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The City’s Annual VETERANS DAY PROGRAM is set for Tuesday, Nov. 11th at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave., starting 11 a.m. The principal address will be given by Maureen Hickman Caporaso, daughter of Captain Vincent J. Hickman, MIA Jan. 14, 1964. Mayor Jay A. Gillian will welcome the community and Ocean City Primary School students will present a “Thank You to Veterans.”

The program begins with the Presentation of colors by the Dramis Detachment of the Marine Corps League. The Invocation by Father Edmond Speitel and Singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Julia Mary Wilson will follow. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by American Legion Post Commander Bob Marzulli and City Administrator Michael Dattilo will introduce guests. There will be a Placing of the Wreath by Joseph Walters and Clark Manley. Rev. Gregory Johnson will give the Benediction and VFW Post Commander, Mike Morrissey will close the ceremony.


(Nov. 9th) The Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., will initiate “OC Reads,” an innovative program that celebrates reading, literacy and all the things Libraries do to educate and entertain the Public. This Community Reads Program is designed to bring people together by having them read and discuss the same book.

The first work selected is the “Shadow Divers” by Robert Kurson. The author will visit the Library for a reading, discussion and booking signing at 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Shadow Divers is a riveting adventure in which two scuba divers risk everything to solve a historical mystery – and make history themselves. It is a story of men who push themselves beyond their limits, navigating through wreckage as perilous as a minefield, 230 ft. below the frigid waters of the Jersey Coast.

Robert Kurson, a graduate of Harvard Law School, quit the profession to become an award winning writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire and many other national publications. Books will be for sale the day of the reading at the Library, at the adjacent Historical Museum and at Sun Rose Words & Music, 756 Asbury Ave. For information, contact Karen Mahar (609) 399-2434 x 5238 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Nov. 9th) The Every Breath Foundation for LUNG CANCER 5K and FUN WALK. This event is open to all ages to raise awareness and funding for Lung Cancer Research. It supports programs in Southern New Jersey and the Shore area. On site registration is set for the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk, at 8 a.m. All pre-registered participants receive a T Shirt. There will be awards for various age categories for the 5K. Fee is $30. Visit www.everybreathcounts.net. for more information or call (609) 839-2283.  

(Nov. 11) The Ocean City FINE ARTS LEAGUE, 608 Asbury Ave. has its next Free Movie Night scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library. It will feature “About Time” the story of a young man with the ability to time travel. He discovers that finding true love isn’t as easy as he thought it would be in this romantic comedy. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams.  On Dec. 2, the League will present “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the 1962 classic starring Gregory Peck, as respected lawyer Atticus Finch. For information, call the Fine Arts League, (609) 814-0308.

Through November, the Fine Arts League is featuring “Anything Goes,” showcasing everything from whimsical and surreal to realistic and impressionistic art. There will be a Meet The Artist Reception on Fri., Nov. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The League will also be offering “Le Petite” artwork for sale, described as perfect, stocking stuffers. Call (609) 814-0308 for information.

The OCEAN CITY ARTS CENTER, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents its annual Juried Art Show through November. The exhibit includes watercolors, pastels, mixed media, drawing and printmaking. An awards, Meet the Artist reception will be held on Nov.14 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The Arts Center also announces that its Winter Zumba exercise classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Monday evenings taught by experienced instructor Charlotte Mitchell. Call (609) 399-7628.

Nov. 15-16: THE QUIET FESTIVAL, an event unique to Ocean City, celebrates quiet things in an ear rattling era of speed and noise. Features of the weekend include a quiet pet contest open to Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Turtles, Hermit Crabs, plus a Chicken has even registered and promised to cluck softly. This event will be held on Sat., Nov. 15 starting 10 a.m. in the Senior Center of the Library Complex 17th and Simpson Ave. Entry is free. New this year: Bring your quiet stuffed Teddy Bear or favorite stuffed animal to compete. Prizes will be awarded in all categories. And everyone will receive a certificate. To register, call (609) 399-6111 Ext. 9300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The program will also include the Turtle Singers with their award winning tortoise, Big Bart. The Potomac Bead Company that will help visitors make quiet necklaces or wrist bands for free. There will be paper airplane making and flying and Yo Yo performances by Air Circus. Cartoonist Jerry Lukas will draw personalized cartoons of your favorite animals. The Snore at the Shore contest will be held for quiet snoring.                                                                                                                                     

(Nov.15-16) The HOLIDAY CELEBRATION of the Finest Arts and Crafts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. One of a kind crafters from throughout the East Coast will exhibit and sell their handi-work.  Parking is free at nearby boardwalk lots. For information, call (609) 365-2239. The event is produced by JoAnne and Norman Schaut who have donated thousands of dollars from its proceeds to local charities over the years.

(Nov. 22) The EARLIER THAN THE BIRD Shopping Extravaganza 8 a.m. till noon at Downtown Asbury Ave., voted number one shopping location in South Jersey. Shop in your pajamas for early specials. Prizes for best PJs.

REMINDER: Admission buttons for FIRST NIGHT, our gala New Year’s Eve celebration, are $15 until Dec.1 and $20 thereafter. Buttons can be purchased now by visiting the Welcome Center on the Bridge or by calling 1-800-BEACHNJ. Buttons can also be ordered online by accessing www.firstnightocnj.com.

NOTICE: THE DOG OF THE YEAR CEREMONY was postponed last Saturday due to weather conditions. The event will be held this Saturday, Nov. 8, starting 11 a.m. at the Tahiti Inn, 1125 Ocean Ave., in its parking lots. The public is invited to bring their pets to this entertaining canine spectacle. Admission is free. Twelve contestants are competing for the title. The doggie and its best friend who raise the most money for the Ocean City Dog Park is crowned the winner. There will be music. The Ocean City Humane Society, a no kill shelter, will have an adoption table on site. Calendars will be available for sale with photographs of all contestants.