squash; lavender and an assortment of heirloom, cherry and large tomatoes to incorporate into the menu and daily specials.

At the front of Surfside Pier, fish lovers on the go will find the newly opened Joe’s Fish & Chips stand serving a variety of fresh seafood fried golden brown and paired with Morey’s famous Curley’s Fries. Guests can also choose from an assortment of sandwiches such as a lobster roll, fried oyster roll and more.

Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar and Grille, an oceanfront venue serving lively libations and open-air ocean breezes also debuts a new innovative menu this season.

Highlights include garlic parmesan wings, Kobe beef sliders, a hula pork sandwich with house roasted BBQ pork, cheddar cheese, coleslaw and onion rings on a Hawaiian roll, lettuce wraps, a grilled romaine salad with gorgonzola cheese, smoked bacon, red onion, cherry tomatoes and shallot vinaigrette, plus much more.

With an easy-to-access beach entrance, Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar and Grille, located at Ocean Oasis Water Park is open to the public and offers live music daily from 1 pm – 5 pm.

Over on Mariner’s Pier, Morey’s Piers Executive Chef Wally Jurusz adds new flavors and creative dishes at Jumbo’s, Taco Joint and Wrecker’s Beach Grill at Raging Waters Water Park.

At Jumbo’s, beer lovers will rejoice over the “100 Mile Beer Flight” featuring a rotation of drafts from breweries within 100 miles of Wildwood.

New food items on the Jumbo’s menu include house cooked potato chips with choice of three different seasonings – Sriracha Spiced, Old Bay Spiced and Chef Walter J’s Cuban Spice; a grilled tuna and quinoa wrap; steak frites with truffle parmesan fries; and the Cajun spiced golden tilefish sandwich which was recently featured in The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond, published in April.

Taco Joint, a cantina style venue adds steak fajita tacos and soft shell crab tacos to their line-up of quesadillas, tacos, fresh salsas, nachos, and margaritas.

At Wrecker’s Beach Grill located in Raging Waters Water Park, guests will now find specialty items such as habanero mango hot wings; white Tuscan pizza with focaccia style crust, yellow tomatoes, mozzarella, and an artichoke and asiago cheese sauce; as well as a grilled salmon sandwich with balsamic glaze, lettuce and yellow tomato on a brioche bun.

The Morey Store on Mariner’s Pier will now feature handmade baked goods from Morey’s own Tim Samson, contestant on The Great American Holiday Baking Show that aired this past holiday season. All featured items highlight boardwalk inspired flavors such as cotton candy cake pops, salted caramel cupcakes and more.

The classic seaside attraction’s famed Breakfast in the Sky returns inviting 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 Executive Chef Wally Jurusz, this year’s menu includes new items such as shrimp, crab and chanterelle crepes, in addition to breakfast favorites like Belgian waffles, spinach and fontina quiche, and steak and eggs.

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

About Morey’s Piers

Friday, June 17, 2016

Beach Pier Fitness Classes begin June 25


PRESS RELEASE

The Borough of Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will host its comprehensive daily Beach Pier Fitness Class program from Saturday, June 25 through Sunday, August 20 on the Beach Pier at Heather Road at 8:30 a.m. each day.

Led by energetic, certified instructors, Beach Pier Fitness Classes include aerobics, Pilates, yoga and more. Classes are held at the eastern end of the pier, overlooking the ocean.

No pre-registration is necessary. Attendees are asked to arrive at least five minutes prior to the start of class. All attendees must wear sneakers.

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department also offers outdoor Zumba classes every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road & Ocean Avenue.

Monday and Wednesday classes will be held through Labor Day. Saturday classes will be held through September 24.

Cost for each summer outdoor fitness class is $5 per person. A punch card good for any 20 classes can be purchased for $80.

Additional FREE sunset yoga classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings along Sunset Lake at Miami Road at 7:30 p.m. from July 5 through August 18.

For more information on any Wildwood Crest Recreation Department outdoor fitness classes, call 609-523-0202.

Jimmy Buffett tribute band kicks off 2016 Crest Summer Music Series

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"The hardest-working full-time Buffett tribute band on the circuit today"
Parrotheads are expected to be out in full force when Parrotbeach, a premier tribute band performing the best of Jimmy Buffett and other island- and summer-themed music, opens the twice-weekly 2016 Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park.

