Ocean City community news, edition of May 14, 2014

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Groundbreaking for memorial playground planned Thursday


OCEAN CITY — A new playground will be constructed in Ocean City to commemorate the life of Benjamin Wheeler, a student killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012.


It will be constructed at 2901 West Ave. next to the Ocean City Fire House.


A ground breaking ceremony is set for May 15 at 10 a.m.


The “Where Angels Play Foundation” has already built 21 playgrounds in honor of teachers and students killed in that school shooting, and needs volunteers on May 15 to help its crew with the construction.


The playgrounds are designed to reflect the personality and interest of the child or teacher for whom it is named. For information on the Ocean City project call 609-525-9285 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for May 18 at 11 a.m. to open the playground. Public is invited. For information or to donate to the Sandy Ground Project see www.thesandygroundproject.org .


Beach challenge is May 24


OCEAN CITY — This year’s Standup4SEALS “Get In the Fight” Beach Challenge is set for Saturday, May 24 on the beach.


Participants can race as a team or as individuals. The race consists of three simultaneous events: The Stand Up and Paddle Ocean City Challenge, a Seal Team-approved obstacle course challenge and a Kids Fun Run as well as a Patriot’s Ceremony to honor veterans and fallen armed service members.


All proceeds go to One Team One Fight, an official charity of the Navy Seals Foundation and the Travis Manion Foundation. All activities are held on the 8th Street beach starting 7:30 a.m. For more details, see www.StandUP4SEALS.com  or call 609-228-5770.  


Kara Barling graduates from Coastal Carolina University


CONWAY, S.C. — Kara Barling of Ocean City earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education magna cum laude.


Barling was among 1,081 undergraduate and graduate candidates for degrees at Coastal Carolina University's spring commencement ceremony, the university recently announced.


Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the commencement speaker, urged the class of 2014 to embrace the responsibility their education has given them, to pursue the truth, and to cultivate a sense of historical awareness and civic duty.


NBA player lauded for anti-drug message


Parents, as well as school and city officials, spoke highly of a presentation from Chris Herren to local students and to the public last week.


The former NBA star spoke to students at the Ocean City Intermediate School and to parents at events May 8 and 9. Herren battled drug addiction, and now speaks to students around the country to encourage them to stay drug and alcohol free.


He spoke to Ocean City High School students in January of 2013, kicking off his anti-drug Project Purple campaign at a basketball game.


In a statement released this week, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian praised Herren, and the Ocean City Education Foundation for bringing him back to the city.


“He was an outstanding college and professional basketball player who fell victim to alcohol and drug addiction, losing nearly everything, including his life,” wrote Gillian.  “Drug-free and alcohol-free since 2008, Chris has refocused his life to helping others deal with and avoid substance abuse.  His speaking engagements across the country deliver a powerful and memorable message to those in attendance.”


Others said Herren presented a powerful antidrug message, according to several who attended the event.


The Miss Ocean City Scholarship Pageant seeks contestants


OCEAN CITY — The Miss Ocean City Scholarship Pageant is seeking contestants. 


The pageant will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, on the Music Pier.  More than $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded.


Eligible contestants must be female and between the ages of 16 and 22 as of Aug. 2 who attends or has graduated from Ocean City High School or whose parents own property in Ocean City or a sending district to Ocean City High School (which includes Sea Isle City and Upper Township) that is her legal residence, according to organizers.  Contestants will be judged in Evening Gown, Swimsuit, Talent and Interview.  To get an application or for more information contact contestant coordinator Andrea Paul at 609-398-3905 or 609-231-7400; executive director Maribeth Neall at 609-369-0293 or pick up an application from Kathy Sykes or Peggy Doyle at the Ocean City High School.  Applications can also be downloaded at www.ocexchangeclub.org .   Deadline for filing applications is July 7.


Pops tickets go on sale May 17


The Ocean City Pops Orchestra tickets will be available on Saturday, May 17 starting 9 a.m. when the Music Pier Box Office opens for the season.


A complete show schedule is available at www.ocnj.us . City officials say there will also be a series of musical programs from the Ocean City Theatre Company throughout the year. For information see www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com  or call 609-398-1118.   


Methodist Women to host patriotic lunch


The United Methodist Women of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church is saluting America with a Stars and Stripes luncheon and fashion extravaganza on Saturday, May 17 at the Great Bay Country Club in Somers Point.  Gathering at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m.


 Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Andrea Paul at 609-398-3905.  


All proceeds will benefit United Methodist Women Mission Projects.  Fashions from Sun Seekers and Donna/Gay Dillon will be modeled by members of the United Methodist Women.


Lineup announced for summer music series


The schedule for the City’s Monday Night Concert Series has been released.


Tickets will go on sale at the City’s Music Pier Box Office on Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. (cash and check only) or are available now at Ticketmaster.com (fees apply).


On June 30 it’s “Get The Led Out” with a tribute to Led Zeppelin $35; on July 7 it’s “Zappa Plays Zappa”  with Zappa’s son Dweezil following in his father’s footsteps, $35 ; on July 14 it’s the David Bromberg Quintet, $35; on July 21 it’s the Bacon Brothers with TV and movie star Kevin Bacon, $35; on July 28, The Machine perform Pink Floyd, $35; on Aug. 4 it’s G. Love and Special Sauce, $35; on Aug. 11 the Indigo Girls perform, $37.


All shows begin 7:30 p.m. For more information see www.ocnj.us  or call 609-525-9300 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.




Ocean City beach tags now on sale


2014 Ocean City beach tags are now on sale at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, the Henry S. Knight Building, 115 12th St. and City Hall, 861 Asbury for $20. See www.ocnj.us  for more information.


$5 Zumba


There will be $5 Zumba classes at the Ocean City Arts Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9-10 a.m. For more information, call 609-390-3289.


Al-anon support group


Friends and families of problem drinkers find understanding and support at Al-Anon meetings. The Marmora Al-Anon meeting is held 8 p.m. every Thursday at Church of the Resurrection, 200 West Tuckahoe Road in Marmora.


Need a ride to a VA health facility?


The Cape May County Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 44 can help. The Cape May County Veterans Volunteer Transportation System arranges to drive veterans to their doctor appointments. This free service for southern New Jersey veterans operates Monday-Thursday, depending on availability of drivers. A veteran must call 609-886-8383 at least one week prior to the day transportation is needed. Drivers leave out of D.A.V. Post 44, 1010 Bayshore Road in Del Haven or another approved pick-up point. To volunteer to drive the van, contact Spyros Spyropoulos at 609-602-9031.


Animal Alliance membership drive


The Animal Alliance of Cape May County is holding a membership drive to help defray cost associated with running its clinic. Annual dues for individual members are $10. Animal Alliance is a charitable, all-volunteer organization and annual membership dues and all other contributions are tax deductible. To become a member or to donate, send payment to Animal Alliance of Cape May County, P.O. Box 172, Cape May, 08204. Membership cards will be sent via email unless otherwise requested. To volunteer, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 609-465-6388.


Gently used books needed


The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library seek donations of gently used books. They request no water or storm damaged books, magazines and textbooks. Those interested may drop books off at the circulation desk of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. 


Breakfast at the American Legion


On the first and third Sunday of each month, the American Legion Post 524, 3304 Bay Ave., will host a breakfast with eggs, potatoes, pancakes, sausage, biscuits, milk, juice and coffee 8 a.m.-noon. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.


VFW Post 6650 breakfast


Ocean City VFW Post 6650 serves a breakfast, open to the public, every second and fourth Sunday of the month 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the post, Bay Avenue and 15th Street. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, creamed beef with warm biscuits, a choice of two breakfast meats, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. These breakfasts are conducted as a fundraiser for the post and veterans initiatives. Walk-ins welcome. Call 609-391-8660.


Poetry group meets


The “For Better or Verse” poetry group meets every second Wednesday of the month 2 p.m. at the Stainton Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. For more information, call 399-4354.


Open mic night


The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, and the Ocean City Repertory Theater present an open mic night 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in library meeting room N116. The program is hosted by singer/songwriters Josh Wise and Robyn Rosenthal who will kick off the evening. Come to perform or just listen and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea and refreshments. There will be a sign up sheet at the door and performers are scheduled on a first-come, first-play basis (10 minutes). Call 609-399-2434, ext. 5238 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers meet Thursday


The South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers meets 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave. in Ocean City. The SJCFAs, formed to promote fly fishing in Southern New Jersey, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in February. For more information call Joe Gerace at 609-646-5962 or see www.southjerseycoastalflyanglers.com .


Library Board of Trustees


Library Board of Trustees meets 4:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month. All meeting dates are open to the public. All meetings are to be held at the Library conference meeting room at 1735 Simpson Ave. 


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