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What's Happening This Weekend in Ocean City 10/24/13

(Thurs. Oct. 24) The Ocean City Exchange Club and the City present the 66th Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE beginning 7:15 p.m. This event is one of the longest running Halloween Parades in the Tri-State area. Parade Route is from 6th to 11th Sts. on Asbury Ave.

The event includes eight divisions with colorful costumed marchers competing for prizes. There will also be numerous decorated floats, several high school bands and the always entertaining Pitman Hobo Band.

Remember to bring a can of food on Thursday evening. It will be collected by local Boy Scouts. They are assisting the Ocean City Food Cupboard by “Scouting for Food” for those in need. Registration in the Parade is free at www.ochp.blogspot.com. Late entries may register Thursday night at 6th and Asbury Ave. beginning 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the Parade Hotline at 1-800-813-5580.

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Welcome Night, Halloween Parade, Frankenstein This Week

Two, popular, long running Ocean City events and a brand new one are set for this week in Ocean City and all are free:

(Wed., Oct. 23) The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents WELCOME NIGHT at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ocean City organizations, groups and businesses meet with residents to acquaint them with their services and products. It is a pleasant evening that includes giveaways, refreshments, and door prizes plus lots of valuable information about the community.

Welcome Night was begun over 40 years ago. It was originally held at the old Ocean City High School in the cafeteria. Its popularity has never waned. It is especially helpful to new residents. But all residents find it a valuable and an enjoyable evening out. For information, call (609) 391-0240.

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Trail of Two Cities a Popular Event for Both Runners and Walkers

Ocean City’s TRAIL OF TWO CITIES 5K Run/Walk over the new Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point on Nov. 2 provides a spectacular experience for both runners and walkers alike.

If you’re a runner you get to test your endurance over the high inclines of the bridges. If you’re a walker you are able to enjoy the scenic wetlands, and bay plus a panoramic view of the City. Bring a camera and wow your friends with some great photos.

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Block Party Weekend Attracts Thousands to Ocean City

Ocean City celebrates one of its most popular events, the Indian Summer Weekend, for the 39th time Oct. 12-14.

Centerpiece of the event is the mile-long FALL BLOCK PARTY that extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 12 and attracts more than 40,000 visitors.

Over 350 juried crafters from throughout the east coast participate in the block party. An array of hand made products will be featured. Block Party hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Frankenstein Arrives at Library, Hero Walk Sunday

Ah, Frankenstein! Such fond memories… He was the horror celebrity of my childhood. Then along came the Wolf Man, another memorable demon. These two were to clash in a monstrous battle royal movie “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.”

Such excitement in our Chester, Pa. neighborhood! We argued about it for weeks at Franklin Grammar School. Who would win? The smart money was on Frankenstein. After all he was a huge figure constructed with heavy-duty nuts and bolts. The Wolf Man was just a regular guy who turned hairy and grew fangs during a full moon.

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City Hosts Three Humanitarian Events This Week

Ocean City is known for its support of charitable and humanitarian events. Last year over $30 million was raised by organizations that held events here.  These ranged from the Heart Assn. to charities assisting our armed service personnel.

This week Ocean City will host three events: The MS Bike Tour, The Walk for the Wounded and The Run for the Fallen:

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Huge Corvette Show on Boardwalk Sunday

(Sept. 22) Over 350 CORVETTES will roll into Ocean City on Sunday. The huge show will include all Corvette models ever produced. The Boardwalk Corvette Club reports the display will stretch from 5th to 14th Streets on the boardwalk. The exhibit is scheduled from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. No bikes will be permitted in the area during this time.

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Sept. 11 Ceremony, Two Free Air Shows Set for This Week

(Sept. 11) The City’s annual SEPTEMBER 11TH Ceremony will be held on Wednesday starting 6 p.m. at the Fire House grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. Keynote speaker will be Mayor Jay A. Gillian and there will be an invocation and remarks by Rev. Brian Roberts, St. Peter’s UMC.

The L/Cpl. George Dramis Marine Corps Color Guard will present the colors, Julia Mary Wilson will sing the National Anthem and the Flag Salute will be led by Bob Marzulli, Commander of the American Legion Post and Michael Morrissey, Commander of the VFW.

