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Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Ocean City – The Events Offer a Chance for the Entire Family to Celebrate Together

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Ocean City – The Events Offer a Chance for the Entire Family to Celebrate Together

What's Happeningn in Ocean City, NJ 12/29/21 Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Ocean City - The Events Offer a Chance for the Entire Family to Celebrate Together Ocean City’s popular First Night will return for the 29th time this year, and a full lineup of entertainment and activities remains on schedule for the Dec. 31 celebration. First Night offers more than 70 entertainment programs at 20 different venues throughout town. The lineup includes something to satisfy every taste and age group. A fireworks display rings in the new year at midnight. The fun continues on New Year’s Day with a 5-kilometer run on the boardwalk and the First Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean. The headliner for First Night 2022 is the Grammy-winning group Tavares. Top hits from Tavares include... Read More

Earlier than the Bird 2021

Earlier than the Bird 2021

  NOVEMBER 20th – “Earlier than the Bird” DOWNTOWN Shopping Extravaganza – 8:00am – 12noon. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas for early bird shopping specials.  Enter to win gift certificates and door prizes from Downtown Merchants while you shop over 100 unique stores.  Be sure to stop at Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro and Ocean City Coffee Company,  for free coffee in the morning and head over to Drip N’ Scoop for a free standard donut!  A printed flyer of store specials will be available at Jon & Patty’s, Ocean City Coffee Co., and Drip N’ Scoop.  The best dressed shoppers will win free turkeys awarded by the Turkey Mascot!  Hang around from Noon-3pm for... Read More

Return and Earn: An Incentive Program for Garden State Workers and Employers

Return and Earn: An Incentive Program for Garden State Workers and Employers

Return and Earn: An Incentive Program for Garden State Workers and Employers The new Return and Earn program will provide a $500 incentive for unemployed workers reentering the workforce and receiving job training from businesses with 100 or fewer employees. Employers can complete this form to express interest in this program and receive application information as it becomes available. The business subsidies will be capped at $40,000 per business. They must also provide job training that awards skill badges or industry-recognized certificates. The new hires must earn at least $15 an hour to be eligible for subsidies. New Jersey’s $12-per-hour minimum wage is set to increase to $15 in 2024. The $500 perk is in addition to any signing bonus offered by the employer. Job seekers interested in receiving one-on-one virtual career services should complete the service request... Read More

Tickets on Sale for Pops Shows, Barry Williams to Visit OCNJ

Tickets on Sale for Pops Shows, Barry Williams to Visit OCNJ

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/25/21 Tickets on Sale for Pops Shows, Barry Williams to Visit OCNJ The Ocean City Pops orchestra is having a great season under new Artistic Director and Maestro Vince Lee, and there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy this local treasure. The lineup for the rest of the season includes something for every musical taste. • Symphony Night at the Pops II (August 25): The musicians of the Ocean City Pops take center stage as featured soloists. The orchestra will be at its virtuosic best as Maestro Vince Lee leads some of the greatest and most-beloved music in history. • Kimber Sprawl — Girl From the North Country (August 29): New Broadway sensation and dynamite performer Kimber Sprawl blew away critics and audiences alike with her powerful performance in... Read More

Feds revamp PPP loan forgiveness for small businesses

Feds revamp PPP loan forgiveness for small businesses

Feds revamp PPP loan forgiveness for small businesses By: Daniel J. Munoz The Biden administration is revamping the loan forgiveness process for a popular Trump-era, COVID-relief program as it enters into its final days. Starting Aug. 4, businesses that received up to $150,000 from the federal forgivable loan program known as the Paycheck Protection Program can apply directly with the U.S. Small Business Administration for loan forgiveness. Of the 11.7 million loans totaling $800 billion since the program’s inception in March last year, approximately 90% were for loans of up to $150,000. Then-President Donald Trump approved the PPP as part of the mammoth Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act in late March as a means to stabilize the national economy as the onset of the pandemic triggered mass business closures and record-high unemployment. Businesses can... Read More

Reopening of Pre-Registration for Phase 4 of Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant

Reopening of Pre-Registration for Phase 4 of Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant

Small businesses and non-profits that missed previous deadlines to apply have another chance TRENTON, N.J. (May 26, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) reopened pre-registration for Phase 4 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program this morning, Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 at 9:00 a.m., the Authority announced today. In line with his commitment to a stronger and fairer economic recovery, Governor Phil Murphy recently announced the allocation of $200 million in additional funds to help fulfill Phase 4 grant applications. Small business owners and non-profits that have not previously applied for Phase 4 grants may pre-register as a preliminary step toward applying for grants of up to $20,000.   The $200 million in additional funds will continue to support the most adversely affected businesses in New Jersey, including $20 million... Read More

NJ Lifts Mask Mandate and Social Distancing Requirements

NJ Lifts Mask Mandate and Social Distancing Requirements

New Jersey, which was the first state in the nation to put an indoor masking requirement in place on April 8, 2020, will be lifting that statewide indoor mask mandate via executive order on Friday, May 28, Gov. Phil Murphy said today. Additionally, the state’s current requirement for maintaining six feet of social distance in all indoor and outdoor settings will also be lifted on May 28. This includes restaurants, retail spaces, personal care businesses, gyms, recreational and entertainment businesses such as casinos, religious services, weddings, political activities, funerals and memorial services, and performances. Murphy added that individual businesses and other entities, which oversee indoor spaces may continue to require that employees and customers/guests wear facemasks or maintain six feet of distance if they so choose. Dance floors in bars and restaurants will also... Read More

Why We Need Family Vacations

Why We Need Family Vacations

Try and think back to some of your favorite childhood memories. You might remember your best friends, sports or activities you enjoyed, your favorite toy or a wonderful vacation you went on with your family. Even if you didn't go on many family vacations as a child, it might be something you're looking forward to experiencing with your children. Numerous families in the United States take family vacations. These trips are unique to each family based on their travel destination, whether it's just the immediate family or includes extended family, duration and budget. But most of these vacations have at least one thing in common. They build long-lasting memories that your family will cherish. Why are vacations important for families? Life can pass you by fast, and it's important to set aside... Read More

Martin Z. Mollusk to Seek His Shadow on Saturday 5/5/21

Martin Z. Mollusk to Seek His Shadow on Saturday 5/5/21

Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot will seek his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, on the beach next to the Music Pier (between Moorlyn Terrace and Ninth Street). Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades (sometimes, of course, with the creative use of flashlights by his handlers).   Martin’s prediction this year will be more important than ever, because we know everybody is anxious for the arrival of summer after a year of so many sacrifices.   The Martin Z. Mollusk Day program also will include the life-sized Martin Z. and Mollie Mollusk mascots. Together, the Mollusks make up the first family of “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”   The winners of the 2021 Martin Z. Mollusk Coloring Contest will be... Read More