On Friday Dec. 7 at noon, the North Wildwood VFW Post 5941 will conduct a Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony to honor all those who served in World War II. It is also an important reminder of the sacrifices all of our military personnel make every day.
It has been 71 years since the horrific attack on Pearl Harbor that resulted in our declaring war on the Empire of Japan. Today we recall how, shortly before 8 a.m. on a beautiful Sunday morning, 360 Japanese warplanes bombed the US Naval Base near Honolulu. In less than two hours, 2,500 Americans were killed and 1,000 more were wounded on the "date that will live in infamy," as President Franklin D. Roosevelt characterized it.
The Ceremony is a brief, solemn event of prayer and patriotic song, held every year at St. Demetrios Church, 321 St. Demetrios Avenue and the Hereford Inlet Seawall.
A memorial wreath is tossed into the water as "Taps" is played.
Mayor Bill Henfey said, "It's our duty to remember the tragedy that propelled us into the war. It's our honor to express our gratitude to all the heroes who brought us through the war with our freedom intact."
Christmas in North Wildwood
North Wildwood is hosting two special events that will fill you with warm and jolly feelings of the season. They're both on Friday, Dec. 7, but scheduled so you can attend both!
First is the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting. It takes place in the Lighthouse Courtyard at First and Central avenues beginning at 5:30 p.m.
If you've never experienced this wonderful tradition, you're in for a magical surprise. If you've been there before, you know it's an event not to be missed. Local children sing. The Lighthouse hosts an open house. Refreshments are served. And when the tree is lit, it's a spectacular treat.
Santa himself will be on hand to talk with the children and pose for photos.
Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This is an old fashioned community event that will really put you in the Christmas spirit!"
For more information, call 609-522-4520.
Following the Tree Lighting is the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade, another traditional treat! It begins at 7 p.m. at 15th and Central avenues, proceeds south on Pacific Avenue through Wildwood to Heather Road in Wildwood Crest, ending at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
It's a festive line-up of floats, fire trucks, bands, and community groups accompanied by Santa himself (fresh from the Hereford Tree Lighting)! Awards will be presented in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 8 p.m. Trophies will be awarded in these categories: Commercial, Community Service, Marching Bands, and Public Service.
(Rain date for the parade is Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. If the weather is uncertain, listen to 98.7 The Coast.)
The Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge 1896 will host its Hoop Shoot free-throw contest for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 on Dec. 15 at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, 900 Central Ave. Registration is at noon and the contest begins at 1 p.m.
The City of North Wildwood and VFW post 5491 hosted it's Veteran Day Ceremony at the Veterans Monument in North Wildwood on Sunday November 11, 2012. This year they did not play taps nor lower the flag to half mast, this year the ceremony was to honor those Veterans that are still alive. It was to honor Veterans that made it possible for us to vote.
Salute to the flag while Dolly McGee sings God Bless America.
Patrick Rosenello representing North Wildwood
Post 5941 Commander Joe Orlando
Command Chaplin Alexander Mousklas delivering the prayer
Congratulations, North Wildwood Fire Department
NORTH WILDWOOD - The North Wildwood Fire Department recently received the "2011 Life Safety Achievement Award" for outstanding efforts on behalf of fire and life safety.
The National Fire Research & Education Foundation, Residential Fire Safety Institute and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance presented the award.
This award is for community involvement and educational programs, as well as for assisting other communities in helping to raise fire safety consciousness.
Targeting both adults and students, several demonstrations and classes are held throughout the year by members of the Fire Department. Visits to local schools and participation in community events such as National Night Out, Crime Watch Meetings and other community outreach programs allow for both adult and student participation.
Life and health safety hazards affect various age groups in different ways with each season of the year posing specific hazards. Through proactive prevention and educational programs most of these issues are preventable.
Recent partnership with The National Drowning Prevention Association (NDPA) will provide invaluable education targeting the owners and users of swimming pools.
The Fire Prevention and Inspection Division operates under the Fire Department's administration. Members of both divisions have worked together closely to continuously improve community involvement and safety awareness. Receiving this award is testament to their professionalism, dedication, and community pride.
Fire Chief Jeffrey Cole said, "We are proud to have been selected for recognition of our efforts. However it would not be possible without the cooperation of the City and the public. We thank them for their participation and commitment to public safety."
Mayor Bill Henfey said, "I am happy to congratulate Fire Chief Cole and the entire department on this well-earned award. And I want to thank them for all they do year round."
TRAFFIC LIGHTS OUT
Please be aware that the traffic lights at the following intersections are not working since they were damaged during Superstorm Sandy. We are working to repair them, but they will not be operational for another week or two. The Stop signs at each intersection on the East/West streets are open. Please use caution and be sure to observe the Stop signs and speed limit.
Delaware Ave. at 18th, 21st, and 24th avenues
10th and New York avenues
The Wildwoods Help Neighbors In Sandy's Aftermath
At the 15th Avenue Firehouse, there's a relief effort underway to help those hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. They are accepting and distributing donations of all sorts of necessities including non-perishable food, clothes, and toiletries, bedding, blankets, and pillows. There is a particular need for coats now as the weather turns colder.
If you can donate supplies - or if you are in need of them - please come to the Firehouse between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from now through Sunday, Nov. 11.
Also, if you can volunteer to assist, please come to the Firehouse during those hours.
As of this posting, 200 local families and 500 people from neighboring towns have received help. In addition, the outreach program has send truckloads of supplies to other towns.
October 29, 2012
Atlantic City Electric Mobilizes More Than 1,100 Employees and Contractors to Respond to Hurricane Sandy
Massive Storm Could Cause Unprecedented Outages Across the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Restoration May Extend More Than a Week
Mays Landing, N.J. - Atlantic City Electric is standing ready to repair damages caused by the ferocious winds and rains from Hurricane Sandy that is causing immense destruction, extreme flooding and millions of power outages throughout the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. As of 7 p.m. the company is reporting approximately 125,000 outages throughout its service area. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency because of the expected unprecedented devastation. All available utility crews east of the Rocky Mountains have been committed to assist Eastern Seaboard utilities with the restoration effort. PHI, Atlantic City Electric's parent's company, has secured 1,563 line personnel from states as far away as Texas and Mississippi. A significant number of outside line personnel have already arrived at Atlantic City Electric's staging areas and are prepared for deployment. Atlantic City Electric is working to secure additional commitments as utilities release crews as the storm's path becomes clear. Crews will be deployed once the dangers caused by winds and flooding have subsided.
In addition, Atlantic City Electric has more than 700 internal and contract line personnel, and tree removal personnel in place and ready for quick mobilization. More than 375 customer call representatives are available to answer calls, about 180 assessors are ready to identify storm damage, and a few hundred support personnel are working on special storm response roles. "Atlantic City Electric has committed all its resources to Hurricane Sandy. We are actively working this storm so we can restore power as quickly and safely as possible," said Vince Maione, Region President, Atlantic City Electric. "However, based on the unprecedented damage that is expected, the restoration period may extend more than a week."
