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Crest to host public paper shredding event

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will hold a public shredding event to coincide with the borough-wide yard sale on Saturday, May 6. All Crest residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted documents for shredding to the Department of Public Works yard from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The shredding event will be held rain or shine.

Residents should use the entrance to the public works yard along Bayview Drive between Newark and Jefferson avenues. Residents should park near the entrance and bring their documents to the shredding truck. The borough asks, as a courtesy to all, that residents limit the number of boxes of paper for shredding to five per household. Proof of residency is required.

The borough has contracted with Guardian Document Destruction Company to provide onsite secure shredding for the safe disposal of unwanted documents.

Only paper products will be accepted for shredding. It is permissible to have documents secured with staples and paper clips, but not recommended. Among the items not being accepted for shredding are binders, binder clips, plastic covers and laminated paper. All of the shredded materials will be recycled.

This event is being done on a first-come, first-served basis and until the truck is full.

As usual, the public works facility will be open for weekend trash drop off from 3 to 5 p.m. as well.

For more information regarding this new annual event, call the Wildwood Crest Municipal Clerk’s office at (609) 729-8040 or the Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446.

15th annual Borough-Wide Yard Sale is May 6

Bargain hunters are encouraged to spend the day in Wildwood Crest for the 15th annual Borough-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature nearly 200 yard sale locations throughout the borough.

Those wishing to become an official yard sale location must submit a registration form by Friday, April 28, to Wildwood Crest Borough Hall. The fee to participate is $15.

Registration forms are available at the Wildwood Crest Public Works Department, Wildwood Crest Borough Hall and the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center. Registration forms can also be downloaded online at www.wildwoodcrest.org.

Maps featuring yard sale locations will be available beginning Friday, May 5, at the following locations: Wildwood Crest Borough Hall, 6101 Pacific Avenue; Crest Pier Recreation Center, 5800 Ocean Avenue; Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool, 8800 New Jersey Avenue; and The Hardware Store, 105 W. Aster Road.

The yard sale location map will also be available online at www.wildwoodcrest.org beginning Friday, May 5.

Rain date for the event is Sunday, May 7.

Residents and visitors are reminded to obey all traffic laws as they travel through town on the day of the event. Following the yard sale, registered participants are strongly encouraged to leave bulk items, electronics, metal and rigid plastics curbside for pickup by the Wildwood Crest Public Works Department.

The Borough-Wide Yard Sale is sponsored by the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works. Call (609) 522-7446 for more information.

Crest police warns public over telephone scams

The Wildwood Crest Police Department reminds all residents to be suspicious of any telephone calls claiming that the recipient has won money or other prizes. Residents should also not give out any personal or financial information to anyone over the telephone.

The Wildwood Crest Police Department urges residents to report any suspicious telephone call by contacting the police department at 609-522-2456.

Crest announces Pacific Avenue street construction work

Construction work to replace sewer lines and to complete the paving of Pacific Avenue from Cresse Avenue to Rambler Road is scheduled to commence Friday, April 7, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has announced. The work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

This vital infrastructure work will affect southbound traffic on Pacific Avenue in the construction zone, with all southbound traffic shut down from Monday morning through early Friday evening from Cresse Avenue to Rambler Road. On weekends (Friday evening through early Monday morning), one lane of traffic will be open to accommodate southbound travel along that area of Pacific Avenue.

All intersections of Pacific Avenue from Cresse Avenue through Rambler Road are expected to remain open during the construction project.

Motorists are urged to use the other north-south roadways in the borough during this street construction project if at all possible. Motorists driving near or along the construction zone on Pacific Avenue should take extreme caution.

Construction work is not currently scheduled for weekend days. However, work may occur on some Saturdays should any unforeseen weather conditions cause delays in the project.

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

Crest honors Olympian Joe Maloy

U.S. Olympic triathlete Joe Maloy (second from right) was honored by the Borough of Wildwood Crest at its March 29 Board of Commissioners meeting. The borough presented Maloy with a complimentary lifetime membership to the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool. Pictured with Maloy are (from left): Mayor Carl Groon; Commissioner Joyce Gould; Maloy’s mother, Mary; and Commissioner Don Cabrera.

The Borough of Wildwood Crest’s Board of Commissioners honored Olympic triathlete and Wildwood Crest native Joe Maloy III at its regular bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, March 29, in the courtroom of borough hall.

Maloy, 31, represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He was the top American finisher and 23rd overall in the men’s triathlon race.

The Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners presented Maloy with a complimentary lifetime membership to the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool.

“We wanted to do this as a small token of our appreciation for all that Joe has accomplished,” said Wildwood Crest Commissioner Don Cabrera. “Joe comes from a great family and is first and foremost a really good person, and he has been a great representative for not only Wildwood Crest and Cape May County but also for the state of New Jersey and the entire country. We’re extremely proud to call him one of our own.”

