Holiday celebrations will not end at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Ocean City. There are family friendly events planned throughout New Year’s Day — including a popular polar plunge known locally as the First Dip. The annual First Plunge is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 1, 2016 at Ninth Street Beach.The annual 5k boardwalk run will start at 1 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. This year there will be computer chip timing. Runners and walkers can register online or print a paper application. The pre-registration fee is $20. The race day fee is $30. Tee shirts will be guaranteed to pre-registered runners and will be given out while supplies last on race day.The “First Dip in the Ocean of 2016” will take place at 2 p.m. on the beach in front of the Music Pier. Both those who jump in the ocean and those who watch are encouraged to donate to the HERO Campaign. The HERO Campaign promotes the use of designated sober drivers to prevent accidents related to driving under the influence of alcohol.There will be a “New Year’s Day Shopping Extravaganza” in the downtown area. Local shops will be open and have sales during the day.
New Jersey American Water will replace approximately 10,280 feet of aging water mains in Ocean City this winter, the company announced in a press release.The company will upgrade the aging water lines, installed as far back as the 1910s, with new mains along the following streets: Davids Place from West Avenue to the beachMerion Place from West Avenue to the beach48th Street from West Avenue to the beachAsbury Avenue from 47th Street to 48th StreetCentral Avenue from 47th Street to 48th StreetWalnut Road Bay Avenue to Glenwood DriveGlenwood Drive from Anchor Road to the end of the streetFerndale Drive from Spruce Road to Anchor RoadGrenada Lane from Spruce Road to the end of the streetMariana Lane from Spruce Road to the end of the streetLeyete Lane from Spruce Road to the end of the streetThe $2.6 million investment will continue to advance water service reliability and increase water flows for household consumption and fire protection in Ocean City, according to the press release.The project is part of New Jersey American Water’s multimillion-dollar initiative to accelerate the renewal of water infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life in more than 100 communities across the state.New Jersey American Water’s local, qualified contractor, Perna Finnigan, Inc., began work on St. Davids Place, Merion Place, 48th Street, Asbury Avenue, and Central Avenue. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, extending to 5:30 p.m. after daylight savings begins.Pioneer Pipe Contractors, Inc. has begun work on the remaining projects. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work outside of these hours is not anticipated unless required to maintain the project schedule. All projects are scheduled to conclude by the end of May.Final street restorations for St. Davids Place, Merion Place, 48th Street, Asbury Avenue, and Central Avenue will be completed in the spring in a combined effort with the city of Ocean City. The restoration of the remaining streets will be completed in the fall of 2020.For the public’s and workers’ safety, traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns are likely to occur during work hours. All emergency vehicles and local traffic will be allowed access during construction. New Jersey American Water values the safety of its workers and advises drivers and pedestrians to take caution in the vicinity of work sites. New Jersey American Water is investing $2.6 million for the project. (Photo courtesy of New Jersey American Water Facebook page)