Sandy is an agonizingly slow storm and is expected to produce high sustained winds over a prolonged period. OSHA regulations do not allow overhead work to be performed in sustained winds of 35 mph or more. As a result, the initiation of damage assessment and restoration work will depend on when the storm passes and winds subside. A thorough damage assessment is critical to deploying resources most effectively and efficiently.
For their safety, Atlantic City Electric urges the public to stay clear of wires hanging loose from poles or lying on the ground. Customers should not attempt to move them. Customers should call Atlantic City Electric to make the wires safe. In response to customer feedback, Atlantic City Electric has made enhancements to online and mobile tools to track and report outages. Atlantic City Electric urges customers to view it's utility website at atlanticcityelectric.com to learn more about these tools as well as to view safety and storm preparation tips. Customers should report their outage through our Call Center at 1-800-833-7476, through atlanticcityelectric.com, or through our mobile app, available for downloading at Atlanticcityelectric/mobileapp.
In the event severe weather causes widespread damage to the electric system, Atlantic City Electric will restore power by targeting wires serving critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, fire stations, and police stations, as well as those serving the greatest number of customers. This is similar to clearing roads after a snow storm. Major roads and thoroughfares must be cleared first before secondary roads and neighborhood streets are plowed. Generally the sequence is as follows:
o Downed live wires or potentially life-threatening situations and public health and safety facilities without power.
o Transmission lines serving thousands of customers.
o Substation equipment.
o Main distribution lines serving large numbers of customers.
o Secondary lines serving neighborhoods.
o Service lines to individual homes and businesses.
Š Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
Š If you or someone you know uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there during a prolonged outage.
Š Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
Š Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available. If you have a pet, make sure there is a supply of food available for them. Be sure to take you pet with you if you have to leave home. Identify pet-friendly motels ahead of time.
Š Have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won't work if there is an outage.
Š Protect your electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors, and consider a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for temporary battery backup power.
Š Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if you have an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off your power.
Š Fill your gas tank so you can run your automobile to charge mobile devices. Be sure to open garage doors using manual controls to run the vehicle safely.
Generator Safety Tips
Š If you plan to use a portable generator during power outages, here are important safety precautions: Š Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a generator.
Š Locate your generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage. Gasoline powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly. Store gasoline or other flammable liquids outside of living areas in properly marked approved containers. They should also not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is located there.
Š Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy-duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure extension cords are not frayed or worn. Š Use the generator only when necessary, and don't overload it. Turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home to avoid a possible fire hazard. Š For your safety and the safety of employees working to restore power, do not connect your generator directly into your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. Improperly connected generators can feed electricity back into the electrical system, endangering field personnel working to restore your power. Consult a qualified electrical contractor if a permanent generator installation is desired.
Other Safety Tips
Š Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
Š Follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.
Š Take cover if necessary.
Š Stay from downed wires. Assume any downed wire is energized.
Contacting Atlantic City Electric
Š All outages and downed wires should be reported to 1-800-833-7476. Outages and downed wires also can be report through atlanticcityelectric.com., or through our mobile app, available for downloading at Atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp. Customers should request a call back to verify their power has been restored.
Atlantic City Electric Prepares for Potentially Devastating Hurricane and Extensive Outages That Could Take Multiple Days to Restore
Mays Landing, N.J. — Atlantic City Electric is aggressively executing its Incident Response Plan in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, which has the potential of causing devastating damage to the electric system. Heavy rain and high winds are predicted for the New Jersey coast over a sustained period. These severe weather conditions could cause widespread and extended power outages as trees, heavily covered with leaves, may fall on power lines, bringing down spans of wire, breaking poles and damaging other electrical equipment.
Atlantic City Electric has called all customers with a recorded message to urge them to prepare for hurricane conditions by reviewing their emergency plans. The company also has reached out to customers who need power for critical medical equipment, urging them to make plans to relocate to a facility with electricity in case of extended outages.
In addition to urging customers to prepare, Atlantic City Electric also is preparing for the severe weather:
Employees are assuming their special storm-response roles. Atlantic City Electric's line personnel are on standby and contract line personnel and contract tree trimming crews are available for quick mobilization.
Our Call Center is preparing for around-the-clock operations.
The company is in close contact with state and local emergency management agencies
to ensure a coordinated response.
Pepco Holdings, Inc., Atlantic City Electric's parent company, requested 3,700 additional personnel from our mutual assistance partners. The company has received commitments for 1,473 crews and is working to secure additional commitments.
Once weather conditions become safe, personnel will be deployed to conduct a damage assessment and begin restoring service. Since Sandy is expected to be a slow moving storm accompanied by high winds, it may be several days before personnel can begin damage assessment and restoration efforts.
In the event severe weather causes widespread damage to the electric system, Atlantic City Electric repairs equipment that restores the largest number of customers first. This is similar to clearing roads after a snow storm. Major roads and thoroughfares must be cleared first before secondary roads and neighborhood streets are plowed. Generally the sequence is as follows:
Downed live wires or potentially life-threatening situations and public health and safety facilities without power.
Transmission lines serving thousands of customers.
Main distribution lines serving large numbers of customers.
Secondary lines serving neighborhoods.
Service lines to individual homes and businesses.
Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
If you or someone you know uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there during a prolonged outage.
Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available. If you have a pet, make sure there is a supply of food available for them. Be sure to take you pet with you if you have to leave home. Identify pet-friendly motels ahead of time.
Have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won't work if there is an outage.
Protect your electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors, and consider a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for temporary battery backup power.
Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if you have an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off your power.
Fill your gas tank so you can run your automobile to charge mobile devices. Be sure to open garage doors using manual controls to run the vehicle safely.
Generator Safety Tips
If you plan to use a portable generator during power outages, here are important safety precautions: Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a generator.
Locate your generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage. Gasoline powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly. Store gasoline or other flammable liquids outside of living areas in properly marked approved containers. They should also not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is located there.
Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy-duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure extension cords are not frayed or worn.
Use the generator only when necessary, and don't overload it. Turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home to avoid a possible fire hazard.
For your safety and the safety of employees working to restore power, do not connect your generator directly into your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. Improperly connected generators can feed electricity back into the electrical system, endangering field personnel working to restore your power. Consult a qualified electrical contractor if a permanent generator installation is desired.
Other Safety Tips
Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
Follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.
Take cover if necessary.
Stay from downed wires. Assume any downed wire is energized.
Contacting Atlantic City Electric
Call 1-800-833-7476 to report an outage, downed wires and life-threatening situations.
Report through our mobile app or our website at www.Atlantic City Electric.com/storm.
SOUTH JERSEY GAS
In preparation for the upcoming storm, South Jersey Gas will be activating its Emergency Operations Center at our Folsom headquarters on Monday, 10/29, at 8 AM. From this Operations Center, we are prepared to work throughout the storm to ensure the safety and reliability of your constituents, our customers.
Please be advised that we also will have South Jersey Gas liaisons assigned to each County OEM Emergency Operations Center during this time as well, by no later than 12 PM on Monday, but earlier in several counties, by request.
