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Where YESTERDAY and TODAY meet by-the-sea



ENJOY WITH: An ice cream sandwich and a seat drenched in sunlight

Jan, Eva, Jack, Ty, Michael, Jen, Tucker, Max & Farah

Photograph by Rob Kulisek



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2 “Happiness is... the sand between my toes and the sunburn on my nose!”~A sign hanging in a beach house NEW LISTING!!


1205 Surf Avenue, Unit #6, North Wildwood Golden Tiara Condominiums are located just two short blocks to the beach and boardwalk in North Wildwood. This cozy unit is positioned on the first floor with a pool view and offers a private bedroom, living room, galley kitchen and full bath. Other amenities include on-site laundry facilities and off-street parking. Enjoy some splash time in the pool or sunbathing around the patio. Either way, this is the perfect retreat at the shore. JUST $115,000.

AFFORDABLE AND CHARMING 429 West Wildwood Avenue, Wildwood. single family home located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Wildwood. Perfect for anyone looking for total peace and relaxation at the Jersey Shore. The home consists of two bedrooms, full bath, living room, eat-in kitchen and laundry room. The front covered porch was recently installed with trek decking. Other recent modifications include new roof, new concrete driveway and concrete BBQ pad. Can’t forget to mention the large fenced in rear yard with a spacious deck that is perfect for family gatherings. JUST $229,900

BEACH BLOCK CONDOMINIUM W/SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEWS. Exquisite three bedroom, two bath furnished condo in a complex of only 5 units. This is the top east end condo that is entered from the side through a pretty courtyard entry path surrounded by lush seashore plants and landscaping. The floor plan is bright and open offering a wide living room with cathedral ceiling, gas fireplace and sliders to the private sundeck, dining room and kitchen with new granite counter/bar with stools. In addition there is a two car garage with a storage room. Great for entertaining and extra guests. Located in a desirable area in North Wildwood...just steps away from beach. JUST $449,000


4701 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood, NJ

(609) 522-4400

Cell: (609) 602-2008

This stunning North Wildwood Single family home, 230 East 12th Avenue, is a corner property that lets you have it all. The home offers four spacious bedrooms, two and a half baths, cozy sitting room, bright and airy living room with French interior doors and access to the outside porch, large eat-in kitchen with center island and mosaic tiled backsplash, a beautifully decorated dining room and a utility room with tiled flooring that leads to the rear fenced yard. Most of the first floor boasts hardwood flooring throughout giving it a fresh clean feel. The large master bedroom offers a large walk-in closet and private bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and his/her sinks. This magnificent home also offers a fenced rear yard that has an enclosed outside shower and attached shed. The yard can be utilized as a driveway for off-street parking or for pure entertainment. The large wraparound deck is a perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or read a book. This immaculate home has been beautifully furnished and decorated with exquisite lighting fixtures throughout. JUST $699,000.


WATERFRONT LOT IN NORTH WILDWOOD!! 304 SW 18th Avenue, North Wildwood on Otten’s Canal. The lot is suitable for the construction of a single family home. The bulkhead and docks are approximately 4 years old. The lot it nestled between two newly constructed waterfront homes. The land is being sold with CAFRA approvals. Buyer is responsible for all building permits. JUST $349,000

SERENITY. 110 West Marina Court, Unit A11, North Wildwood. Enjoy the ocean views from this cozy two bedroom, one and a half bath condo located in the Anglesea area of North Wildwood. The condo is a first floor end unit with a view of Hereford’s Inlet. This affordable unit also offers a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Be sure to take time to sit and enjoy the covered front patio and feel the ocean breeze or take a scenic stroll to the seawall to enjoy views like no other. JUST $215,000


BEACH BLOCK IN NORTH WILDWOOD. 440 East 24th Ave., Unit A, North Wildwood just steps away from the beach and boards. It’s a first floor end unit that has been recently renovated inside and out. The condo consists of two bedrooms, full bath, large eat-in kitchen and spacious living room. This year round condo is bright, cheery and delightfully decorated with seashore décor and is being sold furnished. Other amenities include a covered patio, private storage room, enclosed outside shower and two off-street parking spaces. JUST $244,900


ONLY TWO LEFT 6306 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood Crest. This new condo conversion in Wildwood Crest offers four units. These units are newly renovated, very spacious and very affordable. Choose from a two bedroom townhouse or a one bedroom with a loft. In addition there is condo/professional office that could be a businessman’s dream...the perfect opportunity to mix business with pleasure. Amenities include a large common sundeck and off-street parking.


WATERFRONT CONDO w/BOAT SLIP. 5206 Lake Road, Unit D, Wildwood. Check out the beautiful bay views from this top floor condo located in the Marina district in Wildwood. This newly renovated condo consists of three bedrooms, two full baths, fully equipped kitchen with granite tops, dining area and a living room with a fireplace and sliders that lead to a spacious deck where you can enjoy the bay views. In addition, there is a 30' boat slip with an electric lift. The condo is equipped with gas heat and central air for year round enjoyment. Other amenities include a common area deck on the ground level and off-street parking for two cars. JUST $399,000

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3 “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.� ~Jamie Paolinetti


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“Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.” happy summer time

~Hosea Ballou

july Events J ULY H ATH 31 D AY S . FULL BUCK MOON JULY 15TH AT 6:39 A.M.

“When the heat like a mist veil floats, and poppies flame in the rye, and the silver note in the streamlet’s throat has softened almost to a sigh. It is July.” SUSAN HARTLEY SWETT (1860–1907)

7/3 Dog Days of Summer Begin. . . Always make sure your pet has a cool, shady place to go on a hot day. 7/4 INDEPENDENCE DAY “God Bless America.” Knee-high by the 4th of July, is the Sweet Corn. An attentive gardener literally can hear it growing, just listen for a creaking sound. 7/1-4 Sports Card, Comic Book, Beanie & Toy Expo Wildwoods Convention Center, Friday, 39pm, Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. 10am- 5 pm. 7/2-4 Fourth of July FREEdom Festival Gazebo, Rambler Rd. & Ocean Ave. 9am-5pm.Crafters of all kinds, food, live entertainment, children’s activities. Centennial Park, Fern Rd & Ocean Ave., 7:30-9:30. FREE concerts. Sat: B Street Band (Springsteen tribute band), Sun: 2U (U2 tribute band), Mon: Bandstand 609.523.0202 7/2-3, 23-24 Boardwalk SID Craft Show Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood. All handmade products. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily. Free. 609.522.0378 or 609.522.0198. 7/4 Independence Day Parade. Bike Decorating Contest 15th & Atlantic at 9a.m. Pooch Parade. 8th St. Field 9a.m. 609-522-2955 7/4 Fourth of July Fireworks Display Wildwoods Boardwalk @ Pine 10pm. FREE. 609.523.1602 or 7/4 Adjust Your Attitude FREE Summer Concert Changes in Latitude a Jimmy Buffet tribute band at Fox Park, Wildwood 6pm. 609.729.9000 7/8-10 Anglesea BLUES Festival & NJ State BBQ Championship Old NJ Ave., North Wildwood. Smokin’ hot blues on an outdoor stage. Free. 609.523.6565 7/9 Sidewalk Chalk Competition 9am Prizes awarded. 8th St. Field, North Wildwood 7/9-10 2nd Annual Wildwood Cornhole Tournament On the Wildwood Beach between Lincoln and Garfield Avenues, Wildwood. Bags fly 11am. 609.729.8870 7/11-16 Dance Xplosion Wildwood Convention Center. 7am-11pm Daily

Monday, JULY 18th, 2011 at 10:00 am DR. MACE BABIES & those born at LONG’S Maternity Reunion & Group Photo Hereford Inlet Lighthouse 1st & Central,N.Wildwood Call (609) 522-2721

7/13 Miss North Wildwood Competition Coconut Cove Restaurant. Teen competition and luncheon. Noon Free. 609-374-0562 7/16 Mid-Summer Bash @ Westy’s Irish Pub, 5pm 7/16-17 Morey’s Piers Beach Lacrosse 522.3900 7/16-17 Cape Express “MORE” Beach Blast Soccer between Cedar & Poplar. Wildwood. 8am-6pm.Daily. 7/16 Duke of Fluke Fishing Tournament Sterling Harbor Marina, Rio Grande Ave., Shawcrest. Wildwood. 7:30am 609.729.1425 7/16-17 Hereford Lighthouse Maritime Festival. 9-5 North Wildwood. 522-4520. 7/17-23 Sophisticated Productions Dance Competition Wildwood Convention Center. 7/21-23 Morey’s Piers A Closer Walk Christian Youth Event, Schellenger Ave. Boardwalk. Youth groups & families weekend of camping on the beach, live Christian music & worship services, to help you take “a closer walk with Christ”. 7/23-24 Mid Summer Festival & Crafts. Ocean & Rambler Rd., Wildwood Crest. Sat. & Sun: 9am Free.609.523.0202 7/23 WWE Live The WWE returns to the Oceanfront Arena, Wildwood. Lineup and details to follow. 1.800.745.3000. 7/23 NJ State Crabfest - New!“Crabby” fun for all ages! at the Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Blvd.,Wildwood. Entertainment, vendors, crabs cooked to order. 10am-10pm. 609.522.0033 7/26-8/5 Delia’s Warehouse Clothing Sale Wildwoods Convention Center. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily.609.729.9000 or 7/30-31 Handcraft Unlimited Christmas in July Craft Show Wildwood Convention Cr. Sat 9-5/ Sun 10-4. Quality crafters. 717.656.3208 or 7/30 Christmas in July with Santa Claus On the Beach in North Wildwood.Candy canes and entertainment featuring the musical McGuigans with John O’Brien.1pm. 609.522.7500 7/30-31 Annual Co-Ed Beach Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. On the Beach at Oak & Poplar Ave., Wildwood. 856.696.9705

July 30th Morey’s Piers Surf Fest Celebrate surf culture in a unique way. Learn to surf for FREE, enjoy live music, a luau & surf vendors. The only event that allows after hours admission to Raging Waters Waterpark.

Maher Brothers Soccer Presents July 30th -31st KING OF THE COURT SOCCER TENNIS TOURNAMENT Wildwood Tennis Courts at Fox Park across from Convention Center

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“O summer day, surpassing fair, with hints of heaven in earth and air.”

August Events

AUGUST H AT H 31 D AYS . There all day we'll stay and play and never mind the heat, While the water gleaming, streaming, ripples round our feet. 8/3 Wildwoods Baby Parade Wildwood tradition since 1909 on the boardwalk at WW Conv. Center 5pm. Rain Date: 8/4 609.729.4000.

And we'll gather curly pearly Mussel shells while bright Frightened minnows darting, parting, Scurry out of sight. ~E. STEIN

Summer Races 7/8 Cape May County Lifeguard Championships, Rambler Rd. Beach, 6pm

8/6-7 Boardwalk SID Craft Shows south of Wildwood Convention Center

7/9 & 16 ESA SJ District Surf Contest 7am 12th St. Beach. Call 609.884.5277

8/5-7 Battle at the Beach Wildwoods Convention Center, 8 am.

7/16 BOOGIE BOARD RACES 10am 15th Ave.

8/10-13 Harlem Globetrotters “4 Times the Fun” Appearing at the Oceanfront Arena in the Wildwoods Convention Center. Featuring 4 funfilled shows to entertain the whole family and 4 point shots to be’ll really want to see this! Ticket prices and show times TBA. 609.729.9000/ 8/13 10th Annual SOCS - Survivors of Cancer Lighthouse Pt Wildwood. 2-6pm. 609.465-7655

7/15 Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Race 15th St. & Beach. 6pm 7/30 Sand Blast Beach Run 6pm 15th Ave. 8/6 & 13 ESA SJ District Surf Contest. 7am 12th St. Beach. Call 609.884.5277 8/6 BoardWALK for the Cure. 8:30am 8/6 Wildwood Crest Beach Race 7pm 609.523.0202 Wildwood Crest. 5K & a 0ne-mile fun run/walk.

8/13 FULL STURGEON MOON. 8/14 UWCMC Rubber Ducky Regatta. Raging Waters Water Park, Morey’s Piers. Come see 10,000+ rubber ducks race in the endless river! 7p.m. 609.729.2002

8/14 73rd GWYC Regatta Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest. 10am-2pm. 609.522.0969 8/15 Around the Island Row 15th Ave. 7:30am

8/14 North Wildwood Flea Market 37th Annual~ JFK Blvd from 2nd & 13th Aves.

8/20-21 Wildwoods Classic Hobie Cat Races Beach at Schellenger. Sat:10am -3pm Sun: 9am-1pm. 609.517.2357

8/26-28 Sports Card, Comic Book, Beanie and Toy Expo Wildwoods Convention Center. FREE. 732.422.9365

8/20 Tri/Du the Wildwoods 15th & the Beach. Triathlon (swim, bike, run). Duathlon (run, bike, run) Try It! 7:30am. 609.374.6495

8/27 Wildwood Block Party. Fox Park, Wildwood. Family Fun Free entertainment, concert by major entertainers. 12noon. 609.522.2444. 8/28-9/2 Restaurant Week. Wine and dine in some of Wildwoods finest restaurants. 609.522.2444 or

8/27-29 NEW! Wild Half Marathon 856.468.0925

8/27-29 Wild Half Marathon-New! RUN WILD! CGI RACING, the premiere race management in the region, introduces the Wild Half presented by Morey’s Piers. One Wild Weekend...For the first time ever, a seaside half marathon that combines your love of running with the pure joy of the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, together with the rhythm of beach. Includes one FREE single weekend pass to Morey’s Piers. 856.468.0925 Register at

“MidSummer Bash” (Under the Tent) JULY 16th, 2011 5PM-10PM Westy’s Irish Pub ~ Only $5. Live Music by The Interns Food • Great Friends It’s Westy’s way to say thanks to all of their loyal customers and also a way of supporting Catholic education in the Wildwoods. For more info call 609-522-7257 Oct. 1st, 2011 6PM @ Bolero WILDWOOD HIGH CLASS OF ‘76 35th year Reunion

Class of ‘75 is cordially invited

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

5 –Eben Eugene Rexford

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“While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt

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and now online! {ALL THINGS WILDWOOD} WWW.SUNBYTHESEA.COM FACEBOOK.COM/THE SUN BY THE SEA FIVE MILES OF SMILES! Pages 22, 42, 62, 66, 67, 68 WHILE YOU WERE AWAY SEQUEL by Meg Corcoran/Dorothy Kulisek Pages 16-19 SUMMER FUN ~ MEMORIES by Steve Murray Page 21 SUN BY-THE-SEA BATHING BEAUTIES Pages 36, 46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 76 OLD WILDWOOD BAR STORIES: WALLY’S CAFE by Josh Kinney Page 32 GROWING UP IN ANGLESEA by Richard Neill Page 34 THEY MET THEIR TRUE LOVE AT THE FISH FACTORY by Scott Jett Page 38 SUMMER ON THE BOARDS by Alison Heller Page 39 Hoffman Agency “What’s Hot!” Centerfold GEATORMANIA by Bob Ingram Page 47 WILDWOOD HISTORIC SOCIETY BLAST FROM THE PAST! by Anne Vinci Page 48 LAMB CAKE by Marilyn Guidetti Page 53 HISTORY OF A LIFEGUARD by Meg Corcoran Pages 60 WILDWOOD NOSTALGIA & RECIPES: NORTH WILDWOOD TENT CITY by Anita Hirsch Page 64 ONE FISH by Joe Russo Page 70

Beach Recipes! BREAKFAST ~ LUNCH ~ DINNER “At the beach we live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. . . and eat well!” ~DOROTHY

The best part about summer? Fresh picked herbs, fruits & veggies from the garden, of course!

Red, White & Blue Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes Mix together 1 cup Oats, 1 cup Cottage Cheese, 4 Eggs, 2 Egg Whites and 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla. Pour batter onto well seasoned pan. Wait for the pancakes to brown before flipping. Serve with Strawberries, Blueberries & Bananas, Butter and Maple Syrup.

Carrot ~ Orange Juice Strawberry ~ Coconut Smoothie You’ll need a Juicer and a Blender for this summer smoothie!

Juice 4 carrots and 1 orange. Add juice to blender with 1 cup of your favorite yogurt, a handful of frozen strawberries and a dash of coconut. Best enjoyed with a favorite book or The Sun by-the-sea!

HERE COMES THE SUN! by LouAnn Catanoso Page 72

The Surfer’s Burrito


{Rob’s favorite}

STAYING FIT with Mia Chiarella Page 75 TIDES Page 77 CHURCHES ON THE ISLAND Page 78 CAPT. GARY SLOAN’S FISHING REPORT Page 84 HEART OF DARKNESS by Joe Van Blunk Pages 86-87

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

Pan-grill 2 fillets of your favorite fish in olive oil and lime juice until outside is brown and inside is white and flaky . While the fish is cooking, warm the tortillas in the microwave. Make burritos with fish, pineapple slaw and chipotle mayo. Roll up and enjoy! If you do not feel like making it yourself, you can get one at Shoobies Good eats! PINEAPPLE SLAW DRESSING: 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice PINEAPPLE SLAW SALAD: 3 cups shredded green cabbage, 1 cup chopped unpeeled apple, 1 cup shredded carrots, 1 (8-oz.) can pineapple tidbits, drained. Combine all dressing ingredients; blend well. In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients; toss gently. Pour dressing over salad; mix well.

from the editor Look inside! You’ll see pages upon pages of old photographs sent in by SUN readers over the winter months. Since its inception, my hope for The SUN has been to provide locals and tourists a trip down memory lane by being the original nostalgic publication of The Wildwoods. This has been accomplished in part through the contributions of “bathing beauties” like these celebrated here in our ever-popular Annual Bathing Beauty Edition, which epitomizes Wildwood by-the-sea. Although my family spent every summer here, from the day school let out until Labor Day, there remains one single photograph of all of us on the beach together when we were kids (minus my oldest sister, who took the picture.) The aging photograph has become somewhat of a summer icon as it sits on the shelf at my parent’s beach house, (now their permanent home.) Each time I gaze into this photo, my heart is young again, and I am there on that big white, sandy 7th St. beach . . all of our little hands sand-coated as we stopped from playing for a moment in time, with hair sun-bleached and straggly from the salty sea, our child bodies baked tan by the summer sun, as we gather with Mom~ her smile radiant from having all her little ones gathered round her. I am thankful to have this one lasting impression with its sweet aroma of our wonder-filled childhood summers at the seashore. I press it to my heart, and hold it there for a moment . . .it reflects gentle memories of when my little brother Michael, who is no longer with us, completed our family of 8. Photos such as these, that grace the pages of The Sun are as timeless as the ocean, sand and sky, only the fashions reveal the era. Each one, an eternal memoir of families who have flocked to Wildwood by-the-Sea because there is no better place to spend time together. And I am eternally grateful to my parents for the sacrifices they made because they knew that a beach house is the secret to keeping a family together forever, even if only in our hearts. Wishing you a beautiful summer of making memories, {don’t forget your camera}



Artist, Editor, and Publisher The SUN by-the–sea, WILDWOOD, NJ 1972~ Mom with her kids at 7th St. beach. Today she’ll remember and smile and say “they were the best years of my life!”

