Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Crest announces 2017 Summer Music Series schedule

24 shows - all FREE - for Summer 2017!

The Borough of Wildwood Crest today released the full schedule for its 2017 Summer Music Series.

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All shows will be held at Centennial Park (Ocean Ave. & Fern Rd.) with a 7:30 p.m. start time, and are FREE to the public.

The series begins with the traditional Summer Kickoff Concert on May 29, featuring the Fabulous Greaseband.

Alternating Wednesday and Saturday evening concerts then begin Saturday, June 24 with the Chatterband, and continue through the end of August.

An additional three concerts will be held on Saturdays in September.

The 2017 Crest Summer Music Series includes 24 concerts in all!

For more information, call 609-523-0202 or check out www.VisitWildwoodCrest.com.

Destination 3000: IT'SUGAR's arrival latest boon to Boardwalk block


As reported last week, IT'SUGAR Candy Store is coming to Wildwood this summer.

We now have a location and an opening date.

According to IT'SUGAR representatives, the store will be located on the 3000 block of the Boardwalk, occupying Spaces 308/310. It is set to open Memorial Day Weekend.

The "upscale" candy shop will join Angelo's Pizza Spot, Chipstix, Kohr Bros, and Ice Hot Teppanyaki (which debuted last year), among others on the row that spans from Glenwood to Pine avenues.

The 3000 block, and the large structure that encompasses it, has seen its share of struggle over the years. But it seems to be turning a corner, at least in terms of adding quality stores and upgrading its profile.

The arrival of IT'SUGAR certainly continues that trend.

“The Jersey Shore holds a special place in our hearts at IT’SUGAR,” said Jeff Rubin, founder and CEO of IT’SUGAR. “Our first-ever location was in Atlantic City and with the opening of this store in Wildwood, we now have a presence at three (3) boardwalks along the coast.

"We share the “wild” attitude with our friends in Wildwood and can’t wait to bring our unique mix of sweets and humor to the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk this summer.”

IT’SUGAR Wildwood is getting ready to begin the hiring process in the coming weeks. In the meantime, resumes and applicants can apply at hrapp@itsugar.com.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Savings Spotlight: Tramcar ticket books deal with discount code "wildwood365" ends Friday

Our special deal for additional savings on Tramcar ticket books from the Boardwalk Bucks Discount Ticket Store ends on Friday (March 31).

Be sure to use promo code "wildwood365" when ordering and save an additional $5, for a total of $30 in savings!

25 Tramcar Tickets ($45 per book + $1.99 shipping)

Quantities are limited.

While you're planning your Wildwood vacation, check out these additional deals:

https://shop.go2wildwood.com/

Saving the Children's Fresh Air Home in North Wildwood


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods' three powerhouse social media accounts are coming together for a great cause!

Join the "Wildwood Boardwalk," "Wildwood 365" and "Watch the Tramcar Please" as we look to help the Children's Fresh Air Home reopen its doors.

For nearly a century, the Children's Fresh Air Home, located at 1100 Surf Avenue in North Wildwood, provided safe haven and a summertime experience for over 20,000 disadvantaged children in the Philadelphia/South Jersey region.

Pre-1950's postcard; Lynn H. Boyer, Jr.
The work of the home's founder, L. Ida Dukes, started in 1896 when the 41-year-old mother of six began inviting children whose families were unable to afford a summer retreat from city life for a day of fun along the Delaware River.

In 1911, Dukes brought her first group of children to Wildwood and in 1923, the Children's Fresh Air Home was born.

In the decades to follow, a succession of superintendents, counselors and volunteers would continue the outreach.

However, by 2006, the aging structure was in critical need of repair. Work began, but was subsequently halted due to a lack of funds, and the difficult decision was made to temporarily close the home.

It has sat, an empty and inoperable shell, since then.

But, there is HOPE!

FREE & Premium tickets available for 2017 Pro Footvolley Tour, July 21-23

The 2017 Pro Footvolley Tour is coming to the Wildwood Beach at Garfield Avenue this Summer, July 21-23.

FREE tickets can be claimed HERE.

Premium tickets are also available for just $10 via www.wildwoodfootvolley.com.