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Street Rods Arrive in Time for Smokey Joe's Cafe

(Sept. 6-8) STREET RODS, colorful, classic cars, return to Ocean City this weekend. The vehicles arrive starting Friday at noon and depart Sunday at 1p.m. following an awards ceremony. They will be on display at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave., a new location this year.

On Saturday the Street Rods will be displayed on the Boardwalk from noon till 4 p.m. The Street Rodders will arrive just in time to enjoy Ocean City Theatre Company’s performances of “SMOKEY JOE’S Café, set for Sept. 6-7 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, 7:30 p.m. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.

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King and Queen of Plop set for Aug. 30 in Ocean City

By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

OCEAN CITY, N.J.: How does Ocean City greet the coming of the fall season? By plopping,what else?

For the past five years this family resort has held the KING & QUEEN of PLOP Contest.

Participants demonstrate dramatic plops on the sand to illustrate their enthusiasm for the fall, a beautiful time in Ocean City with many special events.

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Fireworks, Shell Pitching and Plopping Coming Your Way

Residents and visitors will enjoy an additional FIREWORKS SHOW this season, a gigantic display ignited from a barge off the 9th Street Beach on Sat., Aug. 24. 
 
The event is a thank you to everyone who supported us this season in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. It also recognizes the quick action by the City and the work of our many volunteer groups like OCNJ.CARE that made a quick recovery possible.
 
The event begins 7:30 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, reports Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. It will begin with a program of non denominational “prayer and song” by local clergy and choirs. At 8 p.m., there will be continuous entertainment on the Boardwalk featuring bands, strolling entertainers and costumed characters. At 10 p.m. the huge fireworks display will commence visible the entire length of Boardwalk and in many parts of the City.
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An August Thanksgiving in Ocean City

A THANKFUL RESORT WILL CELEBRATE WITH FIREWORKS & MORE

Ocean City will celebrate Thanksgiving twice this year. Later in November but first on Saturday, August 24 when it will treat its loyal vacationers to an evening of entertainment capped by a gigantic fireworks display.

“We have a lot to be thankful for,” declared Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“First we were able to bounce back quickly from Hurricane Sandy, thanks to immediate and decisive action by the City and the efforts of an army of volunteers headed by OCNJ.CARE. Assistance Centers were set up immediately in order to feed and clothe those in need. By New Year’s Eve we were able to host10,000 visitors during our popular First Night Celebration.

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Unusual Events Plentiful in Ocean City This Week

August 7th: Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant followed by the King of Klutz Crab races. Event starts 1 p.m. in the volley ball section of the 6th St. Beach. Glamorous Crabettes, many on colorful displays, vie for the Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup, symbol of Crustacean comeliness. Past winners include such legends as Crabunzel, Crabopatra, Copacrabana and Pirates of the Crabibbean. Winner creeps down a flower bedecked runway while all sing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.”

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Peggy Lloyd Named Grand Marshal of City's Baby Parade

OCEAN CITY, N.J. She won’t be 100 until Sept. 10th. But that’s okay. Ocean City has named Peggy Lloyd grand marshal of its 104th Baby Parade on Aug. 8. It will give her a well deserved, pre-100th Birthday celebration during the popular event.

Lloyd may be approaching 100 but is as energetic as ever. This past week she climbed up a ladder and trimmed the Holly Tree in her back yard. In the winter she shovels the snow off her sidewalk. She is often seen walking the beach and her daily routine up to recently included an 8 mile bike ride to the end of the Boardwalk and back from her Gardens home.

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Artisans Guild Craft Show Will Attract Crowds on Saturday

(July 27) The popular Jersey Shore ARTISANS GUILD CRAFT SHOW attracts hundreds of visitors to Ocean City. Created by City residents, JoAnne and Norman Schaut, all proceeds from the event are donated to local charities. The one-day show features outstanding crafters, photographers, artists and gourmet food specialists. It will be held at Carey Stadium field and inside the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk.

