Memorial Day 2018 May-June

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Where YESTERDAY and TODAY meet by-the-sea

Vol. 1


100% Original and Old School

WELCOME B A C K ! WILDWOOD There’s a memory on every page.

by the Sea

See page 8 for more “About Cover”

Dorothy McMonagle Kulisek, So You’ll Know, llc. © 2018

15th Season

MAY ~ JUNE 2018

The Shampoo Bar girls: Kellie, Connie, Lisa, Lainey, Chrissy, Sarah & Jody by Nate Gain

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“You had me at, ‘Let’s go to the beach!’” - Beach Gypsy NEW LISTING!

618 W. Rio Grande, Wildwood WATERFRONT SINGLE FAMILY HOME. This two-story home is a corner property located on the intracoastal waterway in Wildwood. The home consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, fully equipped kitchen, living room and dining room - both with sliding glass doors that lead to the expansive waterfront deck. There are breathtaking panoramic views from just about every room in the home. Enjoy time outside on one of the 3 wraparound decks or on the larger deck and covered gazebo. There’s plenty of room on this dockside deck to entertain family and friends. Take a stroll down the pier that leads you to three floating docks with 2 boat slips. The docks are equipped with fresh water, cable and internet…making this home a true boater’s delight! JUST $589,000.

3103 and 3204 Seaboard Circle, North Wildwood WATER VIEWS AND AMENITIES GALORE. Fantastic opportunity to own at The Tides at Seaboard located in the Anglesea area of North Wildwood. These well-maintained condos consist of 3 spacious BR, 2 full BA, LR, and a fully equipped kitchen, Laundry room, Master BR w/his/hers closets and mater bath. Sliding glass doors lead to large deck where breathtaking water views of the inlet can be enjoyed. The complex amenities are endless. They include a large swimming pool with plenty of lounging area, tennis court, volleyball court, private clubhouse with gym, billiard room, bathrooms with shower and community room. There is also an area with natural gas BBQ grills. Other amenities include a secured entrance to building, elevator, an assigned parking space in the covered and gated garage and additional parking in front of building. This is shore living at its finest! UNIT 3103 is $435,000 and UNIT 3204 is $465,000.


3300 Pacific Avenue Wildwood, NJ 609-523-1112

810 Ohio Avenue, #4, North Wildwood TOWNHOME WITH A POOL! This 3-level townhome at the Seawalk Condominiums is in the Anglesea section of North Wildwood and walking distance to Seawall where you can enjoy amazing ocean views during your morning walk or jog. This 3-bedroom, 2.5 baths unit has a pool view. This unit is one of few that has 2 covered off-street parking spaces and 2 private storage sheds for bikes and beach gear. JUST $294,900.

112 East 13th Avenue, North Wildwood NEW CONSTRUCTION.


Single-family home located in North Wildwood situated on a 50x100 parcel offering all the comforts of a custom shore home. Consisting of 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. There are two master suites, one on each level. 1st level offers a covered front porch, foyer area, living room with fireplace, custom kitchen with center island, dining area, powder room and laundry/utility. Kitchen has custom cabinetry and Quartz countertops. Master suite on this level has a walk-in closet, custom tile shower, soaker tub and his/her double vanity. There are two sets of sliders from the living room and dining area that lead to a 14x14 rear covered porch and fenced rear yard with an enclosed shower. 2nd level has another master suite with walk-in closet and custom tile shower. This level has 2 additional BR and another full bath with a custom tile tub/shower. The spacious balcony area at the top of the stairs has sliders that lead to a 2nd floor deck. Hardwood flooring throughout all the livings areas and hallways and carpet in the bedrooms. One car garage w/additional parking in driveway and parking pad along the side of house. Beautifully landscaped and equipped with a sprinkler system. Ready for immediate occupancy. JUST $639,000.

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1800 Ocean Ave, #204, North Wildwood BEACH BLOCK!! Conveniently located on 2nd fl in the Surf Song Condominiums. Steps to beach and boardwalk, consisting of 1 BR, full modern bath, LR and modern kitchen. Gas forced heat/central air for year-round enjoyment and will comfortably sleeps 6. Lg. deck w/ocean view, 2 pools, hot tub, another deck with BBQ, 2 elevators, laundry facility, storage rooms, on-site rental management and off-street parking for one car. Excellent rental history with reservations already in place for the 2018 season. Being sold furnished and is ready for immediate occupancy. JUST $174,900.

1806 Boardwalk, North Wildwood OWN A PIECE OF THE BOARDWALK! Newly renovat226 West Spruce Avenue, North Wildwood North Wildwood Single. This spacious North Wildwood single family home offers 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, living room and family room with sliders that lead to a deck that measures approximately 28’x10’. The ground levels has a one car garage with additional parking spaces in the concrete driveway, large recreation room and sitting area. Additional storage space can be found in the attic. This home is equipped with gas heat and central air for yearround enjoyment. The home is conveniently located near restaurants, seawall, and entertainment area where you will enjoy the numerous festivals North Wildwood has to offer. JUST $479,000.

ed and currently operated as 1 large store w/4 storefront doors, approx. 4951 square footage. Being offered as 2 storefronts (Units #101 and #102) or can be sold w/the additional 2 storefronts (Unit #103 and #104). Entire store can easily be converted into 4 separate stores/businesses. There are so many possibilities including converting one or more of the units into a restaurant.....dining with a view. In addition, 4 covered rear parking spaces for the 2 storefronts or a total of 8 parking spaces. The current inventory is negotiable. Offered at $549,000 per 2

Storefronts!! Seller may consider selling individually.

328 East 25th Avenue, E, North Wildwood - CLOSE TO BEACH AND BOARDS. Top floor condo, 1 short block to the beach/boardwalk and walking distance to restaurants and activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family. The unit consists of 3 BR, 2 full BA, fully equipped kitchen, living room and dining area. Other features include an outside shower and a shared 2 car garage with private storage room. The driveway allows for 2 additional off-street parking spaces, which is a real bonus. In this location, you’ll almost never need to use the car. You can walk to just about everything. Income generating. JUST $324,500.


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“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.” ~Madeleine L’Engle, writer

from the editor As I head into my 15th season of The Sun, it is with a grateful heart that I reflect on its humble beginnings by-the-sea, a nostalgic love letter to the town of Wildwood, NJ, begun by my family, who love this seaside town we call home.

We are each gifted in an unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. #LetitShine!

Did you know that today’s Sun by-the-sea is the only paper that virtually writes itself, courtesy of the people who love the Wildwoods as much as we do? Since its inception in 2004, our mission was to create a “people paper.” Over the years, The Sun has become an integral part of the Wildwoods, with each issue overflowing with 100s of photos of the people who live and vacation here. But what’s so amazing are the endless personal stories and ‘Dear Sun’ letters I receive via email and snail mail. . . old photos submitted by the people of this 5 mile island, which have become what makes The Sun such a source of endearment. . . speaking to the heart of everyone who loves our seaside slice of heaven of earth. I consider my role as editor and publisher both a blessing and a calling. Each issue is lovingly knit and prayerfully woven together over a period of time, making each one a handcrafted, unique creation. Here you hold in your hand pure paper sunshine that’s meant to be savored one page at a time. As you dig your toes into the white powdery sand and settle into a brand new seaside summer, I hope you’ll thoroughly enjoy the very first 2018 edition of The Sun as much as I enjoyed creating it for you...

Peace, Love & Sunshine!


Artist / Editor / Publisher The SUN by-the–sea, Wildwood, NJ

Snap a selfie with The Sun! Be sure to tag us on Instagram @sunbythesea to be featured it in The SUN!

Although The Sun can be found conveniently online at, we #whereyesterdayandtodaymeetbythesea know most Sun fans come to the shore to disconnect from the busy world, to sit on the beach or their porch and hold each sunny edition between their fingers, happily flipping through pages of memories taken affectionately from Wildwood’s colorful past {as well as those memories-in-the-making sure to come this summer!} Why not turn your cell phones off and get nostalgic, with the exception, of course, of snapping a #selfie with The Sun, a photo op just meant to be Sent in by Meg April during her featured in our next issue! stay at the Biscayne Motel

See what’s inside An original, nostalgic collection of All-Things-Wildwood. 100% Organic

SHAMPOO BAR GIRLS SIDE 5 MILES of SMILES 100s of happy photographs . . . ABOUT OUR COVER GIRLS 8 History of HAIRDRESSING on the Island 10-18 THE SWEENEY’S OLD SHUTE COTTAGE - the New Saoirse 20 Local American Indian Jesse Coombs 22 CHURCHES on the Island 24 ANGLESEA BAPTIST TURNS 120 by Rachel Rogish 25 QUILTS OF VALOR HONOR LOCAL VETERANS 28 WILDWOOD REMINISCES by Ed Lewis 30 Local COIN COLLECTORS Discovery 31

gggggggggggggg Artist, Editor & Publisher

Dorothy McMonagle Kulisek 609.214.5608

The SUN by-the-sea©2018 is the original nostalgic bi-monthly paper published by So You’ll Know, llc. Published, Edited & Designed by Dorothy Kulisek with the help of those listed here: Assistant Editor, Meg Corcoran Al Alven • Jessica W. Mumford Rachel Rogish • Gary Sloan Cathy Tchorni here comes The Sun!

no beach bag can be it! without


JULY 3 NOV. 15 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.A.

BOB SPEIGEL Travels with The SUN 39 MEG THE MOVIE BUFF by Meg Corcoran 42 FOUNDING FATHERS of Wildwood 42 Inconspicuous Boardwalk Attractions by Dorothy Kulisek 44 HAVE A BLAST ON THE BOARDS! 46-53

WILDWOOD GIRLS SIDE WHILE YOU WERE AWAY by Meg Corcoran & Dorothy Kulisek 3- 15 NEW & OLD BUSINESS by Al Alven 16-18


It is our pocily to include something for evryone. Since some peopel like to find erorrs, we regluarly include a few in our pubcilations :-) lol (let us know what you finde:-)


God Bless our Vets!

Disclaimer The Sun by-the-Sea Newspaper© and So They’ll Know Inc. cannot pledge the accurateness or comprehensiveness of all editorial content in all of its constituent parts.

“Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.” ~Erik Pepke

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“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” - Benjamin Franklin

"Best Events

M AY Hath 31 Days.

You are as welcome as the flowers in May!

Jersey Shore



May Events


5/17-19 Knights of Columbus Convention 973.736.5632 or 5/18-19 Murder Mystery Weekend “DEATH AT THE USO DANCE” 609.729.4000 5/19 Captain Kidd Pirate Day pirate costume parade begins at 26th & boards at 11am. 609.522.2955


JUNE 15-17 Jeep Beach Invasion

MAY 11-12 & 25-27 Gymnastics Championships

JUNE 17-21 Wildwoods Restaurant Week

MAY 11-13 Boardwalk Classic Car Show

JUNE 18-21 National Marbles Tournament

MAY 18-19 ’Who Done It’ Murder Mystery Weekend

JUNE 22-23 NJ Truck Invasion ~ NEW!

MAY 19 Captain Kidd Pirate Day

JUNE 22-24 Italian-American Festival

MAY 25-28 International Kite Festival

JUNE 22-AUG 31 Friday Night Fireworks on the Beach Begin at 10pm

MAY 26-27 Boardwalk Craft Show

JUNE 23-24 Beach Blast Soccer Tournament

JUNE 8-9 Mummers Brigade & String Band Show

JUNE 29-JULY 1 Beach Flag Football Tournament

JUNE 8-10 ’The Race of Gentlemen’ Vintage Car & Motorcycle Beach Drag Races

JUNE 29-JULY 1 Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show

5/19 Food Truck Festival Fox Park 11a-6p 5/25 NEW MOON . . . a New Moon is the beginning of the orbit cycle and is not visible from our perspective because it is positioned between the Sun and Earth.

memorial weekend events 5/25-28 Wildwoods International Kite Festival On the Beach at and inside the Wildwoods Conv. Center. 732.822.4884 or

Memorial Day Parade & Sunset Vigil Chapter 955 Vietnam Veterans of America and American Legion Post 184, Wildwood will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade and Sunset Vigil on SATURDAY MAY 26th. The parade will kickoff at 7PM from Wildwood and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood and proceed South on Atlantic Avenue to Andrews Ave, East on Andrews and North on Ocean Ave to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The wall is located directly West of the Wildwood Convention Center. The street and horseshoe of the convention hall will be the vehicle staging area. About 8:10 pm a Sunset Vigil will be conducted at the Wall with sunset being 8:16pm. The ceremony will be about 20 minutes.

JUNE 9 Wildwood Beer Fest JUNE 10 Slammedenuff NJ Air Supension Car Show Chill or Thrill? Mild or Wild? In the Wildwoods, you can do as much, or as little, as you like.

Win a Wildwoods Family Vacation at 800.992.9732

DooWop Tours Meet at 4500 Ocean Avenue, across from the Wildwood Convention Center. Tickets go on sale the night of the tour.

5/25 Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony On the beach next to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Official start of the 2018 Summer Season. 12noon. Guest speakers and local dignitaries, kites in the air - get your feet sandy for the first time this year! 5/25-28 State Gymnastics Competition Wildwoods Conv Center. 8:30am- 8pm. 5/26 Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market Season Kick-off at the new Byrne Plaza at Oak & Pacific Ave. 5/26-27 S.I.D.Boardwalk Memorial Weekend Craft Show 5/27 Wildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert, Chatterband. Centennial Park, Fern Rd. & Ocean Ave., Wildwood Crest. 7:30pm 5/28 Memorial Day Ceremonies at Veterans Monument, 1st & Spruce Ave., North Wildwood 10am. Moves to American Legion Post 184, 4200 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood, 11am. For all service organizations. featuring speakers, recognition of deceased comrades, firing squad, “Taps” and wreath laying ceremonies at the Post, memorial Walk, the Vietnam Wall and the Police Explorers will lay a wreath in the ocean along with Wildwood’s Beach Patrol, behind Wildwoods Convention Center.

Doo Wop Back to 50s Neon NIght Tour JUNE 19TH THRU AUG. 30TH

Buses runs every Tuesday & Thursday from 8pm for a 90 minute tour from one end of the island to the other. Tour includes a DooWop tour map and guide. Riders can re-live the exciting 1950’s and 1960’s in the Wildwoods-By-The-Sea. See the best of the Wildwoods’ Doo Wop style landmarks while a knowledgeable guide in fifties attire recounts the popular culture of the era. At the request of the riders who prefer to enjoy the festive neon glow of all the signs lit up against a night sky, the tour begins at 8pm. Cost is $13 adults and $7 children.


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“Speed is a powerful drug, seducing us into believing that we have noChamber time to waste.” -Marilyn Herasymowych The Greater Wildwood

of Commerce presents:

June Events

The GreaTer WildWood Chamber

J U N E Hath 30 Days.


“It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.” ~Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff 6/1-3 Morey’s Piers Spring Beach Jam. Scouts camp on beach between Wildwood & Schellenger Aves., (609) 729-3700 x 1195

Happy Summer Solstice

6/2 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Morey’s Adventure Pier 9:30. 856.429.1101.

“Shine like the Sun!”

6/7-10 American Legion Convention ~Wildwoods Convention Center. Sat: 2pm. Parade on Atlantic Ave. from 18th Ave. to Bennett Ave. 609.695.5418

when the sun reaches its most northern point in the sky

6/8-9 NEW! New Year’s in Wildwood Mummers Brigade Weekend ~ Olde New Jersey Ave. “Best Strut Performer”. Free. 609.374.0562. 6/8-10 The Race of Gentlemen Vintage Car & Motorcycle Beach Drag Races. Wildwood beach. Vintage auto and motorcycles will compete in an exhibition style beach race at the water’s edge. 6/8-10 DeMolay International/DeMolay Leaders of NJ ~Wildwoods Convention Center. Masonic Lodge Youth Group convention 1.800.DEMOLAY 6/9 Wildwood Beer Fest Fox Park, E. Burk & Ocean Avenues, Wildwood. Noon-4 pm. & 6-10pm. 6/10 Slammedenuff NJ Car Show Wildwoods Convention Center 10-6pm 6/11-16 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Convention & Parade Wildwoods Convention Center. Parade Sat., June 16th at 1:30 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue. 6/14 American Flag Day Ceremony Veterans Monument, New York & Spruce Avenues, North Wildwood. 10 a.m. 6/15-17 Jeep Invasion- Wildwoods Beach between Lincoln & Spencer Avenues.609.522.4546 or 6/16 BEACH BOP Designed for the youngest scouts, offering a play date full of adventure for the entire family. Morey’s Piers. 6/16 BEACH AND BOARDS BUNK-DOWN A family camping adventure at Morey’s Piers. You get to pitch your tent on the beach – yes, on the beach! 6/16 Cabs at the Beach’ Drum & Bugle Corps Competition Maxwell Field, Youngs & Park Blvd, Wildwood. 6 p.m.


“I love you Dad!” 6/17 MOREY’S PIERS, Dads ride FREE

6/18-21 95th Annual National Marbles Tournament - FREE. Ringer Stadium, Wildwood Avenue & the beach, Wildwood. 8 a.m. daily. 304.337.2764 or

~psalm 37:6

June 21st at 6:07am

15 hours, 17 minutes of daylight Low Tide: 9:45am High Tide: 3:57pm

6/17-21 Wildwoods Restaurant Week 6/23 Annual Grassy Sound Marina Flounder Tournament 6/22-23 New Jersey Truck Invasion Wildwoods Beach at Rio Grande Avenue. 6/23-24 Cape Express Beach Blast Soccer Wildwoods Beaches, between Spencer & Poplar Aves. 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 6/24-28 Youth for Christ Heatwave Wildwoods Convention Center & beach. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 717.646.9900 or

6/28 Full Strawberry Moon. 6/29-7/1 Sports Card, Toys, Comics and Collectibles Show Wildwoods Convention Center. Fri: 3-9 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 732.422.9365 or

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7/4 Independence Day Family Parade 9th & Atlantic Avenues, North Wildwood. 9am 7/4 Patriotic Pooch Parade Bill Henfey Park, 8th & Atlantic Ave., North Wildwood. 9am 7/4 Fireworks Spectacular Pine Avenue beach, Wildwood. 10 p.m. Rain date July 5th at 10pm

Save the Date!

Monday, JULY 9 , 2018 at 10:00 am th

DR. MACE BABIES & those born at

6/20 Nat’l Flip-Flop Day. Celebrate open toes and open hearts with a walk on the beach!

LONG’S Maternity & at Home

6/22-24 North Wildwood Italian-American Festival Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood. Fri: 4-10:30pm, Sat: 11am -10:30pm, Sun: 11 am5pm 609.408.5793, or Facebook@ Italian-American Festival North Wildwood.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse 1st & Central, N. Wildwood Call (609) 522-2721

Reunion & Group Photo

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Tickets on sale

May 1, 2018 AT 9 am

12 & 13, 2018


$54.00 - $71.50

Celebrating 15 Years of

THE Fabulous ‘50s

Saturday FREE Street

& Beyond Weekend

Fair & Classic Car Show

11am - 5 pm


Bands • Food • Vendors Fox Park • Wildwood, NJ

Friday Night Dance Party October 12, 2018 6:30pm to 10:30pm

The Cameos $16.00 per ticket

Available at: Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce


or Ticketmaster Locations


Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Concert Saturday, October 13, 2018 • Doors at 5:30pm

Wildwoods Convention Center - Wildwood, NJ

Frankie Avalon Chubby Checker Bobby Rydell 24th ANNUAL

ITALIAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL 1st & Olde New Jersey Aves. North Wildwood, NJ

Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 22 - 23 - 24, 2018




SPONSORED BY Knights of Columbus #2572 North Wildwood, NJ

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“When I’m singing the blues, I’m singing life.” ~Etta James


• Championship Barbeque Competitors • Live Cooking Demonstrations

th Year

• $10,000 in Prizes • Specialty Vendors

ANGLESEA BLUES FESTIVAL Billy the Kid Thoden Fri. 4pm - 7pm

Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove Sat. 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Rollin ‘n’ Tumblin Fri. 7:30pm - 10:30pm Blue Bone Sat. 11am - 1pm Little Red Rooster Sat.1:30pm- 3:30pm

Frank Bey & Company Sat. 7:30pm - 10:30pm Blue Jay Slim & The Tone Blasters Sun. 11am - 1pm Dr. Chico featuring Joe Donato Sun. 1:30pm - 4:30pm

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July 13th-15th , 2018

Friday 4pm-11pm Sat 10am-11pm Sun 10am-6pm Along Olde New Jersey Ave. in North Wildwood Fun for ire the Ent ! Family

Proceeds Benefit the Anglesea Volunteer Fire Co. Scholarships & More


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“When you dance to your own rhythm, life taps its toes to your beat.” ~Terri Guillemets



C o v e r G i r ls

Shampoo Bar Girls photo shoot at Moore’s little beach, Summer ‘17

Editor Note: I’m not sure who gets the credit for sending me this photo, but I found it in my archives... oh how I remember this sign that was located at Exit 6 on the Parkway coming into North Wildwood... Who else remembers it?


