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Carol Heenan Receives Community Award

She is someone who is always there to help out another person, someone who can be relied on to make a difference. But she is often behind the scenes, not wanting to take credit for the work that is done. That is Carol Heenan, as people described her at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City Thursday night, when nearly 200 well-wishers came out to honor her as she received the John Kemenosh Memorial Award during a Republican Club event for her service to the party.

Ocean City Tabernacle Hosting Lineup of Summer Events

Ocean City Tabernacle is offering an array of guest speakers during Sunday morning services beginning Memorial Day weekend. It also has a host of concerts planned for members and guests and there is something new – a Family Movie Night. Beginning this Friday, May 3, the Tabernacle is trying something that Pastor Jay Reimer hopes will be a tradition for families. “The O.C. Tabernacle planned this movie night for families in the Ocean City area to enjoy a night out with friends and simply to encourage family time together,” said Reimer, who is also the CEO of the Tabernacle.

Cape May County First to Offer Medicine Drop Boxes in all...

More than 70,000 people died in 2017 alone, as a result of drug overdoses from both illicit drugs and opioids. That figure rose from 16,849 in 1999, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “We are in the midst of a crisis, an opioid crisis. In 2017, 70,000 Americans lost their lives to drug abuse,” explained Special Agent Nicholas Kolen of the Drug Enforcement Agency during a press conference Wednesday. “That is more people lost each year than can fit in the field where the Eagles play.” Kolen was one of several officials who spoke about the important of the medicine drop boxes during the event at the Cape May County Administration Building...

$5 Million Parking Lot Sale Paves Way For Development

A prime piece of real estate adjacent to the Ocean City Boardwalk at Eighth Street is being offered for sale at nearly $5 million. The property, at 821 E. Eighth Street and the rear section of 748 Boardwalk, is actually a 140-space operating parking lot owned by Central Boardwalk Parking LLC of Farmington, Conn. The one-acre site went on the market over Easter weekend, said Gina Farruggio, the realtor handling the property sale. It is located within the city's Hospitality Zone, opening up an array of potential development options.

Volunteers Beautify O.C. Beaches in Cleanup

A giant, rusted screw, a cover for a workout weight, large hunks of Styrofoam and plenty of plastic bottles filled the trash bags of the Figueroa and Zbikowski families, who joined forces and ventured onto the beach Saturday morning for Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweep in Ocean City. “Last year we found a piece of a whale’s jaw,” said Alexander Figueroa, 14, of Pine Hill, N.J. “We also found a teddy bear. It was so heavy because it had been in the water.” This year was a bit less exciting, they admitted, but it did yield the removal of a lot of plastic off the beaches and make way for visitors to enjoy pristine beaches and marine life to be safer from the threat of choking on plastic bags or other garbage.

Councilwoman Karen Bergman Receives Salute to Working Women Award

Councilwoman Karen Bergman joked with the audience that it was hard to believe she was receiving the 2019 Salute to Working Women Award from the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. “What an honor for a Philly girl,” she said with emotion as she looked out into the audience Wednesday at the Flanders Hotel, where family and friends filled the room. The honor recognizes women in business for their achievements, both professionally and personally.

Ocean City Life-Saving Museum Receives $2,000 Contribution

The Richard Somers Questers Chapter 1148 raised funds for six oar locks to be used on a replica of a historic lifeboat on display at the U.S. Life-Saving Station 30 Museum in Ocean City. “Every other year we can apply to the state for matching grants. We raised $1,000 and then the state gave us $1,000 for the six oar locks. They are individually cast and reproductions of what would have been on the lifeboat,” explained Ocean City resident Suzanne Hampton, vice-president of Questers 1148. On April 19, the Questers presented John Loeper, chairman of the U.S. Life-Saving Station, with a gift during a ceremony at the station, located at 801 E. Fourth Street. Hampton said Loeper, who is also the curator of the Life-Saving Station Museum, requested the oar locks.

Easter Best Bountiful at Fashion Promenade

Families flaunted their fancy threads and some over-the-top Easter bonnets for onlookers and judges at the annual Fashion Promenade on the Boardwalk. Little girls were dressed in pastel colored dresses. Some wore technicolor bonnets and ornate, jewel-encrusted headbands. Little boys wore grown-up suits, including a seersucker outfit. There was even a boy dressed as a bunny carrying an egg.

Kids Scramble to Collect Eggs in O.C. Hunt

It was a mad scramble on the beach Saturday as thousands of children scooped up colorful plastic eggs filled with prizes and treats. The Great Egg Hunt is one of the centerpieces of Ocean City's family-friendly Easter weekend festivities.

Pool Upgrades Makes a Splash at Community Center

One of Ocean City’s most popular public spaces will soon be receiving a needed facelift. The Aquatic and Fitness Center has been earmarked for improvements as part of a $1.25 million “Parks and Public Places” capital project for upgrades at the Ocean City Community Center located at 1735 Simpson Ave. City Purchasing and Contract Manager Joseph S. Clark said the overall cost of the project will be determined when bids are received, and contracts awarded for the work. “We do not disclose (expected costs) in advance of the bidding, to ensure the bids do not come in at that number (when they could be lower without such knowledge),” Clark said. “It keeps the bidding process fair.”...