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Memorial Day Service May 30 at Veterans Park

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/25/2016

Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day Service will be held May 30 at Veterans Memorial Park, Fifth Street and Wesley Avenue, starting at 11 a.m. In the event of rain, the program will be moved across the street to the Ocean City Tabernacle auditorium.

Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Michael Francis of the Air National Guard, veterans liaison to U.S.  Rep. Frank LoBiondo, will be guest speaker. He will talk about numerous assistance programs available to veterans.

( May 27) The colorful BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE will be held on Friday at noon at the Ninth Street Beach by the Music Pier. It will be preceded by lifeguards and city officials who will meet there and turn a large wooden key to officially unlock the ocean for the summer season. They also will celebrate Ocean City’s selection as “The Best Beach in America” by Coastal Living magazine.

Next up are several hundred business persons, some in suits toting briefcases, others in clothes that personify their work. The Ocean City High School Band will play “Pomp and Circumstance” as the celebrants march ceremoniously into the water to celebrate the upcoming season. They will be led by John Walton, who leads the event in a spiffy business suit carrying a flag.

You can watch the event from the beach or boardwalk. Take photos. Circulate them on Facebook.  The Cumberland Regional Chorus led by Ed Sayre will perform from the loggia of the Music Pier before and after the events. For information, call John Walton (609) 338-7667.

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Business Persons Plunge Set for May 27

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/18/16

The colorful BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE will be held on Friday, May 27, at noon. It will be preceded by lifeguards and city officials gathering on the Ninth Street Beach by the Ocean City Music Pier. Their mission? To officially unlock the ocean for the summer season. This is accomplished by turning a large wooden key in the sand, the reverberations of which destroy any barriers that would keep either fish or bathers from Ocean City waters.

Ocean City is not unique in relying on this ceremony. Atlantic City and other shore communities have also “turned the key” to free their waters. What’s unique is the celebration that follows the key-turning, the colorful Business Persons Plunge.

Picture several hundred enthusiasts, some dressed in formal attire toting briefcases, and others in costumes that personify their work, strutting into the water to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” performed by the Ocean City High School Band. They are led by flag-toting Realtor John Walton, who leads the event in a spiffy business suit.

In an exclusive interview with this columnist, Walton stated that this year’s plunge will be bigger than last year’s, which was bigger than the one before that.

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Spring Block Party Set For Saturday

(May 14) THE SPRING BLOCK PARTY will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 5th to 14th Streets on Asbury Avenue. More than 350 crafters, food vendors, music, free pony rides for children and more. Pony rides at the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds and entertainment at cross streets runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public Service Booths will be located on 9th Street between Asbury and Central avenues. Event held rain or shine. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(May 13-14) There will be BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES from 6th to 14th Streets on the Boardwalk and Asbury Ave. (No outside vendors.)

(May 13) A NIGHT OF ROCK ’N ROLL, an oldies concert at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, at 7 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the American Legion, the program features “The Brooklyn Bridge” plus 45 RPM, Billy and the Essentials, and the Soul Survivors. Reserved seating tickets are $39 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice, (609) 399-6111 or at the door. Note: the Music Pier Box Office will be open May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. selling concert tickets.

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Martin Z. Mollusk Day is Saturday

What's Happening 5/4/16

The 42nd annual Martin Z. Mollusk Day will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7 on the Beach adjacent to the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. We have moved the event to a Saturday so that children of school age will be able to attend.

Martin Z. Mollusk was first escorted to the beach on a pizza pie plate by me, Mark Soifer, his spiritual advisor and personal chef in 1974. Mayor B. Thomas Waldman and Commissioner Marilyn Moore jeopardized their reputations by attending the ceremony.

On that historic day, a legend was established. It was that if Martin saw his shadow on the sand, summer would come a week early, much to the joy of bathers and business interests. Martin did see his shadow. And sure enough, summer did arrive early. It has every year since, except for 1987, when Martin saw a partial shadow and the season arrived 3½ days ahead of time.

Martin is no longer conveyed to the beach on a pizza pie plate (although pizza crust is one of his favorite snacks). Over the years, two elaborate thrones have been constructed for the crustacean, the first by Mrs. Joan Maguire and most recently, one by Ray Esterlund.  Both are legendary throne designers who donated their services because of their admiration for the celebrated weather prognosticator.

