Want to express your appreciation to our veterans? Join the people who will celebrate Hospitalized Veterans Week. Every year the men and women of the Cape May County Veterans' Bureau, representing all Cape May County veterans' organizations, visit hospitalized vets to let them know how much we appreciate what they've sacrificed for our freedom. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, they'll be taking buses to the Wilmington VA Hospital and the Vineland Memorial Home. All are welcome to join them.
They will meet at the Cape May County Social Services Building, room 111, 4005 Route 9 South in Rio Grande. And they'll be bringing gift bags filled with goodies, toiletries, and cards made by local school children to cheer them up. If you'd like to participate by taking the trip, or by making a donation, please call Charles Adelizzi, Supervisor of Veterans' Interment, (609) 886-2762.
Exercise Classes ($5 per class)
Monday - .6:30-7:30 p.m.: ZUMBA with Kellie Wood
Wednesday - 7:30-8:30p.m.: HIP HOP for Adults with Jamie Mullen
Saturday - 9-10 a.m.: YOGA with Carolyn Collier
Buckets Basketball Clinic for K-2 started on Saturday, Jan. 8th and will take place every Saturday until Feb. 12th; 9-10 a.m. No registration required. Free.
We have started a new session of Gymnastics w/ Jamie Mullen. This session will end on Wednesday, February 23rd. Each session is 6 classes and the cost is $35 per session. Stay tuned for information on our next session.
Check out our Events Calendar under Tourism... we are updating it daily as we confirm dates for special events and concerts for 2011.
For more information, call (609)522-2955 or check out North Wildwood Recreation Center on Facebook for daily updates and announcements.
Health fair at Margaret Mace
NORTH WILDWOOD . The Parish Nurse Program and Cape Regional Medical Center is hosting a health fair at Margaret Mace Elementary School on Feb 14. The fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. and offer free screenings for blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and risk factures. The school is located on 12th and Atlantic avenues. The even is sponsored by the North Wildwood Education Association.
Admiral Yost Receives North Wildwood Proclamation
On Jan. 16, North Wildwood City Council President Patrick Rosenello presented a City Proclamation to Admiral Paul A. Yost, Jr. USCG (ret.), 18th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. The Proclamation recognized Admiral Yost's many years of heroic service to our nation and expressed the City's gratitude.
The event took place at the Cape May Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cape May Court House, after Admiral Yost gave a speech on "Career, Family and Faith." Admiral Yost is currently serving as the Church's representative to the United Nations.
North Wildwood Councilman Salvatore Zampirri, along with State Senator Jeff Van Drew and Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky, attended the event.
North Wildwood Council President Patrick Rosenello
Admiral Paul A. Yost, Jr. USCG (ret.), 18th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Exercise Classes ($5 per class)
Mondays - 5:30-6:30 p.m.: PILATES with Tammy Decker
................6:30-7:30 p.m.: ZUMBA with Kellie Wood
Saturday - 9-10 a.m.: YOGA with Carolyn Collier or Marguerite Fuscia
Buckets Basketball Clinic for K-2 started on Saturday (1/8) and will take place every Saturday until Feb. 12; 9-10 a.m. No registration required.Free.
We are taking registrations for Gymnastics w/Jamie Mullen; 6-week session; $35 per session; Tuesday or Wednesday classes starting Tuesday, Jan. 18.
For more information, call (609)522-2955 or check out North Wildwood Recreation Center on Facebook.
Joe Duncan Says Goodbye to North Wildwood Council
At North Wildwood's Dec. 21 Council meeting, Joe Duncan put the finishing touches on his 21-year career as City Councilman. He thanked Mayor Bill Henfey and his fellow councilmen for their constant collegiality in working together for the good of the City, and said he was honored to have served the City with them.
In an interview after the meeting he said, "Once an election is over, politicians should forget party differences that divided them during the campaign, and begin working earnestly together to address residents' concerns.
In his address to Council he said: one key impression of working on North Wildwood Council is that, while people in other cities generally distrust politicians, ours are notably honest in their discussions and the decisions they make.
When asked what was the most memorable aspect of his political career he answered, "Working on upgrading the City's streets and infrastructure, first with Mayor Aldo Palumbo, and then with Mayor Henfey."
The monumental task was and is, in Duncan's terms, what our residents want. "They want their streets and utilities improved, which saves money in the long run by preventing intrusion of sand into the sewer system. So we've been steadily working towards completing the project."
How does he feel about the Beach Replenishment Project?
People weren't happy with it at first, but they began to appreciate the importance of the dune system in protecting property, especially during last year's storms when we experienced the first real property damage."
Duncan's contributions to the City of North Wildwood, though considerable, are only part of the story of his varied career.
Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, Duncan was the sixth of eight kids, and the first to move out of the city and into Cape May County at 16 years of age. He facetiously said, "I came down Senior Week and lost my ticket home."
He always loved the beach, and while attending West Catholic High School (Class of 1961) and Florida State University, he spent summers as a North Wildwood lifeguard. For the last 20 years, he landed another job on the beach, selling ice cream.
Meanwhile, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Florida State University, and went on to spend 30 years teaching: first at Woodbine Elementary School, then at Richard M. Teitelman School in Lower Township, where he taught seventh and eighth grade math.
Between teaching positions, Duncan tried his hand at another career in Atlantic City. He trained to become a slot technician, and worked in that capacity for two years at Caesar's Casino, but soon decided he preferred the "lifestyle of a teacher…especially being home for the holidays and summers."
He moved to North Wildwood permanently in 1969. In 1978, he married Kathleen Kane, and they have three children: Joseph Jr., Sean, and Christopher.
Duncan has always been very involved with the community. He belongs to the Greater Wildwood Elks Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Optimist Club, and the Anglesea Irish Society.
So where, he was asked, did his political interest come from?
He answered: "My mother, Catherine, spent years as a judge of elections and often talked about the mechanics of the process. It always interested me."
He was drawn to attend a Democratic Party meeting one night with an old colleague. That sparked his first run for Councilman in 1980. He lost that election, and the next, but his interest never flagged. He kept abreast of all the political news. His campaign in 1988 was a winner and the beginning of what he called "a blessing to serve the City."
In appreciation for Duncan's service, Mayor Henfey and Council presented Duncan with a beautifully framed US flag that had been flown over every municipal building in the City.
So how will such an energetic person keep himself busy in the future? Duncan has plenty to do.
Mayor Henfey has asked Duncan to continue working on the Lifeguard Pension Commission, and he may also work on the Board of Health.
He'll continue teaching homebound students of Lower Cape May Regional School, as well as driving the school bus. In the summer he'll be back on the beach, selling ice cream part of the time, as well as having fun with his kids and "dozens of cousins" who visit often.
