Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Wild Scoop rebranding as Five Mile Grind - Coffee & Ice Cream

We’ve heard rumblings that the new owners of the
Wild Scoop (3411 Pacific Avenue) have had some big plans in the works, and the first details have emerged.

Yesterday, the Cobucci family announced via social media that the shop is being rebranded as Five Mile Grind, a combination coffee bar and ice cream parlor set to open this Spring.

Five Mile Grind will feature “Beach Ball Blend” and “Surf’s Up” bold coffee selections as well as premium offerings from New Jersey-based partners Revolution Coffee Roasters (Collingswood) and Evermore Coffee Roasters (Burlington).

On the ice cream side, keep an eye out for the signature “Wildwich” - described as a series of treat variations “born out of our love for Wildwood and the classic chipwich.”

The first to be introduced was the “Hulk Wildwich,” made up of two double chocolate chip cookies surrounding a massive scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, rolled in chopped mint Oreo cookies.

(A hockey/
Philadelphia Flyers-themed version named the “Puck Wildwich” was also hinted at.)

Five Mile Grind is prominently located in the heart of Downtown Wildwood, directly across from Byrne Plaza, and is neighbored on the same block by The Deck at Holly Beach, Hooked on Books, Blue Homes Real Estate, Maggie’s Boutique, Beach Whiskers, The Yellow Umbrella Gift Shoppe and Greek Street Eats.

The Wild Scoop opened in August 2017, ahead of the grand opening of Byrne Plaza the following Spring.

For additional information and updates, follow Five Mile Grind on Facebook and Instagram.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

TRIO to take over former home of Amish Market in North Wildwood

A high profile North Wildwood locale will be given new life this Spring, as a Stone Harbor favorite heads south (with a new name).

TRIO, a gastro eatery offering "American cuisine with a global flair," is taking over the former home of Amish Market at 7th & New Jersey.

Owners Debbie and Paul Gioquindo have decided to relocate from Stone Harbor, where they had operated Kitchen 330 since 2018. They will be joined by executive chef Gus Zimmerman, renowned for his farm-to-table-stylings.

In an email letter announcing the move, the Gioquindos noted that they closed on the property in December and are hoping to be open by May, or June a the latest.

They will be chronicling the restaurant's renovation in the coming months via social media - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can also check out TRIO's official website, which as of now is a work in progress:

The Amish Market opened amid much fanfare in March 2013. It operated for five seasons, and was known simply as the Gourmet Market when it closed in 2017. The location reopened in 2018 as Wes & Cole's Cookery, but latest only one summer. The building was unoccupied the past two years.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Barefoot Country Music Fest announces 2021 headliners


Northeast's largest outdoor country music fest on the beach announces August 2021 event dates and headliners

Wildwood Beach, NJ - Organizers of the Northeast's largest outdoor country music fest on the beach, in coordination with the City of Wildwood government officials, announced today that the Barefoot Country Music Fest (BCMF) will officially be welcoming back headliners Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as welcoming Zac Brown Band to the 2021 lineup.

It was also announced that the event has been rescheduled for Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22, 2021 with a kick off concert scheduled for the evening of Thursday, August 19, 2021. 

The decision was made out of an abundance of caution for all involved; artists, staff, production crew and especially attendees and the entire Wildwoods community. Organizers held extensive talks with Wildwood officials and continue to appreciate their insight and flexibility to accommmodate these new dates.

Collectively, all parties involved felt these dates provide ample time for circulation of the recently released vaccines as we continue to acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Based on the outpouring of support from fans and the Wildwood community, we chose to seek alternate dates which we felt provide sufficient time for the recent vaccine to circulate, as well as additional time for us to ensure a safe and successful festival; the safety and satisfaction of our fans is our #1 priority. With this being our inaugural event in Wildwood, we want to make sure we do it right. Moving an event of this magnitude is a massive undertaking and we appreciate everyone who helped us with the decision and the transition to August for 2021," said Rob Pedlow of Barefoot Country Music Fest.

"We understand holding the festival is contingent on state and national guidelines for mass gatherings and will continue to monitor the situation with local officials and healthcare personnel over the next several months. Fans were vocal that they wanted BCMF to still take place and we are looking forward to a safe and fun event in August."

Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron stated: "The team at Barefoot Country Music Fest was all set for the June 2021 concert date; however, during these extraordinary times, it is vital to continue to stay as flexible and attentive to current conditions as the BCMF team has been. The City, BCMF, artists and their management, vendors and others have worked tirelessly to reschedule the event in August 2021. 

