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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.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Call to Photographers: Annual Juried Photography Show

Ocean City Arts Center

Ocean City -- Photographs will be accepted through March 26 at the Ocean City Arts Center for the April Juried Art Show.

Up to four photographs may be submitted at a cost of $18 each.  All work must be framed with glass or plexi-glass and be ready to hang with wire attached.  Traditional photography and digital/computer generated photos are eligible.  Overall frame size should not exceed 24 by 28 inches.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Congressman LoBiondo to Address Ocean City Chamber

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly membership meeting on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Flanders Hotel located at 719 East 11th Street in Ocean City, NJ. The event will begin at noon and will feature guest speaker Congressman Frank LoBiondo.   The lunch is $20.00 per person and is open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling 609-399-1412 or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Friday, February 1, 2013

OCNJ C.A.R.E. Pecks Beach Village Cleanup

Due to current snowy weather conditions in Ocean City the Pecks Beach Village Cleanup scheduled for Saturday Feb. 2 has been postponed. At this time a new date for this event has not been scheduled, however we will certainly keep the public notified of any future cleanup opportunities.

Thank you to the volunteers who so willingly offered to help in this effort. We appreciate your good intentions and hope to work with you in our continuing efforts to restore and improve Ocean City, NJ. Please call the OCNJ C.A.R.E. hotline at 1-855-622-2730 with any questions and continue to check OCNJ C.A.R.E., and Ocean City, NJ facebook pages for information.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Officers & Board Members to be Installed to OC Regional Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, February 21st, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will install their Officers and Directors to its Board of Directors at Greate Bay Country Club. This meeting is being combined with the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Citizen of the Year and Business Beautification Awards Dinner that had been postponed due to Super Storm Sandy.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Ocean City Chamber Announces Award Winners

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Citizen of the Year and Business Beautification Awards Dinner had been postponed due to Super Storm Sandy. The Dinner has been rescheduled and is being combined the Chamber’s Annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner. The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s dinner Thursday, February 21st at Greate Bay Country Club.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

OCNJ C.A.R.E. Pecks Beach Village Cleanup

OCNJ C.A.R.E., the non-profit organization established to help Ocean City residents and businesses rebuild and recover after super storm Sandy, is looking for volunteers to help in an upcoming cleanup and recovery effort. Saturday, February 2nd from 10am-12pm, volunteers are needed to aid in debris cleanup at the north end housing development of Pecks Beach Village at 4th and Haven Avenue.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Cabaret of Broadway Love Songs & Dessert Reception

As Valentine’s Day rolls around, it can’t be denied… love is in the air! Love can be expressed in so many ways, but one of the best is through song.  On Saturday, February 16th, come celebrate love with some of the most enchanting, unforgettable and lovey-dovey songs to ever grace the stage. Bring that special someone, your family, a friend or simply let Broadway be your Valentine this year!  Performers from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Professional Broadway Series return to the stage in a casual, entertaining and intimate cabaret of favorites from the Great White Way.  


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Remembering Super Volunteer Sue Canale

Volunteers are the glue that holds our special events together. During First Night, for example, over 80 volunteers work at the various entertainment venues to keep things running smoothly.

One of our Super Volunteers, Susan Canale, a woman who has been invaluable to Ocean City for over 30 years, passed away on December 23rd.


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

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 email 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.


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