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Martin Z. Mollusk Day and Block Party Coming Soon

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/27/16

(April 30) CLEAN OCEAN ACTION BEACH SWEEP, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Music Pier for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. Call (609) 399-6111, xt. 9711.

(April 30) GREAT STRIDES WALK: 10 a.m. registration at the 6th St. Practice Field, off the Boardwalk. 11 a.m. Walk. Great Strides is a family oriented event with a healthy 5K Walk, children’s activities, food and festivities. The walk benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is its largest national fundraiser. For information, call (610) 325-6001.

(May 2-31) The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents a unique exhibit, BOARDWALK  CATS, the work of Sarah Mooney- Tronco.  A resident of Absecon, she was inspired to create the “Boardwalk Cats” series after observing cats that live under the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The paintings show cats living their lives like humans. They fly kites, read books, play video games and more. “The acrylic paintings are full of bright saturated colors, with themes both playful and personal. While cats are the stars of the art, other animals such as snakes and dogs are featured,” notes Rosalyn Lifshin, Art Center Director.

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Martin Z. Mollusk Day on the Horizon

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/20/16

Weather prognosticators and vacationers alike experience a tinge of excitement as Martin Z. Mollusk Day on May 7 nears.  Will the city’s relatively famous hermit crab see his shadow, thus assuring the populace that summer will arrive one week early?

Born along the Great Zambezi River in Africa, Martin was deserted at an early age. Forced to fend for himself, Martin adopted the surname “Mollusk” from a sign he noticed on a passing commercial boat that read “Mollusks for Sale, $1.99.” The  “Z” stands for Zambezi, the river that coddled him. He selected the name Martin because it goes well with Mollusk.

In his teens, he stowed away on a “red eye flight” to Tepid Swamp, Louisiana where he attended Tepid Tech, a school noted for environmental studies. There he majored in “Weather Prognostication.”  Upon graduating Magna Cum Summer, he answered Ocean City’s classified ad for a weather prognosticator, and the rest is history.

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31st Doo Dah Parade Set For Saturday 4/13/16

Ocean City’s 31st annual DOO DAH PARADE is Saturday, April 16, starting at noon at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. The colorful march goes from 6th to 12th St. on Asbury turns to the Boardwalk and ends at the Music Pier. There the annual PieAsco is held.

The Parade features the music of the Pitman Hobo Band, Atlantic City Bagpipe Band, two Dixieland Bands and other musical units. There will be group and individual entries including the Ghost Busters, a ladies skating contingent,   clowns, a group of German Shepherds, radio stations and much more.

Entry in the Parade is free. Call (609) 399-6111, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit ocnj.us/doo-dah-parade.  All entrants receive a free Doo Dah T-Shirt from Dietz and Watson. To register a basset hound for the Waddle, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Comic Book Show, Girls Weekend Now, Doo Dah Next

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/7/16

Residents and visitors will be treated to three special events in the next two weekends. The OC-CON Comic Book and Memorabilia Show and GIRLS WEEKEND are both set for April 9-10. The DOO DAH PARADE will be held on April 16 with the Basset Hound Olympics on April 15.

The OC-Con event at the Ocean City Music Pier will give the public a rare insight into the colorful world of comics.  Visitors will be able to meet with noted comic book illustrators including Ron Wilson at discussion sessions during the weekend.  There will be comic creators from Disney Films, Marvel Comics, Archie Comics, DC Comics and many more.  Members of the 501st Legion of “Star Wars” fame will be in attendance both days.  On Sunday, the public will be able to participate in or observe a Cosplay (costume contest) at 2 p.m. on the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, where the show will be held. For details visit www.ocnj.us/oc-comic-convention.

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Doo Dah Parade to Have Two Grand Marshals

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/30/16

Here’s some very exciting news worth tweeting. If you don’t tweet, tell someone else, to tell someone else, to tell someone else, and soon millions will know.

There will be two grand marshals of the 31st Annual Ocean City Doo Dah Parade on April 16. Yes, it’s true! There will be a community grand marshal and a regular “run of the mill” grand marshal.

The community grand marshal will be Doug Jewell, owner of Air Circus, the kite and novelty store on the Boardwalk. Doug is receiving the recognition because of his many contributions to our special events including Doo Dah, Martin Mollusk Day, Miss Crustacean, Night In Venice, Weird Contest Week, etc. Doug has also brought the Eastern Regional Yo Yo Championships to Ocean City and is working on bringing the Nationals to the Music Pier.