Limited to 400 tickets, purchase includes premium seat views, one of three commemorative items (rally towel, t-shirt or game ball), color program, a guarantee to be seen on the worldwide broadcase and priority entry into Meet & Greet sessions after the matches.

For more information on the 2017 Pro Footvolley, check out our recent feature.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Info on Wildwoods Family Fun Night & BONFIRE - Friday, April 14th


A number of readers have asked for more information regarding the Wildwoods Family Fun Night & Bonfire event scheduled for Friday, April 14.

Here it is, straight from the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce...

ENTRANCE: Rio Grande Avenue and Andrews Avenue will be used. However, as a pre-purchased ticket holder you can avoid any lines by entering at Andrews Avenue.

RE-ENTRANCE: You may leave the event area and enter again as long as you have your hand stamped.

PARKING: The Wildwoods Convention Center parking lots will be open during the event to the public for an additional fee.

FOOD, SNACKS & COOLERS:

• Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will be selling food/snacks at the event for your convenience.
• We will allow coolers in the event area but, all coolers will be checked at the entrance.
• No glass at all will be allowed on the beach.
• We are offering a Make Your Own Smores area – You must purchase the Smores Packs & Sticks ($5.00 a pack – 2 smores and 1 smore cooking stick) from the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce in order to use this fire pit area. NO EXCEPTIONS.

GAME GARDEN: We will have a family game garden (corn hole, ladder ball, checkers, Jenga, connect four etc.) set up at this event for everyone to play. Games are first come first serve but please share. Children will only be allowed in this area with an adult.

CLEAN UP: We will have a lot of trash cans in the event area. Please make sure you clean up and leave our beach better than you found it!

For more information, call 609-729-4000 or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Von Savage Pool to close for maintenance April 5-7

PRESS RELEASE

The Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool in Wildwood Crest will be closed from Wednesday, April 5, through Friday, April 7, for maintenance.

Work includes the installation of a new ultraviolet filtration system, a transition from a bromine to chlorine treatment system and the repair of the pool’s heating system.

The pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, April 8, with its normal schedule.

For more information, call 609-522-0084.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wildwood Police Introduce Newest Officer, K-9 Vera

PRESS RELEASE

The Commissioners’ Meeting Room inside Wildwood City Hall was packed with police officers, city officials, benefactors and local residents as the Wildwood Police Department officially introduced the newest member of the force, K-9 Vera, to the public.

During the March 22 Wildwood Board of Commissioners regular meeting, Police Chief Robert Regalbuto presented the 2-year-old German Shepherd to the city as part of the department’s crackdown on narcotics that not only plague the city but also plague the nation.

According to the chief, Vera, along with her partner officer/handler, Ptlm. Chris Katz, will begin a rigorous 22-week training program that will teach the dog to assist her fellow police officers when dealing with combative assailants, searching buildings and helping in the battle with narcotics. Both Vera and Katz will undergo 16 weeks of patrol training and an additional 6 weeks of narcotics detection training.

The Wildwood Police Department has not had a K-9 officer in four decades.  Throughout that time, when the assistance of a K-9 officer was needed a call was made to the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department to have a K-9 officer dispatched.

“We need a dog here,” Regalbuto explained to the audience. “We need her on our streets, on our Boardwalk, on Pacific Avenue or anywhere where we have problems.”

During the commissioners’ meeting, the new K-9 officer received her badge from Commissioner Tony Leonetti who oversees the city’s police department.

“We welcome our newest officer to our police department,” Leonetti said. “This K-9 will be used as a valuable addition to our department in helping them with their work as they continue their aggressive stance in curbing the sale and use of narcotics throughout the city and in assisting them in maintaining their rank as of the top police departments in the state.”

Regalbuto said bringing a K-9 Vera to the city would not have been possible without the support of the community. The purchase of the dog, her training and her maintenance were made possible through donations from local businesses and individuals.  To show appreciation of the people and businesses that helped bring Vera to the Wildwood Police Department, donors were honored with a plaque that will be displayed in City Hall.

