Friday, November 17, 2017

Five Mile Notebook - Friday, November 17, 2017

Today in the Wildwoods - Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Boardwalk Coca-Cola sign to be refurbished, re-lit in 2018


After years of darkness, the giant Coca-Cola script sign above Harry's Corner at Boardwalk & Cedar Avenue is set to be fully refurbished.

The news was confirmed to Wildwood 365 by Randy Hentges, owner of A.B.S. Sign Company, which has been contracted by the Coca-Cola Company to bring this classic back to life.

The work will include a complete restoration of the bulb-studded letters, outlined in neon.

While a timeline for completion is still be planned, Hentges termed it a "winter project." He hopes to have the sign removed while the weather remains mild.

Work will then take place at the A.B.S. shop at 3008 Park Boulevard, where we will be documenting its progress.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Innovation and Technology Meet, as Local Surf Shop Kona Surf Co. Creates a First of its King 'Board Factory' on the East Coast

PRESS RELEASE

Kona Surf Company has been gradually expanding over the past decade by manufacturing a majority of their products in-house, from clothing and accessories, to now surfboards, SUPs and watersport related equipment, all are being (or will be) produced in Wildwood, NJ, United States of America.

Their new and most recent addition will be the installation of a machine dubbed, the ‘APS-3000’ (Gen5 Machine), a 3-D custom surfboard shaping device that can bring an idea for a surfboard to life within seconds.

Kona Surf Company is not new to the technology, as they utilized the services of the ‘APS-3000’ (Gen5 Machine) before, prior to the purchase and anticipated installation of the machine at their headquarters, scheduled for the Spring of 2018.

The APS 3000 provides cutting services as well as design & shaping, which significantly expedites the production of surfboards for manufacturers like Super Brand, Channel Islands, Lost; and now, Kona Surf Company.

For further information on the new addition, please visit the following links:



“This machine is changing the way surfboards are made by eliminating the element of human error,” said Kona Surf Company owner and surfer, Mike Sciarra. “The time that it would take to shape one surfboard, can now be utilized to shape twenty surfboards.

"Knowing this, you can see why a majority of the major surfboard shaping brands are utilizing these technologies. It’s not only to match supply with demand, but to also customize the shapes of our boards, to the needs of our surfers, and we can do so now upon request."


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Anglesea Irish Society Announces 5th Annual Holiday Toy Drives

PRESS RELEASE

Looking for a charity that you can trust in donating to this Christmas season?

Look no further than Anglesea Irish Society – a fraternal, faith based, non-partisan organization based in Southern Cape May County/Greater Wildwoods area.

Anglesea Irish Society’s mission is to enhance the lives of those in the community, by answering the call of duty for volunteerism and community service.

This year, Anglesea Irish Society again will be hosting our ‘Annual Toy Drives’ – one to benefit local families in need from the Southern Cape May County, and the second to benefit terminally ill children at Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Please visit any of the following drop-off locations to make a donation today:

Cape Island Realty – 105 W 2nd Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Wild Ocean Surf Shop – 5011 Ocean Ave., Wildwood, NJ 08260
North Wildwood Shirt Shop – 1707 New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood, NJ 08260
7-Mile Brewery – 3156 Route 9 S, Rio Grande, NJ 08242

“This obviously isn’t our first year hosting these toy drives, but this is our first year where we had a number of local businesses band together with our public organization for the better good,” said President of Anglesea Irish Society, Bill O’Connell.

“We are happy that our organization can bring smiles to children and families in need during the holidays, and I believe I can speak for our entire organization in saying that I am grateful for the assistance from our members and the local businesses in making this year’s toy drives another great success." 

For additional information, please contact Anglesea Irish Society by email at angleaseairishsociety@gmail.com.

Monday, November 13, 2017

"NEW" Boardwalk Mall coming in 2018

Now under new ownership and management, The Boardwalk Mall has announced that big changes are coming for 2018.

On its newly-launched Facebook page, the iconic venue announced today that it will be unveiling a "new look" and "is actively looking for the right businesses to join this new shopping experience on the Wildwoods Boardwalk."

Prospective businesses can inquire at www.theboardwalkmall.com, where status updates will also be posted as plans for next season take shape.

The future of the Boardwalk Mall has been a much-discussed topic in recent years, and rumors have only intensified since the property's recent sale.

