Friday, March 15, 2019

Crest to host Community Health & Wellness Lecture Series


The Borough of Wildwood Crest Recreation Department and the Wildwood Crest Wellness Committee will host a free lecture series on health and wellness.

This seven-part lecture series will feature presentations by medical professionals from Cape Regional Medical Center and will be held at the Crest Pier Recreation Center at 5800 Ocean Avenue each Wednesday at 6 p.m. beginning March 27.

There will be no lecture April 24 (Easter week).

Speakers will address health topics such as sports injury rehabilitation, diabetes care and prevention, heart health, cancer prevention, reversing the signs of aging and more.

All lectures are open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. No pre-registration is necessary.

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

Below is a list of speakers and topics for the Wildwood Crest Community Health and Wellness Lecture Series:

March 27: David Cho, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Brodesser Cancer Center – “Healthy Eating and Cancer Prevention”

April 3: Monique Scally, DO, Cardiologist, Cape Regional Physicians Associates – “Cardiology and Heart Health”

April 10: Kevin McHale, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Penn Orthopedics – “Sports Injury and Rehab in the Aging Athlete”

April 17: Anita Raghuwanshi, MD, Endocrinologist, Cape Regional Physicians Associates – “Diabetes Care and Prevention”

May 1: Donald Tomasello, MD, General Surgeon, Cape Regional Physicians Associates – “General Surgery Topics”

May 8: Dottie Drake, RN, Personal Fitness Trainer, Cape Regional Miracles Fitness – “Reverse the Signs of Aging”

May 15: John Ruskey, DO, Emergency Medicine Physician, Cape Regional Medical Center & Director of Cape Regional Urgent Care – “Common Summertime Injuries and Safety”

New traffic pattern during closure of Rt. 147 jughande

PRESS RELEASE   via North Wildwood Police Department

The jughandle to Anglesea Drive on Route 147 / EB at Mile Post 3.54 in North Wildwood will be closed for approximately two months due to a bulkhead rehabilitation job.

The proposed start of the new traffic pattern is Monday March 18, 2019 giving enough time to complete the work before Memorial Day.

Description of New Traffic Pattern: Traffic for Anglesea Drive would be directed straight on Route 147 EB to a traffic light on New York Avenue. They would take a left turn on N. New York Avenue and again another left on W. Spruce Avenue. From there they would be diverted left on W. Pine Avenue. Going straight on W. Pine Avenue they would take a left turn on an intersection with Virginia Avenue. After that, the traffic would go straight and take a right on Route 147 WB which would take them straight to the Anglesea Drive intersection.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hatchet throwing - yes, hatchet throwing! - coming to the Boardwalk

Do you have an axe to grind? A hatchet to bury?

Well, you're in luck!

Flying Hatchets is set to debut this Spring at 4004 Boardwalk, bringing the axe tossing/hatchet throwing phenomenon to the Wildwoods for the first time.

The attraction is presently under development next door to XD Dark Ride, the interactive, cinematic shoot-em-up, and Cloak & Dagger Escape Rooms, which premiered last summer to rave reviews.

All three ventures are owned and operated by MSquared Productions, which now boasts a verifiable boardwalk entertainment center, just south of Spencer Avenue (directly across from Morey's Adventure Pier).

"We're beyond excited to bring another first to the Wildwoods Boardwalk with Flying Hatchets," owner/manager Brian Martin told Wildwood 365. "The hatchet throwing craze has really caught on around the country and will be a great fit here. It's an absolute blast, and an ideal outing for groups."

Martin, who also operates a Flying Hatchets venue in Hamilton, NJ, emphasized safety as his top priority, and confirmed that entry will be permitted only to those 16 years of age and older.

(Both XD Dark Ride and Cloak & Dagger Escape Rooms, meanwhile, carry no age restrictions.)

Hatchet throwing is essentially an activity where participants throw an axe at a target, attempting to hit the bull's-eye or as close as possible.

What began as a sport and staple of lumberjack-related competitions evolved into contests of leisure (similar to darts) at fairs and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Over the past few years, commercial locations have found success around the world.

Check out for additional information, and stay tuned for more details here...

Chamber of Commerce hosting 2019 Wildwoods Job Fair - Thursday, April 18th

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will host its Spring Job Fair on Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 - 7 pm.

The fair will be held at the chamber's conference center, located at 3306 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood.

On-site interviews will be conducted with potential employers throughout the Wildwoods, representing industries including hospitality, banking, amusements, restaurants and more.

(An updated list of participating businesses will be added to the event's official Facebook page, so check back often for updates.)