During the height of the storm, please direct any requests for information, non-emergency reports, or questions through our liaisons at the County EOCs, as this will ensure our most efficient means of communication. To report a suspected gas leak, please contact our leak line at 1-800-582-7060. If you circulate this number to your residents, please highlight that this line is only for emergency reports of gas leaks, and is not a general information line.
If you become aware of a natural gas service outage, please share that information through our liaisons as soon as possible. If you are not able to share it through a liaison, please use my contact information to do so as soon as possible.
Most importantly, if I can be of any assistance to you as a liaison during the storm, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be monitoring e-mail frequently, as well as the voice mail for the extension below. You may also reach me by cell phone at 609-381-9407 at any time day or night, and I will make every effort to assist you.
During City Council meeting of Sept. 18, two young men were officially appointed to the North Wildwood Fire Department.
Photo 1129: Brad Ladislaw, 26, served in the US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, Cinnaminson Fire Department, Wildwood Fire Department, and now he begins his service in North Wildwood Fire Department. Brad currently volunteers with Emergency Management, and is a Cert Instructor. He's a member of the County Technical Rescue Team, and serves as a Hazardous Material Technician with Cape May and Burlington counties' CBRNE and HazMat units. Brad holds numerous specialty and incident management certifications related to the emergency services.
Kevin Tirotta, 21, began the journey to this career by enrolling in the Junior Firefighter Program with the West Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company. He joined the North Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company at 15th St. in 2009. The following year he began working as a part-time EMT and firefighter in North Wildwood, Wildwood, Stone Harbor, and Wildwood Crest Rescue, while maintaining his positions in West Wildwood and the 15th St. Fire Company. Kevin has earned various certifications related to the fire service including Firefighter 1 and 2, Open Water Rescue, Structural Collapse, Vehicle Rescue, and Incident Management, among others.
Mayor Bill Henfey offered their names for approval by City Council, and said he was proud to do so.
Operation take Back NJ
The North Wildwood Police Department, in conjunction with the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division, will be hosting Operation Take Back New Jersey on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Officers will be stationed in the lobby of the North Wildwood Police Department where citizens can properly dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medications.
The goal of this program is to provide citizens with the opportunity to rid their homes of those medications by turning them in to law enforcement officials. Those officials will in turn dispose of the medications in a safe, non-hazardous manner, preventing these pills from falling into the hands of our children or drug traffickers.
This program is anonymous; therefore, all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identifications will be made.
Medication being disposed of in its original container should have the prescription label removed if it contains any personal identifying information. Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in their original container, ensuring that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage. Syringes or any other sharp instruments will not be accepted.
Call (609) 522-2030 ext. 1565 with questions.
Three Great Recreational Opportunities: Dodgeball, Hockey, Flag Football!
1. COMING OCT. 4 TO THE NW RECREATION CENTER:
Are you ready for some dodgeball? Here it is, people...You remember the big red ball! Well, we play with a foam ball now, but the intensity is still there!
The basic game is played as you remember it with a couple of twists for adults. At South Jersey Sports League, we play a very 'loosey goosey' version because it's just for fun! No athletic ability whatsoever is needed. Like all sports at SJSL, Dodgeball is a Co-Ed sport. Registrations are being taken from Aug. 1 until Sept. 30. Click on the link below for more info or to register:
The Street and Roller Hockey Leagues registration forms are due by Friday, Sept. 21 at the Rec Center. All registrants are required to bring a copy of their birth certificate. The registration fee is $50 per player. Registration ages are as follows:
2nd Grade through 4th Grade Street
5th Grade through 8th Grade Stree
High School Roller only
The North Wildwood Recreation Department will be holding team registration for the upcoming 2012 Men's Flag Football League season. The 7 on 7 league is scheduled to begin play on October 7th, 2012. The league plays on Sundays through October, November, and December. Rosters are limited to 15 players. A Captains/Team meeting is scheduled for August 30th at 7 PM in the Community Center located at 900 Central Avenue. For further information please call Rick Haas at 609-522-2955.
Ancient Order of Hibernians 21st Annual Irish Fall Festival
NORTH WILDWOOD - The largest Irish festival on the East Coast takes place again Sept. 20 to 23. This festive four day event is sponsored by James J. Reilly Division 1 Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), an organization which fosters and preserves Irish culture and heritage.
The success of this festival has been overwhelming, and continues to draw more and more people each year. With over 100 merchandise vendors, 16 food vendors, and an estimated crowd of over 200,000, this gathering will definitely be the place where you want to be!
Activities begin on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 a.m. with a round of golf at the Wildwood Country Club on Golf Club Road in Cape May Court House. The fee is $90 on or before Sept. 15 and $100 after. It includes golf fees, continental breakfast, cart, cap, buffet, beer and prizes. Space is limited and reservations are suggested.
On Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. the Festival begins where Olde New Jersey Avenue meets the ocean. The tent at The Pointe at Moore's Inlet will be transformed into a boxing arena. Ten amateur boxing bouts, sanctioned by the Middle Atlantic Boxing Association, will feature Harrowgate Boxing Club of Philadelphia vs. Holy Family Boxing Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For advanced ticket sales please call 215-465-1778 or contact the AOH.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday street vendors will display their Irish memorabilia, and food vendors will offer a variety of Irish and non-Irish treats all along Olde New Jersey Avenue. Booths will be open from 8 a.m. each morning until 7 p.m. Stop by and visit the AOH table for additional information.
On Friday and Saturday, there will be free live entertainment continuously from 12 until 10:30 p.m. As always, the concert will begin with the National Anthem sung by Dolly McGee, followed by the Irish National Anthem sung by Mary Pat Hastings. Other featured performers include: Timmy Kelly, Maura McKinney-Mastro, Ballina, Broken Shillelaghs, Birmingham 6, Celtic Pride, First Highland Watch and many, many more.
Saturday begins with a 5K Run. Sign up at 8 a.m. at the AOH tent (between First and Second Avenues) on Olde New Jersey Avenue. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Saturday at 10 a.m. the Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition will take place at the field located at Eighth and Central avenues. Come see and hear some of the best pipe bands in the East!
Also on Saturday, the AOH will host free Irish Dance Lessons at the Anglesea Volunteer Fire House, located in the heart of the festival activities at Second and Olde New Jersey avenues from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Then, join us at the municipal parking lot, Second and Olde New Jersey avenues from 1 until 3 p.m. for a live broadcast with WIBBAGE 94.3 FM radio personality, Rick Rock.
On Sunday, everyone is welcome to celebrate our faith and heritage at Saint Ann's Roman Catholic Church, Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, Glenwood and Atlantic avenues, at 10:30 a.m. Mass. There will be a procession from the main entrance to the altar by the Protectors of the Faith Guards, the Cape May County Emerald Society Honor Guard and a liturgical bag piper soloist.
Sunday at 12:30 p.m., the Parade begins at 24th and Surf avenues and continues to Spruce and Olde New Jersey avenues. The Irish Fall Festival is honored to announce that Brendan Moore, National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, will serve as the 2012 Grand Marshal.
