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“That far-resounding roar is the Ocean’s voice of welcome.  His salt breath brings a blessing along with it.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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See what’s inside . . .a nostalgic collection of All-Things-Wildwood FIVE MILES OF SMILES PAGES 62, 63, 68, 93 BATHING BEAUTIES PAGES 38, 82, 84, 85, 89, 97 WHILE YOU WERE AWAY Pages 9-23 BESCHEN-CALLAHAN Page 30 I MET MY TRUE LOVE Page 35 A SUMMER COTTAGE by Mark Peyko P. 36 HEADING DOWN THE SHORE by Dorothy Kulisek P. 42 CHARLIE NEILL by Jessica W. Mumford P. 44

There’s something very special about summertime at the beach; particularly here in Wildwood by-the-Sea. Whether we are locals or summer folk, we are all drawn here and something holds us here, to enjoy our own personalized rituals and customs on its shores year after year! Just as the sky is so much bluer at the beach, likewise people tend to be so much happier here, and life is just more wonderful. Being at the beach allows us to congregate around one of the most profound of all natural phenomena: a line where the continent ends and a giant stretch of water begins. The beach is basically the end of the world; when we are standing on it, it’s hard not to feel a primitive connection to all the generations of seashore lovers who have been drawn to the same edge. When we swim in the ocean, we do it, not just to cool off, but to commune for a while with its wild, eternal, mysterious vastness. The salt water and sunshine have a mood altering, mermaid-like effect on me personally. It’s like a sort of baptism at which being immersed is the most natural feeling of closeness to Gods creation there is.

GEORGE & COOKIE LATELLA by M. A. Leslie P. 46 WILDWOOD DAYS Lori Downey P. 48 HOFFMAN AGENCY CENTERFOLD EAT, DRINK, SHOP DOWNTOWN Pages 52-60 ALMOST HOLLYWOOD by Michele Curtis Page 64 TENT CITY by Anita HIrsch P. 66-67 SUNSET LAKE by Joe Russo P. 69 ROMEO & LOVE by Al Love P. 70 RICHARD BONELLI by Anita Hirsch P. 71

This summer, as you sit happily facing out to sea, each in your own blissful beach chair, digging little holes with your feet, remember the gifts that come from the sea~ mainly the gratitude that you receive from being here at the edge of the world. It’s something deep within our souls that draws us to the Wildwoods and holds our hearts here forever in this special place.

COCA-COLA by Ione Laffey P. 72

With the 10th summer of The Sun officially upon us, my heart overflows with thanks to our readers, our friends, and especially our advertisers for their part in the creation of what some readers call ‘’a little piece of heaven’. I invite you to reminisce through ten years of homemade happiness in the stories and photos compiled especially for your reading pleasure.

CHURCHES ON THE ISLAND P. 79

MOVIE BUFF GOES TO HOLLYWOOD by Meg Corcoran Page 81

May it briefly cause time to stand still. . .

18TH ST. CANAL Gina Prickril P. 86-87

I’ll see you again in September. Until then, may you be forever changed as you stand beside the ocean, may your hearts overflow with endless summer days and may this special collector’s edition of The Sun by-the-Sea knock your flip flops off!

WILDWOOD MEMORIES by Annamarie Newell Salasin Page 88

Dear Visitors, Thank you so much for visiting our happy little island. Be safe and enjoy your well earned vacation! We ask that you please patronize our advertisers. They have been working hard to bring you the very best that the Wildwoods have to offer. Oh! . . . and could you let them know you saw their ad in The Sun? Thank you!

SUMMER VACATION by Jeanette Siravo Guile Page 76 FIRST BABIES Page 78 SUMMER MEMORIES by Marge Guziak Page 80

BACK HOUSE Maureen Saraco P. 90 MY FRIEND by Louann Catanoso P. 92

Dorothy

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

WILDWOOD HISTORIC SOCIETY BLAST FROM THE PAST! by Anne Vinci Pages 94-95 BEACH & BOARDWALK MEMORIES by Inge Freisenborg Laine Page 96 NEW MEMORIES Gina Catinella P. 97 FISHING/TIDES by Gary Sloan P. 98-99

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The SUN by-the-sea©2013 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 • Mia Chiarella Meg Corcoran • Lori Downey • Marge Guziak Kirk Hastings • Anita Hirsch • Bob Ingram M. A. Leslie • Al Love • Jessica W. Mumford Steve Murray • Mark Peyco • Gina Prickril Joe Russo • Maureen Saraco • Gary Sloan • Anne Vinci

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10 Seasons of The SUN!

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“He leadeth me beside still waters, and restoreth my soul.”

~Psalm 23: 2-3

July Events

J u ly Hath 31 Days.

Full Buck or Thunder Moon July 22nd 2:16p.m. Sirius, also called the Dog Star, is the brightest star in the night sky. –The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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Presents: 2013 Calendar of Events!

August 19

7/3 Dog Days of Summer Begin. . . Always make sure your pet has a cool, shady place to go on a hot day. 7/4 INDEPENDENCE DAY “God Bless America.” For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

7/12-14 Anglesea BLUES Festival & NJ State BBQ Championship Old NJ Ave., Smokin’ hot blues on an outdoor stage. Free. 609.523.6565

7/4 July 4th PATRIOTIC ENTERTAINMENT at Centennial Park Fern Rd. & Ocean Ave. 7:30pm. SEE PAGE 8 for more info

7/8-13 Dance Xplosion Wildwood Convention Center. 7am-11pm Daily FREE. 516.781.3400 7/17-18 Miss North Wildwood Competition 10am Northend American Grill. Teen competition and luncheon. 609-374-0562. 609.780.5744

7/4 Independence Day Parade. Bike Decorating Contest 9th & Atlantic at 9am. Pooch Parade. 8th St. Field 9a.m. 609-522-2955 7/4 Fourth of July Fireworks Display Wildwoods Boardwalk @ Pine 10pm. FREE. 609.523.1602 or www.doowildwood.com

Car Show at Cold Spring Village Open to all vehicles.

August 31, September 1-2

7/4 Fourth of July Beach ‘n Boardwalk 5K Run & 1 Mile Family Walk 9am-11am. begins at the Wildwoods Sign 609.849.8887 7/4 ‘Adjust Your Attitude’ FREE Summer Concert “Changes in Latitudes”Jimmy Buffet tribute band at Fox Park, Wildwood 6pm. 609.729.9000 7/5 WWE Live returns to the Oceanfront Arena, Wildwood. Come see your favorite WWE SUPERSTARS in action! 609.729.9000 or wwe.com

All GM Car & Truck Show

September 20-22

Wildwoods Boardwalk Classic Car Auction www.wildwoodnjclassiccarauction.com

October 6-7

Wildwood Ford Car & Truck Show

October 25

Halloween Parade & Fun Fair

Come see us at the Doo Wop Museum

located at Fox Park on Ocean Ave. across from the Wildwoods Convention Center!

Wildwoods Cruise Nights

All Summer Long on Wednesday Nights at Fox Park 7pm-10pm

7/5-7 Sports Card, Comic Book, Beanie & Toy Expo Wildwoods Convention Center, Friday, 3-9pm, Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. 10am- 5 pm. www.rksportspromotions.com FREE. 732.422.9365 7/6 Sidewalk Chalk Competition 9am Prizes awarded. 8th St. Field, North Wildwood 7/6-7, 13-14, 27-28 Boardwalk SID Craft Show Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood. All handmade products. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily. Free. 609.522.0378 or 609.522.0198. 7/9 CRIME WATCH North Wildwood Rec Center 7/12-13 Missing Claude’s Restaurant? Claude and Mary Pottier have teamed up with Andy and Lynn Moceri of Life is Good to host a Fundraising dinner @ Stone Harbor Am. Legion. Tickets are $100 pp, tout inclus! All net proceeds benefit Life is Good Kid’s Foundation, Playmakers helping kids through the power of play. Choose from 3 of Claude’s most popular entrees, & from 2 of Mary’s famous desserts along with hors d’oeuvres, salad, wine and beer. Tickets are available at Life is Good Stone Harbor 229 96th St. More details are available at www.lifeisgoodstoneharbor.com or at Claude’s Facebook page.

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7/13-14 Wildwood Cornhole Tournament On Beach between Lincoln and Garfield Avenues, Wildwood. Bags fly 11am. 609.729.8870

7/19 5th Annual “Beach Day” inlet beach, 2nd & Ocean, N. Wildwood, 11am 7/19-21 Morey’s Piers Beach Sports Weekend at Cedar Ave. beach 522.3900 7/13-14 Cape Express “MORE” Beach Blast Soccer between Cedar & Poplar. Wildwood. 8am-6pm.Daily. www.CapeExpress.com. 7/13 DUKE of FLUKE Fishing Tournament Sterling Harbor Marina, Rio Grande Ave., Shawcrest. Wildwood. 7:30am 609.729.1425 7/20-21 Hereford Lighthouse Maritime Festival. FREE 9-5 North Wildwood. 522-4520. 7/20 NJ State Crabfest “Crabby” fun for all ages! at the ICE HOUSE Restaurant, 4415 Park Blvd.,Wildwood. 11am-10pm. 609.522.0033 7/20 Christmas in July with Santa Claus On the Beach in North Wildwood.Candy canes and entertainment featuring the musical McGuigans with John O’Brien.1pm. 609.522.7500

7/20 Antique Car Show FREE On the boardwalk between 16th & 26th Avenues in North Wildwood. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 609.522.6442 7/20 Paul VI High School Alumni Reunion Summer Party Flip Flopz in NWW 3pm-7pm vesperfamily@comcast.net pvihs.org 7/21-26 Sophisticated Productions Dance Competition Wildwood Convention Center. 7/26-28 Annual Co-Ed Beach Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. On the Beach at Oak & Poplar Ave., Wildwood. 856.696.9705 7/27 Wild Half Mile Kids Marathon - FREE Wildwoods Convention Center & Boardwalk. 8-10 a.m. 609.522.3900 or MoreysPiers.com 7/27-8/8 Delia’s Warehouse Clothing Sale Wildwoods Convention Center. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily.609.729.9000 or www.WildwoodsNJ.com 7/27 Wildwood Crest Cornhole Tournament 10am Jefferson Ave. Beach

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7/27 King of the Court Soccer Tennis Tournament. Fox Park tennis courts, on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues, Wildwood.

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

7/31 Wildwoods Baby Parade Wildwood tradition since 1909. on the boardwalk at WW Conv. Center 5pm. Rain Date: 8/2 609.729.4000.


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

August Events

August H ath 31 Days.

Full Sturgeon Moon August 20th 9:45p.m.

“Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Poet (1807-1882)

8/1-3 Morey’s Piers A Closer Walk Christian Youth Event, Schellenger Ave. Boardwalk. Youth groups & families weekend of camping on the beach, live Christian music & worship services, to help you take “a closer walk with Christ”. 8/3-4,17-18, 24-25 BOARDWALK SID CRAFT SHOWS south of Wildwood Convention Center 8/2-4 Battle at the Beach Wildwoods Convention Center, 8 am. www.nagafighter.com. 8/2-4 Morey’s Piers Beach Field Hockey Tournament/ On the beach between Cedar & Poplar Aves, Wildwood. 609.522.3900 or MoreysPiers.com 8/3 Wildwood Crest Antique, Classic and Hot Rod Car Show First United Methodist Church, Fern Rd. & Atlantic Ave. 609.522.5256 8/7 Nat’l Lighthouse Day Hereford Light,10am

Summer Races

7/5 Cape May County Lifeguard Championships, Rambler Rd. Beach, 6pm 7/12 Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Race 15th St. & Beach. 6pm 7/13 BOOGIE BOARD RACES 10am 15th Ave. 7/24 OCBP Women’s Lifeguard Invitational Races 34th St. beach, OC. 6:15pm. 15 Women’s beach patrols compete. 7/27 ESA SJ District Surf Contest 7am 12th St. Beach. Call 609.884.5277 7/27 Sand Blast Beach Run 6pm 15th Ave. 8/3 BoardWALK for the Cure. 9am www.boardwalk4cure.org. 267.496.6419 8/3 Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Race 8:45am 609.523.0202. 5K & a 1-mile fun run/walk.

8/7-10 Harlem Globetrotters “4 Times the Fun” Appearing at the Oceanfront Arena in the Wildwoods Convention Center. Featuring 4 fun-filled shows to entertain the whole family and 4 point shots to be scored....you’ll really want to see this! Ticket prices and show times TBA. 609.729.9000/ www.WildwoodsNJ.com

8/17 Tri/Du the Wildwoods 15th & the Beach. Triathlon (swim, bike, run). Duathlon (run, bike, run) Try It! 7am. 609.374.6495. DelmoSports.com

8/10 12th Annual SOCS - Survivors of Cancer Lighthouse Pointe Wildwood. 2-6pm. Music, food , beer, wine, soda, door prizes, raffles, and chinese auction. Ticket donation $20. Contact Ed Rodgers 609 465-7655 (or at the door)

8/26 NEW! Wild Half Marathon 856.468.0925 www.cgiracing.com

8/11 North Wildwood Flea Market 39th Annual~JFK Blvd from 2nd & 13th Aves. 8/13 CRIME WATCH Meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the North Wildwood Rec Center on 9th & Central. 8/18 UWCMC Rubber Ducky Regatta. Raging Waters Water Park, Morey’s Piers. Come see 10,000+ rubber ducks race in the endless river! 7p.m. 609.729.2002 www.uwcmc.com. 8/23-25 Sports Card, Comic Book, Beanie and Toy Expo Wildwoods Convention Center. FREE. 732.422.9365 www.rksportspromotions.com. 8/24 Philadelphia Soul Summer Slam 215.253.4900 x 162 or philadelphiasoul.com

8/18 Rubber Ducky Regatta 7:30 Raging Waters, Schellenger Ave. & Boardwalk 8/19 Around the Island Row 15th Ave. 7am

Whatever you’re Looking for... You’ll find it at the

North Wildwood Flea Market!

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“Best Events at the Jersey Shore” Here are just a few of the exciting events this season: July 4 Independence Day Parade Beach ‘n Boardwalk Patriotic Run/Walk Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band Concert FREE! Patriotic Concert Fireworks Spectacular July 5 WWE Live July 5-7 Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show July 8-13 Dance Xplosion National Dance Finals July 12-14 NJ State BBQ Championships & Anglesea Blues Festival July 19-21 Beach Sports Weekend July 20 NJ State Crab Festival July 20-21 Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival

July 20-21 Handcraft Unlimited Craft Show July 21-26 Sophisticated Productions Nat’l Dance Competition July 26-28 Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament July 27 Wild Half Mile Kids Marathon July 30 The Wildwoods Baby Waddle July 31 Wildwoods Baby Parade a tradition since 1909! August 2-4 Grappling Tournament August 3 5k Beach Race August 3 Antique, Classic & Hot Rod Car Show August 7-10 Harlem Globetrotters

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8/25-30 Restaurant Week. Wine and dine in some of Wildwoods finest restaurants. 609.522.2444 or www.wildwoodnj.org. 8/31, 9/1-2 Handcraft Unlimited Labor Day Craft Show Wildwood Convention Cr. Sat 9-5/ Sun 10-4. Quality crafters. 717.656.3208 or www. handcraft-unlimited.com

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9/1 Wildwood Block Party. Fox Park, Wildwood. Family Fun Free entertainment, concert by major entertainers. 12noon. 609.522.2444.

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10 years of irish luck!

“Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.” ~Colin Farrell

er 19th~22n b m e t d Sep e 199 2 Sinc

2013

Irish Fall Festival th r o s ’ N d o o w d l i W

22ND Annual Thursday, September 19th

A.O.H. Golf Tournament - $90. before 9/5 after 9/5 $100. Cape May National Golf Course, Rt. 9 & Fairway Dr. - 2 miles South of Rt. 47 Time: 8:30am Continental Breakfast 7:30am

Includes:Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Beer, Soda, Water, Golf, Golf Cart & Prizes BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE • Anglesea Fire Hall 2nd & Olde NJ Ave. • Along Surf Ave. to 26th Ave. • Additional service to Wildwood and Wildwood Crest

For more info visit gatrolley.com

Live Amateur Boxing - $25. in advance • $30. at door The Tent at The Pointe at Moore’s Inlet

Friday, September 20th

Vendors - 8AM to 7PM Olde New Jersey Avenue Live Irish Entertainment 12NOON to 10:30PM Olde New Jersey Avenue

Saturday, September 21st

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

Sunday, September 22nd

MASS - 10:30 AM Saint Ann’s R.C. Church, Glenwood & Atlantic Avenues Protectors of the Faith Guards, the Emerald Society Color Guard and Bag Pipers including a liturgical bag pipe soloist

PARADE - 12:30 PM Starting at 20th & Surf to Spruce & Olde New Jersey Avenues GRAND MARSHALL - Jere Cole - National Director of the Ancient Order of Hibernians VENDORS - 8AM to 7PM Olde New Jersey Avenue OFFICIAL IRISH MUSIC TENT CONTINUOUS IRISH ENTERTAINMENT ALL WEEKEND LONG {Across from The Pointe at Moore’s Inlet}

1-800-IRISH-91 or www.cmcaoh.com


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“Under the boardwalk. . . down by the sea. . . on a blanket with my baby. . . is where I’ll be.” ~The Drifters

The City of Wildwood by-the-Sea

4 th ANNUAL

Presents the

BIGGER CASH PRIZES FOR 2013!

Summer 2013 4400 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood, NJ 08260 tel: (609) 522-2444 fax: (609) 523-2444 www.Wildwoodnj.org

Summer Events

in Wildwood by-the-Sea

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

Concert Under the Stars FREE Concerts All Summer Long! *All Shows Sundays 7:30pm

July 13-14

On the beach between Wildwood & Oak Aves.

NJ State Crab Festival July 20

Park Blvd. & Davis Ave.

Ultimate Frisbee Tournament July 26-28

On the beach at Oak to Rio Grande Aves.

Wildwoods Baby Parade July 31

A Wildwood tradition since 1909 on the boardwalk at 5pm. Free.

Fox Park Amphitheater

2013 Schedule of Concerts July 7

Sounds of Society Chicago Tribute Band

July 14

First Ladies of Rock & Soul 60s Girl Group Hits

July 21

Purple Reign The Prince Tribute Show

July 28

Blackthorn Celtic Rock Music

August 4

August 24

Wildwoods Restaurant Week

Mahoney Brothers Jukebox Heroes

On the beach at Schellenger Ave.

August 25-30

Various restaurants island-wide

Save the Date!

Wildwood Block Party & Music Fest September 1st at Fox Park.

J U LY 13 & 14 2 0 1 3

ON THE BEACH AT WILDWOOD AVE.

IN WILDWOOD, NJ

CASH PRIZES UP TO 6 th pLACE!

Jeremiah Hunter Band Old Time Rock-N-Soul Bittersweet 1950s to Today Dance Music

Philadelphia Soul Summer Slam

S UN DA Y

$1000

June 28 - Aug. 30

Wildwood Cornhole Tournament

Win a cornhole SET EACH TOURNAMENT!

1 st P r i z e

Friday Night Summer Fireworks Extravaganza On the beach at Pine Ave., Wildwood 10pm FREE www.dowildwood.com

SAT U R DAY

August 11

August 18

Beatlemania Beatles Tribute

August 25

Greater Kensington Stringband

FOR RULES & REGISTRATION VISIT:

W W W . W I LD W O O D CO R N H O LE . CO M LIKE US! facebook.com/wildwoodcornholeTOURNAMENT


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“Summer! A season that has all too short a date.” ~ William Shakespeare

Summer in the Crest www.wildwoodcrest.org

SPECIAL JULY 4TH ENTERTAINMENT Thursday, July 4TH at Centennial Park, 8 p.m.

Live Broadway-style USO revue show with the Manhattan Dolls at Centennial Park (Fern Road & Ocean Avenue) at 8 p.m. featuring patriotic music. FREE all-ages show, bring a blanket or a chair. Wildwoods’ Fourth of July fireworks show at 10 p.m. visible from east side of park. Log on to www.visitwildwoodcrest.com or call 523-0202 for more information.

BEACH PIER OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASSES July through August 25

Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road, 8:30 a.m. daily. Various one-hour fitness classes, including Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and more, overlooking the ocean from the scenic beach pier. Cost: $5 per class, or 12 classes for $50. No pre-registration necessary. Sunday - Yoga Monday - Yogalates Tuesday - Cardio Pump/Aerobics Wednesday - Cardio Workout & Body Toning Thursday - Kickboxing Friday - Pilates Saturday - Kickboxing

OUTDOOR ZUMBA 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, thru Sept 28 8:30 a.m. Mon & Weds., thru Sept 2

at Centennial Park, Fern Road & Ocean Ave.

YOGA ON THE LAKE Tues & Thurs at 7:30pm July 9 through Aug. 15 The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department offers free evening yoga classes on the beautiful Sunset Lake at Miami Road every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30p.m. to dusk. Recreation leader Bobi Watson will direct an eclectic array of styles, calming the mind, focusing energy and enhancing the yogic journey, while simultaneously offering the opportunity to enjoy a twilight sunset on the beautiful Sunset Lake. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and should also bring a mat or a blanket.

visitwildwoodcrest.com

WILDWOOD CREST SUMMER LIVE MUSIC SERIES July through September 1

at Centennial Park, Fern Rd. and Ocean Aves. Every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAYS 7:30 to 9:30p.m. July 3 ~ Little Rock Band July 10~ Kick it Out - Heart Tribute Band July 17 ~ Cape Harmonaires/Sweet Adelines July 24~ No Limit July 31 ~ The Groove August 7~ Dogged N Driven August 14 - Ribic’s Cube 3 August 21 ~ Star Band August 28 ~ Cape Harmonaires

SATURDAYS 7:30 to 9:30p.m. July 6 ~ 2U (U2 Tribute) July 13 ~B Street (Springsteen Tribute Band) July 20 ~ Soft Parade (Doors Tribute) July 27 ~ Bennie & the Jets (Elton John Tribute) August 3 ~ Storm Front (Billy Joel Tribute) August 10 ~ Parrotbeach (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) August 17 ~ Don’t Call Me Francis August 24 ~ Almost Journey (Journey Tribute) August 31 ~ Purple Reign

Borough of

WILDWOOD CREST Recreation & Tourism

PRESENTS: SUMMER OF 2013 WILDWOOD CREST RECREATION DEPT.

5800 Ocean Ave. Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260 (609) 523-0202 fax: (609) 522-1669 Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool (609) 522-0084 Wildwood Crest Tennis Courts (609) 729-2628

Cape May County Lifeguard Championships Friday, July 5th Rambler Rd. Beach, 6pm

Wildwood Crest Cornhole Tournament

Saturday July 27th 10am at Heather Road Beach

Horseshoes-type game involving teams of two persons tossing small bags filled with corn toward a small wooden board with holes. Registration fee required. 609-523-0202

Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Run Saturday, August 3rd, 8:45AM

One Mile Fun Run/Walk beginning and ending at the foot of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier on Heather Rd. Call 523-0202 for Registration information

Save the Dates!

WILDWOOD CREST FARMERS’ MARKET Sunday Mornings June 30 - Sept. 1

Firefighters’ Weekend Craft Show

Local vendors selling fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, sauces, fresh flowers and much more! Call 523-0202 for more info.

Wildwood Crest Annual Seafarer’s Celebration

8:30am - 12:30pm Sunrise Park at Rambler Road

WILDWOOD CREST 5K BEACH RUN Saturday, August 3rd at 8:45am

Grab your running shoes! The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will host a 5K Beach Run (and one-mile fun run/walk) Saturday, Aug. 11th at 8:30a.m. The run will begin and end at the edge of the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier on the beach at Heather Road. All registered participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Call 523-0202 for info.

PATRIOT’S DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE Tuesday, September 11th, 5:30pm Miami & New Jersey Avenues

Service to honor and remember those who perished in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Friday & Saturday, September 13th & 14th

Friday & Saturday, September 20th & 21st

Friday, Sept. 20 - Centennial Park: Live music at 7:30 p.m., followed by beachfront fireworks show at 9 p.m. (Rain date for fireworks is Saturday at 9 p.m.) Saturday, Sept. 21 - Sunset Lake: Daylong street festival (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) featuring live music, food, craft vendors, street performers, children’s/family entertainment

Wildwoods’ Hydrofest Powerboat Races Saturday & Sunday October 12th & 13th

Sunset Lake along New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Rd. & Miami Ave., 9am-4pm. Live powerboat racing, along with food, craft and merchandise vendors. www.wildwoodshydrofest.com


Here’s to a decade of Sun-sational news!

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PrimoHoagies4.qxp:Layout 6/23/11 AM “The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the 1sea.” - Isak12:24 Dinesen

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . W ILDWOOD - 10 SEASONS“

& Deli

{A bit of breezy chat about the island’s happenings from Labor Day 2004 through Memorial Day 2013}

. . . as it was reported by The Sun

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The years teach much which the days never knew.” Who knew 10 years ago when The SUN by-the-sea was lovingly launched how much we would learn about the Wildwoods and how fortunate we would be to pass along that information? We also could not have imagined the extent to which our landscape would irrevocably change while still retaining its heartfelt beauty. It has been our pleasure to report on the countless hellos and sad goodbyes we have witnessed in that time, each one leaving an indelible mark. We’ve mourned the loss of Moore’s Inlet and watched as The Thunderbird flew the coop. The seawall and ongoing bike path were constructed to lead visitors and tourists through town, highlighting the panoramic view, while the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, through many restoration phases, continues doing its part to safely light the way. Now, as seasons change, our seaside scenery has gotten even brighter in anticipation of all the sun-drenched Wildwood events we can’t wait to cover!

