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Year 9

September-October 2012

No Beach Bag can be WithOut iT!






Where yesterday and today meet by-the-sea

Vol. 4

! Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to thee, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.

. . . A Summer to Remember. . . ! ~George Eliot

Departing another summer with fond memories, while golden days signal the beginning of a beautiful indian summer . . . words by Meg Corcoran


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September - October 2012

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“Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go.” ~ T.S. Eliot NEW PRICE!

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440 East 24th Ave., Unit A, North Wildwood. BEACH BLOCK CONDO located in 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 BR, full BA, 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 $225,500.

NEW PRICE! 304 SW 18th Ave., North Wildwood. WATERFRONT LOT WITH FLOOR PLANS. Located in North Wildwood on Otten’s Canal. The lot is suitable for the construction of a single family home and is being sold with a new set of floor plans. This property has two boat slips and the bulkhead and docks are approximately 5 years old. This parcel of land is nestled between two newly constructed waterfront homes. A great place to build for a family that loves being on the water. The land is also being sold with CAFRA approvals. JUST $299,000.

203 Neptune Ave., West Wildwood. BUILD IT YOUR WAY. This is a cleared 40x80 vacant lot located in West Wildwood that is suitable for the construction of a single family home. This is a great opportunity and an inexpensive way to have a home at the shore and have it the way you want it. JUST $64,900.


225 East Wildwood Ave., Unit #301, Wildwood. SHORE GET-AWAY! This end unit situated on the third floor is a studio unit located in Wildwood at the Diplomat Condominiums. The condo is a short walking distance to beach, boards and restaurants. Amenities include elevator, off-street parking, on-site rental management, on-site laundry facilities, pool, spacious sundeck and game room. A Great and inexpensive opportunity to own at the Jersey Shore! JUST $49,900.

1205 Surf Ave., 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 BR, 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.

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952-954 Myrtle Avenue, Erma. This Single Family Home with attached apartment is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Erma. The main house has two BR, 1.5 BA, living room with fireplace, eat-in kitchen and laundry room. The apartment consists of one BR, full BA, large living room, galley kitchen and a foyer with a skylight. Other amenities include a one car garage, stone driveway, covered front porch on both house and apartment, fenced rear yard and a large rear deck on main house for outside enjoyment. JUST $199,900.

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115 Atlantic Ave., North Wildwood. LISTEN TO THE OCEAN. This fabulous shore home is located in a sought after area in North Wildwood...just steps away from the sand and new seawall and walking distance to the restaurant and bar district on Olde New Jersey Avenue. This beach block home consists of 6 BR, 3 full BA, an open and spacious living room with sky lights, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and a family room with sliders that lead to a large wrap around deck where you can enjoy ocean views. The home is beautifully landscaped and has a sprinkler system. Some of the amenities include a large laundry room with washer and dryer, outside shower and 4 plus offstreet parking spaces. The property has been rented for the past two seasons and generates a significant income. Perfect for a large family or two families who like to vacation together. JUST $799,000.


4110 Route 9 South, Lot #16, Erma JUST BRING YOUR TOOTHBRUSH. You’ll feel right at home in this beautifully decorated and modern Chariot Eagle Park Model at Cape Shores Resort in Rio Grande. This 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath model with spacious living room and kitchen is a great place to kick back and relax. The beautifully paved back yard is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and BBQ’s. The yard also has a shed for additional storage. Some of the amenities that the resort offers are a swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, laundry facilities and year round security. JUST $107,900.


3600 Arctic Avenue, Wildwood VACANT LAND. This 70 X 95 vacant parcel is zoned light industrial. You can build a garage to store your antique cars or have a business such as cabinetry or plumbing. The opportunities are endless. JUST $79,900.


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“Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” ~Jim Fox

from the editor Italian writer Niccolo Machiavelli once said, “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” Time really is a great equalizer, it’s available to each of us, to be used however we may choose. As it passes, it leaves a clearer perspective in its path, if only we opt to acknowledge it. As most of our Sun readers know, the best place for reflecting on the passage of time (and pretty much everything else) is at the beach, a timeless sanctuary. . . and never more so than when one season is letting go while another is rising to take its place. Reflecting on another season of The Sun, gratitude swells within me. Some of the best seashore stories ever told, by some of the most amazing writers, were published. Our photographs captured so many genuinely happy people. The new Ocean City Sun arose spreading its sunshine over a new beach town. What a blessing it was to establish a new edition of The Sun, especially with my son at the helm. He is doing a wonderful job and together we are so grateful to know we put smiles on so many faces. Our days will soon get shorter, turning more colorful and much cooler. The upcoming months promise to magically transform our seascape to colors of the rainbow illuminated by a brilliant Harvest moon. Our beaches will possess a stillness unfound in summer, but extraordinary nonetheless and always worth the trip. During these indian summery days, I hope for all of our longtime faithful Sun readers, as well as our newest friends, an hourglass overflowing with wonder and precious time and a seaside miracle to call your own. Wildwood Days truly are timeless, as anyone who’s spent time within our humble seaside abode would happily concur. Perhaps the true purpose of the hourglass is to invite us to slow our pace, to breathe more deeply, truly feel a sea breeze graze our faces and, at times, to do nothing more than grasp the sand between our toes. In this same spirit, I am about to embark on a winter sabbatical, in preparation of bringing you a totally pleasant look back over 10 seasons of The Sun in 2013. Until then, (March 7th) please embrace this last issue of the year with great anticipation of Sunny things to come. Time really does fly!


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The SUN by-the–sea, Wildwood, NJ

. . .an endless collection of Wildwood by-the-sea stories

Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood by Meg Corcoran Page 43

Five Miles of Smiles

my old wildwood crest house by Kirk Hastings Page 44

Honoring the late LT. COL. JAMES BARKALOW P. 6

Met my true love irish weekend by Meg Corcoran P.45

IRISH WEEKEND BOXING by Paul Greenhalgh Page 8-9

The Last Man on Earth by Joe Russo Page 46

DOG DAYS Pages 9-22 by Meg Corcoran/Nick Triglia

Ants & Mary Melchiorre by LouAnn Catanoso Page 48

uncle Dave Snyder P. 24-25 by Richard Snyder told by Al Love

winning time by Vicky O’Rourke P. 50

Dawn’s 3 Big Mushes by Jessica Mumford P. 26

Wildwood Historic Society Blast from the past! by Anne Vinci Pages 54-55

mace - long babies Page 28-29

Moreys Fears by Alison Heller P. 56

montauk daisies by Steve Murray Page 30

Where Has Summer gone? by Marilyn Guidetti Page 57

Alan Grace by Kristina Gallagher P. 32

Churches on the island Page 58

phillies by Danielle Wilson P. 33

Pasquale & Josephine Visalli by Jessica Westerland Page 58

Hoffman Agency- What’s Hot! Centerfold GRASSY SOUND DRAW BRIDGE By Helen Guthrie Wilson Page 36 My Wildwood Was Theirs by Josh Kinney Page 40

American dream by Gina Prickril P. 62 THANK YOU GRANDMOM by Susan Schmidt P. 64 fishing/tides by Gary Sloan P. 65 ACME STOREs by Anita Hirsch P. 66

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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.

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The SUN by-the-sea©2012 is the original nostalgic bi-monthly paper published by So They’ll Know, inc. Published, Edited & Designed by Dorothy & Rob Kulisek with the help of those listed here: Louann Catanoso • Meg Corcoran Paul Greenhalgh• Marilyn Guidetti • Kirk Hastings • Alison Heller • Anita Hirsch • Bob Ingram • Josh Kinney • Al Love • Steve Murray •Vicky O’Rourke • Gina Pickril • Megan Rogers • Joe Russo • Susan Schmidt • Gary Sloan • Nick Triglia • Anne Vinci • Jessica Westerland Danielle Wilson • Helen Wilson

“Wildwood Daze” is a 1952 Pontiac Fleet Leader Special that was built in Canada. Less than 200 were made. This photo was shot on the stretch of Ocean Drive between North Wildwood & Stone Harbor. Behind the wheel is owner Bill Markee.

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Firefighter’s Day and a half Craft Show Crafters of all Kinds! FREE! September 14th-15th at the Gazebo by-the-Sea, Rambler Rd. & Ocean Ave. Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 1pm

Seafarer’s Celebration September 22nd On beautiful Sunset Lake! Live Music, Food, Crafts,

Special Events & Children’s Entertainment 9am - 6pm Additional Live Music at Centennial Park 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Beachfront Fireworks Show at 9pm


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Tot Soccer Program Program begins mid-September Instructional, fun Soccer Program for 4-year-olds

Thursday, September 20th

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm

Friday, September 21st

Governer’s Cup Hydrofest & Festival

A.O.H. Golf Tournament - 7:30AM $90. fee before 9/15 and $100. on or after 9/15 Wildwood Country Club~ 1170 Golf Club Road, Cape May Courthouse Live Amateur Boxing - $25. in advance • $30. at door The Tent at The Pointe at Moore’s Inlet VENDORS - 8AM to 7PM Olde New Jersey Avenue LIVE IRISH ENTERTAINMENT 12NOON to 10:30PM Olde New Jersey Avenue

Saturday, September 22nd

5K Run - 8AM SIGN-UP - $15. fee Olde New Jersey Ave. (prizes awarded) VENDORS - 8AM to 7PM Olde New Jersey Avenue LIVE IRISH ENTERTAINMENT 12PM to 10:30 PM Olde New Jersey Avenue BRIAN RILEY PIPE EXHIBITION - 10AM Sports Field 8th & Central Avenues IRISH DANCE LESSONS - FREE - 11AM to 1PM - Anglesea Firehouse

October 6th - 7th International Powerboat Racing on Sunset Lake! Crafts, Merchandise, Food, Refreshments 9am - 4pm

Sunday, September 23rd

Trunk or Treat

Protectors of the Faith Guards, the Cape May County Honor Guard and Bag Pipers including a liturgical bag pipe soloist

Tuesday, October 30th 6:30pm

MASS - 10:30 AM Saint Ann’s R.C. Church, Glenwood & Atlantic Avenues PARADE - 12:30 PM Starting at 24th & Surf to Spruce & Olde New Jersey Avenues GRAND MARSHALL - Brendan Moore, National President of the AOH in America VENDORS - 8AM to 7PM Olde New Jersey Avenue

OFFICIAL IRISH MUSIC TENT CONTINUOUS IRISH ENTERTAINMENT ALL WEEKEND LONG BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE Anglesea Fire Hall - 2nd & Olde New Jersey Ave.-Along Surf Ave. to 26th Ave. Additional Bus Service to Wildwood and Wildwood Crest

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Crest Pier Parking Lot, Heather & Crocus DJ, Refreshments, Prizes Dance/Gymnastics, Creative Dramatics, Fit Kids, Art Classes and much more coming this Fall! Call 523-0202 for more info


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September - October 2012

“Walk straight, act right, tell the truth... Keep your word, even if it costs you.” ~Psalm 15: 2, 5

September Events 30 Days Hath September.

FULL Harvest Moon September 29th the fullest moon of the year. “At midnight hour, as shines the Moon, a sheet of silver spreads below.” ~James Gates Percival

8/31-9/2 Annual All GM Car & Truck Show Hosted by the Greater Wildwood Hotel/Motel Association. Cars on display on Pacific Avenue, Wildwood. 609.522.4546 9/1 BOARDWALK FITNESS BLAST Spin-Body Blast-Yoga Marathon 7am-11am. Register 6:30am on boardwalk between Juniper & Poplar behind Capt. Jacks. All proceeds benenfit MS & love of Linda. See P. 38 for more info 9/1 BEATLEMANIA 8pm. FREE Lou Booth Ampitheater, 2nd & Ocean, N. Wildwood 9/1-2 Handcraft Unlimited Craft Show 9-5 Wildwoods Convention Center. 717.656.3208 9/2 Wildwood Block Party Music Festival Fox Park, 609-522-2444 9/2 12 Step House Picnic @ “The Hut” 12n-6p. 609-602-3951 9/6-9 Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Club Rally Oak & Atlantic Aves. 609.729.8870 9/7-9 Tattoo Beach Bash Wildwood Conv. Ctr 9/8 Mummers String Band Weekend & Strutters Contest Olde New Jersey Ave. & length of the Boardwalk. You strut! 522-2955 9/8 Dubs on the Boards Car show for all VW and Audi enthusiasts on Boardwalk. 9/9 Grandparents Day “It is into us that the lives of grandparents have gone. It is in us that their history becomes a future.” 9/11 September 11 Commemoration. North Wildwood City Hall. 8:45am. 609.522.2955 9/11 Patriots Day Memorial Service 5:30pm. New Jersey & Miami, Wildwood Crest. Honoring and remembering those who perished in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

9/11 Crime Watch Meetings every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the North Wildwood Rec Center

9/13-15 New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention Wildwoods Conv Center.Sat:1pm. Parade.609.827.1238 9/14 Annual Bob Doherty Memorial Golf Outing Sandbarrens Golf Course 609-522-0338 9/20-23 Annual Wildwood, NJ Boardwalk Classic Car Auction AND SHOW in the Wildwoods Convention Center. 609.522.4546 9/20-23 Boardwalk Classic Car Show. On the Boardwalk 609.523-8051 9/20-23 Irish Fall Festival North Wildwood. 9/21-23 Morey’s Piers Beach Jam “Fall Harvest,” 609.522.3900 9/22 Seafarers Celebration Sunset Lake Live music, food, crafts, special events & children’s entertainment. Fireworks 9pm. 9/28-29 Olde Time Italian Festival Fox Park, Wildwood. Free. 609.374.0016 9/28-30 Thunder on the Beach Monster Truck Races On Beach at Lincoln Ave. Wildwood

October Events

October H a th 31 Days.

“On random wires the rows of summer swallows wait for their liftoff. They will soon be gone before All Saints’ and before All Hallows’, the changing time when we are most alone.” –May Sarton (1912–95)

September overflows into October. . . 9/28-30 Law Enforcement Survivors Weekend Honoring those who gave their lives in the line of duty. or call 609.522.2030 x1504 9/29 Wild Thang 12 - Chrysler cars on display the Wildwoods Boardwalk. 860.388.6441 9/30 Super Sunday, Closing Day Celebration & Chili Cookoff, Morey’s Piers Schellenger Avenue & the Boardwalk, Wildwood. Traditional farewell to summer, 11am-5pm.

10/4 Blessing of Pet Animals Day. Treat them extra extra special today!

