Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wildwood Beach Patrol Observes Memorial Day


The Wildwood Beach Patrol began its Memorial Day observance with the raising of a 25-foot American flag outside of the patrol's Lincoln Avenue headquarters.

Lifeguard and Eagle Scout Bill Gushue of Jim Thorpe, PA hoisted the flag to the top of its pole.

After raising the flag, members of the Wildwood Beach Patrol traveled to the American Legion Post on Pacific Avenue with the American Legion Lifeguard Boat. Following a ceremony at the American Legion Post 184, Wildwood Beach Patrol members participated in a parade from the post to Fox Park and the Wildwoods' Vietnam Memorial Wall.

A ceremony was held on the beach near the Wildwoods Convention Center where members of the Wildwood Beach Patrol and the American Legion Honor Guard along with local Boy Scouts laid a wreath in the Atlantic Ocean in remembrance of those men and women who paid the ultimate price in their service to our nation.

Lifeguard brothers Kevin Mallon Jr. and Kyle Mallon, both of Philadelphia, rowed two Boy Scouts to just beyond the breaking waves. There the scouts stood in the boat and tossed the wreath into the ocean as a gun salute was fired and Taps were played by the American Legion Honor Guard.

The morning ended with a standing ovation by the crowd of beach patrons who gathered to watch the somber ceremony.

"The Memorial Day ceremony is a long tradition with beach patrol and helps us begin our season by honoring our veterans, past and present," said Capt. Ed Schneider of the Wildwood Beach Patrol.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wildwoods Vietam Wall commemoration today/tonight includes parade, music and candlelight vigil

The Wildwoods will hold a special commemoration to honor Memorial Day Weekend today with the following events scheduled...

Parade - 4 p.m.

The parade will begin at Cresse Avenue and travel north to the Wildwoods Vietnam Wall at Ocean & Burk Avenues. The public is invited to join in - walking alongside the procession or riding in a decorated bike.

FREE Music in the Park  -  5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At Fox Park (behind the Vietnam Wall on Ocean Avenue, between Burk & Montgomery Avenues).

Bring a chair or blanket, relax and enjoy live music into the evening.

Candlelight Vigil at Dusk

The public is invited to come together at the Wildwoods Vietnam Wall (directly across from the Wildwoods Convention Center) to honor the memories of the men and women who lost their lives while serving our country.

The  true meaning of Memorial Day, as well as the respective 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the 5th anniversary of the installation of the Wildwoods Vietnam Wall will be acknowledged.

Friday, May 22, 2015

KONG officially opens to the public tonight

Last night's media "sneak peek" at Morey's big new ride

KONG, Morey's Piers' big addition for the 2015 season, will officially open to the public when Surfside Pier (26th Avenue) opens its gates at 6 p.m.

Mariner's Pier (Schellenger Avenue) and Adventure Pier (Spicer Avenue) will also open at 6 p.m., with all three piers closing at midnight.

The piers will be open from noon - midnight both tomorrow and Sunday, and will operate from noon - 10 p.m. on Monday (Memorial Day).

Also, Raging Waters at Mariner's Pier will open for the season tomorrow, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For Morey's Piers' full operations schedule and calendar of events, click HERE.

New Season Brings New Adventures to Wildwood Beach


A new season is bringing new amenities to this city's beaches, as the Summer of 2015 promises to offer beachgoers the most fun-tastic experience ever.

Visitors to Wildwood's wide, free beach will not only be able to soak up the sun and take a dip in the ocean, they'll also be able to ride a Zip Line, roll across the sand in a Zorb Ball or take a seaside ride down a Hippo Slide.

"We're always looking for new ways to enhance the experience of visitors to our beach," said Commissioner Pete Byron. "For the past three summers, we've been working diligently to do that and this year we're offering more amenities than ever before."

As New Jersey's premier family-friendly, world-class beach vacation destination, the city's list of beach amenities offers something for everyone.

Beach box rentals to store items, beach transport vehicles that carry people across the sand to the water's edge and new walkways to make the trek from the city's world-famous Boardwalk to the ocean are just the beginning of a day on Wildwood's beach.

Youth baseball on the beach, fire pits, food stands and ice cream vendors will all be part of a day at the beach. Even the family pooch has found its place in the sand. With its historic, well-received Dog Beach opened last year, the Summer of 2015 will find a fenced-in area where Fido can frolic in the sand unleashed.

"We're also adding changing/shower stalls at Schellenger AVenue," noted Byron, "along with adding rinse stations at Glenwood Avenue."

According to Byron, beach amenities brought in $227,000 in revenue in the 2014 season, with this year's goal being $300,000.