A doowop bulldozer razing a doowop town. Photo taken on 14th Ave. 2004

We begin with a compilation of all of the places gone (but not forgotten, at least by committed Wildwood historians) during the years 2004-2005 with our apologies if we’ve mistakenly reported any of these places. The Nut Hut on the Boardwalk, Algie’s Bike Shop on 17th (relocated to the Crest on Wisteria & N.J. Ave.) Breeze Court, Seaside Gardens , Variety Store/ Arcade at 17th & Surf , Sea Rose Motel, Colson’s Lumber, Martinique Bar & Hotel, Church turned Quo Vadis NightClub, Bay Sea Motel, Fantasy Motel , Dune Motel , Bonanza Motel, Carousel Motel, Montacello Motel , Lavender Motel, Earle Motel, Ebb Tide Motel,

Silver Dollar Motel, Tahiti Motel, Sattelite Motel, Siesta Motel, Sands Resort, South Beach Motel, Waterway Motel, Casa Bahama, Angel Inn, Nomad Motel, Swan Motel, Palm Beach Motel, Sun Rest Motel, Notre Dame Motel, Lighthouse Motel, Blue Jay Motel, Tally Ho Motel, Shea’s Market, Waterway.

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full Deli counTer • Lunchmeats Sliced to Order • Rolls • Pickle Barrel • Salads •Sides

Hoagie Trays for every occasion • Italian Sampler Trays • Italian Specialties & Salads • Healthy Alternative Hoagies

photo by Ron Bockus 2005

This brings us to the time occurring between September 2005 –May 2006, when we said a sad farewell to: Moore’s Inlet Bar, Sea ‘n Surf Tackle Shop, Lighthouse Cafe at 1st & Central SurfRider Motel, Kismet Hotel, Lurae Motel, Surfside 7 Motel, Gas Light Motel, Lau Ray Motel, Sand Dollar Motel, Flame Inn Motel, Thunderbird Motel, 24th St. Motel, McClain’s Gas Station at Taylor & Pacific , Hawaii Kai Motel, Kona Kai Motel, Hi Lili Motel, Hialeah Motel, Silver Beach Motel, Wagon Wheel Florist, 1957 ACME replaced with new doo wop style ACME, Lavender Hall, Cavalier Motel, Conca D’Or Motel, Motel Elmon, Blaker/Shore Movie Theatre, Duffinetti’s, Rio Motel, Sea Surf Motel, Palm Crest Motel, Sans Souci Motel, Donorail Motel, Holiday Motel, Sea & Surf, Ocean East Motel, Beach Rest Motel, Shady O’s Bar, originally Wally’s, Seafood with an Attitude, Flacco’s Market, Wildwood Diner, Sam’s Pizza/Shore Plaza was demolished after a fire and rebuilt in time for summer. Motels-turned-condo or shall we say, “Condotels”: La Vita, Roman Holiday, Surf Song, Summer Sands, Chateau Bleu, Carriage Stop, Lamp Post, Holly Beach, Bayberry, Forget-Me-Not Restaurant and Hotel, New England Motel, Long Beach, Bel Aire Motel. According to our records, and the Joint Construction Office, in the past 10 years, there have been more than 1,000 demolitions on the island. Read on! Continues on next page. . .

Bada Bing w/Roasted Peppers Bada Boom Buffalo Cutlet Whacked Chicken Chicken Colette Chicken SuPrimo Chicken Parmigiana

WE DELIVER! EVEN TO THE BEACH!

North Wildwood, NJ 1209 New Jersey Avenue. Located on the corner of 13th & NJ Ave.

(609) 522-1300 Wildwood Crest, NJ

6105 New Jersey Avenue. Between Cardinal & Sweet Briar Rd.

(609) 523-6590

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Salt air & SUNshine on every page!

“Nobody can contribute to the best of humanity who does not make the best out of himself.” ~Johann Gottfried von Herder

North Wildwood Recreation & Tourism presents the Summer of 2013 North Wildwood, a place in the sun for family fun!

PROGRAMS, ACTiviTieS, AND SPeCiAL eveNTS

900 Central Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 facebook.com/North Wildwood Recreation and Tourism

Independence Day Parade

Thursday, July 4th, 9th & Atlantic Aves. 9am

Independence Day Pooch Parade

Independence Day Fireworks

Thursday, July 4th, 8th St. Field 9am

Thursday, July 4th, Boardwalk at Pine Ave. 10pm

Saturday, July 6 All ages are welcome to participate. 8th St. Field Drawing Contest: 9am-10:45am, Judging: 10:45am, Prizes: 11am

Boogie Board Races

Saturday, July 13 Reg. 9am Contest Begins at 10am on the beach at 15th Avenue, North Wildwood. Contest! Prizes! Wave riding competition! Prizes awarded for longest and most creative rides!

Buckets by the Beach Basketball Camp NW Rec. Boys and Girls

July 8th-12th Ages 9-15 yrs. 9am-2pm July 22nd-26th Ages 6-9 yrs. 9am-1pm August 5th-9th Ages 9-15 yrs. 9am-2pm

North Wildwood Soccer Camp

Full Day 9am-3pm, Half Day 9am-12noon at 8th St. Field July 15-19, July 29-Aug. 2 Boys & Girls 5 to 16 yrs. Go to www.northwildwood.com for registration

Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races

Friday, July 12, 6pm 15th Avenue Beach, North Wildwood. 609.522.7500.

Annual Miss North Wildwood Competition

Wednesday, July 17, 10am at North End American Grill Thursday, July 18, 7pm Crowning of Miss North Wildwood

Winner of competition will be crowned at Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd Avenue

Christmas in July with Santa Claus

39th Annual Flea Market along JFK Blvd. Sunday, August 11 9am-4pm. 100’s of Vendors! Call 522-2030 ext. 1320 for more info.

38th Annual Around the Island Row tuesday: ZuMBa 8am YoGa 9am

Wednesday:

@NWRec_Tourism

North Wildwood Allen Park

Lou Booth Amphitheater

22nd & Delaware Ave. Playground, Tennis Courts, Hockey Rink, Basketball Court, Shuffleboard, Gazebos, and an observation pier overlooking the beautiful back bay wetlands area.

2nd & Ocean Aves.

FRee concerts July thru August

Concert Under the Stars

s! H ey Kid o u r ty e g r o f Do n’t e nt! E q u ip m S afet y

July 6 Shirley Alston Reeves Former lead singer of the Shirelles July 11-13 No Show BBQ Blues Festival July 18 Mainstreet Cruisers Old Fashioned Rock ‘n Roll July 20 Stayin Alive BGs Tribute July 25 The Quails July 27 Real Diamond Aug. 1 Jimmy & the Parrots Aug. 3 Lights Out Aug. 8 Blue Suede Shoes Aug. 10 Tom Pizzi and the Wildness Aug. 15 The Diamonds Little Darlin Aug. 17 The Cameos Aug. 22 Sounds of Society Aug. 24 Fralinger String Band Aug. 29 Bronx Wanderers Aug. 31 Beatlemania

North Wildwood Skate Park

23rd & Delaware Ave. OPEN EVERY DAY Free. 9am-8pm * Weather Permitting * Helmets & pads required. No bikes or scooters

Playground on the Beach

16th & the Beach, 8am-Dusk

5th Ave. Boat Ramp 5th & the Bay (609) 522-6266

Kitchen Wizards Cooking Camp Beginning Cooking Ages 6 & up

Mon. - Thurs. 5:30-7:30pm at NWW Rec July 15-18 Taste of Italy July 29-Aug 1 Cooking Around the Clock Aug 12-15 Chocolate & more Chocolate

The Best #1 Free Beaches!

Summer Basketball League

North Wildwood’s Beach is 1 1/2 Miles Long. Guarded from 2nd to 25th Ave. The Surfing Beach is 2nd Ave. 22 Lifeguard Chairs & 65 Lifeguards 10 Handicap Surf Chairs are Available

at NW Rec Center

K-2nd Beginner Co-ed Play Thursday Nights 3rd-5th and 6th-8th Grades Co-ed Play Monday and Friday Nights

NWBP 15th Ave. & the Beach nwbp@northwildwood.com Chief Tony Cavalier (609) 522-7500

*NeW* High School Girls Play Tuesday Nights High School Boys Play Tuesday Nights

Tues. & Thurs. 9am-11am Runs 4 weeks beginning June 25 For children entering 4th-9th grades Reg. form at northwildwood.com, $25.

All the Above Leagues $30 College/Men’s Competitive Play Wednesday and Sunday Nights Call (609) 522-2955 for more info or visit northwildwood.com

Save the Date! Sept. 6-8

Wednesday, August 19 Begins at 7am on the Beach at 15th Avenue

Monday:

www.northwildwood.com

Junior Lifeguard Program

Saturday, July 20 Begins at 1pm on the Beach at 15th Avenue, North Wildwood.

cardio & cut 8am PoWEr YoGa 9am SuNSEt ZuMBa 7pm

Fax: (609) 522-0402

FRee Concerts All Summer Long! All ShowsThursdays & Saturdays 8pm

Sidewalk Chalk Competition

Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd & Ocean Ave.

(609) 522-2955

44th Annual North Wildwood Rec Surf Fishing Tournament

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

2013 Exercise Class Schedule

YoGa 8am cardio & cut 9am SuNSEt ZuMBa 7pm

Adult Kickball League

thursday:

BEach BodY Workout 8am YoGa 9am

every Wednesday through Sept. 11 6-8pm at 8th St. Field. Register online at southjerseysportsleague.com

$5 per class

Friday:

PilatES 8am Boot caMP 9am

In case of Inclement weather, classes wIll be held at the north wIldwood rec center at 9th & central ave.

Saturday: YoGa 9am

Sunday:

ZuMBa 9am BollYWood 10am


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“All sorrows can be borne if you tell a story about them.” ~Karen Blixen

“ W ILDWOOD - 10 SEASONS“ . . . as it was reported by The Sun

The late Mike Guadagno & the late Al Trottnow with Joe Bilbee wave good bye to Moore’s Inlet Bar, but the memories live on forever in our hearts. (2005)

Mourning Moore’s In our May 2006 edition, it was with great sadness that we reported on the closing of Wildwood’s legendary Moore’s. One last hurrah, as well as chorus of “Danny Boy,” was had by their sad, loyal following during Irish Weekend 2005 before the wrecking crew arrived on November 7th, making room for the Point at Moore’s Inlet. At

that time, space for a sports bar called Moore’s Inlet Pub was planned. The number of demolitions, fortunately, slowed between September 2006 and May 2007. Two businesses were reported as being cashed in, moved on, and torn down: The Beach House, formerly Jimmy’s and the Red Garter, to make way for the Champagne Island Resort with Flip Flopz Bar. The Manor Hawaiian Rumble located on Surf Ave. between 24th & 25th Avenues was torn down and still remains a vacant lot. A condotel was planned to replace the demolished Wildwood Diner, the latenight spot best remembered during the city’s Doo Wop glory days, but the lot still sits empty. A Centennial Celebration On May 16, 2006, North Wildwood celebrated 100 years as the municipality from the village of Anglesea. Months of community planning went in to the celebration, with a time capsule buried at City Hall containing a copy of The SUN by-the-sea to be opened 2056!

SurfSide Salvation

Sad Seasonal Blaze/Raze On September 25, 2005, a fire broke out at the Thunderbird, which was demolished shortly after the fire. On December 9th 2005, an 18-hour blaze destroyed Sam’s Pizza Parlor and the Shore Plaza. As crowds arrived, sadly surveying the damage in disbelief, plans were soon underway to reopen Sam’s Pizza in time for Memorial Day 2006.

SurfSide Salvation In 2004, the former SurfSide Restaurant’s fate was in the hands of the developers. A true Wildwood lover came up with the idea to raise enough money ($20,000 exactly) to “don’t wop the doo wop,” saving the building by disassembling it in pieces and putting it into storage until the town was ready for the building’s new future as a museum/ soda fountain/tourist center. The Byrne Fund donated a $450,000 grant for the reconstruction and preservation. Time passed, then an historical Wildwood moment took place at Fox Park Groundbreaking Ceremony the winter of 2006 with the grand opening held in the spring of 2007. The Byrne Fund generously donated $400,000 to support the development of a new community center, a Doo-Wop Museum, and band shell. The former Surfside Restaurant, now named Doo Wop Experience Museum, holds a museum and coffee shop/ice cream parlor, as well as an open-air band shell amphitheater. Also on the premises is a neon sign garden constructed with salvaged signs from demolished motels. The John family relocated their diner to Cresse & New Jersey Aves. calling it Surfside West. See page 23 for their ad. Read on! Continues on next page. . .

Diamond Beach Ocean Adventure Camp Weekly Day Camp “On the Beach” at Raleigh Ave., Diamond Beach in Wildwood Crest, NJ Camp Activities: Team Sports: Wiffel Ball, Volley Ball, Relay Games, Soccer, and more

Water Sports: Boogie Boarding, Surfing,

First Week: July 1st – July 5th Last Week: Aug. 19th – Aug. 23rd

S.U.P., Swimming, Sand Castle Building, & more

Monday – Friday: Sign in 9 am.–Sign out 2:30 pm.

Educational: Water Safety, Sea & Wild-

• Private Beach • 2 Lifeguards on Duty Over 20 Years of Surfing Experience! • Credited Teachers • Full Bathroom Facilities • Fulltime Security on Duty • Family Campfire Nights

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10 years of the best stories!

“Have old memories but young hopes.”~Anon.

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “

OPEN 7 DAYS YEAR ROUND

IRISH PUB

New Deck!

Endless Ocean views & Ocean breezes

Lunch • Dinner • Early birds Late Night • Live Entertainment

4-6pm

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hAppy hour EvEry DAy $2 MILLER LITE, HIGH LIFE, MILLER CHILL BOTTLES $7 BUCKETS OF 7OZ. MILLER LITE 1/2 PRICE APPS • 35¢ WINGS • 99¢ HOT DOGS ALL MILLER BOTTLES $2 • MILLER PINTS $2

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Fishing Off the Right Pier In 2008 Work was completed to lengthen the Wildwood Crest Fishing Club pier, the Heather Road structure at a cost of $750,000 funded partially by a $400,000 grant provided by the state Department of Affairs. Although doubled in length since its 1916 debut, when it was owned by the Crest Fishing Club, the pier resides exclusively on top of sand, not water. Restorations included replacing existing pilings and pier deck while making the pier code compliant and handicap accessible. Wildwood Crest Fitness Park Opened on Oct. 1st. 2007 Located along the Wildwood Crest beachfront between Forget-Me-Not and Palm Avenues, the landscaped, lighted fitness park was built with a cement walking/jogging track that circumferences the park and is 1,069 feet in length (five laps is just over one mile; 5,345 feet). Local and county officials were on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting and a ceremonial first walk/jog around the park by the Crest Memorial Elementary School cross country team. The park is a wonderful addition to the already community-friendly and beautified borough of Wildwood Crest. A pavilion was added for outdoor summer concerts and was named Centennial Park. Wildwood Crest West side Along Sunset Lake, the shore line was protected from erosion with the utilization of an Armortech matting system. The State of NJDEP awarded the Borough $1.4 million to complete the project. The project also created a kayak launching access area at Monterey Ave. New grass, irrigation, electric, and seating areas were added to the new lakefront park. Rambler Road gets Transformed Phase I of the Rambler Road Rehabilitation Project began in November, 2011, consisting of building improvements along with the demolishment of the Bradley’s Bike rental building. The larger building now includes public restrooms and the renovation of the gazebo-by-the-sea structure. Phase II included replacing and widening the beachfront bike path between Rambler and Lotus roads, a decorative bike turnaround, gazebo reconstruction and ADA compliant access, new irrigation systems, landscaping, lighting and new electric system, pavement, vegetation, trees and playground cleaning. Also included were curb and sidewalk reconstruction along Rambler Road from Ocean Ave. to the Nesbitt Information Center with grading, irrigation, topsoil, and grass fields between Primrose and Lotus roads.

A Sturdier Boardwalk The search for a long-lasting, reasonably priced, more environmentally friendly American-produced hardwood was on for the boardwalk renovation which began in 2008. At least a portion of the boardwalk was to be replaced with black locust. Depending on how durable the wood proved to be, it was under consideration to replace sections of the boardwalk from and including Lincoln to Oak Avenues as well as the beach access tunnel at Schellenger Avenue during the renovation development. About $5 million in funds supplied by USDA grants and Urban Enterprise Zone funded that section of work in 2008.

An iconic Wildwood scene~ the Golden Nugget on Hunt’s Pier Another Historic Boardwalk Moment The year 2009 began with a fitting tribute nostalgically paid to the classic boardwalk ride the Golden Nugget prior to its removal from Hunt’s Pier. The Golden Nugget, which made its debut in July 1960, symbolized the boardwalk’s golden age. The ceremony was bittersweet for Jack and Will Morey of The Morey Organization, who strived to preserve The Golden Nugget’s memory while looking forward to something worthy and innovating taking its place. Before the three-story mine ride was removed, the Morey Organization announced plans to salvage parts, including tracks and trains, of the Golden Nugget. Looking toward the future while commemorating the past, the Morey’s announced plans for the new, one-ofits-kind, colossal coaster which would expand between two piers.


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“Eternity begins and ends with the ocean’s tides.” ~Anon.

“ W ILDWOOD - 10 SEASONS“ . . . as it was reported by The Sun

Wildwood Crest Arch Dedication

Wildwood Crest, NJ 908-821-6995

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he new Wildwood Crest Arch at Cresse Ave. and the bike path was dedicated on Wednesday, July 11th, 2007. The Arch is a replica of the 30 foot high Arch, built in 1907, that spanned Pacific Avenue at Cresse Avenue, welcoming visitors into the the Borough of Wildwood Crest. A postcard photo (above) is of the original Arch . The new Arch was designed and funded by the Wildwood Crest Beautification Committee. Preliminary sketches of the replicated arch were drawn by the late Ralph Grassi and constructed by Mike Villardo and the crew of the Borough of Wildwood Crest. A time capsule (including 2 Summer editions, ‘06-’07, of

The SUN by-the-sea!) was inserted into the Arch at the dedication ceremony. Other notable items from the Borough were a picture of the graduating class of ‘07 from the Crest Memorial School, a post card of the original Arch, Borough calendar, a music CD, the Leader, the Herald, a commemorative plate of the original arch, and a photo of the current Beautification Committee members. The time capsule is scheduled to be reopened in fifty years in 2057. A plaque is affixed over the time capsule in one of the legs of the Arch. Members of the Borough Commission and Beautification Committee members were present (below.) This was a history making event.

OCEANFRONT DINING RIGHT ON THE BEACH FAMILY FRIENDLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EASY PARKING

THE CLUB AT DIAMOND BEACH Raleigh Avenue and The Beach Wildwood Crest, NJ

SUMMER EVENT SCHEDULE SATURDAY, JULY 6

Chatterband - Benefit for “Diva for a Day”: To help Women with Cancer

SUNDAY, JULY 14 Blackthorn - Benefit for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Benefit for Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Chatterband - Benefit for “Several Sources” Foundation

SATURDAY, JULY 20 2007-The Wildwood Crest Beautification Committee members and a few guests are shown above under the dedicated arch. From Left to Right they are as follows: Dave & Joan Husband, Ralph Grassi, Vice President,(Ralph sadly passed away a few years ago) Aida Grassi, Treasurer, Mary Eisele, Tony Eisele, President, Louise Johnstone, Secretary, Ann Carbone, June Barkovitch, Louise Scasserra, Jack McDonough, Mary Celebre and Sr. Albertine . Present at the ceremony but missing from the photo were Wildwood Crest Commissioners Joyce Gould and Don Cabrera. Read on! Continues on next page. . .

Chatterband - Benefit for Love of Linda Foundation

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Overflowing with good vibes!

“‘Take your shoes off,’ purred the ocean waves.” ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “

A panorama of the seawall from the Hereford Lighthouse with the endeared Bevan’s house still in view. The house has since been demolished (January 2010) after the city of North Wildwood’s purchase of the land (upon which the house sat on) for Open Space Preservation Program.

A Shore-Protected Seawall The $26 million North Wildwood SeaWall Reconstruction Project, which focused on protecting the north end of the island against storms and waves, extended from 2nd Ave. to the Angelsea Beach Colony, and began in January 2005 with completion in July of 2007. The project consisted of tripling the size of the wall 40-50 feet beneath the water, installing geotextile marine mattresses cushioned in rock to secure the wall and help prevent erosion. In September 2011, city council awarded a $34,600 contract to Bud Concrete to complete another phase of the city’s seawall project. The corner of 2nd Avenue and JFK Dr. received a makeover with the replacement of wooden decking and new low maintenance benches with concrete. Also included in the shore-protection plan, a concrete cap was added to the remains of the city’s 1970s seawall along JFK Dr. with an 18-inch-thick and 3-foot-wide concrete layer added across the rocks, filling in the gap between the city’s seawall lining the town’s northern part along the Hereford Inlet and the dunes providing protection for the city length south to 26th Avenue. Following Super Storm Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012, North Wildwood city workers along with Bud Concrete, went immediately to work on extending the seawall with a concrete cap from 3rd to 6th Ave., which was an area most badly damaged. The damaged 3rd Ave. Gazebo was taken down and a beautiful new design has been built in its place.

Beach Renovation In May 2010, we noted that significant storms delayed the North Wildwood Beach Replenishment project’s September 2009 start date. The project was expected to take 45 days to complete with nearly 1.2 million cubic yards of sand being moved from a borrowing area in the Hereford Inlet to beaches between 2nd and Ocean Aves. in North Wildwood to Juniper Ave. in Wildwood. The $20.5 million project included installing a dune system, reconstructing two storm sewer outfall pipes, as well as handicap, pedestrian, and vehicle crossovers. The project, designed to protect properties and beaches’ natural beauty, was funded by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the City of North Wildwood. North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey and City Council stressed the importance of the project for the community’s future safety. (After this past year’s super storm Sandy, we all know that these dunes performed their job well in protecting our island.) The city anticipated the next big storm that could wash away new sand while in the midst of this multimillion-dollar project as City Council considered hiring the Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center to monitor the beach following the project’s completion. As data was gathered, Council President Patrick Rosenello estimated the cost of the contract to be approximately $75,000 over three years.


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“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul.”

~Anon.

“ W ILDWOOD - 10 SEASONS“ . . . as it was reported by The Sun

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913 Bayshore Road, Villas, NJ During winter 2005 waves could be seen breaking over the bulkhead. Dunes start to form on the street side of the bulkhead. The getty at 2nd Ave. became exposed once again after being hidden under the sand for about 10 years.

Beach Extension The Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works constructed beach dunes on the north side of the Beach Pier at Heather Road thanks in part to recycled Christmas trees. The dunes protect properties, street ends, and the beach from wearing away and flooding. The dunes now extend from the Rambler Road Beach north side to the Cresse Avenue beach. The Beach Dune project was started in winter 2007. During that time, the Department of Public Works, in union with the Wildwood Crest Environmental Commission, built dunes from Rambler Road Beach north to the Wisteria Road Beach. In winter 2008, the dunes were extended from the Wisteria Road Beach to the beach pier’s south side. Looking for the calm after the Storm Three Nor’easters occurred during the soggy fall months of 2009, including Sept. 10-12, Oct. 16-19, and Nov. 1113. Nor’easters are typically three days of high northeasterly winds and rain with coastal flooding. The severity of tides is pending on where the moon is in its cycles. The days after the storms are usually fair with blue skies. A typical Nor’easter lasts three tide cycles. November’s storm event lasted through five cycles. In December, while much of the East Coast endured a pre-Christmas blizzard, Wildwood tackled another rainy Nor’easter. Lighting the Way Over the past 10 years, the historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse has undergone a complete restoration. Interior and exterior work included the main stairs as well as tower stairway reconstruction, fire suppression system, central air conditioning, water damage and various infrastructure repairs.

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One of the earliest known photos of the Hereford Lighthouse courtesy of the Hereford Lighthouse Museum

There are new colors for the Lighthouse, too, according to Hugh McCauley of United Architects, who oversaw the project along with Steve Murray, Paul DiFilippo, and Ralph Petrella of the Restoration Committee. McCauley brought in an archaeologist who was lifted in a bucket to remote parts of the building where he took paint samples of the original straw color. How were they sure of the historically accurate straw color, you ask? A quote from a book entitled N.J. Atlas states “. . . on 5 Mile Beach, in Anglesea, set in a grove of trees, the color of straw . . .” refers to the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse dating back to 1874. A Friendly Light In 2011, approval was granted by North Wildwood City Council allowing the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse to be managed by a group of volunteers instead of the city. The agreement was between the city and the Friends of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, the nonprofit volunteer group that runs the gift shop and museum, conducts tours, maintains the garden and raises funds for restoration projects. The lighthouse was built in 1874. The Friends of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse formed in1986. A New Phase in Boardwalk Reconstruction PhaseII Boardwalk Reconstruction began December 7, 2009 and was expected to be completed in a timely manner by Easter Weekend 2010. The project was fully funded with grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Authority. Approximately one block from Oak Avenue and Cedar Avenue were replaced. That portion of the Boardwalk remained closed during construction. Read on! Continues on next page. . .

