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See the Real Stars at First Night Through a Telescope!

A new feature has been added to First Night thanks to the Ocean City High School Science Club and Dr. John Herrmann, its Astronomy teacher.

All visitors to First Night, our outstanding New Year’s Eve Celebration, will have the opportunity to see the “real stars” at the High School’s new observatory located on the 5th St. side of the school grounds near the football field.

The Observatory will be open to all FIRST NIGHT Button Holders from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Visitors will be able “to enjoy the wonders of the heavens during the holiday season,” says Dr. Herrmann.

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Christmas Parade Friday, First Night Buttons on Sale

Last week Santa descended from the roof of City Hall to greet his admirers. This week he will enter town on a Retail Merchant’s Association float as the grand marshal of the City’s annual CHRISTMAS PARADE. The event is set for Friday, Dec. 7 starting 7 p.m. Santa will float from 6th and Asbury Ave. to 11th and Asbury, then return to the mini park at 9th and Asbury Ave. to greet his friends, pose for photos and distribute treats to children. The Pitman Hobo Band, Ocean City High School Band and Pennsport String Band will serenade Santa in the manner to which he has become accustomed. Mayor Jay Gillian and First Lady Michele Gillian will represent the City administration along with Councilmen Tony Wilson, Pete Guinosso and Michael DeVlieger. The Ocean City High School Girl’s Field Hockey State Champions will ride on a Gillian’s Wonderland Float. There will be costumed characters, floats and an array of area Misses including Miss Ocean City, Devon Vanderslice, Junior Miss Ocean City, Shannon Wallace and Little Miss Ocean City Paige Aita, Plus Miss Night in Venice, Miss Cape May County and Little Miss and Junior Princess CMC. That’s enough royalty to start a court at Stainton’s. Martin Z. Mollusk and “Elmo” will ride in a car, the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office will bring McGruff and Eagle Eddie. There will be a Marine Corps Color Guard, fire engines and many other features. The stores on Asbury Ave. are open. Don’t forget to shop before and after the Parade.

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Ocean City Pops Presents Joy to the World on Saturday

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra presents “JOY TO THE WORLD” on Sat., Dec. 1, a symphonic celebration of the joyous sounds of Christmas. The program will be held in the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. starting 7:30 p.m.

Heraldic trumpets, dazzling bells and triumphant choirs join the Pops in this annual holiday tradition.

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Big Family Event on Friday, OCNJ CARE Continues It's Vital Work

Ocean City held three special events last weekend. The Trail of Two Cities 5K Race and Walk over the Causeway drew over 600 participants on Saturday. The “Earlier than the Bird “promotion attracted a steady stream of early shoppers and children for fun with Santa in the afternoon. The tribute to Ocean City’s legendary Elvis performer, Ted Prior, drew an appreciative crowd.

It’s important that we continue our special events like the Old fashioned Family Christmas Celebration set for Friday beginning 2 p.m. It sends a message to the world that Ocean City is still a vital community.

But even more important is the on-going work of OCNJ CARE and its partners in helping residents who have suffered severe hardships in the wake of the brutal storm. Here are some telling numbers showing what this outstanding organization has accomplished.

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Three Events Scheduled for This Weekend in Ocean City

Three events are scheduled for this weekend in Ocean City: The Trail of Two Cities 5K Race/Walk across the Causeway, The Earlier than the Bird Shopping “Extravaganza “ and a Tribute to Ted Prior, Ocean City’s legendary Elvis performer.

That we are once again able to hold our events, that people were walking, jogging and cycling on the Boardwalk on Saturday is a good sign. We are gradually returning to normal. But there are still plenty of people in the community in need of assistance.

OCNJCARE is a group of community volunteers with partner organizations that continues to help residents obtain the resources they need to recover. At this point the pressing need is for cash donations to assist people find temporary housing and to cover disaster related injuries. You can help by sending a check to OCNJCARE. Mail it to PO Box 807, Ocean City, N.J. 08226 or drop it off at Ocean City Home Bank, 10th and Asbury Ave. or access www.ocnjcare.org.

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Quiet Festival This Week, Vet's Day Nov. 12, Bridge Race Reset for Nov. 17th

Ocean City’s Annual QUIET FESTIVAL is set for this week starting Wed., Nov. 7th. The Festival kicks off with the Annual Yawn Along Ceremony on City Hall Lawn at noon. The program starts with a performance by the Ocean City Sign Club signing to quiet music. The World’s only Wind Chimes Band and the Yawn Along singers will yawn to the tune of Beautiful Dreamer. And there will be Maple Pod, Pine Cone and Pin Dropping.