In addition, we are honored to have Seamus Boyle, Past National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, as a special guest. All AOH organizations are welcome to be part of this celebration of Irish history and heritage. The parade also will feature Miss North Wildwood, Brooke Elizabeth Iacono, many fraternal organizations, bag pipe bands, Irish dance groups and much, much more.
The official Irish Music Tent featuring continuous Irish entertainment throughout the weekend is located in the municipal parking lot across from The Pointe at Moore's Inlet. Performers include Broken Shillelaghs, Celtic Connection, Sean Fleming Band, Secret Service, Bogside Rogues, Highland Rovers, 2 U (the world's second best U2 show), Belfast Connection, and Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones. For discount weekend admission tickets, $20 for all three days, please call 215-397-5909.
As always, bus service will be available from the Anglesea Fire Hall, Second and Olde New Jersey avenues along Surf Avenue to 26th Street. Additional bus service will be available through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. For detailed information, please call 609-884-5230 or visit gatrolley.com.
This extremely successful annual fundraising event, allows the AOH to make significant contributions to charities, reflecting the loyalty and ideals which have helped to strengthen our families, community, and national character.
This festival is sponsored, in part, by Budweiser and Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and Development Authority.
The AOH would like to acknowledge and thank Mayor Bill Henfey and the City of North Wildwood for their annual support of this event!
For additional information contact the AOH at 1-800-IRISH-91 or www.cmcaoh.com
Mike Gallo, a Favorite NW Entertainer, Passes
Mike Gallo, whose Al Jolson impersonation entertained summer visitors for years at the Red Garter Night Club in North Wildwood, passed away on Aug. 10, 2012.
In the 50s and 60s, during the heyday of this City's nightclub era, national stars like Tony Bennett, Connie Francis, and Sam Cooke performed at the Bolero. At the same time there were many local performers who were equally popular on Saturday night. Gallo was one.
His act, an Al Jolson impersonation complete with black face and white suit, was unlike anything his peers offered. People fresh from their post-beach showers and decked out in their best summer eveningwear crowded into the Red Garter at Spruce and Olde New Jersey avenues to see the show and sing along.
He performed in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, as well, but he spent the majority of his career right here in North Wildwood.
Gallo was originally from Paterson, NJ, where he lived most of his life. Then, after living in Fair Lawn and then in North Wildwood for years, he moved to Brigantine, which is where he died at home surrounded by his family.
Thanks for the memories!
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Dear Municipal Clerk:
The Department of Community Affairs recently announced that supplemental
benefits are available through the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP) . As a service to the community, could you
please post the following public announcement information on your
municipality's website and share it with any organization in your community
that might find it beneficial?
Eligible households do not need to reapply for the program to receive
supplemental benefits. The benefits are available because LIHEAP funding
for the year increased beyond the original projection provided by the
Nearly 158,000 households that heat their homes with gas will receive an
added benefit of $100 while those that heat with electric will receive a
$250 benefit. Approximately 28,000 families that heat with deliverable
fuels, such as oil or propane, will receive a $175 supplemental benefit.
Also, about 51,000 households that received medically-required cooling
assistance will receive a $100 supplemental benefit.
The DCA's Division of Housing and Community Resources administers the LIHEAP
program, which is a federally-funded initiative that helps low-income
residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for
emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance. To be
eligible for LIHEAP benefits, a household must be responsible for home
heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have
gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
The LIHEAP application also serves as an application for the Universal
Service Fund (USF) Program, which is run by the New Jersey Board of Public
Utilities. USF helps low-income households pay for their electric and
natural gas costs. LIHEAP eligible households may also be eligible to
receive USF assistance.
To be eligible for USF, a household gross income must be at or below 175% of
the federal poverty level, and pay more than 3% of its annual income for
electric, or more than 3% for natural gas. If a household has electric
heat, it must spend more than 6% of its annual income on electricity to be
eligible. USF applications are accepted throughout the year.
For more information on LIHEAP, or to find the nearest agency participating
in the program, please log on to www.energyassistance.nj.gov or call
North Wildwood City Hall for the 9-1-1 Commemoration
On a crystal clear morning, crowds gathered at North Wildwood City Hall for the 9-1-1 Commemoration. Mayor Henfey welcomed everyone before the Moment of Silence and Ringing of the Commencement Bell. Lt. Kevin Tolan played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.
Fr. Wallace of Notre Dame de la Mer Parish gave the invocation, after which everyone said the Pledge of Allegiance and Dolly McGee lead the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner."
Fire Chief Jeff Cole gave a heartfelt address recalling the tragedy that brought forth amazing heroism at the sites, and changed all our lives forever.
Then Senator Jeff Van Drew addressed the crowd. Margaret Mace's fifth grade students waved American flags singing "Proud to Be an American."
Council President Patrick Rosenello introduced the dignitaries present: VFW Post 5941, the Emerald Society Color Guard, and members of North Wildwood Police and Fire Departments.
Fr. Wallace said a closing prayer and Dolly McGee lead the singing of "God Bless America."
Miss North Wildwood 2012 Brooke Elizabeth Iacono
Miss North Wildwood Crowned
NORTH WILDWOOD—On Thursday, July 19, Brooke Elizabeth Iacono, of Cape May Court House was crowned Miss North Wildwood 2012 at Lou Booth Amphitheater, Second and Ocean avenues. Iacono is a senior at Middle Township High School.
First runner-up is Ava Elizabeth McMahon of Ocean View who attends Atlantic Cape Community College.
Second runner-up is Margaret Catherine Bravo of Clermont, who also attends Atlantic Cape Community College.
Iacono will represent the City during special events throughout the year. She also receives a $500 cash prize.
The winners were chosen by interview which took place July 18 at Coconut Cove
As First Runner-Up, McMahon receives $150, and the Second Runner-Up Bravo, $100. All contestants receive a special gift and a gift bag.
First Runner-Up Ava Elizabeth McMahon is first on the right. And Second Runner-Up Margaret Catherine Bravo is seventh from the right next to current Miss North Wildwood 2011 Grace Elizabeth Lederer.
Celebrate National Lighthouse Day at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
NORTH WILDWOOD - On Aug. 7, the Hereford Lighthouse, First and Central avenues, will host a wonderful celebration of 223 years of great lighthouse heritage and history.
Since 1789 lighthouses in the USA have provided safety and guidance to ships at sea.
There will be free admission to the Hereford Lighthouse beginning at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
A formal ceremony will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with keynote speaker former New Jersey Congressman and Ambassador to Panama, William J. Hughes.
In addition, there will be other distinguished guest speakers, music, food, special exhibits and a children's activity area.
For details or additional information, please call 609-522-4520.
BBQ and Blues Are Back!
NORTH WILDWOOD - One of this City's most popular events will return to Olde New Jersey Avenue July 13-15.
The New Jersey State Barbecue Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival is a three-day, open-air festival featuring great food and fabulous music. The food is, without a doubt, the best barbeque in the state. And that's a fact because dozens of competitor/cooks spend the weekend here competing for the title of Grand Champion of the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship. The winner is eligible to compete in the invitation-only world championship, the American Royale, held annually in Kansas City, Mo. The championship is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the world's largest association of barbecue enthusiasts.
Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the 2012 New Jersey State Barbecue Championship. The competition is officiated by representatives of KCBS and a panel of volunteer judges, many of whom are certified in the art and science of judging competitive barbecue.
In addition to the championship, the festival includes live cooking demonstrations, special displays, and food and beverage vendors to satisfy every taste and appetite.
And as the aroma of barbeque tantalizes your nose, the best in blues music fills your ears, wafting from the stage from Friday evening through Sunday.
The Anglesea Blues Festival features both national and regional blues musicians. Some performers are: Dockta D and the Infirmary, Albert Castiglia, Scoville Blues, and Levee Town, Bubba Mac Blues Band, Pinewolf and the Pack, April Mae and the June Bug. Mayor Bill Henfey said, "What's better on a warm summer day than eating barbeque outdoors while listening to the best in blues? That's what summer's all about. You won't want to miss it!"
The Barbeque and Blues Weekend is a celebration of great food, great music, and family fun, and it all benefits the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Company, serving the community since 1897.
For all the details visit www.njbbq.com.
July 4th Parade Pictures!!
Exercise! Compete! Learn to cook!
Our outdoor exercise classes begin on Monday, June 25 at the Lou Booth Amphitheater (weather permitting). Classes are $5 each.
All New - Adult Kickball - The South Jersey Sports League will be offering Kickball this summer at 8th Street Field. Games will be held every Thursday (July 12 - Sept. 6 + playoffs) between 6 - 8 p.m. Sign up as an individual or join with friends! Must be over 21 years old. Registration is going on right now! Come join the fun!! http://southjerseysportsleague.leagueapps.com/league
***ALL NEW *** Kitchen Wizards Cooking Camp - Kathy's Just Desserts has been offering culinary programs for children and adults for over 10 years. These camps are a perfect recipe for a fun, educational and tasty program for your future chefs!! They will prepare a meal each evening. There will be three weeks of camps:
July 23-26 - Beginning Cooking for Boys and Girls ages 6-10
July 30-Aug 2 - Cooking Around the World for Boys and Girls ages 11-15 August 27-30 - Cooking Around the USA for Boys and Girls ages 9-13. All classes will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Camp costs $135 for the week and includes $55 materials fee to cover cost of food, chef's hat, apron, recipe book and certificate. Any questions about the program or concerns about allergies, please call Kathy Wolper at 610-348-5284 or email her at email@example.com. Registration forms are available at the Rec Center at 9th & Central or call (609) 522-2955.
NWBP has hired 19 rookie lifeguards
NWBP has hired 19 rookie lifeguards and they are now in training. Their first day on the stand will be June 30 when the patrol is fully staffed. Three local NW boys made the squad: Tim Mason, Vincent Deritis, and Matt Rucci.
Italian-American Festival Returns!
NORTH WILDWOOD—On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 22, 23, 24, the Italian-American Festival will return to this City for the 18th year!
As always, it will include plenty of live entertainment with the Marino Band, Fulvio and Friends, Moreno Fruzzetti, The Cameos, "Sinatra" with Eric DeLaurio, DJ Rick Rock, Philly Cuz, and more.
Forty vendors will offer all sorts of treats, from out-of-this-world culinary specialties like pork sandwiches, steak and eggs, and meatballs. And speaking of meatballs, the third annual Meatball Relay will again offer some great fun. Other vendors will be selling jewelry, home accents, and lots more. The second annual Little Miss Italy Pageant will also take place.
The Festival is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #2572 of North Wildwood.
On Friday evening at 6 p.m. there will be a Procession and Opening Ceremony with Grand Marshal Dom Giordano, WPHT radio Big Talker morning host.
Bring the whole family for kids' games and prizes, too.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This is one of our most popular events. Everyone is Italian this weekend and everyone has a great time!"
Miss North Wildwood Goes to West Point
NORTH WILDWOOD - Grace Lederer, a junior at Wildwood Catholic High School, has been selected to be among 1,000 attendees at West Point's prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS) in June.
More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLS, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point.
SLS attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops.
The one week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers, and lives, in general.
All SLS attendees participate in virtual - reality war simulation, and military and physical fitness training, as well as their choice of academic workshops.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "We can feel proud that one of our own has achieved this honor."
The new boat was donated in memory of
Tony "Butch" Russo.
The Russos Donate Lifeboat to NWBP
NORTH WILDWOOD - Rich and Michelle Russo of Russo's Market, 9th and Ocean avenues, are lifelong residents of this City. And throughout those years, they've done much for their hometown. Their latest contribution is the donation of a $9,000 state-of-the-art lifeguard boat made by Van Dyne. The Russos bought and donated the boat in memory of Rich's brother, and it has been lettered on both sides with his name: Tony "Butch" Russo.
Mayor Bill Henfey said, "The new boat, engineered with the very latest technology and materials, will be invaluable in helping our Beach Patrol keep bathers safe. The members of Council and I are very grateful to the Russos for this wonderful gift."
In addition to being used for rescues, it will be also be used for lifeguard races up and down the coast of New Jersey during July and August. Our North Wildwood lifeguards compete with each other to row in each race.
The boat will be stationed at Lifeguard Headquarters, 15th and the beach.
The boat can be seen in front of Lifeguard Headquarters.
From left: North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey, Rich Russo, and Beach Patrol Chief Tony Cavalier
Captain Kidd Pirate Day
On Saturday, May 19 a few hundred kids disguised as pirates paraded up the Boardwalk. North Wildwood's own replica of the Jeannie Johnston was decked out in pirate regalia, too.
This was the 23rd year for Captain Kidd Pirate Day. After the parade over 1,000 children searched for buried treasure on the beach where they dug up a treasure chest. Then there were the prizes: over 20 bicycles, many weekend get-aways, gift cards and free passes to different businesses.
North Wildwood Thanks the Woods Family
NORTH WILDWOOD - North Wildwood is a great place to live, with its beautiful beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway in its backyard, and the best line-up of special events all year long. More than that, this City can boast that it's home to some of the most caring and generous people on earth.
Like the Woods family.
Mitch's Baseball Team, 1956. Third from the left is Joe Woods Jr., next to Joe Woods Sr. and Richard Woods.
If you ever take your kids to the Albert I. Allen Memorial Park at 2200 Delaware Ave. you may have noticed the sign that reads, "This Play Area Is Dedicated to The Memory of Joseph Woods Jr., Made Possible by Funds Raised by His Family and Friends."
The "funds" referred to amount to over $100,000 that were donated over the years by the Woods family to North Wildwood's Rec Center and earmarked for special equipment for kids.
It all started with Joseph Francis Woods Jr., a stellar athlete, family man, and resident of North Wildwood for many years. In 1993 he channeled his special interests in sports, and in the North Wildwood Recreation Department into establishing two annual golf tournaments, one called the Screen Door Open in spring and the other, the Storm Door Open in fall, the proceeds of which would be donated to the Rec Center. Upon his death two years later, his brothers Don, Pat, and Rick decided to name the tournaments in Joe's honor.