Nate Gain, surfer/photog

n true Sun-by-the-sea fashion, what’s old is new again! We recreated the iconic Wildwood sign with the help of the hairdressers from the Shampoo Bar, (in celebration of their 10th anniversary) Lainey, Chrissy, Connie, Kellie, Lisa, Sarah and Jody, who were more than happy to point the way to good, old-fashioned fun-in-the -sun! The fun really began for the ladies as they rummaged through The Sun’s collection of vintage bathing suits, each picking out their personal favorite. In the 1944 sign, the girl on the far left is then-16 year-old Wildwood High student Maryann Getsinger. The photograph was taken by a photographer/real estate agent from Beecher-Kay Realty, who took the photos of local high school girls for an advertisement. Another story about the iconic sign once located at the intersection of Rt. 47 & Rt. 9 in Rio Grande, inspired Randy Hedges from ABS Sign to rally a

Above and below are a few variations of our cover photo with different girls Last summer, Maryann Getsinger stopped by the Wildwood Historic Museum to identify herself, the girl on the left, with her classmates: Jean, Vivian Parsons Colson, Margaret Ward, Elaine Kurtz, Peggy Craig Auger, Elsie Blade, & Lorraine Changlin Wheaton. We learned that Mary Ann passed away suddenly this past January.

campaign several years ago to recreate that sign at the Wildwood Welcome Center. Unfortunately, that project was derailed due to financial issues. Thank you to all the ladies, past and present, for their part in our endless homage to timeless days by the sea!

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“I get way too much happiness from food.” ~Anon.



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“Someone else always has to carry on the story.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


h a i r d r e s s e rs & b a r b e rs

Just about every hairdresser on the island worked for Pete! ~Barbara Ann Flacco


X Jerry's Hair Salon, 3102 Pacific Ave. which became Peter Vincent’s (Photo courtesy of the Wildwood Historic Museum)

when Pete first started working at Jerry's

“Blessed are the hairstylists, for they bring out the beauty in others.” Pete Ricco 1943- 2002


HAIRSTYLING Drawing of girls by Dorothy Kulisek

A Full Service Salon for Men, Women & Children

. . . WILL BE MOVING! By January, Peter Vincent Hairstyling will be settled in their new location, at the old Champs Hair Salon at 125 E. 17th Ave. just off of Central Ave. in North Wildwood. Until then, we are still at Chestnut & Olde New Jersey Aves. Come see us for your Holiday needs!


{SUN Archive Ad from 2005}

Our neighborhood Wildwood salons have played an important role in bringing out the beauty naturally found in our locals and tourists, wisely knowing that man (and more specifically women) cannot live by natural beauty alone. Since the 1950s, Jerry’s Hair Salon, located at Maple & Pacific Ave., did their part in making a meaningful contribution to the beauty residing on every Wildwood corner. The salon, owned by Joe & Katherine Salvatore, who lived above, is where some of Wildwood’s finest hairdressers and barbers got their start. Off to a good start, young Peter Joseph Vincent Ricco, graduated Wildwood High in 1961 and entered the service. After returning to Wildwood, he took advantage of the GI Bill after the Vietnam war and went to cosmetology school. He took over Jerry's in 1966, naming it Peter Vincent's. Peter's father, Pete Ricco, a well known barber with a shop on Roberts & Pacific Ave, worked well into his late 80s, retiring in 2005. BarbaraAnn Flacco, Betty Rankin, & Mary Nastasi also learned the tricks of the trade at Jerry’s- turned- Peter Vincent's Hair Salon. Barbara went on to open her own shop, Betty went on to open The Hairloom, originally located next to the old 7-Eleven at Rio Grande & NJ Avenues, in the 1970s. In 1978, she relocated to the corner of Rio Grande & Pacific Aves. (once home to Locke's Coffee Shop). Total Image now resides there and is owned by Mary's son Nick

Nastasi. Mary was part of the Peter Vincent family of employees in the 70s, 80s & 90s, now happily working full time at Total Image since it opened in the early 90s. A fire broke out in The Hairloom in April 1994, prompting Betty to open Champs on 17th Ave., later merging back into Peter Vincent's. (The actual building, located next to Owen’s Pub, was demolished this past winter. ) Over the years, many were added to Wildwood’s beauty expert pack, mostly all getting their start at Peter Vincent's including Lainey McAvoy, Kellie Murray, Christine Wise, Jackie Peterson, Gail McKee, Connie Welch, Madalyn Hauber, Sue Biancone, Michelle Lambert, Bobbilyn Bradley, Gina McClain, Mel Frost, Jody Barone, Nick Nastasi, Jerry Phillips, Billy Rooney... most who ultimately opened their separate salons, beautifully branching out on their own. But the truth is, as Lainey & Christine both reflected in their memories, "If Pete were still with us today, we would all still be working for him. He was the best boss ever." A special thank you to all of the hair experts who make our days by the sea even more beautiful!

God bless Peter who lost his battle with cancer Nov. 7, 2002. This issue of The SUN is dedicated in his memory.

See more wonderful old photos of Jerry's further along in the story

Mary, Pete, Madalyn, and Terri at Peter Vincent's... where everyone was one big happy family

C O N T I N U E S O N T H E N E X T 8 PAG E S . . .


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"With your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue, the only thing I ever got from you was sorrow. . .With your long blonde hair I couldn't sleep last night. . . "

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~David Bowie, Sorrow

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On the corner of Rio Grande & Pacific Avenues Wildwood, NJ {COMPLIMENTARY PARKING DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET IN OUR LOT}

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Haircuts for the Entire Family!

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Barbara Ann's Full Service Salon at Heather & New Jersey Aves. Now home to Jackie Peterson's Perfect Cutz! A throwback with Barbara Ann Flacco & Patti (Ricco)Callahan Mary Nastasi has the fondest of memories of all the fun and laughter at Peter Vincent's Hair Salon, where she worked from 1970 to 1994. She went to work for her son, Nick when he opened Total Image and, beauty expert that she is, was also able to split her time with Hot Waves at 12th & Ritner in South Philadelphia for 12 years. Since then, she's been focusing her beauty expertise full time at Total Image. Year 13

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Barbara Ann Flacco worked for Jerry & Katherine Salvatore at Jerry's Salon from 1964 until 1966 when Pete Ricco took over the salon. She left briefly to work at Caterina's on Garfield & Pacific Aves before returning to Pete's in 1968. In 1969, the ever-industrious Barbara Ann opened her first salon on Buttercup Road before settling into her new salon on Heather Rd. Barbara Ann maintained a staff of 13 in her full-service salon, which included nails, tanning beds and a spa for fa-

Pete & Bill at Ambiance on Pacific Ave. Bill Rooney doing his thing Today, Pete is co-owner with Ken of Headlines in CM Courthouse

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The hairdressers: Barbara, Margie, Gail & Mary, having a whale of a good time!

2016... when The Total Image Salon girls starred on the cover! (L-R) Barbara Ann, Margie, Gail & Mary from Total Image Hair Salon

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HEADING TOTHE THE BEACH? BEACH? PACK HEADING TO PACKAAPRIMO! PRIMO! Gail Webster McKee became a licensed hairdresser in 1979. She New! worked in the ONLINE Olney section of Phila. at a placeORDERING! called Jerry’s before moving to North Wildwood in 1986. She worked at Peter Vincent’s for 25 years, then at Personal Touch for a year. She has happily been doing hair for the past 5 years at Total Image. She and her co-workers graced the cover of The SUN a couple of years ago! at

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cials. Wanting to provide something for everyone, she also had an exercise machine on the premises. Barbara Ann's Salon was rated the #1 Hair Salon for many years until she closed shop in 1998. She continued to create beauty magic at Ambiance until 2008 before making Total Image Hair Salon her home. She credits her loving husband Tony as her biggest admirer who has supported her beauty-making endeavors throughout the years.

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Kim McCabe Maschio working on Phyllis Corson’s hair at Barbara Ann's c.1978

Bill Rooney started in the beauty business in 1979 as an assistant and make-up artist at 102 Park Blvd in Swarthmore, PA., where they came in third place in the Miss Clairol competition. He holds the distinction of being the only student to win first place in an interschool competition for Wilfred Beauty Academy. He also won four more first-place competitions. In 1981, he bought his first salon, Colonial in Upper Darby, owning it until the building was sold. Bill then briefly worked in Yeadon, PA at Che Ric Ene Salon before landing a job at Leo’s Mane in Avalon, where he worked for two years. In 1985, he bought the salon, renaming it Illusions, where he worked for 11 years. Still making the beauty rounds, he worked at Barbara Ann’s for approximately six months, then Jerry’s Hair Salon on Magnolia & Pacific before working at Ambiance for two years. Finally, he found a home at Total Image, where he’s spent the past 20 years making Wildwood’s locals and tourists even more beautiful.

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"I dream of Jeannie with the light brown hair, borne, like a vapor on the summer air. . ." ~Al Jolson


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Cover girl Lainey McAvoy’s career in the beauty business began in the heart of Wildwood at Innovators on Pacific Ave. back in those crazy 80s days of Big Hair. Exploring her options, she worked in Philadelphia for two years and then Atlantic City before returning home to join the family of stylists at Peter Vincent's. She happily remained there until 2008. As stated in the opening article of this feature, Lainey would still be working for Pete if he were alive today... he was the best boss she ever had and like family! After Pete's passing, Champs, located on 17th St. and led by Betty Rankin and Al Felix, briefly changed its name to Peter Vincent’s. The island was amidst a building boom at the time and Lainey's friend Joe Mahoney had storefronts available for rent at his new Champagne Island Resort. As it is in the hair business, "it's all a matter of timing.” As fate would have it, it was the perfect time for Lainey to open her own salon. She partnered with Christine Wise, also a Peter Vincent employee, to open The Shampoo Bar, jumping through hula hoops to make it happen. Since “Hairdressing is not a job…it’s a craft,” Lainey's opportunity fortunately became an open door for a reuniting to occur among a crew of crafts people. Today, just about everyone in her shop once worked for Pete, even long-time Peter Vincent's receptionist Terri Lloyd found her chair available! Lainey is grateful to Joe & Kelly for the opportunity and his encouragement as this year marks the 10th anniversary of The Shampoo Bar, celebrated in beautiful style on the cover of this issue.

Peter Vincent's 2006 photo taken for The Sun. Cover girl Kellie Murray worked Seated: Betty, Al, Terri & Sharon. Standing: Kellie, Mel, Ma- at the Hairloom for a year as dalyn, Chrissy, Lainey, Gail, Crystal & Bobbilyn shampoo girl before landing a Cover girl, Christine Wise (center w/lighht blue shirt) chair at Peter Vincent’s where graduated Cape May Vo-Tech's Beauty school in '91 and she worked for 16 years. She went right to work at the age of 19 for Peter Vincent. She has been at Shampoo Bar for the past 9 years. remained working for him until the shop closed in 2007, and in 2008 joined with her co-worker Lainey to open up their Shampoo Bar. Like many of the other hairdressers on the island who were blessed to work for Pete, she joins with them in agreement that he was the "best boss ever" and she would still be working for him if he were still here today. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Christine & Lainey's Shampoo Bar, celebrated in beautiful style on the cover of this issue.

Peter Vincent's wife Judy stops into the Shampoo Bar on ocassion to visit the girls. Here she is next to Lainey & Terri, Connie and Kellie.

The Shampoo Bar staff c. 2011

Cover girl Connie Welch attended Gordon Phillips in the 80’s and worked at Norman Stanley on Rittenhouse Square

as an assistant and also worked at Fabulous Hair in her hometown of Fairmount. She moved to Wildwood in early 90s and worked at Peter Vincent’s on Pacific Ave. Connie loved to sing while shampooing hair which led to her signature trademark she's become known for ... the "Singing Shampoo Girl" Connie went back to school in 2000 to Cape May Tech and received her New Jersey license and has been with the Shampoo Bar since.

Shampoo Bar covergirl, Jody Covello Barone, began her career in 1988 when she enrolled at Cape May tech cosmetology school. In June 1989, along

with mostly every other hairdresser on the island, found herself at home in Peter Vincent salon, where she stayed until 2000. Her next hairstyling home became the Shampoo Bar, where's she's been since the day it opened in 2008.

Covergirl Sarah with her family, baby Eleanor & Bob Maschio

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If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. . . " ~Mamas and the Papas


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BobbiLyn Bradley was all of 16 when she began her hairdressing career. She was a student at Cape May County Vo tech when she received her beauticians license at 17. Her first job was at A Cut Above in the Villas, where she was driven to work by her mom because she didn’t have her driver’s license yet. She moved to Champs in North Wildwood for a few years before opening her own Shore Styles with Mel Frost in 2006 at Andrews & Park Blvd., which she now operates on her own. If you recall her story in The Sun a few years back, BobbiLyn has always had a thing for the color purple. Not only does she have purple-everything, including a patch of her hair, but she even loves to dye her mom's hair purple too. . . doing her part to add a bit of brightness and beauty by the sea. Elena Salmons opened Elena’s Crest Pier Beauty Salon in June 1989 and stayed in business for 23 years. Her salon was well-known for its welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. During the business’s run, Elena proudly maintained most of the same employees including, Pat Little, Mary Rodgers, Peg Moore, Julie Hall and Zelda Wapner. About six years after she opened, Megan D’Amico joined the staff, learning so much more than the skill of just doing hair during her 15 years there. Time marches on, leading toward a new beginning for everyone. Elena, however, Megan & Elena in the early didn’t want her clients and employees to go to years at the Crest Pier Salon a new salon with a different atmosphere, so she purchased the property at 6401 NJ Ave Wildwood Crest. Megan D’Amico, now a hairdresser with 20 years experience, became the new owner of “HAIR,” which boasts the same friendly atmosphere, talented, educated staff and updated decor. Elena, happily, can still be found hard at work on Tuesday mornings, taking care of her long-time clients. Stylists also include Georgia Zervas, Patrick Mizzone, Chelsea Tait, Mary Rodgers, Lisa Rodgers, Makenzie McCorkel, and Jennifer Bussell, Nail technician, Maggie Mason and Elena doing what she does best! Salon Coordinator-Heather McCorkel. Hair has Teasing and Roller Sets! the same phone number as Elena’s Salon did 28 years ago~ 522-HAIR!

Michelle Lambert began her beauty career offshore before coming to work on the island at Champs in 1999. As is every hairdressers dream to open their own salon, Michelle's dream came true in the summer of 2003 when she, Sue Biancone and Gina McClain left Champs to open Pacific Cuts on Maple Ave. (the location of the original Peter Vincent's/Jerry's Hair Salon). Although Sue moved away and Gina is now in her own shop, His 'n Hairs, Michelle remains at the hair helm of her now called Island Cuts. a busy upbeat salon for






Champs 2002 ~ Gina with her husband Dominic and daughter Julianna... and with Bobbilyn & Sue below

Gina McClain has been contributing to the beauty found in Wildwood for the past 26 years. She began her beauty-full career in 1992, working at Personal Touch before moving on to Champs, where she worked from 1994 to 2003. She then spent six years at Pacific Cuts before making her biggest career move, opening up her own salon in December 2011 aptly named HIS 'N HAIRS.

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Wildwood Susan Biancone Michelle Lambert

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A watercolor for Pacific Cuts by Dorothy Kulisek in 2005

Long time employees of Elena’s reunited at HAIR: Elena, Megan, Peg & Mary

Megan & long time client Adele Hunter, hasn’t missed a week since 1989 (She is also one of our Dr. Mace Babies!)

Sue, Michelle, Gina & Summer opened Pacific Cuts in the original Jerry’s / Peter Vincent’s location, a shop that boasts a very long history of hair cutting. As is well known that the best conversations happen in hair salons... if those walls could talk oh the stories they would tell! The salon today is now known as Island Cuts, with Michelle Lambert at the hair helm.

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"A woman's hair is her crown of glory."


~1 Corinthians 11:15


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“Hairdressing, unlike most other professions, is a profession that truly makes people feel good about themselves. It’s a close and personal relationship between two people and along the way develops a level of trust, loyalty and friendship that can span a lifetime.”

~Nick Nastasi, owner of Total Image Salon

Total Image Salon owner Nick Nastasi fondly recalls his Wildwood childhood. Knowing Peter Vincent and later going to work for him, made it even more special. Everyone was like family to Pete, who was like an uncle to Nick. Nick even remembers Pete putting his Christmas toys together for him. His mom, Mary Nastasi, worked for Pete for over 28 years. Happily, former Peter Vincent customers are still customers of Nick. Nick recalls, “Pete did so much for so many people in the town of Wildwood. He employed a lot of people and gave them their first opportunity in their hairdressing career. He was a good person and did a lot of good around town. He had a tennis court and racquet club when I was very young. I learned how to play tennis there and played all through elementary school and in high school played on the Wildwood high school tennis team, where I’ve won state championship in doubles tournament. It really was a great time. Pete

Ricco was a great man and well loved.” When Nick graduated from high school 1986, he went to Maison de Paris Beauty School in Haddonfield New Jersey and, at the same time, attended Fox Real Estate School in Lazo. By the time he completed cosmetology school, he had his state certification in cosmetology as well as his real estate license. He then moved back to Wildwood and worked for Pete for a few years. Then he decided to go back to college. He attended Widener University for four years, graduated with a degree in business in 1992, then moved back to Wildwood and purchased the property located at 4901 Pacific Ave. from Barry Rassmussen, who owned Silens. Betty Rankin owned the Heirloom Salon, which previously resided there but was destroyed in a fire two year’s prior. Nick then opened Total Image Salon, his mom Mary joined his team of stylists and the salon has been stylin on the corner of Rio Grande & Pacific Ave ever since, contributing to the beauty that abounds by the sea…

1920s hair curler perm machine

Kathy Collier worked at Sam's Barber Shop in Cape May Court House before opening up her own place on 17th Street called KC's Barber Shop (originally Mattera's then Rich & Linda's). In 1987 she opened up Personal Touch Hair Salon on the road into N. Wildwood and has been there since.

The Phillips family taken in 2004 for The Sun

Jerry Phillips from Northern Ireland, first spent his summers here in the early 80s before making Wildwood his permanent home in 1984 with the promise of a job at Barbara Ann's Hair Salon. After a couple of years there, like most of the other hairdressers in Wildwood did at the time, he went to work for Peter Vincent. Soon after that an opportunity came for him to buy Mary Miller's shop on Pacific Ave. just a few blocks north at Magnolia. Irish Jerry became the second owner of the very first hair salon mercantile license on the island, dating back to 1924. He heads into his 26th year cutting heads with his wife Kelly by his side.

Rich & Linda Headly with staff, Shelley, Michelle, Jackie & John at 117 E. 17th Ave. N. Wildwood. We were saddened to hear of Rich's passing this past winter.

Pete Ricco's Original Barber Pole that still lights up and spins around, donated by his son, Frank Ricco to the Wildwood Museum

Drawing for The Sun ad by Dorothy

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"To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber." ~Oliver Goldsmith


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(Photos on this page courtesy of the Wildwood Historic Museum)

Pete Ricco, Sr.

Pete Ricco’s Barber Shop at Roberts & Pacific Ave. was open from the 1950s thru 2005 when he retired. Him & his wife Marie are fondly remembered by all who knew them. Young Pete inherited his father's gift of cutting hair and left his own legacy a few blocks north of Pacific Ave.

Al Johnson & Hugh Higgins at their shop on Cedar & Pacific Aves. in 1912 where the new Greek St. Eats is today!

Nick Matacena had his Barber shop on Olde NJ Ave. (where the Elks is today) Nick and his wife Anna ran their Sea Bright Apartments there as well

Joan’s Beauty Salon at Preston & NJ in the Crest

The Hairloom in Anglesea

Stanley Nagorko’s Barber Shop at 124 E. Wildwood Ave.

TICE’S Barber Shop on Walnut & NJ Aves.

A sign that hangs in the Wildwood Museum

Larry Lillo, Sr. with his daughter at his Barber Shop on Pacific Ave. His son Larry, Jr. still operates his Holly Beach Train Depot across the street from where the Barber shop was... the train depot was once the family's Luncheonette

C O N T I N U E S O N T H E N E X T PAG E . . .

Stanley Nagorko used this carousel horse as his children’s barber chair. Pictured are his grandchildren, Albert & Patricia Ensell c. 1939

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“Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts” ~Jim Morrison, the Doors


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Mary Kulisek loved to give her grandchildren their first haircut. Here is Robert Stephen Kulisek in her chair for the first time in 1990.


The original Peter Vincent's!

Ann Suppa cutting her grandson Lance’s hair, c. 1996

1950s Thank you Dr. Joe Salvatore for these wonderful old photos from 1940s & 50s of your parents Katherine & Jerry and staff in their shop, Jerry's Hair Salon. As mentioned in the hairdresser stories here, your cousin Peter took over the shop which still operates today as a hair salon. *Dr. Joe's note: "I am proud of my parents who both came from Margherita, Italy, (same town as the Billottis, Cappaciones, Compares and others) My brother and I are both Wildwood High School graduates and MDs. I also have two kids that are MDs. We are proud to be born and raised in Wildwood."

The Hairem was part of Ann Suppa’s home at 116 W. Hand Ave. from the 60’s to the early 80’s. Her clients were so many of the established wives and women on the island, Mrs. Doris Moore of Moore’s Inlet, the Buckingham sisters, Mrs. Gordon of Neils, Mrs. Rossi & Mrs. Bonelli of The Surf Club ...were just a few of Ann’s clients who were also her friends. The shop was more than a place to get your hair done, it was like a girls club. Ann’s daughter LouAnn recalls, “my mom was fun and goofy at times, so here in the house we could always hear laughter coming from the shop. She made everyone feel like so much more than just a “head”. They were all special to her because she had the gift of making everyone who knew her feel that way.”

