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A successful new program called “County Coffee Chat” is being continued on Monday, Feb. 11, by the Cape May County Freeholder Board. The event will bring Freeholders Jeff Pierson and Marie Hayes to Yianni’s Café inside the Ocean City Community Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Community Center is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. The idea of the event is to provide a casual atmosphere allowing local residents to ask questions related to county government over a cup of coffee.
One of Great Britain’s all-time favorite singers, Katherine Jenkins, will join the Ocean City Pops Orchestra for a special concert on Aug. 11 at the Music Pier. Tickets go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $75 and will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or at the welcome centers at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Rt. 52 causeway and the municipal building at 46th Street and West Avenue.
A Girls Get Real Rally on Saturday showed young girls how to capitalize on social media, while also warning them of some of the potential pitfalls. The event focused on four major topics of social media – creating your identity, unrealistic expectations, bullying and exclusion, and using the power of social media to connect with others.
Students and staff at the Ocean City High School received a special visit from New Jersey Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet on Friday. Repollet was greeted at the entrance by senior and N.J. State Board of Education Student Representative Nora Faverzani, Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor and High School Principal Matt Jamison, along with school board members, students, faculty members and even the school district’s mascot, Howie.
In his weekly message to the public, Mayor Jay Gillian announces that the state Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to extend the close of the season for dredging in the bay from February 28 to March 31. The extension will give Ocean City residents an additional month to arrange for dredging private boat slips without having to worry about not finishing work before the cutoff date.
The Ocean City Intermediate School Fishing Club will hold its 16th annual flea market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is held at the Intermediate School at 18th Street and Bay Avenue. It features an array of vendors as well as great deals on rods, reels, tackle and fishing gear.
Ocean City firefighters responded to a house fire at 121 North Street on Thursday afternoon. There were no occupants in the building at the time, and there were no reported injuries. The home suffered extensive damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Middle Township Chief of Police Christopher Leusner, and school administrators of the Cape May County Technical High School jointly announced the completion of a random K-9 sweep of the Cape May County Technical High School for narcotics. Authorities did not say whether any arrests were made in a press release announcing the drug sweep Thursday.