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NIV Pageant Committee Donates to American Legion Post 524

Ocean City’s Night in Venice Pageant Committee paid tribute to the American Legion’s century of helping veterans and their families by presenting a $7,000 donation to local Post 524 during a special luncheon celebration. The NIV Pageant Committee, formed in 1988, annually chooses three or four local charities to receive funds raised by the 12 Miss Night In Venice contestants as part of their pageant campaigns.

Natalie Argento Crowned Junior Miss O.C.

Natalie Argento, a rising sophomore at Ocean City High School, was crowned the 2020 Junior Miss Ocean City Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Ocean City Music Pier. The 15-year-old wowed the judges with her poise, interview skills and musical theater talent.

OCBP Takes Third in Final Lifeguard Race of Season

The Ocean City Beach Patrol finished the 2019 summer racing series on Friday evening with a third place finish at the Goudy Memorial Rescue Races. Ventnor City Beach Patrol won the team title. Ocean City tied for second place with Atlantic City, but due to a higher finish in the doubles race, Atlantic City took second overall, with Ocean City third. The 53rd John T. Goudy Memorial Rescue Races are hosted by Ventnor Beach Patrol at the end of every summer and are the last team event in the competitive racing season for South Jersey. The Goudy races consist of four events in swimming and rowing.

Mayor’s Message: Aug. 16

Mayor Jay Gillian reported that Ocean City's bird abatement program targeting pesky gulls appears to be working. A city contractor, East Coast Falcons, is using falcons, hawks and an owl to chase away the swarms of aggressive gulls. "People say they are grateful to be able to stroll the boardwalk and beach across the entire island without fear of gulls swooping down to steal food," the mayor said Friday in his weekly message posted on the city's website.

O.C. School District Gears up for New Year

The Ocean City School District's administration is excited about the 2019-2020 school year. School administrators started off getting ready for the year with a recent visit from Dr. Tracey Severns. Dr. Severns is an experienced presenter who has provided professional development on the Common Core State Standards, PARCC, instructional leadership, data analysis, special education and school improvement on the state and national levels.

Miss Crustacean Beauty Pageant, Crab Race Winners Announced

The city announced the winners of the madcap Miss Crustacean hermit crab beauty pageant. If that's not exciting enough for you, winners were also announced for the equally wacky hermit crab races that followed the pageant Wednesday. The list of winners for both events follows.

Hermit Crabs Ignore Rain, Have Their Moment in Sun

You can’t keep a good crab down. Or for that matter, dozens of crabs. Ignoring on-and-off showers which took the event indoors, participants, their owners and more than 100 spectators made the annual Miss Crustacean Pageant a huge success yesterday at the Sports and Civic Center. As one of the showers subsided and a giant rainbow appeared over the 6th Street beach, the event made its move. One of the more wacky events cooked up by former OC public relations guru Mark Soifer, the “original beauty pageant for hermit crabs” according to the City’s website, proved worthy of its creator’s legacy...

Today’s Miss Crustacean Pageant to Proceed Rain or Shine

The Miss Crustacean Pageant in Ocean City will be held rain or shine at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 14. If the weather is clear, the event will be held on the beach at Sixth Street. In the event of rain, the pageant will move indoors at the adjacent Ocean City Sports and Civic Center on the beach block of Sixth Street...

Daks Kayaks Offers Fun on the Bay

Often, Ocean City is solely associated with the beach. However, just a few blocks away, opposite the ocean, is the beautiful bay. Anyone looking to utilize or explore this side of Ocean City should check out Daks Kayaks. Currently in their seventh season in business, Daks Kayaks strives to provide the supplies and equipment needed for people to be able to venture out in the water.

WebiMax Announces Celebration of its 11th Anniversary on Wentz-day

Global digital marketing agency WebiMax, the parent company of Mediawize, LLC and its online news sources, Downbeach.com, OCNJDaily.com, SomersPoint.com and SeaIsleNews.com, ushered in its 11th anniversary in style Wednesday by celebrating its favorite #11, the Philadelphia Eagles’ own Carson Wentz. “The first thing that comes to mind when I think of 11 is Carson Wentz,” WebiMax CEO Ken Wisnefski said. “We are at the start of another Super Bowl season for the Eagles, so the timing was perfect.” WebiMax takes great pride in being an integral part of the local community and admires its favorite quarterback’s commitment to giving back. That is why the company will be honoring its 11th anniversary by donating $1,100 to Wentz’s “Audience of One Foundation.” WebiMax has had quite a bit to celebrate over its 11 years in business, including being named to the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Companies on three occasions and one of Forbes’ Most Promising companies...