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Sturdy Savings Bank, Prides Itself on Being a Part of Community

Gerald Reeves defies all of the stereotypes a person may think a bank president is supposed to be, all business, a bit stiff or stuffy, and definitely serious. Not Reeves. He has a wide range of interests from basketball and the Eagles – he went to the Super Bowl with his son, and most importantly, is devoted to the banking business, his wife and six grown children, and three grandkids with three more on the way...

Black History Exhibit Opens at Ocean City Historical Museum

A map displaying the migration of African Americans to Ocean City from the south is just one piece that highlights the significance of the black community in Ocean City. The display is part of an exhibit at the Ocean City Historical Museum with the Ocean City Juneteenth organization on "The Seasons of Life: The African American Community in Ocean City," which opened Monday in celebration of Black History Month...

Ocean City Free Public Library Offers Something For Everyone

What is the stereotype of a library? Quiet? Maybe even boring, with librarians running around shushing people? That stereotype is shattered by the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., which provides an array of activities. It is almost like an entertainment center, with movie night, book clubs, lectures, children’s readings and classes to teach everything from computers, to learning a new language. It is anything but boring. “The great thing is everyone comes here with a different purpose. There are people coming to get new books and leave,” said Adult Programing Librarian Julie Brown. “There are people doing...

OC’s Got Talent Delights Audience, Raising Funds For Children

Performers playing flutes made from tin foil, a jam session to a Led Zeppelin tune, pianists, vocalists singing Taylor Swift songs to Broadway Showtunes, took the stage at Ocean City High School for the 7th annual OC's Got Talent performance Friday, hosted by the Key Club. Money raised from the students' efforts will be donated to The Children's Miracle Network of Philadelphia and Senior Scholarships for Key Club members. The event raised over $2,500 to go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and for senior scholarships...

Children Celebrate Black History Month at Ocean City Free Public Library

Melinda Kovacs lives in Linwood. But she makes it a point to head over to the Ocean City Free Public Library, to enjoy all the activities offered for her 2-year-old son Finn. And despite soggy weather Wednesday, she wanted her son to attend a program that was in celebration of Black History Month. She brought Finn to listen to Taimi Kelley, a children’s librarian, read some works from African American authors. It was part of the National African American Read-in. The first readings were for Finn and other children ages 2 and 3. Later in the afternoon, there were readings for children...

Help Identify the Man Who Allegedly Stole $400 in Cigarettes from Ocean...

A man walked into the Sunoco Gas Station at 34th Street and West Avenue in Ocean City at 9:02 a.m. Monday, took cartons of Marlboro cigarettes totaling $400, and ran off, Captain Steve Ang, public information officer, said Tuesday. The Ocean City Police Department received a call for a reported theft at the gas station. According to police, the suspect...

False Tsunami Warning Hits Area Apps

When people on the East Coast started their day Tuesday, a tsunami was probably not one of their concerns. And then around 8:30 a.m., users of the AccuWeather App got a real wakeup call. Tsunami warnings went out to people via phones and other mobile devices on the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean...

Ocean City’s Streetscape Project Gives Sidewalks Leg Up on Looks, Safety

Those shifting, slanting, sinking sidewalks will soon be history along Ocean City’s downtown shopping district, replaced by more attractive, uniform walkways that officials say will not only enhance the look along Asbury Avenue, but also be safer. Hackney Concrete Inc. of Atlantic City has a $318,725 contract for improvements that are expected to be completed before Easter and the start of the spring shoulder season, Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said Monday...

Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Keeps Visitors in the Know

f you want to find out what events are going on, where to stay, any good sales, where to dine, get your car washed or even where a good dentist is, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is bringing the answers to your fingertips from your mobile devices with email alerts, social media platforms and the Ocean City App. “The emails are a little different than the Apps. We have accumulated about 80,000 emails over five years. These are people who want to be in touch with events and businesses in Ocean City,” Michele Gillian, executive director of the chamber explained...

Inspirational Documentary at the Ocean City Free Public Library

Thomas Collier did the unimaginable. He lived. After a car crash on a New Hampshire road in 1981 that left his skull crushed on the right side, doctors thought he was too far gone and that they should let him go. One of his friends pulled the fire alarm at the hospital to bring other emergency personnel to the scene. When they arrived, through pleadings by Collier’s friends, he was transported to Dartmouth Medical Center...