Dress to impress!

For more information, call 609-729-4000 or email

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Updated list of 2019 Opening Dates


The first day of Spring (March 20) is right around the corner, and while we can't guarantee Mother Nature's complicity, there are some "shore signs" of the new season's arrival...

Namely, more businesses re-opening around the island!

If you own or run a local biz and would like your date to be included in our bi-weekly update, please drop us a line at

(Business dates and hours are always subject to change; keep in mind that many businesses are open for weekends and/or limited hours this time of year.)

2019 Opening Dates

Beefie’s  -  March 14

Cattle 'n Clover  -  March 15

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse  -  March 15

Romeo's Famous Pizzeria  -  March 15 

Surfing Pig  -  March 15

2Mile Restaurant  -  March 30

Maui's Dog House  -  April 4

Wildwood Historical Society  -  April 4

Franconi’s Pizza  -  April 5

Curley’s Fries (Surfside Pier)  -  April 12

Mack's Pizza (Wildwood Avenue)  -  April 12

Morey's Piers (Mariner's Pier)  -  April 13

Kelly’s Cafe  -  April 18

3 Brothers Pizza  -  April 19

Doo Wop Diner  -  April 19

Piro’s Village Restaurant  -  April 26

Samuel's Pancake House  -  April 27

Original Old Time Photo  -  May 3

Sightseer Tram Cars service begins  -  May 3

Route 66 Restaurant  -  May 10

Morey's Surfside Pier  -  May 11

Russo’s Market  -  May 23

Morey's Adventure Pier  -  May 24

East Coast Helicopter Tours  -  May 24

Wildcard Water Sports  -  May 24

Raging Waters Water Park  -  May 25

Ocean Oasis Water Park  -  June 15

Weekly Vacation Rentals Spotlight, presented by

This year, we are collaborating with our friends at to present a weekly update of prime vacation properties in the Wildwoods.

Every Tuesday, we will feature three properties - one each in North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest - available for the 2019 season.

Be sure to click on each property's profile for rates, room sizes, stay requirements, a full listing of amenities, and nearby activities and attractions, along with additional photos...

North Wildwood

318 E. 18th Avenue, Unit A

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathroom Condo ~ Sleeps 10 ~ 1.5 Blocks to the Beach


Spacious 3 bedroom condo in North Wildwood, with 2 baths and 1.5 blocks from the beach. The unit is 1600sq feet and has a fully equipped kitchen complete with a Keurig Machine for your morning coffee. Laundry room in the unit for complete use of the washer and dryer. Off street parking for 2 vehicles in the garage and one in the drive. There is plenty of street parking if needed. Walking distance to the boardwalk, mini grocer, Owens Pub and various restaurants. On rainy days you can choose to go to the indoor water park located at the end of the street. The unit is refurnished with new living room furniture, new mattresses and bedroom furniture. 7 minimum night stay between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Renters must be over 25yrs of age.

See more at:


120 E. Maple Avenue, Unit A

1st Level Condo w/Private Garage ~ 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms ~ Sleeps 8


Spacious 1450 sq ft first floor, corner condo with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths just 2.5 blocks from the beach and boardwalk with easy access to local restaurants, taverns, and walking distance to Wawa. Enjoy the PRIVATE garage that will accommodate 2 cars inside. When you're ready to head to the beach take our wagon, beach chairs, and umbrella. The foyer leads into an open floor plan with 9 ft ceilings and plenty of windows. The living room has a new flat screen TV with Apple TV, DVD player, and free WIFI. The kitchen is spacious with a bi-level center island that has seating for 4 and is fully equipped with a Keurig, regular coffee pot, blender, toaster, and many more amenities. The dining room has seating for 6 with access to the large balcony.

See more at:

Wildwood Crest

407 E. Monterey Road, Unit 203

Beach Block Condo w/Ocean Views & Rooftop Pool ~ 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms ~ Sleeps 6


Looking for a vacation that will be remembered by the entire family? Beautiful ocean views, roof top pool, luxury features such as elevator, garage parking (2 cars), 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths, big kitchen ready for entertaining overlooking a wonderful living room with balcony and ocean views. The home faces the south so you have bright beautiful days all day long. Sleeps 6 people comfortably and all bedrooms are private. You will love the location that is steps off the beach. Relax and take a swim in the heated roof top pool. You will love your vacation every day in luxury and privacy. Beach block so no crossing streets for the children and accommodates older family members with wide doorways and elevator. Super fast WI-fi with an Amazon Echo Virtual Concierge; Large smart TV with Netflix and all rooms freshly painted. Come and enjoy!