10/5-7 2nd Annual All Ford Car/Truck Show along Pacific Avenue in Wildwood. 609.522.4546

10/5 Beginning weekend of Morey’s Fears, Terror on the Boardwalk Morey’s Piers will once again host an epic Halloween event. Morey’s Fears ‘Terror on the Boardwalk’ will transform Mariner’s Landing into a nightmare for nine nights in October 5-7, 12&13, 19&20, 26&27 10/5-7 Charismatic Conference Wildwoods Convention Center. 609.522.5010 10/6-7 Wildwoods NJ Governor’s Cup Hydrofest Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest. 609.889.9181 10/6 Seafood & Music Festival Atlantic Ave. bet. Wildwood & Schellenger. 609.729.4000 10/6 Seafood Dinner & Theater with East Lynne Theater Co. at J. Thompson Baker House 3008 Atlantic Ave. Wildwood 609.729.4515 10/6-7 George Pratt Memorial Soccer Tournament County-wide soccer tournament. 8am - 6pm. 10/12-13 Wildwoods Fabulous 50’s Weekend island-wide celebration of the Wildwoods’ role in the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 10/20-21 New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. 609.522.4520 10/26 Halloween Parade and Fun Fair Annual event includes costume judging, parade, games and prizes. 609-522-4546 10/27 Boardwalk PUMPKIN RUN 10am, Annual event includes costume judging, parade/run/walk and prizes. Wildwood Conv Center 609-849-8887 10/29 Full Hunter Moon 3:49pm 10/30 TRUNK or TREAT 6:30pm Crest Pier in Wildwood Crest, Heather & Crocus. 609.523.0202 10/31 TRUNK or TREAT 6:30-8pm North Wildwood Municipal Lot. 2nd & Old NJ. 10/31 Elks Halloween Haunted House Elks Lodge, 1st & NJ Ave. Trick or Treaters walk through a Haunted House and receive treats. Free. 5pm-8pm. 609.729.2170

“The Summer Never Ends in the Wildwoods!” Here are just a few of the exciting events this Fall... September 6-9 Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally

October 6-7 Great Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament

September 7-9 Tattoo Convention & Show

October 12-13 Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Weekend starring Kenny Vance & The Planotones, The Orlons, The 5th Dimension, and Paul Revere & The Raiders

September 8 Mummers String Band Saturday September 20-22 Boardwalk Classic Car Auction September 20-23 Irish Fall Festival September 22 Sunset Lake Seafarers Celebration September 28-29 Olde Time Italian Festival October 6 Seafood & Music Festival October 6-7 Hydrofest Powerboat Races

October 20-21 NJ Lighthouse Challenge October 26 Halloween Parade & Fun Fair November 4 & 18 Cheer Tech Cheerleading Championships December 7-8 Family Holiday Celebration December 26-31 Boardwalk Basketball Classic

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Who can say where the road goes, Where the day flows? Only time...” ~Enya

Dedication Ceremony in Honor of the Late Lt. Col. James F. Barkalow • Voted Best Book Store on the Shore • We Have Books You Can’t Find anYWHere else! Open thru September

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Looking for The SUN?

Think the only place you can find The Sun is in a Wawa or supermarket? Look again! They can be found in any of our advertiser’s locations, as well as information centers. We replenish the same issue for 2 months and deliver on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. They disappear like hotcakes, and fly off the shelves, but fear not! Our bright yellow news boxes are stocked daily! If you still have trouble finding a copy, please call us at 609-522-2721 or email and we will be happy to get you one or more if needed.

Army National Guard Armory, circa 1961

2 News Boxes stocked daily 1. 2nd & JFK Blvd., North Wildwood 2. Hooked on Books at Oak & Pacific Aves. Wildwood

Our very own “Make A Wish” The Antonelli family


When our children realized that their friends’ cousin, Marena Golia had spent nearly two years at Maria Ferari’s Children’s Hospital in Westchester, they were deeply moved. They remember that I did a fundraiser at my school for a colleague’s son that had also spent most of his early life there as well. They remember going to see Spencer Milgrim on his birthday. He had a trachea, and our kids were truly touched by his struggle. My husband & I frequently remind our children; John age 9, Marie age 7, and Lex age 5, how lucky they are to be healthy to wake up in their own bed to, to play outside with their friends, to eat and breathe on their own. As we spoke about Marena Golia and Spencer Milgrim, we explained how hard it is for a family to have a child in the hospital. One

Valentina 13, and Isabel 3, and beautiful 8 month old Chelsea Grace. . . for which their love has no limit.

parent must always be there. The other children at home our sad, and miss their sibling and their parents. It is very stressful on the whole family. Our family has been blessed with love and health and financial stability. Our children thought of an idea to offer our North Wildwood beach house to a family at the hospital. We set out to ask our friends at the shore to donate pier passes, dinners etc. We’ve kindly received gift cards from Morey’s Piers, The Ravioli House and Sam’s Pizza. Our kids are so excited. They are preparing their rooms and making cards; it has been a whirl wind experience that will touch many lives. We plan on continuing our “Make a Wish” every summer. We hope that people in the community will donate what they can for the family. Perhaps a gas gift card or for food and expenses, so that this family can think only about healing, love, and being together; instead of the stress of money and health. Please contact myself, Hope Antonelli, at 845-389-4700.

A local hero, Lieutenant Colonel James F. Barkalow, will be honored by having the Cape May Court House Army National Guard Armory dedicated to his name. The National Guard Bureau has only approved this prestigious honor once before in the state of New Jersey. The ceremony will be held at 2:00PM on Sunday, September 16th, at the National Guard Armory, milepost 11 on the Garden State Parkway. Lt. Col. Barkalow graduated from Wildwood High School Class of 1940. While in high school, Jim was captain of the basketball team, and his wife-to-be, Helen, was a cheerleader. They spent many a wonderful summer evening dancing at the Starlight Ballroom. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Jim joined the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1942, and went on to become a flight instructor at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma. In early1944, then First Lieutenant Barkalow was sent to the European theater, where he flew 46 air combat missions in four major Campaigns. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and nine Air Medals. Not long after the end of WWII, Captain

Barkalow and several other veterans initiated the formation of the South Jersey Battalion of the New Jersey Army National Guard. He was the longest serving Battalion Commander, giving over 19 years throughout its various location and organizational changes. As commander during the battalions’ move from Rio Grande to the newly built Armory in Cape May Court House he presided over its original dedication ceremony on September 24th, 1961. Jim was officially retired in September of 1980 as a Lieutenant Colonel with over 28 years of military service. Attending the ceremony will be local, state and federal government officials, as well as Lt. Col. Barkalow’s family, colleagues and friends from the Cape May County Army National Guard Association and the 157th Field Artillery Association. The public and former members of the Cape May County Army National Guard units are cordially encouraged to come hear the Coast Guard Training Center Band (which will begin playing at 1:45 PM), listen to the dignitaries’ comments, see a military formation, and just say thank you to the soldiers and veterans.


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If you are looking for an action-packed weekend, you will want to be in the Wildwoods the weekend of October 6 and 7. Wildwood Crest’s bay area known as Sunset Lake, will be the scene of hydroplanes and flatbottom race boats competing up the 140 mph. The Wildwoods will be hosting approximately 85 power boat racing teams travelling to the Wildwoods from all over the USA and Canada; thirteen classes of race boats will compete expected. The race teams will be anxious to compete as the event is a doublepoints weekend and it is the last event for the 2012 season. The American Power Boat Association, the sanctioning body for power boat racing, has granted the Wildwoods Hydrofest the right to host the 2012 Eastern Divisional Championships, one of the most prestigious title events of the year! The exciting Wildwoods event will award the NJ Governor’s Cup for power boat racing to one of the teams that gives an outstanding performance. The standards for the award are high---the Governor’s Cup goes to the team with the best performance in a class that has the most entrants. The event site starts at Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue. In addition to the racing on the bay waters,

event visitors will be able to shop and eat in the 6-block Hydrofest Marketplace. Bleachers are provided along the bay front, but fans are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets. For those who want to have a prime viewing area and see the race boats and drivers up close, pit passes can be purchased; closed footwear is required to be in the pits. Event Coordinator, Ann Fitzgerald, stated the Hydrofest Committee will face its biggest challenge in its 11 year history of coordinating the event; not only because there will be an increase of at least 20 teams over previous years, but also the challenge of meeting the extra expenses for the event. Businesses and race fans can get on board for this FREE event by participating in one of many ways. Fitzgerald explained that it is important that tourism funding is supplemented by program book ads, marketplace vendors, signage at the event, and business sponsors. For more information, visit or call the event coordinator at 609-889-9181

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ack Dempsey, a trusted friend and sports historian in Philadelphia, had urged, “Don’t miss the Irish boxing night in North Wildwood, New Jersey. You will love it.” So, in late September, 2009 I drove 60 miles to the large tent on the northern tip of the island. I arrived two hours early. My ticket was the first one sold. Alone, I sat on a folding chair directly behind one ring corner. The lights were dim, forty shades of gray. Silence hung over the four posts squaring the ropes. Hundreds of chairs encircled the canvas awaiting two gladiator teams. Chiseled patrons began to wander in. As the seats filled, we resembled a crowd scene from Requiem for a Heavyweight. The tent bulged, anticipating. At 7:30, a loud speaker blared with the Irish and American national anthems. Ring lights exploded as on one side, The Emerald Isle presented its finest, The Holy Family Boxing Club. Ten of Belfast’s elite boxers calmly climbed through the ropes. Harrowgate’s blue and white clad fighters lined up facing the lads in green. Both teams were lean and calm and prepared for combat. Where was the nervousness, the excited bouncing? Confidently, both teams cleared the ring. Ryan Burnett led off for Holy Family weighing in at 112 pounds. A hammer struck the bell. The fighters pounced at each other like un-caged tigers -- in and out. Punches hissed and thumped. The crowd roared in approval. With each flurry of punches, the excitement increased. There appeared no recognizable crowd favorite. Patrons were literally absorbed into the spectacle. The pace was magical. Kelly green and blue boxers bobbed and jabbed at lightning speed. This annual international contest was the inspiration of John Gallagher, a third generation Irishman. He recently retired as an administrator in the Philadelphia public school system. For over 50 years he has promoted boxing to enable disadvantaged young men to achieve dignity through competition. On March 24, 1960, at the age of 18, John climbed into the Cambria ring in Philadelphia to fight against Charlie Sgrillo. Both were 135 pound amateur lightweights who fought in front of 1500 fans. Charlie won a decision that night. He went on to fight 20 professional bouts. John lost only two of his 11 amateur fights. A lasting friendship grew between the boxers. Respect, a sacred bond, formed because they had risked their skill and dignity.

Holy Family to the Rescue By Paul Greenhalgh Jr. Financially, Harrowgate’s club barely survives. The struggles have been constant. Monthly Tw e l v e y e a r s dues from over later, John and 100 members Charlie founded permit use of the Harrowgate Boxfacilities. Younging Club. Their er fighters train neighborhood to compete. Oldhad lacked any er men work out facility to instill to stay involved. purpose and State and city confidence in its grants assist in youth. The city of keeping the club Philadelphia dogoing. nated to Harrowgate an abanJohn appreciates doned warethe outside suphouse that had port. “One year, been vacant for state senator years, to be used Mike Stack visas a clubhouse. March 24, !960; At 135 pounds John Gallagher, ited our gym. He Referee Joe Scheckley and Charlie Sgrillo John remembers, was impressed by at Cambria A.C, Philadelphia. “S cr ap i n g to the kids and our gether from the poor conditions. beginning, we survived through baskets of The club received a $60,000 grant, which cheer and socials.” Over the past 40 years, helped us install bathrooms and showers thousands of young and some older men in the basement. Separate rings and trainhave trained, acquiring life skills and self- ing equipment now occupy the first and respect at Harrowgate. At the beginning second floors. Smaller grants have helped the founders were blessed with the energy us put glass in the windows, lighting in the of thirty-year-olds. They reconstructed rings, winter heating and equipment such and fumigated the old building. Over a as training bags and mats in the gyms.” foot of rubble had to be shoveled from all floors. On opening night the building had In 1998 Harrowgate discovered a unique no plumbing. A single naked light bulb source of income. Sacred Heart Boxing hung over their makeshift ring. Shattered Club from Newry, Northern Ireland flew windows were hidden under sheet metal. across the Atlantic to compete in a show. John remembers with a smile, “It was a The following year Holy Family of Belfast triumph when our first fighters climbed provided the opposition. The year 2012 into that dim ring. In the haze, two young marks the twelfth year for Holy Family men circled and stumbled. Harrowgate against Harrowgate. The show has moved around Philadelphia. Venues included had birthed its first match.” Ortlieb’s Brewery, The National Guard In the 1920s and 1930s boxing saw a domi- Armory, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Penn’s nance of Jewish fighters. Then came the Landing, Alhambra Fight Club, and WildIrish, Italians and more recently, Hispan- wood. ics. Blacks have always been prominent. Harrowgate’s membership has remained Airfare and housing expenses are covered a mixture. Young men leave the streets in by admissions and sponsorships. Harrowsearch of an identity. The sport demands gate relies heavily on the show for much passion. Boxing teaches discipline, dedi- needed financial support. The Irish boxers cation and values. Sportsmanship guides arrive in North Wildwood on Wednesday, night (this year on Sepyoung fighters into self-respect and finally fight on Thursday th tember 20 ) and leave on Sunday. Time is confidence. No matter who is watching, a set aside for fighters to interact with locals boxer must face a trained opponent alone. and learn about America’s culture. They He stretches the limits of his skill. Each are housed in a combination of homes and moment he risks instant humiliation. His hotels. On Friday and Saturday the boxers combat transforms. His reward is courage, are encouraged to mix in the community. an eternal virtue.

Holy Family is the most renown of the 36 boxing clubs in Belfast. During the war (The Troubles) in Northern Ireland, Holy Family served as a bridge to the Sectarian divide. It was the only club that was open after 6:00 PM. Both the IRA and the Commonwealth respected Holy Family’s insistence on training both Catholic and Protestant boxers. All sports, including soccer and Irish football, were also shut down during The Troubles. Today, boxing during the Olympics grabs national headlines in all of Ireland, which has over 500 boxing clubs. Numerous important fighters have made the trip with Holy Family. Kenny Eagan won the silver medal in the 2008 Olympics. Ryan Burnett, at the age of 17, won gold in last year’s Junior Olympics in Japan. Tyson Furry, a 6’8” heavyweight, has turned professional and is currently 12 – 0. The four Upton brothers boxed together in the 2010 show. Gerry Storey manages and coaches the Holy Family team. He has coached four Irish Olympic teams over the past 50 years. Gerry received the Laureus World Sports Award on May 16, 2005 in Estoril, Portugal. He also was knighted by The Queen of England, honoring his refusal to separate Catholic and Protestant fighters in his gym. During The Troubles, Jerry was invited into Long Kesh Prison for political prisoners. He refused to allow discrimination between fighters. He trained Catholics in the morning, Protestants in the afternoon. Holy Family has won over 200 more medals than all the other boxing clubs in Belfast combined. Rather than stage elimination bouts, Jerry selects his fighters for the American trip. Each is a superbly trained skilled boxer. His team has won a majority of bouts every year. In 2009, Patty and David Nelson hosted the Holy Family boxers in their home in North Wildwood. Patty remembers, “They were delightful, polite young men. They even sent us thank-you notes. We enjoyed having them so much that we invited them to stay for the entire weekend.” Each September, Holy Family and Harrowgate train for the show in Wildwood. The Irish Boxers now officially open Irish Weekend. For five days the two cultures blend. Americans meet the Irish and can’t resist acquiring a brogue. Financially, Holy Family actually comes to the rescue. Gerry Storey hopes for the day when, “The Philly guys will journey to Belfast.” Imagine the citizens of Belfast imitating Rocky. “Yo, Da. Would youse guys wanna engage in a wee fight?”

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“When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.”

~”Things we learn from our dogs”

See You at the Fights! Thursday, September 20


The Irish entourage outside of the tent before the fights ~ Irish Weekend 2011

The Fighting Upton brothers from Belfast~ left to right, James, Sonny, Paul and Anthony at the Veteran Boxer’s Association Club in Philadelphia.

