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Get Ready for Bike MS: City to Shore Ride into Ocean...

In just two months, more than 6,000 cyclists riding for Bike MS: City to Shore Ride will roll into Ocean City, amid an exuberant crowd of supporters. “It is the second largest MS cycling event. It is a very big ride for the organization itself, and a key event for our fundraising,” said National Multiple Sclerosis Society Media Relations Manager Michelle Welk. “The funding goes toward research and services.” The ride, which benefits the Greater Delaware Valley MS Society, goes from Cherry Hill to Ocean City Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. Cyclists will enter Ocean City via the Route 52 Causeway, the main gateway into town...

Ocean City Theatre Company Showcases Talent at Broadway Brunch

In Sea Isle City, it is generally known as “the chair,” although some have affectionately given it an almost human quality by naming it “Chair,” with a capital “C.” It has its own “chairtaker,” who has lovingly decorated it for a year with holiday finery. It has attained celebrity status in local circles through a legion of loyal Facebook followers. Mayor Leonard Desiderio even granted the chair an executive “pardon” in June when rumors swirled that it would be unceremoniously removed by city work crews from its prominent perch along the city’s Promenade at 49th Street. But now, the rusty old beach chair that became an offbeat community attraction over the past year has been destroyed, a victim of vandalism that has left it in tatters...

Shoppers Turn Back Time at Ocean City Antiques Fair

By Maddy Vitale Rob Zachow perused tables filled with relics treasured by people long ago. He picked up a few pieces, then he glanced over at a blown up post card from the 1920s. It was of people exercising on the beach in front of the historic Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. He had to have it. “My wife Sharon learned to swim at the Flanders in the 1950s,” Zachow, of Ocean City and East Windsor, said Saturday. “That is why we always pick up things from the Flanders.” The Zachows joined hundreds of people at the Ocean City Antiques & Collectibles Fair which went from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center located at 1735 Simpson Ave...

Celtic Tenors Promise Memorable Performance At Ocean City’s Music Pier

Audience members should be prepared to bring a box of tissues to the Celtic Tenors performance Sunday, July 22 at Ocean City’s Music Pier. At one point they will be listening to a song so powerful and beautiful that it will bring tears to their eyes, and in the next song, the tenors will have concert goers laughing hysterically. “A lot of people say, ‘You took us through a whole range of emotions,’” James Nelson, a member of the trio, said in a phone interview Friday..,

Ocean City’s Wacky Wednesday Sizzles With French Fry Sculpting Contest

Ava Spencer carefully lined up her building materials. She studied her floor plan and began her architectural masterpiece. Her building materials were French fries. Her floor plan was in her head and her foundation was a paper plate. “They fell down and I had to start over,” explained Ava, 5, of her castle of French fries. "Then I had to build a moat, so the dragons couldn’t get in.” The little girl who was on vacation in Ocean City with her family, had some stiff competition in the French fry sculpting contest at the Music Pier in Ocean City. The event was part of the weekly Wacky Wednesday celebration...

9th Street Bridge Fishing Pier Spawns Memories For Fishing Families

Joe and Shirley Leone had all they needed for a perfect day – two beach chairs complete with umbrellas, ice water, bait and two very well-loved fishing poles. “I’ve been fishing for 55 years. I used to catch a lot of flounder and summer fluke,” Joe Leone said. Shirley Leone spent most of her life freshwater fishing. On Tuesday morning, the Dorothy, N.J., couple spent some relaxing time soaking up the scenery and dropping a hook in the water at the 9th Street Bridge Fishing Pier...

Ocean City’s Junior Firefighters Program Sparks Lots of Interest

Faelyn Clark heaved on her firefighter gear and her oxygen. She made sure to check her thermal imaging camera that hung from her right pocket. She was ready to go in with her fellow firefighters. She entered a smoky room searching for potential victims of a fire. “Is anyone in there?” one firefighter called out. No one answered. After a search they determined it was all clear...

Travel Back in Time at Ocean City Antiques and Collectibles Fair

A vintage postcard with a note detailing memories of a trip to Ocean City, beach tags from long ago Jersey Shore vacations, top hats from a more genteel time and tables of fine craftsmanship from the early 1900s, are just some of the items for sale during the July 14 Ocean City Antiques & Collectibles Fair. The show is in its fifth year and will feature 27 local dealers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. The fair, which is free and open to the public, also showcases nautical items, china and glassware, jewelry, paper memorabilia such as old menus and shore guides, and some rare books, explained Stephen Gring, co-manager of the show and a trustee of the Ocean City Historical Museum...

Billy Joel Tribute Band in an Ocean City “State of Mind”...

VFW Post 6650 Commander Michael Morrissey hopes a benefit concert July 7 at the Ocean City Music Pier by Billy Joel cover band, NYSOM, will raise a lot of funds to help the post with its projects in the community. “Our VFW Post supports scholarships. We give funds to the community,” he said. “We make sure our post looks good and whatever is left over from the benefit, we put back into the pot for more projects.” Morrissey, a retired Army sergeant, said the benefit has been successful in the past...

Ocean City’s Smoking Ban Sparks Interest With Beachgoers

The countdown until the smoking ban on the beaches in Ocean City is on. On Saturday, with temperatures soared, sun bathers flocked to the beaches at “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” Umbrella after umbrella shielded some from the rays. Families soaked up the sunshine. Sunbathers took cool dips in the ocean and children made sandcastles. Scores of people were easy to find. Smokers were not. But a few of them were around and commented on the city’s smoking ban on the beaches which goes into effect July 10...