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Crest 5K Beach Race is Saturday

Approximately 275 people participated in the 2016 Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Race held Saturday, July 30.

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will stage its annual 5K Beach Race on Saturday, July 29, at 8:30 a.m. The race will be held on a scenic out-and-back course near the water’s edge at low tide beginning and ending near the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road. The event also includes an untimed one-mile fun run/walk.

Cost is $30 for the 5K run and $25 for the one-mile run/walk.

Long-sleeve T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 registrants and as supplies last to all others. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as the top male and female finishers in a variety of age groups. Refreshments will be served following the race and all registered participants will be eligible to win a variety of random door prizes.

The event will also include a team competition among the beach patrols from Wildwood Crest, Wildwood and North Wildwood.

Race-day registration will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Crest Pier Recreation Center at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue. Pre-registered runners can pick up their race packet at the Crest Pier Recreation Center on Friday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration can be made in person at the Crest Pier Recreation Center or online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/WildwoodCrest/WildwoodCrest5KBeachRun.

The 5K Beach Race is a rain or shine event.

For further information, call (609) 523-0202.

Greaseband, Glimmer Twins at Centennial Park this weekend

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series at Centennial Park will include an additional show this weekend.

The Fabulous Greaseband, one of the longest-running and most popular bands in the Delaware Valley, will perform Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. The Greaseband was scheduled to play Memorial Day weekend in the Crest’s annual Summer Kickoff Concert but the show was postponed by rain.

The Glimmer Twins, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will perform Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.

All Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series shows are free and open to all ages. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair.

Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The seven-member Fabulous Greaseband bills itself as a “Best of the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Band.” This entertaining, high-energy band, which has been going strong for close to four decades, delivers some of the greatest dance and party songs ever written by some of the most popular artists of all time. The Greaseband performs regularly all along the East Coast, particularly throughout the Delaware Valley, with well over 200 appearances annually.

For more information on the Fabulous Greaseband, log on to www.greaseband.com.

The Glimmer Twins are one of the premier tribute bands on the East Coast, performing all the classic hits of the Rolling Stones. Like the Stones themselves, the Glimmer Twins have a habit of wowing audiences with electrifying live performances, allowing fans to experience the same sensation of what it was like to be at a Stones concert in their heyday.

For more information on the Glimmer Twins, log on to www.glimmertwins.net.

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series is hosted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation and Tourism Department and supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission.

Other upcoming entertainment includes a Beatles tribute by Beat Tells on Wednesday, July 26; the world’s second best U2 show with 2U on Saturday, July 29; and summer-themed party music with the Mango Men on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, call (609) 523-0202.

Crest named one of Best Beaches in the North

Wildwood Crest has been named one of the Best Beaches in the North through a readers’ poll conducted by Marinalife, a magazine and website that services the boating community in the United States, Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean and Central America.

Wildwood Crest is the only New Jersey beach listed in the poll’s top 10. Marinalife called the Crest “a town known for its family appeal and historic architecture steeped in doo wop culture. The beach is soft, white sand, with trained lifeguards and no alcohol, dogs or fires permitted. Surfers have a designated area … where they can shred without disturbing swimmers. In the summer, outdoor concerts, fitness events and massive markets enliven this close-knit town.”

Wildwood Crest is listed No. 9 in the Marinalife top northern beaches poll, one place above Rehoboth Beach, Del., and one place below Sandbridge Beach, Va. Crescent Beach on Block Island, R.I., topped the poll. Beaches from South Carolina through Maine were included in the poll’s top 10.

To view the entire Beast Beaches in the North poll, log onto marinalife.com.

For more information about Wildwood Crest beaches, call (609) 522-3825, (609) 522-5716 or (609) 523-0202.

Crest to host ‘Coffee with Commissioner Cabrera’ July 22

Borough of Wildwood Crest Commissioner of Public Works and Recreation Don Cabrera will host a “Coffee with Commissioner Cabrera” meeting Saturday, July 22, at 9 a.m. in the court room at Wildwood Crest Borough Hall located at 6101 Pacific Avenue.

The public is invited to take advantage of this friendly, informal discussion session about current borough issues. No pre-registration is necessary.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call (609) 522-5176.

Photo Spots Contest is back! Take ‘selfies’ and win a T-shirt in the Crest!!!

The Wildwood Crest Photo Spots Contest has returned.

Like to take “selfie” pictures and post them to social media? You can win a cool Wildwood Crest T-shirt after doing so.

For the second straight summer, the Borough of Wildwood Crest is holding its Photo Spots Contest, in which visitors and residents can post “selfie” pictures near a variety of Wildwood Crest locations and win a T-shirt featuring the new Wildwood Crest logo.

