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Opening ceremonies will be held starting 10 a.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier when Mayor Jay Gillian of Ocean City and Consul General Mario de Leon of the Philippine Consul General’s Office in New York discuss the sister-city relationship between the communities and greet visitors. This will be followed by approximately three hours of free entertainment on the Boardwalk featuring Philippine folk dancers performing exciting routines as they dodge clacking wooden poles. Internationally recognized vocalist Rene Sese, the reigning Mr. Mature America, will also perform.
Ocean City zoning officials voted Wednesday night to lift a deed restriction that was seen as an impediment for the transformation of a downtown landmark into luxury condominiums. Developers Lester Argus and Brett Foxman are converting the top floors of the former Stainton's Department Store into 22 condos ranging in price from $299,900 to $429,900.
The Ocean City Yacht Club and the New Jersey Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) are sponsoring the 2016 Atlantic City Race Week Leukemia Cup Regatta at The Golden Nugget Atlantic City July 22-24, 2016. World class sailor Gary Jobson, leukemia survivor, and the national chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta will be the guest of honor at this annual event.
For most of us who vacation in Ocean City, there is that time of packing the clothes, the beach gear and chairs, taking care of all the last minute details and jumping in the car. We are on our way, vacation is here, we are headed to the shore. If you are traveling on the weekend, the excitement of it all is soon muddied a bit as we come to a stop on the congested roadways and wait our turn to get through the snarls of traffic. For those who are headed to Cape May County, the Somers Point area, exit 30 of the Garden State Parkway must bring to them a somewhat euphoric state. The coastal meadows which the parkway winds through, brings the feel that life is slowing down. The worries and details which were so important yesterday fade from our memory and the sense of recreation and relaxation floods the mind. The coastal estuaries and open spaces let us know that we are getting close and the excitement of vacation rebuilds in us. The children stop asking if we are there yet and a peace and serenity enters in as we cross the bridge onto the barrier islands. With all the business behind us, we settle in and think of the beach, the surf and the boardwalk. We may not think much of the bridge we crossed to be here until we leave, but as important as the sand, sun and water is to Ocean City, likewise, so is the bridge that bought us here.
Ocean City High School incoming sophomore Danielle Donoghue scored a pair of goals yesterday, as the New Jersey South All Stars defeated Lacrosse Monkey of Minnesota in the U.S. Lacrosse Girls Under 15 national tournament, taking place just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. Other Ocean City girls on the team include Emma Finnegan, Abigail Bennett, and Ashley Devlin, Abbey Fenton and Ali Hendricks.
Despite the fact that he is known best for a song in which he’s handed a Vegemite sandwich with a smile that’s called “Land Down Under”, let the record reflect that Colin Hay is actually a Scotsman. I say it for the simple fact that Colin Hay’s Scottish roots, once you realize his origins (Hay was born and grew up there before moving to Australia at 14 where he met the rest of his then-band Men At Work), do indeed rise up from the sea to manifest itself in a myriad of ways all across his work. All the while doing so in a fashion that you or I might not recognize immediately if we didn’t know.
Jon Moren, a designer with French & Parrello Associates, talks about the proposed replacement of the 17th Street Bridge.
The Exchange Club of Ocean City donated five Mobi Chair beach access wheelchairs enabling people with physical challenges to easily access the beach and ocean. From left are Mayor Jay Gillian, Exchange Club President Frank Faverzani, John Lugo and Mark Kampf, both of the Exchange Club, City Administrator Jim Mallon, Scott Denney, Executive Assistant to Bob Barr, and Bob Barr (front).