“You Will Have Your Cake and Eat it too!” WELCOME TO THE CUSTOMER NETWORK! Vince Cacio and Maryanne Wills, formerly of Beer World and Ponderlodge in the Villas for 10 years, Back Bay Seafood of Avalon and Stone Harbor for 10 years, CrabCake Hotline of North Wildwood for the past 10 years and still going strong, and NOW... ALL YEAR ROUND back to the Villas at 913 Bayshore Rd. OMG! You have been to the rest, now come to the BEST! Awes

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“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” - Peace Pilgrim

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “

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Russo’s Restaurant & Bar in 1980s Sad Goodbyes We’ve reported on thousands of demolitions since The Sun’s inception, many of them near and dear to our hearts. In 2008, the most noticeable demolitions were Russo’s Restaurant and Shipwreck Island Miniature Golf Course. A History Lesson Joseph Russo, along with wife Elizabeth and brother Sam, opened what was originally known as “The Gingham Club” in 1922 with the goal of treating customers like family. In 1955, the restaurant was renamed Russo’s. For 86 years, the Russo’s remained true to their long-standing family tradition. While traditions remain the same, times do change. So, along with the changing times, Russo’s Restaurant & Bar, one of the island’s oldest, family-owned businesses, closed their doors in October 2008, leaving a delicious history behind. Stories of family bootleggers and rum runners were told, as the Russo’s planned the restaurant’s final meals. Once the announcement came that the restaurant would be closing, customers came out in droves, wanting one last Russo’s meal. A true family affair, each family member has worked their share of shifts at the restaurant, some while pursuing an education in other fields. Joseph and Elizabeth’s children grew up in the business, helping in any way necessary. Mixed emotions filled the establishment on their last days, as customers and family alike shared happy memories and sad good-byes. An exciting new beginning followed those sad good-byes when Chuck and Jeanette Burns, former owners of the Angelsea Pub, purchased Russo’s. With new owners and a complete transformation, the landmark restaurant became The Ice House which has since created memories of its own.

A Wild Welcome in the Summer of 2008 In an attempt to make for a more aesthetically pleasing welcome to the island, Wildwood Mayor Troiano moved forward with the final phase of the state, federal, and county-funded Rio Grande Avenue Corridor Project. Replacing curbs and sidewalks, ornamental lighting, and a median were included in the repairs. To complete the project, giant letters spelling out the word WILDWOOD were erected to greet boardwalk visitors at the end of Rio Grande Avenue. This has become a destination landmark for visitors and cameras.

Vietnam Memorial Wall that Heals Constructing the Way to an Everlasting Tribute Following the bittersweet success in July 2008 of “The (traveling) Wall That Heals,” a half-scale replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. that made its way through the city, Greg Mazzotta, who passed away in September 2008, became inspired by the possibility of having an enduring Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Wildwood. His cousin, Vince DePrinzio, treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America Wildwood Chapter 955, worked alongside his chapter and American Legion and VFW posts to make Greg’s dream a reality while paying tribute to the 58,000 who lost their lives or who were reported missing during the Vietnam War. Major fundraising were required by the local VVA, American Legion and VFW posts as well as finalizing a location for the wall. DePrinzio acknowledged Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. and Commissioner Bill Davenport as working toward finding a permanent place for the wall. Wildwood’s own Wall that Heals was unveiled Memorial Day Weekend 2010 at its permanent home in Fox Park. Read on! Continues on page 18. . .


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“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.” - Richard Bach

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Owners Gregg and Irene Metzler extend a warm invitation to islanders, visitors & locals alike, to attend some of the hottest jewelry events in Stone Harbor this summer. Enjoy refreshments and meet some of the most remarkable jewelry designers in the business. Jewelry Studio will host 2 designer Trunk shows this summer. Charles Krypell, a native New Yorker, has created timeless jewelry for the sophisticated collector for three decades. It’s not surprising that Charles was a sculptor before he became an internationally renowned jewelry designer. Looking at his exquisite, perfectly balanced jewelry, it’s clear that one artistic craft flows seamlessly into the other. Jewelry Studio will host his show on Wednesday & Thursday, July 24th & 25th. On Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 2nd, 3rd & 4th, Jewelry Studio will feature award-winning designer, Denny Wong, who has been recognized for his fine work by the National Jewelers Association. The hallmark of all his pieces is workmanship, detail and quality. Denny has made his home in Hawaii since 1974 and through his passion of jewelry design and love for the islands, he has created many fine lines of jewelry associated with Hawaii. Tropical flowers, whales, dolphins, marine life, Tahitian pearls and other gem stones come alive in his designs.


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“Without my morning coffee I am like a dried up piece of roast goat.” ~Johann Sebastion Bach

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “

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A Pine-Fresh Boardwalk Boardwalk reconstruction began in the Fall of 2008 with the purchase of pressure-treated white pine the previous summer. Budget constraints prevented the city from purchasing the tropical hardwood that comprised the decking of the boardwalk reconstruction’s two phases. Public work employees worked to complete the project reaching Montgomery Ave. by spring of 2009. The city’s section of the weather-beaten boardwalk spans from Cresse Ave. to 26th Ave. with much of the construction dating back more than 85 years to its innovative structure. The Boardwalk Report Although things continue to change in our seaside town, they have a way, at heart, of remaining the same. Manager of the Boardwalk Special Improvement District (SID) Patrick Rosenello looked to the real estate boom of years past that brought with it a revival in boardwalk expansion. New businesses blended with old favorites at a rapid pace. The fast-food-filled, t-shirt-driven boardwalk of childhoods-gone-by has welcomed as its neighbors more upscale businesses. Family-friendly businesses were on the rise as new ventures looked to the past to shape the boardwalk’s future. Adventure Mirror Maze, Stewart’s Root Beer, Captain Jack’s Restaurant, The Cook’s Shoppe, 5 Mile Marketplace, Boardwalk’s Best, Marcellina’s Boutique and Sand Jamm Surf Shop, to name a few, have in recent years joined the boarded ranks along with the renovation of Morey’s water park into the tropical Ocean Oasis. While Rosenello looked at these changes as positive, he emphasized that the boardwalk has maintained its same unique, endearing ways. A Fond (and Giant) Farewell A farewell commemoration was held in October 2010 for The Giant Slide at Morey’s Piers known as “The Wipe Out.” The public celebration included

MOREY’S Giant Wheel Happy Face Lighting the Way to Summer 2012 The new modernized and durable Ferris wheel LED lights, capable of infinite colors and numerous designs, began illuminating Wildwoods’ already brilliant skyline in the Summer of 2012.

A Horrifying Halloween Event Morey’s Piers provided the fears on Mariner’s Landing for thousands of terror-lovers during the well-received Morey’s FEARS: Terror on the Boardwalk. The gated Halloween event was introduced to the public in October 2011 and ran Friday and Saturday nights with strange and scary trips on the Ghost Ship, CarnEVIL, eerie clown performers, and CornStalkers, a cornstalking beach maze. Props and decorations adorned the boardwalk. Several rides, including the Sea Serpent, Pirate’s of the Wildwoods, and The Tea Cups, remained open. The theme, inspired by 10 years of haunting Halloween research by Will and Jack Morey, consisted of an abandoned amusement park, where zombies, among others, (portrayed by about 70 actors), roam. Spider webs, fog machines, and “things” bumping in the night contributed to the scary effect.


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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

“ W ILDWOOD - 10 SEASONS“ . . . as it was reported by The Sun

- Plato

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce

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The Fabulous ‘50s Concert Breaks All-Time Attendance Record

The Wildwoods Convention Center’s Oceanfront Arena was filled to capacity Saturday night, October 20th, 2009 breaking all attendance records for the 5-year old venue with a SOLD OUT show of the Golden Boys ~ Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon & Fabian! Baby boomers came to see their favorite entertainers from their youth, relive the memories that are indelibly etched into their soul and celebrate the Wildwoods’ rich history as the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll” music. The spring & fall concerts are part of a 3-day celebration that takes people back to a simpler time of fast cars, ducktails and ponytails, bobby sox and letter sweaters and rock ‘n roll music. The Friday night Fab. ‘50s Sock Hop with legendary disk jockey, “The Geater With The Heater,” Jerry Blavat, is held in the Starlight Ballroom for all to come and dance to their favorite hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Photo above by Rob Kulisek, 2009

Wildwoods Business Improvement District (WBID) and Wildwoods Boardwalk Special Improvement District (WSID) Went Live with New DoWildwood.com Website  The site offers information about visiting, living and doing business in the Wildwoods with sections on real estate, schools and local government as well as “Wildwood Deals” and guides to events and places Downtown and on the Boardwalk. The site redesign was funded by Wildwoods’ own Morey’s Piers. “We felt the redesign project was an important community initiative,” said Jack Morey of Morey’s Piers. “By uplifting the image of the Wildwoods, we uplift the image of the resort overall.” WSID owns and operates the Tram Cars, provides maintenance crews on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, sponsors and produces the weekly Fireworks Shows, the music and the new Wildwood Fun Facts and other special events along the Boardwalk. WBID provides Free transportation via Dolly the Trolley, as well as funding for capital and streetscape improvements in the Downtown District. For more information about the WSID or the WBID, please visit www.dowildwood.com or call 609-523-1602.

The Block that Rocked On a winter day in 2010, “The Block that Rocked,” (that covered the entire west side of the 3400 block of Pacific Ave. between Oak & Cedar, and was once considered one of downtown’s most popular places), was dismantled. Vacant for years, it formerly housed the celebrated hotspot we remember as the Penalty Box. Its most recent occupants were The Wildwood Nights Hill 16 and H20 nightclubs. Meanwhile, as winter barreled down with the Blizzard of 2010, there was talk of plans to reopen the Fairview after years of vacancy, however, the Fairview still remains closed. A Prettier Pacific Avenue The start of 2012 saw a number of visual improvements being made to Pacific Avenue’s streetscape with an estimated cost of $400,000 to be paid by a Federal grant through the Department of Transportation. Upgrades to the main shopping street’s appearance included sidewalks, summer-inspired beach ball and palm tree decorations, lighting and other features south of Rio Grande Avenue to Cresse Avenue. Read on! Continues on next page. . .

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October 18 &19 DOORS OPEN 6 PM FRIDAY SHOW STARTS 7 PM October 18, 2013

Party starts on Friday Evening with the Nifty ‘50s Dance Party with DAVID CHRISTOPHER BAND and dancing all night. (TICKETS $15.00 PER PERSON)

SATURDAY October 19

Saturday afternoon kicks off with a STREET FAIR with FREE Musical Entertainment, Contests,Vendors, Classic Car Show, Doo Wop Back to the ‘50s Tour, and much, much more! FREE from 11 AM - 5 PM

Saturday Night

FABULOUS ‘50s & BEYOND CONCERT

DOORS OPEN 6 PM, SHOW STARTS 7 PM (TICKETS START AT $49.50 PER PERSON) Oceanfront Arena, Wildwoods Convention Center Featuring:

GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS

LOU CHRISTI E

RUSSELL THOMKI NS JR & THE NEW STYLISTICS

THE DRIFT

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DANNY & THE JU NI FEATURING JOE TE ORS RRY

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: All Ticketmaster Locations • www.ticketmaster.com • 1-800-745-3000 or GWCOC 3306 Pacific Ave. Wildwood, NJ • 609-729-4000 For the complete list of Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce accommodation members, visit www.gwcoc.com or call 609-729-4000. Fabulous’50s Weekend is a collaborative effort of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wildwood Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, the Doo Wop Preservation League, the Greater Wildwood Hotel and Motel Association, and the City of Wildwood. “Funding for this project was supported in part by a grant from NJ Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism”


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“Watch the Tram Car Please!” ~Floss Stingel

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “

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North Wildwood’s newest FARM to FORK restaurant

Life at the Beach is Fun!! Mayor Bill Henfey of North Wildwood, Mayor Carl Groon of Wildwood Crest & Mayor Ernie Troiano of Wildwood raced the vintage tram cars along Ocean Ave. at the Centennial celebration held May 19th, 2012.

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100-years Worth of the Wildwoods The residents of Wildwood Crest celebrated their town’s 100th anniversary in 2010. Wildwood Crest was incorporated on April 6, 1910. The centennial celebration continued throughout the summer with a variety of scheduled events geared for all ages. To commemorate their 100 years, the City of Wildwood Centennial Celebration opening ceremony took place May 19th, 2012 at the “WILDWOOD” sign with a Tram car race (above) followed by a beach day of family games and activities following the ceremony.

14th & New Jersey Aves.

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‘The City of Wildwood Presents A Century of Memories: 1912-2012’ To memorialize Wildwood’s Centennial year, the city is offering an information packed retrospective entitled “The City of Wildwood Presents A Century of Memories: 1912-2012.” The comprehensive 200-page book of history will be available for purchase at the Commissioner’s Office at Wildwood City Hall, Greater Wildwood Chamber Office, as well as select locations and during special community events. The price is $20.00 per book. “A Century of Memories” takes readers on a journey through history, from the city’s beginnings, and the merger of Wildwood borough and Holly Beach, to its emergence as one of the world’s great seaside resorts. Wildwood is also notable as the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, and is home to the nation’s greatest collection of mid-20th century architecture, affectionately known as “Doo Wop” design.

The book also highlights Wildwood’s expansive white-sand beaches, thrilling Boardwalk attractions, and numerous activities and events that run throughout the year. “There is truly something here for everybody,” says Anne Vinci, president of the Wildwood Historical Society, who worked for six months with a nine-person committee to compile the book. “You can read about all the firsts: the first lifeguards, the first police, the first schools.… We have a section about the elegant hotels, along with the wonderful days of Bandstand and the great entertainment. It was a labor of love for all of us.” “This beautiful coffee-table book will delight everyone who thinks of Wildwood as home, from our year-round residents to our summer friends,” says committee member Jodie DiEduardo, senior vice president and branch administrator at Crest Savings Bank. “This project was a true community effort.” The Chairman of the book committee, Jodie DiEduardo, would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this book a reality. A special thanks to Juli Musser and Jaclyn Hedgepeth of One Off Marketing of Wildwood, who donated their services to help compile the book. For more information about this book, call 609-846-2047 or 609-523-2728.

SOUTH SHORE ROOFING specializes in all types of roofing. Jim Sorensen has over 50 years experience and Chris Speigel has over 25 years. They are a reliable and dependable team and together they do it all. See their ad on page 45.


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“You are good, O Lord.” ~Psalm 25:7

“ W ILDWOOD - 10 SEASONS“ . . . as it was reported by The Sun

A Skateboarder’s Dream

GREAT FOOD GREAT PRICES GREAT COCKTAILS AMAZING TIMES

and COPPERTOP BAR

STEAKS - CHICKEN - PORK - SEAFOOD SAUSAGE - PASTA - PAELLA - PIZZA

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR DINING

4 Course Early Bird Dinner Special 4 - 6pm

$20 includes soup or salad, appetizer, entree & dessert Local Wildwood Skateboarders will go down in history for being the first kids to break in the new Skate Park. Among the skaters were (front l-r) Kevin Tirotti, Dom Melchiorre & Tyler Prince ... Photo by Rob Kulisek 2005

DAILY HAPPY HOUR 12 - 6pm 1/2 Price Drinks & $5 Appetizers 517 west rio grande ave. Wildwood NJ at the foot of the Wildwood Bridge 609 522 3055 view our menu at www.Qfiregrille.com

authentically irish {except for the fact that we’re in North Wildwood}

Anglesea Pub

irish pub & restaurant

Work began at the 7,000 sq. ft. North Wildwood Skateboard Park site on Delaware Ave. in September, 2004 and reached its final stage in the Spring 2005. The city of North Wildwood worked together with 19th Hole Enterprises & CA Skateparks in bringing the new park to the island.

Open Daily from 11am Serving Lunch • Dinner Late Night

Irish Sean McMullan Welcomes You!

HAPPY HOUR: MON-FRI 11am-6pm

$1. Domestic Pints • Come check out our other Happy Hour Specials MondAy Chicken Pot Pie $8.99 ~ Generous Cut Prime Rib $11.99 tuesdAy Jumbo WiNG NiGht with 14 amazing sauces wednesdAy traditional homemade meatloaf $9.99 Pasta Night $5.99 incl. Garlic Bread 1/2 Price Apps at the bar all day all night thursdAy iRish hAPPy houR where everyone is happy! 4pm~close Starting 3rd week of June - Live Irish Music fridAy tGiF happy hour Party til 7pm Discounted Drinks & Complimentary Buffet sAturdAy blackboard specials Ronn E. Dee & Name That Tune 9:30pm - Live music sundAy Roast turkey Dinner w/ all the Trimmings $8.99 ~ Peggy Jones & Quizzo starting at 9:30

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Jan. 4, 2005 Meeting at the New Skate Park: (L-R) Rich Haas, Buddy Tarbotton, Mayor William Henfey, Doug Ford, Ralph Petrella, Les Cline, Wayne Fritz & Steve Murray Read on! Continues on next page. . .

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“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!” -Dean Martin

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “ FIRE AT SAM’S PIZZA S.U.N. News – December 9-10, 2005 26th & Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ

“ W ILDWOOD - 10 SEASONS“

. . . as it was reported by The Sun

9 New !

SNACK SHACK Skateboards Surfboards Accessories Clothing

The fire was still blazing 18 hours after it began. In spite of the No Trespassing signs, young photographer Rob Kulisek made his way to the top of the Giant Slide (another piece of Wildwood history) on Morey’s Piers for this fantastic shot.

Salvaging a Piece of Wildwood History While some of Wildwood’s changing landscape is a result of numerous demolitions, it is possible to find a silver lining amidst the construction destruction, along with people passionate about preserving Wildwood’s history. The Eden Roc Motel, located at Atlantic & Bennett, was at one time an iconic landmark. Time passed and the motel fell on sad times, with the threat of foreclosure looming. Enters Tim Patel, who recently purchased the establishment and, with the encouragement of realtor Sandra Richardson, decided on a “Doo Wop” makeover, a most fitting tribute to a town that has lost its share of muchloved landmarks. The salvaged motel, with completely renovated rooms, opened in June with a brand new name, The Dolphin Inn, shining in a brand new neon sign.

On Memorial Weekend, a grand reopening took place at Woody’s Surf & Skate & New Snack Shack at their new “post Sandy” location, 209 Olde New Jersey Ave. same block two doors down. The Sun mistakenly noted in the last issue that they closed for good after being badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. They are now Stronger than the Storm!

Philly Comes to Wildwood Tony Luke’s, one of Philly’s most prized institutions, serving the best cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches, had their grand opening Black Friday 2010 as long lines filled with hungry shoppers quickly formed. Following their first successful season, owners Nicky Luke and Mike Vicario gratefully received the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce’s 45th Annual Beautification Award. Tony Luke’s is located on the corner of SweetBriar and New Jersey Aves. in Wildwood Crest.

The icicles on the boardwalk railing above indicate the frigid temperatures. Also, the smokey aura shows the breathing conditions that the firefighters and volunteers alike had to contend with.

Tucker’s Pub celebrates the 100th anniversary of their historic building!

Aug. 9, 1913 ~ Aug. 9, 2013

Diane Ranalli, Pam Aydelotte, Kathy Thompson, Sharon Stocker and Karen Holland looking after their fire fighting men, on a cold winter day, Dec. 9,, 2005

The building where Tucker’s Pub now resides, located at 3301 Atlantic Ave, has a long, 100-year Wildwood history. The property, which was a bank from 1913 until 1993, then became a food court, followed by an ice cream parlor and then a Chinese restaurant. Bob & Margie Villone became its owners in 2001 and worked tirelessly to transform the building into an upscale Irish pub, embracing the Irish philosophy of “Sit long, talk much and laugh often,” while preserving as much as possible of its original, beautiful interior. The Sun salutes their labor of love and looks forward to the August 9th celebration honoring a part of Wildwood’s history.

Natalie Rowan enjoying a morning bike ride

Boardwalk Connector On September 21st, 2012 The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) presented the new Wildwood’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Ramp Project at Cresse Avenue and the Boardwalk, providing safe access onto the Boardwalk, while creating an uninterrupted multi-jurisdictional bikeway that extends over 6 miles from the Wildwood Crest Bikeway Corridor to the Wildwood/North Wildwood Boardwalk through North Wildwood’s bike path to the Sea Wall. Additional enhancements include a sundial, bicycle racks, lighting and the BOARDWALK signage & beach balls.


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“If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge.” - Napoleon Hill

“WHILE YOU WERE AWAY. . “ Gone but not forgotten . . .

Britton’s Open 6:30am

Gourmet Bakery

the only Britton’s

location on the island!

Fighting for an Education

With word that Wildwood Catholic High School would be closing as St. Ann’s and Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Raymond’s were set to merge and move into the building, an organization was quickly formed to save the school. “SaveWildwoodCatholic” consisted of Wildwood Catholic High School alumni, students, and parents as well as St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church parishioners. Morey’s Pier employee Norris Clark, who is also known for getting the word out, stressed his belief in the need for good private schools alongside good public schools. He stated, “Schools are based on values, and values are based on faith, be it secular or religious. Private Christian schools can openly teach, and practice Christian values. Public schools cannot. When we loose schools like Wildwood Catholic, our community loses (to some degree) those values.” Students Mark Rucci and David Von Savage quickly issued a press release regarding the peaceful protest held January 10, 2010 to save their school, as signs went up all over town to Save Wildwood Catholic. On March 5, supporters of Save Wildwood Catholic met at Westy’s Irish Pub for a fundraiser. Joining them were the priests, Father Field & Wallace, who praised the efforts of Joe Catanoso, David Von Savage and Carole Pantalone who boldly and steadfastly led this crusade, along with many others, to a successful outcome. It was a glorious moment when it was announced that the school would remain open. The priests explained that beginning in September 2010 the building at 15th & Central Aves. in North Wildwood would host 2 schools- Cape Trinity for the elementary grades, and Wildwood Catholic HS, as well as serve as a Community Center for the new Notre Dame de la Mer Parish of the Wildwoods.

All BAking Done on Premises

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Open 7 Days a Week I 6:30am - 1:00pm Cresse & New Jersey Aves. I Wildwood by-the-Sea www.SurfsideWest.com 609-522-3392 Author Price Pritchett once said, “Change always comes bearing gifts,” an accurate description of priceless time spent in our continually changing town. As we recap and reflect on nearly a decade’s worth of notable events, we expect our landscape will continue to transform, confident it will never lose its luster. We cheerfully extend warm greetings to new businesses and friends we’ve been blessed to meet and a fond farewell to so many treasured places we’ll never forget. We look forward to reporting on an always SUNny tomorrow spent splendidly by the sea and are gratified to have our loyal readers along for another 10 years (and counting) of Wildwood Days to come!. . . Compiled by Dorothy Kulisek and Meg Corcoran

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Surfside West owners Michael & Jeanne John with their grandchildren Owen & Zoe


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MONDAYNIGHTS

Cape Atlantic Irish Pipe Brigade

WEDNESDAYNIGHTS

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TUESDAYNIGHTS

NEW!

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Main Stage Harmony Performers Hatboro-Horsham HS Marching Band Original Pitman Hobo Band & Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corp

Duffy String Band

Fralinger & Woodland String Band

FRIDAYNIGHTS

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

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GROFF’S RESTAURANT AND BAKERY

CELEBRATING OUR 89TH YEAR!

Hours: 4:00-9:00 Enjoy a slice of Groff’s Famous Homemade Pie

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R A C M TRA ASS DANYEPWA ! SS DAYP $ ‘TIL Discount books and mid-week daytime wristbands sold at the TramCar Ticket Office at 5308 Boardwalk (Cresse Ave.) and 16th St. Kiosk on Boardwalk in North Wildwood. They may also be purchased at all Morey’s Piers, Wildwoods Information Center (Schellenger & Boardwalk), and Splashzone Waterpark, all summer long!

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“America’s Best Boardwalk!”~FamilyVacationCritic.com

BOARDWALK SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

Craft Shows on the Wildwood Boardwalk just south of the Convention Center

Summer of 2013

July 6 & 7 July 13 & 14 JULY 27 & 28 August 3 & 4 August 17 & 18 Dec. 7 More Information boardwalkcrafts.com

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General Store

BEACH TOWELS

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On the corner of Glenwood Ave.

3 Gifts & Variety Stores on the Wildwood Boardwalk!

Between 25th & 26th Aves.

Find what you need for the Beach & more!

Quality Clothing for Men Women & Children Largest Selection of worldwide Shell Ornaments

Clothing Boys Girls Men Women

ELBIE’s HERMIT CRABS

Biggest & Best Selection of Hermit Crabs & Accessories


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Wildwood Locations Roberts Ave. & Boardwalk 609-522-4396 22nd St. on Boardwalk 609-729-6022

Cape May Locations 513 Washington St. Mall 609-884-2834 728 Beach Drive 609-884-4287


28 Joe’s knows seafood! Joe’s knows brick oven pizza! Joe’s knows margaritas! Joe’s knows family dining!

Joe’s Fish Co. prepares Boardwalk fare with a Morey’s flare! Stop by for a casual meal overlooking the lights and action of Surfside Pier. Enjoy the freshest seafood dishes, burgers, wraps, salads and more. Pair your meal with one of the many craft beers on tap or indulge in one of Joe’s signature margaritas. Joe’s knows lobster. Joe’s knows seafood. Joe’s knows Summer! We take boardwalk dining to the next level with a menu crafted by Executive Chef Walter Jurusz and locally sourced produce and seafood.

