Ocean City

O.C. Fishing Club donates

Trustees and officers of the Ocean City Fishing Club donated $250 to the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard to help local residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. The club made the donation to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Inc., which maintains the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard.

Funds are used to purchase bags of emergency food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies for needy victims of a destructive storm that has been officially labeled a post-tropical cyclone.

First Night celebration set

First Night, Ocean City’s nonalcoholic celebration of the New Year, will offer a selection of 60 shows from 4 p.m. to midnight throughout the city.

The evening is capped by a fireworks display at midnight. Admission is $15 per person, which also includes rides at Wonderland Pier from 5 to 9 p.m. plus miniature golf at Gillian’s Adventure Golf from 2 to 9 p.m. Entertainment includes popular children’s shows with magicians, jugglers and puppeteers, Broadway shows, a big band dance, Trout Fishing in America, the Grease Band, Japanese drummers and more. A chart with the entertainment schedule is available at firstnightocnj.com.

The Ocean City Restaurant Association offers Taste of the Jersey Shore at the high school cafeteria. Check the menu at firstnightocnj.com and make reservations at eatinocnj.com. First Night buttons can be purchased at the Wonderland Kiosk in Stainton’s, Eighth and Asbury Avenue at Chamber of Commerce headquarters, Ninth Street across from TD Bank, by calling 609-399-1412 or at firstnightocnj.com.

There is free jitney service from 5 p.m. to midnight, operating continuously between sites starting at the Transportation Center, Ninth and Haven Avenue and the Seventh Street Parking Lot, Seventh and Central Avenue for button holders. Street parking is free and many city parking lots are available for free parking.

There will be food at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street off Boardwalk, featuring Dell’s Grille and light boardwalk fare, Ocean City Senior Center, 17th and Simpson Ave, with Yanni’s specialties, The Primary School, Fifth and West Avenue with light boardwalk fare and St. Peter’s Church, Eighth and Central Avenue with light boardwalk fare.

First Day festivities set

First Day at the Beach and First Day in the Downtown are set for Jan. 1 in Ocean City.

A 5K Boardwalk Run/Walk begins 12:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Registration starts at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $20 with shirt while they last. Without shirt, fee is $10. Registration fee is $18 if received before Dec. 28.

Contact Race Director, Mike Givens at 609-861-0674 or email runawayac@comcast.net. Awards will be presented for the 5K Race, Male and Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Overall. The walk is noncompetitive.

First Night long sleeved shirts will be on sale for $20 in front of the Music Pier. The shirts will feature a replica of every First Night Admission button since the event started 21 years ago. Proceeds benefit First Night programs.

A First Dip in the Ocean is set for 2 p.m. All participants should report to the registration area in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, where they will sign a waiver and receive a Beach Nut Certificate proclaiming that they have bravely negotiated the waters on New Year’s Day in Ocean City.

Visitors will also be able to make an optional donation to support OCNJCARE, the volunteer organization that is assisting those still recovering from the recent storm.

Shoppers are invited to kick off the New Year with First Day In the Downtown along the center-city Asbury Avenue business district. Most stores will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., some earlier at 10 a.m.

For information, call Public Relations at 609-525-9300.

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