There Are Still Confederate Flag Shirts for Sale in Wildwood

Confederate Flags in Wildwood

Confederate flags for sale on the boardwalk in Wildwood (Photo: Dan McQuade)

For four years now, I’ve been chronicling Wildwood boardwalk t-shirts in a silly column on this website. Last year, I wrote about a constant presence on the Wildwood boardwalk for as long as I can remember: Confederate battle flag t-shirts.

This is particularly odd, since New Jersey was a Union state (it was the last state in the north to abolish slavery). White people wearing the Confederate battle flag can’t go with a lame “southern pride” defense when they’re in New Jersey. I checked out a sampling of 15 t-shirt stores while in Wildwood this weekend; I was able to find Confederate flag merchandise in 13 of them. Read more »

Headlines: City Snags Nearly $2 Million from Property Auction

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 11.14.37 AMWell, they didn’t sell all of the 157 blighted properties at the last week’s auction organized by Councilman Mark Squilla, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success. The Inquirer reports that the 89 properties, owned by the City of Philadelphia, the Redevelopment Authority and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, sold for a larger-than-expected sum of $1.78 million.

The auction, which attracted 93 bidders on Friday afternoon during a heatwave, saw a wide range of winning bids for properties from South Philly to Kensington, with properties going for as low as $1,750 and reaching up to $120,000, as was the case for one lot on Salmon Street in Port Richmond.

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Wildwood Cops to Parents: Stop Telling Kids We’ll Arrest Them

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Wildwood patrolman Andrew Kolimaga stands in front of himself on the boardwalk at Glenwood Avenue. (Photo via Wildwood Police Department)

The Wildwood Police Department has a message for parents this summer: Don’t tell your kids the cops will send you to jail.

The WPD has put up several signs along the boardwalk that send this message to parents: “Please stop telling your children that we will haul them off to jail if they are bad. We want them to run TO us if they are scared… NOT be scared of US!” The signs are up on several shelters donated by In Plaza Advertising, which also did the artwork. Read more »

Where To Eat At The Jersey Shore

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Each year as the weather warms up and the schools let out, we begin our annual migration down the shore. And in case you’re not from around here, “down the shore” is synonymous with heading to the Jersey beaches.

Every summer weekend, Philly seems to become a ghost town as residents make the drive and take refuge in their beachfront homes. The freezing, murky water and running from the beach tag police are beloved traditions we’ve come to expect each year.

And now, the most highly anticipated weekend of the year is coming up and it’s time to load up on sunscreen, dust off our beach chairs and prepare to wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic to kick off the summer season.

Though most people may be looking forward to the greasy, oversized boardwalk pizza slice and those crispy, crinkly boardwalk fries, we’re pretty sure that some of you out there will be looking for something a little bit better. So from fancy meals to excellent local sandwich joints, we’ve got all of your down-the-shore dining needs covered for this Memorial Day Weekend and beyond.

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North Wildwood’s “Fudgy Wudgy Man” Dies at 76

Andy Markee, known to vacationers for years as the quintessential Fudgy Wudgy Man on Wildwood’s beaches, has died. He had been selling ice cream, primarily in North Wildwood, for decades.

Shore News Today reported the death earlier this week. A Florida funeral home posted a death notice earlier.

“He’s been part of the landscape of the North Wildwood beach for as long as I can remember … he was just a constant,” Al Alven of Wildwood 365 told Shore News Today. “There were several Fudgy Wudgy Men, but he was the Fudgy Wudgy Man.”

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Believe It or Not: Registration for Wildwood Half Marathon Now Open

The Wild Half Marathon

The Wild Half Marathon

I know. I choked on my lunch, too, when I received a press release announcing that registration for the 2015 Wild Half, a 13.1-mile race in Wildwood, New Jersey, is officially open. It’s not that they’re necessarily jumping the gun or anything; it’s just that thinking about running a half marathon in warm May weather is, like, 100-percent not on my radar right now.

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Wildwood Considering Beach Tags Once Again

Just over a year since the last time Wildwood considered charging for its beach, the mayor says the city is once again considering beach tags. Previous attempts at instituting beach tags came in 1976 and 1981.

Most of the South Jersey shore beaches cost money; only Atlantic City and the three municipalities of the Wildwoods are free. The plan to bring beach tags to Wildwood, which will be discussed next Wednesday at a Wildwood Board of Commissioners meeting, would not effect the beaches in North Wildwood or Wildwood Crest. Though one has to imagine beach tags in Wildwood would make those towns more likely to start charging for the beaches, leaders of both said they weren’t interested in beach tags last year.

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WWE SummerSlam Heatwave Tour Coming to the Wildwoods

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Wildwood is going to be rumbling in a few weeks when it hosts World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)’s Live SummerSlam Heatwave Tour at in the Convention Center’s Oceanfront Arena.

Fighters scheduled to attend are John Cena, Sheamus (pictured, above), Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, The USO’s, Big E, and Bad News Barrett.

Tickets to the event are only $15 a pop, and can be purchased here.

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