He'll keep up with community organizations, too. One involves continuing to lead the Knights of Columbus in organizing the annual Italian Festival.
And, he said, "I'll finally have time to watch Jeopardy!"
North Wildwood thanks you for your service, Joe, and we wish you good luck in all you do!
North Wildwood Reorganizes for 2011
NORTH WILDWOOD - Mayor Bill Henfey opened the City's first Council meeting of the year at 6 p.m. on Jan. 4 in Council Chambers by saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, as directed by law, we are about to meet and organize the City Government of the City of North Wildwood for the year 2011.
"I want to thank City Council, our department heads, employees and volunteers for their hard work and cooperation during the past year. Just like everyone else, this City had to make financial sacrifices. Nearly every department has fewer full-time employees today than just one year ago.
"In 2011 we will continue our efforts to consolidate and downsize. But we cannot jeopardize the quality of life that we all enjoy here in North Wildwood, including: Police, Fire and Rescue who arrive within minutes of a call for help; a Public Works Department that keeps our City clean and looking great year round; a Recreation Department with activities for every age group; a beautifully maintained and professionally guarded beach; and a well run Building and Grounds Department that saves us money every year.
"These are just some of the reasons why so many people have decided to be part of our community, whether as visitors, residents or non-resident taxpayers.
"With all of this in mind, we must continue our infrastructure improvements, the reconstruction of our streets, bulkheads, and as always, our commitment to ADA improvements.
"Can we slow the pace of these projects?
"Absolutely, but, as long as we are able to acquire grant assistance we must continue to progress."
Then, two new Council members were sworn in. Judge Louis Belasco administered the Oath of Office to Margaret (Peggy) Bishop, Councilperson 1st Ward; and Salvatore Zampirri, 2nd Ward.
Patrick Rosenello was named Council President again, in absentia, while Kellyann Tolomeo was named Council President Pro Tem. It was announced that all City Board members would remain in office. Tolomeo conducted the remainder of the meeting, including putting forward for vote the minutes of the previous Council meeting of Dec. 21, Mayor's appointments, Resolutions, including the 2011 Temporary Budget. All Resolutions passed unanimously.
There were no ordinances offered for approval.
City Administrator Ray Townsend announced that the appointment of professionals has been approved and published.
When Council members were asked to offer comments, all congratulated Bishop and Zampirri on their appointments, as well as wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Bishop thanked all for their support, and said she hoped she'd meet their expectations.
Mayor Henfey also congratulated the new members. In addition, he expressed his gratitude to all departments for their excellent response to our first snowstorm. He specifically praised Public Works and the Police who, "stepped up to meet the challenges this storm presented."
Mayor Henfey also thanked City Council for all they accomplished in the past five years. He referred to such Capital improvements as improvements in drainage on the West side; street and utility reconstruction and resurfacing of miles of roadways; replacement of bay-end bulkheads at a number of street ends; Phase 1 and 2 of the Seawall reconstruction; Surf Avenue pedestrian improvements; USDA Sanitary Sewer Project; the beach replenishment project; and repairs to the boardwalk, the hockey rink, the Community Center, and City Hall. "We are getting these projects done because of the cooperation among Council and all involved. At the end of day, we have all been guided by what's good for our City."
And given the positive atmosphere of the meeting, 2011 promises to be equally productive.
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Winners of North Wildwood's 2010 Lighting & Decorating Contest
A. Condo/Apt Category Winners
Jeffrey M Buscham
1811 Atlantic Ave. Apt. 2
Regency Towers Condo
500 JFK Blvd.
Barry Maisey & Kath Mcintosh
219 E 20th Ave. Apt. B
1400 Ocean Ave. 2nd Fl
118 E 17th Ave. Unit A
B. Outside Tree Category Winners
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
111 N Central Ave.
The Hartnett Family
123 E 20th Ave.
317 W Pine Ave.
Mrs. John McDermott
118 W. 23rd Ave.
The Hartnett Family
123 E 20th Ave.
C. Large Home Category Winners
315 E 6th Ave.
The Chambers Family
220 E 24th Ave.
218 E4th Ave.
Joe & Carol Domenico
326 E 13th Ave.
Michael & Jo-Ann Kennedy
1800 Central Ave.
D. Small House Category Winners
1206 Delaware Ave.
Marie & Warren Shoemaker
219 E 20th Ave.
Dan & Kadie Stefankiewicz
117 E Walnut Ave.
410 E 15th Ave.
Dick & Rick Carroll
2103 Atlantic Ave.
E. Business/Civic Category Winners
2310 Central Ave.
Crest Savings Bank
500 New Jersey Ave.
119 E 17th Ave.
325 W Spruce Ave.
106 W Spruce Ave.
F. Door/Window Category Winners
Jeffrey M Buscham
811 Atlantic Ave. Apt. 2
304 E 14th Ave.
59 Anglesea Dr.
Dave & Carol Troiano
219 E 21st Ave.
The Hartnett Family
123 E 20th Ave.
North Wildwood Kids' Christmas Party 2010
Every December for the past 15 years, the City of North Wildwood organized a bevy of volunteers and merchants who teamed up to throw a wonderful Christmas party for our kids.
This year, on Dec. 11, the Anglesea Firehouse was once again filled with excited families enjoying a tasty lunch and a visit with Santa. North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "I am so pleased that this year's party was as spectacular as ever, and it's all thanks to the volunteers and contributors who are always generous with their efforts and donations. Again this year, we were able to make many kids very happy."
The following merchants contributed food for the luncheon:
24th St. Market
Anglesea Fire Co.
Dolce Italia Restaurant Herr's Foods Laura's Fudge
Lehigh Dairies Maui's Dog House
All the kids went home with toys provided by the following: Ed's Funcade, Gateway 26, Morey's Pier, Olympic, and Kmart.
The Anglesea Fire Company contributed the Hall and Paramount Paper contributed party supplies.
Employees of Crest Savings Bank volunteered their time and effort to decorate the Fire Hall, while City employees supplied transportation.
Also in the spirit of the season, the following people kindly volunteered to help out in a number of ways:
Jay and Cathy Coleman
Charlie and Claire Brackett
Bob and Diane McCullion
Sam and Ronnie Blackman
Naturally, the visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus was a highlight for the kids, most of whom were anxious to sit on Santa's lap and tell him their wishes. But equally exciting was the opportunity to win a shiny new bike.
The following are the 2010 winners listed alphabetically:
Members of the Benichow Family
Leah and Maya
Members of the Black Family
Maggie and Stephanie
Adam Bruno Members of the D'Antonio Family
Kailani and Kiana
Members of the Fowler Family
Kallie, Breana, Jesus and Honesti Rodriguez
Members of the Redburn Family
Johanna, Madison and Sage
HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY 2010
NORTH WILDWOOD - Each year, fires during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 people, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million dollars in damage. Here are a few simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday.
