Friday, May 17, 2019

Kevin Miller’s Smashed to perform at Wildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST – The long-anticipated start of the summer season at the Jersey Shore will once again be celebrated with the first of 24 free outdoor concerts hosted by the Borough of Wildwood Crest.

Kevin Miller’s Smashed will perform Sunday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough of Wildwood Crest’s annual Summer Kickoff Concert at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

Kevin Miller’s Smashed is one of the hottest bands to hit the region over the past few years. The six-piece band is led by Miller, the former lead drummer for multi-platinum alternative rock band Fuel. Featuring talented co-lead vocalists Kelly Caruso and Greg Reigle and a cast of sublime musical talent, Kevin Miller’s Smashed performs many of the popular rock hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as some of the more popular pop and dance tunes of the past 30 years.

Kevin Miller’s Smashed was a massive hit in their debut performance at Wildwood Crest’s Centennial Park last summer and are back by popular demand.

The Summer Kickoff Concert is a FREE all-ages show. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair. Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The weekly Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series will begin in late June. Centennial Park will feature live music shows each Saturday from June 29 through Sept. 21 and each Wednesday from June 26 through Aug. 28. The full schedule is available online at wildwoodcrest.org.

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wildwood Crest to present Flood Mitigation and Storm Sewer Master Plan

PRESS RELEASE

The Borough of Wildwood Crest, through its engineer, DeBlasio & Associates, is set to present its Flood Mitigation and Storm Sewer Master Plan at the next regular meeting of the Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting, which will take place in the courtroom on the first floor of Wildwood Crest Borough Hall located at 6101 Pacific Avenue.

The Borough of Wildwood Crest has been historically subject to flooding, beach erosion and many other associated problems that require an aggressive approach to successfully manage infrastructure maintenance and flood damage mitigation.

Wildwood Crest has developed a varied approach to protect and maintain its infrastructure, natural areas, public safety and the welfare and property of its residents and continues to improve in this regard through the implementation of improvements, new technologies and with the assistance of outside public and private agencies.

The borough will continue to pursue and improve upon methods to educate its residents, protect its coastline, manage its infrastructure and natural areas and mitigate the efforts from flood damage and natural disasters.

The implementation of the Flood Mitigation and Storm Sewer Master Plan has been an ongoing activity and demonstrates the borough’s continued commitment to its goals.

Wildwood Crest’s Flood Mitigation and Storm Sewer Master Plan has been developed for the purpose of educating the borough, the public and private property owners of existing flood challenges; establishing the recommendations to mitigate the adverse impact of flooding and other coastal hazards; providing flood mitigation infrastructure options to guide the borough when considering capital improvements; complying and potentially enhancing the borough’s status with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program; and participating and coordinating flood mitigation efforts with federal, state, county and local entities.

For further information, contact DeBlasio & Associates at 609-854-3311 or the Wildwood Crest borough clerk’s office at 609-729-8040.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

American Legion to host Comedy Nights, searching for local talent


Post 184 will feature comedy on four dates this summer and is now accepting talent applications...

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD
- Lots of laughs are coming to American Legion Post 184 in Wildwood this summer with the new addition of Comedy Nights. Comedy Nights will start on June 27th and will continue on July 11th and 25th, and August 8th.

After the four week run, the event will be followed by the already announced tour stop of international Scottish comedian, Gary Meikle, on August 31st. The comedy events are just the start to new experiences at Post 184, and are the first to become announced for the summer season.

Post Commander Harry Weimar would like to invite local comics to apply to perform, and hopes the opportunity will be great exposure for Wildwood’s talented residents and visitors. The gig is a paid performance based on ticket sales, includes all marketing, advertising, and sales support by the Post and it’s members.

“This is a great opportunity for comics to get out there,” said Weimar. “We all think we are comedians at the Post so it will be good to bring in some actual talent. Our Post likes to laugh and I think this will be a success.”

Comedy Nights will feature 90 minutes of performances starting at 8 PM for just $15. Doors open one hour early and throughout the evening the Canteen will feature drink specials. The event is open to all and will be discounted for Legion members at $12 per ticket.

Interested talent should email talent@legion184.org for more information, and send a bio, work history, and samples.

More event details and ticket sales will be available through legion184.org and through events on the Legion Facebook page under facebook.com/legion184.

Monday, May 13, 2019

It's Memorial Day Weekend and there's so much to DOO in Downtown Wildwood!


PRESS RELEASE

DOWNTOWN WILDWOOD  – Downtown Wildwood is kicking off the Summer of 2019 in Byrne Plaza with the return of the Farmers Market on Saturday, May 25th, from 8 am until 12:30 pm.