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Coco Channel famously said, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Back in the day, it was common for hairdressers to set up shop in their own home. Mary Kulisek was one such talented “beauty entrepreneur,” as these pictures (and her clientele, including her grandchildren) would have happily agreed. She had her own little beauty shop inside her home at 2405 Delaware Avenue, where her clients quickly became close friends and more like family. She ran her business from the late 1970s until she sold her home in 2001. Although she passed away in 2010 and is dearly missed, she is fondly remembered as a “beautyfull” little lady with a big heart, whose small business by the sea made a big difference to everyone who knew and loved her.

Mary & her grandson, Robert


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“Life, love and laughter ~ what priceless gifts.” ~Anon.

Barber Shop

Dino & Cozy Morley Lenore & Joe with North Wildwood’s late Mayor Bill Henfey

Dino & Mr. Lee from the Dragon House Dino Martino with his parents Lenore & Joe outside the shop in January, 2018 Before Joe Martino became a licensed beautician out of Tri-County South Philly in 1972, he was a boxer and US Air force Military Police, stationed in California and Germany. Still in 1972, Joe found work in Paul Hoffman’s Barber Shop before he and his wife Lenore found their home by the sea and opened Martino’s Barber shop at 15th & New York Ave. Joe & Lenore’s oldest son Joe took a job with the county and worked for the majority of his career creating the beautiful Cape May County Zoo. In 1978, their son Dino followed in his father’s footsteps and became a licensed beautician. Soon an opportunity became available at Poplar & Pacific Avenues and Martino’s Barbers relocated to downtown Wildwood. Since he was nine years old, Dino was also a drummer who played in many local bands, one namely called the Stuffed Shirts featuring (now Honorable) Andrew Cafiero on guitar, Jamie Cafiero on bass guitar and Billy Callahan on guitar. They played venues all over town, including the Bolero and the Penalty Box. The mid 1980s found Martino’s Barbers on the move once again, this time to their current location at 2305 New Jersey Ave. Joe, Lenore & Dino enjoyed many wonderful years working together, taking

“beautiful” hair care of Wildwoods’ locals and local legends (pictured here) including Mr. Lee from Wildwood’s famous dragon house restaurant, Johnny Puleo, “the little man with the giant harmonica,” comedians like Rick & Jerry and the legendary Cozy Morley. Their impressive clientele also included local dignitaries such as Mayors Catanoso, Vinci, Palumbo & Henfey, former WPD police chief Bob Davenport, Ralph Sheets and Neil from Neil’s Steak House. The list goes on… Joe fondly remembers his customers telling him, “It’s not just the best haircut, it’s the show!” Joe & Lenore retired several years ago at the start of Joe’s battle with cancer. Thankfully, he continues to be in remission. Martino’s, one of the last of the real barbers on the island, sadly, closed their doors in the fall of 2017 when Dino was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Dino wanted us to relay his farewell message to his customers, saying, you may be missing your great haircuts, but not all of his complaining! Hopefully, you’ll catch him cruising the island in his Ferrari this summer... (If anyone is interested in taking over the shop, please call the Martino’s at 609-972-5973

Joe with comedians, Rick & Jerry

Dino & Judge Joe Visalli

Joe Martino & Bob Davenport

Jake LaMotta, “the Raging Bull” & Joe Martino from his days in the service.

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“The morning heat had already soaked through the walls, rising up from the floor like a ghost of summers past.” ~Erik Tomblin

The Sweeney’s Old Shute Cottage

“Old places have souls.” ~Anonymous homeowner

The new “Saoirse” By Dorothy Kulisek

SHUTE COTTAGE 2 squares from beach, 1907 Poplar and Philadelphia Avenue (New Jersey Avenue today)

Jim Sweeney is very proud of his unique and rare Payson’s Pendulum door system, and rightfully so!

Jim & Deb Sweeney with mom Marie Sweeney and Milo


im and Deb Sweeney, whose family trees both proudly began generations ago in Wildwood, possess an ongoing love for Wildwood that is evident in the restoration of their historical home on Poplar & New Jersey Aves. Advertisements for The Shute Cottage, as well as for T. F. Shute General Contractor were found in a directory at the museum, revealing that the property was originally an apartment house built in 1895. The first floor was a horse stable, to which the Sweeneys attribute their good luck in the home’s restoration project, having found a horseshoe laying just under the surface of the dirt floor, before Troiano Concrete came to pour new floors. The Sweeneys purchased the property in November 2013 from the Goodspeeds, who owned the property for 78 years and were reluctant to sell because they feared it would be torn down by developers. Jim & Deb promised that their plan was to restore it to its original grandeur. True to their word, all of the electric and plumbing has been replaced in the past five years. Everyone in the family, including their children and Jim’s mom Marie, has contributed to the labor of love. Room by room,

they’ve painstakingly worked sanding floors, stripping wallpaper, scraping paint and taking out the poorly-placed walls and additions that covered up beautiful features. The pocket doors, which separate the living and dining rooms, were a rare find. They were built on a Payson’s Pendulum, a system thats application for a patent began in 1893. Contributing to the home’s memorable history, newspapers dating back to the turn of the century were discovered under one of the bathroom floors and were creatively used as decoupaged wallpaper. Because the Sweeneys cherish their away-from-it-all time in their shore cottage, they purposely have no Wi-Fi or television, truly maintaining its old world charm. Those who pass by this grand old Wildwood home can’t help but notice the large sign hanging from the 2nd floor porch that reads Saoirse, which means Freedom in Gaelic. For the Sweeneys, who were pondering what name to give the new old house, the spirit of the Irish echoed from the north of the island onto the thing they hold dearly ... the freedom and joy they find in their soulful home by the sea…

Jim’s mom Marie lends a helping hand in the restoration project

Deb Sweeney resourcefully used old found newspapers from the home to decoupage her bathroom walls Closeup views of vintage hardware

A key collection hangs displayed in a shadow box with memories of when the old cottage was a busy summer apartment building

The Lucky horseshoe found in the floor


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“Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.” – American Indian Proverb

The Lenni Lenape of Cape May County

From the Archives of the

Wildwood Historic Museum

w ritten b y Jes s e R . Coomb s

Jesse Robert Coombs was a lifelong resident of Wildwood who passed away January 3, 2003. He was the owner of Coombs Meat Market, served in the NJ National Guard, was Past President of the Wildwood Crest Historical Society, Past President of Wildwood Crest Jr. Fire Company and its Basketball Team, an active honorary member of Town Bank Volunteer Fire Co., 1949 graduate of Wildwood High, Indian Lecturer and Historian, Life Member of Order of the Arrow 107, member of the Wildwood String Band, member of the Velvetiers Orchestra, just to name a few.

In 1524, Giovanni de Verranzano sailed around Cape May County. The Lenni Lenape Indians came aboard his ship. He claimed that they were “the goodliest people and of the fairest conditions that we found in this our voyage.” Henry Hudson also saw Indians on the shore of Townbank in the year 1609. Known Indian villages of the Kechemeches in Cape May county are: Townbank, Nummytown, Dias Creek, Crooked Creek, Mayville, Rio Grande, Cold Spring, Fishing Creek, and Burleigh. A Kechemeches village that resided in Townbank in 1645 was moved in 1718 by King Nummy to the area behind what is currently Menz’s Restaurant. In 1685 it was recorded that Evan Davis bought a whale from an Indian called King Nummy, which was said to have been caught off the shores of the area now called Wildwood. In 1735 the Kechemeches left Cape May County. Their chief King Nummy, stayed behind to take care of his sisters’ children. A Lenni Lenape dugout canoe found in Dennis Creek is now on display in the state museum in Trenton. In 1923, an elderly Lenape named David Harmon told Charles Philhower, a scholar of NJ Indian culture, that his people lived in Cape May County long before the first Europeans arrived. The great quantity of shell piles found contiguous to the sea board supports the

In the late 1800s, Noah Hand married Maria Mason, who was a Lenni Lenape. Noah was descended from the Hand English whalers in Cape May County. Their portraits were submitted by their great granddaughter Louise Hand -Mihalek notion that the Indians were numerous in Cape May County. Many descendants of King Nummy and his sister Snowflower, are still in this county today. [Via Wildwood Sun by-the-Sea facebook page, Bruce Lippincott commented that Snowflower converted to Christianity and changed her name to Prudence to marry Benajah Thompson, who were his 8th great-grandparents.] The Indians got their drinking water from springs or freshwater lakes like Cold Spring, Lily Lake or Magnolia Lake in Wildwood (which was near Magnolia & New Jersey Aves.) The Wildwoods were a favorite spot for the Indians long before the white man discovered America. Each year, the Indians made a pilgrimage to what was known in their language as “Five Miles of Health and Happiness.” On a selected date, Lenni Lenape from faraway areas would follow the well-worn King Nummy Trail from the mainland. They would congregate on the wide sandy beaches and enjoy a festive time of bathing, conversing, trade, and feasting. It is to them that we owe the delicious recipe for clambakes. An Indian trail, the continuation of the King Nummy Trail, entered the north end of the island and exited the south, just west of the present New Jersey Ave. to meet another Indian trail that entered the middle of the island where the Rio Grande bridge was built. In 1688, the Delaware Indians sold all of Cape May County to the whites for “ten

scripts matchcotes, twelve blue and red match coats, twelve strowd water matchcotes, twelve strize matchcotes, ten kettles, twelve shirts, twelve pairs of stockings, thirty two knives, forty five silver shillings, twenty barrels of lead, ten tobacco boxes, one runlett of shott, halfe a hundred of powder, fower pound of red lead, one grosse one dozen pipes, two capps, fower adzes, five hand saws, two hundred flints, tenn guns, tenn axes, ten howes, fower drawing knives, twelve looking glasses, five steeles, eighteen auls, twelve combs, six jews and harps, sixtenn gallons of rumm, one barrle of beere, two pair of shoes, and two cllico neck clothes.” This abstract of the Indian deed for the land was between Stephens Creek and Little Egg Harbor and Cape May Point including all of Cape May County. The New Jersey Indians decided to formally organize and incorporate under the name of “Nanticoke-Lenni Lenape Indians of New Jersey Inc.” It seemed appropriate since the members were descended from one or the other tribe and through intermarriage some had ancestors on both tribes. The group was incorporated on August 7th, 1978. Some family names include: Cuff, Coombs, Custis, Bard, Saunders, Thompson, and Ward. The Nanticoke-Lenni Lenape tribe staked its claim in 1980. They received the state recognition in 1982. The Lenni Lenape are the largest family tribe on the east coast to be recognized by the state.

Chief Two Moons Photo taken July, 1914 at the Dorsey Hotel, Wildwood “Three State Celebration of Improved Order of Red Man”. He was the only living leader of Custer’s Last Satnd at Little Big Horn.

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Eureka Baptist Church 142 W. Spencer Ave. 522-1028 Sunday School 9:45am Sunday Service 11am Wed Prayer 7-8pm

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First Baptist Church of Anglesea 3rd & Atlantic Ave. 522-2951

First Presbyterian Church 4511 Pacific Ave. 522-1244 Sunday Service 10am Wed. Bible Study 9:30am

Sunday 10:30am Eve. Prayer Meeting 6pm Weds Family Bible 7pm

Asbury A.M.E. Church Young & New Jersey Ave. 729-5584


Assumption RC Church 7110 Seaview Ave. Wildwood Crest 522-4114

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Weekday Mass Mon-Fri 8:30am

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 2810 Atlantic Ave. 522-5000 8am Spoken Service w/Communion 10:30am Traditional Service w/Communion ~ Sunday School. Third Sunday of each Month 10:30am Contemporary Blended Service w/ Communion

North Wildwood United Methodist Church 2nd & Central Ave. 522-2271 Sunday Service 9am

St. Ann’s RC Church

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St. Simeon’s by-the-Sea Episcopal 26th & Central Ave. 522-8389

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West Wildwood Bible Church 9 Neptune Avenue 523-8863 Sunday 10am Eve. Prayer 6pm Wed. Prayer 7pm

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Crest Community Church Crocus & Pacific Aves 522-1618 Sunday 9:30am Breakfast, Worship and the WORD! FOOD PANTRY, SOUP


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“I’ve thought of an ending for my book – “And he lived happily ever after… to the end of his days.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Congregational photo at the church’s 120th anniversary celebration in April

Ebbing Tides; Times Change But Never Truth by Rachel Rogish It’s the everyday foot-soldiers who get the job done in war-time; the everyday infantry marching through mud, snow, and swirling desert sand who press forward, motivated by a cause greater than themselves. Do they ever tire, want to give up? The answer to fear and doubt is the same for every volunteer or drafted recruit: keep going. In sunshine or rain, the work remains ahead. WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle once wrote that he “loved the infantry,” the foot-soldier with no comforts who learns to live without necessities. An anniversary service may not appear to be the same as a front-line, but if you look closer, you will see the truth. People are the church - the group, large or small, of believers from all backgrounds and walks of life all together for a cause greater than themselves. Along the front-lines of Gospel advance, the men and women who make up the First Baptist Church of Anglesea celebrated 120 years of “holding the fort” for Jesus’ sake! On April 6-8, 2018, the First Baptist remembered and commemorated those ebbing tides of time. With special speaker, music, and readings, the congregation and friends caught a glimpse of old Anglesea. In 1885, a Union Sunday School was organized in the parlor of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, under Freeling H. Hewitt’s care and supervision. The tiny congregation met in Hereford Light for 13 years until 1898. Outgrowing the Hewitt’s parlor, the congregation filed for incorporation and became a legally instituted body. A chapel was erected on a lot owned by Hewitt, then known as Third and Pennsylvania Avenues. Fifteen hundred and twenty-four dollars totaled the final cost of the chapel. Today, one chuckles at such an amount, but consider what fifteen hundred and

twenty-four dollars meant to fishermen and shipwrights! The first settlers of Anglesea, hardy and conservative folk, knew the struggle against storm, driving wind, and making a living off the sea. Families needed care, children needed shoes, and everyone needed food and shelter. Life on a barrier island, thrust between sea and sky, was obscure and difficult. Under Pastor Alfred Chaplin, the original church building took shape. The original baptistery and stained-glass window can be seen today in the present building. Little by little, the “Little Church with a Mighty God” grew and spiritual blessings flooded hearts and lives, spilling over into the community with gladness! Changed lives never fail to turn heads not to the ones who have changed but to the One who changed them. Without fanfare, the work was accomplished, proclaiming that a relationship with God is through Christ, and Christ alone. Times change, and no one remains impervious to the tide’s pull. Ministers moved on to other locations across the country and the island changed, too. Young people, seeking educational and work opportunities, went their way. Some left seeking larger churches or moved away to be near family or secure better jobs. Despite changes and challenges, the congregation still stands on the foundation laid by those farsighted saints as a beacon for the Savior, the blood, the Bible and furthering the vision to reach our community with the Gospel. I came to North Wildwood in 2011, my dad then accepting the call to become pastor. I came after a time of doubt and wandering in my own life only to find the way again among the loving church. Why don’t you come and see for yourself?

First Baptist Church of Anglesea at 3rd & Atlantic was founded in 1898. The stained-glass window from the first building was preserved and placed in the front of the new building, where it stands today. The present building was built in 1973.

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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith...” ~2 Timothy 4:7 Words cannot adequately express our sincere gratitude for everyone’s kindness and support at the sudden passing of our husband and father, Bill Bolle. The communities of the Wildwoods, Cape May county and beyond have gone over and above the level of support for us at this most difficult time. We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful community and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.” ~David Thomas

A Military Moment

WWII Veterans Honored by Quilts of Valor

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Joe Orlando, Henri J Bedard, John Vollrath, Kathy Tweed, Hank Bedard & Ken Douglass On the morning of April 4, 2018, I was ately needed teletype and telephone honored to be a part of something very operators and if she enlisted, her job special. North Wildwood’s VFW Post would be secure until after the war was 5941 together with South Jersey Quilts over. She remembers being shipped of Valor presented 3 local WWII vet- over on the Queen Mary, landing in erans with their own handmade quilts London during a bombing. She was and matching pillow case to honor then stationed in Paris for the remainder of the war where she maintained their service to our country. calls to Eisenhowers headquarters in Members of this organization sew toGermany. gether at homes and churches all over the country with the mission to “cover Henri J, a D-Day veteran who served service members and veterans touched in the 83rd Infantry Division of the US by war with comfort and healing Quilts Army from 1943-1946 on the front lines of Omaha Beach, Saint-Mali & Dinan of Valor.” and appointed Chevalier of the French North Wildwood residents and veterLegion of Honor medal for his heroic ans Mable Jaworski, Henri J Bedard, Al contribution towards the liberation of Mouklas and Bob Finn were all moved France during WWII. to tears at receiving their special gifts which were more than a military med- Al Mouklas enlisted in 1941 and served al, each woven together with so much in the US Navy in the Pacific Theater aboard the Destroyer the USS Winslow. love and prayer. He was fortunate to have not seen any action. He served for 20 years and Kathy Tweed represented SJ Quilts of retired as a Gunner’s Mate, 1st class. Valor, while Joe Orlando, John Volrath Sergeant Bob Finn was in the 3/10 and Bill Lamb represented NW VFW 78th infantry division of the US Army Post 5941. entering in 1944. Mable Rose McKee Jaworski served as Each of these veterans were quoted a Signal Corp. Sergeant in US Army as saying, “We did what we had to during WWII. When war broke out she do”... and it’s this humble attitude they was working for the phone company share in common that has made them (her brothers Walter and Larry in old the Greatest Generation ever to live photo here, had been drafted already.) in this great country, the United States She saw a sign that Eisenhower desperof America.

A World War I British Company Commander had his men memorize Psalm 91 and not one soldier under his command was lost. A story out of WWI told of the 91st Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Expeditionary Army who were preparing to enter combat in Europe. Most of the men were “green soldiers” who had never seen combat. Its commander, a devout Christian, called an assembly of his men where he gave each a little card on which was printed the 91st Psalm. They agreed to recite the Soldier’s Psalm daily. The 91st Brigade was engaged in 3 of the bloodiest battles of WWI: Chateau Thierry, Belle Wood, and the Argonne. While other American units similarly engaged had up to 90% casualties, the 91st Brigade did not suffer a single combat related casualty!

Psalm 91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the LORD, who is my refuge - then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” ~Sent in by Joe Olwell of Lamb Book Store

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Raw Bar-Ceviche-Tacos Harry Gale & his girls shopping at Green Street Market and restocking the shelves with some of his famous Harry & Beans Coffee.

Tom & Sharon Hartman enjoy walking the beach at sunset, all year long. This year they found sanddollars!

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Celebrating 10 years at the Kingfish Bar and Grille Sign Taken at the site of the former Wally’s Cafe at Walnut and Olde New Jersey Avenues during a Fall festival... this group of North Wildwoodians had shirts made and decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kingfish Bar and Grille that was never built:-) Celebrating from left to right are Andy, Lorie, Anne, Ed, Bill, Mimi, Betty, and Mark

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I’ve lived in Ohio for forty years, but my memories of the Wildwoods are as clear as if they were only a day old. My family and I make at least one pilgrimage to the Wildwoods each year. Even our youngest grandchild, born in Akron, Ohio, will be making her eighth visit this summer. On June 5, 2017, the Wildwood Sun by the Sea Magazine posted an artist’s rendering of a train crossing a railroad trestle on Facebook, flooding me with good memories, as The SUN often does! When I drive around town, I marvel at all the changes that have occurred, and I’ve seen many. Condos have replaced old houses. Mom & Pop stores have closed, giving way to big box stores on the other side of the George Redding Bridge, a.k.a. “The Rio Grande Bridge.” The car dealerships in town have moved inland. The fishing piers no longer reach the water’s edge. No more do you smell bread baking as you drive along Park Boulevard at night. I can’t buy a pizza at John’s Pizza on Schellenger Avenue. No Marsh’s Bakery. But…there are still things around Wildwood that take me right back to my childhood. When I walk down that small section of boardwalk by Cedar Avenue, I still see the Old Mill boat ride, the Jack Rabbit coaster and the Carousel that was under a big-top roof at the corner where Kohr’s Bros. now resides. I see the arcade with the bumper cars and the game where the pigs came down a slide if you hit the target with the ball. Walking along 23rd Street, I still see Sportland Pool. When I walk under the boardwalk on the way to the beach, I see my brother and me looking for dropped change (I still have a chipped tooth from a failed limbo attempt under a concrete support). In my eyes Captain George Sinn’s pink Big Flamingo still plies the ocean off the beach along with Captain Otto Stocker’s blue Sightseer.