Here are a few tips for selecting and caring for your tree:
Selecting a tree: needles on fresh trees should be green and soft to the touch, and they should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch.
Tip: Bounce the tree on the ground and if needles fall to the ground, the tree is drying out, and is a potential fire hazard.
Disposing of Your Live Tree
Never put tree branches or needles in your fireplace or wood-burning stove. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking to your recycling center or by having it picked up by a community pick-up service.
Maintain your holiday lights, By inspecting for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only UL approved tested lights.
Do not overload your electrical outlets. Follow the recommended requirements for how many strands of lights can be put together on one circuit. Make sure to periodically check the wires; they should not be warm to the touch.
Do not leave your holiday tree lights unattended when asleep or not home.
Tip - Buy a UL approved Christmas Tree Light Timer and Easy Access Turn On Switch
Use only nonflammable decorations. All decorations should be nonflammable or flame retardant. Always look for the UL approved label on all decorations. Keep all decorations away from any heat source. Never put wrapping paper in your fireplace. It can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers, and may result in a chimney fire.
Artificial Christmas Trees: If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure that it is flame retardant. Always check for a UL testing label.
Avoid using lit candles. If you must use them, make sure they are in a stable holders and are placed where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. Never put lit candles on a tree. Do not go near your Christmas tree with an open flame: candles, lighter, or matches.
Candle Tip: Buy American made candles that display a 5 star label on the bottom of the candle. American made candles use a paraffin wax wick, which does not give off carbon monoxide into the air when burning. Also, while home, place your candles in areas that you travel the most, so you will see the candles that are lit before going out orgoing to bed
On behalf of the North Wildwood Fire Prevention Bureau and all North Wildwood Fire Department Personnel, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
Lighthouse Tree Lit
NORTH WILDWOOD - The Christmas season is officially underway in North Wildwood, after Mayor Bill Henfey lit the Christmas tree at Hereford Lighthouse Friday evening.
Bitter cold, windy weather didn't deter hundreds of merry people from enjoying the old-fashioned celebration that included songs by Dolly McGee, music by the Margaret Mace Choir, and a visit from Santa.
Many took advantage of the occasion to tour the lighthouse free of charge. Hot chocolate and cookies were available, too. And some even did a bit of Christmas shopping in the Gift Shop, where Steve Murray's new book, "Guardians of the Hereford Inlet," as well as "Cooking with Friends" (Friends of the Hereford Lighthouse, that is), were for sale.
Mayor Henfey said, "This heart-warming, family event was the perfect protection against the wintry weather. The Christmas spirit filled the courtyard as our whole community huddled together excitedly waiting for Santa."
The North Wildwood Holiday Decorating Contest is also in progress. If you haven't already, you'll want to sign up by Friday, Dec. 10. For more information, call 609-523-2728.
Harvey "Hank" Rice, 77, former North Wildwood Councilman, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Shore Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Upper Darby, Pa., Hank Rice served as a Philadelphia Deputy City Commissioner of Elections for 17 years before retiring to North Wildwood, where he served on the North Wildwood City Council from 2001 to 2007.
Rice was known to be an enthusiastic advocate for North Wildwood and its residents. One campaign promise he made was to hold monthly meetings where he personally would listen to, and answer residents' concerns. He kept his word, meeting at the Rec Center with all who wanted to be heard.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said: "Hank was definitely a councilman for the people. He was honest and hard-working, and he never had an agenda. He always listened to the people and when they voiced their needs, he rolled up his sleeves and got the job done."
A 1951 graduate of Frankford High School in Philadelphia, he was a U.S. Air Force Korean War era veteran.
Mr. Rice was a Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and the former Commander of the VFW Post 5941 - North Wildwood.
He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hiberians, Division 1, Cape May County, and the Men of Malvern.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy (Slowey) Rice, sons Kenneth Rice and his wife Shari of Voorhees, Harvey Martin Rice of Philadelphia, Martin O'Rourke of Rose Valley, Pa., Larry Rice and his wife Mari of Rockledge, Pa. and daughter, Allison Conyers of Homosassa, Florida.
In addition, he is survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as his beloved dog Mickey.
Viewing followed by Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. at Notre Dame De la Mer Parish at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, 2900 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood. Internment will be at Veterans Cemetery located at 4 Moore Road in Cape May Court House.
In lieu flowers, donations are requested to Wildwood Catholic High School Scholarship Fund at 1500 Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260.
"Hank Rice was not only a neighbor and a friend, but a mentor. The very
first time I ran for elected office in North Wildwood, I lost to Hank by 58 votes. That turned out to be a blessing for me and my family. Hank took the time to talk to me on numerous occasions, and his intelligence and humility taught me what public service is all about. Hank would take the time to sit on my porch and tell me stories about his service for the city of Philadelphia, and his outstanding work as a democratic committeeman. Hank always talked about putting people first, and yourself second. Government should never get in the way of good common sense policies that would positively impact a great number of people. It was truly an honor to serve North Wildwood with Hank Rice; to this day, everyone who speaks of Hank praises his hard work, dedication, love of North Wildwood, and most of all, love for his wife Dorothy, their children and grandchildren. North Wildwood is a better place to live and vacation thanks to Hank Rice".
Robert J Maschio
Councilman 1st Ward, NWW
North Wildwood's Holiday Decorating Contest
NORTH WILDWOOD - Our City is sponsoring its 22nd annual Holiday Decorating Contest. North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey is encouraging all residents to join in this festive event.
The categories to be judged are: Most Creative, Best Theme, Most Original, Best Decorated, and Best Illuminated.
Entry forms are available at North Wildwood City Hall, 901 Atlantic Ave., North Wildwood Recreation Center, 900 Atlantic Ave., and Crest Savings Bank, Fifth and New Jersey avenues.
The deadline for entries is no later than Friday, Dec. 10, and judging will be held the week of Dec. 13 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Awards will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Rec Center at 7 p.m.
For additional information call Jodie DiEduardo at 609-523-2728.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Book Sale at Hereford Lighthouse
NORTH WILDWOOD - On Friday Dec. 3, the official North Wildwood Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, First and Central avenues.
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and include the singing of the national anthem, the pledge of allegiance, the Margaret Mace School choir and much more.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand and ready to greet our young visitors, so remember to bring your camera.
The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will be open for touring, free of charge, and will be serving hot chocolate and cookies.
