Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tom Cat Restaurant to host first annual classic car show this Friday night

The historic Tom Cat Restaurant and neighboring Wildwood Mini Golf will host a brand new event this Friday afternoon, and well into the night.

The First Annual Tom Cat Classic Car Show will be held on the restaurant's premises at 437 W. Rio Grande Avenue on September 22 from 4 - 11 p.m.

Entry to the show is FREE (first come, first serve) and trophies will be awarded to the best cars in three categories: Best of Show, People's Choice and Papa's Choice.

The event will also feature live music, and discounts on Wildwood Mini Golf games and food at the Tom Cat.

For more info and updates, check out Wildwood Mini Golf's official Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

North Wildwood Police Dept. issues restrictions for 2017 Irish Fall Festival

This morning, the North Wildwood Police Department issued additional info and a list of restrictions for this coming weekend's Irish Fall Festival, via its official Facebook page...


The North Wildwood Police Department would like to remind guests attending the Irish Fall Festival of the following restrictions from Friday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 24th, 2017. The public is reminded that "If You See Something, Say Something."

To report suspicious activity, contact the North Wildwood Police Department at 609-522-2411 or notify a police officer on post in the festival area. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Describe specifically what you observed, including: who or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and why it's suspicious.

Olde New Jersey Avenue from 2nd Avenue to Pine Avenue will be closed to for the duration of the event. Expect road closures and detours in the area. Please be aware of pedestrians crossing the street in and around the festival area.

- Backpacks and coolers are NOT permitted inside the festival area
- Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages into the festival site
- Open display of alcoholic beverages outside the festival area is prohibited
- Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted on the buses and trolleys

Trolley and bus service (3rd & New Jersey Avenues) along with taxi service (4th & New Jersey Avenues) will be available to and from the festival area.

Free angle parking for the festival will be set up on Anglesea Drive. Festival attendees using Uber/Lyft are being asked to request pickups at W. Spruce and New York Avenues (across from the old McDonald's).

Crest Pier Recreation Center to close for maintenance


WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center will close for maintenance from Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Oct. 6. Maintenance includes a complete refurbishment of the gymnasium floor.

All other Wildwood Crest Recreation facilities, including the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool and Scoop Taylor Park, will remain open under normal schedule during this time.

Lights at the Scoop Taylor Park basketball courts will be on until 9 p.m. each day during the closure of the Crest Pier Recreation Center.

The Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center will open to the public for the fall season on Monday, Oct. 9, with fall fitness programs beginning Tuesday, Oct. 10.

For information on all Wildwood Crest Recreation programs during the closure of the Crest Pier, call the Von Savage Pool at 609-522-0084.

Monday, September 18, 2017

10th Annual Seafood & Music Festival set for Saturday, October 7th


The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 10th Annual Seafood and Music Festival on Saturday, October 7 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. featuring a full day of eating, dancing and all-out fun.

The Seafood and Music Festival will take place along Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues in Wildwood.

The festival will include live music, delicious food, messy pie eating contests, craft vendors and much more. The festival will even provide fun for the kids with a “Kids Korner,” open from noon - 5 p.m., featuring games, activities, and inflatable bounce houses.

The FREE entertainment line-up will feature 2 stages of live music with Animal House, The Who Knows, Large Flower Heads, and 99 Reasons.

The 10th Annual Seafood and Music Festival, complete with great food, great music, messy pie-filled faces and great merchandise vendors, is FREE to attend.

For additional information about the festival, please call the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 609-729-4000.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Olde Time Italian Festival returns, September 29-30


A heaping helping of Olde World Italy will be served with amore and plenty of white, red and green during the 13th Annual Olde Time Italian Festival, taking place on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

Hosted by the Sons of Italy of Wildwood, this event will take place in Fox Park, located on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues across from the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The FREE two-day festival celebrates Italian culture and heritage with Italian crafts, authentic Italian cuisine, games for the little ones, contests and continuous FREE live entertainment.

Take in the mouth-watering smells and tastes of an Olde World Italian Market plus Italian made goods, crafts and merchandise as vendors of all kinds fill Fox Park, including those selling Italian food favorites including pastas, sausages, chicken cutlets, clams & spaghetti, tiramisu, cannolis and more.

The Olde Time Italian Festival kicks off on Friday, September 29 at 5 p.m. with the Procession of Saints Mass followed by spectacular live entertainment at 6 p.m. starring Charlie Gracie and Purple Reign.

Saturday’s festivities will include live performances beginning at noon with Brooklyn Bridge, 45 RPM, The Aquanets, Bittersweet, Kenny Jeremiah, Just In Time, Mike Averone & Johnny Bone, and Tre Bella.

For additional information about the Olde Time Italian Festival call 609-729-7499 or visit

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fireworks, Live Music, Family Entertainment Highlight Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration, September 23rd


WILDWOOD CREST – Spectacular beachfront fireworks, a wide variety of terrific live music, enjoyable family entertainment and much more will highlight the FREE Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Seafarers Celebration begins at 9 a.m. with a massive street festival along the beautiful banks of Sunset Lake, located along New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue.

