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O.C. Community Delivers Hope and Meals For Thanksgiving

Brett Bailey, of Ocean City, pushed her shopping cart down the sidewalk outside of St. Peter's United Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon. And in that cart was a bag filled with a piece of turkey, pie, soup and potato chips. “It’s nice,” said Bailey, who lives in one of the rooming homes in the resort. “It really helps. It really is God’s blessing.” Bailey stopped by God’s Kitchen, an organization based at St. Peter's that provides food for those in need. Volunteers Kathy Thompson and Andy Martin, along with Jen Bowman, who is in charge of St. Peter's food ministry, and Pastor Eric Hall, were busy handing bagged meals for Thanksgiving to the people who stopped by.

Ocean City Joins Forces to Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Community

In a showing of community spirit, Ocean City organizations are making sure that despite the cancelation of dinners traditionally provided to families in need over Thanksgiving, special holiday meals will be provided. And those who are used to fellowship and friendship at the dinners year after year will know, that even though they can’t all be assembled for the feast due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are cared for and loved by the community, said organizers of the dinner. St. John Lutheran Church always does Thanksgiving dinner. St. Peters United Methodist Church does Christmas dinner. For both meals, people will either receive takeout or delivery packages from members of the Ocean City High School Key Club. And OCNJ CARE is funding the meals. While plans are still in the works for the Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving meals are being prepared Wednesday. Deserts were being made on Monday, explained Jen Bowman, who is in charge of St. Peters food ministry...

County May Move into High-Risk Level for COVID-19 Transmission

On Friday the Cape May County Department of Health advised Cape May County Superintendents that the Southeast region, which includes the Ocean City School District, may be moving into a high-risk level for community COVID-19 transmission. The CDC and New Jersey Health Department have already established guidelines, referred to as the COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix, for schools within high-risk communities. These guidelines include but are not limited to, school districts considering going fully remote, extra guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting, identifying close contact cases, restricting activities that involve close interaction, as well as not mixing cohorts. The Health Department is anticipating that they will know more on the high-risk level status by this Wednesday, Nov. 25...

O.C. Seeks Nominations for MLK Community Service Awards

Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18. The annual ceremony, a long tradition in Ocean City, will be held virtually this year, and details on how to watch will be made available in advance of the event. The ceremony includes the honoring of Ocean City residents with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, and the city is currently seeking nominations from the public for this year’s honorees...

“Earlier Than The Bird” Draws Holiday Shoppers

In a year when nothing much seems to be normal and virtual has become a reality, a tradition in Ocean City that may appear a bit strange to people who aren’t aware of the custom had happy shoppers strolling in downtown Asbury Avenue on Saturday toting bags filled with gifts -- in their pajamas. Yes, “Earlier Than The Bird,” the resort’s shopping spree in your jammies, turned out residents and visitors alike, who share in the zany tradition in a popular event sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

School Officials Hear Parents’ Concerns About Hybrid Learning

Ocean City school officials reassured parents that they are doing all they can to navigate through the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, but acknowledged it has been a struggle to balance virtual learning and in-person instruction. “We know that the school year has been difficult, to say the least,” School Board President Joseph Clark said at the start of Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Ocean City Schools Seek Feedback on Hybrid Learning

In a continued effort to improve upon the Ocean City school district experience for students and their parents, the district is seeking input in a survey. Specifically, the district wants to hear from families about how their children are feeling about the new way education is being delivered in the school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fire Shutters Ocean City Acme Indefinitely

The day after a fire that shuttered the typically bustling Acme Supermarket at 800 West Avenue in Ocean City, employees cleaned up and threw out spoiled food. Caution tape lined the perimeter, signaling to customers that the store was closed. Aside from employees, some work crews were going in and out of the store. Acme Communications and Public Affairs Manager Dana Ward said in an email that they aren’t sure when the store will reopen.

Fire Shuts Down Acme in Ocean City

A fire that began in the Acme parking garage at Eighth Street and West Avenue in Ocean City on Sunday shut down the supermarket, according to a news release from the city. At 12:55 p.m., the Fire Department responded for a report of fire in the parking garage underneath the store. The store was evacuated, but there was no injuries to any customer, employee or firefighter, officials said.

Countdown to Spruced Up Sports Complex

The Ocean City Sports and Civic Center is a popular venue for athletics and special events and has been for years. However, from the look of the outside and inside of the building, it was clear that it needed a bit of TLC, city officials said. Which is why construction crews are transforming the dated building with a $2.2 million renovation to showcase what it can and will look like.