On most items, the gift shop is offering a 25% discount to all shoppers and a special 35% discount to "Friends of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse," except for certain and sale items. This event marks the perfect time to purchase the newly published "Guardians of the Hereford Inlet" by Steve Murray. It's the first book to document the long maritime history of the Hereford Inlet.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This book will make a wonderful Christmas gift for anyone who loves our City and its famous lighthouse." This 200 page, photo-filled volume is the result of a three-year endeavor by Hereford's historian, Steve Murray.
All proceeds benefit the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.
Call 609-522-4520 for additional information about the event or the book.
North Wildwood's December Events
NORTH WILDWOOD - The days of 2010 may be dwindling, but there's still time to enjoy the best special events of the year.
On Friday, Dec. 3 the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, First and Central avenues. North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This old-fashioned family event is reminiscent of Christmases past, appropriately set at the structure that first shone its light in 1874 to warn ships of the Inlet's dangerous currents and sandbars."
Today it remains a working lighthouse that will host an Open House and Christmas Sale on the evening of the Tree Lighting.
Outside, beginning at 5:30 p.m. there will also be music and a visit from Santa. Attendance is fun and free.
Call 609-522-4520 or visit herefordlighthouse.org for more information.
On the same evening, the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. It steps off at 15th and Central avenues and proceeds south through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. Rain date is Dec. 5.
Call 609-729-5501 or visit wildwoodholiday.com for more information.
Then, at noon on Dec. 7, the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony will take place at St. Demetrios Church, where St. Demetrios Ave. meets the Hereford Inlet Seawall.
This event is sponsored by North Wildwood V.F.W. Post 5941.
Call 609-729-5832 for more information.
NJ Poison Control Unveils Interactive Website with Live Chat and Texting Capabilities
If you think your child ingested something dangerous, would you know what to do?
Are you sure about the safety of cleaning products and fertilizers you use?
Do you know how to protect against food contamination in your kitchen?
Answers to these questions and many more have been right at your fingertips at www.NJPIES.org and the Poison Control Center Hotline (800-222-1222) for years.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey has announced that: "The New Jersey Poison Control Center has vastly improved this source of essential information, and we want all of our residents to know about it."
North Wildwood will commemorate Veterans Day at a service on Nov. 11, 10 a.m. at the North Wildwood Veterans Memorial, Spruce and New York avenues. The event is sponsored by V.F.W. Post 5941.
Halloween Happenings in North Wildwood
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey has announced the dates and times for two Halloween events here.
North Wildwood's House-to-House Trick or Treat is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Then, also on Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., all are invited to "Trunk or Treat" at the Municipal Lot, First and Olde New Jersey avenues. Decorate your vehicle as well as yourselves and bring treats to share as the children go "car to car" to collect treats.
Mayor Henfey said, "We planned both of these events to be fun and safe ways to celebrate the holiday."
Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated vehicles.
The Beach is the Best in Autumn... when dogs and vehicles are permitted (with restrictions, of course!)
We love the beach in summer, when it's hidden under a sea of blankets, umbrellas, and happy sunbathers. But any resident will tell you, we love it even better in autumn.
That's when we can really appreciate its natural beauty.
Swimmers have vanished, leaving behind the pristine ocean, stretching to the horizon. Sand dunes - which are often ignored as beachgoers head for the perfect spot to spread their blankets - suddenly appear strikingly beautiful.
And when the sights and sounds of summer crowds are silenced, we notice the beach's original inhabitants, sandpipers and gulls.
Some of the summer restrictions are lifted, too. We can bring our dogs to the beach for fresh air and exercise. Surf fishing is allowed as well, and there are still a few tournaments scheduled. (Check under "Special Events" on the homepage.)
You can drive vehicles on the beach for the purpose of sport fishing. There are rules that apply and permits that must be obtained. Click here for the information and an 'Application for Operating a Vehicle on the Beach for Recreational Purposes.'
But whatever you do, Mayor Bill Henfey wants you to "be sure to take advantage of the shore in autumn, where the beautiful beach is only steps away from your home."
Much to Do in North Wildwood in October
NORTH WILDWOOD - Don't close up shop for the winter yet. There're plenty more special events here through December. Here's what's happening this month.
Oct. 9 - Great Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament
Registration begins at 6 a.m. on 15th and the beach. Fishing will conclude at noon on Sunday.
Entrance fee. For more info visit njbba.org or call 732-269-8878
Oct. 16 - 23rd Annual Anglesea Surf Anglers Surf Fishing Tournament. Registration at Anglesea Firehouse (Second and New Jersey avenues from 6 a.m.-7:30 a.m.; Fishing 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Entrance Fee; Call 609-465-2675 or visit asaconline.org
Oct. 16 - Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey - Visit all 11 lighthouses in NJ, plus 4 bonus sites. Start or end at Hereford Lighthouse in Anglesea; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2-day event (Saturday and Sunday); Call 609-522-4520
Oct. 31 - Greater Wildwood Elks Halloween Haunted House - Elk's Lodge (First and New Jersey avenues); haunted house walk through; 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; FREE; Call 609-729-2170 for more info.
Oct. 31 - Halloween Trunk or Treat - A fun, safe way for families to enjoy Halloween; Prizes for best decorated vehicles; 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Municipal Parking Lot (Olde NJ Ave. between First and Second Ave.); Automobile registration forms available at the NW Rec Center or visit www.northwildwood.com; Call 609-522-2955
Mayor Bill Henfey said, "October is a great month in our City. Don't miss the fun events we've planned."
North Wildwood Receives Two Prestigious Awards
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
- Franz Kafka
Lots of ultra-practical souls believe that spending time and money beautifying the spaces around us is wasteful.
Fools! They'll never understand how appreciating beauty makes us more fully human. Stroll around North Wildwood and you'll know our residents understand. Trees, blossoming bushes, and overflowing flower boxes embrace private homes on every street. The City of North Wildwood's Department of Public Buildings, Parks and Grounds has done its job of beautifying the City, as well. And last week they were recognized by receiving two awards from the Greater Wildwoods Chamber of Commerce (GWCOC) at their 72nd Annual Installation Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 30.
Ordinarily, there is only one award in this category, but this year, two nominees were determined to be equally deserving.
One Landscaping Award was presented to acknowledge the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gardens, and the other was for the North Wildwood City Hall Gardens.
The wording on the awards says:
"Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Best Landscaping
presented to Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gardens, 2010"
"Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Best Landscaping
presented to City of North Wildwood City Hall, 2010"
Recently retired Steve Murray, whose devoted work through the years created the Lighthouse gardens from nothing, was unable to attend. Lighthouse Executive Board member and Lighthouse manager Betty Mugnier accepted the award for the Lighthouse Gardens.
Executive Board member and hands-on gardener Gerald Zdenek accepted the award for the City Hall gardens.
