Friday, April 28, 2017

Wildwood Crest to unveil bike path monument

PRESS RELEASE

The Borough of Wildwood Crest is set to officially introduce a new monument to its popular bike path.

The Crest will unveil a bike statue at the southern entrance of the beachfront portion of the bike path at Rambler Road, between Ocean Avenue and the entrance to the beach, on Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m.

The monument is a nine-foot by 15-foot aluminum model of a bicycle that sits atop a four-foot concrete base. It was built by Heritage Towers, a marine contractor and design company, with design and construction performed by Mike Hollenback and Mike Seaverns.

“We’re very pleased with how the construction of the bike statue turned out and we can’t wait to officially unveil it to the public,” said Don Cabrera, Wildwood Crest Commissioner of Public Works and Recreation.

“This is an added amenity that will enhance the experience of riding along the bike path. We also think this will become an iconic monument to residents and visitors alike. We expect it to be a very popular place to take personal and family photographs, which will help market Wildwood Crest through social media postings.”

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the event.

For further information, call Wildwood Crest Borough Hall at (609) 522-5176 or the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at (609) 523-0202.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WILD Weekend: Wild Half Race Series, more businesses open, new BBQ place on Pacific


Ready or not (though, we suspect you're ready), we're barreling into the last weekend of April!

Monday will not only be May 1, it will mark exactly four weeks until Memorial Day 2017. And if you want to get technical, the start of the big holiday weekend will be a mere 25 days from that point.

Yes, it's all coming, and it's all coming FAST. But we have the Wild Half Race Series and some other happenings to put an exclamation on the month.

So, let's get to it...

Run Wild, you crazy kids!

Morey's Piers is going all out, as its Wild Half Race Series continues to get bigger and better. Once again this year, the event will be held over two days, with a festival-like atmosphere along the Boardwalk and over at Fox Park (across from the finish line at the Wildwoods Convention Center).

Saturday will feature the Kids 1k and a 5k race, while the 8k and 13.1 Mile Wild Half Marathon will take place on Sunday.

Meawhile, Fox Park will be jammin' with live entertainment and food, and there are also some really cool additional activities like Beach Yoga in front of the Giant Wheel from 4 - 5 p.m. on Saturday.

All the info you could want and more is available at www.WildHalf.com, but you can also call 609-522-3900 if you have any questions.


Mariner's Pier Hours

Speaking of the Giant Wheel, the amusements will be running at Mariner's Pier (Boardwalk & Schellenger Avenue) on Saturday from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For those who have asked, Surfside Pier opens on May 13 (two weekends away), followed by Adventure Pier on May 19.

The full season schedule is always up at www.moreyspiers.com.


Welcome Back!

A handful of favorites are reopening for the season this weekend, including Boathouse Restaurant and Piro's Village Restaurant on Friday, and two great breakfast spots - Samuel's Pancake House and Sun'z Up Cafe on Saturday.

Say "hello" again, and be sure to visit our weekly updated lists of Opening Dates and currently OPEN businesses.

Boathouse Restaurant  -  506 W. Rio Grande Avenue  (609-729-5301)
Piro's Village Restaurant  -  1901 New York Avenue  (609-729-0401)
Samuel's Pancake House  -  1610 Surf Avenue  (609-522-6446)
Sun'z Up Cafe  -  6708 New Jersey Avenue  (609-522-0106)


Southern Style BBQ comes to PacAve

Earlier this week, we learned that JB Jr.'s Southern BBQ is set to debut at 3109 Pacific Avenue.

In what is shaping up to be a banner season for new businesses in the Wildwoods, the good news keeps on rolling in.

Best of luck to owner John Battle on this new venture!

He'll be open for the first time on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and then Sunday through Thursday with as-yet unconfirmed hours.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Utilizing USDA Grant Funds, City of North Wildwood Purchases New Fire Trailer at No Expense to Taxpayers

PRESS RELEASE

On Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at approximately 11:00 a.m., the United States Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the City of North Wildwood, NJ will be holding a press conference at the North Wildwood Fire House – 400 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 to announce the City’s acquisition of a new fire prevention trailer using USDA – Rural Development funds.

Members of the public and press are invited and welcome to attend the event.

