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O.C. Schools Help Kids Get “Raider Ready”

Grace Petrinec had no problem Tuesday naming her favorite part of "Raider Ready," a new program at the Ocean City Primary School designed to prepare children for kindergarten. “I like the Legos the best,” the 4-year-old Ocean City girl said. When it came to starting kindergarten, Grace said she was most excited about riding the bus. “Raider Ready” is geared toward alleviating fears of the unknown, give parents and guardians some guidance and helps both children and parents acclimate to the new phase of their lives, school officials explained.

Ocean City Vacation Retreats Featured on Home TV Show

An Ocean City realtor and a Bucks County, Pa., couple put Ocean City in the national spotlight for its family-friendly attractions, clean beaches and Boardwalk filled with eateries and amusements. Ellen McGonigle, a realtor with Long and Foster on Ninth Street, and the couple, Ashlee and Brooks Hall, made their television debuts while shopping for an affordable vacation retreat in “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” The trio appeared on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, filmed in June and aired Sunday night.

Court Agreement Reduces Ocean City’s Affordable Housing Obligation

Ocean City dramatically reduced its affordable housing obligation with a court-approved agreement that would require 93 units, instead of 1,687, for low-income families, seniors and the disabled, it was announced Saturday. In a town hall meeting at the Ocean City Tabernacle, officials laid out a plan on how the city will go about fulfilling the need for affordable housing. Mayor Jay Gillian, City Council members, other city officials and housing experts attended the meeting. More than 100 people attended from the public.

Bike Forum Provides Vehicle For Discussion

Bike advocates viewed plans that would give them access to travel from Ocean City to the north or all the way from Somers Point to the deep parts of Cape May County on a safe, bike path. During a meeting Thursday night at Somers Point City Hall, members of the public, state and city officials met and discussed plans. Specifically, they looked at plans to connect Ocean City with the Marmora section of Upper Township via Route 9 and the new Garden State Parkway bridge to County Road 559 (Mays Landing Road). Northbound plans would provide access to streets in Somers Point, according to information from the state.

New Innovative Cape May County Correctional Facility Set to Open

The new $37 million Cape May County Correctional Facility opening in mid-January will be a dramatic departure from the "lock ’em up, throw away the key" mentality. Officials overseeing the expansive project that was five years in the making explained during a media tour Monday that the new jail will represent a better, more humane way of handling inmates. The facility, at 125 Crest Haven Road, next to the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, will be able to house 320 inmates. It is adjacent to the current jail. Built in the 1970s, the deteriorating old jail will be torn down within six months, officials said. It was built to hold about 190 inmates.

Sip and Savor at Passion Vines Wine Classes

Would-be sommeliers won’t have to go to the Bordeaux region of France, which is famous for wines, to become experts on the libation. Michael Bray, owner and founder of Passion Vines, is offering the area's first ever Wine Foundations seven-week course that will enable wine lovers to become experts without the pretentiousness sometimes associated with tastings. Classes will be held at the Linwood Country Club from Jan. 15 through Feb. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $399. People sample eight to 12 wines a class. Just 50 seats are available per class, so space is limited.

County Family Planning Clinic to Open in Ocean City

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a resolution at its Thursday night meeting to open a Family Planning Satellite Clinic in Ocean City. The two-year lease was signed between the county and Stell Exteriors Inc., according to the agreement. It will enable the county, under Women’s Health Services, to provide a healthcare facility in the northern end of the county, officials said. The clinic will be housed in a building at 648 West Ave. The lease officially began in mid-December at a cost of $1,000 a month, but the date for the clinic's opening has not yet been announced.

Cause of Raging Duplex Fire Undetermined

An early morning fire that destroyed two duplexes and damaged a third at 48th Street and Central Avenue on Dec. 27 began in a kitchen, but the cause remains undetermined, Ocean City Fire Chief Jim Smith said Thursday. Fire investigators from Ocean City, Margate, Cape May County and the state conducted the investigation and determined the fire broke out at 4829-4831 Central Ave. No injuries were reported.

Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Promises No Boredom in Quiet Months

Building on the success of Ocean City’s First Night and the First Day Shopping Extravaganza, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is offering a host of activities, entertainment and discounts on merchandise at its downtown and Boardwalk shops to keep the resort friendly, fun and far from boring throughout the off-season.

Revelers Welcome New Year in O.C. With Chilly Dip

Hundreds of diehards braved the chilly water in Ocean City's First Dip, a wacky annual tradition to celebrate New Year's Day. The plunge was nothing like New Year’s Day 2018, when the city canceled the dip due to dangerously frigid temperatures. Temperatures hovered around 59 degrees Tuesday near the 2 p.m. start time for the First Dip. But the water temperature was another story – about 46 degrees.