Award recipients are determined by GWCOC members who are asked to nominate in a number of categories. After the close of nominations, the Dinner Committee/staff discusses the nominees and decides the winners based on the nomination forms.
"LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE OF NEW JERSEY"
OCTOBER 16 & 17, 2010
The New Jersey Lighthouses and select affiliated museums will host a "Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey" weekend on October 16 & 17, 2010. Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to tour the state and visit each lighthouse over the weekend, and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.
Whatever lighthouse you choose to begin your journey on the Challenge, a trifold souvenir pamphlet will be available for purchase for $1.00. As you visit each lighthouse your souvenir will be stamped as proof of each visit. This will be your souvenir to commemorate your participation in the event. The lighthouses encourage the public to take advantage of this special weekend to financially support and preserve the maritime history of our state as we face the same economic challenges as other sectors of commerce.
NORTH WILDWOOD - Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Survivors Weekend (MALESW) will take place here on Oct. 1 - 3.
Hosted annually by the North Wildwood Police, MALESW is unique in that it recognizes the truly forgotten heroes: the survivors of fallen law enforcement officers. Survivors include family members and co-workers.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This unique event gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices made by families and friends of law enforcement officers every day, especially those who have lost their loved ones in service to the community."
The weekend focuses on law enforcement survivors from the following states: New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The schedule of events is as follows:
Friday at 5 p.m. the Dragon Boat rowers will arrive at Fifth Avenue and the bay, carrying memorial wreaths to be cast into the water.
On Saturday at 10:45 a.m., the Law Enforcement Survivors Parade will begin at North Wildwood City Hall, 10th and Atlantic avenues.
On Saturday at 7 p.m., the Candlelight Vigil Service will take place at the Lou Booth Amphitheater, Second and Ocean avenues.
For more information, call 609-522-2411 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irish Fall Festival 2010 - another Huge Success
Like Brigadoon, North Wildwood was teaming with thousands of jubilant people Friday through Sunday, but by Monday morning, it had all disappeared.
All weekend long, people wearing green beads and tee-shirts, some with flowing boas, shamrock-shaped sunglasses, and leprechaun hats, formed a slow-moving river on either side of the rows of 70 merchandise vendors on Olde New Jersey Avenue.
They came; they shopped; they listened (and some danced) to the live Irish music emanating from the open-air stage.
On Thursday morning, some played golf at Avalon Country Club, the first event of the Festival. Many later enjoyed the amateur boxing Thursday evening in the Music Tent.
Other events included a 5K Run/1-Mile Walk, the Brian Riley Piper Exhibition, Ceili Dancing, a special Mass at St. Ann's Church, and the parade on Sunday.
North Wildwood employees - from Police, to Firefighters, to Public Works crews - did an outstanding job of keeping everyone safe.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This is the largest event in our City, and we spend months preparing every facet of it. The entire weekend was great fun, and we thank the sponsors, the AOH and the LAOH, for all their hard work."
The Pasela family of Honeybrook, Pa.: Erin and Chris with 12-month-old Chase
Radio personality Rick Rock broadcast his WIBBAGE show from Olde New Jersey Ave.
Joe Quattrone and Dolly McGee at the podium during the Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition
Gale and Bucky of Delaware County, with their three-year-old twins Maryella and Jake brought five-year old Great Dane Sable
Twins Kiera and Connor Mullin may have had the most comfortable ride, pushed by mom and dad Megan and Bill of Cherry Hill and West Wildwood.
Be Safe on the Beach
North Wildwood beaches are no longer protected/guarded by lifeguards. Please be safe as swimming is prohibited.
North Wildwood Public Works Quickly Handles Fish Problem
On Saturday, Sept. 18, hundreds of dead fish washed up on the beach at Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood. It was determined that they were menhaden, otherwise known as bunker.
Mayor Bill Henfey and Public Works Superintendent Harry Wozunk went immediately to the beach to look into the situation. In very short order, Public Works employees used beach rakes and other equipment to remove the fish.
As a result, beachgoers and fishermen were inconvenienced very minimally, and were able to enjoy the nearly perfect weekend weather.
Meanwhile, the State Police Marine Services Bureau, DEP Marine Enforcement, and the Coast Guard continue to investigate the source of the fish.
Mayor Henfey said, "Our Public Works personnel did an excellent job."
Superintendent Wozunk said, "Public Works has standard operating procedures in place, so that we can quickly resolve situations like this."
North Wildwood Hosts the 41st Annual Surf Fishing Tournament
Weather-wise, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12, were a fishermen's dream. And North Wildwood's beaches offered the perfect setting for that dream. There were 91 hopefuls signed up to win first, second, or third prize for the largest fish in the adults' and kids' categories.
It seemed that large stripers were caught at the Inlet, but the Hondros family of Lansdale and North Wildwood had fun catching smaller ones on the jetty. Dad Joe was teaching 7-year-old twin sons Matthew and Peter the finer points of the sport.
Mom, Michelle, joined them as they showed off their catch.
Looking north from the jetty at Second Avenue and JFK, it looked like a tailgate party, with numerous trucks unloading gear, and fishing poles standing like dune grass in the sand.
Visit North Wildwood Recreation Center's Facebook page for more photos and the winners.
"Thousands Entertained on Mummers String Band Saturday"
The sidewalks on Olde New Jersey Avenue were six deep, as nine of the finest Mummers String Bands let loose the sounds of New Year's Day in Philadelphia. Brilliant sunshine magnified the sparkle of sequins and the flurry of feathers. First, dozens of eager dancers participated in the Strutters Contest. Miss North Wildwood Hannah DiBruno took the entrants' names, while Event Coordinator Joe Quattrone emceed. The strutters warmed up to the beat of several tunes played by North Wildwood's own Duffy String Band. Then, the contest. And they were good, very good. So talented and well-rehearsed were they that the judges had a tough time deciding among them. But they did, and the winners were: Joan Eisiminger of North Wildwood and Joan Lally from Texas! (She grew up in South Philly.) The winners received $50 each. After the contest, Duffy String Band lead the others in a parade of wonderful sight and sound beginning at Second and Old New Jersey avenues proceeding to the reviewing stand in front of Westy's Pub. Each string band stopped and performed at the intersections along the way. Each captain drew spectators from the crowd to dance with. Mayor Henfey stated "a great time was had by all - young, old, and in-between."
Strutters strutted their hearts out to win the prize.
Miss North Wildwood Hannah DiBruno
No age requirements. Young and old participated in the Strutters Contest.
There sure was a lot of energy stirring on Old New Jersey Avenue.
Crowds lined the street to watch the parade go by.
North Wildwood's own Duffy String band
Winner Joan Eisiminger
Joe Quattrone announces winner Marie Lally.
Ashley Nangle, 4, may have been more excited about collecting confetti that floated to the street after it was shot into the air by Duffy String Band.