"On behalf of myself and the commissioners, we look forward to celebrating this one-of-a-kind experience with our community and visitors."

BCMF is brough to you by Southern Entertainment, the producers of the award-winning Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the largest outdoor country music fest on the East Coast. BCMF is expected to be the Northeast's largest outdoor country music festival, occupying 27 acres of the Wildwoods beaches.

Further updates about the 2021 Barefoot Country Music Fest will be made on social media and at For more information about Wildwood, NJ, visit

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

Friday, December 11, 2020

Wildwood Crest to host Holiday Lights Walk - Monday, December 21st


WILDWOOD CREST - The Borough of Wildwood Crest Mayor's Wellness Campaign and the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department are sponsoring a community Holiday Lights Walk on Monday, December 21 at 5:30 pm.

Walkers will meet at the corner of Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue and will take an approximately 30-minute walk along Sunset Lake and the surrounding neighborhood to view the various holiday and Christmas light displays. 

The walk will be led by Wildwood Crest Mayor's Wellness Campaign coordinator Laura Farrall.

The Holiday Lights Walk is free but registration is encouraged. Those interested are asked to send an email to

Walkers should wear warm clothes and face coverings and should social distance as much as possible during the event. All walkers will receive a small holiday gift.

Rain/inclement weather date for the event is Tuesday, December 22 at 5:30 pm.

For more information, call the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at 609-523-0202.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Santa Claus to ride through streets of Wildwood Crest - Wednesday, December 16th


WILDWOOD CREST - The children of Wildwood Crest should get ready for a visit from jolly old St. Nicholas!

Santa Claus will visit Wildwood Crest ahead of the Christmas holiday by riding through borough streets and waving to children on Wednesday, December 16, beginning at 3:30 pm.

Santa will be accompanied by the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department, Volunteer Fire Department and Police Department.

Parents are advised to keep their children on their properties. Santa Claus will remain in the street as he passes.

Santa will begin his journey through the streets of Wildwood Crest on Jefferson Avenue and will travel north through the borough to Cresse Avenue.

Rain/inclement weather date for Santa's visit will be Thursday, December 17, also at 3:30 pm.

For further information, contact the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at 609-523-0202.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Crest Mayor's Wellness Campaign to host second holiday food drive


Fresh off of a successful holiday food drive ahead of Thanksgiving, the Borough of Wildwood Crest Mayor's Wellness Campaign and the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department are hosting a second holiday food drive during the month of December.

All collected items will be donated to the Lazarus House Food Pantry in Wildwood prior to Christmas Day.

Items in need for the food drive include non-perishable, nutritious, healthy canned or dry foods. Household soap and paper products can also be included.

Items donated for the food drive can be dropped off at the Crest Pier Recreation Center, located at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue, Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 8 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Items can also be dropped off at Wildwood Crest Borough Hall, located at Sweet Briar Road and Pacific Avenue, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Food drive items should be delivered no later than Saturday, December 19. All collected items will be delivered to Lazarus House on Monday, December 21.

Items that are out-of-date, damaged, no labeled or perishable cannot be accepted.

The Wildwood Crest November food drive netted two large wagons full of food and household products for donation to Lazarus House.

For further information, contact the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at 609-523-0202.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wildwood Crest promotes Robert Lloyd to police chief


Wildwood Crest - The Borough of Wildwood Crest has announced the promotion of Captain Robert T. Lloyd to the rank of Police of Chief.

Lloyd's promotion was made official via the unanimous passage of a resolution by the Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners at its regular bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, November 18.

With his wife and two young daughters at his side, Lloyd was sworn into the position by Wildwood Crest Commissioner of Public Safety immediately after the passage of the resolution.

"I'm extremely grateful to Mayor (Don) Cabrera, Commissioner Thompson and Commissioner (Joyce) Gould for allowing me to take this next step," Lloyd said. "I'm truly humbled and honored to be chief of the Wildwood Crest Police Department."

A full-time police officer in Wildwood Crest since August 2004, Lloyd quickly rose through the ranks and was eventually promoted to captain in October 2016. He then became Officer in Charge of the Wildwood Crest Police Department on January 1 of this year after the retirement of then-Chief Joseph McGrath.

Llyod was heavily involved in the planning and execution of security details surrounding President Donald Trump's visit to the Wildwoods in February and has also overseen all department operations during the current health crisis.