Ed & Ruth Lewis on the Wildwood beach Sept. 1, 1952 When I look at the Rite Aid on New Jersey Avenue, I see the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line station and the tracks that went down the center of New Jersey Avenue, where trains were parked back in the 50’s. When I visit my father’s house in West Wildwood that he built in the early fifties, as I look toward the water, I see the railroad where trains passed and the siding where passenger cars were parked in preparation for a busy weekend (as a kid I always wanted to sneak inside one but never did). Then there’s that railroad trestle that was in that Facebook post, which is no longer there, but exists in my mind’s eye. Fishing seemed to only yield those pesky oyster crackers, so we stuck to crabbing. The trestle supports served as diving boards. When trains approached, we would climb down onto the large supports and wait until the train passed overhead, a mere four or five feet away. We waited until the passenger cars were overhead then performed what in our minds were spectacular Olympic-style dives into the channel below the bridge. Isn’t it interesting how much nostalgia one Facebook picture can trigger? My 93 yearyoung father could tell many more stories. Some things have changed, but my grandchildren don’t care about “the good old days.” They are forming memories of their own. They still get excited when they walk onto the boardwalk. Their memories won’t be of John’s Pizza; they’ll be of some other place. They have no idea how exciting it was for me to watch a train go by, but they’ll tell their grandchildren about other things they saw. It’s all good, and Wildwood lives on.


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“In God we trust.” ~Pennies from Heaven

Local Coin Collectors Discover a Gift from the Sea By Dorothy Kulisek

Dockside Dining & Take Out

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1788 New Jersey half penny found this year on the Hereford Inlet beach

“Time itself made all things rare.” ~American Journalist Lionel Shriver At one time, you could stand on the beach and look out at the horizon and see nothing but tall ships, which at one time, were the best form of transportation. Sadly, with those tall ships came many shipwrecks, especially as they passed Hereford Inlet. Our history books have over 60 shipwrecks on record, keeping both history and treasure seekers happily scouring our beaches to this day. Knowledgeable coin collectors use special metal detectors, knowing how significant it is to discover old artifacts. Honoring that significant part of history, the Coin Collectors Club meets at 7PM on the second Friday of the month in North Wildwood at the Central Bible Church located at 18th and Central Ave. Their meetings consist of discussions, an auction and a 50/50 raffle (donut money). Dr. Bob Bransfield is on hand, discussing Greek coins as well as the different types of early American Colonial coins, with American large cent coins added to their discussion

list. Dr. Bob, (Wildwood native and Dr. Mace baby,) recently discussed an early 1794 American penny added to his collection, found under the old post office in Cape May, as well as a Roman coin found in Rio Grande (most likely from early settlers in the 1600s who brought various coins from Europe). Also recently discussed in the club was a 1788 New Jersey half penny that was discovered by Larry Wells on the Hereford Inlet beach, clearly from an early American shipwreck. While valuable to coin collectors, its true value lies in what it says about our history. Rarely are 1700s artifacts found in Wildwood. Its condition was surprisingly good considering it had been buried in the salty sea for over 200 years! There are over 100 different varieties of New Jersey halfpennies, some common, some quite rare, all finding a place in our illustrious history. Thank you Dr. Bob & fellow coin collectors for sharing this information with The Sun!

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The Wildwood Historical Society is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that operates on donations and our membership programs.

The Fabulous Fall Open House was held on the same day as the Fabulous Fifties celebration and Wildwood High School’s 50 Plus School Reunion which brought many Wildwood native visitors in, as well as other friends who love to reminisce about those wonderful Wildwood days gone by... The museum hosted a Spring Open House on March 23rd also. SAVE THE DATE for our Fabulous Fall Open House, Wildwood Historical Museum’s (President) Al Brannen in Sat. Oct. 13, 2018 • 12-3:30 his 69 Ford Vietnam which he showcased in the Car Show

Dorothy with Len & Helen Guthrie (siblings) Helen was one of the first people to send in old photos to The SUN. She has so many wonderful photos, that they have been featured in many issues over the years. Look for the Guthrie’s Wildwood story in this issue!

Kathy Boyer Maher & Chris White Kathy is the daughter of the museum’s founder. She stands proudly beneath a sign with her father’s vision statement, “Help us gather those irreplaceable links with the past, and preserve them for generations yet to come. “– George Boyer

Pat, Lisa & Joe Russo came to take a trip down memory lane, to their glory days in Wildwood when their family restaurant was serving 1000 delicious Italian dinners a night on the corner of Davis & Park Blvd.

Erin & Kelly (soon to be new parents :-)

Bill & Barbara Cottman For 31 years Bill was Executive Director of Wildwood Housing Authority and mainly responsible for Sandman Towers

Museum board members Lew Vinci, Dorothy Kulisek & Pam Bross

Bill & Helen Mitchell

Christina & Benny Mawhinney & Grace Sedotti Zambardi

Joe, Linda, Sarah Chaga who shared so many memories... like Pop’s waterice truck and pretzels that used to be in the parking lot at Moore’s in the 1970s!!!

Beverly Clark of the Shivers family, a forthcoming story in next issue!


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“A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.”

~Thomas Jefferson

The Wildwood Historical Museum’s Fabulous Fall Open House ... continued Service is our specialty!



26th & Park Blvd. Wildwood 609-522-9229 BOZ THE BEAR WRESTLER! Tom Boz is showcased in the museum with his prized claim-to-fame trophy. He worked at Sportland Pool the summer of 1975. His job was to stand outside with Victor the Bear in between Aqua Circus shows and try Collette Bove discovered memorato get people in to wrestle... if he didn’t, then bilia of her grandfather’s Customhe would have to wrestle himself.. that summer, Boz wrestled Victor the Rasslin Bear 52 times craft store once thriving on Park Blvd. (below) and never lost!



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Boz’ “Victor the Razzlin’ bear trophy”

620 New Jersey Ave. North Wildwood, NJ • 609.600.3613 Bob & Denise Tisone of Tisone Builders, Steve Mensch & Patti Nawalinski both families have been vacationing in the Wildwoods for generations


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...and just like that, Winter is nowhere to be found!” ~bring on Summer of 2018 :-)

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Christmas in the

Tom, Angel, Julia & Pam Byrne standing proudly for the first time in the new Byrne plaza


BobbiLynn, Emma, Lynn, Brad and Bill whose boat , the “Cheers 4” floated in the parade

Doug & Janet and their little friend

Joanne & Mr. Sea Isle Ice

Lainey & Peg

Doug, Gina, Nancy, Michelle & Mayor Patrick at Hereford Lighthouse Tree Lighting

Eric & Megan

The Robinson’s ~ Anthony, Barbara, Brittany and Michayla

Mayor Don & Jeanine Cabrera

inlet beach friends, Cathy & Mike

Jodie & the beautiful Byrne Plaza Christmas Tree

Bob, Billy & Bob

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“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”


~Susan Polis Shutz

Christmas in the

Wild woods

Quality Workmanship & Design AWARD-WINNING LANDSCAPING Foundations • Block • Stone • Pavers Masonry • Concrete • Landscaping HOUSE RAISING Suzanne, the Underdog Parade Queen

Let 19th Hole be your 1st Call!

Bob & Marykate Sahaylo of Boardwalk Buck$

“We’ll lay our trowels down against anybody!’ Sheila & Bailey

Tj & Jen

For Service with a Smile!

BOBBY McMICHAELS 609.522.7210 Miss Taylor

Russ, Catina, little Catena & Dom

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“If my dreams could all come true, paradise would be - in a little bungalow - somewhere by the sea.”

Wildwood Cottages by-the-Sea Build me a home by the sea. . . where the wild winds blow and the birds fly free. . . Most of these photos are from Wildwood Historic Museum

Crocus Ave. house Wildwood Crest, c. 1906

Baker Bros. Sales Office - Maple & Atlantic Ave.

Rita Rea’s Apts. 2406 Central Ave., N. Wildwood 25th & New Jersey Ave. North Wildwood, c.1904

A typical residence in Wildwood Crest, c. early 1900s

Built in 1935 as the Cafiero Residence 2010 Central Ave.

Rita Rea with visitors at 2406 Central Ave. N. Wildwood 121 E. Farragut Ave. Wildwood Crest, c. 1921

Rita Rea as it is today, happily under restoration by new owners

George Redding residence at 5th & Central Ave.

5806 Pacific Ave. Wildwood Crest, c. 1905

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“For happy health, fuel yourself with dreams and greens.” ~Terri Guillemets

Live Entertainment Sindi Raymond Band Saturdays all summer The Juliano Brothers Wednesdays & Fridays

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Summer Special

$15 Bottle of Wine .00

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Sunset Dinner Menu $19.95

Stellar Mojo The Paul Moore Band Jamison Celtic Rock Animal House Rad & Kell

Served from 4pm to 6pm

Sunset Dinners are complete with no substitutions, and includes salad, 1 entree, house dessert & coffee

Fresh Fish of the Day Shrimp Scampi Fried Crab Cake Slow Roasted Prime Rib or Beef Chicken Parmesan Soy & Honey Glazed Salmon


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“For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.” ~Psalm 90:4

Bob Ingram

turns 80 at Mia Mia’s Restaurant & Raw Bar he’s the youngest 80 year old we know!

Bob & Bob Bob’s girls~ Mimmy, Arlene & Beth

...and many happy returns of the day Bob Ingram

Nick Moran (w/out Puppy) Bob & Dorothy have been friends and working together since the first issue of The Sun hit the streets April 1, 2004

80 years worth of Friends gathered for the youngest 80 year old they know.

Siblings Ellen, Jean & Bob (other sister Donna was unable to make the big birthday bash)

Kathy & Tony

Jean & Vince Conti

Walt & Pat Miller

Bobalu Sofranski

Tony & Joanne Deutsch


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“Time is the Life of the Soul.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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by Bob Speigel, Vineland, native of Wildwood I picked up ‘The Sun’ today and the layout looks great! You always do a beautiful job. I’m looking forward to settling into my comfy chair with a cup of coffee and ‘The Sun”. ~ Ralph G

The Dash

Bob had an awesome x-country trip last summer covering all 5 major national parks in Utah: Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches, also Mesa Verdi, Colorado, Meteor Crater, Arizona, and topped it off at Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Every park was spectacular, yet different. He bought along a copy of The SUN to read in between hikes in the mountains of every park. Bob Speigel writes: I’ve always been baffled why some people delay their retirement, never taking advantage of those years to travel around this wonderful country of ours. The United States of America has so much to offer in the way of spectacular scenery and places to visit. Forest Gump said that “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” Subtly hidden in that meaning is that we usually won’t know when our time here on earth will come to a close. As of this writing, I have been in 46 of our 50 states and will complete the remaining 4 soon. My travels are structured to do entire regions, visiting important landmarks in each. In the Pacific Northwest, having dinner up on the Space Needle, touring the Boeing plant (the largest building in the world, by volume), and driving the scenic Pacific Coastal highway through WA, OR, and CA are great things to do. My 2017 trip was to the 5 major national parks in UT), Mesa Verde, CO, Meteor Crater, AZ, and topped off with the north rim of the Grand Canyon, AZ.

A cross-country trip yielded the Arch in St. Louis and a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Mount Rushmore, Hoover Dam, Pike’s Peak, and the Skywalk over the Grand Canyon. In Washington, DC, the Washington Mall, our nation’s Capital building, the Washington Monument, and Arlington National Cemetery are all must-see places. The DC Metro is a very user-friendly system in which to navigate around the city. Mackinac Island in MI, with no vehicles allowed, is only accessible by ferry and is a beautiful place to visit. Bikes are available for renting for the short 9-mile ride around the island. Fort Mackinac, which dates back to the War of 1812, sits on the top of a hill with a beautiful view overlooking the harbor. Its Grand Hotel has the longest porch in the world. Seniors can purchase a lifetime pass for a nominal fee from the National Park Service good for entry into all national parks...what a great bargain! Remember the old Johnny Cash song, “I’ve Been Everywhere”? I’ve listed only a few in this article. Retirees, don’t let your freedom years be wasted. Make your bucket list and see what our great country has to offer. My advice for younger people: retirement is a planned event; prepare for it. In closing, I offer this poignant poem:

I knew a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone, from the the end. He noted that first came her date of birth, and spoke the following date with tears. But he said what mattered most of all… was the dash between those years. (1949 - 2018) For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars...the house...the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. So, think about this long and hard, are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real. And always try to understand the way other people feel. And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more. And love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile. Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy’s being read… with your life’s actions to rehash. Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

The Sun is the best thing that has happened to Wildwood, can’t wait for each issue to come out so I can read it from cover to cover. ~ Mike L.

Every time I open the pages of The Wildwood Sun by the Sea Magazine, I am grateful for your work which brings all that is good on God’s earth into our homes. God bless you; we are lucky to have you in our midst. ~ Gina P. We love The Wildwood Sun!! A great deal of hard work and love goes into each publication ! ~Patricia C. Just finished the latest “SUN!” Wow again!! I love the double format, it really does seem endless. And I still look it over, then go back and read and re-read all the wonderful articles and ads! Always so much to learn about in the columns. What great information in your While You Were Away column and about our Wildwood of Old and New. ~Jean R

The BEST shore paper ever! ~John C. One of the best Christmas gifts I got from my son is The SUN! ~Jean K.

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“God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it’s me.” ~variation of an excerpt from “The Serenity Prayer” by Reinhold Neibuhr


Save the Date! Sunday, Aug. 12th, 2018

Whatever you’re looking for... You’ll find it at the North Wildwood Flea Market!

Anne Vinci Cathy Luthin

Mary Walsh & Chris Haflin of Wildwood Catholic Art Dept. Flea Market Team Janet Harkins & Mo Thall

Pat duVilla & Theresa Markee Rex Garrison

The Raabe family. . . Smiling in The Sun :-) Micky & Maria Full of Sunshine!

Debbie & Barb

Ray the Baker...& surfer

Pam with her beautiful mop :-)

Carol & Joan

JoeMarie, Jenna, Chris, Dan and Graham & Carter love to have fun reading The Sun!

Forever following The Sun are Patty Parkhurst, Gina Athas and Mike & Barbara Butler

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“Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.” ~Elbert Hubbard

















Take Out Available!

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Live Music on the Deck

Happy Hour Daily from 2-4pm (1/2 Price Apps & $2 Draft Beer - bar only) Lunch from 12 noon Dinner from 4pm Early Bird Dinners from 4-6pm $8 Kid’s Meal (includes a treat!) Kid’s Arcade and Soft Serve Ice Cream

• 2 for $29 Sunset Entrée Specials from 4-5:30 pm • Live Entertainment Daily • Lighter Deck Menu available 11:30 am till close • Children’s Menu $8 • Dinners from 4 pm • Happy Hour 4-6 pm, food & drink specials

Home of the All-You-Can-Eat CRABS 506 W. Rio Grande Ave. Snow Crabs & Maryland Blue Crabs

588 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, NJ 609-729-5301


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“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night... It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” – Blackfoot

Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood

Early Pioneers of Five Mile Beach To read more visit the Wildwood Historic Museum


by Meg Corcoran


t’s nearly summer in the town of Wildwood, NJ and the Life of the Party (i.e. our latest cast of shore-loving characters) have arrived to celebrate the season in style. The Incredibles 2 are ready to boogie board on the most incredible waves, knowing their innate Hereditary will eventually have them on lifeguard duty. Fortunately, the Avengers: (having temporarily settled the) Infinity War are happy to spend a peaceful eternity (or until their next movie, whichever comes first) lending a heroic hand to beachgoers in need. Not really interested in saving anyone, Deadpool 2 is enjoying himself, rising atop the liveliest waves before taking up twice as much space on the beach. Safely settled in their beach chairs, the members of the Book Club are thrilled to dive into the latest “beach read,” happy to toss those Hollywood scripts aside for a seaside escape they’ll want to continue well into summer! Before escaping to your neighborhood movie theater, please check your local listings for release date changes… The Avengers: (including Chris Pratt and Chris Evans, create an) Infinity War (opened May 4th) in their efforts to conquer the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his threats against the world, which, fortunately, cannot threaten all the eternal wonders abounding from Anglesea to Diamond Beach and beyond. A jilted wife (Melissa McCarthy) is determined to become the Life of the Party (opens May 11th), enrolling in the same college as her daughter (Debbie Ryan), who would rather spend time with her on Morey’s Piers. Time spent at the Captain Kidd Pirate Day momentarily inspires some PG-related moments for Deadpool 2 (opens May 18th), the foul-mouthed Marvel hero (Ryan Reynolds) on his latest, oddest adventure. Also stars Josh Brolin. A Murder Mystery Weekend provides live entertainment for the members of a monthly Book Club (opens May 18th), whose meetings have a profound effect on four lifelong friends (Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen).

Perched high above the ocean, Star Wars: A Solo Story (opens May 25th) follows Hans Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) into a sinister underworld where he meets his future copilot Chewbacca and a starry, history-in-the-making crew is formed. Also starring Woody Harrelson. Escaping into a Downtown Wildwood FREE Family Movie Night might help the Graham family (including Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne) who believe Hereditary (opens June 8th) may be to blame for the sinister events that haunt them following the matriarch’s death. The ladies of Ocean’s 8 (including Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, opens June 8th) turn heads at the Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show before turning New York City upside down as they plan a near-impossible raid during the annual Met gala. Sure to be the most colorful contestants at the Wildwood Talent Showcase, the Incredibles 2 (opens June 15th) finds Mr. Incredible (voice of Craig T. Nelson) left at home on dad duty while Elastigirl (voice of Holly Hunter) takes on the task of saving the animated world. The Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony will have to wait as Owen and Clair (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard) deal with the threat of a once-dormant volcano coming to life, determined to save Jurassic World: (from becoming a) Fallen Kingdom (opens June 22nd). Two competitive con artists (Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson) attempt The Hustle (opens June 29th) that will send the other one packing, leaving more beach space and less competition during friendly rounds of Skeeball at Mariner’s Arcade. As night takes over day, Star Wars: A Solo Story lights up the skies, pointing the way to our starry, story-filled boardwalk. The cast of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has stumbled upon Adventure Pier and risen to the task of riding every adventurous ride. Riding on their own self-serving steam, the Ocean’s 8 gang is so inspired by our peaceful view they’re soon committing to a crime-free life along the coast, where they can experience a Hustle-free existence surrounded by the sun and the stars right here in Wildwood by the sea…

Lavania P. Moultrie (1889 - 1976)

136 W. Garfield Ave. Wildwood

Filed her own Opened the very Patent for a first unemployment Compound for the agency in the state Treatment of the Scalp and Hair of New Jersey in Tonic in 1920. 1910. Read Lavania’s amazing story in this issue!

Jeanette Du Bois Meech (1835-1911) organized the first religious services in Holly Beach, opened the first store and started the first newspaper, the Holly Beach Herald. In her first issue in July 1885 she wrote of Holly Beach: “May it be a home where law and order shall abide, and from which temperance and every vice that degrades a community shall be banished. Here may people praise God, and the music of happy voices blend ever with the sea’s continual refrain.”

Norman W. Ryan was the first boy to be born in Wildwood. In honor of the occasion they gave him the middle name of Wildwood. Shown here with his sister Alta, (who must have been the first girl)

Mary Van Halen (1869-1942) was the first teacher in Holly Beach. She began teaching at age 14 in her family home on 100 E. block of Rio Grande Ave. (the house still stands today) When she was 15 she became an official teacher at Holly Beach school house (located in the park between Andrews and Burk Ave. )with a salary of $25 a month.

Elias W. Forcum, born in Philadelphia March 13, 1857 was among the first settlers of Holly Beach. He organized the Holly Beach Pioneer Hook and Ladder Fire Co. in 1884, served as 2nd chief of that company for more than 20 years. Rev. W.W. Meech married Elias and Eva M. Gerhart in 1886. They had 4 children. Elias worked as a painter, later opening a bakery at 145 E. Taylor Ave. He died 1/16/28

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“Gonna put the world away for a minute, pretend I don’t live in it. Sunshine gonna wash my blues away.” ~J. Buffet

North Wildwood’s Only Bayfront Restaurant Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! Shrimp • Oysters • Crabs • Clams • Pulled BBQ Chicken • Pork • Smoked Prime Rib • Sweet & Smokey St. Louis Ribs

Key West Style Waterfront Restaurant & bar

Completely New indoor/outdoor Deck! island inspired Breakfast

Our Key West Style Waterfront Restaurant serves one of the best breakfast’s on the island! Walk along the palm trees and slide up to a table either under the deck, in a gazebo, or under an umbrella. Soak up the sun and the waterfront views of the bays of the Wildwoods.

island inspired Lunch & Dinners

Looking for Authentic BBQ or ‘Almost jumps off your plate’ fresh seafood? The Surfing Pig brings together the best of Waterfront Din-


ing, Real Wood Smoked BBQ & Local FRESH Seafood. If the mouthwatering food isn’t enough to entice you in for dinner, how about a Spectacular Sunset? Every table in the restaurant has a spectacular sunset view…

MONDAY NIGHT:1/2 Price Wings! TACO TUESDAY: $2.50 Tacos -Pulled Pork or Chicken $3.50 Fish or Shrimp Tacos


A LW ays SerVing Sunsets. . .

3,2,1 Happy Hour Mon-Thur 2pm-5pm $3 Small Plates • $2 Domestic Drafts • $1 Oysters


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Home of everything watersports for the Wildwoods.

Spend a day on the water crabbing, fishing, cruising or anything your seafaring heart desires aboard one of the pontoon boats in our fleet. Looking for something a bit more energizing or eco-friendly, rent a paddle board or kayak and take in some of the wetlands and wildlife of the back bays of New Jersey.


Restaurant & Marina Open 8am


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“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”


Inconspicuous Attractions

on the Wildwood Boardwalk by Dorothy Kulisek

An FYI from The SUN. . . because it’s all about having Fun in The Sun!