"We had none of these services on the beach three years ago," the commissioner said. "Not only do they help to offset beach-related expenses and save taxpayers money, but they also help to make the beach less intimidating and friendlier."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Duffy's On The Lake is no more

As we prepare to enter into a new season in the Wildwoods, the island is typically abuzz - mostly with positive vibes and excitement.

Unfortunately, we have some sad news to report, just two days before the start of Memorial Day Weekend.

Duffy's On The Lake, a longtime landmark at New Jersey & Farragut Avenues in the Crest, was demolished earlier today.

The news of its demolition comes as little surprise, as rumors have been circulating for some time; still, it's unsettling to see such a classic institution fall to the wrecking ball.

The restaurant closed after the 2013 season and sat vacant all of last year. There was initially some hope that it would eventually reopen, but it was not to be. 

Duffy's was best known for its iconic location directly across from Sunset Lake. Generations of visitors enjoyed spectacular views at sundown as they enjoyed their meals in the restaurant's spacious dining room.

In a heartbreaking twist, the sun has now gone down on yet another legendary Wildwoods establishment.

We have no official word yet on what will take it's place, other than "a future development."

So don't hold your breath for a new restaurant or other business...

(Though we would LOVE to be proven wrong!)


(Special thanks to Scott Hand for the above video and to Nick Holland for the accompanying photos)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony set for 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 23rd

The Grand Opening of the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 23.

At 10 a.m., there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and unveiling of the new 2015 DOO WW magnet image and colors. In celebration of Opening Day, the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market Committee will be giving away DOO WW magnets and tote bags for all of your Farmers Market finds.

The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market will take place on Saturdays, through Labor Day Weekend, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on the corner of Pacific & Schellenger Avenues in Downtown Wildwood.

Each week, there will be live music, family entertainment, and 98.7 The Coast broadcasting live from the field of 20+ vendors. You will find the freshest fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods, meats, cheeses, pickles, guacamole, salsas, wine, tea products, local honey, nuts, fresh made salads, gourmet ice cream sandwiches, gourmet herb mixes, hand made soaps and more.

Take advantage of FREE PARKING in the lot behind the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market - enter on Schellenger or Oak Avenues. Be sure to check out all of the great Downtown Wildwood stores and restaurants while you are there.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Morey's Piers Opens New Kong Ride and Raging Waters Water Park Memorial Day Weekend


Things are about to get “wild” at the Jersey Shore.  

Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, the classic seaside attraction located in the Wildwoods, NJ, will ring in the summer season with the opening of Raging Waters Water Park on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Guests can slip and slide on exhilarating water rides such as the River Adventure, Shotgun Falls, the 175,000 gallon interactive activity pool and two interactive kiddie play areas.
All three of Morey’s amusement piers – Mariner’s, Surfside, and Adventure – will be open from Friday through Monday, May 22- 25, giving guests a glimpse of what promises to be one of the “wildest” summers on record on the Wildwood boardwalk, highlights include:
KONG:  An iconic boardwalk landmark in early 1970s, the new gorilla themed amusement ride will open to the public Memorial Day weekend on Surfside Pier. KONG, snorting smoke and fog, will sport an “I love Wildwood” t-shirt and clutch one of Wildwood’s well-known tram cars while hanging from the 60 feet tall lighthouse at the ride’s center. Eight vintage shark themed ride vehicles will duck and dive around the infamous gorilla, bringing riders 26 feet in air. After sunset, KONG will light up the night sky with a rotating light on top of the lighthouse and enhanced LED lighting outlining each ride vehicle.
Underneath the ride is Kong & Co. a new 3,000 square foot retail space offering charging stations and comfy chairs, as well as chocolate covered frozen bananas and merchandise for purchase.

Wild Weekends: The Starlux and Blue Palms Resort are offering special “Wild Weekend” hotel packages that include three-night accommodations, two water park and ride combo passes for three days, VIP front of the line passes to KONG, two complimentary chocolate covered bananas, and a welcome gift. The “Wild Weekend” package is available for arrivals on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Rates for the three-night package start at $433 at The Starlux and $374 at the Blue Palms Resort.  Packages are available May 21-25, May 28-30, June 4-8, June 11-15, and June 18-22 and are subject to availability. To book, guests can call the resort and mention the “Wild Weekends” package. For information on additional “Wild” themed hotel packages throughout summer 2015, visit http://hotels.moreyspiers.com/bluepalms/promotions or http://hotels.moreyspiers.com/starlux/promotions.

