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OCHS Winter Athletes Recognized

Ocean City High School athletes in winter track, wrestling, swimming, diving, and basketball were honored during a ceremony at a school board meeting Wednesday night. “We get to celebrate, honor and recognize our fantastic winter athletes,” Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor said. “We are so proud of you.” Special honors went to Isabella Wamsher (Diving), and Jack Bell (Boys Swimming), who received the Scholar-Athlete awards. Community Service Athlete Awards went to Tanis McDonnell (Winter Track), and Luke Meli (Boys Basketball).

Big Plans For Blockbuster O.C. After-Prom

Ocean City’s After Prom Committee is celebrating a milestone – 2019 is the 25th year that it will host an event for teens to enjoy a safe, entertaining, drug and alcohol free alternative to post-prom partying. And it is all thanks to the work of volunteers, including parents, school faculty and staff and students, who have worked tirelessly to offer the special night for Ocean City High School students, organizers said.

Richie Flemming Crowned Mr. OCHS

Perhaps it was the crushed velvet cranberry color suit jacket, or the song and dance routine to an '80s dance mix complete with an entourage. Whatever the reasons, Richie Flemming, 17, of Upper Township, had it all. He wowed the judges and the crowd to become the 2019 Mr. OCHS on Friday night.

Mayor’s Message: March 15

City Council last night introduced the proposed municipal budget for 2019, and Finance Director Frank Donato made a presentation on projected revenues and expenses. The draft budget includes a zero increase to the municipal tax rate. Although debt service on our capital improvement program continues to increase gradually as we take on more and more projects, that cost was offset by savings in other areas. A renegotiation of retirement health care benefits will save the city more than $2 million this year. Our tax base continues to grow – with $133 million in new ratables helping to bring in new revenue...

O.C. Tabernacle Sells Moorlyn Theatre

The Ocean City Tabernacle confirmed Wednesday that it sold the Moorlyn Family Theatre at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk for $800,000. Tabernacle officials had hoped to use the landmark building to recapture the days when the ministry had a presence on the Boardwalk. After those attempts failed, they felt it was time to sell the theater and waited for the right buyer.

Mystery, Intrigue Promised at OCEF Fundraiser

Two organizations are joining forces to host an exciting night that involves action, intrigue, mystery and, not to mention, great food and drink. The Ocean City Education Foundation (OCEF) and the Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will host a Mystery Dinner Theater centered around a pretend Irish wedding. The fundraiser will be held Friday, April 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Josie Kelly’s Public House, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point.

Officials Tout Benefits of Federal Grant Program

The city hosted a public hearing Monday to hear what ideas the public had for utilizing Community Development Block Grant funds to improve the quality of life for low to moderate income residents. However, no one from the public showed up. Officials overseeing the hearing explained to two reporters and a city official, who were the only ones in the audience, some of their past projects using grant funds and gave examples of some ways funding for the upcoming year could be spent.

O.C. Chamber of Commerce Ready for Summer Season

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce released its 2018 Annual Review detailing the ways it is showcasing the resort’s beaches, Boardwalk, family-friendly entertainment, shops and eateries through a strong and focused marketing plan. Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian said her team has had positive results by utilizing traditional and newer forms of advertising to expand the message to visitors that Ocean City should be their vacation destination.

Thomas H. Heist Insurance Agency Treats Customers Like Family

Tom Heist IV sat down for an interview to discuss what keeps his family’s agency, Thomas H. Heist Insurance Agency in Ocean City, thriving, how in a competitive market the business remains a longstanding staple to customers and their families and how they continue their tradition of providing sound advice and insurance to fit specific needs. But there is a lot that goes into being a good agent. Heist explained there are many responsibilities that go along with doing a job that his father and his entire family would approve of. You do what is best for the customer -- nothing less. “You want people to feel they can go to bed at night and have the right protection,” Heist said.

Women’s Conference Joins Area Church Members for Fellowship

Women of all faiths from Ocean City are invited to a one-day women’s conference that organizers say will forge bonds and new friendships between people of all religions. The conference titled: “Living on Purpose For Him” is centered around connecting women through Christ and God. The featured speaker, Veirdre Jackson was selected after members of a congregation saw her speak and thought she would have a lot to bring to Ocean City, organizers explained. The program will be held Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per person. Lunch is included and will be provided by Yianni’s Cafe.