Get ready for the Chili Chowder Fest this weekend in Ocean City at the Music Pier. (Courtesy City of Ocean City) Ocean City restaurateurs will be cooking up their favorite recipes for the third annual Chili Chowder Fest 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Ocean City Music Pier. The feast features a wide variety of chilis and chowders and is set up under the roof of the Music Pier loggia with great ocean views. A DJ and kids’ activities will add to the fun.For the second year in a row, Ocean City firefighters will have their own Chili Cook Off with proceeds benefiting the Ocean City Fire Foundation.Admission ($15 for adults and $5 for children) is good for unlimited samples. Wrist bands can be purchased at the door or in advance at Randazzo’s, Varsity Inn, Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor (weekends only) or at any of Ocean City’s fire stations. For more information, visit eatinocnj.com.The Ocean City Fire Department and IAFF Local 4032 will hold their annual Open House at the station at 550 Asbury Avenue from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. The event had originally been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11, but it was moved due to the weather forecast.Everyone in the community is invited to this free event. It will feature a live burn demonstration, a “smoke house” where kids can safely learn to navigate a dark and smoky structure, tours of trucks, a helicopter landing, a “Jaws of Life” demonstration, free hot dogs, pretzels and more.The annual event coincides with national Fire Prevention Month and gives the community a chance to learn more about how the department works. Off-duty firefighters from the local firefighters’ union volunteer their time to produce the event. For information, call (609) 525-9182.Firefighters will let kids try out the fire hose on “smoke houses.” (Courtesy City of Ocean City)Jeeps will be displayed on the Boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, during the Ocean City NJ Jeep Invasion. For more information, visit www.NJJeepInvasion.The Cape May County Bar Association 5-Kilometer Run is set for Saturday, Oct. 13. Pre-registration is at runsignup.com and race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Music Pier. The race starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call Pam Kaithern at 609-463-0313.The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14. Register at 9 a.m. at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. Walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345. Also coming up in OctoberHundreds turned out in Ocean City for a fundraising walk benefiting the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers in 2016. This year’s walk is Oct. 21.OC READS (Oct. 10 to 17): OC Reads is a program designed to bring people together through literature by encouraging them to read the same book. This year’s book is “Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust” by Michael Hingson. A book discussion will be held 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Ocean City Free Public Library. The “Thunder Dog Learning Showcase” 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13, will feature speakers discussing how they train their therapy dogs and seeing-eye dogs. Hingson will present a meet-the-author talk, Q&A and book-signing at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the library.Fridays With Friends (Oct. 12): Ocean City students in grades 8 to 12 are invited to the Ocean City Civic Center 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to hang out, eat pizza, play ping pong, pickleball, dodgeball, basketball, shuffleboard and more. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 609-398-6900.Porsche 356 East Coast Holiday (Oct. 19 and 20): Vintage (1948-1965) 356 series Porsches will roll into town and will be displayed on the Boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. For more information, visit www.eastcoastholiday2018ocnj.org.John R. Elliott Hero Walk (Oct. 21): The annual 5-kilometer HERO walk and run on the Boardwalk will take place at 9:30 a.m. Hero ceremonies are at 10:30 a.m. The event raises awareness of the importance of sober designated drivers. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.herocampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Annual Welcome Night (Oct. 24): Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Welcome Night invites the community to the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Meet Ocean City groups, businesses and organizations. Free to attend. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.The city’s 71st annual Halloween Parade is sure to scare up some laughs.Halloween EventsOcean City rolls into late October on Thursday, Oct. 25, with its 71st annual Halloween Parade. The event is a favorite on the fall calendar and features local children, families, bands, entertainers, businesses and organizations costumed for the occasion. The parade starts at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 25 and proceeds down Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street.The event is sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. To register to participate, call 800-813-5580 or visit ochp.blogspot.com. Watching the parade is free – with great spots to catch all of the action from either side of downtown Asbury Avenue.The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s annual Halloween Costume Party is set for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Ocean City Yacht Club. Tickets are $65 until Oct. 13, then go up to $75. The party is for adults (21-and-over) and includes food, dancing and prizes. To purchase tickets, visit the Theatre Company’s website at www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com. Traditional trick-or-treating hours in Ocean City will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween – Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh T.D has sanctioned a grant of €740,000 in total for Muintearas and Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne for the 2014/2015 school year to run the Irish-Language Assistants Scheme.He said €243,000 of the money has been allocated to Co Donegal schools.“This is another significant step in the implementation of the Family Language Support Programme,” said the Minister of State. “When that Programme was launched in April 2012, reference was made to the importance of an amended approach to the practical support of Gaeltacht families who are raising their children through Irish or who wish to do so.“The grant announced today will enable the two organisations that administer the Irish-Language Assistants Scheme to continue to actively support the preservation and strengthening of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht.”The Minister of State said he was pleased that the Department has expanded this scheme in recent years. “When the scheme began, the assistants focussed on those who didn’t have any Irish but now, children who already speak the language are being helped to enhance it. The scheme influences the language habits of students and ensures that Irish is used as the main language of communication, not just in the classroom but in the schoolyard as well”, said the Minister of State.gaeilge €740,000 ceadaithe ag an Aire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., chun Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga a reáchtáil in 2014/15.D’fhógair an tAire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., inniu go bhfuil deontas, ar fiú €740,000 in iomlán é, ceadaithe aige do Mhuintearas agus d’Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne chun cur ar a gcumas Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga a reáchtáil don scoilbhliain 2014/2015.“Is céim shuntasach eile é seo i bhfeidhmiú an Chláir Tacaíochta Teaghlaigh,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit. “Nuair a seoladh an Clár sin i mí Aibreáin 2012, tagraíodh don tábhacht a bhí le cur chuige leasaithe chun tacú go praiticiúil le teaghlaigh Ghaeltachta a bhfuil a bpáistí á dtógáil acu le Gaeilge nó a dteastaíonn uathu a bpáistí a thógáil le Gaeilge. Mar gheall ar an gcúnamh atá á fhógairt inniu, beidh ar chumas an dá eagraíocht a riarann Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga leanúint orthu ag tacú go gníomhach le caomhnú agus neartú na Gaeilge sa Ghaeltacht.”Dúirt an tAire Stáit gur cúis sásaimh dó é go bhfuil an Roinn tar éis cur leis an scéim seo le blianta beaga anuas. “Nuair a cuireadh tús leis an scéim, bhí na cúntóirí ag díriú orthu siúd nach raibh an Ghaeilge ar a dtoil acu ach anois, cuidítear fosta le páistí a bhfuil an teanga acu cheana féin í a shaibhriú. Imríonn an scéim tionchar ar nósmhaireacht teanga na scoláirí agus cinntíonn sí go mbíonn an Ghaeilge in úsáid mar ghnáth-theanga chumarsáide, ní hamháin sa seomra ranga ach i gclós na scoile fosta,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit . McHUGH ANNOUNCES MAJOR FUNDING TO BOOST IRISH IN DONEGAL SCHOOLS was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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) read more