"This is a great move for Wildwood Crest and its residents, appointing a fine leader to our fine police department," Thompson said. "The chief has done a fabulous job so far as Officer in Charge. It was a baptism by fire for him, with the visit by President Trump and then everything associated with the virus. He has done a very good job handling all of it. This appointment puts our police department in a better position moving forward by setting up the proper chain of command with an outstanding leader at the very top."

A lifelong resident of Cape May County, Lloyd began his career in law enforcement as a Class II police officer in Avalon, where he served during the summer of 2002. He was first hired by Wildwood Crest as a full-time Class II officer in February 2003. He was later hired as a full-time police officer in Wildwood Crest in August 2004.

Lloyd was assigned to the department's detective division in 2009 and was eventually promoted to sergeant in May 2011. He was promoted to lieutenant in May 2015 before his promotion to captain the following year. 

Lloyd also previously served as a member of the Cape May County SWAT team for nine years and is currently an instructor in physical fitness, firearms training and survival training at the Cape May County Police Academy.

Lloyd is a graduate of Middle Township High School and holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Atlantic Cape Community College. He is a graduate of both the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the 277th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. 

Lloyd's appointment to police chief is provisional in accordance with the terms of his agreement.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Wildwood Crest to host drive-up holiday tree lighting ceremony Tuesday, December 1st

Courtesy Wildwood Crest Recreation Dept.


WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a drive-up holiday tree lighting and bayfront decorating ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. along Sunset Lake at Atlanta and New Jersey avenues.

The event is free and open to the public. Due to executive orders by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy limiting the size of gatherings due to the current health crisis, attendees are asked to drive to the Sunset Lake area, park and remain in their vehicles during event.

The tree lighting ceremony will be simulcast live by 98.7 The Coast radio from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees can listen to the broadcast in their vehicles. For those who cannot attend, a live video stream of the event will be available through the Borough of Wildwood Crest website at and on the official Borough of Wildwood Crest Facebook page.

The ceremony will include a visit from Santa Clausholiday-themed music and more. 

Rain/inclement weather date for the event is Thursday, Dec. 3.

For further information, call the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at (609) 523-0202.

Community Christmas Toy Giveaway planned by Post 184, application now available

Families are asked to register their kids for toys donated by the community through American Legion Post 184


WILDWOOD, NJ – After a successful giveaway of turkeys for Thanksgiving, American Legion Post 184 is looking towards Christmas with another charitable endeavor. 

Post 184 will provide families one toy per child, wrapped with a personalized card signed by Santa (if age appropriate). Applications for toys will be accepted from November 23rd until December 7th. There is limited space for this giveaway and families are asked to apply immediately.

  “As we were giving away turkeys and talking to families we found an even bigger need is for Christmas,” said Commander Harry Weimar. “We usually do a Christmas party called Kids Christmas for the families of our members and a few community families as needed. This year we planned to expand the party, but with COVID it’s been cancelled. We are happy to still be able to give out gifts thanks to the efforts of our members and community partners.”  

To help make this initiative possible, the Post will be setting up an Amazon wish list based on responses from families. Legionnaires, community members or any donor nationwide will be able to purchase a gift that will be shipped straight to Post 184. 

The wish list will be made public on December 1st at and updated continuously as families are confirmed. 

Families in need are asked to visit and follow the link for application. All toys are first come, first serve and recipients are asked to only apply if they cannot receive another similar donation from another organization. Pickup date and time will be provided in reply through email.

Any applicant in need of other items including food and clothing is asked to include details in the application.

American Legion Post 184 has been a fixture of the community for decades. Many projects throughout town have been supported by the Legion, both veteran and community focused. For the Post’s centennial anniversary in 2021, Post 184 plans to expand their support of community efforts for all in addition to fundraising for their building repairs.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Morey's Piers announces 2021 opening date and holiday sale

Buy with confidence this holiday season!

Morey's Piers offers deep discounts on summer fun...


Mariner's Pier scheduled to open May 8th

The Wildwoods, NJ - Handcrafting family fun for over 50 years, Morey's Piers, located on the Boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, is excited to welcome guests back to Mariner's Pier for the unofficial start to summer on May 8, 2021, with Surfside and Adventure piers scheduled to open at the end of May.

For the water park lovers, Raging Waters is scheduled to reopen on June 12, with Ocean Oasis to follow mid-June.

