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Joseph A. Canale, Jr. has been named chairman of the 55th Annual Night in Venice Boat Parade set for Sat., July 25 on Great Egg Harbor Bay.

A resident of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. with a home in Ocean City, Canale has been an active member of the Night in Venice committee for the past ten years. He has served as chairman of the dock which includes loading and unloading of celebrity boats and has also assisted in many other operations including coordinating land and water activities with committee officials.

Canale succeeds David Winslow who is retiring after over 20 years at the helm of the popular boat and bayfront home festival. Business commitments in Florida keep Winslow away from the City much of the time.

A graduate of Abington Friends School, Canale has a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in Emergency Services. He currently serves as a Deputy Chief of the Bryn Athyn Fire Company where he is employed as a paramedic-fire fighter.

Canale also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Joseph’s University and serves on the Medical Advisory Committee of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

A long time boating and fishing enthusiast, Canale spends much of his leisure time on the waters off Ocean City. He has also served on the Baby and Doo Dah Parade committees with his parents Joseph and Susan Canale of Ocean City and Huntingdon Valley. Susan Canale is in charge of judging and land operations for Night in Venice and also chairs the City’s Baby Parade which will mark its 100th Anniversary on Aug. 13.

Winslow will be honored for his long service to Night in Venice at the event’s award ceremony set for 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Bayside Center, 525 Bay Ave.

“Dave Winslow and George Mimnaugh preserved Night In Venice during some rough years after the Yacht Club stopped running the Parade,” said Mark Soifer, City Public Relations Director, who has worked on Night In Venice for 38 years. “If it hadn’t been for their efforts, I doubt the Parade would have survived. We owe them a lot.”

Registrations for the Parade and Bayfront Home competition are now being taken by the Public Relations Office, City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., call 609-525-9300. On weekends and after hours, call 609-364-4010.

Cash prizes as high as $1,000 will be awarded to outstanding boats and homes plus numerous non-cash trophies. All who enter the competition will receive a commemorative mug celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Baby Parade. Boat owners will receive a free photo of their boat.

The optional theme for Night in Venice is the Baby Parade anniversary. The world Champion Philadelphia Phillies will also be honored with a lead boat.

The Night in Venice celebration begins with the Merchants of Venice Seafood Festival set for Friday, July 24 from 5 to 9 p.m., extending from 6th to 9th Streets on Asbury Ave. Admission is free. There will be an array of seafood for sale from over 40 vendors plus entertainment for children and crafters.

For information, contact the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300 or visit www.ocnj.us.