Thursday, January 18, 2018

Escape rooms coming to the Boardwalk this summer


The escape room phenomenon, which began in Asia and has swept through North America and Europe in recent years, is coming to Wildwood this summer.

Three physical adventure games will take shape in the coming months at 4008 Boardwalk, alongside XD Dark Ride, the interactive, cinema shoot-em-up that debuted in 2016.

Escape rooms challenge players to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete various objectives. Players, either solo or in groups, are generally given a set time limit to unveil a secret plot hidden within the room(s).

These games are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons and space stations, and usually the various puzzles themselves follow the theme of the room.

"This is going to be another phenomenal addition to the Boardwalk, as well as another first," said Brian Martin of XD Dark Ride. "Escape rooms have quickly become major attractions and destinations around the country, and are a big hit with groups."

What themes might be included?

Martin hinted that space or time travel could be involved, as well as a Wildwood-inspired room.

"You'll have to wait and see," he said with a wink, also noting that the escape rooms will be fully operational by Memorial Day Weekend.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mack's Pizza will kick off 66th season on March 23rd

The original Mack's Pizza shop, on the Boardwalk near Wildwood Avenue, will open for the 2018 season on Friday, March 23.

It will be open for weekends only to start, then go to an everyday schedule closer to Memorial Day. Mack's second location, at Boardwalk & Roberts Avenue, will open later in the Spring.

This will be Mack's Pizza's 66th season, dating back to humble beginnings in 1953.

To the best of our knowledge, it is the second-oldest business in continuous operation on the Boardwalk, behind only Douglass Fudge, which opened way back in 1919. Sam's Pizza Palace celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, while Morey's Piers will turn 50 in 2019.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wildwood High School to honor legendary Coach Dave Troiano

PRESS RELEASE

Wildwood High School will be honoring the legendary Coach Dave Troiano during a ceremony that will take place between a Warrior and Lady Warrior Double Header Basketball Game on Tuesday, February 13.

Coach Troiano retired in October before he would have begun his 40th Season as Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach.

During his career, Coach Troiano amassed a 682-326 win versus loss record. He was the fourth Girls Basketball Coach in New Jersey History to coach in at least 1,000 career games.

Under his leadership, the Lady Warriors Basketball Program has won 14 Cape Atlantic and Tri County Division and Conference Titles.

His teams were 9-2 in South Jersey Group 1 Sectional Games with the first title coming in 1986 and the last coming in his final season, 2017. Wildwood appeared in six NJSIAA State Championship games, going 4-2, and winning in 1991, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

The ceremony to honor Coach Troiano's incredible career and impact on the Warrior Nation will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 after the Lady Warriors take on Pennsville Memorial High School at 4pm and before the Warriors Varsity and JV get their turn against Pennsville at 5:30 and 7pm .

There will be a gathering with refreshments in the Wildwood High School's Cafeteria immediately following the ceremony.

Tickets for the games are $3 for adults and $2 for students. No reservations are required for the games, ceremony, or gathering.

Anyone with questions should please reach out to Wildwood High School at 609-522-7922, ext. 2461.

Sam's Pizza reopens Friday, February 16th

Can you TASTE it?

Sam's Pizza Palace, one of the Wildwoods' most famed institutions, opens for weekends just one month from today!

As is tradition, Sam's will open its doors on the Friday leading into Presidents Day Weekend, and will be open that Saturday and Sunday, as well.

The iconic pizzeria, founded by Sam Spera in 1957, celebrated its 60th anniversary on the Boardwalk last year.

The opening of Sam's every February has become a celebratory event, as well as a benchmark along the way to spring and summer.

Sam's, located at 26th & Boardwalk, will join neighboring Gateway 26, which opened for weekends last weekend.

For more info and updates, follow Sam's Pizza Palace on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Wild Chocolate & Wine Brings New Event to Wildwoods


PRESS RELEASE

Wildwood welcomes a new spring event in the newly completed Byrne Plaza this March.  The Wild Chocolate and Wine Festival will come March 24 and 25 to Byrne Plaza in Wildwood.

