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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.

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 https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/WildwoodCrest/WildwoodCrest5KBeachRun.

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

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