Your Winter Project: DIG OUT THOSE OLD WILDWOOD PHOTOS! and send them to The SUN!

Artist & Editor



Dorothy McMonagle Kulisek 609.214.5608

Robert Kulisek 609.435.2457

Megan Rogers The SUN by-the-sea P.O. Box 2101, Wildwood, NJ 08260 no beach bag can be without it!

The SUN by-the-sea © 2011 is published by So They’ll Know, inc. Totally Published, Edited & Designed by Dorothy Kulisek with the help of all those listed here:

Local Journalists featured: LouAnn Catanoso • Mia Chiarella • Meg Corcoran • Marilyn Guidetti • Alison Heller Anita Hirsch • Bob Ingram • Scott Jett • Josh Kinney • Steve Murray • Richard Neill • Joe Russo Gary Sloan • Joe Van Blunk • Anne Vinci • Jessica Westerland “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.

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“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.” ~ Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance”

Boardwalk Report BY JOSH KINNEY The legendary two miles from 16th Avenue in North Wildwood to Cresse Avenue in Wildwood Crest has always cast an ever changing shadow of creativity along the beach. Home to the world’s largest seaside amusement park, the unrivaled character of the Wildwood Boardwalk has once again advanced its distinctiveness. Between the length, amusements, retro and modern mixed styles and the tram car, there’s no other place quite as unique. The fact is: the boardwalk is filled with rich history. Using new technology, the boardwalk will be broadcasting that history throughout its sound system this summer with “Wildwood Fun Facts.” Patrick Rosenello, overseer of the Boardwalk Special Improvements District Management came up with the idea and worked over the winter along with the Wildwood Historical Museum to create over 40 facts about the Wildwoods. Each fact was professionally voice recorded and will be announced randomly throughout the day and night over the Boardwalk sound system. “We are using them as a means to bring the Wildwoods Music History to a new generation of visitors to the Wildwoods,” said Rosenello. Preserving the heart-stirring start to your day on the ‘boards’ is Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America that has proudly taken back her place right after the National Anthem during the morning announcements. Immediately following her for a fantastic trio is Bobby Rydell’s Wildwood Days, preserving and reminding people of Wildwood’s rich doo wop history. Speaking of rich history... Amid the undeniable aroma of funnel cakes, fresh Curley fries and Jumbo shrimp, nothing screams summer like the unmistakable “Watch the tram car please” recording coming your way. Although many amusements are designed to be temporal and purposely quick to change, “Every now and then an object of fantasy can be so timeless that to eliminate it would be almost criminal, or at least a crime against culture. Great wooden roller coasters, carousels, NYC taxis - and yes, the Wildwood tram car - are all in that category,” said Jack Morey. “I might be a little biased, but I think the tram is the defining icon of the Wildwoods,” said Rosenello, “It’s our San Francisco trolley,” except with a seashore celebrity persona and an unforgettable voice. Literally. The Boardwalk is classic yet new at the same time. So what’s new at the Boardwalk? Well, the Morey’s recipe of a collaboration of creative fun people has introduced it. “It” is an awesome ride, and “It” launches its riders 65 feet in the air. “It’s” the latest ride at Morey’s piers and “it” will be sure to draw crowds to the Surfside pier who are brave enough to ride “it.” With a swinging motion up to 120 degrees and a rotating center, this 24 passenger claw like thrill monster has made its home here on our boardwalk. Already handled “It?” More secrets have been revealed about ‘The Ghost Ship’ that mysteriously washed up on the boardwalk last summer. Rumor has it that some of the mutated zombies that were once confined by cages have broken free. The new scare show featuring fresh professionally designed costume and make-up schemes, lighting and acting changes as well as physical alterations to the ship’s interior maze will be sure to take the terrifying experience one step further into the abyss and intensify an already spooky voyage. Where are you sure to find everything Wildwood under one roof, both new and old? Michelle Rutkowski has opened the Five Mile Marketplace, a 5000 sq. ft. store in front of the NEW Boardwalk Central Pier. Buzzing with activity, the new marketplace offers hundreds of Wildwood gifts with a personal touch. A Wildwood native, Rutkowski recants her own Wildwood Boardwalk experience in one unique store that really captures the island from a genuine perspective years in the making. The Boardwalk is Wildwood’s place of ongoing zest and excitement, both old and new, with imaginative and likeminded people surfing on the same wave length, directing its wooden pathway and advancing its matchless character.



MONDAYNIGHTS Cape Atlantic Irish Pipe Brigade

TUESDAYNIGHTS Main Stage Harmony Performers & Award-Winning Drum & Bugle Corps


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Summer in the Crest



June 27 through August 21

The Borough of Wildwood Crest hosts the following festivals featuring crafters, food vendors, street performers, live entertainment, children’s activities and much more.

Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road, 8:30 a.m. daily. Various one-hour fitness classes, including Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and more, overlooking the ocean from the scenic beach pier. Cost: $5 per class, or 12 classes for $50. No pre-registration necessary. Sundays - Yoga Mondays - Yogalates Tuesdays - Kickbox Bootcamp Wednesdays. - Cardio Pump Thursdays - Xtreme Sculpt Fridays - Pilates Saturdays - Pilates

ZUMBA Every Saturday & Monday at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial Park, Fern Road & Ocean Ave. through Sept. 3

YOGA ON THE LAKE July 5 through Aug. 18 The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department offers free evening yoga classes on the beautiful Sunset Lake at Miami Road every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30p.m. to dusk. Recreation leader Bobi Watson will direct an eclectic array of styles, calming the mind, focusing energy and enhancing the yogic journey, while simultaneously offering the opportunity to enjoy a twilight sunset on the beautiful Sunset Lake. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and should also bring a mat or a blanket.

YOUTH SWIMMING LESSONS 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. The first session will be held July 5 to July 28 and the second session will be held Aug. 2 to Aug. 25. 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 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 522-0084 for further information.

WILDWOOD CREST 5K BEACH RUN Saturday, August 6th at 6:30pm Grab your running shoes! The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will host a 5K Beach Run (and one-mile fun run/walk) Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6:30p.m. The run will begin and end at the edge of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier on the beach at Heather Road. All registered participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Call 523-0202 for info.

Fourth of July Weekend Freedom Festival Saturday - Monday, July 2-4 Seafarers Celebration Saturday, Sept. 24 The 4th of July Freedom Festival will be held at the Gazebo on Rambler Road & Ocean Avenue from 9a.m. to 5p.m. each day, and at Centennial Park at Fern Road each night from 7:30pm. The Seafarers Celebration will be held on New Jersey Ave. at Sunset Lake from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Additional Live Entertainment at Gazebo-by-the-Sea at Rambler Rd. and Fern Road Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Call 5221669 or 523-0202 for more information.

WILDWOOD CREST SUMMER MUSIC SERIES July 1 through Sept. 3 Held at Centennial Park, Fern Road & Ocean Avenues. Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Call 523-0202 for info. In the event of inclement weather, all shows will be held indoors at the Crest Pier Recreation Center, Heather Road and Ocean Avenue

MONDAYS 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 4 ~ Bandstand July 11 - The Star Band July 18 - Jack Regan/Michael James July 25 - Michael James August 1 - The Star Band August 8 - Michael James August 15 - Jack Regan/Michael James August 22 - Michael James August 29 ~ Michael James

WEDNESDAYS 7:30 to 9:30p.m. July 6 - Sweeter Than Honey July 13 - Twelve:01 July 20 - The Star Band July 27 - Ribic’s Cube3 August 3 - Dogged N Driven August 10 - The Star Band August 17 - Dogs Playing Cards August 24 ~ The Star Band

SATURDAYS 7:30 to 9:30p.m. July 2 ~ B Street Band July 9 ~ Sounds of Society July 16 ~ The Mango Men July 23 ~ Another Tequila Sunrise July 30 ~ Bennie & the Jets August 6 ~ Storm Front August 13 ~ Symphonic Soul August 20 ~ Bandstand August 27 ~ Sensational Soul Cruisers Sept. 3 ~ Chatterband

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WILDWOOD CREST Recreation & Tourism Presents: SUMMER OF 2011 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 (609) 729-2628

Fourth of July Freedom Festival Saturday -Monday, July 2nd-4th 9am - 5pm at the Gazebo at Rambler Road & Ocean Aves.

Special Free July 4th Weekend Live Concerts Springsteen B Street Band tribute band Sunday, July 3rd 7:30pm 2U Band U2 tribute band Monday, July 4th 7:30pm Bandstand (dance & party music)

Saturday, July 2nd 7:30pm

followed by the city of Wildwood’s Fireworks at Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Aves. Friday, July 8th Rambler Rd. Beach, 6pm

Cape May County Lifeguard Championships Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Run Saturday, August 6th, 6:30PM 5K Run and One Mile Fun Run/Walk beginning and ending at the edge of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier on Heather Rd.

Get Ready! Sunday August 28th

Wildwoods’ Half Marathon Seaside half marathon (13.1) running race featuring the boardwalk and ocean and bay views through the Wildwoods. Registration fee required.

Save the Date! Saturday, September 24th

Seafarer’s Festival on Sunset Lake

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“One Nation, Under God. . .” ~ The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America


Craft Shows on the Wildwood Boardwalk JUST SOUTH OF THE CONVENTION CENTER

Summer of 2011 July 2 & 3 August 6 & 7

July 23 & 24 August 27 & 28 9am - 5pm

FREE Admission

Parking Available

Rain or Shine

Call 522-0198 or 522-0378

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“After a long, cold winter there’s only one thing on our minds. . . Summer!” ~ Anon.

North Wildwood

Recreation & Tourism

Presents the Summer of 2011 NORTH WILDWOOD RECREATION CENTER 900 Central Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 (609) 522-2955 Fax: (609) 522-0402 North Wildwood Beach Patrol: 15th & Beach (609) 522-7500 Wildwood Recreation Center

Independence Day Parade Monday, July 4th, 15th & Atlantic Aves. 9am Independence Day Pooch Parade Monday, July 4th, 8th St. Field 9am Buckets by the Beach Basketball Camp Mon – Fri 9am – 2pm at the North Wildwood Recreation Center Week of July 4th 9am-2pm Boys & Girls ages 9-15 yrs; Week of July 18th 9am-1pm Boys & Girls ages 6-9 yrs. Week of August 1st 9am-2pm Boys & Girls ages 9-15 yrs. Brochures available at NW Rec. Center or visit or Call (609)522-2955 for more info.

Anglesea Blues Festival & NJ State BBQ Championship July 8th-10th, 2nd & Olde NJ Ave., N.Wildwood. Smokin’ hot blues on an outdoor stage. Visit or

Sidewalk Chalk Competition Saturday, July 9th For All Ages. 8th Ave. Field at Central. Contest 9:45-10:45. Prizes 11.

Boogie Board Races Saturday, July 16th Registration 9am Contest Begins at 10am on the beach at 15th Avenue, North Wildwood. Contest! Prizes! 609.522.2955.

Annual Miss North Wildwood Competition Wednesday, July 13th, 12noon, Location TBA Thursday, July 14th, 7pm Crowning of Miss North Wildwood Winner of competition will be crowned at Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd Avenue

Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races Friday, July 15th, 6pm 15th Avenue Beach, North Wildwood. 609.522.7500.

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July 30th Begins at 1pm on the Beach at 15 Avenue, North Wildwood.

Sandblast Beach Run Saturday, July 30th 6:15pm on the Beach at 15th Avenue, North Wildwood. Proceeds benefit WCHS Cross Country & Track programs. 609.536.0176

37th Annual Flea Market along JFK Blvd. Sunday, August 14th 9am-4pm. 100’s of Vendors! Call 522-2030 ext. 1430 for more info.

36th Annual Around the Island Row Wednesday, August 15th Begins on the beach 7:30am at 15th Avenue, North Wildwood.

Tri/Du The Wildwoods Saturday, August 20th Triathlon (swim, bike, run). Duathlon (run, bike, run) Begins 7am at 15th Ave. Beach, North Wildwood. Proceeds benefit youth activities. Fee for participants. 609.374.6495 or

Summer in North Wildwood Concert Under the Stars FREE Concerts All Summer Long! All ShowsThursdays & Saturdays 8pm

Lou Booth Amitheater & Park 2nd Ave. & the Beach. A park by-the-sea with natural vegetation and flower beds. Its Ampitheater hosts FREE concerts July thru Septemeber, Thursday and Saturday Evenings. July 2 The Platters with Band July 14 Main Stage Harmony July 16 The Cameos July 21 The Quailes July 23 The Passions & Band July 28 Jimmy & the Parrots Band Tribute to Jimmy Buffet July 30 Jesse Garron Elvis Show August 4 Bronx Wanderers August 6 Tony Malandro Show August 11 The Orlons & Band August 13 The Dovells & Band August 18 Lenny Coco & the Chimes August 20 Fralinger String Band August 25 Real Diamond Show August 27 Joey Armineo & Family Sept. 3 Beatlemania Now

Hereford Lighthouse & Gardens 1st and Central Ave. North Wildwood Lighthouse Hours & Admission Information Open 7 Days 9am - 5pm Adults:$4.00 Child: 11 & under $1.00 No charge to browse the gardens or gift shop. Call for Group Rates 609 522-4520

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse 2 Annual Maritime Festival nd

JULY 16th & 17th 9am – 5pm. Free. Vendors. Food. Music. Tours. Children’s Activities. 609-522-6432

The Best #1 Free Beaches! North Wildwood's Beach is 1 1/2 Miles Long Beaches Covered are from 2nd to 25th Ave. The Surfing Beach is from 11th to 13th. 22 Lifeguard Chairs & 65 Lifeguards 10 Handicap Surf Chairs are Available NWBP 15th Ave. & the Beach Chief Tony Cavalier (609) 522-7500

North Wildwood Allen Park 22nd & Delaware Ave. Playground, Tennis Courts, Street Hockey, Basketball Court, Shuffleboard, Gazebos, and an observation boardwalk overlooking the beautiful back bay wetlands area. Hey Kids! Don’t forget your Safety Equipment!

North Wildwood Skate Park 23rd & Delaware Ave. OPEN EVERY DAY 9am-8pm * Weather Permitting *

$5.00 Daily Pass $50.00 Season Pass Must be obtained at the North Wildwood Recreation Center, 900 Central Ave., North Wildwood. Please call (609) 522-2955 If you are under 18, the forms MUST be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Skate Park Rules All skaters purchasing a seasonal / yearly pass will be issued a photo ID. The photo will be used for the identification card and participants must have their ID to access the park or will have to pay the daily fee. Skaters purchasing a daily pass will be issued a ONEDAY only pass. Safety equipment must be worn at all times when on the concrete area (including breaks). This includes shoes / sneakers, helmets, kneepads and elbow pads.Wrist guards are optional.

Summer Basketball League Wednesday Nights Beginner Co-ed Grades K-2nd at Allen Park Monday & Friday Nights Co-ed Grades 3rd - 5th and 6th - 8th at Allen Park (22nd & Delaware Ave.) Tuesday & Thursday Nights High School Boys Competitive League Grades 9th-12th at NW Rec Center Wednesday & Sunday Nights College /Men’s–Competitive for Men 18yrs & up at NW Rec Center (900 Central Ave) All Leagues $25 Fee;Visit or call (609) 522-2955 for more info.

North Wildwood Soccer Camp Full Day 9am-3pm, Half Day 9am-12noon Boys & Girls 5 to 16 yrs. July 11-15, July 25-29 8th St. Field, N.Wildwood Go to for application

Boys Lacrosse Camp 8th St. Field, N.Wildwood. Beginners & Experienced players welcome. Visit or call (609) 522-2955 for more info.

