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EGG HUNTS, DOO DAH PARADE, WOOFIN' PAWS FASHION SHOW
TWO EGG HUNTS: (APRIL 12 and19) Because of the popularity of our Easter Egg Hunts, the Boardwalk Merchants are presenting two this year. Both will be held from 11th to 13th St. on the Beach at 2:30 p.m. There will be five age groups: Up to 2 years at 11th St., 3 years at 11th St., 4 years at 12th St., 5 years at 12th St. 6 years and 7 years at 13th St. Rain dates are April 13 and April 20 at 2:20 p.m. 180,000 Eggs with Candy and Toys will be distributed. For more information, call 1-800-BeachNJ.
(April 12) 29th Annual Doo Dah Parade starts at noon, 6th and Asbury Ave., goes to 12th and Asbury, then to Boardwalk and ends at Moorlyn Terrace in front of the Music Pier. Peter Funt of Candid Camera will be grand marshal. The Parade includes 600 friendly basset hounds, costumed characters, clowns, fun brigades, bands and surprises. The popular PieAsco follows when the Parade ends. Folks sit in grandstands and smoosh each other with shaving cream pies, honoring the legendary Soupy Sales who attended Doo Dah for many years. You can enter just by being there. It's free. Smoosh the person sitting next to you and receive a certificate to celebrate the occasion.
On Fri., April.11 at noon the humorous and endearing Basset Hound Olympics is set for noon at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. On Fri., April 11 at 2 p.m., Dr. Joel Goodman will present a program on the benefits of Humor at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission free.
On Friday at 7 p.m., Peter Funt will host a program featuring The Best of Candid Camera at the Music Pier. The event will open with a rendition of "Who's on First" by Abbott and Costello champion impersonators, Gil Palmer and Lou Sciara. Admission is by a donation of canned or dry food to the Ocean City Food Cupboard.
On Sat., April 12, there will be a tribute to Abbott and Costello at 3:30 p.m. after the Parade at the Ocean City Free Public Library featuring the Abbott and Costello impersonators and a movie, "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy." The movie includes a cameo performance by Pretty, Perky, Peggy King, who will be at the Library to greet her fans. The event is free and will be held in the Library's main lecture room. For information on Doo Dah events or to enter Parade call (609) 525-9300, after hours and on weekends, call (609)364-4010.
The WOOFIN' PAWS PET FASHION SHOW: (April 19) 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off the Boardwalk. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The competition is open to any pet that will not eat another pet...dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Turtles etc.
Categories include Best Dressed, Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Bathing Suit, Owner Pet Look Alike, Super Hero Costume.
There is a $5 donation per pet that benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. The Humane Society will have a table at the event where spectators may make a voluntary donation to support the no-kill, award winning shelter.
Best of Show receives the Dean Schofield Woofin' Paws Plaque for Perfection in memory of a beloved and valued volunteer of the City's Public Relations Division. For more information, call (609) 525-9300 or access www.ocnj.us.
(April 20) Easter Sunrise Service, a traditional nondenominational service by the sea. All are welcome to the Music Pier, 6:30 a.m., Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For more information, call (609) 525-9300.
(April 20) Easter Fashion Promenade in front of the Music Pier. Come dressed in your Easter best to stroll in our fashion contest and win prizes. The Easter Bunny will be present to pose for photos and give chocolate bunnies to children. Fashion promenade prizes include Best Woman, Best Man, Best Family, Best teens, girls and boys, Best Bonnet, Most Unusual Bonnet, and Children.
(April 26) Step Into Spring 5K Walk/Run: Registration begins 7 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Run/Walk begins 8 a.m. Benefits Betsy Young Memorial Foundation and Abramson Cancer Center of Philadelphia. To register call (609) 233-9020 or on line www.active.com.
(April 26) Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual State wide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. For more information call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9711.
REMINDER: (April 5-6) the Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, featuring the finest artisans on the East Coast. Free parking at nearby City lots. $3 contribution benefits local charities. For more information, call 1-800-822-4112.
REMINDER: The annual Tea sponsored by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will be held at the Flanders Hotel, Thursday May 8 at 2 p.m. New this year will be a High Tea for Attendees. Carol Brill, MFA, author of "Peace by Piece and Cape Maybe," will be guest speaker. Ticket sales will be held on Fri., April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sat., April 12 from 10 a.m. till noon in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Tickets are $25 and limited to 4 per person. No reserved seating. FVOCFPL website http://fvocfpl.wordpress.com.
