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Just Wanted to Remind You That

The second MR. MATURE AMERICA Pageant is set for March 28 at the Music Pier starting at 7 p.m. At 6 p.m. there will be a display of Memorabilia and keepsakes from area folks in conjunction with the Pageant’s theme MEMORIES. The Ocean City Historical Museum will feature a display. The exhibit will be open both before and after the program.

We hope to use this exhibit as the basis for an Old Year’s Celebration that is in the planning stages with the Museum. Anyone who would like to show their Memorabilia on March 28th should call (609) 399-6111-Ext. 9300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Exhibitors will get free tickets to the Pageant.

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Spring Training Comes to Library on Saturday

You will be treated to the humorous and bizarre moments of the PHILLIES SPRING TRAINING program of 1915 on Saturday at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. This was the season, 100 years ago, that the team won its First National League Pennant.

It was quite different from the Spring Training being held in Florida today. The gloves were smaller, the baseballs were less hyper active and the players did not enjoy astronomical salaries. They had to have second jobs during the off season.

But that 1915 session would have made an excellent Soap Opera. Some players almost drowned in a storm, several members of the team were pursued by a lynch mob and there was an exciting confrontation when the team traveled to St. Petersburg by boat.

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Phillies Add an Array of Prizes to Feb. 21st Program

The Philadelphia Phillies organization will add an array of prizes to the program on Feb. 21st about its 1915 Pennant Winning team. This is when baseball author and Phillies authority Bob Warrington will present an informative and humorous talk about Spring Training 100 years ago and how it differs from today.

Warrington will speak 1 p.m. at the Community Center’s Chris Maloney Auditorium, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission is free.

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Check Out These Events in February & March

(Feb. 13-15) For Your Valentine’s Weekend, the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present the Off Broadway Sensation FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS: VOLUME 1.  This family favorite “spoof” rolls into town for three shows, February 13 and 14th at 7:30 pm and February 15 at 2pm at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.  No Broadway Show is safe from his satirical production that pokes good natured fun at hit musicals and the legendary performers who starred in them. Shows to be spoofed include Les Miserables, Wicked, Mamma Mia, Rent, Spamalot, Annie and more.  This production features fantastic professional talent and a memorable evening at the Theatre during Valentine’s time.

Congratulations to MICHAEL HARTMAN founder and artistic director of the Greater Ocean City Theater Co.  for being named one of the ten outstanding choreographers in the country.  Michael has built his Theater Company into a Broadway quality organization.

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"Memories" is Theme for Mr. Mature America Pageant

Ocean City’s second annual MR. MATURE America Pageant will be held on Sat., March 28 beginning 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It celebrates the experience, relevance, and talents of mature men 55 and older.

The Pageant is the only contest of its kind in the World. It is designed to emphasize the contributions of our senior citizens many of whom are still working and retirees who constitute a huge volunteer resource for local organizations including the City.

“Memories” is the theme of this year’s pageant and contestants will be asked to recount their fondest memories during the competition. These recollections will be humorous, nostalgic and informative.

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Hey Baseball Fans! You Don't Want to Miss This!

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Phillies winning their first National League Pennant. I know this is true because Bob Warrington told me so. Bob is a nationally recognized historian, author and long time collector of artifacts related to the Phillies and former Philadelphia Athletics Baseball teams.

He has been published in many national baseball periodicals. His most recent article about the Phillies appeared in the Society for American Baseball Research Magazine. Yep, baseball is a well documented sport.

Bob saw the notice about the Old Year’s celebration we are currently organizing with the Historical Museum and Library.  And because he visits Ocean City and admires our interest in preserving the past, he has made us an offer we cannot refuse. And that’s to come here on February 21st. to talk about the Phillies Spring Training program of 1915, the year they won the Pennant. Bob recently presented displays on this subject at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Assn. Banquet and the Baseball Research Association’s Connie Mack Chapter meeting. Both were very well received.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Set for Saturday

Ocean City’s 25th annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. will be held Sat., Jan. 17 starting 1 p.m. at the High School’s Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. This year’s celebration is dedicated to the late Rozelia Cobb, a revered special education teacher at the Ocean City Intermediate School who organized the initial program and others that followed.

It was the first tribute to Dr. King in Cape May County. Cobb made it a special event by enlisting students and young entertainers to participate because she felt it was important for them to learn about his contributions to the Civil Rights movement and his insistence on achieving social justice through non-violent means. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and many other honors for his dedication to this cause.

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Rozelia Cobb Started Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Here

On Sat., Jan. 17th, Ocean City will hold its 25th annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. This was the first ceremony of its kind in Cape May County.

It was organized by the late Rozelia Cobb, a popular, special education teacher at the Ocean City Intermediate School. Rozelia realized the importance of the Civil Rights leader. She believed that young people should learn about his contributions and be involved in the event.

