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Wednesday, July 17, 2024


Upper Township 3.8.2006

By Rick Racela

Hello Upper Township and Ocean City!
I have quite a lot of news to share today, so I better get right to it.
Tonight at 7 p.m. the Ocean City Arts Center is hosting its annual membership meeting, which is free and open to the public.
The guest speaker at the meeting will be Ralph Hunter, founder and president of the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey located in the Newtonville section of Buena Vista Township.
The museum is an outgrowth of Hunter’s personal collection of art and artifacts related to the African American experience. 
A retired import-export retailer, Hunter started collecting 35 years ago.
His first purchase led to a lifelong passion that eventually resulted in accumulating more than 7,000 artifacts-from a 15th century English toy bank depicting a caricature of a black male figure, to a rare cloth doll of Jersey City-born comedian Flip Wilson, and to period furnishings from black homes.
Before getting a permanent space, Hunter operated a traveling museum, visiting churches, schools, and organizations in South Jersey.
 Eventually Buena Vista Township allowed him to create a permanent museum out of the trailers that were used by construction workers when they were building Harrah’s casino. 
Today hundreds of years of the African American experience fill the 10,000 square foot facility, and the museum is chartered as a New Jersey non-profit organization.
His talk tonight is certain to be fascinating!
On March 21, the Mature Adults of the Church of the Resurrection in Marmora are hosting a trip to the Tropicana to see “The Rat Trap,” featuring Frank, Dean, and Sammy.
The package costs $20, which is quite a bargain since the value of the trip is actually $35.
The bus leaves the church parking lot at 11 a.m. and will return at about 7 p.m.
Contact Joe at 624-1110 for more information.
Mark your calendars for the twenty-first annual Doo Dah Parade, happening in Ocean City on April 22.
I know it’s a bit early to bring it up, but I couldn’t resist because this year’s Grand Marshal is such a big star.
Legendary actor and comedian Mickey Rooney will receive a lifetime achievement award on the Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier following the parade.
Rooney will also appear in the Doo Dah Comedy Show at 8 p.m. following the Parade at the Tabernacle Auditorium, Fifth and Wesley avenues.
The show will be a “Tribute to Mickey Rooney” and feature comedians, vocalists and a special appearance by the Pitman Hobo Band, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Rooney will make other appearances in the City during his four-day stay here.
He will attend a lecture by Dr. Joel Goodman of the Humor Project on how humor reduces stress and the Basset Hound Olympics held the day before the parade.
Over 500 basset hounds waddle in the Doo Dah Parade.
I’m sure I don’t need to remind you who Mickey Rooney is, but in case you’ve forgotten why he’s so famous, here are a few highlights:
Rooney was the number one box office actor in the U.S. from 1939 to 1941.
He became known for his work on such films as “A Midsummer Nights Dream,” “Boys Town,” “Babes In Arms” and the hit Andy Hardy series.
He starred with many Hollywood leading ladies including Lana Turner, Anne Rutherford and Judy Garland.
He has appeared in over 200 films and is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Oscar.
The Doo Dah Parade begins at Sixth and Asbury avenues and travels through the center of town and concludes at the Music Pier on the Boardwalk.
Entry in the Doo Dah Parade is free.
All participants receive a commemorative T Shirt and free hotdog lunch from major sponsor, Dietz and Watson.
For information contact the Public Relations Office by calling 525-9300 or emailing
I actually have even more news to share, but that’s all we have room for this week.
Thanks to everyone who submitted events.
I’ll be back with more next week, of course.
In the meantime, if you have news you want to see printed here please email me at or leave a voicemail at 898-8825.

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