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Ocean City Celebrates MLK Day

Rev. Gregory Johnson, of Shiloh Baptist Church, delivered a message to be strong and stay in the “fight” to create a world that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could be proud of. But there is much work that still must be done, Johnson said in his keynote address at the MLK ceremony in Ocean City on Monday. With a resounding voice that captured the attention of the crowd at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at the high school, Johnson spoke of hope and conviction.

Intermediate School to Unveil New Wellness Center

The grand opening of the Ocean City Intermediate School's Wellness Center is just days away. It is believed to be one of just a few for middle school students in the state, geared to provide a place where students can de-stress, spend time among peers and, if need be, get help from professionals. The unveiling runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. School officials, parents, students and community members are invited to hear details about the center. In 2017 the school district opened a wellness center in Ocean City High School. It has been so beneficial that educators looked to do it in the Intermediate School.

Ocean City Police Department Announces K9 Unit Graduation

Ocean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman introduced the new K9 Unit Friday, with the addition of three new four-legged officers. The recent graduates from the Atlantic County John "Sonny" Burke K-9 Academy “Scent Class No.6” will serve the City residents in explosives and narcotics detection. The single purpose dogs have trained for the last 16 weeks at the academy with their handlers and are eager to hit the streets and be of service to all of our residents and visitors, according to police. The three K-9's were adopted from shelters or donated to the Ocean City Police Department. K-9 "Miles", a male beagle/hound mix, was adopted from a shelter in Tennessee, and took the long road trip back to New Jersey with his handler Sgt. John Vogt...

Mayor’s Message: Jan. 17

Dear Friends, I want to encourage you all to participate in Ocean City’s Martin Luther King events on Monday. Dr. King’s message of unity is as important today as it ever was. The Martin Luther King Day of Service invites volunteers to participate in a citywide cleanup. Meet at the Senior Center (18th Street and Simpson Avenue) at 9 a.m. to get supplies and assignments. There will be refreshments back at the Senior Center after the event. Our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration begins at noon Monday at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). The ceremony brings together the entire community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. It also honors members of our community who exemplify King’s spirit of public service. I want to thank and congratulate Antwan McClellan, Joseph Pratt, Georgina Shanley, Brittany Battle, Takiya Wilson and Joshua Baker, who will be honored this year...

HSOC Offers Friends For Life in Pet Adoptions

Tucked away off Tennessee Avenue in Ocean City is a place where bonds are formed, animals are saved, and forever homes are right around the corner. And if they are not adopted, rest assured the cats and dogs that are housed at the Humane Society of Ocean City will receive the best of care, training, love, nurturing and patience. The animal shelter's staff will also be prepared if that right person or family comes walking through the door looking to adopt, Bill Hollingsworth, executive director of the HSOC, explained in an interview Wednesday. New staff, specials on adoption fees, and a host of activities geared to help fund shelter animals are ways that the HSOC sets itself apart from the rest of the other shelters, Hollingsworth said.

McClellan Makes History in Assembly

Antwan McClellan walked onto the stage at the Patriots Theater in Trenton on Tuesday. He sat beside fellow Assemblyman-elect Erik Simonsen. Within 30 minutes, the Ocean City resident, former councilman and beloved basketball coach would take the oath of office to serve in the state General Assembly and make history. McClellan became the first African-American elected to represent the First Legislative District and became the first African-American Republican lawmaker in the state Legislature since 2002, according to media reports. To McClellan, 45, whose family, fellow Ocean City Council members, city officials and friends were there to support him in the 219th organization of the Assembly, it was a day that meant time to get to work.

O.C. Ecumenical Council Gives Thanks

There is a room tucked inside St. Peter’s United Methodist Church that is often filled with food donated by the public. The room is used by the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, an association of local churches that helps families in need. Each year, the Ecumenical Council provides food and clothing to people in the community, with the help of local groups, organizations, residents and volunteers. In 2019, the Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard distributed food to 1,725 clients, including home delivery to the homebound. The Clothes Closet helped 2,924 clients with 25,000 articles of clothing, shoes and linens, according to statistics from the Ecumenical Council.

Traffic Plan in Place For Intermediate School During Construction

Ocean City Intermediate School students, parents and faculty will have to be patient, officials urged, with road construction along Bay Avenue near the school expected for the next few weeks. The school district and the Ocean City Police Department have worked together to plan for potential detours and changes in drop-off and pickup of students. The local officials have also been in constant contact with the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority, the agency overseeing the project. The project, to replace wastewater force mains, has been steadily working its way near the school at 18th Street and Bay Avenue in recent weeks.

O.C. Beaches Getting Their Fill – of Sand

Months from now visitors and residents will reap the benefits of wide Ocean City beaches due to a replenishment project that is pumping in more sand to fill in what was lost through coastal storms. In the meantime, all it takes is a look out at the ocean to see a dredge doing its work to bring in fresh sand. Machinery makes its way in a convoy from one beach block to another in the south end and will soon be in the north end for replenishment work there.

Ocean City Tabernacle Son Club Creator Reunites With Aftercare Kids

Sarah Chamberlain, an Ocean City married mother of four, had a humbling surprise during a holiday celebration at the Tabernacle. She got to see sisters Gabrielle and Jasmine Davis, both of Ocean City, and their children. It had been years since Chamberlain last saw the sisters. They were just kids when she first met them at a program she started at the Ocean City Tabernacle in 2006 called the Son Club. Chamberlain reflected on the start of the Son Club and how she and her friend Becky Pineo started a kids group, which expanded to more than 20 children.