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City to Cement Sister City Relationship with Philippines Jan. 14

Ocean City will officially establish a Sister City relationship with the municipality of San Jose in the Philippines on Jan.14 when City Council adopts a resolution initiated by Mayor Sal Perillo. San Jose Occidental Mindoro, is described as one of the fastest growing City’s in the Philippines. It is a progressive, booming community and the area surrounding it is known for its agricultural, tourism and craft industries.  San Jose has already passed its resolution endorsing the cooperative effort. The City’s resolution will cement the relationship. The two communities will begin working on mutually beneficial projects. Ocean City will highlight products produced in the Philippines in June with a two-day crafts festival at its Sports and Civic Center. Area businesses and the public will be invited. The City will present a musical tribute to... Read More

First Night, First Day, Bottle Celebrities Here This Weekend

If you have been waiting until the last minute to buy your FIRST NIGHT Admission buttons, here is what to do. Go to Downtown Gillian’s, 838 Asbury Ave., diagonally across from City Hall. Everything you need is there. Admissions are just $14 for over 60 entertainment programs inside central, indoor locations. You’ll find entertainment for every member of the family from toddlers to grandparents. A brochure with the complete schedule of activities comes with each button. This makes it easy for you to plan your evening. Ocean City First Night is truly the best New Year’s Eve entertainment buy available. You can pay by cash, check or credit card. First Night takes Visa, Master Card and Discover. You can also purchase First Night T SHIRTS at Gillian’s, an item destined to... Read More

Get Your First Night Buttons Now! They’re Going Fast!

Our First Night celebration is definitely one of the best New Year’s Eve entertainment buys ever offered! Probably THE BEST! Where else can you enjoy 60 entertainment programs plus amusement rides and miniature golf for just $14 on the holiday? Where else indeed? No place else but in Ocean City, New Jersey, America’s Greatest Family resort since 1879 and counting. Admission buttons are selling fast. There’s just one week left until New Year’s Eve and the past three years we have sold out of buttons. This means you should buy yours as soon as possible. First Night admission buttons are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. at First Night Headquarters, Downtown Gillian, 838B Asbury Ave. You can also order on line at www.firstnightocnj.com You can order by... Read More

Holiday Entertainment Plentiful this Weekend

The Ocean City Pops and the City’s Theater Company and Repertory Theater Company will all present Christmas entertainment this weekend. THE POPS return with JOY TO THE WORLD, Sat., 8 p.m., Dec. 19 at the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave. This traditional holiday concert features beloved Christmas carols and music with a full Pops Orchestra under the direction of Bill Scheible. Featured performers are critically acclaimed, Elisa Matthews and baritone Dominic Inferrera singing with the Pops, joined by the Cape Shore Chorale, directed by Scott Briener. Excerpts from Bach’s Sleepers Awake Cantata will be performed as well as holiday favorites, Twelve Days of Christmas and White Christmas along with traditional carols and songs of the season. Special features include the Heraldic Trumpets, bells and musicologist, Richard Stanislaw. Tickets are $15, available... Read More

Message in Bottle Winner Will Return Here for First Night

Want to become a not so instant celebrity? Put a message in a bottle. Have it dropped off at sea. And wait. That is what Heidi Kay Werstler did 24 years ago when Ocean City held its one and only Message in a Bottle contest. With the help of her father, Heidi, then 6, sealed the message in a soda bottle obtained from a boardwalk store. Then she waited, and waited. Years passed. The bottle became a distant memory. Recently Heidi’s memory was pleasantly jolted. Her bottle washed ashore after the Nor’easter that racked the East Coast in November. The bottle had traveled 200 miles (approximately 8 miles per year) to the Outer Banks. It was retrieved by maintenance personnel cleaning the beach at the Sanderling Resort and Spa in Duck, North... Read More

Parade, City Open House, Train Show, Sindia Day – This Weekend!

The City will follow-up its very successful holiday program of last week with another weekend of fun filled events. The action begins on the Boardwalk, Saturday Dec.5 at 10 a.m., with our popular TRAIN SHOW inside the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. This is a two-day event set for 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Sat. and 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sun. Children will be fascinated by the colorful Garden Railway display on the stage of the Pier. It features larger sized trains built to be displayed outdoors. Youngsters watch from the stage and are permitted to work the controls of the exhibit. A 10 x 20 ft. display by the South Jersey S Gaugers with four and five models operating simultaneously will be set up in the Solarium... Read More

Earlier Than The Bird, Regional Craft Show This Weekend

Ocean City is the place to shop the weekend before Thanksgiving, or any weekend for that matter. But for now, let’s stick with the upcoming weekend, the one before Turkey Day! Something new has been added to downtown special events. It’s called “Earlier than the Bird” and we think you’ll agree that it’s really something to twitter about. Downtown merchants will present the one and only Earlier Than the Bird shopping extravaganza on Sat., Nov. 21 from 7 a.m. till noon along Asbury Ave. from 6th to 11th Sts. Stores will offer cost cutting specials and will give away free coffee, coffee mugs and other freebies. You’ll have the opportunity to win one of many $25 Downtown Gift Certificates. Restaurants will feature a variety of dining specials. Merchants will be dressed... Read More

Quiet Festival, Craft Show This Weekend, Holiday Specials Next

Ah, yes, it’s Quiet Festival Weekend, that time of year when those of us who enjoy silence and placid activities celebrate while the majority of the population completely ignores us. Yes, amid the Texting, Face booking, My Spacing, U Tubing and general hyper-activity, we take our stand (or seat) listening to the wisdom of sea shells, leaf squeezing, pin dropping, Yawning Along, maple pod dropping, flying kites and paper airplanes, inspecting clouds and relaxing to the inspirational tinkling of the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band. Here’s the Quiet Festival Schedule: Wed., Nov., 11- Ken Thorpe, Paper Air Plane enthusiast, visits 8th St. Playground After School Program at 3:30 p.m., shows children how to fly and make paper airplanes, does the same thing at 4 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 12 for After... Read More

About Trail of Two Cities, Quiet Festival & Veterans Day

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES: Here’s your chance to get close up and personal with the new bridge construction. Join the genial group for the Trail of Two Cities run/walk over the 9th Street Causeway on Saturday. You will be able to see the construction as you have never seen it before and enjoy a healthy run, jog or walk to boot! The event starts 8 a.m. at the Ocean City Transportation Center and ends in Kennedy Park in Somers Point. Registration begins 7 a.m. at the Transportation center located on Haven Ave. between 9th and 10th Sts. in back of McDonalds. Buses will be available at Kennedy Park to transport participants to the Ocean City Transportation Center from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Buses will also transport folks back to Ocean... Read More