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Ocean City Schools Get Interim Superintendent and High School Principal

Ocean City schools have not one, but two retired superintendents who will lead the district for the 2021-22 year as interims. Dr. Tom Baruffi became the interim superintendent in June. Longtime educator and administrator Mark Napoleon was approved as the high school's interim principal following the retirement of Dr. Matt Jamison. Baruffi will be in the temporary role while a nationwide search is conducted to replace Dr. Kathleen Taylor, who retired this month as Ocean City's superintendent of schools.

Boat Hits Ocean City Jetty; Camden County Man Charged With DWI

A boat ended up on a jetty in Ocean City on Monday night and the operator of it was arrested. Nicholas Theisen, 24, of Lindenwold, Camden County, was charged with boating while intoxicated. There were no reported injuries to Theisen or the other occupants, authorities said. New Jersey State Police Marine Division is investigating the incident along with the Ocean City Police Department.

Old Home May Get More Time to Save it From Demolition

Homeowners in Ocean City's Historic District are banding together in an effort to save an old house at 615 Wesley Avenue from demolition. They want to see the deteriorated home sold and renovated.

Stacks of Books Fly Out of Ocean City Library

Avid readers who enjoy good books in all forms from audio to traditional, from fiction to non-fiction, had plenty of choices at a two-day sale in the Ocean City Free Public Library atrium over the weekend. Hundreds of newer to even vintage books lined the tables. Customers perused the volumes. Many patrons walked around carrying stacks of books on Saturday as they scanned the boxes filled with more items for sale.

Ocean City Celebrates Hometown Hero “Doie” Barnes on 100th Birthday

Veterans, dignitaries and other members of the community joined Friday to wish a very special 100th happy birthday to Doris "Doie" Barnes, a woman who was a trailblazer, rose to the rank of Marine sergeant and served her country with honor. Barnes stood up from her scooter to salute during the flag-raising ceremony at the Music Pier. After the program, she was honored by Ocean City for what she did and all she sacrificed to serve her country.

Surfing For Good Cause With Chip Miller Surf Fest

The annual Chip Miller Surf Fest brought more than 200 surfers out with their families Friday morning to the 7th Street surfing beach in Ocean City to help raise awareness and funds for Amyloidosis research. Miller, who raised his family in Ocean City, was diagnosed in 2004 with Amyloidosis, a rare disease which occurs when an abnormal protein, called amyloid, builds up in one or more organs causing a malfunction. A few months later, he passed away. For 17 years, his son, Lance Miller, of Ocean City, has held the Surf Fest in memory of his father.

Ocean City Sisters Ride Wave of Success to Make Junior Olympics

Ocean City sisters Brynn and Mia Gallagher know all about hard work and determination to be the best. But somehow, when they get out on their surfboards, competition is the farthest thing from their minds. They do what they love and they are good at it. And it has been noticed time and time again, as their trophies mount. But the Junior Olympics? Well, that is an entirely different story. At least that is what Brynn, 13, and 15-year-old Mia thought. Until last month. They went to the Toyota USA Surfing Championship in San Clemente, Cal., where they were both named to the USA Junior Olympic Team.

Sweet Deals Abundant at Ocean City Farmers Market

Cherries, Jersey corn, sweet apples and thick, ripe tomatoes were just some of the delectable treats offered at good deals Wednesday during the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers & Crafters Market. The popular market, on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue, is held each Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 29. Hundreds of people strolled from vendor to vendor, selecting goodies from produce to jams, jellies and baked goods.

Ocean City Responds to “Rude” Teens

A mid-summer night out in Ocean City enjoying a vacation or just a good time among friends in your hometown is what the resort, with 2.5 miles of Boardwalk, clean beaches and family-friendly entertainment, is all about. But what if that night out is disrupted by rowdy teens? They aren’t posing a danger per se. They are, however, being obnoxious, officials said. And with the juvenile justice reform regulations that went into effect in New Jersey this year, police can do very little about it, the officials noted. Ocean City Councilman Jody Levchuk, who co-owns Jilly’s Boardwalk and downtown shops, wants to do something about it. A couple of weeks ago as a member of the New Jersey Amusement Association, Levchuk invited Gov. Phil Murphy to take a trip to Ocean City to see what happens at night.

Young “Firefighters” Hone Skills in Camp

Dousing a fire, entering a smoke house, climbing a ladder, and wearing firefighter gear made for an exciting, thrilling and educational Ocean City Jr. Firefighter Camp. The four-day camp ran from July 19 through the 22. After having to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Fire Department, under Fire Chief Jim Smith, offered the popular program once again. Campers had a blast shadowing the firefighters, while learning many firefighting and life-saving skills, including rappelling, ladder climbing, using a fire hose and CPR.