Those early programs included Ocean City students and local dancers and singers with the accent on youth. The upcoming celebration will also feature Ocean City school students presenting tributes and performing.

Rozelia spread the word about the achievements of Dr. King with her powerful programs.  She will be honored and remembered at this year’s Martin Luther King Celebration.

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About Ocean City New Year's Events and Beyond

REMINDER: Ocean City’s FIRST NIGHT New Year’s Eve celebration offers you a selection of over 60 entertainment programs from 4 p.m. until midnight capped by colorful fireworks. You’ll enjoy 8 hours of family oriented entertainment that appeals to every age group. Admission buttons are just $20, children 2 and under are free.

First Night Admission buttons are available on New Year’s Eve Day at the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Bridge Causeway, at Downtown Gillian’s located in Stainton’s Square, 810 Asbury Ave. and at the City Hall Information Center, 9th and Asbury Ave., or by calling (609) 399-1412. Buttons may also be ordered on line at www.FirstNightOCNJ.com and can be picked up until 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Stainton’s.

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First Night, First Day Events Coming Your Way!

Ocean City is the place to be on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Plenty of fun and family oriented activities at a moderate cost. If you are in the mood to plunge into the Ocean on New Year’s Day at 2 p.m., be our guest!  We’ll even present you with a BEACH NUT Certificate you can show your friends. They will be thrilled to know that you successfully challenged the Atlantic.

You will be taking the plunge this year with members of the HERO CAMPAIGN who are dashing and splashing with us. They will be promoting their life saving designated Drivers Campaign and selling long sleeved T Shirts to support the program. These shirts will take the place of the ones usually sold by First Night Committee in front of the Music Pier.

But first things first. First Night, our gala New Years Eve Celebration, offers eight hours of family-friendly entertainment from 4 p.m. till midnight capped by a colorful fireworks exhibition. The cost is just $20 and children 2 and under are free.

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Downtown Holiday Dash Debuts on Friday

Ocean City has held races on the Boardwalk, over the causeway, on the beach, along the railroad tracks, and now through the downtown. Friday, Dec. 19th will mark the inauguration of our first DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY DASH starting 6 p.m.

Men, Women, Children and folks in Santa and Holiday garb will have the opportunity to participate. Non-racers will be able to enjoy the action while shopping and dining in the City’s Award winning downtown. Most businesses will be open until 8 p.m.

The Ocean City Track and Field Boosters Club, the City, Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants have devised yet another Ocean City first to entertain the public.

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Holiday Spectacular at Music Pier This Weekend

The Holiday treats continue in Ocean City. This weekend enjoy a holiday show that rivals anything you’ll see on Broadway. Plus a comprehensive free Holiday Health Fair, free horse carriage rides in the downtown, many special events, and the pleasures of shopping on Asbury Avenue voted the BEST SHOPPING DISTRICT in SOUTH JERSEY!

(Dec. 12-14) The 2014 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Co. has become one of the musical highlights of the season. You can always count on this talented group of professional performers directed and choreographed by the talented Michael Hartman for an outstanding show. This weekend’s production is a high energy, family oriented, song and dance spectacular. It features dazzling costumes, familiar songs, special guests, toe-tapping numbers and colorful effects that kindles the Holiday Spirit and brings the magic of the season to life.

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Big Christmas Parade, Train Show Highlight Weekend

(Dec. 5) Ocean City’s Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE gives youngsters an opportunity to meet and greet Santa in Ocean City on Friday. The Parade starts 6:30 p.m. with a route from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. This will be the largest Christmas Parade in recent years.

There will be many Floats some with music. The Ocean City High School Band and Pennsport String Band will entertain. There will be themed cars, special displays and costumed characters. The Boys and Girls Ocean City High School Soccer teams ranked number one in South Jersey, The High School Field Hockey Team Group III Champs and the High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Cape Atlantic Champions will also march.

Santa arrives in a horse and carriage. After the Parade, Santa will greet youngsters, dispense treats and pose for photos at the Park across from City Hall. The event is sponsored by the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ocean City and the Downtown Merchants Assn. For information, call (609) 399-1412.

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Christmas in the Downtown Celebration This Friday

CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN, also known as “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue,” and an “Old Fashioned Family Christmas” is from 2 to 5 p.m. along the award winning Asbury Ave. shopping district on Friday, Nov. 28.

The event features the arrival of Santa Claus from the City Hall Roof at 5 p.m., a special appearance by the Phillie Phanatic from 4 to 6 p.m. in the staging area in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave., plus caroling and entertainment.

Santa will greet his fans and pose for photos at the Gazebo across from City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m., descend from City Hall Roof at 5 p.m., then return to the Gazebo from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Michael Hartman of The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will emcee and lead his performers and the audience in the singing of Christmas Carols from 4 to 5 p.m. in front of City Hall prior to Santa’s descent.