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“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~ Thomas Campbell

{SUN ARCHIVE: Year 3 Vol. 5}

All gave some Some gave all

45th Annual July 12th 2013

James Beschen-Michael Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races

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Specializing in Fresh Floral Design, Weddings, Sympathy Flowers, Fruit & Gourmet Gift Baskets & Balloons Serving The Wildwoods, Cape May & Cape May County with Quality & Excellence, Since 1973

Teleflora WorldWide

United States Marine Corps January 1,1945 - July 19, 1966 Wildwood, New Jersey

MICHAEL PATRICK CALLAHAN Specialist 4, 101st Airborne April 11, 1948 - June 7, 1969 Wildwood, New Jersey

The North Wildwood Beach Patrol held the 1st Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races in 1969. These races were originated by Beach Director “Raz” D’Amico and Capt. Doug DeWeese to honor James Beschen and Michael Callahan, two former lifeguards who gave their lives for their country in Vietnam. This year, on July 12, 2013, will mark the 45th consecutive Annual Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Race. Within the 45 year span of these races the Wildwoods have been re-invented, recreated, transformed and re-transformed any number of times, perhaps at no time more so then in the last 10 years. In stark contrast the Beschen-Callahan Races have remained relatively unchanged and true to its original purpose of honoring two North Wildwood Beach Patrol

lifeguards. In a sea of change the Beschen-Callahan Races has stood as a singular beacon perched upon solid bedrock layered in tradition that has offered a simple light to all who would look upon it. Through the light of reason we can deduce that change is often good. It is occasionally necessary. And, it is sometimes even inevitable. What is most important is that we are careful to effect change without being affected by change. We hope that those of patriotic sentiment are never so changed by change as to cause them to forget who they are or as to cause them to fail to remember the sacrifice of others both living and dead who have provided them with the freedom to change.

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“He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” ~Anon.

Dedication on the North Wildwood Beach

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609-886-9090

On a very windy day, the Angelastro family unveiled Harvey’s chair at 24th St. beach, surrounded by loving friends & members of the community who came out to remember Harvey Forsyth.

Aerial Greeting Cards For Someone Special!

Harvey on his chair with a fellow guard

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Harvey Forsyth was the much-loved son of Marta & Rocco Angelastro, loving husband to April, brother of Marta Myland (Ed), Renee Beck (Tony) and Rebecca Angelastro, and Jason Forsyth (Katya). Sadly, Harvey was diagnosed with Leukemia in February 2010, a battle he would lose on November 30, 2010 at the young age of 36. Harvey, a lifelong Wildwood resident, attended St. Ann’s School and Wildwood Catholic High School. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a bachelor degree in Finance. As a toddler, Harvey took his first steps on the 24th St. beach, where his family has owned property since 1932. As a Boy Scout, he became the first 10 year old to earn the one mile swim badge. While in high school, his sophomore class started the first swim team, going on to become champions. Harvey, clearly, loved the water! Harvey served as a lifeguard while at St. Joseph’s University to help with tuition costs. Tony Cavalier, Chief of the North Wildwood Beach Patrol for

Harvey with his Grandfather Marty Walsh at 24th St. beach where he learned how to walk

the past 40 years, hired Harvey in the 1990s while Harvey was still in college. During that time, he saved several lives. Tony remembers Harvey as an excellent lifeguard and a fine young man who deserves to be remembered for his courage as a lifeguard and a person who bravely battled cancer. Marta, Harvey’s mom, is grateful for Tony’s support. On June 2nd, 2013, a lifeguard chair was dedicated to Harvey at 24 St. beach, in North Wildwood, where he spent so many memorable times. The Angelastro family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who supported them and Harvey during such difficult times. He will always be in their hearts and now, forever a part of the beach he loved so much. The family asks to think orange as a cure for Leukemia, and to think green for hope. Visit the Facebook page Harvey Forsyth - Party On to find out more about the upcoming Fall fundraiser Harvey Forsyth Memorial Fund


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“You can shake the sand from your shoes, but it will never leave your soul.” ~a beach lover

Memories of Family Vacations and . . . a Summer Cottage

BY MARK C. PEYKO

(Biff) Bill Peyko and his son, Christopher, in the ocean in mid-1960s Wildwood. Photo courtesy of Bill Peyko.

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or two weeks every summer, my family made the journey from northeastern Ohio to the Jersey Shore. Our family vacation was something my brothers and sister anticipated – even expected – each year. My dad managed this annual feat on a teacher’s salary and without complaint or much variance in routine. When young, you don’t truly appreciate the sacrifices that are necessary to pull off such a hat trick, but time and the economics of adulthood have made me further appreciate my father’s discipline and generosity.

(left to right): Mark C. Peyko, Eric Peyko (brother) with Ella Peyko (mom), Marshawn Peyko (sister), Bill Peyko (dad), Chris Peyko (brother), and Irma Lefter (aunt) at Aunt Liz and Uncle Ed’s cottage in Wildwood around 1972. Photo courtesy of Irma Lefter.

My Uncle Ed – actually a great uncle – and cousin Eddie built the cottage in Wildwood, N.J. where my family stayed every summer for almost three decades. Constructed some time in the 1940s, the cottage was located near the bay inlet area off Rio Grande Avenue. Vacation homes of similar scale and vintage lined the street and raw beach grass filled scattered lots. The cottage faced east, so we could see the fishing boats returning to dock at day’s end and the distant glow of the boardwalk at night. The cottage was a two-story frame building set back on a sandy lot. A low, open porch ran the width of the cottage and wrapped around the side and part of the back. Since it was a summer building, the cottage had no central heating system, nor did it need one. Dormers on the east and west sides of the building ventilated the entire second floor and brought the cool, ocean air into the sleeping areas. A low-rise, U-shaped enclosure for the central staircase afforded everyone a measure of privacy. The first floor consisted of a large living room, kitchen and small bathroom. The cottage was a mix of old furniture: Art Deco lamps, mission oak dressers, and even a few console radios from the 1930s. The kitchen had blue, yellow, and gray sheet linoleum in a sortof Mondrian pattern. Although it seemed equal parts museum and storage shed, the cottage was a fascinating, multi-decade time capsule. The bathroom was tiny, the hot water tank smaller yet. After a day at the beach, you’d want to be first or second in the shower, but colder water sometimes was just the thing for sunburned skin. After our first day at the beach – and every day afterward – the bathroom floor was gritty with sand.

Sitting on the porch(left to right): Aunt Liz (Quigley), Uncle Ed (Quigley) and the author’s mother, Ella F. Peyko at the cottage in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of Bill Peyko

Uncle Ed lived in Gloucester Heights (outside Camden), worked at RCA, and could fix anything mechanical. He and my great aunt visited at least once while we were at the cottage and stayed the entire day. They always joined us for dinner, but left before dark. Aunt Liz always brought along exotic treats we never

had at home, things like Ritz crackers, boxes of Hostess doughnuts, or regional snacks not found in Ohio. I think my mom really enjoyed seeing her aunt, because she and Aunt Liz never seemed to leave the kitchen table during the visit. My dad genuinely liked them, too. Uncle Ed and Aunt Liz were good-natured and fun to be around. My dad paid them for use of the cottage, even though they never asked for anything. The cottage was pretty far from the boardwalk and motel district, so my family’s vacation experience may have been different than most on the island. The usual drill was breakfast, beach all day, then pick up some fish or steaks and jelly doughnuts from the Marine Italian Bakery. There was a distinct compartmentalization of activity due to our distance from the beach and entertainment districts. When we went to the beach, we stayed. (A rainy day usually meant a trip to Cape May to look at the ruin of the U.S.S. Atlantus in the deep water off Sunset Beach.) There were shopping trips, of course, but the late afternoon meant relaxing at thecottage, reading the Philadelphia Inquirer and waiting for dinner. There’s a peculiar hunger you have after being on the beach all day, so we were always ravenous. Family vacations meant a temporary reversal of parental roles and I think it was truly a nice respite for my mother. She was freed from the daily grind of feeding and caring for her family and my dad did all the cooking. Consequently, everything tasted different – the steaks, the home fries, even the way my dad chopped the ingredients for the salad. Other things were different, too. We didn’t have television for two weeks and busied ourselves with making our own fun while waiting for dinner. As children, we would run upstairs when a boat’s horn signaled the Rio Grande drawbridge to open. We’d stand on the edge of the bed and look out a northern window to watch the vessel pass. From the upstairs, we could see fishing and tour boats from two directions. It never seemed to get old. After dinner, we’d feed our table scraps to the sea gulls then relax before getting ready for the boardwalk. When we returned for the night, it was common for us to eat Italian hoagies and large bowls of ice cream after 11 p.m. The hours of walking the boardwalk made it all balance out, I guess. I want to thank dad for giving my mom and all his children this experience. Happy (belated) Father’s Day! Mark C. Peyko is owner and publisher of The Metro Monthly in Youngstown, Ohio.


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from top left: Patty, Joey, Eddie, Lynda & Jayne the most. The Peyton siblings sent in a “Now” photo taken May 2013. {We all still vacation in North Wildwood and the whole crew will be down for the 4th of July week. I would love to surprise them to see this in The SUN.} Thank you! The Peytons


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BOARDWALK II: Back to Wildwood, the sequel to the well-received 2003 documentary, BOARDWALK: Greetings From Wildwoood By-the-Sea, which has been aired frequently on PBS, has been released for the 2013 season. The new documentary, a Boca Cape Films production, was filmed during Wildwood’s centennial year in 2012 – prior to Sandy – and again follows “Boardwalk rat”and narrator Bob Ingram on his daily travels along Wildwood’s famous Boardwalk. Ingram, in the new film, calls the twomile stretch “a hall of memory and the human heart” and “ever-changing, yet

eternally the same,” and BOARDWALK II is a kinetic mixture of the old, traditional Boardwalk and the many new additions to this authentic American icon. The movie explores Wildwood’s unique Boardwalk architecture and ambience, and previews some exciting new projects that further enhance Wildwood’s reputation as the last of the world’s great Boardwalks. But people are the heart of the Boardwalk, and Ingram’s travels along the Boards are spiced with conversations that range from Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano to legendary deejay Jerry Blavat to three young fellow Boardwalk rats. BOARDWALK II is available at Hooked On Books and the History Museum on Pacific Avenue, the Hereford Lighthouse, on the Boardwalk at Morey’s Piers, Eleanor’s, Cathy’s Critters, Ed’s Funcades, and Franconi’s, as well as Tom Cat on Rio Grande Ave. or by calling Bob Ingram at 609-465-9968. Price is $20. (A trailer is available for viewing at Watchthetramcarplease.com.)

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Helen had such fun doing publicity work for the Wildwoods after she won the Miss Wildwood Beach Patrol Contest in 1956. She was often asked to gather a group of her friends to join in the photo shoots. These pictures are just a couple that were used on Wildwood brochures, as well as salt water taffy boxes, billboards, newspaper ads, match book covers and souvenier postcards. She is also featured in a 1959 tourism video.


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“Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them” ~John Shirley

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by Dorothy Kulisek I met Doris and her daughter Carolyn as they were visiting the Hereford Lighthouse in the summer of 2004. Upon learning of the new Sun by-the-sea, she sent these photos in anticipation of them being published. The following article ran as part of The Sun’s cover story in the summer of 2005. Mayor Ernie Troiano and Commissioner Fred Wager honored Miss Wildwood 1939, Doris Head Davenport’s 80th birthday with a “key to the city” plaque which followed a parade on the boardwalk in the summer of 2003. Doris was 16 when she won this title. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, but spent her summers growing up in Wildwood.

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A lifetime of seashore memories. . .

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Destination... Wildwood by-the-Sea by Dorothy Kulisek

It was the unofficial first day of summer for the McMonagle family on the last day of school. Once the bell rang, the world turned into one long hot summer day. When my brothers and sisters & I got home, our mother would hand out 6 brown paper shopping bags, one for each of us to pack whatever we wanted to bring to the shore for the summer. We all scurried as mom yelled, “We’re leaving for the seashore!” She packed us all in the station wagon, along with the dog, while “See You in September” played on the radio. We waved goodbye to our friends, while we looked forward with unbearable anticipation to the season that awaited us. Mom put on her driving sunglasses, hung her arm out the window, and we were on our way. Once in New Jersey, Mom pulled over at the first farmers’ market to pick up some fresh produce. The girls counted how many licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll in the lollipop; the boys named all the roadkill, and played punchbuggy. We all asked, “Are we there yet?” We knew we were closer when the aroma of salt air seeped through the windows. We see seagulls and the big neon sign that reads “WILDWOOD” as we turn off at exit 6 and join the long line of cars along Grassy Sound Blvd. heading over the rickety old bridge. One by one we pass the familiar sites: Jim’s Clam Bar, Ed Zaberer’s, Henri J’s, The Shell Shop, Moore’s Inlet, the Red Garter, Cozy Morley’s, and the pink Lurae Motel as we finally pull up to our little mint green beach house. The pink & blue snowball bushes are in full bloom and the lawn needs mowing. We hurry to the backyard to find our old Schwinns, fishing rods and crab traps where we left them last year on Labor Day. The sky is so blue and clear at the shore, the ocean roar is beckoning us to come near. We step up onto the clamshelllined porch that doesn’t have its yellow & white striped awning up yet, and open the old jalousied glass door to breathe the welcoming, seashore scent of our beach home. We make our way passed the mismatched furniture to the pencil lines in the hallway and see how much we grew from last year. We look in our dressers and pull out the musty bathing suits from last summer and we unpack our brown paper “suitcases”. The shades are rolled up and the windows are thrown open to let the summer back in. School is a lifetime away and we are in our glory!

Mom & Jim 1978

Dorothy 1968

Natalie 1965

Jimmy, Mikey, cousin Gene 1973

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The McMonagle family at the Lobster House in 1968.

Our summers at the shore were a little piece of heaven. To Mom, she says they were the best years of her life. Weekdays were spent crabbing and fishing, riding bikes and playing ball, or jumping rope and playing jacks. We always colored or played board games on rainy days. The shore house had no television and it never needed one. Sharon, 1967 Little seashore cottages were meant to sleep The ‘blonde bomb’ 20 kids or more. That’s just how it was back then. Sometimes our Philly friends or cousins Joe & Diane McMonagle on their way out to see would come to visit, or Mom would take us Celine Dion on their 53rd anniversary, 2009 to other beach towns to visit friends. SomeNatalie & Joey after the Fishing Rodeo, 1972 times she would treat us to a night at the Drive-in movies offshore. We mostly spent our mornings at the beach, afternoons at Sportland Pool and our nights playing on the block or going miniature golfing or playing pinball at the Lurae or the Surfrider Motel game rooms. One evening long ago, while walking home from the ice cream parlor where Maui’s is now, my brothers and sisters and I and a couple of friends made up a song. Every now and then we still sing The McMonagle family summer home it. . . word for word, sound effects and all. It’s imbedded in all of our memories. The McMonagle’s at 7th St. beach in 1972 - Joey, Friday nights were special as we looked Dorothy, Mikey, Natalie, Jimmy , Mom in the middle forward to Dad coming down after work as timeless as the sea and sky. When we to take us up the boards. On the weekends reminisce, we are forever young. he loved to take us for rides to Cape May This summer, however, brings a new perand to his favorite restaurant the Lobster spective of time with it. Our father’s time House, or out on our grandparents boat here with us ended on a cold day this the Leprechaun. In the evenings, our parpast winter. Every day we miss him dearly. ents would go out to shows and see some We thank him for his hard work and the of the popular bands playing~ back then sacrifices he made, because he and Mom Wildwood was all about the music. Occaknew that a beach house was the secret The McMonagle kids with Butler cousins after the sionally they would even take us along. He to keeping a family together. Fishing Rodeo at Otten’s Harbor in Wildwood, 1972 and Mom would like to hang out at Moore’s Thank you Dad. Together with Mom, we Patio Bar with friends while we went to Our parents continued to invest in our will continue to treasure what was most Moore’s beach. Pop’s Water Ice Truck is a family, and in 2007 expanded the house fond memory we all share too. He used to for their growing family, and so that they important to you… family. park his truck at Moore’s parking lot back could retire there. Mom and Dad were then in the early 1970s, before he became blessed to spend 5 golden years together a famous Fudgy Wudgy man on the beach. at their ‘new’ old shore home, enjoying The house at the shore has been a constant the quiet winters, while looking forward in our family. Our parents may not have to everyone coming down in the spring realized the investment they were making and summer. They found new life while when they first purchased it in 1968. Some relaxing on their porch rockers. families grow up and grow apart. But the For 44 years, from Memorial Day til Labor house at 7th St. has kept our family alive ~ Day, our family and friends gathered togrowing closer together all of these years. gether in our little home by the sea. Time Mom & Dad & their gang has aged us, but within our souls, time is There’s no price tag big enough for that.


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1940s on the WILDWOOD BOARDWALK

with Charlie Neill By Jessica Westerland Mumford

By the summer of 1942, it was common to see men in uniforms on the boardwalk.

FUNCHASE PIER, WILDWOOD BY-THE-SEA, 1935 {HUNT’S OCEAN PIER}

Airman Charles W. Neill, U.S. Navy Fighter Squadron VF-22 Hunt’s Ocean Pier announced 40 attractions for one price. Rides were 3 for 25¢

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t is amazing how things can simultaneously stay the same through the years, but can still be so different. In the 1940s, the Wildwood Boardwalk had a slightly different feel to it then it does today. There were cartoon showings and pig races, shoe shiners and a motorcycle cage; and Charlie Neill remembers it vividly. Charlie worked on Hunt’s FunChase Pier at the pig races. It was set up like a maze, and you would pay money to throw a ball at a target, and if you hit the target the cage would open and little runt pigs would slide down a slide and choose one of two doors to go into~ one door got you a prize and one door didn’t. Charlie’s job was to hold the bottle, or ‘ninny’ to reward the little pigs. Charlie reveals the secret: “They trained all the pigs to go into the door with no prize, by having a bottle of milk waiting for them. They never went to the other door because all they wanted was the bottle. Kids didn’t care though, all they wanted was to see that pig go down that slide,” Charlie laughed. “And you know, we didn’t have the word shoobies then, they were just tourists. But we loved them, we always loved our summertime friends.” Charlie aalso chuckled as he could not recall what the actual prize was because he rarely gave one out. Hunt’s FunChase Pier had a mechanical “Laughing Lady” a huge, oversized statue of a woman who had

a jolly ‘haha’ kind of laugh, as she welcomed people onto the pier. He also mentioned the cranky Midget who was a sort of guard and watchman who was often heard yelling. There was a theatre that showed cartoons all day, and all of the basic amusement rides such as the merry-go-round, carousel, bumper cars, ferris wheel, and roller coaster. But there were also attractions that we don’t have today, like a wire cage ball with a motorcycle and rider who would circle it, and a disc that spun around and you sat in the middle trying not to slide off. There was a game called “pull a string get a thing,” in which there was a booth with tons of intertwined strings all attached to prizes, and you chose the string you hoped was attached to the prize you wanted. There was also machine that looked like a Doctor offices’ big scale, “but when you put a quarter in the whole thing would vibrate your feet- it was called the Foot Ease!” Charlie explained.

Laughing Sal greeted visitors to the Pier’s new Funhouse and Laff Theater

Charlie also remembers how World War II touched the Wildwood Boardwalk. “The war was on, and I remember all the lights facing the ocean got painted black, because there were German Submarines out there.” Charlie and his friends used to work on the boardwalk, but not just the piers. They walked around with shoe shining boxes to earn money, but they also used to work under the boardwalk as well, collecting money the visitors would drop through the cracks in the boards. They made homemade sieves from a wooden frame and screens, and would pick places under the boardwalk that had lines of people above, where they would be more likely to open their wallets and lose change. “We would find a few soda tops, but a pretty good amount of money for kids those days!” Be it pig races and cartoons, or mini golf and laser mazes, the Wildwood boardwalk is still amusing and entertaining tons of visitors every year, and giving each visitor their own brilliant memories to keep throughout the years. Charlie’s memories recall an era on the Wildwood boardwalk that may one day be forgotten, lest we keep them alive.

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When Bands Were Big By M.A. Leslie

A typical scene at Moore’s Inlet Bar

It all started with a kiss and a song. In 1961, George Latella met his wife, Maryjane on Memorial Day. It could be said that it was a chance meeting, one of fate, but it is better to think that it seems meant to be. Maryjane, better known as Cookie, was at Moore’s Inlet watching a young band, The Showboys, with 19-year-old Georgie Latin aka Latella. Someone in Cookie’s group challenged her to be bold and give George a kiss. Luckily, she took the bet and gave him a kiss as he walked off the stage. Later that night, Cookie was invited to sing with the band and that was all it took. A year later, the pair was married and on their way to a long happy life together. George and Cookie lived in Roxbourgh (The Northwest part of the city) for most of the year, always coming down for the summer to their shore home in North Wildwood. George worked for 37 years as a music teacher in the Philadelphia school system and Cookie spent 31 years working as the school secretary as well as a reading teacher. George also played with his band in the winter months all over Philly and Jersey. Of course, that was just what they did when it wasn’t summer.

George & Cookie with good friend Bobby Rydell

George & Cookie on their wedding day

When summers would hit, George, would transform back into Georgie Latin and perform as an accordion player in bands at the Jersey Shore. It was what he truly loved to do. He had learned from his father when he was young and joined his first band at the age of 15 in 1957, which he started with band mate Bobby Rydell. It was a time when the clubs of Wildwood would fill with people to watch live music. There were at least 15 to 20 clubs in downtown Wildwood and another dozen or so clubs in N.orth Wildwood. Most clubs had two bands alternating all night with continuous music. All the bands wore tuxedos which gave the town a “Las Vegas” glamour. The late fifties to the early sixties were a time when music was booming in Wildwood and George was right in the middle of it all. Not only would the town fill with bands, but it also had it’s share of celebritys; not that it was all that strange to George who graduated with Chubby Checker and remains friends with him today. Cookie, also worked over the summers. She spent years working at Cozy Morley’s Club Avalon There, the couple was given a chance to meet the big name musicians as well as hang out with them after the shows. In her time there, Cookie and George were able to meet Jonny Ray, The Winged Victory Chorus, January Jones, Joey Bishop, Haden & Rodgers, Julius Larosa, as well as many more.

George & Cookie on their 50th wedding anniversary

Unfortunately, like most things do, the hey-day of the Wildwoods’ live music scene came to an end. During the 1970’s, the bands that had once filled the clubs were replaced with DJ’s. Live music became too expensive and guys like George had to branch out beyond the borders of Wildwood. Instead of giving up on his summer love, he worked up and down the

The Moore’s that lives on in our memories

Moore’s Inlet Bar 1962 ~ Bud & Doris Moore (standing and seated), Drummer Ernie Dee (back), with George & Cookie (front) Jersey shore, including towns like Cape May, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City and all the way up to Atlantic City. His last years performing were in the casinos playing for High Roller parties, Cocktail parties and as a strolling accordionist in the dining rooms. The names on most of the clubs they remember have changed. Some still hold the names they had, but for the most part the Wildwoods that they remember are just memories. That doesn’t change one thing, their love for each other and the town that they’ve been entertaining and coming to for fifty years. Now, the couple that started with a kiss and a song is celebrating their fiftieth year of marriage and are retired living in Wildwood Crest, following their dream, a year round home by the shore. There they get frequent visits from their family, including their three grandchildren, allowing them to share their love and memories of the shore with a younger generation.


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“People take pictures of the Summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed”~ Ray Davies

Celebrating 10

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Sational Don and Lori in Wildwood 2012

Years of

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Lori in Wildwood 2012

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where yesterday

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Reading The Sun is so much Fun!

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“Wildwood Days”, the 1963 song by Bobby Rydell could be my theme song. I like the tune, I like the lyrics and especially, I like Wildwood. Since I was a little girl in the mid 1960’s, Wildwood, New Jersey has held a special place in my heart. Oh, how I remember my first visit to the shore. Aunt Mary and Uncle Frank took my mom, three brothers and me for a week long vacation to North Wildwood. The year was 1962. Three adults, four children and luggage packed in the Chevy sedan, and to think that nobody, including my two year old brother was wearing a seatbelt. Those days were long ago and it was a much simpler time. For me, a little kid from North Braddock, Pa., seeing the ocean for the first time was a thrill. My mom held my hand and we jumped at every wave that came our way. It didn’t take long for me to get used to the taste of the salt water as the waves knocked me over. We rented a small bungalow a block away from the beach. Each day we trekked through the hot sand on the long beach until we reached the spot to place our blanket, the beach umbrella and a cooler filled with treats. After hours of belly surfing, playing in the sand and applying many coats of suntan lotion it was time for the trek back to our home away from home. We spent most of our evenings on the famous Wildwood Boardwalk. Now, this isn’t just any boardwalk. It is two and a half miles long, starting in North Wildwood and ending in Wildwood

Don and Lori in the Zaberer sleigh, 1987

Crest. We walked from one end to the other, stopping to play games, ride on the amusement rides and browse through the many souvenir shops. Our only dilemma was where to eat and what souvenirs to buy. There were so many stores, which made it hard to choose. I was only six years old at the time but one evening on the boardwalk stands out in particular. I remember so vividly the newspaperman holding a stack of papers and shouting the news that Marilyn Monroe had died. It’s funny how some events in life always stay with us. Fifty years have passed since my first vacation in Wildwood. Since then, my husband Don and I have made many trips heading east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Don has come to love Wildwood almost as much. He has been known to tell the story of one of his “eventful” vacations with his friends. Don and about twenty friends from Third Ward, North Braddock decided to “take on” Wildwood. They all stayed at the Rosemont Hotel, taking up two entire floors. I still laugh hearing him reminisce about how there was one bathroom on each floor for them to share. Last September Don and I enjoyed yet another getaway to Wildwood. Much remains the same as it was over the decades but there are obvious changes as well. As we drove from North Wild-

Lori with her mom, Agnes on her last visit to the shore, Nov. 1996

wood to our motel in Wildwood Crest I pointed out all the places where we have eaten and the motels where we have stayed at, and there are many. Mother Nature treated us well. We rode bikes on the boardwalk in the morning and lots of swimming each afternoon. I still see the ocean through the eyes of that six year old girl that I was so many years ago. Each evening we picked a different waterfront restaurant for dinner. The seafood dinners and the fresh sea air…… aah, that is vacation heaven to me. After dinner it was time for that stroll on the boardwalk. The smell of Curley’s Fries and Mack’s Pizza quickly made us forget how much we had already eaten. Then we heard those familiar words, “watch the tram car please”. At that point we stopped the tram car and climbed on board for a relaxing ride back to the Crest. Another vacation was coming to an end. Don and I have enjoyed vacations in other lovely places. Daytona Beach was fun, the Bahamas and the aqua colored water very pretty, and Southern California quite eclectic. But Wildwood, NJ, it’s like going home. I think Bobby Rydell said it best, “Love those wild, wild, Wildwood days”! Lori Liptak-Downey writes from her home in Turtle Creek, PA.


