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Press Releases

Learn more about OCNJ happenings with press releases from the Ocean City Chamber. From the latest OCNJ news to details on upcoming events, you’ll be in-the-know.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

OCTC Promises a Lovely Night with Cinderella

The Middle School Jr. Co of Ocean City Theatre Company is currently in preparation for their summer production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (g2k version).  This timeless classic runs at the Ocean City Music Pier on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $12 -$15.00 and can be reserved by calling 609-399-6111 or by visiting ocnj.us/boxoffice

In this well known fairy tale, our heroine (Julie Stinson) lives as a virtual slave to her stepmother (Emily Torrence) and her two stepsisters (Julia Wilson and Ashleigh Martin).  She dreams of attending the ball that the King and Queen (Aidan Brandt and Anastasia Cwietniewicz) are throwing for their son (Scott Avellino). Will the prince find a bride at the ball? With help from her Fairy Godmother (Bridget Douqherty), Cinderella’s dreams are brought to reality.  Told in a lighthearted, comedic fashion, Hammerstein’s message is that no matter what situation you happen to be in, there is hope that you can make your wishes and dreams come true.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin Named Night in Venice Grand Marshal

Nastia Liukin will serve as grand marshal for the 62nd annual Night in Venice boat parade on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Liukin was a five-time Olympic gymnastics medalist and the all-around champion at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She will work as an NBC Sports commentator for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Liukin is known to many from her appearances in “Dancing With the Stars” and numerous other television shows.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Now Open 'Encounters'

On Ocean City Boardwalk Offers Futuristic, Interactive Family Fun

New indoor attraction features laser obstacle course, alien-themed mirror maze and fast-paced Time Freak game suitable for all ages

OCEAN CITY, NJ (June 27, 2016) – Walk through the doors at Encounters on the Ocean City Boardwalk and you enter a world of super-spy challenges, perplexing mazes and adrenaline-boosting excitement.

Mark Benevento, President of Adventure Golf South who also owns the Haunted Golf and Congo Falls mini-golf courses on the Ocean City Boardwalk, said he saw an attraction like Encounters in Monterey, CA and knew he had to bring it to Ocean City.

“We wanted something exciting and different – something the whole family can enjoy,” said Benevento. “With three separate experiences, it’s fun for all ages, gets people actively engaged and creates great memories. It's the first of its kind on the Boardwalk.”


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Humane Society of OC Announces Annual Fundraisers

The Humane Society of Ocean City (HSOC) will hold its annual golf tournament on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Harbor Pines Country Club in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The HSOC will then hold its first “Show Us Your Paws” parade on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with registration starting at 4:00 p.m. at 6th Street on the Boardwalk. Both events serve as HSOC fundraisers.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Ocean City, NJ Wins Best Beach in America Contest

Voters nationwide have chosen Ocean City, NJ as the Best Beach in America.

Coastal Living magazine announced the winner of its “Best Beach” contest on Monday morning. Ocean City received more than 100,000 votes in the final round to win the title.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ocean City Bike Advocates Receive Highest Honor

NJ Bike & Walk Coalition's 'Advocate of the Year' Awards Presented to BikeOCNJ at Annual Summit

New Jersey’s statewide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization has designated Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli and Ocean City bike advocacy group BikeOCNJ as the 2016 recipients of its Advocate of the Year Award.  Selected by the Board of Directors of the NJ Bike & Walk Coalition each year, individuals and organizations are given the award in recognition of their excellence in the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement.

"This year's recipients truly distinguished themselves through their highly effective advocacy efforts," said Brian Stolar, Chair of the NJ Bike & Walk Coalition Board of Directors.  "Mayor Lucarelli and BikeOCNJ were instrumental in seeing Complete Streets realized not only as a policy and planning principle, but also as a fully implemented practice that is making their communities safer and more vibrant."

Mayor Lucarelli and Bike OCNJ, represented by Co-chairs Thomas Heist and Drew Fasy, were presented with their awards at last Saturday's NJ Bike & Walk Summit at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

First Night Offers 8 Hours of New Year's Entertainment for Just $15

OCEAN CITY, N.J. --- First Night, Ocean City’s Gala New Year’s Eve celebration, offers a variety of entertainment for families and individuals for just $15 a person. After Dec. 15th, price will be $20. Buy your admission buttons now and take advantage of the discount.

The holiday gala features 76 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m. till midnight. There will be a fireworks show at midnight, weather permitting.

“Where else can you find such varied and professional entertainment for just $15? The only place to enjoy such an event at the New Jersey shore is in Ocean City,” says First Night chair person, Michele Gillian. “OceanCity is the place to be on New Year’s Eve.”


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ocean City Receives State Award for Complete Streets Excellence

OCEAN CITY, N.J.: This Family Resort recently received the State of New Jersey’s “Complete Streets Excellence Award.” The City was commended “for instituting an all encompassing program to provide a “safe, multi-modal transportation system that is accessible to all.”

