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Tricks and Treats For Halloween

The cancellation of Ocean City’s popular Halloween parade isn’t stopping the revelry of the holiday. There will be two ways to celebrate, including frightfully fun trick-or-treating and a house decorating contest in the resort. Michael Allegretto, aide to Mayor Jay Gillian, said that the city is thrilled that kids and their families will still get to enjoy the holiday, despite the cancellation of the popular Halloween parade due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Repairs Done Right by Alpha Property Services

When it comes to having someone come into a home to do repairs, trust, reliability, and quality work are likely the top priorities to a property owner. That is where Mike Thompson, 56, owner of Alpha Property Services LLC, comes in. He has been doing just that in his Brigantine-based company that serves much of South Jersey. Thompson, a retired Marine, provides an array of services, including appliance repairs, painting, cleaning and just about any other work needed to make sure a person’s home or real estate property is maintained or improved.

Preservation Commission Saves Historic Home

In a matter of minutes, the Historic Preservation Commission saved a piece of Ocean City’s history -- a 118-year-home that would have been demolished if the owners had their way. In September, the commission rejected plans to demolish the house at 615 Wesley Ave. in the heart of the Historic District. On Tuesday night during a remote meeting, commission members adopted a resolution to save the weathered three-story Edwardian-era home due to its historical significance.

Table Sales Offer Deals For Savvy Shoppers

Downtown Ocean City and the Boardwalk offered visitors and residents a lot to browse and plenty of deals on the first day of the merchant table sales Saturday. The sale, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and also Sunday, extends to the following weekend from Oct. 9 through Oct. 12. People looked through shoes, shirts and shore memorabilia displayed on tables and clothing racks outside the storefronts from Sixth Street to 14th Street along Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk.

Two OCIS Students Earn Black Belts in Karate

Michael Stankiewicz and Miles O’Hara, both 4th graders at Ocean City Intermediate School, recently accomplished quite the feat--earning their black belts in karate at just nine years old. Both Michael and Miles study at Master Straga’s Tang Too Do Academy in Pleasantville where they took part in a test to procure their black belts. The first part was karate specific, testing the athletes moves, knowledge and technique. The second part was the challenge which puts the participants through rigorous physical demands such as knuckle pushups, sit ups, lunges and so forth in repetitions of 100-200. The challenge was meant to test their strength, determination, and maturity to handle difficult situations. The boys completed each section to achieve their black belt. Michael, who is also an avid baseball player, left before the ceremony to honor his accomplishment, so that he could get to his baseball tournament to help support his team, the NJ Sand Sharks. He is a catcher on the team was able to make the second game of the tournament and help secure a victory, albeit exhausted yet invigorated from his black belt challenge. When asked if he was nervous for the challenge, Michael replied in typical nine-year-old fashion, “Yeah but it was awesome.” His mother, Lora Fenstermacher, was beaming with pride for her son, as she too is avid participant in karate, holding a third degree black belt herself. “I am so proud of him. We knew karate would be good for him because it teaches discipline and respect,” Fenstermacher said in a phone interview. Miles, who celebrated his 10th birthday Sept. 30, has been studying karate in since September of 2015...

Mayor’s Message: Oct. 2

he number of positive tests for coronavirus in Ocean City remains relatively small but is on the rise. Reporting and contact tracing are administered through the Cape May County Department of Health, and the county does not provide detail to the public on the identities, locations or nature of the active cases. But with kids back in school, college students coming and going, the weather starting to force people back inside, and tests more readily available, we may see these numbers continue to increase. Fortunately, our local hospital officials reported this week that as of Wednesday, Shore Medical Center had only three COVID patients and Cape Regional just two...

Bay Avenue Project Update: Oct. 2

The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (CMCMUA) is replacing/rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work will be on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue; and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street. By Oct. 2, the contractor will have completed excavating and securing the tie-in pit at the southern terminus of the project on 31st Street. Consequently, 31st Street will be closed between Simpson and Haven avenues for at least the next week. Starting on Monday, Oct. 5, the contractor will begin excavating a pit at the intersection of 31st Street and Bay Avenue for the purpose of slip-lining a new 16" HDPE pipe through the existing 20" DIP pipe to the tie-in pit...

Strong Start for O.C. Shoulder Season

Thriving, bustling, as if it were Fourth of July weekend, these are just some of the ways downtown and Boardwalk merchants are describing the start of the shoulder season in Ocean City. “Shoulder season this fall is identical to our summer peak season, possibly even more active. Asbury Avenue has been bustling,” said Katie Miccarelli, head of brand development for Cruise Control Gear, an active wear shop in Stainton’s Gallery of Shops. “It’s as if Fourth of July weekend poured over into September.”

Virtual Fall Block Party to Delight O.C. Shoppers

The annual Ocean City Fall Block Party has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of opportunities for families who make the event an annual tradition to shop, shop and shop some more. This year, shopping enthusiasts don’t have to leave home to enjoy the best deals, discounts, and merchandise from merchants in town. On Oct. 9, Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, the block party will be offered virtually. Store specials will be posted, and customers can shop online if they choose or shop in person.

Tyler Onesty Memorial Fundraiser Fights Addiction

Tyler Jay Onesty would have turned 26 on Sunday. The Ocean City High School graduate died of a heroin overdose in 2017. In his memory, and in an effort to help others battle addiction, the third Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit in his name was held. Tyler’s brother, 22-year-old Zach, and parents Sally and Marte Onesty, of Ocean City, welcomed friends, family members, employees of mental health and drug treatment services and people in recovery, who lined up at Golden Galleon Mini Golf at 11th Street and the Boardwalk to spend a day enjoying Tyler’s favorite pastime – miniature golf. “I feel like we are keeping Tyler’s memory alive and we are helping make an impact on other people who suffer from disease and addiction,” Zach explained.