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Ocean City Police Activity Report Sept. 30 – Oct. 6

The total number of calls for service were: 578 and the daily average was: 83...

Crowds Hooked on O.C. Seafood Festival

Ed Aleszczyk scooped out a hearty helping of New England clam chowder and handed it to a very pleased customer Sunday during Ocean City’s Seafood Festival. The patron was one of many, who lined up to order fresh seafood from Spadafora’s Seafood Restaurant, one of a few local eateries featured at the festival on the Music Pier.

Crowds Pour into Ocean City for Festive Fall Block Party

Ocean City’s Fall Block Party on Saturday should made it clear to visitors and residents - this is no seasonal town. Festivities, shows and shopping galore are featured year-round. On Saturday, Asbury Avenue bulged from 5th to 14th Street with an estimated 40,000 people. Some families said the block party is a tradition they never miss. Others said they just learned about it and wanted to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping. The day was capped off by fireworks over the Music Pier.

Cash-Free Purchasing App is Focus of Ocean City Business Summit

Ocean City’s business community and tourism industry will soon have a new high-tech tool to help them attract new customers with an expanded app offering cash-free transactions. The app, and the 2018 summer season, were discussed at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Summit at the Ocean City Yacht Club, 100 Bay Ave., Thursday night.

Hilarious “Xanadu” Comes to Ocean City Music Pier

In just one day, the stage at the Ocean City Music Pier will be transformed into a 1980s roller disco with a performance of “Xanadu” by the Ocean City Theatre Company. The show runs Oct. 5 through Oct. 7. It features an original hit score composed by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar that includes “Xanadu,” “Party All Over the World,” “Magic” and “I’m Alive.” It is based on the cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7.

Ocean City Police, Community Join to Celebrate National Coffee With Cops

Susan Hobson doesn’t drink coffee. She didn’t even take a nibble of a doughnut. But she made it a point to head into Drip N' Scoop, 960 Asbury Ave., Wednesday morning to say hello to some of Ocean City’s police officers during the local version of National Coffee With Cops. “I am here to thank them,” said Hobson, a resident of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, who also has a summer home in Ocean City.

Ocean City’s UMC at The Shores Offers Comfort, Care and Home

Quality is what staff at the United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City offers to loved ones and their families at an assisted living facility that offers a continuum of care. “When you are a caregiver, you are thinking about what you have to do and checking it off your list. A family should have a quality visit, not a quantity visit. When you come here to see your loved one, you are spending quality time,” said Ryan Champion, director of sales for UMC, 2201 Bay Ave. in Ocean City...

Ocean City Happenings: Fall Block Party and Fireworks Go Off on...

A stretch of clear fall weather is expected to continue through the weekend, and that will provide ideal conditions for Ocean City’s premier autumn event: the Fall Block Party, said Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen. More than 400 crafters, food vendors and entertainers will line a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Block Party helps draw tens of thousands of people to Ocean City for Columbus Day Weekend. The event runs rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m...

Ocean City Police Activity Report Sept. 23-29

Calls for Service: 535 and Daily Average: 76...

Mr. Mature America 2018 Bill Quain Inspires, Coasts Home in OCNJ...

Bill Quain threw his hands up in victory as he crossed the finish line at the OCNJ Half Marathon Sunday that ended at the Ocean City Music Pier. In what would already be a difficult race for even the most accomplished of runners, Quain, 66, of Ocean City, did it blind. The reigning Mr. Mature America ran 13 miles with his sister, Jeannine Norris, by his side, acting as his guide.