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Young and talented: Flanders head chef leaving an impression

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:31 am

 

Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen. Blake Young, executive chef at The Flanders Hotel, a 2003 Ocean City High School graduate, was headed for a career in finance, but after the market crashed, found his true passion in the kitchen.

OCEAN CITY — Graduating Monmouth University with a degree in finance, Blake Young was headed for a career in accounting when fate intervened. The market crashed and unable to find a job in his field, the 2003 Ocean City High School graduate headed home and back to the kitchen at Uncle Bill’s where he had worked his way through college.

From there Young landed a job at The Flanders and discovered his true passion was not in crunching numbers. Now executive chef at the historic hotel, the 29-year-old is making a big name for himself.

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Third quarter real estate sales up in 2014

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Written by Ann Richardson Sunday, October 12, 2014 12:00 am

OCEAN CITY — Sales and rentals are up in Ocean City for the third quarter, the Ocean City Board of Realtors reports. Visitors are booking early for 2015, and Board of Realtors President Ken Sedberry predicts another banner year.

“It’s good news,” Sedberry said. “We’ve had a big increase with people, who rented this year, wanting to return and rent again next year, so based on the interest we’re seeing, 2015 should be a really good year.”

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Chamber focusing on year-round resident retention

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Written by Ann Richardson Monday, October 06, 2014 05:39 pm

OCEAN CITY — Beyond the need to attract tourists, is a need to attract more year-round families, Michele Gillian, the executive director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce told Fairness in Taxes members at its Oct. 3 meeting.

It is not a new idea, Gillian said, but one the chamber is focusing on.

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Fire! on the Beach closes in OC (UPDATE)

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, September 19, 2014 09:48 pm

Fire! on the Beach closes in OC Fire! on the Beach closes in OC

OCEAN CITY — Fire! on the Beach on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City is closed, the business announced on its Facebook page Friday, Sept. 19.

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Coolahan receives Citizens Bank Excellence Award

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:00 am

Citizens Bank has recognized Keith Coolahan of Ocean City with the Home Lending Solutions 2013 Mortgage Sales Excellence Award for his success as the number one producing loan officer in the company for the second year in a row.

The annual award is given to mortgage loan officers who have performed above their peers in sales and service.

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Fire! on the Beach offers a twist on comfort food

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:00 am

Ann Richardson / Fire! on the Beach is located at 949 Asbury Ave. Ann Richardson / Fire! on the Beach is located at 949 Asbury Ave.

OCEAN CITY — When discussing the success of his new restaurant at 949 Asbury Ave., Charles Coburn is not bashful.

“If you want to be a success, you have to offer something to make people go past 10 or 20 other restaurants to get to you,” said Coburn, of Egg Harbor Township, who runs Fire! on the Beach with his wife, Judith. “If you don’t do that, it won’t work.

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