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Popular Fall Block Party Returning Oct. 9

Ocean City will be Block Party-less no more, with the return of the blockbuster event that draws thousands of visitors to the resort for a day filled with deals galore, food vendors and music throughout the downtown. The Fall Block Party, which stretches along Asbury Avenue from Fifth to 14th streets, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 400 crafters to give visitors an abundance of merchandise, artwork, crafts and more to browse.

Runners Breeze to Finish Line in OCNJ Half Marathon

Mike Horgan spent many days running on the Ocean City Boardwalk. The Philadelphia resident said Sunday that the boards have always been an important part of his summer training routine. It paid off. Horgan breezed past other runners in a fast time of 1:10:37 in the OCNJ Half Marathon.

Cyclists Raise Millions in MS Bike Ride

For some, it was their first time riding in the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride on Saturday, where cyclists took the trek from Cherry Hill to Ocean City. For others, it was an annual tradition. For all of them, it was a way to raise funds to help their loved ones, family, friends and even strangers, in the battle against multiple sclerosis. Ocean City was transformed into a cyclists’ haven, as riders zipped over the Ninth Street Bridge and into town, while police directed traffic and ensured cyclists' safety.

Ocean City Education Foundation to Host Fundraiser

The Ocean City Education Foundation (OCEF) is about a community coming together to help students and teachers provide additional support that may not be in the school’s budget. From mini-grants to the newest and perhaps most vital endeavor -- support for mental health programs within the school district -- the OCEF has one focus in mind: helping students and educators. OCEF will host the 4th Annual Red and White Night Social at Josie Kelly’s Public House in Somers Point on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The event will raise funds to support mental health programs, scholarships, and items that teachers may need throughout the school year in the way of mini-grants.

Record-Breaking Season in Ocean City

Spectacular weather, easing of COVID-19 restrictions and pristine, wide beaches made for the best beach season in Ocean City in years. “Beach tag revenue for 2021 broke an all-time record at $4,211,000,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said. The previous record was from 2015 at $4,178,000. The summer of 2020 came in at $3,833,000, Bergen noted.

Teams in Ocean City Walk to Fight ALS

Lori Koch Krikorian, of Ocean City, and her family and friends took to the Boardwalk on Saturday for Team Loru's Walkers for the ALS walk to raise money and awareness about the progressive neuromuscular disease. Koch Krikorian, 58, her husband, Erik, and sister, Kathy Costa, gathered at the start of the event. The other 54 teams in the two-mile walk to raise funds to support ALS patient services and research anxiously awaited Lori’s cue. She cut the ribbon with a pair of oversized scissors. There was applause and then everyone got moving.

Mayor’s Message: Sept. 17

Dear Friends, It was great to see so many people attend our final boardwalk flag-raising ceremony of the season last Saturday morning and our annual 9/11 ceremony that evening. Before the flag-raising, we unveiled a memorial plaque dedicating the new flagpole outside the Music Pier to decorated local veterans Joe Caserta, Bill Cruice and J.R. Robinson. I want to thank local veteran Jack Hagan for all of his assistance in setting up the flag-raising program and the memorial plaque. I also want to thank the U.S. Coast Guard for the helicopter fly-by that made for a dramatic ending to the ceremony and the season. Ocean City held its annual ceremony on the 20thanniversary of 9/11, but it was actually the 21st time we gathered. Mayor Bud Knight invited the community to a prayer service at the Tabernacle on the night of the attacks. I want to thank Billio Olaschinez and Fire Chief Jim Smith for their powerful remarks at the event and Morgan Murphy and Natalie Ragazzo for their beautiful voices in song. I’m proud to see that our citizens value and appreciate our nation, our veterans and our first responders. With the passing of Labor Day, our off-season schedule of road, drainage and flood mitigation projects will begin. One of the first jobs will be in the area between 26th Street and 34th Street from West Avenue to the beach. This project is funded in part by a state Department of Transportation grant and work is expected to begin in two weeks. The job will include the elimination of the siphon (bubbler) drain systems along 29th Street and 31st Street. South Jersey Gas contractors will be paving street throughout town where upgrades to service lines were made in the spring. Our Operations and Engineering team and I met yesterday with residents of Waterway Road, and we believe we have a solid plan to provide flooding relief with a combination of street elevation and a new outfall pipe...

Banner Summer Season in Ocean City

Exceptional weather, loosening of COVID-19 restrictions with more people becoming vaccinated, fantastic beach days and warm nights complete with entertainment from the Boardwalk to the downtown made for a banner summer season in Ocean City, one of the best in years. “I can tell you from conversations this was one of our best summers. I would personally say it seemed to exceed pre-COVID summers, as far as the volume of people in town,” said Burt Wilkins, chairman of the city’s Tourism Commission.

A Military Family Affair in Ocean City

Lt. Col. Tom Dahl, of the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing, does not tell his sons what he would do in any given situation. But the career military man from Ocean City could certainly give his sons, Charlie and Jeff, pointers on how to serve their country. Instead, Dahl leaves it to his sons to make their own way, their own choices, their own decisions. Senior Airman Thomas Jeffrey Dahl Jr., 22, who goes by Jeff, and his brother, Airman First Class Charlie Dahl, 21, are both Ocean City High School graduates. In just a few years in the military, they each have several military accomplishments to their credit. And like their father, they both served in Afghanistan. During a City Council meeting on Sept. 9, the father and his sons were recognized by the governing body for their military service.

Temporary Sidewalk at Republic Bank Site Causes Concerns

A narrow, temporary sidewalk that is accommodating construction of a new Republic Bank pushes pedestrians perilously close to traffic at one of Ocean City’s busiest intersections. The sidewalk at the intersection of Ninth Street and West Avenue in the heart of the downtown business district is drawing strong criticism from City Council President Bob Barr, who says that it is “an accident waiting to happen. “Someone is going to get hurt or killed there,” Barr said in interview Tuesday.