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Mayor Jay Gillian is urging everyone to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as Ocean City joins the nation in observing the 19th anniversary of the tragedy. The city's 9/11 memorial ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in front of the Fire Department headquarters on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. "This will be my message for this evening: Be nice, be kind, never forget those lost on 9/11, and never forget the good that followed," the mayor said in a statement Friday.
Ocean City’s annual “A Day to Remember” 9/11 memorial ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Friday outdoors in front of the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters, between Fifth Street and Sixth Street on Asbury Avenue. All are encouraged to attend and to wear face coverings at all times during the event. Chairs will be set up to maintain social distancing.
Ocean City and the Ocean City Exchange Club announced Thursday that the Halloween Parade will be canceled for 2020. The 73rd annual event had been scheduled for Oct. 29. “With N.J. Governor Phil Murphy’s strict prohibition on mass gatherings unlikely to be lifted any time soon and with so much advanced planning necessary for event participants and organizers, making the call now is the only safe decision,” Mayor Jay Gillian said. The Exchange Club of Ocean City is planning to bring back the Halloween Parade in 2021, Parade Chairman Jeff Shirk said.
With the approach of Labor Day, Mayor Jay Gillian is wishing Ocean City's residents and visitors a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. "I would like to thank everybody for their precautions, patience and understanding during this extraordinary summer. Summer is busy, fun and always too short," he said in his weekly mayor's message Friday. His full message follows.
The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers & Crafters Market, originally scheduled through Sept. 9, has been extended through Sept. 30. Farmers will be on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th Street and Asbury Avenue. Crafters will be on Asbury Avenue between 5th and 6th streets. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and showcases a dozen farmers and a number of crafters with many handmade treasures and treats.
On Saturday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 8 p.m. music lovers can tune in to a library webinar to hear the sounds of a Brazilian jazz group called Minas. Minas is one of an array of musical groups performing virtually in the Ocean City Free Public Library’s Fall Concert Series. Details follow on how to register for the jazz concert.
Student-athletes at Ocean City High School turned out Tuesday morning to give teachers at all three public schools a VIP greeting on their first day of the 2020-2021 school year. The welcome back ceremony included goodies that were given to the teachers by OCNJ CARE, a nonprofit organization that is helping the community to recover from the emotional and financial hardships of the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers Jen Bowman, Kathy Sykes, Terry Camoratto, Julie Bickings, Katie Grimm and Ray and Sarah Clark helped to organize the event. Members of the girls lacrosse team greeted teachers at the primary school. At the intermediate school, the teachers were cheered on by members of the girls cross country team. Football players welcomed back the teachers at the high school.
Just in time for Halloween, the Ocean City Free Public Library will feature an expert on ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Jeff Belanger, who has been exploring the unexplained for more than 20 years, will delve into the legends during a free Zoom library presentation on Monday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. Details follow on how to register for Belanger's presentation.
Mayor Jay Gillian announced Friday that the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center weight and exercise rooms will open on Tuesday, Sept. 1. This follows Gov. Phil Murphy's decision allowing New Jersey gyms to reopen at 25 percent capacity starting Sept. 1. Members at the Aquatic and Fitness Center can reserve a time slot one day in advance by calling 609-398-6900, starting on Monday. More details follow on the safety guidelines.