Fourth of July in Ocean City Draws Big Crowds

first_img4-71st Paige Santore, Alexandria, VA2nd Kiera Seick, Havertown, Pa3rd Charlie Mager, Ardmore, PA8 and over1st Lacey Laudadio, Berwyn, PA2nd Katherine Sean, Wilmington, DE3rd Erin Ney, Ocean City, NJFAMILY1st Cheerleading, Jamison, PA2nd The Mondels, Cherry Hill, NJ3rd The DiMarinos, West Deptford, NJGroups1st 44th Street Whistleblowers, Somerdale, NJ2nd Gallagher Family RESULTS OF SOUTH OCEAN CITY PARADE JUDGING(912 participants)3 and under1st Caden Costa, Villanova, PA2nd Declan McCluskey, Severndale Park, MD3rd Matteo Ciccarone, Spring City, PA The predicted rain never fell, and crowds enjoyed a cool and dry Fourth of July in Ocean City.The beaches, boardwalk, stores and streets were jammed on Saturday as people took advantage of the surprisingly good weather.Ocean City’s two annual Independence Day bike parades — one in the Gardens and one in the south end — went off on schedule — with families decked out in red, white and blue for the occasion.Other special events included a kite festival, yo-yo demonstration, hula hoop contest and performance by the Tidal Wave Band in front of the Ocean City Music Pier.The activities culminated in a 10 p.m. fireworks display launched from a barge off Ninth Street.See photos of the fireworks and South Ocean City Improvement Association Bike Parade in the slideshow above. Results of the parade judging are below.center_img [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”9″ gal_title=”Fourth of July 2015″]last_img read more

Upgrades to Help Music Pier Hit a High Note

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiOnly a year after its devastating 1927 Boardwalk fire, Ocean City began construction on a grand concert hall that was to become the epicenter of entertainment and cultural arts in the resort town.The 1928 cornerstone plaque on the outside of the building indicates that it was originally christened the Municipal Pavilion, a rather bland name that clearly did not reflect the excitement going on inside.Now known as the Music Pier, a far more illustrious title, the oceanfront venue is about to receive a $2.1 million facelift to ensure it will continue to host concerts, shows and beauty pageants for many more years to come.“It’s one of the most iconic buildings of Ocean City. It is also one of the most recognizable buildings,” Mayor Jay Gillian said in an interview Friday.The Music Pier is one of a number of municipal buildings, facilities, playgrounds and other public sites that will be upgraded as part of a $7.9 million bond ordinance approved Thursday night by City Council.City spokesman Doug Bergen noted that it is important to maintain the Music Pier because, along with the Boardwalk and other local landmarks, it is part “of what defines Ocean City.”Clad in stucco, the building features an eye-catching, Spanish-style design accented by soaring arched windows that peer out over the beach, ocean and Boardwalk.The cornerstone plaque lists the city officials, architects and contractors who were involved with the building’s construction in 1928.Although the cornerstone plaque is stamped with the date 1928, the Music Pier actually opened in 1929, the same year as the stock market crash that plunged the nation into the Great Depression. During its 90-year lifetime, the Music Pier has outlasted the Depression and many other epic events in U.S. history.However, its oceanside location at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk constantly exposes it to storms and the corrosive salt air. Most of the upgrades are designed to maintain the historic structure, Bergen noted.Most urgently, the building needs a new roof and a new heating and air-conditioning system. The roof project will go out to bid this spring and will be completed in a way that does not interrupt the entertainment schedule.“Whatever we do there, it is not going to disrupt the building’s functions,” City Business Administrator George Savastano said.The heating and air-conditioning systems are in the design phase and will likely be finished this fall.Improvements to the Music Pier’s sound system, stage lighting and bathrooms will also be done to create a more inviting experience for the tens of thousands of people who visit the building every year.Bergen explained that the current sound system is outdated. In addition to improving the acoustics, the new sound system will eliminate the need to rent temporary equipment to accommodate some acts and to avoid the stacks of speakers that can obscure the stage and video screens, he said.The sound improvements will follow $150,000 invested in the building two years ago for large video screens that give spectators a better view of performances. This was done with donations by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops, the fund-raising arm of the local orchestra that calls the Music Pier its home.The Music Pier is perched on the beach, offering oceanfront views through soaring arched windows.The orchestra’s performances are part of an array of entertainment and special events hosted by the Music Pier. Throughout the year, there are concerts, musicals, beauty pageants, food festivals, antiques fairs and other shows.On New Year’s Eve, the Music Pier serves as the location for the headline act for the city’s First Night festivities, a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration to ring in the New Year.On Saturday, the Ocean City Sports Memorabilia Show featuring Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles and former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Matt Stairs will be held at the Music Pier.“From this weekend’s Sports Memorabilia Show through First Night at the end of the year, it will be home to hundreds of shows and events,” Bergen said.Inside, the hall seats between 900 and 1,000 people for most shows. The building’s open-sided loggia overlooking the ocean is also a home to special events such as Wacky Wednesday taffy-sculpting, the annual Green Fair and the newer Chili and Chowder Festival, Bergen said.Mayor Gillian stressed that the Music Pier is such an important landmark for Ocean City that it must be protected and enhanced with a series of capital improvements.“This is one of the projects that we must absolutely do,” he said.The sign out front advertises the Sports Memorabilia Show at the Music Pier on Saturday. The Ocean City Music Pier will light up with an array of entertainment.last_img read more