The event will feature some New Jersey wines, great chocolate vendors, crafters, food, and family fun. The creators of the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival, which is in its 5th year, and favorite local event, the Anglesea Night Market, are bringing this festival to life. 

Byrne Plaza is the newest and most centrally located special event site in the Wildwoods.  Situated on action-packed Pacific Avenue, just two blocks from the center of the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk, Byrne Plaza offers 60,000 square feet of outdoor space suitable for a wide variety of events.

“We are super excited to partner with the Wildwood Business Improvement District,” said event organizer Denis Brown. “Downtown Wildwood has a lot to offer and Byrne Plaza is an exciting space for people to see.”

The Wild Chocolate and Wine Festival will allow patrons to taste wines and purchase bottles to take with them to use at a later time. Chocolate and food vendors will feature local vendors and other great options.

“This is just a taste of the new programming were bringing to Pacific Avenue as part of the ongoing improvements to the business district,” said John Donio, President of the Wildwood Businesses improvement District Management Corporation. “We’re working with event promoters to bring events that help not only bring traffic to the downtown district but also offers positive business opportunities to the businesses that make up the Wildwoods.”

The Wild Chocolate and Wine Festival is free to enter. It’s both family and dog friendly. For more information visit www.wildchocolateandwine.com.

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Pickleball offered at Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest Recreation Department is now offering indoor pickeball for residents and visitors at the Crest Pier Recreation Center, located at 5800 Ocean Avenue (Heather Road and Ocean Avenue).

Residents and visitors can play pickleball Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Equipment will be provided.

According to the USA Pickleball Association website, pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net.

According to many recent media reports, pickleball is considered one of the fastest-growing sports in North America.

For more information about pickleball at the Crest Pier Recreation Center, call 609-523-0202.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Wildwood Motor Events announces 2018 show dates


Ladies and gentlemen, start your engi... err, mark your calendars!

Wildwood Motor Sports today announced its 2018 show dates, including the Spring and Fall boardwalk car shows (popular traditions for over three decades) and monster truck races the end of September.

The Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show, as always, will take place over Mother's Day Weekend. The four-day event is set for Thursday, May 10 - Sunday, May 13.

The Fall Boardwalk Classic Car Show, part of biggest event of the "2nd Season," returns Thursday, September 20 - Sunday, September 23.

The schedule is rounded out by the Monsters on the Beach: Wildwood Monster Truck Races. See who takes the 2018 Beast of the Beach Title with shows Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30.

* Complete details (registration, etc.) will be posted soon at www.wildwoodmotorsportsnj.com, which is presently being updated.

Follow Wildwood Motor Events on Facebook and Twitter  or call 609-522-4546 for additional info.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

One step closer to summer: Gateway 26 reopens this weekend


After a brief winter hiatus, Gateway 26 reopens this weekend!

The iconic arcade/casino at 26th & Boardwalk will welcome it's first guests of 2018 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Martin Luther King Day).

Holiday weekend hours are as follows:

Saturday, January 13th:  11 am to 9 pm

Sunday, January 14th:  11 am to 6 pm

Monday, January 15:  11 am to 5 pm

Follow Gateway 26 on Facebook for updates on specials and operating hours for upcoming weekends.

North Wildwood Continues to Have the Lowest Average Property Taxes of Any Shore Community in the State of New Jersey

PRESS RELEASE

North Wildwood, NJ – On Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, NJ101.5 released their 2017 average property tax report, which shows North Wildwood having the lowest average property taxes of any shore community in the State of New Jersey for the 4th year in a row from 2014-2017.

According to NJ101.5’s interactive map, average/net total property tax for the City of North Wildwood in 2017 was $3790, with a 2.2% average increase from 2016 to 2017.

“This is something City Council and I are very proud of. By continuing to have the lowest average property taxes of any shore community in the State of New Jersey, we create more opportunities for families and additional benefits to our businesses in support of the local economy,” said Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

“North Wildwood is a great town to vacation, but also a great town to live in. As a result of fiscal responsibility, along with maintaining the lowest average property taxes of any shore community in the State, we continue to make improvements to: buildings, parks, grounds, our beach and infrastructure,” said Mayor Rosenello.