Wildwood announces 2017 Fox Park Amphitheater Concert Series

The City of Wildwood today announced the schedule for its 2017 Fox Park Amphitheater Concert Series.

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Concerts will be held every Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. from June 25 to August 27.

All are FREE to the public.

Fox Park is located on Ocean Avenue between Montgomery and Burk avenues (across from the Wildwoods Convention Center).

The Fox Park Amphitheater Concert Series is sponsored by the Tourism & Development Commission.

Bunnies, Brunch & Bonnets: Morey's Piers Celebrates Easter Weekend, April 15-16

“Bunny Hop Doo-Wop” Hotel Package 
Features Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

PRESS RELEASE

Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, kicks off the 2017 season with the grand opening of Mariner’s Pier on Saturday, April 8.

The pier will be open April 8 from noon - 6 pm and Sunday, April 9 from 11 am - 5 pm.

The following weekend, Morey's will host its annual Easter Celebration, April 15 & 16.

Families are invited to hop over to the pier starting at 11:00 am on Easter Sunday for special activities including pictures with the Easter Bunnies from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Parents Pavilion located behind the Carousel.

Easter Bunnies performances will take place throughout the afternoon.

Children 12 years of age and younger can pick an Easter egg for a chance to win an assortment of fun prizes, ranging from stuffed animals and Curley’s Fries buckets, to one-day pier passes and water park passes. Two lucky participants will win the grand prize of a Morey’s Piers 2017 Wild Pass.

Morey Hotels & Resorts’ “Bunny Hop Doo-Wop” package, available on April 15, 2017, offers families an Easter weekend at the shore. The overnight package includes:

  • One night accommodations at The Starlux or Blue Palms Resort
  • Continental breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Jumbo’s Restaurant on Sunday, April 16 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am
  • Two ride wristbands valid for two days (Saturday and Sunday)
  • 15 percent off at the following food outlets: Jumbo’s, Taco Joint, La Bakerie, Mama’s Kitchen, Serpent Sweets, Curley’s on Mariner’s Pier, Dollar Dogs, Dippin’ Dots and Fritz’s Fries (discount excludes alcohol).
  • Three game vouchers valid for one free game at select stands on Mariner’s Pier

A standard king room starts at $106 per night at Blue Palms Resort; double rooms at the Boardwalk Bungalow at the Blue Palms Resort start at $120 per night based on double occupancy. A standard room at The Starlux starts at $141 per night.

Additional guests in the room can purchase a two-day wristband for $25 each or a breakfast voucher for $9 each. Rooms are subject to availability; price does not include hotel tax.

To book the “Bunny Hop Doo-Wop” package, visit www.moreyspiers.com/easter and use the code EASTER.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Crest to honor native Olympian at upcoming commissioners’ meeting


PRESS RELEASE

The Borough of Wildwood Crest’s Board of Commissioners is set to honor Wildwood Crest native and United States Olympian Joe Maloy at its regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at Wildwood Crest Borough Hall.

Maloy, 31, who recently announced his retirement from competitive triathlon racing, competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He finished as the top American and 23rd overall in the men’s triathlon race.

As part of the ceremony, the Board of Commissioners will present Maloy with a lifetime membership to the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool.

The public is welcome to attend the event. Call 609-522-5176 for more information.

"Sweet!" - IT'SUGAR Candy Store coming to Wildwood Boardwalk

IT'SUGAR Candy Store, Atlantic City
We can confirm another addition to what is already shaping up to be a banner year for new businesses in the Wildwoods!

IT'SUGAR, a trendy candy store that specializes in "innovative sweets, fun novelty gifts and giant candy" is coming to the Boardwalk. 

While we can't release the exact location just yet, we can confirm that the store will be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

IT'SUGAR seems like a natural fit for Wildwood's "wacky, tacky" colorful vibe. The company prides itself on its "absurdly hilarious candy and novelty products," featuring "over a thousand indulgent confections to choose from and an array of gifts that are a feast for the eyes."

Jeff Rubin, founder and CEO of IT'SUGAR, opened his first store in Atlantic City in 2006. Since then, it has become the fastest-growing specialty candy retailer in the world, with over 100 locations in U.S. and abroad. 