Lou Booth Amphitheater (2nd & Ocean)- 2011 Exercise Class Schedule Monday: PILATES 8am Michele Mettler BOOTCAMP 9am Marguerite Fuscia

20th Annual Irish Fall Festival

Tuesday: ZUMBA 8am Kellie Wood YOGA 9am Carolyn Collier YOGA MIX 5:30pm with Marguerite Fuscia or Carolyn Collier

Save the Date! September 22-25

Wednesday: AEROBICS 8am Michele Mettler

$5 Fee per Class

Wednesday: YOGA 9am Marguerite Fuscia Thursday: BOLLYWOOD 8am Carolyn Collier YOGA 9am Carolyn Collier Friday: AEROBICS 8am Michele Mettler YOGA 9am Marguerite Fuscia Saturday: YOGA 9am with Marguerite Fuscia or Carolyn Collier

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15 “There is something of summer in the hum of insects.” ~Walter S. Landor

“ W H I L E Y O U W E R E AWAY. . .“ {A bit of breezy chat about the island’s happenings from Labor Day 2010 through Memorial Day 2011} Continued from the previous issue of The Sun

Because so much fit-to-print events happened While You Were Away, it seemed only fair to continue showcasing all the things that make Wildwood so newsworthy every rainy, sunny, and occasionally snowy season. Because there’s always room for more, new business ventures continue to be welcomed to town; with “It” making its glorious summer debut among Morey’s thrill-seeking rides for the “big kids.” While Mister Softee sweetly softens each hot day, Coconut Cove shakes up every bay breeze day and night. With summer in full swing, why not take a breezy break and check out all that’s happening in our sun-drenched town by the sea... 2010-11 WINTER WEATHER REPORT Following a perfect, sunny (and dry) summer of 2010, (repeat please Mr. Weatherman!) meteorologist predicted little snowfall for the winter of 2011. That, however, didn’t stop the post Christmas snow that blanketed the area, dropping up to 26” over the Wildwoods. Old Man Winter’s presence was definitely felt as the state of emergency remained in effect until December 27th. The rest of the winter, at least by the sea, remained cold but otherwise uneventful, compared to last winter (at least snow-wise).

MORE AT MOREY’S. July 30th brings with it the first Wildwood Surf Festival highlighting live music, FREE surf lessons for the novice, fabulous food, and surf vendors. August features Wild Half, a half marathon taking runners across town on August 28th. Morey’s Ghost Ship 2011 will not disappoint the scary among us. October offers a Chili and Chowder Cook Off on Souper Sunday featuring professional chefs battling for the title of Best Chili or Chowder in the Wildwoods. Morey’s much-anticipated Halloween events promise to scare up the coolest crowds. Morey’s FEARS: Terror on the Boardwalk will feature six terror-inspiring October nights on Mariner’s Landing. MORE BOARDWALK BUZZ. Karen Kanya brings to the boardwalk the new Wildwood Insectarium, a family attraction guaranteed to amaze both young & old. It is located at the south end of the boardwalk, 3 blocks from the Convention Center. For the past 20 years her Insectarium on Rhawn St. in Northeast Phila. has appealed to many school groups alike.

Karen in the Butterfly Gazebo

In Wildwood-style, Morey’s Piers began a new tradition highlighting the 2010 holiday season. The Giant Wheel was lit for the first time. Upon entering the island from atop the bridge, the bright and colorful ferris wheel was a beautiful sight to see against a backdrop of winter darkness. Plans for a new Christmas light package are in the works for this year’s holiday season!

THE BOARDWALK BUZZ The All New Boardwalk Central transforms the old Nickel’s Midway Pier welcoming new owner Andy Weiner, who also owns Splash Zone Water Park. Splash Zone’s latest attraction, Close Encounters promises its riders a unique tube ride. Splash Zone will proudly be hosting a first-ever Christmas in July on July 30th as well as a Halloween event on August 12th both in support of various children’s charities.

CRUISING INTO SUMMER 2011. After 10 years of driving for a limo company, North Wildwood local and 23 yr. NWBP, Lt. Dave Lindsay is the proud new owner of this  2005 Ford Excursion Limousine. With customer service and attention to details being top priority, Dave can now proudly open the limo door knowing he has made your affair one that you will never forget.  609.224.4833

Dave & Kai Lindsay and their new limo Continued on page 17

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16 “Grace finds goodness in everything.” ~U2, “Grace”

JEWELRY STUDIO DESIGNER SHOWS 2011 JCK Jewelers Choice Award Winner 2011


STEVEN DOUGLAS July 29th- 30th

DENNY WONG August 5th-6th-7th

We Buy Old Gold 250 96TH STREET IN STONE HARBOR 609-967-4653

SUMMER OF 2011 TRUNK SHOWS The summer of 2011 will be filled with a series of Trunk Shows, special events and brilliantly designed works of art at Jewelry Studio, 250 96th Street in Stone Harbor. Owners Gregg and Irene Metzler extend a warm invitation to islanders, visitors & locals alike, to attend some of the hottest jewelry events in South Jersey this summer. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the most remarkable jewelry designers in the business. Jewelry Studio will host a designer show featuring award-winning jewelry of Jennifer Chang from JYES International of San Francisco on July 15th & 16th. Chang’s wonderful use of platinum, 18-karat gold diamonds and other precious stones will quickly win you over.

Take Advantage of Record Gold Prices! Highest Possible Prices Paid! Immediate Payment!

July 29th & 30th, it’s Gems at the Beach. It’s a jewelry extravaganza. You can expect only the best. Refreshments will be served. Please come to see our renowned guest, Sea Life Designer Steven Douglas as he visits from Southern California. Steven’s collection includes Tahitian pearls, Tanzanite, Australian opals and Mother of Pearl. On August 5th & 6th & 7th, Jewelry Studio will feature award-winning designer, Denny Wong, who has been recognized for his fine work by the National Jewelers Association. The hallmark of all his pieces is workmanship, detail and quality. His innovative creations have won numerous awards and have been featured in newspaper and international jewelry magazines. Denny has made Hawaii his home since 1974 and through his passion of jewelry design and love for the islands, he has created many fine lines of jewelry associated with Hawaii. His Hawaiian jewelry has delighted & fascinated many patrons. Tropical flowers, whales, dolphins, marine life, Tahitian pearls and other gem stones come alive in his designs.

GREGG METZLER GIA Graduate Gemologist Watch and Jewelry Repair 250 96TH ST. STONE HARBOR, NJ 609-967-4653 {GOLD}

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”See you in September. . . See you when the summer’s through.” ~a great oldie by the Happenings


Full moon high tides the week of May 17th resulted in beach erosion at the north end of the island causing a ramp to be washed out to sea and a jetty to reappear from under the sand after many years. (it can be seen in upper right corner of photo) THE BEACH GETS GRADED The Department of Public Works in Wildwood Crest continues in their efforts to most effectively protect and grade its beaches. An additional sand fencing was installed from Jefferson to Cresse Avenues with the purpose of improving the entire beach system. In early 2010, an emergency beach grading project was finished to re-establish an elevated back beach as a way of removing all standing water in the back beaches. Further work is still required to successfully maintain the beach. The borough continues to work toward the structure of a controlled dune system between Jefferson Avenue and Rambler Road.

Harbor Light Motel NORTH WILDWOOD MOTEL HEROES Carl Del Monte and Rosalie DiGiuseppe grew up in South Philadelphia. Like most Philadelphians, they spent every summer in the Wildwoods. They married in 1973, and settled in Northeast Philadelphia eager to start a family. By 1977, two sons had been born and Carl was working for a bank in Center City Philadelphia. Within a six-week span he was held up twice at gunpoint. Those events had ‘trig-

gered’ a major decision that would ultimately bring them to the Wildwoods fulltime. It came to their attention a piece of ground was available at 3rd and Ocean Avenues in North Wildwood and the builder had the approval for a 23 unit motel on the lot and the Harbor Light Motor Inn was under construction in October 1978. The Del Monte’s had zero knowledge about the motel business and had no idea what they were getting themselves into. Encountering various trials along the way, today Carl and Rosalie Del Monte have spent 33 years in the motel business and raised three children in the process. Their son Robert along with his wife Heather, manages the Harbor Light Family Resort, which now includes an adjoining hotel that was acquired in 1984. Their son Stephen manages the Matador Oceanfront Resort, which was purchased in the spring of 1994. Gina, their daughter, is a successful account analyst who resides in Philadelphia. While many motels were torn down in the past decade, the Del Monte’s have committed themselves to continuously upgrading and improving every facet of their family businesses. It is this commitment to excellence that has allowed the family to adapt to an ever changing business climate and provide their customers with quality, friendly, and affordable service. They have also launched a new website

Caseys on Third in North Wildwood is celebrating 5 great years all summer long! Owners Michelle Casey, her husband Tom, and brother-in-law Kevin (pictured above) are celebrating in style with a new head chef, John Hoover who has created a new menu...which is not your average bar-food. The Casey’s, originally from NE Philadelphia, summered in the Wildwoods and came across the establishment for sale in 2006. With a bit of a risk and alot of hard work, driven by a growing passion for the business, Caseys on Third is going strong after 5 years with a loyal family of customers supporting them. Soon to be featured in our Wildwood Bar History series, the building that sits on the corner of 3rd & New York Aves. is one of the oldest taverns on the island. It has been a bar for over 100 years, and we will be bringing you its history. Continued on next page



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“He counts the number of stars; he calls them all by name.” ~psalm 147:4


Angela Visalli Marsh (L), owner of Global Pursuit on 96th St. in Stone Harbor, is pictured here with members of her staff, Nikki & Kim during their annual Ladies Night held on May 20th. This summer marks Angela’s 3rd season as owner of Global Pursuit~ Stone Harbor’s favorite store for clothing and footwear since 1989.

Shoobies Good Eats which opened last summer by local islanders Joe & Nancy Rullo, has added an outdoor eating area on the 25th St. side of the building, complete with awnings and real palm trees for a cool afternoon Shoobie-style dining experience. Come in and check out their eclectic lunch cuisine full of ‘good-eats’ !

Paul & Jill Redmond opened up the new CLASSIC Sandwiches at Juniper & New Jersey Aves. in Wildwood in July 2010 and are back for their 2nd season. Their classic menu has expanded to include classic breakfast sandwiches! Stop by!

Two Great Wildwood Locations for The Dugout this Summer ~ Bill Hagstotz, a young entrepreneur, and finance major at Temple U, along with his sisters Melissa and Kyrsten are owners of The Dugout Ice Cream Parlor at Magnolia and Pacific Ave. Bill is excited about their second location, The Dugout Malt Shop opening at the Doo Wop Experience across from the Wildwood Convention Center. He looks forward to the free concert series at Fox Park as he serves ice cream, sundaes, & milkshakes, as well as bagels, donuts, egg sandwiches and coffee in the mornings. His vision for both The Dugout Malt Shop and the Dugout Ice Cream Parlor is a place where people of all ages can gather and enjoy America’s favorite pastimes~ eating ice cream and watching the game of baseball, while vacationing in Wildwood by-the-sea!

Wildwoods Business Improvement District (WBID) and Wildwoods Boardwalk Special Improvement District (WSID) Go Live with New Website The site offers information about visiting, living and doing business in the Wildwoods with sections on real estate, schools and local government as well as “Wildwood Deals” and guides to events and places Downtown and on the Boardwalk. The site redesign was funded by Wildwoods’ own Morey’s Piers. “We felt the redesign project was an important community initiative,” said Jack Morey of Morey’s Piers. “By uplifting the image of the Wildwoods, we uplift the image of the resort overall.” WSID owns and operates the Tram Cars, provides maintenance crews on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, sponsors and produces the weekly Fireworks Shows, the music and the new Wildwood Fun Facts and other special events along the Boardwalk. WBID provides Free transportation via Dolly the Trolley, as well as funding for capital and streetscape improvements in the Downtown District. For more information about the WSID or the WBID, please visit or call 609523-1602. Continues on next page

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“While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.”

~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Oceanfront Dining at its Best! Old Friends, Chuck Young & Chef Fran Fala reunite in the kitchen at Royal Grille

Local authors team up on new book about New Jersey amusement pier, History of Hunt’s Pier Told Through Photographs. The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Hunt’s Pier from local authors Rob Ascough and Al Alven. Ralph Grassi and Richard W. Munch helped provide the forward and introduction. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by. The Book Signing/Open House will be held on July 23, at 11:00 AM at the Wildwood Historic Museum located at 3907 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood. Also in attendance will be Anita Hirsch with her book, and Diane Pooler and Scott Hand with their Hunt’s Pier DVD.

Joe Bada & Frank Cerino opened Crab & Seafood Shack at Burk Ave. & Park Blvd. in Wildwood with a short-order menu consisting of steamed, fried & broiled seafood favorites.

Matt Benigno brings a taste of South Philly to the Wildwood Boardwalk located at Boardwalk Central Pier at 3500 Boardwalk with a variety of Italian pastries along with fresh brewed coffee.

WILDWOOD CREST RESTAURANT Change has come to the Royal Grille in Wildwood Crest and to the Young family this year as Jim Young, the 5th of the 11 Young children, aka “Ob”, sadly passed away. Jim partnered with his brother Chuck Young at the Royal Grille for 18 years. Since the Young brothers took over the restaurant at the Port Royal Hotel in 1990, it has been known for its delicious entrees and spectacular oceanfront view. With the passing of Jim, the tradition will carry on and he will be remembered with a few of his signature dishes. As the summer heats up, Chuck Young introduces a familiar face (to many on the island) who will be assisting him in the kitchen. Chef Fran Fala, formerly of the Triangle Restaurant in North Wildwood, and lifelong friend of the Young family, will be bringing his Italian style cuisine to the dinner menu. Aside from Fala’s made-from-scratch gravy for his Italian dishes, he’ll be adding a wider selection of seafood to the menu and will be continuing their traditional Prime Rib Thursdays. Also new this summer will be dinner dining on the patio. The Royal Grille will continue to offer oceanfront dining at its best with good food at reasonable prices. Conclusion. . .For all of those enjoying Craft Shows, Concerts, and Boardwalk strolls, summer is, thankfully, still going strong. Dolly-the-Trolley and always-available Tram Cars are ready to take you to the destination of your choice. There is plenty of Coastin’ by the Ocean time left before summer leaves behind its sandy shadow. However, those feeling refreshed and energized by all that summer in Wildwood by-the-Sea has to offer will find that Autumn is just a few beach blocks away, promising an endless amount of 50’s style music, Irish-inspired Weekends, fun, and fears of epic proportions (thanks to our thrill-seeking friends at Morey’s Piers). Grab a boardwalk buddy before traveling beneath the Harvest Moon to Mariner’s Landing for Morey’s FEARS: Terror on the Boardwalk. And remember there’s really nothing to be afraid of but missing out on any of our SUNsational seasons by the sea… by Meg Corcoran and Dorothy Kulisek




Palm Rd. & the Beach in Wildwood Crest, NJ

(609) 729-2211 We d n e s d a y s & S a t u r d a y s ~ C o m e e a r l y fo r D i n n e r a n d e n j oy t h e F r e e C o n c e r t s a t C e n t e n n i a l Pa r k a t 7 : 3 0 p m a c ro s s t h e s t r e e t


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20 “There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.�

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~William P. Merrill


20th Annual Irish Fall Festival 2011 Thursday September 22nd Friday September 23rd Saturday September 24th

Sunday September 25th

1-800-IRISH-91 or

St. Patrick, an Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387, died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

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“Imagination is more important than intelligence.” ~ Albert Einstein

Summer Fun - Memories BY STEVE MURRAY Nine year old Steve Murray in 1963.

I was thinking recently about the fun and carefree days of my childhood summers in the Wildwoods. Things were very different in the early 1960’s and in a lot of ways better, I believe, as far as children are concerned. Many things changed childhood as we once knew it, including adult structuring and over involvement of play time and sports, technology and a disconnect to nature and the outdoors. I think the parents of us Baby Boomers had a whole lot of wisdom and common sense when it came to raising kids. We had all our important needs taken care of - food, clothing, education, church, parental love and of course, toys and playthings (not too many though). Our parents, unlike us, knew to live within their means. As for our recreational activities, hobbies and sports, we were mostly on our own. Today there just seems to be too much structure to allow a child to be a kid. Too many camps, leagues, and too much parental involvement. Another big change that is a two edge sword, good and bad, is technology. Wii, computers, and video games keep kids indoors way too much, which is unnatural and unhealthy. Good for a rainy day though. (So are Books.) We were always outdoors in the fresh air, exploring, constantly running around, having fun close to nature, pretending and imagining, competing on our own terms and even getting hurt once in a while (a good thing I think). The late comedian, George Carlin, said “Sometimes all a kid needs to do is sit in the yard and dig a hole with a stick. Do kids today know what a stick is? Do they still make sticks?” We played mostly with simple toys, sometimes home made and very basic athletic equipment. We even played with, as George advised, sticks. An old broom stick could be many things with a little imagination. It could be a rifle and you were a soldier in battle, or a spear and you were a Spartan warrior. A stick could even be a baseball bat. A popular game we played (imported from Philly) was STICKBALL or HALFBALL. You would take an old deflated Pimple Ball and cut it in half. This served as your “baseball” and the broomstick was your “bat”. Hitting this wacky, flopping ball or trying to catch it was very difficult and a whole lot of fun. Another game from the City was STOOP BALL. The “batter” had a rubber ball, not a bat. You would stand in front of and to the side of a high set of steps. Brick or concrete were better than wood. Foul lines were determined - a tree, fence, parked car, all worked just fine. Standing behind you were 2 “fielders”. You threw the ball as hard as you could against the “stoop” so that it would bounce back fast and high enough to get past the fielders. If it bounced once before they caught it, it was a single, two bounces a double, three a triple and four a home run. If it was caught without a bounce it

was an out. Unfortunately, missed steps or a wild foul ball (automatic out) would sometimes break a window. RUNNING BASES was my favorite game. This was a good one to play on the beach. You set up 2 bases about 50' from each other. A kid would be assigned to each base. A runner was chosen and he would stand halfway between the bases. The game would begin when one of the basemen threw the ball to the other. The object was for the runner to make it safe to either base while the ball was in motion. The basemen would try to tag the runner out before he could get to a base. When the runner was tagged out, he was put on a base and that man took his position. Another beach game was CLAM SHELL PITCHING. This was played just like horseshoes but with clam shells instead and holes dug in the sand instead of pegs. HIT THE BOTTLE CAP. Two players would position themselves on a sidewalk 10' apart. (2 sidewalk blocks). A bottle cap would be placed on the seam separating the 2 sidewalk blocks. The object of the game was to throw a rubber ball at the bottle cap and make it flip over on its reverse side. I remember we played until the first player reached 21 points. There were many other games and things we played with back then - all simple, cheap and fun. Remember Tree Forts, Hide & Seek, Riding bikes around the block a hundred times, Wiffle Ball, Collecting Fire Flies and Frogs, Yo-yos, Marbles, Jack knives, King of the Hill, Dodge ball, Red Light Green Light, Tire & Rope Swings, Muckle and Baseball Card Tossing? It’s good for the soul to visit the past once in a while. It’s 1963 and I’m nine years old and on the beach. WIBG is playing Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The ice cream man is reciting his fudgy wudgy chant. A young paperboy about my age is yelling out in a musical way “Get your Philadelphia Daily News - Daily News here!” A banner plane tempts everyone to get Zaberized. The powerful engines of the big Blue Sightseer roar as it passes by the beach. A southerly wind carries music from the Pirate Ship on Hunts Pier, 1/2 mile away “Fifteen men on a dead mans chest ...” The smell of grilled burgers is coming from the beach stand and I’m covered from head to toe in sand and sweat, caught forever between 2nd & 3rd base. Truth is, life is never going to get much better than this.


