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Turtle Rescue: Community Turns Out For Terrapins

Turtle time is upon us and nesting season for diamondback terrapins is starting. But what about the hatchlings emerging from hibernation? Turtle lovers from Ocean City and Ventnor did their part to help the tiny terrapins to safety, locating hundreds of them – 826 to be exact – and scooped them out of storm drains.

City Smoothing Out Former Car Lot For Use in Summer

The former Perry-Egan car lot, which has since been demolished, left an eyesore adjacent to the Community Center, the hub of activity for the Ocean City community. Mayor Jay Gillian wants to ensure that until city officials determine what to do with the open space with community input, it will be a place free of hazards. This week, workers have been filling in the area, especially where the car dealership once stood. The site is bordered by 16th and 17th streets between Haven and Simpson avenues.

O.C. Museum Displays Fresh Take on History

Walking into the Ocean City Historical Museum just weeks after the reopening after a long COVID-19 shutdown was like stepping into a new building, a new space. The museum, located inside the city’s Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., has been transformed by museum director Kate Devaney and the members of the Museum Board of Trustees, notably historian John Loeper, trustee Carol Dotts and museum coordinator Karl Wirth, among others. “You have to tell a story. Each exhibit does that. You need a narrative to go with the artifacts, items and photos,” Devaney said during a tour of the museum Wednesday. She continued, “With the history of Ocean City, people are always drawn to the Boardwalk, transportation, the Sindia (which ran ashore in 1901 with china and other cargo onboard). It is important to provide historical context for the different artifacts.”...

Birthday Parade to Honor WWII Veteran Turning 100

Francis X. McCormac is a decorated U.S. Army veteran – and for the last 16 years he has made Ocean City his home. The serviceman who rose to the rank of sergeant is one of a dwindling number of World War II veterans still alive. On May 18 he turns 100. That milestone is one of many significant accomplishments McCormac has had in his lifetime. To celebrate his birthday, his daughter, Maureen McCormac and her wife, Kay Jacobs, of Ocean City, are hosting a drive-by birthday parade for him.

Young Loan Officer Showcases Dedication

At just 21, Joe Logan isn’t a recent college graduate, or even has aspirations of going on to higher education. And when looking at his resume, already highlighting his experience in the financial world, it would seem that this Gloucester Township resident is onto something. “I was never someone who was really interested in school or anything like that. I think it’s for some people, but not everyone,” Logan said in a recent interview. “The only time that I can concentrate on learning something is when I can see a direct benefit to me or my career.” So, Logan, who is a loan officer at Republic Bank in Marlton, got right down to business. He went straight to work after high school, to start making money for his future and helping others with theirs.

Luxury and Comfort Offered in Ocean City Home

With all types of homes to choose from, there is one home in particular just on the market that seems to stand out because of its beauty, amenities and custom qualities that make it superior to many others. That home is at 15 W. Edinburgh Road in the Gardens section of Ocean City. The single-family home boasts many must-haves for the high-end buyer, including a pool, cathedral ceilings, three gas fireplaces and a large kitchen with all updated appliances. It is also within walking distance to the beach. The three-story home boasts 4,400 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, and six baths. And it is already equipped for an elevator. It is listed for sale at $3.5 million.

Community Fights For Frankie With Childhood Cancer Fundraiser

Ocean City Intermediate School math teacher Frank LaSasso is also an assistant coach for Ocean City High School’s varsity baseball and football teams. He is used to guiding students and athletes through adversity, teaching them skills to deal with challenges in the classroom and on the athletic field. In his personal life, LaSasso, 35, of Hammonton, is using those very skills he imparts on others to battle something much scarier than anything he and his wife, Tiffany, have had to deal with in their family. On Dec. 7, 2020, their son, Frankie, 7, was diagnosed with cancer. The official name for what Frankie has is T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He receives weekly chemotherapy treatments and has done so since his diagnosis.

School Board Approves Budget With No Tax Increase

The Ocean City Board of Education adopted a 2021-22 school budget Wednesday night that provides all of the services, programs and materials students, families and faculty are accustomed to in the district with no increase in taxes, officials said. The total budget for the 2021-22 school year is $42.5 million, up from $41.6 million for the 2020-21 school year. Funding for the spending plan will primarily come from $23.6 million in local tax revenue. An owner of a home assessed at $500,000 will pay $1,075 in local school taxes for the year, the same as last year.

School District Responds to Petition Alleging Abuse and Other Misconduct

Brianna Thomas created a petition on to give former and current students of the Ocean City school district a forum to air their grievances, concerns and allegations. She did so, she said, to give them an avenue to tell of alleged incidents at the hands of school faculty or fellow students. Thomas, who dropped out of Ocean City High School during the 2011-12 school year, said in an interview with she was “outed” for being a lesbian, which led to bullying during her time in the district. “I like to tell people what I have been through and my experiences, because it may help someone else,” said Thomas, 24, formerly of Ocean City who now lives in Ventnor. Her petition, posted on April 22 on social media, contained a flurry of posts alleging sexual assault, inappropriate student-teacher relationships, bullying, harassment, acts that led to suicide, discrimination and unfair treatment by faculty.

Peaceful Protesters Air Concerns Over Wind Farms

Jeff Reichle and his son, Wayne, didn’t hold up signs expressing their opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm during a peaceful protest Tuesday outside of the Cape May County Administration Building in Cape May Court House. But the two men, from Lund Fisheries Inc. in Cape May, along with several of their fellow fishermen and women, are concerned. They are concerned about their livelihood and what the gigantic wind turbines built in the ocean could mean to marine life and how they could safely navigate the structures and what the project would do to commercial and recreational fishing. “Our issue is they haven’t reached out to the fishing industry,” said Jeff Reichle, chairman of Lund. “People think you can go fish somewhere else. But that is not the way it is. This is our business. We just don’t know how this will affect us. There are too many unanswered questions.”