Following the Farmers Market, the 3-day Inaugural Bacon Lovers Festival will be held on Saturday from 2 pm until 10 pm, Sunday, from Noon until 10 pm and Monday from Noon until 6 pm! Byrne Plaza is centrally located in heart of the Wildwoods, and just off the Boardwalk, at 3400 Pacific Avenue. 

Free Parking is available while you attend events at Byrne Plaza.

As is the Farmers Market opening day tradition, the new 2019 DOO WW Magnet designs will be unveiled at 10 am. As assortment of magnets, as well as Downtown Wildwood schedules and business information, will be available for you at the DOO WW Booth.

Beginning its 6th season, the Farmers Market is held every Saturday, through September, and has become the place to be on Saturday mornings! 

Showcasing 35+ quality vendors selling farm goods, baked goods, specialty foods, meals to go, wine, honey, nuts, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, snacks, non-food items like soaps, jewelry and much more, there is something for everyone. 

Bring your friends and family to play the lawn games or just stroll around with something to eat and drink from our friendly vendors.  Get there early and your purchases will be packaged in a DOO WW reusable tote bag, while weekly supplies last.

The 3-day Downtown Wildwood Inaugural Bacon Lovers Festival will include Food Trucks as well as tented food and non-food vendors, Wine and Beer for tasting and purchase, Music, Country Line Dancing lessons, a Bouncy House and Obstacle Course, tons of bacon, contests and lots more.

You can find all the details for this event, as well as the season long schedule of events, online at www.DOOWW.com

Be sure to visit the Downtown Wildwood businesses while you’re in town!

Additional details, including a listing of local hotels, restaurants, bars and shops, can be found online at www.DOOWW.com and on Facebook at Wildwood by the Sea.

There is always something to DOO in Downtown Wildwood!

City of Wildwood to dedicate POW Chair of Honor at City Hall, upcoming events


Wildwood will unveil the new chairs Thursday at 3 pm in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room at City Hall...

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD, NJ - The City of Wildwood is proud to announce a dedication ceremony of POW Chairs of Honor Thursday, May 16th at 3 PM in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room at City Hall.

The POW chair will remain on display at City Hall as a permanent fixture, and a second, folding chair will be displayed at every City sponsored event. Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr.  and Vietnam veteran and POW-MIA National Chair of Honor representative Patrick J. Hughes have been in discussions about the POW Chair of Honor project for the past year.

POW Chairs are displayed in remembrance of the over 82,000 soldiers unaccounted for since World War II. The POW chairs are found around the country on public displays in locations varying from sports stadiums to government buildings.

Hughes is the national photographer for Rolling Thunder, the motorcycle group advocating for POW and MIA service members. As a representative of the project, he has been involved with close to one hundred chair dedications, and chose Wildwood for its dedication to patriotism and veterans.

Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. believes the chair will be a strong addition to Wildwood, joining the Doughboy Memorial to Memory Lane, to the Vietnam Memorial Wall, the POW-MIA monument, the Korean monument and the monument to those who continue to die from diseases of the Vietnam War. The portable chair at City events will increase the awareness of POW KIA service members and offer tribute to the heroism of all service members.

“We are honored to have the chair as a permanent reminder of the bravery and gallantry of our American soldiers who fought for the liberty and freedoms that at times we take for granted.  This will be a permanent reminder that these men and women should never be forgotten.  It an honor beyond belief. “ said Mayor Troiano.

 The permanent POW Chair of Honor will be displayed in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room on a handmade platform created by Troiano’s Department of Beach Services, will be secured behind velvet ropes, and will be joined by the American, POW-MIA, KIA, State of NJ and City of Wildwood flags.

A plaque will be affixed to the display commemorating the dedication. The portable chair will be displayed at events wand was purchased from Hussey Seating, the maker of a wide range of POW chairs.

Entry into the dedication ceremony begins at 2:30 PM, and is open to the public. Members of the media, veteran groups, and community have been personally invited by the Mayor to share in the dedication.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Beach Boxes added to Wildwood and Wildwood Crest


Additional boxes will launch Friday and Monday, and are on a first come, first serve basis...

PRESS RELEASE

Due to popular demand, the City of Wildwood has allocated additional beach boxes in Wildwood and Wildwood Crest for the 2019 season.

Weekly units have been added for Wildwood and are available now for reservations. Wildwood Crest will receive an additional 66 boxes for seasonal rentals only during the 2019 season and will be available starting Monday, May 13 at 9 am.

All boxes are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Beach Boxes are available to rent from May 25 until September 3, 2019, and are located on almost every street in Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.