art:LAB - artBOX, Morey’s Piers’ interactive artists’ colony crafted from 11 re-purposed shipping containers, will introduce new interactive workshop, art:LAB and a rotation of guest artists this summer. Led by resident artist, David Macomber, art:LAB allows kids of all ages, to create their own works of art to take home. Classes include block printing, origami, painting, jewelry making and more. Art:LAB is available from 5pm to10pm, Thursday to Sunday. No appointments necessary; class prices range from free to $35.
School of Rock – Local band Bros. & Sisters kicks-off a full summer line-up of rock n’ roll as the first School of Rock performance at Adventure Pier on Saturday, May 23 at 7:00pm. The Memorial Day weekend music schedule also includes: Slyphr on Sunday, May 24 at 7:00pm, and SoR Newtown on Monday, May 25 at 2:00pm. For a schedule of performances through August, visit www.moreyspiers.com/schoolofrock.     
Macintosh HD:Users:mwarner:Desktop:10382812_1453380191573609_7098263329919525477_n.jpgAlso on Memorial Day (May 25) from 7:00am to 12:00pm on the back of Adventure Pier, Morey’s Piers will host the second annual Wildwood MURPH Challenge Workout.  This is a special group workout will be held all over the country in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2005. The workout consists of a one mile run, 100 air squats, 200 pushups, and 100 pull-ups, followed by a second one mile run all while enjoying the magnificent views of the beach and boardwalk.  All proceeds from the Memorial Day event will be donated to the 31 Heroes Project. Advanced ticket purchase and sign-up is required.   
For more information on Morey’s Piers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.  

About Morey’s Piers

North Wildwood Proposes Longer Time Limit for Bikes on the Boardwalk


Mayor Patrick Rosenello and North Wildwood City Council plan on introducing an ordinance that would extend the time limit for bikes on the boardwalk from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

North Wildwood’s Mayor and Council plan on introducing their new ordinance at the Council meeting on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

City Administration expects support from most residents, vacationers, bike shop owners and boardwalk businesses that advocated for the change.

Although the ordinance has been drafted and will be read at the Council meeting on May 19th, it will not become effective until after adoption at the following Council meeting and final publication on June 10th, 2015.  

“Cycling is an integral part of our shore community and helps to promote our town as a family destination,” said Rosenello. “Changing the time limit for bikes on the boardwalk from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. can only be positive for the boardwalk atmosphere.

North Wildwood Administration’s objectives are to continue successfully controlling the safety of boardwalk visitors, while also staying consistent with Wildwood’s boardwalk cycling time limit already set at 12:00 p.m. 

Fabulous Greaseband to play Crest's Summer Kickoff Concert


The long anticipated start of the summer season at the Jersey Shore will once again will once again be celebrated with the first of 30 free outdoor concerts at Centennial Park.

The Fabulous Greaseband will perform on Sunday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough of Wildwood Crest's annual Summer Kickoff Concert.

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 over 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. Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

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

New this summer is the addition of seven Monday evening shows at the Gazebo at Sunrise Park
at Rambler Road from July 6 through August 17. In total, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has scheduled 30 live music shows from Memorial Day Weekend 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 609-523-0202.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORY for Wild Half Marathon this Sunday, May 17th


Sunday, May 17, 2015

6:30 am - 11:30 am

Due to the Wild Half Marathon, traffic may be delayed or detoured during the above hours on the following roads:

North Wildwood, NJ
  • JFK Boulevard
  • 1st & 2nd Avenues
  • Spruce Avenue
  • Anglesea Drive
  • North Wildwood Boulevard (Rt. 147)
  • Ocean Drive (no access to Stone Harbor from Ocean Drive)

Wildwood, NJ
  • Ocean Avenue from Cresse Avenue to Garfield Avenue

Wildwood Crest, NJ
  • Ocean Avenue from Cresse Avenue to Palm Road
  • Bike Path from Palm Road to Cresse Avenue (no bike access)

Drivers should expect delays at times and are encouraged to find alternative routes, if possible. If driving near or on the route, use extreme caution, as 3,000 athletes will be running on the roads. Police and volunteers will assist athletes and residents at intersections. 


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

REMINDER: Wildwood Chamber hosting Job Fair today, 1 pm - 6:30 pm

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Job Fair today from 1 pm - 6:30 pm at its conference center at 3306 Pacific Avenue.

* The event will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, with no prior registration necessary.

Be sure to dress to impress and bring resumes.

Applications can be made and interviews will be conducted on the spot by local businesses looking for seasonal AND year round employees.

A wide range of businesses will be represented, including those in the restaurant, lodging (hotel/motel/B&B), and general tourism fields; also amusements, banks, campgrounds and more.

