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Dick Richards, Ocean City Resident, Named To Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame

Ocean City resident, Dick Richards, will be inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on Sat. April, 14th. Richards will be honored along with other original members of Bill Haley’s Comets, the talented musicians led by Haley who jump started Rock ‘n Roll, with Rock Around the Clock and Shake, Rattle and Roll. Rock Around the Clock sold 25 million copies, an unprecedented number of records for the time. Haley’s group toured the nation and the world with future Super Stars like Elvis Presley opening for the band. Following Haley’s premature death and the break-up of the band, Dick Richards, AKA Dick Boccelli, played with spin-offs of the Comets and also enjoyed a successful acting career on Broadway and in the movies. Now 88, the durable drummer is... Read More

Soupy Sale’s Famous Prank to be Duplicated for Doo Dah

On New Year's Day, Jan.1, 1962, famed comedian Soupy Sales was wrapping up his popular Children's TV show when the program's producer gave him the signal to improvise. In those days, the syndicated program was presented live, there was no videotaping. Nothing was edited or sanitized. What you saw was went over the airways. What followed that New Year's morning were a few moments of impish improvisation that made television history. Soupy, realized that the majority of his fan's parents were still asleep. So he advised his TV charges, most of whom were too young to read or write, to check out their parents' wallets, find a picture of an old man on green paper, and to mail it to him. He gave no address. What followed was a flurry of Monopoly and... Read More

Easter Weekend Events set for Ocean City; Humane Society News

Following is a schedule of Easter Weekend Events in Ocean City. (Sat., April 7) Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, 11 a.m., Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Pets compete in various categories including Best Dressed, Best Bonnet, Best Tail Wagger, Best Bathing Suit, Most Patriotic, Pet-owner Look-Alike and Intelligent Pet Tricks. A $5 entry fee benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, a No Kill Shelter. Spectator admission is free but visitors may make a donation to benefit the Society if they so choose. Best of Show wins the Dean Schofield Woofin’ Paws Plaque for Perfection, named after the late Dean Schofield who was a volunteer member of the Ocean City Public Relations Staff for many years. Call (609) 525-9300 for information. (Fri.-Sun., April 6-8) Breakfast With The Easter Bunny: 8 a.m.... Read More

New Book by Local Author Spreads Message of Hope to Children

While on extended bed rest with her second set of twins, Kelley Osborne Faust of Ocean City had plenty of time to think. It was a trying time. But a strong determination to meet her challenges and support of family and friends pulled her through. “I realized that facing these challenges, we can either feel sorry for ourselves or deal with the accompanying pain,” she said. “Fortunately I learned from the challenges and moved on. I found that sharing my experiences with others made me realize that I was not alone. It made the load lighter and easier to handle.” Kelley was so inspired that in 2007, while a resident of Ocean City, she founded Sunshine Hope, an organization designed to bring a positive message to school children and people of all... Read More

Canine Celebrity and Best Friend to be Honored at Doo Dah Parade

[caption id="attachment_893" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Elwood and Lyle"][/caption] Elwood, the winner of the 2007 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, has become a media sensation throughout the world. Guided by Karen Quigley of Sewell, the Chinese crested Chihuahua mix has made appearances at hundreds of gatherings projecting a simple message: “You don’t have to be beautiful to be loveable.” The story begins when Karen rescues Elwood from his breeder who can find no buyers for the puppy. The Chihuahua is endowed with a seemingly endless tongue, long pointy ears, virtually no fur and sports what most resembles a Mohawk haircut. But his personality is sweet and he is very loveable. After winning the prestigious contest in Petaluma, CA., Elwood became an international sensation.... Read More

Basset Hounds Love Doo Dah; Valentine Shows Set For This Weekend – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

For the 11th consecutive year The Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League will hold its Boardwalk Waddle as part of the Doo Dah Parade set for Sat., April 14. This is one of the largest aggregations of the floppy eared canines in the United States. Over 600 navigate the downtown and Boardwalk, many in costume. It is a pawesome spectacle! But that’s not all. On Fri. April 13, the Rescue League will stage its Basset Hound Olympics at 1 p.m. on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. This is a hilarious competition well worth seeing if you can take off from work without getting fired. The good natured hounds compete in sprints, hop over or trot around hurdles, muddle through tunnels and often stray from the course to sniff the... Read More

Doo Dah Grand Marshal Named; Valentine Programs Set – By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

DOO DAH GRAND MARSHAL NAMED; VALENTINE PROGRAMS SET The Grand Marshal of the Ocean City Doo Dah Parade on April 14 will be Chuck McCann, who has conquered every medium in the entertainment industry, starring in film, television, recordings, stage and as a man of many voices in the world of animation and commercials. McCann, 77, is still active today. He will appear in a comedy show during Doo Dah Weekend honoring the late Soupy Sales, who attended many Doo Dah events in Ocean City. He and Soupy were good friends. Mc Cann, like Sales, first made his mark in New York TV with a series of top rated children’s programs and then moved on to California where he began his movie and commercial career. His... Read More

Night in Venice Theme Announced; Travel Channel Commends City

“Do You Remember When?” will be the optional theme for NIGHT IN VENICE 2012. The nostalgic theme will give boaters and homeowners plenty of flexibility. For instance, decorations could recall your favorite song, past eras like the ‘50s, the ‘60s, even the ’20s if you want to go back to the Flapper days, your favorite movie of all time, Ocean City memories, etc. The theme is just a suggestion. You are free to select any theme you wish. The Night In Venice Committee began providing suggestions five years ago when it began receiving numerous requests for decorative ideas. Night in Venice will be held on Sat., July 28 starting 7:30 p.m. by the Longport Bridge. This will be the first year in the history of the event when there will be... Read More

Theater Groups, Library, Art Centers Holding Events in Ocean City By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist

Plenty of events are scheduled in Ocean City this winter, thanks to our Theater groups, Art Centers, Library and other organizations. (Through January) The Ocean City Free Public LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., offers a winter Women of Jazz Series produced and sponsored by the Library and the Somers Point Jazz Society. The three part series started last week and continues on Sun., Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. with May Lou Newnam, a saxophone/Flutist with a performance and discussion featuring Women Pioneers in Jazz. It will highlight some of the most important women in jazz from the 1930s to the present. Instrumentalists and vocalists from this era will be highlighted. Mary Lou will be joined by George Rabbai on trumpet and others. On Sun., Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. guitarist Monnette Sudler... Read More