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Holiday Helpings Lends a Hand to Children in Need

There are 400 children on free lunches in Ocean City schools. So, what happens on the holidays when school is out? Do they still eat nourishing meals, do they go hungry, or eat less healthy? Susie Stauffer had those questions a few years ago. She went to her friends, fellow volunteers, and school officials, to create a plan to provide grocery bags filled with good foods to take children through Christmas break and spring break...

Not Just Clean, Impeccably Clean

Five years ago, Nelly Rivero and her three sisters-in-law thought owning a business was just a dream. But with hard work, persistence and some coaxing from their husbands, they opened Impeccable Cleaning Services in 2015 in Ocean City. They have built up a solid customer base and in the summer, they get so busy, they sometimes have to turn away customers, Rivero said...

Ocean City Charities Hand Out Toys, Gift Cards For Local Families

Financial pressures and stress leave little for some to feel upbeat about on the holidays. But with organizations such as Waves of Caring and the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, the worry of not having toys for your children Christmas day, or food on the table, was eased Monday morning. Families entered Ocean City Tabernacle’s Kull Youth Center through the early afternoon to pick up bags of presents from the Waves of Caring toy drive and food store gift cards distributed by the Ecumenical Council...

The Show Goes on at Somers Point’s Gateway Playhouse

Keith Cooper got his wish in August, when the curtain went up on the first performance at the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point after nine years of more drama and suspense in making it happen than in any show ever featured at the theater. “Nine years ago, I was just leaving Broadway,” Cooper, executive director of The Theater Collaborative of South Jersey, said in a recent interview. “I came home from New York to my house in Mays Landing, and some people asked if I could help them save the building.” James Dalfonso, president of the playhouse’s board of directors, was one of those people who called on Cooper...

Ocean City Hopping With Holiday Shoppers

Anthony and Elena Kazoun definitely wrapped all of what Ocean City has to do for the holidays, into one day. And they loved every minute of it. “We went shopping. We got pictures with Santa. We did more shopping, and now we are going on a horse and carriage ride,” Anthony Kazoun said Saturday...

Jilly’s T-Shirt Factory, Not Just Shirts

Jody Levchuk, of Jilly’s T-Shirt Factory, said it isn’t about the shirts, suntan lotions, beach chairs, or all the other merchandise he and his brother Randy Levchuk sell it in their Ocean City Boardwalk store. It’s about giving customers a great experience...

Ocean City’s “Medicine Drop” a Success

Ocean City Patrolman Chris Vivarelli, a member of the Community Policing Unit, remarked Thursday, that in just a few hours, at least 10 residents dropped off bags of expired or unused medications, at a drop box in the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., for “Project Medicine Drop.” The state’s program is designed to ensure medications are not getting into the wrong hands, and is a way for people to properly dispose of unwanted pills, that is both convenient and environmentally safe...