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Ocean City Happenings: Unlock the Ocean Memorial Day Weekend, Take the...

In a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 24. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer. The Ocean City Beach Patrol will begin providing guarded beaches on Saturday, and Boardwalk and downtown businesses will be open and ready for the holiday weekend. After a cool and wet spring, the forecast for the weekend looks sunny and warm. The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of the Ocean City High School marching band playing “Pomp and Circumstance.” Everybody is invited to participate in the "Business Persons Plunge." It’s a chance to get some exposure for your business or organization or just to start Memorial Day Weekend with a splash...

Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32 Holds Clothing Drive

Ocean City Boy Scout Troop 32 will host a clothing drive on Saturday May 25, between 8 a.m. and noon at Island Auto Repair 713 Haven Ave. in Ocean City. Proceeds will be used to acquire troop supplies, including tents and camping gear...

Ribbons Missing From Memorial Honoring Two Local Teens

A memorial plaque on the 34th Street Bridge honors two local teenagers who were killed by a drunken driver in 1991. Kathy Moretti, the mother of one of the teens, lovingly has been placing bows on the bridge railing next to the memorial for years. However, someone has been removing the bows recently, and now Moretti wants answers.

Brisk Sales for Preseason Beach Tags

Time is running out to get preseason Ocean City beach tags. So, for everyone who loves to bask on the beaches, enjoy the surf and spend time with friends and family on their favorite sandy spot, it only makes sense to save a few dollars by buying the badges early. Seasonal tags will be sold at a discounted price of $20 through May 31. After that date, the price goes up to $25. And if the revenue from preseason sales are any indication, it appears beachgoers are taking advantage of the savings, according to figures supplied by Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer.

New Lights to Brighten 34th Street Corridor

The 34th Street entryway in Ocean City will be spruced up with permanent decorative lighting under a new city initiative. City Councilman Bob Barr said residents of the Fourth Ward ask him about the lighting more than anything else, and it began when he was campaigning for his first term in 2016. “The number one question we get is if we could get permanent lights on the trees to the entryway,” Barr said in an interview Tuesday. “We are always looking for ways to make that area better.”

Ocean City Bikers Gear Up For Busy, Safe Cycling Season

In about two weeks, bicyclists will notice something in the main arteries of Ocean City -- 15 signs that emphasize that they must follow the laws -- just as motorists need to. The wording on the signs says, "Bicyclists Must Follow Motor Vehicle Laws." They will be placed in high-traffic areas, including Bay Avenue and West Avenue as well at the Ninth Street corridor. Members of the local bicycling coalition Bike OCNJ discussed the signs and other issues during their reorganization meeting Monday night.

No Crabby Prediction: Martin Z. Mollusk Says Summer is Coming Early

Martin Z. Mollusk paraded onto the beach at Ninth Street in Ocean City on Saturday morning with an entourage, which included “Dancing With the Stars” professionals Emma Slater and Tristan MacManus. The crustacean’s cage was held up in the air for the excited crowd to see. But as the clouds hung low, and the sun peeked ever so slightly from the clouds, it was anyone’s guess if the famous hermit crab would do as he had all 44 years before – see his shadow and predict summer would come a week early. Predictably, the answer was yes, and the crowd erupted in applause and cheers.

Business Leaders Warn of Impact of Higher Minimum Wage

Jane Davis, owner of Johnny B Goode Ice Cream Parlor in Ocean City, worries about the minimum wage increase that will be phased in over the next five years to the tune of $15 an hour. “Minimum wage jobs are not meant to be full-time jobs,” said Davis, whose business at 1363 Asbury Ave. is in its 25th year. Davis was at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on Thursday waiting to listen to guest speaker Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), on the topic “Preparing for the New Minimum Wage Increase and How it will Impact Your Business.”

Jet Drive Exchange Offers Boating With Perks

A family vacation to Ocean City would be even better if a boat came with the hotel, beach badges and ride passes. But what if it was possible to rent a boat during a weeklong adventure, or better still, for the entire summer. TJ Heist, owner of Jet Drive Exchange, thought about that and has it all figured out. For 60 percent less than the cost of owning a boat, and for 100 percent less hassle, people can join his boat and jet ski club.

O.C. After-Prom Promises Magical Memories

For Ocean City High School students deciding whether they should attend After Prom, they should know a few things. If they go, they will more than likely have a blast. They will have an array of exciting, cool games to play, and a huge assortment of food to eat. Oh, and lots of ways to win prizes, Amy Holmes, co-chairwoman of the After Prom Committee said. The free event at the Ocean City High School is May 18 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Now in its 25th year, the event for teens is designed to offer them a safe, entertaining, drug- and alcohol-free alternative to post-prom partying.