The purchase of the City’s new fire prevention trailer was made at no cost to the taxpayers of the City of North Wildwood, through the use of grant funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture totaling $46,600.00, in conjunction with private donations that were allocated specifically for the 25% match ($29,871.00), covering the total cost of $76,471.00 for the purchase of the City’s new fire prevention trailer.

“It is always gratifying to see federal, state and local governing bodies working together to provide municipal infrastructure improvements, and financial assistance to purchase much needed equipment for communities like ours,” said Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

“On behalf of the City of North Wildwood, I am very appreciative of the USDA’s partnership, and I look forward to strengthening our relationship with that branch of the federal government as we look toward future, mutually beneficial public safety initiatives,” said Mayor Rosenello.

North Wildwood Celebrates Arbor Day by Distributing Tree Tubelings to Local Students

PRESS RELEASE

On Friday, April 28th, 2017, the City of North Wildwood Mayor and Council, in conjunction with Lomax Environmental Consulting Group, will distribute over 500 evergreen tree tubelings to Margaret Mace Public School and Cape Trinity Catholic School students grades K – 8th in celebration of this year’s Arbor Day.

This is an annual event that the City has conducted since 2014. This Friday, Mayor Rosenello and Peter Lomax of Lomax Consulting will visit two science classes (one at Cape Trinity and one at Margaret Mace) to give brief presentations on the benefits of ‘green infrastructure’ and the importance of stewardship.

‘Green infrastructure’ (the establishment of trees/vegetation) is a vital component in benefitting the public health with protection of drinking water supplies, mitigating overflows from separate sewer systems, reducing storm-water pollution and CO2 emissions, and cooling densely developed neighborhoods.

The planting of more trees will also increase the amount of critical filters for our air and assist in reductions of erosion in unstable areas, as well as increasing soil permeability to facilitate groundwater recharge. Additionally, when trees are properly planted and maintained, they increase property values with visually appealing curbsides and can reduce energy costs in both excessive heat and cold.

“The City of North Wildwood has always been a proponent of healthy living and ecological promotion, and we are happy to partner with Lomax Consulting again this year for our Arbor Day initiatives” said Mayor Patrick Rosenello. “The City’s most recent adoption of the Community Forestry Management and Vegetation Management Plans solidifies our dedication to providing a healthy and sustainable local ecosystem,” said Mayor Rosenello.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NEW for 2017 - JB Jr.'s Southern BBQ opens this weekend at 3109 Pacific Ave.


Southern-style barbecue in the Wildwoods?

Our mouths are already watering!

This weekend, JB Jr.'s Southern BBQ debuts at 3109 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood.

(Between Pine and Maple; former location of Get On It Internet Cafe).

Owner John Battle will be serving up a menu that includes ribs, chicken, pork, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, collard greens, mac 'n cheese, ice cream and milk shakes.

Hours are as follows:

Saturday, April 29  -  11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday through Thursday  -  Open 'til 10 p.m.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Updated list of 2017 Opening Dates

JUST ONE WEEK
OF APRIL LEFT...

... and only 5 weeks (35 days) to go until Memorial Day 2017!

Each week, this list will update businesses scheduled to open in the coming weeks and months, as we move along on the road to Summer 2017.

(Business dates and hours are always subject to change.)

Now OPEN!

Check out our running list of businesses and attractions NOW OPEN for 2017!

Opening Dates

Boathouse Restaurant  -  April 28

Piro's Village Restaurant  -  April 28

Samuel's Pancake House  -  April 29

Sun'z Up Cafe  -  April 29

Shoobie's "Good Eats"  -  May 4

Doo Wop Coffee Shop (@Tangiers Motel)  -  May 5

SIGHTSEER Tramcar Service Begins  -  May 5

Duffinetti's Restaurant  -  May 5

Urie's Waterfront Restaurant  -  May 5

SurfSide West Diner  -  May 6

Hershey's Ice Cream (5306 Boardwalk)  -  May 12

Hooked on Books  -  May 12

Ice House  -  May 12

South Dock Cafe  -  May 12

The Surfing Pig  -  May 12

Uncle Bill's Pancake House  -  May 12

Route 66 Restaurant  -  May 12

Surfside Pier  -  May 13

Adventure Pier  -  May 19

Echo's  -  May 19

Lizzy's Ice Cream  -  May 19

Wildcard Watersports (NEW!)  -  May 20

Sand Jamm 5Mile (NEW!)  -  May 22

Duffer's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor  -  May 25

Russo's Market  -  May 25

Jersey Girl Drinks & Dining  -  May 26

Raging Waters Water Park  -  May 27

Splash Zone Water Park  -  May 27

Ocean Oasis Water Park  -  June 17

Morey's Piers Treats Moms to Tea this Mother's Day

PRESS RELEASE

This Mother’s Day weekend Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks invites the entire family for a seaside escape to honor mom. From hotel packages and a tea-riffic tea party at the beloved Tea Cups ride, families will find a variety of events and activities to make every mom feel special.  

On Sunday, May 14, mothers visiting the classic shore side destination will ride free from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Mariner’s and Surfside Piers. From 12:00pm to 2:00pm, families are invited to Mariner’s Pier to grab a seat in an oversized “English tea cup” and sip complimentary afternoon tea with an assortment of cookies, biscotti, and biscuits.

Kids can also decorate personalized sugar cookies for mom at the cookie decorating station located next to the Tea Cup ride. A photo area complete with signs and props for mom and the entire family to take pictures will be located at the Parents Pavilion on Mariner’s Pier.

Joe’s Fish Co. on Surfside Pier will be shaking up specialty cocktails to celebrate Mother’s Day. From 12:00pm to 5:00pm guests can toast mom with a classic Bellini, Mimosa or Bloody Mary, an inventive Oyster Shooter or Pommegranatini, and even a MANmosa for dads.

Available May 12 through 14, The Pan American Hotel and Port Royal Hotel are offering family stay weekend packages that include a two-night stay for two adults and up to two children (in one room), one day admission to amusement rides at Morey’s Piers and one complimentary breakfast per person at the onsite restaurant.

Prices start at $390 per family at both hotels. Rooms subject to availability; price does not include hotel tax. To book at the Port Royal, guests must call 609-729-2000 and for the Pan American guests must call 609-522-6936 and request the Mother’s Day Weekend package.

For more information on Morey’s Piers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.

About Morey’s Piers

Credit Cards Make Beach Amenities Easier to Enjoy

PRESS RELEASE

Beachgoers will find their visit to this city’s world-famous beach more enjoyable with the addition of a new service this season.

Beach amenities such as beach box rentals and beach taxi trips are now available by using a credit card.

“Most people coming to Wildwood come here to enjoy our beach,” said Commissioner Pete Byron. “We are constantly adding amenities that make a visit to the beach a great one.  By adding the ability to pay for amenities via a credit card we hope to make enjoying Wildwood’s beach even easier.”

According to Jodie DiEduardo, senior vice president at Crest Savings Bank, the credit card mobile units will be available in each of the city’s beach taxis. Each of the units has been donated to the city by Crest Savings Bank.

In addition to offering on-site payment, patrons will be able to pre-pay for beach amenities prior to coming to the beach.

“Using a credit card for beach amenities makes sense,” DiEduardo explained. “Rather than having to pack enough cash for the day, now one credit card is all you need to enjoy your visit.”

Byron, who oversees the city’s Departments of Revenue and Finance and Department of Beach Services, said not only will making beach services available via credit card be a boon for residents and visitors who visit Wildwood’s wide, sandy, beach, it will also be a boon for the city’s coffers.

“We want people who use our beach to have a great time and experience all that Wildwood has to offer,” Byron said. “By adding credit card payments for beach amenities to our menu of amenities to make their visit even more enjoyable, we hope to see a sharp spike in the number of beach amenity users. Putting credit card machines on the beach for beach boxes and beach taxi rides is not only good for beach goers, it’s a great way to produce revenue for the city.”

UP Next: Wild Half Racing Series


It's almost time to Run Wild!

The Wild Half Race Series, Morey's Piers' signature slate of racing events, is set for this weekend - Saturady, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.

As a whole, the event weekend is bigger than ever, with a diverse lineup of races, activities, food and live entertainment and fun for athletes and spectators.

The races on the schedule include a 1k Kids Run and 5k Race on Saturday, followed by an 8k Race and the "main event" 13.1 mile Wild Half Marathon on Sunday.

The half marathon has become one of the island's most popular annual events, taking runners through a course that features breathtaking oceanside views and into and through the thick of the excitement of the Boardwalk and amusement piers.

The Sights... the Sounds... the Sweat... and MORE!

For complete information, visit www.WildHalf.com or call 609-522-3900.

Friday, April 21, 2017

15th Annual Wildwood Crest Borough-Wide Yard Sale is May 6th

PRESS RELEASE

Bargain hunters are encouraged to spend the day in Wildwood Crest for the 15th annual Borough-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature nearly 200 yard sale locations throughout the borough.

Those wishing to become an official yard sale location must submit a registration form by Friday, April 28, to Wildwood Crest Borough Hall. The fee to participate is $15.

Registration forms are available at the Wildwood Crest Public Works Department, Wildwood Crest Borough Hall and the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center. Registration forms can also be downloaded online at www.wildwoodcrest.org.

Maps featuring yard sale locations will be available beginning Friday, May 5, at the following locations:

  • Wildwood Crest Borough Hall, 6101 Pacific Avenue 
  • Crest Pier Recreation Center, 5800 Ocean Avenue
  • Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool, 8800 New Jersey Avenue
  • The Hardware Store, 105 W. Aster Road.

The yard sale location map will also be available online at www.wildwoodcrest.org beginning Friday, May 5.

Rain date for the event is Sunday, May 7.

Residents and visitors are reminded to obey all traffic laws as they travel through town on the day of the event. Following the yard sale, registered participants are strongly encouraged to leave bulk items, electronics, metal and rigid plastics curbside for pickup by the Wildwood Crest Public Works Department.

The Borough-Wide Yard Sale is sponsored by the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works. Call (609) 522-7446 for more information.

Updated list of 2017 Opening Dates

EASTER IS IN THE
REARVIEW MIRROR...

... and more and more places are opening as we speed toward a brand new season!

Each week, this list will update businesses scheduled to open in the coming weeks and months, as we move along on the road to Summer 2017.

(Business dates and hours are always subject to change.)

Now OPEN!

Check out our running list of businesses and attractions NOW OPEN for 2017!

Opening Dates

The Wharf  -  April 21

Boathouse Restaurant  -  April 28

Piro's Village Restaurant  -  April 28

Samuel's Pancake House  -  April 29

Sun'z Up Cafe  -  April 29

Shoobie's "Good Eats"  -  May 4

Doo Wop Coffee Shop (@Tangiers Motel)  -  May 5

SIGHTSEER Tramcar Service Begins  -  May 5

Duffinetti's Restaurant  -  May 5

Urie's Waterfront Restaurant  -  May 5

SurfSide West Diner  -  May 6

Hershey's Ice Cream (5306 Boardwalk)  -  May 12

Hooked on Books  -  May 12

Ice House  -  May 12

South Dock Cafe  -  May 12

The Surfing Pig  -  May 12

Uncle Bill's Pancake House  -  May 12

Route 66 Restaurant  -  May 12

Surfside Pier  -  May 13

Adventure Pier  -  May 19

Echo's  -  May 19

Lizzy's Ice Cream  -  May 19

Wildcard Watersports (NEW!)  -  May 20

Sand Jamm 5Mile (NEW!)  -  May 22

Duffer's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor  -  May 25

Russo's Market  -  May 25

Raging Waters Water Park  -  May 27

Splash Zone Water Park  -  May 27

Ocean Oasis Water Park  -  June 17

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Bunny visits, egg hunts and more this weekend

Egg hunts on the beach...
a longtime Wildwoods tradition!
There will be no shortage of "egg-cellent" family activities this Easter Weekend in the Wildwoods!

Festivities include four egg hunts - two each on Saturday and Sunday - and Morey's Piers' annual Easter Celebration on Sunday.

The fun kicks off with the Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon on Saturday. The event, for children 11 and under, will be held on the beach at 19th Avenue in North Wildwood.

At the same time, the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the beach at Lincoln Avenue in Wildwood. Children 12 and under will have the chance to dig for eggs filled with toys (plus "golden eggs" with larger prizes).

On Easter Sunday, Ed's Funcade will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Hay from noon to 1:30 p.m. Children 12 and under will search for eggs and other prizes in front of the casino/arcade at 23rd & Boardwalk in North Wildwood.

Gateway 26 will also host an egg hunt on Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be on hand at the casino/arcade at 26th & Boardwalk for free photo opportunities, between 1 - 4 p.m.

Morey's Piers' Easter Celebration opens with a continental breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Jumbo's Boardwalk Grill & Eatery, Boardwalk & Schellenger, from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Mariner's Pier will be open from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., with roving entertainment, face painting and more. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures at the Parent's Pavilion from noon to 4 p.m. Children 12 and under will be able to pick an egg for a chance to win prizes.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Updated list of 2017 Opening Dates

THE "UNOFFICIAL OPENING"
OF THE BOARDWALK!

Easter Weekend has long been celebrated as the unofficial opening of the Boardwalk!

Each week, this list will update businesses scheduled to open in the coming weeks and months, as we move along on the road to Summer 2017...

(Business dates and hours are always subject to change.)

Now OPEN!

Check out our running list of businesses and attractions NOW OPEN for 2017!



Opening Dates

Kelly's Cafe  -  April 13

Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grill  -  April 14

Doo Wop Diner  -  April 14

Ed's Funcade  -  April 14

The Wild Burrito - April 14

Little Italy  -  April 15

The Wharf  -  April 21

Boathouse Restaurant  -  April 28

Piro's Village Restaurant  -  April 28

Samuel's Pancake House  -  April 29

Sun'z Up Cafe  -  April 29

Shoobie's "Good Eats"  -  May 4

Doo Wop Coffee Shop (@Tangiers Motel)  -  May 5

SIGHTSEER Tramcar Service Begins  -  May 5

Duffinetti's Restaurant  -  May 5

Urie's Waterfront Restaurant  -  May 5

Hershey's Ice Cream (5306 Boardwalk)  - May 12

Ice House  -  May 12

South Dock Cafe  -  May 12

The Surfing Pig  -  May 12

Uncle Bill's Pancake House  -  May 12

Route 66 Restaurant  -  May 12

Surfside Pier  -  May 13

Adventure Pier  -  May 19

Echo's  -  May 19

Lizzy's Ice Cream  -  May 19

Wildcard Watersports (NEW!)  -  May 20

Duffer's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor  -  May 25

Russo's Market  -  May 25

Raging Waters Water Park  -  May 27

Splash Zone Water Park  -  May 27

Ocean Oasis Water Park  -  June 17

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Shorelines, formerly of Boardwalk Mall, set to open at new location

Photo by Brian Foley
For nearly two decades, Shorelines has been a fixture on the upper level of the Boardwalk Mall.

This Saturday, the popular souvenir store will open in a new location at 3916 Boardwalk, near Spencer Avenue.

(This is the previous home of Winterwood Gift & Christmas Shoppe, which will continue to operate its other store at 2910 Boardwalk; Meanwhile, the future of Shorelines' longtime home at the Boardwalk Mall is unknown.)

Shorelines will continue to specialize in nautical-themed gifts and novelties, along with local prints and signs, and more.

"[The move] was a difficult decision, but I was ready to take the next step," owner Pauline Curran told Wildwood 365 by phone earlier today.

Shorelines' longtime (now former) home
"We were at the Boardwalk Mall for 19 years and met so many wonderful people. The new store is in a great location, right on the Boardwalk. I've never experienced that, so it's very exciting."

Though she noted it is a big change that will take some getting used to, Pauline is enthusiastic about the new set-up.

"I think our guests are going to find it even better," she said. "It's a different layout, of course. But everything just looks better for some reason.

"I can't wait for everyone to see it. We also have some new products that I think people are going to love."

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Advertise on the Wildwoods Boardwalk's sun shelters this Summer


At Wildwood 365, we make a point of recommending only products and services that we have used and believe in.

For the past two summers, we have advertised our website on the Wildwoods Boardwalk sun shelters, and couldn't be happier with the results. 

Our good friend Ed Peahota sells the poster ads and is the man to contact.

Give him a call at 856-981-1884 and get in before space fills up (it happens fast this time of year).

Bottom line: If you're looking for ways to significantly raise the profile of your business at an affordable cost, advertising on the Wildwoods Boardwalk's sun shelters is a terrific option!