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The Music Pier was transformed into a sports lover’s paradise Saturday, with everything from autographed baseball cards, helmets and photos to just about any other collector’s item having to do with local and national sports teams. The Ocean City Sports Memorabilia Show, in its fourth year, definitely had a little something for everyone. Not to mention two special guests, former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner and former Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
The Ocean City Board of Education adopted the 2022-23 school budget on Wednesday night and taxpayers will be pleased to see a decrease in the tax rate. For the owner of a home assessed at $500,000, their school tax bill would be roughly $995 per year. That is an $80 decrease over the 2021-22 school year, according to School Business Administrator Tim Kelley.
Ocean City High School girls basketball coach Michael Cappelletti has been accused of mistreating his players. Parents and some of the players have attended recent Board of Education meetings to ask that he not be reappointed next season. On Wednesday night, Board of Education members listened once again, as parents asked that he not be brought back for another season.
Kim Styer-Gallagher spoke of her heartache, how she was left to run a business she and her husband, Harry Michael Styer began, when he passed away. She had to raise their three daughters alone, as a single, working mom. She kept their Ocean City business, Coastal Marine Piling Inc., going after her husband's death. She remarried and she went on to continue to expand the business. Styer-Gallagher spoke before a packed audience Wednesday at the Ocean City Yacht Club, where she was honored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. She received the 2022 “Salute to Working Women” award.
Six Ocean City Council candidates are seeking three at-large seats in the May 10 municipal election, and on Monday night, each of them answered an array of questions. Everything from whether the candidates want to keep Ocean City a dry town or allow alcohol sales or BYOB for restaurants, to views on an offshore wind farm proposed for 15 miles off the coast passing by Ocean City, to the best location for a new public safety building, took up most of the hour-long forum.
Ocean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman is getting his department ready for summer. He anticipates it will be a busy one. Like every summer, the resort is packed with throngs of visitors who come for a vacation, for the day, or call the shore town home year-round. And like so many summers before, Prettyman makes sure that before the start of the busy season, he has a full complement of officers.
When looking for activities for kids, the Ocean City Recreation Department has an array of camps, sports and programs to fill the entire summer calendar. Sign-ups begin May 1.
Sure, there were flowing floral dresses, tailored pastel-colored suits, plenty of bonnets and even a few fedoras. Oh, and there was an abundance of adorable when it came to the attire on infants and primary school-aged kids on Easter Sunday in Ocean City. The Easter Fashion Stroll, a longstanding tradition in the family-friendly resort, gives contestants a place to make some fashion statements.
If it weren't for plenty of headbands complete with bunny ears, colorful plastic eggs filled with toys and candies, and an Easter bunny or two, a casual observer might have thought Saturday was a bustling summer day on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Throngs of visitors and residents alike took to the boards to enjoy the official Ocean City kickoff to what is predicted to be a busy spring season.