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Press Releases

Learn more about OCNJ happenings with press releases from the Ocean City Chamber. From the latest OCNJ news to details on upcoming events, you’ll be in-the-know.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Food Cupboard Returns to St. Peter's Methodist Church

The Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard will return to its first floor location at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. After being temporarily located at the Ocean City Civic Center due to flooding on the first floor at St. Peter’s, the Food Cupboard is renewed, restored and ready to continue its 36 year tradition of serving the needy residents of Ocean City. Beginning JANUARY 2, 2013, the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard will be open Monday – Friday, Noon – 3:00PM at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th Street and Central Avenue.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

OCHM Announces Changes to Hours

The Ocean City Historical Museum will add evening hours to its weekly schedule.  Starting January 3, 2013, the Museum will be open an additional three hours on Thursdays until 7PM.  This will increase the total number of hours the Museum is open to 30 hours per week, excluding special events.  Adding these hours will allow the Museum to gauge the public’s interest in evening hours.  If you’ve never been to the Museum, this is a great opportunity to check out the Museum.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Special Christmas for an Ocean City Youngster Long Ago by Mark Soifer, OC Publicist

This story first appeared in the Sentinel on December 24, 1981.

You’ve probably seen Joey around town. He’s everywhere.  An energetic, dark eyed waif who’s always looking for work.

In the summer he sells newspapers wherever he can. Sometimes he negotiates City Hall steps with a bundle of papers that must weigh more than he does. He haunts the supermarkets eager to carry your bag to the car for loose change. With Joey the work ethic is very important. He’s reluctant to accept money unless he’s done something to earn it.

You get the idea that Joey has learned very early that you have to be continuously doing something, pushing hard to earn a buck.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Report on Comeback of Ocean City Business Community

Michele Gillian, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to Report on Comeback of Ocean City Business Community


WHO: Michele Gillian, Executive Director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce

WHAT: Will report on the rapid comeback of the Ocean City business community

WHEN: Monday, December 17th at noon 

WHERE: In front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City

WHAT ELSE: Media will be able to see the condition of the Boardwalk (it is open the entire length) and later be able to visit the downtown.  Gillian will also discuss Ocean City’s upcoming New Year’s Eve Gala, First Night.

NOTE: In the event of rain, the meeting will be held in the Green Room, 2nd floor of the Music Pier. Entrance is from Boardwalk Door of Pier near the Ticket Office and Information Center.

NOTE: The Ocean City Historical Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave., will commemorate the 111th Anniversary of the historic Wreck of the Sindia on Sat., Dec. 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (The wrong date was listed in one of the local newspapers.) The battered ship came to rest on a sandbar near 17th St. Was the storm at fault or was there something else going on? Find out. Event is free. Call Jeff McGranahan at (609) 399-1801.

CONTACT: Mark Soifer, 609-525-9300, cell 609-364-4010


Thursday, December 13, 2012

First Day Run/Walk - Start Time Change

Ocean City's annual 5k run/walk, part of the First Day celebrations to be held on Tuesday January 1, 2013 will begin at 1pm. The race application online originally listed the start time incorrectly as 12:30pm. Registration will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday morning January 1, 2013 prior to the race. Please visit the website http://www.firstnightocnj.com for more information, or call (609) 525-9300.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

First Day at the Beach Plus First Day in the Downtown set for Jan. 1 in Ocean City

January 1st, a quiet time in most communities, is a busy day for this family resort. The thousands of visitors who patronize the City’s First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration and stay over night in accommodations are looking for something to do.

First Day at the Beach and First Day in the Downtown fill the void for them and area residents.

A 5K Boardwalk Run/Walk begins 1:00 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration starts at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $20 with shirt while they last. Without shirt, fee is $10. Pre-registration fee is $18 if received before Dec. 28, 2012.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Ocean City High School Astronomical Observatory Added to Ocean City’s First Night Festivities

The Astronomical Observatory at Ocean City High School will join the list of Ocean City’s First Night activities. Astronomy teacher at the school, Dr. John Herrmann, along with Science Club members and community star gazers will offer telescope observations and photography of Jupiter and its moon, the astronomical wonders of the winter sky and the waning gibbous moon. The observatory will be open from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM, weather permitting.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Toy Donations Needed

OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Cleanup And Recovery Effort) is making an effort to bring Christmas to the children of Ocean City families affected by Hurricane Sandy and is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys. Toys may be dropped off at the Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk, Monday-Friday Noon to 6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. Closed on Sunday. Please deliver toys by Friday, December 21st so that they may be prepared for the children.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

First Night: Best Entertainment Value at the Shore!

First Night, Ocean City’s alcohol-free celebration of the New Year, will offer a selection of 60 shows from 4 p.m. till midnight. The volunteer Committee of the Chamber of Commerce that runs this program calls First Night the Best Entertainment Value at the Shore.

