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Crest seeks volunteers for new Health and Wellness Committee

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest is seeking residents to volunteer for the newly established Wildwood Crest Health and Wellness Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to provide a community initiative to promote healthy and active living through exercise, proper nutrition and more. The committee will be tasked with helping establish programs and activities designed to promote health and wellness in the borough.

Residents interested in joining the committee should contact Nicholas Holland of the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at (609) 523-0202 or via email at

Crest Best 10-Miler set for Columbus Day weekend

The Borough of Wildwood Crest and local boutique race company DelMoSports are set to host the inaugural Crest Best 10-Miler running race event on Columbus Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, 2018.

The Crest Best 10-Miler’s signature event will be a 10-mile race scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, that will incorporate breathtaking views of the award-winning beaches and many other popular locations throughout Wildwood Crest, which was named the No. 1 Summer Hot Spot in the country in 2017 by TripAdvisor.

The Crest Best 10-Miler will also feature an accompanying five-mile race on Sunday, as well as separate 5K and kids’ races on Saturday.

All of the races will begin and end at Centennial Park, a beachfront park that has quickly become one of the most iconic locations in Wildwood Crest since being constructed approximately a decade ago.

The Crest Best 10-Miler will feature “a-la-carte” pricing, making any or all of the races affordable for all runners. Each race will cost the same, with a base price of $19.10 to commemorate the year Wildwood Crest was incorporated as a borough (1910). Athletes can chose to add a finisher medal, shirt and buffet breakfast as part of their experience, with the maximum price for any race capped at $39.99.

“We are extremely excited to bring this kind of an event to Wildwood Crest,” said Wildwood Crest mayor Don Cabrera. “DelMoSports is one of the top racing companies in the country. We are fully confident that their involvement in this event will help attract major interest from the regional running community, which will help create a terrific schedule of activities and bring many visitors to Wildwood Crest for the holiday weekend.”

In addition to support from the Borough of Wildwood Crest, the Crest Best 10-Miler is also partnered with the Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and Development Authority.

DelMoSports is an award-wining race company based in the Wildwoods. The company was founded in 2004 by current CEO Steve Del Monte, who resides in Wildwood Crest with his family.

“It has always been a dream of mine to host an event specific to my hometown, so it goes without saying that we jumped at this opportunity to produce a running race in Wildwood Crest,” Del Monte said.

DelMoSports, LLC, specializes in elite destination events along the southern New Jersey shore and Delaware. Its unique and award-winning events include IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Triathlon, Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, Escape the Cape Triathlon, Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon, MudHen Half Marathon, Hops Trot 5K and Open Water Swim Classic. The Escape the Cape Triathlon was voted the Best Triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions by Known for high quality, athlete-centered productions with an emphasis on community involvement, DelMo Sports events provide challenging courses, spectacular scenery and amazing vacation opportunities for athletes and their families.

For more information about the Crest Best 10-Miler, log on to or call the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at (609) 523-0202.

Crest to host community outreach program on potential flood insurance mitigation

The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a community outreach program on flood mitigation on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center located at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue (5800 Ocean Avenue).

The program will provide information on flood insurance coverage options and FEMA regulations and requirements.

Professionals from Flood Risk Evaluator (FRE) will make opening remarks and provide information on new laws and regulations that may affect flood insurance policies, as well as discuss mitigation steps and potential policy holder savings. Following opening remarks, residents can meet with FRE professionals one-on-one to review their current elevation certificate and flood insurance policies and determine proper mitigation steps needed to lower premiums.

The program is free to all attendees but registration is required. To register, log on to or call (866) 599-7065.

Crest seeking volunteers for Adopt-A-Beach program

WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest Adopt-A-Beach program is seeking additional volunteers to help beautify the borough’s beaches.

The Wildwood Crest Adopt-A-Beach program was established in 2016 and consists of groups adopting one of the borough’s 42 beach street-ends for litter abatement. The goal is to work with the community to protect the environment by keeping trash off the beaches and out of the ocean.