See more at:

Monday, March 11, 2019

2019 Fabulous '50s concert performers announced

This morning, the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce revealed the lineup for the 2019 Fabulous '50s & Beyond Weekend Concert to be take place on Saturday night, October 19 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The STACKED slate will feature:

The Miracles (featuring Sydney Justin)
I Second that Emotion, Tears of a Clown, Love Machine, You've Really Got a Hold on Me, The Tracks of My Tears, Ohh Baby Baby

Florence LaRue & The 5th Dimension
Up, Up and Away, Wedding Bell Blues, One Less Bell to Answer, (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All

Sonny Turner (former lead singer of The Platters)
With this Ring, Only You, The Great Pretender, The Magic Touch

The Original Tymes
So Much in Love, Wonderful! Wonderful!, You Little Trustmaker, Ms. Grace

The Tee-Tones
A Coppella Doowop Sound

Tickets for the show will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 9 am, and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce offices (3306 Pacific Avenue) or via phone at 609-729-4000, or through Ticketmaster at or 800-745-3000.

The concert is the centerpiece for one of the island's biggest weekend festivals. The night before, Friday, October 18, the Wildwoods Convention Center will host the annual 50's Dance Party, featuring The Cameos.

On Saturday, prior to the big concert, a FREE street fair will take place at Fox Park, with classic cars, food and craft vendors, a Doo Wop Bus Tour and plenty of live entertainment.

For more information on Fabulous '50s & Beyond Weekend, call 609-729-4000 or visit

Special Olympics NJ Basketball Finals ~ March 30 & 31


More than 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from across New Jersey will participate in The Special Olympics New Jersey Basketball Finals on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31.

Six locations throughout the Wildwoods will host these competitions, including the Wildwoods Convention Center, the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center, Wildwood High School, Wildwood Catholic High School, the North Wildwood Community Center and the Wildwood Byrne Community Center. Athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.

The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Thousands of coaches, volunteers, family members, friends, and spectators dedicate their time to the Special Olympics New Jersey.

Competitions will be held from 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday and from 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday at each venue. This event is open to the public and admission is FREE.

For additional information, call 609-896-8000 or visit

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

Beach boxes expanding to Wildwood Crest, to be operated by City of Wildwood

UPDATE via City of Wildwood - March 12 @ 9:15 am

In less than 24 hours, the Wildwood Crest Beach Boxes reservation system reached full capacity (at this time only four boxes remain).

The City of Wildwood and Borough of Wildwood Crest are very pleased with the positive feedback of this opportunity and look forward to serving beachgoers this season. Seasonal boxes are still available in Wildwood, and additional weekly boxes will be added in next month.

Due to supply, the boxes in the Crest were limited to just 84 for 2019. If the City is able to secure more beach boxes for the Crest, more will be added for this season however there is no guarantee.

Customers are asked to check the website towards the end of April for an update on additional boxes. For 2020, the City will add boxes to help meet the needs of the Crest residents and visitors.

All information for Crest beach boxes can be found at




Due to the demand of beach boxes by its residents, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has partnered with the City of Wildwood to create a shared services agreement to offer a beach box storage rental system this summer.

A total of 84 boxes will be available this season in Wildwood Crest, with four units placed at 21 streets. All box reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

At launch, boxes will be available for seasonal bookings only. Weekly opportunities will be added by the end of April if availability permits. The rental period of the beach boxes is scheduled to begin May 26 and will continue through September 3.

Seasonal rentals are $400 and weekly rentals, if available, will be $75 per week.

Wildwood Crest proposed the opportunity to Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr., whose Department of Beach Services is responsible for the successful operation and management of the rental system. Previously, Wildwood Crest had twice offered Requests for Qualified Proposals but received no bids. Instead, the decision to work with Wildwood was a more secure opportunity, due to the high success of Wildwood Beach Boxes.

Through the years, the beach box rental system has continued to grow and create an increased revenue channel for the City. This year, Mayor Troiano made the decision to add even more boxes to Wildwood and agree to the mutual shared services agreement with the Crest.

"We are happy to be working with Wildwood Crest. I believe we should all work together to make our guests and residents have a good experience while visiting our beaches," said Troiano. "Hopefully this will open the door to more shared services in the future."

The opportunity comes from a mutual shared services agreement, with Wildwood accepting all bookings of beach boxes through the online website and providing a portion to Wildwood Crest for the use of the beach. Wildwood Crest Mayor Don Cabrera is pleased to offer residents and visitors an ease of access to the beach.