REMINDER: The third and final session of the Art of Improvisation by the Somers Point Jazz Society will be held on Sunday April 6 at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., starting at 2 p.m. in the Main Lecture Room. Admission is free. The session will be a continuation of the earlier programs as well as an opportunity for student musicians of all ages to bring their instruments to play and learn new techniques. The session will offer students and adults, who may not have had a chance to play this music, to do so with a quartet of seasoned, professional musicians and educators. These include saxophonist and educator, Dr. Michael Pedicin with Chris Simoni, piano, Lee Smith, bass and Vic Stevens, drums. To learn more about the Somers Point Jazz Society, visit its website www.spjazz.org or call (609) 927-6677. The Art of Improvisation Series is dedicated to the late Christopher Maloney, Library Director, who lived a life filled with creative and intellectual inspiration and Community involvement.
ABOUT ART: The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., presents its annual Juried Photography Show through April. The exhibit provides both professionals and amateurs the opportunity to show their work. Admission is free. The Arts Center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call (609) 399-7628.
The Ocean City Fine Arts League, "Art on Asbury," 806 Asbury Ave. is featuring a Protect Our Environment Art Show in April including art made of recyclable materials such as plastic, metal and/or paper. They will also be featuring a show called "Architectural Insights, Buildings from Urban to Rural."Call (609) 814-0308 or access firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help support Ocean City's New Skateboard Park!
Please help us show our elected officials that we support Ocean City's effort to bring back the Skateboard Park. Council is seeking to secure Cape May County “Green Acres Recreation” funding to enable us to build this State-of-the-art "all ages" park. The concept design phase is well underway and we are making extra efforts to anticipate the needs of the families that will be using the park as well as the facility’s surrounding neighbors. Safety, noise, parking, maintenance, and other potential challenges have been carefully factored into the site choice. This park will service not only the families of Ocean City and Cape May County, but will act as an anchor attraction for our tourist and business communities.
We have created a very simple and quick way for you to show your support. The blue link below is our online vote program. Please click on the link and enter your name, zip code and email address, then hit submit. That’s it!
Spring is finally here!! We hope that the first day of Spring signals the end of this harsh, long winter.
The shore always kicks off the spring with plenty of events for the family.
In Ocean City we have the Doo Dah Parade and the very popular beach egg hunt.
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Avalon is a quiet town. They host a few small events.
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Wildwood hosts a big egg hunt on the beach and the shops and arcades open their doors!
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March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. As March comes in this year, the housing sector continues to roar ahead with good news, while other sectors are struggling. Read on to learn the latest details, and what they mean for home loan rates.
Despite the harsh weather, New Home Sales rose by 9.6 percent from December to January to an annual rate of 468,000, well above expectations. The 468,000 rate was the highest level since July 2008. Pending Home Sales for January also came in just above expectations and well above December's reading. In addition, research firm CoreLogic reported that completed foreclosures fell by 19 percent from January 2013 to January 2014, while the Case Shiller 20-city Home Price Index ended its best year since 2005.
On the other end of the spectrum, the second reading for 2013 fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was, in a word, gross. GDP fell to 2.4 percent from the initial reading of 3.2 percent, sharply beneath the 4.1 percent recorded in the third quarter of 2013. The decline was due in part to consumer spending and exports that were less robust than initially thought, signaling U.S. economic growth remains choppy. However, there was some good news in the report as company spending was revised up sharply, suggesting an improvement in business conditions.
In labor market news, weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose by 14,000 in the latest week, reaching a one-month high as the job markets continues their up and down pattern. The labor market has been choppy lately, especially after the anemic number of job creations in December and January.
What does this mean for home loan rates? Remember that the Fed is now purchasing $35 billion in Treasuries and $30 billion in Mortgage Bonds (the type of Bonds on which home loan rates are based) to help stimulate the economy and housing market. This is down from the original $85 billion per month that the Fed had been purchasing. With the December and January job creation numbers far below expectations, the Fed will be looking closely at February's numbers for any signs of a pattern. If this report and other key economic data points are weak, the Fed may have to rethink the tapering it has begun. This story is sure to impact the markets and home loan rates as we move ahead in 2014.
