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Ocean City's deal to purchase nearly a block of property for $9 million to be used for open space is off the table, at least for now. City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday night to repeal the funding for property bordered by Simpson and Haven avenues, between 16th and 17th streets, after a local taxpayer group obtained a petition to block the deal.
When shoppers walk into Stainton’s, the iconic former department store in Ocean City, which was transformed into a co-op six years ago, they don’t find just one store, but 70 specialty shops. As the Christmas shopping season gets underway, the co-op is promoting its stores to local shoppers as the one-stop way to buy gifts that are unique and affordable.
Even in winter, people are coming to Ocean City to buy their 2019 beach tags. Holiday beach tag sales have started, and business is already brisk. Nancy Neal, who works at the Roy Gillian Welcome Center, said beach tags make for great stocking stuffers.
Sisters Madison and Morgan Potts, of Mullica Hill, were so eager to see Santa Claus at the Music Pier in Ocean City on Saturday, they arrived an hour early. “They wanted to be first in line,” said their grandmother Michelle Potts, also of Mullica Hill, who has a vacation home in Ocean City. A long line of hundreds of children anxious to see Santa wrapped from the Music Pier all the way down the Boardwalk.
Ocean City's “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue, an Old-Fashioned Family Christmas,” unfolded to the delight of holiday shoppers during Black Friday. The festivities give families an alternative place to buy holiday gifts while enjoying the small-town charms on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Pastor Mark P. Bruesehoff at St. John Lutheran Church in Ocean City has a higher calling on Thanksgiving Day. He and a team of other volunteers will guide the Pillsbury Dough Boy Balloon, which is about the size of a two-story building, through the streets of New York during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Worried about grabbing that last parking space at the mall or getting lost inside the cavernous confines of the big-box retail stores on Black Friday? Then you might want to head downtown in Ocean City to enjoy the quaint shops offering a relaxed, old-fashioned atmosphere, complete with Christmas carolers and Victorian-style decorations. “Christmas in the Downtown” is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The event features discounts at local shops and a warm and entertaining time throughout downtown Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street, said Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox and Roach Realtors opened a new Ocean City office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, reflecting the company’s confidence in the market and also a sign of the growth of the city’s real estate industry. The new office is located at 901 Simpson Avenue, Suite A, at the corner of Ninth Street.
Twelve Ocean City High School senior athletes signed commitments to attend colleges to play lacrosse, baseball, field hockey, softball and soccer during a ceremony Monday afternoon. Faculty, family and friends filled the community room at the high school to celebrate the student-athletes’ achievements.
During a town meeting Saturday organized by Ocean City Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr, veterans organizations spoke about an array of services they have for its members and how civilians can help support them. New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs representative Jim Scanlon spoke about the problem of homeless vets.