Quaker City String Band's Captain Charlie Rotez
Durning String Band's Captain Joe Pomatee
Hegeman String Band's Captain John Baron
Greater Kensington String Band's Captain Jim Tattar
Our Festival Needs Your Vote!
NORTH WILDWOOD - First the Wildwoods beaches won big - voted Number 1 in every category in the Third Annual 2010 Top Beaches Survey. Now it's our Italian Festival's turn. The bestofnj.com is conducting a survey to determine which of the many New Jersey Italian Festivals is the best. We know the answer. Let's let everybody know! Bet you had a ball in June at the 16th annual North Wildwood Italian-American Festival hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Maybe you enjoyed all 16 of them. It's time to tell the world. Follow this link and make your vote count! http://bestofnj.com/2010/06/19/best-nj-italian-festival
Fall for Fish in North Wildwood
NORTH WILDWOOD - It's time to bait your hook, knot your line, and fasten your lure - but not before you sign up for one or all the fishing tournaments scheduled here.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "These are terrific events where the best of the best challenge each other right on our beautiful beaches."
The 41st annual Surf Fishing Tournament, a three-day competition on the beach will be held Friday, Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 11:45 a.m. Register on the day of the event at the Gazebo, Third and JKF Blvd. There's a $10 entrance fee. Prizes will be awarded at noon Sunday. For more information call 522-2955.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, the 56th Annual Pennsauken Surf Fishing Club Tournament will take place. Register at Anglesea Firehouse, Second and New Jersey avenues, beginning at 6 a.m. Fish from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Teams and individuals are welcome. There is an entrance fee. Call 856-786-0070 or visit asaconline.org. On Saturday, Oct. 9, it's the Great Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at 15th and beach. Fishing concludes Sunday at 12 p.m.
Entrance fee for teams is $50; for individuals, $10. Cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners. Prizes for largest fish.
For more info, call 732-269-8878 or visit njbba.org. On Saturday, Oct. 16, it's the 23rd Annual Anglesea Surf Anglers Surf Fishing Tournament.
Registration is 6-7:30 a.m. at Anglesea Firehouse, Second and New Jersey avenues. Fishing begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues till 2:30 p.m. There is an entrance fee.
Call 609-465-2675 or visit asaconline.org for more info.
North Wildwood to Participate in 'Operation Take Back New Jersey'
NORTH WILDWOOD - Operation Take Back New Jersey is a statewide initiative that encourages residents to properly dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medicine. All across the state, municipalities will collect and safely dispose of these items.
This City will participate in the event on Saturday, Sept. 25. Residents can bring unwanted medicine to the lobby of the North Wildwood Police Department, located behind City Hall, 901 Atlantic Ave. between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This statewide effort is being spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) New Jersey Division, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the NY/NJ HIDTA, and the New Jersey National Guard.
Residents looking for additional information on the program should visit www.operationtakebacknj.com.
John G. McCabe, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA New Jersey Division stated, "Last year New Jersey opened its medicine cabinets and we collected over 9,000 pounds of medicine that was unwanted. This year, we are very excited about the continued support brought on by Operation Take Back New Jersey, and we hope all citizens will take time to eliminate any and all medicines that are not suitable for proper medical use."
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This is one more way we can help our community to be safe, and help prevent drug abuse."
This program is anonymous, and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made.
Medication can be brought either in its original container or placed directly into the drug disposal box. If the original container is submitted, the individual is encouraged to remove the prescription label if it contains any personal identifying information.
Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in its original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.
At the conclusion of the event, a law enforcement officer will seal the drug disposal boxes to be turned over to DEA on Sept. 27.
Monday, Aug. 23 the NWBP will host the 35th Around the Island Row.
Beach Patrols from Brigantine to Cape May will compete. Approximately 25 to 30 boats will race around Five Mile Island. The race starts in Hereford Inlet beach at the end of Surf Ave. Starting time is 6:30 a.m. The race takes approximately three hours. After the race, there is an awards ceremony at the 15th Ave. Firehouse. Lunch will be served to all competitors, their families and friends. Food is provided by Russo's Market, Ninth and Ocean avenues. The race is sponsored by Kindle Ford. Bill Kindle is also a competitor. The race can be viewed from all bridges and docks. The finish line is at the 15th Ave. beach in North Wildwood. Trophies, plagues and tees are given to all competitors.
Beach Chief Tony Cavalier would like to remind every one that transportation is available the Elderly and disabled
Surf chairs are available to transport the elderly and disabled to the beach at 15th, 5th, and Ocean Avenue in the Inlet section. There are 15 chairs. First come, first serve, daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Beach Patrol also provides transportation for elderly and disabled. Call Headquarters at 609-522-7500 for more info.
Giant Postcard Exhibit Opens Aug. 5
NORTH WILDWOOD - Remember when vacationing in the Wildwoods invariably included spinning a rack of postcards, finding the perfect one to send friends back home, and writing the fib "Wish you were here"? Today we're more likely to click our cell phone and e-mail the image to friends on Facebook. But anyone who's nostalgic about that simpler era will thoroughly enjoy the Giant Postcard Exhibition currently being installed at the Wildwood Historical Society/George F. Boyer Museum, 3907 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood. The exhibition features the "Designer Series Postcards" with scenic views of the beach and boardwalk (including things that aren't there anymore, like the rides on the attached photo of Morey's Pier, circa 1983); sightseer boats like "The Flamingo"; local girls posing as pin-up girls; and even a beefcake photo of local bodybuilder and gym owner Mike Wuko (currently in another line of work).
According to Hunsberger, "People who have strong, happy memories of visiting the Wildwoods 20-30 years ago, hone right in on these images, because they tie in to their experiences. They relate to their lives."
The postcards were originally produced by photographer and entrepreneur Douglas Hunsberger in the 1980s. From 1981 through 1988, you could choose from extensive selections on racks in gift shops, motel lobbies, and stores all over the island. The exhibit goes beyond merely displaying the postcards. Hunsberger has transformed them into giant 3-foot by 2-foot giclee prints, which means they begin as high resolution digital scans. Then they're printed with archival quality inks and laminated. When finished and mounted, they have the appearance of a three-dimensional photograph.
The unique and imaginative images were stored years ago by Hunsberger who, in the process of moving last June, examined his extensive collection of transparencies.
Hunsberger began preparing the giant postcards for the exhibit at the urging of Robert Scully, Curator of the Wildwood Historical Society Museum, and Wildwood Historical Society President Anne Vinci. The exhibit will be housed in the museum's fairly new addition, built in 2008. One postcard at a time will be hung, the first one going up Thursday, Aug. 5. Hanging the rest, a total of 20, will be an ongoing process through the summer. The public is welcome to come in now, and then visit often as the project progresses.