We now have official confirmation that the mall will remain with this announcement.





Christmas Parade Awards & Tree Lighting to take place at NEW Byrne Plaza on Friday, December 1st

PRESS RELEASE

Byrne Plaza, Downtown Wildwood’s new event space at Pacific and Oak Avenues, will be where the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade ends on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Following the Parade, the Byrne Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting will take place and awards will be presented to Parade Entrants and Business Holiday Decorating contest winners.

The parade will kick off at 6:30 pm at 15th and Central Avenues in North Wildwood, travel south onto Pacific Avenue through Downtown Wildwood, turn right on Rio Grande Avenue, turn right on New Jersey Avenue and head north before turning right at Oak Avenue to end at Byrne Plaza at about 7:30 pm.

Many Downtown Wildwood bars, shops and restaurants will be open and decorated for Christmas!

In addition to delicious food and beverages, and great shopping, these establishment offer an excellent view of the parade.

For information about the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Parade, please contact the Greater Wildwood Jaycees at 609-729-5501 or visit www.wildwoodholiday.com .

For information about the Wildwoods 8th Annual Business Holiday Decorating Contest, please contact WBID at 609-523-1602, wildwoodbusinessdistrict@gmail.com or call the Greater Wildwood Jaycees at 609-729-5501.

Visit www.DOOWW.com and Like us on Facebook at Wildwood By The Sea to stay up to date on all the great things happening in Downtown Wildwood.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Final Downtown Farmer's Market of 2017 set for this Saturday, October 28th


PRESS RELEASE

The Farmers, Bakers, Wine, Soap, Dog Treat & Honey Makers, along with many more vendors of fresh specialty products, have been setting up their booths in Downtown Wildwood every Saturday morning since Memorial Day Weekend.

As with all good things, the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market will come to an end for 2017 on Saturday, October 28. Come out to shop and stock up on all your favorites from 8 am until 12:30 pm.

FREE DOO WW Magnets and Tote Bags will be available while supplies last and DOO WW Tee Shirts and Sweatshirts will be sold – these make great Christmas presents!

Bill Caterini and Alicia Caprioni will perform live music from 9 until 11:30 a.m. and they promise to get the crowd to join in for the end of the season dance party!

Farmer Andy is bringing a gigantic pumpkin and everyone is welcome to guess the weight for a chance to take it home.

The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is located at 3501 Pacific Avenue.

FREE PARKING is available behind the market.

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DOO! Shop, Dine, Play & Stay in Downtown Wildwood!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Events in the Wildwoods


PRESS RELEASE

Halloween in the Wildwoods will be full of tricks, treats and fun events for all ages starting Saturday, October 21 through Sunday, October 29.

Halloween in the Wildwoods kicks off Saturday, October 21 with the Wildwoods Boardwalk 5K Pumpkin Run. This fun and exciting family event is for all ages and offers a 5K run along with a one-mile walk, starting at 10 a.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center – rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and vie for prizes in the best dressed categories of Family, Youth, Infant and Best All-Around. All proceeds benefit Wildwoods’ Elementary Schools located on the island. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for 18 and under. All participants will receive a Pumpkin Run T-shirt.

For additional information visit www.BoardwalkPumpkinRun.com or call 609-849-8887.

On Friday, October 27, it’s the first ever Downtown Wildwood Halloween Movie & Treats event! Enjoy a Halloween movie and treats under the stars beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the NEW Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood on Pacific Avenue, between Oak & Cedar. Admission and parking are FREE.

For additional information, visit www.DOOWW.com or call 609-523-1602.

On Saturday, October 28, it’s the North Wildwood Trunk-or-Treat event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Olde New Jersey Avenue between 2nd and Walnut Avenues in North Wildwood. Parents are encouraged to bring their vehicles decorated for Halloween. Children will come in costume and visit each car where families will provide treats from the trunks of their cars.

There will be no judging of the children's costumes, but prizes will be awarded to the best Halloween-decorated car. Registration is free and forms are available at 900 Central Avenue in North Wildwood. Free parking for visitors will be available in the municipal lot at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues.

For additional information call 609-522-2955 or visit www.NorthWildwood.com.

