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 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.
June 5, 2011 |
The Wildwood boardwalk amusement park that closed after an 11-year-old girl plummeted to her death Friday from a Ferris wheel was reopened Saturday as state and local investigators continued to probe what caused the fall. Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier, where the 156-foot-high Great Wheel is located, and Surfside Pier both opened at noon Saturday, said Morey's Piers spokeswoman Lindsey Young. The Raging Waters water park reopened at 10 a.m., and Adventure Pier opened at 2 p.m. Young said those were the normal opening hours.
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 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.
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.
March 26, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Jacob Zimlichman had heard the entire Jersey Shore was underwater, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. He knew that wasn't true. That's why the New Yorker was on Atlantic City's Steel Pier on Sunday as part of the seaside entertainment park's summer-season debut. "I didn't have any second thoughts about coming here," Zimlichman said as he watched his child enjoy a ride on the Mighty Stampede. State tourism officials wish everyone were as confident of the many miles of New Jersey beaches in good condition.
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.
August 28, 2009 |
The blazing heat came late this year, and the Labor Day holiday will too, but there are still two more weekends of summer at the Jersey Shore to enjoy. Most all of the beach towns have some events to attract and tantalize, and all the usual amusements and entertainment venues are still open. From the casino showrooms in Atlantic City to Cape May's big quadricentennial to a down-home sailing race on Long Beach Island, there is still time to catch up on Shore fun. Stone Harbor: Wetlands Institute Each year, the Wetlands Institute seems to have more and more special educational programs, and they last right into September.
May 19, 2006 |
I vividly remember the time - the one time - we went to the Wildwood boardwalk when I was a kid. Not because it's one of those over-the-top great memories of childhood. But because it was the first time I can remember understanding that not all boardwalks are created equally. It was a stunning revelation to a 6-year-old. After maybe 20 minutes - which of course, seemed like days to me then - I remember skidding my little red Keds to a halt right there in the middle of the big, bad Wildwood boardwalk and demanding to be taken back to Ocean City.