Friday, February 6, 2015

Kevin McCloskey to Serve as Grand Marshal for North Wildwood's 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade


PRESS RELEASE

North Wildwood, NJ  -  Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced today that the grand marshal for this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade will be Kevin McCloskey of Philadelphia, PA.

Kevin is an army veteran who has overcome enormous strides to recovery, since he suffered from an explosion in Afghanistan that took both legs 6 years ago.

Through the years, Kevin has been a longtime visitor of the Wildwoods. He even shared his first kiss with his wife, Bridget, underneath the Wildwoods boardwalk in the 5th grade. Kevin also made an appearance at last year's Polar Bear Plunge with friends from the Philadelphia area.

Despite Kevin's condition, he still manages to live a normal life, enjoying rounds of golf, watching soccer at the Piazza in Northern Liberties and grabbing drinks with friends.

"Too often we hear about all those veterans who have issues. Kevin is the best example of a soldier who came home and became an outstanding citizen," said Pat Dugan, municipal court judge and controller of the Philadelphia veterans court.

Today, Kevin is pursuing a job at a local golf club and has been speaking to students at schools around the Philadelphia area. He also volunteers for numerous veterans affairs organizations and teaches golf to disabled veterans at his local golf club.

"It is an honor and privilege to have Kevin serve in his capacity as this year's Parade Grand Marshal. Kevin's strides to recovery since his tragic event are beyond commendable and I'm looking forward to seeing Kevin honor his Irish ancestry at this year's parade," said Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

The parade will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 and will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. with a special program on the steps of City Hall, 901 Atlantic Avenue.

For questions on the parade route, dates and times, please contact our Tourism Office at 1-800-882-7787.

Five Years Ago: The Blizzard of 2010

Looking north on Pacific Ave. in the Crest; Photo by Jim Stephens

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Blizzard of 2010, a monster that dumped nearly two feet of snow on Cape May County.

The storm, which began to batter the region late on Friday, February 5 and raged into the following day, paralyzed the Wildwoods. Downed lines and damaged utilities left many homes and businesses stranded without power for a full week.

Compounding matters was another blizzard which hit on Tuesday the 9th, while crews were working to restore power and clear roads of debris.

The Aftermath; Photo by Bill Charkasky, darkinthepark.com

Ralph Grassi, of Funchase.com, wrote in the introduction to his video (see below) that chronicled the storms and their aftermath:

"Amidst the chaos the storms caused I was able to capture only a handful of the many images I'll carry with me the rest of my days. Power was down throughout the Wildwoods including my house and many others for seven long cold days. I've lived here all my life and this storm far surpassed the blizzard of 1978, which until now was the "big one" that islanders recall, myself included."

Crest resident and frequent Wildwood 365 contributor Jim Stephens, who shared several photos with us (Feb 5 / Feb 6), reported that "visibility at the peak of the storm was barely more than a block."


Kathy Mandell wrote on her Wildwood Weather blog, after her power had finally been restored on Friday the 12th:

"There's so much snow everywhere that eyes will be squinting and hurting for weeks to come. The sun's warm though and melting everything. Where all this melted water goes remains to be seen. The best part of this day is that it's a brand new day as Power is Back in my home. It's been a rough and long six days with two blizzards while living through it all without electric and power. I'll need another blog page for that experience!"

While the experience was, to put it mildly, a harrowing one for thousands on the island, many residents took to wearing it as a badge of pride.

Sam's Pizza Palace, which managed to make its traditional President's Day Weekend opening the following weekend, beat all the Boardwalk t-shirt shops to the punch with this all-time classic...


[Speaking of Sam's, and on a much WARMER note, the iconic pizzeria will open for the season one week from today - Friday, February 13, 2015!]

The Blizzard of 2010 was truly a Wildwood event for the ages. One that will live on in local lore for years and years to come...


Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Wildwood Leader - Vol. 95, No. 3

This week's edition of The Wildwood Leader is now online. Click links below to check out headlines or the cover image to read the entire issue. 

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Morey’s Piers’ 12-week Social Training Program Helps Prepare Runners for The Wild Half Marathon


2015 Race to Feature New Celebrations and Activities for Runners

* Register Using Code TRAIN through  
February 28 for $10 off Race Participation 

PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods, NJ – Starting February 20, Morey’s Piers, the classic shore side amusement park destination located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, NJ, invites runners of The Wild Half to train together with a customized 12-week social media training program. The 13.1 mile half marathon and 8K race along the Wildwoods coastline will be held on May 17, 2015.  