This New Jersey-based, experienced five-piece band led by the talented Remy St. Martin does well to recreate the festive, party atmosphere of a Jimmy Buffett concert.

The band regularly performs Buffett classics such as "Margaritaville," "A Pirate Looks At Forty," "Why Don't We Get Drunk," "Changes In Latitude, Changes In Attitudes," as well as other well known party hits connected with the summer season.

Billed as "your ultimate vacation destination," Parrottbeach regularly appears at music festivals, corporate events, nightclubs, summer music series and casinos across the regions. According to the band's website, Parrotbeach has been called "the hardest-working full-time Buffett band on the circuit today."

The Saturday, June 25 event is a FREE, all-ages show. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair. Centennial Park is located at Fern Road & Ocean Avenue.

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, hosted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation and Tourism Department and supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission, consists of 21 live music shows every Wednesday and Saturday at Centennial Park through September 3.

Other upcoming entertainment includes summer-themed party music with the Mango Men on Wednesday, June 29; dance, pop and party hits with the Chatterband on Saturday, July 2; and pop, rock, dance and funk with Stellar Mojo on Wednesday, July 6.

For more information about Parrotbeach, log on to www.parrotbeach.com.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, log on to www.visitwildwoodcrest.com or call 609-523-0202.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

2016 Fox Park Amphitheater concert series begins this Sunday, June 19


Sunday evening concerts at the Fox Park Amphitheater return this Sunday, June 19, and run weekly through August 28.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are FREE to attend.

Fox Park is located on Ocean Avenue, between Montgomery & Burk Avenues (across from the Wildwoods Convention Center).

Below is the full concert schedule...

June 19
Mahoney Brothers
Beatles Show

June 26 
Sensational Soul Cruisers 
Rock and R&B

July 3
No Show

July 10
The Trammps
70's Disco Group

July 17
First Ladies of Rock & Soul
60's Girl Group Hits

July 24
Blackthrorne
Celtic Music

July 31
The Infernos
America's #1 Show Band

August 7
Cintron
Latin Band

August 14
Purple Reign
Top 40 Band

August 21
Countdown to Ecstacy
Steely Dan Tribute

August 28
The Philly Intruders
R&B Vocal Group

Downtown Wildwood Marketplace Debuts on Sunday, June 26


PRESS RELEASE

3501 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood will be the home of the brand new Downtown Wildwood Marketplace for 3 Sundays this summer!

From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on June 26th, July 31st and August 21st, the corner of Pacific and Schellenger Avenues will be taken over by vendors of new and collectible items to satisfy every taste.

Jewelry, apparel, hand crafted wood, metal, ceramics, birdhouses and feeders, crafts, art work, home décor, headbands, bikes, bike accessories and more will be available.

Vendor applications are still being accepted and can be found at www.DOOWW.com. Contact the Wildwood Business Improvement District at 609-523-1602 or via email at wildwoodbusinessdistrict@gmail.com for more information.

Free parking is available and there will be free DOO WW Car Magnets and Downtown Wildwood information at the DOO WW booth. While you are there, don’t miss “Coffee with a Cop” where you can grab a cup of coffee and meet the Wildwood Police Officers.

Visit www.DOOWW.com and Like us on Facebook at Wildwood By The Sea for more information and to stay up to date on all the great things to do! Shop, Dine, Play & Stay in Downtown Wildwood!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Save BIG on Tim McGraw tickets at "Summer Kick Off" this Saturday!

We are pleased to announce that we are teaming with Boardwalk Entertainment Co. to sponsor Cat Country WPUR 107.3's "Summer Kick Off" this Saturday, June 18.

The event, which will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue Beach, will feature several opportunities for the public to score discounted tickets to the Tim McGraw concert on July 4th.

In addition to contests and games, all in attendance will be given a special code to purchase tickets for just $19.99.

And, as a bonus for Father's Day, all dads will be given FREE tickets to the show!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Information Center Gets Much Needed Face Lift

PRESS RELEASE

Commissioner Pete Byron, left, and Tom Miceli, right
Visitors to this city’s Boardwalk may notice an old friend with a new look as they stroll along the beach and Schellenger Avenue.