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22 “Without labor nothing prospers.”-Sophocles

FIVE MILES of Smiles! A smiling face is half the meal. ~LATVIAN PROVERB

May, 2011 Restaurant Showcase featuring local restauranteurs from the Wildwoods

Mia, Bethie & Lainey @ GIA Restaurant John & Frank of the Original Fudge Kitchen

A sampling of some of the Wildwoods’ finest restaurants and specialty shops. Proceeds benefit area high school students, providing them with scholarships for continuing education.

Rick Moretti of Rick’s Seafood

Morey’s Piers Foodies: Chef Wally, Bessy, Sharon & Sam

Tina, Andrea, Tony & Mike at Tucker’s Pub

Star Diner’s stellar Staff & Out-of-thisworld Desserts ~Jolanta, Judy and Bill.

Dennis, chef at Capt. Jack’s on the boardwalk

Gerri, JonPaul & Macie Paxton of Juan Pablo’s & Good Fish Grille are expecting a new addition to the family this November

Michelle Rutkowski, owner of Five Mile Marketplace with her left & right hand men.

Alan & Joyce Gould with their friend Rich

Mary Pottier of Claude’s Restaurant

Michael & Jeannie John of Surfside West Diner are proud grandparents to Owen Wilbur Ostrander born May 18, 2011

Hop on the Bus for the ‘BACK TO THE 50S & 60S DOO WOP TOUR’

Justin Fritz, Zak Madle, Laura Martin, Mark Rucci, Richard Ziegler, Nick Holland & Morgan Scully are the recipients of this year’s scholarships.

Tours begin 7PM at the Doo Wop Experience, at Ocean and Burk Avenues, across from the Wildwood Convention Center. Tickets go on sale at 6:30PM. Tours run Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday evenings, July 23 through August 13, 2011. Tickets: $12 Adults, $6 Children Tickets may be purchased online, at the Wildwoods Convention Center ticket office, or the Greater Wildwoods Chamber of Commerce office on Pacific AvThe Hirsch’s & Guests of the Doo Wop Bus Tour enjoy their enue. For more information, contact the DWPL stop at Cool Scoops Ice Cream Parlor for a real ‘back to the at 1-800-786-4546 or e-mail us at 50s’ treat! Pictured here with Paul Russo, the coolest scoop!

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“The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.”-Psalm 93:4

Kona Tradition - THE SURF SHACK

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied. SEA FEVER BY JOHN MASEFIELD

The original KONA Surf Shack The original shack was started in the late 70’s, in conjunction with Bob Gerhart, the original owner of the Diamond Beach Resort complex. The Shack was run by the Sciarra family for many years in the summer, either by Dave, George, Pete, or Kay, depending on what year you vacationed at the beach.  They worked for their ticket to college in those days.  This was the hang out, especially to rent surfboards, chairs, umbrellas, or just to hang out and chat about the surf.  Diamond Beach was the place to catch the waves and have fun in the sun; whether at The Barefoot Bar or the huge waterslide, it all added to the surf excitement at that end of the island. Those were the days! Times have changed and the new development of Seapointe and The Grand have made the beach experience a little different.  With the help of the Pier 6600 crew, Bruce and Mike, along with Jamie Peterson and family, the Shack is back, bigger and better then ever!  Today, the

The new KONA Surf Shack Shack offers Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons, Private, Semi-Private, and Groups. Professional Surfing Instructions where you will learn: Water Safety, Surfing Etiquette, Fundamentals of Surfing, and Proper techniques. And don’t forget, if you need a chair, or umbrella, or surfboard to rent, they are available at the Shack.  Located at PIER 6600 Hotel on Diamond Beach, 9701 Atlantic Avenue, Diamond Beach, N.J.  08260.  For more information call: (609) 408-7084, or on the web at

(Above) Thinking back to chilly winter... Bill Auty body surfing in North Wildwood in early March. PHOTO BY ROB KULISEK

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31 "Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night? So the sun will wake and kiss the beach."- J. Henson

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32 “Best trust the happy moments....The days that make us happy make us wise.” ~John Masefield (1878-1967) poet

WALLY’S CAFE ~The First of a Series of old Wildwood Bar Stories~ By Josh Kinney

RIDDLE: Look at me. . . I can bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, or even a thought to your mind. But I can’t be seen. . .What am I? Say his name or mention his bar and anyone who lived, worked or visited Wildwood during that time will stop and tell their stories of him. Wally was a real character, a genuine, honest community man who worked diligently, living to take care of his family and make people laugh. “He was the nicest guy, he’d give you the shirt right off his back,” said his daughter Michelle, after years of observing her dad and learning from his fun loving sacrificial lifestyle. When he passed away in 1978, just five years after selling the bar he originally purchased in 1950, Michelle and her siblings discovered her father’s safety deposit box which contained countless IOU’s from people dating back to the 50s and 60s. “That’s just the way he was,” said Wally Jr., “He wasn’t tight with his money at all.”

WALLY CARTY Wally clattered the last two empty mugs and wiped down the bar with a soapy wet cloth. He held the glasses, clear, smooth and familiar, and placed them by the sink with mounted brushes where his young daughter Debby loved to wash the dishes. Dressed in an old army jacket and sporting a fake mustache, he hummed the tune of “When the Saints go marching in” while he finished straightening up. In his mind, he was reliving yesterday when he entered the bar wearing his suit, waving a small American flag and singing the song, leading a marching crowd of fun loving partiers through the bar. Outside, the streetlights flickered on the humid southeast corner of Walnut and Olde New Jersey Avenue as the sun’s glimmering morning light began beaming across the mighty Atlantic just a few blocks away. The parking lots and streets were littered with deep puddles from the previous day’s downpour, a blessing in disguise for Wally and his business. An inner tube floated by his yellow 1953 Buick parked on the Walnut avenue side of the building. The day before Wally was wearing a striped bathing suit splashing about in the rain with his kids and friends from the neighborhood. Michelle, 5, and Wally Jr., 13, barreled through the side door from their upstairs apartment home, their bare feet scampering across the spotless sanded floors, past the phone booth in the lobby and into the main bar area. Michelle swung in a circle around the giant metal pole that stood as a support beam, one in which Wally’s youngest, Lori, would climb telling customers it was her birthday so they would sing to her and give her money during her “many birthdays” throughout the summer. The man who was liked by everyone smiled and made his way over to his kids who had rummaged into the back room with the seven pool tables, couches, and the television. Wally’s was one of the only bars to have one at the time. He was meticulous about the building, it was his kingdom, but he was too humble to be a king. Amidst a thick aroma of crabs and the melodic sounds of clinking silverware coming from the kitchen, the kids ran towards the juke box which played a familiar tune “Cozy hazy crazy days of summer.”

In fact, he was always buying people drinks, even in his own bar and half of the time didn’t even charge the $18 weekly room renters above the bar. Wally would walk in every day wearing black pants and a white shirt with the top button undone. During his 18 hour work days, when he wasn’t playing dress up and acting silly, this outfit defined his appearance. Wally was a popular man to be around. “People would always say, ‘oh you’re Wally’s daughter’ when I was younger. It made me feel like my dad was a celebrity,” said Michelle. In a sense, Wally himself was an icon on the island, and his bar that stood in the midst of the bustling Angelsea bar district was no exception to the notoriety. Musical entertainment played a key role at Wally’s, especially during Saturday night jam sessions. Bands like The Cellar Doors, a pop group from Glassboro would play from 9 pm to 3 am with only a 40 minute break at 1:40. Singers like Nan Jones, Georgie Shaw and Jimmy MiGinny would frequent the bar with impromptu performances. Back then, it was an age of genuine laid back relationships, where all bar owners were friends and would buy rounds for each other’s customers. Food was shared and rather than competing, various companies and bars helped each other out. Between the loyal bartenders like Jimmy Bright, Dave Smith and Buddy Kelly, and the regulars at Wally’s, were the people who became a huge extended family, some that rented the 18 rooms above the bar. For 30 cents, customers enjoyed an ice cold mug of beer, a glass for 15 and a shot for 40. The bar was famous for its delicious crabs that were served already cleaned out. Wally’s was a barefoot bar with people in bathing suits who came up from the beach for lunch or a drink. Though the bar’s last call came on January 1, 1973, Wally sold his place. The drinking age had been changed to 18 and he didn’t want his children growing up in the bar when they were of age, it turned out that it had been his plan from the very beginning, having seen the business from all angles and knowing the stress and strain as well as the good times. During those years, Wally made his family an incredible livelihood filled with priceless memories, but he was an sincere and loyal man of integrity that stayed true to his word. Gazing into his father’s safety deposit box and sifting his hands through the dozens of IOU’s, Wally Jr. wiped away a tear. “Dad was such a hard worker,” he said, “He gave us kids everything we wanted.” ANSWER: Did you figure it out? It’s your memories!

Above photos of Wally Carty with his wife Doris and their children.

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“We treasure all these summer days; each has a certain flair for bringing joy ~ no matter to who or where.� ~ Louise Pinkerton Fritz

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“The best compliment we can pay our past is to prophetically and bravely face today and tomorrow.” ~Bernie Wiebe

IN ANGLESEA, NEW JERSEY By Richard Neill ith three pennies safe in my pocket, I ran up the street to the Anglesea train station. A slight breeze brought the salt air in from the ocean. The ever present powerful beam of light from the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse swept across the sky, around and around it went, lighting up the roof tops and flashing in bedroom windows. Off in a distance, the clanging of the bell buoy that marks the entrance of Hereford Inlet Channel could be heard. Other kids would be at the station also. We would play tag and run in and out of the train station. Members of the community were standing about in groups conversing about the latest happenings of the day while waiting for the train arrival. In the quiet winter night, you could hear the train blowing its steam whistle at a far off distance. It was the most forlorn sound, like a lost child crying out in the wilderness. Then you would hear the train rumble across the Beach Creek Bridge. With a high screeching whistle, the train announced its arrival as it rounded the bend into the Anglesea Station. With bells clanging, and hissing steam, the train rolled to a stop. Passengers disembarked, the baggage car door slid open, and bundles of newspapers were thrown out. Harold Braidwood cut open the bundles and the crowd milling about, each paid their three cents for the paper and went home. With a couple of short blasts on the whistle, the train continued on to the next station at 17th Street, North Wildwood and then on to the Wildwood station. With the fresh smell of printer’s ink, I dashed home with the newspaper and dumped it in my father’s lap, sitting by the wood stove waiting for the latest news.


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RICHARD NEILL 1949, age 22 U.S. Merchant Marine

. . . a Bit of Anglesea History Grassy Sounds Train Station, Anglesea

Train over the Beach Creek Bridge, Grassy Sounds, Anglesea 1928 ~ Harold Braidwood, with a bundle of newspapers in front of Braidwood’s Store at Olde New Jersey Ave.

Anglesea Station, 1st & New Jersey Avenues, N. Wildwood {Still in operation today is the Anglesea Pub seen in the background} 1916~ 1st Braidwood Store located at 205 Olde New Jersey Ave., Anglesea owned & operated by Victor & Minnie Braidwood and family. They sold large assortments of candies, ice cream, sodas, tobacco products, Kodak film, magazines and newspapers. The Braidwood’s Store was integral to the Anglesea community. Braidwood’s store operated until October 1947 when it was sold to the Seagrave’s and later, the Lipke’s. Above photos from the collection of the late Betty Braidwood Taylor, who was delivered by Dr. Mace in 1918 at her home next to the store. Richard Neill attends the Creative Writing workshops of freelance writer Eva Feeley of Sea Isle, NJ.

17th Avenue Station, on New Jersey Avenue, N. Wildwood Railroad photos courtesy Dave Williams

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35 “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ~Guillaume Apollinaire

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“It was only a summer smile, and little it cost in the giving. but like morning light, it scattered the night, and made the day worth living.”

The SUN by-the-sea’s Bathing Beauties

These photos were graciously sent in by readers who love reminiscing with the SUN, a group of nostalgia buffs who enjoy the reflection back to an era, that in retrospect seemed innocent, and wholesome and everyone seemed happy. Many of the old photos that fill the pages of The Sun came from family albums where little black triangular holders on each corner held them in place; some lay in shoeboxes or in bureau drawers next to old chenille bedspreads for years, or in an envelope from the local film processing counter. We thank you for taking the time to dig them out and send them in, some with their ‘Wildwood story’, we cherish them and feel very honored to publish them. May you enjoy a sense of simple pleasure as you reflect back in time with each turn of the page. If you haven’t done so yet. . . Dig out your old photos! MAIL TO: The SUN by-the-sea P.O. Box 2101, Wildwood, NJ 08260 or email to:


The Linneman Girls in 1976 in front of their bungalow on 24th & NJ in N.Wildwood. Sisters Valerie (Vizza) and Colleen (Nardino) both continue the tradition of visiting North Wildwood every summer with their families.

3 Bathing Beauties ~ L-R: Phyllis Catanoso, Doris Moore & Jane Von Savage, taken in the winter of 1980, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Sent in by Phyllis who writes, “Dear Sun, We love your paper, it is the best! Every article is a gem to be enjoyed over and over again; it is a totally uplifting read! “ Editor Note: God bless Doris who passed away over the winter.

My family loves “The Sun” with all it’s nostalgia. Here are a couple of photos we were able to dig up.    In the car to Wildwood, NJ is my Aunt Patsy at the wheel, Helen Troy riding shot gun, with Alice Melia, Connie Kerr, and Irene Troy ( L to R) as passengers.  At the Rainbow Bar are Connie Kerr (L) and Alice Melia offering some of the fine spirits that Wildwood by-the-Sea has to offer.  These photos were taken at the Casino Photo Studios, Casino Arcade, Wildwood, NJ @ 1958.  SENT IN BY KATHY O’DONNELL

In Memory of both Mike Guadagno & Doris Moore of the legendary Moore’s Inlet, who have gone before us.


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37 “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates

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38 “Riches take wings, comforts vanish, hope withers away, but love stays with us.” ~Lew Wallace

I Met My True Love at the Fish Factory BY SCOTT JETT

Scott Jett on his new tricycle, Christmas 1966

Bill and Ronnie Jett in 1956

Scott Jett learning to walk with grandmother Annette Jett and mother Ronnie Jett, at 107 E. Atlanta Avenue, 1965

Bill Jett at Randolph Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA, 1955

The Cravens had been in the Wildwoods since the early 1900’s, the Jetts didn’t arrive until 1953, when Haynie Products of Reedville, VA purchased the old Fish Factory on Route 47 (now the site of the MUA plant) and sent my grandfather, J. Frank Jett, to oversee operations. He and my grandmother Annette had a home built at 107 E. Atlanta Avenue in Wildwood Crest, which is now owned by Dr. Stone. My mother, Cheronne Craven (known to all as Ronnie), and her family lived at 104 W. 17th Avenue in North Wildwood, which I later purchased in 1987 after my mother’s parents had passed away. The paths of the Jetts and Cravens crossed at the fish factory on a cold day in March 1955. My mother had gotten a job there as a secretary after graduating from Wildwood High School in 1954. My father, William F. Jett (Bill), had come to work there after graduating from Northumberland High School in Virginia. My mother says it was love at first sight; she went home that day after work and told her mother that she had seen the man that she would marry, even though she had to admit that she did not know his name yet. They were married on December 15, 1956 in the Methodist Church at Roberts & Pacific Avenues in Wildwood. Dad joined the North Wildwood Police Department in 1960 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1970. My parents bought the house at 208 E. 14th Avenue in 1967, where I spent the rest of my childhood. Mom and Dad were active at church and in the Boy Scouts. I still have people to this day tell me that they remember Mrs. Jett as their Den-Mother and Mr.

