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Ocean City’s “Miracle on Asbury Avenue”

Carolers dressed in Victorian-era inspired clothing and sang favorite holiday classics Friday as horses clip-clopped along Asbury Avenue in Ocean City with passengers who waved while aboard carriages. Shoppers strolled out of shops with bags filled with gifts. Singer Keith Hickman serenaded the crowds from the lawn at City Hall and Santa spent some time in Mark Soifer Park to the delight of children who lined up to give the big guy their long wish lists. This is how Ocean City does its Black Friday each year that it better known as, “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue.”

WoodLuck Clothing Line Offering Black Friday Deals

If you’re looking for some great gifts this holiday season, entrepreneur Jake Brown, of Ocean City, creator and owner of WoodLuck apparel, is offering plenty of incentives to shop local. Not only is he offering major Black Friday discounts on some of his merchandise, but there are two ways to shop for the casual yet fashionable active wear that is perfect for the outdoor sports enthusiast and for those who like to lounge by a fire pit. “We want to spread brand awareness this holiday season so we're having our biggest sale yet,” Brown, 25, said in an interview Wednesday. That means up to 40 percent off site-wide on inventory and free shipping on orders over $60...

Shooting Island Restoration Project to Enter Next Phase

A living shoreline that will help protect Ocean City from coastal storms and sea level rise is the longest of its kind in the state. In 2019, the first phase of the flood resiliency project to restore the 100-plus-acre Shooting Island was completed. And now, steps are underway to make phases 2 and 3 happen.

Ocean City Basketball Fundraiser May Be “World’s Longest Layup Line”

Stephanie Gaitley, head coach of the Ocean City High School girls basketball team, and her players will showcase their talents for a worthy cause on Sunday when they dribble across town, stop at each of the city’s outdoor courts and do a layup to benefit cancer survivors and their families.

Pajama-Wearing Shoppers Enjoy Ocean City’s “Earlier than the Bird”

Pajama-clad shoppers in Ocean City’s downtown Saturday could have drawn some stares if it hadn’t been for a zany event each year when it is OK to wear PJs to buy those special holiday gifts – even if it was only 39 degrees out. Yes, “Earlier than the Bird,” a longtime tradition for some, new mega-shopping excursion for others, from 8 a.m. to noon, meant good deals on merchandise from Sixth Street to 14th Street, some free coffee and even free turkeys awarded to the best-dressed.

Ocean City School Board Makes LGBTQ Club Official

Students, parents and educators took their message to the Ocean City Board of Education Wednesday that the LGBTQ community needs to be respected, heard and able to exist safely without fear of harassment, bigotry or hate. “We Belong Cape May County” is a nonprofit organization, formed a couple of months ago, made up of parents, students, educators and others who want to make it clear that the LGBTQ community should be supported in the school district, the town and throughout the county for that matter. “We’ve been here, and we will always be here,” said Ocean City high school senior Keely Calloway, who has been vocal about the need for others to support the LGBTQ community. She, along with more than 50 others, walked into the school for the board meeting shortly after holding a vigil at Veterans Memorial Park on Wesley Avenue, where they spoke of the need for positive change. Over recent months, "We Belong" members have spoken out in response to what they say can be a “toxic climate” in the district. They have held peaceful protests and attended Board of Education meetings. Members attended the meeting in part to support high school senior Nate Ginet, founder of the PRISM Club for the LGBTQ community. “We started the club to promote and provide a safe space,” Nate said prior to the meeting. “We want to show people of Ocean City we are here to support the LGBTQ community.” The Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution establishing the PRISM Club as an official club at the high school. The creation of the PRISM Club was part of the board agenda packet, but it was among several resolutions. Board of Education member Jacqueline McAlister asked prior to the board approval of the club that the resolution be pulled out from the list of resolutions, so that it may be approved separately, and Nate Ginet would be recognized for his hard work, she said. “Nate Ginet has worked tirelessly for the PRISM Club and sometimes it is deflating,” McAlister said. “I think you should pull that (resolution) out so that Nate could get the support he needs.” The board members agreed...

Ocean City Primary School Students Have it “Made in the Shade”

Ocean City Primary School students will have it made in the shade. A new shade structure outside the school will keep them protected from the sun's harmful rays.

Wind Farm Public Hearing Draws Passionate Statements

Residents of Ocean City overwhelmingly opposed an offshore wind energy farm during a virtual public hearing Monday night that also included strong support for the project from environmental and labor groups.

Ocean City American Legion Unveils War Monument

For those who have served their country, they will never forget their time in the military. Their families also all know of the sacrifices they made. But for others, who may not always think about veterans or their sacrifices and service, a monument unveiled at American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City fittingly on Veteran’s Day, may give them a greater appreciation of those who have given so much for so many. “Veterans need to be respected more than once a year and having the monument reminds us, as veterans and our families, that veterans are special,” Post 524 Senior Vice-Commander Pat Cummings said in an interview Sunday. “All Americans need to be reminded of the sacrifices of the armed forces and their veterans. The monument serves as a reminder for all of us.” The polished granite monument depicts World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. The monument is located at the bottom of the stairs on the north side of the Post 524 building at 4562 West Ave. It was created by Douglass Monuments of Cape May Court House and it was installed by D. Chila Construction of Ocean City, Cummings said...

Ocean Wind / Orsted to Hold Public Hearing on Nov. 14...

Ocean Wind, LLC (Ocean Wind 1) / Orsted will hold a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. The hearing was originally scheduled for Oct. 3, but was canceled due to a coastal flood warning issued by the National Weather Service and concern for the safety of the public. The rescheduled hearing will be conducted virtually. Members of the public may participate in the hearing via video conference or by telephone. Those who wish to participate via video conference may access the hearing at (note: if manually typing, please use all lowercase text), or go to and enter Webinar ID: 845 6140 0881; Passcode: 407304. Those planning to offer comments at the hearing may sign up to do so during the hearing. A dial-in option will be available, as well. If using one-tap mobile: +16469313860,,84561400881# or for telephone, (646) 931-3860 or (888) 788-0099 (Toll Free); Webinar ID: 845 6140 0881; Passcode: 407304. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comment on the proposed diversion of an approximately 0.647-acre portion of Ocean City-owned parkland. The affected properties owned by the City are as follows: Block 611.11, Lots 137 and 145 – Beach lots at the end of 35th Street Block 3500, Lot 1 (Including riparian grant) – Beach lot south of Block 611.11, Lot 137 Block 3350.01, Lot 17 – North of Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge Regarding this land, Ocean Wind 1 filed a petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) pursuant to N.J.S.A. 48:3-87.1(f)(2) to acquire, among other things, permanent rights of way and easements needed to install an underground cable in connection with its proposed Ocean Wind 1 Offshore Wind Farm Project. On Sept. 28, 2022, BPU granted the relief requested in Ocean Wind 1’s petition. Once complete, the Project will fulfill the requirements of the State’s Offshore Wind Economic Development Act, which mandates the development of a minimum of 1,100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind resources...