Joe Woods in his Flatiron uniform in the 1960s.
Don said that the family is grateful to Ted Wenner and Avalon Country Club, Freddy Maier and the Firehouse Tavern, and Legal Cost Control of Haddonfield, NJ for all their help in making the tournaments a reality.
To date, the money has been used for special purchases the City would be unable to afford without donations. For example, they bought special backboards for the Rec Center's basketball court that lower the nets for smaller kids.
And because of Woods' concern for special needs kids (his nephew is mentally challenged), some of the money was used to make Allen Park handicapped accessible. If you've been there, you know it has all the fun stuff: swings and slides and jungle gyms. But it also has the distinction of being the first handicapped accessible play area in New Jersey because of Joe Woods. So, in 2003, it was dedicated to his memory.
Woods grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. In 1956, he graduated from North Catholic High School, and then later moved to the Northeast.
The Woods family at the 2003 dedication of the Allen Park Play Area.
His career as a pitcher on many fastball softball teams began in 1955. He played on the best teams in the area, such as Flatiron, Red Rooster Tavern and Bucks County Beverage. While playing for Flatiron, his team went to the World Champions Game and was featured on Wide World of Sports.
He served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army during the Vietnam War, and he played ball for them, as well. In 1989 he was inducted into the Philadelphia Softball Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame's Web site describes Joe as "an umpire's pitcher because he had great control and was always right in there with his strikes. He was a gift to his managers because he was very easy to manage and also a tremendous help to his team and teammates with his explosive bat."
Woods was also an accomplished amateur boxer out of the Cambria Gym in Kensington. He boxed in the Pan Am Games and had the honor of being presented with a watch by General Douglas McArthur.
Joe's wife Barbara said, "It was the family joke that Joe was a great athlete when it came to baseball and boxing, but he was not a great golfer at all."
Meanwhile, he worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer as a driver for 31 years. In 1988, he and Barbara moved permanently to what had been their summer home in North Wildwood.
Woods passed away in 1995, but his legacy lives on in his family, in the Tournaments, and every day at Allen Park.
Mayor Bill Henfey said, "Joe Woods and his family put into practice what others just talk about: making a positive difference in his community."
Mummers Return to North Wildwood!
NORTH WILDWOOD - The 18th Annual North Wildwood Fancy Brigade Association Weekend, one of the most popular events in this City, will take place June 8-9. It's a two-day affair filled with music and fun.
The weekend kicks off with a Friday Night Mummers Pub Crawl that begins at 7 p.m.
On Saturday the fun begins again with a Block Party on Olde New Jersey Avenue from 3:30 p.m. until the parade steps off at 4:45 p.m. Ten of the best of the brigades that entertained Philadelphia crowds on New Year's Day will march the length of Olde New Jersey Avenue. Here's the line-up:
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "It's always a highlight of the season when the Mummers bring their unique sound to our City." So, bring your camera-and your golden slippers - and make sure you come early to get a good spot along the parade route.
U.S. Coast Guard teaching water safety and "how to put on a life vest
21 DOWN Event 7/27/12
The 4th annual "21 DOWN BEACH DAY" was held on July 27 at the beach at Ocean Ave. in North Wildwood. It was organized by The Down Syndrome Awareness group, with help from U.S. Coast Guard, North Wildwood Elks, Anglesea Volunteer Fire Department, and the North Wildwood Recreation Department plus several local businesses. Over 20 families with 22 kids and 5 adults who have Down Syndrome participated. Take a look at the photos and see the expressions on their faces! All had a fabulous time!
Ashton riding the waves with life guard Phil Cameron
Douglas just came in from surfing and his comment "AWESOME"
Photos Submitted by: George Capua photojournalist
Robert Strauss to Be Keynote at North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference
NORTH WILDWOOD - Robert Strauss has written for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The LA Times. He's been a news and sports producer for KYW-TV in Philadelphia and a TV critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Asbury Park Press. Last year he published "Daddy's Little Goalie," a poignant and entertaining memoir about being the dad of girl athletes. And now, he'll be keynote speaker at the 10th anniversary of the North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference, June 5 & 6 at the Wildwoods Convention Center, Wildwood, NJ.
The spectacular line-up of speakers also includes J.T. Barbarese, PhD, award-winning poet, professor, and editor of Story Quarterly, who will demonstrate what editors look for in submissions. He'll also do "first-page critiques" of attendees' manuscripts (the first 10 to register for this wonderful learning experience).
And there's even more! Featured speakers include Thomas Monteleone (Blood of the Lamb), Artistic Director of East Lynne Theater Gayle Stahluth, and Cordelia France Biddle, (Martha Beale msteries), in addition to children's book writers, poets, an illustrator, and a physical therapist (how intriguing!). Don't miss this opportunity to learn from masters on topics like creating villains in fiction, social networking to promote your work, the challenges of writing as a team, and learning to succeed as a free-lance writer.
All attendees are eligible to win the Grand Prize publishing package from Vantage Press Valued at $5,000! Have your manuscript evaluated. Enter the writing contest. Visit the Book Bazaar where you can purchase speakers' books and have them signed by the author.
There will also be an opportunity to have a professional headshot taken, one that might just grace the jacket of your first book!
Visit www.nwbwc.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and to register for this fun and inspiring event set on the iconic Wildwood Boardwalk overlooking the most beautiful beach in the world.
Christie Administration Reminds Residents of April 30th Application Deadline for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) reminds income-eligible residents that they have until Monday, April 30, to apply for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits for this year. The federally-funded program assists low-income households with their heating and cooling bills, and provides emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance.
"The LIHEAP program provides invaluable help to thousands of New Jersey's most vulnerable low-income households," said DCA Acting Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III. "Assistance is still available and we encourage people who are eligible to apply if they haven't done so already."
Program funding is administered through the DCA's Division of Housing and Community Resources. Residents are asked to file an application with any of the local agencies participating in the LIHEAP program.
To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, households must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have a gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Persons who live in public housing and/or receive rental assistance are not eligible unless they pay for their own heating/cooling costs directly to the fuel supplier. The amount of the LIHEAP heating benefit is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and heating region.
The LIHEAP application also serves as an application for the Universal Service Fund (USF) Program, which is state funded and administered by the Division of Housing and Community Resources. USF helps low-income households pay for their electric and natural gas costs. LIHEAP eligible households may also be eligible to receive USF assistance. USF applications are accepted throughout the year.
For more information on LIHEAP and USF, or to find the nearest agency participating in the program, please log on to www.energyassistance.nj.gov or call 1-800-510-3102 (LIHEAP).
