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O.C. Library Director Honored as “Woman of Wonder”

Ocean City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar was honored Thursday as one of three 2019 “Women of Wonder” during a luncheon at the Flanders Hotel. The award is from the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation and Cape May County Women’s Commission. The other recipients are Stormy Freese, of Cape May Court House, and Shirley “Becki” Wilson, of Seaville.

Next Level Awaits O.C. Athletes

Chloe Prettyman, of Ocean City, is happy to say she is following in her sister, Phoebe’s footsteps, when she heads off to college to play field hockey. Chloe, 17, will be attending Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, just 30 minutes from Dickenson College in Carlise, Pa., where Phoebe, a junior, plays field hockey. “I’m really excited. I love field hockey, and I’m pursuing my dream,” said Chloe, whose record includes being one of the Red Raider’s leaders in assists. “Shippensburg is a half an hour away from my school. I’ll be able to go and catch some of her games,” Phoebe said. The girls’ parents, Tiffany Prettyman, an Ocean City School Board member, and Ocean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman said they are very proud of their daughters for playing a sport in college that they love. “We are a field hockey family,” said Tiffany, who played in high school. “We are just really proud of both of them,” Jay added. Chloe was one of nine seniors who signed on with their respective colleges and universities to play their college sports during a signing at the Ocean City High School Wednesday...

O.C. School District Joins in “Early College” Program

Ocean City School District is joining five others in the region that are partnering with Atlantic Cape Community College in an "Early College High School" initiative. The partnership provides an innovative way for high school students to earn both a high school degree and an associate degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree in the time it takes to go to high school, according to Laura Batchelor, executive director of marketing and college relations at ACCC.

Ocean City Honors Veterans in Ceremony

Marine Lance Cpl. Rickey R. Arce joined the military just out of high school. He fought the Taliban in Afghanistan during his deployment in 2009-2010. Although that was a decade ago, the impact, the impression it left on the veteran from Philadelphia, and the memories of his fallen fellow Marines will stay with him forever, he told a packed Ocean City Tabernacle during the city's Veterans Day ceremony.

Decorations Transform Downtown into Winter Wonderland

Ever wonder what it would be like to slip onto the set of a Hallmark Christmas movie and stroll along while window shopping, sipping hot chocolate and listening to holiday music? Well, you don’t have to head to some movie set in California or New York for that matter. Just go to Asbury Avenue in Ocean City. It's all decked out for the holidays.

Best-Selling Author Packs the Music Pier

Author of “Where the Crawdads Sing,” Delia Owens, a zoologist, nature writer and animal behaviorist, filled the Music Pier on Saturday afternoon with a talk about her best-selling novel about a girl growing up in coastal North Carolina. Owens, 70, joked at the beginning of her remarks to a full house of about 1,000 fans that after living in isolation studying animals in a remote area of Africa, the Music Pier audience was likely the most people she ever saw in one place. “It’s such a pleasure to be in Ocean City,” she said.

Public Invited to Tour Intermediate School’s New Wellness Center

Ocean City's school district is adding another program to help students not only academically, but emotionally, when it unveils a wellness center at the Intermediate School on Tuesday. School officials, parents, students and community members are invited to the event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to hear details about the center, which is believed to be one of only a few in the state for an intermediate school. Ocean City has a wellness center at the high school that has been beneficial for the students, officials said. Attendees will tour the wellness center at the Intermediate School and may ask questions of the staff and school administrators.

New Playland Rides Will Have You Flying

Imagine taking the controls, soaring up and back down and zooming into rolls or simply enjoying the skyline from a seat on an airplane. And you don’t even need a pilot’s license. That is what you'll experience when hopping on Squadron 33, a new thrill ride at Playland’s Castaway Cove at 10th Street and the Boardwalk

Mourners Fill Ocean City Tabernacle for William J. Hughes Viewing

As police officers stood at attention at the door of the Ocean City Tabernacle, mourners filed in Sunday afternoon to honor and remember a political icon, William J. Hughes, who passed away on Oct. 30 at his Ocean City home at 87. A collage of photos of Hughes, a former 10-term Democratic congressman and a U.S. Ambassador to Panama, told a story not only of a political giant who was lauded for his ability to work with both sides of the aisle, but also of a devoted husband to wife Nancy, who passed away in January 2018, and patriarch to his children and grandchildren. For some, they knew Hughes, who went by Bill, for his contributions in the political arena and to environmental endeavors. Others knew him as an active member of the community, who, along with his wife, contributed to the arts.

Freeholders Hayes and Thornton Run on Record

Cape May County Freeholders E. Marie Hayes and Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton are running for re-election. In interviews with, they gave their stances on the issues in Cape May County and the needs of its residents. They discussed beaches, boardwalks, tourism, veterans affairs, transportation and the condition of the county bridges, along with other issues on the minds of taxpayers. And in Ocean City, they specifically discussed how they would continue to work with local and state officials to help them maintain its beaches, Boardwalk and even look for ways to improve transportation for people wanting to visit the popular family-friendly resort...