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Crest to hold free bulk trash collection March 8

The Borough of Wildwood Crest’s Department of Public Works will hold the first of its four annual free bulk trash collection days on Wednesday, March 8. Bulk trash collection is limited to six items. No building materials are permitted.

Residents wishing to be included in the bulk collection schedule must register in advance by contacting the Public Works Department at (609) 522-7446.

Crest Recreation announces Trunk or Treat winners

crest-trunk-or-treat-2016-first-placeWILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department hosted a large crowd at its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween season family event Sunday, 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. Approximately 850 people attended the event, which included 21 decorated vehicles.

The Wildwood Crest Police Department and Department of Public Safety also participated in the event.

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

First place – Wally and Susan Jurusz, Wildwood Crest.

Second place – Robin Wertz, North Wildwood.

Third place – Breinn Byron, Wildwood Crest.

Fourth place – Dennis Schlereth, Cape May Court House.

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

Crest names new police chief and captain

Wildwood Crest Police Chief Joseph McGrath (left) and Captain Robert Lloyd.

Wildwood Crest Police Chief Joseph McGrath (left) and Captain Robert Lloyd.

Two members of the Borough of Wildwood Crest Police Department were officially promoted during a ceremony held at borough hall on Friday, Sept. 30.

Joseph McGrath, a 22-year veteran of the Wildwood Crest Police Department, was promoted from captain to chief. McGrath began his career in law enforcement as a Class II officer in Wildwood Crest in 1993, later worked for one year as a police officer in West Wildwood and was eventually hired as a fulltime police officer by Wildwood Crest in 1995.

“I appreciate the outpouring of support from all the members of the police department, the borough commissioners and the Wildwood Crest community,” McGrath said. “I will do my very best to help our department and our community move forward in a positive direction. I am very proud that Wildwood Crest is a great place to live and visit and I look forward to continuing to serve the community in the best way possible. I’d also like to thank the hard-working men and women of the Wildwood Crest Police Department for everything they do each and every day, as well Mayor (Carl) Groon and our borough commissioners for placing their faith in me.”

Robert Lloyd, a 13-year veteran of the force, was promoted from lieutenant to captain. Lloyd worked for one summer as a Class II officer in Avalon in 2002 before first being hired in Wildwood Crest as a Class II officer in 2003. He joined the Wildwood Crest Police Department fulltime the following year.

“I am very honored for the opportunity to serve as captain of the Wildwood Crest Police Department,” Lloyd said. “I look forward to helping lead a very professional, hard-working, dedicated and loyal group of men and women. I will always be proud to be a member of this police department and I consider it an honor to be able to work under Chief McGrath.”

McGrath and Lloyd were sworn in to their new positions by Borough of Wildwood Crest municipal clerk Patricia Feketics. Also present at the ceremony were Groon, the Commissioner of Public Safety; Wildwood Crest Public Safety Director Eugene Taylor; Wildwood Crest Commissioners Don Cabrera and Joyce Gould; and many family members, friends and fellow officers of the two promoted police officers.

Street paving scheduled for Pacific Avenue

WWC_withtaglineThe Borough of Wildwood Crest has announced that surface paving of the previously reconstructed and base paved portions of Pacific Avenue between Rambler Road and Cresse Avenue in Wildwood Crest is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10 through Wednesday, Oct. 12, weather permitting.

Most of the paving work will be completed on the east half of the roadway but the full width of Pacific Avenue will be paved between Morning Glory Road and Cresse Avenue and in a portion of the Rambler Road and Pacific Avenue intersection.

Motorists should expect periodic detours and street closings during the paving work.

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

Live music, fireworks, family entertainment at Crest Seafarers Celebration

seafarers-1Spectacular beachfront fireworks, a wide variety of terrific live music, enjoyable family entertainment, an appearance by a member of the United States Olympic Team and much more will highlight the FREE Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 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 fun entertainment for the entire family.

seafarers-fireworksLive music includes performances by Stellar Mojo (rock, dance, party hits), Big Bleu (Motown, oldies, pop) 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, roving street performers, children’s pie-eating contests, bounce houses, face painting and more also highlight Saturday’s Seafarers daytime activities lineup.

In addition, Wildwood Crest native Joe Maloy, who was the top American finisher in the men’s triathlon race at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, will make an appearance at the event.

The daytime portion of the Seafarers Celebration at Sunset Lake concludes at 5 p.m.

showtime-dance-band-2016The action then moves to Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. The Showtime Dance Band, a 12-piece dance, oldies, Motown, disco and pop band, will perform on the Centennial Park stage from 6 to 8 p.m. The annual Seafarers beachfront fireworks show will go off from the beach at Fern Road at 8 p.m. to conclude the day’s activities.

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



Sunset Lake – New Jersey Avenue from Rambler Road to Miami Avenue

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

1 p.m. – Stellar Mojo (rock/dance/party hits)

3 p.m. – Big Bleu (Motown/oldies/pop)

Centennial Park – Fern Road and Ocean Avenue

6 p.m. – Showtime Dance Band (dance, oldies, Motown, disco, pop hits)

Crest to host 9/11 Memorial Service Sunday

2The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a 9/11 Memorial Service on Sunday, 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.

Live music show Saturday in Crest canceled due to storm threat

WWC_withtaglineThe live music performance by U2 tribute band 2U scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Wildwood Crest Centennial Park has been canceled due to the forecast of inclement weather, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has announced.

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

Crest announces late-season lifeguard coverage

WCBP headquartersThe Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol has announced its late-season beach coverage for 2016.

All beaches will be open and protected by beach patrol staff through Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day) and on the weekend after Labor Day (Sept. 10-11). Due to limited available staff, five beaches will be protected from Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 9: Buttercup-Lavender, Rosemary-Forget-Me-Not, Stockton-Stanton, Toledo-Denver and Trenton-Newark.

Sunday, Sept. 11 will be the last day of the 2016 season for regular lifeguard coverage of the Wildwood Crest beaches. Response teams will be available for emergency calls on the weekends of Sept. 17-18 and Sept. 24-25.

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

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

Crest installs additional beach walkway samples

Mobi-Mat beach walkwayThe Borough of Wildwood Crest has installed Mobi-Mat walkways at the entrances to three of its beaches for the public to sample.

According to its website, Mobi-Mats are corrugated non-slip portable roll-out ADA beach access pathways for pedestrians, wheelchair users and strollers.

Mobi-Mats have been installed at the east end of wooden beach walkways at the Heather Road, St. Louis Avenue and Hollywood Avenue beach entrances.

These Mobi-Mat walkway samples are in addition to AccesMat samples that were previously installed at the beach entrances at Fern Road, Rambler Road and Miami Avenue.

Wildwood Crest Commissioner of Public Works Don Cabrera said he welcomes the public’s input on the recently installed Mobi-Mats and AccessMats.

“The response on the installation of the AccessMats has been overwhelmingly positive so far,” Cabrera said. “We wanted the public to have a chance to sample a different type of rollout map as well, so we decided to also install these Mobi-Mats at a few of our beach entrances. Wildwood Crest is always looking for cost-effective ways to enhance the public’s experience on our beaches.”

Anyone wishing to comment on the Mobi-Mats or the AccessMats beach walkway samples is asked to call the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works at (609) 522-7446 or email Commissioner Cabrera at

Live music performance 8/6/16 postponed

WWC_withtaglineThe live music performance scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6, at Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest has been postponed due to the threat of storms. The Showtime Dance Band will instead perform at the Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24. More details on the Seafarers event to be announced.