Safe Play Promise

As the world adjusted to new travel norms and expectations, so too did Morey's Piers. When given the green light to open in July, Morey's Piers rolled out the Safe Play Promise. These strengthened procedures were designed to give guests an even greater confidence in visiting the piers and to provide them with the best possible experience within the health and safety guidelines. While Morey's Piers was unable to provide their full line-up of offerings and events in 2020, they were able to safely open various facilities including: two piers with rides, one water park, three restaurants, and various food, beverage and game stands.

"The events of 2020 certainly reshaped our operating plan but I'm really proud of our team for making the necessary adjustments to enable our guests to still have the best possible experience," said Will Morey, 2nd Generation owner of Morey's Piers. "We learned a lot and have many takeaways from this past summer that we are using in our operating plans for next summer."

Morey's Piers Annual Holiday Sale

From now through January 8, 2021, savvy shoppers can buy with confidence and enjoy savings up to 40% for a season of wild rides and water park admission.

The classic seaside attraction's signature Wild Pass offers unlimited summer fun for $275, a savings of $75 from the retail value of $350. The Wild Pass consists of one ride wristband per day valid for rides on all three piers and all-day access to both beachfront water parks: Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park. Additional Wild Pass savings are available for seniors, 65 and older.

The Wild Water Park Pass, a pass from water park admission only, is priced at $160 (regularly $200). The Wild Water Park Pass is good for one all-day water park wristband per day.

NEW! Multi Visit Pass, a pass that entitles holder to (4) visits during the 2021 season. Pass is valid for a water park OR pier wristband plus 15% off food, beverage and retail for $140 (regularly $175). Purchase a Multi Visit Pass on or before Cyber Monday and save an additional $20.

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

Pier and Water Park Packs: The more you buy the more you save on admission. Purchase 4-8 individual admissions for $50/ticket (regularly $59/ticket) or a 10-pack of individual admissions for $425, saving Holiday Sale shoppers $165 from the retail value of $590. Individual vouchers are great for splitting up and never expire.

Winter Holiday Ticket Cards: Discounted ride tickets that never expire. Purchase 75 tickets for $55, 150 tickets for $105, or 250 tickets for $155. Ticket cards can be used by more than one person.

Tram Car Ticket Book: Includes 25 one-way rides on the tram for $60.

Buy with Confidence!

This season, Morey's PIers is giving holiday shoppers some peach of mind with their "Buy with Confidence" guarantee. Shoppers can stress less knowing that if their circumstances change this summer, or Morey's Piers is unable to open for the season, all purchases are eligible to be converted to a Morey's Piers gift certificate. This gift certificate will be valid for future purchases including pier or water park admission, food and beverage purchases, or merchandise from Morey's retail shops. Order online by visiting Pricing does not include applicable tax. Hours of operation and opening dates are subject to change. For more information on Morey's Piers, visit

About Morey's Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today and #1 Best Beach Boardwalk by Family Vacation Critic Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Hotels & Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Water Park at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

City of Wildwood opens a new outdoor learning park donated by its citizens


Wildwood, NJ – Mayor Pete Byron and Commissioners Fitzsimons and Mikulski gathered today to thank private donors – many graduates of Glenwood Avenue Elementary School – to celebrate the opening of the SOLCOW (Socratic Outdoor Learning Center Of Wildwood). 

The park, located on New York Avenue and West Poplar Avenue, serves as an outdoor classroom for Glenwood Avenue Elementary School students ages 6 to 12 years old. However, SOLCOW park will also welcome residents and visitors daily. 

This joint venture, the brainchild of Jack and Karen Morey of Morey’s Piers and Resorts, is an initiative between the City of Wildwood and various private sector contributors.

The event was attended by Glenwood Avenue Elementary School Pre-K and 4th grade classes, teachers and administrators who first initiated the request for the park.

The Wildwood High School Warrior Wagon and WHS Culinary Program catered the event with a menu of Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sandwiches with celery and blue cheese, White Bean Tomato Soup, Chicken Fingers and French Fries.

DJ Chris Hines a.k.a. DJ Cree, a Wildwood High School graduate, volunteered his services to create a fun event for all.

The American Legion Post 184 led the small ceremony with The Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Pete Bryon thanked the donors and expressed additional gratitude to them for a reason to celebrate despite the pandemic. He continued, “During this time, it is nice to have something that brings joy and normalcy to our lives and our children.”


Commissioner Krista Fitzsimons, who oversees Parks & Recreation, said, “We can’t thank you enough for creating this park which means so much to Wildwood residents, especially those who live in this neighborhood, including me!”