Jett as their Explorer Troop leader. Dad always had a second job, working in construction for Ernie Troiano Sr. and then Bob Scully. He was also a volunteer fireman. Our family spent a number of summers at Holly Shores Campground in Erma where Mom ran the office and Dad would come work there when his police shift was finished. In the early 1970s Mom got a job at the Rio Motel, where she worked off and on for 25 years, also working for Marine National Bank and the North Wildwood Police Department until she retired in 2002. Mom taught me what I call Life Lesson #1 in the fall of 1972. I was eight years old and had gone with her to Wildwood (“downtown” she would say) to do some shopping for Christmas. Back then Wildwood had everything you needed Murphy’s, Woolworth’s, Lee’s, Halpern’s, the Martha Shop, Meyer’s Shoes, Allen’s Men’s Shop, Staller’s Hardware, Giddings, Tot Town, Taylor’s Photo Shop, etc. Mom and I were walking on the south side of Wildwood Avenue towards Pacific, and a man was coming towards us. As he passed by, Mom said hello and he said hello back. I didn’t know who he was, but Mom had spoken to him so I figured she knew him. I asked her, “Who was that?” She replied, “I don’t know.” So I asked her, “Then why did you say hello to him?” She said, “You have to be nice.” I remember it like it was yesterday and I have tried to live my life that way. Mom was always helping and showing kindness to others. We often made cakes and pies to take to someone who was sick or had lost a loved one. When she heard a new family was moving into the area and they hadn’t found a home yet, they were invited to stay at our house. When a young lady at our church had nowhere to go, Mom had her move in with us until she got back on her feet. When a friend went through a divorce, he was told to stay in our spare bedroom until he got things settled down in his life. Being nice and helping others was the way she lived, and she expected her children to do the same. I have tried, but will never be able to live up to the standard that she set. Our lives took a tragic turn on December 11, 1974 when Dad was killed in a deer hunting accident. True to form, Mom told us that it was an accident and that we should forgive the man who did it and never hold a grudge. She later met with the man personally and has always told me that she had no hard feelings towards him - it was an accident, pure and simple.

Patrolman Jett outside of North Wildwood City Hall, 1962 When Dad was alive we were always camping or fishing or playing baseball or doing something outdoors. We spent long weekends at Gettysburg and Lancaster and all parts of Virginia, usually stopping on the way home to see my grandparents, who had gone back after the fish factory in New Jersey had run its course. On all our family trips to Virginia, I don’t remember Dad ever driving home via the Delaware Memorial Bridge - he loved to be outdoors, so we always took the Ferry. He loved being on the beach. We would fly kites, play baseball, and fish. Instead of having us hold the ball of kite string in our hands, Dad would hook up the kite to a fishing rod, making it easy to reel in. He wasn’t too happy chasing his brand-new rod down the beach one day after it had slipped out of my hands. If he was out on the sandbar trying for stripers and the tide was coming up, he would tell us not to wait for him, he would be home in a while. A couple hours later he would come walking up 14th Avenue, his waders full of water because the tide got too high for him to get back in. His waders would be hanging over the fence for a few days to dry out. I can still see him leaning over the picnic table in our yard, cleaning the first drum fish that I had ever seen. We always had plenty of fish in the summers and venison in the winters. We took a trip with friends to Cape Hatteras in the spring of 1975, but it wasn’t the same without Dad. How Mom raised our family alone and kept it together can only be attributed to her hard work and the goodness and mercy of God. She is over at Loyalton in Court House now. She would love to see you. Don’t be surprised if your conversation with her is more about you and the other residents there, than about her, as she still thinks of others before herself. I don’t believe that anyone on earth has ever had better parents than I had. “Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other.” ~JOSHUA LOTH LIEBMAN

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Alison on the Waveswinger in 1992 and in 2011 I started working summers on the Boardwalk when I was 16. Now, 10 years later, I find myself employed full time on the 2 mile stretch of wooden planks and tram car tracks, and I’m still not sick of it. To me, the Boardwalk represents my workplace, my playground, my gym and my favorite eatery. The Wildwood Boardwalk is a living icon, pulsing with its own unique culture, year round. So how can you make the most of your summer on the boards? STEP 1- GET TO WORK Immerse yourself in the culture of the Boardwalk by interacting directly with the millions of diverse people who visit each year. Every summer, the Boardwalk hosts a new unique experience and plenty of job opportunities. It’s a launch pad for work experience in a host of focuses perfect for resume building. Find a job in retail, customer and food service and even acting, if you’re into playing a zombie at Morey’s Piers’ Ghost Ship or the new Morbid Manor on Sportland Pier. The Boardwalk offers a high energy, fun work environment bundled with the opportunity to meet people from all over the globe. Also, how many people can say they can see the ocean from their office window? STEP 2- STAY AND PLAY When my work week ends, I don’t even need to go home! The Boardwalk provides endless entertainment from the most extreme thrill rides to the tamest form of recreation, people watching. No matter what you’re into, you can find it on the boards. Stop in at Joe’s Fish Co. or Jumbo’s to sample a summery craft beer and a delicious meal. Persuade your friends to ride “it” over and over on Morey’s Piers until someone gets sick. Catch a movie right on the Boardwalk at the Strand Theater. Personally, I prefer my own piece of paradise at Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club. There’s no better way to pass a Sunday afternoon than spreading out in Water Lilies relaxation pool with a pina colada in one hand and a book in the other. STEP 3- GET A BOARDWALK BODY I don’t mean the fried Oreos type! The Wildwood Jersey Shore is very different from the GTL crowd. Here, you can gym and tan all at once by working out on the Boardwalk. Go for an early morning bike ride with the whole family. Throw on a pair of roller skates and follow the tram car tracks for a fun and totally retro workout experience. Challenge yourself to run the whole 2 miles (and back!) or don’t stop running. Sign up for the new Wild Half half marathon on August 28th for 13.1 miles of island running including the beach and Boardwalk. I have even seen people doing pushups on the benches and yoga on the marble tournament tables. The Boardwalk is the most beautiful place to get into shape and all you have to do is show up with your running shoes or yoga mat! STEP 4- MUNCH FOR MILES While it is possible to stroll the boards and fill up on free samples of fudge, Polish water ice, tornado fries and everything else, I wouldn’t exactly call that a balanced dinner. There are plenty of spots packed into the 2-mile stretch where the whole family can enjoy fantastic meals from Italian to Greek to classic American to savory seafood and desserts galore! Start your day right with breakfast at Oasis Café overlooking the sparkling ocean. Hit Capt’n Jack’s Island Grill for a Caribbean lunch or travel back in time to dine in the 1950’s at the Doo Wop Diner. Joe’s Fish Co. serves wonderful seafood dinners and brick oven pizzas. For picky eaters, the menu at Groff’s has something to please every palate... and you won’t want to miss out on a slice of one of their famous pies! The Boardwalk is arguably the best place for late night snacking. Satiate your salt craving with a bucket of Curley’s Fries or go crazy on deep fried sweets like candy bars, brownies, cookies or even Twinkies. STEP 5- RINSE OFF THE SAND AND REPEAT EVERY SUMMER!

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I really enjoy The Sun newspaper. Everyone does a great job with the articles, artwork, and photos. I saw on your facebook page asking for some photos. Here are a few photos from my family’s home on Glenwood Ave. The timeframe of these photos is the late 1970’s.       My family has had the same house on Glenwood Avenue in Wildwood since the 1930’s. Though a lot has changed in the world since then, in its truest sense life hasn’t really changed that much. People still enjoy the beach, the boardwalk, and creating wonderful memories with friends and family. I remember as a child sitting on the front porch with my parents and grandparents at night and listening to the sounds from the boardwalk. Now my three children Delia, Sophia, and Ian are creating their own memories of Wildwood. We go to the beach and the boardwalk, visit Laura’s Fudge, and go for pizza at Sam’s. I remember walking up to the corner to Bill’s Deli at Park Blvd. and Glenwood with my brother Jeff and getting an ice-cream treat or some candy. These days my children ask me for some money so they can go up to Bill’s for some candy or to pick up some rolls for Poppy. Life is cyclical.   Years ago I read a book called ‘Peace Is Every Step’ by Thich Nhat Hanh. The following quote from his book has stuck with me:  ”Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don’t have to travel far away to enjoy the blue sky. We don’t have to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child. Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy.” I don’t do any travelling besides Wildwood throughout the year. However, I don’t feel like I am missing much because I have never been to Europe or Asia or wherever. I take pleasure in spending time with my family at the shore. Sometimes simply waking up early and walking over the bridge into West Wildwood to see the boats heading out to go fishing is enough.        Keep up the great work. Thank you for publishing The Sun By The Sea. God bless you and your family, Jason Love 

“The sun also ariseth”  - Ecclesiastes 1:5

Above photos of Jason at his family’s summer home at 327 W. Glenwood Ave. in Wildwood and on the boards during the 1970s

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Joe Blanton, Roy Oswalt, Carlos Ruiz, Brian Schneider, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Domonic Brown, J.C. Romero, Brad Lidge. What do these guys have in common? They were all on the disabled list at some point this season. Blanton and Lidge are on there at this very moment. Lidge has spent the entire season with an injured shoulder, and now elbow. No concern with Blanton being out, with two backup starters to fill his place: Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley. Ryan Madson has pitched up to par replacing Lidge as the closer, with just one blown save this season. And Schneider, our backup catcher to Carlos Ruiz, is rehabbing with a minor league affiliate in Reading, Pennsylvania. When Chase Utley was rehabbing his knee through May 23, skipper Charlie Manuel used Pete Orr, Wilson Valdez, and Michael Martinez at second base. Ben Francisco manned right field just about every day until Dom Brown’s return on May 20th. Needless to say, the Phillies have plenty of reliable depth in the organization, should there be more injuries. There is no doubt that the Philadelphia Phillies caught the injury bug again this season, looking at that list of players who have gone down. So, I’m happy to say that at this moment, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Domonic Brown, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Carlos Ruiz, all of our regular position players, are all healthy, and hitting. As for the bullpen, Michael Stutes, David Herndon, Jose Contreras, Antonio Bastardo, Danys Baez, and Ryan Madson are all healthy and pitching well enough to be the third best bullpen in the majors under the Padres and Braves with a 2.83 earned run average as a whole. Here’s to a healthy remainder of the 2011 season! Follow @CBPhresh on Twitter for updates and recaps for every game!

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“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” ~Ecc. 3:11

WILDWOOD Bathing Beauties In Memory of Joe & Lillian Trombetta

1983, W. 12th Ave., N. Wildwood~ Joe Murray, Marge & Jim Weir, & Pat Zimmerman. Marge’s parents owned a summer cottage on W. 12th since 1924, while Jim’s parents’ summer cottage was at 111 Forget-me-Not in the Crest from 1940 through 1960. SENT IN BY MARGARET WEIR

1965 ~ Joe & Lillian Trombetta holding Roe, Andrea & Denise Trombetta (middle), (front L-R) Vera Trombetta, Rich, (unknown), Gina & Eugene Sanguinetti at the Sanguinetti’s motel the “Lilly Court”, at 7th & Surf in North Wildwood, (it later became the Surfside 7 before being demolished around 2005)

Lillian Trombetta, Wildwood Crest, 1951 1973 ~ Lillian, Andrea & Joe Trombetta at their motel on 12th & Surf in North Wildwood called the Golden Tiara.

Lou Marchisano, Lillian Trombetta & her brother Eugene Sanguinetti, in the stroller is baby Jack Trombetta, 1953. 1948, Martinique Club, Wildwood by-the-Sea Betty Sullivan Corcoran Joe & Lillian Trombetta, Sweetbriar Rd. Wildwood Crest, 1952

Joseph & Lillian Trombetta Twin sisters, Blanche Rollins & Diane McMonagle double the pleasure of time spent by-the-sea

Married September 30, 1951 Joe & Lillian Trombetta in back, Elvira Sanguinetti on right on the Wildwood beach ALL TROMBETTA PHOTOS WERE SENT IN BY THEIR DAUGHTER, VERA (TROMBETTA) KALISH

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Notes from the Wildwood Historical Society located at 3907 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood. 609-523-0277 SUMMER HOURS 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Every Day except Sundays and National Holidays

Joe Grottola WHS 1976

Darlene Finno WHS 1963

Donna McPherson WCHS 1967

Irene McWilliams WCHS 1967

Joseph Bada WCHS 1961

Doreen Corino WHS 1973

Joe Raffaele WCHS 1971

Josephine Cartolano WCHS 1961

Charles Schumann WHS 1964

Miriam Jaggard WCHS 1961

Mel Atwood WCHS 1961

If you would like your high school yearbook photo featured in The Sun, please send your name, graduation year, Wildwood High or Wildwood Catholic & maiden name for girls. The Sun by-the-sea’s contact information is along the bottom of front cover and on page 6

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Ann Marie Accardi WCHS 1967

In my last museum newsletter I wrote an article about the old amusement rides of my youth. Apparently it stirred the memories of quite a few other people and some of them shared them with me. Andrea Cafiero Balliette sent me a lengthy e-mail detailing her memories of the rides and the boardwalk that existed during the 40s and 50s. She said “I never rode the Jack Rabbit, too scary and to this day never ride roller coasters, but I loved Ye Old Mill and the Caterpillar, especially when the top came over. “ I share her feelings about roller coasters. I went on the Jack Rabbit, just ONCE, and I remember as we plunged downward, I thought, “I can never live through this.” I promptly got sick as I exited the ride. Andrea asked, “Does anyone remember the old bowling alley and the attraction where you threw balls at a curtain with a hole in it, like a bull’s eye. If you were successful, a girl dressed in lounging pajamas reclining on a couch, got dumped on the floor. It was a 40s version of a dunking tank.” I can’t say that I remember a bowling alley on the boardwalk, or the gal dressed in lounging pajamas, but Andrea does make mention of another throwing attraction. It was where boy and girl pigs were released from cages if you scored a hit. They ran down a ramp and exited through a door labeled boys or girls. You got a prize if the pig went through the wrong door. Now THAT I remember well. It was located in the covered arcade between Cedar and Oak Avenues on the Boardwalk. During the 50s there was also a ride in the Arcade called the “Coal Mine.” You stepped into an elevator and a “window” allowed you to see how you were descending hundreds of feet into the earth. You would emerge and get in a cart and be taken through the dark coal mine. Can’t remember much about the mining scenes. The Arcade also housed “The House of Mirrors.” The concave and convex mirrors not only distorted your image, but they were arranged in such a way as to confuse you so that you couldn’t make your way out very easily. Incidentally, we recently acquired one of those mirrors for the museum. According to Andrea “favorite treats were Schafer Hot Dogs, sno-cones, Alpine icy cold fruit drinks in real glasses and Mrs. Murray’s fudge donuts.” She went on to say, “ the only popcorn we knew was Johnson’s caramel corn since Hunt’s Theatres didn’t have popcorn. Easter Sunday was wonderful as everyone was dressed up, hat and all. I remember getting mustard on my outfit or grease from falling on the track at the Dodge-em cars. So many great memories. Maybe it wasn’t ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ but it was our childhood,” . . .and so it was! Thanks for sharing with us, Andrea. As I read over Andrea’s e-mail, I realized I have my own collection of Boardwalk memories; Schafer’s Hot Dogs at Cedar Avenue was a definite stop with my husband and children, and the hot waffle place, I couldn’t pass up, across from what is now Mariner’s Landing. I have always felt I was so fortunate to have grown up here on our island. The fact that my children had the same privilege was just “icing on the cake.” Before closing, I ask you to keep a look-out for Rob Ascough and Al Alven’s upcoming book Hunt’s Pier. We will be scheduling a book signing/open house some time in July. For now, remember to enjoy life. It comes with an expiration date. See you at the museum. Until next time . . . . . be happy and be well!

The hot waffle place mentioned in Anne’s article was located at 3500 Boardwalk across from what is now Mariner’s Landing Pier. The waffles were only .25¢ and were hot and made to order with the only choice of a brick of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice-cream.

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“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” ~Anne Frank

Wildwood by-the-Sea Bathing Beauties The Most Important Day of the Year This is the wonder: that of all the days of the year, the most important one is the everyday. The everydays that are the most days of the year. These, the most days of our lives. I think about these everydays that have kids hanging paintings on the fridge and me taking sun-dried sheets in off the line, these are the important days. Everydays when I trip over LEGOs and the laundry mounts into its very own range and I finally think of something to make for dinner when the head’s weary tired and I set out the dishes and they all come. All this. This is the sacred everyday. I can miss it. How holy the moments are. How do we find ways to somehow live awake to the astonishing, ordinary wonder of all this? How do we find ways to somehow live so that everyday is consecrated? We must find ways. For the ways we live our everydays is the way we live our lives. ~ANN VOSKAMP, ONE THOUSAND GIFTS

1944, Wildwood Crest~ Charles & Faye Hannah & Ann Gaskill SENT IN BY GEORGE REA

Angela Vicario (right) with her 2 sons, Michael and Freddy, and a family friend, in 1969 on Spencer Avenue beach in Wildwood by-the-sea. Today, Mike is part owners of Tony Luke’s in Wildwood Crest.

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. PSALM 105:1

1944, Wildwood Crest, Stockers Dock~ Ann Gaskill, Charles Hannah, Barbara Godfrey & Faye Hannah SENT IN BY GEORGE REA

1951, 22nd Street Beach, North Wildwood



Uncle Jim Love on the Wildwood beach with his friends on leave from the Navy at the time of WW ll.

6105 Park Blvd. Wildwood Crest, 1940~ Ann Gaskill

Above photo was taken during the mid 1950’s at Wildwood Photo Shoot, one of my favorite stops on the Wildwood Boardwalk.  I got my picture taken on every visit.  “Photo Shoot” was just a short distance from the Bubble Bounce and the Roller Skating Rink (over top of the Electric Boats).  The Roller Skating Rink was managed by Ray Hyson and every Saturday night I would go roller skating. That is where I met my wife of 52 years.  She is shown in the background of the above photo. She was from the Class of 1956, Wildwood High School, and I was from the Cape May High School, Class of 1954. The pictures to the left are her, Ann Gaskill, from growing up in Wildwood Crest.




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Wildwood by-the-Sea Bathing Beauties

Young Emma Hankins

Above: Grace Shevlin Fox across the street from her home on Chestnut Ave. in 1936 SENT IN BY



Below: Jean Shevlin Griesmer in 1932

Left standing Mrs. Mertz who had a boarding house in Wildwood. Middle, seated on bench, Mary Evelyn (Emma) Mertz nee Davis.  Grandmother was Emma Hankins. Taken at Sunset Beach in Cape May in front of the Concrete Ship.

Leroy Smith. Leroy was a pilot stationed in Cape May about 1917-1919 and married Elsie, who was the grandaughter of Emma Hankins. Elsie’s mother Amanda died after being kicked by a cow while feeding him.

