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Mayor’s Message: Jan. 8

Mayor Jay Gillian's weekly message to the public includes information about a new registration portal for getting COVID-19 vaccinations. After people complete a brief online form, they will be contacted by the state on when and where to get vaccinated once they become eligible. A link to the registration portal and other details follow in the mayor's message.

O.C. Theatre Company Offering Winter Musical Classes

Ocean City Theatre Company will offer two winter dance classes for adults and children. Details follow.

High School Awarded AtlantiCare Grant to Support Student Club

Ocean City High School has been awarded a $1,000 grant through the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children initiative. The grant will support the high school’s launch of a new student-led club in 2021 focused on mental health, according to a press release. The club will be affiliated with the Our Minds Matter (OMM) movement, which aims to change school culture around mental health and to give students the tools to build and maintain healthy minds and bodies.

UMC Residents, Healthcare Providers Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

CVS Pharmacy representatives arrived at United Methodist Communities at The Shores in Ocean City on Dec. 30 and administered the first of the two-part Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. CVS will return and administer the second shot on Jan. 20, according to a UMC press release. Room by room, vaccinations were administered to residents and staff at the long-term care facility.

New Sales Agent Joins Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors welcomes Natalie Giacometti as a sales associate at its office on Ninth Street and Simpson Avenue in Ocean City. “I joined the company because I wanted to pursue a real estate career for several reasons. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach has the biggest market share in Ocean City and I also felt very much at ease with all of the friendly and very knowledgeable staff,” Giacometti said in a press release.

Sturdy Savings Bank Donates to Local Organizations, Food Banks

Sturdy Savings Bank recently presented donations to local community organizations that are trying to meet the growing demand for food, shelter and medical assistance for those in need. During the pandemic, Sturdy Savings Bank noticed the increased need and has worked with organizations to provide funding to help meet those needs. The bank gave to approximately 15 “frontline” community organizations in Cape May County and Somers Point in Atlantic County, in addition to three rounds of donations to 25 local food banks since April.

Colony Club Members Participate in “Wreaths Across America” Day

Colony Club of Ocean City members recently took part in a national effort to honor the service of veterans by placing wreaths on graves at the Gerald M. Thornton Veterans Cemetery of Cape May County. Each December, the Wreaths Across America (WAA) organization asks local groups to remember and honor veterans by conducting wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 states. “The Colony Club was pleased to have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying ‘thank you’ to our veterans,” said Cathy Solarski, chair of her club’s Wreaths Across America Committee. “Our club members donated funds and sponsored 68 wreaths, which were matched with 34 additional wreaths by the WAA.”

Free Rabies Clinic Canceled For 2021

Due to public health precautions related to limiting the spread of COVID-19, Ocean City's annual Free Rabies Clinic will not be held in 2021. In prior years, the service was offered by the Humane Society of Ocean City in January at the Ocean City Fire Department at 550 Asbury Avenue.

New Name for County Freeholders

With the start of 2021, the Boards of Chosen Freeholders around the state will be re-titled and officially called the County Board of Commissioners, including the one in Cape May County. The title “freeholder” was considered offensive by many and had been a topic of discussion for the past decade. In 2018, the first bill was introduced in the state Assembly to make the name change but didn’t pass then. However, the change was approved by the state last August. The Cape May County 2021 Reorganization Meeting and swearing in of Will Morey and Jeffrey Pierson on Jan. 6 will be the first time they are officially called Cape May County Commissioners, according to a county press release. Morey and Pierson won re-election in November and will begin new terms.

Mayor’s Message: Dec. 31

As Ocean City enters the new year, Mayor Jay Gillian is asking the Community Services Department to reach out to local residents to see what the city can do to help them. "I want to know what services, recreational opportunities, support systems, programs and facilities we can provide to keep everybody healthy and happy in America’s Greatest Family Resort,” the mayor said in his weekly message to the public. His entire message follows.