This will be IT'SUGAR's third store at the Jersey Shore. It's second shop opened on the Ocean City Boardwalk last May.

Coast Guard, Partners Rescue Beached Dolphin

PRESS RELEASE

Coast Guard and Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) personnel released a dolphin back to sea approximately five miles off Cape May Inlet Monday afternoon, March 20.

The dolphin had become beached off Hereford Inlet near Wildwood, Monday morning.

Personnel from the MMSC out of Brigantine recovered the beached dolphin and provided it necessary medical attention.

MMSC personnel rode along on Station Cape May's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium to release the dolphin back into open waters.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Sand Jamm store coming to 26th & New Jersey

Hours after a crew from A.B.S. Sign Company installed the two-section "Sand Jamm" neon sign in its new location, Stephen Mendel's excitement was palpable.

"I was just outside, looking up at it again. We had a beautiful, deep blue sky as a backdrop, and as fate would have it, today is the first day of spring. It's a symbolic new start, but I didn't plan it this way," said the owner of the popular surf shop.

Mendel, whose iconic boardwalk business will soon open at this new site, 26th & New Jersey Avenues, also noted that this will be his 26th season in Wildwoods.

Since 2006, Sand Jamm and its bright, plastic palm tree-decorated facade, has been a fixture on the Boardwalk at Juniper Avenue - at the base of the former Hunt's Pier. Prior to that, Mendel operated out of a smaller shop near Spencer Avenue.

This summer will be the last for Sand Jamm on the Boardwalk. After that, Mendel will focus all of his attention on the new standalone store on New Jersey. The building, which has sat vacant for several years, was most recently the home of Shore Decor, a nautical-themed gift shop.

It sits on the North Wildwood side of 26th, on the same block as Shoobie's Good Eats and Wildwood Glass. The corner spot is adjacent to Green's Liquors and diagonal from Larkin's Restaurant, both on the Wildwood side.

"It's been an incredible ride, but after 25 years on the Boardwalk, I felt it was time for a change," Mendel explained. "We're looking forward to bringing new vibrancy to this location and putting our stamp on something unique."

The new Sand Jamm store has been extensively renovated inside and out, with a number of features we will be detailing in our next report.

Stay tuned!

Check out more photos of today's neon sign installation HERE.

Follow Sand Jamm's on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter - @sandjammwwnj

Chuck Berry rocked the Wildwoods during its rock 'n roll heyday

The Treniers... Charlie Gracie... Bill Haley & His Comets... Fats Domino... Little Richard... Chubby Checker...

The list of not just "big names," but rock 'n roll pioneers who played Wildwood during the 1950's and 60's is downright staggering.

Included on this roster of rock royalty, sure enough, is the legendary Chuck Berry, who passed away at his home in Missouri on Saturday at age 90.

According to previous research at the George F. Boyer Museum - Wildwood Historical Society, Berry performed at Ben Martin's Club Bolero from June 12 - June 17, 1957.

That was a Wednesday to Monday stretch (no specifics on how many times he performed over that six-day period).

(NOTE: There is some conflicting info, suggesting that Berry performed at the Bolero from July 12-17, 1957. These are likely typos in promotional materials rather than another set of shows on the exact same dates the following months. But we're continuing to research this to see if we can confirm, one way or another.)

Berry wasn't a young, unproven performer on the rise, as many others who passed through Wildwood during this time were. He was an artist in very high demand, a reflection of the entertainment mecca this was in those days.

Three years after Bill Haley & His Comets debuted "Rock Around The Clock" at the Hofbrau Hotel, this revolutionary sound was still finding its legs. Berry was a driving force in shaping emerging music AND American culture, having already wowed audiences with the million-record selling "Maybellene" (1955) and the seminal smash hits "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Rock And Roll Music" (1956).

("Johnny B. Goode" would hit the charts in 1958.)

Club Bolero was one of Wildwood's premiere venues in the late 50's, competing for top acts with the Riptide, Surf Club, Beachcomber, Hurricane East, Manor Supper Club and others.

It was located at Atlantic & Oak avenues, at the modern site of the Bolero Resort.