Holy Family and Harrowgate celebrate after last year’s show. Left; Kelly Ryan (Harrowgate boxer), John Gallagher (Co-founder Harrowgate), Cathleen Greenhalgh, Gerry Storey (Manager Harrowgate) Marla Marguglio, Damion Walsh (father of Holy family female boxer, Michaela).

HOLY FAMILY AND GERRY STOREY IN THE MOVIES The Boxer (1997) was filmed in The Holy Family Fight Club. Scenes provided background during this movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson. The romantic story follows a fighter who, after serving 18 years in prison, refuses to take sides during The Troubles. The boxing coach character depicts the experiences of Gerry Storey. In the film the coach is portrayed as an alcoholic who dies near the end of the movie. Neither is true of Gerry.


Air conditioners got the ultimate work out during summer’s sweltering dog days, with record-breaking temperatures competing with a much-welcomed ocean air. Also welcoming were Wildwoods’ fantastic free beaches, which made cooling off a breeze. The Fourth of July Fireworks Display started summer off with a brilliant, colorful blast as the Boogie Board Races led the way toward another thrilling season. There was a constant song in our hearts thanks to Wildwoods unsurpassed concerts, which kept us humming all summer long. We had a feast at Morey’s Piers Curley Fry Eating Contest, as well as the NJ State Crabfest, and then worked off the pounds at the Tri/Run the Wildwoods. We found beauty at the Miss North Wildwood Competition, homemade delights at the Boardwalk SID Craft Show, and Santa Claus at Christmas in July! With the calendar hovering toward a softer, cooler season, our scrapbook is full (and a bit sandy), depicting a summer’s worth of beach, boardwalk and breathtaking views, outdoor concert music mixed with salt air, along with an assortment of events we’ve had the best time recounting… The Summer of 2012 Begins on a Musical Note with the Giant Wheel and a roller coaster contributing to the scenic, sandy background, country singer Kenny Chesney performed a free concert on Wildwoods beach to a crowd of over 30,000 on June 20th. To honor its sponsorship, the 90-minute concert, which commemorated the official start of summer, was billed as “American Express Upstaged.” The event was quickly and sufficiently planned in a three-and-a-half-week time span thanks to an accommodating city and a dedicated group of workers. A Melodious Summer by the Sea ~on the musical heels of the successful Kenny Chesney concert, the Wild 100 featured several top national acts during the summer of 2012. The Wild 100 Centennial Celebration Concert, which was held at the Convention Center on August 19th, proudly featured National Pop Acts Hot Chelle Rae, Austin Mahone and The Ready Set teen internet sensations Rebecca Black and Justin Mahoney, along with several other pop, rock and teen bands, all giving Wildwoodworthy performances. Journey cover band Voyage, featuring Hugo and additional musical guests, performed at a free “prequel” event the night before. ~Meg Corcoran “To be human is to be aware of the passage of time; No concept lies closer to the core of our consciousness.” ~ Dan Falk

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Summer Concerts on the Lawn

Kelly, Diane, Joe, Mikki, Natalie, Jim, Sharon & Kim McMonagle at “2U” concert @ Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest.

Kim McMonagle celebrated her 50th at the 2U Concert at Centennial Park with her daughter Kelly & husband Joe behind her.

The ‘behind the scenes’ guys who help make it happen... Brian Cuniff & Frank Basile

Greg Freeman, Kevin Yecco & Dean Gentek lifetime Wildwood friends at the concert

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I s there anything more enjoyable than sitting on a beach flying a kite? How about more than 30 people flying kites simultaneously performing spectacular maneuvers in perfect sync with some favorite songs? The 27th Annual Wildwood International Kite festival kicked off May 25th on Rio Grande beach with a fascinating illuminated kite fly at 9pm. It is a unique festival which consists of competitions throughout the holiday weekend. The scoring for these contests are based on elements such as format, how they perform maneuvers and how well they fly to the music. Beatrix Pelton has been running this event for the past several years and she can’t get enough of it. “I stumbled on this event and once you get sucked in, you can’t stop. People of all ages enjoy it.” said Pelton. It looks like I have been sucked in too. ~Nick Triglia


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One very unique aspect about Wildwood is every summer there are new festivals, concerts and events to enjoy. Saturday, June 9th witnessed the first ever Wounded Warrior TRY Athlon. This event which was created by Wildwood residents Bones Bauer and Dennis Dool who support the Wounded Warrior charity for injured soldiers and officers. The event started with a bike ride from Keenans to the Wharf where the members could then try the ever growing activity: Paddleboarding. Paddleboarding is a sport

which has participants paddling using an oar while standing or kneeling on a paddleboard or surfboard. Many of the participants got the hang of the sport fairly quickly. Since all the paddleboards were in use, boats and kayaks were also supplied for the people to take them out into the bay. After the participants had their fair share of paddleboarding fun, food and drinks were then served in the Wharf restaurant. Judging from the reactions of the participants, this event should be a summer tradition for many years to come. ~Nick Triglia

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North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, “Our City loves its parades so much, that on the Fourth of July, we have two!” There were kids on bikes as well as patriotic pooches, all decked out in red, white, and blue.

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Harley, Diane & Jeff with Allison Muller & Mr. Cupcake who took Grand Champion 3 years in a row at the Annual N. Wildwood Pooch Parade! This year he opted out of competition and just enjoyed being part of the festivities. Mr. Cupcake is the official Mascot at Art of Gymnastics & Cheer.

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The 4th of July an American tradition consisting of fireworks, barbeques and… curly fries? Yes Curley Fries on Morey’s Pier was the place to be on the holiday to enjoy the 3rd annual Curley Fry Eating Contest. The contest consisted of two heats. The first was the public who were selected through a drawing system. The second heat was for the police officers and firefighters of Wildwood. The contestants had to eat as many fries as they could in five minutes. No condiments were allowed, but they were allowed to use water. The winner received a check for $500. The champion this year, Joe Markey, consumed three and a half pounds of fries. For this competition around 150 to 200 pounds of fries were made. Jack Morey runs this event and credits Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest as their inspiration. When asked why he gets involved he responded saying, “Wildwood needs to be goofy.” Goofy perhaps but very en~Nick Triglia tertaining.


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July 4th Curley Fry Eating Contest

Curley the Fry & Mr. Jack Morey hand Joe Markey the winning prize from the National Bank of French Fries.

Take Advantage of Record Gold Prices! How many buckets can you eat in 5 minutes? Contestants, young and old, enjoying their 4th of July freedom of feasting on as many fries as they can get in their mouths.

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An Event for the Young and Fit Morey’s Piers 2nd Annual Wild Half Mile Kids Marathon, held June 28th, drew 348 participants to Wildwoods Boardwalk for a morning filled with physical fitness and fun. The successful racing event for kids 12 and under gave its participants the chance to show their “wild” side by dressing in animal print complete with animal ears, nose and tails. The Wild Half Mile led the way toward Morey’s Piers first ever Wild Half Marathon, which was held on August 26th. (The original 1st Annual Wild Half was cancelled in 2011 due to Hurricane Irene.)

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rich & linda’s Barber Shop As 17th Avenue in North Wildwood underwent major changes over the years, there’s one business on the street that has been a North Wildwood staple since 1966 - Rich & Linda’s Barber Shop at 117 E. 17th Ave. between Central & New Jersey Aves. Rich, a master barber with 46+ yrs. experience, is owner/operator, while Michelle, Brenda, Shelley, Linda, and John round out his professional staff.

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” ~Franklin P. Jones

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Uncle Charlie, a retired truck driver and Ed Keller, a retired USPS mailman are now enjoy working together @ the Bayview, the Best in the Crest! Uncle Charlie’s motto is: “A body at rest stays at rest, and a body in motion stays in motion.” (We love you Uncle Charlie!!)


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A July 4th Feast to honor Independence Day, Michael & Jeanne John of Surfside West Diner gave new meaning to the slogan “breakfast special” when they dished up breakfast from their original menu at 1963 prices! Close to 500 breakfasts were served.

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Not Just Another Day at the Beach! The North Wildwood Beach Patrol’s 4thAnnual “DAY AT THE BEACH” with the 21 Down organization was held on July 27th. 21 Down is a non-profit Down’s syndrome awareness group serving Atlantic and Cape May Counties, while creating a network of families sharing support and knowledge while encouraging community awareness and acceptance. Trained lifeguards of the NWBP as well as US Coastguard members were on hand teaching beach safety along with help from the North Wildwood Rec center. Participants were treated to beverages, lunch, a beach treasure hunt, and soft-top paddleboard rides, the happiest part of the day! The after-party was held at Coconut Cove, where family and friends gathered together for some more summer fun.

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July 14, 2012 ~ It’s Porky the Pig’s worst

nightmare, but a barbeque chef’s dream. Wildwood kicked off its barbeque festival July 13 to 15. I was lucky enough to interview New Jersey’s own Paul Huff of team This is Huff’s fourth year competing and third attending the festival in Wildwood. In only his fourth year he has already created quite a reputation in this country. Huff has entered many noteworthy competitions in Florida, Kansas City, Arkansas and Tennessee and is the number 1 pork cooker in the mid Atlantic states. All the great food and entertainment left the people of Wildwood wanting more, but as Porky would say, “That’s All Folks.” Until next year of course.

The HOT DOG CREW: Joe, Nancy, Luke & Cain Rullo of SHOOBIES, Maureen and Kevin Tinneny/ Paula, Pat and Michael Raila/ Gina Prickril(missing), Kaitlyn Boyle, NWBP Lt. Chuck Iepson (not in order)

Lifeguard Hot Dog Run ~by Meg Corcoran August 25, 2012

Many thank you’s go out to all those who supported The Annual Hot Dog Run, which is a shout out to the N.W.B.P. for keeping our beaches safe all summer long. Thank you to the Rullo’s of Shoobies Good Eats for their kind donations (which included a generous amount of hot dogs and buns for hungry lifeguards, with plenty of condiments, kraut, soda and snacks). Meanwhile, Chief Tony Cavalier was in charge of checking the tide table (low tide was needed for the jeep) and giving the date. The ride took place from 26th Avenue up to the Inlet with a group of excited lifeguards awaiting their version of “surf and turf.”

19th Annual Boogie Board Races by Nick Triglia Boogie Board contest winners with NWBP John O’Brien, Ron Simone & Rachel Ross

North Wildwood Boogie Board Races by Nick Triglia

Down here in Wildwood we can’t have the adults having all the fun. July 7th had the kids in the spotlight showcasing their skills for the 19th Annual Boogie Board Races. The event which is free to join started on 22nd street as a small competition. Each year more and more kids came to participate until it grew to the town event it is today. There are several heats for all the different age groups.   First up are children 7 and under.   Followed by ages 8 to 11 and finished with kids 12 and older. There were 1st and 2nd place winners of the age groups for each of the following components: most creative, longest ride and best overall.   Prizes for the competition were funded by the North Wildwood Recreation Center. These kids knew how to ride, putting on a show for all the spectators in attendance.  I just wish they had a 21 and older heat so I can get in on the action.

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September - October 2012

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“We spend our years as a tale that is told.” ~psalm 90:9

My Uncle Dave. . .

By Richie Snyder, as told to his friend Al (Butch) Love

Five brothers 1927


Uncle Dave with his nephew Richie Snyder at 4 years old

Dave with his girlfriend on beach

“Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can only do as much as God makes us able to do; we are only as intelligent as God would have us be.” - Archbishop Oscar Romero

here have been many stories and memories written about the history of Wildwood and the people and places who played a big part in the development and character of our island. There were the politicians like Bradway and Baker, the builders and business owners like Ed Zaberer, Hunt and the Morey Brothers. But not much is written about the local personalities , the common people who lived and worked all their life in our town but did not get the recognition they deserved. You will not find information written about them in the George Boyer Historic Museum. I wanted to tell the story about a man who all the locals loved, admired, and called him their friend. To the thousands of visitors over many years who saw him walk the beach every day in his white shirt and shorts or at night manning the front door of a nightclub handsomely dressed in a dark tuxedo. I am sure they asked each other who is that Guy? Well let me tell you about that Guy. He was my Uncle Dave Snyder and this is his story. Dave was raised along with his four brothers, Harry, Warren, Richard, and Paul, (my dad) by my grandparents Isabel and Harry Snyder in a section of West Wildwood they called the Annex. Not many people today know there was a place called the Annex. The Annex consisted of my grandparents house and two smaller wooden homes that were mostly used in the summer as vacation places. Nothing else was there. It was isolated from the rest of West Wildwood and could only be reached by boat over the bay or by walking the railroad tracks over the trestle bridge. Nothing is there today but part of the bridge and railroad tracks. To say they were poor is an understatement. The reason they all lived together in that house on the wetlands over the bay was my grandfathers occupation. He was the bridge tender for the old trestle bridge coming into West Wildwood. He was hired by the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad to man the bridge openings and closing to permit the trains to cross over. He would crank the handle by hand to lower the bridge for the oncoming train. The house was right by the tracks and the soot and coal burning from the train would leave a dark cloud over the house and their clothes. They could see and hear the train coming over a mile away with the chugging and smoke rising from the coal fired engine.

This was during the time of The Great Depression and he was lucky to hold that job. Dave said his fathers salary was only a few dollars a day and the house was provided by the railroad. The house was a wooden structure, with oil lamps, heated by a coal heater, and complete with an outhouse. No running water. Nothing special but they never complained. The brothers could fish and crab from their deck and the sunsets were beautiful . The boys were only separated by a year or two each . Harry the oldest, then Dave who was born on September 8,1920 , followed by Paul, Warren, then Richard the youngest. They all walked to school over the bridge and to the Glenwood Avenue Elementary School. An old three story wooden structure which went up to the eight grade at that time. In the winter months the trip was dangerous but they stuck together and helped each other cross. As the picture shows they were a hardy bunch and stuck together as brothers should. Uncle Dave was the biggest and no one messed with his brothers. They looked like they were from Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn. The brothers attended the Glenwood Avenue school and then went on to Wildwood High. All except my Uncle Dave. He was born with a hearing problem and no one knew it. No doctor checkups at that time. In school he would sit in the back of the class, talk loud, and didn’t seem to pay any attention to the teacher. After several warnings Dave was forced to leave by the school administration in the 8th grade at the age of 13 years old. The only other elementary school in Wildwood at that time was located on Park Blvd. across from Maxwell field where the Park Side Courts is located now. But it was only for colored students and Dave couldn’t get in there either. Since he was not attending school his father made him work to keep busy and help support the rest of the family. He never stopped working for the rest of his life and always supported himself, with no handouts and a really limited education. At 13 years old he started working at the Ottens Harbor Ice Company on Dock Street. The work was hard and the hours were long. He wanted to quit but his father insisted he keep working because he had acted up in school and was thrown out. Life was not fair it seemed at the time. Working four years there he developed his muscular body from moving and lifting blocks of ice some weighing up to 100 pounds. In 1939 World War II started in Europe and the USA entered soon after. At this time his three brothers Warren, Harry, and Richard were graduating from high school and enlisting in the service. Warren entered the Army and Harry and Richard the Navy. My father Paul was married at this time. Uncle Dave desperately wanted to join them but was turned down first by the Army and then by the Navy. His hearing was so bad they rejected him. He then went to working at a clothing plant called the Wildwood Clothing Company on Lincoln Avenue pressing military uniforms. He was there until after the war ended. His younger brother Richard enlisted in the Navy in 1944, right out of high school when he was eighteen years old. A year later at the age of 19 he was dead. He was a seaman on the USS Indianapolis , a cruiser which delivered the components of the atomic bomb to the island of Tinian. The bomb was dropped on Hiroshima soon after and