For the full article and interactive property tax map, please visit:

http://nj1015.com/nj-property-tax-haul-in-2017-was-29b-see-how-it-changed-in-your-town/

For information on past years property tax data, please visit:

http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/property_tax.html for detailed spreadsheets.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cape May-Lewes Ferry services to resume tomorrow - Thursday, January 11th


After several days of suspended operations and limited schedules due to ice build-up in the bay, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry will return to full service tomorrow, Thursday, January 11.

The ferry has been closed since January 4.

Warming temperatures and the ice-breaking efforts of a tug allowed the ferry to sail on single departures to Cape May and Lewes this afternoon.

“These past few days, Mother Nature has provided some relief with higher temperatures and much calmer winds,” Jennifer Shivers, assistant business director, wrote in a statement.

“The tugboat, Northstar Integrity, really helped to break up the ice. Conditions are improving and given the weather forecast, we expect to resume service across the Delaware Bay.”

Tomorrow's schedule is as follows:

Departing Cape May...

10:30 a.m.  -  2:30 p.m.  - 6:00 p.m.

Departing Lewes, Delaware...

12:15 p.m.  -  4:15 p.m.  -  7:45 p.m.


For additional info and updates, call the Cape May-Lewes Ferry at 800-643-3779 or visit www.cmlf.com.

North Wildwood Issues Report on Winter Storm Clean Up Efforts

PRESS RELEASE

North Wildwood — Following a winter storm that dumped approximately 17 inches of snow on the City on January 3rd & 4th, North Wildwood has released information pertaining to the extensive manpower and equipment required to clear the snow and assist residents with hundreds of calls for service.

“This storm was a uniquely powerful one that impacted coastal areas with high winds, driving snow and very large drifts,” said North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of all of our City employees before, during and after this storm, who went above and beyond the call of duty to help and assist our residents, property owners and visitors.”

With reports of the impending storm, North Wildwood Public Works brined all roads during the day on Wednesday January 3rd. Snow started falling late Wednesday January 3, 2018, and public works started plowing the roads around midnight. Snow continued to fall well into Thursday with cleanup continuing through Sunday January 7th.

Over 804 hours of man-hours went into storm preparation and clean up over the five days. Public works spread over 60 tons of rock salt and calcium chloride along with 825 gallons of brine.  The Police and Fire Departments answered 442 storm related calls including disabled/ stuck vehicles, motor vehicles accidents, electric wires down, and broken pipes due to freezing.   

“Storms like this challenge the City to be prepared and responsive to our residents and property owners and I am very satisfied that we met that challenge with this storm,” concluded Rosenello.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Capt'n Jack's teases "something really big" for Summer '18


Capt'n Jack's Island Grill (2701 Boardwalk) has dropped a hint about some changes on the horizon for the upcoming season.

Via Facebook, the two-story restaurant/pub posted the above photo with a caption that reads:

"Something really big is coming to Capt'n Jacks for Summer 2018! Check back here to find out what and follow the progress."

Now, generally, we avoid speculation. Buuuuut, it's no secret that the neighboring Sand Jamm Surf Shop at the base of the old Hunt's Pier is not returning. We are looking at the former second level sales floor in this photo.

(Sand Jamm 5Mile, which debuted last Spring, is now open year round at 26th & New Jersey Avenues.)

It looks like a major expansion for Capt'n Jack's is in the works, but we'll have to wait and see exactly what it entails.

Stay tuned!

Wildwood Crest given strong financial rating by Moody’s

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest has recently been issued an excellent Aa3 rating by Moody’s Investor Service in its most recent report of the borough’s finances.

In the report issued Dec. 22, Moody’s rated Wildwood Crest’s financial position as robust, its credit overview as good, its economy and tax base as very healthy, and its debt and pensions liabilities as manageable.

“Wildwood Crest’s solid financial position is the result of day-to-day planning, controls, budgeting and sometimes unpopular decisions made for the long-term fiscal health of the borough,” said Alicia Belansen, the borough’s chief financial officer. “This ultimately benefits the taxpayers. Our elected officials and staff have always attempted to maintain a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility.”

