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How to Not Make Money…Try Writing Poetry

To paraphrase Waylon and Willie: "Momma don't let your babies grow up to be poets." Not if you want them to take care of you in your old age. This is my long awaited, feverishly anticipated annual poetry column. I will use the space to touch on my long career in writing verse and how it has affected me psychologically and financially. I believe I wrote my first poem at the age of nine. It was called “The Man Who Went To War.” It started something like this:” I’m the man who went to war/ I wasn’t rich and I wasn’t poor/ I was just an ordinary guy/ Who wanted to live /But didn’t want to see others die….. I grew up during World War11 and was much affected by it. One... Read More

If We Continue to Work Together 2010 Should be a Good Year for Tourism

Tourism is a very competitive business. Tourism during a recession is even more competitive. Ocean City held its own last year in most aspects of tourism and moved ahead in others. The forecast is positive for 2010. The City has become more aggressive in its advertising thanks to the Tourism Commission that is funded by an addition to the mercantile tax. The Chamber of Commerce headed by Michele Gillian has made great strides with its website, Face Book marketing and city wide promotions. Our volunteers save us thousands of dollars by helping to support many special events such as Night In Venice, the Baby Parade, the Halloween Parade, etc. These events would not be possible without their help. The Ocean City Retail Merchants Assn., the Boardwalk Merchants Assn., Main Street , the Board... Read More

Carolyn Murphy Contributed, Much; MLK Program Set

Carolyn Boyd Murphy spoke softly, worked hard, and never discussed her many achievements. Born in the midst of the Great Depression, she was a child in that era when TV, air conditioning and supermarkets were unknown. When folks gathered around the family radio for news of the world and entertainment. When you were lucky to have a job. As a young adult, she began her career as a teacher at St. Augustine’s School and then took over the family’s electronic business when her father died. She and her late husband, Charles, operated Boyd’s Radio and TV for 50 years. Charles was the mechanical genius (he could fix anything) and Carolyn handled the business end. That, plus raising a family of three children, would have been a full time job for anyone. But... Read More

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