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O.C. Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A deep, resounding voice came from the back of the room at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, where crowds came to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. Then, keynote speaker, Rev. Gregory Johnson, of Shiloh Baptist Church, made his way to the stage. He captured the attention of the hundreds of people who were all there to listen to the message of Dr. King during Ocean City’s 28th annual celebration. King's words resonated with those who spoke on his day, including Rev. Johnson, who recited the late civil rights leader's epic "I Have a Dream" speech from 1963.

O.C. Family Sees Green, Helps Environment

Emma Sardy, 16, an Ocean City High School junior, and her brother, Nicholas, 12, who goes to the Intermediate School, are showing their community their proven track record of success with recycling plastics. The Sardys became involved with collecting plastics partly because of the “Trex Challenge,” a recycling program by a deck company. The company gives out benches, bird feeders and other items to the top schools.

Local Woman to Receive MLK Award for Addiction Awareness

Ocean City resident and business owner Sally Onesty, who lost her son to drugs, said she was overjoyed about being selected for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for her support of individuals and families battling the effects of addiction. The celebration will be held at noon Monday at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean City High School. Onesty, 48, who works with several area groups to help families of those battling addiction and the victims themselves, said she was surprised by the nomination and selection.

O.C. Entices Families, Millennials in Marketing Blitz

The Ocean City Tourism Development Commission will roll out a marketing campaign that shines a spotlight on all that makes the resort a vacation destination not only for families, but also millennials. The commission focuses on the Philadelphia market to attract tourists. Philadelphia is the fourth largest market in the country with about 4 million people, behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The campaign will start at the beginning of February and extend through June with the focus on both traditional and digital forms of advertising, including cable, online, television, billboards and print.

O.C. Schools Help Kids Get “Raider Ready”

Grace Petrinec had no problem Tuesday naming her favorite part of "Raider Ready," a new program at the Ocean City Primary School designed to prepare children for kindergarten. “I like the Legos the best,” the 4-year-old Ocean City girl said. When it came to starting kindergarten, Grace said she was most excited about riding the bus. “Raider Ready” is geared toward alleviating fears of the unknown, give parents and guardians some guidance and helps both children and parents acclimate to the new phase of their lives, school officials explained.

Ocean City Vacation Retreats Featured on Home TV Show

An Ocean City realtor and a Bucks County, Pa., couple put Ocean City in the national spotlight for its family-friendly attractions, clean beaches and Boardwalk filled with eateries and amusements. Ellen McGonigle, a realtor with Long and Foster on Ninth Street, and the couple, Ashlee and Brooks Hall, made their television debuts while shopping for an affordable vacation retreat in “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” The trio appeared on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, filmed in June and aired Sunday night.

Court Agreement Reduces Ocean City’s Affordable Housing Obligation

Ocean City dramatically reduced its affordable housing obligation with a court-approved agreement that would require 93 units, instead of 1,687, for low-income families, seniors and the disabled, it was announced Saturday. In a town hall meeting at the Ocean City Tabernacle, officials laid out a plan on how the city will go about fulfilling the need for affordable housing. Mayor Jay Gillian, City Council members, other city officials and housing experts attended the meeting. More than 100 people attended from the public.

Bike Forum Provides Vehicle For Discussion

Bike advocates viewed plans that would give them access to travel from Ocean City to the north or all the way from Somers Point to the deep parts of Cape May County on a safe, bike path. During a meeting Thursday night at Somers Point City Hall, members of the public, state and city officials met and discussed plans. Specifically, they looked at plans to connect Ocean City with the Marmora section of Upper Township via Route 9 and the new Garden State Parkway bridge to County Road 559 (Mays Landing Road). Northbound plans would provide access to streets in Somers Point, according to information from the state.

New Innovative Cape May County Correctional Facility Set to Open

The new $37 million Cape May County Correctional Facility opening in mid-January will be a dramatic departure from the "lock ’em up, throw away the key" mentality. Officials overseeing the expansive project that was five years in the making explained during a media tour Monday that the new jail will represent a better, more humane way of handling inmates. The facility, at 125 Crest Haven Road, next to the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, will be able to house 320 inmates. It is adjacent to the current jail. Built in the 1970s, the deteriorating old jail will be torn down within six months, officials said. It was built to hold about 190 inmates.

Sip and Savor at Passion Vines Wine Classes

Would-be sommeliers won’t have to go to the Bordeaux region of France, which is famous for wines, to become experts on the libation. Michael Bray, owner and founder of Passion Vines, is offering the area's first ever Wine Foundations seven-week course that will enable wine lovers to become experts without the pretentiousness sometimes associated with tastings. Classes will be held at the Linwood Country Club from Jan. 15 through Feb. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $399. People sample eight to 12 wines a class. Just 50 seats are available per class, so space is limited.