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Crowds Delight in Labor Day Weekend Kickoff

Families took to the beaches and Boardwalk on Saturday with one resonating theme, enjoy Labor Day weekend in Ocean City and the last weeks of summer. “This is our first time in Ocean City. We like places with boardwalks and heard good things about it here,” said Hemil Maniar, of central Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Neha Sinha, waited in line to get their daily beach tags. Their big holiday plans, at least for the next few hours, consisted of, above all, one very important thing. “We are going to lay down on the beach. Nothing special, just relax and catch up on some of our books,” Maniar said.

Cape May County Honors Pharmacies on Opioid Awareness Day

Two Cape May County pharmacies were honored for the steps they have taken to combat the opioid epidemic. Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson visited Village Pharmacy in Marmora, and Walmart in Rio Grande, on Opioid Awareness Day to honor steps both businesses have taken. Those pharmacies provide individuals with an at-home disposal solution for extra prescription drugs that the individual may not need. Both companies have taken other steps to reduce the community’s dependence of opioids as well...

Mayor’s Message: Aug. 30

Dear Friends, I would like to thank everybody for making the summer of 2019 such a successful one. Summer is busy, fun and always too short. Please take the time to enjoy the holiday weekend with your family, friends and neighbors. Just a couple quick reminders...

O.C. Guarded Beaches After Labor Day Listed

The Department of Fire and Rescue Services announces that the Ocean City Beach Patrol will continue to guard the following beaches after Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2, 2019)...

Ocean City, Upper Township Expands CERT Training Options

How can Ocean City and Upper Township’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) maintain certifications and keep pace with advancements in first aid and emergency response when the professional and personal schedules of team members vary significantly? Comprised of homemakers, nurses, retirees, police officers, firefighters, salesmen, former military, students, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, CERT members are trained and poised to help during natural or manmade disasters. Coordinating classroom time for continuing education through workshops and training courses can be difficult. Ocean City Fire and Rescue Services Chief James Smith knew there needed to be options and flexibility with courses that would maintain the high standards and certifications of CERT members for medical and emergency response...

Weather Statement: Coastal Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory in effect for Ocean City from 5 p.m. Wednesday through midnight Thursday. A higher-than-normal new moon tides could cause minor street flooding on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Flooding also could occur with high tide on Friday evening. Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday and 8:16 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters project a tide of 5.6 feet on the mean low water scale (MLW) on Wednesday and 5.8 feet on Thursday...

Wind Power Project Hot Topic in Ocean City

An ocean wind farm that would power more than a half a million New Jersey homes, create thousands of jobs and bolster the state’s use of renewable energy was discussed at a meeting in Ocean City on Tuesday evening. About 100 people listened to representatives of Orsted, the company doing the project, outline the environmental and economic aspects of wind energy. The state recently selected the company for incentives to build an 1,100-megawatt wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

New Lights to Brighten 34th Street Gateway

Ocean City plans to brighten up the 34th Street entryway into town by installing permanent white lights. The city is seeking bids for the project. The lights are part of a broader plan to make the gateway to the south end of town more inviting.

Swon Brothers and Josh Gracin Bring Country Music to Ocean City

Country music comes to the Ocean City Music Pier on Friday, Aug. 30 with a concert featuring the Swon Brothers and Josh Gracin. The Swon Brothers burst onto the scene in 2013 by bringing country music to the finale of NBC’s “The Voice,” and they continue to tour and record great music. Josh Gracin first hit the country music charts 15 years ago, and he’s making the best music of his career. The country music show is a first for the Ocean City Music Pier, which has been a long-time home to the Ocean City Pops orchestra, the annual rock Summer Concert Series and countless other events...

Banner Beach Season in Ocean City

Heading into the last few weeks of summer, Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamieson summed up what he thought was the best description of the season. “This is a summer to remember,” Jamieson said in an interview Monday. “Definitely one of the best ones. I can only remember one day when it rained start to finish. This is a season to remember as far as consecutive sunny days.” Although he did not have statistics in front of him, he noted that what appeared to be packed beaches on any given weekend was no mirage.