Dog Summons Rescuers
On the evening of April 11, a Golden Retriever named Aza coerced her master into calling emergency services, and that call brought critical medical treatment to an injured woman. Aza was taking her master, Bill Madle, on their usual evening stroll when she suddenly seemed agitated and came to a sudden halt. Despite Madle's urging, Aza stood her ground until she lead him close enough to a home on the 300 block of E. 10th Avenue where a woman was calling for help. Madle called 9-1-1. Then two officers from the Sheriff's Department who were nearby alerted North Wildwood Police. Within minutes, the 9-1-1 notified the North Wildwood Fire Department and firefighters were dispatched to the location. Platoon 1, under the command of Firefighter Michael Blizzard, along with Firefighters Christopher Larcombe, Brad Ladislaw and Walter Belles Sr. arrived and found an injured person and immediately rendered emergency medical care.
Advanced Life Support unit Medic 5 arrived just behind the North Wildwood crews and the victim was treated and transported to Cape Regional Memorial Hospital. Fire Chief Jeffery Cole said, "It is likely the victim would not have been found by passing motorists or neighbors. A significant amount of time may have passed from the time of injury until the victim was discovered. The dog's action was instrumental in preventing further delay in emergency medical care." Mayor Bill Henfey said, "The dog and her master set into motion an efficient and possibly lifesaving chain of actions accomplished by our City's expert public safety officers."
Fire Chief Jeffrey B. Cole, Sr. Announced the Following
On April 21 two Platoons of the North Wildwood Fire Department will be receiving Unit Citation Merit Awards from the New Jersey State Firemen's Benevolent Association at the annual awards ceremony. Both Platoons are receiving two awards each for life-saving efforts. In all, four victims of sudden cardiac arrest were successfully resuscitated and made significant recoveries. Congratulations!
CITY OF NORTH WILDWOOD
Be advised the regular meeting of the Zoning Board scheduled for April 9, 2012 at 6:30pm HAS BEEN CANCELLED. There will be no further notice to the public regarding this meeting.
Public Notice is hereby given to all persons that a SPECIAL MEETING of the Zoning Board will be held on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM at the Council Chambers Room, located at City Hall, 901 Atlantic Avenue, Rear, at which time the following Land Development Application will be discussed:
Formal Action of the Zoning Board is expected on the Development Application.
Note: Plans & documents relating to the Agenda may be reviewed during regular office hours - Monday - Friday (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) at the Planning & Zoning Office, City Hall, 901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ, 609-522-2030, ext. 1280
ORDERED BY: J. Eric Gundrum
North Wildwood Zoning Board Secretary
(609) 522-2030, ext. 1280
PLACED BY: Ron Stagliano, Esq., Attorney for the Applicant
Stagliano, Deweese & Fuscellaro, PA
3200 Pacific Avenue
Wildwood, NJ 08260
PLANNING BOARD MEETING
REGULARLY SCHEDULED FOR
7:00 P.M. - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 -
There will be no further notice to the public regarding this meeting.
North Wildwood's St. Patrick's Day Parade - Bigger and Better
NORTH WILDWOOD - Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is always a highlight of this City's special events, but this year will be special indeed. The entire month of March has been proclaimed Irish-American Heritage Month in North Wildwood. So, when March 17 rolls around, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade will be the largest ever, with more dignitaries, community groups, and Irish music than ever!
It all begins with a special program at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of City Hall, 901 Atlantic Avenue. First Mayor Bill Henfey will welcome everyone, and then Rev. Joe Wallace of Notre Dame de la Mer Parish will offer the invocation.
Two representatives from Wildwood Catholic High School will be Grand Marshals: Trevor Cooper, Wildwood Catholic Student Council Executive Board member, and Tony DeGatano, Dean of Academics. They will each say a few words on behalf of WCHS.
Both the Irish and American National Anthems will be sung by Dolly McGee. There will be a ceremonial raising of the Irish Flag by North Wildwood Police and Fire officers.
The program will conclude with a Benediction by Rev. Michael Field of Notre Dame de la Mer Parish.
Then at noon the parade steps off with The North Wildwood Police leading, followed closely by V.F.W. 5941 Color Guard.
The Parade will feature local chapters of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the Ladies AOH, the Emerald Society with its Honor Guard, the Knights of Columbus, and the Anglesea Irish Society.
In the younger category, the Brownies and Daisies will march, and Miss North Wildwood 2011 Grace Lederer will be on hand, as well. There'll be plenty of music provided by the Atlantic City Pipe and Drum, Duffy String Band, Gloucester City String Band, and school bands from Wildwood High School, and Margaret Mace schools. There'll also be cheerleaders from Cape Trinity and Wildwood Catholic. North Wildwood's Fire Department will provide the requisite fire trucks, while our Beach Patrol will provide a Lifeguard Boat. Mayor Henfey said, "It's perfect that this year's parade will be longer and better than ever, since we're celebrating the first Irish-American Heritage Month in North Wildwood."
North Wildwood Average Tax Bill Consistently the Lowest of Any NJ Beachfront Community
NORTH WILDWOOD - On Feb. 9, 2012, The Press of Atlantic City reported on property taxes statewide in 2011. Included with the article was a grid showing the average tax rate by municipality in Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland and Ocean Counties.
According to statewide figures, North Wildwood fared better than most, having the lowest average property tax bill of any ocean front town on the Jersey Shore and the 19th average lowest tax bill in the state. Furthermore, the grid shows North Wildwood's average local property tax increase from 2010 to 2011 to be 0.0 percent
This continues a trend in North Wildwood. The City has had the lowest average tax bill of any New Jersey shore community since 2006.
Mayor Bill Henfey said, "It has been the goal of my administration to maintain the high quality of life that is the reason people choose to live in and visit North Wildwood while keeping our affordable tax rate."
Council President Patrick Rosenello was pleased that this important information, the result of insightful planning, has been publicized. "The fact that we are able to provide all of the amenities that we provide while also maintaining the lowest average tax bill on the Jersey Shore is a testament that good government practices are working in North Wildwood."
March Is Irish American Heritage Month
NORTH WILDWOOD - At the City Council meeting here on Feb. 7, a resolution was passed unanimously to recognize March 2012 as Irish-American Heritage Month in North Wildwood.
The resolution was the answer to a request made jointly by the Cape May County Police and Fire Emerald Society, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Anglesea Irish Society. The number of members of these local organizations confirms that many of the City's residents are Irish Americans, some Police Officers and Firefighters, and many from other walks of life. Some own second homes here, and others have retired here, still others are lifelong members of the community.
A letter written by Emerald Society President Chuck Meissler and signed by leaders of all four Irish organizations was read at the meeting by Joe Rullo, President of the Anglesea Irish Society. It expressed their appreciation to Mayor Bill Henfey and Council for making the proclamation. They said, "Once again the City of North Wildwood and its leaders have proven that they listen and respond to their constituents." Mayor Henfey said, "The Irish Americans have contributed a great deal to making North Wildwood the extraordinary city that it is. We are happy and proud to honor them in this way." In addition, the letter thanked Mayor and Council for naming as Grand Marshals for this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade: The Save Wildwood Catholic High School Committee and the whole high school community.
March 2012 will be a wonderful month in North Wildwood, and March 17, 2012 will be a great day for the Irish!
North Wildwood Special Events Begin with a Leap
North Wildwood - The Leprechaun Leap Polar Plunge will be the first special event of the season in this resort community, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 25. The event raises funds for families of officers lost in the line of duty.