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

Now through February 28, 2015 Morey’s Piers is offering $10 off race registration by using the promotion code TRAIN.  To sign-up for The Wild Half or 8K, visit www.runwildwoods.com. Registration is $90 for the half marathon and $45 for the 8K; prices scheduled to increase on March 1, 2015

The Wild Half’s scenic Wildwoods course will lead runners from ocean views to an action-packed boardwalk.  Participants will be treated to several new fun-filled activities on race day including:  


·         Cheer Stations” – sponsored by local businesses, charities, and organizations, a number of “cheer stations” will be located throughout the course to provide added encouragement and support for this year’s athletes. At Morey’s Piers’ cheer station located in front of Mariner’s Pier runners can indulge in a quick wisp of cotton candy for a burst of sugary energy.  For more information on becoming a cheer station sponsor, contact wildhalf@moreyspiers.com.
·         Boardwalk Style Finish Line Party – after weeks of training, runners will cross the finish line to a celebration filled with boardwalk favorites including funnel cake, soft pretzels, cotton candy, Rita’s Water Ice, Johnson’s Popcorn, Laura’ Fudge and Salt Water Taffy, and refreshing beer, in addition to an array of healthy snacks.
·         Kids Activity Center – the new Kids Zone Tent is designed to occupy the little ones during the race, featuring face painting, arts and crafts, games, and activities from 8:00am to10:00am.
·         Awards Ceremony – Will and Jack Morey and the entire Morey family will be waiting at the finish line to congratulate runners as they cross the finish line. Medals will be presented to the top finishers in each age category.
·         The After, After Party – celebrations from the Finish Line Party will continue at the Taco Joint on Mariner’s Pier where participating runners will receive discounts on tacos and a selection of brews on tap.


The race weekend will also include a new 5K race and Wild Child 1K beach run for kids on May 16, sunset beach yoga, Piers & Pasta Dinner at Joe’s Fish Co. on Surfside Pier, and more. For the full list of scheduled activities and events, visit www.runwildwoods.com

Follow the Wild Half Marathon and 8K on Facebook for up to day race information, training tips, blogs and more.  

For more information on Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks, please visit www.moreyspiers.com.   


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About Morey’s Piers

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

More info on "Boots at the Beach" country festival; official website now open

The Boots at the Beach country festival has generated a strong buzz since it was announced two weeks ago on the North Wildwood Recreation & Tourism's Facebook page.

The official website of the event, set for September 18 & 19, launched today, unveiling more information on the latest addition to the Wildwoods' "Second Season" calendar.

Presented by the Anglesea Irish Society and billed as "Southern New Jersey's largest country festival," Boots at the Beach will be held at the North Wildwood Entertainment District, along Olde New Jersey Avenue.

It will take place the weekend before the 24th Annual Irish Fall Festival.


Vendor information and application forms can be found HERE.

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Hosts February Luncheon

PRESS RELEASE

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that a luncheon meeting featuring the J. Byrne Agency will be held discussing that now is the time to reevaluate your insurance policies on February 11.

The event will take place at Dogtooth Bar & Grill, 100 East Taylor Avenue, Wildwood, NJ.

A business networking opportunity will start the afternoon off at 11:30 a.m.

The luncheon and presentation will begin promptly at noon.

Tracey DuFault, Executive Director of The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce stated, "We are so pleased that the J. Byrne Agency will be informing our members and community about reevaluating insurance policies."

Sunday, February 1, 2015

All-Breed Dog Show 2015, Day 5 (of 5)


The Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County, concludes today at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This is the first show of the season, with winners in a variety of categories moving on to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

Doors open at 8 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for kids 12 and under.

Today, the Boardwalk Kennel Club hosts the second day of its own All Breed Dog Show!

The schedule includes the Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; and Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals.

Additionally, vendors will offer a wide selection of merchandise, from collars and leashes to books and training tools, and more. Guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available to educate the public about all aspects of the sport of dog showing.

Also, stop by the brand new Boardwalk Lobby Cafe for some Starbucks coffee and more.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkkennelclub.com.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Happy Golden Nugget Day!


On this day, six years ago, an estimated 2,000 people lined the Boardwalk to pay homage to one of the most unique attractions in Wildwood history.

...Amid brutally frigid conditions, as no one who attended will ever forget!

The proclamation from the City of Wildwood that officially declared January 30th "Golden Nugget Day" cited the estimated 1.7 million adventure-seekers who enjoyed the landmark over its nearly four decades of operation.