Best of luck to those attending...


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Moms ride FREE (and Mother's Day Tea Time) at Morey's Piers today

Morey’s Piers is honoring Mother’s Day with tea for two…or three…or four…or more, inviting moms to celebrate their special day with an unforgettable tea party for the whole family at the beloved Tea Cups ride.

Mothers visiting the classic shore side destination today will also ride FREE from 12 pm to 5 pm on Mariner’s and Surfside Piers.

From 12 pm to 2 pm, families can grab a seat in an oversized “English tea cup” and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea with an assortment of cookies, biscotti’s, and biscuits at the Tea Cups attraction.
Kids will have the opportunity to decorate personalized sugar cookies for mom at the cookie decorating station located next to the Tea Cup ride on Mariner’s Pier.

Also available at the Parents Pavilion on Mariner’s Pier is a special photo area complete with signs and props for Mom and the entire family to take pictures.

About Morey’s Piers

Monday, May 4, 2015

Greater Wildwood Chamber to host Job Fair next Tuesday, March 12th

Looking to land a job at the shore?

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Job Fair on Wednesday, March 12 from 1 pm - 6:30 pm at its conference center at 3306 Pacific Avenue.

* The event will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, with no prior registration necessary.

Be sure to dress to impress and bring resumes.

Applications can be made and interviews will be conducted on the spot by local businesses looking for seasonal AND year round employees.

A wide range of businesses will be represented, including those in the restaurant, lodging, and general tourism fields, as well as amusements, banks, campgrounds and more.

Friday, May 1, 2015

WILD WEEKEND: Battle of the Bands, Capt. Kidd Pirate Day, Boardwalk Bunk-Down

WHOA... it's May!

When the heck did that happen?

Here we are, three weeks (!) away from the start of Memorial Day Weekend. The weather's been a bit erratic lately, typical of April,  but the weekend's looking good and (mostly) sunny with temps climbing into the 60s and possibly low-70s on Sunday.

Here's what's goin' down this weekend in the Wildwoods...


Events Overview

* Tournament of Bands Indoor Championships  (Friday - Sunday)
* Captain Kidd Pirate Day  (Saturday)
* Morey's Piers Boardwalk Bunk-Down  (Saturday)

Morey's Piers - Hours of Operation

Mariner's Landing (Boardwalk & Schellenger Ave)
Friday: 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: Noon - 10 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5 pm

* Surfside Pier (26th & Boardwalk) opens for the season next Saturday, May 9!


Tournament of the Bands Indoor Championships

Wildwoods Convention Center. All-Chapter Atlantic Coast Championship featuring performers ranging from middle school through college level encompassing marching bands, indoor guard, majorette, percussion and dance teams, as well as jazz bands from NJ, PA, NY, DE, MD, IN and WV. Thurs: 10 am - 11:30 pm; Fri: 9:30 am - 11:30 pm; Sat: 7 am - 12:30 am; Sun: 8 am - 6 pm. Admission fee.

For more information call 609.849.8553 or visit http://www.njatob.org for a detailed schedule of events.

Captain Kidd Pirate Day

Pirate costume parade begins on 26th & the Boardwalk at 11 a.m.

Treasure hunt to follow at 19th & beach, North Wildwood for children ages 12 and under.

Prizes include cash, bikes, weekend stays, gift cards and more. To register for the parade ONLY, call 609.522.2955.

Registration not necessary to participate in the treasure hunt on the beach.

Check out www.NorthWildwood.com for more info.

Morey's Piers Boardwalk Bunk-Down


Set up camp on Adventure Pier, then enjoy the rides on Mariner’s Pier all day Saturday. When you’ve had your fill of amusements, head back to Adventure Pier, grab your beach chair or blanket and settle in for a movie, with complimentary popcorn, under the Great White Roller Coaster. Rain or shine.

For more info or to register, call 609.522.3900 x1195 or visit http://www.MoreysPiers.com.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Gotta B Wildwood Festival and beach bonfire set for Saturday, May 30th

Mark your calendars for another new event coming this year, as the first annual Gotta B Wildwood Festival will take place at Fox Park on Saturday, May 30.

This will be the weekend after Memorial Day Weekend.

The all-day FREE celebration (11 a.m. - 8 p.m.) will feature food and craft vendors, family activities and live music from Animal House, The Chameleon Band, Who Knows Band and Tidal Wave Band.

After the festival, a bonfire will be held on the beach.

Admission will be $10 per adults, $2 for kids 10-18 and FREE for children 9 and under.

For more information, call 609-729-4000 or visit the official Gotta B Wildwood Facebook page.