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Pet Fashion Show Kicks Off Easter Weekend Events

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/23/16

A new category has been added to Ocean City’s annual Woof n’ Paws Pet Fashion Show on Saturday, March 26. It’s “Small Pets in Carriages,” a growing, national phenomenon.

It seems that an increasing number of pet owners have taken to rolling their small dogs, cats and whatevers through town in baby carriages to show them off and keep them comfortable. In recognition of this growing trend, Woof n’ Paws has decided to add the category to its competition.

The long-standing categories return: Best Dressed Dog, Best Dressed Cat, Swim Suit Division, Best Dressed Pet (Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Bunnies, Ferrets, etc.) Plus Best Bonnet, Pet/Owner Look-Alike and Intelligent Pet Tricks.

Pet owners will be able to compete in three categories for $5. Entry fee is collected by the Ocean City Humane Society, a no-kill, national award-winning shelter.

Best in Show will be awarded the Dean Schofield Woof n’ Paws Plaque for Perfection. The plaque honors the memory of Dean, a popular volunteer who served for years in the city’s Public Relations Division.

Woof n’ Paws will be held at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Spectators may watch the event from the grandstands. Registration begins at 10 a.m., competition at 11 a.m.

For more information, call (609) 399-6111. Please be responsible for cleaning up after your best friends.

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Great Egg Hunt Kicks Off Spring and Easter Events

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/16/16

(March 19)  THE GREAT EGG HUNT: 2:30 p.m., 11th St. to 14th St. on the beach. Five (5) age groups: 0-2 yrs. and 3-4 yrs (11 St. Beach); 5 yrs and 6 yrs (12th St. Beach); and  7 yrs old  (13th Street). Rain date: March 20. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(March 19-20) SPRING FESTIVAL OF GUARANTEED HANDCRAFTS & FINE ART: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the historic Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Believed to be the only show in New Jersey where every offering is guaranteed to be made in the USA by the artisan in the booth. Features jewelry, glass, watercolor and oil paintings, beach and bay photography, candles, soaps, lotions, leather goods, gourmet foods, wood carvings, floral arrangements, seashore décor and much more. $3 admission benefits the Ocean City Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Shore Medical Center. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

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Mr. Mature America Pageant Set For This Saturday

Whats Happening 3/10/16

The third annual Mr. Mature America Pageant will be held on Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The event is the only talent pageant for men 55 and older. It celebrates the talents, relevance and contributions of our senior citizens.

The show will feature seven contestants and special performances by non- competing senior entertainers. There will be a display of senior art work in the solarium and Jerry Lukas, a renowned senior cartoonist, will create free, personalized cartoons for visitors.

Contestants include Dr. John Phillips, 72, of Somers Point, a life-long educator and martial arts champion who will break wood on stage. A winner of the International Karate Martial Artist of the Year title, he has also been honored for his work as an educator and for charitable and public service work.

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Mr. Mature America Contestants Named

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/4/16

The contestants for this year’s Mr. Mature America Pageant March 12th at 7 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier represent a variety of talents: They include John Phillips of Somers Point with a Karate demonstration (He will break boards on stage); Tom McGill, Ocean City, a comedian; Rene Sese, Ocean City, a singer; William Andrew Dowling, Ventnor City, a poet; Ray Hufnagle, Somers Point, an artist; Peter Sposato, Toms River, a singer; Bob D’amore, Ocean City, a pianist and  Captain Joel Fogel, Somers Point, a pianist.

Special guest senior performers who will entertain but not compete include Rock’n Roll Hall of Famer, Dick Richards of Ocean City, the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets.  He will be featured with his band the Ready Rockers. At 92, Richards still tours the world with the remaining members of the Comets.

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Super Hero Comics Weekend Set For Ocean City

A weekend devoted to the comics is set for Ocean City April 9-10. Visitors will be able to MEET THE CREATORS OF SUPER HEROES and comic book characters at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.
Participating in “OC Con,” will be Paris Cullins of DC and Marvel Comics, Rusty Gilligan or Archie Comics, Disney Films and Upper Deck, Bob Petrecca of DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Upper Deck, and many more creative writers and artists. Discussion panels are planned for both days.

Stop by Sunday at 2 p.m. to participate in or see a Cosplay (costume contest).

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Hall of Fame Rock'n Roller Returns to Pageant 2-10-16

Ocean City’s Dick Richards, a member of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, will return as a special guest to the Mr. Mature America Pageant, March 12 at the Music Pier. Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets. An amazingly vigorous 92, he still travels the World performing concerts with the remaining members of the legendary band. He also has organized his own group, the Ready Rockers, who will perform with him at the Music Pier.

