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Crest Recreation announces 2017 Trunk or Treat winners

Todd Ripley and Brein Byron of Wildwood Crest were awarded first place in the 2017 Wildwood Crest Recreation Trunk or Treat vehicle decorating contest. The annual Trunk or Treat event was held Monday, Oct. 31, in the parking lot of the Crest Pier Recreation Center.

 

The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department hosted nearly 300 people its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween season family event on Monday, Oct. 30. The event was held in the parking lot of the Crest Pier Recreation Center.

Adults decorated the backs of their vehicles for Halloween and distributed candy to children dressed in Halloween costumes. The event included 18 decorated vehicles.

The Wildwood Crest Police Department and the Wildwood Crest Ambulance Corps also participated in the event.

Winners of the vehicle-decorating contest were awarded prizes. They included:

First place – Brein Byron, Wildwood Crest.

Second place – Robin Wertz, North Wildwood.

Third place – John Davis, Wildwood.

Fourth place – Ave Maria Kras, Wildwood.

Fifth place – Barbara Farrell, Wildwood Crest.

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

Robin Wertz of North Wildwood was the second-place winner in the 2017 Wildwood Crest Recreation Trunk or Treat vehicle-decorating contest.

Kristen and John Davis of Wildwood, pictured with their daughter, Josie, were awarded third place in the 2017 Wildwood Crest Recreation Trunk or Treat vehicle- decorating contest.

Cheyenne and Ave Maria Karas took the fourth-place prize in the in the 2017 Wildwood Crest Recreation Trunk or Treat vehicle-decorating contest.

Brenna, Molly and Barbara Farrell of Wildwood Crest won the fifth-place prize in the 2017 Wildwood Crest Recreation Trunk or Treat vehicle-decorating contest.

 

Volunteers needed for Crest Beach Sweep event Oct. 21

The Borough of Wildwood Crest is in need of volunteers to help keep the community’s beaches clean, safe and among the best in the state.

The Borough’s Department of Public Works, in conjunction with Clean Ocean Action, will host a Beach Sweep on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers should register at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing. Equipment will be provided by the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works.

Volunteers of all ages are needed for the event. Participants collect, remove and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state and local programs to reduce litter on New Jersey beaches and waterways.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance by sending an email to ksagal@wildwoodcrest.org. This Beach Sweep will be extremely helpful to the Borough’s already intensive efforts to keep its vast expanse of beaches clean.

According to the Clean Ocean Action website, more than 90,000 volunteers have participated and removed over 4.5 million pieces of debris from New Jersey’s beaches and waterways since the program began in 1985. Beach Sweeps is one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the world.

According to its website, Clean Ocean Action is a leading national and regional voice working to protect waterways along the New Jersey and New York coastlines using science, law, research, education and citizen action.

For further information about the Beach Sweeps, contact the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446.

Crest police supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest Police Department is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month through October.

Members of the Wildwood Crest Police Department are wearing pink T-shirts and name tags during October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured are (from left) Detective Sergeant Jon Weigand, Corporal Chris Webb, confidential secretary Danielle Regalbuto, Chief Joseph McGrath, Captain Robert Lloyd, police officer Andrew Eckert.

Members of the department are wearing pink T-shirts under their uniforms and pink lettering with a ribbon stitched into their name tags in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

United Uniforms supplied the name tags and the North Wildwood Shirt Shop supplied the T-shirts. The Lunch With Lynch Foundation, headed by John Lynch, has been instrumental in supporting this cause.

As part of this effort, the Wildwood Crest Police Department is accepting donations to the Love of Linda Cancer Foundation. Checks and money orders made out to the Love of Linda Cancer Fund can be dropped off at Wildwood Crest Police Department headquarters at Cardinal Road and Pacific Avenue.

For more information, contact the Wildwood Crest Police Department at (609) 522-2456.

Wildwood Crest welcomes New Jersey Run for the Fallen

The annual New Jersey Run for the Fallen passed through the Borough of Wildwood Crest on Thursday morning, Sept. 21.

According to the event’s website, the New Jersey Run for the Fallen includes a core run team of active military personnel who run more than 190 miles over four days from Cape May to Holmdel to pay tribute to their fallen comrades and Gold Star Families. The run makes numerous brief stops along the way to honor individual members of the military who died while on active service.

The runners were guided and protected by volunteers who rode in vehicles ahead of and behind the runners.

This year’s New Jersey Run for the Fallen made four stops in Wildwood Crest – Crest Memorial School for Salvatore Corma, a home on Hollywood Avenue for Gennaro Pellegrino, Sunset Lake for Omar Vazquez and Centennial Park for Charles D. Robinson.

Students from Crest Memorial Elementary School greeted the runners as they arrived for their brief stop on the school’s grounds.

The Wildwood Crest Police Department provided an escort for the runners through the borough.

The runners continued through Wildwood and North Wildwood before departing the island Thursday afternoon.

For more information on the New Jersey Run for the Fallen, log onto www.njrun.org.

Fireworks, live music, family entertainment highlight Seafarers Celebration Sept. 23


Spectacular beachfront fireworks, a wide variety of terrific live music, enjoyable family entertainment and much more will highlight the FREE Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Seafarers Celebration begins at 9 a.m. with a massive street festival along the beautiful banks of Sunset Lake, located along New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue. The event will feature scores of craft vendors, live music, delicious varieties of food and other FREE fun entertainment for the entire family.

