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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.

Crest to host National Night Out festivities

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a fun-filled evening of free activities for the entire family on Tuesday, Aug. 1, as part of National Night Out festivities. The event will be held at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wildwood Crest National Night Out activities will include live music by John King of Stellar Mojo, food, games, prizes, face painting and more.

Representatives from the Wildwood Crest Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Corps, Beach Patrol, Recreation Department and Department of Public Works will all take part in the event.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Police Department’s National Night Out festivities, contact the police department at (609) 522-2456.

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

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

For further information, 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

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.

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.

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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)


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)


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

Crest to host Health & Wellness Expo June 20

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host its first annual Health & Wellness Expo on Tuesday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center located at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue.

The event is free and open to the general public.

The Health & Wellness Expo includes a mobile mammography unit, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, family chiropractic, skin cancer prevention information, healthy eating tips, smoking cessation information, fitness demonstrations and more.

A variety of vendors will also be on hand to promote health and wellness, including Cape Regional Medical Center, Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Cape Counseling, Cape Assist, Acme Markets, Wawa Markets, Join Insurance Fund Employee Wellness and more.

No pre-registration for the event is necessary.

For more information about the Wildwood Crest Health & Wellness Expo, call the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at (609) 523-0202.

Crest dedicates recreation center room in honor of former mayor

The new game room at the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center has been officially named the “John Pantalone Game Room” by the Borough of Wildwood Crest. Pantalone (second from left) is joined by Wildwood Crest commissioners (from left) Don Cabrera, Carl Groon and Joyce Gould at a ceremony held in his honor on Saturday, June 4.

The Borough of Wildwood Crest has dedicated its new family game room at the Crest Pier Recreation Center in honor of former borough mayor and commissioner John J. Pantalone.

The space has been officially named as the “John Pantalone Game Room” by borough resolution passed unanimously at the regular bimonthly meeting of the Borough of Wildwood Crest’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, June 7. A ceremony to honor former mayor Pantalone and to unveil the game room in his name to the public was held Saturday, June 4, at the Crest Pier.

Pantalone, a lifelong resident of Wildwood Crest who served in the United States Army, served as mayor and commissioner in Wildwood Crest in 1981-85 and 1993-2005. He was the recreation director in Wildwood Crest prior to becoming commissioner and also served as vice chairman of the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority.

“I’ve always felt the Crest Pier was John’s building,” said Don Cabrera, Wildwood Crest Commissioner of Public Works and Recreation. “He was such a great leader for our town as mayor and prior to that was a well respected recreation director who helped build many of the fine programs and activities that are offered today in Wildwood Crest. We look at this room as a gesture of our appreciation for all John has done for recreation and for the borough through his years of service. We take great pride in knowing that John will appreciate that children and their families can enjoy a great, new place to have fun.”

The John Pantalone Game Room includes games and activities for all ages. Included are bubble hockey, air hockey and fooz ball games, as well as ping pong and pool tables, a dart board, checkers/chess table, television screens, various video games and comfortable sitting areas.

The John Pantalone Game Room is free and open to the public during all normal operating hours of the Crest Pier Recreation Center.

For more information, contact the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at (609) 523-0202.