Hearty leprechauns will leap into the waves at the 15th Ave. beach at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The fee to register is $25 for adults, $10 for kids and this includes a t-shirt. Donations will also be cheerfully accepted.
News from NWFD
The North Wildwood Fire Department received delivery of 42 sets of Firefighter Protective Suits ("turn-out gear") obtained through a grant from the Assistance for Firefighters, which was announced last spring. Members were fitted for the equipment this fall after specifications were developed. The equipment will be issued to members of both volunteer fire companies to replace the current stock which is reaching the end of the 10-year period allowed by the National Fire Protection (NFPA) standard. The grant saved our taxpayers over $60,000.
This will help us to provide for the safety and health of our volunteer firefighters which are among our community's greatest resources. Without their dedication and commitment to serving North Wildwood, we would be extremely hard-pressed to provide the level of fire protection we currently are capable of.
A Message from NWFD
The North Wildwood Fire Department would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 2012. We are hopeful this year will be a safe and prosperous year for our residents and visitors. Please take a moment to review some simple and effective precautions to help keep you safe. *Check smoke detectors weekly *Change batteries immediately when they begin a brief, periodic "chirp."
Most home fires occur in the months of January and February. Many of these
fires are the result of careless use of heating appliances.
*Be sure to have your heating system checked by qualified service
*Be extremely cautious with fireplaces and wood burning stoves. Always
discard ashes when cold, and never deposit them in plastic bags or
containers. Use metal containers with a lid, and keep them as far from all
buildings as possible.
*Have your chimney cleaned annually. Faulty chimneys often result in
destructive home fires. Clogged chimneys also contribute to carbon monoxide
poisoning. It is very common for obstructions caused by birds and animal
nesting to prevent chimneys from operating properly. Strong wind conditions
can also prevent chimneys and vents from operating properly.
Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately to report any suspected heater or chimney malfunctions. Know the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
North Wildwood Re-Organization Meeting
On Jan. 3, the Re-Organization/Regular City Council Meeting was held in Council Chambers. Mayor Bill Henfey called the meeting to order, and announced that its purpose was to "organize the City Government of the City of North Wildwood for the year 2012."
The first order of business was for Judge Louis Belasco to swear in the following members of Council:
Councilman-at-Large Edwin Koehler
Councilman 1st Ward Dave DelConte
Councilwoman 2nd Ward Kellyann Tolomeo
Next, Katherine Jett, senior at Wildwood Catholic High School, sang the National Anthem. (Shown here with her father, Deputy Municipal Clerk Scott Jett)
Then Patrick Rosenello was re-elected President of the Council for 2012, and Kellyann Tolomeo was re-elected President Pro-Tempore of the Council for 2012.
After the Mayor's appointments were made, Financial Management, Operational, and Internal Municipal Appointment Resolutions were passed.
Mayor Henfey complimented Council on their accomplishments of the past year by saying that they "kept the budget under control with good, tough, fiscal management. "One very important result of that is "North Wildwood's A+ bond rating."
Congratulations to N.W. Recreation Hockey Teams for winning the 2011 Cape May County Hockey Championship
Remembering Pearl Harbor
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, local veterans groups will be holding our Pearl Harbor Day service at noon at the Hereford Inlet seawall at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 321 St. Demetrios Ave., where a memorial wreath will be cast into the sea. All are invited to remember with us those who served in World War II so that we can live in freedom today.
New County flu vaccine clinics scheduled!
The County will be offering flu shots on many occasions in November/December. If new clinics are scheduled, information will be posted on the flu hotline at 463-6581 and online at www.cmchealth.net. These clinics will be held as long as vaccine is available.
Tuesday, Nov. 8 is General Election Day. Sample ballots will be in your
mailbox soon. You can also find them at www.co.cape-may.nj.us on the County Clerk's page. Remember that in 2011, polling places at the Elks and Moose have been changed. From now on, all North Wildwood residents cast their votes in the Recreation Center, 900 Central Ave. The polls will be open on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
On Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the North Wildwood Police Department will
participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The collection site
will be the lobby of the Police Department, 10th and Atlantic avenues.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a venue for persons who
want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), "Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More
than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
"Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for
the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from
family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
"DEA in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout
the United States conducted National Prescription Drug Take Back Days on
Saturday, September 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011. Nearly, 4,000 state and
local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation participated in these
events, collecting more than 309 tons of pills.
"Four days after last fall's Take-Back Day, Congress passed legislation amending the Controlled Substances Act to allow the DEA to develop a process
for people to safely dispose of their prescription drugs. DEA immediately began developing this process after President Obama signed the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act of 2010 on October 12. Until that process is complete, however, DEA will continue to hold Take Back Days every six months."
Get your cobwebs spinning and your cauldrons bubbling - North Wildwood's 2011 Halloween House Decorating Contest is underway!
You have to enter to compete. Drop by the Rec Center, 900 Central Ave., to fill out an entry form. Then let those creative juices flow!
There are three categories: Most Creative, Best Decorated Window, and Judges' Pick, so decorate accordingly!
Forms must be turned in before Oct. 24. Judging will take place Oct. 27 between 6 and 9 p.m.
Winners will be contacted by phone, and awards can be picked up at the Rec Center between Oct. 31 and Nov. 4.
The three winning houses from last year's Halloween House Decorating Contest:
Judge's Pick-Chambers Family
Scariest-Deborah Bright & Joseph Keiffer
Most Creative-Denise and Art Knapp
Image of an original watercolor by Donna Elias
Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey Oct. 15-16 The New Jersey Lighthouses and selected museums are eager to announce they will again be hosting the "Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey" weekend on Oct. 15 and 16. Take the challenge and enjoy touring the state and visiting each lighthouse over the weekend. In addition to learning the rich history of the lighthouses, visitors will also be supporting them financially and preserving New Jersey's maritime history, which is essential today since they face the same economic challenges as other sectors of society. These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey's history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for over a century. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity, as they honor the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to step back in time and learn more about our state's and our country's history. Hours of operations for each lighthouse can be found on lighthouse and museums Web sites listed below, and at www.lighthousechallengenj.org, www.njlhs.org and www.visitnj.org. Night climbs will be offered as well at Absecon, Barnegat, Cape May, Sandy Hook, Tinicum and Tuckers Seaport. The following is a list of all participating lighthouses and museums: Absecon, Barnegat, Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum, Cape May, Cape May County Museum, East Point, Finns Point, Hereford Inlet, Navesink/Twin Lights, US Life Saving Station, Sandy Hook, Sea Girt, Tatham Life Saving Station, Tinicum and Tuckerton Seaport.
Free Drive-Through Flu Clinic (14 yrs+)
October 23rd from 9am - 3pm Kindle Ford, Stone Harbor Blvd & Bayberry Ave in CMCH For your safety, you must bring a signed consent form for each person getting the flu vaccine. Forms are available at the Department of Health and online at www.cmchealth.net. For information call the County Hotline at 609 463-6581.