Sisters~ Mae, Emma and Elsie with Joe Davis. The girls’ mother was Amanda Hankins Davis, who was killed while milking her cow. She lived at a big farmhouse that was located where the North Wildwood Wawa is today. Pictured below.

Earl & Emily 1936, Mertz Boarding House

NOTE: Mae (above on left) married Clarence Neill from Belfast, Ireland. They had 11 children and lived across the street from Emma on 4th St. in North Wildwood. You will very much enjoy a treasured story about Growing Up in Anglesea on Page 34, written by her son Richard Neill.

Earl Mertz & Friend on the Wildwood beach

Emily & friends on the Wildwood beach


Emma Hankins with her 3 granddaughters, Emma, Elsie and Mae. Emma Hankins is better known as the woman who was hired to feed the crew of men who built the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

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53 “You are the only person on the earth who can use your ability.” ~Zig Ziglar

THE LAMB CAKE By Marilyn Guidetti

any excuse to have a party we celebrate these occasions in the summer (like Christmas in July).

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Those special foods that I freeze from the winter celebrations come in handy and I do not have to spend time in the kitchen with a hot oven.   Each holiday usually has traditional food and I try to have it for our summer version.    The family likes this special touch but of course they like to tease.   “Mom is this stuffing from Thanksgiving 2000?”  It is a standing joke to ask what year something is from and making it seem like I freeze things for years, which of course I don’t. Easter dessert always includes the traditional Lamb cake.  It serves as a center piece and usually because we have so many other desserts and are really so full from the meal it is usually not touched.  I wrap and freeze it During the Winter months I make extras to and on July 4th, it is put on the table  with a freeze and also when we have holiday cel- flag for a centerpiece.  The comments start ebrations and have lots of goodies left, I wrap and I just laugh to myself, knowing they love and freeze them. it. We have been summering  in North Wildwood This year the saga of the Lamb cake ended.  for many, many years and have almost as On Easter Sunday, I asked one of my sons to many family and friends here as we have up help me serve dessert.  I was busy getting North.  We miss celebrating with these people the coffee when I heard him say to the othon Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, ers, “no lamb cake this summer!”  I looked Easter and also on winter birthdays.  So with and he chopped the head off and served it. The freezer and microwave are two essentials in the shore house.   I can still prepare meals for 2 or 22 after spending a relaxing day on the beach.

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“Memories are a family album filled with images and dreams.” ~Anon.

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Gibilante, Monahan, and Pottichen Families have been vacationing in Wildwood Crest for over 40 years! Happy Summer! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSION TO THE SUN Tony & Chrissy Scelso-WWC 1993 / 2010 SENT IN BY THEIR MOTHER NANCY

Davis Ave. around 1967 Nancy Anderson-Yurick getting tossed by Uncle Sonny Whalin and the rest of the Davis ave. crew. Stuskies, Fratones, and VanBlunk Families. Good Times! SENT IN BY JOE VAN BLUNK

Dear Sun, I have always loved your newspaper. . . to read a positive, up beat paper like yours is a blessing!   I love the beach and boating and owned a house in Wildwood since 1999. I work at Key West Cafe in the summers. We have been blessed to have our summers in Wildwood and come down throughout the winter. We look forward to spending our retirement on the island in the not too faraway future.   Above are photos of my son Tony who works at Lakeview Docks on Sunset Lake and my daughter Chrissy. Your doing a great job spreading joy and His Word! God Bless you all. ~Nancy Scelso

“Young Artists at the Beach” Photo submitted by Larry Hippen, the Fudgy Wudgy Man of 2nd St. beach

Wildwood by-the-sea, 1959-1962 Above, Marlene McMonagle anticipating the arrival of Michael Patrick, born 12-28-62. Below, Larry & Marlene with baby Marianne, Bottom, Larry, Jr. & Marianne, 1962

Lisa Graeff in the water, 1969 Her Pop Pop on Wildwoods beach, c. 1969 SEE HER WONDERFUL “WILDWOOD STORY” ON PAGE 76

Editor Note: Once upon a time, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, lived James Charles & Cora McMonagle, (my great-grandparents.) They had 21 children. My grandfather, Joseph, was one of them. Larry (pictured above) is the son of the eldest of the 21 children, Jim.

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55 Brain Teaser: What happens when you throw a yellow rock into a purple stream?

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“Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.”

~John Betjeman

Remembering. . . WILDWOOD and CREST PIER By Betty Catanese Elkins The 2nd Crest Pier, different view. Courtesy of Wildwood Historic Museum

The 2nd Crest Pier 1920-1986 My love affair with Wildwood started when I was a young child. I was born on June 21, 1946 and in August of that summer, I began coming to Wildwood as I would continue to do every summer thereafter until I was nineteen years old. My parents rented the same house on Hildreth Avenue for our summer vacation for the first few years of my life. Although I was too young to remember, I recognize the house from photos and it is still there today, but the beautiful hydrangeas are no longer there. When I was four years old, my grandparents had a house built on the corner of Cresse and New Jersey Avenues. At the time, I thought it was huge, but was actually quite small by today’s standards. Looking back, I probably imagined the house to be so big because it was always filled with people, mostly family members. I can remember my mother and I taking the train, from Philadelphia, which went over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and traveled along New Jersey Avenue leaving us off right by my grandparents house. We would come down for the entire summer right after school let out and we didn’t go back to Philly until the day after Labor Day. During this time, my parents bought a motel, the Rainbow Court on Baker Avenue, although we continued to live at my grandparent’s house. The Rainbow Court is no longer there but close friends are living in a condo which is in the exact spot where it used to stand. One of my oldest memories is going to the children’s dance at the Crest Pier on Wednesday nights. My mother would dress me in something frilly and off I went to do the Bunny Hop, Mexican Hat Dance and, of course, the Alley Cat. Oh, how I looked forward to those dances. I eventually grew out of that stage, but found myself back at Crest Pier when I was a young teenager. Back then, in addition to the ballroom, the Pier had a luncheonette/ice cream parlor and an arcade which also had a few bowling lanes. I hung out with my summertime friends for hours, which included local kids from Wildwood Crest as well as kids from Philly, New York and North Jersey. I couldn’t wait to get back to the shore and Crest Pier after the school year ended to reconnect with my summer friends who I saw only a couple of months a year. When I wasn’t hanging out at the Crest Pier, I’d be working at one of my summertime jobs, the first of which was a novelty store on the boardwalk, where I impatiently watched the clock waiting for my shift to end and listening to my boss sing “My Time is Your Time” by Rudy Vallee. Needless to say this wasn’t one of my favorite jobs. I also worked in the shoe department of Murphy’s 5 & 10 which is now a vacant building on Pacific and Wildwood Avenues with the name The Great Whale (a business that occupied the building after Murphy’s) still on it’s marquee. My favorite place of employment was the restaurant at Sinn’s Dock where we stood outside and attempted to lure the customers away from

Kurtz’s which was on the other side of the street. I imagine I liked this job best since I worked with two of my best friends as we watched the cute boys who worked on the Pink Flamingo, one of the two major sightseeing boats at the time. At some point, my dancing progressed to the Twist and Bristol Stomp at Starlight Ballroom. Another favorite pastime was hanging in a booth with my friends at Snuffy’s. I have so many fond memories of of other places in the Crest such as Sea Snack at Cresse Avenue and the beach and Shuman’s Restaurant. Other than Crest Pier, none of these establishments exist today. It was especially hard to see Snuffy’s close after so many years. Of course, there was always the beach and the boardwalk. There were so many fun times spent at both places when I was a young child and then as a young teenager. I never tired of the beach even when I had small children and had to lug all the necessities through the sand. Today I can spend an entire day sitting on a chair in the sand and reading a book. The boardwalk is fun at any age. It’s actually one of the places that stirs up some of the best memories of my childhood and my daughter’s childhoods. Every summer I look forward to taking my grandchildren to the boardwalk and seeing their excitement which I still feel when I walk the boards or ride my bike in the off-season. No matter how old I get, I doubt whether I’ll ever tire of the boardwalk with all the activity and tantalizing smells of pizza (love both Mack’s and Sam’s), Curley’s fries, waffles and ice cream and all the other good eats. Well, the fun of spending summers at the shore finally came to an end. It was time to settle down to real life. I got married to a wonderful guy and had three beautiful daughters. Naturally, we came to Wildwood on vacation every summer and I began taking my daughters to Crest Pier on Wednesday nights. However, after a couple of years, they no longer wanted to put on dresses and hop, hop, hop. We did continue to vacation in Wildwood Crest where my girls spent time with their cousins and also grew to love the shore. After my children were grown, we all rented a house together for the entire summer, coming down on weekends and vacations. We did this for three years and during this time we introduced my first grandson to the beaches of Wildwood Crest. We bought a house in the Crest in 1997 and my dream of never having to leave the island became a reality in 2003 when my husband and I retired. I’m still going to the Crest Pier, but I’m no longer dancing, bowling or eating ice cream sundaes; however I am still hanging out with friends playing mah jongg there twice a week. I also have my hair done at the beauty salon on the Pier and watch my grandson play summertime basketball in the gym. Crest Pier has alway meant good times and it continues on today. For this reason, I chose to have a very special bench placed there in memory of one of the people in my life who loved Wildwood more than me. I am grateful for the memories Wildwood and Crest Pier have given me.

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57 “Summer night~ even the stars are whispering to each other.” ~Haiku by Kobayashi Issa Celebrate the SUMMER of 2011 at the Best in the Crest! ○


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“The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.”

~Annie Dillard

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Wildwood, NJ, Lincoln Ave. WBP Headquarters, 1977 ~ Jackie Bernstein Chambers PHOTO TAKEN BY & SENT IN BY LOUANN CATANOSO

Best Friends George & Dolly Franz on the boardwalk in Atlantic City and in the ocean in Wildwood

The Rozborski family on August 7, 2010 on the 2nd St. Getty in North Wildwood

Somehow, every summer, my parents would find a way to take us to Wildwood for a two week vacation. We were so lucky!!!

dear Wildwood Crest Beach, 1974 LouAnn Catanoso.

Best Friends George & George Franz, Wildwdood, NJ

George Franz where his family vacationed every summer on Glenwood Ave. in Wildwood ALL ABOVE SENT IN BY MARY ANN CSAHOK

Columbine Rd. Wildwood Crest 1957 Debbie Sinn Quinn SENT IN BY LOUANN CATANOSO

Our family, (my parents and 6 sisters) have been coming to Wildwood for 2 weeks annually since the 1960s. I remember staying on Bennett Ave. as a kid. I think it was the summer of 1964, my mom & dad with 5 little daughters, (sister Susan was not yet born), headed down to Wildwood in July with NO reservations. After walking many blocks, no one would rent to us. It was getting late. We came upon a house at 124 E. Bennett. The Delgott family was gracious to rent to us. We stayed at that house until 1986, through 3 different owners. Times were tough for my family growing up. My father worked 2 jobs while my mother was a fulltime homemaker with 6 girls, the youngest born with Downs syndrome. We didn’t have much, but then again, maybe we had everything. Somehow, every summer, my parents found a way to take us to Wildwood for a two week vacation. We were so lucky!!! We loved Wildwood when we were kids, and now our children all love it! My father

says it best, “Going to Wildwood every summer is tradition.” In 1987 we started to stay on 3rd Ave. at North Beach. We’ve been going every summer for 23 years. In early August we all get together for our seashore vacation. We stay at different condos and meet on the beach every day. We love it! It’s my 2 favorite weeks of the year. Although The Sun has been published for 8 years, I only discovered it a few years ago, thanks to my sisters who own condos on 17th Ave. I absolutely love the whole paper, especially the witty sayings on the tops of each page and all the nostalgic stories and photographs. During our 2010 stay, we all assembled for a family photo on the 2nd St. getty. We managed to get 21 out of 23 of our immediate Rozborski family. It contains Mom & Dad, 5 sisters (1 missing), the brother-inlaws and 10 grandchildren. We love Wildwood with all of our hearts. Going there every summer is our tradition, it’s something we can never get out of our blood. Our memories from long ago, til now are just priceless! It is my dream to own a little house in North Wildwood someday. Sincerely, Cindy Campbell, Linden, NJ

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59 “Happiness is available 7 days a week.”


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60 Remember to always swim near a lifeguard!

“Both faith and fear may sail into your harbor, but allow only faith to drop anchor.” ~Anon.

A Little Bit of Wildwood History: THE LIFEGUARD BY MEG CORCORAN Author Samuel Beckett once said, “There’s never an end for the sea.” Its vastness, in fact, is what originally required the services of lifeguards prior to the 1900’s. Lifeguards were initially hired to aid fishermen and sailors as they charted the dangerous waters to earn their living. Shipwrecks were common in those times, and tourist’s safety was not high on the list of priorities. By 1895, however, the number of summer by the sea visitors had grown, and the need to protect them from dangerous currents grew along with that. Long before condominiums became the rage, private bath houses on the beach reigned (the best known in town was Sweet’s Bath House on Schellenger Avenue). Bathhouses were owned by the early hotels and were made available to both hotel guests and the public while providing convenience (and changing facilities for 25 cents). As business increased, the owners of the Washington Hotel and Sweet’s and Model Bath Houses worried about their guests’ safety and hired Howard Buck to watch over swimmers. By 1905, beachgoer’s safety took center stage as the city took over the job of hiring lifeguards. In June of that year they hired John Wick and Daniel Briggs for the summer season. The first beach patrol in North Wildwood was appointed by Mayor Harry Hoffman. By summer’s end, the city had added two more men to the lifeguard list. The short list of lifeguards is, perhaps, what prompted a “Mr. Schade,” in 1906, to submit a letter to the Holly Beach Council, asking that he be named a city lifeguard because, as he stated, “I have an outfit.” Possessing a one-piece wool tank suit, however, does not a lifeguard make, and in the winter of 1909, council discussed forming a beach patrol. In July 1910, four lifeguards were hired. One more lifeguard was added in the summer of 1911. In 1912, Holly Beach and North Wildwood merged. A motion was passed, enabling the police committee to hire seven lifeguards (and one more if necessary). Part of their responsibility was to keep swimmers away from Montgomery Ave. when fishing boats came in. The task was arduous and required volunteers, fishing boats, and the US Lifesaving Service to work alongside lifeguards.

In 1925, with the role of lifeguards becoming increasingly important, the Wildwood Beach Patrol finally had a place to call headquarters. Hospital tents for Wildwood, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest were put in place, eventually giving way to one-story buildings, which, in turn, ultimately became two-story buildings with medical rooms, offices, lockers, and showers. The Wildwood Beach Patrol would eventually become the first to have transportation on the beach. Adding to their list of “firsts,” history was made in June 1933, when under some protest and much publicity, Wildwood became the first city in the country to have women lifeguards as appointed by then-mayor Doris Bradway. Although May Ottey and Florence Newton, both 24-years old and Pennsylvania residents, had passed the same painstaking test as their male counterparts, they were portrayed by the press as beauty pageant winners and were often referred to as “the girls.” May served for two years, with no information stating that Florence served beyond that summer. In the early 1900’s, a lifeguard’s salary was $50 a month. By the 1940’s, the pay rate was $3.25 an hour. It was in the early 1990’s that the pay rate began to climb. As the years passed, the faces (and the fashions) have changed, but the commitment of lifeguards remains constant. Through the years, the Wildwoods lifeguards have been born from dedicated college students, devoted athletes, and disciplined professionals all adhering to the same goal: keeping beachgoers safe while respecting both the calm and the chaos of the currents. English nobleman and explorer Humphrey Gilbert profoundly stated, “We are as near to heaven by sea as by land.” As we begin our SUNsational summer at the shore, we look forward to another safe season and thank our lifeguards for watching over our hint of heaven by the sea! Thanks to Bob Bright and the staff at the Wildwood Historical society for all their help and for the photos. The museum has many albums filled with lifeguard photos, newspaper clippings and stories... stop in for a vist soon!

North Wildwood Beach Patrol ~ 1949

1915, Richard Walker

1918, Tinney Kincade

1931, Frank Harrison, William Shilling, & Mayor Bob Pierpont

Armand Ott Russo, WBP 1941

1974, Mike Regusch “Rego”

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62 “Hold a true friend with both your hands.” ~American Proverb

FIVE MILES of Smiles! Someone smiled at me today, and I started smiling too.

SUMMER OF 1993 ~At 2nd St. Inlet beach in North Wildwood, Patrick, Robert & Joey

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has—or ever will have—something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression. ~Mr. Fred Rogers

Tallula Rogers, Kirby Thronton, Grace Rogers, Anna Cawley, with Sarah & Maddie Peterson

Photos by Megan Rogers Relaxing at the beach are Walt & John. They both agree, “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off!” Following their successful opening on Black Friday November, 2010, Tony Luke’s owners Nicky Luke and Mike Vicario are busy keeping the hungry crowds satisfied. They celebrated their Grand Opening the week before Memorial Weekend Tony Luke’s style! with free sandwiches, Mr. Softee ice cream, italian water ice, games, face painting. All there, enjoyed the festivities. More fun is on the menu for this summer! Pictured above are the Lucudonio & Vicario families of Tony Luke’s.

Above: Grace Rogers & Mary Maloy Oct 2001 Below: Grace Rogers & Mary Maloy April 2011 Thank you so very much for you have done for Grace over he past 10 years you are amazing and a true Blessing! we will Miss you! (THE ROGERS)

Joe Maloy with his parents Joe & Mary at the Bayview Inn for a Beef & Beer in his honor to help raise money to aide him in his training & qualifing for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Jared Irwin with Jackson, Tallula Grace & Jersey enjoying some free ice cream from Mr. Softy, Jeffery laag, at the Tony Luke’s Grand opening May 21st.