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Earlier Than The Bird Kicks Off Holiday Events Saturday

“It’s your Holiday Wake-Up Call!” The Popular “Earlier than the Bird” pre-holiday savings spree is set for Sat., Nov. 22nd from 8 a.m. till Noon. The event extends from 6th to 11th St. on Asbury Ave., in the City’s Downtown, recently voted the best in South Jersey.

You are encouraged to shop early in your pajamas to enjoy the best buys. There will be free turkeys for best dressed. Plus free coffee and giveaways at Jon & Patty’s Bistro, 6th and Asbury Ave., Ocean City Coffee, 9th and Asbury and Starbucks, 11th and Asbury.

Sign up in stores to win up to $150 in gift certificates. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be free horse and carriage rides and free photos with Santa. NOTE: The best deals will be from 8 a.m. till noon. For details call 1-800-BeachNJ or access www.oceancityvacation.com.

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Shhhhh....Enjoy the Quiet Festival This Weekend

This is a fast paced, noisy world we live in with music that relies more on amplification and thunderous repetition than melody… and TV programs and movies that feature ear shattering explosions and cars that sail into space before disintegrating in flames. Noise! Noise! Noise! Speed! Speed! Speed!

Enter the Quiet Festival, Ocean City’s celebration of serenity and soundless stuff. The event is set for Nov. 14-16. The Centerpiece of the Festival is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 15 at the Community Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. Here you will find events ranging from the Quiet Pet Contest and Maple Pod Fish Exhibition to the making and flying of paper airplanes and a snoring contest.

The event set for 10 a.m. to noon in the spacious Senior Room of the Community Center. The Quiet Pet Contest invites Hamsters, Mice, Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Hermit Crabs, Ferrets, etc. to compete for prizes. A Chicken applied recently and has been placed in the Etcetera Category. The contest has also been opened to stuffed animals like Teddy Bears and anything else quiet and cuddly.

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Veterans Day Program Set for November 11th

The City’s Annual VETERANS DAY PROGRAM is set for Tuesday, Nov. 11th at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave., starting 11 a.m. The principal address will be given by Maureen Hickman Caporaso, daughter of Captain Vincent J. Hickman, MIA Jan. 14, 1964. Mayor Jay A. Gillian will welcome the community and Ocean City Primary School students will present a “Thank You to Veterans.”

The program begins with the Presentation of colors by the Dramis Detachment of the Marine Corps League. The Invocation by Father Edmond Speitel and Singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Julia Mary Wilson will follow. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by American Legion Post Commander Bob Marzulli and City Administrator Michael Dattilo will introduce guests. There will be a Placing of the Wreath by Joseph Walters and Clark Manley. Rev. Gregory Johnson will give the Benediction and VFW Post Commander, Mike Morrissey will close the ceremony.

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Busy Week of Events in Ocean City

Plenty of events to choose from this week in Ocean City:

Thurs. Oct. 30: Ocean City’s Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club has for years been one of the best in the region. You’ll see an array of colorful costumed characters vying for prizes in different divisions. The Ocean City and Mainland High School bands will be featured. Plus the famous Pitman Hobo Band, known for their amusing antics and great music, will entertain you. There will be floats and other special entries.

The Parade starts 7:15 p.m. Route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. through Ocean City’s Downtown, voted the best in South Jersey. Boy Scouts will be collecting canned and dried food along the route for the Food Cupboard. For more information, call the Parade Info Hotline, 1-800-813-5580.

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT in Ocean City is Friday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children should be accompanied by adults and wear reflective clothing. Be careful when crossing streets, carry a flashlight and costumes should provide good visibility.

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About Welcome Night, Halloween Parade and More

Ocean City’s Annual WELCOME NIGHT sponsored by Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is set for Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Here you will meet groups, businesses and organizations throughout the City and learn what they have to offer. Admission is free and there will be refreshments, give-aways and door prizes. Call (609) 399-1412 for more information.

HALLOWEEN Related Events:

The City’s 67th Annual HALLOWEEN PARADE is scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 30th starting 7:15 p.m. Parade route is from 6th to 11th Streets on Asbury Ave. The event has been presented all 67 years by the Ocean City Exchange Club and is one of the longest running Halloween Parades in the Tri-State area.  Jeff Shirk chairs the event.

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Trail of Two Cities, Dog of Year Event - Both November 1

The 25th Annual Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the Causeway between Ocean City and Somers Point is set for Sat., Nov. 1 starting 8 a.m. The popular event begins at the Transportation Center, 9th and Haven Ave. in Ocean City and ends at JFK Park in Somers Point.

The run/walk is open to all ages from 9 and under to 70 plus. Pre-registration received by Oct. 29 is $25. Day of race at the Ocean City Transportation Center is $30 starting at 7 a.m. No mail-ins after Oct. 29. Immediate families of up to four people can register for $75 up to Oct. 23. Families must pre-register with a separate form completed for each family member.

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