The Wildwood Information Center building, once considered an unattractive eyesore to residents and visitors alike, has come out of its cocoon over the winter months and is now a shining example of what one man’s know-how and a lot elbow grease can do.

Tom Miceli, who has worked for the city’s Department of Beach Services for more than a year, said the rehabilitation of the city’s Information Center began in late September 2015.

“For more than 20 years it hadn’t been painted,” Miceli said. “And for 20 years it was the same graffiti, the same weeds. Not only was it embarrassing to me personally, it was an embarrassment to the city. It needed a facelift or it needed torn down.”

Miceli opted to perform a magical metamorphosis and over the course of this past winter and spring, he scraped away decades of neglect and repainted. Almost every wall of the structure, both inside and out, was given a fresh coat of paint and a new lease on life.

The building houses the information center and the Wildwood Police Department’s boardwalk substation as well as men’s and women’s comfort stations.  Miceli said the building’s restrooms were in dire need of attention. “They looked like they had been abandoned,” he said. “There was chipped paint and rusted mirrors.”

Miceli, who worked alone on the project, said his plan was to have the building ready for the start of the 2016 season. Working within the parameters of the weather, he spent cold and rainy days working inside and more temperate days outside.  Not only did he focus on the interior of the building and its exterior walls, he also wanted to make the area surrounding the building was a showcase for visitors needing information or just hoping to enjoy a short respite.

A magnificent fountain now sits as a centerpiece on the sand in front of the Information Center where once stood flower boxes filled with weeds.

Every aspect of the fountain was built from scratch, Miceli said, including the water feature’s filtration system.  Benches near the fountain allow passers by to sit and enjoy the dancing blue water.  
“People walk by it and they say, ‘That’s really nice,’” Miceli said.  “And I get enjoyment from knowing I’m improving the city.”

“What Tommy has done to the Information Center is nothing short of amazing,” said Commissioner Pete Byron, who oversees the Department of Beach Services.  “His diligence in bringing a world-class facility to our beach is to be commended. This is just another example of how the city and the Department of Beach Services continue their commitment in making Wildwood’s beach the best.”

Friday Night Fireworks Return to the Wildwoods Boardwalk on June 24


PRESS RELEASE

The Coca Cola Friday Night Fireworks will return to the Wildwoods Boardwalk for Summer 2016 on June 24th!

The Wildwoods Boardwalk invites everyone to come up to the Boardwalk early to enjoy the rides, shops and dining establishments before the Fireworks Spectacular at 10 p.m.

The Fireworks will be launched every Friday night at 10 p.m. from Pine Avenue beach and will be visible from everywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk.

The weekly rain date is Sunday at 10 p.m.

LIKE Wildwood By The Sea on Facebook and check out the new www.DOOWW.com website, where you can find information about everything on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, including entertainment and places to shop, dine and play!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Wildwood Lifeguard Has Eye on Miss New Jersey Crown

PRESS RELEASE

This June will find Wildwood Beach Patrol lifeguard Myra McCann not only keeping a careful eye over the city’s beachgoers, but she will also be focusing on becoming Miss New Jersey 2016.

The 24-year-old 2016 Miss Eastern Shore is a graduate of Holy Spirit High School and St. Joseph’s University. During the winter months she is employed as a one-on-one aide at the Atlantic County Special Services School District.

For the past five summers, however, she’s found herself sitting atop a lifeguard stand on Wildwood’s beach. McCann is a second-generation lifeguard. Her father, John, served as a captain on the city’s beach patrol.

“I’ve always been a lifeguard in Wildwood,” explained the Ocean City resident. “My dad thought I would love it in Wildwood and he was right; I do love it!”

“Myra is a great lifeguard and an even better person,” said Wildwood Beach Patrol Chief Steven Stocks. “We are extremely proud of her accomplishments.”

McCann said her mother, a special education teacher, was instrumental in helping her develop her Miss New Jersey platform – Making a Special Difference.

“I’ve always had a connection with the special needs community,” she explained. Her platform hopes to bring focus on community involvement and education of those with special needs.

