Fireworks will delight crowds on First Night. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) The legendary Spinners will perform Grammy-nominated hits like “Working My Way Back to You” and “The Rubberband Man” in three shows at the Ocean City Music Pier.The Fabulous Greaseband will get the crowd dancing with three shows of their own at the Ocean City Civic Center.Families can swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, ice-skate at the Intermediate School, or skateboard at Ocean City’s new park while a DJ spins tunes.These are just a few of the 30 different shows and activities at 22 venues throughout town as Ocean City marks the 27th anniversary of its popular family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration this year on Dec. 31.The lineup includes entertainment to satisfy every taste and age group. A spectacular fireworks display will cap off the evening of fun and ring in the new year at midnight.All-inclusive admission buttons are on sale now and available at firstnightocnj.com and at locations throughout town.New entertainment for this year’s lineup includes Disney Junior’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve engaging children with sing-alongs, dance routines and lots of other crowd participation during shows at the Music Pier.Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute will demonstrate how science impacts our everyday lives during interactive shows at the Music Pier.Magician Chad Juros will entertain crowds of all ages. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)Ice-Skating Moves to Intermediate SchoolDue to the New Year’s Eve rainy forecast, ice-skating has been moved from the Civic Center basketball courts to the Ocean City Intermediate School’s all-purpose room (1801 Bay Avenue).This stop will be part of the route for free jitney transportation between all events.For complete information on the event and on how to purchase admission buttons, visit firstnightocnj.com.The Fabulous Greaseband is a popular attraction year after year. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)A slapstick comedy dog show called “Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix” will be performed three times at the Ocean City High School gymnasium.Vocal Trash, which is described as “Glee Meets Stomp,” performs at the Ocean City Tabernacle. For the first time, the library will host a live Quizzo team trivia contest.A Choo Choo Train will run between Sixth Street and Eighth Street on the boardwalk between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.Other favorites include a “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with the Ocean City Pops,” telescope observations (weather permitting), mentalist Dan Cain, magician Chad Juros and more.The fun continues on New Year’s Day with a 5-kilometer run on the boardwalk and the wildly popular First Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean.Here’s the guide to how to enjoy First Night and First Day in Ocean City.Jamie and Sydney Apple race back to the beach after diving into the chilly ocean to mark the first day of 2018.WHEN: First Night events run 4 p.m. to midnight on Monday, Dec. 31. The First Day 5K starts at 1 p.m. and the First Plunge goes off at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1.ADMISSION BUTTONS: Buttons ($20) are good for all events. Children age 2 and under are free. They are on sale now.Online: Visit firstnightocnj.com.By phone:Call 609-399-6111.In person:Buttons can be purchased at the Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue) and at the 46th Street Welcome Center (46th and West).Pickup at will-call will be available daily at the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street entrance). On New Year’s Eve, City Hall will-call will be open until 9 p.m. (First Night will not use the Stainton’s location this year.)FULL SCHEDULE: The full schedule of events and activities and a printable grid are available at firstnightocnj.com. Descriptions of all entertainment programs are also available at firstnightocnj.com.https://ocnjdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FirstNightGrid-1.pdfPARKING AND TRANSPORTATION: All municipal parking lots and metered parking spots are free. Jitneys will provide free transportation from 5 p.m. until midnight for button-holders, operating continuously between sites starting at the Ocean City Transportation Center (Ninth Street and Haven Avenue) and Seventh Street Parking Lot (Seventh Street and Central Ave.). For a route map and complete information, visit firstnightocnj.com.DINING AND SHOPPING: Food and drink will be for sale at the Civic Center (Del’s Grill), Ocean City High School cafeteria (Sack O’ Subs), Ocean City Community Center (Yianni’s Café), Ocean City Primary School Cafeteria and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church (light boardwalk fare). For a full list of Ocean City dining and shopping outlets open on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, visit firstnightocnj.com.HISTORY: First Night in Ocean City was modeled after an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration in Boston that marked the nation’s bicentennial in 1976.The first celebration in Ocean City 27 years ago included 25 entertainment acts in five different locations with admission buttons selling for $8 ($5 before Dec. 26). About 800 buttons were sold.While other First Night events have faded, Ocean City’s has only grown more popular with families making it an annual tradition for a safe New Year’s Eve. Today, attendance is capped at 10,000 with admission buttons selling out year after year.FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH:BOARDWALK RUN: A 5-kilometer run starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. Race-day registration begins 11 a.m. at the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Shirts for all who pre-register and while supplies last.Refreshments are available after the race. Entry fee is $30 (or $25 if you register before Christmas). For full information, links to online registration and printable forms, visit firstnightocnj.com.FIRST PLUNGE: The ocean plunge starts at 2 p.m. on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier. Participants should register inside the Music Pier before heading to the beach. Registration is free, but all participants must sign a waiver. First Day At The Beach shirts will be on sale at the Music Pier for $20.SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: There will be an all-day shopping extravaganza with discounts at stores on Asbury Avenue and the boardwalk from 5th to 14th Streets.Asbury Avenue businesses boast deals for First Day shopping.