Dj’s Kelly & Joe Harris with Beth Kehler at Tony Luke’s Grand Opening

Bean Freeman with Billy Bolle at Margaret Mace Spring Formal.

Kerry Ann Smith Face Painter was on hand at the Tony Lukes Grand Opening for free face painting.

At the Bayview, the BEST in the Crest! Mary O Donnell, Jackie Gillen, Peg Ciglinsky and Sue Haury all came out in support of home town hero Joe Maloy.

Sean Loughran, Bobby Depeso, & Andrew Long at Sam’s Pizza

1st Holy Communion Nortre Dame De La Mer Sherri Carannante with 3 of her biggest fans.

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64 "One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much." - ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH

WiLDW OO D by-the-sea: Nostalgia & Recipes North Wildwood’s Tent City BY ANITA HIRSCH In the 1930’s and 1940’s, there were two tent cities in Wildwood-By-TheSea. There was one at the southern tip of the island and one in North Wildwood. The first tent city in North Wildwood was located around 15th Street and the Beach around 1927. There one could rent a tent for $25. But in August of that year, there was a hurricane that blew the tops off the tents so the owner closed the business. Later, another tent city was established at 16th and the Beach but this Tent City consisted of 36 furnished cottages and camping spaces. The cottages contained sleeping accommodations for 4-6 persons, had a “private lavatory”, a gas stove, dishes, silverware, linens, blankets and towels. It cost only $15 a week to rent one of these cottages. The camping spaces could be rented for $10 a week. Free parking was also included. Accommodations could also be rented by the day, week, month or season. The season was May 15 to September 15. There was a Tent City Restaurant on the premises. For dinner, a special platter could be purchased for 35 cents. According to an advertisement for Tent City “this unique vacation colony was nearby to the great variety of boardwalk amusements, easily accessible by the Reading or Pennsylvania Railroad, bus lines, or New Jersey’s improved hard-surfaced highway system. Golf, fishing, crabbing and an endless variety of amusements await you” Recently Lynda Bock was looking through some boxes of old family photos that she had acquired after most of her family passed away. Included in the photos were some from her mother’s family vacation in Tent City in North Wildwood in 1937. Lynda had seen the article about the Tent City in the July/August 2010 issue of Sun-By-The-Sea and didn’t realize that there was also a “Tent City” in North Wildwood. Lynda’s grandparents, Earl and Marie Rhoads and their three children: Annabelle, Shirley and Marlin are pictured in her photos. They had lived in the Oley area of Berks County, Pennsylvania. Annabelle is the mother of Lynda Bock. The Rhoads family were also accompanied by an aunt, Mimmie Youse-Wiedner. In 1951, the Tent City in Lower Township was closed because the Wildwood Crest Civic Club appealed to the state Board of Health and the U.S. Coast Guard to have the campers on two mile beach south of the Wildwood Crest local limits removed because of improper toilet facilities and drinking water on the premises. The Tent City in North Wildwood was closed around that time when new motels were being built beach front.

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL CAKE WITH COCONUT FROSTING Annabelle Rhoads made this cake regularly. According to her daughter, Lynda Bock, “this absolutely delicious recipe” was actually a creation of her grandmother Marie’s sister, Aunt Mimmie in the early 1900’s. CAKE 1 1/2 c. hot water 1 c. oatmeal 1/4 lb. butter or marg. softened 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar 2 eggs 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 c. unbleached flour 1/2 t. baking soda 1/4 t. salt, 1 t. vanilla FROSTING Combine in order listed: 6 t. butter, melted 2/3 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. light cream (whole milk works) 1 t. vanilla 1 c. coconut 3/4 c. chopped pecans or walnuts Mix hot water and oatmeal LET STAND FOR 20 MINUTES. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix well. In a separate bowl, sift or just stir together, all the dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Combine well. Mixture will be stiff like a brownie batter. Stir in oatmeal and vanilla. Beat well. Pour into a greased 8x11x2 pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until cake springs back when pressed gently. Remove from oven, spread topping over cake, put back in the oven for 4 minutes. Thank you to Lynda Bock, the Wildwood Historical Society and Bob Bright for helping with this story.

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“Life without love is like a year without summer” ~Swedish Proverb MAY 14th, 2011~ the Wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Collins

FIVE MILES of Smiles! “Have you ever noticed you feel better when you smile?”

Joanne, Vinnie & Vinnie

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They didn’t have to check the weather while on their honeymoon in Portugal.. Joe & Bea Collins took The SUN with them! Here are a few photos from their wedding on May 14th

Mike Sciara with his grandson Michael Sciara


Chris & Dana

Carpenters~ Mike Budd & Joe Albertson

WITH THE SUN! (Expectant firstime parents) Sarah & Joe

Ben, Tanya & Nick

Frank & Lillian Steich from Northeast Phila. & West Wildwood summerhomeowners, took The Sun with them to the Grand Canyon

Wildwood locals take The Sun on their travels to San Fran, Reno and Las Vegas. Pictured at Grand Canyon, are Victor Namiotka, Ann Devlin, Aubree Fennessy, Jesse Deane, Carly Hall and Sandy Hall ~ November 2010

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“Recall it as often as you wish; a happy memory never wears out.” ~Libbie Fudim

My Wildwood Playlist Update

One Fish E

ven though it is regarded as one of the great pastimes in Wildwood, I have never cared for sport fishing. I suppose that my youthful impatience might have had something to do with that - sitting in a motionless boat, bobbing up and down on the water watching the fishing line twitch and make tiny ripples on the water and wondering all the while, “What the heck is going on down there?” With the luck I had, one fish would have meandered by, taken a nibble off of my bait, and then moved on. Back up on the surface I would barely notice, focusing instead on terra firma, shrouded in haze just off in the distance. I could discern bathers in the surf, probably bobbing up and down with joy and not boredom and I envied them because, should they choose to remove themselves from the water, they could simply walk out. I did not have that option. Suddenly, there came a tug on my line. “At last!” I would yelp while cranking the reel, remembering to keep the line taut just as my Aunt Bianchi always preached. I’d spot a dark form drawing closer to the surface twirling in a lazy circle. Someone would lean over the gunwale with net in hand and when it broke through there would be nothing at the end but an old leather boot. It was just another addition to my collection of rusty cans, fishnets, and sea robins that I have extracted from the Atlantic. All of these memories have recently sprung to mind because I have decided to go fishing again. This time I am casting my line onto shore, into the masses that live and play on our great island with the hopes of reeling in some songs and memories that I can enjoy and share with others. It was with great anticipation that I baited my hook, fully aware of the rich bounty available for the catch. I was not concerned with boredom because I was on dry land and my laptop computer was my rod and reel. That meant that I could come and go at any time. I began my expedition last spring, heading to my favorite spot at my kitchen island and eagerly casting away. And then I waited...and waited...and waited for several days until finally one fish, whose name was Bill, meandered by and took a nibble. My line twitched and I reeled it in. To my delight, I found not an old boot, but the following reply: “I am bad at remembering song titles and their singers, but I always can relate to when in my life of 65 years exactly where I was and what I was doing. My best memory of

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at . . or go to The Sun by the Sea, where you will find plenty of other fish and their favorite Wildwood songs. Wildwood was the summer of ’64. Just graduated from high school, Vietnam War was here, racial unrest around the country but all I could think about was the Jersey shore. I met the girl of my dreams there, Julie Morro. I’ll never forget her name. My first dance was “Lost That Lovin Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers. We danced all night and spent the weekend together. She was the one for me. My parents were so proud that I met a nice Italian girl. But it wasn’t to be. With the war, new job, etc. we just never got back again. Whenever I hear that song, my weekend in Wildwood and Julie come flashing back. You never forget your first love.” This was so much better than being ‘skunked’ (if that is what the fisherman jargon is for bad luck). At least I have one remembrance that I can share and I thank the fish named Bill for his contribution from the Grand Banks of Wildwood folklore. With my lone catch safely tucked away, I debated whether I should leave the line in a little longer or reel it in and put the rod away for good. However, even as a non-fisherman, I understand the reason why people shrug off the bad times and keep returning to the water: It is why I continually haul my golf clubs out every weekend, despite most of my shots finding the woods - there’s always the possibility of that next sweet strike. So I decide to keep on fishing. One other nugget of fishing wisdom passed down from my aunt was, “When the fish aren’t biting in one spot, move to another,” so I unplug the laptop from the kitchen receptacle and relocate to the living room couch. Several days and non-bites later I retreat to my desk upstairs. Still nothing. Now on my third spot with no bites I am about to call it quits when Aunt Bianchi’s most important lesson rings in my head, “Above all, be patient!” And so, I move back to the kitchen, where my only catch occurred, and wait... and wait... and wait... If you wish to contribute a song to Joe Russo’s Wildwood Playlist, swim by his hook at Submit your song and explain why it reminds you of Wildwood. (I know that there are several stories out there just like Bill’s).

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72 “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart..”~Eleanor Roosevelt DID YOU KNOW? The SUN by-the-sea is buried in 2 local Time Capsules? 1. North Wildwood will be opened in 2056 2. Wildwood Crest will be opened in 2057 And every issue is preserved in the Wildwood Historical Museum!


Miffie Poxen, Billy Glock, LouAnn, Linda Craven, Jimmy McMichaels, 1968 class trip

Barbara, Carol & Debb (Sinn sisters) & LouAnn (standing) 2010

LouAnn & Gerri Miller, 2007

Rudy Budnick, LouAnn & Sil Mazzella, 1996

Not only do I have the privilege of writing a column for the ‘best paper in the area’, but I also have the honor of delivering it. Yes, it is an honor to help deliver this heartwarming paper every couple of months to our Cape May County residents. When they see me coming in the door the smile is already on their faces, and their hands are already out. “Is that the new Sun?!” And my ‘paper boy’ route stretches much further then Cape May County. I have a whole list of friends that I mail copies to when it comes out. I have been blessed in my life to have many close friends that have ‘withstood the test of time’. But, unfortunately quite a few of them have moved out of the area. Sue and I met in the sixth grade when I transferred from St. Ann’s grade school to Margaret Mace in North Wildwood. We became best friends immediately. Sue and her husband (childhood sweetheart, Bob Beasley) live in North Carolina with their family. Jackie came into my life next. She moved here from Philadelphia during the sixth grade also, and from our first hello it was as though we were ‘long lost sisters’. She now lives in Florida with her husband and their two sons. Sil and Paul and I met in our freshman year at Wildwood Catholic High School. Sil lives in North Carolina with his family, and Paul and his family live in California. Loretta and I became friends late in our junior year of high school; but we quickly made up for ‘lost time’. She and her husband Bill, and their two sons live in Toms River. Geri and I met in the fall of 1975 when we attended college together. (We call it our ‘wild days’.) We got our first apartment together in Margate, to be closer to school. She also lives in North Carolina, with her daughter, Kristen. Deb and Tom Quinn and I have been close friends since high school. They live in Virginia with their

family close by. Last summer we got to spend a couple of beautiful days together on Columbine Ave. beach in the Crest, along with sisters Barbara and Carol. A couple of years ago I got the idea to start mailing my friends a copy of “The Sun”. After all, they put up with me during my ‘radical teenage years’; and they supported me when I spoke of my dreams to become a ‘Peace Corps’ worker, a ‘Phys Ed’ teacher, and a ‘Police Officer’. And, later on they hung in there with me through illness, and some other personal trials. So, this was the one thing that I could do for them. “The Sun” is like their link to the Wildwoods; their ‘home town, their memories, and their past’. They all look forward to receiving “The Sun”, and reading it from cover to cover. And of course they are thrilled when a photo of them or their family appears in it. They anxiously await its arrival, and love catching up on all the ‘lighthearted’ news, and seeing all the nostalgic photos. Growing up during the 70’s with these guys was the best. There was such diversity going on in everything during this time; especially with music. The ‘Carpenters’, ‘The Allman Brothers’, ‘Ambrosia’, and ‘Tower of Power’, were just a few of the groups at the top of my list of favorites back then. ‘Harry Chapin’ (Taxi) also holds a special place in my heart. I am grateful for “The Sun” newspaper, as it has continued to be a meaningful connection for my friends and I in between our visits. DEDICATION: This story is dedicated to the memory

Bob & Sue Quigley Beasley

Loretta Dole & LouAnn, 2006

of one of my best friends, Miffie Poxen. She and I were only 12 years old when we first became friends. And, we remained close until her passing in the early 1990s. Mif would have loved this paper! The memories “Mary” and I shared together could fill one entire issue of The Sun.

Charlie & Louise Catanoso, Jackie Bernstein & LouAnn Catanoso, 2010

Paul Kelly & LouAnn, 2008

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The Change-Up from spring to summer has finally occurred, as the sleepy little town by the sea springs brightly to life, bringing peace and joy to all, including The Cowboys and Aliens who, realizing the error of their ways, seek only to spread the (shore) love. They wisely seek The Help of the beach-loving Transformers: (who replace the) Dark of the Moon with the light of the sun. Meanwhile, the Zookeeper is put in charge of leading the seagulls to a place far removed from shore goers’ favorite foods. Waking to greet the sunrise, our summer cast dons their glitziest shades as they temporarily trade the big screen for a beach day. Before trading the sand for the stars, please check your local listings for release date changes. Lacking a college degree, sensible Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks, opens July 1st) loses his job and enrolls in a junior college where he softens the heart of a cranky professor (Julia Roberts) from high atop The Giant Wheel. Following a trail of footprints in the sand leading into the third installment Transformers: Dark of the Moon (opens July 1st), is Sam (Shia LaBeouf) and his new girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) who face danger alongside Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel) as they duke it out, 3-D style, with the shapechanging robots. The romantic life of a Zookeeper (Kevin James, opens July 8th) gets a little help from sun-kissed skies, starry nights, and the animals he tends to (including the voices of Cher, Sylvester Stallone, and Adam Sandler). Following a bit of Middle Ages-era chaos and a mix of live action and CG animation, The Smurfs (opens July 29th) and a sorcerer are magically transported to New York City. They are quickly “adopted” by a married couple (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) who take on the task of getting them back home (but not before a day of cotton candy and tea cup rides). The Cowboys and Aliens (opens July 29th) command absolute attention when amnesiac/ gunslinger Jake (Daniel Craig) arrives in the small pioneer town Absolution and encounters Col. Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), a former enemy he has no memory of, and gold digger Ella (Olivia Wilde). Together they dodge fireworks and firearms as they fight the alien abductions taking place all over town.

With Sky Ships looming overhead, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes (opens August 5th) is occurring, when a scientist (James Franco) creates Caesar (Andy Serkis) who transforms into a rebellious chimp leading the world’s CGI-inspired apes to overthrow their oppressive humans. The Change-Up (opens August 5th) from potent Mai Tai’s to potential Merry Go Round rides happens when a ladies’ man (Ryan Reynolds) trades bodies with a married man (Jason Bateman) as catastrophe quickly ensues. Peeking through Sunny’s Lookout Lighthouse, an awkward college graduate (Emma Stone) finds The Help (opens August 12th) she needs when she secretly interviews a few courageous African-American maids about their difficult experiences with their white employers during the early 1960’s. The Spy Kids 4: (have) All the Time in the World (opens August 19th) for Boogie Board races when they encounter a former spy/fulltime mom (Jessica Alba) who must return to work to fight the Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) determined to stop time. Our Idiot Brother (Paul Rudd, opens August 26th), completely clueless when it comes to important matters like sand castles and surfboard safety, alternates his time between his three ill-tempered sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer) after he loses his job and his girlfriend. As the Spy Kids 4: (spend) All the Time in the World pier-hopping, the out-of work Larry Crowne wisely utilizes his free time catching both sunrays and summer flicks. Meanwhile, The Smurfs try to explain the benefits of a day at the beach followed by a night surrounded by (movie) stars to Our Idiot Brother. Watching The Rise of the Planet of the Apes over a moonlit sky, our summer cast catches every cool sea breeze, happily realizing they have everything they need for the ultimate, entertaining summer by the sea... If you haven’t already had the entertaining pleasure of watching Bob Ingram’s Boardwalk Movie, summer is the time to experience his affectionate, informative look at what Wildwood’s boardwalk has to offer: “a constant call to the excited kid in all of us” where “we can still catch a glimpse of the American Dream.”

