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Kudos for Hereford Inlet Lighthouse!

This spring, our very own neighborhood Lighthouse garnered yet another accolade. On March 14, 2011 The National Wildlife Federation recognized the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse property as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site.
Anyone who's visited knows that the beautiful gardens attract all sorts of wildlife, like hummingbirds and butterflies.
And that's no accident.
It's the result of years of research into varieties of plants that not only attract "backyard wildlife" and insects necessary for pollination, but also are hearty enough to thrive despite extremes of weather on a barrier island.
The property, which has been lauded numerous times by garden societies, is the work of Steve Murray, longtime superintendent of parks for North Wildwood and a member of the New Jersey Audubon Society.
Murray began the project of transforming the grounds surrounding the Lighthouse in 1986. It took years of planning, cultivated, and maintaining what was to become a "mosaic of stunning gardens, linked by pathways and arbors and bordered by inviting benches," according to Patricia Sutton, author of "How to Spot Butterflies," and many other books about wildlife.
We in North Wildwood, and all those who appreciate natural beauty, are grateful to Murray for all the time and effort he put into the gardens. We're also grateful that, unlike maintaining lawns, the gardens actually reduce pollution caused by global warming and save energy costs.
The National Wildlife Federation says that besides reducing our need for heating and air-conditioning, "they absorb carbon dioxide, helping to further reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere."
All of this is a blessing for the future, but what a wonderful place to enjoy right now!
Come visit the Lighthouse at First and Central avenues and stroll along the paths, by the "scent garden," the butterfly garden, and even one featuring medicinal plants.
Then sit on a bench in the shade garden and relax. Ahhhhhhh.

Poll Hours 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
for Primary Election

Voters: Correct Poll Hours are 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. for the Primary Election

County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti would like voters to be aware that the correct poll open hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the Primary Election. A printing error on sample ballots delivered to all municipalities except Wildwood and Woodbine lists the poll open hours incorrectly. For questions or concerns contact the County Clerk's Office at 609-465-1013 or email

Mail-In Ballots are Available - County Clerk's Office is open Saturday, June 4 special hours 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for Mail-In Ballot Applicants

Applications for Mail-In Ballots for the Primary Election must be received by Tuesday, May 31 for the County Clerk's Office to process the ballots by mail. Beginning Wednesday, June 1st applicants must apply in person or by authorized messenger at the County Clerk's Office. The deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot is 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6. The Cape May County Clerk's Office will be open on Saturday, June 4 for Mail-In Ballot applicants for the Primary Election. The special Saturday hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the convenience of voters who wish to vote by Mail-In Ballot.

Mail-In Ballot applications are available at the County Clerk's Office, at any municipal clerk's office or on the web at Click on Form Center, scroll down to County Clerk, Elections.

The County Clerk's Office is located at 7 N. Main Street in Cape May Court House. Voted Mail-In Ballots must be received at the Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, June 7, 2011. For information call 609-465-1013.


Michelle Dawn Mooney to Be Keynote Speaker at Writers' Conference

NORTH WILDWOOD--The North Wildwood Beach Writers' Conference planning committee is happy to announce that Michelle Dawn Mooney, the charismatic news anchor of NBC40 out of Atlantic City, will be keynote speaker at this year's event, June 7-8 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Why a news anchor at a writers' conference?

Maybe you didn't know--but now you do--Mooney is a talented songwriter, as well as a singer. In addition to performing, she'll be discussing her creative process that lead to fulfilling her alter-career.

Surprised? Don't be.

The conference offers much more than sessions on traditional genres: from novels, to poetry, and yes, even books starring doodle-characters.

Other presenters include actor and screenwriter Gayle Stahluth of Cape May and New York, and historical mystery writer Cordelia Frances Biddle of Philadelphia.

Mother/daughter authors Jane Rubino and Caitlin Rubino Bradway (who also works for a literary agency) will hold a workshop on writing query letters, limited to the first 15 who sign up.

Charis Conn, contributing editor at Harper's, will conduct a "first-page critique," which was hugely successful last year.

John Riddle, author and founder of "I Love to Write Day," will evaluate manuscripts--for a fee--for those who submit them early.
We will also have children's book authors, an author who will talk about social networking to promote books, a prolific novelist/journalist, a poet, a publisher, and more.
We expect 75-100 attendees. Two meals are included in the program: continental breakfast and sit-down dinner, both on Wednesday. There are two writing contests with cash awards.