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4501 Pacific Ave.

WildWood BeTween Burk & DaviS aveS. 609-522-0060

• Voted Best Book Store on the Shore •

“You won’t believe it’s a used books store!”

www.hookedonbooks.info

We Have Books You Can’t Find Anywhere Else! CATEGORIZED & ALPHABETIZED

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Open 10am-4pm ~ Closed Sunday

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Owner ~ Operator

July & August Hours: Tue.-Fri. 9~5:30 • Sat. 9~2 • Closed Sun. & Mon

Michelle

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A Really

WILDWOOD & OCEAN AVE. WILDWOOD, NJ

Cool second hand clothing

609-729-1555

shop . . . new merchandise

on the corner of Taylor & Pacific Ave.

WildWood 609-523-1166

arriving daily!

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EAT, DRINK, SHOP . . . Uncle Bill & Aunt Betty and their entire staff invite you in for the best pancakes on the island!

OPEN EVERY DAY 7AM ~ 2PM BREAKFAST & LUNCH

UNCLE BILL’S PANCAKE HOUSE Burk & Pacific Aves. • Wildwood by-the-Sea • 609.729.7557

Pacific Grill

PLENTY OF FREE PARKING

Dedicated to High Quality Service Since 1948

New American Cuisine Traditional dishes prepared in innovative ways

Specializing in Central Air Conditioning & Gas Forced Air Heat for 3 Generations

B.Y.O.B.

Island inspired cuisine brought to you by award-winning Chef John Schatz and Bob Dimitrov of Union Park in Cape May

watercolor by Dorothy Kulisek

*Free Parking Available

Serving Dinner 5pm closed tuesdays

www.pacificgrillwildwood.com 4801 Pacific Ave. Wildwood, NJ 609-523-2333

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5104 PACIFIC AVENUE, WILDWOOD • 609-522-0121 • FAX 522-7313

1-800-638-4393


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Downtown Wildwood N!

www.BeachWhiskers.com

Shop Online!

609-846-7339

ng N o w Fe atu ri ds! G o u rm et Fo o • Blue Crab Bay • Stone Wall Kitchen • Robert Rothchild Farm

A FuN New Gift Boutique! between Rio Grande & Hand Aves. on Pacific Avenue in Wildwood

Jewelry

Clothing HandBags Beach Accessories Salt Water Taffy Greeting Cards Toys Shells Original Artwork Shore Decor & More!

sh o pp ing I k e rs ! at Be ach Wh is Bennett & New Jersey Wildwood by-the-sea

SUNDAY beer pong tournie! Ca$h Prize$

609-522-7894

Take Out & Restaurant

Open 7 Days Restaurant 4 ‘til 10

Early Birds Monday-Friday 4 ‘til 5

Pasta & Pastry Shop 10 ‘til 10

Theresa makes her own ravioli. scan this code NEW

Ravioli House Mobile App

Full Assortment of Your Favorite Italian Pastries Cookie Trays, Cakes, Pies Breads more hour 7 &days

Line of Products -can youFullmake it say Available happy and put www.TheRavioliHouseWildwood.com patio with text of regular happy hour and

Open Every Day 11am - 3am Come to Goodnight Irene’s! Where every night is a good night!

Every Night is a Good Night at Irene’s New Beer Garden

DINNER SPECIALS Fri - Sat - Sun

HAPPY HOUR Mon-Fri 4-7 at Bar Only ~ Appetizer Specials $1.50 Miller Lites $2.50 Domestic Bottles $3.50 Blue Moon Drafts $4 House Wine

Mus ic making her own ravioli. Li veTheresa “Have you and heard of us? We think you have!” en t on “CHEFS” Featured En te rt ai nm

Outdoor Patio Bar ~ Opened for the Summer! 38 Beers on Tap!

Now Featuring 2 Taps from Cape May Brewing Co.

“Beer Geek Thursdays”

.49¢ Wings & Blue Moon Steamers 6pm-10pm $1 Off Craft Beers 7pm-11pm QuizzO starts @ 10pm

Friday

DJ Richie Palko 10 ‘til Close

www.GoodnightIrenes.com all specials are subject to change

on the corner of Poplar & Pacific Ave. in Wildwood, NJ (609) 729-3861


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EAT, DRINK, SHOP . . .

“Doo the Loop” 26th St. to Cresse Ave. & Back Again

Take a FREE Ride on

DOLLY runs North on Pacific Ave. & South on Atlantic Ave. Ride FREE to your favorite Restaurant, Hotel, or Fun spot. Thursday - Sunday 5pm-11pm • All Summer Long!

5210 Pacific Ave. 609-729-1817

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Downtown Wildwood Drinks • Dining • Outdoor Seating

Happy Hour 5pm to 7pm > $3 Micro Brews, $4 Wines, $5 Appetizers, $6 Martinis

Early Dining 5pm to 6pm 2 for $25 > 2 Courses, 4 Choices

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Grand Opening!

Come & visit us at our 2nd Location!

bagel time cafe 2 at AquA BEACh RESORT 5501 ocean ave. (across from the bike path & beach)

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(609) 523-6700

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EAT, DRINK, SHOP . . .F For the Fall Festival in You, We Have the Brew!

New & Pre-Owned Bike Sales, Repairs

& Rentals

3900 Pacific Ave. Wildwood, NJ

www.ZippysBikes.com

Only 1/2% Sales Tax

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Wildwood’s Original Green’s Liquors

Open 7 Days

• Daily • Weekly Rentals • Free • Hourly • Free Lock with every Rental Layaways

• Free Pick-Up & Delivery Create you own Custom Beach Cruisers in a Variety of Colors and Styles! • Pre-Owned Bikes Starting @ $50. • Custom-Built Cruisers Starting @ $250.

• fat tire bikes • Largest Selection of Beach Bike Accessories & So Much More! • Gift Certificates make great gifts!

Come Visit our HUGE New Location!

5301 Pacific Ave.

Outstanding Selection of

Fine Wines, Spirits and Seasonal & Craft Beers 5301 Pacific Ave. at Hildreth • WILDWOOD, NJ 08260 609-522-WINE (9463) www.greensliquors.com “Your Store at the Shore” Open Year Round

MUNCHIES

Pizzeria & Family Restaurant Fast, Free Delivery Anywhere in the Wildwoods!

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Zip on Over!

When ya’ got the munchies . . . Call us first!

609-523-2203

“THE ULTIMATE MUNCHIE”

“WING IT WEDNESDAY”

EVERYDAY WEEKLY SPECIALS SPECIALS (2) XLarge Cheese Pizzas, (20) Buffalo Wings (any flavor) and 2 Ltr. of Soda $28.99

“THE MUNCHIE WING” @zippysbikes

400 E. 26th Ave. N. WILDWOOD

(30) Fresh Buffalo Wings (any flavor) w/Blue Cheese & Celery $19.99

(30) Wings and 2 Ltr. of Soda (any flavor)

$19.99 “SLAMMIN’ DEAL”

XLarge Pizza, (15) Wings and 2 Ltr. of Soda $19.99 MENTION YOUR DEAL WHEN YOU COME IN!


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Downtown Wildwood SURF & TURF • CHICKEN • RIBS • BURGERS

Schellenger’s Restaurant “Lobster City”

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Freshest Seafood • Steaks • Chicken • Pasta • Soups

Serving R DINNEY DAIL

3516 AtlAntic Ave. • WildWood, nJ • 609-522-0433 opEn daily 3:00pm ‘til EaRly BiRdS Sun - Fri 3pm - 5pm from $11.95 Cocktails • Beer • Wine • Martinis

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FaMily TakE-OuT PlaTTERS

New Menu Selections • Children’s Menu Available

4:30pm

all major credit cards accepted

Full Children’s Menu • Blackboard Specials • Outdoor Patio Dining • w/Palm Trees

NEW!

SMOKIN’ FAMILY

BB Q

FREE

Shrimp, Buffalo Wings, Cheese Steak Egg Rolls or Crab Puffs Good only with purchase of adult meal. one per person. Not valid with any other offer or take-out. must present coupon when ordering. ~sUN~

BONELLI’S

Since 1929

MARKET

SpENcER & Pacific ave.• WILdWOOd (609)522-5118 • Open Daily 7am-7pm Home of the “Old WOrld HOagie”- Dellusso salami, dry cured capicolla, prosciutto, imported provolone, romaine, sweet onions, tomato, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, black pepper....................................................................................$8.95 gaetanO- Parma prosciutto, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, store roasted red peppers, and pesto sauce ............................................................................................$9.95 FOrmia- Our garlic, rosemary pork (or chicken) on the grill w/essence, imported provolone, and broccoli rabe (sauteed in olive oil and garlic) on a hoagie roll ............. $8.95

Hot Food to Go! BBQ ChiCken • RiBs • spanish RiCe • stoRe Made, hot & sweet italian sausage New! Pacific Ave. Parking Lot & Picnic Tables! (Jus t ne xt door)

609.770.7420

(available for take out only)

609- 522-5226

222 E. Schellenger Ave. in Wildwood by-the-sea

Plenty of Parking

BEst sEaFood & BEst Family dining

• Private Parties • Catering

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www.DoWildwood.com

EAT, DRINK, SHOP Downtown Wildwood Open 7 Days

Free Parking

BEACHWEAR SWIMWEAR Always Discounted

For the Entire Family!

5000 Pacific Ave. Wildwood, NJ 609-522-2155

Fit-Flops • Teva • Nike • Topsiders

great selection of

CuCina italiana OPEN Thurs - Sun Serving Dinner Daily 4-10pm Open 7 Days starting June

SWIMWEAR, CLOTHING & MORE JANTzEN - ANNE COLE SWIMWEAR SEpARATES

Smart Dining Menu

Beach Chairs & Umbrellas

not just Shoes! ICECREAM

4-5:30pm Daily 4 Courses from $9.95 Fun Friday Happy Hour 6-8pm Wayne & Kenny Jeremiah

JOEY M every Friday & Saturday Live Entertainment

“Where Cooking Comes from the Heart” Now that’s amore!

Drink Specials • $5 Bar Menu joeymslapiazza.com Lite Fare Menu! 4600 P a c i f i c a v e . W i l d W o o d , NJ 609-522-8300 Drawing of Joey M courtesy of Jersey Cape TV Magazine

WILDWOOD’S BEST ICE CREAM PARLOR! Over 30 Flavors of Ice Cream!! including Sugar Free & Frozen Yogurt! FRESH FRUIT SMOOTHIES • MILKSHAKES • SUNDAES HAND-DIPPED ICE CREAM • SOFT SERVE • WAFFLES HOT DOGS • POPCORN • PRETZELS • DRINKS TOPPINGS Include: FRESH FRUIT • HARDEN CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE • HOT FUDGE CARAMEL • FRUIT SYRUPS • CANDY FAVORITES

Classic Rock favorites playing all night!! Indoor & Outdoor Patio Seating

BUY ONE GET ONE

FREE

SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM 2810 Pacific Ave

Valid one coupon per customer. Expires 9/30/13

Big Screen TVs with Live MLB Action!

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2810 PACIFIC AVENUE •WILDWOOD • 609-522-5331 • WWW.DUGOUTICECREAM.COM


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“You may think the grass is greener on the other side, but if you took the time to water your own grass, it would be just as green.” ~Anon.

How

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Crab by Rob Kulisek

afternoons or evenings spent cracking blue crabs can be some of the Smostummer enjoyable of the summer. Families and friends gather around tables piled high with red-orange, spice-caked crustaceans and begin to crack them open in search of the tender white meat within. Crabs can be the perfect addition to an outdoor summer party or a delightful main attraction. Either way, you must be prepared for a messy (but fun!) time in order to make it worthwhile. One bad experience can leave a person eating crab cakes for the rest of their life. With lousy crab selection and insufficient tools, the effort to get a few lumps of meat seems exhausting. And then there’s that yellowy “mustard” stuff inside that seems to freak everyone out. But fret not! Here are a few tips that will help make your Blue Crab experience more enjoyable. Crabbing on the beach in 1913

Photo from the archives of Ken Shivers, circa 1913

The blue crab’s scientific name Callinectes Sapidus actually means “Beautiful Swimmer that is Savory” • PRICE When you’re buying precooked crabs, go with the medium size. The large ones are often a lot more expensive for only slightly more meat and a lot more shell mass. • EASY CLEAN-UP It is a smart idea to lay down some newspaper (not The SUN, of course!) so that you can easily clean up your eating area when you are finished. • TOOLS Have a small wooden mallet, a metal cracker, and a long pick for scraping. • WATER Also handy is a large bowl of water that should be refreshed regularly. This is used to rinse off the “yellow stuff” from inside the crab (aka the crab’s hepatopancreas), which is unhealthy to eat because of its concentrated chemical contaminants from water pollutants. • CLAWS & LEGS Twist off the claws & legs and using your mallet

or cracker, crack them open and suck out the meat or scrape the inside with your pick. Some people start with the legs and save the meatier and more savory body for last. • REMOVE THE APRON AND SHELL Start by flipping the crab upside-down and pull up the apron. Follow through and rip off the front shell. The meat will be inside, covered by entrails and inedible gills. Discard the gills and rinse your crab off. • BREAK IN TWO Hold both sides of the body in your hands and break them apart. This will make it easier to get to the meat. • ENJOY ! After all that hard work preparing, take time to search through every chamber for the most meat possible. Let no meat go to waste! Pile the meat up and enjoy it all at the end, or enjoy it as you go along.

609.463.0606

OPEN Mon. - Fri. 10-6 Sat. - Sun. 10-5

Green Street Market NATURAL HEALTH & GOURMET

Local & Organic Produce & Cheeses - Local Organic Grass Fed Meats Free-Range Organic Poultry - Gluten Free - Vegan - Raw Vitamins & Herbal Supplements 3167 Rt. 9 South • Rio Grande, NJ w w w. g re e n s t re e t m a r ke t . c o m info@greenstreetmarket.com


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A Variety Of Fragrances For the Home . . .

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”~Julia Child

5 MILES of Smiles! Floral Design & giFts

Specializing in Weddings Love is in the details!

Do simple things like smile at someone.

Wildwoods Restaurant Showcase May 10, 2013 John & Andrea Ferry

6101 New Jersey Ave. Wildwood Crest 609.523.9500

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flowers

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Liz Ferry & Jenna Long, WCHS ‘13 www.petalswildwood.com Follow us at Petals Floral Design and Gifts

From the one and only fabulous Italian restaurant GIA are the Chiarella family, Vince, Bethie & Mia

Fine Italian Dining

Family Style Dinners

Catherine & Grace Lederer, WCHS ‘13 From the landmark Schellenger’s Restaurant, Kate, Maureen, Valerie & Goodi

Sundays starting at 5pm

Beth, Mia & Vince Chiarella 7400 Ocean Ave. Wildwood Crest, NJ Reservations: 609.729.5959 Open Year Round I Available for Catering I giawildwoodcrest.com

From Marie Nicole’s in Wildwood Crest, NorthEnd in North Wildwood and Concord Cafe in Avalon, is Chef Justin & Jim Barnabei. Photo Credit George Capua

The lovely Natalie & Rose Kuprianov


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“Take care of all your memories, for you cannot relive them.” ~Bob Dylan

OAK & NEW JERSEY AVES. IN WILDWOOD

Oak & New Jersey Aves. in WILDWOOD

572MILES -5755 of Smiles! 9 9 0 6 TED

SUGGES ATIONS RESERV

609-729-5755

Keep your sunny side up!

Reservations Suggested

Friday Night Happy Hour with Benny Marsella

A Wildwood Favorite Since 1985

From the Original Fudge Kitchen on the Wildwood boardwalk and surrounding shore towns, are Joe Bogle & John Quinn

FINE DINING FEATURING VEAL, STEAK, CHOPS,

CHICKEN, SEAFOOD & PASTA DISHES

Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday by STAR

The World’s Best Auctioneer and local Wildwoodian John Lynch Photo Credit George Capua

The 2013 WILDWOODS RESTAURANT SHOWCASE where 26 restaurants presented many of their signature dishes. Held at the Bolero Resort on May 15th, 2013 by the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for scholarships to local college students. At the event, $10,000 in scholarships were presented to 15 students.

FINE DINING

FEATURING VEAL, STEAK, CHOPS, CHICKEN, SEAFOOD & PASTA DISHES

A Wildwood Favorite Since 1985

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Fri. Nights “Sounds of Sinatra” with Benny Marsella 7-9PM $5 Martinis / $5 Appetizers 9PM - Closing Party with Benny’s Dance Music Sat. & Sun. Live Entertainment with “STAR” and “JUST IN TIME” Guest Appearances from “Juliano Bros.” and the “Aquanets”

A South Philly Favorite Now in North Wildwood! South Philly’S BeSt Bakery award winning

Outside seating available

From the new Johnson’s Popcorn on Wildwood boardwalk are Glenn & Becky

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Italian American Pastries

donuts • danish • sticky buns cannolis • cupcakes • cookies • cakes coffee bar

(HoT & CoLd)

We’ve Moved to a NEW LOCATION! 17th & Central Aves. North Wildwood

609.729.CAKE (2253)

A must see!

From Bagel Time & Bagel Time2 (now open at AquaBeach Resort) are Anna Papadopoulos, Angelo Bilerus & Angelo Vassilakos

From Potito’s Italian & American Bakery in N.Wildwood are Geoff & Matty

Cannoli

collosal cannoli

new! 4lb. mammoth donut!

Spin the Potito Wheel and see your Potito’s Deal! Must mention this ad.

Minimum purchase of $20 to spin. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

www.potitosbakery.com

Voted Best Pastries at 2011 & 2012

the shore

PhiladelPhia inquirer’s toP 10 Best donuts in the tri-state area. ORDER YOUR BIRTHDAY CAKE WHILE AT THE SHORE! “Our only Limitation is your imagination”


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“Longing draws us toward what we have never known and will recognize instantly.”

~Trebbe Johnson

Almost Hollywood

{ A hidden Wildwood secret-revealed 44 years later } Written by Michele Bucklin Curtis as shared by her mother, Dorothy Focoso Bucklin

Dorothy in her prom dress

Dorothy in the Wildwood Historical Museum reminiscing of days gone by

F

rom when I was 10 to almost 11 years old, every weekend my father, Joseph Focoso and my Aunt Emma brought me to the Villa Venice café on Broad Street in South Philadelphia where I would sing for the audience. Whenever there was a new song out on the radio I would quickly learn the tune as singing was my passion from my youth.

Paul & Michele Curtis, North Wildwood 2nd homeowners

Dorothy on the beach

In 1945 at the age of 16, my father took me to Wildwood with my family where we stayed at the Olivieri apartments in North Wildwood. That Saturday evening my father and Mr. James the salt water taffy man, were going to the Lou Booth’s Café at 18th and Surf to see Billy Hays’ and his Dixieland Jazz Band. My father also took me along with them. While watching the performance of a girl singer in the band, Mr. James said to me, Dorothy, I’m watching your face. There’s something about you that I see. Are you a singer? I looked at my dad and he said to me it’s okay to answer Mr. James. I told him yes, that I was a singer from when I was 10&1/2 years old.

Dorothy with her 4 children at her 70th birthday party; Joseph Bucklin (now deceased), Jim Bucklin, Dorothy, Tom Bucklin, Michele Bucklin Curtis

Mr. James then asked Billy Hays’ to have me sing. So I went up on stage and told Billy Hays’ what key to play in and I sang Embraceable you. I received a standing ovation and the audience wanted more. I then sang, Don’t

take your love from me, then ended singing Stardust. We went home late on Saturday night with a beautiful memory of Wildwood at the Lou Booth’s café. I continued to sing for years at special occasions and when I turned 60 years old, my mother Domenica Digiuseppe Focoso, who was 80 at the time said to me, I have a secret to tell you. The day after you sang at the club when you were 16 in Wildwood, your father and I received a phone call from Lou Booth’s. The female singer from Billy Hays’ band quit that night after you sang and the band wanted you to join them in her place. They told my mom and dad that I would have many chaperones from the families of the musicians and that they were going to do a movie clip in Hollywood. My mom and dad talked it over and decided that I was too young to go such a distance. It was a shock to hear this at age 60 but God had other plans as I went on to marry at age 18 and had 4 beautiful children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren in which I’ve seen the gift of music carry on in so many of them. I’ve never stopped singing, still loving those old standards but now I sing and write songs for the Lord as he gave the gift of music. I will always remember how in such a brief moment in time in Wildwood N.J. it was almost Hollywood for me!


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“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” ~Rudyard Kipling

609-522-4189

Urie’s

Take Out Available!

W a t e r f r o n t R e s t a u r a n t

Live Music on the Deck

609-729-5301

Happy Hour Daily from 2-4pm (1/2 Price Apps & $2 Draft Beer - bar only)

Lunch from 12 noon Dinner from 4pm Early Bird Dinners from 4-6pm $7 Kid’s Meal (includes a treat!) Kid’s Arcade and Soft Serve Ice Cream

One of Wildwood’s Finest Waterview & Dining Experiences, Specializing in Sunsets, Seafood, Steaks, Pasta Dishes

& Cocktails

Live Music Daily on the Marina Deck

Home of the All-You-Can-Eat CRABS

Snow, Dungeness & Maryland Blue Crabs

588 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, NJ ww.uries.net

Happy Hour Daily from 4-6pm Early Bird Daily 4-5:30pm Indoor Air Conditioned

Full-Course Dining from 4pm or Marina Deck Lighter Fare Menu from 11:30

506 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, NJ www.boathouseonline.net


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{SUN ARCHIVE: Year 7, Vol. 3}

“We do not remember days; we remember moments.”

~Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand

WiLDWooD by-the-sea: Nostalgia & Recipes

Tent City: 1939-1953

“Wildwood-By-The-Sea: Nostalgia and Recipes” is published by Anita Hirsch. To order a copy, email ahfitpower@aol.com

Imagine spending a summer on the beach, sleeping in a tent, having fun on the sand and in the ocean all day and every day! At the southern end of the barrier island near the stone jetty just below Diamond Beach, between the years of 1939 and 1953, more than 100 tents were set up there each summer. The Enkoff’s were one of those families who pitched a tent. Harry and Christine Enkoff, thought camping on the beach would be a great place for their children to spend the summer, to get off the streets and get away from the summer heat in Philadelphia. They both had full time jobs in Philadelphia, Harry at the Navy Yard and Christine as a seamstress. So Grandmom Theodosia Polisky stayed with the children, Christine and Raymond, at tent city during the week while their parents went back to Philadelphia for their jobs. The Enkoff’s bought permits for two dollars and a tent from the army surplus store, packed up the car and drove down to the beach off Loran Drive at the Coast Guard Station. From the time Ray was two years old until he was nine, his family spent the summers at the beach. Ray remembers only good things about those years. They dug trash pits and they hauled fresh water for drinking in five gallon glass bottles from Ottens Harbor or Cold Springs Harbor. Water was also obtained “at the Two Mile Landing where there was an artesian well.” Ray remembers that he got tired of sand in everything by the end of the summer. He remembers being bothered by the green head flies. Many of the kids got the rash from the foliage of the poison ivy plant but Ray was

never bothered by “ivy poison.” For washing, they would gather water and heat the salt water in the tar paper so it wasn’t so cold to wash off. Many campers got severe sunburn.

and read comic books. At night they used flashlights. They had bonfires and they would roast potatoes and marshmallows on a stick until they got blackened. And they made sling shots.

Fishing for stripers with his father was memorable for Ray. They also caught flounder, weakfish, and Blue Crabs. Ray remembers scooping up crabs and in an hour, they would have a bushel. Grandmother Theodosia would cook them and they’d have crabs or fish for dinner. For dessert they would have blackberry pie made by their grandmother from the blackberries they picked. A Coleman stove was used for cooking. Ray remembers her making spam and eggs.

After several years, his father made a prefab bungalow and they graduated to that. It could be bolted together and it had a hard wood floor, four walls and a roof.