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Dave on Wildwood beach in 1964. helped end the war. But as the ship was headed home and unescorted because of this secret mission it was struck by two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea and sank on July 30, 1945. Out of 1200 crew members only 317 were rescued from the shark infested water. Because of radio silence the Navy did not know the ship had sunk until survivors were spotted in the water four days later. Richard was not one of them. It was the last Navy ship sunk in the war. Richard is listed as killed in a book about the Indianapolis called “ In Harms Way” by the author Doug Stanton. It was a sad blow to the whole family. I was named Richard after my uncle’s brother. In the 1950’s Wildwood started to become the Mecca of entertainment on the east coast. The nightclubs on Pacific Avenue were jumping and big name stars were appearing every summer. Uncle Dave was a natural with his looks and physique to work as a doorman/bouncer at the best of the clubs. For years he stood at the entrance with his big smile, tan, white hair , and tuxedo at nightclubs such as John’s Oasis, Beachcomber, and the Hurricane. The stars knew him from appearing each summer and the crowds lining up at the door always exchanged pleasantries with him. He was a fixture in the nightclub scene. He had the skill to end a fight or escort the parties out of the clubs with his easy charming style. During the day Uncle Dave had his walking routine. He was living on Maple Avenue at this time and would walk the beach each day from Maple Avenue to the Rock Pile past Diamond Beach then return and walk to the Anglesea Inlet in North Wildwood. Every day. And in the winter months on the boardwalk when the weather got bad he wore just a white sweat shirt and his famous white shorts and sneaks. He was the guy people spotted talking and waving to friends along the way. The lifeguards all knew him and waved. He walked at a brisk pace and if you wanted to talk with him you had to accompany him for a block of two. He would only stop to have a picture taken of him with a friend or visitor. He loved the notoriety in his own vain way. He was the king of the beach. In 2003, several bar establishments sponsored a fundraiser to raise money to help buy beach equipment for the North and Wildwood Beach Patrols. More than 100 beach goers clad in white t-shirts with the words “A Walk With Dave” printed on the front met on the beach. With Uncle Dave at 83 years old leading the way they walked his daily routine. Some of the younger ones could not make the full walk. In the 1980’s the clubs in down town Wildwood started to close and there was no need for a doorman there anymore.

His life style did not change as he was quickly hired by Moore’s Inlet in the Anglesea area of North Wildwood. He loved that job as he could dress casual in his famed white tee shirt and white shorts. He manned the second floor rear entrance again as a doorman over looking the bar area and he could view the ocean close by. Again the masses saw Uncle Dave at the club . Many high school reunions were held there and old friends came back year after year. It was at this time he finally got a hearing aide. He no longer had to lean forward to hear and try to read lips. He could now listen to his favorite Phillies baseball games on TV or radio without asking anyone in sight what the score was. Again the climate changed and Moore’s Inlet was torn down to develop condos. Uncle Dave had worked there for 22 straight summers and loved every minute of it. That was the last job he would hold. By this time Uncle Dave was 84 years old, his health was failing and he lived in the Lions Center. His walks became shorter and his memory fading. I believe he wanted to convey to me the history of the Snyder family and we had long talks at this time. Uncle Dave was like a father to me as my own father Paul had left my mother and me when I was seven years old and moved to another state. Paul was not ready when he got married at 18 to raise a family. I was the only member of the Snyder family still alive. Uncle Dave only once considered marriage and backed out and never had any children of his own. Uncle Dave died on September 23, 2008, at 88 years of age. His viewing was held at the Ingersoll-Greenwood Funeral Home in North Wildwood. Hundreds of viewers passed by Dave with Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. a long time friend at the head of the line. What they saw was Dave laid out in a Moore’s Inlet Tee shirt with what appeared to be that perpetual smile on his face. His plug for the last club he worked. What they didn’t see under the blanket pulled up to his waist was his favorite white shorts that he was wearing. Only Dave, me and the undertaker knew this was his last wish. At the viewing many came to me and told great stories of their friendship with Dave. One man said as a kid he lived on Uncle Dave’s block and he would give them money so they could afford to go to Sportland’s Pool and swim with the other kids on his block. Uncle Dave died with just enough money to cover his funeral expenses. And with only a red 1953 Buick that his brother Warren left to him. But he had a million dollars worth of happiness throughout his life. Uncle Dave claimed that he walked over 88,000 miles in his life time. Only he would know for sure because there was never a record kept. It was fitting that on his funeral card was listed his name , dates, and the title “ THE LEGEND “. On one side of the card was the Irish Blessing with the words that began “ may the road rise to meet you “, on the other side was a prayer called “FOOTPRINTS“. It referred to a man dreaming about walking the beach with the Lord. How true. Most of his friends can visual Uncle Dave walking his way to Heaven and smiling to all the others along the way. I too was born and raised in Wildwood all my life. I can not think of a better place to live. Uncle Dave would agree with me. So for all of you who wondered who that man was in the white shorts who smiled and waved to everyone on the beach all those years, well that was my Uncle Dave Snyder. Sorry you didn’t meet him.

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Dave with a friend walking the beach fundraiser


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To many of us, pets are part of the family. From fish and reptiles, to dogs and cats, all the way up to horses, pets share our lives and our hearts in a way nothing else can. Dawn Chase has 3 unique dogs, Jake, Cuz and Emilio, who are dear to her heart. Spinone dogs, (pronounced Spin-own-ee) are originally from the Piedmont area of Northern Italy, and are traditionally hunting and retrieving dogs. They are larger dogs with wiry coats. This dictionary definition however, does nothing to capture the essence of what they really are. “They are just big mushes,” Dawn said looking down fondly at one of her dogs, Cuz, who was under her chair. “They have been called the “Velcro Dog” because of how they love people. No matter where you are, they are stuck to you!” Dawn and her mother Amilia started their collection of Spinone dogs in 2005. They had just lost their Alaskan Malamute, which they loved very much. Dawn wanted another dog. “My mother swore she would never get another dog,” Dawn said. “So every day I would come home and I would throw this book [of dogs] at her and say, ‘Did you look at it?’ So finally my mom decided to finally ‘show me’- and pick a dog I could never find. She shows me a picture in the book, and I didn’t even know if I could pronounce it!” Dawn looked up breeders online and was eventually connected with a breeder in Ohio. Shortly after Emilio’s birthday of August 26th, 2005, he became theirs. Later, Dawn bred Emilio with a dog from New York named Lily, and Jake and Cuz

Dawn and her Spinones. Jake, Cuz & Emilio

were born May 31st 2009 and later adopted by the Chases. The Chases own 3 of about 10 Spinones in Cape May County. Emilio and Cuz are certified service dogs trained to help Amilia get around after a bad car accident. And all 3 are hunters, and also have been shown in dog shows, with Jake being the star show dog. While these dogs have serious hobbies, they also slobber and shed all over the house and swipe things off the counter just like every other dog. All 3 of them have their own distinct and lovable personality. If any reader ever has a chance to meet a Spinone dog, particularly one Jake, Cuz or Emilio, I urge you make their acquaintance. They really are unique and wonderful dogs, and you will be glad they became a part of your life, if even for a moment. 102° ! ! ! it’s doggone hot!

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July, 2012 ~ Originally from Wildwood, Angela Colucci now lives in California. She recently travelled to Mexico with a copy of the latest SUN tucked in her beach bag!

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September - October 2012

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“We turn older with years, but newer every day.” ~Emily Dickinson

Only a handful of true Wildwoodians can say. . .

“I’m a Dr. Mace Baby!”

Dr. Margaret Mace Dec. 21, 1871 - Dec. 15, 1951

SAVE the DATE for 2013! Monday July 15, 2013 at 10am we invite the Babies Born “at Home in Wildwood” to join the photo gathering fun! Spread the word. Bob Menz (above center) with his lifetime childhood friends, Dr. Joe Salvatore and Bill Morey. Bob is among the group of babies who were delivered at home on March 23, 1931 on the island. If you know of anyone who was born at home in the Wildwoods, please let them know we would love for them to join us for our annual photo gathering next year at the Hereford Lighthouse, Monday, July 15th, 2013. Save the Date! Tell your children to remind you!

Anna Pauline Neal Gross born Oct. 27, 1921 by Dr. Mace. She currently resides in Doylestown, PA.

1. George Carlson May 1, 1924 2. Marian Shivers Mouklas July 30, 1921 (Our oldest Dr. Mace baby) 3. Anita Carlson Diamond Feb. 1, 1931 4. Leah Laine Dare July 18, 1925 *5. Pauline Baldwin Oct. 25, 1936 6. Ronald W. Griffith June 3, 1938 7. Betty Monichetti Keene Nov. 9, 1933 8. Janet Bierbrunner Pettit Sept. 10, 1933 9. Anna Bierbrunner Baker April 13, 1943 10. Adelaide Bierbrunner Mazza July 7, 1938 11. William Bierbrunner Feb. 23, 1936 12. Ray Bierbrunner July 13, 1937 *13. Marvin R. Tozer May 9, 1931 *14. Jim Wheaton April 15, 1932 15. Robert Labar Nov. 26, 1949 (Our youngest Dr. Mace baby) 16. Fred W. Neal July 3, 1929 17. George E. Anderson Sept. 4, 1943 18. Janet Polis Blackmore Feb. 18, 1937 19. Dorothy Evensen Kirwin Sept. 2, 1931 *20. Florence Berry Jennings Oct. 30, 1924 21. John Fitzgerald April 11, 1933 22. Lana Turner MacDonald Nov. 15, 1946 23. Carol Turner Leeper April 29, 1949 24. George M. Thomas Feb. 20, 1936 25. Harold Thomas March 10, 1928 26. Leroy J. Thomas Feb. 20, 1936 27. Midge Lutz Boyd Aug. 17, 1944 28. James Cafiero Sept. 21, 1928 29. Gary Hendrixson May 3, 1946 30. Larry Lillo Oct. 20, 1947 31. Bill Morey April 19, 1929 32. Dr. Joseph Salvatore Aug. 29, 1930 33. Adele Mangino Hunter Oct. 16, 1926 *34. H. Bergen Ellengsen Aug. 12, 1940 *Indicates those who attended for the first time.

A Brief History of Dr. Margaret Mace Margaret Mace was born in Leicester, England and came to America in 1874. Around 1880 her family settled in Anglesea at a home on Spruce & New Jersey Aves. She attended grammar school and upon graduation, went to Bridgeton Institute to become a teacher. She wanted to become a nurse and began to pursue her passion for helping people. Dr. Mace graduated with her degree in medicine in 1905 from the Women’s College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She began her practice in North Wildwood at 17th & Atlantic (Pennsylvania) Aves., later moving her expanding practice to an office at Chestnut & New Jersey Aves. She opened her hospital on 25th & Atlantic in 1915. It remained in operation for 35 years until 1950. Dr. Margaret Mace quietly passed away at 81 years of age on December 16, 1951. She died in her home which was also the hospital that bore her name, a little over 36 years after moving into it. For the past 9 years, we have honored her with this eventful photo shoot, where a handful of her 6,000 babies that she delivered gather together for a reunion. Perhaps the best tribute to this great woman are her own words which she spoke at the time of her first testimonial in 1929. She said, “There is no place on earth like my home town; no people like my home people; I came here when it was a wilderness; it is one of the finest places in the world, in my work I have tried to do my best, but I had help, helped by the hand of God.”


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“Older is better in so many ways, and what great perspective it brings to our days.” -Steve and Anna Becca

Only a handful of true Wildwoodians can say. . .

“I was born at Hattie Long’s!”

Hattie Long’s house still stands on Montgomery Ave. in Wildwood. Birth records are dated between the years of 1926 to 1946

The Long’s Maternity Home Sign hangs in the Wildwood Historic Museum on Pacific Ave.

1. Brook Koeneke March 29, 1936 2. Dave Grasso Jan. 20, 1927 3. Rex Allen Garrison Dec. 14, 1947 4. Paul W. Dare Feb. 16, 1949 5. Ann Gaskill Rea Feb. 1, 1938 6. Inge Friesenborg Laine Aug. 2, 1939

A Brief History of Long’s Maternity House In the early 1900’s, maternity homes were an easier, more comfortable, convenient way to deliver your baby and in Wildwood, there were two popular places for this! The first home, in which around 6,000 babies were delivered, was Dr. Margaret Mace’s hospital in North Wildwood. The second home, located on Montgomery Avenue in Wildwood was also a very special maternity home that was run by mid-wife, Mrs. Hattie Long. After Mr. Long passed away in 1923, Mrs. Long started the maternity home in 1926 in order to make a living for herself. The maternity home was successful for twenty years as four or more doctors worked along side of Mrs. Long to keep the business going. Mrs. Long and her team of doctors delivered around 515 babies during that time, nine of which were her own. Unfortunately, only

7. Louis Griesbach Jan. 19, 1937 8. Cathy Nesbitt Smith March 25, 1944 *9. Florence E. Newmaster July 19, 1941 10. Carol Tozour Lechner Dec. 14, 1941 (Carol makes the pilgramage from Alexandria, VA back to the Wildwoods to reminisce about all of the fun she had growing up.)

ternity home was no longer; his cousin Dotty lived there after Hattie Long passed away. There was also a small house attached to the back of the maternity home in which John’s parents lived at the time as well.

(Left) Mrs. Hattie Long (right) maternal Grandmother of John Long

seven of the nine Long babies survived; however, the oldest daughter of Mrs. Long grew up helping with the home and soon became a very helpful aid for Hattie Long during the birth processes. John Long, grandson to Mrs. Long, was born on August 5, 1929. He was the only guy born into the Long family during that time-”he is the last of the Long’s”. John has visited the maternity home a couple times after the ma-

Although it has since been sold many times, the maternity home still stands today, filled with many memories. It still has the long, enclosed porch in which the babies were held after they were born. This was a three bedroom house, and through the duration that the house was a maternity home, the bedrooms’ upstairs were the sites of where the mothers stayed during the procedures. Mrs. Long made the living room into a bedroom for herself to make all of her guests comfortable. At a photo gathering for this maternity home in July, 2012, ten people that were born in the home showed up to capture the memory for a lifetime. by Ashley Goodsell

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Monday July 15, 2013 10am at the Hereford Lighthouse

• 9th Annual Dr. Mace Baby Photo • 4th Annual Long’s Maternity Photo • FIRST Annual “Babies Born at Home in Wildwood” Photo Call (609) 522-2721 for more info Thank you to Steve Murray & Betty Mugnier of the Hereford Lighthouse for your help with this very special event.