This event has been inspiring writers every year since 2003. Fan us on Facebook to see who loved it in years past, and who's planning on attending this June.
You can get the feel of last year's event by looking at our photos at You'll find an application there, too. You can direct questions to NWBWC11@GMAIL.COM.


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Public Shredding Event
at North Wildwood City Hall, 9th Avenue side
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10 AM to 12 noon
Limit 2 boxes
Additional boxes $5 charge
Proceeds from additional boxes will be donated to Fresh Air Home Fund Drive
Rain Date June 13
North Wildwood Residents Only
Must Provide Proof of Residency

Pirates Day with Captain Kidd Attracts Thousands to North Wildwood

Swashbuckling youngsters and their parents headed to North Wildwood's beaches
in search of buried treasure Saturday, May 14

The Wildwoods, NJ - May 17, 2011 - The city of North Wildwood in the Wildwoods, NJ hosted its annual Pirates Day with Captain Kidd on Saturday, May 14 - attracting over 3,000 youngsters and their parents!

The event began with a Pirates Parade on the Wildwoods Boardwalk that attracted over 1,000 swashbuckling youngsters dressed in their best pirate garb. Following the parade, a treasure hunt took place at 17th Street and the beach. Prior to the event, city official buried 1,200 treasure chests in dozens of squared off blocks of sand. Kids 12 and under were then invited to chose a pit and start digging for one goodie-filled treasure chest each - which included a variety of treasures like salt water taffy, Morey's Piers amusement passes, coupons for arcades on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, rings and other prizes.

Pirates Day with Captain Kidd also included several raffles where fantastic prizes were given away to lucky little ones. Prizes that were raffled off include twenty bicycles, five weekend getaway packages with stays at various Wildwoods hotels and a $1,000 savings bond.

For additional information about Pirates Day with Captain Kidd, please call 609-522-2955.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.

NOAA Sets $15 Fee for the National Saltwater Angler Registry

Fishermen in Hawaii, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, U.S.V.I. must register or renew in 2011

A bill signed by Governor Christie on February 22 led to the creation of the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. The state registry is free and required of saltwater anglers even if currently registered under the federal program.

In 2006 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was charged with the creation of a universal phonebook – or registry – of all current saltwater anglers in the United States. The registry was developed to allow NOAA to quickly and easily contact current saltwater anglers in an effort to gain more accurate and timely information on recreational fisheries. States were allowed to establish their own registry program for saltwater anglers that fished in their state. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection established its own registry program, the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program, to exempt saltwater recreational anglers fishing in New Jersey's marine and tidal waters from the federal registry and the $15.00 federal registration fee imposed in 2011. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) implemented the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP) effective May 4, 2011 through Administrative Order No. 2011-05.

This Registry is NOT a License.  All Marine Fisheries Rules and Regulations must be followed at all times.

For more information on the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program, please refer to our Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page.



NOAA announced today that the fee for registering with the National Saltwater Angler Registry will be $15 as of January 1. The change affects anglers, spear fishers and for-hire fishing vessels in Hawaii, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I., although some anglers are exempt.

Fishermen in other coastal states are exempted from the federal requirement when they comply with state saltwater license or registration regulations. Twenty-two of the nation's 24 coastal states have saltwater angler registries or licenses and have been exempted from the federal requirement because they are providing registry information to the National Saltwater Angler Registry.

The National Saltwater Angler Registry helps NOAA to gauge the health of marine fisheries. Congress created the registry, a national directory of anglers, through the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act of 2006 to improve surveys of fishermen used to assess the health of fish stocks and the economic contributions of anglers. Through effective regulations based on data collected through the registry, NOAA helps to preserve recreational fishing for the anglers, fishing businesses, coastal communities and millions of Americans whose lives and livelihoods are connected to saltwater fishing.

The law authorized NOAA's Fisheries Service to charge a fee for the annual registration beginning in 2011. Unless fishermen meet one of the exemptions specified in the law, they are required to register if they are fishing in federal waters, or are targeting - or might catch - anadromous fish. These are species like salmon, striped bass, shad and river herring that live in saltwater but spawn in fresh water. In addition, non-exempt anglers who registered in 2010 and are still required to do so have one year from their initial registration date to renew.