Finding TIME on the Wildwood Boardwalk The only sundial on any Jersey boardwalk can be found at the far south end of the Wildwood boardwalk. It comes with directions: “Step Up and Straddle the North Arrow. Place One Heel in the Current Month.” It also makes for a cool photo:-)

In the midst of a perfect Wildwood day, have you ever stopped to notice some of the wonderfully creative details that abound on this special island? I mean, really take it all in? Have you noticed that incredible sundial at the southern end of the boards? How about the copper plate located by the steps in front of the Convention Center, with its handmade mosaics and artistic railings? In our seaside town, bike riding makes for the best form of transportation… for taking it all in…so much of life goes by in a blur…This summer, why not slow down and enjoy the view? These are the words written on the plate pictured on the left. . . Stainless steel railings & glass mosaics were designed by Tom Nussbaum in 2011. The design of the railings and mosaics installed along the stairs and ramp and Plaza [in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center] was inspired by images found in the Wildwoods beaches, boardwalk, and architecture. A few of the local sources for these images are shown and described here. Commissioned under the public buildings and inclusion act of 1978.The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. FERRIS WHEEL The original Ferris Wheel was designed by George Washington Ferris for the 1893 World Colombian Exposition in Chicago. By 1923 the Wildwoods has its first Ferris Wheel located on Ocean Pier. The modern day Giant Ferris Wheel continues to be a popular attraction on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. SUNBURSTS Millions of visitors come to the Wildwoods for Surf, Sand and Sun. Images of the Sun abound in both vintage and contemporary architecture of the Jersey Shore towns.The railings and mosaics contain over two dozen variations of the Sunburst theme. [Slow down to notice the next time you’re riding your bicycle by the Convention Center] REPEATING PATTERNS Circular forms are pervasive in nature and can also be found in thousands of manmade variations along the boardwalk. They are a unifying design motif throughout the convention center and are used in the artwork to evoke images of the ocean, waves, and water.

Analemmatic Sundial

The Sun’s editor, Dorothy doing the human Sundial experiment. Try it for yourself! It really works!

DOO WOP ARCHITECTURE The Wildwoods are famous for their many fanciful motels built in the style affectionately referred to as Doo-Wop architecture. Designed in the 1950s and 60s these buildings reflect the optimism and pop culture of mid 20th century America. Many of the patterns in the artwork here are inspired by the nearby hotels that have been recognized in the state of New Jersey as part of the Wildwoods Shore Resort Historic District SEA LIFE The Jersey Shore is home to a huge variety of sea life. Many of the designs in the railings and mosaics were inspired by patterns found in Sea Urchins, Shells, Anemones and Sand Dollars.


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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.� ~Luciano Pavarotti


PUT THE BOARDWALK BACK ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST ! Everything WiLdwood under 3 roofs! e Welcom Back r! Summe

Find what you need for the Beach & more! Souveniers & Gifts Galore! Quality Clothing for Men Women & Children Largest Selection of worldwide Shell Ornaments Biggest & Best Selection of Hermit Crabs & Accessories

3 Fun Places to Shop! Between Cedar & Schellenger Aves.

The Largest Stores on the Wildwood Boardwalk! On the corner of Glenwood Ave.

3 Gifts & Variety Stores on the Wildwood Boardwalk! Between 25th & 26th Aves.

Have a Blast on the Boards. . . Morning, Noon & Night! “America’s Best Boardwalk!”





Cape Atlantic Irish Pipe Brigade

BIKE RIDING everyday ‘til 12 Noon




Harmony Performers, Original Hobo Band of Pitman, Hatboro Horsham & Absegami HS Marching Bands, Ceasar Rodney Brass Band

String Bands ~Fralinger, Duffy, Ferko & Woodland, Ceasar Rodney Brass Band

Duffy String Band

Rain date SUNDAY Nights10pm



Fireworks Spectacular

COOL! State-of-the-art Boardwalk Sound System! Listen to your favorite songs and for “WILDWOOD FUN FACTS!”

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Craft Shows

on the Wildwood Boardwalk just south of the Convention Center

Summer of 2018

May 26-27 July 6-7-8 July 14-15 July 28-29 Aug. 4-5 Aug. 18-19 Aug. 31-Sept. 1-2 Family Holiday Show December 8, 2018




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Buy 2 lbs. of Fudge and Receive 3rd lb. FREE

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Buy 2 lbs. of Salt Water Taffy and Receive (assorted taffy only) 3rd lb. FREE

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Celebrating our 47th Year!

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The Cottage in the Woods is a new construction single family Cape Island home configured in a unique three structure layout. The highlight is their exposed white-washed timber frame truss and rafter system, hand-cut from sturdy Douglass fir trees. This “Design-built” one-a-kind micro cottage compound with one main house connected to two smaller bungalows by a trellised pavilion, was designed by award-winning Philadelphia architect Brian Newswanger. The Cottage in the Woods is tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the historic farmland community of West Cape May. The main house consists of high ceilings, white shiplap walls and reclaimed oversized French doors. The great room contains an eat-in island kitchen and living area centered on the hearth and gas fireplace. The master bedroom has a dedicated bath suite. The cottage’s generous living space includes a large family room with a fully retractable glass wall that opens to the “outdoor family room” framed by an expansive Ipe wood. Other highlights include : custom Cashmere Carrara quartz kitchen and bath countertops; all wood custom cabinetry; GE Monogram stainless steel appliances; special LED rafter lighting; a custom designed sound system, surround sound, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay, durable tile wood-looking floors; low maintenance Anderson vinyl exterior/ wood interior windows; 3 bathrooms with walk-in showers and one powder room; Electrolux large capacity front-loading washer/dryer; modern gas fireplace with limestone hearth, five flat screen Samsung Smart televisions, expansive storage loft, large outdoor shower, bicycle rack and utility shed. The Cottage in the Woods has incredible rental income potential and the strong year- round appeal of Cape May. Both the main cottage and two bungalows are currently furnished with appropriate shabby chic décor and practically everything needed for immediate rentals.

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~Charles Bowden

A Memorable Remembrance On January 14th, two days before being sworn in as Governor, Governor elect Philip Murphy, along with his wife Tammy and four children, visited the “Vietnam Memorial Wall,” located at 4500 Ocean Avenue. He first visited the Wall in the spring of 2017, and knew this to be a special place to return if he was inaugurated governor. The remembrance wreath laying ceremony, sponsored by Chapter 955, Vietnam Veterans of America, President Bill Davenport, American Legion Post 184, Commander Harry Weimar and VFW Post 5941, Commander Joe Orlando, all island headquartered along with the City of Wildwood. Following the ceremony, Troiano unveiled a new street sign at Burk and Ocean Avenues. The intersection is now known as the corner of The Wall That Heals and Veteran’s Lane.

Wildwood Parks Receive Redo In an ongoing project that began in 2016, each park throughout the city of Wildwood has received, or is slated to receive, a much-needed facelift to help bring them back to their original splendor. To date, several city parks have been updated. According to Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr., much-needed sprinkler systems have been installed, thereby insuring green grass, overgrowth has been trimmed back and dead or sick trees have been removed with new ones planted in their place. After a thorough cleaning, statuary and decorative fountains are ready to meet the new season. “Over the years our parks were places where people gathered,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. “They had fountains and beautifully planted flowers, people respected them and enjoyed them. We hope to return them to places where everyone will want to visit. Sprinkler systems mean the grass will now be green, dead trees that were hazards to the public are gone and things like the Fishermen’s Memorial, the school bell and Maypole at Holly Beach Park are no longer hidden by years of neglect.” The city’s park revitalization program has continued throughout the winter between Montgomery & Burk Aves. at Memory Lane, with grand opening scheduled for Memorial Weekend, with a special dedication to our Veterans. The centerpiece of the park will be the WWI Doughboy stone memorial. From an article written by Cathy Tchorni last year in The SUN, the history of it is as follows, “On May 26, 1927 a World War I monument was dedicated and presented by Senator William Bright on a site on New Jersey Avenue between West Oak and West Wildwood Avenues. The American Legion of Wildwood had worked tirelessly to prepare for the sober yet celebratory event. Thirty-three people served in World War I from the Wildwoods, and three died Continues on next page. . .


2018 WHILE YOU WERE AWAY The Summer of 2017 ended on a sunny, sandy note in Wildwood by the sea, fortuitously leading the way to an awesome, event-filled autumn. The Irish Fall Festival welcomed friends of all nationalities, Thanksgiving was greeted with gratitude, Santa was even cooler along the coast and the New Year, naturally, came with its share of road construction, beach expansions and boardwalk improvements. Snow made a (thankfully) short appearance, brightening our landscape while having us looking forward to longer, sunnier days to come. Now as we trade boots for beach gear, we’ve decided to take the advice of Confucious, who said, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” And so, with a space in our hearts only our seaside town can fill, we head back in recent time to revisit those noteworthy events that happened While You Were Away…



A bit of breezy chat about the island’s happenings from Labor Day 2017 through Memorial Day 2018



“Time, like a snowflake, disappears while we’re trying to decide what to do with it.”





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“ W ILDWOOD - A NEW SEASON“ including one woman. Survivors’ and families’ sacrifices were fresh in everyone’s mind, having ended less than 10 years prior. A parade honoring veterans and the monument wound around the streets of Wildwood. The monument featured the helmeted head and arms of a typical doughboy, holding the hilt of a sword. The sword bisected a cross, with the words loyalty, courage, sacrifice and victory in each of the four quadrants. Although there seems to be no record of who sculpted the young doughboy, the shaft was completed by O. J. Hammell of Pleasantville, NJ.” The monument sat in the center of Memorial Park, by the Lions Center today, between Wildwood & Oak Avenues. Doughboy was an informal word to describe the World War I United States foot soldier. The statue of a World War I soldier, called “The Spirit of the American Doughboy”, was mass-produced in the early 1920s by E.M. Viquesney. Reportedly there are over 100 in existence throughout the United States, and our island is very proud to have our own. As Cathy wrote in her article, “The Doughboy memorial’s move to Fox Park to join the tributes to the Korean and Vietnam Wars… will be better appreciated… more visible being closer to the Boardwalk and Convention Center… another reminder to “never forget”. “This is just one more step in our commitment to bringing Wildwood back to its glory as one of America’s premier family-friendly beach resort destinations,” said Mayor Troiano. Pacific Ave. Project to Begin in the Fall 2018 Thanks to a $12.3 million grant from The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Flood Hazard and Risk Reduction and Resiliency Program, five outfalls will be removed and a large manifold pipe constructed down the center of Pacific Avenue, leading to a pump station on Leaming Avenue (near the Boardwalk) where the water can be drawn out of the pipe and into the ocean, eliminating the flooding problem along Pacific Avenue.

A Greater Gateway into Wildwood A $10 million grant was received from the county working hand in hand with the city of Wildwood to create a wonderful gateway onto the island with most of the DooWop Wildwood signage and stunning sculptures designed by Stokes Architects. Work is to begin following this summer. Seaside Improvements The City of Wildwood was the recipient of a $190,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). “We are grateful to the NJDOT for selecting Wildwood as a grant recipient for a Fiscal Year 2018 Municipal Aid Program,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. “This funding will be used for the reconstruction of Cedar Avenue.” “Since 2011, we’ve worked diligently on improving streets throughout the city,” Troiano said. “This grant will go far in helping us making much needed improvements to Cedar Avenue.” Traffic Pattern Change Helps Ensure Student Safety Students attending Glenwood Avenue Elementary School now have safer corridor on their way to and from school each day now that the direction of traffic on New York Avenue from Maple to 26th streets has been changed from a two-way to a one-way direction. Wildwood City commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance to change the traffic pattern to add another layer of safety for pedestrians. “We wanted to be proactive in protecting our youngest citizens,” explained Commissioner Pete Byron of the decision to change the traffic pattern. He said the narrow, two-way New York Avenue posed a dangerous area for pedestrians and put motorists in the position of driving the narrow thoroughfare while watching for the many children and families who use the route. “Changing the traffic pattern has had a positive effect,” said Commissioner Tony Leonetti who oversees the city’s Department of Public Safety. “Virtually everyone in the city has, or knows, a child who attends Glenwood Avenue Elementary School. Turn page to continue. . .

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Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony

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in Wildwood by-the-Sea May 25

Official start of the 2018 Summer 12noon.

International Kite Festival May 25 - 28

Wildwoods 31st International Kite Festival on the Beach at and outside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Memorial Day Services May 28

American Legion Post 184 4200 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood, 11am.

The Race of the Gentlemen June 8-10 on the beach between Schellenger & Spicer Aves.

Cabs at the Beach

June 16

Maxwell Field, Youngs & Park Blvd. Wildwood 6PM

95th Annual Marbles Tournament June 18 - 21

Ringer Stadium, Wildwood Ave. beach. The official national competition in the sport of marbles for boys and girls ages 8-14. 8a.m.-Noon, Daily.

Restaurant Weeks

June 17 - 21 & August 26 - 30

Friday Night Fireworks June 22 - August 31

On the beach at Pine Ave., Wildwood 10pm FREE


August 11-12, 18-19

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Ocean & Burk Aves., Wildwood. The only permanent replica in the Northeast. It is an exact, half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.




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Philly Heart & Soul Dance, Funk, R&B, Disco, Rock, Jazz & Standards

July 1

Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band

July 8

Sensational Soul Cruisers Tribute to classic performers from Otis Redding and the Drifters to Barry White and the Commodores

July 15

First Ladies of Rock & Soul The 60s Girl Group Experience

July 22

Mahoney Brothers Jukebox Heroes

July 29

The FM Band Music spanning 7 decades from Big Band to Beyond

August 5

The Infernos America’s #1 Show Band

August 12

Reign Pop, R&B, and Oldies, to Standards, Rock & Contemporary

August 19

Citron Latin Soul, Salsa, Latin Jazz

August 26

The Uptown Band Top 40 Dance Band

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Keeping our kids safe is one of our highest priorities and it’s important that drivers be aware of the new pattern and follow it.” “Mrs. Michl, who helps our children cross the street every day, told us it might be beneficial to pedestrian safety to change the direction of traffic from two-way to one,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano. “She is on duty every day helping to keep our children safe and is a valued member of the team of adults working to get kids to and from school.” With the new traffic pattern now in effect, drivers are encouraged to be mindful of the new pattern. Homeless Concerns A crowd of over 100 Wildwood residents and property owners appeared at a county freeholders’ meeting in February to oppose the idea of a homeless shelter in town. The consensus was, placing a homeless shelter in a tourist town where work was hard to find in the winter, combined with the fact that Wildwood’s homeless population was nonexistent, was a bad idea. The idea was first introduced during a January meeting of the Cape May League of Municipalities by Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton, who suggested possibly reopening the Barnabas House on W. Garfield Ave., a former shelter owned by the Atlantic City Rescue Mission that closed following Superstorm Sandy in 2012. VFW Closing Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3509 was closed in January 2018 by the state VFW department due to bylaw violations. “They failed to be a fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, or educational entity of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,” state Adjutant Ken Hageman said. “They basically just became a bar.” Membership for the 82-year-old post had been on the decline for years, from hundreds of members in its prime to recently only about six members attending meetings.

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The Wildwood Civic Club Closes After over 80 years, the end of yet another era occurred when the Wildwood Civic Club announced their

decision to sell its clubhouse, one of the island’s most historic buildings. The J. Thompson Baker House, located at 3008 Atlantic Avenue, holds the honor of playing host to dignitaries, including future president Woodrow Wilson and artist Norman Rockwell, as well as being the home to Wildwood’s first mayor. Sadly, it was no longer financially feasible to keep the clubhouse, with dwindling membership and expenses needed to maintain the 100-year-old house, per club treasurer Valerie Trivelis. Part of the sale agreement is that the house be preserved. The buyers, who have restored historic buildings, plan on using it as a summer home. Funds will go into a trust in support of the Women’s Civic Club, including scholarships for Wildwood students as well as sponsoring community events. The Civic Club aided local women and children and was a part of building the town’s first library as well as helping raise money for the county’s first hospital. J. Thompson Baker and his brothers Philip and Latimer moved to Five Mile Island in the late 1800s, each becoming the mayor of one of the communities, with J. Thompson becoming Wildwood’s first mayor after it was incorporated. He and his wife, Margaret and daughters were active in the suffrage movement, which became the foundation of the Wildwood Civic Club. Many years later, the club bought the house for a reported $5,000. Meetings and events took place there within two groups, an Evening Membership Department and a daytime club. Each held active memberships. At present time, those two divisions have combined, with only about 30 members still in attendance. Reviving a Classic Among this year’s many “winter projects,” the huge Coca-Cola sign perched above Harry’s Corner at Boardwalk & Cedar Avenue is getting a much-need facelift. As verified to Wildwood 365 by Randy Hentges, owner of A.B.S. Sign Company, who is tasked with the assignment of bringing light back into the timeless script sign. Turn page to continue. . .


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CREST OUTDOOR ZUMBA SUMMER LIVE at Centennial Park, Fern Road & Ocean Ave. MUSIC SERIES 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, May 19 - Sept 8 8:30 a.m. Mon & Weds., June 25 - Sept. 3 Monday class on May 28. Fee required


Session 1 : Tue, June 26 - Mon, July 30 Session II : Tue, July 31 - Mon, August 20

Five-week program held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Crest Pier Recreation Center. Camp open to children entering pre-K through grade 5. Arts and crafts, sports, field trips and other activities. Fee required.


The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department hosts youth swimming lessons at the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool at 8800 New Jersey Ave. Half-hour classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in two sessions. Session I will be held June 26 through July 19 and Session II will be held July 24 through Aug. 16. Cost is $80 for eight half-hour lessons for children ages 5 and older and $50 for the parent/ toddler class for ages 6 months through 4. Registration for swimming lessons will be accepted from 10am to 3pm beginning Monday, June 11. Call 522-0084 for further information.

SUMMER BASKETBALL REGISTRATION The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department is currently accepting registration for its various summer basketball leagues. Leagues are as follows: boys grades 3-5, boys grades 6-8 and boys grades 9-12. Games will be played weekday evenings from late June or early July through mid August. Registration fee is $30 per player. Deadline to register is June 15. Please note that leagues may fill prior to the registration deadline.

SUNSET YOGA ON THE LAKE Mon thru Thurs 7:30pm July 2 through Aug. 6

Cost $5. per class, or 20 classes for $80 The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department offers evening yoga classes on the beautiful Sunset Lake at Miami Road every Monday thru Thursday from 7:30p.m. to dusk

June 27 through September 22 WEDNESDAYS 7:30 p.m.

Centennial Park, Fern Rd. and Ocean Aves. June 27 ~ Fuse Box (classic/progressive rock) July 4 ~ Roundhouse Band (pop/dance) July 11 ~ Sass Faction (pop/dance hits) July 18 ~ Billy D Light (classic/progressive rock) July 25 ~ Dead Reckoning (Grateful Dead tribute) Aug. 1 ~ Street Life Serenade (Billy Joel tribute) Aug. 8 ~ Kicking Sunrise (rock/pop hits) Aug. 15 ~ Mango Men (summer party music) Aug. 22 ~ Beat Tells (Betles tribute) Aug. 29 ~ Star Band (oldies/Motown/dance)

SATURDAYS 7:30 to 9:30p.m.

Centennial Park, Fern Rd. and Ocean Aves. June 30 ~ Soul’d Again (oldies/soul/funk) July 7 ~ Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffet tribute) July 14 ~ Big Bleu (rock/pop/oldies) July 21 ~ Legacy Band (dance/party hits) July 28 ~ Don’t Call Me Francis (dance/party hits) Aug. 4 ~ Flowers for Taco (rock/pop hits) Aug. 11 ~ 2U/Almost Journey (U2 & Journey tribute) Aug. 18 ~ Kevin Miller’s Smashed (80s/90s rock) Aug. 25 ~ Stellar Mojo (pop/party/dance/funk hits) Sept. 1 ~ B Street Band (Springsteen tribute) Sept. 8 ~ Damn The Torpedoes (Tom Petty tribute) Sept. 15 ~ Reign Band (oldies/pop/dance) Sept. 22 ~ Big City (dance/party/oldies)


THURSDAYS 7:30 in July, 7pm in August July 5 through August 23

Sunset Lake, Atlanta and New Jeresey Aves. Family entertainment at sunset overlooking beautiful Sunset lake. Live music, children’s activities and more.


SATURDAY, June 30 through SUNDAY, August 26

Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road, 8:30 a.m. daily. Various one-hour fitness classes, including Pilates, Aerobics, Kick Boxing, Yoga and more, overlooking the ocean from the scenic beach pier. Cost: $5 per class, or 12 classes for $50. No pre-reg necessary.



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WILDWOOD CREST RECREATION DEPT. 5800 Ocean Ave. Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260 (609) 523-0202 fax: (609) 522-1669 Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool (609) 522-0084 Wildwood Crest Tennis Courts

Summer Kick-off Concert Sunday, May 27th 7:30pm at Centennial Park, Fern Road & Ocean Ave. The Chatterband

Cape May County Lifeguard Championships Friday, July 6th Rambler Rd. Beach, 6pm

6th Annual Crest Sand Sculpting Festival Saturday July 7th Heather Rd. Beach 9am-2pm

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Sunday, July 22nd at Sunset Lake 6-9PM Christmas themed festival with visit from Santa


Mobile Food Truck Night

Sunday, July 29th at Sunset Lake 4-9PM Gourmet food, crafters, family entertainment -

Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Run Saturday, August 4th, 8:30AM

Beginning and ending at the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 7th, Centennial Park 5:30PM - 8:30PM Fun for the whole family!

