June 8, 2014 |
There's that excruciating moment of doubt before the adrenaline kicks in that comes just after you've decided to seat yourself on that Tilt-A-Whirl, gigantic roller coaster or dangling-feet swing ride. But it's too late to change your mind and exit when that safety bar slams down. And within seconds you're off, whizzing five, six, then seven stories above all those tiny people on the beach and boardwalk. This isn't too bad, you think. The view's pretty good and then — slam.
May 10, 2011 |
NORTH WILDWOOD - When a new, $1.5 million, pendulum-style ride known simply as "It" officially opens on Memorial Day weekend at Morey's Surfside Pier, it will be the culmination of more than two years of designing, manufacturing, and installation. Probably no one understands the gestational process of a Shore amusement attraction better than brothers Will and Jack Morey, whose company, Morey's Piers, operates three locations - Surfside Pier and two water-amusement parks - on the North Wildwood and Wildwood boardwalks with more than 100 rides, games, and attractions.Their father, Will, and uncle, Bill, started the business in 1969 with a giant slide called Wipeout in Wildwood, and added rides annually through the 1970s and 1980s.
July 6, 2011 |
At Springer's Homemade Ice Cream in Stone Harbor - where all of Seven Mile Island seems to gather on summer evenings - ice creams infused with brand-name candy bars and cookies and named for them have been best sellers for years. Not this summer, though. One of those candy manufacturers - general manager Mary Humphreys Goldenthal would prefer not to say who - asked Springer's to stop using its name in its flavors. So, to avoid any beefs with other companies, Goldenthal just decided she would rename all eight of those brands.
August 5, 2011 |
"JERSEY SHORE" made a blockbuster trade earlier this year, dumping a group of boorish, bronzed clowns on Europe in exchange for hundreds of studious young men and women, eager to make money and soak up the American experience. We gave the world "Snooki" and "The Situation. " The world gave us Aytac and Olesia. The cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore," according to published reports, didn't have a personal renaissance in Florence. They spent their time racking up fines, beating each other up, and butchering the native tongue while the country collectively referred to the crew as "tamarri," Italian for uncultured or vulgar.
July 9, 2008
There's never a dull moment in the Wildwoods. Take a look at what's on tap for the rest of this month . July 9-12 Dance Xplosion 9-12 Dance Xplosion Wildwoods Convention Center. National dance-competition finals from studios all over the country competing for cash and prizes. 7 a.m.-midnight daily. Free admission. www.dancexplosion.org . 9 Miss North Wildwood Competition Sunset Bay Restaurant, North Wildwood. Teen competition and luncheon. Noon. Free.
June 4, 2011 |
An icon of the Wildwood boardwalk that's churned out smiles for more than 25 years, brought tears and shock to onlookers' faces in just a few short seconds yesterday afternoon. Police say an 11-year-old girl on a class trip fell to her death from the Giant Wheel, a 156-foot Ferris wheel covered in neon that lights up the sky from its oceanfront perch at the back of Mariner's Landing Pier. Abiah Jones, a fifth-grade student at PleasanTech Academy in Pleasantville, fell nearly 100 feet from one of wheel's gondolas, in front of students and visitors.
June 4, 2011
"This story has been corrected. The number of fatalities at amusement parks nationally in 2008 and 2009 was reported incorrectly. " The death of Abiah Jones is the first fatality at Morey's Piers since 1995, when Dallas White, a 33-year-old maintenance worker, was hit in the head by the foot of a passenger on the park's Great Nor'Easter roller coaster. There were 1,181 ride-related injuries reported in 2009 and 1,523 in 2008. The report was prepared by the National Safety Council.
May 19, 2011 |
They've been used in weddings and the Mummers Parade, raced by local crooners and driven by movie stars halfway across the county. But the Sightseer Tram Cars, dolled-up in deep coats of "happy blue" and "sunburst yellow," are more famous at home in the Wildwoods, where they've taken tourists and locals down a memory lane of concrete and rickety planks for more than 60 years. The tram cars' ubiquitous warning, "Watch the tram car, please," has been seared into the minds of anyone who's ever spent a night strolling the boards there.
August 20, 2011
A steel mast on a boardwalk amusement park ride in Wildwood snapped Friday night, striking a 13-year-old girl and injuring several other passengers, police said. The girl, who was not identified, was hospitalized after the 9:15 p.m. accident on the Sea Dragon, a makeshift pirate boat ride at Mariner's Landing, Wildwood police said in a statement. They did not elaborate on her injuries. Four other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene, police said. Morey's Piers, the park operator, had no comment except to say "the appropriate authorities were contacted and are investigating the incident.
August 13, 1999 |
You could once jump to your death in Wildwood. Hundreds did. Stood and waited to do it all summer long. From a platform more than 100 feet high, like a conga line of public executions, they pitched themselves into the void, one after another, plummeted to earth, heads down, eyeballs widening to two feet each as impact approached - only to be saved at the last instant by the god of elastic. It was the bungee jump, and a half-dozen years ago Wildwood had several. But in 1993, New Jersey adopted stringent regulations for the jumps, and now there's not a single one in the state, officials said.