McCann said her work as a lifeguard has helped prepare her the upcoming competition.  “Being a lifeguard has helped.  We have to be physically fit, so that alone keeps me motivated.”

She added, with a smile, that there is a difference between wearing her swimsuit beach patrol uniform and wearing a swimsuit in a pageant. “Walking across a stage in 6 inch high heels is a different thing.”

The week of June 14, dubbed “Miss New Jersey Pageant Week,” will find McCann getting ready for the evening of June 18 when the new Miss New Jersey will be crowned. McCann will perform her talent, an Irish dance; participate in the Miss New Jersey parade and interviews along with a host of other activities.

While many may shake in fear at the idea of an interview, McCann said her work as a lifeguard has helped her develop her people skills. “Whether you have a crown on your head or you’re sitting in a stand, you have to be a people person.”

One thing is certain, she knows just like a day at the beach when she sits atop her stand, when she walks across the Ocean City Music Pier stage on June 18 she will have the support of her colleagues. “It gives me confidence to know that 50-something people have my back no matter what happens.”

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Wildwood Police Recognized for Community Efforts in Downtown Wildwood

PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwood Business Improvement District presented their annual DOO WW Spirit Award to the Wildwood Police Department during the opening day celebration of the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market on Saturday, May 28.

The DOO WW Spirit Award is presented to individuals or organizations in appreciation of exemplary support of the WBID's initiatives to revitalize Downtown Wildwood.

While awarding the plaque to Police Chief Robert Regalbuto, John Donio, President of the WBID Board, acknowledged the terrific presence of police on Pacific Avenue. Donio noted that the community enjoys talking with the bike and foot police officers when they stop by the weekly Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market and Free Family Movie Nights.

Jodie DiEduardo of the WBID emphasized the great job the Wildwood Police Department is doing, developing relationships in the Downtown Wildwood community and providing an atmosphere of safety.

She concluded, saying, "Their work is a great demonstration of DOO WW Spirit!"

The Wildwood Police Department will partner with the WBID to host "Coffee with a Cop" at the new Downtown Wildwood Sunday Marketplace on June 26, July 31 and August 21.

The Marketplace will be held on the Farmers Market lot at 3501 Pacific Avenue from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on those dates.

Visit www.DOOWW.com and LIKE us on Facebook at "Wildwood By The Sea" for more information and to stay up to date on all the great things to do. Shop, 

Dine, Play & Stay in Downtown Wildwood!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

KONG Turns One: Morey's Piers Hosts Supersized Birthday Party for World's Largest One-Year-Old


More Family-Friendly Events from Live Musical Performances
to Character Brunches Hosted Throughout the Summer

PRESS RELEASE

Standing 20 ft. tall and weighing a whopping 4,400 pounds, KONG, the beloved gorilla themed amusement ride, turns one year old and to celebrate, Morey’s Piers is hosting a first birthday party of gigantic proportions.

KONG’s first birthday party will take place on Thursday, June 23 from 1pm to 3pm. During the celebration, guests can enjoy a complimentary ride on KONG, music from gorilla dressed tribal drummers, cupcakes and bananas, a cookie decorating station for kids, birthday party hats, exclusive sale at Kong & Co. retail shop with 20% off a single item and more.

An iconic boardwalk landmark in the early 1970s, KONG made a colossal return to the Wildwoods boardwalk last summer to quickly become the centerpiece of Morey’s Surfside Pier.

Families visiting the classic shore side destination this summer will also enjoy a number of events, celebrations and entertainment including:


  • Morey’s Brunch Bunch returns to Rendezvous Beach on July 15 and 29 and August 12 and 26, 2016. Fit for a princess or super hero, Morey’s Brunch Bunch invites families to dine and play with beloved characters. Menu items span from scrambled eggs and Belgian waffles to yogurt with granola and a toast station with mini bagels, bread, croissants and Danish pastries. Other activities include a treasure hunt, face painting, games and dancing.


Brunch Bunch is recommended for children ages two to 12.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Brunch tickets are $40 for children age two to 12 and $35 for guests 13 and older. Children under two years old are free. Combination brunch and water park passes are also available at a special price of $60 for children two to 12 years old and $55 for guests 13 years of age and older. For more information and to book, visit www.moreyspiers.com/brunchbunch.