Fishermen are also exempt from registering if they are under 16; only fish on federally permitted charter, party or guide boats; hold a Highly Migratory Species Angling permit; or are fishing commercially under a valid license. Fishermen who hold a valid fishing license from an exempted state are automatically entered into the registry, and do not need to take further action. Finally, people fishing in an exempted state who are not required to have a saltwater fishing license in that state - as is sometimes the case with seniors or active duty military - are not required to register.

Persons who meet the definition of "indigenous person" in the final rule for the registry program are required to register, but will not be required to pay the registration fee if they affirm during the registration process that they qualify and acknowledge that submission of a false statement is a violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Information on who qualifies as an indigenous person will be posted on the registration website at

The National Saltwater Angler Registry is part of a major initiative to improve how NOAA's Fisheries Service gathers, analyzes and reports recreational fishing data. The goal of the Marine Recreational Information Program, or MRIP, is to ensure that the data scientists, managers, stock assessors and others need to effectively conserve our nation's ocean resources is available, accessible, held to the most exacting scientific standards, and broadly trusted by our partners and stakeholders in the fishing community and others. For more

information or to register, visit or call toll-free 1-888-MRIP-411.

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit us at or on Facebook at

5th Ave. Boat Ramp opens

The 5th Avenue Boat Ramp will be open and manned daily beginning Friday, April 29 from 7a.m. until 7 p.m. Fee is $10 per launch or $100 for a season permit (if purchased before June 1, 2011) or $150 (if purchased after June 1, 2011). A Commercial Boat Ramp Permit is $250. Permits can be purchased at the Recreation Center.

LoBiondo Announces Fire Grant to City of North Wildwood Fire Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that the City of North Wildwood Fire Department will receive $61,465 in federal funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This is the department's second AFG award with $61,659 previously announced in 2004.
"This is good news for the City of North Wildwood Fire Department whose firefighters tirelessly work to keep the community safe day and night," said LoBiondo, a member of the Congressional Fire Caucus. "Given the critical need for additional resources of our local first responders, I will continue to strongly support the AFG program."
"On the behalf of the North Wildwood Fire Department, I am extremely grateful that we have been chosen to receive this grant," said North Wildwood Fire Department Fire Chief Jeffrey B. Cole Sr. "We can now purchase new personal protective clothing that must be replaced due to age and condition. Providing the best level of protection for our firefighters is my ultimate responsibility so they can be confident in their equipment while providing the highest level of protection to our residents and visitors."
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "I really appreciate Chief Cole's effort in securing this grant, and Congressman LoBiondo's generous support. Applying for grants like this is the perfect way to ensure our quality of life while keeping City expenses under control."
In total, 118 organizations in the 2nd Congressional district have been awarded more than $23.9 million since the program began in 2001.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awards grants directly to fire departments and emergency services to support their efforts to protect the communities they serve. The Fiscal Year 2010 program will distribute $390 million to first responder organizations across the country to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources required to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Department of Homeland Security administers the program. For the last eight years, Congressman LoBiondo's office has hosted local seminars for area fire departments to highlight the benefits of this grant program and assist with the application process. The Fiscal Year 2010 program received 16,231 applications nationwide.

In April, Events Bloom in North Wildwood

NORTH WILDWOOD - Now it begins. This City spent the winter months planning dozens of special events for the season, and here they come!
Soon, we'll celebrate Easter.
On Saturday, April 23, the Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge 1896 will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 19th and the beach beginning at noon.
All kids, 11 and under are invited to come to the beach where they'll search for colorful plastic eggs filled with prizes.
Come a bit early and register at the event. It's fun and free!
Call 609-729-2170 for more details.
Then, on Easter Sunday, April 24, there will be a Resurrection "Son" Rise Service at 6:30 a.m. at Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gazebo, First and Central avenues. Call 609-522-2951 for more information or visit
Later in the day, it's Ed's Funcade Easter Sunday Egg Hunt at 12:30-2 p.m. Kids hunt in the hay on the boardwalk, and may just go home with big prizes. It all happens on the boardwalk at 23rd Avenue.
It's free for children 12 and under. Call 609-729-3223 for more information or visit
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This year's schedule of special events promises to be our best yet, and the Easter events are perfect season openers."