The event will feature scores of craft vendors, live music, delicious varieties of food and other FREE fun entertainment for the entire family.

Live music includes performances by Stellar Mojo (pop, rock, funk hits), the Legacy Band (dance and party favorites) and the Star Band (oldies, pop, dance hits).

* See below for the specific live music schedule.

A performance by the Vahalla Pirates, magic shows, a live turtle exhibition, interactive games for children, roving street performers, children’s pie-eating contests, bounce houses, face painting and more also highlight the event’s daytime festivities, which conclude at 5 p.m.

The action then moves to Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Big Bleu, an oldies, Motown, rock and pop band, will perform on the Centennial Park stage at 7:30 p.m.

The annual Seafarers Celebration beachfront fireworks show will go off from the beach at Fern Road at 9 p.m. to conclude the event’s activities.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration, log on to or call 609-523-0202.

2017 Seafarers Celebration Live Music Schedule - Saturday, September 23

Sunset Lake – Miami & New Jersey Avenues

10:30 a.m. – Star Band (oldies/pop/dance hits)
12:30 p.m. – Stellar Mojo (rock/dance/party hits)
2:30 p.m. – Legacy Band (dance/party favorites)

Centennial Park – Fern Road and Ocean Avenue

7:30 p.m. – Big Bleu (Motown/oldies/pop/rock)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Downtown Wildwood Kicks Off Fall Farmers Market Season this Saturday


DOWNTOWN WILDWOOD - The Farmers, Bakers, Soap, Wine and Honey makers will return to Downtown Wildwood for the Fall Farmers Market beginning this Saturday, September 16!

There will also be purveyors of Nuts, Dried Fruit, Guacamole, Salsa, Pickles, Dog Treats, Gourmet Oils, Finishing Sauces and more.

The Fall Farmers Markets will be held from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 3501 Pacific Avenue, through October 28.

FREE Parking, as well as DOO WW magnets and tote bags will be available, while supplies last. Live music and strolling children’s entertainment will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., most weeks.

The Wildwood Business Improvement District, organizers of the Farmers Market, invites everyone to skip the trip and shop in Downtown Wildwood!

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Email the Wildwood Business Improvement District with questions about Downtown Wildwood or contact WBID via telephone at 609-523-1602.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Friday Night Fireworks - ONE MORE TIME!


In honor of Fireman’s Weekend, the Wildwoods Boardwalk Fireworks will light up the Friday night skies one more time, on September 15 at 9 p.m.

This will be the final Friday Night Fireworks show for 2017 and will take place one hour earlier than the Memorial Day to Labor Day fireworks.

The Wildwoods Boardwalk invites everyone to come up to the Boardwalk to enjoy the rides, shops and dining establishments before and after the Fireworks Spectacular at 9 p.m.

The fireworks will be launched from the Pine Avenue beach and will be visible from everywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Irish Fall Festival set for September 21-24


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NORTH WILDWOOD - The 26th Annual Irish Fall Festival, the East Coast’s largest Irish Festival, comes to North Wildwood Thursday, September 21 through Sunday, September 24.

The festival, designed to celebrate Irish culture and heritage through a variety of exciting events that are sure to entertain, tees off on Thursday, September 21, with a golf tournament at Cape May National Golf Course, located at Route 9 and Fairway Drive in Cape May Court House.

The tournament begins at 1 p.m. and is $90 per golfer until Sunday, September 10, and $100 per golfer after that date. The fee includes golf fees, continental breakfast, cart, buffet lunch, beer, and prizes.

All additional proceeds benefit area charities. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. To reserve a spot, please call the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at 800-474-7491.

Downtown Wildwood Announces September 11th Remembrace Ceremony


WILDWOOD – The City of Wildwood, in conjunction with the Wildwood Business Improvement District, will hold a solemn 9/11 memorial ceremony on Monday, September 11, at 1 p.m.

The event will take place on the Farmers Market field, located at 3501 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood.

Pastors from local churches, members of the Wildwood Fire and Police Departments, and students from Wildwood schools

 will be participating in the ceremony.

The public is invited to join us as we remember the Americans lost on that tragic day, 16 years ago.

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For additional questions, call 609-523-1602 or visit

Crest seeks volunteers for International Coastal Cleanup event, Sept. 16th


WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest is in need of volunteers of all ages to help keep the community’s beaches clean, safe and among the best in the state.

The Borough’s Department of Public Works, in conjunction with New Jersey Clean Communities and Ocean Conservancy, will host an International Coastal Cleanup event on the Crest’s beaches and dunes on Saturday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Volunteers should register at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, or in advance by emailing Kay Sagal of the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at

The event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing. Equipment will be provided by the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works.

This cleanup will be extremely helpful to the Borough’s already intensive efforts to keep its vast expanse of beaches clean. Participants are also encouraged to inquire about the borough’s Adopt-A-Beach program.

