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What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City's Seventh Annual TALENT SHOW is set for Sat., March 13 starting 6 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The event showcases outstanding area talent. Professional performers entertain between competitive categories. These categories include Instrumental, Vocal, Dance, Performance Art and Best of Show. Performers of all ages will participate. Professionals who will be featured but not compete include Elvis performer Ted Prior, Soprano, Nancy Fox, Irish performer, Frank McCall and singer Emily Carr. Admission is $5 with proceeds benefiting outreach programs of the Ocean City Fine Arts League and Ocean City special events. Another one of the City’s HUGE REGIONAL CRAFT FESTIVALS is set for March 27-28 at the Music Pier. The Spring Festival of Quality Crafts will feature leading artisans from Maine to Florida. Show hours are... Read More

Get in the Mood for Spring with the Air Force Band

It's March! Enough of this winter weather! Let's come out of hibernation and enjoy the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE Jazz Band. They'll be here Saturday, March 6th. The 18 piece ensemble plays the music of the Big Band era, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie. They also perform contemporary jazz favorites some written by the members of the group. What better way to wipe out the winter blahs than with the warmth and rhythm of this great American music? Tickets to the concert are free. You can pick them up at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 609-525-9300.  If you can’t get to the Annex, there will probably be extra tickets available at the door after all ticket holders are let in. The concert is set for... Read More

It’s Spring Training Time Again…Ah The Memories!

My favorite sport is baseball because the ball takes all of the punishment. You just stand up there at home plate and whack away with your bat. When you swing and miss you don’t feel any pain, maybe just some frustration. And let’s face it nobody has ever suffered a concussion from frustration. When I was a kid, we played three sports. It was football in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. That was it. There was no Little League or Midget Football. Our athletic field was a cindered lot on 4th St. that bordered the Chester Creek. We played touch football in the cinders after school. On weekends we’d walk three miles to Crozier Park and play tackle on a grassy field. The cindered lot... Read More

About Air Force Band, Talent Show and Doo Dah-Earth Day

We've been very fortunate to schedule numerous United States service bands for free concerts in Ocean City. This is because area residents support the concerts and give our talented service musicians a warm reception. On Saturday, March 6 at 7 p.m., the AIR FORCE JAZZ BAND will entertain at the Music Pier. Although the concerts are free, the band requires that we issue free tickets. These are available at City Hall Annex open Mon.-Fri. from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 609-525-9300. The band consists of professional musicians. The group will play a variety of favorites ranging from the work of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington to contemporary jazz favorites. NOTE: The Music Pier is now not available from Moorlyn Terrace. The entrance to the Boardwalk at that location is receiving a... Read More

City Talent Show, Airforce Big Band Here in March

We've just received word that U.S. AIR FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY Jazz Band will perform at the Music Pier on Sat., March 6 at 7 p.m. One week later, March 13, the 7th Annual City Talent Show is set for the Pier starting at 6 p.m. The Air Force Jazz Band is currently touring the East Coast. You can expect an exciting program ranging from the traditions of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington to the contemporary jazz-pop sounds of today. The program is free but you must pick up complimentary tickets in advance. This has been the case with all of the Service bands we have hosted in the past. Free tickets will be available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call... Read More

Shelley Berman to be Guest of Honor at Doo Dah Parade

Comedian-Movie and TV Actor, Shelley Berman will be the honored guest at the City's 25th annual Doo Dah Parade set for Sat., April 17 starting at noon. Active in show business for over 60 years, Berman has appeared most recently on TV with roles on numerous shows including Boston Legal, Hannah Montana, CSI-NY and on HBO’S Curb Your Enthusiasm for which he received a 2008 Emmy nomination. Berman has also been featured in many movies including The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Jack Black, Meet the Fockers with Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller and You Don’t Mess with Zohan with Adam Sandler. He has also been in movies with Henry Fonda, Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Marty Feldman, Burt Reynolds and many others. Berman first soared to fame as a ground breaking... Read More

How to Not Make Money…Try Writing Poetry

To paraphrase Waylon and Willie: "Momma don't let your babies grow up to be poets." Not if you want them to take care of you in your old age. This is my long awaited, feverishly anticipated annual poetry column. I will use the space to touch on my long career in writing verse and how it has affected me psychologically and financially. I believe I wrote my first poem at the age of nine. It was called “The Man Who Went To War.” It started something like this:” I’m the man who went to war/ I wasn’t rich and I wasn’t poor/ I was just an ordinary guy/ Who wanted to live /But didn’t want to see others die….. I grew up during World War11 and was much affected by it. One... Read More

If We Continue to Work Together 2010 Should be a Good Year for Tourism

Tourism is a very competitive business. Tourism during a recession is even more competitive. Ocean City held its own last year in most aspects of tourism and moved ahead in others. The forecast is positive for 2010. The City has become more aggressive in its advertising thanks to the Tourism Commission that is funded by an addition to the mercantile tax. The Chamber of Commerce headed by Michele Gillian has made great strides with its website, Face Book marketing and city wide promotions. Our volunteers save us thousands of dollars by helping to support many special events such as Night In Venice, the Baby Parade, the Halloween Parade, etc. These events would not be possible without their help. The Ocean City Retail Merchants Assn., the Boardwalk Merchants Assn., Main Street , the Board... Read More

Carolyn Murphy Contributed, Much; MLK Program Set

Carolyn Boyd Murphy spoke softly, worked hard, and never discussed her many achievements. Born in the midst of the Great Depression, she was a child in that era when TV, air conditioning and supermarkets were unknown. When folks gathered around the family radio for news of the world and entertainment. When you were lucky to have a job. As a young adult, she began her career as a teacher at St. Augustine’s School and then took over the family’s electronic business when her father died. She and her late husband, Charles, operated Boyd’s Radio and TV for 50 years. Charles was the mechanical genius (he could fix anything) and Carolyn handled the business end. That, plus raising a family of three children, would have been a full time job for anyone. But... Read More