  •  Morey’s Kids Kamp: designed for kids between the ages of seven and 12, this half-day summer camp features arts, crafts, beach games, snacks, swimming and an array of education activities with a qualified instructor.  Educational programs include: safety and first aid workshops, ecology workshop on the beach eco-system, a “hands-on” surfing lesson and a “behind the scenes” tour of the inner workings of the amusement piers and water parks.


Available camp dates include July 18-22, August 1-5, and August 15-19.  Each Morey’s Kids Kamp is a five-day session and runs from 8:45am – 12:45pm. The cost is $199 per camper, per week session and includes all activities and Morey’s Kids Kamp T-shirt. One-day Kids Kamp admission is $56 (and does include a t-shirt). To register, visit www.moreyspiers.com/kidskamp.

School of Rock, a performance program for young musicians ages seven to 18, returns to Adventure Pier with a full-line up of evening concerts now through September 4. Featured shows range from local School of Rock bands from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, to bands as far as Nashville and Canada. For a list of scheduled performances, visit www.moreyspiers.com/schoolofrock.  



  • “Third Thursdays” at artBOX will be held on July 15 and August 18 from 6pm to 10pm at artBOX, the interactive artists’ colony crafted from 11 re-purposed shipping containers on Adventure Pier. “Third Thursday” events provide opportunities for the artistically minded to mingle with resident and visiting artists, take art lessons, and enjoy live entertainment. Each event will feature a painting party hosted by Artist of the Rocks, complimentary beer and wine, glass blowing demonstrations, discounts at the artBOX store and more.  To register for the Artist of Rocks painting party lesson, visit www.artistontherocks.com.  


Prices are $25 per person. An additional Artist of Rocks painting party lesson is available at artBOX on Friday, June 17.

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

About Morey’s Piers

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Wildwood Fire Department Swears In New Chief, First Female Firefighter

PRESS RELEASE


June 1 is a day that will go down in the history of the Wildwood Fire Department as one that included the swearing in of its first female firefighter and the swearing in of a second-generation fire chief.

Before a packed room filled with officials, family, friends and fellow firefighters from throughout the area, Firefighter Christina Sacco took her oath of office from Municipal Judge Dorothy Garabrant.

Sacco, a lifelong resident of the city, is the daughter of Wildwood Fire Department Capt. Aldo Sacco and Lea Sacco, who served as a part-time volunteer firefighter in the city and now serves as an EMT in the borough of Wildwood Crest.

When Chief Daniel Speigel rose to take his oath of office from Garrabrant, Speigel’s family, including his father, retired Wildwood Fire Chief Floyd Speigel, stood next to him as he was promoted from deputy fire chief.

This is only the second time in the department’s 104 year-old-history that a second-generation firefighter has carried on the tradition of leading the department.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Crest to Host Summer Kickoff Concert with Fabulous Greaseband


PRESS RELEASE

The long-anticipated start of the summer season at the Jersey Shore will once again be celebrated with the first of 22 free outdoor concerts hosted by the Borough of Wildwood Crest.

The Fabulous Greaseband will perform on Sunday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough of Wildwood Crest's annual Summer Kickoff Concert at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road & Ocean Avenue.

One of the longest-running and most popular bands in the Delaware Valley, the seven-member Fabulous Greaseband bills itself as a "Best of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s Rock 'n' Roll Party Band." 

This entertaining, high-energy band, which has been going strong for more than three decades, delivers some of the greatest dance and party songs ever written, by some of the most popular artists of all time.

The Greaseband performs regularly all along the East Coast, particularly throughout the Delaware Valley, with well over 200 appearances annually. The band is among the most popular entertainers to perform at Centennial Park each year.

The Summer Kickoff Concert is a FREE all-ages show. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair. 

The weekly Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series will begin in June. Centennial Park will feature live music shows each Wednesday and Saturday from June 25 through Labor Day Weekend. 

The full schedule is available online at the borough's tourism and special events website at www.visitwildwoodcrest.com.

For more information, log on to the tourism and special events website or call the Wildwood Crest Recreation/Tourism Department at 609-523-0202.