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Night in Venice Boat Parade set for 6 P.M. on the Bay

The Colorful Night In Venice Boat Parade starts 6 p.m. on Sat., July 20th. The route is from the Longport Bridge, along the Bay front, through lagoons to Tennessee Ave. Grandstands will be set up from Battersea Rd. to 16th St. and at Tennessee Ave. along the Bay front for free viewing. The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., will also be open as a picnic and viewing area with entertainment. Gates open at 4 p.m. with entertainment starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Call (609) 525-9300.

Free Jitney service will run as in previous years from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will start at the Municipal Air Port, 25th and Bay Ave., proceed to the Aquatic and Fitness Center 18th and Simpson Ave. for pick ups and then run along the Bay Ave. to the Bayside Center. There will be free parking at the Airport and adjacent soccer field on Shelter Rd. off Tennessee Ave.

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Action News Meteorologist to be Grand Marshal of Night in Venice

WPVI-TV Channel 6 Meteorologist ADAM JOSEPH will be Grand Marshal of Ocean City’s 59th Annual Night In Venice Boat Parade and Bay Celebration on Sat., July 20th starting at 6 p.m. A graduate of Lyndon College in May 2000, Adam found working in the Admissions office as a campus tour guide helped break him of his shyness and developed the Boston youth into the confident man he is today.

Adam started his career at WBOY-TV as the Chief Meteorologist in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Eleven months later he was hired by WSAZ-TV in Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia where he worked as the weekend and eventually the weekday evening Meteorologist and weather feature reporter. It was there he received the prestigious AMS Seal of Approval for Television. Adam won many awards for best meteorologist while at WSAZ.

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Tribute, New "See Food" Event set for Night in Venice Weekend

Night In Venice Weekend will feature the City’s 4th Annual Tribute to the Philippines and a new SEE FOOD EVENT as well as the gala Bay Celebration. But First a recap of our 4th of July schedule: July 4th Bike Parade, South Ocean City Improvement Assn., Registration 9 a.m., 40th and Asbury Ave. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4th Bike Parade, Gardens Civic Assn., Registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot, Parade begins 10 a.m. Entry is free for both events.

4th of July Kite Flying Contest, 7 p.m. at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach opposite the Music Pier, sponsored by Air Circus. Entry free followed by entertainment on the Boardwalk. A Spectacular Musical Fireworks display, ignited from a barge off the Music Pier at 9th St. Beach, will begin at 9:30 p.m. Longport Media will simulcast July 4th fireworks music on KOOL 98.3, 1400 AM WOND,  1490 AM WIP, stream it live on its website and on the TUNE in Smart Phone application.

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Join the 59th Celebration of Night in Venice

Night In Venice will celebrate its 59th Anniversary on July 20th. The colorful Boat Parade and Bay celebration began in 1954 to mark the Diamond Jubilee or 75th Anniversary of Ocean City. It normally features about 80 boats and 250 decorated homes.

This year the Parade will be enhanced by the HERO Foundation that promotes the use of designated drivers to end drunk driving tragedies. Thanks to its founders, Bill and Muriel Elliott, the program has gone national. It is now keeping drunk drivers off the roads in States throughout the country. The Elliott’s lost their son, Ensign John Elliott, a graduate of the Naval Academy, when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

The HERO Foundation will enter ten decorated boats in the Parade that will be a salute thanking members of the Military and First Responders. This will also be a salute to local police officers, the Marine Police and designated drivers, all of whom save lives on a daily basis.

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Are you Ready to Sculpt Fries and Crumble Cookies?

Taffy Sculpting! French Fry Sculpting! Cookie Crumbling? and more are all features of Ocean City’s July Jubilee, June 24th to 28th, at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  The event includes fun contests for all ages leading into the gala 4th of July weekend.

July Jubilee was started over 20 years ago when Elsie Gillespie, then president of the Chamber of Commerce, wanted to treat vacationers arriving early for the 4th of July to an interesting time. When she called me, I suggested that we repeat contests from our popular Weird Week held in August.

And so it came to pass, that the last week in June was designated July Jubilee by Elsie. One contest is held daily, 11 a.m. in the Pavilion of the Music Pier. Entry is free. The age divisions include five and under, 6-8, 9-12 teens and adults. Ribbons are awarded to the winners, everyone receives a free ticket to one ride at Wonderland and a participation ribbon.

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