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Welcome Night, Parade, Haunted House, Dog of Year This Week

(Oct. 24) WELCOME NIGHT is our first major event this week. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you, your friends, acquaintances and all interested in the community to the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, for a free, pleasant evening from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The idea is to acquaint you with City groups, organizations and businesses. They will have representatives at information tables and be available to answer questions. There will be refreshments, give-aways and plenty of pertinent information for you to digest. So come on out. Bring the children. Have a good time. The Chamber has presented this event for over 40 years.

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Haunted House Returns to City Hall Oct. 27th; Welcome Night Oct. 24th

The ghosts and goblins will once again haunt City Hall.

The Ocean City Art Club, under the direction of Paul Matusz, will resurrect the popular HAUNTED HOUSE after a hiatus of several years.

The Halloween event is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic municipal structure, 9th and Asbury Ave. The building dates back to 1914 when Harry Headley was mayor.

Indeed, City Hall is believed to have its own resident ghost. Noises have been heard late at night in the vicinity of the Council Chambers. Doors creaking and closing. That sort of thing.

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Fire Department Open House Thursday, Hero Walk Sunday

The Annual Ocean City Fire Department OPEN HOUSE is a fine family event. Very Kid friendly. It will be held this Thursday, Oct. 11th at Fire Department Headquarters, 550 Asbury Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m.

The evening will be informative and fun. There will be valuable life saving exercises. A miniature house will be set up to teach children how to crawl low through a smoke filled building. They will also be instructed on how to “stop, drop and roll” in case their clothing catches fire.

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Block Party Weekend Oct. 6-8; First Night Admissions on Sale (Free Parking Throughout the City)

Ocean City’s Fall Block Party-INDIAN SUMMER Weekend began 38 years ago when there were few fall events in town. The first block party was just two blocks long. It grew quickly and now extends from 5th to 14th Sts. Saturday’s party will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature over 350 crafters offering an array of hand made products plus artwork and photography. There will be FREE PARKING on all City lots and at street parking meters.

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Walk for Wounded Saturday, Block Party Weekend is Next

Ocean City celebrates one of its most popular events, the Indian Summer Weekend, for the 38th time Oct. 6-8.

Centerpiece of the event is the mile-long FALL BLOCK PARTY that extends from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. on Sat., Oct. 6 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.

A huge fireworks display is scheduled following the block party. The fireworks are fired from a barge off the 9th St. Beach at 9:30 p.m.

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Over 400 Corvettes Roll Into Ocean City on Sunday

(Sept. 23) One of the largest Corvette Shows in the country will be held here on Sunday. Over 400 of the popular cars will be displayed on the Boardwalk starting11:30 a.m. The autos will date back to the Corvette’s first model in 1953 and extend to the present.

The show is one of the largest in the East with Corvette owners from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey participating plus scattered entries from as far away as Ohio, Indiana and Florida. The event is held rain or shine.

Registration is from 8 a.m. till 10 a.m. at the Ocean City Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. The Ocean City Humane Society and Food Cupboard will be accepting donations at that location.

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Two Air Festivals Scheduled for This Weekend in Ocean City

It will be two Air Festivals for the price of none this weekend as Ocean City presents two free aerial exhibitions featuring both interesting ground displays and thrilling maneuvers in space.

(Sept. 15) This Saturday, the Ocean City Airport Assn., holds its 21st Annual AIR FESTIVAL, at the Municipal Airport, 26th and Bay Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The airport grounds will be packed with unusual airplanes including Classics, Ultra Lights, Warbirds, Antiques, and Home Builts. Admission is free.  

Highlight of the ground display will be a rare, World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber that gained fame for its durability and flexibility during that conflict. It was brought to national attention in April of 1942 when General Jimmy Doolittle led fifteen B-25’s from the air craft carrier “Hornet” in America’s first attack on mainland Japan. The B-25 will take off from the Airport at the conclusion of the Festival at 3 p.m. It is made available to Ocean City by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.

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September 11th Ceremony Features Sculpture, Street Rods this Weekend

The City will honor the September 11th victims and their families at “A Day To Remember Ceremony” on Tues., September 11 at 7 p.m. with music beginning at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the 6th St. Firehouse across from the Tabernacle Grounds. It will feature the unveiling and dedication of a new Memorial Sculpture that features the I-beam from the World Trade Center.

