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Mayor’s Message: May 7

Mayor Jay Gillian announced Friday that the Ocean City Police Department will sponsor a bicycle skills and safety event at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 in the Civic Center parking lot at Fifth Street and the Boardwalk. The event is in response to large groups of teenage bicyclists riding through town and causing trouble. "In addition to enforcing laws about unsafe riding with summonses, we also want to recognize safe riding habits by providing a constructive outlet for them," the mayor said of the May 12 event for young bikers. His entire statement follows.

COVID-19 Vaccinations at High School and St. Frances Cabrini Church

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at Ocean City High School (501 Atlantic Avenue) this week, according to a city news release. No appointment is necessary to receive the vaccine from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. St. Frances Cabrini Church located at 114 Atlantic Ave. also will host a vaccine clinic 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 7.

Martin Z. Mollusk Seeks His Shadow on Saturday

Ocean City’s hermit crab mascot will seek his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, on the beach next to the Music Pier, between Moorlyn Terrace and Ninth Street. Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades (sometimes, of course, with the creative use of flashlights by his handlers).

“Skato with Kato” Fundraiser For Animal Shelter

The Ocean City Humane Society will host its annual benefit skate contest on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Skate Park. Ticket and registration details follow.

Sign Up For O.C. Recreation Programs

Registration began online and in-person for Ocean City's recreation programs this week. Many of the programs fill up quickly, so participants are encouraged to take a look at what’s available in advance and be ready to sign up. Registration details follow.

Ocean City Hires Labor Attorney to Investigate Beach Patrol

Ocean City has retained a highly recommended labor attorney to conduct a confidential internal investigation of allegations against Ocean City Beach Patrol employees. “Ocean City remains committed to providing all of the resources necessary to complete a thorough investigation and to ensuring a safe workplace for all employees,” Mayor Jay A. Gillian said in a news release Friday. Vanessa E. James of the firm Barker, Gelfand, James and Sarvas will interview members of the OCBP and individuals who posted anonymously to an Instagram page alleging a variety of sexual harassment offenses, according to the release.

Mayor’s Message: April 30

Ocean City is moving forward with plans for summer events as the recovery from the pandemic progresses. Mayor Jay Gillian announced Friday that the city is planning to have a fireworks display on Sunday, July 4, the Night in Venice celebration on Saturday, July 24, and the 11th annual Baby Parade on Thursday, Aug. 12.

Special Weather Statement: High Wind Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch in effect for Ocean City from noon on Friday, April 30 through 5 a.m. Saturday, May 1. Forecasters predict sustained west winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph possible as a cold front crosses the region. Winds will gradually increase throughout the day and peak in the evening and early overnight hours of Friday. Scattered tree damage and power outages are likely with these strong winds. Gale-force winds are expected to develop across Delaware Bay and the Atlantic waters.

Registration for Summer Recreation Programs Opens May 1

A brochure of 2021 Summer Recreation Programs in Ocean City is now available at www.ocnj.us/summer-recreation-programs. Registration will open online and in-person at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1. Many of the programs are popular and fill up quickly, so participants are encouraged to take a look at what’s available in advance and be ready to sign up early on May 1.

Ocean City Block Party Table Sales Set for This Weekend

Downtown and Boardwalk merchants are throwing a party. “The Best of O.C.” will be on display for this weekend’s Ocean City Block Party Table Sales. The event will not include the outside crafters and vendors that highlight the traditional Spring Block Party, but store owners will display their local merchandise on tables set up outside their storefronts and offer discounts and specials.