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Hermit Crab & State of Louisiana to Set Record Straight at Press Conference

35-YEAR CONTROVERSY TO BE AIRED AT CITY HALL ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY FIRST - By Mark Soifer, Ocean City Publicist A long simmering , “misunderstanding” between Ocean City’s renowned weather predicting Hermit Crab and the State of Louisiana will be aired and hopefully settled finally and for posterity. City officials deem the matter important enough to schedule a Press Conference for 11 a.m. Tues., Feb. 1 at City Hall Council Chambers. The controversy dates back to August 1975 when Martin Z. Mollusk, Ocean City mascot and celebrity shadow seeking weather expert, was married on the 10th St. Beach. The nuptials were conducted by the late Mayor B. Thomas Waldman. Popular TV personality, Captain Noah, was the official witness. Over a thousand guests, mostly stunned beach goers, attended. Martin was joined in matrimony with Mollie... Read More

Meadowlark Lemon to be Grand Marshal of Doo Dah Parade

Meadowlark Lemon, the world famous "Clown Prince of Basketball" and a NBA Hall of Famer, will be grand marshal of Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade on Sat., April 16. He will also be guest of honor at a dinner theater program in his honor on Fri., April 15 at the Flanders Hotel. Tickets to this event will be available through the Public Relations Office, 609-525-9300. Meadowlark Lemon was the most popular member of Harlem Globe Trotters. His name and patented hook shot are ingrained in the memories of generations. He has performed his on court artistry in almost every country in the world. Meadowlark has traveled more than 5 million miles and played in more than 16,000 basketball games. His love for the game brought smiles to generations of fans in over 100... Read More

Martin Luther King Celebration Set for Saturday at High School

The City's Annual Service honoring Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.is set for 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 15 at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center in Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Ocean City was the first community in Cape May County to hold such a ceremony. It was organized by the late Rozelia Cobb, a beloved teacher at Ocean City Intermediate School. Her work is carried on today thanks to the generosity of Wonderland Pier, the Sentinel Ledger and Keith Hartzell. Attorney Nathan Davis and Rev. Gregory Johnson will be guest speakers. Rev. Johnson will recite Dr. King’s inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech. Those to be honored with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. awards for their service to the community include Dwayne Wilson, Gary Jessel, Emma Davis,... Read More

How Martin Mollusk Got His Name & Other Important Matters

Yes, Martin Z. Mollusk is not a mollusk. He is a Crustacean. We know that. Martin, our weather predicting mascot knows that. His name has nothing to do with his species. Martin’s biography, Rhyme and Punishment, makes it perfectly clear how and why Martin got his name. A bit of background: Martin was born somewhere along the Zambesi River in Africa. As the biography explains, he was deserted by his parents: “An orphan crab, cast out one summer, by callous parents, what a bummer… Just left alone to scritch and scratch through brittle bark and brutal thatch…” At this point Martin had no name because his crabby parents neglected to give him one before they took off. Then one day while reading the Swamp Gazette, he noticed an advertisement about Tepid Swamp,... Read More

Martin Z. Mollusk Gets a New Costume for First Night

For 35 years, our pesky hermit crab Mascot, Martin Z. Mollusk, has loyally served Ocean City. On the first Thursday in May, he ventures on to the Moorlyn Terrace Beach and attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer arrives one week early at this family community and resort. A one week extension of the season is nothing to sneeze at in these competitive times. It’s a nice bonus for residents, vacationers, the kids and of course the business folk. No one can say Martin hasn’t come through for Ocean City. During his 35 year tenure he has seen his shadow 34 times. Once he saw a partial shadow and summer arrived 3 ½ days early. It has been an astounding record. For this reason the First Night Committee, the Chamber... Read More

Reminders: First Night, First Day, Free Christmas Dinner & More

It's time to get your FIRST NIGHT New Year's Eve admission buttons. The popular holiday gala features over 70 entertainment programs at central locations from 4 p.m. till midnight for just $14. There are fireworks at midnight. This safe, non alcoholic celebration is definitely the best and most economical New Year’s Eve entertainment program in the area, perhaps in the country, maybe the universe. Opening ceremonies are set for 4 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. It will include a ribbon cutting with City officials, entertainment by the Main Stage Singers, face painters and a trinket give-away. The City will unveil its new Martin Z. Mollusk costumed character that will represent the Hermit Crab in all parades and other functions. Free copies of Martin’s biography and toy shell hermit crabs... Read More

Holiday Events Continue…Get First Night Buttons Now!

HIGHLIGHT OF OUR HOLIDAY entertainment, A Christmas Wonderland, is set for 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17-18 and 2 p.m., Dec.19 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This is Ocean Theatre Company’s high energy song and dance spectacular directed and choreographed by Michael Hartman. Featuring an all professional cast, the family show is geared to all ages. Tickets are 12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Call 609-525-9300, accesswww.ocnj.us or stop at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave. THE OCEAN CITY REPERTORY Theater has added Santa’s List to its holiday shows. One of Santa’s Elves has stolen the Naughty and Nice List. Santa’s Elves then get involved to help save the holiday. The show is scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays through Dec.18 at the Black Box Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. starting... Read More

Community Groups, Volunteers Key to Success of Events

A note from PEACHES LUKENS reminded me of what I have known for years but perhaps something you may not have considered. And that’s how Ocean City’s many community groups and volunteers make our numerous events a success and add to our quality of life… Every Christmas day for decades Peaches and her volunteers have provided a FREE HOME COOKED buffet for the community. This party includes everyone, not just people in need but those who have little or no family and would like to share Christmas day with others. Last year Peaches and her volunteers served over 700 dinners at St. Peters United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. The menu this year includes turkey and all the fixings, plus desserts galore, live music, a freebies table of clothing and gifts. “Doors open at 11... Read More

Train Show, Parade, Sindia Day, Pops & More This Weekend

The JAY EGGLY TRAIN SHOW, one of the most popular of our Holiday events, is set for Dec. 4-5 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The show is named after the late Jay Eggly, an Ocean City business man, who suggested that we start the exhibit. And how right he was. Train shows, Christmas and kids just naturally go together, and many adults have a warm spot in their hearts for the colorful, miniature models. The Ocean City Train Show and Sale features large working displays plus vendors that sell model trains, parts and accessories suitable for year around and holiday exhibits. A 10x20 ft. display will be exhibited by the South Jersey S Gaugers in the Solarium of the Music Pier with four to five models operating simultaneously. Loading... Read More