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The Ocean City Tabernacle opens its summer season with bestselling author and radio host Eric Metaxas speaking on Sunday, May 30, at the 8:30 a.m. traditional service and 10:30 a.m. contemporary service. Metaxas is the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of “Martin Luther,” “If You Can Keep It,” “Bonhoeffer,” “Miracles,” “Seven Women,” “Seven Men,” and “Amazing Grace.”
The Ocean City boys lacrosse team defeated visiting rival Mainland 17-4 while celebrating the senior class in front of a hometown crowd. The win raised the Red Raiders record to 10-5, with a perfect 6-0 conference slate. Mainland dropped to 7-7 (7-5 in conference). Ocean City senior Jake Schneider had an extra special senior night, scoring both his 100th career goal and 100th career assist, finishing the night with three goals and five assists to lead all scorers.
Ocean City High School’s girls lacrosse team closed out its regular season with a thrilling 11-10 victory over the visiting Mainland Mustangs on Senior Day. The win upped the Red Raiders record to 10-3 (9-0 conference), while Mainland dropped to 10-4 (10-2 conference). Ocean City honored its six seniors pre-game for their dedication to the program the past four years.
The summer trash and recycling collection schedule starts on Monday, June 14 and continues through Sept. 11. The schedule includes twice-weekly pickup. Details follow.
In a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer. The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of an Ocean City High School band playing “Pomp and Circumstance”). Details follow on Ocean City's lineup of events for Memorial Day weekend.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that fully vaccinated people will not need to wear masks indoors, except under certain circumstances, beginning on Friday, May 28. Cape May County has had one of the strongest vaccination programs in the state. CDC reports that 64 percent of the county’s adult population is fully vaccinated. The goal is to reach 70 percent by the end of June, according to a county news release.
The newly rebuilt Ventnor Square Theatre in Ventnor officially opened to the public Saturday with a ribbon cutting, but a couple hundred close friends of the building’s redevelopers got a sneak peek Thursday evening at the 1920s-inspired decor. Theater owners Clint Bunting, Scott Kaufman and former Ventnor resident Brett DeNafo and their partners held a soft opening that featured an open bar, refreshments and a preview of the phenomenal Dolby Atmos sound system in the largest of three movie screens that will rock customers in their reclining seats while watching the latest action movie.
The daily Boardwalk flag-raising ceremony – a beloved tradition in Ocean City – will continue in a new location at the Ocean City Music Pier starting on Saturday, May 29. A dedication ceremony is planned for 8:50 a.m. on May 29 and the flag-raising will take place at that time every day through Sept. 11. The event includes the playing of the national anthem and a medley of patriotic songs. A newly installed flagpole in front of the Music Pier will be dedicated to the memory of three veterans from Ocean City: Joe Caserta, James “JR” Robinson and Bill Cruice. Family members of these men will be on hand for the ceremony.
This time last year, the Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) was canceling all programming and refunding tickets to its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, OCTC’s Artistic Director Michael Hartman announced that live theatre in Ocean City is back with the 2021 Summer Children’s Theatre Series at the Music Pier, according to an OCTC news release. Details on the shows and ticket information follow.