Seashore Gardening in North Wildwood

Seashore Gardening in North Wildwood

Living at the seashore creates many challenges when it comes to planting and maintaining gardens. The salt air, winds and sandy soil, cause great stress to most plant varieties that would normally thrive on the mainland.

Below is a list of tried and true trees, shrubs and flowers suitable for the seashore. Remember if you are within two blocks of the ocean on the east side or in flood-prone areas on the west, your choices of even these plants will be fewer.

To make things less confusing, we use common plant names only.

Doug Ford, Supt. Of Buildings, Parks & Grounds

Deciduous Trees

A good general rule is not to try to plant deciduous trees within two blocks of the ocean.

Best choices for curbside plantings are

Flowering Pear (most varieties)

Plane tree maple

Honey locust (Shademaster)

But also:

Kwansan Cherry

Native Black Cherry

Red Mulberry

Willow Oak

Crepe Myrtle (in protected areas)

Japanese Mimosa

Silver Maple




Evergreen trees

Japanese Black Pine

Eastern red cedar

Holly-- most varieties especially Nellie Stevens and American Holly

Deciduous Shrubs

Salt Cedar



Rugosa rose


Beach Plum

Butterfly bush


Evergreen shrubs

Hollywood juniper

Mugo pine

Shore juniper

Inkberry holly

Korean boxwood


Yew (most varieties)


Ornamental Grasses

Most varieties

Perennial Flowers


Montauk daisy

Swamp rose mallow



Joe pye weed


Cone flower



Sea thrift



Butterfly weed



Sweet Rocket






Petunia (wave varieties)





Mexican heather


Dusty miller


Snap dragon


Virginia creeper

Trumpet creeper

Morning glory

Ornamental sweet potato

Autumn clematis


Cleanup on Wildwoods Beach

On Tuesday, March 22, the Third Annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange took place on the beaches of the Wildwoods.
The event was hosted by NJ Clean Communities Council, Inc. and sponsored by PSEG.
On North Wildwood's beaches, students from Margaret Mace and Middle Township Middle schools were met by Harry Wozunk, Superintendent of Public Works here, who explained the purpose of their volunteer work.
Wozunk supplied them with trash bags and protective gloves, as well as backpacks imprinted with the North Wildwood seal, which they could use to collect shells and driftwood while they were there.
Students fanned out and collected truckloads of trash that were transported to the Convention Center, where photos were taken with approximately 500 kids, along with their teachers.
Afterwards, they went into the Convention Center where they enjoyed a box lunch followed by a program that included welcoming remarks by John Lynch, Marketing Director for the Convention Center, Sandra Huber, executive director of NJ Clean Communities, and Congressman LoBiondo (R-02).
Then, Karen Buckley, the Turtle Singer, performed along with her live turtles. Following the musical performance, students from East Orange and Monroe Townships conducted a roundtable discussion on environmental issues related to water conservation and the Gulf oil spill. Harry Wozunk explained what his crews see and clean up on the beach. He brought samples of tarballs from various sites, so students could grasp the impact of the Gulf oil spill.
The day also featured the unveiling of a statewide Adopt-A-Beach Program - a comprehensive, statewide, volunteer program developed by the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to clean and maintain beaches, bays, rivers and all waterways through a network of municipalities, counties, community organizations, businesses and individuals.
North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey said, "This was a wonderful opportunity to let kids realize the damage we can do to our environment, and see the impact their volunteer efforts can do to save it for the future."

North Wildwood Superintendent of Public Works Harry Wozunk greets the students from Margaret Mace School at 15th and the beach.
Students pick up the backpacks provided by Wozunk.
Harry Wozunk with his daughter Tess, a student at Middle Township Middle School.
The kids from Middle Township Middle School take to the beach to clean it up.
Congressman LoBiondo poses with members of the US Coast Guard.
John Lynch balances on a beachball to get a good shot at the 500 kids who volunteered their time.
Sandy Huber, Mayor Bill Henfey, and Congressman LoBiondo
Cape Trinity students enjoy lunch.
More students from Cape Trinity
Alyssa Jones with her display from the Nature Conservancy
Middle Township received a plaque thanking them for participating.
A plaque for Margaret Mace School
Harry Wozunk addresses the students during the Round Table.

