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Keep up-to-date on all OCNJ happenings, which can help your business grow. Read Chamber press releases to learn about the latest OCNJ news and events.

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Ocean City is Open for Visitors, Please Help Pass the Word

Ocean City has made a remarkable comeback from Hurricane Sandy. The Boardwalk and Downtown are in good shape and we were able to accommodate 8,000 visitors during our New Year’s Eve First Night Celebration.

Thanks to the tireless work of OCNJCARE, our super volunteer organization, its community partners and the City, this basic recovery was made possible. These groups continue to provide assistance to those who need help and will do so until the job is completed.

It is very important that we get the word out to our visitors that we are open and ready to accommodate them now and for the upcoming season. Our Tourism industry revenues help keep the City tax base in check and also contribute substantially to the State’s Treasury and tax base.

We have already held a press conference with area media explaining that Ocean City is prepared to accommodate visitors. We asked folks at First Night to spread the word that Ocean City is open when they returned home. Now we are asking you.

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City to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With Two Events

Ocean City was the first community in Cape May County to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration was initiated a few years after his death by the late Rozelia Cobb, a beloved teacher at the Ocean City Intermediate School.

The tradition is carried forward today by former councilman, Rev. Gregory Johnson, who will present  an inspirational reading of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” during a ceremony set for 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19, at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing  Arts Center, Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave.

Mayor Jay Gillian will be keynote speaker and the Bubby Fan Gospel Group will perform. Carly Del Sorda will sing a solo. Sandy volunteers, including those from OCNJCARE, the group that continues to assist those affected by the storm and City first responders will be honored. City Administrator, Michael Dattilo will emcee. The event is free and open to the public.

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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/9/13

SONGS OF OUR CITY:  A Benefit Concert for OCNJ CARE will be held on Jan.12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10th and Central Ave. at 4 p.m. It will feature local and regional professional soloists including Nancy Fox, Debby and Jim Dalfanso and Bill Scheible, musical director of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra.

It is produced by former Miss Cape May County, Debora Pruitt “to raise funds and raise the spirits of the Community". OCNJ CARE is the volunteer organization that has been helping Ocean City residents recover from Super Storm Sandy since the very beginning. Suggested donation is $10. For information, call (609) 390-0860.

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Last Minute Reminders for First of the Year

FIRST NIGHT is a unique opportunity for families and individuals to obtain eight hours of professional entertainment on New Year’s Eve.  for just $15 per person. It is definitely the Best Entertainment Value at the Jersey Shore providing over 70 entertainment programs and fireworks at midnight. Also included are rides at Wonderland Pier from 5 to 9 p.m., plus miniature golf at Gillian’s Adventure Golf from 2 to 9 p.m.

The program is varied and appeals to all ages. There will be magic shows, musicals, comedy, a Mummers’ string band, Broadway music, the Grease Band, Trout Fishing in America, Michael Hartman specials and much more. The Ocean City Science Club directed by John Herrmann will offer First Night button holders the opportunity to observe and see the “real stars” at the High School’s new astronomy observatory.

You can obtain buttons at the following locations: The Wonderland Store at Stainton’s Complex, 8th and Asbury Ave., the Chamber of Commerce Offices, 9th St. across from TD Bank. You can also check out the program and order buttons at www.firstnightocnj.com. Call (609) 399-1412.

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Get Your First Night Buttons now for New Year's Eve

Everything is set for a great First Night program on New Year’s Eve in Ocean City. The Venues are ready, our volunteers are eager and City streets are in fine shape. Pass the word. First Night has a great entertainment program scheduled for you and your friends. There’s an impression in some places that all of the Jersey Shore remains devastated. Ocean City is very fortunate that its business community has made an amazing comeback and that the boardwalk is in good shape. And more good news, the Army Corps of Engineers will rebuild our beaches in January.

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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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