Each box is 4' x 4' x 4' and can store chairs, umbrellas, coolers and more, making it easier to visit our FREE beaches.

For more information and to book a box, visit wildwoodbeachboxes.com and crestbeachboxes.com.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WANTED: Your "Wildwood Moms" photos!

Dave Martak and his Mom, on the beach in 1973!

It's once again time to salute MOM!

Last Mother's Day, we put together our first Wildwood Memories with our Moms album, and now we're looking to add to the collection.

Whether your photos are 50 years old or were snapped last summer, we'd love to see and display them here on our blog this Sunday.

Share your memories with us by posting on our Facebook page or emailing attachments to wildwood365@gmail.com.

Photos of grandmothers, aunts, big sisters and mother figures of all kinds are more than welcome!


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

American Legion Post 184 to host benefit for local family

Ronnie Wolfenden, a member of the Sons of the American Legion, passed away unexpectedly at 45 years old in January

PRESS RELEASE

On Saturday, May 11 at 4 pm, the American Legion in Wildwood, NJ will host a beer and beer to benefit the family of Ronnie Wolfenden. Wolfenden was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, a volunteer for Post 184, and a dedicated friend to all local veterans.

In January, Ronnie passed away unexpectedly at the age of just 45 years old, leaving behind his wife Sue, his daughter Celine, Post Commander Harry Weimar and wife Kathi Weimar, who he called “Mom and Dad.”

Post 184 has created the beef and beer event to raise funds for the family and bring together Ronnie’s friends for a night of celebrating his life.

Over the years Ronnie had assisted with many projects at the Post and around town for veterans and their families. He continuously attended all Post 184 events and rallies, and even made multiple trips with the Disaster Relief operations.

His family remembers him as a caring man with much determination and motivation. Ronnie was an exemplary member of the veteran community, even though he had not served himself.

The beef and beer will include a Chinese auction, a 50/50, a raffle and door prizes along with drinks, dancing, music and fun. Doors open at 4 pm and the event closes at 10 pm.

For tickets, visit Post 184 at 4200 Atlantic Avenue or see any member.

FIVE Fabulous Days of Fitness this summer in Downtown Wildwood


PRESS RELEASE

Summer’s coming and when the weather gets warm, everyone loves to take their work out outdoors!

The Wildwood Business Improvement District (WBID) has your summer workout schedule covered with Five Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza, beginning on June 24, at Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood!

On Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, Boot Camp Circuit Training will be led by Dion – you won’t find a better workout anywhere.

On Tuesdays and Thursday, Yoga classes will be led by Claudia.  Classes are open to all fitness levels and can be modified for beginners through advanced. Start you day right and join us this summer for fun and fitness.

All classes will be held from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.

Boot Camp will be $10 per class and Yoga will be $5 per class.

Be sure to visit the shops and restaurants while you are in Downtown Wildwood. Additional details, including a listing of local hotels, restaurants, bars and shops, can be found online at www.DOOWW.com and on Facebook at Wildwood by the Sea.

There's always something to 
DOO in Downtown Wildwood!
 

Wildwood Beach Patrol announces 2019 season opening schedule - Memorial Day Weekend through June 22nd


PRESS RELEASE

The following is the Wildwood Beach Patrol schedule beginning May 25, 2019:

Lifeguards will be on duty Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, and the following weekend, June 1-2, at a limited number of beaches from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Beginning Saturday, June 15, lifeguards will be on duty daily at a limited number of beaches.

If necessary, areas that bathers will not be permitted to swim in will be designated by red flags with the international "No-Swimming" symbol on them. Also if necessary, bathers will be directed to the guarded beaches.

This will be the standard operating procedure until the beach is fully staffed and all beaches are guarded - tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 22.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

International touring comedian Gary Meikle to make stop in Wildwood this August


Scottish Comedian Gary Meikle will perform a charity show for the Wildwood American Legion...

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD, NJ
- Scottish award winning comedian and international sensation Gary Meikle will make a stop off his US Tour in Wildwood, NJ this August. American Legion Post 184 will host the comedian on August 31, and all proceeds will be generously donated by Meikle to the veterans group.

Meikle is best known for his viral video rants on social media that have drawn over 130 million views in five months. Through the past year, Meikle has traveled through Europe, Spain, and Dubai to using his real life experiences to bring laughs everywhere he goes.

The comedy show announcement is just the start to new entertainment and events at Post 184. Over the summer Post 184 will host weekly themed events, food functions, and comedy nights, of which details are to be released soon. To accommodate the new opportunities, the Post is currently undergoing upgrades with building repairs, hall painting, and more.