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Each Montauk eventually grows large and shrub like, about 3 ft. tall and 3 ft. to 4 ft. wide. It is easily propagated by cuttings and can be divided if you are real careful. It needs full sun and once established requires little water. It should ideally be planted in a well drained sandy loam soil. I have planted them in the most exposed, ocean front locations imaginable and have never seen wind or salt damage. I live on the Delaware Bay side of Cape May County and have planted a 100 feet hedge of them separating my property from the salt water wetlands. Their roots are near the salt water but they have survived and look beautiful. More good news is that they are deer and rabbit resistant. Written by Steve Murray for The Lighthouse Newsletter Photo by Dorothy Kulisek taken Oct. 2011 at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gardens

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(L)Fred Thompson, paternal grandfather and (R) Joe Jaggers, maternal grandfather

I picked up The Sun today at the Doctor’s office and was soo excited to see it there. It made me feel better just reading it. Your paper is THE BEST !!!!! ~Bea Church I first want to start by telling you how much I enjoy your newspaper. I save the back issues to read again and again, especially during the cold winter months. You and your staff do such a wonderful job and bring back so many great memories. You truly have a “Special” paper. ~Jim Dunlap


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Wildwood is such a special to so many people and The Sun captures that. ~Susan Schmidt (L)Dot Jaggers, maternal grandmother and (R) Lee Thompson, paternal grandmother

The first official Grandparents Day was September 9, 1979, after President Jimmy Carter signed the presidential proclamation in 1978 designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. As we celebrate the grandparents among us on September 13th this year, we remember its creator, Marian McQuade of Fayette County, W. Va., who hoped the occasion would encourage grandchildren to tap into the wisdom and heritage of their beloved grandparents. Where better for children of all ages to be inspired than in legendary Wildwood by the sea, where history is always unfolding? Ashley Thompson has the unique privilege of having two sets of grandparents who have been the best of friends since their youth and have bestowed upon her a lifetime of memories of their days spent on Wildwoods’ beaches. Grandmom Lee continues the tradition of weekends at the shore while Grandmom Dot’s photo collection keeps those Wildwood days gone by in the hearts of generations to come. A Very Happy Grandparents Day to all!

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Allen E. Grace of Anglesea, North Wildwood

October 9, 1880 - July 9, 1947

by Kristina Gallagher, 1996

During a recent trip to the Wildwood Historical Museum researching a story on Grace Oil Company founder Allen Grace, we fortuitously came across this story written in 1996 by then-4th grade student Kristina Gallagher. When Sr. Albertine, also a frequent museum visitor, assigned her class the task of researching a famous New Jerseyian, a very wise Kristina Gallagher chose none other than Allen Grace (making our research task infinitely easier).


y report is on Allen E. Grace the founder of the Grace Oil Company. Allen E. Grace was born on October 9, 1880 and grew up in Goshen NJ. He met his wife Bertha who was also from Goshen NJ. They married and had four children, Allen Jr., Kenneth, Pauline, and Ethel. The family lived in the 300 E. block of 20th Ave., North Wildwood NJ. Allen E. Grace’s first business was a grocery store he opened at Chestnut and New Jersey Ave., which is the Anglesea section of North Wildwood NJ. He

opened his grocery store in that area because at that time it was the first developed section of the island and there was a need to service the fishermen and their families who lived in the area. At that time Anglesea was one of the largest fishing ports in New Jersey. Grace’s grocery store sold kerosene (coal oil) that was used for cooking, heating, and lighting by the fishermen and their families. In 1912 Allen Grace started doing business with the Texas Company, now known as the Texaco Oil Company. Grace started purchasing gasoline, kerosene, and engine oils from the Texas Company to sell to his customers. In June 1920, Allen Grace became a distributor for Texaco and in 1928 he formed his own oil company known as the Grace Oil Company. The office and oil tanks were located at 5th and New Jersey Ave., in North Wildwood NJ. The Grace Oil Company is one of the largest businesses in Cape May County and is the oldest Texaco wholesaler in the country. The first piece of equipment Mr. Grace purchased was a 200-gallon tank mounted on a hand drawn cart. He next purchased a horse-drawn tank wagon and as the business grew he purchased motorized tank trucks. Allen Grace was also very active in the growth of North Wildwood NJ. He served as a member of the Board of Education for 12 years, and was one of the leaders in the development of the school system and the building of the Margaret Mace School. Mr. Grace was also a board member of the Marine National

Allen Grace Oil Truck, c. 1923 on Olde New Jersey Ave. Call Richard Dietz locally if you are interested in old photos 215-407-4135

Allen Grace’s store on Olde New Jersey Ave. ~ from Wildwood Historical Museum Bank located on the corner of Wildwood and Pacific Avenues. Allen E. Grace died on July 9, 1947 while attending services at the North Wildwood United Methodist Church, still located at the corner of 2nd and Central Avenues. At the time of his death the oil company was turned over to his son, Kenneth Grace. While doing my report I learned several things. I read about the Anglesea section being the first developed area in the Wildwoods. This area was made up of

fishermen and their families, who bought groceries and kerosene (coal oil) from Allen E. Grace’s grocery store. I admired how Mr. Grace started with a small family grocery store and through hard work, planning, and time, with the help of his family turned the business into the largest oil company in Cape May County. While doing my report I talked with many people who worked for Allen Grace and they all said, “He was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”

Allen Grace’s store on Olde New Jersey Ave. ~ from Wildwood Historical Museum

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“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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From Wildwood Leader-1971: STATE TO AID IN BRIDGE REPAIRS ~ The NJ State Dept. of Transportation on Friday reported it will provide state aid in technical assistance, men and equipment and materials to help Cape May County begin repair operations on the 50 year old Grassy Sounds span that collapsed on October 20, 1971. The Counterweight of one-half of the drawbridge broke off and the span dropped into the water. The bridge on North Wildwood Blvd. will be closed to vehicular traffic for an indefinite period. Small boats are able to use the channel under the span. ~Drawing by Len Guthrie Helen Guthrie Wilson writes: “When the Grassy Sound Bridge collapsed in 1971,Thomas Kinnemand(photographer for the Wildwood Leader), attempted to take pictures, but it was a nasty day and he was unable to get a good shot from the North Wildwood side. My father, H. Leonard Guthrie who worked for the Wildwood Leader, called my brother to ask if he could go take a picture so it could make the weekly paper. My brother at the time lived on the other side of the bridge and

This old bridge was taken down in 1992 and replaced with a new and much higher one

had a better view of the damage. He did better than that, he sat and drew a picture of the collapsed bridge. He then had to drive the long way around over the Rio Grande bridge to get this picture to the Wildwood Leader to be published in time! My family moved to North Wildwood in 1942. We traveled so many trips over that bridge and even then it seemed very old. I often wondered how much life had traveled over it back and forth off the island.” Road and bridge construction on North Wildwood Blvd. began in the late 1980s

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

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

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

H. Leonard Guthrie was born in Williamsport, Pa. and went to Scotland Military School in PA. where he learned the printing trade.   He moved to North Wildwood in 1942 and lived over the Wildwood Leader at 13th and Atlantic Ave. He worked there for 40 years as a print setter and linotype operator. After he left The Leader he and his wife put together the tide tables the long and hard way for the Jersey shore. They enjoyed doing this for many, many years. Len was also known throughout the Wildwoods as one of the best fisherman around.  He was often written up in Lou Rodia’s fishing news for his special catches of fish.  Fishermen would try and follow him out in his little row boat to his special spots!   His wife was pretty good too and won some ribbons for the biggest fish caught by a women.  One time while out fishing he caught his wife while casting! That was a quick trip to the emergency room to have the hook removed.


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“We must always have old memories and young hopes.” ~Message from a Fortune Cookie

My Wildwood Was Theirs By JOSH KINNEY

Anna and Dominik Creneti ~1940

Ann Phillips Picolli, Frances A’anunziata and Elizabeth Santore Dunn ~1938

Anna Creneti (center), Elenor Bruno Murphy (right) and friends ~1939

Elizabeth Santore Dunn ~1940

Ever since I was a young boy, Wildwood has held a special place in my heart. It’s a place of summer’s anticipation, peace, excitement, priceless memories and genuine fun. The whole scene is captivating, the feelings exquisite, from the drive down until you hear the rumble of the car’s tires against the metal grate of the Rio Grande Bridge. Curving off Exit 4b onto the straight stretch of Rt. 47 I can see a giant glimmering Ferris wheel on the horizon and the neon lights of a retro Wawa coming up on the right. Wildwood is an island that I can claim, a place I know inside and out, a little blessing next to an enormous sea. At night, when I’m curled up on the porch under the awning, listening to the distant music from the adjacent Beach Creek Restaurant with the potent odor of a low tide bay across the street, I feel something I can’t feel anywhere else. Looking over the railing I can see lights from the Uries restaurant sign and a few cars passing over the bridge, but for now I’m on the side that’s by the sea. I wasn’t the only one taken by the Wildwoods though, no, the island had a rich history with my family that went back to my great grandparents. They too felt the same way I did, just in a different era. Wildwood was in their hearts as it was passed down to mine and as I will pass on to my children and hopefully theirs. Of course times have changed, people have changed, places have changed, but the island is the same, the streets are still there, the same ocean crashes on the same beach against the same sand along the same boardwalk. The same smell of a low tide bay settles over the same neighborhoods. There’s nothing like what is yours, and the island has that feeling that in some way, although shared by thousands, it is mine too. In the late 1930’s my Grandmother, Elizabeth splashed by the sea with other children and a Wildwood lifeguard at the end of Montgomery Avenue. Little did that small Italian baby know that her kids and grandkids would occupy the very same beaches. They

were from E Street in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, and every summer their whole street would rent the same places together along the bay in West Wildwood. To them, vacation was their neighborhood collectively, picked up and planted in a new setting: the Wildwoods. The strong sense of community is something to be admired by the generations of today. My Grandmom spent her summers growing up on the island, fishing with her brother Anthony on an old lifeguard boat that came with the cottage they rented, swimming in the ocean and walking up to the boardwalk arcades at Hunt’s Pier to see Laffing Sal, an automated character that produced a raucous laugh, frightening some small children and annoyed adults. Today such a character would be considered creepy, and the perfect entity for a horror film, but back then my Grandmother thought it was the funniest thing in the world. One summer during the 1950’s, after a strong rain storm, a flood swept through West Wildwood and my Grandmother and her brother took their small boat to the neighbor’s houses and to the market at the end of the street. “It was one of my favorite and most distinct childhood memories,” she said, “My father almost lost his swimming trunks.” She recalls being with her neighbors, taking the boats to get around. “It was just fun, it was crazy, but it was really fun too.” Years later, when she was in her twenties, she danced the night away at the firehouses on New Jersey Avenue with her husband, the legend, my loving grandfather James Dunn. Their five kids grew up to love the Wildwoods too, and the same treasure has been passed on to me. There’s a sense of security about being next to the ocean. A consistent faithfulness that’s never changing, and always beautiful. The waves will never stop crashing and the wind will never stop blowing and the vastness will always be vast. My family’s heritage and memories reside on this island, and what I know and treasure as my Wildwood by the sea, was theirs just as well.

Rose Bush and Hildebrand family ~1948

Anthony Santore, Elizabeth Santore Dunn and James Dunn ~1954

Anthony Santore, John Sullivan and Edward Sullivan ~1954

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5 Miles of Smiles! I found this smile and wanted you to have it.

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“Oh, the boardwalk’s deserted, there is nobody down by the Shore. And the ferris wheel ride isn’t turning around anymore. The heat wave and the crowds are just old news, but I still got some sand in my shoes.” ~The Drifters


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“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. . .” ~Psalm 24:1

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Following a Pitch Perfect summer, the sparkling cast is ready for a bountiful au-

tumn along the panoramic coast. They soon reach the ocean-view House at the End of the Street, whose doors have graciously been opened to the celebrity shore lovers who crave nothing more than sunshine and sea breezes. Frankenweenie, whose found bravery and freedom from the dark and dreary Hotel Transylvania, happily spends his time drifting from one lit-up thrill ride to the next. The contented cast, meanwhile, is enjoying a more spacious beach while relishing their time away from the glaring camera. Perched on a sandy Silent Hill: (the all-star cast has a) Revelation (3D) when they realize that the man-made movie sets in Hollywood can’t compare to the bona fide stage of sand and surf found in our little sanctuary by the sea!

Before heading out to the stage set at your neighborhood movie theater, please check your local listings for release date changes… A writer (Bradley Cooper), who finds serenity and inspiration at the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey but is still at a loss for The Words (opens September 7th), crosses the line between fact and fiction when he commits plagiary and must suffer the consequences. Also stars Zoe Saldana and Dennis Quaid. The House at the End of the Street (opens September 21st) tells a new-in-town mother and daughter (Elisabeth Sue and Jennifer Lawrence) a story about murder, mayhem and the machinations of Dante’s Dungeon. Inside the dark, animated Hotel Transylvania (opens September 21st), Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) tries to keep his teen-aged daughter (voice of Selena Gomez), who longs for the bright lights of the Boardwalk, away from a curious outsider (voice of Andy Samberg) who wants to take her on a tea cup ride for two. Along with the summer conclusion to “watch the tram car please” comes the End of Watch (opens September 28th) for two LAPD police officers and life-long friends (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) who cross a dangerous cartel. Tw o s t r o n g - m i n d e d m o m s ( M a g g i e Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis) Won’t Back Down (opens September 28th) from their fight against government rules and regulations

as they struggle to provide inner-city public school kids with a decent education and enlightening school trips to the beach. A retired CIA operative and his wife (Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen) miss the Halloween Parade and Fun Fair when they are Taken 2 (opens October 5th) a far off place in Istanbul by a kidnapper seeking revenge. Possessing Pitch Perfect (opens October 5th) voices, an all-girls singing group (including Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow) lead the chorus at the Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival. A true-crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) finds something Sinister (opens October 5 th) relating to the family murdered in his new home, leading him and his family on a supernatural journey almost scarier than Morey’s Fears Terror on the Boardwalk. Frankenweenie (opens October 5 th ) is alive and monstrous when young Victor Frankenstein (voice of Charlie Tahan), influenced by one too many visits to The Ghost Ship, conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to (animated) life. High atop a Silent Hill: (a) Revelation (3D) (opens October 26th) has occurred to a girl (Adelaide Clemens) who lives in a strange alternate world following her father’s disappearance and searches for quiet beach days, serene ocean views and an end to lifelong nightmares. The elite among the Hollywood Gang Won’t Back Down from stealing the ever-present spotlight, initially shunning all those who stand in their self-absorbed Sinister way. Soothing salt air, however, has quickly tamed their narcissistic manner, and the beautiful people are soon Taken 2 long seawall strolls and sharing serene Carousel rides with both the big and the little celebrities. Thrilled to find their little non-Hollywood haven among the Heavenly stars, the big screen beauties can’t find The Words to express their devotion to all things beach, boardwalk, and blockbuster events occurring throughout town. Surrounded by colorful, sand-tinted leaves, they refuse to follow the End of (the) Watch for seaside days, happily knowing that their time along the coast is just beginning…

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“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Homesick in Heaven

My Old Wildwood Crest House By Kirk Hastings

Our “Old Wildwood House” the way it looked when we first moved into it, in May of 1962.