The Moody’s report also cited Wildwood Crest as having “a very strong financial position, a healthy socioeconomic profile and a solid tax base.” It also stated that Wildwood Crest’s adjusted net pension liability compared to operating revenues is favorably under the U.S. median.

“This excellent report from Moody’s is a direct reflection of the strong work done on a daily basis by the dedicated staff of the borough, in particular the finance department led by our CFO Alicia Belansen,” said Wildwood Crest mayor Don Cabrera.

“In today’s economic climate, it is often a difficult task to remain vigilant with regard to sound financial practices and Alicia, the entire finance department and all borough staff continue to do an excellent job in this regard.”

Moody’s Investors Service is the bond credit rating of Moody’s Corporation. It provides worldwide financial research on bonds issued by commercial and government entities. Moody’s is considered one of the “Big Three” credit rating agencies along with Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Group.

For more information, call 609-522-5176.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show returns, January 17-21


PRESS RELEASE

Attention all dog lovers!

Four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes will return to the Wildwoods Convention Center for the annual All Breed Dog Show.

The Atlantic Ocean Classic Dog Show Cluster, hosted by the Boardwalk Kennel Club, will feature five days of competitions starting Wednesday, January 17 through Sunday, January 21.

Certified judges will determine the winners of each category and various prizes will be awarded. So come out and see the best of the best of all dog breeds!

Competitions begin at 8:30 a.m. daily. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $2 for children under 12 and will be available at the door the day of the event. The schedule of competition in each category for the All Breed Dog Show is to be announced.

Additionally, vendors will offer unique dog-related merchandise for those looking for something special to pamper their pooch – from collars and leashes to books and training tools, along with everything in between.

Guided tours and new exhibitor briefings will be available throughout the five-day event to educate the public about all aspects of the sport of dog showing.

For additional information about the Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, visit www.BoardwalkKennelClub.com or call 856-952-8042.

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

Polar Bear Plunge set for this Saturday, January 13th


PRESS RELEASE

Special Olympics New Jersey returns to the Wildwoods to kick off 2018 with an icy plunge into the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, January 13 at 1 p.m., on the beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center.

The Polar Bear Plunge is a FREE event for spectators to watch, but Plungers must raise $100 in pledges to participate in the event with all proceeds going to Special Olympics New Jersey. Early registration is available online by visiting www.njpolarplunge.org.

Additional registration and donations will be accepted on-site the day of the event.

The Wildwoods' Polar Bear Plunge is a family-friendly event benefiting more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey. There are incentives based on the total funds raised, and special recognition will go to the person who raises the most money.

Check-in will take place from 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. inside the warm Wildwoods Convention Center before the event. Immediately following the Plunge, participants and children under the age of 12 can warm up and enjoy a free Plunge lunch inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. For those who are not participating in the plunge, lunch can be purchased for $10.

The night before the Plunge, Friday, January 12, Special Olympics New Jersey will host a Beef 'n Brrr Benefit at the Bolero Resort, located at 3320 Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood, from 7-11 p.m. A $20 donation will raise money for the event and includes roast beef sandwiches, salad, wings and draft beer, as well as a 50/50 raffle, live auction and live music. Everyone is invited and you do not need to be a participant in the Plunge to attend the Beef 'n Brrr Benefit.

The New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run is sponsoring the Wildwoods' Polar Bear Plunge and is comprised of Law Enforcement officers who volunteer and are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics. The Special Olympics Torch has become one of the most colorful aspects of the Special Olympics New Jersey Opening Ceremonies.

Year after year, the Wildwoods' Polar Bear Plunge continues to grow in popularity and is just one of the many FREE events to attend in the Wildwoods. Beat the winter blues by showing support for a worthy cause and come join in the excitement of the Polar Bear Plunge.

For additional information regarding Special Olympics New Jersey, visit www.sonj.org.

For additional information regarding the Wildwoods' Polar Bear Plunge, call 609-896-8000 or visit www.njpolarplunge.org.

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