Thursday, December 1, 2016

Boardwalk Entertainment to auction autographed McGraw and Hayes guitar, donate second to city

The company is set to auction the guitar for charity, while a 
second guitar was donated to the City of Wildwood.

PRESS RELEASE

The company responsible for the Celebrate America Weekend, Boardwalk Entertainment, has announced this week that two autographed Fender acoustic DG60 guitars signed at the show will be donated.

One guitar has already been received by the City of Wildwood and will be displayed at City Hall, while the second guitar will be auctioned. The auctioned guitar’s proceeds will benefit the four involved charities; Operation First Response, the Wildwood American Legion Post #184, the Wildwood Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Michael Strange Foundation.

“We decided to launch the auction right before the holidays. The guitar is autography by both Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw. It is a beautiful acoustic Fender guitar, and for any fan it definitely would make a great holiday gift,” said Boardwalk Entertainment Owner, Amanda Thomas.

The Celebrate America Weekend took place from July 1-4th in Wildwood, with the headlining concert of Maggie Rose, Hunter Hayes, and Tim McGraw on the 4th. The concert donated $4,000 in total to the charities, and this auction will hopefully raise that total.

“The City of Wildwood is proud to accept this autographed guitar,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano. “It will serve as a constant reminder of the city’s long involvement in the music industry that dates back to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll.  This guitar will be on display inside City Hall where we hope it will be the first of many commemorating Wildwood’s role as a world-class entertainment venue.”

The acoustic guitar is a DG60 Fender, which currently retails around $150. Bidding for the guitar starts at $250, and each bid is in increments of $50. Bidding is completed through Bidding Owl, an online auction website. The auction will launch on Monday, December 5th, and will end on Monday, December 19th, with the guitar shipping just in time for Christmas.

The winning bidder has just 24 hours after the win to make payment for the guitar to ensure Christmas delivery. The auction can be found on:

* www.boardwalkentco.com/auction
* www.facebook.com/boardwalkentco
* www.biddingowl.com

“The concert was a lot of fun to promote, and we look forward to creating more events. We would love to make the autographed guitar a tradition in each city we work in. Not only is it a great way to raise money, but now the City of Wildwood has a beautiful guitar to display. I think it will serve as a reminder that Wildwood hosted such a major musician, and show that yes, Wildwood is capable of really big things,” said Thomas.

Boardwalk Entertainment will be announcing future concerts, festivals and events for multiple locations in South Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York, including a Summer Concert Series, by early 2017.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Coming in 2017: The Shack at Grassy Sound Marina


An exciting addition is coming to Grassy Sound in 2017!

The Shack at Grassy Sound Marina, set to open in late Spring/early Summer, will feature bayfront dining, catering to walk-in customers and boaters.

The new eatery will be a partnership between the proprietors of The Establishment at 100 in North Wildwood, Andrew & Sarah Steiner, and Gina & Troy Jordan, who are leasing the property from Grassy Sound Marina owners Debbie & Jim Mooers.

The Shack will function as The Establishment's "sister restaurant," according to Sarah Steiner.

"We are super excited to have found Grassy Sound Marina," she told Wildwood 365. "It's an awesome facility with the best waterfront views in Cape May County."

Steiner informed us that work is well underway and will continue through the winter months to come.


Here's what we know about The Shack so far...

 It will be a BYOB restaurant.

 The menu will feature fresh and locally sourced seafood.

 There will be 10 slips available for the restaurant, allowing boaters and paddle boarders to dock and dine.

 Delivery service to Champagne Island will be offered during the height of the summer season.

 Live entertainment will be scheduled for summer weekends.

Regarding service, Steiner informed:

"We will be implementing a pager system. A hostess will seat the customer - from there orders will be taken at our service counter, then a pager will be given to the customer to let them know when food is ready for pick up. There will be no waitstaff or food runners.

"We are expecting to open late spring or early summer, starting off with the breakfast and lunch service. We will be open for dinner during Restaurant Week, then go full swing for the Fourth of July."

Follow the Shack at Grassy Sound's social media pages for more info and and progress updates...


Instagram (@_the_shack_)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Morey's Piers Invites Holiday Shoppers to "Give the Gift of More Summer"


Annual Holiday Sale Features Deep Discounts on 
Season Passes, New Summer Gift Bundles and More

Online Orders Start November 28

PRESS RELEASE

Starting November 28 through January 6, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, named the best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today, launches its annual Holiday Sale featuring new gift options and savings of up to 45% for a season of wild rides and water park admission.

Located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, the classic seaside attraction’s signature Wild Pass now offers more unlimited summer fun for $275. For the 2017 season, the Wild Pass includes one ride wristband per day valid for rides on all three piers, and new this year, all day access to both beachfront water parks - Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park.

The Wild Pass is represents a savings of $220 from the retail value of $495.

Perfect for parents and little ones, a specially priced Wild Pass for children under 42” tall and adults over 25 years of age is also available for $210 (savings of $145) and offers the same privileges as the season pass. EZ Pay allows holiday shoppers to purchase the Wild Pass options in five easy installments. A $7 processing fee per pass applies.

The Forever Wild Pass invites grandparents in on the thrills, providing those 65 and older the same benefits of the Wild Pass for $50.

Only available for purchase during the Holiday Sale, the new Wild Water Park Pass is a season pass for water park admission only.  Priced at $115, the Wild Water Park Pass is good for one all-day water park wristband per day. Limited quantity available.