Have you ever lived in a place that, no matter where else you might live afterwards, or how many times you move, that place always remains the place you think of when you think of “home”? I have such a place. A medium-sized, two-bedroom T-shaped ranch house located between Stanton and Farragut Roads on New Jersey Avenue in Wildwood Crest, right across from Sunset Lake. I lived there, and grew up there, between 1962 and 1969. The old house isn’t there anymore -- it was replaced by a 3-story mansion in 1986. But the memories of that Old Wildwood House remain, as real and vivid as ever, even 50 years later. We bought the house from an old widow who had lived there alone for many years. According to borough tax records, Mrs. Theda Sheward bought the property from the Borough of Wildwood Crest on June 29, 1945, and she built the ranch house on it in 1947. We moved in on May 26th, 1962, after taking out a mortgage in the amount of $16,000 with Crest Savings & Loan for the property. (That’s right -- $16,000!). We had previously lived just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and had moved to Wildwood Crest in January of 1961 (renting a house located on Cresse Avenue from a friend

of my father’s). But now we owned a house of our own! And right across the street from a lake, too! The next seven years were crammed with many new and exciting experiences: exploring the local beach and boardwalk, marveling at the many “Doo Wop” motels dotted across the island, shopping at F.W. Woolworth’s and G.C. Murphy’s downtown, going to Philip P. Baker Elementary School and the Crest Memorial School (the latter in 1963, the very first year it opened), eating at the lunch counters in Snuffy’s and Anderson’s Variety Store. And enjoying the magical way the sun glinted off the waves on Sunset Lake on early summer evenings ... “Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end” (Gene Raskin, 1968). Unfortunately, some things must come to

A typical summer day on Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest in the 1960s

an end. My mother passed away prematurely at age 46 in July of 1969, and due to financial difficulties we had to sell the old house and move out of town. I ended up living the next few years in Pennsylvania. But I returned to Wildwood in October of 1973, and in 1995 I became the President of the Wildwood Crest Historical Society -- a position I still hold today. Judy Garland once said, “There’s No Place Like Home.” A writer once said,

“Home Is Where the Heart Is.” Thomas Wolfe said, “You Can’t Go Home Again.” But today, whenever I pass by the old property across from Sunset Lake, all those vivid memories of growing up there, come flooding back again. The “Old Wildwood House” itself may no longer be there, but it’s tug on the heart and the mind and the soul still remains, as strong as it ever was. Who said you can’t go home again?


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magic, was with Chad and Nenagh Henszey, who met in 2006 during Irish Weekend. Nenagh’s mother and aunt turned matchmakers when, as they were hanging out in front of Joe Joe’s Pizza, they spotted Chad who just happened to be sitting at a

table waiting for friends. Nenagh’s mother and aunt thought Chad would be a good fit for the then-single Nenagh, who was initially aa little upset at the forced set up. Nenagh’s mood, fortunately, immediately lightened when she first laid eyes on a very cute Chad. Luckily, it was love at first sight for Chad. In one night they found each other, instantly connecting only to lose each other, or so they thought. Chad lived in New Jersey while Nenagh lived in Havertown, Pa, leaving each to believe they’d never see the other again. Fate intervened, however, and Chad managed to find Nenagh’s phone number. The two started dating and quickly fell in love. They happily celebrate their anniversary every Irish Weekend, remembering how lucky they are to have met. Honoring their relationship rooted in Wildwood, the couple were married May 19, 2012 at the Assumption Catholic Church in Wildwood Crest with a reception at The Bayview and a stopover at Joe Joe’s to have their picture taken at the place where their love story began. Nenagh credits her mom and aunt for introducing her to the greatest guy ever who she is thrilled to call her husband. Congratulations to the newlyweds, who hold a special place in their hearts for Wildwood and the love it inspires!


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uring the summers of my early teen years, when I was allowed to stay up late and the acquisition of a full-time job was not yet required, a favorite evening ritual involved gathering at my friend Dan’s house with some friends to watch the rebroadcasts of Rod Serling’s brilliant television series, ‘The Twilight Zone.’ One night we happened to catch the premiere episode, titled, ‘Where is Everybody?’ in which an Air Force pilot, played by Earl Holliman, found himself in a town named Oakwood, where signs of life were plentiful, but the inhabitants were not. As we watched, the pilot wandered around town looking for someone – anyone to communicate with and found no one, despite the various signs of life: a hot coffee pot on a stove, a telephone ringing in a phone booth, and a burning cigarette in an ashtray. Eventually, poor Earl’s character broke down under the pressure and it turned out that he was not alone in a deserted town at all, but was the victim of an Air Force psychological experiment. The pilot had been isolated in a chamber for 484 hours (a simulated trip to the moon) to see how he would react without companionship in a space capsule and he, according to a commanding officer, “cracked.” Admittedly freaked out by the episode (Oakwood- sounds like Wildwood), I pedaled my way home down Seaview Avenue at its conclusion and when I turned the corner onto Rambler Road I saw my house, a welcome sight indeed, ablaze with lights, even at the late hour. The back door was

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open and I went inside. A TV was on and a floor fan was humming in an adjacent room. “Hello?” I said. “Is anybody here?” No one answered. I walked upstairs, where more lights were on. “Hello?” Again, there was no answer. “I walked back downstairs toward the bedrooms. “Hello?” I thought about the Air Force pilot. I remember him going into a drug store where he helped himself to a sundae and walked around eating it and talking to no one. He passed a book stand and spun it around and when it stopped there were multiple copies of a book titled “The Last Man on Earth’ clearly visible. A chilling thought came to mind: “Could it be possible? Am I the last man on earth?” My skin grew clammy and I could feel cold sweat collecting on my forehead. I began to slowly back out of the house and had reached the kitchen and was just about to bolt outside, jump on my bike and high-tail it back to Dan’s when I heard my mother’s voice. “Hey! You’re home.” I spun around and saw her standing in the doorway holding an ice cream cone in one hand while my sisters filed in behind her, all similarly equipped. “We went down to the Diamond Crest for ice cream. Are you okay?” “Yeah,” I replied, wiping my brow. “I’m fine.”

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have vivid memories as a child watching my Uncle Andrew and Aunt Mary dancing together. It always seemed as though they were floating. Their feet barely touched the floor. I was in awe as I watched them dance to some of their favorite songs; In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, and Love is a Many Splendored Thing, to name a few. Watching them jitterbug together was a treat. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of watching my good friend Tommy, their middle son, follow in his parents footsteps. Tommy, with the help of older brother Andy and younger brother Brian, was elated to share his parents’ story. Andrew Melchiorre was the first child born in America. His two brothers, Victor and Oswaldo, and sister Jeanette were born in Italy. All the children learned to speak English in Margaret Mace School. Eventually, Victor became a lawyer and Oswaldo moved to Florida to work for Eastern Airlines while Jeanette became an R.N. All three boys served in WWII combat. Andrew received three battle stars. During his teenage years, Ants (Andrew) earned his nickname, thanks to his fast moves on both the dance floor and the basketball court. Ants met Mary, who

“Potatoes and pasta, music and dance. . . an Irish-Italian family finds paradise in Anglesea.” ~Tom Melchiorre

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Mary Hickey Wildwood High School 1939

Melchiorre by LouAnn Catanoso

Andrew Melchiorre Wildwood High School 1937

On the night before their wedding, Sept. 13th, 1941, the bride and groom (center) posed with their Best Man, John Grande, and Maid of Honor, Eleanor Hickey

Looking towards the Melchiorre family home and business on the corner of 1st & Central Ave. (center of photo) Photo taken in the 1920s from the Hereford Lighthouse, courtesy of Wildwood Historic Museum donated by Jeri Hoffman McDaniel

lived on Maple Avenue, while attending Wildwood High School. Her father, William Hickey, owned and operated “Hickey Beer and Soda”. The building still stands on Park Boulevard. Ants and Mary were both proud Wildwood Warriors. Ants, who loved to brag about being on the first South Jersey Champs basketball team, was also a member of the track team. Mary, also known as “Gabby,” was very involved in school, serving on the yearbook and school news paper, “Ship Ahoy.” Andrew and Mary were married on September 14, 1941. They lived at 1st and Central Avenues in North Wildwood. Their three sons, Andy, Tom, and Brian all seem to share the same wonderful childhood memories in which a perfect blend of their Irish - Italian heritage was created. Among their memories were Sunday night dinners, which started at 3 PM and seemed to go on all night, with interesting conversations about politics, religion and sports. The menu was always the same; leg of lamb, mashed potatoes, mint jelly and peas with a side dish of pasta in red sauce and wine. Ants worked for Met Life for 33 years while Mary worked in the mayor’s office in North Wildwood until retirement. In the early years, Mary stayed home with her children, only working occasionally in her parents’ restaurant. Every day, all of the young moms would walk down to a

Ants & Mary with Anthony, Jr., 1944

charming Pacific Avenue, filled with “mom and pop” businesses, with their babies in tow and compare notes. Uncle Andrew and Aunt Mary were not my blood relatives, but my parents bestowed the title to their cherished friends. Aunt Mary would literally move right in my house with her children to take care of my siblings and me when my parents needed to go out of town. Uncle Andrew was only a phone call away. Tommy especially was like a brother to me. His favorite childhood memory about my grandmother is how she combined two of his favorite meals, turkey and meatballs, together when he was staying with us one time! Ants and Mary raised a kind, beautiful, and successful family, having been inspired by their parents, the Hickeys and the Melchiorres. They had many friends and served their community well. To know them was to love them. The song, “There’s a Summer Place,” comes to my mind when I think of them. In my mind’s eye, I can see them dancing together in the clouds of heaven; just as I saw them ‘floating’ on the dance floor when I was just a little girl. This story is lovingly dedicated to the 3 Melchiorre boys.

Young Brian with his parents in 1965.

Mary with Anthony, Jr. and Tommy, 1948

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Marie & her twin brother Charlie, Wildwood 1950

My Mom’s ‘shore’ story starts about 65 years ago

when her father rented a store at Wildwood Avenue on the boardwalk and sold ice cream. Today, Mack’s Pizza stands in that place. Years later, her father brought her and her twin brother to North Wildwood in the summer to work in his newer store, the 24th St. Market. My Mom, Marie Wysocki (nee Ameye), was 14 years old when she started working there. I guess North Wildwood was in our blood. My mom’s grandmother owned a beautiful home that still stands at 18th and Central in North Wildwood. We usually joke about how we wish the family had held on to that great piece of real estate. A few years ago, the owners of that house, who had so lovingly and beautifully restored it, were gracious enough to let my Mom go inside. They showed her the spot in the basement where all of the names of the owners of the house over the years had been inscribed. I know she wishes she had a camera with her so she could have taken a picture of her grandmother’s name. Soon my Mom started her own family and visits to Wildwood for my two sisters, one brother and I were always a special treat although more infrequent than we would have liked. As a child, I’ll never forget that I always wanted to stay at the Suitcase Motel and I was tickled pink when we finally did get to stay! I thought the picture of the couple in the suitcase on the sign was so funny and I still smile every time I pass it. I hope they never change it. Life got busy, or so I thought, when I was in my twenties. I didn’t get to Wildwood for many years. My sisters, brother and I were busy with our careers and families. Mom and Dad were winding down their working days, traveling at the end of a long road of being “on the clock” and making ends meet. Their children were raised, college was paid for and finally they were able to go out and enjoy dinner together whenever they wanted!

Marie in front of her father’s store 24th St. Market, 1955 Today,the market still opoerates as an old-fashioned ‘Mom & Pop’ store. (See their ad on facing page.) About 7 years ago, my brother bought a place in North Wildwood, just a few blocks from that great house at 18th and Central. Mom and Dad were able to come down and enjoy the shore again, particularly during the off season. We were able to enjoy it too and we knew that we wanted a place of our own. So my husband and I and my parents bought a place together. And in true Wildwood fashion, we started enjoying many summer weekends and vacations with 3 generations, including 11 grandchildren. Four years ago, Mom got sick. At first, she was not quite herself, a little confused and forgetful but it progressed very quickly. It took a little while to figure out the problem but we were down the shore together when we got the call that she had a large brain tumor and needed to see a neurosurgeon immediately. That night, 3 generations, including my sisters, brother and I, all came together again at the shore to seek comfort in each other and give Mom our support. In reality, it was Mom who gave us the support and comfort. Things moved quickly when the neurosurgeon said he suspected the worst kind of tumor and she was admitted directly for surgery to remove it. Immediately after the surgery, the Doctor’s prognosis was the worst. We began thinking of time in terms of days and weeks and we weren’t sure when we’d all be together again on the beach in North Wildwood. My Mom is a strong woman and when she woke up from the surgery, she assured us that she was not going to let this tumor get the best of her. She had a long road ahead with recovery from the surgery, then 6 weeks of radiation followed by 6 months of chemotherapy. To our delight and surprise, Mom was back down the shore just 2 weeks after the surgery. Even better, she was more like her old self than she had been in months. Mom is a very faithful person. At each follow up visit with the neurosurgeon, the prognosis got better. Even he admitted, “There is a higher power at work here … and it’s not me.” Now, we never underestimate the power of prayer. When we were back

Marie & her husband Tim, Lynn, Amy, Josie, Jackie, & Ricjie, North Wildwood 1971

down the shore one year after the surgery, we threw a birthday party for Mom on the 15th St beach. Dozens of family and friends came together to celebrate time - 66 years for Mom. It’s been four years since the surgery. Mom is doing even better now. Each year she gets stronger. She still has to have MRIs every three months to ensure that the tumor has not grown back. Throughout it all, I never once heard my Mom complain or admit being scared or show any sign of weakness. We still spend every summer together in North Wildwood and 3 generations of family gather together to just enjoy life. We try to never take time with our Mom for granted and we still can’t believe how fortunate we are today. My brother is the one who described the whole experience best when he said, “It’s like my Mom hit the lottery, only she didn’t win money, she won time.” We love you Mom. Happy 69th Birthday!

Marie & Tim, Wildwood 2011


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“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” ~Ralph Marston

Blast from the Past

W i l d w o o d ’s H i s t o r i c M o t e l s Photos Courtesy of Wildwood Historic Society

Photos Courtesy of Wildwood Historic Society

Save the Date! Sept. 28-30, 2012 Wildwood High School Reunion 1963-1973 Find us at “WHS Multiclass Reunion 2012” Al DeCosta WHS ‘62

Mary Ann Haflin WCHS ‘62

Randy Beverly WHS ‘62

Al Suez, Jr. WCHS ‘62

Joanne Echevarria Myers WHS ‘62

Frank Vogel WHS ‘62

Bill Mitchell WHS ‘62

Judy Johnson Aspenburg WHS ‘62

Joyce Grosse Bramble WHS ‘62

Dorothy Stricklin WHS ‘62

Wexter’s Wayne Hotel (above) at 3400 Atlantic Avenue, which is the S/W corner of Oak and Atlantic Avenue. That location is certainly familiar to most since it is where the Hof Brau once stood. (below) (Remember the Hof Brau is where Bill Haley introduced “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954.) Continued research revealed that between 1926 and 1937, the Wayne became the Hof Brau. The latter was taken down in the late 1960s during Urban Renewal.

Vincent DiMauro WCHS ‘62

Cathleen Nesbitt WCHS ‘62

Domenick Cappachione WCHS ‘62 Dayton Hotel, located on the S/W corner of Wildwood & Atlantic Ave. It was one of the first luxury hotels built just after the turn of the century. The Dayton was torn down in the late 1960s during Urban Renewal.