According to, the International Coastal Cleanup collected more than 18 million pounds of trash worldwide last year, the most ever collected in the event’s history, with the help of more than 500,000 volunteers covering over 15,000 miles of waterfront.

For further information about the International Coastal Cleanup, go to or or call the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at 609-522-7446.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wildwood Crest to Host 9/11 Memorial Service on Monday


WILDWOOD CREST - The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a 9/11 Memorial Service on Monday, September 11 at 5:30 p.m., at Miami and New Jersey avenues, adjacent to Sunset Lake.

Various community and religious leaders are expected to attend the Patriot’s Day ceremony, which will honor all of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Call 609-522-5176 for further information.

Tails are Wagging Over Bigger, Better Dog Beach

Kloey, a 6-year-old rescue from Sleepy Hollow, NY


WILDWOOD – The dog days of summer 2017 will go down in history as the best ever for our four-legged friends – if they happened to be in Wildwood.

The decision to move the city’s nationally-ranked dog beach from its previous location at Poplar Avenue to its new digs on the beach between Maple and Glenwood avenues has proven to make pups’ tails wag and people grin.

Both Arlene Fiala and her husband, Kenneth Fiala, of Sleepy Hollow, NY were fans of the city’s old dog beach, but when they brought their 6-year-old rescue dog, Kloey, to the bigger dog beach, they were over the moon.

“We were looking for a place that welcomed dogs,” said Arlene Fiala of Sleepy Hollow, NY about her first trip to Wildwood last year. “I had never been to Wildwood before. I read online that there was a dog beach here.  When I came, I was so amazed. We had such a good time.  It was the best vacation we ever had.”

L-R: Arlene Fiala, Kenneth Fiala, Tom Miceli and Commissioner Pete Byron with Kloey
Wearing her pink sunglasses, Kloey cavorted on the sand with her puppy pals while the Fialas recalled how their initial 2016 visit to the dog beach inspired them to book two Wildwood summer vacations for 2017.

“Last year when I read the dog beach was closed, I said ‘We have to cancel our reservation. We have to go some place else. There’s no reason to go if the dog beach is closed,’” Arlene Fiala said.

Kenneth Fiala said a quick note to Wildwood Commissioner Pete Byron about the dog beach allayed their fears.

Byron explained the dog beach was not closed but was moved in order to offer more space and even more canine amenities to the city’s furry visitors.

According to Byron, who advocated to bring a dog beach to Wildwood, Kloey’s experiences on the dog-designated beach is not uncommon.

“When we put the dog beach at Poplar Avenue we anticipated it attracting more people to the city,” Byron said. “Wildwood is a family-friendly beach resort and we wanted to expand our beach to include the whole family, including four-legged members.”

Response to the city’s dog beach was overwhelming.  In its two years, it was lauded as the second best dog park in the United States.

By moving the dog beach to its new site and offering a larger area and more activities for pooches to have their day of fun in the sun, Wildwood hopes its dog beach will soon be rated number one in the country.

“This is a great place to bring your dog,” Kenneth Fiala said as he watched Kloey play on the sand.

“Dogs are people too,” added Arlene Fiala. “People should know the really, really good time dogs have here and how much they enjoy it.  They really get into it. They love meeting other dogs, they love getting out in the sun, they love going into the water.  This is the best dog park I’ve ever seen.”

Monday, September 4, 2017

Get Well Soon, Gigi!

The beloved "Goodwill Ambassabor of the Wildwoods Boardwalk," John "Gigi" Gigliotti, is presently recovering from emergency surgery at Cooper Hospital in Camden.

John Lynch helped spread the word this morning on Facebook, via a note from Gigliotti's daughter, Diane, which assured that Gigi is doing well and already anxiously awaiting his return to the Boardwalk.

Perhaps the single most recognizable figure associated with our famous wooden walkway, Gigi serves as supervisor and safety coordinator of the Sightseer Tram Cars operation.

He can be seen all over the Boardwalk on a given day, sporting his signature matching blue or yellow hat and jacket while making sure all is running smoothly - from daybreak to well past midnight.

Gigi even has a tram car that was named after him - "The Gig" - which was introduced into the fleet last year.

We would like to wish Gigi and his wife Barbara the very best, and a super speedy recovery!

Per John's post, cards and well wishes can be sent to:

Gigi Gigliotti
266 Hessian Avenue
West Deptford, NJ  08096

Today in the Wildwoods - Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day

Below is a quick rundown of events and activities in the Wildwoods today...

Morey's Piers Hours

Ocean Oasis Water Park: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Raging Waters Water Park: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Surfside Pier: noon to 6 p.m.
Adventure Pier: noon to 6 p.m.
Mariners Pier: noon to 10 p.m.

Today's Events

Yoga on the Beach
The last beach class of the year will be held this morning at 9 a.m. behind the Wildwoods Convention Center. Bring a beach towel or mat, and look for the yellow and black yoga flag; classes are $5 each. For more info, call 609-636-7184 or email

Coming Up...