On Monday, October 30 at 6 p.m., the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will host their annual Halloween Trunk-or-Treat. The event consists of adults bringing their Halloween-decorated vehicles to the Wildwood Crest Pier parking lot at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue, where they will distribute candy from the trunks of their vehicles to children dressed in their Halloween costumes.

The event includes fun Halloween related activities, a DJ, refreshments, and prizes awarded to the best decorated vehicles. Trunk-or-Treat is a FREE event, but vehicles must be pre-registered to take part. Registration forms are available at the Crest Pier Recreation Center.

Please call 609-523-0202 or visit www.VisitWildwoodCrest.com for further information.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.



Friday, October 13, 2017

Morey's Piers Hosts Hurricane Relief Fundraiser for Fellow Associates


PRESS RELEASE

Over $10,000 Raised!

The Wildwoods, NJ – October 12, 2017 – On Sunday, October 8th, Morey’s Piers associates hosted a Hurricane Relief fundraiser for their fellow Puerto Rican colleagues at Jumbo’s Restaurant on Mariner’s Pier.

Morey’s Piers hires approximately 140 employees from Puerto Rico and after learning about the devastating effects Hurricane Maria had on their country, their homes and their families living there, fellow co-workers wanted to jump into action and help.

Tickets for the fundraiser were sold in advance and at the door for $25 per person and included dinner and drinks.

“It was heartwarming to see so many of our co-workers come out and show their support,” said Denise Beckson, Director of Human Resources of Morey’s Piers. “It turned out to be quite a fun evening of love and laughter amongst our team members.”

The fundraiser raised $5,492 which Morey’s Piers matched for a grand total of $10,984. Along with hosting the benefit, the company also provided assistance in additional ways. Satellite telephones where purchased and sent with associates to Puerto Rico in the hopes that communication could be established with employees still trying to get in touch with their families.

Employee housing was also provided to associates who needed a place to stay under the current circumstances.

Maggie Warner, spokesperson for Morey’s Piers, reiterated Denise’s sentiments by stating, “It is wonderful to work for a company filled with so much compassion and kindness for each other. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to our fellow associates and to all those affected by the recent hurricanes.”

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sand from Wildwood and Wildwood Crest to be used in island-wide dune project


According to Shore News Today, as much as 500 feet of beach from Wildwood and Wildwood Crest will be used to replenish the storm-worn beaches of North Wildwood, while creating a dune system for the entire island.

The Army Corps of Engineers hopes to have the project completed by 2019.

The piece notes that North Wildwood once had the largest beach in New Jersey, but has lost an estimated 1,000 feet over the past decade after being battered by storm after storm.

North Wildwood's geographic situation has left it particularly vulnerable to nor'easters, as the now-seemingly persistent erosion at and around the 2nd Avenue jetty attests.

The seawall that begins at 2nd Avenue and wraps northwest along the contour of Hereford Inlet - officially named The AngleSea Walk - has provided protection over the past decade. Still, streets and property are now more susceptible to damage due to the diminishing beachfront.

North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello noted that the city will spend $2 million to extend the seawall from 2nd Avenue to a few blocks south, where erosion left the dunes in ruin (creating "cliffs" as high as 20 feet).

A two-block stretch of beach - between 3rd & 5th Avenues was closed for two days back in early August for maintenance.

The Army Corps' plan, as it stands, is to create and reinforce dunes in North Wildwood, create dunes in Wildwood, and reinforce and bring up to code existing dunes in the Crest.

The project is of concern to some officials in Wildwood, including Mayor Ernie Troiano, who successfully altered initial plans to take 900 to 1,000 feet away from the city's beaches. The project now calls for 400 to 500 feet of sand to be taken away, still a very significant amount.

The dunes in Wildwood will be 200 feet from the Boardwalk, with approximately 1,1000 feet of beach between the dunes and the ocean.

Troiano noted that the city may explore raising the beach behind the dunes to avoid pooling water after storms.

Wildwood generally does not face tidal flooding concerns, as flooding comes from the bay during major storms.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Downtown Wildwood hosting Halloween Movie Night & Treats, October 27th

A year filled with firsts for Pacific Avenue will feature yet another new event on Friday, October 27, with the Downtown Wildwood Halloween Movie Night & Treats.

"Hotel Transylvania" will begin when it gets dark (about 6 p.m.) at the Downtown Wildwood Farmer's Market lot - Pacific & Schellenger Avenues.