The bottom line is that now remains a great time to consider a home purchase or refinance, as home loan rates remain attractive compared to historical levels. Let me know if I can answer any questions
The most recent sold & settled homes in Avalon & Stone Harbor.-complete w sold prices, photos, days on market and full details:
How to appeal your Shore Property Taxes:
Recently every home owner in Cape May County received their 2013 tax assessment. Including Ocean City, Sea Isle, Avalon, Stone Harbor, the Wildwoods and Cape May County. This will serve as your 2014 basis for taxation.
If you feel that your assessment does NOT meet current Market "sales" Value, we can help. If you are not sure, reach out to us for help.
Appeals mus be be received by April 1st, or 45 days from the date stamped as delivery on the notice.
Ocean City Mayor-Jay Gillian reported in Thursday's Budget that Ocean City properties generally lost 1% of their value in 2013.
You will need (2-5) valid Comparable homes sold to justify any reductions-let us know if we can help you
click the link for ALL FORMS & more details:
lets us know if we can help you with comparable homes sold.
Jaime & Chris Pustizzi
Ocean City is evaluating a permanent skateboard park. One similar to the photo above-with smooth poured concrete. Great for the kids and those active families alike. One that will cater to the masses, attract tourist & reinforce our community as the family beach-destination.
...As you can imagine, the local tax-basis of year-round voters, are mainly made up of anti-tax spenders and will oppose any such improvement. Let's help n get our youth playing outdoors again.
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(Dec. 25) A free Christmas Dinner will be offered at St. Peter’s Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave. It will be a buffet and include home cooked Turkey and Ham with all the trimmings. It will be served from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
All are welcome, “Rich or Poor, Young or Old, In need of or In Need of Giving, Far From Home or from Just Around the Corner.” There will be entertainment. Take Outs are available. Transportation can be provided. There is Handicap access and Free Parking. You can thank Peaches Lukens who has spearheaded this humanitarian event for many years. It is sponsored by the Christian Community Circle and many generous contributions from Ocean City and the surrounding area. Call (609) 398-8781 for information and/or assistance.
(Dec. 21) A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol presented by the Ocean City Theatre Co., 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. at the Music Pier. All tickets $10, call (609) 525-9300 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. Everyone’s favorite holiday tale gets the fractured fairy tale treatment. A unique and entertaining adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic performed by 3rd to 8th grade members of the Theatre Co.
(Dec. 21) Breakfast with Santa Claus, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Jon and Patty’s, 637 Asbury Ave., (609) 399-3377.
(Dec. 21-22) Free Horse and Carriage Rides, noon to 3 p.m. starting from in front of City Hall, 9th and Asbury Ave.
(Dec. 21-22) Photos with Santa in a Lifeguard Boat, noon to 3 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, $10.
(Dec. 22) Breakfast with Santa Claus, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Yanni’s Café, 841 Asbury Ave., (609) 391-1113.
(Dec. 27, 29) Fox Vocal Arts Presents Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel. Enjoy the magical, musical adventure of two children, a gingerbread house and a heroic escape from an evil witch! Free admission! At the Ocean City Library’s Lecture/Hall Theatre, 1735 Simpson Ave., Fri., Dec. 27 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 29 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
(Jan. 1) First Day at the Beach: 5k Boardwalk Run starts 1 p.m.; First Dip in the Ocean at 2 p.m. Register for both events by the Music Pier. There will be First Day Shopping Bargains all day at Downtown Asbury Ave. Call (609) 525-9300 for information.
GET YOUR FIRST NIGHT New Year's Eve. Admission Buttons now. Choose from 60 entertainment programs with fireworks at midnight and ice skating on the largest Ice Skating Rink south of Rockefeller Center at the 6th St. Parking Lot. Rink accommodates 100 skaters at a time. Skates are supplied or bring your own. Enjoy the world's tallest snowman, 30 ft. tall Bouncy at High School Football Field and much more! Admission buttons are just $15 per person. Visit www.firstnightocnj.com , call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or (609) 399-1412 or get buttons at Stainton's Square, 8th and Asbury Ave. in Ocean City.