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Ocean City “Plunges” into the Summer Season

Tom Giacinto was running late Friday morning. But the vice president of marketing for The Title Company of Jersey, couldn’t go to his appointment minus a tie. For the past eight years, the businessman hasn’t jumped into the ocean for the Ocean City Business Persons Plunge without one. He lucked out. “I went to a thrift store I knew in town and found this one for $2,” he said with a laugh showing off his newly purchased garment. It was perfect, he said. A maroon tie with stars – a power tie – to complete the look of his dark blue and surprisingly well-kept suit..

Fish Tale Charters Angles for Great Fishing

Capt. Craig Peters loves fishing. Ever since he was five years old, he has been on a boat. The retired Galloway Township physical education teacher said he learned his expert fishing skills from one of the best fishermen he has ever known, his grandfather, Bill Peters. “He taught me how to filet fish, bait my hook and cast my line,” the 62-year-old Peters said. His love of fishing inspired by his grandfather was transformed into his own business, Fish Tale Charters, out of Harbour Cove Marina in Somers Point. He operates fishing charters as well as intimate cruises for couples and small groups of people...

Humane Society of Ocean City in Contest to Raise Funds for...

The Humane Society of Ocean City is in the running for a chance to win a $20,000 grand prize that would provide funds to feed the shelter animals for a year, plus pay for some medical expenses and help with renovating the dog kennels. Phil Belluccio, director of operations and development for HSOC, emphasized that the shelter needs the community’s support to beat out more than 100 other nonprofit organizations competing for the money...

Ocean City High School After Prom Creates More Great Memories

When you walk into a high school the thoughts of tropical breezes and paradise don’t really come to mind. But then again, you haven’t been to the Ocean City High School. At least not Saturday night, when the high school was transformed into just that for After Prom 2018. This year’s theme, “Aloha,” gave hundreds of promgoers who were bused over after their memorable night at the historic Flanders Hotel, more reasons to love their school. Students were greeted at the door with a lei and ushered down a beautifully-decorated walk...

Memories Galore at Ocean City High School Prom 2018

Elegant, classy, stylish, traditional, formal and edgy looks put together by none other than students for the 2018 Ocean City High School Prom, rivaled movie-star fashions when more than 600 juniors and seniors sashayed down the red carpet inside the historic Flanders Hotel Saturday night. The rains that poured down and brought the introductions indoors, didn’t dampen the mood, as families crowded on one side of the red velvet stanchions to snap photos of their loved ones...

Ocean City Historical Museum Looks to Youth With Contest

The Ocean City Historical Museum is looking to the future to collect more of the past with a T-shirt contest, that museum members say, is designed to generate more interest by young people in artifacts, photographs and other items that make Ocean City a special place to live. Beth Bowman, a museum Board of Trustees member, created the contest last year. “Everybody loves a T-shirt. It is a way for kids to get involved in museum,” Bowman said Friday. Last year the contest raised $1,000. The proceeds went back into the museum. This year, the hope is to top that figure, she said...

Foglio’s Flooring Center in Marmora Offers the Right Touch

Perseverance, a laid back management style and giving customers top quality choices at reasonable prices, are just some of the things Liz Foglio attributes to the success of her business Foglio’s Flooring Center in Marmora. Foglio, the store owner for 30 years, also credits a woman’s touch in a business dominated by men. “Whenever you go to a floor covering show, you don’t see a lot of women. It is mostly men,” Foglio, 52, of Ocean City explained in an interview Wednesday. “Most owners who show up to the shows are men.” Her store manager, Pandora Mason, 45, of Millville, who recently obtained her certificate in design, complements Foglio and the rest of the team, offering personalized service while helping customers select the best choices to complete the perfect looks in any home...

Ocean City Financial Group Breaks Down “The Great Wealth Transfer”

There is a financial phenomenon materializing as aging baby boomers are beginning to transfer their assets to the next generation. It is estimated that over the next 20 to 25 years, approximately $30 trillion will be passed on to the X-generation and millennials. This enormous transfer of wealth is being coined “The Great Wealth Transfer,” Ocean City Financial Group Financial Planner Mark Reimet explained in a recent interview...

Ocean City Issues Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement by Ocean City officials. While flash flooding is a condition that typically occurs near rivers, Ocean City can experience conditions similar to flash flooding if heavy rain coincides with high tide. The latest forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches of rain to fall Tuesday evening with higher amounts possible. A new moon high tide on the bay side of Ocean City (at the Ninth Street Bridge) will come at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday...

Shore True Value in Somers Point, a True Family-Owned Business

Paul Giunta and his sister Alison Dannenhower are certain they learned what it means to be good business owners from the best – their father Paul Giunta Sr. And if you think about the longevity of success since their grandfather Sam Giunta started Shore True Value Hardware in 1958, followed by their father taking it over 21 years later, they are probably right. “When I bring new people in to work I say, ‘You can get a broader selection and maybe a lower price at a Home Depot, but you won’t get the same customer service,” Paul Giunta said in between doing work on the computer and checking on staff at Shore True Value Hardware in Somers Point. “That is the reason why we have been here for 60 years...