For Gary Meikle’s show, lighting, sound and room decor will be brought in to create a special venue. Post Commander Harry Weimar knows this is a big step towards future events.

“We are excited to have Gary coming to the Post,” said Commander Harry Weimar. “This is an opportunity for us to have larger events, create more awareness of veteran issues, and bring in much needed donations for the Post building repairs. We want to use the hall as much as possible, for our events or for rentals.”

Not only will Meikle perform at the Post in Wildwood, but his tour does not have another stop in New Jersey. Meikle has also elected not to perform in Philadelphia to ensure the charity show is a big success. The closest area shows are New York, NY, Bethlehem, PA, and Washington, DC. For Meikle, doing a charity show on each tour is important. Just one day before heading to the US, Meikle will perform to benefit the Ronald McDonald House at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

“It is important to give back to communities I visit and that’s something I am very passionate about,” said Meikle. “I found it to be a fantastic idea, just giving back to these guys who have fought hard for their country is very important to me. The organization donates a lot of time, money, and effort back into the local community.”

The event was made possible with the help of Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. who worked with the Legion and made the phone call to personally invite Meikle to town. For Troiano, an international act such as Meikle could be a big draw for the town as well as a great exposure for the local veterans group.

“Wildwood has had so many great performers through the decades, and this comedian is just adding to that lineup,” said Troiano. “It’ll be a pleasure to host him in Wildwood and bring even more culture into Wildwood.”

Meikle’s performances, clips, and viral videos can be found on his website garymeikle.com and on all social media @meiklecomedy. For a comprehensive bio on Gary, see the UK's Daily Record article

Tickets for Meikle’s show in Wildwood are hosted on Eventbrite and can be found at legion184.org/events.

The charity show tickets are priced at $35 in advance online or $40 at the door. All proceeds benefit American Legion Post 184.

Must be 21 or older to attend, no exceptions.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Beach fill project aims to alleviate back beach flooding in Wildwood Crest

PRESS RELEASE 

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest has begun a beach fill project designed to elevate sand levels in the western side of its beach between the street end bulkhead and the dune line from the southern border at Jefferson Avenue through Rambler Road. This project is designed to help alleviate ponding and flooding issues following rain events.

The borough has contracted with Arthur R. Henry, Inc., for the project. Arthur R. Henry, Inc., is a contracting and engineering company based in Egg Harbor Township that specializes in civil and site work construction, marine construction, utilities and renewables. The company has extensive experience with similar beach projects in other area shore towns.

Work began on Tuesday, April 23, and is scheduled for completion on or before Wednesday, May 22. Permitting for the project has been approved by both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

The project includes the redistribution of up to 36,000 cubic yards of sand from the high-tide water line to the back areas of the beach. Work is being done through the use of three trucks, four bulldozers and one excavator. No more than one foot of sand will be scraped from the high-tide water line. Sand will be tapered by the contractor to prevent drop-off.

Work is being done from south to north Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost of the project is approximately $228,000. The Borough of Wildwood Crest has made a request that the NJDEP reimburse part of this cost following the completion of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dune construction project tentatively slated for 2021.

Wildwood dog beach em-barks on social media expansion with new Instagram account


Since its debut just off the Boardwalk at Maple Avenue two summers ago, the expanded Wildwood Dog Park & Beach has become one of the island's most popular and talked-about attractions.

Believed to be the world's largest dedicated dog beach, the year-round, free-access recreation space is at the center of the city's effort to become more proactive via social media.

Recently, the dog park augmented its networking reach by adding an Instagram account, to go along with its active presence on Facebook. Recognizing social media as a viable asset was key for Mayor Ernie Troiano, who worked alongside his Department of Beach Services to develop promotional strategies for the new outlet.

"In today's world, social media is the means by which people communicate," said Troiano. "If you want to get a message out, you use social media."

Instagram currently boasts a plethora of pet and dog-related pages, with many dogs becoming bona fide celebrities through the medium. With hundreds of popular dog accounts in the tri-state area, the decision to add Instagram to the dog park's online presence was viewed as a "no-brainer."

From dogs romping in the ocean to the park's signature 30-foot, bright red fire hydrant, the scene offers a variety of "insta-worthy" subjects that the city hopes to showcase to the world.

But the overall marketing strategy goes beyond the dog park, as viral possibilities highlight loftier goals.

Social media marketing isn't just about the present, of course; the medium offers opportunities to reach into and shape the future. Instagram's audience ranges from young adults to the 35-44 age range, with a majority focus on millenials and Generation Z. Both generations have the potential to be future residents, homeowners and vacationers.

Wildwood's dedicated approach hopes to effectively reach the next generation of 20-30-year-olds, a group that will have many options ahead of them.

