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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 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


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 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.

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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.

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)