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Ocean City High School Seniors Heading Off to Play College Football

Four Ocean City High School seniors committed to colleges to play football Tuesday morning during a ceremony at the school. Jim Rice, 18, of Upper Township, is going to Southern Connecticut State University to be a defensive tackle. “I am really excited,” he said, with his dad Craig Mowers standing beside him. “He gave it thoroughly 100 percent,” Mowers said...

Ocean City School District Introduces Budget With Savings

The Ocean City Board of Education introduced a school budget for the 2018-19 school year with a slight decrease during a meeting Monday night. The total budget it $42.5 million and the bulk of the funding for the spending plan will come from $22.6 million in local tax revenue. That means, an owner of an average home assessed at $500,000 will pay $1,080 in local school taxes for the year, a decline of $10 compared to last year’s budget. That amounts to two-tenths of a penny decrease, School Business Administrator Timothy Kelley said in his presentation to the school board...

Ocean City High School Athletes Honored

Ocean City School District Athletic Director Vince Leavey said he wants the community to know that even if you don’t get to see some of the games, meets or matches, athletes in winter sports have a long season, travel to a lot of games and give it their all. That is why he, coaches and members of the Board of Education, honored the student athletes during a board meeting Monday night...

Ocean City Schools to Streamline Technology, Improve Security

As schools look to improve security measures nationwide, Ocean City is turning to technology to help protect its students and staff. At the Board of Education Monday night, the district approved a new communication system that will streamline all its technology to give teachers and administration better control of areas such as emergency alerts, the school public address system, security cameras, video and audio from one networked platform, Curt Nath, director of academic services, explained in a presentation...

Humane Society of Ocean City Benefit With Band Strikes Right Cord...

Roscoe, an Italian mastiff, looked menacing, peering from the bars of a pen at the Humane Society of Ocean City. His baritone bark matched his hulking, 145-pound frame. But when the gate opened, and the skilled dog trainer George Mueller led him out, the nearly 6-year-old dog was a bit puppyish, sniffing a stranger, welcoming pats, and attempting leaps at treats. Despite double hip dysplasia and a neurological condition, Roscoe seems to be content...

Addams Family Musical at Ocean City High School is Monstrously Good

While watching the Ocean City High School Drama Guild performance of “The Addams Family” it was hard to think that the cast was made up of teenagers. From the dancing, to the singing, to the acting, it was like the cast had been schooled in the theater well beyond their years. The audience seemed to agree. The matinee performance of the spring musical Saturday in the school’s Nancy & William Hughes Performing Arts Center kept the audience laughing, applauding and even cheering...

Sturdy Savings Bank Opens New Branch

In 1922 Warren G. Harding was in the White House, Babe Ruth was the big baseball star and prohibition was in full swing. And Sturdy Savings Bank opened its doors. Showing its staying power, the local bank known for a hometown feel and a down to earth bank president, just opened its 14 office at 46 South Shore Road in Marmora, a location where another bank failed...

Ocean City Housing Authority Seeking Approvals in $4.2 Million Project

In the next step toward building a $4.2 million affordable housing project, the Ocean City Housing Authority is seeking federal approval to demolish units at one site, to allow for construction at the new location. “We made our submissions to HUD for approval March 1,” said Rick Ginnetti, owner of The Brooke Group, a housing authority consultant for the project. “All is contingent on HUD allowing us to demolish these units.” Ginnetti gave the status of the project in a brief presentation to the housing authority during a meeting Tuesday night...

Ocean City Mayor Gillian Gives Storm Update

It’s the first day of spring, and another coastal storm continues to strengthen off the coast. I want everybody to be prepared. The National Weather Service has posted warnings for both tidal flooding and snow accumulation. As with most storms, our primary concern is with flooded streets. We’re asking everybody to be prepared to move vehicles to higher ground. The forecast calls for three progressively higher tides falling shortly after 11 p.m. tonight, about noon Wednesday and shortly after midnight Wednesday into Thursday...

Ocean City Financial Group Reminds People to Check Financial Statements

If you are a Citigroup cardholder, you may be in for a refund. Recently, Citigroup Inc. revealed that it failed to lower interest rates for some credit card customers as required by federal law, according to financial advisers. The bank now plans to issue around $335 million in refunds to affected customers, or about $190 on average per each of those accounts. Citi hasn’t finalized the list of consumers who may be eligible for a refund and said they include current and former cardholders, advisers said...