Participants in the contest are required to take “selfie” pictures with at least five of 10 different designated Wildwood Crest landmarks in the background and post them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Participants are required to tag Wildwood Crest on Facebook, @VisitWildwoodCrest on Twitter or @Visit_Wildwood_Crest on Instagram while using #VisitWildwoodCrest when posting.

The first 200 people to post photos from at least five of the 10 designated photo spots will receive a Wildwood Crest T-shirt. Photos can be posted separately or together as a collage. Winners will be contacted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department. Winners must pick up T-shirts in person at the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center.

The 10 Wildwood Crest landmarks include the ocean end of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road, Sunset Lake between Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue, the Centennial Park entertainment pavilion at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, Coleman-Callahan Veterans Park at Rosemary Road and Park Boulevard, the Gazebo-by-the-Sea at Sunrise Park at Rambler Road, baseball statues at Morey Field at Aster Road and Ocean Avenue, the Wildwood Crest Bike Path Arch at Cresse Avenue, any lifeguard boat or lifeguard stand on the Wildwood Crest beach, the Wildwood Crest Bike Path at Rambler Road and the new Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County Library at Wisteria Road and Atlantic Avenue. Signs are posted at each of the photo spot locations.

For more information about the contest, log on to visitwildwoodcrest.com or call 609-523-0202.

5th Annual Crest Sand Sculpting Festival Saturday

WILDWOOD CREST — Families, friends and kids of all ages who love playing in the sand should start making plans to attend the fifth annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Contest on Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the beach next to the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road.

Grab your buckets and shovels and get ready to create works of art. Making sand castles at the beach has been a fun summertime family activity since the first shell washed ashore, and now this great American pastime is being celebrated in the Wildwoods in a big way.

Fun activities will also be featured at this year’s Sand Sculpting Festival including corn hole bean bag toss and other games, as well as live music throughout the day including The Mango Men, with their energized and ‘sand castle-inspiring’ summer themed party music.

The contest is being organized in conjunction with Can You Dig It Sand Tools and directed by internationally known sand sculptor Matt Long. Long is a regular competitor at master competitions, including the World Championships of Sand Sculpting, and is an original cast member of the former Travel Channel Show Sand Masters. Long’s career in sand sculpting began right here in South Jersey at amateur events like this one.

Sand Sculptures will be judged on creativity, execution, composition and overall presentation. Prizes and awards will be presented to the top three winners in each division. There will also be a People’s Choice award for Best on the Beach, where the winner is voted by spectator ballot. To ensure a level playing field, the contest will have six separate divisions ranging from solo youth and youth groups to solo adult and adult teams.

Registration for the contest is FREE and will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 8.

During the days leading up to the event, Long will be carving one of his masterful castles at the site, providing an opportunity for those interested to stop by, ask questions and pick up some professional tricks and tips.

For additional information, call 609-523-0202.

Legacy Band performs in Crest July 1

Fans of the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series will get to see an exciting new act this weekend.

Legacy Band, one of the hottest new party bands in the Delaware Valley, will appear at Centennial Park for the first time on Saturday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m.

While the band itself is new, its lineup features two decades of experience in the music industry. A nine-piece band with a full rhythm and horn section and dynamic male and female lead singers, Legacy Band packs a high-energy, feel-great performance into every one of its shows. Together for less than a year, Legacy Band has already performed at many of the top nightclubs, bars, casinos and other hot spots across South Jersey and the Philadelphia area.

Saturday’s event is a free all-ages show. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair.

Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series is hosted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation and Tourism Department and supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission.

Other upcoming entertainment includes classic rock with Sass Faction on Wednesday, July 5; oldies, Motown and dance hits with the Showtime Dance Band on Saturday, July 8; and classic rock with the Billy D Light Trio on Wednesday, July 12.

For more information about the Legacy Band, log on to www.legacyband.net. For more information about the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, log on to www.visitwildwoodcrest.com or call (609) 523-0202.

 

Crest issues statement on June 25 fire in borough

At approximately 3:18 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, the Wildwood Crest Police Department received multiple calls of structures fires in the 7100 block of Park Boulevard.

Responding units came upon two residences fully engulfed in flames and smoke upon arrival. The cause of this fire is still under investigation by the Cape May County Fire Marshall.

The borough is relieved to announce there were no injuries to residents or first responders to report.

Wildwood Crest Fire Chief Ron Harwood, Wildwood Crest Police Chief Joseph McGrath and the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest wish to express their sincere gratitude to the community and its visitors for their outpouring of concern for the residents who suffered extensive damage to and/or lost their homes and to the fire and rescue personnel who worked tirelessly to fight this aggressive fire.

