Home Authors Posts by tkelly
Ocean City’s most famous shipwreck really wasn’t a shipwreck at all. At least not in the traditional sense most people think of. The Sindia, a 329-foot sailing cargo ship, actually ran aground off Ocean City, 117 years ago to the day this Saturday. It settled not far from the beach between 16th and 17th streets and parts of the ship remained visible to beachgoers as late as the 1980s. Today the ship and much of its cargo lie buried beneath the sand. That much is undisputed fact. The rest of the Sindia saga is steeped in rumor, legend and conspiracy theories, which could explain why its story – filled with holes as it may be – remains a staple in Ocean City lore.
A local man was among the journalists recognized by Time Magazine this week for its highest honor, the annual Person of the Year cover story. Paul Gillespie, 48, a Margate native who has ties to Ocean City, narrowly escaped with his life during the mass shooting inside the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., on June 28. Five people died and two more were injured during the attack.
It’s back! The local “Mystery Christmas Tree” has re-appeared for another holiday season. For decades, someone has been decorating a robust evergreen located at the foot of the Assemblywoman Dolores G. Cooper Memorial Bridge. Heading into Somers Point from Ocean City or Absecon Island, the tree is on the right hand side of the road, Longport-Somers Point Boulevard.
If you missed Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, fret not. Mrs. Claus has you covered. The Ocean City Historical Museum’s popular Mrs. Claus’ Workshop kicked off Friday with an Open House and craft/vendor fair to mark the opening of its unique holiday shopping experience. From the looks of things, the event was a big success, as confirmed by none other than Mrs. Claus herself.
Every day is small business day on the Boardwalk. With the exception of a few chain store franchises, almost every shop along the boards is a “mom and pop” organization. Some have grown over the years and have opened multiple locations, but even those have humble roots, mostly right here in Ocean City. On Saturday, the official “Small Business Saturday” across America, Ocean City certainly did its part. The second day of the post-Thanksgiving weekend, which also includes “Black Friday,” the biggest retail day of the year, was embraced by locals and visitors alike.
The cheering had barely stopped after the Nov. 8 victory at Carey Stadium when Ocean City High School football Head Coach Kevin Smith gathered the troops. “Great team win,” Smith told the squad, after their dominating 35-0 defeat of Washington Township in a state playoff consolation game. “But we still have one more big one left.” Smith was referring to the Red Raiders’ traditional Thanksgiving Day contest against the Pleasantville Greyhounds. The game, at Pleasantville, kicks off Thursday at 10 a.m.
If 2018 marked the “Year of the Woman” in the mid-term elections, as numerous media outlets have termed it, then Marie Hayes is ahead of the curve. Hayes, an Ocean City resident, has been a Cape May County Freeholder since February 2013, when she filled an unexpired term and was elected to a full three-year term in November 2014, well ahead of the record surge in women Congressional and Senate members. “That was something that did come up during the week,” Hayes said on Friday from Washington, D.C., where she was named a “Woman of Excellence” of the National Foundation of Women Legislators during the organization’s annual conference.
If you’ve ever gazed at a Currier and Ives Christmas print or vintage holiday card and wondered what it would be like to live during those times, the Ocean City Historical Museum just might have the next best thing planned for you. The Museum is currently putting its annual holiday exhibit together, with this year’s theme of “A Victorian Ocean City Christmas.” The exhibit will open Friday, Nov. 30, and runs through Jan. 1.
For those who wish to get an early start on holiday shopping, the Ocean City Historical Museum has you covered. The museum will host its first Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Friday, Nov. 30, from 1 to 7 p.m. The event, which takes place in the atrium outside the museum entrance, will also serve as an open house for the museum and the kick-off for Mrs. Claus’ Market. During the month of December, the museum’s gift shop is expanded to include holiday gifts, museum-related items, local wares and one-of-a-kind antiques. During these weeks, the shop takes on its new identity as Mrs. Claus’ Market.
It was the Brandon Lashley Show. Ocean City High School’s 35-0 defeat of Washington Township on Thursday night was a team effort on both sides of the ball and special teams, but Lashley’s individual effort stood out. All the senior wide receiver-safety did was set two school records, grab three touchdown passes of 40, 24, and 12 yards, and on defense pick off Minutemen quarterback Roger Baldacci twice.