New pre-assembled Morey’s Piers’ Gift Boxes help holiday gifters place more summer under the tree. Shoppers can choose from three different pre-made gift boxes including:

  • More Fun Gift Box: features two same-day combination ride and water park wristbands, $25 food and beverage credit, a towel and two pairs of sunglasses. Priced at $159.99.
  • More Summer Gift Box: priced at $144.99, this gift box includes two amusement ride wristbands, $25 food and beverage credit, a beach blanket, two pairs of sunglasses, and a Curley’s Fries hat.
  • Breakfast in the Sky Gift Boxes: Morey’s exclusive “Breakfast in the Sky” dining experience on top of the Ferris Wheel plus a blanket and coffee mugs. Available in gift boxes for two people at $134.99 or four people at $199.99. Advanced reservations required. 

Gift givers will also find an array thoughtful stocking stuffers, such as:

  • Wild Water Park 10 Pack: includes 10 individual all day water park passes for $245 (savings of $205).
  • Wild Ticket Card: features 75 ride tickets plus a booklet of valuable coupons such as discounts on water park admissions, games, extreme rides and more for $40. 
  • Dining Vouchers (New):  with every purchase of a $50 dining card, gift givers will receive a bonus $10 food and beverage voucher. A bonus $25 food and beverage voucher is given with any purchase of a $100 dining card.  Valid at most food outlets at Morey’s Piers. 
  • Gift Cards:  are also available and can be applied towards any purchase at Morey’s Piers’ ticket booths, guest services, water park ticket office and/or retail stores.  Instant delivery e-gifts are also available to send gift cards directly to the recipient’s email address. 
  • Tram Car Ticket Book: includes 25 one-way rides on the tram for $40.

Online orders start on November 28 and can be purchased by visiting www.moreyspiers.com.

Starting December 7, purchases can be made by phone at 1-866-MOREYS1 (phone lines open daily from 7:00am to midnight), or in-person Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm at the Starlux Hotel located at Rio Grande and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood, NJ.

Pricing does not include applicable tax or $2 standard shipping and handling fee.

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

About Morey’s Piers

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

North Wildwood Hosts Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, Friday, Dec. 2

PRESS RELEASE

Bells are ringing in the distance in North Wildwood, as Christmas is right around the corner!

The City of North Wildwood would like to proudly announce that we will be holding our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse – 111 N Central Ave., on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Special guests include the Margaret Mace School Choir, local religious leaders; and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus to greet the coming guests.

The City of North Wildwood would like to take the time to sincerely thank the Friends of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse for their countless years of hosting the event, and the City looks forward to continuing this “Norman Rockwell-like” tradition in celebration of Christmas!

For additional information or inquiries regarding the event, please contact Mayor Rosenello’s Office at (609) 522-6464.

Friday, October 28, 2016

North Wildwood Police Officers to Participate in No-Shave November to Raise Money for Joey Povio

PRESS RELEASE

The North Wildwood Police Department will be participating in No-Shave November for the first time this year.

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, with officers growing beards and goatees. We will be donating the money we typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

Our officers will be raising money for 6 year old Cape May County resident Joey Povio, who was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer, retinoblastoma, in July of this year. T

he North Wildwood Police Department supports Joey and his family as he fights this battle.

#JoeyStrong #NoShaveNovember

In order to participate in No-Shave November, our officers will be donating money to the Povio family to help pay for medical and travel expenses for Joey’s treatment.

If anyone else would like to donate to this worthy cause, The North Wildwood Police Officers Assocation (N.W.P.O.A.) will be collecting money from now until November 30, 2016. All money collected will go directly to Joey’s family.

Checks can be sent to: N.W.P.O.A., Attn: No-Shave November, 901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260.

For more information about Joey and his battle, go to:

http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/community/community_support/article_37974892-6969-11e6-85af-db728d799ab1.html





Wildwood to Host City-Wide Yard Sale - Sunday, November 6th


PRESS RELEASE

The City of Wildwood will host its first city-wide Yard Sale on Sun., Nov. 6. The event will take place throughout the city from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event is also open to the Five Mile Island neighboring communities of North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and West Wildwood.

“This is the first time the city has sponsored an event like this,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano. “With the busy summer season now over it’s a great time for residents to gather and sell their unwanted items and an even better time for buyers to get things they need at a great price.”

City of Wildwood residents who wish to have a yard sale at their home will not have to pay the usual permit fee of $15 on the day of the event, said Wildwood Commissioner Pete Byron.  “This is a great opportunity for everyone to have fun while making money.”

In order to be part of the Wildwood city-wide yard sale residents must register with the City Clerk’s Office.  Applications are available at City Hall, 4400 New Jersey Ave. as well as online at www.wildwoodyardsale.com.

Residents in neighboring communities may register in their respective municipalities and then register online at www.wildwoodyardsale.com.

Maps noting the locations of each registered property will be available Fri., Nov. 4 at Wildwood City Hall from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“We’re hoping for a tremendous turnout for sellers and buyers,” said Commissioner Tony Leonetti.
The city-wide yard sale is part of the “Fall in Love with Wildwood” campaign, which is sponsored by Boardwalk Entertainment.

All questions should be referred to Boardwalk Entertainment at 609-225-4682 or info@welovewildwood.com.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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


PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wildwood Food Truck Festival to be featured this weekend


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

PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rapunzel's Hosting Open House Events Throughout the Fall Season


PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

For more information, call 609-523-1171.

Shop online anytime at www.RapunzelsOnline.com!


Rapunzel's Fall Open House Events

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

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

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

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

PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

About Morey’s Piers

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wildwood Crest Names New Police Chief and Captain

PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

North Wildwood McDonald's closes, permanently


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy 75th birthday, Chubby Checker!

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

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

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

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

Soon after came his big break.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Friday, September 30, 2016

Ruf Stuf: Wildwood vs. The Windy City

RUT-ROH!

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

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

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

Keep voting and sharing, everyone!