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Firefighters’ Weekend Craft Show

Friday & Saturday, September 14th & 15th Sunrise Park at Rambler Road & Ocean Ave.

Seafarer’s Celebration on Sunset Lake

Saturday, Sept. 22 - 9am-5pm Street festival along Sunset Lake 7:30pm: Live music with Big City at Centennial Park 9pm: Beachfront fireworks show following live music

Crest Best Fun Fest featuring the Crest Best 10-Miler Saturday, Oct. 6- Sunday Oct. 7 New! Centennial Park start. 10-Mile, 5-Mile, 3.1-Mile and Kids’ Races


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“ W ILDWOOD - A NEW SEASON“ North Wildwood News NJDOT Dredged Beach Creek channel over the winter months as part of a $1.6 million project to dredge State channels that were impacted by Winter Storm Jonas in January 2016. The sand was trucked a short distance away to refill battered sections of the Inlet Beach. The project included the following channels: Saint George’s Thorofare, Beach Creek Channel and Spicers Creek Channel. All three channels had been refurbished to controllable depths by NJDOT following Superstorm Sandy but had unfortunately been harshly re-shoaled by Winter Storm Jonas. This project guarantees safe routing as well as maintaining good repair for these channels. 2018 North Wildwood Budget Introduced: Less Than One Penny Increase Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced that the 2018 Budget for the City of North Wildwood would include a less than one penny increase, while fully funding all departments and making critical infrastructure improvements. “Our city employees are the backbone of the operation that keeps North Wildwood moving forward,” said Mayor Rosenello. “This budget provides for fully staffing and funding our departmental salary and wages, and operating expense budgets in the most efficient and cost-conscious manner possible.” The 2018 spending plan also includes funding for major capital improvements, including the completion of the street reconstruction along Ocean and Surf Avenues, bulkhead replacements at 14th & 15th Avenues, as well as an extension of the Seawall from its current station at 2nd Avenue south to 7th Avenue. Work will also commence in 2018 on a major flood mitigation project along New Jersey, Olde New Jersey, Central and Spruce Avenues that will help maintain a critical evacuation route off the island and out of North Wildwood during severe flooding events. “North Wildwood is the oldest municipality on the island and, as such, our infrastructure is continually in need of upgrading and replacement,” said Council President Sal Zampirri.

“Working with our financial professionals, we are very proud of the aggressive capital improvement plan we have been able to complete, all the while maintaining a stable and low tax rate and average property tax bill.” With this budget, North Wildwood is almost certain to maintain its status as the beach front municipality in New Jersey with the lowest average property tax bill. “Our elected and professional staff works each and every day to achieve goals that are in the best interest of our residents, property owners and visitors,” said Mayor Rosenello. “This budget is the manifestation of that dedication and I am thankful to our team for continuing to work to move North Wildwood forward.” North Wildwood Seawall Extension & Beach Access Update In conjunction with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Coastal Engineering, the City of North Wildwood embarked on a major extension of the seawall this year. The existing seawall, completed in 2006, ended at 2nd and JFK Boulevards. South from 2nd Avenue to 3rd Avenue were the fragments of an older and smaller seawall. The Seawall stopped south of 3rd Avenue, where a dilapidated wooden bulkhead divided municipal infrastructure and homes from the ocean. The Seawall Extension Project was formed to guard significant infrastructure, businesses and homes from damages and proved to be a formidable defense in the nick of time when a major coastal storm in the beginning of March sent sea swells barreling over parts of the original seawall. The project included a seawall extension from 3rd to 5th Avenues and a new bulkhead extension south to 7th Avenue. The existing vehicle access beach ramp, once located at 5th Avenue, is being moved to 8th Avenue. Seventy five percent, which totals $6,767,212, was be funded by NJDEP. “The Seawall Extension Project and vehicle access relocation will serve as a clear line of defense from coastal Turn page to continue . . .


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June 22 - 24 Fri. 4pm-11pm; Sat. 10am-11pm; Sun. 10am-6pm

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Concerts Under the Stars at LOU BOOTH AMPITHEATER 2nd & Ocean Aves.

Fri. - Sat. June 8-9 Top Philly Mummers Brigades and String Bands recreate New Years Day with a Parade & festivities. Olde NJ Ave.



Independence Day Family & Pooch Parade Tuesday, July 4, 9th & Atlantic Aves. 9am

Sidewalk Chalk Competition

Sat., July 7 All ages. Bill Henfey Park. Contest 9am, Judging 10:45am, Prizes 11am

Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races

Friday, July 13, 6pm 15th Avenue Beach, North Wildwood. 609.522.7500

Boogie Board Races

Saturday, July 14 Reg. 9am Contest Begins at 10am

on the beach at 15th Avenue, North Wildwood. Prizes!

Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan

Tuesday, July 10 4pm-6pm at George D’Amico Hockey Rink at Allen Park, 23rd & Delaware. 215-952-5763

Miss North Wildwood Competition

Wednesday, July 18, Interviews 10am at North End American Grill Thursday, July 19, 6:30pm Crowning of Miss North Wildwood at Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd Ave.

Christmas in July with Santa Claus

Saturday, July 21 Begins at 1pm on the Beach, North Wildwood

Summer Camps

Buckets Basketball Camp NW Rec. Boys and Girls

July 2 - 6 9am-2pm Ages 9-15 yrs. July 16 - 20 9am-1pm Ages 6-9 yrs.

July 30 - August 3 9am-2pm Ages 9-15 yrs.

North Wildwood Soccer Camp

Full Day 9am-3pm, Half Day 9am-12noon at Bill Henfey Park July 9 - 13, July 23 - July 27 Boys & Girls 5 to 16 yrs.

Kitchen Wizards Cooking Camp

Beginning Cooking Mondays & Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm Ages 6- up July 23 - 26 Cooking Around the USA Aug. 13 - 16 Cooking Around the Clock New! One night classes! July 17 Pasta Palooza Aug. 1 Cupcake Decorating

All ShowsThursdays & Saturdays 8pm

July 7 The Four Aces July 12/14 No Show BBQ Blues Festival July 19 Lights Out Frankie Valli Tribute July 21 Chicago 9 Chicago Tribute July 26 Tim Gillis Country Show July 28 The Diamonds Aug. 2 Jimmy & the Parrots Jimmy Buffet Tribute Aug. 4 L.O. Beach Boys Tribute Aug. 9 Temps & Tops Revue Motown Music Aug. 11 Johnny Cash Tribute Aug. 16 Jesse Garron’s Elvis Show Aug. 18 Real Diamond Neil Diamond Tribute Aug. 23 The Fabulous Greaseband Aug. 25 The Orlons Sept. 1 Beatlemania


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49th Annual North Wildwood Rec Surf Fishing Tournament

Fri: 7am-5pm, Sat: 7am-5pm, Sun: 7am-11:45am

August 20 - 24 Grades K - 8

Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd & Ocean Ave.

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being allocated to other 501-organistorms and will prevent major flood zations, specifically other lighthouse damage to our City’s businesses, organizations. North Wildwood Mayor residential homes, and will protect Patrick Rosenello was glad for a rescritical infrastructure,” said Mayor olution to the issue while Murray exPatrick Rosenello. “This permanent hope• that anotherPIPES non-profit WIND • will SMOKE • WATER • FIRE pressed • FLOOD BROKEN structure mitigate our coastal organization would ultimately be givflood hazard for future storms and en the job of supervising the lightwill Le assist t Us the Army Corp. of Enhouse. gineers Get Youanticipated Townsend to imumInlets Shore Protection the Max The Hereford Lighthouse and GarCape May Settlement! dens are now operating under the Project,” said Mayor Rosenello. care of North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello and the city, which Dune Duties now has a newly-formed historical The Army Corps plan to build dunes commission. The Lighthouse is curthroughout North Wildwood, Wildrently open for free tours, as well wood, Wildwood Crest and Lower as hosting Full Moon tours. Visit the Township. The new dunes would reLighthouse for Anglesea Day on Fri., quire people to walk over them, as CAPE MAY COUNTY’S PUBLIC ADJUSTER June 1st between 10am and 12 noon. opposed to through them, while sigServing Cape May County for Over 30 Years nificantly reducing the beaches’ size. Even More North Wildwood ImThe project will reinforce the North Call Bill O’Connell, President provements A comprehensive list of Wildwood’s dunes, which were built infrastructure improvements capital for Free Consultation & Inspection over 10 years ago and meet Army from last January 2017 to current is Corps standards. as follows: Beach showers and walkWildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, in ways between 16th and 25th Avenues conjunction with Chris Constantino • 17th Ave reconstruction between NY of the State Department of Envi& NJ Avenues • 16th Ave reconstrucronmental Protection, altered the tion from Ocean Ave to the Boardwalk project so that approximately 400 • 16th Ave and the Boardwalk Park, to 500 feet of Wildwood’s beach Playground and Boardwalk Access would be utilized to build the dunes Improvements • Resurfacing of West in North Wildwood. The Army Corps Marina Court • Police Station parkoriginal project was to take 900 to ing lot reconstruction • Greek Church 1,000 feet from Wildwood’s beach. Parking Lot clamshells stabilization • The dunes will be 200 feet from 12th Ave reconstruction between Surf the boardwalk with approximateAve and JFK Beach Drive • 8th Ave ly 1,100 feet of beach between the reconstruction between Surf Ave dunes and the ocean. and JFK Beach Drive • 7th Ave recon-

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Hereford Lighthouse Battle The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, built in 1874, has been a bright, beautiful light in the city of North Wildwood. A legal battle occurring between the city and the Friends of the Lighthouse resulted in a “lock-out” of chairman Steve Murray and associates back in November 2017 after they opposed the city’s ruling to manage the lighthouse, although the Department of Environmental Protections (DEP) leases the historic landmark openly to the city. Led by former chairman Steven Murray, the Friends of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse gathered on April 24th to announce their decision to let go of all rights to the lighthouse, thereby ending their suit against the City of North Wildwood. The non-profit organization will separate, with remaining funds

struction between Surf Ave and JFK Beach Drive • 6th Ave reconstruction between Surf and Ocean Avenues • 4th Ave reconstruction between Ocean Ave and JFK Beach Drive • Ocean Ave reconstruction between 2nd and 18th Avenues • Surf Ave reconstruction between 1st and 12th Avenues • Reconstruction of the 1st and Surf Avenues Municipal Parking Lot • Resurfacing of 1st Ave between Atlantic and Surf Avenues • Resurfacing of JFK Beach Drive between 2nd and 13th Avenues • Emergency Beach Fill(s) • 2nd Avenue Retaining Wall • Demolition of 201 West Walnut Avenue • Emergency Boardwalk Structural Repairs • 7th Ave emergency sewer repair (200 east block) • Virginia & SW 18th Avenues Bulkhead Replacement • Demolition of the Heston Property & various site improvements Continues on next page. . .


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“ W ILDWOOD - A NEW SEASON“ 24th Avenue Boardwalk and Beach Access Improvements • NY Ave emergency storm sewer repair (2400 block) • 14th & 15th Avenues Bulkhead Replacements • Emergency Bulkhead construction between 4th and 6thAvenues on the beach • Emergency storm sewer replacement/relocation on JFK Beach Drive between 3rd and 5th Avenues • 2nd and Ocean Avenues Seawall and Beach Access Improvements Projects Pending and/or in the Design Stage for 2019: Lou Booth Amphitheatre • City Hall Site Access Improvements • Windsor Ave & Greek Church Bulkhead • Hereford Inlet Pump Station and various streets reconstruction • Resurfacing of 17th Ave between Surf Ave and the Boardwalk A Boardwalk Overhaul Per city commissioners, our iconic Wildwood “boards” are slated for a much-needed total overhaul. While Mayor Ernie Troiano searched for funding, city leaders were working toward grants. Commissioner Peter Byron, head of revenue and finance, stated the city is “looking at other opportunities” for funding as well, with an estimated total being calculated and North Wildwood sections, as well as Wildwood, also requiring repairs. However, per North Wildwood Mayor Rosenello, reconstruction plans were not in the city’s 2018 capital plans. A “block-by-block” approach will most likely be taken by city officials, with the project taking several years to complete due to cost. The wood selected for the project is a Brazilian hardwood, legally harvested from farms as opposed to the rain forest. Per the mayor, synthetic materials cannot tolerate the summer heat and other components. As per previous statements issued by Pete Byron, the Boardwalk is Wildwood’s “oceanfront value” and prime real estate. The city is gathering a “think tank” of individuals and organizations (i.e., Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and Development Authority) to ensure safety. Seaport Village Revisited Built in 1930, the first structure at 22nd St. and the boardwalk was

the Ocean Point Pier, home to the North Wildwood Fishing Club. The pier, sadly, was destroyed during the Great Nor’Easter of 1962. In 1987, the pier was demolished and rebuilt by 1988, at which point Seaport Village became the home of numerous shops as well as an entertainment area until 2004. The pier’s buildings were demolished in 2008. Plans are underway to convert Seaport Village into a year-round destination called Seaport Pier, which will include a small concert area, upscale coffee bar and restaurant, swim club and a small concert area venue.


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Wildwood Crest News Atlantic City Electric is working hard to provide their customers with safe, reliable service, including routine enhancement of their electric distribution system with the latest equipment. The reliability improvement project, which began the end of October 2017 in Wildwood Crest, took approximately three weeks to complete. A Fitness Experience The Borough of Wildwood Crest and local race company DelMoSports will be hosting 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, merging with the spectacular views of our award-winning beaches and many other locations throughout Wildwood Crest, which in 2017 was named the No. 1 Summer Hot Spot in the country by TripAdvisor. The event will also feature an additional five-mile race on Sunday, as well as separate 5K and kids’ races on Saturday. The races will begin and end at Centennial Park, a beachfront park that has become one of the most iconic locations in Wildwood Crest since it was created approximately a decade ago. The event offers “a-la-carte” pricing, making the races affordable. Each race will cost the same, with a base price of $19.10 to commemorate the year Wildwood Crest was incorporated Continues on next page. . .

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as a borough (1910). Adding to the experience, athletes are welcome to add a finisher medal, shirt and buffet breakfast with the maximum price for any race topped 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.” Along with support from the Borough of Wildwood Crest, the Crest Best 10-Miler is also partnered with the Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and Development Authority. Excellent Financial Report The Borough of Wildwood Crest was recently issued an excellent Aa3 rating by Moody’s Investor Service in their 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.” A Healthier Community The Borough of Wildwood Crest was looking for local volunteers for their brand-new Wildwood Crest Health & Wellness Committee, whose intention is to offer a community initiative to encourage healthier lifestyles through exercise and proper diet. Interested residents can contact Nicholas Holland of the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department. Seeing Green in Wildwood Crest The Borough of Wildwood Crest is seeking volunteers for its newly formed

“Green Team,” a committee whose responsibilities include developing plans, implementing programs and assisting with educational opportunities aiding the formation of a sustainable community through effective governmental practices. No experience is necessary although some knowledge or interest in economic development, health, arts and recreation, planning, preserving and developing open space as well as senior citizen issues is advisable. The Green Team will be comprised of seven members, including municipal staff and elected officials as well as volunteers. Interested Wildwood Crest residents ,please contact borough administrator Connie Mahon at Tree Life in the Crest The Borough of Wildwood Crest began a Community Forestry Management Plan made possible through a two-year, $3,000 grant provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks and Forestry. The borough will support and assist in the planting of trees at municipal parks, around municipal buildings and residential areas with the help of Lomax Consulting Group, which provides environmental consulting services to the public and private sectors. The goal of the Community Forestry Plan, which will continue through December 2019, include quality of life improvements, the installation of street trees and commercial district beautification, along with a public information community outreach encouraging residents to plant tree species suitable for a barrier island community. Fresher Sea Air Possibly banning smoking on Wildwood Crest’s beach was discussed during a February 21st meeting. Recently-elected Commissioner David Thompson, in agreement with Mayor Don Cabrera and Commissioner Joyce Gould, stated that government occasionally goes too far in determining citizens’ behavior and would not support such a ban. There are currently 12 smoke-free beaches in New Jersey: Belmar, Continues on next page. . .


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“‘Tis better to have eaten a pancake than never to have eaten a pancake at all.” —Alfred Lord Denny’son

“ W ILDWOOD - A NEW SEASON“ Cape May Point, Long Beach (May 20 - October 1), Long Branch, Longport, Ocean Grove, Sea Girt, Somers Point, Sunset Beach in Lower Township and Upper Township. As of January 1, 2018, a smoking ban on the Boardwalk in North Wildwood and Wildwood has been in effect. Low Income Housing The Borough of Wildwood Crest is set to adopt a series of ordinances as required as part of the settlement agreement between the borough and Fair Share Housing Center to provide its fair share of the region’s affordable housing need. Modernizing Golf The Wildwood Golf and Country Club was purchased by a combined group of existing and new members, who plan on rehabilitating the grounds and expanding memberships. Since 1916, the Wildwood Golf and Country Club has been one of South Jersey’s golf venues and was said to have been a favorite course of Arnold Palmer during his time at the Cape May Coast Guard Station. The club plans to modernize in a determined effort to better serve golfers and private club members. Beach Reads As detailed in Scott Jett’s newly-published book, the seashore resort City of North Wildwood, New Jersey was formed as the Borough of Anglesea in 1885. Situated at the north end of an island known as Five Mile Beach in Cape May County, Anglesea was known by generations of native Americans as a prime fishing and hunting spot. Permanent settlement of the area began in the last quarter of the 19th century. This book discusses the growth of the neighborhoods around the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse (the first permanent structure built on Five Mile Beach), growth of private industry and the expansion of public infrastructure, all critical to the development of the community. Readers will also receive, for the first time, an explanation of the events leading up to the changing of the name of the Borough from Anglesea to North Wildwood in the spring of 1906. Lists are provided,

in the form of appendices, of the leading characters and landmarks of the community’s early days. The formation of the Anglesea Railroad and Five Mile Beach Improvement Company by businessman Frederick Swope, steady-handed guidance of the local government by Mayors such as William Tompkins and Edward Shivers, and foresighted growth by developers such as Henry Ottens and Peter Verga are all explained in this book in an easyto-follow narrative of the 21-year history of the Borough of Anglesea. Turning an area of wind-swept sand dunes and dense forest into a successful seashore resort was the vision of the original developers of the community, and the result of their determination is a thriving and vibrant city famous for its white-sand beaches and exciting boardwalk. Purchase your copy on Amazon by ‘googling’ Anglesea by Scott Jett. Also garnering some seaside literary fame, Kirk Hastings, who grew up in Wildwood Crest and manages the Wildwood Crest Historical Society’s Facebook page, has published several books, including Doo Wop Motels: Architectural Treasures of The Wildwoods. His latest, thought-provoking book, available on Amazon, is a personal testimony to how he came to faith in Christianity as he delves into life’s deepest questions on his journey to discovery, called We Are Being Lied To: ... About God, the Bible, and Christianity. Going Green On an otherwise rainy February 4th, Wildwood painted the town green in honor of the Philadelphia Eagles, leading them to Super Bowl victory! The Moreys’ Giant Wheel as well as the Wildwood sign were lit up green in support of our champions! This summer, the popular Wildwood Beach Baseball Tournaments will be held 2 weekends: August 11-12 and August 18-19. The tournament is also being expanded to include 13U, which means an extra field which will be full sized, not Little League sized. Continues on next page. . .

