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Martin Z. Mollusk, Ocean City’s relatively famous hermit crab, will creep onto the 9th St. Beach at 11 a.m. on May 3rd for the 37th time.

Why? Good question. If Martin sees his shadow, summer will come one week early to this family resort much to the joy of the business community, Chamber of Commerce and me, the crab’s spiritual advisor and chef.

Martin celebrated his 101st birthday recently (in hermit crab years). Hermit Crab years are computed by the number of wrinkles on a crab’s outer shell, times 20 plus one. I know this because Martin told me so. I’m the only one who can communicate with him.

We do it through a form of mental osmosis.

Martin credits his longevity to the exotic diet I’ve created for him which consists of shredded pizza crust, tepid swamp water and marinated tree bark. I will demonstrate how to prepare the concoction prior to Martin’s creep.

Martin will also receive a comprehensive physical check up. His blood pressure, vital signs and shell will be tested by Dr. Ernest Frankenstein and two nurses. The examination has been ordered by NASCRAB, the National Association of Crab Activities at the Beach. This is the same organization that sanctions all Ocean City crab activities including the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant and Hermit Crab Races. But not to worry, Martin appears to be in good health, according to his friends at Old Salt on the Boardwalk, where he resides comfortably in an assisted living Crustacean Condo. The consistent prognosticator has correctly predicted the early arrival of summer for the past 37 years by seeing his shadow in the sands adjacent to the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. When the big moment arrives, adoring throngs sing his favorite song, Some Enchanted Morning led by Suzanne Muldowney, aka Underdog, a powerful soprano.

Martin has always insisted on much hoopla the day of his creep. May 3 will be no exception. Pomp and Circumstance is played as Martin is carried to the Beach. The retinue will include Muldowney and Big Momma Llama from Bready Farms in Tuckahoe who nods her head if Martin sees his shadow. Plus Trash Buster, the City’s Canned Crusader and environmental symbol who will clear the beach of any litter and sing his theme song, “Stand By Your Can.” Members of the World’s only Wind Chimes Band will perform “Brother Can You Spare a Chime,” and other delights.

The Public Relations Office of the City urges everyone to take off work and join the celebration. For information, call 609-525-9300, after hours 609-364-4010.

(April 26) Former Boston Celtics basketball star, CHRIS HERREN, will speak on Thurs., April 26 at 7 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium. He will talk about how he overcame substance abuse and built a new life for himself. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., admission is free. A live feed of the presentation will be available at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. The inspirational program is made possible by the Library, Ocean City Education foundation, Jay and Michele Gillian and the City Police and Fire Departments.

(April 28) The Annual Ocean City YARD SALE will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tabernacle grounds, 5th and Asbury Ave. For information, call 609-398-4662 or stop at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 16 E. 9th St.

(April 28-29) Boardwalk and Downtown merchants TABLE SALES from 6th to 14th Sts.

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

(April 29) THE MARCH FOR THE BABIES South Jersey Shore is a five mile walk beginning and ending at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration begins at noon and walk at 1 p.m. It will end with light refreshments, activities for children, music and face painting. Call 856-375-8215 or access www.marchforbabies.org.

(May 5) Ocean City’s popular mile-long SPRING BLOCK PARTY is set from 9a.m. to  5 p.m. from 5th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. The event features 350 crafters, food, entertainment and more. This year there will be a charge for parking on City lots. For information, call 609-399-1412.

(May 5-6) Boardwalk and Downtown Merchants will be holding table sales from 6th to 14th Sts. on Asbury Ave. and Boardwalk.

(Throughout May) Ocean City-Somers Point artist, DIANE BROWN, presents her paintings of Southern New Jersey’s outdoors at the Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. A “Meet the Artist Reception” will be held on Fri., May 11th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ms. Brown has exhibited throughout South Jersey and has many paintings in permanent collections. For more information, visit www.oceancityartscenter.org or call 609-399-7628. The Arts Center is open Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What’s Happening at the Ocean City FREE PUBLIC LIBRARYICONS OF JAZZ Lecture Series the following Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m. (April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27) Learn more about Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and more. The series documents and explores why these musicians and more are so important to the history and development of this truly American Art form. There will be lecture, discussion, music and film. Michael Pedicin and Bob Ferguson will both present the program. To be held in the Main Lecture Room N110.

YOUNG ADULT Events: “Bad Movie Day” Wed., April 25th 3 to 5 p.m., Main Lecture Room N110; YA Games, Thurs., April 26th 3 to 5 p.m., Conference Room N111. Programs are free.

Lecture “FRESH,” speakers will be Matt Bruckler from JAH’S Organic Farm and Marguerite Chandler from “Slow Food South Jersey.” Speakers will discuss “Fresh,” a documentary by Ana Sofia Joanes. This free program is presented in partnership with the Ocean City Environmental Commission and the Library, Wed., April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room, N110. Fred and Susan Miller will discuss and sign their new book, LEGENDARY LOCALS OF OCEAN CITY on Thurs., April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room N110. Learn more about the diverse people who have helped contribute to this historic family resort and community. For more information on Ocean City Free Public Library events, call 609-399-2434 or access www.oceancitylibrary.org.

THE MILLERS will also sign their new book at Sun Rose Words and Music, 756 Asbury Ave. on Sat., April 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Block Party Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 609-399-9190