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Trail of Two Cities Saturday, Quiet Festival Next

(Nov. 5) The 16th Annual TRAIL OF TWO CITIES race/walk over the 9th St. Causeway is set for Sat., Nov. 5 starting 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center. The event begins at 8a.m. and concludes at JFK Park in Somers Point. THE CAUSEWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES FROM 8 A.M. TO 9:30 AM. ON SATURDAY. Runners and walkers may register starting 7 a.m. at the Transportation Center. Cost per runner is $25. Buses will be available at JFK Park to bring participants to start of race from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Buses will also transport participants back to Ocean City at the conclusion of the race. Free refreshments will be available at the finish line. For information, call City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave.,(609) 525-9300 or New York Ave.... Read More

Welcome Night, Halloween Parade Scheduled

(Oct. 19) Due to impending weather, the Ocean City Fire Department's OPEN HOUSE scheduled for tonight, Oct. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. has been POSTPONED. Please check back for information on a rescheduled date. (Oct. 22) FALL BEACH SWEEP: The Ocean City Environmental Commission and Clean Ocean Action are sponsoring a Beach Sweep, Sat., Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All members of the Community are invited to participate in the semi annual “counted clean-up sweep” of City beaches. Clean Ocean Action uses data cards to record litter collected and enters information into a national data base of marine debris. Participants form teams of two or three people to pick up and record litter on the beach. Environmental Commission members will assign volunteers to groups, provide equipment and instructions at... Read More

Street Rods Roll Into City: September 11 Ceremony set for Veterans Park

(Sept 9-11) Street Rod enthusiasts from throughout the East Coast will bring their colorful cars to Ocean City this weekend. They will display their vehicles on the Boardwalk and the 5th Street Parking Lot during the 34th Annual Shore Rod Run. Cars will be parked at the Sports and Civic Center 5th Street Parking Lot starting Friday afternoon Sept. 9th till 1 p.m., Sun., Sept. 11th. There will be a Boardwalk display on Sat., Sept. 10 from noon till 4 p.m. A Street Rod is any car manufactured prior to 1964 that’s been modified with more modern parts. Owners are creative about how they enhance their vehicles and often decorate with colorful, painted designs. The City sponsors the event which is administered by the Public Relations Office of the Department of Community Services. There... Read More

King and Queen of Plop Welcomes a Busy Fall Season

Ocean City will welcome the fall season with yet another Wacky But Not Tacky Contest, The King and Queen of Plop on Friday, Sept. 2. (Aug. 31) But before we get to that we should report that National Public Radio’s popular Show, “FROM THE TOP,” hosted by famed pianist, Christopher O’Reilly will tape a broadcast with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, today, 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show is scheduled as a regular feature of the Pops’ summer schedule. It will showcase outstanding young musicians from throughout the country and be broadcast on 250 NPR stations to more than 700,000 listeners. It can be heard locally on WRTI 90.1 FM, Sun., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets to the Pops Show are $20/$15 and are... Read More

City to Celebrate Fourth of July with Bike Parades, Music and More

July 4th Weekend: A giant fireworks display, two colorful bike parades, a Broadway staged performance of Music Man and a Kite Flying Contest will highlight the City’s July 4th weekend events. The weekend kicks off on Sun., July 3 with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company presenting theMusic Man. The show is set for the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., on Sun., July 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be performances on July 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. plus a matinee on Wed., July 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office,609-525-9248 or from www.ocnj.us. Two Bike Parades are set for July 4th. The South Ocean City Parade begins at 40th and Asbury Ave. at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9... Read More

Doo Dah Parade Named a Top Ten Event By AAA World Magazine

The Automobile Association of America's AAAWORLD MAGAZINE has just selected our Doo Dah Parade in its Ten For The Road, their picks “for the Top 10 Events in the Region.” Ocean City was one of only two communities in New Jersey to be selected, the other being Cape May for its Sherlock Holmes Weekend. Ocean City consistently wins awards as a community for its tourism, downtown and environmental achievements. It was just named as one of the most vital independent retail (downtown) markets in the nation by the Independent Retail National Leadership Summit. It has been named the number one family beach resort in the country by the Travel Channel, the number one vacation spot in the region by the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the Ten Most Unforgettable Vacations in the Nation... Read More

Meadowlark Lemon, A Legendary Contributor to Black History Month

Meadowlark Lemon, the phenomenal basketball player and beloved star of the Harlem Globe Trotters, will be a timely grand marshal for the City’s Doo Dah Parade on April 16. He will be an excellent follow-up to Black History Month celebrated in February.  In his more than 25 seasons, Meadowlark played in 16,000 games, in 94 countries performing before kings, queens, presidents and popes.  He was the premier ambassador of American good will to multi millions of fans here and in over 100 countries.  He is an important figure in the integration of sports in this country. Meadowlark and the Globe Trotters also focused much needed attention on American basketball and the fledgling National Basketball Assn. (1)They showcased the skills of black players providing pro basketball with a welcomed... Read More

Hermit Crab & State of Louisiana to Set Record Straight at Press Conference

35-YEAR CONTROVERSY TO BE AIRED AT CITY HALL ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY FIRST - By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist A long simmering , “misunderstanding” between Ocean City’s renowned weather predicting Hermit Crab and the State of Louisiana will be aired and hopefully settled finally and for posterity. City officials deem the matter important enough to schedule a Press Conference for 11 a.m. Tues., Feb. 1 at City Hall Council Chambers. The controversy dates back to August 1975 when Martin Z. Mollusk, Ocean City mascot and celebrity shadow seeking weather expert, was married on the 10th St. Beach. The nuptials were conducted by the late Mayor B. Thomas Waldman. Popular TV personality, Captain Noah, was the official witness. Over a thousand guests, mostly stunned beach goers, attended. Martin was joined in matrimony with Mollie... Read More


Here are some of the fun, free and fulfilling Holiday events coming your way... Consider shopping in your pajamas in downtown Ocean City on Sat., Nov. 20 between 7 a.m. and noon. You could win a turkey and gobble up substantial savings at the same time. “EARLIER THAN THE BIRD” deals will be offered by Asbury Ave. area merchants the weekend before Thanksgiving. “Get there between 7 and 9 a.m. for the best buys,” advises Marcia Shallcross, executive director of Main Street Ocean City. And wear your PJs. Turkeys will be awarded to those sporting outstanding pajamas!” In addition there will be free coffee give-aways at 9th and Asbury Ave. Shoppers will also be able to sign up in stores to win $25 gift certificates. Plus, from noon till 3 p.m. free horse and carriage... Read More