Milk was limited. They had an ice box in which they put the blocks of ice which his father carried to the tent with huge ice tongs and then they would chop the ice. They “had to be sanitary and not slobs,” remembers Ray. They slept in army cots in the tents and on really hot nights, to be cooler, they would set the cot up outside. Inside, they had netting near the opening for air and to keep the mosquitos out at night. His mom and grandmother would buy paraffin in the A&P and then melt it and mash bayberries in it and make candles. They used the candles and the Kerosene lamp for light. But they gave off smoke. Raymond Enkoff remembers fondly those wonderful summers! He made many friends and played games on the beach in the daytime. They buried each other in the sand, made sand castles, and swam, even during a hurricane. They played board games, like Parcheesi

Ray remembers that their tent was close to the rockpile jetty at the end of Diamond Beach and then as the tent population grew, they moved up closer to Diamond Point, in particular when they used the prefab bungalow. Dad Harry carried, somehow, the four walls and a floor and a roof to the beach from Philadelphia and they stayed in that a few years. That was great since there was a floor that could be swept of sand.

“On really hot nights, to be cooler, they would set up their cots outside their tents.”

Aerial view of the southern tip of Wildwood Crest where “Tent City” existed from 1939 to 1953. Photo by Rob Kulisek, 2011

Ray said that, “lots of cars got stuck in the soft sand” and then “everyone would get. boards and shovels to free the cars buried axle deep in the sand.” There was an old abandoned restaurant down in that area on Pacific Avenue called Podgers and they would sometimes play in there. Other days, they would walk in to Wildwood to the Strand Theatre on the Boardwalk. Ray remembers seeing King Kong there starring Fay Wray. He remembers swimming in Sportland Pool. The management would throw coins in the water and whatever you could get, you could keep. He remembers riding the wooden roller coaster on Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk. This area where they camped is now federal government owned and closed to swimmers but used

Ray on side of new four sided prefab bungalow they purchased to use for the summer, mom at door, two women cooking, on the right grandmother Theodosia Polisky. Right picture, mom sweeping.

for promoting wild life. It is designated as the Coast Guard Wildlife Preserve. Once the building of motels began along the beachfront in Wildwood Crest, it was no longer permitted to set up tents and the Tent City was no longer. Ray enjoys speaking of the

years spent in the summers at Tent City, and reliving “those wonderful times.”

Thank you to Raymond Enkoff for his memories and photos.


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“There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, or songs, or images.� ~Dana Gioia

Mom, Christine Enkoff, sitting on the rock pile at the end of Diamond Beach at Tent City.

Dad, Harry, with a Striper

Mom and Dad bringing in water on shoulder

Ray and Dad playing baseball in front of cars on the beach.

Ray with mom and Dad on the beach

Dad bringing in basket of crabs

Ray and Dad in ocean

Mom, Christine Enkoff, dressed up, was either going for a walk on the Boardwalk or to church

Mom Enkoff

BLACKBERRY PIE

Crust 4 cups flour 1 1/3 cup Crisco shortening 1 teaspoon salt 6-8 tablespoons water Ray Enkoff in front of tent

Add the flour, Crisco, salt and water into a bowl. Combine the ingredients with your hands. Form into a dough. Divide dough in half. Press the dough into the pans.

Mom, Christine Enkoff, fishing on the rock pile at the end of Diamond Beach at Tent City.

Filling: 5 cups fresh black berries 1/2 cup brown sugar Fill the pie shell with the berries and top with sugar. Pull the pie dough over the berries. Place on a grate over the Coleman stove burner. And cover and bake. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes until pastry is brown and juice bubbles. (or bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes at 425. Reduce heat to 400 and continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes until the pastry is brown and juice bubbles.) Mom Enkoff

Yields: 6-8 servings

Rear right is mom, Christine Enkoff, in front of her is Ray Enkoff and to his right in two piece suit is his sister Christine.


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Have fun in The SUN!

“If you would like wonderful memories tomorrow do wonderful things today”~Joe Proto

10 YEARS of Smiles!

A smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. We miss the smiles of those who are no longer here. (some on this page) They are now smiling down on us.

Walt & Linda Helm, 2013 Sue, Stephen & Michael McGee 2005

How Many of You Know of 2 Brothers who Married 2 Sisters? Jim & Marian (L) & Larry & Marlene (R) McMonagle from Philadelphia have made the Wildwoods their permanent home. (2006) Mr. & Mrs. Steve Mason 2004

Manuel Montero of Sam’s Pizza for 45 years. This was taken back in the day but published in 2008

Steve MacDonald & Tom Flud at Hereford Lighthouse Dinner ‘08

Dave & Chris Rodriguez

MAGIC BRAINS of Cyber Cafe 2004

Chase & Maya Critchfield 08

Ron Griffith 2005

JAMES & JASON OF DOUGLASS FUDGE AT XMAS IN JULY, 2012

Christine & Lainey opened their Shampoo Bar in 2008

Mr. Callahan at the BeschenCallahan Lifeguard Races, North Wildwood, 2005

Patrice, Gregg & Natasha of Jewelry Studio, 2009

Betty, Steve, Mayor & Mrs. Palombo & Paul at Hereford Lighthouse Old-Fashioned Annual Christmas Tree Lighting 2004,

At the Dogtooth: Sarah, Jenn, Uncle Dom & Kathy, 2013

The Peterson girls posing for our first cover photo shoot at the Inlet beach in 2004. (pre-seawall)

Rie Cane from Star Diner, 2008 Rie worked at the Dolphin Restaurant back in the day!


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Sunset Lake, circa. 1960- The Russo’s & Santaniello’s

The only way to reach the little sandy strip of beach at the south end of Sunset Lake was either by boat or by careful negotiation of the bumpy path off of New Jersey Avenue across the abandoned railroad tracks. The young boy went there everyday with his mother and his aunts and sat by the water’s edge, eagerly awaiting the arrival of his father and uncles by boat. He would spot them coming toward him from the area his dad called “the inland waterway,” and the images that he knew so well were unmistakable: the V-shape of the bow and the wall of water spraying up behind the boat from side-to-side. He rose to his feet when his father swept the boat in a wide arc past the beach and his uncle, being towed on one water-ski, let go of the rope and glided across the salt marshes to a perfectly-timed stop just in front of him, whereas he proceeded to sink down into the water and then gracefully walk to shore. The young boy yelled with delight,“I want to learn how to water-ski!” Before he knew it he was clad in an oversized life vest, bobbing on the water like a cork while his uncle stood behind him and waited for his father to take out the slack in the rope. “All you have to do,” he instructed, “is let the boat pull you out of the water and just stand up, like you’re getting out of a chair.” The boy nodded his head when asked if he was ready, his uncle yelled,“Hit it,” and the rope snapped from his hands. Several more attempts yielded similar results, one of them being quite cathartic for the boy, as he managed to finally hang on and was dragged underwater for several yards. He surfaced,

coughing and spitting and brushing snot from his nose with his arm, but was bound and determined to rise from the water. His uncle swam toward him. “You okay?” The boy said yes and took one more swipe with his arm. “Good. Now, remember, let the boat pull you out.” When asked later to recount his moment of triumph, the boy was unable. All he could remember was standing up and wondering how he was going to control the two skis that had suddenly achieved lives of their own. One wanted to go east while the other preferred a more westerly route. The boy was bent over at the waist, ignoring the pleas from the boat to “stand up!” When they ran out of lake and had to turn back toward the beach, he felt himself being pulled closer to a wall of water. He could hear them yelling,“bend your knees,” but it was no use. It was a mountain of water. How was he going to scale it? And yet, there he was, on the other side. Approaching the beach, he spotted his mother and his aunts standing by the water waving at him. Here was his chance for a graceful landing! He could visualize it: skimming across the marsh and sliding right up on the beach to a round of applause. “Watch out!” He looked to his left but it was too late: the mountain was upon him, tossing him face first onto the water and bouncing him across the marsh to where his uncle stood, knee-deep, puffing on a cigarette. He looked down at the boy, who floated past him on his back, looking dazed. “Keep tryin’ kid, you’ll get it.”

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Romeo & Love By Al “Butch” Love

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n 1963, I completed my tour of duty in the Army and returned to my parents’ summer house in Wildwood. I was hired as a provisional summer police officer and assigned to the Midtown Squad patrolling the night club district at Pacific and Schellenger Avenues. I then entered the police academy in Sea Girt, NJ. My assigned partner was Dominick Romeo, who’d been on the force two years prior. Luck of the draw I guess, “Romeo and Love.” Our partnership would create name recognition and appear to become a reality show for the next several years on the force. The Wildwood locals called us Romeo and Love. During the years patrolling the streets together we often stopped traffic violators or interviewed people on the streets and identified ourselves to them as Officer’s Romeo and Love, who often replied they were Juliet or Shakespeare. We soon became a novelty and made the local newspaper at least once a week. Pete Lapidus was a newspaper reporter for the weekly Wildwood Leader and one of the last Justice of the Peace in NJ, who worked hearing the cases in North Wildwood. We often became his fodder for his weekly articles written in the local paper. One day in October, a desk clerk at the old Coral Reef Hotel on Atlantic Avenue needed help removing a 300-pound woman from a bathtub. She had been stuck in the tub for the past three hours and wanted to check out and leave. There was nothing in my police academy training that ever covered this! With much effort, we finally got her out. One night the owner of Bud’s Bar on Artic Avenue called and requested we remove a woman dancing nude on top of the bar counter. She leaped off the bar and landed right on top of me in front of a large, cheering crowd. Pete Lapidus had an article that week in the paper titled “Romeo Saves Love from Nude Woman” One night we locked up the homeless brothers Eli and Pondi for breaking a store window. They listed their residence

Above cartoon was discovered by Al in a Ripley’s Bellieve it or Not Book

as the Hotel DeSoto, a 1952 car on cinder blocks sitting on a vacant lot. They wanted time in the county jail with their father so they could all be together for Thanksgiving Dinner. Working together these years as police officers there were always risk. With us it usually involved patrol car accidents. The first occurred on a nice fall day when we were dispatched to 26th and the Boardwalk for a report of a fire. We approached the intersection of Maple Avenue. In the middle of the intersection a man who operated a gas station close by was waving us on. Unfortunately, the fire truck was coming into the intersection from Maple Avenue and the fireman thought the man was holding up traffic and was waving him through. We met in the middle; our patrol car went into a 360° spin and ended up the steps of the Baptist Church. The fire truck hit three parked cars. I suffered broken ribs, Romeo a broken arm and neck sprain. The police car was totaled. Turns out it was a false alarm. The second happened when we received a call that a woman threatened her boyfriend with a gun and drove off. Spotting her car, I jumped into the passenger side of the car and Romeo got in the back seat. We tried to pull her from the driver’s seat while she resisted. Like a scene from the Keystone Cops, we were traveling down the street while I was steering with one hand, holding her arm, and applying the brakes with my foot with Romeo in the back seat trying to drag her away from the drivers’ seat. Almost two blocks later, I was able to disengage the gear shift and stop the car. We became close friends outside of working together on the force. Many a night I enjoyed having dinner together with Romeo, his wife Beverly, and their three sons. Eventually, my good friend and sum-

Need pic of car crash in church Police Car pictured up against the First Baptist Church at Maple & Atlantic Aves.

mer officer Barry Hoffman convinced me it was time for a career change. He shared a condo with two other students who attended law school with him in Washington, DC. After the summer of 1968, I resigned from the police department and moved in with them in Alexandria, VA. Shortly afterward I was hired by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Force. One day, I ducked into a pharmacy store and discovered a paperback copy of “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not,” and noticed there was a drawing of a police car with two heads sticking out of the car windows. The caption read “In Wildwood by The Sea, NJ, Patrolmen Romeo and Love share the same patrol car.” I was shocked, they were talking about us! I have no idea who submitted this fact. It was the 15th series and had a picture of General Grant on the front cover. On Saturday, May 9, 1992, I was invited to attend a testimonial dinner for Romeo’s retirement at The Mariner Inn, in the Crest. On the back of the program was a short story I had written titled “Members of the Wedding.” In 1976, I had entered the story in a writing contest promoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer and it was printed on August 8th that year in the TODAY section of the Sunday edition. We were awarded a complete dinner for four at any restaurant of our choice. We chose the Smithville Inn, where we were treated like royalty. Years have passed. Father Time has caught up to us. Maybe a step slower, grayer, family, grandkids, aches and pains, doctor visits, health issues. We have entered the Golden Age. We rarely see each other anymore, but when we do we still chuckle at our memories of those years being partnered as “Romeo and Love”.

“Romeo is wherever Love is. How sweet. Drop dead.” ~Wildwood Police Radio Log A story featuring Wildwood Police officers Romeo & Love ran in a section called “What’s in a Name” in the Phila. Inquirer July 15, 1965

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“Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live truth. Give thanks. Love well...” -Philippians 4:6-7

RICHARD BONELLI of Bonelli’s Market, Wildwood’s original old world market

Richard Bonelli, an artist who fell into the family business, sets up a produce display.

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Bonelli’s Market has been serving customers at Spencer & Pacific since 1940. If you need a newspaper, a quart of milk, some fresh Jersey corn, a made-toorder hoagie, or a roasted bbq chicken for dinner, you will find it at Bonelli’s. Early in the morning, before the store opens at 7am, Richard Bonelli is in the store, accepting food deliveries. He prepares his displays of fresh produce and meats, checks the shelves and begins his daily schedule. Richard graduated from Wildwood High, then Lafayette College in 1963 after which his original intent was a career in the arts, maybe even acting. But his father, who owned the market, became ill and died in 1969 and left the business to his son. You can see Richard’s creativity in the artistic displays and also the food art on the walls, which he painted in 1994. Richard’s father, John Bonelli, also a graduate of Wildwood High, in 1929, had opened a butcher shop just across the street from the present market. His family, all the way back to the Middle Ages, were meat-cutters in Formia, Italy. In 1940, the A&P across the street was vacated, so John moved in and turned

the spot into a state-of-the-art grocery. “It was a pioneer market in its day,” says Richard. A Wildwood Leader ad that announced the opening of Bonelli’s Market advertised eggs at 33¢ a dozen and steak at 59¢ a pound. “Compared to today’s prices,” says Richard, “That means if steak is $8.39 a pound, then eggs should be about $4.67 a dozen.” Richard’s son Jonathan, also a graduate of Wildwood High and of culinary school, joined his father and has built a thriving lunch & take out food business. The Newark Star Ledger in 2000 named the Old World Hoagie at Bonelli’s the top in New Jersey. While you are waiting in line for your take-out food, you will notice classical music playing – unless there is a Phillies game being played! The conversation of those in line usually centers around the quality of the food and how often they come to Bonelli’s. As this issue goes to press, Richard Bonelli lies battling throat cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. The Sun honors him with this story about his family market that he worked so hard at and was so proud of.

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“It’s the real thing.” ~1971 Advertisement Slogan for Coca-Cola

IONE’S “ALWAYS” COLLECTION by Ione Laffey of Wildwood Crest, N.J.

Ione & friend John on a Hobie Cat at Diamond Beach, late 1970s. Perhaps the red bathing suit and red hobie were premonitions of Ione’s fascination with the red & white Coca-Cola labels.

Ione Wenrich worked at Diamond Beach in the Crest for 10 years as a lifeguard and activities director during the 1970s. This is about the time when Ione’s obsession with Coca-Cola began.

One of the oldest bottles in Ione’s Coca-Cola collection. (Above) Her remodeled kitchen features a customized vinyl logo on the floor.

Cousins in Coke Cooler: Shara, Billy, Megan and JJ

Ione at Coke World

I have always been a collection kind of gal.   Magnets, frisbees, rubber ducks, you name it.  The recent chance to remodel my kitchen has allowed me to put the largest of my collections - Coca Cola memorabilia - on display. My Coke collection first appeared over thirty years ago when I started acquiring Coke keepsakes from flea markets while in college. Soon family and friends found me easy to shop for and I quickly received Coke gifts.  Now that vintage is in, it is difficult to keep all of my collectibles in the house, as my daughter’s apartment is already host to a giant Coke ice box and wooden Coke bottle carrier case.   Her  favorite item in my collection epitomizes the 1970s, a pair of bell-bottom Coke beach pants that sold for $2.98 with proof of purchase.

The above 1972 advertisement featured Coca-Cola apparel, like these Beach Pants that Ione got for just $2.98 with proof-of-purchase.

This can display shows one of the earliest tab top cans on the far left as well as the first New Coke can introduced in 1985 when Coca-Cola changed its formula to include high fructose corn syrup.

From salt and pepper shakers to place mats, I can eat an entire meal using only Coke knickknacks.  Hobbleskirt Coke bottles from the 1900s, with green raised lettering, are one of the many kinds to adorn my kitchen shelf.  Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the kitchen is the floor, as red tile has been laser cut into white to show the famous Coca-Cola logo. While growing up in Wernersville, PA, I remember a man at the drug store pouring the Coke syrup into a small cup and then adding the carbonation.  Costing only a nickel, this fountain Coke remains as the best soda I have ever enjoyed to this day.  Once Coca-Cola began changing its formula back in the 1980s, I found that it no longer tasted as good as the original.  Although Coke is my collection and to this day the best fountain soda I have ever had, you will not find a can of Coke in my refrigerator. It is currently Pepsi that tastes like “the real thing” to me.

Ione & Megan Laffey on a visit to Coke World in Atlanta, GA

A Coca-cola travel bag~ a gift from Ione’s former co-worker, Mr. Ione’s extensive Coca-Cola collection includes Stevenson. miniature keepsake items such as matchbox trucks and a 6-pack ‘Desk Set’ featuring pencils, pencil sharpeners and other desk accessories underneath the bottle tops.


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nyl, window treatments and faux wood blinds. This furniture, flooring and design center is operated by dedicated, creative and skilled designers who seek to cater and customize, meeting the individual needs of customers and their unique homes. Kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, countertops, entertainment centers, closest organizers, fireplace mantles, home design or renovation services, Kitchens by J.N.C. is located at Fams P&S and celebrates over a decade of professionalism with a number one customer service rating. They offer the best quality products from name brand manufacturers as well as full installation services for everything in their showroom. If you’re looking for a one stop shop with professional designers that have the familiarity and skills to personally offer a wide range of innovative and creative design solutions at superb prices and with only a 3.5% sales tax, then this is a place that’s worth the trip, where all of your shore-house needs can be met all at once.

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Thanks for all the encouragement, fun and entertainment you give us through The SUN. ~Kirk Hastings

Summers are always a time to rejuvenate the spirit, caress the soul and smile some love at strangers. ~Joe Brooks NWW 2nd Homeowner

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We are avid readers of The Sun and never miss an issue. So it was only natural (and totally planned) to bring along our copy with us when we traveled on our cruise last fall. I hope you enjoy our attached photos of “The Sun Goes to Pisa” as much as we enjoyed taking them.

Thank YOU for loving The SUN! ~Dorothy {and Arthur & Ursalet}

It’s always nice to take a break to read shore news, even when you’re surrounded by the wonders of the world. We look forward to another great summer at our home away from home in Wildwood Crest - and the latest edition of The Sun.. ~Christine and Gary Cleaver


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“A happy memory never wears out.” ~Libbie Fudim

Summer Vacation Memories in Wildwood by-the-Sea

a wonderfull nostalgic story & photos submitted by Jeanette Siravo Guile. Send us your Wildwood Story.

The Siravo’s July 4th picnic on the Wildwood beach1952

Vincent & children, 1952

Vincent & Jeanette, 1955

Vincent Siravo playing with his children, 1949 Marilyn, Jeanette & Vincent Siravo, 1952

Teresa & Viola Siravo, 117 E. Poplar Ave. Wildwood 1965

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Teresa, Vincent & Jeanette Siravo, Wildwood 1946

Vincent Siravo unloading the car for summer vacation

eanette Siravo has fond memories of her childhood vacations in Wildwood during the 1940s & 1950s. Her family consisted of herself, mom, dad, sister and brother who, every summer, happily took the two-hour car ride here from Langhorne, PA. They knew they had arrived when the smell of the fishy bay came through the rolled-down windows, indicating the start of yet another fun-filled summer vacation by-the-sea. Every first week in July, the family rented the top floor apartment at Toppers Apts. at 117 E. Poplar Ave. in Wildwood. Her dad was an early riser who loved to walk the beach with his trusty camera as his companion. He could always be counted on to capture each picture-postcard moment of their days spent on the less-crowded beach in Wildwood Crest where her dad liked to go surf fishing. Jeanette recalls her mom’s dream of owning a place at the shore when her dad retired. Sadly, she died at the age of 50 and it was too sad for her dad to return with the family without her. Like so many others who have walked our world-famous beaches and Boardwalk (and taken a trip on the tram car), Wildwood holds so many happy moments for Jeanette and her family that the passage of time could never erase. Thankfully, photographs can last a lifetime, capturing lives well lived, while the memories they inspire linger long after the photos have faded and the moments have passed.~Meg Corcoran

Beach day for Teresa & her children, 1951

Teresa Siravo, Wildwood beach 1954


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“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” ~Anon.

Love Those Wildwood Days!

WILDWOOD MEMORIES

Jackie Slaviero credits her dad, James Murray, for introducing their family to Wildwood, where they would spend two weeks’ vacation every summer. When he passed away suddenly in February, he left behind a lifetime of seaside memories from over 40 trips to the town he loved so much. Though sorely missed, those memories of his Wildwood days, like cherished photographs, live on ...

Pictured in the photo: back row left to right: Deacon Jerry McGowan, Jon Slaviero, Joshua Slaviero, Nick Murray, James Murray Next row from back: left to right: Millie McGowan, Tiffany Tran, Jim Murray, Brittany Belcher, Jackie Slaviero Third row from back: left to right: Bernice Murray, Joan Murray, Mike Slaviero (kneeling) Front: Adam Murray

WILDWOOD’S SYLVESTER GRANDE LODGE CELEBRATES 75TH

L-R Tony D’Alicandro, Past-President, Joseph Montello, PastPresident, Greg Grasso, President, Dominic Pucci, Grand Lodge of N.J. President, Jerry D’Antonio

On Sunday, April 28, the Sylvester Grande Lodge celebrated its 75th Anniversary. Originally the lodge was known as "Societa di M.S. Vidio Giovane Italia" and was formed and chartered in 1938. Some of the founding & early lodge members include the Bottiglieri Family, Del Corio Family, Silvidio Family, and Troiano Family. Members of the Catanoso,Taglialatela, Finocchiaro, D'Amico, Versaggi, and Piro Families are still active members. To find out more about the Sylvester Grande Lodge #1838 or how to become a member, please visit their web site at www.sonsofitalywildwood.org or visit our facebook page.

NORTH WILDWOOD’S LONGEST RUNNING FUDGY WUDGY MAN SINCE 1973

For 40, years Joe Duncan has pushed a cart loaded with fudge bars and ice pops across the beaches of North Wildwood NJ, belting out his signature Ice Cream song as he sells his treats to beachgoers. Fudgy Wudgy guys have been a key part of the Wildwood summertime experience since 1971. One of the first ice cream vendors was the beloved Pop Redding who passed away in 2007.

WILDWOOD WELCOMES THE GOV

Governor Christie wasted no time on his trip to Wildwood last month, making the legendary Sam’s Pizza his very first stop. Posing with the legend himself, Christie put his arm around founder Sam Spera and stood next to Sam’s son Tony Spera. Anthony Zuccarella, Sam’s son-in-law stood behind the Governor as the three posed for a family photo with New Jersey’s leader on this memorable day in May, 2013.

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WILDWOOD WALKS FOR A CURE

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, left, greets a crowd of more than 3,000 people at Saturday’s Wildwood Walks for JDRF event on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. He is joined by JDRF South Jersey Senior Development Coordinator Ashley Trasser; Co-chair Kathleen Bianco; Executive Director Nanette Gerst, executive director; and Co-chair Michael Block. (Walker, Caroline Ranoia in red shorts :-) More than 3,000 people strode the Wildwoods Boardwalk Saturday morning, May 18, in support of 29 million Americans with Type 1 diabetes. The 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes raised $119,000, well above the initial goal of $65,000, said Michael Block, co-chairman of the South Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). A final tally could more than double the projected goal.

A few of the creative minds behind [artBOX] . . . Jack Wright, and Will & Jack Morey

New at Adventure Pier on the southern end of the Wildwood Boardwalk this summer is the addition of [artBOX] with the new Exit Zero Art Colony. This attraction constructed out of repurposed shipping containers features artists’ studios where local artists will create and showcase their works of art all summer long. Local artist David Macomber, whose work has been featured in Surfer, Eastern Surf and Surfing magazines, is one of the artists. The Art Colony also features a retail shop, a gallery and Café 4B Sushi. [artBOX] is sure to bring out the artist in all of us!


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born September 9, 1906 in Wildwood Crest, N.J. Baby Thurber photo courtesy of the Wildwood Historical Society

Baker is for the Baker Brothers, Crest is for Wildwood Crest. The founding fathers of Wildwood Crest, the Baker Brothers, gave the little Thurber baby a plot of land as a gift for being the 1st baby born there. The lot was number 9, block 22 at Crocus & Pacific Aves. < Little Leona sitting posed on the steps of her new house at 3 Avenue “A”. Early residents of West Wildwood were known to name their houses like they would a boat. Leona’s house was named “Sara” after her mother.