Admission is FREE (and plenty of free parking will be available).

Children 12 and under will receive free bags of treats beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Hot and cold drinks, popcorn and other snacks will be for sale on-site.

The following day, Saturday, October 28, the final Downtown Wildwood Fall Harvest Market of the year will take place at the same location.

For more information, call 609-523-1602 or visit www.DOOWW.com.

NJ Fall RV Show set for October 20-22


PRESS RELEASE

The NJ Fall RV Show is returning to the Wildwoods Convention Center Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22 where you’ll find the best-selling brands in the industry from New Jersey’s biggest and best RV dealers.

The show will feature a large variety of recreational vehicles displayed inside the Wildwoods Convention Center from top dealers including Dylan’s RV Center, Driftwood RV Center, Whitehorse RV Center, Cross Roads Trailers and Scott Motor Coach RV Center.

Whether you’re looking for a new camping adventure or want to upgrade to a new rig, this event is for you. Many vehicles will be clearance priced and trades are also welcomed.

The RV Show will be open to the public Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Sunday, October 22 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Admission is $12 per day and tickets will be available at the door. Parking for the event is free.

For additional information about the show, call 856-228-0090 or visit www.NJFallRVShow.com.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Long-awaited plans for Seaport Pier revealed


The future of Seaport Pier may finally be coming into focus.

According to a report today by the Cape May County Herald, plans for a year round entertainment venue have been submitted.

The project would include a swim club, restaurant, upscale coffee bar, bike parking and concert space.

Entrance rendering at 22nd Avenue
BG Capital, along with project manager Joseph Byrne of JB Richards Construction LLC and designer Peter Porretta of Lighthouse Architecture (both Philadelphia-based firms) will make a formal presentation before the North Wildwood Planning Board at a public hearing.

The date has yet to be determined, but Mayor Patrick Rosenello ensured that advance notice will be made.

Byrne noted in the Herald article that he hopes to begin construction early next year, with a target opening of May 2018, pending the planning board's approval.

Indoor rendering, featuring restaurant and coffee bar

The northernmost of the six piers that extend from the Boardwalk, Seaport Pier operated for several years as Seaport Village, an outdoor mall that consisted of various shops and outlets at 22nd Avenue.

The mall closed after the 2004 season, and all structures on the pier were demolished by 2008. 

Since then, it has sat largely vacant, save for a North Wildwood Police substation and tourism office, and mobile public restrooms at the front of the pier, added in recent years.

After years of speculation as to what would become of the pier, including a proposed indoor water park in 2007, the North Wildwood portion of the Boardwalk (stretching from 16th to 26th Avenues) now has a potential, multi-purpose centerpiece.

A realized Seaport Pier would certainly change the dynamic north of the Morey's Piers amusement and water park centers.

Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Celebration this weekend, October 13-14

PRESS RELEASE

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Weekend Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to the 1950s and beyond, and highlighting the Wildwoods’ role in the birth of Rock ‘n Roll music.

The fun begins Friday night, October 13, inside the Wildwoods Convention Center’s Oceanfront Arena with a Dance Party featuring The Cameos moving and grooving to classic oldies. The Dance Party takes place from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., and admission is $16 plus tax per person.

Saturday, October 14 will feature an afternoon of outdoor fun and music during the FREE Fabulous ‘50s Street Fair at Fox Park, located across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Street Fair will include free live entertainment throughout the day, a classic car show, a Doo-Wop ‘50s Bus Tour and a variety of vendors offering ‘50s memorabilia, merchandise, many delicious food options and much more.

Saturday evening at 7 p.m., the weekend’s featured event – the Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Concert – will take place in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The star-studded musical line-up will include Frankie Avalon, The Duprees, Danny & The Juniors, and The Ladies of Shake, Rattle ‘n Roll. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the concert.

Tickets are $54 (including tax) per person for stadium seating and $71.50 (including tax) per person for floor seating and are on sale now through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or Charge-By-Phone at 800-745-3000.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office the weekend of the event.

For additional information visit www.Wildwoods.com, or call 609-729-4000. Tickets are also available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 3306 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood.

For additional information about the Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Celebration and a complete list of weekend activities, visit www.Wildwoods.com or call 609-729-4000.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.