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Bathing Suits 101: by Mia Chiarella This summer we will be celebrating the 50 year anniversary of one of the greatest moments in the history of music. It was August 8th, 1961, when ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI first hit the airwaves. It was also probably the day most women wanted to smash their radios to itsy bitsy teeny weeny bits. The bikini has always been the bane of existence to women...two small pieces of material worn in public with all of the bodily flaws for the world to see....not so!!!! The teeny weenie swimsuit has evolved into numerous styles that can accentuate the positives. Monokinis and tankinis have become very popular over the years, and are usually designed in “don’t look there” patterns that magically draw the eye to your best assets. The same magic is also used in swimsuit ads....a shadow here, a little positioning there, a well placed beach bag...and the models appear strikingly thin. Oh who am I kidding, they are strikingly thin...and beautiful...and perfect...and completely unreal. (Victoria, your Secret is safe!) The bathing suit need not be your the real world there are many different body types and an equal number of suits to flatter them. Take a walk on our beach and you will see happy, healthy women of every shape and size in fabulous beach attire. I am at the 10th Street Gym every morning and see these same women happily getting a good workout before they venture to the beach. The real world is not a Victoria’s Secret catalog, where every woman looks the same. Who wants to look at that? (Be quiet guys...Speedos will be my next subject!) The real world is real every face is not the same, nor is every body. I applaud my fellow women who take pride in themselves, and not what some consider perfect, because really, there ain’t no such thing!! Oh, by the way, here are a few helpful tips that will enhance your beach style. It is always good to position yourself on the sand near the water’s edge with your head thrown back so your bleach blonde hair drapes down your back, hip up, legs slightly crossed, lip gloss just so, and just the right look. Hold that position all day and have a blast!! And if you can get yourself up after hours of posing...come join me at the Gym at 10th Street and I will show you how it’s done! Have a great summer! Love, Mia

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“So many years in one yesterday.” – Carla Phelps Wert

Lisa Graeff, 1965

Lisa Graeff with her mom, 1969

Larry and Susan Graeff with baby Lisa on the Wildwood boardwalk, 1965


Lisa Graeff and her Pop-Pop, Franklin Wertz 1965

Lisa Graeff and Uncle Woody, 1965

It began in August of 1965 when at 15 months old I made my very first trip to Wildwood-By-the-Sea. At the time, my extended family took that glorious once a year, weeklong vacation in a rented apartment on Cresse Ave. As a child, I spent the whole year anticipating that one week of beach, boardwalk and being with my family. I recall my mom using Wildwood as bribery (ask her about the potty training incident sometime). If I didn’t behave, I was told that I would stay home while everyone else went on vacation. I was the best behaved child on the face of the Earth for the months of July and August! Leaving Wildwood was always tough. It got to the point where my parents would try to get me to fall asleep before we left so they wouldn’t have to listen to me cry all the way home - really!! I have a very vivid memory of being about 4 or 5 years old. I can even remember what I was wearing - a blue and white checkered seersucker sundress. My uncle had found a starfish on the back bay at low tide and had given it to me. I was holding the stinky, dried up starfish, standing on the back seat of our old white Dodge and looking out the rear window as we went over the Rio Grande Bridge. I was just sobbing. There was no consoling me on these trips home. My parents didn’t even try. I would sob myself into exhaustion. As I grew up, my love of Wildwood grew stronger. It became the place where I first felt independence. Once I was old enough to bring a friend along for the week, we would walk the boards, riding the rides and checking out boys. I remember feeling so grown up and mature being on the boardwalk without an adult but, we were always careful to be back to the apartment by our scheduled curfew time so as not to forfeit our chance to hit the boards again the following night sans parents!! Years later, as an adult, Wildwood became

more accessible. The single one week trip gave way to several shorter stays, mostly over holiday weekends, as well as the occasional day trip turned night at the clubs. These trips were not with family but instead with a bunch of single girlfriends. We would all pack into a room at the former Candlelight Motel on Bennet Ave., clothing and shoes thrown everywhere. I have such crazy memories of nights spent on Pacific Ave, in the days when the brick mall still existed, hitting all the clubs on the strip and stopping at Romeo’s for a slice of white pizza at 3:00 in the morning. This was back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when all the hair bands were playing at clubs like The Oasis and The Playpen. In February of 2002, my dream came true and we purchased our own piece of Wildwood! Blessed with a small inheritance from a treasured great aunt and uncle, my mom and I (with my husband’s blessing) purchased our home on Glenwood Ave. I have to say the day we signed those papers was one of the best days ever!! The house wasn’t pretty but it was ours! It had been vacant for over 4 years and needed a lot of work. At some point, someone had gutted it to the studs but we all chipped in and worked furiously to have the house habitable by summer. We finished just in time for Memorial Day and that weekend we filled the house with family and friends and celebrated our new home. Wildwood has always been a part of my life. The meaning has changed over the years but it has been a constant for me and always a source of happiness and wonderful memories. I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home and spend nearly as much time in Wildwood as I do at my home in PA. We have wonderful neighbors, most of who are locals. I have begun to feel a little bit like a local myself, a true honor if you ask me. And by the way, I still hate to leave.

Lisa Graeff on Wildwood boardwalk, 1965

Lisa Graeff at the Southwind Wildwood by-the-sea, 1965 The Sun by-the-sea is a bi-monthly paper that debuted in 2004. Over the past eight years, readers have been drawn to The Sun by-thesea for its colorful design and uniquely Wildwood content. Countless letters from our readers thoughtfully convey our intentions to bring our shore community closer together by sharing Wildwood’s great history as well as personal stories. (Feel free to send in your story as Lisa did here!) We protect the hometown feeling our small island inspires. From one Wildwood lover to another, The Sun by-the-sea Submit your story: The Sun, p.o. box 2101, Wildwood 08260

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“The LORD bless thee and keep thee; the LORD make his face shine upon thee and be gracious to thee. . .” ~Numbers 6:24-25

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First Presbyterian Church 4511 Pacific Ave. 522-1244 Sunday Service 11am Wed. Bible Study 10am Youth Program Fri. eve

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First U. M. C. of Wildwood Crest 6700 Atlantic Ave. 729-4265 Sunday Service 9:30 Women’s Bible Study Tues. 9:30am Pastor’s Bible Study Wed. 11am

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St. Ann's RC Church 2900 Pacific Ave. Wildwood 522-2709

(Above) Victor with school friends (l-r) Nick Ranalli, Rob Kulisek, Jessica Donahue, Lauren Mulholland, VK, Maura Kelly, Jill Schoffler, Nikki Giouros, Casey Miller, Richie Crean, Tony Poukish & Vinnie Rovar (Left) Victor with his Mom & Dad We ask that you continue to storm the heavens with your prayers for Victor as he continues his battle with cancer. Any size donations will be gratefully received at: VICTOR KRIVITSKI C/O ALGIE’S BIKES 6207 NEW JERSEY AVE., WILDWOOD CREST, NJ 08260

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Beth Judah Temple Pacific & Spencer Aves. 522-7541 Shabbat Services Saturday 9:30am

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

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82 “To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.”

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THE NICKEL-PLATED APPRENTICE... “The next thing I know I got two nickel-plated .45s jammed into my temples and I’m scared sightless!”

Tony was operating the Enterprize ride that was taken from them in Nov. 1979.

Tony (center) with Hector, his interpreter and Jerry Daly, both roomates while in Maracaibo Venezuela, standing in front of the Enterprize ride.

To look at him now-several decades after the above incident-you would think there wasn’t much that could rattle Tony Deutsch. In his early fifties Tony is robust and ebullient. He is a Minotaur of a man. He spent much of his youth and prime young manhood as the owner/operator of a Body Shop out on Rt. 9. This work is at once brutish and creative. Basically you take a tortured, twisted, dented metal/fiberglass wreck and re-shape and restore it to original form: Heavy Metal Sumo Wrestling. Then you add the delicate yet toxic paints, polishes and waxes to the best of your feminine side ability. Ten or twenty years of this kind of work can turn you into a seething, wheezing, exhausted beast of a man...But not so with Tony Deutsch. He is very much alive and well and always, it seems, in the moment. I suspect what happened to him in the jungle of Venezuela over thirty years ago may have something to do with all of this. Tony Deutsch is a son of Wildwood, New Jersey. He arrived on the Island full time in 1975. Before that he stayed there every summer from his infancy. He started to work as an adolescent. He continued to work non-stop from then up until now. Most of his employment in the first half of his life was with the then rapidly budding Morey Organization which now dominates the Boardwalk and other economic sectors of the Wildwoods bythe-Sea. In the early 1970s he was a teenage poolboy for the just built Ocean Holiday Motel, a Morey Brothers showcase at the time. From there he rode the ever-rising Morey wave of expansion well into the next decade. He worked the Boardwalk rides and stands in various capacities summer after summer. He learned and understood the operation inside out. He was not afraid to get dirty or strain his lower back. He met his future wife there as well. Tony also forged a solid and trusting relationship with some of the original Morey family prin-

ciples, especially Will Morey Sr. According to Tony Will Morey Sr. was his mentor, rabbai, life coach, Dutch Uncle and role model all rolled into one. Morey Sr. made Tony feel like a trusted and valued employee which spurred the young man on. And because of all of this he was selected to go on a somewhat adventurous business venture with the Moreys that would alter the course of his young life and bring him to the brink of a violent death in an exotic and corrupt Third World country in the hot house vortex of the Caribbean Sea. AMUSEMENT PARK MACHINATIONS... Sometime in 1979 the Morey Organization got involved with several other amusement park operators from Europe and Canada. They had hatched a plan to take their collective acts on the road in November. It was down time winter. Why let the rides sit idle when it is always summer in the Tropics? We will bring it to them and they will come. We will not bring an army or build another petroleum plant. We will bring them a traveling amusement park complete with popcorn, pizza, Curley Fries, cotton candy and Lime Ricky’s. What kind of people on the face of the earth could resist it? The cost of the logistics of an overseas operation of this magnitude are significant, so much so that significant if not surreal profits might have been expected. And why not? Suffice it to say, the amusement park coalition must have been driven and motivated. And in the beginning, as is often the case, all went well. MAMBO MARACAIBO 19 year old Tony Deutsch was blown away by Maracaibo. It was a blast. And a wiggy one at that. There was an edge. It was unclear to him so it felt refreshing rather than ominous. It wasn’t Puerto Rico (their first landfall) but Venuzuela , an entirely different place. Perhaps it was the light and space of it all. Or the oppressive 3 digit heat. Maybe it was a little bit of Wanderlust or Innocents Abroad? There was the smell of jungle foliage in his nostrils. Wild bird calls and strange animal sounds were mixed in with diesel fumes and raw sewage. After a day or two Tony Deutsch had the feeling he wasn’t on the Boardwalk anymore...On the material side he was making a decent buck while being holedup in a good air-conditioned hotel with a meal tab and some other amenities all on the arm of the Morey Crew. One of Tony’s favorite recollections of his first days in Maracaibo was going up to the hotel roof-top to sun bathe. After stepping out onto the skillet roof he found a

bevy of beautiful young American women lounging about in bikinis. They glistened in oil from head to toe as they sautéed themselves in the equatorial oven-setting of 112 degrees. “I thought I died and went to Heaven!” Upon inquiry Tony found out that the women were the wives of some L.A. Dodgers doing some winter gig in Venezuela. Not standing a chance against millionaire professional athletes, he still got a big kick out of it all. Another kick was provided by Will Morey Jr. Somewhere along the line Will Jr. decided to ship his Chevy Blazer down South America Way as well. Tony thought it was a great gas to tool around Maracaibo in a shiny new Blazer with New Jersey tags, the tags of course being the best part. In addition to all of the perks and kicks Tony Deutsch was a hard-working employee with serious responsibilities. He was respected by his peers and foreman and most importantly, Will Morey Sr. who was at the heart and soul of the operation. Barely out of his teens Tony Deutsch was told he had great mechanical chops by veteran Boardwalk hands. He was really feeling his oats. Then things started to change right under his feet and all around him. The Mambo was about to end and another very different dance was about to begin. UNDER THE VOLCANO FAIR GROUNDS Back in 1979 Tony Deutsch was (as I have suggested and he has admitted) an Innocent Abroad. He did not know the Dark Side of Venezuela or the rest of South and Central America for that matter. First off there is the bloody boot print of the Conquistadors which will never go away. More than the land of Magical Realism it is the land of Black Magical Surrealism as well: steaming jungles, mutilated Indian ghosts, extreme wealth/crushing poverty, seething resentment, rabid generals, police chiefs and civil guardia sergeants, political vultures, vampire ceos, nightmare narcoterrorists...And sudden violent death at the hands of people who would give you a machete epidural for a Lime Ricky and a free ride on the Tram Car. It was all out there but yet to be seen. Or called upon. At least not by Tony Deutsch. But the slimy black worm was already beginning to hiss and turn just outside of the abandoned airport where the Colossus of the North had staked its amusement park claim. It was a full-fledged North American/Western European Amusement Park. The coalition had set it up on an abandoned airport on the outskirts of Maracaibo. Some of the

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83 “One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.”

. . .TONY DEU TSCH AND THE ULTIMATE BOARDWALK RIDE featured rides were direct from the Wildwood Boards: The Pirate Ship, The Enterprise, and The Big Swings. There were refreshment stands as well. Can you imagine this wonderful hallucinatory flashing/whirring fever-dream in the middle of the Venezuelan jungle night? According to Tony Deutsch everything went well at the Fair Grounds at first. It was a well-oiled machine at every level. There were other things that weren’t going so well but they appeared to be minor nuisances with the locals. Someone in the upper echelon of the Coalition may have promised menial jobs to the locals. Promises or not, locals kept showing up for work telling Tony and others that they were sent by someone in the front office. But there were no jobs; there was no more work to do. This did not sit well with the job seekers. They shuffled back out the gate disappointed or seething. Several days later a wild-eyed professor took center stage on a platform adjacent to the roller-coaster. He whipped-up the locals with some fiery oratory. The angry crowd grew bigger and stormed the grounds. Deutsch bolted for a pizza trailer. The crowd began lighting company mopeds on fire. “This is not good,” said Tony to those with him in the trailer. As the chaos spread he looked to the entrance gate. It was about one-hundred yards away. He spotted some of his associates waving and yelling. If he made the run for it he might get shot, incinerated, or stomped to death. He took off as fast as he could and made it to the gate unscathed. They all piled into taxi cabs and fled back to the sanctuary of the hotel. Badly shaken they all laid low for a couple of days. Tony Deutsch had the fear and could barely shake it. He was enraged as well. He had seen huge crowds before on the Boardwalk in high summer. They were shiny, happy people. The crowd at the Fair Grounds had clenched fists and rotten fangs. They were shouting with contorted mouths. It was a Latin American version of Day of the Locusts but not as empty as the original. His mantra to himself and his associates was: “I’m not going back. I’m not going back.” Four days of stalemate passed. Then word came down from the Coalition Big Boys: “We’re packing up. We’re leaving.” They were throwing in the towel. They wanted to cut their losses and hold onto their assets which were the rides. The previous days of rage were out of sight but not out of mind. Tony and the rest of the crews made their reluctant way back to the Grounds to do the work they did so well. Hopefully it

would be for the last time, at least in this part of the world. Early in the last morning of the Fairs’ decampment Tony Deutsch was disassembling and stowing away the Enterprise ride. There was a great deal of routine noise surrounding him. He was bent over struggling with a small sheet of diamond plate. Out of the usual din he heard several small trucks pull up and stop with a screech. Without turning or looking up he felt two nickelplated .45s jammed into his temples. He let the plate down easy and rose up slowly with his hands in the air. The darkest part of a very strange trip was about to begin. At single gunpoint Deutsch was taken to one of the capped Toyota pick-ups. He was guided into the bed with one of the managers, Jack Silar. There were about twelve hostages in the other vehicles. As they caravanned down the midway he could see a big crowd of Fair workers walking towards them. The caravan jammed to a halt with automatic weapons coming out. The crowd stopped in its tracks. The men with guns got back in the trucks and drove out of the Grounds. From this point on there is an endless stream of questions and speculation on the near paralyzed mind of Tony Deutsch. The inside of the truck is like a pizza oven. The fear has all of them parched, hoarse, silent. This was no Boardwalk ride that would end soon with laughter and a frozen coke. Discovering that he had left his passport behind as well Deutsch realized this was a ride out onto the edge of the abyss. This was the Ultimate ride that might very well be his last. Somewhere along the rutted dirt road to nowhere the trucks stopped. Next to the road was a ditch in the jungle. His heart did a somersault. “This is it. They’re gonna shoot me and throw me in that hole. They do it all the time. Unmarked uniforms, unmarked vehicles...There was no arrest, no headquarters...Just this...The end...” The trucks started up and bounced down the road. The trucks pulled up to an unmarked building in the middle of the jungle. The building was quiet and empty. Deutsch and the rest were taken to a vacant room on the 2nd floor. No desks or fans. Not even an old calendar. There was a dead air-conditioner. They brought a man into the room and cuffed him. He was Caucasian but did not speak English. It was getting harder all the time. After several others they brought Deutsch downstairs to another room for interrogation. “Where are you from?” “North Wildwood, New Jersey.”

“What are you doing here?” “Working the Fair Grounds.” They asked him another series of questions that frightened and irritated him. He started shouting about Black Hawk strikes and Navy Seal assaults desperately hoping they would think he was some kind of undercover military type. They laughed at his Rambo histrionics and sent him back upstairs. ENTER THE BOARDWALK LONE RANGER Near dusk and a short time after Deutsch’s interrogation something positive happened. A man from the Fair Group (not Morey’s) showed up at the building. He spoke briefly with the captors then provided the hostages with cigarettes and sandwiches. Almost immediately Deutsch pounced on the man and implored him to contact Will Morey Sr. Deutsch knew without a doubt that Will Sr. would not leave Venezuela without them. It was his last best hope in the preceding 13 hours of agonizing terror and limbo. A relatively short period of time elapsed following the strangers’ departure and the arrival of Will Morey Sr. Tony Deutsch first saw him after being lined-up on the stairs to the first floor. Will Morey Sr. was with another man, the captors and some hostages. Will Sr.was counting money-American Cash Dollars-and handing it over to one of the captors.The captor then instructed one of his cohorts to release one of the hostages. Will Sr. did this several times over, freeing one individual after another. Tony Deutsch is profoundly relieved yet still a little insane. While going downstairs he reaches another almost comic conclusion which he keeps to himself: I gotta find a place to hide! They’re gonna snatch Will Sr.! He’s got all the money! This passed and he was released. One by one they were led to a van and driven away from their jungle prison. The long strange trip was over. Bouncing along in the black jungle night Tony Deutsch felt the light, once again, shining all over him.

Outside the office in Puerto Rico, Nov. 1979

~Malayan Proverb

“I remember like it was yesterday, I did not talk about it for all those years until the book came out [Morey’s Wild Ride]. The reason was because I did not think people would believe it, because even when people read the book they still asked me, ‘did this really happen?’ Like it sounds too far fetched for some people to believe it. I just say ‘yes, it did.’ I received some calls about my story the past 2 years, but I did not want to do any interviews. Afterwards I thought about it. I wanted to tell my story to The SUN before anyone else printed it and got it all wrong. And I am glad that before I die, I had the chance to tell my story, and tell what a great guy Will Sr. was and how he saved my life.” ~TONY DEUTSCH

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