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Ocean City Kicks Off Holiday Weekend in Grand Style

Call it zany, crazy or just plain silly. Whatever anyone thinks of two popular events, Unlocking the Ocean and the Business Persons Plunge, year after year Ocean City officials use a ceremonial key to open the ocean and no matter what the weather, revelers march into the surf for a dip to kick off the summer tourism season. And on Friday, to start Memorial Day Weekend off right, they did just that.

Boy Battling Cancer Becomes Honorary Police Officer

Davarjaye “D.J.” Daniel does not let cancer stop him from his mission. The 10-year-old Texan, who is battling brain and spinal cancer, has had 11 brain surgeries. Yet he has achieved major goals in his short life and continues to do so in hopes that he could bring awareness of his cancer. He is ceremoniously sworn in as an officer of different law enforcement agencies in the country. He has already achieved his goal of more than 100 different agencies to support the work of the officers. And on Friday, D.J. added 30 more law enforcement agencies to that number. Officers from Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland Counties attended a swearing-in ceremony for D.J. at the Ocean City Music Pier in which he was named an honorary officer of each agency.

O.C. School Board Votes No to Rehiring Girls Basketball Coach

The Ocean City Board of Education responded to allegations that high school girls basketball coach Michael Cappelletti mistreated his players by voting against his contract renewal. Over several months, parents and some players attended Board of Education meetings asking that Cappelletti not be reappointed next season. In a vote of 7-4 on Wednesday night, Board of Education members voted to not bring back the coach for next year’s season.

Ocean City Amusement Park Seeks Public Access to Rebuild

Playland's Castaway Cove in Ocean City has been rebuilding since the January 2021 fire that destroyed its arcade and front entrance. The amusement park has been using an area on the south side of the park’s location at 10th Street and the Boardwalk for construction cranes to make steel and concrete deliveries. But this week, ahead of the busy Memorial Day Weekend, city officials went ahead with reassembling a ramp in the area, essentially closing off access for heavy equipment to make deliveries to Playland's. Brian Hartley, vice president of the amusement park, said the result could mean taking down rides and possibly closing early this summer to complete the work on the property for the summer of 2023.

Visitors Enjoy Beach Day in Ocean City

Vacationers and residents in Ocean City were relishing balmy temps and breezes at the beach, Boardwalk amusements, foods from ice cream to pizza and some shopping, a week ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start to the summer season. Like many visitors to the resort on Sunday, inland and city residents wanted to escape the heat. Parking lots were filled, street parking was at a premium and stores, restaurants, amusements and arcades were bustling with activity.

Local Girl Raises Money For Worthy Causes

Regan Capone, of Sea Isle City, enjoys horseback riding, spending time with family, and doing something that helps others in a way that could be described in one word as extraordinary. The fifth-grader at the Ocean City Intermediate School has raised $20,000 in just three years for charitable causes.

Historic Commission Rejects Luxury Condo Project

The Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday night voted down a proposed condominium project that commission members found to be incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood featuring homes from the early 1900s. Opponents said the luxury condo project proposed for 801 Wesley Ave. was too modern- looking and did not blend in with the historic homes and other structures on the street, while proponents said it would be a vast improvement from the eyesore that is currently there.

Madden’s Win Official in Council Race

Ocean City Councilman Pete Madden is officially the winner of an at-large Council seat after all of the mail-in votes and provisionals were counted Tuesday in a close race. Madden prevailed over Second Ward Councilman Tom Rotondi, his closest challenger, by 43 votes.

Ocean City Celebrates After-Prom

On Saturday, Ocean City High School students went from dining and dancing at the historic Flanders Hotel for the prom to enjoying games, inflatables, prizes galore and even trying their hand at a mechanical bull at the 28th annual After-Prom. They enjoyed an array of activities, including live entertainment, food and giveaways from local businesses -- all in a safe and alcohol-free environment.

Students Shine on Red Carpet at Ocean City Prom

Ocean City High School prom-goers got the royal treatment when the Flanders Hotel rolled out the red carpet. Students shined as they sashayed, sauntered and strolled down the aisle in their best attire, ready for a night of dining, dancing and memories. Following is a gallery of photos of the prom-goers.