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It’s great being first (just ask anyone who has ever been last). Let’s face it, first borns really have it made; bigger allowances, longer curfews, they get their cut of the familial pie before anyone else! First in line means first at fame, fortune, and notoriety (okay, not all first borns are notorious). However, nobody knew the celebrity that would come from being born first like Baker Crest Thurber (born in Wildwood Crest on September 9, 1906) and Leona Frances Goldrick (born in West Wildwood on September 26, 1918). Being the first babies to arrive on these particular shorey scenes, apparently, entitled them to certain privileges. One of those momentous privileges resulted in Wildwood’s littlest landowners. While

the average landowner is old enough to drive, these particular landowners were not even old enough to walk! Speaking of firsts, we here at The SUNby-the-sea are honored to be the first to write about these special babies (ironically both born at the end of the summer) who, along with the plot of land, would also own a unique place in history. Before the impressive display of condominiums that now occupy our island, there was simple yet solid ground, its value incalculable to the people fortunate enough to reside here. While owning a plot of land at such a young age was lucky, Baker’s and Leona’s true fortune was being born at a time when the salt air and the sea breeze meant as much as the land beneath it.

The above photos, (except Baby Thurber) were from the original collection of the daughters of Leona Goldrick Fiedler, having since been donated to the Wildwood Historical Society for your viewing. Thank you to Leona Bower for allowing us to be the first to publish the story of your mother. Leona Goldrick Fiedler had 5 children altogether, Leona, Edgar and Triplet Girls (born 13 years after her first) - Theresa, Paula, and Veronica.

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“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.” 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

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Asbury A.M.E. Church

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

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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 Sunday 8:30 thru 9/29 Sun. 8:30, 10am

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

Sat. 4:30pm / Sun. 9, 10:30 Weekday Masses Mon-Fri 7am, Sun 7pm, Spanish Mass thru 9/29 Sun. 8, 9:30, 11 HIGH SCHOOL GYM 15th & Central thru 9/1 Sat. 5pm, Sun, 9, 10:30

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

119 E. Rio Grande Ave. 522-8489 Sunday School 9:45 Sunday Service 11am Eve. Service 6pm Sunday 6pm 97.9fm radio

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

Crest Community Church Crocus & Pacific Aves 522-1618 Sunday Services Casual Sunday Breakfast & Worship: 9:30 am Kind of Formal Worship: 11am CLOTHING CLOSET & FOOD PANTRY SOUP KITCHEN: Sun & Mon 4:30-6:30

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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

Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Plenty of parking

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

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St. Simeon’s by-the-Sea Episcopal 26th & Central Ave. 522-8389 Sun. Holy Communion 9am Wed. Healing 6:30pm

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-Jean-Luc Picard

“But maybe time is also a companion who goes with us on our journey and reminds us to cherish the moments of our lives because they will never come again.”

Summer Memories WILDWOOD BY-THE-SEA, NEW JERSEY by Margaret Melloy Guziak

We loved the clamorous, bell-ringing Penny Arcade’s “moving picture machines” lined up in a long row along the back wall. Scratched, wooden, rickety stools sat in front of the metal machines so kids could reach the glass to look at the wonders within. My brothers and I took turns putting pennies in, positioning our faces against the machine, pushing the start button and peering into its depths. Inside, a tiny book flipped its pages animating the cartoon characters that danced across the lit pages in the bowels of the leaded machine. The comical movie was too short, so we begged for more pennies to watch it “one more time”.

Marge in Wildwood, 1952

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n the late afternoon, our folks hustled us along the sun-baked sidewalk back to our hot, parked car. We reluctantly left the beach and like typical kids, climbed and scratched our way into the back seat, fighting for the two window-seats. From her front seat, Mom sat stoically, refusing to referee the childish squabbles behind her. Dad unlocked the trunk, tossing in our stash of sandy towels, Mom’s shopping bag, the beach umbrella, our sand buckets and shovels, and the empty metal lemonade jug. All the paraphernalia that had been jubilantly toted to the beach hours earlier was unceremoniously dragged back to the car. Driving away, Dad looked over at Mom and smiled. It was indeed a happy time but we kids knew there was a price to pay in those pre-sunscreen days for not staying under the umbrella longer. It waited for us back at the apartment in Mom’s First Aid bag. After a cooling bath, while I was sarong-wrapped in a bath towel, Mom squeezed out slithery, cold Unguentine onto my flaming red shoulders, gently spreading it all across my upper back. This old sunburn remedy in a small, flexible yellow tube had a raw odor. My three brothers, with pale Irish skin burned as red as mine, watched with mocking horror waiting their turn. “Yuck. That stuff looks like yellow pus,” they snorted, gasping and giggling, while sprawled across the bed. But they knew they couldn’t escape “the treatment” if they wanted to eat dinner and return to the boardwalk, as planned. Little Joe begged for Noxzema instead for his scorched thighs. With two fin-

led face. If it were a full moon, cloudless night, from the boardwalk’s metal railing one could watch the beauty of the whitecaps squeezing themselves between the rollers as they soundlessly approached the moonlit, wet sands of the Jersey shore.

1937 MARY MELLOY & CHILDREN Margaret, Joseph, & Jack

1938 WILDWOOD Marge’s Mother & brothers, Joseph & Michael

gers, Mom dipped into the bright blue, wide-mouthed jar of snowy Noxzema, slathering the cream onto his sunburned legs. Although he’d worn a cotton tee shirt, his uncovered, salt water-splashed thighs captured all the sun’s rays at the water’s edge where he’d knelt and made sandcastles that July afternoon.

She lifted the cooked, crisp bacon strips onto a paper-towel-lined plate, pouring off the excess bacon grease. Carefully, she set each breaded tomato into the hot pan, turning them as they browned. When all the tomatoes were fried, they were placed with the cooling bacon. Then she whisked a flour and milk mixture into the steaming pan containing crispy bacon bits and shreds of breaded tomatoes. Mom turned the browned biscuits out onto a waiting breadbasket. The older kids set the plates and silverware, ready for a memorable dinner of bacon, fried tomatoes, biscuits and milk gravy.

Fresh out of the shower and dressed for the evening, Dad separated and stretched out a pound of bacon strips onto the iron frying pan on the stove while Mom worked on us. The smell of bacon cooking whet the appetites of us four, tired, hungry kids who were attempting to settle down, as ordered. Mom washed her hands and, with her ready box of Bisquick and milk, quickly whipped up a double batch of biscuits, dropping the dough onto a cookie sheet and into the warmed oven. Then, she tackled the paper sack of Jersey beefsteak tomatoes that she’d purchased on our way to the shore, cutting each one into inch-thick slices. Using two pie plates, she continued her food preparation, breaking two eggs, and scrambling them onto one pie plate. The other pie plate held a mound of waiting breadcrumbs. With a fork, Mom dipped each rich tomato into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumbs, coating them.

We worshipped the beach but, at night, Wildwood became a different city with its 36 block-long boardwalk full of magical sounds, neon lights and a “now you see it -now you don’t” wild, carnival atmosphere. On an overcast night, you couldn’t see the Atlantic Ocean from the boardwalk railing, but your ears told you it was always there. Continuous waves lapped the shoreline in irregular patterns, sometimes simply slipping softly in against the dark wet sand. Other times, high, white-capped waves hit impetuously and hard, punishing the firm sand with the ocean’s salty strength. I could feel the coolness of the Atlantic Ocean’s breeze on my sunburned, freck-

And the mixed variety of pungent odors inside the arcade! The hot grease boiling raw potato slices beckoned us to its counter. When each batch of chips were done, the counter lady handed us a paper napkin wrapped around a paper cone full of thin potato chips pulled from the deep fryer and blotted dry with a paper towel. You could add your own salt from tall salt shakers. What power that gave to you as a child to season them to your own taste while your Dad stood nearby waiting to pay for the other cones he had ordered. Mom would find a wooden table where we could sit out of the way and “people watch” while we zealously ate our hot fries and finished our icy drinks. Across the aisle, fascinating machines endlessly tugged and twisted colored ribbons of sweet taffy, producing the famous “Wildwood Salt Water Taffy”. Every night in Wildwood became a giant party celebration that we were invited to attend. As children, we experienced the stability of being one unit looking out for each other, bucking the streaming crowds. It was our own little core of humanity – us against the world. With our parents encircling us, we strolled unafraid amidst a laughing, brisk, moving sea of strangers. We savored the freedom of staying up way past our bedtime and sharing saltwater taffy while we walked the “boards” at night. As a child, it was a thrilling time. It was an awesome time. Life was good. Mrs. Guziak is a Philadelphia-born freelance writer who grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, vacationed in Wildwood, and lives with her husband on almost four acres of land in western Colorado.


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“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film.” - Ansel Adams

Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood 2013 SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE

by Meg Corcoran Leaving the Pacific Rim for an East Coast paradise, the summer cast of characters arrive on Wildwood’s sandy ground, with The Lone Ranger leading the pretty pack. With 2 Guns blazing, the crew set up the most elaborate camp, complete with ocean view. Time spent by the sea does wonders for their state of mind but sadly, not their complexions, as a day without SPF leaves the sun stroked troupe seeing Red (2). The Girl Most Likely to get the best tan shares with her costars the greatest cure for Hollywood’s hectic pace; a seaside hamlet overflowing with sunshine and sea breezes, where dress rehearsals consist of finding the perfect bathing suit and soul-soothing beach walks are the preferred form of physical fitness. Before “dressing up” and walking toward the latest summer blockbuster, please check your local listings for release date changes… Following an ambush in Texas, The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer, opens July 3rd), along with his Native American guide Tonto (Johnny Depp), seeks justice and plots revenge, using an artistic disguise created during the Wildwood Tatoo Beach Bash Convention to surprise his enemies. Human-operated robots and giant, alien monsters are traveling along the Pacific Rim (opens July 12th), doing battle alongside a determined military leader (Idris Elba) while challenging beachgoers in Boogie Board Races. Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds, opens July 17th) the snail develops super speed following a freak accident and fulfills his dream of competing in the Wildwood Half Mile Kids Marathon before heading to his other dream spot, the Indianapolis 500 with animated but competitive racing snails (includes the voices of Maya Rudolph and Samuel L. Jackson). The Girl Most Likely (KristenWiig, opens July 19th) to win the Sidewalk Chalk Competition makes a disastrous attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend and winds up back in her childhood home in the care of her estranged mother (Annette Bening). A former black-ops agent (Bruce Willis) sees Red (2) (opens July 19th) when he gets back in shape at the Co-Ed Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament before reassembling

his gang of gun slinging retirees on a hunt for a weapon of mass destruction. Beach Sports Weekend is the supreme fitness test for the inevitable naval battle that occurs between the Persians and the Athenians (including Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey and Eva Green) who find 300: (reasons to support the) Rise of An Empire (opens August 9th) (hoping it comes with the best ocean view). Arcade hopping with 2 (plastic) Guns (opens August 2nd) will have to wait for a Naval Intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg) who teams up with a DEA agent (Denzel Washington) to rob a bank in a disastrous attempt to take down a drug cartel. The Planes (opens August 9th) fly high, in animated fashion, above Fireworks on the Beach during a spirited trip around the world as a small-town flyer (voiced by Dane Cook) takes to the sky alongside sleeker jets. A trio of talentless strangers (Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter) declares We’re the Millers (opens August 9th) during the Wildwood Talent Showcase as they head by RV for the Mexican border. Life affirming Yoga on the Beach becomes necessary for a outwardly typical teenager (Lily Collins) who finds herself in a supernatural world with demon-battling powers while on a mission to retrieve her kidnapped mother, using The Mortal Instruments (found in the) City of Bones (opens August 23rd). Not wanting the lazy days of summer to pass by at Turbo speed, the cast forgo speedy trips by Planes in favor of slower and more scenic trips by tram car. Family-friendly events as well as time spent bouncing from pier to pier has virtual strangers shouting We’re the Millers as well as Wildwood lovers. They soon learn The Mortal Instrument: (used in the) City of Bones can magically repair cloudy days while filling the nighttime skies with brilliant beams. Alternating between sunshine and starlight, the summer cast calculates 300: (gorgeous sun) Rise(s) of an Empire magnificently surrounded by water and sand, rivaled only by the most serene sunsets. The Summer of 2013 carries on, transforming our creative movie characters and bringing them beautifully to life by the sea…

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gull sees farthest who flies highest.â&#x20AC;? ~Jonathan Livingston Seagull


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“Never eat more than you can lift.” —MISS PIGGY

The itsy bitsy teeny weeny Bikini by Mia Chiarella

Every summer we celebrate one of the greatest moments in the history of music, when the itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini first hit the airwaves. It was probably a day when most women wanted to smash their radios to itsy bitsy teeny weenie bits.

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The bikini has always been the bane of existence to women…two small pieces of material worn in public with all of the bodily flaws for the world Mia to see….not so!!!! The teeny weenie swimsuit has evolved into numerous styles that can accentuate the positives. Monokinis and tankinis have become very popular over the years, and are usually designed in “don’t look there” patterns that magically draw the eye to your best assets.  The same magic is also used in swimsuit ads….a shadow here, a little positioning there, a well placed beach bag…and the models appear strikingly thin. Oh who am I kidding, they ARE strikingly thin…and beautiful…and perfect…and completely unreal. (Victoria, your Secret is safe!) The bathing suit need not be your enemy…in the real world there are many different body types and an equal number of suits to flatter them. Take a walk on our beach and you will see happy, healthy women of every shape and size in fabulous beach attire. The real world is not a Victoria’s Secret catalog, where every woman looks the same…who wants to look at that? (Shut up guys….Speedos will be my next subject!) The real world is real people…as every face is not the same, nor is everybody. I applaud my fellow women who take pride in themselves, and not what some consider perfect, because really…there ain’t no such animal!! Oh, by the way, here are a few helpful tips that will enhance your “beach style”… It is always good to position yourself on the sand near the water’s edge with your head thrown back so your bleach blonde hair curls down your back, hip up, legs slightly crossed, and lip gloss just so. Hold that position all day and have a blast!! Have a great summer…… Love, Mia

Bathing Beauties & Beach Bums

gggggggggggggggggggggggggggg Mary Ann Corazo & Karen Gagliardi 1966 Franny & Klukie Bloom & little Michael 14th St. beach, Wildwood, 1954

Grace Shevlin Fox across the street from her home on Chestnut Ave. in North Wildwood, 1936

Dave Snyder, Oak Ave. Wildwood, 1964

Sandy Hall Wildwood c.1960

Don’t forget to. . . Dig out your old photos! and mail to: The SUN P.O. Box 2101, Wildwood, NJ 08260 or

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“Where you love somebody a whole lot, and you know that person loves you, that’s the most beautiful place in the world.”

By-the-sea, By-the-sea, By the Beautiful Sea!

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Alan Trost ~ 1970s at the Midtown Motel, Wildwood by-the-sea

1955~ Bill Sheeran, Diane Nangle & Jim Dickenson

N. Wildwood 1967 Mary Baldwin Landy

Gotta love the hat! This is Mary Baldwin Landy catching some rays outside of her family summer home on 17th & Ocean, next to the old Tides and Pink Shell Motels in North Wildwood. The home as well as the motels were later demolished to make way for the Montego Bay Resort Hotel. Back in the 60s, Mary was known as the Queen of Taps. She was a tap dancer on the weekends with Irish American actor and comic Mickey Shaughnessy at Lou Booth’s Club 18. She also danced at the Manor Supper Club and the 500 Club in AC. She also worked with Cozy Morley, Fisher & Marks Comedy team and the great Jimmy Durante. sent in by Tim Baldwin

1940s 18th Street Canal in North Wildwood ~ Young George Forbes on far right, Harry Hutchinson in the middle with other buddies. sent in by

Gloria Mattera Moretti & Albert Moretti (top) and their children, Al, jr., Kathryn & Betty Moretti and friend Lorie Ford in the early 1960’s on summer vacation in the Wildwoods. (Remember the Tiki Motel?)

George Forbes

My family loves “The Sun” with all it’s nostalgia.  Here is a photo I was able to dig up.    In the car to Wildwood, NJ is Aunt Patsy at the wheel, Helen Troy riding shot gun, with Alice Melia, Connie Kerr, and Irene Troy ( L to R) as passengers.  This photo was taken at the Casino Photo Studios, Casino Arcade, Wildwood, NJ in 1958.  Sent in by Kathy O’Donnell Mary Bradley Farano & Mary Conway Rosenello 1951


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

Beach Bums & Bathing Beauties

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My Favorite Bathing Beauty! (Editor Note: My Mom)

Diane (Mioduszewski) McMonagle

Summer of 1954 “A Primrose Rd. Summer” at the house on the lake in Wildwood Crest with the Taglianetti’s & Sorensen’s in the late 1940’s {L-R} Richard Sorensen, Mary Esther (Taglianetti) Komanski, Carol A. Carroll Sorensen, John Taglianetti

Lois Nark Wildwood by-the-sea 1957

“SISTERS” Wildwood by-the-sea in the 1930’s (l-r) Clara, Betty, Helen, Irene and Rose Wonderful Photo Sent in by Helen Katzeaner

West Wildwood, 1932 ~ Morey boys: center is Charlie, to the left of him is their friend Bobby Hoffnagle, above him is Bill, Louis, Ray & Will


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Salt air & SUNshine on every page!

“So many years in one yesterday.”

Growing up on . . .

by Gina Prickril

The 18th Street Canal

One of the most popular swimming holes on the island, was the 18th St. Canal.

- Carla Phelps Wert

We called it the ‘Canal’. And anyone who grew up spending his or her summers in North Wildwood knew what it was. It was the narrow spit of water carved out of earth and named for the man who envisioned it. It was a place where people learned to swim, fish, crab, or drive a boat. It was and is Otten’s Canal and you can find it by land at 18th and Delaware Avenues. Ask anyone who was there and they will tell you the stories that linger in their minds, much like the memory of the taste of your favorite wine lingers in your mouth. It was a place where everyone knew everyone and everyone knew who was coming for vacation and what week he or she was coming. We marked time by the tide tables – making sure we were ready for swimming in the early evening high tides that would bring everyone’s boat eye to eye with the front door of the houses. The fishing was plentiful, unencumbered by size limits or catch limits. And if anyone was ‘lucky’ enough to catch an eel, they could get a few days’ spending money from the lady everyone called ‘Gram’ at the Perrucci’s house. Gram knew eels were a delicacy long before the Food Network figured it out. Crabs were best eaten fresh out of the steam pot on Carswell’s porch while listening to the hits of the 60’s. And if you wanted to rent a boat, you dealt with Pop Lanza or Mr. Lanza at the Canal Pavillion. The Schaefer family came down every weekend and the entire extended family did house repairs and yard maintenance every Saturday morning before kicking back for the weekend. Need to lift your engine off the transom of your boat? No problem. You could see Mr. Conkey who would tie a knot that could lift the engine and then undo the knot with the flick of his wrist. The Parker family was wonderful – truly genuine neighbors who always had a kind word. There were many other families, too, that completed the neighborhood. The Canal welcomed everyone, even if you didn’t live on the canal. Amateur diving contests would materialize on the diving platform which was positioned on the east end of the canal. Off duty lifeguards, who would arrive in their lifeboats at the end of a rowing session, usually had the slickest dives. But it was the cannon balls which drew the best applause. Except for the not-so-planned belly flop. They were the best. It was funny watching the belly flopper surface, trying to mask the pain etched upon their faces. There were swimming races and endurance tests to see who could swim to the end of the canal and back without being so out of breath that you couldn’t talk. Life was special on the canal and after the sun went down, the activities shifted to land at another piece of earth that we also called ‘the Canal’. It was the Canal Pavilion, located on Otten’s Canal. Today it is Canal Side Boat Rentals still run by the Lanza Family. The original structure was


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“I’d give all wealth that years have piled. . . to be once more a little child for one bright summer day.” torn down many years ago but my mind’s eye can still see it. A large curved roof covered the building; the entry way was a wooden walkway, which seemed so wide to us that we would pretend it was the boardwalk. And inside, well, inside was where you had the time of your life. It was the jukebox fed by dimes we had saved all winter that would fill the ‘Canal’ with songs from The Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, The Four Seasons (no, we didn’t call them Jersey Boys back then!), and many more bands. I think the favorite one hit wonder song had to be “Red Rubber Ball.” We knew all of the words to “Wildwood Days,” and we could hardly believe it when Bobby Rydell himself rented a boat from the Lanza family. My father quickly grabbed his movie camera and shot some footage of Bobby and his beautiful wife. Can you believe that Bobby Rydell is in our home movies? Pin Ball Wizards were born and nurtured here and years later, when The Who released ‘Tommy” all of us could relate to the skill needed to outwit that silver ball. If you were lucky, you would be there when the pinball machine maintenance man would show up and you would pray that he would leave the machine set with some free games. Yes! One day I think he left ten games! And every once in a while, Mr. Lanza would use his master key to play a few games of pool and then, yes, prayers answered again, he would release the pool balls one last time and hand you the cue stick. It was a magical time in our lives, probably the best time in our lives. The summertime residents envied the ‘locals’ who accepted us despite the fact that we invaded their town every June. As September approached, just for fun, and probably to rub it in just a bit, our local friends serenaded us with repeat plays of “Summer’s Gone” from the jukebox. Years later, the Otten’s Canal neighbors organized numerous Canal Festivals, and many of the old gang showed up, now adults and all that goes with that title, but ready to sit and talk and laugh for hours about the old days when life was carefree. For a moment, time hadn’t passed and none of us had gotten older.

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If those old wooden floors could talk. . . . many a day and night were spent dancing on them. Cass (Christaldi) Matkowski, who submitted a few of these photos, reminisced that many of her friends learned how to Jitterbug at the Canal Pavilion during the special Teen Night Dances. Those were the good ol’ Wildwood days!

Mae Ellis doing a perfect swan dive, 1940 Photo courtesy of Robin Tarr

Some Canal families are still lucky enough to live on the Canal, although for many families, it is the second generation who maintains the memories. Our memories are a slice of Americana, leaving us yearning for a similar world for our kids and grandkids. A longing for the innocence that is now too quickly wiped away by the all too common events of daily living that shake us. So if you have the chance – no wait, make sure you take the time to make sure your kids or your grandkids learn to swim, drive a boat, feel the burn of a belly flop and catch crabs or fish. Carve out a slice of the world that you can control, send them off to life with the best possible memories. You can be sure the memories will be carried through many more generations. A very early photograph of the harbor canal at 18th St.

One business that still operates as it has for over a 100 years sits on Otten’s Canal at 18th & Delaware in North Wildwood. Developed by Henry Ottens who purchased the land from the state in 1864. It was later sold to Otto & Edith Schymik in 1932 who then sold it in 1947 to Mike (Pop) Lanza and his wife Mary and their son & daughter-in-law, Ed & Lena Lanza. Though not at the original price of $1.50, you are still able to hire a boat for the day to go crabbing & fishing on the back bays. Although the juke box and pin ball machines and dance floor are gone, which entertained kids through the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s & 60’s, the memories are still shared by me to all who come into my store . . . on a warm, summer evening, we sat at the counter of the old soda fountain sharing a milk shake with that special someone . . . it was all just another night after a great day of fun on the 18th St. Canal. – Michael Lanza, operator since 1984


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“My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step. They are faces that peer over my shoulder.” ~William Golding (1911-1993)

Wildwood Memories by-the-Sea

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From AnnaMarie Newell Salasin

AnnaMarie Newell Salasin has many wonderful memories of growing up in the Wildwoods. Here is a collection of photos dating back to when she was a small child at her grandparents Wildwood hotel, the Dependable.

AnnaMarie & Donna Henry

Jerry Johnson & Jack Maurer on a Wash. DC class trip 1967 Joan Martin Newell Wildwood HS 1950 (Mom)

Paul Newell Wildwood HS 1948 (Dad)

Anna Marie Newell hanging out and being cool at Pine & the Boards 1970

AnnaMarie & Paul Newell

Anna Marie Newell Salasin St. Ann’s, WHS, LCMR 1974

Susan Laird, Donna & Anna Marie Newell 236 W. Juniper in 1963 Tom Davis WCHS 1967

Anna Marie Newell & friend at Hunt’s Pier. See Skua in back. 1970

Danna Newell Davis WCHS 1969

Jeffrey Salasin VF Military Academy 1968

AnnaMarie & Susan Kincade

A group of 8th graders on a class trip to NYC 1970 AnnaMarie recalls back in a day, hotel owners such as her grandparents, treated their guests to boatrides, as well as homecooked meals.

Paula Newell Brennan WHS 1971

The Dependable was a hotel located on the 100 E. block of Rio Grande Ave. owned and operated by AnnaMarie’s grandparents

AnnaMarie & LouAnn Suppa

AnnaMarie’s sisters, Donna & Paula Newell at the Dependable in 1959

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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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{SUN ARCHIVE: Year 6, Vol. 3}

“There are places I remember all my life, Though some have changed. . .”

