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Navy Seals Group Selects Ocean City for Special Event

The events roll on in Ocean City. You can always check out www.ocnj.us, the City’s website where you will find listings of What’s Happening right on through to our gala First Night New Years Eve Celebration. The Chamber’s website www.oceancityvacation.com is also a good source for information.

The Chamber has a toll free telephone number 1-800-BEACH-NJ and the City Public relations office may be reached at (609) 525-9300.

Many charitable organizations select Ocean City’s Beach and Boardwalk for fund raising events because of its special, family atmosphere. Over $30 million was raised last year by these groups that bring thousands of visitors to Ocean City.

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Doo Dah Comedy Show Offers Diverse Humor on Friday, Parade Saturday

The annual Doo Dah Comedy Show held the day before the Parade will offer a varied program of humor and music. The program is set for Fri., April 12 starting 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Admission is by donation of canned or dried food or a $10 donation to the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

Entertainment will range from songs by Pretty Perky Peggy King, Hollywood Walk of Fame entertainer, a cartoon demonstration by John McPherson, internationally syndicated cartoonist and a baton twirling demonstration by 80 year old Betty Lambert of Harmony, Pa.

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Doo Dah to Experiment with PIe Art

The Board of Governors of Ocean City’s DOO DAH PARADE will attempt to elevate its popular Pie-Asco to a new art form designated PIE ART. The experiment will take place after the Parade in front of the Music Pier when folks gather to plaster each other with shaving cream pies.

For the past few years, Board members have taken a closer look at the results of the traditional Pie-Asco. Their studies reveal that the shaving cream sticking to participants’faces after the smooshing often appear to be spontaneous abstract art.

The Board cites its inspiration from the late Jackson Pollock, who invented Action Painting. Also know as “Jack the Dripper” Pollock splattered bucketsful of paint on huge canvases spread out on his studio floor. His works have been hailed by art critics and he is considered a major innovator of modern art.

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Plenty of Easter Events in Ocean City this Weekend

You can expect plenty of Easter events in Ocean City this weekend, some unusual, some traditional.

Unusual: (Sat., March 30) Decorated doggies and assorted pets will compete in the WOOFIN’ PAWS Pet Fashion Show set for Carey Stadium, 6th Street off the Boardwalk starting 11 a.m. with registration beginning 10 a.m.

The event is open to any pet that will not eat another pet. We are pleased to report that in the long, colorful history of this competition this unspeakable calamity has never occurred. Categories include Best Dressed, plus Best Bonnet, Swim Suit, Cutest Tail Wagger, Pet Owner- Look Alike, Intelligent Pet Tricks and Most Patriotic.

There is a $5 entry fee that benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, a no kill shelter, named one of the finest of its size in the country. The event ends with a massive belly rub, as a thank you to all participants and in fond memory of Barclie, Ocean City’s legendary doggie, who was especially fond of the procedure.

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Dietz& Watson Hamming it up for Doo Dah Parade

A new category has been added to this year’s DOO DAH Parade set for April 13th.

It will be for the best entry depicting the “WE ARE READY” theme emphasizing that Ocean City is prepared to accommodate its vacationers for the upcoming season.

The City’s Tourism Commission is running TV commercials emphasizing the point in the Philadelphia area and our Chamber of Commerce and City are promoting the theme on their respective websites and FACEBOOK. We encourage social media enthusiasts to post it and tweet it to their many friends.

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Suzanne Muldowney to Mark 25 Years of Doo Dah

Suzanne Muldowney has been a regular at Ocean City special events for decades. April 13th will mark her 25th appearance in the Doo Dah Parade. She has also appeared consistently in the Baby Parade, Halloween Parade, Christmas Parade and a number of

other City programs. These include Martin Z. Mollusk Day, the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Weird Contest Week during which she hosts a Super Hero Impersonation Contest.

Suzanne has a beautiful soprano voice. She is blessed with perfect pitch. This makes her perfect for performing “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean” when the winning Hermit Crab waddles down a flower bedecked runway and the inspirational rendering of “Some Enchanted Morning” when Martin Z. Mollusk creeps onto the sand and attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer comes one week early to Ocean City.

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Barclie, Canine Icon, To Be Remembered at Woofin' Paws Contest

I first met Barclie when he was a puppy in the office of Shriver’s Saltwater Taffy about 17 years ago. His best friends and caretakers were Meryl Berwick, now Merlyl Vangelov plus Meryl’s Mom Ginny Berwick and Hank Glaser, both co-owners of Shriver’s on the Boardwalk at the time.

Barclie was an endearing, affectionate pet. Meryl told me he was a Labradoodle, a cross between a Lab and a poodle. She had rescued him from an unscrupulous dog peddler who had threatened to put the puppy down if someone didn’t buy him. She took one look at the puppy’s sad, little eyes. The rest is history.

When I visited Shriver’s offices, Barclie was usually the first one to greet me. He would look me over, sniff a few times, remember that I was okay and let me give him a belly rub. Then he would return to a pillowed cot for a snooze.