Last year, Richards had the audience dancing in the aisles with a selection of Rock ‘n Roll favorites. The performance concluded with an amazing drum solo by Richards to “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”

A graduate of West Chester University, Richards was an outstanding lineman on the college’s football team. He went on to become a great musician and also perform as an actor in movies, Broadway shows and soap operas. Richards recorded “Rock Around the Clock” with Haley. He was the drummer featured in the sound track for the movie “Blackboard Jungle”, which featured the hit song.

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Mark Your Calendar for These Special Events 2/3/16

(Feb 6) A free RABIES CLINIC for cats and dogs will be held 10 a.m. until noon at the 5th Street Fire House, 550 Asbury Ave. Under City and State law anyone owning, keeping or harboring a dog of licensing age, 7 months or older or that possesses a set of permanent teeth, must annually procure a metal tag from the Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave. Please bring your renewal notice to the clinic or clerk’s office, first floor, Mon.-Fri., 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Licenses are available for a small fee. For information, call (609) 525-9328.

(Feb. 13-14) LET BROADWAY BE YOUR VALENTINE, a program featuring the greatest love songs of all time from Broadway by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. The show will feature a cast of professional singers and dancers with direction and choreography by the talented Michael Hartman.

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Valentine's Weekend Set For Ocean City

What's Happening 1/27/16

Let Broadway be your Valentine… and spend the weekend with your special someone in Ocean City. The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company and City restaurants, Inns, Suites and Bed and Breakfasts want to make it something very special for you and your loved one.

Centerpiece of the event is the performance of the most enchanting and unforgettable love songs ever to grace the stage. The show is presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company renowned for its Broadway productions under the direction of Michael Hartman. Resort restaurants and accommodations will offer specials for the weekend to make it even more enticing.

The productions are set for (Feb. 13-14) at the City’s historic Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace on Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m.  A professional cast of singers and dancers will perform the greatest love songs of all time. Hartman, who has choreographed events for the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade and pageants and productions throughout the East Coast will add his magic to the event.

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Hank Glaser, Dick Sheeran to be Honored at Pageant

What's Happening 1/20/16

Longtime Boardwalk businessman Hank Glaser and veteran journalist Dick Sheeran will receive “Lifetime Appreciation Awards” during the City’s third annual Mr. Mature America Pageant on March 12th at the Music Pier.

The Pageant celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older, and is the only event of its kind in the United States “or the world as far as we can determine,” notes Mark Soifer, pageant founder.

Glaser, former owner of Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy, has been a driving force on the Boardwalk for years. He was the first president of the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Assn.  and the initiator of Family Nights on the Boardwalk. The success of that event prompted the City’s Downtown to start its popular Market Day entertainment.

Hank has supported numerous City events including the Doo Dah Parade, Weird Contest Week, Martin Mollusk Day, the Fall Guy and Fall Gal Contest, The Street Rod Weekend, to name a few. He has officiated as a judge at many of these programs.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations Set 1/13/16

The celebration of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S BIRTHDAY will start this Saturday, (Jan. 16th) in Ocean City. The yearly national celebration is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of the Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave.  A Soul Food Dinner will follow the program.

Ocean City hosted the first celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday in Cape May County 26 years ago and has held one ever since. The program will begin with introductions by City Business Administrator Jim Mallon, followed by a musical selection, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” There will be a scripture reading by Rev. Stephen Donat of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Invocation by Rev. Anna Livingston of Shiloh Baptist Church and greetings by Mayor Jay A. Gillian and elected officials.

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Plenty to do in Ocean City all Winter

Ocean City has an array of facilities that will keep you entertained, informed and healthy all winter. Let’s start with the Community Center Complex, 17th and Simpson Ave. It offers a Library, Historical Museum, Aquatic and Fitness Center, Art Center and Senior Center.    

The OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC Library offers free programs for all ages from tots to teenagers to adults the year-round: musical entertainment, free movies, computer instruction, and more.

There will be a cooking class on Jan. 30th to celebrate National Croissant Day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Senior Room Kitchen. Programs include Chess and Bridge Clubs, Meditation Workshops, Book Discussions, Bay Atlantic Symphony lectures, Learn to play mah-jongg and AARP Save Driving course.

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