Ocean City community news, edition of May 21, 2014

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Ocean City observes Memorial Day at Veterans Park

Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day Service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Avenue. If the weather is bad, the service will be moved across the street to the Tabernacle Auditorium.

Also on May 26 at 9:15 a.m., Ocean City Lifeguards will place a wreath in the water at the Music Pier to honor fallen service personnel.

Boardwalk Adventures, 728 Boardwalk, will have a flag raising ceremony at 9:20 a.m. starting Memorial Day and continue the ceremony every day they are open. The flag raising began after Sept. 11, 2001.

Beaches will be guarded starting this weekend

The Ocean City Beach Patrol will be guarding some beaches for Memorial Day weekend.  Beaches are guarded from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays.

Beginning Saturday, May 24, through Friday, May 30, the following beaches will be guarded: Stenton Place, St. Charles Place, Brighton Place, 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, 26th Street, 34th Street and 58th Street.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches, according to a statement released this week.  Those with questions may call 609-525-9201.

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.  

Blood Drive is May 28

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Masonic Lodge 171 will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave.

Ocean City Lodge No. 171 and the American Red Cross invite all residents, groups and businesses to donate blood. To be eligible, donors must be at least 17 and in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated in the last 56 days. The American Red Cross is especially in need of Type O blood donors.

Appointments are preferred, but not required. To make an appointment, contact the Red Cross at 800-RED CROSS or sign up at www.redcrossblood.org .

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Dave Bailey to speak at Tabernacle

The founder of Ranch Hope, Dave Bailey, will speak at both morning services on Sunday, May 25, at the Ocean City Tabernacle, the first Sunday of the 135th season.

In 1964, Dave Bailey founded Ranch Hope, a home for troubled youth. For more than 50 years, Ranch Hope has helped young people and their families throughout New Jersey and the region.  He is an ordained Methodist minister of the Greater New Jersey Conference (now retired). 

Bailey preached last month at the Ocean City Easter Sunrise service before more than 1,000 people.

There will be two identical services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., according to organizers. Those attending will see some familiar faces including Greg Field, who will lead the 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. pre-service hymn singing along with Jeff Seals on the organ and Carolyn Lothian at the piano.

There are also some new people. Rick Carlson is the new President/CEO of the Ocean City Tabernacle and Moorlyn Family Theatre.  Curt Cloninger, a professional actor, writer and storyteller, will also be involved throughout the season.

Child care is available for ages 3 and younger in the Noah’s Ark nursery and age-appropriate Sunday School is offered for children during the morning services.

Sunday events at the Tabernacle are by contribution only; tickets are not needed.  Parking is free on the Tabernacle grounds for anyone attending worship services or concerts.

See www.octab.org  for more details.

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Knights put on community dinner

From left, Al Maiorani, Angel Anes and Barry Anes were the chefs at the recent Ocean City Knights of Columbus Spring Spaghetti Dinner, where more than 250 guests were served a three course meal that included homemade desserts, salad, homemade meat balls and gravy, coffee, teas, ice cream and a variety of sodas and bottled water.

Beach cleanup is Saturday

The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association will sponsor the first of its biannual beach cleanups on Memorial Day weekend. 

Participants will meet at the parking lot next to the Longport Bridge at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.  Organizers suggest participants bring gloves, trash bags will be provided. For more details, call Rich Bennett, at 609-287-8125, or Duane Sonneborn, at 609-602-8482.

Stand For the Silent event Thursday

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City High School’s American Sign Language performers present “Stand For the Silent” 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 501 Atlantic Ave.

Tickets are $10 for the fundraiser, and the event is open to all, but organizers say it is aimed at those 13 to adult.

“Stand For The Silent travels all around the country talking to kids and adults about the effects that bullying has on the world,” according to organizers, who say there will be songs about bravery and courage, and against bullying.

For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Intermediate School kids to ride bikes to class next week

Starting Tuesday, May 27, parents, teachers and Ocean City police officers will escort students from all over Ocean City riding their bikes to the Ocean City Intermediate School through the school week.

In 2008 the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Physical Fitness and Sports embarked on a program with the children of the intermediate school called “The Riding School Bus.”

The Riding School Bus program encourages the students to ride their bicycles to school in an effort to promote physical fitness and exercise on a daily basis, according to organizers.

In conjunction with the Community Policing Division of the Ocean City Police Department, the program focuses on bicycle safety practices, proper rules for riding on streets and introduces students to the safest route to school from their homes.

“We will start from both ends of the island, picking-up students along the route to join the ‘bus’on their way to school,” reads a statement from organizers.

According to an announcement, there are two meeting locations, at First Street and the boardwalk or the parking lot at 34th Street and Haven Avenue. Participants meet at 7:10 a.m.

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 applications is July 7.

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 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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