Jack Morey thanked the donors, many who donated this park in their fathers’ names:

• Anthony Joseph Gallo - Gallo Concrete

• Augustus Edward Johnson, Class of 1949 - Johnson Electric

• Ernest Valentino Troiano, Sr., Class of 1946 - Troiano Concrete

• Harry Alfred Mitchell, Jr., Class of 1969 - Mitchell Iron Works

• Harry Keithan James, Jr., - JRA Design (designed the park)

• Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge 1896

• The Lunch with Lynch Foundation

• Leonard Richard Catanoso, Sr., Class of 1940 - Garden Greenhouse

• Lee Travis Watson - GeoScape Solar

• OceanFirst Bank

• W. Robert Hentges, Class of 1955 - ABS Sign Company

• Robert Herbert Wurz - Wurz Sign Systems

• Wilbert Clarence Morey, Class of 1947 - Morey Family Entertainment & Resorts

A 30-year Time Capsule included donations from the city, the schools and residents. Some items included:

• The City of Wildwood centennial book – A Century of Memories 1912-2012

• Pieces of the Historic Wildwood Boardwalk – A wooden Christmas ornament and magnet

• Cape May County Herald January 8, 2020 news article

• Photo of Mayor Pete Byron and Commissioners Fitzsimons and Mikulski

• A City of Wildwood letter summarizing 2020

• DOO WW Beach Ball and Tram Car magnets

• President Donald J. Trump coin

• Wildwoods 2020 Calendar of Events

• Wildwood High School clothing, including Covid-19 masks

• Photos of this event

The City of Wildwood Faceboook Live Link

Event Photo Drive

More about SOLCOW Park:

The individual ingredients of the park embrace math, science and philosophy in a very contemporary manner, as well as embracing recycling and sustainability. It also includes components of efficiency and adaptive reuse by using objects in multiple ways. 

Some of the components of the park are:


• The sundial utilizes the existing flagpole and incorporates a surface at the base that allows the pole to cast a shadow so that students can understand the relationship of the sun to the time of day, as well as changing positions during different seasons. This is also useful to identify winter and summer solstice.

• The base of the pole is also the location of the sun and hence the center of our solar system.

• With the sun at the base of the flagpole, the planets of our solar system are positioned on a leisure lawn according to their relative distance to the sun.  And since this is Wildwood, the planets double as various sized beach balls that also act as seats.


• The stage is made via recycling the existing exposed aggregate sidewalks that are laid in an organic fashion to project a more casual environment. Additionally, there is a “theater in the round” with seating on all sides.

• The seating consists of natural boulders that are loosely placed under the trees as well as a bench that doubles as the main sign for the entire park.

• A canopy over part of the stage acts as a central piece of art made from recycled steel beams that also holds the solar panels that power the park’s electrical needs.


• The south entry to the park has the description of the park, lists the donors and has an abstract laser cut sculpture of Socrates, the Greek philosopher (the park’s inspiration).

• The northern entrance is the home of the dog fountain.

Other Components

• Bike racks (coming soon)

• Perimeter vegetation that provides a more secure edge, as well as provides the opportunity for a garden.

• ADA accessibility

Monday, November 16, 2020

Wildwood seeks public support for recreation grant

The City of Wildwood is asking for the public’s help in securing funds for much-needed upgrades at the Byrne Community Center (406 W. Youngs Avenue).

The Wildwood Recreation Department is applying to the Cape May County Open Space Board for a grant to build a new playground and fitness track with outdoor workout stations.

These would be the first major upgrades at the community center, which opened in October 2008.

“Having a playground and new fitness facility at the BBC are necessary for improving not only recreational opportunities for the surrounding neighborhoods, but also the quality of life for those who make their homesand are raising their families here,” Wildwood Parks & Recreation explained in an official release.

An online petition has been established for the public can show support for the proposed renovations:

Additionally, the city has scheduled a meeting at 10 am on Wednesday, November 25 to solicit imput on the official application.

The public is invited to take park via Zoom at the following link:

Meeting ID: 274 477 4430
Password: 004400

Post 184 to donate 25 full Thanksgiving diners, families asked to apply

American Legion Post 184 in Wildwood is asking for individuals and families in need to contact them for a full Thanksgiving diner...


WILDWOOD, NJ - Twenty five local families in need will have the opportunity to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of Wildwood's American Legion Post 184 this season.