Barclie soon became a favorite of hundreds of Shriver’s customers and Boardwalk strollers. When taken for a walk, he would nuzzle children and let them hug him. Boardwalk and beach goers were enchanted by his friendly, nonchalant personality. He was a small dog. The Lab in him was in his facial structure. He was a little larger than the average poodle mix but not as yappy. Barclie didn’t bother to bark much.

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When the "Yankee Clipper" Sailed into Ocean City

By Mark Soifer, City Public Relations Director In 1985, the “Yankee Clipper,” also know as Joe DiMaggio, sailed into Ocean City to be grand marshal of our Baby Parade.

I couldn’t believe our good luck. Roger Jacabowski, who had a business on the boardwalk, knew Tony Tarcasio, a casino executive, who was a personal friend of DiMaggio. Tarcasio extended the invitation and DiMaggio accepted.

In those days his appearance fee was $5000. But he generously came to Ocean City for free. Again, I couldn’t believe our good luck.

The event had special significance for me. Growing up, baseball was my favorite sport. I loved the feel of the bat hitting the ball- “on the good part of the wood,”- the smack of the ball into the thin fielder’s gloves we used in those days and I liked being outdoors during the benevolent spring weather. I was a centerfielder. My hero was the great centerfielder, Joe DiMaggio.

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Night in Venice July 20th, Theme "The Good Old Summertime"

Ocean City’s 59th Annual NIGHT IN VENICE will be held on Sat., July 20. The optional theme is “The Good Old Summer Time.” Speaking of time, the starting time will be announced soon.

The colorful boat parade and decorated home celebration was initiated to commemorate the City’s Diamond Jubilee or 75th anniversary in 1954. It was organized by former Public Relations Director, Art Watkins and Jack Jernee, the Captain of the Beach Patrol.

Watkins, who was a boat tour director, prior to settling in Ocean City, witnessed a semi-religious celebration in Venice, Italy during which residents sailed to a nearby Island and had a sociable evening. Night In Venice has remained one of Ocean City’s most popular events.

Local historian, Fred Miller, learned that there was a celebration held here in 1901 that was also called Night In Venice. It consisted of musical groups and Philadelphia debutantes sailing through the lagoons on colorful boats, the young ladies waving to homeowners and visitors.

The City would like to start a new category for non mechanized boats to include kayaks, gondolas, sailboats, etc. Anyone interested should contact the Public Relation Office, 609-525-9300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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28th Annual Doo Dah Parade Set for April 13

(1) One of TV’s first singer celebrities, (2) a syndicated cartoonist, (3) an 79 year old woman baton twirler and (4) 500 basset hounds will all be the stars of Ocean City’s 28th Doo Dah Parade on April 13 th.

“Perky” Peggy King of Philadelphia who starred on the George Gobel show in the early days of TV will be grand marshal. Prior to that she toured with the country’s leading big bands including Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flannigan and Ray Anthony and appeared with Mel Torme’.

During her career she made guest appearances on many of the most popular shows of the era including American Bandstand, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Ed Sullivan Shows.

King will be joined by John McPherson, the syndicated cartoonist of “Close to Home.” McPherson’s cartoon appears in 300 newspapers throughout the world and numerous books of his work have been published.

As a special feature, an 80 year old Majorette, Betty Lambert from Harmony, Pa. will appear in the parade that celebrates humor and its legends. Lambert will twirl her baton and do splits during the Parade.

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Ocean City: A Perfect Place to Celebrate Valentine's Weekend

Valentine’s Day will be here soon and Ocean City is the perfect place to spend the Valentine’s Day Weekend.

Michael Hartman’s Ocean City Theatre Company will present A Cabaret of Broadway Love songs and sumptuous dessert reception of Sat., Feb. 16 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6 th and Atlantic Ave. A really sweet time is guaranteed.

Hartman’s performers will provide some of the most enchanting, unforgettable melodies ever to grace “The Great White Way.” You don’t have to go to Broadway any more to enjoy Broadway quality shows. Hartman has brought them to Ocean City.

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Many Free February Events Available in Ocean City

Both of the City’s Art Centers are offering interesting free shows in February.

The ART ON ASBURY Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., will host “Anything Goes,” along with its annual Arc student Exhibition and Sale. Entry is free to both exhibits which will feature an array of work by the Art Center’s talented members and a themed show highlighting Dogs by Arc students.

Arc is a private, non-profit agency that makes a positive difference in the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities. You will find their work amazing and heartwarming. Ocean City Fine Arts League (Art on Asbury) artists have been teaching Arc students for over nine years once a week for three hours.

Artists Susan Rau, Jennifer Bird and Thelma Snyder spearhead the program and instruct students on how to paint and draw in a variety of mediums including acrylics, pastels and pencils. As a result of the students’ love of art, they have become quite talented and have displayed and sold their art at various fund raisers and events. This teaching program was initiated by the late Jim Penland, an Ocean City legend and prominent artist and business man.

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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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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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