The Back House

watercolor by Dorothy Kulisek

by Maureen Saraco

The back house,Wildwood, circa. 1914

I. There’s this house in Wildwood, the second to last island on the New Jersey coast. It’s the second to last house on the block, with a shaded concrete porch that cools bare feet, even in the middle of July, and green paint that would look minty if it wasn’t stained gray from windswept sand. My great-grandparents, John and Carmela Grande, left Philadelphia and bought this house in 1956. I imagine that was the year they first discovered the writing on the attic walls. They spent their lives here, always waiting for summer. That’s when their grandson, my father, would visit.When he was little, he came only on weekends, or for a week in August when my grandfather took his paid vacation from his office job at the Naval Depot. In college, he started to stay all summer.Thirty years later, it became my turn. II. I’ve never seen the writing on the attic wall, but my sister told me that it’s there, so it must be true. It’s from the boys who had what we have before we had it, and all it is, is their names. It’s too hard to get up there.That’s why I haven’t seen it, because of the toaster oven and the step stool and the rusty table fans that block the stairs.Also, because the windows up there haven’t been opened in fifty years, the air is stagnant and hot. My grandmother says that it’s from 1914, and she knows that because they wrote the year next to their names, these boys. We don’t know who they were. They knew this house before anyone in my family ever came to the island, and the attic used to be their bedroom. There were four of them and they spent their summers here. I like to think that they wrote their names on the beams one night when the heat kept sleep away, as if to say,“This was ours.” I bet the ocean was closer then. III. My dad taught me how to ride a wave in when I was seven years old. He spun me around towards the horizon, lifted me over the ripples, and helped me wait for the right time. “Wait until the wave does that,” he said, a wave cresting with a white and foamy edge before us. He lifted me over it and resumed his lesson. Sticking his arms up over his head, he locked his elbows and folded his fingers together, palm over palm. “Go like this with your arms. Straight out.” He watched the next wave rise, and started to move with it towards the shoreline. “Run with it,” he called back to me while I bobbed alone in the surf. “When it breaks, leap.Watch me first.” I pushed

up on the wet sand with the balls of my feet, lifting myself up over the wave. I came down in time to see him dive forward, just ahead of the breaking wave. He took a few long strokes, and then the wave caught him and carried him smoothly to the sand. He sprung up, shook his head like a wet dog, and turned back towards me, smiling. “See?” He waded back out and waited with me for the next wave, gripped me around the waist and helped me start to swim with it. With a few last minute pointers, he let me go. He didn’t tell me what to do, though, when the undertow grabbed me, flipped me in circles, kept me in the dark and spinning. Don’t breathe now, don’t breathe now, don’t breathe now. Close your eyes. Salt. And then, finally, the water dragged me, bare-thighed, over the crushed white shells and dumped me, with hair in my eyes and water in my nose, coughing and sputtering, on to the shore. IV. You can’t drown on purpose because when you try to take a breath, you won’t. You keep thinking you can wait another second before you have to, and then you can wait another one, and another, until finally, you find the surface. Every breath after that is greedy and gulping and not enough. Your lungs are burning, but you suck down the air because it’s your reward for not letting yourself suck down the water. Once you know this, you understand that you can make it through anything. If you don’t give in, relief will come. V. Books with dog-eared pages and torn covers litter the small slivers of floor space between the unmade beds in one of the rooms upstairs. In the summertime, we read what we like. I sleep in this room, in sandy sheets, with my three sisters.When I’m the last one awake, reading The Great Gatsby by flashlight in the middle of the night, sometimes my thoughts drift to the four boys in the attic, and I take comfort in what can be passed down. “Can’t repeat the past?” Gatsby cries incredulously. “Why, of course you can!” VI. When my grandmother was my age, she chopped fudge in the basement of the oldest store on the boardwalk. It wasn’t really the basement, it was just the room under the boardwalk. They used to have to carry trays of the stuff up the stairs, straining their backs so shoobies could rot their teeth. My grandmother doesn’t remember the thing I told her two minutes ago. And, because of macular degeneration, she can barely see the faces of my sisters and me. But she tells us about this part of her life when we sit together on the porch on summer evenings. While everything around her starts to go dark, these stories light her up and it relieves us all. VII. For three summers, I came to work at 4:50pm and read notes from the owner, written in Catholic schoolboy script, like this one:“The price of sugar has gone up.The price of chocolate has gone up.The price of milk has gone up. The price of cream has gone up.We have two choices.We can either raise our prices, or we

can SELL MORE. The theme for this summer is SELL MORE.” Every night, teenage boys twirled cherryvanillachocolatepeanutbutter fudge ribbons high in the air in the store’s front window. It was a spectacle for the customers, something that made them come inside and ask for more. And when they came in (and they always did), I stopped chopping and let them scoop the soft, mushy candy up from my free sample tray with two fingers. They all said the same thing: “It smells so good.” VIII. Do you know that smell that hits you, even when your windows are up, when you finally make it here? It finds its way in, fills you, but it doesn’t last because you’re not allowed to stop on a bridge. It’s the one that I roll down the windows for (I want more) and pull deeply through my nose. Do you know the one I mean? It’s low tide and dead fish and old seaweed and relief and home. It’s just the bay. It smells so good. This means it’s the beginning. IX. My dad’s favorite song is “Peace of Mind” by Boston. He listens to it on the two-hour drive to Wildwood, a trip he sometimes makes as many as three times a week, usually with a briefcase and laptop in the backseat. My dad is a civil attorney with his own practice. He often wakes at 5am to drive back to the city for a court appearance, and usually makes it back to the shore by evening. Rarely does he stay overnight at our home in suburban Philadelphia. On days when he can stay at the shore, he still gets up at dawn to walk our dog on the beach. When he gets back, he spreads his paperwork out on our kitchen table, with the windows open and the sunshine spilling in, and works by cell phone.When he finishes, he walks the two blocks to the ocean and swims. Sometimes I don’t know why he does it, why he puts up with the early mornings and the long hours spent in the car and only seeing my mom on the weekends when she is able to join us. Sometimes I don’t understand why he gave up the bigger salaries and greater prestige that came with working for big downtown law firms. Other times, it’s perfectly clear. It’s about digging his feet into the sand, staying here as much as possible, holding on to the summer before it slips away. It’s about escape and about peace. I get that. X. My dad had what I have before I had it. Surf Lunch was this little place up the street, where everybody got hotdogs and cokes and took them back to the beach in the afternoons. It’s where he learned that the beach is best in September. It’s when you can really find the peace that everyone comes down here looking for. He met his friends there when he was a boy. They have their inside jokes and their ‘remember-that-time’ that existed long before I did. I think this may be why I am so tied to this place, because he is. I have friends here now too, the children of my father’s lifelong friends. When I see them with their winter coats on, it builds up on the inside, the pain that comes with the thought that it’s not yet time to go back. They’re the only ones I know who ache

~The Beatles

for this place, where warmth comes from so many other places besides the sun. X1. My favorite song is “Why Georgia” by John Mayer. On May afternoons, when my shoulders are still clenched and the muscles in my back are still tight, I lie on a towel with my eyes closed and let the hot sand mold itself around me. And then I listen. Sometimes over and over. I wonder sometimes about the outcome of a still verdictless life.Am I living it right? XII. My dad didn’t tell me what to do when it is over. I think it might be almost over. Summertime ends the way childhood does: not all at once, but as warmth slips away and cold mornings make it hard to get out of bed. You know it’s over when the pressure builds up as deep as marrow, when a few steps into the wind make your lungs burn. XIII. My grandmother calls me once a week in the wintertime, from her apartment in South Philadelphia. She can’t see the phone anymore, but when my grandfather dials for her, and she hears my voice, I know she hasn’t forgotten me. “How are you, honeybunny?” she asks.“How’s school?” I always tell her that it’s good, even when it’s not, even when I can’t breathe for the cold and the stress, when the pressure of figuring out a life feels like that rip tide that sucked me under the water when I was seven years old. I don’t know when my next breath will come. “What will you do when you finish?” she asks. She knows it’s coming soon, even though she can’t remember exactly when. “I’m not really sure yet.” “Never do something you don’t like. Not even for a minute.You’re young.You have time.You go to Wildwood, that’s what you do. You’re like me. You’re like your father. You go home to the shore.” XIV. When you come back to the shore, everyone asks, “How was your winter?” It’s like spring and fall don’t count. Anytime you are not here, it’s winter.The answers to this question are all variations of the same sentiment: that wherever else you were is not here, that you’re happy winter is finally over. XV. I run to the water like it was a long-lost friend, someone I lost touch with years ago and was not sure if I would ever see again. I don’t wait for my body to adjust, for the goosebumps on my arms and belly to go away. Instead, I leap, headfirst. The water rushes around me, past my ears, through my hair, and when the sand comes, it washes everything away. When I stand up, I laugh. I wipe my eyes, and look out at the horizon. It feels closer, even if by just a few inches. The next wave swells up, and hits me square in the stomach when it breaks. It rushes past me, and the current swirls around my ankles. I’m still standing. XVI. I think Nick Carraway knows what I’m talking about: “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” *Nick Carraway is the narrator of The Great Gatsby

Editor Note:This is one of my favorite stories published in The Sun over the past 10 years.


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

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I enjoy reading all the articles in The Sun, especially the stories with the old photos. I thought I would send in one of our family classics with the hope of seeing it in a future edition. ~Frances Billups Ed. Note: Thank you for sharing your Wildwood memories with The Sun and its readers!

Photographer Ansel Adams once said, “A photograph is usually looked at-seldom looked into.” If we were to look into the two photographs of the Billups and Brennan cousins, taken 42 years apart, we would be reminded that the more things change, the more they really do stay the same! Circa May 1969, the older Billups and Brennan cousins jumped into the 18th St. Canal in North Wildwood (with their clothes on) before posing on the back steps of their grandparents’ home on W. 17th St. Fast forward, circa May 2011, where a new but still familyowned home now resides. Although there was no “canal jumping” involved in the most recent family photo shoot, the memories of their childhood After the 6 older Billups and Brennan cousins jumped Wildwood days remain intact. in the 18th St. Canal with their clothes on, they all Photographs graciously supsat on the back steps of the Grandparents’ home plied by Frances Billups, a on W. 17th. Circa 1969. dedicated SUN fan and family memory keeper.

In the same order as above photo Top Row, L-R: Michael Billups, Bob Brennan, Jay Billups Bottom Row, L-R: Michael Brennan, Joe & Diane Billups, Betty & Nancy Brennan

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“No man is a failure who has friends.”

My Friend Patrick O’Grady

Clarence from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Margaret Mace Grade School Alumni Reunion At The Boathouse - May 10, 2013

By Lou Ann Catanoso

Tom Melchiorre & Patrick O’Grady Summer ‘12

LouAnn Catanoso & Patrick, Summer ‘12

In the late eighties I was living the simple life of a single parent; working and raising my young daughter. My daughter and I lived in a duplex in North Wildwood, and one summer the second floor was rented out to a group of boys from Ireland. Wildwood has long been a summer destination for young adults from Europe to come for the summer months to work. Even though there were about five guys living above us that summer, I formed a strong bond with one in particular. His name is Patrick, and he is from Belfast. Our personalities just clicked from the start, and our relationship grew from that moment on. Almost every summer since then Patrick will come to the states and visit me for a week or two. He is a school teacher in Ireland with the summers off, which makes his visits possible. Last summer our friendship seemed to be brought to a new level; we became even closer than we had been in past years. We settled into a routine as Patrick would visit the local gym each morning, and I would do my daily housework. Patrick would go food shopping on the way back to the house, and after a hardy breakfast proceed to the beach for the day. I would join him in the afternoon, and we would stay down there until the sun set each evening. After dinner we would ride our bikes along the bay which was one block from my house. He fell in love with Townbank. At night we would laugh and talk for hours and listen to music; a passion we both share. He also fell in love with some of my favorite songs; “Groovy Situation” , by Gene Chandler, “Julie

Gary Patterson, LouAnn Catanoso & Patrick O’Grady, Summer ‘99

Do You Love Me”, by Bobby Sherman, “Midnight Rambler”, by the Stones, and “Somewhere Beyond The Sea”, by Bobby Darin. And while here, he also got hooked on an old “Blood Sweat and Tears” album of mine. Needless to say, he did buy the CD, and it’s usually playing in the background when we speak long distance over the phone. We got to hang out together at Mulligans and play Name that Tune with my favorite DJ, Ronn e Dee. And we also went to Newark Ave. beach in the Crest. We stopped and visited my good friends Tom and Kathy Melchoirre, and spent a lot of time with my family. By the time this issue of The Sun comes out, I will be anxiously awaiting the much anticipated visit from my good friend, my ‘soul mate’, Patrick. I am ready to make some new memories with him. Last summer my dad was sick and Patrick extended his stay with me to offer his emotional support. It was much appreciated, and not surprising in the least. This summer he will be here to brighten up the summer days of my mom and I, who are left with only the memory of my dad. We have developed a strong mutual respect and love for one another which only comes over time. I am looking forward to the night concerts in the Crest, and competitive miniature golf games. Nothing fancy; just the ‘simple pleasures of life’. Dedication: this story is dedicated to my friends who have ‘been there’ for me throughout my life.

L-R Debbie Alexander, Tom Glock, Sandy Glock Hall, Collette Maltierri, Lisa Craven, Jack Smith & Nancy Alexander On Friday, May 10, 2013, Margaret Mace School Alumni held its second annual reunion. It took place on the outside deck of the Boathouse Restaurant in Wildwood. The weather was beautiful and a good time was had by all. Save the date for the next Reunion to be held Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Boathouse. For more info call 609-408-0811.

Sarge Sanguinetti, Bob Caruso, & Tom Fox

Eric Kane, Joe Catanoso & Louann Catanoso “Old Friends” Louann Catanoso & Sandy Glock Hall

Alan, Jen & Tom Fox

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“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~Willie Nelson

10 YEARS of Smiles! “It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body... The heart.”  We miss the smiles of those who are no longer here. (some on this page) They are now smiling down on us.

Editor Note: Thank you to two of the main men that helped me start The Sun! Rob Kulisek & Bob Ingram, 2008

Brothers Dave & Al Alven at the [artBOX] grand opening. June 20, 2013

Irish Tom & Hope, 2006

We love Sylvie!

Here she is posing for a Sun cover 2008

JOE & CARLA RUSSO, 2005 (2nd St. pre-seawall) Sean Ford & Mike Nestor with the Nanos family at the opening of their North Wildwood Avalon Coffee franchise in 2006

Owen’s Pub Boys at Cool Scoops with Michael, Owen & Michael Haldeman

A blast from the past, in 2004 (L-R) Sue Corcoran, the SUNsational Meg Corcoran, with Danielle, Maureen & Chuck Wilson

Steve & Stephanie Zuzulock as shoobies featured on the Summer 2007 cover of The Sun. Photo by Rob K.

Local artist, John Wilson Baker, III, 2013

THE WILDWOOD’S FINEST - Irish Pipe Brigade played in 3 parades on March 11th, 2007 (Atlantic City, Sea Isle City, & Somers Point) before ending up at Bobby Villone’s Tucker’s Pub. The Best!

Dale the Whale of a Bartender at Owen’s Pub

From Summer of 2006 is Wildwood’s Osborne Family at the 3rd Annual Philadelphia SOUL Summer Slam on the beach at Schellenger Ave. The BILL OSBORNE FOUNDATION was one of the many SOUL charities to benefit from this event. Save the Date! AUG. 24, 2013


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We are so proud to be celebrating 50 years of history this year. On Saturday, June 15, we held our annual Postcard and Collectibles Show AND celebrated our 50th Anniversary. It was a magnificent day. The weather cooperated for the vendors, and Mayor Ernie Troiano presented the Executive Board with a Proclamation that recognized the volunteers that have served the museum for 50 years. Our honored guest speaker was Kathy Boyer Maher, the daughter of our founder, George F. Boyer. She told us of her father’s work collecting historical facts and artifacts until the City made a room available to him in 1963 on the second floor of the new municipal hall on New Jersey Avenue. According to Mrs. Maher, “his real local fame, however, came from his role as the City of Wildwood’s first and only official historian.” Whatever inner force, strength and drive prompted him in this direction, the citizens of this island are forever in his debt for seeing the importance of collecting, preserving and presenting the history of the Wildwoods. Just before the postcard show, one of our regular visitors, Chris White visited and donated a photograph of the Hotel Pacific that stood at Andrews and Pacific Avenue. On the back there’s a note that says “Circa 1907”. We are thrilled to have such an early photo of one of the first hotels on the island. I have shown it to a number of people including Mayor Troiano. For some of them, their first response has been, “Oh, the ‘P’ House!” I know from personal experience that a lot of the guys of the 50s and 60s used this expression, and it amused me that it still

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existed as the “P House” for them. If you have some memory of this location, let me hear from you at wildwoodhistoricalsociety@hotmail.com. Another interesting item donated to us was an antique wicker rolling chair. It seems the start of the rolling chairs began on the Atlantic City Boardwalk before the turn of the 20th century. Wildwood had it’s share of rolling chairs, but they quickly disappeared when the Tram Car entered the picture. The people at “Wildwood Old Time Photos” on the Boardwalk are to be thanked for thinking of us Also we have two additional volunteers helping with the scanning of the binders. They are Vicki Bundschu and Pat Johnson. Pat tells me she is a “transplant” but Vicki graduated from Wildwood High School, Class of 1968. We thank the ladies for joining our “crew” and helping out. Stop by our museum at 3907 Pacific Avenue in Wildwood. Once you visit, you won’t be disappointed. We have thousands of property photos and over 100 binders containing information on almost every subject relevant to the Wildwoods. J Please make note, our present hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This will continue until September 15 when we will be open Thursday through Saturday. Stop in to see us. Our happy thought for you this issue is “LIFE IS A MIRROR…SMILE BACK AT IT”. Until next time . . . . . . .be happy and be well!

Anne Vinci,

President of Wildwood Historical Society, inc.

Wildwood Historical Society/George F. Boyer Museum Postcard Show and 50th Anniversary Celebration held on June 15th, 2013. (L-R) Board members, Klaas Kramer, Chris Mento, Al Brannen, Mayor Ernie Troiano, who presented the 50th Anniv. Proclaimation, President Anne Vinci, accepting, Larry Lillo, Mary Ellen Shields, Kathy Skouras and Mgr. Mona Pluck


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“Life was made for loving. . .” ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I Met My True Love in High School

The Sun’s Special Island Girls

WILDWOOD HIGH & WILDWOOD CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Photos Courtesy of Wildwood Historic Society

High School Sweethearts

Matt Gallagher WCHS 82

Kim Capua Gallagher WCHS 82

Dave Roach WHS ‘77

Lori Bradshaw Roach WHS ‘78

Mike Billiris WCHS ‘70

Anthony Catanoso WCHS ‘77

Linda D’Alessandro Billiris WCHS ‘70

Chrissy D’Alessandro Catanoso WCHS ‘76

Craig Bixler WHS ‘83

Jamie Bradshaw WHS ‘83

Marianne DiBiasio Bixler WHS ‘83

Elisa Pizza Bradshaw WCHS ‘83

Many would remember her as the proprietress of “Doris Archibald’s Grass Mowing Service” in Wildwood from 1960 to 1980. Doris had acquired over100 lawns to tend and a crew of neighborhood children, including her own four, to help. She purchased an old second-hand tractor to manage the large, whole block lots located in the Wildwoods back then. The color pink became Doris’ signature color out of her wanting to not be mistaken for a man. Before it was ever Mary Kay’s color, Doris set the trend when it came to painting her vehicles pink; her tractor, her mowers, trucks and vans all became pink. She began to wear fancy hats wrapped in pink tulle netting, a great way to keep the greenheads from bothering her. (The full story was featured in our Indian Summer 2007 issue.)

If you need proof that exercise is the key to youth and vitality, look no farther than Toni Stahl.Wildwood Crest resident and octogenarian,Toni, who came over from Germany in 1950, can be found cruising the island on her bicycle. While some prefer a brisk beach stroll, Toni can be found every sunrise and sunset riding her bike from the Crest to Anglesea through Hereford Inlet where she then rides south to Wildwood Crest bridge. During her sunrise island tour, she makes the occasional detour to pick up local newspapers (including her favorite, The SUN). Next up is a visit to the bird sanctuary down by the Coastguard beach.There, she briefly leaves her bike to exercise before beginning the ride home again. Whew! Come rain or shine you can find her blissfully traveling the island, taking advantage of each ocean-scented view. Looking for the secret to staying young? Toni Stahl’s got it! (featured in the Indian Summer 2007 issue)


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“In today already walks tomorrow.”

~Friedrich von Schiller

Wildwood Memories of the Beach & Boardwalk

THESE WONDERFUL PHOTOS WERE GRACIOUSLY SENT IN BY INGE F. LAINE, A VOLUNTEER AT THE WILDWOOD HISTORIC MUSEUM, AND DAUGHTER OF CAPT. EHLKO FRIESENBORG.

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nge Friesenborg Laine, a volunteer at the Wildwood Historic Museum, remembers her Wildwood childhood fondly. Her parents came to Wildwood as newlyweds in 1934. Her German-born father, Capt. Ehlko Friesenborg, worked as a commercial fisherman at first for Charlie Aspenburg fishing on the “Riverside” and the “Shannon”, before partnering with Gerhardt Meyer on their own boats. Along with siblings Irma and Siebo, Inge had a memorable childhood by the sea, as she recalled a time when people dressed in their Sunday finest (the faint sound of flip-flops were silenced, apparently, on Sunday afternoons) to stroll the Boardwalk. Many “photo op” moments for the Friesenborg siblings occurred courtesy of the instantly recognizable Sherman Studios on the Boardwalk. As a dedicated fisherman who built his own boats, first the Meta Margaret and then the Irma Pauline, Inge’s dad would be away at sea for typically five-day stretches while her mom took care of the home front. If they were lucky, they were alerted of his return thanks to a marine radio and were able to meet him at Otten’s Harbor for a proper welcome home. While days away at sea providing for the family were a hardship for the Friesenborg clan, Inge knows how fortunate she and her siblings were to grow up in Wildwood. Back then, children’s rides in the Cedar Avenue were three for 25 cents, making for an affordable afternoon on the familyfriendly Boardwalk. Also reasonably priced were trolley rides on the open trolleys, also three for 25 cents. Family time then, like now, consisted of trips to the beach and treks to the boardwalk, with a trusty camera nearby. It’s been said that “A picture is worth

(L) Siebo Friesenborg 10 mos. in 1942 (R) Inge Friesenborg Laine age 1 in 1940 at Sherman Studios on the boardwalk

Els & Bruno Bloecker, Martha, Ehlko with his dog ‘Boy’ & Meta Friesenborg & Peter Kahrs 1934. Inge recalls it as being the best beach in the world. (This fact remains true today!) The Wildwood Convention Center is in background looking north. Look how empty the beach was during the depression years.

Meta Friesenborg and Peter Kahrs. 1934

Irma, Inge & Siebo Friesenborg at Sherman Studios on the boardwalk

a thousand words,” but the stories they tell and the imprint they leave on our hearts are priceless. More than 40 years have passed since these photographs were taken, as generations of Wildwood lovers continue to capture moments and memories on our awardwinning beaches and Boardwalk. For the Friesenborg family, life at and by the sea and the tales still told remains incalculable.

Irma Friesenborg McVey age 2 on boardwalk at Cedar Ave. 1937

Ehlko & Meta Friesenborg with Peter Kahrs 1934 on the Wildwood boardwalk.


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Well, as I have frequently stated before, fishing around jetties with bloodworms on weather is the wildcard to all fishing a float can fool those large trout. When adventures. This past spring certainly the water warms up to the seventy degree created a challenge for all of us, who range they will take cut squid, gulp, or pursue this sport. The consistent winds buck tails tipped with plastic worms or which make rough seas, and mess up the natural bait. Bloodworms although exbest laid plans for drifting and anchor- pensive can be killer baits in the surf for ing had us all using words unfit to print. Kingfish, Stripers, and Weaks. However, I will state that the persistent The cooler ocean temperatures and wind anglers still produce results. The Surf fish- chopped seas have hurt the shark fishing was exceptional in some locations. I ing offshore. A more moderate weather witnessed and only watched other anglers pattern and warmer water in July, should catch some excellent Stripers on North bring the Tuna and other offshore species Wildwood Beaches. Darn I hate that when to the 100 Fathom Line and the tips of I only watch. When the weather has al- the Canyon’s. As we slip into August the lowed safe boating, the drum fish bite was Tuna should migrate to the inshore waters. pretty good. I even managed to catch two August brings the entire smorgasbord of of them. My mouth watered for one of my species to our waters. The arrival of some favorite dinners. Drum fish parmesan‘! tropical fish like Wahoo, Cobia, and TrigAll that said, let’s pray for some tranquil gerfish really rounds out the table. All it takes is the decision to pursue and invest weather this summer season. The Flounder season seems to be picking some time in the magic, beauty, and bounty up and should improve the rest of summer. of one of the earth’s last frontiers. The back bay waterways are ideal for The fishing in our area has many addiyoung anglers to catch their first flounder. tional benefits to a fishing trip. The Ferry Those days will produce memories which canal at times, will host Bald Eagles for will last for a lifetime. I have come to the your viewing pleasure. Osprey’s dropping understanding of a typical fisherman. sixty foot from the sky to snare dinner is a unique sight to cherish. Dolphins have First, he just wants to catch4:30 fish, should next to say catch lots of fish, next lots of Tues big fish, next Wed and become so common on the bay and oceans to watch others catch fish, and at last to that it is rare to venture out and not enThurs watch a youngster’s face beam as they are counter a school. Remember, we owe it to the youth of our country to explore, holding their first catch. I predict the ocean will be the best pro- and experience Nature at her best. This ducer this summer for the flounders this lesson will teach them to understand and year. When the Sea bass bite slows down, appreciate the real Things in life. These the Flounder should really take hold on experiences will help them understand the reef sites and shoals. The surprise of how important it is to preserve these rethis season so far is the sheer number of sources, so in the future they can create nice sized weakfish. The local angler’s some memories with their children. call them sea trout or just trout. The late Remember the area has many ways to get seventies and early eighties were the hay into the fishing mode. Numerous tackle day’s of weakfish. They were fun to catch shops, charter boats, boat rentals, and on light tackle and are decent table fare. party boats are ready to give you the opWeakfish are one of the most beautiful portunity to catch the big one. So what’s fish in the ocean. They have the colors of holding you back? Go and enjoy! a rainbow painted on a steel silver body God Bless, Captain Gary Sloan, North Wildwood, NJ


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