Cleanup on Wildwoods Beach

The Third Annual Clean Communities Environmental Student Exchange, hosted by NJ Clean Communities Council, Inc. and sponsored by PSEG will take place in North Wildwood at 15th and the beach tomorrow, March 22 between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

School kids from 20 different schools, including Margaret Mace, Glenwood Elementary, Middle Township Middle School, and Cape Trinity will learn all about environmental issues relating to litter, with special attention to water conservation.

First, they'll spend some time in the morning cleaning the beach. Then they'll have lunch and discuss their experience.

After lunch, they'll enjoy a performance by Karen Buckley, The Turtle Singer, who will surely bring her famous, live turtle sidekick.

Later in the day, some students will take part in a Roundtable Discussion on "2011 Student Exchange of Ideas on Sustainable Energy and the Environment (SEISEE), with a focus on water conservation and the Gulf Oil Spill. Some students will end the day with a trip to the Cape May County Park and Zoo.

Participants at the event will include North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey, Public Works Superintendent Harry Wozunk, members of City Council. Congressmen Frank LoBiondo (R-02) and other dignitaries will also attend.

The New Jersey Clean Communities is a grassroots, community-driven program developed to reduce litter in the Garden State through volunteer cleanups like this one.

Play Day at the Rec Starts Tomorrow

Play Day takes place during the 1st-6th grade Open Recreation Program, 2:30 - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Children enrolled in the program compete in various events such as pool, ping-pong, checkers, basketball, golf, and foul shooting. There are three grade divisions: 1st and 2nd; 3rd and 4th; and 5th and 6th.

The competition starts on March 22 and concludes on April 12 with our Play Day Awards Ceremony. Winners are determined through bracket style tournaments and prizes are awarded. This activity creates plenty of hands-on interaction between the participants and staff.


North Wildwood will participate in National Take Back Initiative again this year. The purpose is to provide a way for individuals to dispose of unwanted or outdated prescription drugs safely.

According to the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA):
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

In an effort to address this problem, DEA, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, conducted the first ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010. The purpose of this National Take Back Day was to provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. This effort was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation's medicine cabinets. There were approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation that participated in the event. All told, the American Public turned in more than 121 tons of pills on this first National Take Back Day.

Due to the overwhelming success of the first event, DEA has scheduled the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the first event or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.

If you have such drugs, bring them to North Wildwood Police Station Lobby on Saturday, April 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Here's how:

  • Dispose of medication either in its original container or by removing medication from its container and disposing directly into the drug disposal box. If the original container is submitted, the individual should be encouraged to remove the prescription label if it contains any personal identifying information.

  • Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

  • Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.

North Wildwood Celebrates Greek Independence

NORTH WILDWOOD - Whether you actually have Greek ancestors or not, if you're American, you owe much to the Greeks. Among many other things, they invented democracy, the best form of government the world has known. And the United States is its most successful incarnation in the modern world.
Greek Independence Day, Saturday, March 19, is a day we should all celebrate, no matter where your ancestors originally came from.
The ceremony will take place at noon in front of the Rec Center and the Island of Flags at 900 Central Ave, North Wildwood.
The Greek flag will be raised and there will be a program of speakers, including North Wildwood Mayor Bill Henfey.
Henfey said, "The Greeks have contributed much to every facet of life, from law to mathematics. We welcome this opportunity to celebrate the Greeks, and all of our neighbors of Greek ancestry."

Local Veteran Groups Spread St. Patrick Day Cheer

Members of North Wildwood VFW Post 5941, Military Order of the Cooties Cape May Pup Tent 86, and Cape May Ladies Auxiliary Post 386 hosted a root beer float party for residents at the Vineland Veterans Home on St. Patrick's Day. The afternoon also provided entertainment for those who served our great nation and now reside at the home.

Ed Borneman sings "Danny Boy" to residents

Hilda Orlando, Winney Bonney, Dolly Showers, Janet Fox, Ed Borneman, Bob Farrell and seated
resident veteran.