When completed, the exhibit will remain in the Boyer Museum through the summer, but in winter months, will be available to travel. Other museums, schools, community centers, and so forth would be ideal places to bring this historic and artistic creation.
Limited edition prints will be available for the public to buy. North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This exhibit will be lots of fun for everyone who lives in or visits the Wildwoods. The older generation will feel they've stepped back in time, and the young ones will have the chance to understand something of their parents' history."
As you can imagine, the exhibit is quite costly. It is made possible by sponsors and many have already committed to the project. But more are needed.
Anyone interested in being a sponsor, or finding out more about the exhibit, should call the museum at 609-523-0277.
Morey's Pier, circa 1983, photographed by Douglas Hunsberger, taken from the Giant Slide
Sand Blast Beach Run
The North Wildwood Sand Blast Beach Run will take place Saturday, July 31 at 15th and the beach. The 2-mile begins at 6:15 p.m.; the 4-mile at 7 p.m. near Lifeguard Headquarters. Fee to enter. Proceeds benefit WCHS X-Country and Track team. 609-522-8581 or sandblastbeachrun.net.
Christmas in July
Santa Claus was the guest of honor on North Wildwood's beach last weekend. On Saturday, July 24, it was Christmas in July. Santa posed for lots of photos as he make his rounds from the north end to 26th Ave. beach. His elves gave out candy canes while the North Wildwood Christmas Band supplied the atmosphere. They all gladly had their photo taken with the jolly old man just before he left for his North Pole home. Mayor Bill Henfey said, "Santa knows North Wildwood is the best place to be in July. But don't pout; he loves coming here in December, too." (photo 1)
Many of our neighbors got into the spirit, too, like Tim and Susan Mackey who decorated their North Wildwood home for Christmas in July. Pictured: Ciara Mackey, Theresa Jupin, Mackenzie Jupin, and Santa Claus (Dan Kane).
Sidewalk Chalk Winners
On Saturday, July 17, North Wildwood Rec Center josted a Sidewalk Chalk
Competition. This year there were 98 contestants. Here are the winners:
Sidewalk Chalk Competition 2010
Ages 7 & Under
Name Hometown Age
3rd Place Nicole Guidetti Paramus, NJ, 7
2nd Place Daniel Clark West Deptford, NJ, 5
1st Place Alexia Luciano Washington Twp, NJ, 7
Name Hometown Age
3rd Place Priscilla Walsh Philadelphia, Pa., 10
2nd Place Bayley Hart Washington Twp, NJ 11
1st Place Maya Critchfield North Wildwood 8
Name Hometown Age
3rd Place Gabby Schumacker Ontario, Canada 16
2nd Place Jason Hahn Flowerton, Pa., 12
1st Place Rebecca Hoefler Bensalem, Pa., 16
18 & Over
Name Hometown Age
3rd Place MaryJane Maley North Wildwood
2nd Place Jeannine Donnelly North Wildwood, 60
1st Place Jennifer Pruscinski Wildwood Cres
2nd Place Ages 8-11
Bayley Hart of Washington Twp, NJ
1st Place Ages 12-17
Rebecca Hoefler of Bensalem, Pa.
3rd Place Ages 12-17
Gabby Schumacker of Ontario, Canada
1st Place Ages 18 & Over
Jennifer Pruscinski of Wildwood Crest
___________________________ Hannah DiBruno Crowned Miss North Wildwood 2010
Hannah DiBruno, 18, of Cape May Court House, was crowned
Miss North Wildwood on Thursday, July 15 at Lou Booth Amphitheater.
The annual Miss North Wildwood Pageant was held this week. Nine candidates were interviewed on Wednesday, July 14 before a luncheon at Sunset Bay Restaurant.
The judges were: Michelle Hunt, Mary McWilliams, and Barabra Beitel.
Then on Thursday evening, Council President Patrick Rosenello introduced the nine candidates to an anxious crowd at the Lou Booth Amphitheater. The nine candidates in formal dresses, from left: Morgan Alexandra Scully, Ashley Nicole Russo, Stacey O'Neill, Courtney Ann Nichols, Victoria Miniscalco, Deneen Piotrowski, Breann Jae McGovern, Catherine Rose Mattiucci, Hannah DiBruno, and Victoria Leigh Bischoff.
Mayor Bill Henfey congratulated all the young women who entered the contest
Hannah DiBruno was crowned Miss North Wildwood by last year's winner, Deneen Piotrowski. Four beautiful women posed as the sun began to set at Lou Booth Amphitheater, from left: Second Runner-up Morgan Alexandra Scully, First Runner-up Victoria Miniscalco, Miss North Wildwood Hannah DiBruno, and Miss North Wildwood 2009, Deneen Piotrowski.
It was a lovely event, organized again this year by Pat Cafiero, left, and Peg and Joe Quattrone, pictured with Hannah DiBruno and Deneen Piotrowski.
Catch the Concerts-They're Free!
NORTH WILDWOOD - These days, everybody's looking for bargains. Most Thursday and Saturday evenings, Concerts under the Stars brings top shelf entertainment to this resort town, and they're free. Now that's a bargain! On July 22, anyone who loved the Starlight Ballroom in the 50's, will love listening to the Carmen Dee Orchestra with Billy Ruth. They'll bring Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train" and Count Basie's "Lil Darlin'" alive again under the stars at the Lou Booth Amphitheater, Second and Ocean avenues, North Wildwood, beginning at 8 p.m. This is the 15th appearance of Carmen Dee in the open-air Amphitheater, and every time they've been a big hit. No doubt people will be dancing in the street again this time. Dee said he's always enjoyed playing here, from the days when he played all the major clubs here along with Cosey Morley.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "Carmen Dee does the best rendition of "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" on sax. And Billy Ruth does Sinatra better than Sinatra." Then, on Saturday, July 24, Tim Gillis Country & Western will take the stage. The theme of the 2010 edition of the Branson-Style Country Variety Show is Swing!
Tim Gillis and the band will be adding a little country swing to popular song favorites, along with presenting some beloved western Swing classics.
There will be great times for all with lots of wonderful live music - and the much-anticipated return of "Elvis!"
Adding to the fun, as always, will be "Crazy Elmer," who'll keep you doubled over with laughter with his hysterical comedy antics. So don't miss this, and all the Concerts under the Stars. They're great. And they're free!
On Friday, July 16, the North Wildwood Beach Patrol will host the 42nd Beechen-Callahan Lifeguard Races. They are dedicated to two former lifeguards, Jim Beschen and Mike Callahan, NWBP lifeguards who gave their lives in Vietnam.
The races consist of rowing, surf dashing, swimming, run-swim and ocean "can run."