And they are right. Where else can you enjoy all this professional family entertainment capped by Fireworks at Midnight for just $15 per person. And, oh yes, an admission button also includes rides a Wonderland Pier from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m. plus miniature golf at Gillian’s Adventure Golf from 2 p.m. till 9 p.m.

First Night celebrates its 21st Anniversary this year. It began in 1991 when 1,000 people attended the event. Today the City hosts over 10,000 visitors with shows at ten central locations, many with multiple auditoriums.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Photos With Santa

Capture the magic of the 2012 holiday season by getting your photo taken with Santa on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Every Saturday and Sunday between November 24th and December 16th from Noon- 3pm, get a photo with Santa in an Ocean City lifeguard boat by the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. A view of the beach and boardwalk in the background can make for a beautiful holiday family card. Each photo costs $10 and will be printed and mounted the day it is taken so you can take home the memories right away.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ocean City Historical Museum Announces December Events

December 9, 2012 - 2PM – 4:30PM

Ocean City Community Center Holiday Festival Partnering with the Ocean City Free Public Library, the Museum will be open on Sunday! Christmas craft for kids and other holiday treats! If you haven’t been to the Museum in awhile, today would be a great day to visit. Plus stop by the Library for all their activities.

December 16, 2012 - 10AM – 2PM

Sindia Day @ the OC Historical Museum The Museum celebrates the anniversary of the Sindia’s wrecking off the coast of Ocean City, NJ. This year marks the 111th since that globe-circling ship came to rest on a sandbar near 17th Street. Most people who have visited Ocean City over those years know a little bit about the story, but today will be your chance to learn more. Was the ship battered in a storm? Or was there something else going on? Refreshments to be served. This will be a free event.

Contact: Jeff McGranahan Phone: (609) 399-1801 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Monday, October 15, 2012

TripAdvisor Honors Atlantis Luxury Inn Ocean City with 2012 Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site, announced that it is awarding highly rated accommodations, restaurants and attractions with the 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. For Ocean City, NJ, the Atlantis Inn enjoys this singular recognition.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Quiet Festival Schedules Two Contests for Nov. 10th


Two Quiet Contests will be featured at Ocean City’s 10th Annual Quiet Festival this year.

An exciting new event, The Snore at the Shore ©, will challenge one’s ability to imitate quiet snoring in keeping with the sleepy, laid back, personality of the event.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Call to Artists: OC Arts Center Hosts Juried Art Show in November

The annual Juried Art Show will be held at the Ocean City Arts Center throughout November.  Art will be   received for judging October 8 through October 26.  Prizes are: Best of Show, $200; Second Place, $100; Third Place, $100; and Four Honorable Mentions at $50 each.    Artists may submit up to 2 works which have been completed in the past 3 years.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nationally Recognized Economist, Joel Naroff, to Address OC Chamber

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Fifth Annual Business Summit, sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank, on Wednesday, October 17th from 5pm-7pm at Ocean City Yacht Club in Ocean City, NJ.  The purpose of the summit is to provide information about the local and regional economy to the local businesses so that they may make informed planning and marketing decisions for next year. 


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Meet Local Businesses, City, Local Officials and Numerous Organizations at “WELCOME NIGHT”

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuing our proud tradition of hosting “Welcome Night”. This year, “Welcome Night” will be held on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at its traditional venue at the Ocean City Music Pier. Admission is free and all area residents are encouraged to attend. Fabulous door prizes provided by local businesses will be given out throughout the evening.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

2012 OC Halloween Parade

The Ocean City Exchange Club, in conjunction with the City of Ocean City, will be presenting the 65th annual Halloween Parade on Thursday, October 25th beginning at 7:15pm. This Ocean City tradition remains one of longest running Halloween parades in the tri-state area. The parade will march along Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11th Streets.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trail of Two Cities Run/Walk - Nov. 3rd

The 17th Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk between Ocean City and Somers Point will “break new ground” this year.

The event will be over the new, $400 million causeway recently completed between the two Cities. Participants will be able to get a good look at the Bay and a good look back at Ocean City as they negotiate the new super span on their way to Somers Point.


Monday, September 24, 2012

First Night Offers 8 Hours of Entertainment on New Year's Eve for Just $15 per person

The Ocean City First Night Committee meets year around to plan the popular New Year’s Eve event attended by over 10,000 people. The program offers 8 hours of entertainment for all ages capped by fireworks at midnight. Admission buttons are just $15


Friday, September 14, 2012

Ocean City's Two Day Aviation Weekend Events

Event #1:

WHAT:           Ocean City Airport Air Festival

WHEN:          Saturday, Sept. 15th 10am-3pm

WHERE:       Ocean City Municipal Airport, 26th & Bay Avenue


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