Photos of St. Patrick Day Celebration and Parade

It was the perfect shade of green as far as the eye could see on March 12 at City Hall. The spring grass was covered with throngs of people who had carefully selected their favorite green sweaters and hats for the occasion, the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The festivities began with Mayor Bill Henfey welcoming the crowd. Fr. Michael Field of Notre Dame de la Mer Parish read from St. Patrick's "Breastplate" Prayer.
Pat Catherman Vice-President of Ladies Ancient Order Hibernians lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
All three Co-Grand Marshals addressed the crowd: Michael Mike Maguire, President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH); Chuck Meissler, President of the Cape May County Police and Fire Emerald Society; and Joe Rullo, President of the Anglesea Irish Society.
City Council President Patrick Rosenello spoke, and other Council Members participated in the program: Rick Ogen, Peggy Bishop, and Ed Koehler. Patrick recognized Seamus Boyle, President of National AOH and Dan Bosak, Vice President James T. Reilly Division 1 AOH.
Mary Pat Hastings sang the Irish National Anthem while the Irish flag was raised by North Wildwood Police and North Wildwood Firefighters. Dolly McGee sang the American National Anthem, and at the end of the program, Mary Pat Hastings & Dolly McGee sang God Bless America.
Then the parade stepped off with the North Wildwood Police in the lead followed by VFW Post 5941 Color Guard.
Those who marched included Cape May County Emerald Society Color Guard and members, Anglesea Irish Society, the Greater Wildwood Elks, Knights Of Columbus, students from Cape Trinity and Wildwood Catholic schools, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, North Wildwood Terrapin Rescue and members of the AOH and LAOH. Miss North Wildwood Hannah DiBruno rode atop a canary-yellow jeep.
Four local bands entertained: Cape Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade, Duffy String Band, the Margaret Mace School Band, and Wildwood High School Band.
North Wildwood's Fire Department drove their trucks with lights ablaze; our Beach Patrol brought their North Wildwood Lifeguard Boat.
And Boy Scout Troop185 accompanied the replica of the Jeanie Johnston, the famous tall ship that never lost a passenger on its trips from Ireland to America to escape An Gorta Mor. The Scouts had spent an evening getting it in Bristol condition for the parade.
Mayor Henfey said, "This was one of our best parades ever—a great way to begin the 2011 season of special events in North Wildwood."

Jamie's Prom Dress Drive

A Note from Jamie Mullen (Gymnastics Instructor)
Jamie's Prom Dress Drive
Date and Time: Friday, April 1st ~ 7:30pm-10pm
North Wildwood Recreation Department
900 Central Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ

Everybody has an old prom dress or a bridesmaid dress that she is never going to wear again. And, if you look really hard, you might even be able to spare some shoes or jewelry.

There are a lot of girls in our area who don't have the wherewithal to go out and buy a prom dress. So the Rec Center is starting a "Prom Dress Drive." You can drop off dresses and accessories at the Rec Center, or call them for pick up. Administrative Assistant Ann Devlin is working hand-in-hand with local guidance counselors to make sure they go to the kids who really need them.

Collections will be taken up until April or May. Please ask all your friends, sisters, co-workers, cousins, etc, if they can help too! We really appreciate whatever anyone is willing to do to contribute.

North Wildwood Special Events Begin

North Wildwood - The Leprechaun Leap Polar Plunge will be the first special event of the season in this resort community. The fundraiser benefits the Policemen's Survivors Fund, Scholarships, and MRSA Awareness.
Hearty leprechauns will leap into the waves at the 15th Ave. beach at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The fee to register is $20 for adults, $10 for kids and this includes a t-shirt. Donations will also be cheerfully accepted.

Gymnastics at the Rec

We are now taking registrations for a new session of Gymnastics w/ Jamie Mullen. The classes will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This session will begin on Tuesday, March 15 and will conclude on Wednesday, April 20. Each session is 6 classes and the cost is $35 per session. Call (609)522-2955 or stop at the Recreation Office at 900 Central Ave. for more information.

Optimist Tournament Schedule

ZUMBA for Kids

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 15 North Wildwood Rec will offer ‘ZUMBA for Kids' free of charge to all first through sixth graders who are registered for Open Rec. The instructor is Angie Buccella, who is currently doing this program at Glenwood Elementary School. The overall goal is to create a fun, healthy program for children using the Zumba dance fitness concept. Our goal is to "Make Fitness Fun"!! Children who are interested can sign up at the Rec, (609) 522-2955.

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