President limited in duties, campaigning, due to positive coronavirus status

first_img Pinterest President Trump was taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center “out of an abundance of caution,” the White House said Friday evening, after testing positive for COVID-19 and experiencing “mild symptoms.”Hospitalized or not, the president’s positive test will put some limits on what he can do as president, and as a candidate for a second term, said Charles “Chip” Taylor, a political science professor at Ball State University.“This development has an immediate impact on the president’s ability to travel for at least the next 10 to 14 days, which in turn will likely affect some planned campaign activities,” said Taylor.He said he expects the president, depending on how his health holds up, will likely be campaigning in some capacity using technology. Trump’s schedule already had him participating in a campaign phone call event.“It was clear in the debate earlier this week, if not before then, that Joe Biden is making the president’s response to the COVID pandemic a large part of his campaign messaging. This development brings even greater salience to message,” said Taylor.He said that also means that the Biden team will need to handle their messaging carefully.“I think that everyone hopes for a speedy and full recovery for President and First Lady Trump. The Biden team would certainly want to avoid any comments that might be construed as less than sympathetic about their contracting the coronavirus.”Taylor said it is worth acknowledging that the president is in a high-risk age group for having more severe consequences from a coronavirus infection.“If his experience with the virus was one with extended or more severe symptoms, then the impact on the campaign and his presidency would likely be more serious,” he said.Taylor also said the president may be able to participate in the next debate, which is two weeks away, if his health doesn’t deteriorate. Google+ Facebook WhatsApp President limited in duties, campaigning, due to positive coronavirus status Previous articleNotre Dame’s Father Jenkins tests positive for the coronavirusNext articleMore Greek house at I.U. Bloomington forced to halt activities Network Indiana WhatsApp (“Trump, Pentagon leaders honor 9/11 victims” by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CC BY 2.0)center_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter By Network Indiana – October 2, 2020 0 250 CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Chamber is wanring businesses and customers to be vigilant after a number of suspected fraud attempts.Letterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterAt least two attempts were made to purchase goods illegally.Chamber CEO Toni Forrestor said at this time of the year they are issuing a timely reminder to retailers online and offline to be vigilant about card payments. “One of our members has been targetted by an online fraudulent card for goods being delivered to Nottingham. Their card merchant suggested that there was a campaign being targeted on Donegal.“This is a terrible thing t happen to any business in the run up to Christmas and unfortunately as we do more online this will become more commonplace and we urge all retailers to be vigilant both online and offline.“We always advise that businesses check out to ensure all staff are aware of procedures. We obviously warn about this type of activity throughout the year but at this very busy time it is more important than ever. No one can afford to give away valuable stock so we advise that businesses do all they can to mitigate against fraud at all times.“We discourage card not present transactions and ask that retailers check out delivery addresses to ensure that they exist and that goods are not being delivered to a pick up point. The merchant bank or online payment processor may pick up fraud but it is always best to err on the side of caution. The chamber also had  a suspected fraudulent purchase on their ShopLK website.“We checked out the address and discovered it did not exist so we declined the purchase. It might be tough turning away a potential client but if you have any doubt you are better to refuse the sale.“This is a busy time for everyone so we just hope that no one else will be affected,” added Ms Forrestor. WARNING ISSUED AFTER FRAUD ATTEMPTS ON LETTERKENNY BUSINESSES was last modified: December 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more