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O.C. Not For the Gulls With Falcon Program

Just weeks ago, Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beach at times had the appearance of the Hitchcock movie, “The Birds,” with seagulls making a home atop eateries and umbrellas awaiting an opportune time to snatch food from unsuspecting visitors and residents. Not anymore, thanks to a group of raptors brought in by East Coast Falcons as part of Mayor Jay Gillian’s plan to get rid of the pesky gulls. The raptors chase the gulls away by scaring, not killing, them. On Sunday afternoon, Boardwalk strollers and beachgoers seemed to be the only ones flocking to the boards and the sands. And to the delight of many of the tourists and residents, they could eat whatever treats they wanted without fear of the swooping gulls.

Newcomer Wins Little Miss Ocean City Crown

Twenty-four contestants for Little Miss Ocean City 2020 took to the Music Pier stage Friday night, wowed the crowds and commanded the attention through dynamic dance routines, singing, baton twirling and even ventriloquism. But in the end, a newcomer to pageantry, Antonella DiAntonio, 11, of Sea Isle City, took the crown. With tears in her eyes, the girl, who is entering the sixth grade in Ocean City in the fall, was crowned by Stevie Wright, of Ocean City, who, moments before, took her last walk as the reigning Little Miss.

Walt Wiley, Point of Grace at O.C. Tabernacle

Walt Wiley, founder and president of Winning With Encouragement and long-time favorite at the Ocean City Tabernacle will speak in the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, Aug. 18. Winning With Encouragement (WWE) was established in 1997 and is overseen by a board of directors composed of Christian men and women representing various careers including law, banking, real estate, accounting, homemaking, and professional athletics. Their vision is to encourage people to “consider a walk with God or continue their walk with God.” Over the past few years, WWE has had the opportunity to present hundreds of live seminars to over 100,000 participants throughout the United States and more than 30 countries worldwide...

Mary Grace Jamison Wins Miss Ocean City

Mary Grace Jamison was crowned Miss Ocean City 2020 on Saturday night during the annual pageant at the Music Pier. Jamison, 17, of Ocean City, an Ocean City High School senior in the fall, beat out 10 other contestants to capture the title.

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Gets Plaudits For Recycling Program

One might say two forces of nature have come together to promote, educate and improve the environment. The Delaware River Bay Authority, which oversees the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in Lower Township, is partnering with the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority on ways to enhance its green initiatives to continue to keep the grounds and waters as free of pollution and litter as possible.

Abundance of Adorable at O.C. Baby Parade

Mermaids, “Toy Story,” Ocean City-themed strollers and even a future Prom King and Queen sitting in a wagon at the historic Flanders Hotel gave spectators along the Boardwalk a lot to smile about during the city’s 110th annual Baby Parade, one of the oldest in the country. The procession began Thursday morning at Sixth Street with children finishing at the Music Pier and all other entries headed to 14th Street with baby entries, musical acts, jugglers and pageant title holders. Crowds delighted in seeing Sky Brown, an 11-year-old skateboarding sensation from Japan, who served as the parade grand marshal.

“Watch Birds” Take Flight in O.C. to Scare Seagulls

Birds of prey Tilda, OC and Ozzy are taking to the Ocean City skies to scare away the pesky seagulls that are plaguing the Boardwalk and beaches looking for easy meals. On Monday morning, Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials joined the winged creatures, along with their handlers, in a pledge to lessen, if not stop, the seagulls from bothering Boardwalk strollers and beachgoers. Ocean City hired East Coast Falcons, in an effort that is believed to be the first of its kind at the shore on the East Coast, to push out the gulls that have become dependent on an unnatural supply of food stolen from people on the Boardwalk and beach. Gillian commented about the program, which began Saturday, “This is all about public safety. Hopefully it works, and people can enjoy quality of life they have come to expect here.” While the birds will not be harmed, Gillian said he saw a child in a stroller dive-bombed by a seagull. That was when he had had enough...

Customer’s Generosity Inspires Jilly’s to Give Back to Community

Jilly's Ice Cream Factory on the Ocean City Boardwalk has a lot of faithful customers. But there is one patron who not only appreciates the chilled treats but is making sure others can have a taste of their own. And it is all on him. On July 16 the customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Jilly’s employees that he would randomly buy people ice cream throughout the day. That he did, helping 56 people to frozen treats to the tune of $582.

Mets Hall of Famer Darryl Strawberry Spreads Message of Redemption

The words baseball Hall of Famer, drug addict and ordained minister aren’t usually associated with one person. But they describe the extraordinary rise, downfall and redemption of Darryl Strawberry. Speaking to a rapt audience at the Ocean City Tabernacle, Strawberry delivered two sermons on Sunday. His remarks were engaging, strong, lively, funny and heartfelt.

Flooding, Bicycle Safety Discussed During Fourth Ward Meeting

Flood mitigation projects and bicycle safety were the main topics of discussion for city officials and Fourth Ward residents during a meeting at the Ocean City Free Public Library on Saturday. The meeting was a workshop for residents to ask questions and raise concerns they might have. Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr conducted the meeting. At-Large Councilman Keith Hartzell and city official Vince Beckier were on hand to also address people’s concerns and answer questions.