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“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “ The Wonders of Wildwood’s Weather Summer of 2017 was unseasonably cool (as predicted by the Farmer’s Almanac) with three rained-out Saturdays and many soggy weekends. Labor Day weekend started cool and rainy but fortunately ended warm and sunny. September 9th found us islanders on the lookout for Hurricane Irma! September 19th introduced a new moon along with Jose swirling in the middle of the ocean with crazy tidal surges. September 22nd through the 25th, Irish eyes were all smiles thanks in part to sunny skies and warm island breezes, those infamous Irish Festivals and 600 classic cars taking up temporary residence on the Boardwalk. With Autumn came perfect weather and a never-ending Indian summer! October and November blessed us with the most beautiful beach weather to be thankful for! Then on October 12th & 13th, we experienced a midweek nor’easter from Hurricane Nate. As we sailed through the season, the Farmer’s Almanac continued to be right on! Cool weather started to make an appearance by November 7th, with the first snowfall occurring on December 8th. It was a cold, cold Christmas and New Year by the sea… Snow on December 30th produced one inch of snow, a slight precursor to: Winter Snow Storm Grayson, which arrived (welcomed by no one) on January 4th and resulted in a state of emergency, with high winds, snow drifts and 16 inches of snow. Thankfully, moderate temperatures greeted the rest of January and February, with no storm activity. However March got off to a very unspring-like start, and continued to play out as a month of real March Madness. As islanders know, every storm has its own personality… the storm occurring on March 2nd under a full moon was no different, with fierce wind gusts, sending waves barreling over the seawall, and two more storms on the horizon letting us know that winter wasn’t done with us yet! Winter Storm Quinn arrived on March 7th with moderate impact tidal flooding. A wintry mix of heavy rain started the morning, with snow flurries later in the day. Winter Storm Skylar arrived March 13th

with rain and wind and thankfully no snow. On the first day of Spring, Nor’easter #4, named Toby, brought a wintery mix of high winds, rain and snow… And if March comes in like a lion, it typically goes out like a lamb, but this year was an exception… not only did it go out like a lion, it was also a Blue Moon month with bookend Full Moons on March 1st and March 31st. On the radar, is a Hot! Hot! Hot! summer of 2018 as predicted by The Farmer’s Almanac... making way for perfect beach days! Conclusion Neil Armstrong once said, “Research is creating new knowledge.” We knowledge seekers at The Sun can certainly get behind that, as we prepare for an “investigative” summer in the Wildwoods. We’ll start our days learning the restorative benefits of Yoga on the Beach (with an ocean view), which is guaranteed to energize us for all the excitement summer brings. Clearly, we have much to learn, but, no worries, the Morey’s Piers Annual Education Extravaganza is sure to enlighten us. After working up an appetite during Boogie Board Races, we’ll head to the Anglesea BBQ & Blues Festival (to report on the BBQ Cook Off Awards.) Comfortably cruising along, courtesy of the tram car, and taking diligent notes along the way, we expect to cross paths with our one-of-a-kind Boardwalk Parades as we follow the music coming from the Concert Under the Stars Series throughout the island. The dedicated Wildwood lovers (and reporters) we are, we’ll be sure to leave time for Friday Night Fireworks on the Beach, destined to light up the skies and kick off one awesome summer weekend after another! Thankfully, our “intense research” is destined to result in those endlessly entertaining stories only Wildwood could inspire and that we promise to happily share with you, our Sun readers and friends, next time we meet by the sea…

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New and Old Business

by Al Alven, the ‘Director of fun’ from WW365

Following one of the most notewor-

thy seasons for new businesses in recent memory, 2018 promises to be even more momentous. Several landmark additions headline this year’s roster of changes, including a year-round, multi-purpose Seaport Pier in North Wildwood, a completely renovated and rebranded Boardwalk Mall, the opening of a public event square, Byrne Plaza, that is the new centerpiece of Downtown Wildwood, and a brew-pub, MudHen, prominently situated along the Rio Grande Avenue corridor. *WHEW!* They are complimented by a diverse array of debuting eateries and specialty shops, along with some familiar names in new locations...


Ken & Mary’s Ice Cream moved five bays south, into a much larger location at 2020 Boardwalk. Owner’s Ken and Mary DuBois have been serving family-friendly treats since 2011, including soft-serve and hand-dipped ice cream, brownie icecream sandwiches, ice-cream cakes, and more. They’re looking forward to having double the fun in their doubled space with seating for over 30 ! Crossing over the Wildwood border at 26th Avenue, a number of changes have come to the former home of Sand Jamm (Sand Jamm 5Mile opened year-round at 26th & New Jersey Avenues last year). The Boardwalk level space is now occupied by East Side, and its collection of sunglasses, hats and sports apparel. This is Jim and Dan Schindler’s third location on boards.

We start on the North Wildwood end of the island’s world famous promenade - at 22nd Avenue, where Seaport Pier has risen on the former location of the Seaport Village shopping mall. Developed by Philadelphia-based BG Capital, the new pier features two main structures, a restaurant, three bars, an outdoor concert venue and a swim club. A North Wildwood Police Department substation is also housed on the premises. Green Eggs Café, a Philly favorite, is one of the pillar establishments of the new venue. It is joined by The Dive Bar, The Sand Bar and the Starboard Swim Club - ventures spearheaded by hospitality veterans John Little Jr. and Gavin Wolfe. Open space at the rear of the pier provides recreation and event options, along with direct access to the beach (this will also be a popular spot to catch the Friday night fireworks shows during the summer).

At Cedar Avenue, one of the Boardwalk’s most iconic signs has been given new life after years of inactivity. The classic Coca-Cola script above Harry’s Corner was completely refurbished by A.B.S. Sign Co. over the winter months. The project included new neon tubing outlining the letters and blinking bulb lights within, along with a fresh, vibrant paint job. Wait until you see it at night!

Across from the pier, Chimney Cake House brings “A Taste of Transylvania” to the Boardwalk. Located next to Rapunzel’s, in the space formerly occupied by South Philly Texas Wieners (which sat vacant in 2017), it specializes in serving up Kürtöskalács, split cakes specific to Hungary and Hungarian-speaking regions of Romania.

Annee Convile, an original performer on Philadelphia’s Dancin’ on Air television program during the 1980’s, has parlayed her lifelong love of the Wildwoods into the Beach Bucket Cafe. She has opened two locations - one at 4318 Boardwalk and a stand (the former Corny Island) at Boardwalk Central next





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“ W ILDWOOD - A NEW SEASON“ to Splash Zone Water Park. Both offer a variety of unique treats, including “blinged out” ice cream cones and edible cookie dough. They are proudly pet friendly too, with special treats available for your fourlegged friends. Ommmm... what else? Oh yes, the island’s first beachfront yoga studio has taken up residence on the boards at Montgomery Ave., across from the Wildwoods Convention Center. Boardwalk Yoga by Triv is a joint effort from Robert Trivisonno and instructors Jason Forslund and Jarah Moskovitz, proponents of Power Vinyassa (power yoga). The NEW Boardwalk Mall Since it was converted from the shell of the old Regent Theatre in the late 1970’s, the Boardwalk Mall has been a staple of summertime in the ‘Woods.’ Though it’s gone through various cosmetic changes, it has never before been completely renovated. Now under new ownership and management, the mall is undergoing an extensive makeover, being rebranded as Tillie’s Boardwalk Mall with its new logo featuring the famous “Tillie face”. * DOWNTOWN WILDWOOD * The vision of a centralized space for events, recreation and community gatherings in Downtown Wildwood has finally been realized. Byrne Plaza, a 60,000 square foot, landscaped green space that includes a large covered stage, is situated in the heart of the Pacific Avenue businesses district, at Oak Avenue (two long blocks east of the Boardwalk). The plaza is the new home of the popular Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market, along with a host of weekly summer events and festivals throughout the year. It was developed and is managed by the Wildwood Business Improvement District (WBID), in conjunction with Cape May County, the Byrne Foundation for the Wildwoods, the City of Wildwood and Crest Savings Bank. Check out the 13 page section in this issue on what’s “Doo-ing” in the Wildwoods and Downtown businesses.

A major part of the appeal and practicality of Byrne Plaza is its proximity to so many downtown businesses. It sits adjacent to Alumni Grill and MS Brown Jewelers and directly across from The Deck at Holly Beach, Hooked on Books, The Wild Scoop (which opened last summer), Between the Lines and Beach Whiskers, along with a new neighbor, Greek Street Eats. Located on the corner at 3421 Pacific Ave., Greek Street Eats offers a full menu of dine-in meals along with “street style” gyros and other Mediterranean-inspired specialties. The eatery is fully committed to its theme, with an interior that has been magnificently renovated to resemble a street scene in Greece. The exterior is painted white with blue trim, a nod to the Greek flag. Owner Angelo Bilios together with his wife Anna, brother Nick and their parents, Chris & Effie have been in the restaurant business for over three decades and have a long history in the Wildwoods. They also proudly own and operate 3 great locations of Bagel Time Cafe at Burk & Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood, Aquabeach Motel in the Crest, and Beach Dr. in Cape May. The Bilios’ intend to operate Bagel Time during summer mornings, and Greek Street Eats in afternoons and into the evening hours. Stop in and #FindYourInnerGreek Four blocks south, at 3811 Pacific, Melissa Schultz and Michael Shiffler have opened Goodness on the Go. The shop debuted in late 2017 and was an instant hit with the local crowd, serving fresh coffee, soups, a wide assortment of baked goods, breads, pies, soups and much more homemade goodness to go. Next door, at 3813 Pacific, Joey M’s La Piazza Cucina has found a new home. Proprietor (owner/chef/entertainer/you-name-it) Joseph Montello has moved around to different locations along the avenue in recent years, but looks to be settled into this locale, where “cooking comes from the heart!”


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New and Old Business

by Al Alven, the ‘Director of fun’ from WW365 One

of the area’s biggest success stories in recent years has been Alumni Grill (3316 Pacific Avenue), home of the Jekkyl & Hyde, which is celebrating its 15th summer downtown. Owners, a brother and sister team of Mike DeClemente & Jen Robinson have taken another leap forward by franchising their business, with the first off-island Alumni Grill location now open in Rio Grande at 1050 Rt 47 South. Judging from their opening day, they’ve already scored an A+ 100%!

fresh pressed articles of clothing to Wildwood’s and the county’s bestdressed since 1987. Owner Michael Cummiskey together with Cape May’s Free Love Shop owner Betsy Gay’s “Design Team” have created a fresh new space launching his new Alterations Dept. specializing in Bridal Gown Alterations. Free Love believes in making “All things Pretty” including the spaces that surround you while the finishing touches of your bridal gown are being completed. We wish Michael & Betsy great success in their services to brides!

* AROUND THE ISLAND * Way back in 1883, the first passanger train carried travelers from the mainland onto the island, traversing a precarious bridge over the untamed marshlands. Nicknamed the “MudHen,” it battled and clawed its way through the elements; often, it was washed out during high tide. History recounts the path it blazed, opening up new worlds of opportunity for inhabitants and visitors of what would become the Wildwoods. In the very same spirit, the MudHen Brewing Company burst onto the scene this Spring at 127 W. Rio Grande Avenue. The brew-pub is the latest (and perhaps largest) jewel in the crown of the Taylor Avenue Sciarra family of businesses, which includes the neighboring Kona Surf Company, Dogtooth Bar & Grill and Poppi’s Brick Oven Pizza. The growing conglomerate is the brainchild of Brendan Sciarra, whose father, Mike Sciarra, founded Kona in 1969 in a little storefront along Pacific Ave. MudHen Brewing Company is a complete brewing and distribution facility, full service bar and restaurant, crafted out of a the shell of a “Neo Doo Wop” building that formerly housed a Harley Davidson dealership. Sciarra’s vision was helped to life by award-winning brewery consultant Scott Morrison and brewmaster Tony Cunha.

Swinging up to North Wildwood’s entertainment district, not too far from the old MudHen train’s one-time port of entry, we find a fresh name in a familiar location. Westy’s Irish Pub, an Anglesea staple for over 20 years owned by Peg West and her late husband Art West, is no more; the business reopened last November as The Inlet on Olde. The new venture is being captained by partners Puri Garzone and Joe Affet, veterans of the Philadelphia restaurant scene. Frank and Cody Lubisky are the new owners. Along with the name change, Garzone and Affet oversaw an extensive interior renovation and the creation of a menu that features new items along with some classics. The Inlet team is very mindful of the site’s history (also the site of legendary entertainer Cozy Morley’s Club Avalon), as reflected in its tagline as “the place for old friends and new memories!”

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Another entry taking over a popular old haunt is the Salty Mermaid, which sits on the North Wildwood side of 26th & Delaware. The former home of Tony’s Cafe and O’Boyle’s Irish Pub is almost completely unrecognizable, inside and out. The new owners, Eric & Sondra have completely transformed the property with a dining room and bar that strikes a unique balance of kitsch and classic nautical design. An outdoor covered deck with seating and a full bar is currently being added on the north side of the property. Read on! Concludes on next page. . .

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Beefie’s, a year round sandwich shop specializing in handcarved, slow-cooked meats, has taken over the property on the southeast corner of 7th & New Jersey, formerly occupied by Flynn Real Estate. Plans call for extended hours and beach delivery options during the height of the summer months. * BAYSIDE HAPPENINGS * West Wildwood seems to get overlooked and is left out of the fun sometimes, but that’s not the case this year! The laid back, casual atmosphere of a South American fish shack on the beach is the best way to describe The Dock, recently added to K&D Marina at 10 Lake Road. The no-frills raw bar features an outdoor dining room and public access spots for boats, wave runners and paddle boats. It is BYOB. The Dock is owned by Andrew and



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Vic Krivitski, owner of Algie’s Bicycle Shop, is cruising into his 40th year in the Wildwoods. He opened shop on 17th Ave. in 1979 where he stayed for 25 years until the building was set to be razed. He then moved to his current location on the corner of Wisteria & New Jersey Aves. Like the proverbial shifting sands of time, change is one of life’s few constants. Even so, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen an offseason as active as the one just passed in the Wildwoods. Each new business, every burgeoning venture detailed here (as well as those still to come) will have the opportunity to place a unique footprint on our island. Their stories are just beginning, as our grand tale of fun-by-the-sea continues to be written. Here’s to memories, old and new Summer 2018, here we come!

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My name is Mia. I’m a 30-year-old chef

who was dealt a bad hand in life. I lost both of my parents within six weeks of each other. Then I lost everything else, which dramatically impacted my life. I’m writing this from my heart to let everyone know to cherish what God gives you, most

importantly the loved ones around you. Even if you lost everything, you have to move on, maybe not all the way, but keep all of the memories in your heart. Cherish each day. When all else fails, get up and seize the day... tomorrow is not promised. I look back to a year ago when I was homeless, jobless and all of my family was in heaven. I didn’t know where to start. It took all of me to be where I am today, thanks in part to the guidance I received from my supportive boyfriend Joe, and my Mom’s sisters, who have stood by me and helped make my dream a reality. Now, a year later, I have a flourishing business, a roof over my head and the confidence that once was lost. If I can do this, you can, too! Don’t ever give up on yourself, don’t ever rely on anyone but yourself. It always begins with you! I am proud to say, I seized each day with passion for what I love, which is cooking from my heart! Thank you to everyone who believed in me! Come visit me at Mia Mia Raw Bar and Ristorante this summer. You will see the passion on the plate! Caio!


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Lisa Russo proudly displays her trophy along with The Sun during her adventure to Guatemala for the 3 day Billfish Invitational aboard the Danmark. Her fellow anglers were brother Sam Russo, John & Sandy Sanzone & their 3 sons head into their Dave Bowman of Bowmans 2nd season with excitement at Avalon Coffee Rio Grande Cooling & Heating in Wildwood, and Extreme Chef Terry French from food Network.




ONE HOUSE AT A TIME. Margie, Poppy, Reney, Janie, John & Jill (who was out for a walk) enjoyed a beach party in February. It was the only rare, warm, sunny gift-of-a-day this past winter, in between endless foggy grey days, so these folks hopped in the car and headed for the shore and spent the whole day on the beach. Awesome!

Mike Leeper with him and his wife Carol’s newest grandchild (the 9th) Layne “Chopper” Richard Taylor on his first visit to the Boardwalk for his first Hot Dog. :-)

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After a long uphill climb toward acquiring the old Westy’s, owners of The Inlet on Olde made it official on April 21st, together with Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce and local officals celebrating the occasion with a ribbon cutting.

Rick, Sherri & Rickii by the bay in North Wildwood


The Morey’s traditionally end their season with a good old fashioned Oktoberfest... lots of wiener schnitzel, pretzels & beer. Prost! Here’s to the Summer of ‘18 !

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Have you noticed that you feel better when you smile. Photos taken December 2017 at the Family Holiday Celebration at Wildwoods Convention Center

WCHS students caroling for Santa

Nancy & Arlene

Craig & Deb with grandchildren Raffi & Sofi

Diane, Sharon and Karen

Jeanne John of Surfside West Diner and her grandchildren

Vicky & Michael Micklasavage (Santas family)

Donna, Darlene & Devon

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Theresa, MaryAnne, Immaculata & Terry

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The Feketics girls in their Christmas colors


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. . . You see George, you really had a wonderful life!” ~Clarence

Wildwood 5 MILES of Smiles! The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts. The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers. And the best place to be is in the hands of God. Photos taken December 2017 at the Family Holiday Celebration at Wildwoods Convention Center

Vanessa & Marlene are happy as clams to be living their Wildwood dream-cometrue after moving all the way from LA

Connie, Monica & little Cameron having some holiday fun

Ben Rose & grandaughter Cali

Billy Burke & his grandaughter Bella

Steve & Flo

Betsy, Mikey & Mackenzie

Samuel & Cole had fun getting their faces painted and balloon hats made Fred, Carmella & Nick

Michael & Kathleen

Pat & Tom from the Crest

Al with his favorite paper :-)

Pat Marcellus & Pat Vinci (Ryan ragdolls)


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FOREVER YOUNG SENIORS enjoyedChristmas Lunch at the Bolero

Maureen, Jeanne, Kay, Marie, Delores and Kay

MaryAnn, Rosemary, Dot, Linda, Joan, Ed, Al, Vince, Don, Eileen

Maryann, Tom, Ann, Chuck, Pat, Jean, Cecelia, Dot, Pat, Marge & Bob

Karen, Gene, Joe & Marie, Diane, Ginny and Anna

Delores, Janette, Joan, Pat, Carol, Mary and Pat

Marie, Rita and Jim, and Tracey

Joe, John, Fr. Yvans, Paris, Randy, Nancy, Peggy, Sandy, Phyllis and Cookie

Dolores, Jeanette, Joan, Pat, Carol & Margaret

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enjoyed a visit to the Wildwood Historic Museum

Life is like a mirror; we get the best results when we smile at it. Pat and Fran

ANITA SMITH’S BIRTHDAY CLUB reunites at Key West Cafe

Diane, Gene, Joe & Marie

Jack, Margie, Peggy

Margaret, Jim and Marie

Lucy, Roxann, Geri, Joan, Judy, Carol, Helen, Marian, Anette and Frank

Maryetta on far left with a stuffed poodle (bought to the party for nostalgia’s sake, another story. . .), Natalie, Rita, Diane, Jim, Linda & Anita with her favorite paper. As with all birthdays, we are blessed to only be given a certain number of them, and noone knows that better than Anita Smith at 92 years young. Since she began The Birthday Club, which is a group of local friends who meet at Key West Cafe to celebrate, each time they gather, they say a special prayer for their friends who are no longer around the table... Mary Kulisek, Jane Parson, Barbara Hunter, Ronnie Graham, Helen Dole... and give an extra blessing for their time still together.

Cecelia, Dot, Maryann, Pat, Marge, Bob, Marilyn, Tom, Ann, Chuck, Pat and Jean



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lived my life just as good as I can, lived every day as an honest man. I worked and worked and worked some more, don’t be upset, to me this was no chore.”

Ernie & Joan Troiano

4 Generations of Troiano’s

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Ernie & Joan McCausland Troiano

E. Troiano & Sons Concrete is 100 Years Ernie Sr. with his three sons, Jim, Ernie and Gary

Ernie Sr. with his great grandchildren, Ava, Gianni, Ernie, Dominick, Trevor and Ryan

This is the beginning of a poem written by Ryan Troiano, about his grandfather Ernie Troiano Sr. who passed away in March 2010. The rest of the poem goes on to describe the people and parts of Wildwood he loved. Almost everyone, no matter how old or young knows the loss of someone they loved. And Ernie Troiano Sr. was loved indeed, but also deeply loved others and the island he grew up on. “He had a compassion for people, and was all about the community. He didn’t show his emotions a lot, but you could look into his eyes and know how he felt. And his actions spoke [for him],” Ernie Troiano Jr. said. “I was fortunate to have a father like him.” Ernie Sr. was very much a deeply rooted part of Wildwood. His father Dominico Troiano, came to Wildwood accidentallyoriginally on route to Atlantic City from Philadelphia to look for a job after he immigrated here from Italy. He fell asleep on the train ride and ended up in Wildwood, found a job here and never left. Ernie Sr. was “born on Leaming Avenue, lived on Leaming Avenue his whole life, raised his kids on Leaming Avenue and died on Leaming Avenue,” Ernie Jr. said. Today, his children still live on Leaming Avenue, as well as his grandchildren and great grandchildren; essentially there is over 100 years of Troiano generations still staying loyal to Wildwood, the place where their family began. When Ernie Sr. was growing up in Wildwood- it was a different world then it is today. 1930’s Wildwood was separated into neighborhoods, but everyone got along. “Magnolia, Maple, Pine Avenues they were your Irish neighborhoods. Andrews and Montgomery Avenues, they were the Swedes because of the harbor and fishing. Roberts and Youngs Avenues were the Polish and Leaming, Hand, Bennet, Hildreth and Cresse Avenues had a lot of Italians. The railroad tracks ran through the middle of the Island, and everyone on the west side were summer people,” Ernie Jr. explained of the island during his father’s life and his own childhood as well.

Back then everyone was first generation Americans who while all being very diverse and from a variety of countries, were nevertheless like family to each other. “If I know ten people on the island today, they knew thousands back then. Everyone was like family,” Ernie Jr. said. “Back then in Wildwood, everyone was pretty much poor, but no one knew it because everyone had such a wealth of community, a wealth of neighbors,” Ernie Jr. said. Ernie Sr. would work three extra jobs in the summer, to make ends meet. He would bartend, sort mail in the evenings at the post office, and valet park cars at the Diamond Beach Club. Ernie actually met Joey Bishop of the Rat pack there one summer evening. All of the valets were waiting to park cars in their uniforms that included a distinct red vest. Suddenly Joey Bishop comes out and says, “give me your vest!” He joined all the other valets and parked cars for people, so he could laugh when the car owners said to him, “Anyone ever tell you that you look like Joey Bishop!?” “There was a passion about the town, you would go down Pacific Avenue on a Friday night and the place was packed. Everyone came to Wildwood to shop,” Ernie Jr. said. Ernie Sr. was part of many organizations on the island, like the Rotary Club and the Sons of Italy. He was the second Italian in the Fire Company, and started out at the bottom but eventually worked his way up to Chief. He designed the current Fire House in Wildwood- and it was built to his specifications. The tree shaded, landscaped walkway in front of Fox Park on Atlantic Ave was designed by Ernie Sr. as well- as a tribute to Columbus Park, the original park that was there before the two blocks were connected to make one park. His design work is also in the new Vietnam Memorial on the boardwalk side of the park. Ernie Sr.’s work can be found in so many places of the island, it is like he is firmly integrated into the island itself, which his son Ernie Jr is the Mayor and caretaker of today. The Troiano’s love of family and Wildwood is solid and tangible, a tradition. Traditions are something we seem to have in Wildwood- whether we are locals or summer folk. We are all drawn here and something holds us here, to enjoy our own personalized rituals and customs on it’s shores year after year!