Live music includes performances by Stellar Mojo (pop, rock, funk hits), the Legacy Band (dance and party favorites) and the Star Band (oldies, pop, dance hits). (See below for the specific live music schedule.)

A performance by the Vahalla Pirates, magic shows, a live turtle exhibition, interactive games for children, roving street performers, children’s pie-eating contests, bounce houses, face painting and more also highlight the event’s daytime festivities, which conclude at 5 p.m.

The action then moves to Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Big Bleu, an oldies, Motown, rock and pop band, will perform on the Centennial Park stage at 7:30 p.m. The annual Seafarers Celebration beachfront fireworks show will go off from the beach at Fern Road at 9 p.m. to conclude the event’s activities.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration, call (609) 523-0202.

 

2017 SEAFARERS CELEBRATION LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, SEPT. 23

Sunset Lake – (stage located at Miami and New Jersey avenues)

10:30 a.m. – Star Band (oldies/pop/dance hits)

12:30 p.m. – Stellar Mojo (rock/dance/party hits)

2:30 p.m. – Legacy Band (dance/party favorites)

Centennial Park – Fern Road and Ocean Avenue

7:30 p.m. – Big Bleu (Motown/oldies/pop/rock)

 

Crest seeks volunteers for International Coastal Cleanup event Sept. 16

The Borough of Wildwood Crest is in need of volunteers of all ages to help keep the community’s beaches clean, safe and among the best in the state.

The Borough’s Department of Public Works, in conjunction with New Jersey Clean Communities and Ocean Conservancy, will host an International Coastal Cleanup event on the Crest’s beaches and dunes on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Volunteers should register at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, or in advance by emailing Kay Sagal of the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at ksagal@wildwoodcrest.org.

The event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothing. Equipment will be provided by the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works.

This cleanup will be extremely helpful to the Borough’s already intensive efforts to keep its vast expanse of beaches clean. Participants are also encouraged to inquire about the borough’s Adopt-A-Beach program.

According to www.njclean.org, the International Coastal Cleanup collected more than 18 million pounds of trash worldwide last year, the most ever collected in the event’s history, with the help of more than 500,000 volunteers covering over 15,000 miles of waterfront.

For further information about the International Coastal Cleanup, go to www.njclean.org or www.oceanconservancy.org or call the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446.

Wildwood Crest to host 9/11 Memorial Service Monday

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a 9/11 Memorial Service on Monday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Miami and New Jersey avenues, adjacent to Sunset Lake.

Various community and religious leaders are expected to attend the Patriot’s Day ceremony, which will honor all of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Call (609) 522-5176 for further information.

Portable toilets to remain on Crest beach through September

The Borough of Wildwood Crest has announced that portable toilets will remain on Wildwood Crest beaches for public usage through Sunday, Oct. 1.

Portable toilets are located midway between the dunes and the high tide line every four to five blocks along the beach in Wildwood Crest.

“We get some of the best weather of the year during the month of September and many people take advantage of that by using the beaches during that time,” said Don Cabrera, Wildwood Crest Commissioner of Public Works and Recreation. “With that in mind, we thought it would be prudent to keep the portable toilets in place through the entire month.”

The public is reminded that while the beach is open, lifeguards in Wildwood Crest are finished for the season on Sunday, Sept. 9. Wildwood Crest urges beachgoers to swim only when beaches are protected.

For further information, call the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446 or the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol at (609) 522-3825.

Crest Beach Patrol announces late-season lifeguard coverage

The Wildwood Crest Patrol has announced its late-season beach coverage for 2017.

All beaches will be open and protected by beach patrol staff through Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day) and on the weekend following Labor Day (Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10).

Due to limited available staff, five beaches will be protected from Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Friday, Sept. 8. Those beaches include Buttercup-Lavender, Rosemary-Forget-Me-Not, Stockton-Stanton, Toledo-Denver and Trenton-Newark.

Full lifeguard coverage for the 2017 season will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 10. A response team will be available for emergency calls on the weekends of Sept. 16-17 and Sept. 23-24.

As always, the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol strongly urges its beach patrons to swim at lifeguard-protected beaches only.

For more information, contact Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol headquarters at (609) 522-3825.

2U, Don’t Call Me Francis to perform at Centennial Park this weekend

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

2U, billed as the World’s Second-Best U2 Show, will perform Friday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The band was originally scheduled to play in the Crest on July 29 but the show was postponed by rain.

Don’t Call Me Francis, one of the top dance/party bands in the Delaware Valley, will perform Saturday, Aug. 19, 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.

2U has appeared at theaters, state and county fairs, summer music series and festivals all over the world for the past 20 years. The band regularly performs many of the top hits of U2, one of the most popular and recognizable rocks bands of all-time. Their appearance in the Crest is especially poignant this summer, with U2 having embarked on a world tour this year.

For more information on 2U, log on to www.notu2.com.

Don’t Call Me Francis is one of the most popular and most requested party bands in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. For 15 consecutive years, the group was voted the Best Band in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley by the Courier-Post newspaper’s Readers Choice Awards. Don’t Call Me Francis regularly performs many of the top dance and party hits from the 1960s through today.

For more information on Don’t Call Me Francis, log on to www.francisband.com.

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 and includes shows each Wednesday through Aug. 30 and each Saturday through Sept. 16.

Other upcoming entertainment includes oldies, Motown and Doo Wop with the Star Band on Wednesday, Aug. 23; the hits of Bruce Springsteen with the B Street Band on Saturday, Aug. 26; and dance, party and funk with Stellar Mojo on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

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