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Consul General Mario De Leon, Jr. of the Philippines will visit Ocean City on Thursday (April 19) at 11 a.m. to confer with Mayor Jay Gillian. They will discuss final plans for Ocean City’s third annual Tribute to the Philippines in July and other cooperative tourism promotions. The Consul General will be accompanied by Consul Zaldy Patron and Ms. Hermie Aczcon, President of the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia.  The meeting will be held in the mayor’s office.                     

Local authors Fred and Susan Miller’s new book, Ocean City Legends, has just been released by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, South Carolina.  “Legendary Locals” is filled with 180 photographs and focuses on newsworthy and noteworthy individuals and groups who have helped shape the community since its inception in 1879. The authors are holding a press conference today, April 18 at the Ocean City Historical Museum, 17th and Simpson Ave. at 11 a.m. There will also be a power point and book signing presentation on Thurs., April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Library, free and open to the public co-sponsored by the Library and Museum. Book signings will also be held on Sat., April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on May 5th, Block Party Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.at Sunrose Words and Music in Ocean City.                  

Chris Herren realized his dreams playing for the Boston Celtics only to lose it all to addiction before rising to a new dream. Herren has trained over 200 basketball players including some of the top prospects in New England. Off court, he continues to share his stories of abuse with audiences in hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. His memoir, “Basketball Junkie” was released last year and a documentary, based on his journey, aired as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. Herren will speak on Thurs., April 26 at the Ocean City High School Gymnasium at 7p.m. Doors open 5:30 p.m., admission free. Seating first come, first served. A live feed on the presentation will be available at the Ocean City Free Public Library. The program is presented by the Ocean City Education Foundation, the Ocean City Free Public Library, Jay and Michele Gillian, the Ocean City PTA and the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments.             

Peggy Lloyd, recently named an Ocean City Legend in the book mentioned above, will receive the Ocean City Exchange Club’s “Book of Golden Deeds Award” for her contributions to the Community over the decades. Ninety nine years young , Peggy has been active in the community’s arts and music programs and has been vice president of the Ocean City Arts Center for more than 30 years. During World War ll she was a newspaper correspondent and also served as the chaperone to Miss America for many years. Her goal is to inspire children with love of the arts. Peggy inspires all who know her with her enthusiasm.
The presentation will be made on Mon., April 23 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, Hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. For reservations, call Joe Libby 609-391-1420 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ocean City to Host Summer Recreation Programs Open House
Ocean City’s Department of Community Services is hosting an Open House on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Civic Center located at 6th Street and the Boardwalk.  Representatives from many of the summer programs will be on hand, along with City Recreation Staff, to answer questions and offer information about the numerous programs available for residents, second homeowners and visitors.  Registration for all programs begins Tuesday, May 1 at 9 a.m.
In addition to receiving recreation program information, attendees will also be able to register for a Community Pass account.  “We wanted to create a fun and informative event for families to learn about the City’s great Summer Recreation Programs,” states Director of Community Services, Jim Mallon.  “Team members will be available to provide hands on customer service and information regarding our Community Pass system, which offers the convenience of registering online instead of having to wait inline.” 

Programs are available for every age and interest, from toddlers to adults, and include camps for sports, playground activities, environmental, theatre, pageants and much more.  Some of the representatives participating in the Open House include The Ocean City Junior Raiders Football Team, Ocean City Sailing Foundation, Ocean City Police, Lifeguard and Fire Departments. Admission is free.  In addition, all participants that sign up to receive their Community Pass login information on Saturday will receive a chance to win a free week of summer camp.  The Ocean City Summer Recreation Programs Brochure is available now to view and download online at www.ocnj.us/recreation. For more information, please call 609-399-6111 extension 9301or visit www.ocnj.us.

(April 20, 21,22) Ocean City native, Joseph Eulo will be in town to film his movie, “CHASING SHADOWS.”  The movie is based on his childhood in Ocean City and will be filmed on the boardwalk and various locations through Ocean City. For information, call Mark Soifer 609-364-4010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(April 20-22) The NATIONAL TEENAGER PAGEANT will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Winners  and runners-up in various categories will advance to the 42nd annual pageant in San Antonio, TX this summer. For ticket information contact 609-652-8216 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The pageant is being brought to Ocean City by Michael Hartman, founder of the Ocean City Theatre Company.

(April 21) CLEAN OCEAN ACTION BEACH SWEEP, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, for clean up supplies. All families and organizations are urged to participate in this state wide event to protect the Coastal environment. For information, call 609-525-9285.

(April 28)  The City’s Annual END TO END FAMILY BIKE TOUR begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Ride starts at 10 a.m. For details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 609-399-1290.

(April 28) The annual Ocean City YARD SALE will be held on Sat., April 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tabernacle Grounds, 5th and Asbury and locations throughout the City. For locations available at the Tabernacle, call 609-398-4662or stop at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 16 E 9th St. to pick up an application. Spots are $30 or $35 with a table. Anyone interested in having their home yard sale listed on the citywide map, can do so for $10. Home must be registered by April 24.

(April 28-29) Boardwalk and downtown Merchants will hold table sales from 6th to 14th Sts.

The OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., offers an array of interesting programs for the rest of the month including the continuation of its popular Jazz Series. Access www.oceancitylibrary.org or call 609-399-2434.

(April 29) The March of Dimes MARCH FOR THE BABIES South Jersey Shore 2012 is a five mile walk beginning and ending at the Music Pier. Registration begins at noon, walk at 1 p.m. and will end with light refreshments, activities for children, music and face painting. The event is also in need of Volunteers and donations of snacks for the day of the event.  Call 856-375-8215 or visit www.marchforthebabies.org. or contact Ann Villari at the above number or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

REMINDER:  Ocean City’s popular mile-long SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set for Sat., May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. The event features over 350 crafters, food, entertainment and more. For information, call 609-399-1412.

CRABBY REMINDER: Hermit Crabs throughout the universe and a few people are in a dither. May 3rd is Martin Z. Mollusk Day, when our weather predicting crustacean attempts to see his shadow. If he does, summer comes one week early to Ocean City. Stay tuned for more details.