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Lavania P. Moultrie, 1890-1976 In 1902, Lucinda Powell, a Seminole Indian from the Florida Everglades, sent her 12 year old daughter Lavania to Anglesea in North Wildwood to live with Captain Sam & Nora Buck. Right here is where Lavania’s amazing story began. To keep from being a slave in Florida, Lavania became a servant girl to the kind-hearted, seafaring family. In 1906, she eloped with Richard Moultrie, who she met at the Cosmopolitan Church (known today as AME Church or Asbury African Methodist Episcopal Church), on Youngs & New Jersey Aves. Richard lived on the south end of the island and would walk the beach up to the north end to see Lavania. They moved to Philadelphia and were married, but city life did not suit the new bride. It wasn’t long before they returned home to Wildwood. Richard became a licensed minister while Lavania worked in local hotels, eventually getting contracts for bigger cleaning jobs with the hotels. This ultimately led her to open her own business, a rarity for women in those days, especially black women. Needless to say, Lavania Moultrie was one inspirational force of nature! In 1910, Lavania Moultrie remarkably opened up the very first unemployment agency in the state of New Jersey; setting up her office next door to her home on the 100 west block of Garfield Ave. in a two-story building her husband built called the Geneva, which also served as a rooming house. Her company was known as the Seashore Employment Agency. She matched people with employers and owners of local hotels, boarding houses and other businesses. Lavania brought people from many different states to work in Wildwood. She took pride in knowing that Johnny Ford, one of her students who worked to save college tuition as a dishwasher at the Hotel Dorsey 1962, later became the first African American mayor in Tuskegee, Alabama. While business prospered, the Moultrie family grew with the birth of Lavania’s four children (although she raised five). Breda was the oldest who was raised, not birthed by Lavania, along with her children Geneva (Smith), Richard (Dick), Mildred (“Honey” who married Valdemar Pitts) and Myrtle (who married Earle Hunt).

While Lavania helped thousands find summer employment, with her own children, education seemed to be the Moultrie family business. Geneva & Myrtle attended college for their teaching degrees and Dick became principal of Wildwood Elementary School. Honey, however, attended cosmetology school and opened her own beauty salon up the block from her family home. In an article written by Barbara St. Clair, found in the Wildwood Historic Museum, Honey talked about her shop, recalling that Thursday was the day most black women had off and they would come from all over the county to get their hair done. There was a real comradery of friendship that gathered in that little shop. On a breezy winter day in January, Lavania and Richard’s grandson, Earle Randolph Moultrie Hunt met with Sun editor Dorothy Kulisek, bringing with him an almost sacred memoir filled with 100 years worth of family photographs and news clippings. His own son, Erick, Earle says, has the closest resemblance to his Uncle Dick, a handsome, dignified-looking man who is remembered not just for being principal of Wildwood Elementary, but for the outstanding track record at Wildwood High that led him to qualify for the Olympics. Unfortunately, segregation issues at the time kept him from achieving that dream. In his early years, Earle, or Randy as he is better known, was cared for by his Aunt Breda and Uncle Earl Saddler in Sharon Hill, PA while his parents, Earle Sr. and Myrtle, were busy working in Newark, NJ. As families often do, they helped one another do what they had to do to survive. When he reached school age, Randy went to live with his parents through grammar school years before moving to Wildwood to live with his grandmother Lavania and attend Wildwood High School, graduating in 1967. In the early 70s, he served as a summer police office on the Wildwood Police Department and fondly remembers wearing badge #28. After the death of his father, his mother eventually retired and returned home to Wildwood. It is important to Randy that not only his son know the incredibly rich Moultrie family story, but that their history is written and lives on in Wildwood’s archives. Earle-Randy is the only member of the family left in the Wildwoods, happily residing at the Moultrie homestead at West Garfield Avenue, where a young girl who came to the island as a servant, rose up, leaving a big footprint in the sands of Wildwood by-the-Sea, NJ.

The Geneva House Boarding & Lodging by the Week at 136 W. Garfield Ave. Wildwood Lavania P. Moultrie, proprietor

The Hunt family~ Earle, Sr. Myrtle Moultrie Hunt & young Earle, Jr. (Randy)

Baby Randy at 136 W. Garfield Ave. in early 50s

Earle-Randy Moultrie Hunt with family memoir

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“Immortality is to live your life doing good things, and leaving your mark behind.” —Brandon Lee

LAVANIA MOULTRIE’S LEGACY by-the-Sea The Moultrie women Lavania and her daughters

Wildwood High track star Dick Moultrie The photo notes “6’ 11” old form” Geneva Moultrie the 1st born child School Teacher

Geneva & Richard at 136 W. Garfield Ave

Richard Moultrie the 2nd born child Outstanding Track star at Wildwood High Graduated 1930 Prinicpal at Wildwood Elementary Married Margaret and had one daughter, Clair

Joe Gene House, Restaurant & Fountain Store selling Abbott’s Ice Cream at 140 W. Spicer Ave.

Richard Moultrie with grandsons Valdy & Fuzzy and the family dog

Mildred “Honey” Moultrie Pitts, 3rd born child with husband Valdemar, and sons Valdy & Earle “Fuzzy” owner of Honey’s Beauty Salon at 128 W. Garfield Ave.

Breda became part of the Moultrie clan by the loving Lavania. Pictured with her husband Earle Saddler

The Joe Gene House became the Hunt’s Guest House at 140 W. Spicer Ave.

Myrtle Moultrie, 4th born child School Teacher, mother of Earle Randy

Breda and her daughter Eva

Congregation of AME Church with the Moultrie’s sitting bottom right with young Curtis Miller


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Where is Al Gore and his global warming when we needed him? This winter and spring were ridiculous to say the least. The constant wind made the ocean unfit for fishing most of the spring. Not so surprising, the fishing started slow this spring. The fish are arriving later than their normal period for the year. The last few years we have not had many seasons representing something similar to a normal spring. Hopefully May has the arrivals catching up with the season. I believe by now we should be safe to say the fishing season can get on with earnest. The month of May usually starts some decent reports of fish being caught. Early May had a run of bluefish, some weakfish, and school sized stripers. May’s focus will be in the Delaware Bay, back waters, jetties, and the beach fronts. The full moon in May will produce bigger stripers in the Cape May rips for the hardcore striper group. The drum fish will start to feed in the beginning of May straight thru to mid-June. Drum fish up to 80 pounds can be caught within a mile of shoreline in the Delaware Bay. Drum on light tackle really makes it a blast. If your interest is inshore fishing you can board party boats, rent a small boat or fish from the jetties or back water location. Local tackle shops will give you the latest information on how and where to make a catch. I now realize that playing in the sand, and messing with the minnows is all part of fishing to the little guys. The Back Bay fishing offer smooth seas, which is important for the queasy group. The increasing ocean temperatures will improve seabass fishing thru June. Flounder will be steady in the back water thru June. The flounder will start to migrate into the ocean in early July. The National Marine Fisheries have decided the flounder population has improved to the extent that they allowed the season to last into late September. It’s an amazing miracle that the fisheries improved so fast. I am sure the opposition of their regulations last year had nothing to do with some adjustment to their scientific program.

Capt. Gary & grandson Ryan June is the month the ocean fishing gets serious. Shark Fishing should be best in early June. Mako sharks are the prime species of most of the shark anglers. The off shore canyons will start with the normal pelage species of Mahi, Tuna, and Marlin. Summer brings the best of all seasons. The diverse species available to anglers gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing. Whether you try a jetty, beach, or boat don’t miss the opportunity. Our youth must engage in the outdoors to appreciate and understand the mysteries and blessings it offers. These youngsters as adults will be charged with the stewardship of those resources for years to come. Few moments match the ride home on a sun drenched afternoon gently cruising a clear blue sea. Sharing this experience with a friend, family, or a loved one is making memories for an eternity. It also could be a personal introspective treat for your soul. If you have caught some dinner then you are doubly blessed. The fishing fraternity are individuals out to have fun and share a common sport with others. The complexity of life and issues of the day are left at the dock for another day. We are all brothers and sisters with a fishing rod in hand………… And you thought it was simply just reeling in a fish. God Bless,

Captain Gary Sloan, North Wildwood, NJ Find tides on page 33

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“Memories pressed between the pages of my mind...” ~Elvis

dear The Guthrie Family of North Wildwood One of my very close friends back home in Wildwood always sends me a copy of THE SUN and with great joy, I read it as it brings back floods of memories for me. . . seeing so many people that I knew growing up in the Wildwoods. Thank you for bringing back all the wonderful memories of our early days in the Wildwoods! It’s also fun to see some of my publicity pictures you have used once in awhile too! ~Helen Guthrie Wilson

From Wildwood Leader-1971: STATE TO AID IN BRIDGE REPAIRS ~ The NJ State Dept. of Transportation on Friday reported it will provide state aid in technical assistance, men and equipment and materials to help Cape May County begin repair operations on the 50 year old Grassy Sounds span that collapsed on October 20, 1971. The Counterweight of one-half of the drawbridge broke off and the span dropped into the water. The bridge on North Wildwood Blvd. will be closed to vehicular traffic for an indefinite period. Small boats are able to use the channel under the span. ~Drawing by Len Guthrie

Helen Guthrie Wilson writes: “When the Grassy Sound Bridge collapsed in 1971,Thomas Kinnemand(photographer for the Wildwood Leader), attempted to take pictures, but it was a nasty day and he was unable to get a good shot from the North Wildwood side. My father, H. Leonard Guthrie who worked for the Wildwood Leader, called my brother Len to ask if he could take a picture so it could make the weekly paper. My brother at the time lived on the other side of the bridge and had a better view of the damage. He did better than that, he

Helen recalls how much fun it was doing publicity shots for the Wildwoods after she won the Miss Wildwood Beach Patrol Contest in 1956. Her photos were used on brochures, salt water taffy boxes, billboards and are still used today in The SUN! Thank you Helen!

H. Leonard Guthrie setting type at The Leader where he was employed for 40 years

sat and drew a picture of the collapsed bridge. He then had to drive the long way around over the Rio Grande bridge to get this picture to the Wildwood Leader to be published in time! My family moved to North Wildwood in 1942. We traveled so many trips over that bridge and even then it seemed very old. I often wondered how much life had traveled over it back and forth off the island.” H. Leonard Guthrie was born in Williamsport, Pa. and went to Scotland Military School in PA. where he learned the printing trade. He moved to North Wildwood in 1942 and lived over the Wildwood Leader at 13th and Atlantic Ave. He worked there for 40 years as a print setter and linotype operator. After he left The Leader he and his wife put together the tide tables the long and hard way for the Jersey shore. They enjoyed doing this for many, many years. Len was also known throughout the Wildwoods as one of the best fisherman around. He was often written up in Lou Rodia’s fishing news for his special catches of fish. Fishermen would try and follow him out in his little row boat to his special spots! His wife was pretty good too and won some ribbons for the biggest fish caught by a women. One time while out fishing he caught his wife while casting! That was a quick trip to the emergency room to have the hook removed.

Siblings, Helen & Len Guthrie at the Wildwood Museum, reminiscing of their days growing up on the island

Len Guthrie worked on the Wildwood Beach Patrol in 1967-68 and participated in the Around the Island Row locally as well as the US Lifeguard Internationals. Len is owner of Cape Taxidermy located in Green Creek, NJ.

Len & Helen Guthrie on their 50th anniversary in 1982

Helen Guthrie, N. Wildwood beach 1946


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“May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.” ~Irish Blessing

KENNETH D. SHIVERS, SR., 94, of North Wildwood, NJ, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017 at home. Born on the same street as he lived in North Wildwood to the late Jesse and Anna Hansen Shivers, he was a lifetime resident here and commercial fisherman for 62 years. Mr. Shivers served in the U.S. Army during World War II as part of the Counter Intelligence Corps. In the Philippines, he would take other soldiers in a boat to the islands to scope out the locations of the enemy troops for the Army to plan their attacks. When he was back in the US as a fisherman, the Navy asked for his assistance in locating submarines off the East Coast. Mr. Shivers was known as a storyteller. He would ride his three wheeler bike with his photo books in the basket to the North Wildwood Lighthouse where he loved to show people the pictures he had of history and tell the stories to anyone who would listen. He enjoyed fishing and taking care of his family. Mr. Shivers is survived by his daughter, Diane C. Bowman and her husband David of Bowman’s Cooling & Heating on Pacific Ave.; his grandson, Jesse E. Bowman and his wife Danielle who bore his only great granddaughter, Natalie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Rose Shivers and his son, Kenneth D. Shivers, Jr. He was laid to rest in Cold Spring Presbyterian Cemetery, alongside many descendants of Five Mile Beach’s Shivers family, that began here with Edward & Cornelia Shivers (a forthcoming story in the next issue of The Sun.)

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“Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord. . .

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. . . intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.” * NOTE: The History of Fishing article was featured in The SUN 10 years ago, which makes the information on the current commercial fishing industry outdated. According to Capt. Gary’s fishing reports over the years, it’s only gotten worse.

Wildwood 1932 ~ Union Fish Company trap boat on the Atlantic Ocean coming in with a load of fish.

Live by the tides. . . Love by the moon . . .



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“History is herstory, too.”


Wildwood’s only Woman Mayor


Doris Bradway by Cathy Tchorni

worldly, separate from rural Cape May County, Wildwood “vibe” during the first half of the 20th century was characteristic of the barrier islands. Hidden, overgrown inlets, allowed liquor to leave the Cape May stills, bound for the cities. Moneyed developers brought knowledge of a wider world from Philadelphia and New York City. Many people transplanted themselves from urban areas to summer cottages and year-around homes in Wildwood. An example of a newcomer was Doris Bradway. She was born in Elizabeth, NJ, a New York City suburb in 1895, and was educated at Pierce Business College in Philadelphia. She moved to Wildwood in 1919. Her husband, Edwin, worked as a sheet metal contractor. They had two sons, Edwin and Robert. Her early life seems to have been uneventful. She broke into politics in 1932, becoming Commissioner of Finance for Wildwood after Kenneth Kirbyulen was killed in a car accident. She was appointed mayor when William H. Bright, a friend, died suddenly. Once she became the Commissioner of Finance she oversaw the Civil Workers Administration (CWA), a job- creation program that was part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. The CWA did not last long, but Mrs. Bradway brought her concepts learned about the CWA with her into her mayor role. She was the mayor of Wildwood from 1933 to 1938. She vocally criticized the “old order’s” administration of the CWA. Bradway characterized herself as an “Independent Republican”. Instead of using the CWA funds to assist poverty-stricken residents, she accused the “royal family”—wealthy Republicans who reportedly used the funds for themselves – of “blatant irregularities… using Federal monies for political intrigue and plunder.” Mrs. Bradway disrupted the traditional world of politics by being a woman in a (then) man’s world. In a newspaper interview (probably 1933) short mention was made of her role as City Commissioner of Finance, yet devoted two long paragraphs to her role as wife and mother. “She determined her home life shall go on just as it did before and that she will shirk no house duties… She does all the work in her 10 room house, keeps it spotless, does her marketing, cooks three hot meals a day for her husband and two sons, does her own baking, washing and ironing…”

She worked in partnership with Edward Zelig (E.J.) Fox, who had arrived with his family from Latvia in 1909, and became committed to beautifying Wildwood with parks. According to an undated transcript from the 1970s, Bradway commented in a transcript of an interview conducted probably in the 1970s, that she had “400 people on relief [in Wildwood during the Depression].” Many homeowners lost them because of non-payment of taxes. Mrs. Bradway helped E.J. Fox acquire defaulted properties, and gave many unemployed men jobs working for the City to create the resulting parks. Bradway and Fox used low land near the bay to build greenhouses, growing shrubs and bright annual flowers to be transplanted to parks as they were created. She also donated flowers to all the churches on Sundays. Bradway was vocal in that she believed every able-bodied man should work. From the same transcript: “The State would give any city, all of the trees they wanted… understand they’re only little things in a flower pot…now they’re gigantic…it was 40,000 or 50,000 trees… In the meantime we had men…cut down the [old] trees that [were] already there. We had coal and we had wood [to heat houses].” …And the old people who couldn’t cut, and the widows that couldn’t go out there and cut, they got the wood every night, or as many times as they needed it…we supplied city trucks and city men to bring it back.” “…But I never approved of a relief lines. I don’t approve of it today.” …I wouldn’t put up with that kind of stuff. I had them repair the boardwalk. I had them paint the City buildings.” Bradway was a determined, forthright, outspoken person. When lifeguards and reporters made fun of her weight, calling her “Big Girl”, she acknowledged that the extra weight prevented her from energetically doing her job. She publicly promised to lose 100 pounds in a year. She did, dropping from 251 to 149. A quote from a newspaper describes her transformation: “Now she has bobbed her hair and wears it becomingly curled around her head. Her eyebrows are thinned and nicely arched.” The paper even published her measurements before and after her weight loss! She was quoted as saying, “How could I be seen in a size 52 bathing suit and then expect the lifeguards to listen to me when I bawled them out?” During her short, approximately five years

in office, Mrs. Bradway made many enemies, none as powerful as William C. Hunt, a Wildwood businessman and politician. As the owner of amusements and movie theaters, he pushed hard to open his businesses on Sundays. Mayor Bradway pushed equally hard and closed his theaters for Sunday. Mr. Hunt promptly sued her for $50,000. Gradually her enemies outnumbered her supporters. Her personality and actions that had previously been viewed as forthright was now viewed as unfair, unreasonable and illegal. She became unpopular with many of her constituents. Many voters in Wildwood agreed to a special election. On February 18, 1938 Doris Bradway and City Commissioner, Frederick McMurray were defeated in a recall election in a circus-like atmosphere. Bands played, people milled around the streets. Mrs. Bradley argued that all of Wildwood’s paperwork was at risk and tried to protect it. 3100 of 3500 voters turned out. After the tallies, Bradway had lost by 571 votes, McMurray by 620. She blamed Mayor Frank Hague of Jersey City, a State

Democratic czar, saying, “Hague was too much for me today.” She added “I want him [Hague] to live a long enough to regret the day he invaded Wildwood and devoted three years of effort to unseat me…” Both McMurray and Bradway accepted their defeat, and turned over governance of Wildwood the next day. Her Wildwood life filled with sensationalism did not end there. Her husband sued for divorce soon after her defeat, saying to the papers that her “affections waned” beginning in 1933. He asked her to leave the house in 1938 and she refused. Her estranged husband allowed the house to fall into foreclosure. Once Doris left the house, he reportedly bought it back. Divorced in 1939 she ran a confectionary drug store. Doris and Edwin both remarried, Doris in 1943 to Fred Wood. The second marriage apparently did not last long and Doris took the Bradway name back after a second divorce. Doris lived quietly on 18th Street in North Wildwood, known to nearly every year-around resident. She died in 1982.


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The SUN travels to Oregon courtesy of our friend Barbara Grover I visited my friend Chris Bridgens in Oregon and gave her a copy of The Sun. She enjoyed reading it and was so excited to showcase your publication! She sent this photo with her own caption, “Holding the wonderful publication, The Sun-By-The-Sea, May-June 2017 issue, which has made its way to the Northwest Coast of Oregon and is seen here aboard a Columbia River gillnet fishing boat docked in Brownsmead, Oregon.”

North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello with his wife, Michelle, and 3 sons, Gavin, Blake & Peyton at North Wildwood’s reorinization meeting Tues., Jan. 2, 2018

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Jerry and his family traveled to Savannah Georgia last June to attend his official graduation ceremony

Wildwood Crest deputy Mayor Joyce at North Wildwood’s P. Gould, Mayor Don Cabrera and Commissioner David C. Thompson were sworn into office during the borough’s reorganization meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

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 fouryear 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.

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Proudly holding The Sun during a visit my husband, Jim and I made to Hammond, Oregon in July 2017 while visiting our son Brian. Although the Pacific Ocean is beautiful, we love our Atlantic Ocean and the Wildwoods! This photo was taken at the historic Peter Airedale Shipwreck, which occurred in 1906 during a foggy night with thankfully no casualties.

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Wildwood local Jerry Rosenberg gives God all the glory for his latest achievements. He recently graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.98 GPA) with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentrate on Mental Health/ Behavioral Studies from South University Online. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Argosy University Online. Jerry is excited about completing the CMHC program and moving closer to his goal that he has been working towards for the past 6 years, of either opening a small practice of his own or working in one of the rehabilitation centers in the area. He believes counseling holds the key to unlocking despair, hopelessness, and any darkness stored in the mind among those suffering from addiction or any mental issues.

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