"Our residents here in Wildwood Crest have been requesting this service. In exploring the costs to build and operate the beach box storage service, Wildwood Crest believes, at least at this time, that it made better sense to partner with Wildwood, which already has a successful beach box storage program in place," said Cabrera, who is also the Borough's Commissioner of Public Works & Recreation.

"Wildwood Crest will be paid for the use of the beach, so we can focus on other needed projects while both keeping costs down and, most importantly, offering this service to our residents and visitors."

Crest Beach Boxes are available through a separate website,

More rules, terms and conditions are available on the website.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sightseer Tram Cars - 2019 Opening Schedule

Along the road back to Summer, we pass several mile markers - annual rites of passage that ease the transition from the long winter months, as the anticipation of a new season builds.

The re-opening of Sam's Pizza Palace every President's Day Weekend... St. Patrick's Day and Easter... Opening Day at Morey's Piers...

But, there's nothing like hearing "Watch the Tram Car, Please!" again!

Sightseer tram service is scheduled to begin this year on Friday, May 3. That's a little under two months away, but, somehow, just having a date set makes it feel a little bit closer.

Listed below is the Sightseers' operating schedule for its opening month. The full schedule will be released in the weeks to come...

Tournament of Bands Indoor Championships Weekend

Friday, May 3  -  11 am to 10 pm
Saturday, May 4  -  11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, May 5  -  11 am to 5 pm

* Trams not running Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9

Boardwalk Classic Car Show Weekend

Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11
Trams will begin operating as soon as cars are loaded on the Boardwalk

Friday, May 10  -  approx. 11 am to 10 pm
Saturday, May 11  -  approx. 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, May 12  -  11 am to 5 pm

* Trams not running Monday, May 13 & Tuesday, May 14

Wednesday, May 15  -  Noon to 4 pm
Thursday, May 16  -  Noon to 4 pm

Murder Mystery Weekend

Friday, May 17  -  Noon to 10 pm
Saturday, May 18  -  11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, May 19  -  11 am to 5 pm

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 24  -  11 am to Midnight
Saturday, May 25  -  11 am to Midnight
Sunday, May 26  -  11 am to Midnight
Monday, May 27  -  11 am to 10 pm

Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30  -  11 am to 5 pm

Morey's Spring Beach Jam Weekend

Friday, May 31  -  11 am to 10 pm
Saturday, June 1  -  11 am to 11 pm
Sunday, June 2  -  11 am to 5 pm

*** All listed hours are weather permitting ***

The Wildwoods, NJ – The Ideal Multi-Generational New Jersey Shore Vacation Destination


During the past decade, multigenerational travel has become increasingly popular, with more Americans choosing to include children, parents, and grandparents in their vacation plans.

For families sprawled across the country, or farther, time together can be a precious commodity. That’s why so many are using vacations as an opportunity for reuniting, bonding and quality family time.

It’s no wonder, then, that the Wildwoods, NJ is considered one of the best values for family vacations and an ideal multi-generational destination at the Jersey shore!

The Wildwoods offers an authentic family experience for vacationers of all ages – with 160 special events annually; a 2 ½ mile long Boardwalk with over 100 rides, attractions, shopping, arcades, games, over 300 eateries; clean, safe, and award-winning beaches; and a family-friendly atmosphere. Over nine million visitors choose the Wildwoods for their vacation each year.

Enjoy Your Vacation, Your Way, on this five-mile long, iconic shore resort destination. Whether you’re looking to ‘chill’ or seeking a ‘thrill’ – you can plan to do as much or as little as you like while vacationing in the Wildwoods – recently named among the ‘25 Best Family Beach Vacations to Take with the Kids in the USA’ by TripAdvisor.

Generations of families have made the Wildwoods their traditional vacation destination of choice for decades. Nowhere else can grandparents, parents and children find more ways to enjoy an ultimate multi-generational vacation.

Whether your seven or 70, you’ll find ways to have fun together in the Wildwoods. Grandkids can challenge their grandparents to an arcade game, then hit up one of many local miniature golf courses to show off their putting prowess.

One of many scheduled events or festivals – like The New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Angelsea Blues Festival, Vintage Car and Motorcycle Beach Drag Races, WWE Live, Harlem Globetrotters, Irish Fall Festival, Olde Time Italian Festival, and the Seafarers Celebration – offer food, activities and music every age will love.

The Wildwoods – comprised of the three distinctive municipalities of Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and North Wildwood – is a perfect blend of the past and present – as nostalgia mixes with modern-day fun, food and excitement. The memories your family will make in the Wildwoods are meant to be shared among generations.