The beach patrols competing are North Wildwood, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle, and Upper Township. The races start at 6 p.m. at the 15th Avenue beach. The award ceremony follows at Lifeguard Headquarters where the families present the awards.
For more information, call 522-7500.
Boardwalk Sound System
Our new Boardwalk Sound System is up and running as of Saturday, July 10.
It was funded through a joint Wildwood/North Wildwood UEZ Grant. The
installation, programming, etc. was administered by the Boardwalk SID,
Patrick Rosenello, Managing Director of Boardwalk SID, said, "This is an
impressive system that greatly enhances the boardwalk experience."
Here are some highlights of the new system:
1. It is completely programmable and computerized so that all
announcements, music, etc. are scheduled to run at the same time in both
2. All announcements have been professionally produced with intro.
music, professional voiceovers and exit music. The female announcer is the
same women who does the voice over for Wal Mart T.V. Commercials!
3. Emergency Public Address access is available to the North Wildwood
and Wildwood Police Departments and Boardwalk Inspectors via phone access
4. Although all announcements are currently running in all areas, the
system allows us to isolate areas of the Beach and Boardwalk should we
desire to run specific announcements in a particular area.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "Our beach and boardwalk are our City's pride and joy. We continually work to maintain and upgrade them, and
this new sound system will greatly improve the boardwalk in terms of
enjoyment, as well as our ability to disseminate important information."
Liam Vogelman of Drexel Hill, PA., 1st Place for Best Overall Ride IN Ages 8-11 Division
Gavin, Blake and Peyton Rosenello and Luke and Cain Rullo, all of North Wildwood
13 -12 & Up Division
7 & Under Division
Aurora Mills of Philadelphia, 1st Place in Most Creative Ride 12 & Up Division
17th Annual Boogie Board Races Presented by North Wildwood's
Recreation Department and Beach Patrol
On Saturday, July 10, the 17th Annual Boogie Board Races were held at the 15th Avenue beach. Here are the winners:
Ages 7 & Under Division
Most Creative Ride
1st Place: Seamus McCain - Warminster, Pa.
2nd Place: Seamus Hand - Philadelphia, Pa.
1st Place: Isabella Taylor, Hollywood, Fl.
2nd Place: Tyson Malaczewski - Philadelphia, Pa.
Best Overall Ride
1st Place: Shane McMonagle - Havertown, Pa.
2nd Place: Travis McCray - Cape May Court House
Ages 8-11 Division
Most Creative Ride
1st Place: Luke Law - Newtown, Pa.
2nd Place: Jeffrey Sokimura - New Egypt, New Jersey
1st Place: Luke Rullo - North Wildwood
2nd Place: Danny Maier - Warrington, Pa.
Best Overall Ride
1st Place: Liam Vogelman - Drexel Hill, Pa.
2nd Place: Matt Dell - Havertown, Pa.
Ages 12 & Up Division
Most Creative Ride:
1st Place: Aurora Mills - Philadelphia, Pa.
2nd Place: Jerry Doughty - Wildwood
1st Place: Juwan Morrow - Philadelphia, Pa.
2nd Place: Stephanie Donahu - Langhorne, Pa.
Best Overall Ride:
1st Place: Justin McLaughlin - Brick, New Jersey
2nd Place: Joe Geller - Havertown, Pa.
21 Down to Enjoy a "Day at the Beach"
NORTH WILDWOOD - On Friday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the North
Wildwood Beach Patrol will hold their second annual "Day at the Beach" with
the 21 Down organization.
21 Down is a Down Syndrome Awareness organization, a non-profit for
families, educators and healthcare professionals of Atlantic and Cape May
counties, creating a network to share information and support.
"The ultimate goal of 21 Down is for our children and families to be
accepted within the community. We strive to have our children seen as caring
and feeling individuals participating in school activities, work environments and public outings. We want our families' lives to be enriched
with happiness and pleasant memories."
The North Wildwood Beach Patrol, with the support of local community
businesses, helps to create a great summer memory for them.
NWBP "DAY at the Beach" incorporates, not only safe play time for the
children, but also interactions with our seasoned lifeguards reinforcing
A central meeting area is set up at Hereford Inlet beach; lunch and
beverages are provided; and activities are organized, including soft top
rides and ocean fun. All the kids receive gift bags to conclude the day.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "I commend our Beach Patrol for sponsoring such a great community event. It's perfect for our family
Last year approximately 18 families participated. This year we expect over
25 families and their children, totaling over 60 participants.
Please contact Lauren Auty at 215-203-4824 with any questions. Or for more
information regarding 21 Down visit www.21down.org.
North Wildwood Announces Parade Winners
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "Our City loves its parades so much, that on the Fourth of July, we had two!"
There were kids on bikes as well as patriotic pooches, all decked out in red, white, and blue.
The Independence Day Parade featured kids riding decorated bikes, strollers, and wagons. Those with the "Best Red, White, and Blue Theme" were named winners.
In the Judges Pick category:
First Place - David, Sophia, and Monica Cross of Anglesea
Second Place - Sophia Schwartz-Albright of Philadelphia
Third place - Tia Gay of Whiteford, Md.
In the Most Creative category:
First Place - Ragan Perry of Wallingford, Pa.
Second Place - Jack McMonagle of Downingtown, Pa.
Third Place - Audrey Brindle of Bryn Mawr, Pa.
In Most Patriotic category:
First Place - Rocco, Alexia, Juliella Luciano of Washington Township, NJ
Second Place - RJ Schafer of North Wildwood
Third Place - Carter Wood of North Wildwood
The Pooch Parade had its winners, too: the Most Original Patriotic Decorated Pooches. And there were many to choose from. In its first year, there were 19 dogs registered. This year, it had grown to 147 dogs.
Turns out, there were two dogs tied for First Prize, receiving the "Gorbi Cup."
Co-Champs were: Mr. Cupcake with his entourage, sporting the "Rocky" theme. Owner is Jeff Buscham; and Mardi-Chen, Skye, and Caesar, doing their best "Rock Lobster" theme. Owners are the McCloskeys.
Second place winner was Lu-Lu, dressed as Betsy Ross. Her owner is Eva Middleton.
Third place winner was Buddy Wiser and Axel, decorated in the theme of "Yachting in the Wildwoods on the Fourth of July." Owners are Janette and Joe Chelhowski.
The competition was so tough that four honorable mentions were created. And the winners in this category were:
Owner Jordan Montgomery's Taz
Owner Ruth Ann Zeigler's Miss Dixie Lu & Sir Digby
Owner Barbara Kanengiser's Teddy Bear
Owner Maria Kardas' Moe
Look for much more on the North Wildwood Recreation Center Facebook page.