The legion will donate a 10-12 lb frozen turkey, pre-made mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, corn and a pumpkin pie to qualifying applicants. The donation effort is made possible by community members and supported by the City of Wildwood Commissioners who will recommend families in addition to open registration.

"We are proud to return to our community projects and thankful we had so many donors for this event," said Commander Harry Weimar. "This is a rough year for a lot of people and Post 184 is here to help during the holidays."

Families and individuals in need are asked to email and request a Thanksgiving donation. Name, phone number, local address and household size will be required.

Recipients are required to be located in Wildwood, Middle or Lower Townships, with Wildwood residents provided first priority. All donations are first come, first serve and recipients are asked to only apply if they have not received another small donation from another organization. 

Pickup date and time will be provided in reply through email.

American Legion Post 184 has been a fixture of the community for decades. Many projects throughout town have been supported by the Legion, both veteran and community focused. 

For the Post's centennial anniversary in 2021, Post 184 plans to expand their support of community efforts for all in addition to fundraising for their building repairs.

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce hosts the Wildwoods Holiday Shopping Village - Saturday, November 28th


The Wildwoods, NJ - To kick off the holiday season and in support of small local businesses and artisans, the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce (GWCOC) will host its first Wildwoods Holiday Shopping Village in Downtown Wildwood's Byrne Plaza and its immediate surrounding area on Saturday, November 28 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Shopping, holiday prize raffles, a 50/50 raffle with prize package of $10,000, a gingerbread house decorating contest and entertainment performances will be a part of the festivities.

"The GWCOC always encourages folks to shop locally and support the businesses within our community, and with the challenges that all businesses faced this year and consumer concerns about the safety of shopping indoors, it was important for us to be able to provide a safe place where people could shop, be social while socially distancing from others, support our businesses and revel in the holiday spirit. With this event, I believe we will achieve that," states GWCOC Executive Director Tracey DuFault.

The Wildwoods Holiday Shopping Village offers attendees a festive, socially distant and completely outdoor shopping experience planned with safety in mind. With over 80 vendors, including unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gift items, food and a Beer Tent sponsored by MudHen Brewing Company, on four different lots, you will be sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list - from the youngest to the young at heart.

Love decorating and gingerbread? Submit your entry in the Gingerbread Decorating Contest!

Pre-registration is suggested and all registrants must be received by noon on the day of the event. Entries will be judged under the following categories: Friends & Family, Business, Organization or School and type: Traditional (build with food); Creative (built with any safe product, i.e. wood, cardboard, Styrofoam).

To further enhance the holiday spirit, local performers from area schools will provide entertainment throughout the day. Students from Art of Gymnastics and Cheer, Joanne Regan School of Dance, Wildwood High Band, and more are all scheduled to perform.

This event will also serve as a toy drop location for The Lynch Who Stole Christmas From the GrYnch Program benefiting underprivileged children in the local communities. Please consider donating an unwrapped gift for the Lunch with Lynch Foundation. 

For a complete list of vendors schedule to participate, visit the Chamber's website,, or the Facebook page for the Wildwoods Holiday Shopping Village:

For more information, visit or call GWCOC at 609-729-4000.

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


Friday, November 13, 2020

The Establishment at 100 to close permanently after this weekend

The Establishment at 100, a staple of North Wildwood’s restaurant scene and entertainment district for the better part of the past decade, will be closing permanently after this weekend.

The announcement was made this morning via Facebook by owner/executive chef Andrew Steiner.

“Thank you to all of our loyal customers that we’ve had over the past eight years,” he wrote. “Without you, the restaurant wouldn’t have made it as far as it did. You gave us a chance to bring something new to the area and welcomed us with open arms. It’s nice to know that we’ve helped create many fond memories for you at The Establishment over the years.

“Most importantly, I’d like to thank my staff. Whether previously or currently employed, everyone that has worked inside the walls of The Establishment has helped create the special environment that it was We pushed the envelope with the help of all of you and were able to deliver a product to be proud of. I’ve always believed that you aren’t anything without your staff.

“So, once again, I can’t thank you enough for the time and energy you applied to help shape The Establishment into what it was.”

Steiner created The Establishment in early 2013, transforming the former Claude’s Restaurant at 100 Olde New Jersey Avenue with a simplified interior makeover and his signature “farm-to-table” menu approach.

The restaurant’s final days of operation will be today and tomorrow - Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 - open from 5 - 10 pm both nights.

From here, Steiner will focus his energies on his family’s Stone Circle Farm, a “no-spray organic family farm” in Cape May Court House.