They would also like to thank the following agencies for their assistance: North Wildwood Fire and Rescue, Wildwood City Fire and Rescue, Erma Fire Company, Rio Grande Fire Company, Townbank Fire Company, Rio Grande Rescue (Middle Township,) AtlantiCare Mobile Response Unit and the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works.

In addition, all involved in responding to and fighting this fire, have expressed a huge debt of gratitude toward the tireless efforts of the Wildwood Crest Ladies Auxiliary for their care and comfort during this difficult time.

Wildwood Crest Beach Pier Fitness Classes begin June 24

The Borough of Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will host its comprehensive daily Beach Pier Fitness Class program from Saturday, June 24, through Saturday, Aug. 27, on the Beach Pier at Heather Road at 8:30 a.m.

Led by energetic, certified instructors, Beach Pier Fitness Classes include aerobics, Pilates and yoga. Classes are held at the eastern end of the pier overlooking the ocean. No pre-registration is necessary. Attendees are asked to arrive at least five minutes prior to the start of class. All attendees must wear sneakers.

The 2017 Beach Pier Fitness Class schedule is as follows: Sunday – Yoga; Monday – Pilates; Tuesday – Aerobics; Wednesday – Aerobics; Thursday – Aerobics; Friday – Pilates; Saturday – Aerobics.

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department also offers outdoor Zumba classes every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Monday and Wednesday classes will be held through Labor Day. Saturday classes will be held through Sept. 30.

Cost for each summer outdoor fitness class is $5 per person. A punch card good for any 20 classes can be purchased for $80.

Additional FREE sunset yoga classes will also be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings along Sunset Lake at Miami Road at 7:30 p.m. from July 6 through Aug. 17.

For more information on the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department outdoor fitness classes, call (609) 523-0202.

Chatterband kicks off 2017 Crest Summer Music Series

The Chatterband, one of the most popular and longest-running dance/party bands in the Delaware Valley, is set to kick off the 2017 Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series on Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park.

A perennial favorite in the Crest, the Chatterband is a nine-piece powerhouse band that features an outstanding horn section and dynamite singers with exceptional range. The band performs many of the popular dance and party hits from the 1960s through today.

The Chatterband show opens the largest schedule in the nine-year history of the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series. Shows will be held each Saturday through Sept. 16 and each Wednesday from June 28 through Aug. 30. In addition, a special Friday evening show with the Fabulous Greaseband will be held July 21 after the band’s scheduled performance at the Wildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert on Memorial Day weekend was postponed due to rain.

All told, the 2017 Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series includes 24 shows, making it one of the largest free concert series in the region. The series includes many of the most popular cover bands and tribute acts on the East Coast.

All Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series shows are free and open to all ages. Attendees should bring a blanket or a chair.

Centennial Park is located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.

The Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series is hosted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation and Tourism Department and supported by the Wildwood Crest Tourism Development Commission.

Other upcoming entertainment includes rhythm & blues with the Christopher Dean Band on Wednesday, June 28; dance/party hits with the Legacy Band on Saturday, July 1; and classic rock with Sass Faction on Wednesday, July 5.

For more information about the Chatterband, log on to www.thechatterband.com. For more information about the Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, log on to www.visitwildwoodcrest.com or call (609) 523-0202.

2017 WILDWOOD CREST SUMMER MUSIC SERIES SCHEDULE

SATURDAY EVENINGS

June 24: The Chatterband (dance/party hits)

July 1: Legacy Band (dance/party hits)

July 8: Showtime Dance Band (oldies, Motown, dance)

July 15: Funk Evolution (oldies, funk, disco)

July 22: Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones tribute)

July 29: 2U (U2 tribute)

August 5: Desert Highway (Eagles tribute)

August 12: Jamison Celtic Rock (pop/dance/rock hits with Irish twist)

August 19: Don’t Call Me Francis (dance/party hits)

August 26: B Street Band (Bruce Springsteen tribute)

September 2: Shot of Southern (modern country hits)

September 9: Soul’d Again (soul, funk, oldies)

September 16: Roundhouse Band (dance/party hits)

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

June 28: Christopher Dean Band (rhythm & blues)

July 5: Sass Faction (classic rock)

July 12: Billy D Light Trio (classic rock)

July 19: Big Bleu (pop/rock/dance)

July 26: Beat Tells (Beatles tribute)

August 2: Mango Men (summer-themed party music)

August 9: Fuse Box (classic rock)

August 16: Street Life Serenade (Billy Joel tribute)

August 23: Star Band (oldies, Motown, doo wop)

August 30: Stellar Mojo (dance, pop, funk)

FRIDAY EVENING

July 21: Fabulous Greaseband (oldies/pop/party hits)