European Union negotiators are thought to have failed to reach an agreement on the revised IORP Directive at a trialogue meeting that lasted until early morning today (16 June), but, according to the chair of the European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON), they are “close to a deal”.Robert Gualtieri made the comment in a post on Twitter at around 3:30 CET this morning, adding that the negotiators had made “very good progress”. Brian Hayes, Irish MEP and IORP II rapporteur, had earlier turned to the social media platform to provide an update on the negotiations. “IORP negotiations continuing late into the night,” he said. “Making progress but still a lot to be decided.”Although neither explicitly stated so, the negotiations – between the European Parliament, the European Commission and member states – are understood to have failed to produce a final revised IORP Directive.IPE contacted Hayes for confirmation but did not hear back by the time of publication.IPE understands that a seventh trialogue meeting is due to take place before the Dutch presidency lapses at the end of June.Slovakia then assumes the presidency until the end of the year.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch finance minister and president of the Europgroup, had on Tuesday said he hoped last night’s meeting would be the last and that the negotiations were “close to successful closure”.Cross-border funding is likely to have been the main hurdle to reaching an agreement last night, according to a source, having been the most challenging item over the months previous.
DENISON, Iowa (Jan. 23) – The 2015 Deery Brothers Summer Series will take its first green flag at Crawford County Speedway. After inclement weather washed out numerous attempts to bring the series back to Denison last spring, the upcoming IMCA Late Model tour travels to Crawford County for opening night action on Saturday, April 4.In all, the 29th annual series currently has 16 dates. The first 15 of those events pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Additional tour dates are still pending. “It’s nice to have our highest paying race as the series finale at the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “That feature pays $7,500 to win so it should make for an exciting conclusion to the series.” The one previous Deery race at Denison was held in 1994. Kossuth County Speedway in Algona has also hosted just one tour event, in 2008, and brings the series back for a July 2 show. “If we get all our races in, this year’s schedule is geographically balanced within our Late Model area,” Yoder noted. “That should give more drivers in central and western Iowa the chance to follow the series.”Four events are on the initial series schedule before the start of the weekly IMCA Late Model point season: April 4 at Denison, April 11 at West Liberty Raceway, April 17 at Farley and April 18 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City.The series is at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on May 3 and at Boone Speedway for the traditional Memorial Day show on May 25. Marshalltown Speedway hosts the June 2 race. After visiting Algona, the series is at West Liberty Raceway July 7, Independence Motor Speedway on July 8, Dubuque Speedway on July 12 and back at Quad City on July 22. Liberty 100 shows are qualifying on Sept. 4 and two $3,000 to win features on Sept. 5. The Sept. 7 Labor Day feature during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s brings the tour back to Boone with that evening’s winner earning a bonus based on their number of sanctioned weekly starts during the season and a possible $4,500 payday. Farley’s Sept. 18 and 19 Yankee Dirt Track Classic brings the series to a close.Non-qualifier pay at each of the first 15 races is $100. Sunoco Race Fuel feature qualifier drawings for $250 in cash will be held each night and drivers with perfect attendance earn shares of $2,000 in cash after the series season is complete. Casey’s General Store is also back on board as title sponsor of the redraw and will give $100 gift cards to all drivers with perfect attendance throughout the series.“There are no changes in race night procedures and most sponsorship programs are back in place,” Yoder said. “We have a very good series again in 2015. We always sharpen the pencil and look for ways to make it better every year.” The Deery Brothers Automotive Group returns as title sponsor of the series. The champion will earn $5,000, with point fund shares to the top 10 and pro-rated for drivers not competing at all events. Drivers finishing outside the top 10 in points but with perfect attendance are guaranteed $500.Defending champion is Justin Kay of Wheatland. Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has perfect attendance through the series’ first 434 events.