The Adopt-A-Beach program has helped keep the Wildwood Crest beaches ranked among the cleanest and best both across the state and nationwide.

Volunteers in the program have their group names displayed on the Adopt-A-Beach sign at a designated street end.

For more information and to receive an application, please call the Adopt-A-Beach coordinator at the Department of Public Works (609) 522-7446 or email

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Wildwood Crest receives strong financial rating by Moody’s

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest has recently been issued an excellent Aa3 rating by Moody’s Investor Service in its most recent report of the borough’s finances.

In the report issued Dec. 22, Moody’s rated Wildwood Crest’s financial position as robust, its credit overview as good, its economy and tax base as very healthy, and its debt and pensions liabilities as manageable.

“Wildwood Crest’s solid financial position is the result of day-to-day planning, controls, budgeting and sometimes unpopular decisions made for the long-term fiscal health of the borough,” said Alicia Belansen, the borough’s chief financial officer. “This ultimately benefits the taxpayers. Our elected officials and staff have always attempted to maintain a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility.”

The Moody’s report also cited Wildwood Crest as having “a very strong financial position, a healthy socioeconomic profile and a solid tax base.” It also stated that Wildwood Crest’s adjusted net pension liability compared to operating revenues is favorably under the U.S. median.

“This excellent report from Moody’s is a direct reflection of the strong work done on a daily basis by the dedicated staff of the borough, in particular the finance department led by our CFO Alicia Belansen,” said Wildwood Crest mayor Don Cabrera. “In today’s economic climate, it is often a difficult task to remain vigilant with regard to sound financial practices and Alicia, the entire finance department and all borough staff continue to do an excellent job in this regard.”

Moody’s Investors Service is the bond credit rating of Moody’s Corporation. It provides worldwide financial research on bonds issued by commercial and government entities. Moody’s is considered one of the “Big Three” credit rating agencies along with Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Group.

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

Wildwood Crest Borough Commission reorganizes

Wildwood Crest commissioners (from left) Joyce P. Gould, Don Cabrera and David C. Thompson were sworn into office during the borough’s reorganization meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Cabrera was also named mayor and Gould was appointed deputy mayor.

The Borough of Wildwood Crest held its reorganization meeting for the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center.

Don Cabrera and Joyce P. Gould returned to office and were joined by newcomer David C. Thompson.

Cabrera, who is beginning his fifth term as a member of the Board of the Commissioners, was named Commissioner of Public Works, Parks and Recreation. Cabrera was also appointed as mayor.

Gould, who is starting her seventh term as a member of the Board of the Commissioners, was named Commissioner of Revenue and Finance. Gould was also appointed as deputy mayor.

Thompson, who is beginning his first term as a member of the Board of the Commissioners, was named Commissioner of Public Safety.

The commissioners are set to serve four-year terms that are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2021.

In addition, Ronald Gelzunas was appointed as the new borough solicitor. Various other appointments to volunteer posts on various boards in the borough were also approved at the meeting.

For more information, contact the borough clerk’s office at (609) 522-5176.

Crest to resume regular trash collection Monday

The Borough of Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works will resume regular trash collection on Monday, Jan. 8. All zones that were scheduled for collection on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 4-5, as well as the regular Monday zone, will be collected Monday. Trash collection was suspended Thursday and Friday due to the recent snowstorm.

For more information, contact the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446.


Wildwood Crest borough commission reorganization meeting Jan. 3

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest will hold its meeting for the reorganization of the borough commission on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center, located at 5800 Ocean Avenue (Heather Road and Ocean Avenue).

Don Cabrera, Joyce Gould and David Thompson will officially take their oaths of office to serve as borough commissioners through Dec. 31, 2021.

Cabrera and Gould are current commissioners who were reelected in November. Thompson will be sworn in for the first time.

Light refreshments will be served following the meeting.

For more information, call (609) 522-5716.

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 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.