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OCHS Pitchers Rise to New Heights

Batters, look out. Ocean City High School’s formidable pitchers now have something else to give them an advantage. One of the baseball team's assistant coaches, Frank Coppenbarger, who formerly served as the clubhouse manager the Phillies for 30 years, recommended someone to upgrade the pitcher’s mound at the high school’s baseball field. Now, the mound is up to the standards of the team, which currently has four players headed to Division I colleges. Reflecting the strength of Ocean City's baseball program, other pitchers have played for Division I teams in the last few years.

O.C. Schools Continue Full Reopening Goal

Ocean City school officials emphasized during a Board of Education meeting Wednesday night that they are committed to keeping the students and faculty safe and eventually returning to a full, five-day schedule of in-person instruction.

Vacation Rental Market Booms in Ocean City

With just a few months until summer, there is one very strong indicator that people are eager to take their vacations in Ocean City. The rental market is busy, to say the least, according to area realtors. “We are seeing that the market has become quite brisk,” noted Joseph Orazzi, president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors.

O.C. Community Shows Heart in Sand Art

When someone destroyed sand art of a rainbow that the McElwees created on the North Street beach in Ocean City on Friday, the family and the community were saddened, but not disheartened. The rainbow was a symbol of good things, hope and light amid a difficult time in history. It was, like the other McElwee artistic creations, something for people to enjoy as they strolled along the quiet beach. So, it would seem almost predictable in a community known for coming together, that there would be people who took the crushed shells and made sand art in place of the ruined rainbow.

“Heartless” End Doesn’t Stop Sand Art at O.C. Beach

Beach art work that inspired the community has been destroyed, but the Ocean City family that created it promises to rebuild the attraction. Sue McElwee and her family used seashells to create a peace sign, a heart and then a rainbow on the North Street beach. The rainbow was ruined this week, prompting an angry reaction from the community on social media.

Ocean City Sets Sights on New York For More Tourists

Ocean City tourism officials are extending their reach beyond the traditional Philadelphia feeder market to push more aggressively to attract visitors from the New York area. And in an encouraging sign for the upcoming season, the Tourism Development Commission reported that summer rentals are up and with the COVID-19 vaccine becoming more available, vacationers are booking trips to the shore -- and fast.

Community Shows Love for OCHS Seniors

OCNJ CARE, along with Kookie Kids, are showing the love for the senior Class of 2021 with gift bags filled with goodies. This past week both senior cohorts got a surprise as they were dismissed from school. The 335 baggies were filled with cookies, candies and heart-shaped pretzels. And a note on each bag said it all: “Roses are Red. Violets are Blue. Salty or Sweet. OCHS Loves You!”

Ocean City Housing Project Nears Spring Completion

Quality construction and immaculate units await residents of the Ocean City Housing Authority who will be moving into Speitel Commons. “We met with the administrative team and the construction team. We spent an hour in the building from the top to bottom floors,” Ocean City Housing Authority Vice Chairman Scott Halliday said during an OCHA Zoom meeting Tuesday. “We were impressed by the quality of work, the professionalism. It is clean. I really enjoyed the visit.” OCHA Chairman Bob Barr, who is also president of the City Council, said he also toured the building but virtually on Friday. “I sat for 10 minutes across the street and I shared with Jackie Jones (OCHA executive director) and Scott (Halliday), that it is so clean and professional. They are to be commended,” Barr said of the contractor...

Berkshire Hathaway Realtors Recognized

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors salutes sales associates in the Cape May County Offices for being the office leaders for the month of January. OCEAN CITY 9TH STREET OFFICE: Jason Frost has been recognized for Volume and Units. He has been licensed since 2012. Nicholas Marotta has been recognized for Listings. He is a resident of Ocean City. OCEAN CITY 109 34TH STREET OFFICE: The Dean Chorin Team has been recognized for Volume and Units. Chorin has been licensed since 2014 and is a resident of Ocean City. The Cheryl Huber Team has been recognized for Listings. Huber has been licensed since 1992 and is a resident of Ocean City...

Time Running Out For Historic Ocean City Home

A historic home in Ocean City built when President Teddy Roosevelt was in office may not be around much longer. A large purple sign displayed at the front of the four-story home at 615 Wesley Ave. warns that it has six months from Jan. 30 before it will be demolished. That is unless a buyer comes in and saves the piece of history in the city’s Historic District from being leveled.