Susan Waninger McDowell WHS ‘62

Harry Hayward WHS ‘67

Paul Lauriello WHS ‘62

Joseph Doonan WCHS ‘62

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September - October 2012


“The blend of fall colors are so lovely to see, but the leaving of summer saddens me.” September hours Mon. thru Sat. 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM OCTOber hours Fri. & Sat. 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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located at 3907 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood. 609-523-0277 It seems summer days are speeding by us and before long Labor Day will be here. That’s the sad news, but the good news is that for a lot of people that visit us, it was a time for making memories. Those of us that live here take the area for granted, but this year I have come to realize how much “my special place” is also special to so many others. During the sale of our memorial pavers, we are getting sayings like, “treasured memories,” “our happy place,” and “Good Times and Great Memories.” I still consider myself so fortunate to have grown up (and grown old!) in a place that has brought so much happiness to so many. Whatever shortcomings you think our island has, try to remember the good stuff, too! This summer, more people have found us and we have had more visitors this year than usual. They have been generous in their donations of money and artifacts. Inge Laine Friesenborg, Jeri Hoffman McDaniel and Karla Svard Frederick, our every faithful Wildwood High grads, continue to bring in photos and articles pertaining to the schools or area happenings. Inge dropped off a grade school photo from the 1940s from the Philip Baker School and a 1953 WHS Washington Trip photo. Jeri unearthed some very old photos from 1912 and 1914 from Margaret Mace Grade School, grades one and two, and from Karla, we received a very old newspaper article on deep sea fishing. Carl Novsak, of North Wildwood, gave us NJ Firemen’s’ Convention handbooks from 1980 to the early 1990s. The collection also included NJ Firemen’s Convention Life Member ribbons from as early as 1902. The collection belonged to his late father, Ken Novsak. These can be seen in our Fire, Police and Lifeguard Room. A Carol DuBois, whose family had an affiliation with the old Dayton Hotel, sent us a packet of postcards. Most of the time the cards that are sent us are duplicates, but I came across a post card with the Hotel Wayne on the front of it. I asked around and no one had any recollection of this stately hotel including myself. Research revealed that it existed in the 1920s as Wexter’s Wayne Hotel at 3400 Atlantic Avenue, which is the S/W corner of Oak and Atlantic Avenue. That location is certainly familiar to most since it is where the Hof Brau once stood. Continued research revealed that between 1926 and 1937, the Wayne became the Hof Brau. The latter was taken down in the late 1960s during Urban Renewal. Mystery solved! Another great find was brought in by Lorraine Changlin Wheaton for her sister, Frances Changlin Pollard. It was a 1948 Wildwood Hotels, Guest Homes and Apartments book, among other items. Remember, 1948 is before the time of glitzy motels. The closest thing to a motel was the Holly Court at Baker and Atlantic Avenues, or the Sun and Surf at Taylor and Ocean Avenues with their “fireproof bungalows and apartments.” It would be almost eight more years, before we would see the advent of the motels. These books were probably the forerunner of the Greater Wildwood Hotel & Motel books. Special thanks to all of you who supported our Buy-a-brick campaign. We remind everyone else to get in your completed form. One last thought - Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened. Until next time . . . . . . .be happy and be well!

Anne Vinci,

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“Orange, yellow, green, red. . .another leaf just hit my head!” ~Anon.

Fear the P ier! By Alison Heller

5 Miles of Smiles! I found t his sm ile a nd w a nt ed you t o have it .

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Morey’s FEARS- Terror on the Boardwalk will return for a second season! Please, hold your gasps of horror until the end of the article because Morey’s Piers is working on some terrifying new attractions. Did you catch your breath? Good. Let’s continue. The moment our gates of horror shuttered for the season, we started dreaming (more like nightmaring) of new haunts and horrors to scare you in year two! You’ll still be able to experience dark incarnations of your favorite rides including the Sea Serpent, Tea Cups, Super Scooters, Musik Express, Rollie’s Coaster and Moby Dick, if you dare. We are bringing back the carnivorous clowns of CarnEvil and there are signs once again of a creepy cornfield sprouting from the sand behind Raging Waters. This year, Pirates of the Wildwoods will be overtaken by unsettled spirits of the past. Descend into a strange encounter of the paranormal kind on The Other Side, new for 2012. You may have floated lazily in our new River Adventure at Raging Waters. What you don’t know is that the twists and turns of River Adventure have a twisted past! During the construction of the original Endless River at Raging Waters in 1985, a group of construction workers mysteriously vanished! Search efforts turned up neither hair nor bone and as the Endless River aged, the missing workers were forgotten… until now. When demolition commenced this past Fall, strange things began to emerge. Foul smells sent renovations crews running for the restroom in coughing fits. Eerily human whistling faded in

and out along the river’s bends. During a top-secret investigation, specialists uncovered a toxic trench underneath the river… where the missing workers- or some form of them- had been living the entire time. This “mole” community has been living in the toxic trench for over 30 years and it’s quite a disturbing sight. For the first time ever, we’re inviting brave guests to explore their fascinating and frightening community. BEWARE: the workers have not been exposed to mainstream society in decades so we urge you to use caution. There’s no telling how they will react to outsiders… Terror Trench is our newest undertaking for Morey’s Fears and quite frankly, I get the chills just writing about it! Of course, Chef Wally is working on some new Halloween themed tricks and treats. Don’t miss his famous chowders and soups in bread bowls to warm your chilled bones. Much like garlic wards off vampires, our to-die-for pumpkin funnel cake, which is only available during Morey’s Fears, helps keep zombies at bay. Well, probably not, but it IS supernaturally delicious! Jumbo’s will provide nourishment as well as a selection of season craft beers and other frighteningly delicious seasonal drinks and delights on the heated outdoor deck at Jumbo’s. With the perfect marriage of fun and fear, Morey’s Piers is pleased to present Morey’s FEARS- Terror on the Boardwalk 2012! You may now scream and hide. Morey’s FEARS runs from 7pm-11pm October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. This is a gated general admission event. For advance tickets visit

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s There?” “Leaf.” “Leaf Who?” “Leaf me alone.”

Cameron & Audrey had a fun summer working hard in Crabby Chic’s Sweet Shoppe on 17th Ave. in North Wildwood

August 1st is officially Cattle ‘n Clover Day! Owner John Sheppard cuts the ribbon alongside friends, staff and the Greater Wildwoods Chamber of Commerce on the Inaugural Cattle ‘n Clover Day

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“Today is a perfect day for a perfect day!”~Anon.

Where has the summer gone? By Marilyn Guidetti

Alexa Guidetti picked the perfect turkey

I can’t believe summer is almost over. It was a hot summer but we enjoyed it, we had many memorable and fun times. The house was usually full and noisy and everyone took part in the memories. We decorated for Independence Day and that made all of us feel very patriotic. The super markets and grocers usually advertise the big barbeque for the 4th of July, there are so many ads for steaks and hamburgers, etc. The magazines tout the all-American meal and have all sorts of fancy recipes. We decided to really be all-American, we had a TURKEY dinner. Could you really be more patriotic then having a meal that the Pilgrims and American Indians had? The vegetables were locally grown so we really felt so “right” waving the flag. We celebrated all the summer birthdays making the birthday person feel special. It used to be that if anyone had a summer birthday they felt left out, their school friends were not here, neither were other friends and relatives. But now the summer babies usually get a party on the beach, a barbeque and maybe a pool party, so they really get treated well. One of my sons refers to August as his birthday month because he gets to celebrate his birthday many times. The best thing about having a party in the summer at the shore is you have plenty of room on the beach to entertain a crowd. I have a sign hanging by my front door that reads, “May this house always be too small for all our family and friends.” The grandkids look forward to all the special things like when we are together at the table at dinnertime we try to toast their milestones, such as a great report card or making a certain team. This year we toasted one grand- daughter losing

her first tooth and another getting her first one. My refrigerator doors are covered with pictures of all the things that go on with us during the summer. Everyone tries to get a picture on a door, we even have photos of the girls husking fresh corn or taking part in the sidewalk chalk contest. The pets are included too, Brody was in the Dog parade, and last year when we had Tabby the cat with us, she also was posted on the refrigerator door. Sometimes an old beach photo shows up to the surprise of the person in the photo, or sometimes a group picture turns up with loved ones no longer with us and we remember the good times we had together. Hailing from North Jersey, we cheer different sport teams then most of our neighbors, since they are from the Philadelphia area. We will miss them teasing us as we walk past their homes on the way to the beach. My daughter-in-law gave my husband a New York team beach towel which he holds up to edge them on, but it is all in good fun (hope so, Veronica). We exchange Christmas cards with some of these friends and they even carry on the remarks about sports in the cards. Seems like we just took out all the beach gear and outdoor furniture from storage and brought out all the plants, now in just a few weeks everything goes back. It is so sad, the season is too short, maybe because I do not want it to end. My one son refuses to be here Labor Day because he does not want to say good bye to all the things SUMMER. We really know that the end of summer is here when the grandkids line up against the wall in the foyer to be measured. On their last day here for the summer, my husband measures them and records their height on a special ruler on the wall. They love to see how much they grew from the previous year and they tease each other about who grew the most. Spending our summers here for so many years and dealing with the different business and service owners we have become friendly with many of them . They welcome us back in June and they say their goodbyes and wish us well in September, we will miss them too. Goodbye Summer, see you next year!! Marilyn and her husband Bob enjoy their summers in the Wildwoods with their 3 sons and 3 daughter-in-laws, 5 granddaughters and 1 grandson. She writes from her home in North Jersey.

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“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” ~Isaiah 30:15 Churches in the Wildwoods Printed with compliments of The SUN with blessings. To update your listing call 609-522-2721.

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

Anglesea Baptist Church

3rd & Atlantic Ave. 522-2951 Sunday Worship 10:30am Eve. Prayer Meeting 6pm Wednesday Family Bible Classes 7pm

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

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

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

Notre Dame de la Mer Parish Assumption RC Church

7110 Seaview Ave. Wildwood Crest 522-4114 Mon-Fri 8:30am Sat. 4pm Sun. 8:30, 10am

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

Weekday Masses Mon-Fri 7am Sat. 4:30pm / Sun. 7:30, 9, 10:30, 12n Sun. 7pm, Spanish Mass

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

Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Plenty of parking

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

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

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox 301 Anglesea Ave., 522-0152 Orthos 9am Divine Liturgy 10am

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Sunday School 9:45 Sunday Service 11am Eve. Service 6pm Sunday 6pm 97.9fm radio

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18th Ave. & Central Ave. 522-5917 Sunday Service 11am & 6pm

Crest Community Church Crocus & Pacific Aves 522-1618 Sunday Services Casual Sunday Breakfast & Worship: 9:30isham Kind of Formal Worship: 11am clothing closet & FOOD PANTRY Soup Kitchen: Sun & Mon 4:30-6:30

First Baptist Church Maple & Atlantic Ave. 522-2981 Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Service 11am

The Carpenter Shop

4505 Park Blvd. 523-1444 Sunday 10am Weds & Thurs. 7pm Tues. Intensive Care Prayer 6:30pm

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

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Family. Family is a word that brings its own personal set of memories and images to the mind of the person reading this. What does family mean to you? To Pete Visalli, his family is his life. Be it the family related to him by blood- or the family of friends he develops through his warm and welcoming nature. The walls of his home are decorated with photos of his family throughout the years, and each photo comes with a story about the people and circumstances in the photo. His love of family is truly a wonderful thing to feel. Pete Visalli grew up in Philadelphia and North Wildwood, with his large Italian family. His parents, Pasquale and Josephine came here as children in the 1930’s from Cecily, Italy. Pete was the youngest son of 8 children, his brothers being Anthony, Charlie, Joe, Pat, Nicky and his sisters Nicoletta and Natalie. The Visalli’s divided their time between their home in Philadelphia and their home on 17th Street, but by the time Pete was in high school he spent as much time as possible here in North Wildwood. Their home on 17th Street was a huge house, made up of different apartments in which their extended family stayed. His mother took care of everyone, cooking, cleaning, and raising her family. Pete laughed, “my mother could make a leather shoe taste good!” They also owned the field next to the house, in which his father put up bocce ball courts and tables for playing cards and games, as well as a pool and outdoor shower for the kids. In the summers they would have around 20 extended family members down. “We never really went out. Our house was always open,” Pete said. “Friday and Saturday nights the doors were open, music playing, with people singing, dancing, drinking and playing. Everyone came here. All our family and neighbors.” As kids, Pete and his siblings and cousins would enjoy everything the island had to offer. “In the mornings, we would be up on the boardwalk on our bikes, in the afternoon we would go to beach. My father had the first outside hot shower. He took a big tank, painted it black, and put it on the roof. The first few guys got burnt the water was so hot,” Pete laughed. “The island was fantastic to us,” Pete said. “My favorite thing about here was swimming at the beach.” He was always working odd jobs growing up, from selling newspapers on the beach to working for their family friend Tony Catanoso at Cutrey Farms, a general store in North Wildwood. Almost all of his siblings worked there at some point as kids, stocking shelves and sweeping up, doing whatever needed to be done to take care of the store. As the siblings grew up, they all went their own directions and did what they wanted to do- Pete went to Emory Riddle in Florida to become a pilot, but after getting hurt he came back to the island that was always his home and got into the hotel business

with his family. Eventually, all of his family moved down here permanently. Every year, another sibling or family member would move down here. “I remember my Dad sitting at the table saying to my mom, ‘I want all my kids here,’” Pete reminisced. “His family was his life. You did anything and everything for your family and your kids. And when I am talking about family I mean aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews…” His father and mother helped all of their kids start their lives and careers in the Wildwoods. His father would loan them the money they needed to get started, and all of their family worked together to help using their collective knowledge of building, masonry, running businesses, building cars, running homes and a myriad of other skills. “It is was a totally different life. With us, you didn’t dare ask for money. You helped others because it was in your heart to help. We all are where we are today because we helped each other.” Some of the hotels built/owned by their family were the Beachport, Astra Motel, Donarail and the Long Beach Lodge. Pete has had many jobs and businesses over the years, from building houses, to masonry and concrete work like pouring all of the blocks for Saint Anne’s church in Wildwood, to his most interesting job of all- his floating family food joint, a 38 ft. long boat called Captain Weiner’s that he had in the 90’s. “I had a big gimmick for everything. I put a big hot dog on the roof of the boat, and it said come visit Captain Weiner. It was 38 feet long, and I made the whole front a deli with freezers and everything, and I had a few tables with the snacks and toys for kids. “ Essentially the boat was made over into a floating Italian market, and Pete would take it out to Champagne Island and sell hotdogs, hoagies, snacks, and toys. “Back then 300 or more boats would pack Champagne Island.” Hearing stories from Pete is almost like watching a movie- his words and gestures bring all of his tales alive, and by the time you are done talking to him you feel as if you are part of his family and you have known him for ages. His words, “the island was fantastic to us,” are true not just for him and his family, but for all of us reading this article and thinking of our own memories and moments we have spent on this island. In a waythis island has become part of our own families, and our own lives. And I don’t think we would have it any other way.


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My grandmother, Savina Carsillo. Her sole purpose in life during the summer was to catch as many crabs as possible!

My parents outside our house in North Wildwood

“Our Little Shack” Still standing tall despite numerous storms.