The iconic centerpiece of Hunt's Pier, the Golden Nugget Mine Ride was a hybrid darkride/steel roller coaster attraction that changed the landscape of the Jersey Shore's amusement scene when it debuted in the Spring of 1960.

Designed by John C. Allen of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and produced in conjunction with the renowned outfit and the skilled Hunt's staff (led by general manager Vince Kostek), the Nugget evolved into a bona fide landmark over time.

It would thrive during the "Oceanic Wonderland" and Wildwood's glory years of the 60s and 70s, then survive through several post-Hunt's incarnations and a dinosaur-theme adoption, running for the final time in 1999.

Its impressive frame, built to resemble a western mountain with a mining outpost and shafts built in, was hollowed out to accommodate a farewell ceremony hosted by the Morey Organization on Saturday, January 31, 2009.

The weathered structure was demolished shortly after. Its track system and trains were acquired by Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA, where its legacy lives on in the form of the Black Diamond.

A very special thank you to Al Holden for documenting that historic day...

All-Breed Dog Show 2015, Day 4 (of 5)


The Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County, continues today at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This is the first show of the season, with winners in a variety of categories moving on to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

The event features five days of competitions, running through Sunday, February 1.

Doors open at 8 a.m. daily. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for kids 12 and under.

Today, the "hometown" Boardwalk Kennel Club hosts its own All Breed Dog Show!

Attendees will get to see Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals; Best Puppy in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; Canine Good Citizens Clinic; Police K-9 Demonstration and Awards Ceremony; and Award Crate Decoration Winner.

Additionally, vendors will offer a wide selection of merchandise, from collars and leashes to books and training tools, and more. Guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available throughout the five-day event to educate the public about all aspects of the sport of dog showing.

Also, stop by the brand new Boardwalk Lobby Cafe for some Starbucks coffee and more.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkkennelclub.com.

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Coming up tomorrow...

Sunday, February 1
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; and Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Register now for Tri The Wildwoods (prices increase this Sunday)


Heads up!

There's still time to register for this year's Tri The Wildwoods (as well as Tri AC) before price increases kick in this Sunday, February 1st.

Tri The Wildwoods has been the flagship event for DelMoSports since 2004.

The 12th annual edition will be held on Saturday August 29th, and will include the following events:

* Sprint: .25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile run

* NEW International: .6 mile swim, 18.5 mile bike, 5 mile run

* 5k Run: 3.1 mile run

* Kid’s Race: “Little Kid’s” 100 meter splash, 500 meter run. “Big Kid’s” 200 meter swim, 1500 meter run (this can be a game day decision for you and your child, it’s all about what they are comfortable doing and getting to the finish line!)

* SUP Race: Stand Up Paddle race on Friday Night, August 28th!


All-Breed Dog Show 2015, Day 3 (of 5)


The Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County, continues today at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This is the first show of the season, with winners in a variety of categories moving on to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

The event features five days of competitions, running through Sunday, February 1.

Doors open at 8 a.m. daily. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for kids 12 and under.

Today, the Sand and Sea Kennel Club (out of Toms River, NJ) will again host its All Breed Dog Show.

Spectators will also witness Best Veteran in Competition, Obedience and Rally Dog Show Trials, and Canine Good Citizens (CGC) Clinic.

There will also be a Meet the Breed exhibit, offering the opportunity to talk with exhibitors and handle the dogs.

Running throughout the event will be the "It's a 'Shore' Thing" Crate Decorating Contest. Handlers have been encouraged to decorate their crates using a beach theme, and spectators will vote for their favorites.

Additionally, vendors will offer a wide selection of merchandise, from collars and leashes to books and training tools, and more. Guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available throughout the five-day event to educate the public about all aspects of the sport of dog showing.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkkennelclub.com.

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Schedule of weekend events...

Saturday, January 31
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will host their All Breed Dog Show; Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals; Best Puppy in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; Canine Good Citizens Clinic; Police K-9 Demonstration and Awards Ceremony; and Award Crate Decoration Winner.

Sunday, February 1
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; and Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Boardwalk Lobby Cafe opens at the Convention Center; Starbucks comes to the Wildwoods


The Greater Wildwoods Tourism and Development Authority (GWTIDA) announced on its Facebook page today that the new Boardwalk Lobby Cafe is now open for business.

Located inside the main doors of the Wildwoods Convention Center, the cafe will serve a variety of snacks and beverages during events, including the ongoing All Breed Dog Show (which runs through Sunday).

The Boardwalk Lobby Cafe is also an official Starbucks Express station, bringing the highly popular coffee brand to the island for the first time.

