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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.
Pajama-clad shoppers got a pre-Thanksgiving jump on their holiday gift buying Saturday during Ocean City's popular "Earlier Than the Bird" extravaganza. While it isn’t a requirement, in addition to discounts on merchandise, strolling around in pajamas is welcomed. Free hot chocolate, coffee and donuts were also given out by businesses as an added bonus of getting out of bed early to catch some downtown shopping deals.
The Ocean City Board of Realtors has started its annual "Warmth for Winter Coat, Blanket and Boot Drive" in which the realtors and other members of the community collect items for the needy. The clothing drive is organized by the Board of Realtors in cooperation with the Clothes Closet of the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, an association of local churches that gives families in need some assistance. It runs through the week after Thanksgiving, but donations will continue to be accepted in December.
Ocean City awarded a $2.3 million contract to restore the badly eroded neighboring Shooting Island to turn it into a wildlife refuge, storm buffer and potential site for dredge materials. The nearly 150-acre island off Ocean City will be transformed into a “living shoreline” under a proposed project to rebuild it after decades of erosion. The contract, approved at a Nov. 8 City Council meeting, is with Charter Contracting Company of Boston, according to Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen.
Patty Talese told a crowded room at the historic Flanders Hotel Tuesday that a large part of the success of her and husband Jon’s Ocean City restaurant, Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, she owes to the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Jay Gillian. The Taleses, of Ocean City, were the winners of the 2018 Citizens of the Year award and took their honors during the gala.
Thy Nguyen Cavagnaro fled her war-torn country of Vietnam in 1975. On Veterans Day, thousands of miles away from her homeland, she stood on the stage at the Ocean City Tabernacle to say how thankful she is to all of the veterans who fought so bravely for this country, but especially to the Vietnam veterans, who helped her and her family so long ago, all in the name of freedom.
Ocean City’s reigning queens, hamsters, lizards, jigsaw puzzles and crafts all took center stage Sunday afternoon, but very quietly, for the Quiet Festival at the Ocean City Community Center. Two highlights were storytelling and crown-making in the children’s section of the Free Public Library. Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan, Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson, and Little Miss Ocean City Stevie Wright read to the children while donning their crowns and dressed in gowns.
Getting a jumpstart on holiday shopping may sound like a smart idea, something that probably crosses one’s mind, every year or so. But maybe some added incentives will make the thought a bit more enticing. What about dressing in pajamas while sipping hot coffee and browsing boutiques where unique items at discounted prices await? Welcome to Ocean City for “Earlier Than The Bird,” a shopping extravaganza organized by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. The shopping event, on Saturday, Nov. 17, will feature promotions and discounts by local shop owners along Asbury Avenue.