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The Ocean City Board of Education has selected a new superintendent to lead the district. Dr. Matthew Friedman will become the new Schools Superintendent in July. Dr. Tom Baruffi has been the acting superintendent since the retirement of Dr. Kathleen Taylor last year.
After performing to packed houses at the Music Pier in 2016 and 2018, the Bacon Brothers – Michael and Kevin Bacon – will return to Ocean City for a Summer Concert Series show on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Tickets go on sale Thursday. Information follows on how to buy tickets.
We have all welcomed COVID-19 being less a part of our daily lives, whether it be health and safety concerns, mask mandates or the news coverage that previously overwhelmed our TV screens and phone apps since early 2020. But the detrimental and financial burdens of the past two years are still being felt by many of our friends, neighbors and family members. Many of the “moratoriums” put into place to combat the monetary stresses created by COVID have expired, but not all of them. Details follow on some of the financial assistance programs to help homeowners.
Mayor Jay Gillian says the wheels are in motion for new jitney service this summer to the Boardwalk and downtown shopping district. Daily service to the Boardwalk will begin on May 27 and run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The downtown route will begin on June 14 and run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "We are finalizing details of the new service and will be releasing more information in the coming week," the mayor said Friday in his weekly message to the public. His entire message follows.
One of Ocean City’s premier events – the Spring Block Party – will go off rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. More than 350 crafters, food vendors and entertainers will line a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street. The Block Party helps draw tens of thousands of people to Ocean City for a pre-summer weekend of fun.
As we approach the Municipal Election on May 10, I am touching base with you one final time to respectfully ask for your vote to serve another term as mayor of this wonderful community. I’m proud of all that we have accomplished working in unity during my time as mayor. I plan to continue to aggressively address our most critical infrastructure needs including continued road and drainage improvements, beach and dune maintenance, dredging of our back bay and lagoon areas, acquisition and protection of parks and open space, recreation improvements and continued boardwalk improvements, including even more public restroom facilities.