The closest Starbucks store resides across the George Redding Bridge, at 3301 Route 9 South in Rio Grande.

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* Wildwoods Convention Center named winner of SportsEvents Magazine's 2015 Readers' Choice Award for Top Venue in NJ


The Wildwood Leader - Vol. 95, No. 2

This week's edition of The Wildwood Leader is now online. Click links below to check out headlines or the cover image to read the entire issue.

Top stories include...


Follow The Leader on Facebook & Twitter

All-Breed Dog Show 2015, Day 2 (of 5)


The Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County, continues today at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

This is the first show of the season, with winners in a variety of categories moving on to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

The event features five days of competitions, running through Sunday, February 1.

Competitions begin at 8 a.m. daily. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $2 for kids 12 and under.

Today, the Sand and Sea Kennel Club (out of Toms River, NJ) will host its All Breed Dog Show and Obedience and Rally Trials.

The Rally Trials are considered one of the "must see" activities of the event, where dogs are challenged with various obstacle courses.

There will also be a Meet the Breed exhibit, offering the opportunity to talk with exhibitors and handle the dogs.

Running throughout the event will be the "It's a 'Shore' Thing" Crate Decorating Contest. Handlers have been encouraged to decorate their crates using a beach theme, and spectators will vote for their favorites.

Additionally, vendors will offer a wide selection of merchandise, from collars and leashes to books and training tools, and more. Guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available throughout the five-day event to educate the public about all aspects of the sport of dog showing.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkkennelclub.com.

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Schedule of events for the days to come...

Friday, January 30
Sand and Sea Kennel will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Veteran in Competition; Obedience and Rally Dog Show Trials; and Canine Good Citizens (CGC) Clinic.

Saturday, January 31
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will host their All Breed Dog Show; Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals; Best Puppy in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; Canine Good Citizens Clinic; Police K-9 Demonstration and Awards Ceremony; and Award Crate Decoration Winner.

Sunday, February 1
The Boardwalk Kennel Club of Cape May County will again host their All Breed Dog Show; Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show Competition; Sanctioned 4-6 Month Puppy Competition; and Obedience and Rally Dog Show Finals.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cape May – Lewes Ferry Selects New Captain; Veteran Marine Employee David Macomber Promoted


Above: Port Captain Stan Hansen (left) congratulates David Macomber, Sr. on his promotion to Captain. Macomber, who resides in North Cape May, NJ with his wife, Jennifer, is a 22 year veteran at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

PRESS RELEASE 

NORTH CAPE MAY - Today, Cape May – Lewes Ferry officials announced that David B. Macomber, Sr. of North Cape May, New Jersey, was promoted to the rank of Captain effective Jan. 25, 2015. Captain Macomber reports to Port Captain Stan Hansen.

“I’m honored that the Delaware River and Bay Authority selected me to serve as Captain at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry,” said David B. Macomber, Sr. who was hired as an Able-bodied Seaman at the Ferry in 1990. “I’m at home on the water and I take pride in providing the best possible service for our customers and leading by example. It’s a tremendous opportunity and I couldn’t ask for a better job!

Prior to joining the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, Macomber worked in the area’s commercial fishing industry for nearly fourteen years. During this time period, he served as a captain on multiple fishing vessels. Macomber joined the Cape May – Lewes Ferry operation in 1990 and was promoted to permanent Mate eight years later. He attained the rank of Pilot in 2004.

“Captains are the central figures in the maritime industry and the crew is a reflection of their leadership,” said Victor Ferzetti, Acting Chief Operations Officer of the Authority. “Our Captains are more than vessel operators. They set the tone of the operation, mentor crew members, and are responsible for providing our customers a quality experience every day. Dave was selected because he can meet the challenge.”

“Dave is a well-respected marine professional who knows the Delaware Bay inside and out,” remarked Stan Hansen, Port Captain for the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. “He is a proven, successful leader who possesses outstanding ship handling and navigational talents as well as strong interpersonal skills. Dave’s a credit to the maritime profession and we’re fortunate to have him as part of our team.”

As the manager and leader of a marine operations crew, the Captain has full responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel and the safety of passengers and crew. He is also responsible for compliance with all regulations applicable to the interstate marine transportation of vehicles and passengers. Captain Macomber possesses a United States Coast Guard Inland Masters License of unlimited tonnage and has obtained certification in bridge resource management, welding, and advance firefighting.

About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry:

The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 43 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2014, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at www.CMLF.com, or call toll free, 800-643-3779. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry.