Thursday, March 22, 2018

Crest announces 2018 Summer Music Series schedule

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The Borough of Wildwood Crest today released the full schedule for its 2018 Summer Music Series.

All shows will be held at Centennial Park (Ocean Ave. & Fern Rd.) with a 7:30 pm start time, and are FREE to the public.

The series begins with the traditional Summer Kickoff Concert on Sunday, May 27, featuring the Chatterband.

Alternating Wednesday and Saturday evening concerts begin on Wedneday, June 27 with Fuse Box and Saturday, June 30 with Soul'd Again.

Wednesday evening concerts end on August 29 with a performance by Star Band; Saturday evening concerts will go all the way to September 22, with Big City closing out the series.

The 2018 Crest Summer Music Series includes 24 concerts in all!

For more information, call 609-523-0202 or check out

REMINDER: Greater Wildwood Chamber hosting Utility Assistance Fair all day today

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The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce hosts its Utility Assistance Fair today from 9 am to 6 pm at 3306 Pacific Avenue.

According to the chamber, almost everyone will qualify for at least a $200 electric bill credit.

This is not a low income program, but a grant program. Full-time, year round employees are eligible.

Attendees/applicants do not have to be Wildwoods residents or own their own home.

Drop in anytime all day long for paperwork and information.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sea Glass Festival comes to Wildwood, October 27-28

For the first time, the North American Sea Glass Festival is coming to the Wildwoods.

The event will be held Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 at the Wildwood Convention Center's Oceanfront Arena.

It will feature sea glass collectors, educators and vendors, displaying and selling varying types of sea glass from around the world.

The festival is presented by the North American Sea Glass Association, a non-profit organization that "positively supports sea glass collectors and the sea glass community with festivals, information, educational opportunities, commercial membership and more."

For more information, visit

Morey's Piers 2018 Opening Dates & Events

With a mere 10 DAYS to go until Opening Day at Mariner's Pier (Boardwalk at Schellenger Avenue), here is a look at other important dates in the weeks and months to come at Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks...

For more information and full operating/events schedules, visit

(And don't forget, Morey's SPRING SALE is underway, and runs through Friday, April 6!)

Amusement Piers, Water Parks, Etc.

Mariner's Arcade  -  Saturday, March 24

Curley's Fries  -  Friday, March 30

Mariner's Pier  -  Saturday, March 31

Surfside Pier  -  Saturday, May 5

Adventure Pier  -  Saturday, May 19

Raging Waters Water Park  -  Saturday, May 26

Ocean Oasis Water Park  -  Saturday, June 16

Morey's Piers 2018 Events

Easter Celebration  -  Sunday, April 1

Mother's Day  -  Sunday, May 13

Education Extravaganza  -  Wednesday, May 30

Spring Beach Jam  -  Friday, June 1

JDRF One Walk  -  Saturday, June 2

Beach Bop  -  Saturday, June 16

Beach & Boards Bunk-Down  -  Saturday, June 16

ALS Bike Ride  -  Saturday, June 16

Father's Day  -  Sunday, June 17

Morey's Kids Kamp  -  Monday, June 18

Cape Express Beach Blast Soccer Tournament  - Saturday, June 23

Battle on the beach Flag Football Tournament  -  Saturday, June 30

Salute to Scouting  -  Saturday, July 7

Cape Express More Beach Blast Soccer  -  Saturday, July 14

Spike N' Splash EVP Beach Volleyball  -  Saturday, July 14

Sand Slam Beach Lacrosse Tournament  -  Saturday, July 21

Sticks in the Sand Beach Hockey Tournament  -  Saturday, July 21

A Closer Walk  -  Thursday, August 2

Coastin' by the Ocean  -  Saturday, August 11

Boardwalk Baller 3x3 Basketball Tournament  -  Saturday, August 11

Educator Appreciation Day  -  Saturday, August 25

Shore Stop Dance Convention  -  Friday, August 31

Gone to the Dogs  -  Saturday, September 8

Fall Beach Jam  -  Friday, September 14

Oktoberfest  -  Weekends, starting September 21

Despite weather, Crest Commissioners meeting ON for tonight

This evening's regularly scheduled meeting of the Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners is still on.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 pm in the courtroom on the first floor of Wildwood Crest Borough Hall, 6101 Pacific Avenue.

Tonight's agenda includes adoption of a series of ordinances that will allow the borough to comply with affordable housing mandates.

Explanation for the needs and purposes of the ordinances will be read, and the public is welcome to attend and ask questions.

For more information, contact the borough clerk's office at 609-729-8040.

Wildwood Fire Department to hold free ‘Stop the Bleed’ class March 31st


WILDWOOD - The Wildwood Fire Department is committed to turning our residents into trained responders.

The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. Twenty percent of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control.

The Wildwood Fire Department is proud to participate in National Stop The Bleed Day on March 31 at noon and will lead a free Bleeding Control (B-CON) right at the firehouse.

Preregistration is required via email to Capt. James Grauel at

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wildwood friends and fans, Payton Taylor & Taryn Coccia, to compete on American Idol

Special thanks to North Wildwood Recreation & Tourism for the heads-up on this one...

Our friends, sisters Payton Taylor and Tayrn Coccia, are heading to Hollywood to compete on ABC's American Idol!

Taylor, 20, and Coccia, 17, are New Jersey natives now living in Nashville, who remain big fans of the Wildwoods.

Taylor, a rising country music star, performed at the Lou Booth Amphitheater as part of North Wildwood's Concerts Under the Stars Series back in 2014.

She has also performed numerous times at Morey's Piers' Ocean Oasis water park.

BEST OF LUCK from your friends at Wildwood 365!

On Deck: Historical Museum Open House this Friday, March 23rd

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The Wildwood Historical Society will kick off its 2018 season this Friday, March 23, with an Open House at the George F. Boyer Museum (3907 Pacific Avenue).

The event will take place from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Browse and explore the museum's many treasures and celebrate the rich history of the island, while mingling with other Wildwood enthusiasts.

A 1941 promo video of Cape May County will be shown and refreshments will be served.

Museum staffers and society board members will be on hand to answer questions and engage in discussions.

For more information, see the official event page and follow the Wildwood Historical Society on Facebook.

Capt'n Jack's expansion to include second level bar and dining with ocean views

Back in January, Capt'n Jack's Island Grill (2701 Boardwalk) dropped some hints about some changes coming for Summer 2018.

At the time, all we knew for certain was that the space formerly occupied by Sand Jamm Surf Shop was being completely renovated.

(Sand Jamm 5Mile, which debuted in Spring 2017, is open year round at 26th & New Jersey Avenues.)

Today, Capt'n Jack's revealed that its is expanding to include a second level dining and bar area, with ocean views.

While the news is not surprising, considering previous photos, this sets the record straight, and is another change to look forward to in the coming months.

Info on Capt'n Jack's opening date and when the new section will be ready should be available soon.

Follow Capt'n Jack's on Facebook for additional info and updates.

Wildwood paints town red to support American Red Cross


WILDWOOD – March is Red Cross Month and the city of Wildwood, along with the borough of West Wildwood will be painting the towns red to show their support of the American Red Cross and encourage residents and visitors alike to donate blood, volunteer time or make a monetary donation.

To show its support of the 136-year-old humanitarian organization Wildwood will bathe the iconic Wildwoods sign in red light and its neighbor on the Five Mile Island, West Wildwood, will light its welcome sign with red.

“The American Red Cross plays an important role in our nation’s as well as our local tapestry,” said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano. “It provides disaster relief, education and emergency relief to those in need.  It is only fitting that the city shows its support of the American Red Cross during the month of March by using red lighting on the city’s famous sign.”

For the past 75 years March has been designated Red Cross month in recognition of the organization’s helping people.  This year the organization is saluting those who help others by donating blood or platelets, volunteering to help others impacted by disaster, taking a first aid or CPR course or those providing comfort to an active member of the military, a veteran or a veteran and their family.

“By lighting the Wildwoods sign and beach balls with red, we hope to remind people of the work done by the American Red Cross as well as to encourage them to show their support by donating blood, time or funding,” said John Sicilano, Executive Director of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism and Improvement District (GWTIDA).

Wednesday, March 28 will also be a red letter day throughout Wildwood and West Wildwood as the municipalities as they celebrate Giving Day.  On that date, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to support people impacted by disasters and #help1family.  Donations can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most.

“Whether it is blood, blankets or reassurance, the Red Cross is always ready to step in and offer their assistance,” Troiano said. “They are a shining light when the darkness of tragedy strikes.  They deserve our support.”

YouTube Tuesday: Wildwood Pizza Tour '17

Every year, the boys of the Wildwood Pizza Tour spend a summer's evening tasting, reviewing and rating a slice of pizza from every "legitimate" pizzeria on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, in search of that perfect slice.

Let's take a trip back to last August and join Chris, Brian, Mike, Frank and Tim in this just-released behind-the-scenes video from the latest tour.

See the 2017 Pizza Tour results (and past years'):

NWOEM Storm Update: Snow, high winds, minor-moderate flooding now expected

The following update was posted by the North Wildwood Office of Emergency Management this afternoon, regarding the nor'easter that is expected to hit the area tomorrow.

For additional updates, visit and follow the NWOEM on Facebook.

Main Points of Concern:

  • Up to 5 inches of snow is now expected tomorrow, with less likely closer to the shore.
  • Winds are predicted to be between 20 - 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.
  • Three consecutive high tides are expected to bring minor to moderate flooding.


A Nor'Easter will form later today and hit us tomorrow. After looking over all the different warnings, watches and forecasts issued by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) we can expect up to 5 inches of snow tomorrow with most likely less closer to the shore.

Winds are called to be in the 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

Currently at the North Wildwood weather station, the winds have been in the mid to upper teens. The wind advisory ends at 6 pm tonight. What we have to watch is the tidal flooding - we are looking for three consecutive tides with minor and moderate flooding.

We are looking for a tide of 6.6 feet above MLLW for tonight's 10:59 pm High tide which is minor tidal flooding,

For Wednesday's 11:23 pm High tide we are looking at a tide of 7.0 feet above MLLW which is near Moderate flooding and for Wednesday's 11:45 pm High tide we are looking at a tide of 7.1 feet above MLLW which is near Moderate flooding.

These are only predictions so they can change.

Thursday, the tides return to near normal with no predicted flooding. For comparison purposes, the Saturday March 3rd evening high tide was 7.0 feet and the Sunday March 4th morning high tide was 7.06 feet above MLLW.

As we can expect consecutive periods of flooding we are going to send a code red message to those in the flooding area at 5 pm this afternoon.

Atlantic City Electric ready for next nor’easter

Heavy, wet snow could result in outages. 
Customers encouraged to prepare...


MAYS LANDING, NJ – With high winds and heavy, wet snow – nearly a foot in some places – forecast to hit the region over the next 36 hours, Atlantic City Electric is ready.

Atlantic City Electric’s Emergency Response Organization is prepared and all available personnel are standing by to restore service as safely and quickly as possible. In addition to 152 internal linemen, Atlantic City Electric has 103 overhead line contractors and 225 tree crew personnel ready to support customers across southern New Jersey.

Heavy, wet snow can accumulate on trees, adding significant weight that can cause branches to break and result in power outages for customers. If outages do occur, field crews and personnel will work to repair the damage and safely restore service for customers as quickly as possible.

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers to stay safe during extreme winter weather and prepare for possible storm damage. Customers can visit Atlantic City Electric’s website at, use the mobile app or contact the company at 1-800-833-7476 to report any outages.
  • Always stay away from any storm-damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that may come into contact with power lines.
  • Never use an oven or other cooking device as a heat source for your home.
  • Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring. Never use a generator indoors, in an attached garage or other enclosed structure. Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
Just as Atlantic City Electric has made preparations ahead of the storm, customers also should be prepared for the impact of severe weather:
  • Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
  • Have a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods available.
  • Charge cell phones and other mobile devices.
More tips are available at

Over the last five years, Atlantic City Electric has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to modernize the local energy grid, enhance reliability for customers and prevent those outages that can be prevented. This work has resulted in the most reliable electric service in the company’s history.

To learn more, visit The Source, Atlantic City Electric’s online news room. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at Atlantic City Electric’s mobile app is available at

Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to approximately 550,000 customers in southern New Jersey.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Seaport Pier's Starboard Swim Club membership rates announced

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Membership rates for the Starboard Swim Club, coming to the new Seaport Pier (22nd & Boardwalk) this summer, were announced earlier today.

Three membership packages will be available: Premium, Basic and Single.

The Premium Membership Package, limited to 75 resident members annually, will cost $1,000 annually plus $250 per adult and $100 per child.

The Basic Member Package is $800 for the first member, $200 for additional adults and $100 per child.

The Single Member Package is $499 per season.

Each package includes various services and privileges, some of which are noted in the accompanying graphic.

Applications are available at:

For more information, email

National Weather Service: Merging nor'easters likely to bring snow, high winds, coastal flooding

The National Weather Service has issued both a Winter Storm Watch and Coastal Flooding Watch for Cape May County on Tuesday and Wednesday (see below), ahead of the fourth nor'easter to hit the region over the past month.

This one - actually two, as in a pair of merging nor'easters - is expected to bring snow accumulation, along with high winds. Beach erosion is all but inevitable.

Here's the official NWS forecast...

A chance of rain, mainly after 3 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. East wind 13 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Rain. High near 39. Windy, with a northeast wind 25 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday Night
Rain. Low around 37. Windy, with a northeast wind 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Rain and sleet, possibly mixed with snow before 1 pm, then rain and snow between 1 pm and 3 pm, then snow after 3 pm. The rain and sleet could be heavy at times. High near 38. Windy, with a northeast wind 22 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Wednesday Night
Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 32. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Cape May County, in effect from Wednesday morning through the evening, March 21.

A dangerous storm threatens heavy accumulations of wind driven sleet and snow, which may cause widespread power outages and make travel very difficult at times.

A pair of back to back nor'easter`s Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will merge into a single intense storm off the mid Atlantic coast by Wednesday afternoon and then head for Nantucket Island early
Thursday. Travel plans will be substantially altered by Wednesday. Consideration should be given to no unnecessary travel Wednesday afternoon and evening when the heaviest snow with 1 to 3 inch per
hour accumulation rates should occur.


The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for Cape May County, which is in effect from Tuesday, March 20 through late Wednesday night, March 21.

Minor flooding is possible with Tuesday night's high tide (10:15 pm - 11:15 pm).

Moderate flooding is possible with high tides on Wednesday (10:30 am - 11:30 am) and Wednesday night (11 pm - midnight). High tides on the back bays and along Delaware Bay occurs later than the high tide on the oceanfront.

Surges of around 1.5 to 2 feet on Tuesday night are expected, and around 2.5 to 3 feet on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Waves projects  of around 12 to 18 feet off the boast on Tuesday night and Wednesday, and around 8 to 12 feet on Wednesday night.

Numerous roadways may flood and minor to moderate property damage is possible. The tide and wave action could result in moderate beach erosion.