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DATE CHANGE: The popular, fun and informative Ocean City Fire Department’s Open House date has been changed to Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 6th and Asbury Ave. due to expected inclement weather. There will be fun and information for all of the family including demonstrations and safety tips, hotdogs and soda, soft pretzels, face painting and lots of photo ops with fire personnel on and off the engines. Guests include the Ocean City Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, N.J. State Police, City Beach Patrol, N.J. Division of Fire Safety, Office of Emergency Management and New Jersey Forest Fire personnel.

The City’s football field will be painted pink, Fri., Oct. 15 to promote Breast Cancer Awareness thanks to Mike Lenhardt, supervisor of Recreation and Maintenance. Mike lost his first wife, Gina, to Breast Cancer . Last year, he and his staff painted sections of Ocean City’s Carey Stadium pink for a football game with Egg Harbor Township. Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons in end zones and yard line numbers glowed pink.

The painting served its purpose. It both drew attention and raised money to combat breast cancer. Proceeds from the refreshment stand and a lollipop sale by cheerleaders were donated to the South Jersey Breast Cancer Coalition’s Client Assistance Fund.

This year’s Pink Game is set for Friday when the Red Raiders meet the Hammonton Blue Devils. Once again proceeds from the refreshment stand will be donated to the Coalition. Ocean City employees are making donations through their Union and monies from the gate receipts will also be donated. The Ocean City Soccer Boosters are assisting the cause. The Tennessee Avenue Soccer Field will be painted pink for the weekend.

The Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant will be held Sat., Oct. 16 starting 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $10 available at City Hall Annex, 609-525-9300 or at the door. There will be 16 contestants for the crown now held by Casey Cattie, who has done an outstanding job representing Ocean City this year. Casey will preside over the Pageant. Rachel Reese, Miss Ocean City and Sadie Ford, Little Miss Ocean City will perform. The Pageant is sponsored and run by the Ocean City Recreation Division with Kristie Fenton directing and Maribeth Neal as emcee.

The Ocean City Farmers Market is back on Sat., Oct 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury. You’ll find plenty of fresh produce at the event produced by Main St. and directed by Marsha Shallcross. Cupcakes For the Cure, will sell cupcakes to help find a cure for Breast Cancer. The Sale will support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Coming Events: Welcome Night , a grand Ocean City tradition, is set for Wed., Oct. 27 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is open to the public and acquaints visitors with City organizations, products and services. Admission is free. There will be door prizes, give-aways and refreshments.

Fright Night: The Community Arts Project presents its popular Fright Night on Fri., Oct. 22 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. You are invited to join a cast of characters for an evening of suspense, illusion, mystery and thrills. Tickets are $65 to benefit public Art and the Shaina Horton Palermo Fund to assist a young Ocean City mother recover from Cancer. For tickets visit www.commnityartprojects.com or call 609-576-2562 or 609-425-2687.

The Ocean City PTA has scheduled a Halloween Dog Costume Contest for Sat., Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. till noon in Sports and Civic Center Parking Lot, 5th and Boardwalk. Entry is $10. For entry form and information, stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. or call 609-517-5049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The City’s 40th Annual Halloween Parade is set for Thurs., Oct. 28, has been a major fall event for over 40 years. It’s run by the City Exchange Club with Jeff Shirk in charge. The Parade starts 7:15 p.m. at 6th and Asbury and concludes at 11th and Asbury. There will be bands and floats. Costumed participants compete for prizes. Registration is open through Oct. 26 and is available only on line at www.ochp.blogspot.com. There is a hotline to assist you, call 1-800-813-5580. Any questions can be left on voice mail and will be answered by Jeff Shirk.

Dates To Remember: Free Hay Rides on the Boardwalk, noon till 4 p.m., Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31st. Passengers get on and off at 6th and 12th Sts. Also free pumpkins and Trick-or-Treating.

Downtown Merchants Trick or Treat, Oct. 30, noon to 3 p.m., 6th to 11th St. on Asbury Ave. at participating merchants.

Trick or Treat throughout Ocean City, Oct.31, 5 to 8p.m.

ALSO: Entry forms for the Trail of Two Cities Walk/Race across the 9th St. Causeway on Sat., Nov.6th are available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., 609-525-9300 or can be downloaded at www.ocnj.us, place cursor on Recreation, click on Recreation Special Events. Go to bottom and click on Entry Form next to Trail of Two Cities. Forms are also available at New York Avenue School in Somers Point 609-927-2053, Ext.3101.

First Night Admission Buttons plus a complete schedule of the New Year’s Eve program are available at Downtown Gillian’s, 838 Asbury Ave. diagonally across from City Hall. Cost is $14 for 60 entertainment programs at Central locations. There is an Angel Fund for those who can’t afford buttons. Call 609-525-9300 to benefit from fund or donate to it.

In Honor of National Library Week, the Friends and volunteers of the Library will meet with visitors during the Week of Oct.18-22 from 10 a.m. till noon.

Any young lady between the ages of 13 and 17 (must not be a 17 year old senior, are eligible to compete in the Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen Pageant, Jan. 29 at Millville Senior High School. Call Joan Cooper, ex. Director, 856-825-6937 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reminder: The Ocean City Humane Society is holding a Spaghetti dinner to raise money f or the Shelter’s animals. The dinner is set for the Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay Ave., this Sat., Oct. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children, 12 and under. For information call 609-399-2018 or access www.hsocnj.org.