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Ocean City American Legion Post 524 welcomed Army veteran Jason Bruce and his family to “America’s Greatest Family Resort” on Monday, Aug. 12 for a week’s vacation, courtesy of the organization’s Rest & Relaxation Program. The Bruce family was honored during a lunchtime welcoming ceremony at Post 524, following a police and fire department motorcade and an escort into town by the Legion Riders motorcycle brigade. The family will be given the use of a free condominium for the week, as well as a multitude of gifts from local Ocean City businesses as a way to say, “Thank You for your service and sacrifice.”
A week of pageantry in Ocean City includes the Miss Crustacean Beauty Pageant on Wednesday, the Little Miss Ocean City Pageant on Friday and the Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant on Saturday. Details follow on the pageants as well as other entertainment and special events in Ocean City this week.
Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced Monday that no criminal charges will be filed as a result of a fatal motor vehicle accident in Ocean City on Memorial Day weekend. Two pedestrians were struck by an SUV at the intersection of Eighth Street and Bay Avenue. One of the pedestrians, Thomas F. Gibbons Jr., of Lansdale, Pa., later died in the hospital as a result of his injuries. Gibbons’ wife, Stephanie, was also hit, but survived her injuries. As a result of the investigation, no criminal charges will be filed against the driver, Barbara L. Myers, 49, of Woodbine, Sutherland said. Myers was issued two motor vehicle summonses for failure to yield to a pedestrian and for careless driving.
The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (CMCMUA) will host an information session and Q&A regarding the replacement and rehabilitation of its wastewater force mains located underground along Bay Avenue between Eighth and 31st streets in Ocean City. The meeting will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Howard Stainton Senior Center, which is located inside the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave.
A baby goat named Sadie Hope captured hearts and plenty of attention Wednesday on the Ocean City Boardwalk during a fundraiser at The Farm Stand restaurant at 14th Street. Farm Stand owner Becky Albertson raised and donated more than $1,000 to Old Fogey Farm, the nonprofit animal sanctuary in Egg Harbor Township, where Sadie Hope lives. On Wednesday, Albertson donated 100 percent of her profits from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to help the animals at Old Fogey Farm.
The Ocean City Fishing Club held its 44th annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament next to the Ocean City-Longport Bridge on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. The event attracted a near-record number of participants, with 115 registered young anglers in three age categories: 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16. “The weather is perfect and the water is clear and clean (of seaweed),” former OCFC President Ben Werntz said of the large turnout.
The Ocean City Beach Patrol competed in the last of the “big three” lifeguard races Friday evening on 33rd Street in Longport in front of a loud cheering section of current guards and alumni alike. Ocean City took fourth place overall in the South Jersey Championships thanks to a second place finish by Kevin Perry in the singles row and a higher finish by the doubles crew for the tiebreaker. Longport took home the team title for the fourth consecutive year. As the winner of this year’s championship, Longport will once again host the event next year.
Cpl. Clarence Smoyer, America’s most famous tank gunner and the subject of the new book “Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy and a Collision of Lives in World War II,” surprised his friend and comrade, Sgt. Joseph Caserta, at his home on Wednesday. Smoyer, 95, a Sherman tank gunner from Leighton, Pa., and Caserta, 97, a Sherman tank driver and commander from Ocean City, were part of the famous 3rd Armored Division (3AD) called “Spearhead.” They share a unique history and deep personal bond.
Mayor Jay Gillian is hopeful the city can acquire an entire block of land next to the Ocean City Community Center and protect it from densely packed housing construction. City Council introduced an ordinance Thursday night to acquire the private property through negotiation or condemnation. This represents the second time in the past year the city has tried to buy the land, which is bordered by 16th and 17th streets along Simpson and Haven avenues. In his weekly message to the public Friday, the mayor said the site represents "a truly rare opportunity" to preserve such a large tract of land.
As the summer draws to a close, the women of the Ocean City Beach Patrol competed Thursday evening in the 25th annual Bill Howarth Women’s Lifeguard Invitational hosted by the Ventnor City Beach Patrol. Ocean City took fourth place overall in the team standings after scoring points in three of the four events.