I believe in the American Dream. I believe that hard work and self-reliance can take you further than you ever dreamed you could go. And I believe in all of this because of my parents. Between the two of them, my parents had nine years of education – my Dad left school after third grade; my mom, after sixth grade. They married in Italy at the height of the Great Depression, and crossed the Atlantic in steerage class on an ocean worthy vessel called the Conte Grande. They awakened in a city whose streets were not paved in gold as hoped, but streets that were cluttered with soup lines and rationing centers. And yet, the Dream could not be dimmed. Even as the Depression eased, without education, my Dad was forced to find work in West Virginia, leaving his young family behind in Philadelphia. But find work, he did. Menial work making cigars in a factory, but work that would insure the survival of his family. Luckily he was able to return home, and until he retired in 1968, worked in the same cigar making industry, this time making Phillies Cigars. Even with his third grade education, my Dad never smoked. He knew back then that life was healthier without smoking. My mom worked as a seamstress sewing buttonholes by hand for fancy men’s suits. She got paid pennies for each buttonhole, but I remember her practicing and refining her craft at home sewing on different kinds of fabric so that she would get the tension just right on the thread. She had pride in her work. My Dad did too, telling all of his six children that there was dignity in every job whether you dug holes for a living or you were the CEO of a major corporation. Do your job the best way you know how because it says who and what you are. Later when I was in high school and then, when I was only the

second person in my family to attend college, he would tell me, “I’ll never demand all A’s, but I will demand your best”. He had lived a life without the benefits of an education but the man was wise beyond his school years. As a family, we lived a humble life. Only now as adults do my siblings and I realize how poor we were. Granted, there were not as many things to distract you back then, but I think my parents used twice the energy to spend a dollar as they did to earn it. But life was good because we knew we were loved. Dinner was at 5:30 sharp with a table filled with homemade, and sometimes homegrown meals. And it was a table filled with people because dinnertime meant family time. My parents would share things about life that made me think about my future. I knew that this was their American Dream. I knew they had started life with nothing and had raised their six kids by the sweat of their brow. I knew only one thing for sure – that life is not easy and you need to be ready to meet it head on. That, at the end of the day, I would be responsible for who I became and what I did with my life. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my parents. I smile when I remember my Dad telling us that the Constitution doesn’t guarantee us happiness; it only guarantees the right to pursue our happiness. Whether you make cigars for a living, or sew buttonholes for designer suits, the American Dream is there. Dream it, work at it, and make it a reality. My parents instilled a love of the seashore in my siblings and me and saved what money they could over many years in order to buy what my Dad lovingly called ‘Our Little Shack’ in North Wildwood. Of course they bought it just in time for the Storm of ‘62, but God smiled on us and our house survived!

My parents, Paul and Marian Perrucci, with Anna and Clement, my siblings, on the boardwalk

My Mom, my 2 sisters, Maureen and Paula, and I on the beach at Spicer Avenue with a members of the Budano family.

My Mom and 2 brothers, Clement and Frank.

This is the story of the how my parents wound up buying a house in North Wildwood. It really is bittersweet - I had never heard this story or, if I had, I had forgotten it. My brother Frank told me that my parents found the Wildwoods quite by chance when they were very young, when they only had 2 children, Clement and Anna. They came to Wildwood frequently. Then in 1950, my brother, Clement passed away at the age of 19. My parents, because of their grief, stopped going on vacations; the memories of my brother in Wildwood hurt too much. Still, my father would take day trips with my brother, Frank, to take him fishing and crabbing. They would drive to Seaside Heights on a Friday night, sleep in the car, wake up early, and rent a rowboat that they powered with their old 5 HP Elgin engine. As time passed, my parents slowly started to go on vacations again; they realized they loved the seashore and missed the peace and serenity of being near the ocean. Ironically, because of the memories of the time they spent with Clement in Wildwood, they returned and rented a bungalow from the Budano family on Spicer Avenue. When my parents began entertaining the idea of buying a house in the Wildwoods, it was my brother Frank who insisted that they look for a house on the water because he wanted to be able to park his future boat right at his doorstep. In 1961, a small house on Otten’s Canal came on the market. My parents made an offer to the owners and the deal went through. The purchase sent my mom back to work fulltime to pay for the house. My parents raised the house because of the potential for flooding - but who could predict the flooding of March 1962? I remember them praying that our house would still be standing when we drove down to the shore to check for damage. Police were stopping all inbound cars on the Grassy Sound bridge - only those showing proof of ownership could enter the island. When my sister Paula (then 7 years old) saw our house standing tall, she said, ‘Our house is the best house in the whole world!” We had 30” of bay water in the house, and our neighbor’s boat had floated over our fence and was now resting in our yard. My sisters, Maureen and Paula, own the house now. If you sit quietly in the living room or on the porch, you can almost feel the presence of my parents and grandmother and hear the laughter of all of their children who knew that they were truly blessed to be at the shore and breathing in that sweet, salty air. Where else can you grow up learning how to feed yourself directly from the sea - from crabbing off our porch, to fishing in the bay and ocean, to being sent to the beach with nothing but our hands to dig for clams for dinner. We would carry the clams wrapped up in our beach towels and walk back home from the beach at 18th Ave. My mom and grandmother would wash, shuck, chop and cook those clams in the time it took for us to shower. Nothing better in life than to have home made clam gravy on linguini! The tradition continues as my sisters, Maureen and Paula, and I still come to North Wildwood with our families. In October, with God’s blessings, we will have an addition to the next generation of our family which continues the tradition of coming to North Wildwood!

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Thank You Grandmom Submitted by Susan Fulginiti Schmidt

“You look lit”. My dad can usually tell when I have had a

couple of drinks and these were his first words when I walked into the kitchen through the backdoor down the shore. And of course he has an eye for when I have been drinking.  God knows I have had my fair share of late nights and good times at Moore’s in the not so distant past.  And I like to share my good times.   On one occasion, I had such a good time, I felt the need to ring the front door bell a 3AM to gather everyone in the house and regale them with the evening’s adventures. But this time, sorry dear old dad, you were wrong. It has been 39 years.  I was born in the month of July and found myself down the shore in August.  39 years and I have not missed a summer at the shore.  Some of those summers have been lean, like the years I was living in Atlanta and then pounding pavements in NYC during the heat waves, but there was never a year in all my 39 that I haven’t crossed that bridge. The bridge brings with it its own history.  In the early days it was a rickety two lane wooden number.  You could see the boards pop up and rumble from the weight of the car going across in front of you.  And then there was the drawbridge where you could potentially sit for an hour in the Green Hornet car with no air conditioning.  A couple of times my dad sent the kids ahead on their bikes while he sat in traffic in the Eldorado Convertible.  But once we made it on to the island, my grandmother loved to hear the stories of the traffic and the bridge.   “Grandmom,” we would say, “it was bumper to bumper all the way down!” Now it is a new fandangled bridge, a large concrete job, high enough for the boats to pass below.   And while we miss the rickety old wooden model, the anticipation of that bridge remains the same.  It starts with Exit 6 off the Parkway, you go slow around the curve as it sneaks up on you.  Pass the run down motels and some of the left over fishing shacks… and there it is.  The bridge, sitting high over the marsh, the smell of the

bay, the Ferris Wheel in the distance, Ocean to the left. Pass the osprey’s nest on the long road coming home to the shore. This one particular passing was special.   I was alone.   I could blare the radio loud with the perfect song and throw down both windows and sing at the top of my lungs until my ears were ringing.   The future will bring with it baby seats, lullabies, and cars loaded with baggage and bicycles.   Windows will be required to be in the full and upright position, air conditioning firmly in place.   But not this time.   This time, it was just me, the perfect song and the smell of the bay.   I slowed down to make it last forever. The rest of the hours were just as good as the bridge crossing.  I rode my bike to the beach.  Fell asleep while still conscious enough to hear the ocean.  I watched the Beschen-Callahan races and then watched my beach chair throw long shadows on the sand from the setting sun.    I laughed with my family until I cried.  I found some old friends and made some new ones.  Took some runs on the seawall and sat on the beach for hours. I come here every year to reconnect.  To plug in and fill up. Wildwood is a special, special place.  It is quite possibly my favorite place in the whole world (and I consider myself a fairly well travelled person).  This is not a place where you walk away feeling you are not enough, that you have to work harder and be more and have more.  This is not a place of the haves and the have nots.  There are no McMansions built on the ocean and no private beach signs.   There are no expensive parking permits or dinner reservations that you can’t get.   There is plenty of time for pretentions in the city.  Leave those on the Parkway.  When you cross that bridge, just come as you are. All of our North Wildwood inhabitants enjoy the beach block on our bikes and the sea wall is our communal gathering place.  You wave good morning to everyone as you sip your coffee.  And for that moment, we are all equals, all enjoying the same intoxicating magnetism of the shore, regardless of what you have and where you came from.

4 generations of memories and nostalgia at Grandmom’s North Wildwood shore house

And as communal is our beach; it is the same for our homes. In true Jersey Shore style, we all live on top of each other.  I know my neighbor wears striped underwear and she knows my bra size, the secrets revealed by the clothesline.  And we have had our full share of conversations in the yard, across the fence, in a towel after an outside shower. We have a boardwalk with rides that rival Six Flags, legit fireworks every Friday night, and seagulls that will steal a bagel, ham and cheese sandwich right out of your hand mid bite.   We have the Soul Cruisers, the Chatterband, Westys, Keenans, and Claude’s.   We have Boob the bartender at Flipflops and so many stories to tell from Summer 2004, it would make a rock star blush. We now have a new generation in our little house at the shore.   Our house with the donkey pulling the cart and the statue of St. Francis on the front lawn.   Our house with the Blessed Mother (who replaced the praying hands) in the window.   We have new additions to the family who will celebrate their birthday in the backyard, come to crave the clanging sounds of the front gate, and who will cry every time they have to leave the shore. When my cousin was born, 44 years ago, our grand mom bought a shore house.   She bought it so that the family would always be together.   This morning was my birthday.  I rode my bike on the boardwalk with my dad all the way to the Crest and back and sat on the rocks at 2nd street to say hello to my mom.   We walked on the beach and on our way back I ran into that ocean with abandon, dove into a wave and I swear I heard the angels singing. So thank you Grand mom.   And yes Dad, I guess you were right after all.   I was lit.  Absolutely, positively, lit up…from the inside, with joy.


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F sh Stor es bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb front. Imagine this scene of you standing knee deep in the surf. A Blue sky and a stiff breeze at your back, crashing surf with bait fish jumping out of the Capt. Gary with his grandchildren water. Stripers tails slapping your legs as they chase the bait. That excitement can occur as schools of bait Hello and Welcome fellow Anglers get forced to the beach by Blues or Stripers. When this article comes to print a reality will have The inshore shoals keep the best Fluke fishing into settled in my mind. The bucket list of Summer’s the Fall. Sea Bass also school back up on the wrecks activities is longer then the season will allow, as for excellent catches. The mud slough outside Herthe blessings of a warm summer fate into the Fall. eford Inlet becomes a hotbed for schools of Weaks, (okay this year I’ll say hot) The record weather Blues, and Croakers. The choices abound in the did change some patterns of fishing. The serious ocean at this time of the year. And OH did I mention fisherman is often obsessed over weather. It usu- weather. The off shore fishery is based on the tuna ally makes the difference on success or failure. If bite. Yellow fin hopefully stay within reach at the 20 we only could find a reliable source of weather in- fathom lumps. formation we all could believe. I hope you all will earmark your next Thanksgiving turkey wishbone Here’s a brain twister for Marine Fisheries. I have noticed a recent trend in Fluke fishing the past two for fulfillment of that wish. seasons. I have noticed larger Fluke but less overall Reflecting on this summer besides the hot weather, numbers of fish in general. Beachfront Fluke have the Delaware Bay had it’s worst season to date, basically disappeared. If we are releasing fish under that I can remember. The upper bay fishery, other seventeen and a half inches, where are they now. I than Weakfish and Sharks, was extremely poor. If believe the focus on only large fish (the best breedyou don’t believe me talk to someone in the Forte- ers) is a recipe for failure. Slot catches across the size cue area. Hopefully this pattern will not continue lines would be my unofficial suggestion. It worked into the Fall. The first Fall cool front eases back the for Stripers. Marine Fisheries for all its regulations pace of the island life. A good night’s sleep with and restrictions has deemed its program a success. I a cool breeze from a open window and lacking offer them a challenge to come and fish with hook the normal summer noise is a treat. More impor- and line for Fluke in this area and tell about their tantly, the cooler ocean water starts the schooling great success. of bait, and the Fall run of fish. The secret this time of year is to find where the bait and the game fish On a lighter note, now is the time to plan a trip to enwill be nearby. Whether it be Bluefish, Stripers, joy the blessing of the ocean. She holds endless unWeakfish, or Croakers. Larger Stripers will start known bounties and experiences waiting for you to to increase their presence around the bridges and explore. Such an experience with nature may make jetties. Chunking in the Delaware Bay will start to you reflect on where you are in life. Regardless of produce nice Stripers as they migrate down and your station in life, it‘s good to feel small next to naout of the bay. They should arrive in the rips by ture. Sharing this experience with someone special enriches the moment Forever. late October. The ocean should have schools of bunker for the God bless and Welcome to the Wildwood High ReStripers and Blues to attack. Snagging a live bun- union of 2012 ker and live lining him under the school can be a very effective technique. Surf fishing should also North Wildwood, NJ improve with all the bait activity on the Beach-

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he coming of the railroads to the Wildwoods and the building of the railroad stations brought businesses to the area of the stations. One of the businesses that grew around the railroad stations were the small corner grocery stores that sold fresh produce, baked goods and breads, meats and cold cuts, sandwiches, newspapers and cleaning supplies. The first American grocery store was built in North Wildwood in 1903 at First and Central Avenues. By 1928, there were six more American stores in the Wildwoods: 17th and New Jersey Avenues,3403 Pacific, 3921 Pacific, 4616 Pacific at Andrews, Park Boulevard at Montgomery and one at the corner of New Jersey and Sweet Briar Road in Wildwood Crest. As the population grew, the American stores expanded throughout New Jersey and the towns in Cape May County. They changed their name to Acme. There was an Acme store where Fireside Pizza is now at 4101 Pacific at Youngs, and one at 3011 Pacific at Maple which had a huge neon sign that lit up the night. That Acme closed in the Sixties. It is now the site of Atilis Gym.

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On June 14, 1956, a new Acme opened at Park Boulevard between Hildreth and Bennett Avenues. This store was state-of-the art at that time. It was air-conditioned and had Magic Carpet doors which opened by themselves as someone approached! There were conveyor belt checkouts, a Rotis-o-Mat for roasting chickens, fresh fish and poultry, a live lobster tank, drugs and cosmetics, self service produce and meat cases. Since traveling by car was heavily promoted in the Fifties, the store was built so patrons could drive up to load packages and also with a black top surfaced lot that held 107 cars. By 2005, this Acme, the only one remaining in the Wildwoods, was no longer adequate. So this Acme was demolished and rebuilt and opened on May 25, 2006, with a Doo Wop theme. The light blue paint, the original style signage, the neon sign and the art deco waves were included to give it the genuine look. The new Acme is double the size of the old one to accommodate the summer visitors as well as provide the residents with all the services they requested.

The American Store at 1st and Central in North Wildwood was built in 1903 It later belonged to the Melchiorre family. See their story on P. 48

The American Store at 4400 Park Blvd at Montgomery Avenue as it looked recently when it was M. Zimmerman & Sons, Inc. In 2006, the Doo Wop style Acme on Park and Hildreth Aves., below, replaced the one above, originally built in 1956.

The American Store at 4101 Pacific Avenue in Wildwood opened in 1924.

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Acme Market at Maple & Pacific Aves. where Atlis Gym is today

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This photo taken in1943 shows Acme employees l-r, unidentified, Anne Iaconangelo Zook, Slim Norton, center, unidentified, and Marian Shivers Mouklas on far right.

c. 1935, Inside the American Store at 17th and New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood. All employees wore aprons and white shirts and ties.


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