The transportation system of “honoree communities” must accommodate transit-riders, pedestrians, and cyclists as well as motorists. Roads must be safe for children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities as well as able-bodied adults. New Jersey’s “Complete Streets Movement” seeks to institutionalize these principles in all state communities.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Michael Dattilo Named Citizen of the Year

Ocean City, NJ - The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce the recipients of the Chamber’s 2015 Citizen of the Year Award and Outstanding Business and Beautification Awards.  The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s dinner Monday, November 16th at The Ocean City Yacht Club.

This year, the Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Ocean City resident, Michael Dattilo. Mr. Dattilo has worked for the City of Ocean City in numerous capacities for more than three decades. He is the former Business Administrator for the City of Ocean City. As the Business Administrator, he was the chief operating officer, overseeing the following departments: Law, Community Services, Public Works, Financial Management, Police Services and Fire & Rescue Services. Additionally, Dattilo served as the Department Head for the following Divisions: Emergency Management, Engineering / Project Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Purchasing. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

OCNJ Office of Emergency Management Statement - Joaquin 2



The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning for our area.

Moderate to major coastal flooding is likely for the next few high tide cycles.

High tide along the bay front will occur at the following times:

·         Thursday at 11:26 pm

·         Friday at 11:52 am

·         Saturday 12:50 pm


Monday, September 28, 2015

Monster Advisory

WHO: The Frankenstein Monster and his artwork

WHAT: Return to the Ocean City Free Public Library

WHEN:  Thursday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: In the Atrium of the Library by the steps to the art Center, 17th and Simpson Ave.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Clean Ocean Action to Receiver $2,200 From Beach Badge Jewelry Sales

Henry’s Fine Jewelry, 1236 Boardwalk, has created an on-going program to benefit the important environmental work of Clean Ocean Action. This past summer, the popular Boardwalk Jewelers, created an “Ocean City Beach Badge Bracelet.” A percentage of the sales generated by this popular item is donated to COA.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Welcome Night

Meet Local Businesses, City and Local Officials and Numerous Organizations at “Welcome Night”

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuing their proud tradition of hosting “Welcome Night”.  This year, “Welcome Night” will be held on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at its traditional venue at the Ocean City Music Pier.  Admission is free and all area residents are encouraged to attend.  Fabulous door prizes provided by local businesses will be given out throughout the evening.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

OC Chamber to Host 2015 Business Summit

WHO:  Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce


WHAT:  Join theOcean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the Annual Business Summit for updates from the different business segment leaders on the 2015 summer season.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

OC Chamber to Roast GOCTC's Michael Hartman

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Roast on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at The Flanders Hotel, 719 E. 11th Street, Ocean City, NJ.  The event will begin with a social at 6pm followed by dinner at 6:30pm.  This year’s Roastee is Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Michael Hartman. The dinner is $55.00 per person.  Reservations can be made by calling 609-399-1412 or by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Thursday, August 27, 2015

OC Board of Realtors Fall Golf Event to Benefit OC VFW Post 6650

The Ocean City Board of REALTORS® announces its Fall Golf Event, a fundraiser to benefit the Ocean City VFW Post 6650, at the Greate Bay Country Club, Egg Harbor Township, on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Early Bird rate of $120 per golfer is available now through September 15th and after 9/15 the regular individual player rate is $140. The ticket price includes golf, lunch, dinner, and award/auction event. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m., the Shotgun Start is at 12:30 p.m. and dinner with an awards ceremony and silent auction is at 6:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are available for $50 per person.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant Set for Wednesday, August 5th

The Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant, an event eagerly awaited by crabs and their best friends alike, is set for 1 p.m., Wed., Aug. 5th at the 6th St. Beach.  Entry is free. Registration starts at noon on boardwalk between 5th and 6th Sts.

The contest is sanctioned by NASCRAB, the National Assn. of Crab Activities at the Beach, an Ocean City Organization. Several years ago OceanCity was contacted by Virginia Beach, Va. asking permission to run a similar event and was granted a franchise.

Past winners of Miss Crustacean include Crabopatra, an exotic Egyptian Crab, Copa Crabana, a sultry show girl crustacean, Crab Salad, Taxi Crab and Pirates of the Crabibbean.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Register Now for Ocean City Baby Parade

Registrations are now being taken for Ocean City’s 106th Baby Parade set for Thursday, August 13th  starting 5:30 p.m. Route is from 6th to 12 Sts. on the Boardwalk. It is the longest continuously running Baby Parade in the Country.

Photo engraver, Leo Bamberger, an organizer of Labor Day, founded the Parade in 1909. The event has featured many prominent grand marshals including baseball legend, Joe DiMaggio. Movie star Grace Kelley, a summer resident of Ocean City in her youth, was a big fan of the Parade.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Outrageous Rings Celebrates Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in honor of the grand opening of Ocean City’s newest business, Outrageous Rings, located at 1348 Boardwalk, in Ocean City, NJ. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, July 23, 2015.


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