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Run for the Fallen, Walk for the Wounded

Two events that honor our heroic service personnel are scheduled this week:

(Sept. 24) Ocean City hosts THE RUN FOR THE FALLEN on Thursday. This is an organization of runners and their support teams whose mission it is to run one mile for every New Jersey resident in the Armed Forces killed during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Heading north from Cape May, the runners pause briefly at each mile marker in homage to a specific service member and their family. The military runners will stop at each of the HERO MARKERS where a brief ceremony will take place. The group will stop and stay in Ocean City at the end of the first day.

Our Veterans Organizations ask as many residents as possible to come out to one or more of our HERO MARKERS to support the runners and reflect on the sacrifices of these service members and their families. For information about when runners will be at Ocean City locations along the route, call Jack Hagan, Adjutant, Post 524 of the American Legion (609) 304-3088 or access http://www.oceancityvacation.com/job/321/49/list.html.

(Sept. 26) WALK FOR THE WOUNDED, A three mile walk on the Boardwalk to raise money for wounded soldiers returning from overseas will be held on Saturday. The event benefits Operation First Response a non profit organization that provides financial aid to the veterans and their families.

Phil Martelli, head coach of St. Joseph’s University Men’s Basketball Team will emcee the event. Activities begin 8:30 a.m. with music by the popular band Tidal Wave at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace with registration at 8:30 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., Steve Brady, President and CEO of Ocean City Home Bank, will welcome participants. The Benediction will be given by Fred Banner of Shore Medical Center, Pledge of Allegiance by Ocean City American Legion Post Commander, Robert Marzulli, and National Anthem will sung by Julia Fumo, Ocean City High School freshman.

Operation First Response president, Peggy Baker will address the crowd followed by wounded veterans James Levison and keynote speaker Matt Sonderman. At 10 a.m., the Ocean City High School Band will lead the walkers down the Boardwalk.

Adults who raise $50 or more will receive a long sleeve t-shirt (while supplies last) and children who raise $10 or more will receive a wrist band for rides from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. Presenting sponsor is Ocean City Home Bank and numerous other supporters, advertisers and walkers.

(Sept. 24) The Ocean City Historical Museum will host an ANTIQUE APPRAISAL NIGHT in the Senior Center of the Community Center complex, 17th and Simpson Ave. Participants who have items to be appraised by professionals Bruce Dooley and Bill Booth may pre-register at Museum or that evening at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per item with a limit of 3 items per person. Visitors are invited to watch the show which begins at 7 p.m.

(Sept. 26) Atlantic City Weekly HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO: 12 Noon to 5 p.m. at Music Pier. Visitors are able to participate in fitness instruction, listen to live music and learn from vendors how to get and stay healthy. For information call (609) 272-7017 or visit www.acweekly.com.

(Sept. 27) OCEAN CITY HALF MARATHON, 5k & 10 Mile non-competitive Walk/Run. Half Marathon Registration $70 until Sept. 26. NO RACE DAY registration for Half Marathon. Call (609) 399-6111 or www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.

(Oct.3) MS CITY TO SHORE RIDE— Last year 7,000 cyclists raised over $5.6 million to assist those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. This a great cycling experience for a great cause. Ride is fully supported with catered rest stops, bike support and SAG transportation. If you’re a cyclist, you can choose several route options and enjoy flat terrain as you travel through the quaint towns and back roads of Southern New Jersey. Make a difference in the lives of those afflicted by MS. Call 1-800-445-BIKE or access mscycling@pae.nmss.org.

(Oct.3-4) BOARDWALK & DOWNTOWN TABLE SALES – (No Vendors) 6th to 14th Streets on Boardwalk and Asbury Ave.

(Oct. 4)  JOHN R. ELLIOTT HERO WALK– Join the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. Help to raise funds ands awareness so that the HERO Foundation can continue its mission to prevent drunken driving tragedies by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. www.theherowalk.org. Call (609) 626-3880.

(Oct. 6) The Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Fire Fighters Local 4032 will hold an open house for the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 550 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City. There will be Live Fire Demonstrations! Smoke House! Tours of Trucks! Stop Drop & Roll! Hotdogs and Pretzels! Free. Public is invited

(Oct. 9-11) The Ocean City Theatre Co presents FOREVER PLAID, one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent history. It is about four young musicians intent on forming a successful band, “Forever Plaid.” On their way to their first big gig, they are killed in an accident with a school bus. This is where the story of Forever Plaid begins…7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 &10, 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Music Pier. Tickets $20 general admission, $18 senior citizens, $15 children 12 and under. Access www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. or call (609) 399-6111.

(Oct.10) FALL BLOCK PARTY & FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR– 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Ave. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening family night entertainment will be featured on the Boardwalk with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Oct.10-12) BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN TABLE SALES– (No Vendors) 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk and Asbury Ave.

(Oct. 10-12) INDIAN SUMMER WEEKEND: Seafood Vendors at the Music Pier (Sat.-Mon.) and Boardwalk Table Sales. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Oct. 15) Ocean City Board of Realtors FALL GOLF EVENT. This is a fund raiser for Ocean City VFW Post 6650, at Greate Bay Country Club. The individual rate is $140. Ticket price includes golf, lunch, dinner and award/auction event. Registration starts 11 a.m., Shotgun Start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner with an awards ceremony and silent auction at 6 p.m. Tickets for Awards Dinner can be purchased for $50. Contact the Ocean City Board of Realtors, www.ocbor.com. or 405 22nd Street, or Damon Bready at (609) 703-3030.

Prizes will be awarded for tournament contests. Corporate sponsorships are available. Unique to this tournament is the Commemorative Pin flag sponsorship. Sponsor can commemorate a loved one with a personalized flag pin and after event may take pin flag home as a memorial.

The VFW Post provides services to local veterans from World War II through the Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.

(Oct. 23) An Evening with SOUL SURFER BETHANY HAMILTON benefitting the Ocean City “Son Club.” The Son Club is a FREE after school program for Ocean City children. This courageous surfer is nationally known for surviving a shark attack, continuing her surfing career and becoming an inspirational speaker. Event will be held at the Flanders Hotel, 6:30 p.m. and include a special presentation by Bethany, dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $150. Call (609) 399-1915 or access www.octab.org.

FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS available now through December 15 for $15, will be $20 thereafter. Enjoy 8 hours a family entertainment 4 p.m. till midnight capped by fireworks display. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com.

IMPORTANT: Vote for the Ocean City Humane Society in the “Home Again Helps” Contest. They have been selected one of the best Shelters in America and will win $25,000 with the help of your vote. Vote at www.homeagainhelps.com.

NEVER SWIM AT AN UNGUARDED BEACH!

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