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Ocean City Police Make Drug Bust

A Cumberland County man was arrested Thursday and charged with multiple counts of drug possession, including, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills, Ocean City police said. At 12:52 p.m. Thursday, Detectives Richard Wilent and Matthew Crowley pulled over a vehicle for traffic violations driven by 44-year-old Eliezer Rodriguez, of Vineland. While making the traffic stop, the detectives smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. They conducted a search and discovered crack cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. The drugs were packaged for distribution, police said.

O.C. Board of Realtors Food Drive Continues

The Ocean City Board of Realtors is continuing its Food Is Love winter food drive through Feb. 28. Donations of canned items, juice, microwaveable meals and more are sought. The Food Is Love, Share Some Love food drive will collect non-perishable food items, laundry and dish detergent, as well as ShopRite gift cards, which will be donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Food Cupboard to provide for local needy families and senior citizens.

Children Invited to Nature Fun Day on Saturday

All are invited to a family-friendly Nature and Environment Fun Day from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center. The event will feature zoo animals, crafts, games, music and stories, and will be geared toward young elementary school and preschool children. It is free to attend.

O.C. School District Receives $10,000 Grant for Gardening Program

Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announced that the Ocean City School District has been awarded a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant. Eleven $10,000 grants and 36 $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects, including OCSD’s proposed expansion of its classroom gardening program at the Ocean City Intermediate School (OCIS). With the awarded $10,000 grant, OCIS will now work to install two vertical greenhouses outdoors in the school courtyard, a classroom hydroponics system and a classroom aquaponics system.

Chili Cook-off a Big Success

Fun, fellowship and great chili was the order of the day, when St. Damien’s Parish hosted a Chili Cook-off recently. The intimate, but competitive event brought local chili cooks together to share good times and good chili...

Ocean City Happenings: Get Ready for Spring Events and Richard Thompson

With the arrival of spring a little more than a month away, Ocean City is planning a full calendar of special events. Registration is now open for vendors, contestants and participants as the 2019 season kicks off. A listing of spring events follows.

North End Neighborhood Drainage Project Update

Ocean City has released the latest update for construction work on the North End Neighborhood Drainage Project. Details follow for the week of Feb. 11-15.

Fire at McMahon Insurance Agency Building

Ocean City firefighters were on the scene Sunday night at the McMahon Insurance Agency at 901 Simpson Ave. for a report of fire. The large building provides a major commercial presence entering town on the Ninth Street corridor heading downtown.

Delayed Opening Monday for Ocean City Schools

Due to expected inclement weather, all Ocean City schools will be opening two hours late on Monday morning, the district announced on its Facebook page.

St. Damien’s Chili Cook-Off is Sunday

Ocean City’s St. Damien Parish is hosting its second annual Chili Cook-Off on Sunday to benefit the Holy Childhood Association. It will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Culliney Hall, Second Street and Atlantic Avenue. The public is invited.