Maloy, who recently announced his retirement from competitive triathlon racing, spoke briefly to the large audience gathered at the meeting.

“It definitely means lot seeing all of you here,” said Maloy, who attended Crest Memorial Elementary School and Wildwood Catholic High School. “All I did was see an opportunity and I thought it might be cool, and that it would be a cool way to share a story and tell people something. All of you made a choice to listen and maybe be affected by that in some small way. If I could still communicate that message, I would just like for people to see opportunities as citizens of an awesome town. We all have different opportunities and they’re all very cool and all very unique. I think if you see that opportunity maybe you have the courage to go for it.

“I was fortunate that I grew up with great parents and they both served our town. They raised me with the idea to do what’s important to you but to remember that other people help you and support you because the best things don’t happen by yourself but with the help of a lot of people. I really want to thank everyone for being part of my story and thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you.”

Crest seeks volunteers for Beach Sweep/Earth Day event April 22

The Borough of Wildwood Crest is seeking 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 this year’s first Beach Sweep on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers should gather at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Volunteers should wear weather-appropriate clothing. The event will be held rain or shine. 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 for litter abatement on New Jersey’s beaches and in its waterways.

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 105,500 volunteers have participated and removed over 5.4 million pieces of debris from New Jersey’s beaches and waterways since the program began in 1985. They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals. Beach Sweeps is one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the world.  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.

Volunteers can register by contacting Kay Sagal at the Department of Public Works by phone at (609) 522-7446 or by email at ksagal@wildwoodcrest.org. Participants may also register on the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park, located on Fern Road and Ocean Avenue.  Residents are also encouraged to inquire about the Crest’s successful Adopt-A-Beach program.

Von Savage Pool to close for maintenance April 5-7

The Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool in Wildwood Crest will be closed from Wednesday, April 5, through Friday, April 7, for maintenance. Work includes the installation of a new ultraviolet filtration system, a transition from a bromine to chlorine treatment system and the repair of the pool’s heating system.

The pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, April 8, with its normal schedule.

For more information, call (609) 522-0084.

Crest to honor native Olympian at upcoming commissioners’ meeting

The Borough of Wildwood Crest’s Board of Commissioners is set to honor Wildwood Crest native and United States Olympian Joe Maloy at its regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at Wildwood Crest Borough Hall.

Maloy, 31, who recently announced his retirement from competitive triathlon racing, competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He finished as the top American and 23rd overall in the men’s triathlon race.

As part of the ceremony, the Board of Commissioners will present Maloy with a lifetime membership to the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool.

The public is welcome to attend the event. Call (609) 522-5176 for more information.

Atlantic City Electric Providing 1,150 Free Trees to Customers

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Atlantic City Electric (ACE) is providing 1,150 free trees to its residential customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps customer’s conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting.  Can you assist us in spreading the word that your residents can reserve one free tree per household by visiting www.arborday.org/ace or by calling 1-855-670-2773?  Customers should have their ACE account number handy when ordering the free tree.

The one-gallon, four-foot potted tree will be delivered directly to customers while supplies last. Available tree species include American beech, baldcypress, river birch and white dogwood. 

“We are pleased to once again support the Energy-Saving Trees program which benefits the environment and helps beautify the communities we serve,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president.  “This program can also help our customers save money on their air-conditioning expenses since trees provide shade for the home in the summer months.”

Shade trees can reduce residential cooling costs by as much as 20 percent, while in the winter months trees reduce wind speeds and infiltration of cold air into homes, thereby reducing heating costs.  The Arbor Day Foundation calculates that the 1,150 trees are estimated to produce nearly $250,000 in energy savings within 20 years.

The Energy-Saving Trees online tool assists Atlantic City Electric customers in finding the most strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings.  Customers using the on-line tool can call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help at 1-855-670-2773.

The online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree Software to calculate estimated benefits.

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers to call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging.  One free call to 811 connects you to New Jersey One Call, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig.  Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811.

For more information about Atlantic City Electric, visit www.atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acelecconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

Public mailbox site change in Wildwood Crest

The location of one of the Borough of Wildwood Crest’s three public mailboxes is set to change this week.

The mailbox currently located on the southeast corner of Cardinal Road and Pacific Avenue next to Wildwood Crest Police Department headquarters will be moved to the northeast corner of Atlanta and Pacific avenues effective Friday, March 10. The move is being made due to vehicular traffic and other safety concerns in the Cardinal Road and Pacific Avenue area, according to the Wildwood Crest Police Department.

Wildwood Crest’s three other public mailboxes are located at the following locations: the northwest corner of Washington and Pacific avenues, the northeast corner of Cardinal Road and New Jersey Avenue and the northeast corner of Crocus Road and New Jersey Avenue.

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