The City worked with the Community Arts Project (CAP) and artist Jose’ Chora to design and build the memorial after Mayor Jay Gillian requested the I-Beam from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “We are honored to unveil the new community sculpture in Ocean City. We hope it will serve as a reminder and tribute to the spirit and sacrifice from the events of September 11th”, said Mayor Gillian.

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Plop Contest, Gospel Show, Hairspray, Race, Highlight Weekend

As usual, the summer has whizzed by. As usual, there will be plenty to do at America’s Greatest Family Resort all through the beautiful fall season.

(Aug. 31) The Labor Day Weekend kicks off with the King and Queen of Plop Contest, aka Miss Fall and Mr. Fall Guy, on Friday, 11 a.m. at the 9th St. Beach opposite the Music Pier. Competitors are requested to demonstrate their best plop or fall in slow motion as a way of welcoming the new season to Ocean City.

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King and Queen of Plop to Welcome Fall Season, Aug. 31

Ocean City has an unusual way of welcoming the fall season. Four years ago, we initiated the Mr. Fall Gal and Mr. Fall Guy contest also known as the King and Queen of Plop competition. The event will be held on Fri., Aug, 31 at 11 a.m. on the 9th Street Beach opposite the Music Pier.

Contestants are asked to greet the fall season, always a lovely time of year, by falling dramatically (and in slow motion) to the sand. Those performing the most dramatic renditions will be crowned the King and Queen of Plop.

After the winners are announced, all contestants will hold hands and perform a mass plopping, as a goodwill, no sore loser gesture.

Contestants may register starting 10:30 a.m. at the 9th St. Beach. Entry is free and prizes will be awarded.

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Weird Week Continues, Little Miss on Friday, Little Feat on Mon.

Ocean City’s unique, WEIRD CONTEST WEEK, “Wacky But Not Tacky” continues through Friday. On Wed., Aug. 15, it’s That The Way the Cookie Crumbles,” starting

11 a.m. at the Pavilion of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Contestants are asked to sculpt something meaningful out of giant cookie produced by Ward’s Bakery. On Thurs., Aug. 16 it’s Clip Art, produce a work of art from paper clips PLUS the Wiggle Your Ears Contest PLUS, we will present the IMMY Award to Ocean City for Imagination to Doug Jewell of Air Circus. Last year’s winner, Jerry Lukas will be on hand to demonstrate cartooning.

The grand event concludes on Fri., Aug. 17 with Little Miss Chaos and Little Mr. Chaos, children from 3 to 5 bang on pots and pans and make as much noise as possible in 3 minutes. And Miss and Mr. Miscellaneous, for folks who always wanted to be in a talent contest but missed the bus and got stuck at a Rugby game.

All contests are free and divided into age groups 5 and under, 6-8. 9-12, Teens and adults.

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Baby Parade Thursday, Weird Contest Week Next

Ocean City’s 103rd Annual BABY PARADE, the longest consecutively run in the nation, is set for Thurs., Aug. 9th. The colorful event begins at 10:15 a.m. Parade route is from 6th to 12th Sts. on the Boardwalk. Grand Marshals of this year’s Parade are Fred and Susan Miller, authors of popular Ocean City history books.

The parade competition is open to children from infants to 10 years of age. They parade down the boardwalk in decorated go carts, coaches, express wagons and small floats featuring imaginative themes that range from nursery rhymes to Philly sports teams. The Ocean City Baby Parade was founded by Leo Bamberger, one of the organizers of Labor Day. It is now directed by Susan Canale, who heads a committee of 40 volunteers. Musical groups scheduled include the Pitman Hobo Band, the Interboro High School Marching Band, The Atlantic City Bagpipers, The Fred Hall Dixieland Band, the Hype Guard musical marchers and the Ed Coles Entertainers.

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Miss Crustacean's in Town, Baby Parade, Pamper Scamper Next

For 39 years the MISS CRUSTACEAN Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant has attracted hundreds of curvaceous crustaceans and their best friends.

On Aug. 1, America’s most glamorous Crabettes will congregate at 1 p.m. on the 6th   Street Beach to compete for the “Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup,” symbol of Crustacean Comeliness. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of groceries for a hermit crab if supplemented with tree bark, pizza crust and a dash of swamp water.

In addition to the coveted cup, the victor gets to waddle down a flower bedecked runway as adoring throngs sing the Pageant’s theme song, “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.”

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