Kids lead the way to the waterparks and rides, as grandparents look on with joy as younger generations create memories of their own. And long days on white sand beaches are shared by all generations of the family – as collective memories are forged and traditions are established for return visits in the years to come.

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Registration now open for 2019 Crest Best Run Fest - October 12 & 13

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Crest Best Run Fest, set to take place over Columbus Day Weekend - Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13.

The festival, presented by Inspira Health and hosted by DelMoSports, features five world class running events held over two days.

NEW for 2019:

Turtle Gut Challenge
Athletes can participate in three races during the weekend and collect the bling! This option include a 5 Miler on Saturday, October 12, a 5K on Saturday, October 12 AND 10 Miler on Sunday, October 13. This challenge package includes (3) Races + (3) Finisher Medals + (3) Post Race Buffets + (1) Competitor Shirt. 

Baker Brothers Challenge
Athletes can participate in two races during the weekend, with the option of a 5 Miler on Saturday, October 12, AND/OR 5K on Saturday, October 12 AND/OR 10 Miler on Sunday, October 13. This challenge package includes (2) Races + (2) Medals + (2) Post Race Buffets + (1) Competitor Shirt.

Doggy Derby 1 Mile Run
A fun and sandy race along the beautiful beaches of Wildwood Crest! Four-legged friends are encouraged but not required. *Dogs MUST be leashed.

For a full list of races, participation and pricing options, and registration, visit:

Mike Sciarra – 2019 New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame Legend

PRESS RELEASE   via Mike's Surf Talk

Kona Surf Company is entering our 50th year of shaping surfboards with a bang. We are stoked that CEO and Founder, Mike Sciarra is included in the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Class.

Since 2015, The New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame (NJSHOF) has been celebrating surf culture in New Jersey. Every two years four surfers, artists, photographers or videographers each from 5 of New Jersey’s shoreline districts are nominated.

Of the 20 nominees submitted, 12 legends will be inducted into the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame. 12 “legends”. I am not making that up, that is directly from the Induction Information on the Hall of Fame website.

Check out the site, click here.

For those of you who have been following along, you know Mike 
Sciarra’s history. From Wildwood, where he grew up next to the ocean 
surfing, he went to college in Florida and hung out with the greats of 
the mid-sixties in Cocoa Beach when surfboards suddenly went from long 
to short.

From there he went on the University of Hawaii off the North Shore where he began shaping short boards in the late sixties. Upon graduation, he brought that knowledge back to Wildwood, New Jersey and founded Kona fifty years ago.

There is a lot of great talent being inducted this year. Kona is honored to be alongside such great influential people who have so greatly contributed to keeping our surfing story relevant for future generations.

So cheers to my good friends from Cape May Joe Grattola and Lisa Roselli as well as Michael Baytoff, Denny Doyle, Scott Duerr, Steve Dwyer, Elle Keck, Matt Keenan, Danny Maragliano, Skip Miller, and Don Tarrant. When’s the party?

Join this crew on Friday, May 31st at the 2019 Induction Ceremony at Algonquin Arts in Manasquan, New Jersey.

Follow this link for more info about the event on Facebook!

North Wildwood maintains distinction of having lowest average property taxes of any beach community in the state


The State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs published their annual Property Tax Tables recently and the results show North Wildwood continuing to have the lowest average property taxes of any shore community in the state.

In addition to having the lowest average property taxes of any beach community, North Wildwood is also ranked 20th overall out of 566 municipalities in the State of New Jersey for lowest average property taxes.

"This is something City Council and I are very proud of. To put it simply, if you want to own property in a beach town in New Jersey, North Wildwood offers the most efficient full-service municipal government in the state," said Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

"And, we are able to maintain this distinction all while we continue to make improvements to public buildings, parks, roads, our beaches and infrastructure."

Please reference the chart below for the City's 2018 numbers, or for more information visit:

Saturday, March 2, 2019

American Pickers is back coming to town!

Producers from the popular reality show American Pickers are coming to Cape May County this spring, in search of rare antiques, commercial signage and large collections of "Americana" to feature.

The more interesting the story behind your "stuff," the better!

To be considered for the show, email or leave a voicemail at 1-855-OLD-RUST.

You can also send a message through the official Facebook page.

Be sure to include:
  • Your name, state and town
  • Phone number
  • Location of your collection
  • A description of your items

American Pickers follows veteran antique and collectible pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they travel around the country to buy or "pick" various items for resale, for clients, or for their personal collections.

The show debuted in January 2010 on History (formerly the History Channel) and is presently in its 20th season, with 275 episodes having aired to date.

For more info, visit the official website at