"We are always looking towards the future, and the future includes the next generations that will hopefully come to love Wildwood as much as we all do," said Troiano. "Social media is a way to reach those people who are looking to buy homes and start families at the Jersey Shore.

"Any positive social media presence relating to Wildwood, no matter if it's pictures of the beach, boardwalk, or dog park, makes our town more attractive to newcomers and potential residents."


A Facebook boost

On April 17, Wildwood Dog Park & Beach's Facebook page unveiled a minute-long promotional video, showcasing the park from both ground level and aerial viewpoints (the latter via drone).

In the week since, the page's post reach has increased by 30 percent, while the actual video has received over 20,000 views and has reached almost 100,000 people. Of these, the majority are local and potential visitors.

This is another example of the interactive approach to social marketing the city is taking.

New signage at the park encourages visitors to share photos and videos to social media. In the week following installation of these signs, check-ins and shared posts (comments, dog photos/vides) have also increased.


Google biz matters

Wildwood also recently claimed its Google Business listing for the dog park, where over 700 4-5 star reviews and hundreds of photos have been posted in recent years. While the Google Business platform doesn’t offer a “social networking” type of opportunity, it does allow for the city to post photos and updates for Google users to see.

The dog park listing had previously been reaching approximately 20,000 people per month. Now that the city has claimed the listing, along with replies to reviewers and frequent posting of content from social media, the listing is seeing over 40,000 views per month. 

Google Business offers another very useful feature: analytics.

The data it provides adds to info already collected from Facebook and Instagram, including zip codes of visitors requesting directions to the dog park. This gives a more precise breakdown of overall visitor demographics, a valuable tool in the city's quest for future growth.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wildwood American Legion creates petition to bring Kate Smith statue to town


Following remarks from Mayor Troiano, Post 184 hopes to get the attention of statue owners...

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD
- American Legion Post 184 has created a public plea to bring the Kate Smith statue to Wildwood by creating an online petition. Supporting statements from Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr made this week, Post 184 took the initiative to jumpstart the potential discussions for the statue’s new home.

“God Bless America represents every veteran,” says Post Commander Harry Weimar. “Every veteran is affected by this. As far as I am concerned, Kate Smith is Miss Patriotism.”

When Mayor Troiano stated “God Bless America” would continue to play on the boardwalk at 11 AM, the Wildwood veterans fully supported the decision. Now that the idea of bringing Kate Smith’s statue to Wildwood was presented by the Mayor, Post 184 hopes to gain signatures on their petition.

The statue would join Wildwood’s already successful veteran memorials, the Vietnam Memorial Wall and Memory Lane, and be displayed on the famous Wildwood Boardwalk that boasts Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” daily at 11 a.m.

“I agree with Mayor Troiano. I feel Wildwood is a very veteran friendly City and there would be no bigger honor than to have Kate Smith here in Wildwood,” said Weimar. “Myself and Post 184 fully support the Mayor. There is no other non-veteran that I know who supports the veterans as much as Ernie does.”

The petition can be signed online at iPetitions under “Bring The Kate Smith Statue to Wildwood” or through this short link:

bit.ly/katesmithwildwood

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

North Wildwood announces beach replenishment project/beach closures

PRESS RELEASE 

NORTH WILDWOOD - As in past years, beginning the week of Monday, April 22nd, 2019, the City of North Wildwood will begin our annual shore protection and replenishment project of moving sand from the City of Wildwood to North Wildwood.

During that time, North Wildwood beaches will intermittently be closed at various sections from 2nd - 26th Avenues while the work is being completed. The City’s appointed contractor will continue work to replenish the beaches from erosion, which occurred over the 2018-19 fall/winter months. Beach Closed signs and fencing will be posted at various beach entrances throughout Wildwood and North Wildwood throughout the course of this project.

All work relative to this year’s sand back pass project will be completed prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The temporary staging area for the project will be between 15th and 16th Avenues on the beach between the boardwalk and the dune. A large amount of sand was also stockpiled in-house by our Department of Public Works this winter, which will greatly assist this year’s replenishment efforts. That stockpiled sand is between 24th – 16th Avenues on the beachfront.

Mayor Patrick Rosenello stated, “The City of North Wildwood has always been and will continue to be a proponent of shore protection and hazard mitigation. Although temporary, these sand back pass projects continue to protect our investments in property and infrastructure, while helping to preserve our quality of life in North Wildwood.”

Residents, visitors and homeowners are reminded to be aware of posted signage and beach closures now through May 23, 2019.

For additional information, please contact the North Wildwood Administration Office at 609-522-6464. If you have an emergency, please contact 9-1-1.